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!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Simple Card for CAS(E) this Sketch!

Here is a quick card I made on Sunday for a friend of mine who just purchased her first house.  I thought the "life is good" stamp was a fitting sentiment!

I used sketch #149 from CAS(E) this Sketch! blog:
Everything came together quite easily.  I used a die cut leaf from my November Counterfeit Kit as a mask, and just sponged some Distress Ink over top - Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers were the colours.  Then I splashed some Dylusions spray, stamped a little banner, and called it a day!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and don't forget to leave me a comment!  I would love to hear what you have been up to lately!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

"Love This" for November Counterfeit Kit

So I ran into a couple of problems while making this layout!  It was pretty funny actually, but I was following this sketch from "Scrapbook Challenges":

when I realized I had placed the background paper upside down!  I didn't even see that some of the flowers in the background paper have stems until I'd cut some parts out and glued other pieces down, and then gasp!  All the stems were pointing up to the sky!!!  Jason said, "Nobody's going to notice that."  But once I knew it was upside down, I couldn't un-know it, you know what I mean?  So I tried flipping the sketch upside down, and guess what?  I love it!!!

I had these photos printed up the other day, and I just knew I wanted to make a page with them ASAP.  They feature my daughter, Ailis, and one of her besties, Jaylen.  They were on the cross-country running team for their school this year and had a really great race here at the district meet.  

The digital frame and stamp on the photo on the left is from an app I have on my phone called Rhonna Designs.  I seriously love this app, it's the one I go to most when I'm wanting to play around with photos.  Highly recommended!

Can you see what I did with the die cuts from my November Counterfeit Kit?  The title, I turned gold (well, bronze, but close enough, right?) with Versamark ink and some embossing powder, and the hearts, I inked up with some matching Distress Ink - Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, and Shabby Shutters.  Here's a close up of the banner (also inked with Shabby Shutters) and two of those hearts:
I also decided to glue down some twine, and you DON'T want to know how long that took!  My little bottle of Claudine Hellmuth matte medium was running seriously low, and grrrrrr!  Frustration!  I might have let loose a few choice words, oops!  All in the name of art, I tell ya!

Well, that's it for now, although I do have another page using my kit in the works, so please stay tuned!  Thanks for looking!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November Counterfeit Kit

Yay, it's time for a new Counterfeit Kit!  (I actually made a kit last month, but I didn't post it or use it, oops!)  This month, the task is to copy the Cedar Lane line from Pink Paislee:

Gorgeous, isn't it?

I decided to do up an "inspiration list", things from the original kit that caught my eye and which I could use as a jumping off point for my own kit.  (I can't take credit for this list idea - a few of the Master Forgers shared their lists this month, and that's what inspired me to try it this way!). Here's my list:
So, I decided to start with the brush script font, and found this great free font, called "Rebel Heart", to make some die cuts using my Cameo.  I won't tell you how long it took me to find this font, but if you love fonts and want to use this one, here is the link:

Rebel Heart at

I copied some die cuts from the original kit to make the ones that say "love this" and "best day" with that particular font.  The leaves, arrows, and hearts are some I already had from the Silhouette online store, and the others are from a freebie cut file from Shanna Noel that the Master Forgers put up on "Forgeries on the Fourth".    

I decided to cut most of my die cuts from white or cream cardstock so that I'll be able to colour them with inks or sprays to match my project when the time comes.  I'm most excited about my gold arrows and half-n-half hearts.  I just inked them up with Versamark, then melted some embossing powder on them.  The embossing powder is actually labelled "Metallic Bronze", but I think it turned out close enough to gold!

As for the papers, I started with the floral piece on the upper left, and went from there.  I kept it pretty minimal this month.  I might have to add on a bit, I'm thinking! Anyway, I've included leaves, a diagonal stripe, some woodgrain, arrows, turquoise, pink, and grey.  Yep, I like it, I think I can work with this!
And again, I went a bit minimal on the embellishments.  I found some cute autumn-ish stamp sets in my stash.  Haven't used those in a while!  Then there's some twine and buttons, the metallic bronze embossing powder, some cork stickers, wood veneer pieces (a little gift from my friend Alison!) and a wood grain embossing folder.  
So yeah, now I'm motivated to get some pages done this month.  I just realized my last post was over a month ago, yikes!  Let the scrapping begin!!!