Monday, March 24, 2014

Counterfeit Kit Club Members Blog Hop, Part 2

After yesterday's fun (said sarcastically) I wasn't sure I would be able to get a blog post up at all...but here we go! My husband and are updating our home, and the kitchen is what we are working on in all of our spare time. Well, yesterday, we were working on installing our new wall mounted oven, and my hubs did all of the cabinet work, we carried the thing over, hooked it up, and it made 2 beeps, and died. Soooo disappointing! But, anyway, today is a new day, and luckily we have protection plans, etc, so we will be dealing with all of that fun stuff today. After some late night scrapping on the floor of my bedroom last night, I did get together a page from my Counterfeit kit for March, and I am ready to share!  We had several challenges to choose from for the blog hop, but I knew immediately which one I would choose!
I chose: Challenge #2:  In a very non creepy way, let's get inspired by Jennifer!  Find something on Jennifer's Blog and create a project based on it.  Please make sure to share a link with your original inspiration.

I knew that this was the challenge for me, because our styles seem pretty similar to me, and I have always loved the pages that she creates! Like me, she loves to work from sketches, and loves layering. I also noticed while perusing her blog that she seems to like a scattering of small bits and pieces on her layouts. I chose to be inspired by this sketch that she had posted to her blog:

I used my kit and these inspirations to create this page:
 As you can see, it has a lot of little bits and pieces, and other fun things-I used a splattering of ink, a flower, a butterfly, some tiny puffy stickers, and one of the yummy Maggie Holmes transparencies and a hair clip from my kit. The papers are from Carta Bella Wildflower, Maggie Holmes Flea Market, and American Crafts My Girl collections.
 Although, you can see, my page doesn't look anything like Jennifer's page:

 Thank you for dropping by my blog today, I would love to hear from you! Do you think I was successful in taking inspiration from Jennifer?
 Here is the blog hop list once again:

Come back and see me again soon! 

March Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members Blog Hop

Good Morning all! Welcome to the blog hop for the members of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog! Unfortunately I am running behind in getting my blog post up, due to technical difficulties in my kitchen remodel today, so my post will not be up until around 9 am CST (7 am MST) on the 24th, instead of midnight, like I had originally planned. I do have my page complete, so I can give you a quick sneak peek:
And here is the list of participants in the hop:

And I do hope you can come back to see what I have made!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Getting Back into the Swing of Things... Sharing on Saturday

I must admit, it has been a while since I posted. I've been in a bit of a creative funk-and this dreary weather hasn't helped at all! It is a bit harder right now to photograph projects/blog/etc, since my father in law is still living with us, and doesn't understand my "computer things" at all, lol! He will be in his own place soon-and I am sure that I will miss having him around to chat with when he's gone (plus, it's kinda nice having someone to help with the dishes, house work, and everything!)  Anyway, I have still been scrapping! I took Shimelle's Return To The Collection, and am working on several pages inspired by that (seriously putting a dent in my Glitz Wild and Free paper pad, and my Amy Tangerine Yes, Please paper pad-woohoo!!) As soon as I get some of the pages finished, I will share them!

Also, I started planning a fun family vacation for this summer (my kids' first trip to Disney!), and am obsessing over planning that . We are surprising them(my kids don't read my blog, shh!!), and I think I am as excited as a big kid about it myself! I can't wait to take a million pictures and share them!! If you have ever been to Walt Disney World, and have any advice, I would love to hear it. There are several big events (Star Wars weekend, 24 Hour Show Your Disney Side party) happening while we are there, so I know that it will be extremely busy.

On a totally unrelated note, I have felt the need for some scrappy inspiration for a few weeks, and I saw the jolt that I needed on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog this morning! The inspiration that they chose for this month is a warm, pretty kit from Cocoa Daisy; Color Swatch:
I had a few of the papers, and the warm colors reminded me of sunshine, so I was off to the races! I came up with this kit, which I am entitling "Spring Sunrise", in hopes that spring sunshine is just around the corner for us in TN (Although they tell me that we may get winter storms tomorrow -blechh!):
A look at the papers only:
And a closer look at some of the yummy embellishments:

As you can see, I stuck with the raspberry and sunny golden tones of the inspiration kit, but added in a bit of mint/sky blue to take it to a more spring-like than Valentine's style kit. I filled the kit with designs that I love, from Dear Lizzy's Lucky Charm, Polka Dot Party, Maggie Holmes Flea Market, Amy Tangerine's Yes Please (looove those pink cameras), one from Carta Bella's Wildflower, and a couple from American Crafts My Girl. I did go a little heavier on the embellishments than the Cocoa Daisy kit, but it is always tough editing out embellishments for kits! I have an assortment of old and new, trendy and classic, messy and simple. Thickers in 2 sizes and colors, an older gold Making Memories alpha in a smaller font, Perfect Pearls mist and Dylusions, gold glitter tape, a stencil, some photo overlays, Maggie Holmes hairpin embellies, flowers, a glassine envelope, a couple of Maya Rd polka dot envelopes, enamel dots, Cosmo Cricket chipboard stickers, Glitz layered stickers, AC heart shaped buttons, a partial package of puffy stickers, some DIY chalkboard flair from AC, and stitched layered butterfly stickers.
I can't wait to put this warm and happy kit to use!