Friday, June 24, 2016

June 2016 CKCB Members' Blog Hop!

Hey everyone! Welcome to my part of the CKCB Members' Blog Hop! You should have come here from Tina's blog, but if you're lost for some reason, no worries.  Just head on back to the CKCB and you can find the whole list there!

I'm so excited to be part of this blog hop because it got me out of my slump and got my scrapbooking mojo going once again.

I decided to give challenge #1 a go, and I have to tell ya, it felt a little weird!  The challenge was to: 

Choose an Inspiration Board 

I've never done this before, and it was a lot of fun to go through some of those beautiful boards!  After much deliberation, I chose this board, entitled "Pink Flamingo":
I loved the colours, and they went well with colours I already had in my kit.  I also loooooved the gold chevron on the teal cake, and the pink camera.  So those are the main things that inspired my scrapbook layout here:

I started off by creating that watercolour background on a piece of white cardstock.  So easy and fun! Just prime your paper with gesso, then smear some Distress Ink (in this case, Worn Lipstick) on a piece of plastic packaging, spray the ink with water, and then flip and smoosh the ink onto your paper.  Beautiful results every time!

The arrows I made by hand as well.  They are made by gold embossing a Close to My Heart stamp on white cardstock, then inking over top with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  So striking!  The die cut chevron up top was made much the same way, by just inking up with Versamark ink and heat embossing with gold embossing powder.  

And finally, the camera.  It was part of a die cut frame/project life card that I'd previously cut out of plain cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo.  It also had the word "CAPTURED" as part of the design.  I'd had it sitting in my pile of die cuts for a long time, waiting to use it somehow, at some time, when finally, inspiration struck: why not cut the thing apart?  Once I did that, I realized I could use the word "CAPTURED" as part of my title, and inked both parts up with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  Now I think they work way better separate than they did together, ha!  Oh, and the gold details on the camera?  I just used a metallic Sharpie pen to colour those in.  

Here's a close up of my journaling:

And another of some details like the tangled thread and gold embossing:

Thanks for stopping by and now you should hop over to Jemma's blog.

Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know you were here and happy hopping!"

Saturday, June 18, 2016

New Page for Creative Scrappers #295

Hey folks, how's your weekend going? Father's Day tomorrow and I haven't made a card yet, yikes! Maybe I should get on that after this blog post...

So I managed to finish another page using my June Counterfeit Kit. That makes two! Dare I say I'm on a roll? 

Did you hear that Creative Scrappers is back in action? They always have such fabulous sketches! Here's their newest:
And here's the page I put together:
Remember in my last post I said I was messing around with watercolour backgrounds using distress ink, but the end result using blue and pink was a bit too purple for what I wanted?  Well, I saved that background, and used it here.  I love how it turned out, and I thought it complimented the colour of Brenna's dress in the photos nicely.  

It's hard to see in the photo, but one of the layering pieces I used was this feather printed vellum from Close to My Heart.  It's very subtle, but soft and pretty.  I also managed to get some of my forged watercolour blossoms and hearts onto this page, and I love how they add a customized touch to it: 
Hard to believe these photos were taken almost two years ago!  Here's a close up of the journaling, which tells the story of how Brenna got car sick on the way to Barkerville:
Even though she's two years older now, she still crashes hard like that on long car trips, head right back, mouth wide open - so adorable!

Hope you enjoy my page, and if you hustle, there's still time to get a layout in for this sketch challenge, or even participate in the Counterfeit Kit Challenges going on this month.  Better late than never, right?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

"Today" for Sketches in Thyme

Yay, I DID manage to get a page finished with my June Counterfeit Kit, and it was quite fun to put together, especially the watercolour background section! I've been watching a lot of Missy Whidden's YouTube videos lately, and I was totally inspired to try the "packaging technique" to create the blue background with some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink here:
This was actually my second attempt at a background.  The first one I tried, I used blue and pink sprays, and they ended up a bit too purple to suit my photos, but hopefully I can use that paper for another page later on.  All is not lost!

When choosing a sketch for this page ('cause you know I always like to use a sketch!) I turned to one of my old favourite sites, Sketches in Thyme for this beauty:

Here's a closeup of some of my fussy cut details:

Remember those circle cutters from Creative Memories from days of yore?  I broke those out to make the circles.  I also toned down the yellow patterned paper with a coat of gesso, which subsequently warped my paper, but it's cool, I actually love the effect!

And here's a closeup of my journaling, nothing too fancy, just a little bit about how Brenna loves to hang out with me:

I think I'm her favourite person! (And she, of course, is one of mine!)

So now that I've got this posted, I'm off to scrap some more photos with my June Counterfeit Kit. Could this be the start of a good month?  Let's hope so!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 2016 Counterfeit Kit

Oh my goodness, it has been sooooo long since I posted anything to this blog! Did you wonder where I've been? Well, I have still been creating, but with a much looser schedule. No challenges, at all! And anything I do create, I usually just post it to my Instagram feed. I've been mucking around with a planner - that lasted three months, I think - and pocket pages, which have been great for scrapping the year chronologically, but don't really get my creative juices flowing, ya know? So, how about a counterfeit kit to jumpstart the summer? Sounds good to me!

This month, the folks over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog have chosen the May 2016 Hip Kit to copy, and wouldn't you know, I've actually been thinking about subscribing to the Hip Kit Club for a bit now, and even watching some process videos by some of the design team members. Feeling very inspired, I have to say! And the May kit is just beautiful!!! Here's a photo of the original:
And here's my take:

Back row is all Basic Grey, and front row from left to right is Imaginisce, two Fancy Pants, a piece of feather print vellum from CTMH that you can barely see, and a piece from Carta Bella. 

As for counterfeiting, I had a total blast using my new Ranger water brush and some Distress Inks to make these "die cuts":
I think they turned out pretty good for an amateur, and I'll definitely be trying this technique again in the near future!

I also have a bunch of random scraps in shades of yellow, turquoise, pink and navy, but I think I'm going to leave it at this for now. I can always add embellishments as I go along, but if I spend any longer counterfeiting, I won't have any time in the month left to create! So wish me luck and let's hope I get some actual pages done (and posted!) this month.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Birthday Card for "Freshly Made Sketches"

Just a quick post to show off a birthday card I made yesterday for Brenna's little friend.  Most of the products I used are from Close to My Heart, but the ink is Distress Ink.  I love this little hedgehog stamp - I definitely need to find more ways to use it!

And here's the sketch I used for my inspiration, from Freshly Made Sketches:
Now I'm off to finish my husband's birthday card - it's a little more involved than this one, so hopefully I'll be able to post it before the end of the year!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

"My Brave Girl" for Scrap Much?

Hey, everyone, I'm doing a quick post here to show you a page I just finished!  I want to get it linked up to the Scrap Much? site in time for their sketch challenge, which is why my photos are unfortunately a little...just bad!  But it gets dark so early here now, around 4:30 p.m.  Needless to say, I wasn't getting any natural light at all, so I did my best.

Here's the double page spread in its entirety:
I took Ailis to Prince George last month to get her braces on.  It was a big event in her life, and she took it all in stride, as per usual.  She's such an easygoing kid!

Here's a closer shot of just the left side:
And then one of the right:
And here are a couple of close ups of my embellishments:

All products are from my November Counterfeit Kit.

And here is the lovely sketch from over at Scrap Much?:

And that's it for now!  I have one more page that I'm almost finished using the same November Counterfeit Kit, but I'm out of town for work tomorrow so probably won't get it done by the end of the month.  Ack, how did it get to be December already?  I'm totally not ready for it, and freaking out just a bit.  Can you believe we hardly have any snow, and I haven't even brought my winter coats up from the crawl space yet?  What's it like where you are?  Feeling Christmas-y yet?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"Best Day" for Sketch 'n' Scrap

Have you ever been at an event and you just get so wrapped up in visiting or cooking or dealing with the kids that you forget to snap ANY photos?  I find it happens less now that I have a smartphone, but still, it does happen occasionally, and it almost happened again this Thanksgiving!  We had a wonderful family dinner this year, but I only took 4 photos to commemorate it, oops!
I love how this layout turned out, mostly because of the photos of my goofy kids!  

I used products mostly from my November Counterfeit Kit, although I did cheat a bit by adding a feather, a doily, and some olive green card stock that weren't part of my original kit.  

My other favourite things about this layout are the Kelly Purkey wood veneer pieces and the gold "foil" title, arrow, and doily.  Here are some close ups of those details:

And, as per usual, I've used a sketch for this page, this time a lovely one I found on the Sketch 'N' Scrap blog:

And that's it from me for today.  I hope you're getting lots of crafty time for yourself this month, and thanks for stopping by to say hi!