Friday, November 30, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick post to share a Christmas greeting with all of you, my followers! I am sharing the same card that I am sending out to all of our family and friends...in digital version!!

 
And a special note from me to you: I appreciate each and every one of you, and I enjoy reading your comments and blogs as well! It is such a bright spot in my life, and a blessing to a crafter like me that has no crafty "real-life" friends that live nearby. I enjoy sharing with you all, and hope that I might give a bit of inspiration from time to time!
 
I promise I will be back to sharing on a much more regular basis soon, we are in the middle of a kitchen remodel, so it doesn't leave much time or space for crafty endeavors!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hopping with Counterfeit Kit Club

Good morning! Can you believe it is already November? I know I can't! This month we were given a different type of challenge from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog:

This month, we are going to change it up a bit and let YOU pick what to counterfeit! With collection kits and coordinating embellishments so popular, we thought it would be a great idea to let you choose a collection from 2012 and find (or create) papers and embellishments from your stash to mimic the new collection.

 

Given such a loose set of rules, of course my head started spinning with creative ideas!! I went back and forth over my CHA Pin board , drooling over all of the scrappy goodies that I loved, and had so many favorites, that I couldn't seem to narrow it down! Finally, I decided that two of my favorite collections from CHA summer were Cashmere Dame by Glitz Designs, and On Trend by Crate Paper. (Links go to 2Peas, if you want to purchase these collections!)

Cashmere Dame:

On Trend:
 
 
They are just so fun and colorful!! So, I pulled from my stash to create a kit, which I am calling "Sassy Fashionista":
 
 
I have some nearly forgotten, but much loved goodies in here! Patterned papers from Basic Grey, Echo Park, and the Paper Studio, cardstock, washi tape, black lace, 2 sets of pink Thickers, black Glitz letter stickers, stamps from The Girls Paperie, chipboard stickers from Pink Paislee, photo corners from Anna Griffin, clear acetate diecuts from Making Memories, zebra dots and bling, Fluerettes in black and animal print, and Basic Grey die cut pack. I really love the way this came together, thanks to the CKC blog and their inspiration!!

I was so inspired by this challenge, I decided to make a few page kits, as well! In the past couple of weeks, I have shared pages made from these kits!

I made a mini-kit based on this collection by Echo Park, "Fall Fever":
 
Here is my kit, Autumn Afternoon:

In this kit, I have papers from Graphic 45, Making Memories, The Paper Studio, and My Mind's Eye, Making Memories upholstery brads, a fall rosette, Thickers chipboard shapes, and some Studio G stamps.
 
I made a couple of pages with this kit already:
 

You can see more photos and details about these pages here.
 
My last kit is not really based on a collection, but a single paper! I purchased a sheet of this gorgeous paper from Studio Calico's Yearbook collection:
 
I simply made up a fallish sort of kit with these colors and prints that I thought would go well with it! My second autumnal kit, "Colors Of Fall":
 

In this kit, I have included Bazzill glazed cs, kraft cs, Patterned paper from Echo Park, American Crafts, and Studio Calico. Embellishments include: Thickers, ScrapWorks Flea Market letter stickers, Heidi Grace word stickers, polka dot kraft tags from Target, Basic Grey wood buttons, a Jenni Bowlin Bingo card, a burlap sack, and a couple of fall rosettes.

I hope that I have inspired you to get creative with your existing stash and pull a kit or a page kit! For more kit making inspiration, we are having a blog hop, so you can see all of the CKCB's Design Team's kits!

Here is the list:

Guest Designer: Julie http://hisglorygirl.blogspot.com/
Margie http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com/ *YOU ARE HERE*
Milissa http://millermall.blogspot.com/ *GO HERE NEXT*
 
And if you love making kits from your stash, why not try out for the Design Team?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My Scary Bunch...

I thought I would take a tiny break from this regularly scheduled scrappy blog to share some Halloween photos of my kiddos. So, if you will indulge me for a minute...

My oldest (who is 13) wanted to be a Playboy bunny-we nixed that idea pretty quickly, lol! But when she agreed to wear sweats or jeans, we felt a cute black bunny costume was a good compromise:



My son wanted to be Scream, and it was pretty funny that one of his best buds ended up being Scream also-and they didn't even tell each other what they were going to be!
Evan/Scream:

 Evan and his buds before a Halloween party a few nights ago:
The twins personalities and differences are really showing with this year's costumes! Natalie, the oldest twin, wanted to be rather glamorous and pretty, so she went as a "Goth Fairy":


And the younger twin (by 2 mins, lol), Cecilia, wanted the ugliest, scariest costume that she could find, and it HAD to have a mask. So, she went as "Infectious"(although she looked rather like a zombie to me, but what do I know?):

I especially love that blonde hair peeking out ;-) !