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.

Monday, 2 May 2016

A Perfect 10

I squeezed in with a late layout from my April Counterfeit Kit, so it seems only fair to be really early with my first page from May's kit!  Especially as it was an example page for my UKScrappers Team Challenge which went live this morning!  We are scrapping a treasure, with journalling to tell the story (10+ lines or 30+ words) and some bling!

I recently completed my 10th blood donation and the NHSBT sent me a badge to commemorate it!  Ten donations isn't that big a deal (there was a man giving for the 108th time at my 10th session), but it's progress.  You see, I thought that my blood was only useful for research purposes following jaundice in my early childhood.  However, that certainly is no longer the case, as I discovered when keeping Child No.3 company for her first donation.  To make up for lost time, I've been donating as quickly as possible ever since!

I've used the May Sketch from the FB Sketchy Scrappers Group to make this special page for my Book Of Me using my May Counterfeit Kit (including home-made enamel dots - see the upcoming CKCB Forgeries On The Fourth for details).

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Kit - May Scrap

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 ... starting with our lovely and talented Guest Designer, Jane!

I chose the kit-to-copy this month so I have no excuse for not liking it!  Every other month I am SO tempted by the kits that my crop friends receive from Quirky Kits, that I decided to pay tribute to them by choosing their April 2014 Kits (Main, Lite and Embellishmets) for our forgeries.

I picked elements from all three kits to combine into my counterfeit, ending up with a largely teal, pink (!), black and white theme:

May Counterfeit Kit - Jimjams

Unknown dotty paper in cream and olive
Bella Blvd's Super Stud Eclipse
Echo Park (green flowered reverse of) Diagonal Dot from So Happy Together
MME Flair "Small" Charms (black & white striped reverse)
Pink Flamingo Fusion from Basic Grey
Simple Stories Boutique Dots (pink reverse)
A scrap of Crate Paper So Rad from Boys Rule (yellow, grey triangle reverse)
Twelve by 12 Garden Mist
Music vellum
Unkown 6x6 sheets with teal dots (orange reverse) and rainbow chevron
Home made butterfly rub-on*
Heidi Swapp Washi Tape Booklet and gold Acetate Words
Various wood veneer shapes from my stash
Home made enamel dots*
Black striped washi and teal striped washi
MME Now and Then Dorothy "Lovely Day" Flair
MME Flair "Today" Stickers
Various cards from MME Flair Collection Kit

Having photographed the papers, I realised there were still things missing, such as gold thread, black and white alphas and mini alpha stickers ... so I grabbed them too:

Next on the hop is Julene who has forged some of the papers beautifully.  If you get lost out there in Blog Land, the full list is on the CKCB here.  Have fun!

*Please don't forget to stop by the CKCB on the 4th to see our Forgeries On The Fourth creations!

Saturday, 30 April 2016

April Finale

I'm just squeezing into the tail end of April with a final page from my current Counterfeit Kit.  It was started for Challenge #2 way back at the beginning of the month; included a Forgery for the Fourth, but sadly wasn't finished until today.

Did I mention that I'm skilled in the Art of Procrastination?!

Anyway, for Challenge #2 (take inspiration from the February posts of the C'est Mgnifique Design Team), I found a lovely page by Shanna where the giant arrow was used as a background for the photo.

Layout detail - Pattern layers - JimjamsSo I set about making a giant arrow to use.  In Microsoft Word I inserted two shapes, an arrow and a chevron, and overlaid them to form an arrow.  I grouped the shapes together and expanded them to fill the width of a piece of office paper, before printing it out to use as a template.  I added dots of colour arround the edge to match my photo and kit.  In the end my arrow wasn't long enough so I split it in two and put it above and below the photo.

The actual page is based on the mirror image of the April Sketch from a Sketchy Scrappers group on Facebook.

Layout - Elly @ 4 - Jimjams

Child No.3 had a toy cooker for her 4th birthday and enjoyed frying eggs for us!  I'm also joining in with the UKS SLYMI Challenge #6 to scrap a happy story ... she was certainly happy with her birthday present.

Friday, 29 April 2016

King Con 2014

When getting bored with my "to-scrap" pile of photos, I sometimes resort to the Facebook uploads of my children.  This does leave me low on journalling because they're not my stories, but some photos just cry out to be included in an album.  One such was this brilliant photo of No.1 Son and his lovely girlfriend all dressed up for their first Comic Con.

Layout - Durham Comic Con - Jimjams

Layout detail - Pattern layers - Jimjams What a perfect pair!  Their costume colours toned beautifully with the Kaisercraft patterned papers in my April Counterfeit Kit, and I could use some of the phrase cards to make up for the lack of journalling. I recognised "Poison Ivy" but had to ask about No.1 Son's character ... apparently "Salamander Coral" was chosen because he is a comic character with dreadlocks!! 

I'm joining in with the UKS SLYMI Challenge #4 to scrap a funny face ... I reckon green and red is pretty funny don't you?!  Especially as his combination of green body paint and red hair dye didn't completely disappear by Monday morning!