Wednesday, 24 February 2016

A Fairytale Ending

Layout details - layered, distressed grid - JimjamsWelcome to the final post of the February CKCB Members' Blog Hop; if you didn't reach me from Cindy then you might want to start at the beginning with Lisa (the full hop list is here but it's a short one this month).  We had a choice of three challenges to use for the hop (#1 Sappy Movie Inspiration , #2 Life is Just A Fairytale, #3 Say What?) or indeed, anything made from this month's kit.

Using my February Counterfeit Kit, I chose #3, taking some extra inspiration from Whimsical Musings #53 (Grids) plus the lovely February sketch from Sue's blog and I created a page to record the day Child No.3 encountered a real Fairy Godmother!

Layout - Cinderelly - Jimjams

She'd agreed to promote our theatre's pantomime, posing in a "glass" carriage, chatting to children during a local town's festival of transport.  Unfortunately, mid-April was particularly cold last year and a sleeveless dress wasn't much protection against the chilly wind.  A passer-by saw her goosebumps, popped into one of the local charity shops and returned with a very pretty, and more importantly, warm, evening shawl for Child No.3's bare arms.  Truly kind!

Thanks for hopping around with the CKCB Members this month - it was very short but definitely sweet this month, so why not join in yourself in March - EVERYone is welcome!

P.S. While I'm challenge combining this might as well be my example for Scrap Like You Mean It which I have rebooted over on UKScrappers ... 48 weekly prompts from Shimelle's wonderful 2009 challenge ... starting with #1 Scrap in your favourite colour ... teal every time for me (definitely NOT pink!)

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Whimsical Musings #200

Whimsical MusingsMany congratulations to my fellow CKCB Master Forger Lisa who runs another challenge blog - Whimsical Musings - she and her team are celebrating their 200th weekly prompt!

I've watched WM from afar and admired their sustained creativity but the celebration has finally given me the impetus to use a couple of their older prompts and some of my older Counterfeit Kits to make a dent in my photos.

First I found WM#146 Be Inspired By Buttons (probably my favourite embellishment) and used my November Kit (which still had plenty of buttons in it) to make a DLO for our Scandinavian road trip album.

Skansen DLO - Jimjams

I had visited Stockholm's Skansen 30 years earlier so it was fun to re-visit in 2013 with Hubby.  Not a huge amount had changed (well open-air museums don't do they?!), but there were living history guides to explain the exhibits and demonstrate skills which made the day really interesting.

Skansen LHS - Jimjams

I particularly loved the house on stilts ... which would be at snow-level in the winter!

Skansen RHS - Jimjams

I find DLOs are a great way to combine a bunch of un-related photos from a day out.  Those ice-cream spoons didn't deserve their own page, but they still make me smile so I wanted them in the album somewhere!  I took loads more photos of course and I've scrapped some of the animals we saw in the zoo section here.

Another half-finished CKCB kit got a final pounding for WM#136 Inspired by Woodgrain as I scrapped another open-air museum we'd visited.  This one, Vallby, was on the outskirts of the town where I lived in Sweden and I remember going there around the mid-summer celebrations which are a BIG thing in Scandinavia.  Nothing quite so exciting this time, but we still enjoyed seeing the various buildings and listening to the living history guides.

Vallby DLO - Jimjams

I didn't have a lot of paper left from this kit, so I've had to get creative with a border punch and paper strips.

Skansen LHS - Jimjams

Plenty of woodgrain in those photos - I'd been fascinated by all the fencing methods too!

Skansen RHS - Jimjams

See that wooden board on the bed ... it's the bed-bug remover!  During the day, they would hide in the holes drilled into its surface and they would then be killed by holding the board over a fire - yuk!  I get itchy just thinking about it :-(

Monday, 1 February 2016

Mind The Scrap!

Welcome to February's edition of kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  If you are already hopping you should have reached me via Clair.  In which case you'll already know that while we generally forge an existing kit, this month we were given the inside gen on  Mind The Scrap's February Kit.  Armed with a list of the kit's ingredients, I was determined to make a dent in some of my TK Maxx shopping bargains this month and I managed to grab several papers that were a bit of a match.  First some tiny triangles and an ombre pink sheet, then some stark black on white, a transparency and some regular colourful curves, along with some arrow designs ... throw in some washi and some ribbon to add to the embellishments and my kit was born:

Feb 2016 Counterfeit Kit - Jimjams

All papers are from a (bargain) MME Cut & Paste Flair Collection Pack
"Snapshots" Click (ombre chevrons reverse), "Today" Present (journal cards reverse)
"Small" Point (arrows reverse), "Wow" Specs (plain black reverse), "Forever" Always (teal ombre reverse)

Webster's Pages Transparency (3rd time in a kit - MUST use it!)
Feb 2016 Counterfeit Kit extra embellies - JimjamsLuxe Brackets rub-ons
Thickers Regards chipboard alphas
Crate Paper Story Time teal alphas
JBS black alphas
MME Cut & Paste Flair "Small" journalling card
Creative Expressions Pearl Swirl
Webster's Pages camera washi and a stripey washi tape
Various ribbons from my stash
Jillibean Soup Smile Mini Placemats
MME Cut & Paste Flair "Small" Enamel Shapes

Mind you, once I saw the photo of the WHOLE kit-to-copy, I wasn't quite so sure that I'd got decent counterfeit ... maybe I'll check out the Forgeries on the Fourth post to add some extras.

Mind The Scrap Feb 2016 Kit

Now, let's see if Julene has a closer counterfeit today.