Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Master Forger's Blog Hop With Scraptastic Kit Club

Welcome to our blog hop!! This month we are being sponsored by the Scraptastic Club. This month's challenge was:

Blog Hop Challenge: Home Decor Challenge! Make something fantastic for your home...or the home of someone you love!
I really wanted to make something Christmasy, since I am starting to pull out all of the Christmas decorations, but this was kind of tricky for me since my November kit was more of a fall/vintage theme. I did find a few bits that I was able to put together for this Christmas bag:

It would be a cute way to hold a gift, but since it's a wood "bag", I think it makes a cute little home decor item too!
Supplies used: The Paper Company red connect diamonds, aqua paper raffia, Crate Paper doily punchout, white velvet Making Memories word, red button, moonlight white Momento Ink pad.
Here is today's hop list, be sure to leave comments for a chance to win!

Heather http://miraclesmommadesigns.blogspot.com/
Juliann Marchant http://scrappylife.blogspot.com/
GDT Melanie Stanczyk http://melaniestanczyk-justbeingcreative.blogspot.com/
Michelle Unruh http://momma-paparazzi.blogspot.com/
Crystal http://crystalscraftycreations.blogspot.com/
Glinda http://razzledscrapper.blogspot.com/
Helen http://craftimperfect.blogspot.com/
Jemma http://just-jimjams.blogspot.com/
Jen http://mypair-a-dice.blogspot.com/
Julie Ann http://julieannshahin2.blogspot.com/
Kim http://lovejoyscrap.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://lisahausmann.blogspot.com/
Margie http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com/  (that's me!)
Milissa http://millermall.blogspot.com/
Rebecca http://howiburb.blogspot.com/
Meridy http://meridy77.blogspot.com/

Thanks for visiting with us today!

Monday, November 21, 2011

December Daily Counterfeit Kit

I really love the idea of doing a December Daily album, but, with 4 kids and a limited scrapbooking budget, I felt that I would be able to make a great "Counterfeit Kit" from the supplies I already had on hand. There are so many great Christmas kits out there that it was HARD to narrow it down to just one kit to copy-so I picked 2! The kits I chose to draw inspiration from were : The hot kit this season from Studio Calico: http://www.studiocalico.com/kits/add_ons/486, and a fantastic kit from last season, from A Kiss On The Chic: http://www.akissonthechic.com/DecemberKits.aspx. I drew inspiration from both kits to come up with a Christmas kit that I just love!I have plenty of supplies to make my December Daily-plus plenty of other goodies to use on layouts and cards.

Supplies in my kit:
Making Memories 12x12 Postage Stripe Noel, We R Memory Keepers White Christmas Snow Flurry,  3 papers from the Jenni Bowlin Red and Black paper stack, the craem swirled paper is from a Christmas paper stack from the Paper Studio, and the green and silver small damask prints are from the DCWV Lemon Flower stacks, the gray chevron paper is  a free digi paper that I got on a Jessica Sprague blog hop, and printed on watercolor paper, Making Memories 12x12 Green Snowflake Noel, Music Note Brown Noel,  The Girls Paperie Tinsel&Twig 12x12 Snowfall, Holly Berry Floral, and Christmas Carol Stripe,  and a Candy Cane Stripe paper from a Martha Stewart Christas paper stack I got on clearance at Wal Mart a couple of years ago.

I am using a green Smash book from K&Co, that I won as a blog candy a few months ago.

chicken wire die cut from silver cardstock, assortment  of christmas paper scraps, printable journaling spots and vintage graphics, which I mostly printed on watercolor paper for a luxurious feel, Making Memories red Shimmer Stickers alphas, Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type green letters, Making Memories Scrapbook Basics shimmer alpha stickers,  a couple of Making Memories Noel embellishments, Paper Studio crochet flowers in white (I may mist these or use as is...we'll see as the inspiration strikes), Petaloo Holiday Dazzlers snowmen (I won these from a Petaloo blog hop-they are so cute!),  Elle's Studio Crazy Numbers 0-9, The Girl's Paperie Paper Girl Chipboard alphabet, red  and green baker's twine, a couple of Maya Rd vintage pins, JHB wood buttons (one of the few things I purchased for this kit, got them at Hancock Fabrics), a few Jenni Bowlin Vintage Christmas chipboard buttons,a couple of tiny die cut envelopes, 2 kraft medallions that I cut with my Cricut  and Mother's Day Bouquet at the same size as the ones in the Studio Calico kit- 1 3/4 inches, a few handmade flowers, some Christmas tags from We R Memory Keepers, and some random felt, acrylic, and chipboard bits from my Christmas stash.

Hampton Arts Postscript Calendar, Hampton Art Joyous Holiday, We R Memory Keepers White Christmas Holly Jolly, Studio G i.cling Doily Stamp

Some of my favorite elements in my kit are the chevron paper ,there is a link for a free chevron pattern here, the "chicken wire" die cut (which I cut with silver Wasua cardstock, my Cricut and SCAL), and my tiny die cut envelopes (cut from Echo Park For The Record digipaper with my Cricut and SCAL), and the awesome free printables from Creativity Prompt, Just Something I Made, Pink Paislee here, here and here , the Graphics Fairy, ormolu. I needed an album to stuff this all into-what better than that new green Smash book I haven't used yet?! I will also be using a mix of photography prompts from http://captureyour365.com/2010/12/25-december-daily-photo-ideas/ , and http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-photo-traditions.html.

I have some awesome December Daily albums, kits, and ideas pinned to my December Daily Christmas Album Inspiration Board, if my kit didn't suit you, have a peek and make one the way you like it!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays Guest Design Team Entry

When Sketchy Thursdays posted this fun sketch with the theme of "gratitude", I thought it would be fun to play along! I am so grateful to my sweet kiddos for their patience as I try to learn and enhance my photography skills. This was one of those photo shoots!

The sketch:

My layout:

A closer look at my handmade rosette and die cut leaves:

Supplies I used were all from my November kit: SEI Dill Blossom Licorice, Tim Holtz Kraft Resist cardstock which I misted with Turquoise Glimmer Mist and dripped with Moonlight Smooch, Basic Grey cardstock letter stickers, Making Memories journaling spot,leaves that I die cut using one of the gem shapes from Once Upon A Princess cartridge using my Cricut from Wasua crinkle textured cardstock, and my rosette that I made from scraps. Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tag, You're It!

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog gave us this challenge for using our November kits:

Challenge #1: Tag, you're it! Create a project using tags!
Here is my Entry:

I based it on this sketch from Elle's Studio blog:

Supplies used:
Basic Grey Marrakech "Sencha", charcoal colored cs, Blush Blossom cs, paper doily that I spray painted with chalkboard paint, printed cardstock journaling spot from Creativity Prompt that I printed and punched to make a tag, and added peachy colored shabby seam binding, Making Memories white velvet word, border sticker from Crate Paper, Petaloo flowers, and a ZVA bling flourish.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Layout to share...

Just a quick post to share a layout that I made for My Pinterest Inspired Challenge (hurry and play for a chance to win an RAK from me, it ends Monday). I based my layout on a sketch from Stuck Sketches.
The Sketch:

My Pinterest inspiration:

My Layout:

I used supplies from my November Counterfeit kit: Basic Grey Wisteria paper, a few bits from my scrap bin: gray cardstock, shimmer cardstock, a piece of patterned vellum, and some embellies from my November kit as well: light blue embroidery floss (that I wrapped around the strand of pearls from a previous kit), darker blue and white Petaloo Flora Doodles flowers, a soft gray velvet bloom from Petaloo, white Velvet Word from Making Memories. Thanks for looking- do come by play along with my challenge! We have a new one starting on Tuesday!

St. Jude's Children's Blog Hop With Nikki Sivils

Welcome to the Sketches 4 All St. Jude Childrens Christmas Card Blog Hop with Sponsor Nikki Sivils!
Nikki Sivils sponsored the products: The Gingerbread Land Collection for the DT to create the cards we will be donating to the: St. Jude Childrens Cancer Research Hospital!
These children are receiving treatment for various cancers!!
We are excited to add some Christmas joy and smiles to the St. Jude Children Research Hospital!
To learn more about SJCCH here is the link! http://www.stjude.org
Please come and enjoy the DT inspirations of the cards we will be donating to SJCCH!!
Please leave a comment on each DT blogs and your name will be entered in the drawing for the Nikki Sivils You're A Hoot 12 x12 paper kit!!

If you came from Cheryl's blog, you are on the right track! If you are just finding out about the hop via my blog, you can start the hop at Fia's blog!

We were challenged to make a card for a girl and a boy to be sent to St.Jude's, which was a lot of fun to do! It's a lot of fun to make cards for kids and think about what they would like to see! Here are my contributions:

Boy card:

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Kristina Werner's Holiday Card series this year. The supplies I used were papers all from Nikki Sivils Gingerbread land collection (there were sheets of 4 6x6 papers in the pack that are perfect for cards!), a punchout from the Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land collection (the tree), that I wrapped with denim twine from the Twinery, and embellished with red rhinestones and a yellow flower rhinestone for the "star", and stamped the sentiment from a set of Martha Stewart Christmas stamps I bought a few years ago.

Girl card:

Supplies used: more of the awesome mini papers from the Gingerbread Land Nikki Sivils collection, punch out gingerbread people and Merry Christmas from the same collection, Pollycraft pearl puffy paint, Diamond Stickles, tiny green brads from Making Memories, Glossy Accents on the gingerpeople's buttons, and some forest green twine I got from ebay.

If you make a card for the children at St Jude's, and let us know over at Sketches 4 All, you will be entered in Fia's separate Nikki Sivils RAK. The address to send them to is:

St. Jude Children Research Hospital
595 N. Parkway Memphis TN. 38105
Attn: Vilma Carnahan

Thanks for stopping by my blog today-be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win this awesome collection:

Now, hop along to Kathleen's blog for more inspiration and chances to win!! *link fixed!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November Counterfeit Kit

Wow, can you believe it's already November? This fall is just flying by for me! This month, the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog is being sponsored by the awesome Scraptastic Kit Club, and we have chosen their beautiful kits as our inspiration for this month!

You can see their kits HERE.

Here is my November Main Kit, "Colors of Autumn":

Cardstock: Stampin Up Blush Blossom (2), The Paper Company red connect diamonds, SEI Dill Blossom "Licorice"-reverse side, aqua polka dot Coordinations/Cosmo Cricket cardstock

Patterned paper:Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe "Quilts"(2-both sides shown), Basic Grey Mellow "Cultured", Basic Grey Marrakech "Sencha", SEI Dill Blossom "Saffron" reverse side shown, SEI Dill Blossom "Nigella", Basic Grey Marrakech "Vanilla Chai", Coordinations Embossed Vintage Collection Graphic 45 Cardstock, Basic Grey Mellow "Juicy", and Tim Holtz Kraft Resist cardstock

 Printed journaling labels from Creativity Prompt, Ormolu,Love The Day/ Catch My Party , journaling stickers from Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe Collection, brown glitter Thickers, RW Laser Cuts mini fram, Studio Calico stamp, Studio G Autumn stamps,3 journaling spots from Making Memories booklets, embroidery floss, bakers twine, handmade rosette , hot pink Twistel, assortment of textured leaves (most of these, I die cut with my Cricut from Wasua Crinkle Textured paper, to look like the Amy Tangerine leaves I am seeing all over the blogosphere), Heidi Grace metal words, chipboard bookplate

My First Add-on, "Autumn Sunshine":
Cardstock: Sunflower Bazzill Swiss Dots,SEI Dill Blossom "Pesto" and "Nigella", deep aqua cs
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Mellow "Equinox" and "Ebb", circles and stars DCWV All About The Boys cardstock, Graphic 45 Botanicabella "Botanicabella", "Garden Suite", "Ode To A Butterfly", Basic Grey Wisteria "Pond"

Embellishments: black foam Thickers, Making Memories Tiny Alpha Stickers, scrabble letter stickers, 2 paper doilies from Wiltons, one misted with Sea Glass Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels, the other sprayed with black chalkboard spray paint, various chipboard pieces,  stamped and cut out leaves, miscellaneous button assortment, orange Twistel, yellow and light blue embroidery floss, soft fuzzy brown fiber, peach hand dyed shabby seam binding, punch out doily from Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe.

Flowers and Letters Add-On:

I dug out these letter stickers from several Basic Grey Collection packs, added Petaloo flowers that I just won in the Petaloo/Coordinations blog hop, and made/printed a sheet of stickers from various digital elements and papers.

Extra Embellishments Add On Kit:
Basic Grey Lemonade paper, Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe punch outs and border stickers, a chipboard embellished butterfly, and 2 partially used packs of Making Memories Velvet Sayings.

Better Late than Never...

I know, I promised more layouts and exciting news! Well...this momma has been so busy w/ Halloween and school this week that it totally slipped my mind! So sorry! First a couple of layouts that I made up from leftovers of my October Counterfeit Kits:

Brown and Pink layout:

I just loved this photo of my daughter and her aunt, and really wanted to highlight it! I will write journaling in the pink box by the butterfly (a digistamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff that I changed the color of and printed on cardstock). I used: Background paper is by SEI, paper scraps, frames and border stickers from Echo Park, pink ric rack ribbon, pink scalloped felt ribbon, brown crochet ribbon, Girls Paperie Vintage Buttons, pink primas, pink rhinestone bling by Jolee's

"I Want Candy" Layout:

 For this layout, I used the "Candy Inspiration Challenge from the CKCB blog, and I finally got some EIGHT year old photos scrapped!! For both of these layouts, I scrapped smaller photos, which is rather unusual for me!
Supplies used for this page: Background paper is Basic Grey Eerie, KI Memories black glitter skulls border, Basic Grey Eerie Pops owl sticker, and candy /lollipop stickers from K&Co. puffy epoxy stickers, black glitter Thickers, and Echo Park letter stickers.

Now, for my Exciting News! I was recently asked to join the design team over at Sketches 4 All! This is an awesome group of girls, and I hope you will come over and check out our challenges! We have lots of creative challenges to inspire you!

I am running my own challenge group, Margie's Creative Challenges- I hope you will come over and check it out! Right now, I am running a Pinterest Inspired Challenge (November 1-15), inspired by this pin:

My challenge is to make any creative project (card, layout, sewn, home decor), inspired by this pin, and post it to my group thread HERE , for a chance to win a small RAK from me!I hope you will play!

But, that's not all...
Sketches 4 All is having a Saint Jude's Children's Christmas Cards Blog Hop sponsored by Nikki Sivvils!!I just got this in the mail to play with (Thanks, FIA, Michelle, and Nikki!):
I will be making cards to share on the blog hop (November 12th-15th), and you have a chance to win this:

All you will have to do is comment on all of the blogs in the blog hop for a chance to win!So, mark your calendars!!

That's all for now, I will be posting my Counterfeit Kit for November in a bit!