Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sharing my homework...Wilna's Art And Design Class

This class was one of my favorite classes related to scrapbooking that I have ever taken! For any one that missed the original run of it on Big Picture Classes old website, she is now offering it in her shop, iheartstudio . I felt it was well worth the cost of admission, just for the cut files, much less the wonderful inspiration and instruction! Here are a few more of my pages inspired by the class, click on "Wilna's Art and Design" in my category tab to see more:

I fussy cut the "Primeval Whirl" title from an actual photo that I took of the sign. I painted the smear across the page with Gelatos, and the "Awesome" was a cut file from the class. I know that every time I use Gelatos, I think of Wilna, and her videos for 2Peas, because I never would have discovered them if not for that.

A couple of embellishment close ups:

The "windows were also a cut file offered up in the class, and I had such fun scrapping once forgotten photos from my honeymoon, and filling the grid up with little bits of loveliness from a past counterfeit kit, such as these fun stamped and painted mixed media embellishments:

I love the tiny textured treasures on this page. The stamped cork and canvas really adds a fun bit of texture to the page!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Scrapbook Saturday...What I made for iNSD

What did you all do for iNSD last week? Did you play along with some challenges? Enter some giveaways? Blog hop? I did a little bit of all of it, as my husband and son were occupied with all of the sporting events that were on television. I played along with the Hip Kit Club Crop on Facebook, and got a few pages made, using my Counterfeit kits from April and May. Here's a look at my pages:

Here are a couple made from my April kit:

And one from my May kits:

Next Saturday, I will be back to regularly scheduled "Scrapbook Stamping Saturdays". But I had fun with iNSD, and I hope you did too!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 2015 Counterfeit Kit ...Taking it back to the Beginning

This month, we were given the challenge of going back to our "counterfeiting roots", with the very first counterfeit kit, back when the challenge blog first began, in January of 2011. I can not believe that it has been that long! What is the old saying, "Time flies when you're having fun?" I remember being so excited about this concept that was going to help me use my stash and refresh my supplies, and make me feel like I had a new selection of goodies to play with each month, when I first saw Bethany and Meridy talking about it on Two Peas. I played along the first month, and joined the design team on Month 2, I, I've been along for the ride since the very beginning! I took some time off of the design team last year when I moved, but I truly missed the comraderie and excitement that I felt from getting the inspiration kit each month and the motivation to use my kits as much as possible. So, as soon as my stash was unpacked, I asked to rejoin the team, and Bethany was gracious enough to allow me to return. Anyway, so, with that back story, onto my kit! The very first kit that the CKC blog gave us to be inspired by, was the Jenni Bowlin January 2011 kit:

and their Add-On kit:

Here is the kit that I originally came up with, my very first counterfeit kit from my stash:

If you would care to see my original blog post about it, with more details about the products I included, you can find that here: Counterfeit Kit Club (the original post). Since that kit, I have learned many things about my style of crafting, counterfeiting, and photography! When Bethany gave us this challenge this month, she asked us to be inspired by those original kits, and also, the Magpie Box for this month:

So, let the vintage-y, crafty goodness ensue!

First up, the color scheme! I decided to take it in a different direction this time, as I have found that most of the year I prefer to craft in softer colors, and so have an abundance of stash in those softer colors as well. (Oh, who am I kidding. I have an abundance of stash in many colors!). But my last kit was very bold and bright, so I am in the mood for soft, feminine, and vintage colors. The best part about this challenge? You are not locked into one particular style of kits (I would probably get bored!). You are using your stash, so it is stuff that you already love (hopefully-if you have stuff you don't like, you should probably sell or donate it! Side note-I went through my paper about a month ago and weeded out all of the papers that I was "forcing" myself to use, and donated them to my girls' school-it was such a relief! Because, let's be honest, most of us have more stash than we can use in a lifetime. Or is that just me? LOL!) I went with soft pinks, browns, creams and yellows for my Main kit, which I am calling "Spring Tea Party", since the papers, flowers, doilies, ribbons, and jars are all quite girly, and that is what this kit reminds me of!

The papers:
 I have papers from Dear Lizzy, Crate Paper, Basic Grey, Chickaniddy, and Glitz Designs.

The Whole Shebang:
 Instead of the doily transparencies, I brought the doily theme in with the patterned paper and stamps. I had some of the Sassafrass Lass flowers in a different color from the inspiration kit, and, instead of making flowers, I just added in some yellow ones from my stash. I added some woodgrain and pink polka dot washi tape, rub-ons from Crate Paper, some floss in a buttery yellow, along with a few decorative stick pins, and a sheet of partially used pink and white labels.  I thought it was quite fortuitous that I had a "May" bingo card, so I included it as well.
My Add-On kit, "Buttons And Bows":
 I had a sheet of Sassafrass Lass border stickers that were similar to the ones in the inspiration add-on, so I started there. I added a few more sheets of patterned paper, Sassafrass Lass Blossoms, Glitz trims, and a handful of journaling cards that were a bit vintage-y in style.

My version of the Magpie Kit, "Trinkets":
I did have one "forgery" this month, the "vintage" doily, which I will show you how I colored on the "Forgeries on the Fourth", if you are interested in forging your own. I also included a few small leftover bits, sequins, a miniature frame, labels, buttons, and the like. There is a bit of shimmery ribbon, a Maggie Holmes hairclip and sticker banner, some journaling cards from Pretty Little Studios, and some enameled metal pieces from The Girls' Paperie.

*Edited to Add:
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