Saturday, 16 July 2016

Forging Friendships

It's Challenge #3 today over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog and we're taking inspiration from word/number puzzles.
There was some crossword paper in this month's Kit-to-Copy but unfortunately, that wasn't something I counterfeited faithfully in my version this time!
Instead I used a crossword style grid to form my title on this page made at my monthly crop.

The lovely photo was a selfie taken with fellow Master Forgers Lisa (on a visit to the UK from her home in Germany) and Lesley (who lives about half an hour's drive away from me).

I love the way that scrapbooking has enriched my life.  I have made friends locally thanks to our monthly crop and blogging about my pages led me to the CKCB which has brought both real and "virtual" friends as well.

Check out the CKCB today to see how the other Master Forgers interpreted this challenge (I've already seen Lesley's page as she was busy with it at the beginning of the month as well).

Monday, 4 July 2016

Bee-ing Busy

Every month at the CKCB we counterfeit the Kit-to-Copy by choosing similar papers and embellishments and sometimes make our own versions when we don't have anything appropriate to hand.

When I first looked at the this month's inspiration from Scrapbook & Cards Today I almost missed the cute bee stickers - but when I spotted one in use on this lovely card from Amy Sheffer, I thought "I can make that!" and got to work!!

I grabbed two punches and an alphabet die ...

I discarded the butterfly wings as I was only interested in the antennae ... and punched two replacement wings with a heart punch.  The bee's body is made from yellow card and the centre of an "o" die!  A black pen was all that was needed for some stripes and the "head", followed by some Glossy Accents to give the body a shiny sticker-like surface.

BUT ... leave time for the ink to dry before applying the liquid glaze or you'll end up with smudgy stripes!  And of course set the body aside for at least an hour to allow the glaze to dry fully before assembly:

There will be lots more ideas for forging this month's Kit-to-Copy in our Fogeries on the Fourth Post today.  Why not have a go yourself?!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

UKS Snappy Scrapping

There's a new challenge on the block ... the Summer Snap! over on UKScrappers ... here's the list of photos I need to collect:

  1. vapour trails or clouds
  2. a horse drawn vehicle
  3. flowers in bloom
  4. a summer job in the garden
  5. something typifying your holiday destination, or your home town if you are planning a staycation
  6. hats
  7. ice cream
  8. kites or balloons
  9. bubbles
  10. ducks, swans or seabirds
  1. summer sunrise or sunset
  2. eating al fresco
  3. somewhere you would only visit when the sun shines
  4. flags or bunting
  5. summer shoes
  6. fruit growing, in the garden, on a tree, or in the hedgerow
  7. water
  8. umbrellas
  9. glasses
  10. fete, fair or festival
Substitutes are allowed:

  1. Play
  2. Anything in your favourite colour
  1. Something that made you smile
  2. Friends
  1. Just girls or Just boys

And the and the scrappy challenges that follow:
  1. a layout featuring at least 6 of your photos from the list
  2. a page using one large photo from the list
  3. scrap a picture of you, the photographer 
Looks like fun! Oh and I nearly forgot to mention ... there are prizes :-)

Friday, 1 July 2016

D'you like a July Kit?

It's that time of the month again ... kit reveal ... with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. Which of course means a hop around the Master Forgers.  We started with Gretchen, our Guest Designer, and you will have seen everyone else including Susanne as I'm the last in line.

This month the kit-to-copy, from S&CT is 2015's Crop & Create Delivered - Heat Wave.

A lovely summery set of papers, none of which I has ... so I looked out some dots and chevrons, some clouds and text, in reds, blacks, teal and especially bright sunshiny yellow!

Crate Paper's Little Bo Peep Matilda (green floral reverse)
MME Jack & Jill "Life Is Good" Serene Spots (green  floral)
½ sheet Boutique Newspaper (yellow) from Simple Stories DIY Boutique
Hambly Screen Prints teal Mod Circles
Roundabout from Bella Blvd's Pack Your Bags
2 6x6 sheets from MME Cut & Paste Charm pad
Boutique Polka (red) from SS DIY Boutique
Various washis from my stash
Grey and yellow Thickers
K&Co Rub-ons
Home-made bees (details on the 4th)
Yellow buttons (to replace the enamel dots)
Various 2x3 cards from my stash
7 Dots Studio Illumination Elements

Not a close match, but one I can work with!  Plus I dug out some really ancient stash to use up - RESULT!
That's the end of the Master Forger Hop for July - if you're joining in this month, please link up and share.

Friday, 24 June 2016

If at first ...

Welcome to the not-quite-final post of the June CKCB Members' Blog Hop; if you didn't reach me from Roxanne then you might want to start at the beginning with Lisa (the full hop list is here).  We had a choice of three challenges to use for the hop (#1 Inspiration Board, #2 In Quotes, #3 Everything Old Is New Again) or indeed, anything made from this month's kit.

Using my June Counterfeit Kit, I gave a nod to challenge #2 with a humourous take on an old saying:

Layout - If at first - Jimjams

Having tried (and tried) to get a good shot of Hubby, No.2 Son and Child No.3 before their patience ran out during a birthday meal, I was disappointed to find that not one of the photos was even half-decent of all three of them!  Each one had at least one person moving, blinking talking or drinking!  So I used them all!
I certainly didn't have enough white alphas in my kit for the title, so I broke out some ancient Making Memories rub-ons to help me out.

I'm not quite the end of the hop this month - please welcome a newcomer to the CKCB: Princy

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Bustin' Out My June Kit

Welcome to another month of kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  Having started last month's reveal, I'm bringing up the rear this time - so you should have seen everyone else's efforts already ... including our Guest Designer Salla ... and found my blog via the lovely Susanne.  If so, you'll have seen loads of photos of the Kit-to-Copy, the Hip Kit Club May 2016 Kit and all the add-ons and extras.

June K2C - Hip Kit Club May 2016Whenever I start counterfeiting, I look to see if I have anything (similar) from the original kit.   
Yes - I had some Jillibean Soup mini placemats from the PL Kit and some wood veneers from the main.
The patterns ar ethe next pointer for forgery:  words on a page ... dots ... patterned stripes ... florals ... triangles ...
Yes - I had some bright text-covered paper, loads of dotty patterns, some navy striped paper I could embellish, some matching florals and some triangular brads!
After that I add to what I've already selected, keeping an  eye on the colours ... there was plenty of pink in last month's kit, so this time I concentrated on the turquoise!  Here's my mini-kit:

June Counterfeit Kit - Jimjams

June Counterfeit Kit Reverse papers - JimjamsFreeze Frame (frames), Who's To Say (floral), Chevron/Teal (chevron) from SS DIY Boutique
Some polka dot paper from a giveaway pile
6x6 Sheets of MME Now & Then Izzy paper Smart/Boys (keys) and Frolic/Happenings (orange pattern) which is now a forgery of a Hip Kit Club Exclusive (see Forgeries on the Fourth for details)
Jillibean Soup Mini Placemats - Smile
Triangular brads in various colours
Navy/white arrow washi tape
KI Memories Softies (random extra - to use them up!)
Creative Memories Stencil alpha stickers
Gin XCollege Navy and Chotchkie White rub-on alphas
Wood veneers from my stash

Total effect ... not a lot like the original, but definitely usable, and some seriously old stash busted out of storage!!

The full list of Master Forgeries is available on the CKCB today if you fancy joining in.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Snappy Scrapping

Welcome to the start of the May Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Members' Hop.  I picked Challenge #3: Escher Effects for my hop page this month - i.e. to use tessellation in my layout design with a photo from Gatorland back in 2004:

Layout - Slither & Snap - Jimjams

Layout detail - thread art - Jimjams
This was quick to do and brilliant for using up the scraps from my May Counterfeit Kit ... as well as creating more scraps if I'm honest!  I hadn't used any of the gold thread I'd included in my kit, so I decided to add a dash of inspiration from both UKScrappers (this week's challenge) and Whimsical Musings (WM#208 to incorporate string art) and added gold threads between my patchwork pieces.

Next on the hop is a regular contributor in our Counterfeit family - Tina.  The full hop list is published on the CKCB today.