Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pagemaps entry

Just getting in a quick last minute entry to the Pagemaps Contest for this month!

Becky's Sketch:
My Page:All of the supplies were pulled from my March kit, except one of the Tim Holtz tickets, which I pulled from my stash. Patterned paper is Pink Paislee (orange) and Making Memories (diecut). I added burlap ribbon, and a ruffled burgundy ribbon, an American Crafts glitter button, which I tied with a piece of twine. I used leftover pieces of my homemade orange woodgrain canvas to make the flag and the little orange rosette. Thanks for looking-don't forget to enter my giveaway here .

Monday, March 28, 2011


Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Club Blog Hop! The challenge for the blog hop this month was for us to scraplift ourselves. I didn't really want to do an exact replica of one of my previous layouts, so I decided to pick a layout I liked that I did in the past, and scraplift some elements of it.
Here is the layout that I chose to scraplift:
My Layout For the Hop (I think I actually like the original better, but at least I got another page scrapped!):The One Element that I replicated exactly (punched and glimmer misted butterflies): Remember the 100 follower giveaway I promised you? Well, I didn't forget! I decided to "Counterfeit" the Lime Tart full tart kit for March, and give that away to one lucky follower! Come back tomorrow (March 29th) to see the kit I made up to give away, and enter for a chance to win! Thank you for visiting my blog today, now hop on over to Angela's blog to see what she has for you and continue the blog hop!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Puddle Fun...(and a sale at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff)

My Layout, "Spring Rain":A Close-Up Of My Title:I made this layout using the Puddle Fun Digistamp set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Shop Handmade store, pictured below:

I printed the cool Rain Boots and Umbrella on some Making Memories glitter polka dot paper, and added shading with my Copics.

I based my layout on this week's new sketch from Sketchy Thursday's sketch blog.

I used mostly supplies from my Wildflower Add-on kit to the March Counterfeit Kit. I started with the light blue grid paper by DCWV, then put the Basic Grey Doily lace paper on top of that. I put a strip of Kraft cardstock from my main kit in the center to "ground" my photo, then cut up and added the awesome Girl's Paperie border strips, which I inked with pink ink and attached above and below the kraft paper. I pulled out the scrap of Basic Grey Basics paper(leftover from making my Envelopes for one of my add-on kits), and put it above the photo to use as a journaling spot. I embellished it with the AWESOME digistamps (who doesn't love pink wellies with glitter polka dots?!! And the matching umbrella?), some ancient chipboard brackets from my stash, which I wrapped with the Pink Paislee Artisan Tape from my main Counterfeit Kit. I made the title with the pink/white polka dot foam letter stickers, and finished the layout off with a scrolly cream colored heart charm, some pink satin ribbon roses, pale blue pom-pom trim, and an embellished butterfly (that I got from Meridy in a swap!), all from my Wildflower add-on kit. I just love the way this page turned out, so soft, and pretty and girlie!

This layout qualifies for the following challenges:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Happy Smile...

from one of my kiddos makes my heart happy!! This is my oldest daughter, and I of course made this layout with my Counterfeit Kit for March. I used this month's sketch from The Scrap Room Blog
The Sketch:

My Page:
The butterfly cardstock is from my main kit, along with the green and orange cardstock scraps, green patterned paper scrap, green fabric Thickers, my homemade orange "woodgrain" printed canvas (for the photo mat), the ladybug and "sweet smile" stamps, and chipboard butterflies and the parenthesis (which I inked orange) from my Sunny Clearing kit, and bling and a ledger paper scrap from my Babbling Brook kit.

Big butterfly and bling:

little butterflies and bling:

Fabric Thickers title (I turned the exclamation point into an "I"):

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Last Minute Submission...

I love Jana Eubanks' sketches, so when I saw that she had done the sketch for this week's challenge at the Paper Variety blog, I knew I had to play along! I used supplies from this month's Counterfeit Kit (Sassafrass Lass , and the black and white stripe paper are from my Mossy Knoll kit, Jenni Bowlin Banners, kraft cardstock, jute twine,and all stickers are from my main kit, and I used buttons from my Wildflower kit. I added a black transparency doily, black cardstock scrap, and red chipboard snowflake from my January kit, and the journaling spot, letter stickers, and red grosgrain ribbon are all from my stash.

Here is the sketch:

My Page:
A Close-up of my Mini Banner:A Close-up of the Stickers:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A "Sweet" Thursday sale and a Card

Top O' the Morning to you! Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Today, I am sharing a card that I made for my daughter, whose birthday is coming up soon. I started with this awesome sweet digistamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, used some yellow glazed Bazzill, pink/white gingham ribbon, and a chipboard title from my March Counterfeit Kit, and added a handmade flower and white paper doily from my stash.

If you want to pick up this great digistamp set (or any others at MyGraphico and Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) they are on sale for 40% off TODAY ONLY, in celebration of Saint Patrick's Day!! Don't miss out!

P.S. I noticed that I have 100 followers now! To celebrate, I am going to make a Counterfeit Kit from my stash and give it away!So, be on the lookout for that in the next few days!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Scrapping up a storm...

My crafty muse, or inspiration comes and goes in spurts. I may be inspiired one night and scrap 5-8 pages. Then, I could without inspiration for weeks-when my kids were really small, I went without scrapping for a few months at time (for some reason I never stopped buying supplies,though-I think I enjoy shopping as much as I enjoy scrapping). But, 2 nights ago, I was inspired. I just started scrapping, and didn't stop until I realized it was 11:30, and I had to get up before 5...But it was so worth the lack of sleep! I love a great, productive evening like that, where I don't have to force it, it just sort of flows out! So, all that being said, here is what I made(all supplies from my March Counterfeit Kit):
You Are My Sunshine layout:
I used the back side of one of my Sassafrass Lass sheets (one of the best things about that company is that both sides of the sheet of paper are equally beautiful!), a white paper doily, Sassafrass Lass photo corners from the cardstock sticker sheet, a chipboard flower and doily, all from my Sunny Clearing kit. I also used a chipboard title, orange cardstock (for the photo mat), and a small orange journaling spot from my Main kit, and another KI Memories chipboard doily and a gem from my Babbling Brook kit.
Close Ups of Title and Chipboard Doily:

My Little Punkin' layout:
This layout was made with mostly my Main Kit: Orange patterned paper from Pink Paislee, Dark brown cardstock, ruffled brown ribbon, Making Memories journaling spot, and flourished heart shaped Daisy D's journaling sticker, my homemade "fabrips", and some buttons, flower gems, and Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type stickers for the title from my Mossy Knoll add-on.
Close up of journaling spot, buttons, and flower gems:
Yum layout:
I made this layout with Sassafrass Lass paper, Yellow scalloped circle cardstock, Thickers puffy alpha stickers, yellow ric rac, and one of my homemade clips from my Sunny Clearing add on. I also added orange cardstock, a Making Memories journaling spot, and twine from my Main kit, and made an ice cream cone with paper scraps, my Cricut, Indie Art cartridge, and Glossy Accents, and added memorabilia from the chocolate/ice cream shop.
Close Ups of ice cream cone and homemade clip:

Thanks for stopping by today, and allowing me to share my creations with you!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I'm a Master Forger...

AKA a Design Team member for the Counterfeit Kit Club blog!! I just got the email yesterday! I was very excited, since I have been having a blast playing along with them! Maybe I will actually get some of this enormous stash used up, and that would make my hubby happy! LOL!
Ok, now that I have done my little happy dance, I did actually get some scrapping done too! I played along with the Etsy inspired challenge. Here are my inspiration pieces:
Green and White pillows (I was very inspired by the patterns, and it immediately reminded me of this green and white Basic Grey patterned paper from my kit. I wanted to make a 2 page spread, and I only had one full sheet of this patterned paper, so I dug into my scraps-and found 2 large pieces that I was able to attach, and cover the gap with ribbon from my kit.
I was also inspired by these Stacking Rings ,

and I was inspired to replicate them on the photo frame on the first page with tiny gold ribbon and some pearls from my kit.
All supplies used were from my kit, with the exception of the matching green and white patterned paper and the adhesives I used.What do you think? Do you see the inspiration in my page? (this is as straight as I could get this photo today, sorry!)

I know, I know, you saw the Jenni Bowlin number banners that were in the Studio Calico kit. I know ,I could have made my own-but those were just sooo darn cute! I got a sheet. What can I say? I'll hold out my wrist for you to slap it now. (head down) Anywhoo, I only spent $4.50 making my kit (minus the initial amount that I spent on my stash, of course), and I am using my stash, so I'm happy!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Somebody stop me!

I've got to stop adding to my Counterfeit Kits, and start actually using them! There's so much stuff there that I need to use! But I really liked these elements, so I really wanted to duplicate them for my kit. I made my own button clips ( I used a mix of white and yellow buttons, chipboard and vellum daisies, and a couple of resin flowers that I saw a tutorial for HERE
And I really loved the FabRips from Cosmo Cricket, but I don't have any, so I made some! I thought the orange woodgrain was so cool, so I found an orange woodgrain print on Flickr and downloaded it. Then I took a piece of canvas out of my fabric bin, Mod Podged it to a sheet of cardstock,ironed it with a dry iron, then printed the orange woodgrain on the fit to page setting. It kind of cleaned my printer rollers because of the thickness, I think-there was a bit of a grunginess to it, which I really didn't mind, I like a bit of distressing!
I think it looks pretty close!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Imitation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery...

At least, so they say! The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is imitating Studio Calico this month. And I must say, I was pleasantly surprised by the color palette of this kit! I love the original kit(which apparently sold out in 5 or 6 hours,anyway, so probably would have missed it, lol), so I replicated it as closely as possible with my stash.
The only thing I bought this week to add to these kits was the brown and white striped ribbon, on sale half-off at HL. So, I only spent $2.00, and I shopped my stash, which is mostly comprised of stacks, and papers and other items that I got at HL on their 40 or 50 % off sales, the clearance aisle at WM or Target, Big Lots finds, or goodies that I received as blog candy or from swaps. I rarely order off the internet, and I rarely buy items at full price, I usually wait for a sale, unless it's something I REALLY want or need right away.
This month's main kit from Studio Calico, "Into The Woods":My version:I tried to match the papers pretty closely! It includes:
Patterned Papers:
  • Basic Grey Basics ledger
  • Heidi Grace brown shimmer with green and cream flocked circles
  • DCWV Wild Life Butterfly Multi in green,brown, orange, and cream
  • Pink Paislee orange print
  • Cream and Olive Green Glitter cardstock sheets from WM
  • DCWV Wild Life Brown Woodgrain print
  • Ruby Lemonade flocked yellow floral print from Tapestry by CR Gibson
  • Making Memories Die-cut ledger paper
  • a sheet of white corrugated cardstock (oops, I cropped it out of the picture)
  • And I matched the cardstocks as closely as possible from my stash (it's a mix of American Crafts, Bazzill, Paper Studio, and Walmart)
  • 2 partially used packages of green fabric Thickers
  • 1 package of Making Memories white flocked title stickers
  • a few journaling spots from Jenni Bowlin and Making Memories
  • A sheet of Daisy D's journaling stickers (This is OLD!!It has been in my stash for YEARS!!)
  • Jenni Bowlin orange vintage buttons
  • A mix of chipboard and Grungeboard stars, some finished, some raw.I also had a few Heidi Swapp star shaped journaling spots that are AGES old that I threw in there
  • A couple of KI Memories Chipboard titles/sayings
  • A sheet of round stickers (they're meant for bottle caps, but I just plan to use them as is)
  • A little package of ribbon, twine, and trim
  • A package of Studio G Stamps
I also love the add-on kits that Studio Calico offered with their main kit, wonderful names, and they add such variety and beautiful colors.My favorite add on kit was the "Wildflower" kit. It has such beautiful, soft colors, and I knew exactly what I wanted to pull from my stash as soon as I saw the kit!
The Studio Calico Add-on Kit, "Wildflower":

My version:
Patterned Papers:
  • 2 from the Girl's Paperie (the border strips and blue ledger)
  • My Mind's Eye (glittered rose print)
  • DCWV Mango Frost (light blue grid)
  • Die Cut sheets:
  • 1 Basic Grey Doily (from Big Lots!)
  • Die Cut Roses paper (I cut this with my Cricut and an svg file!)
  • Vintage ephemera that I downloaded and printed
  • pink and cream buttons from my stash
  • pale pink ribbon roses (from the Walmart clearance section)
  • Some really cool (IMO)pink and white polka dot foam letter stickers by the Paper Studio
  • partial sheets pink glitter letter stickers by Making Memories
  • Making Memories green flocked title stickers
  • REALLY OLD K&Co chipboard words and sayings (they came in a metal tin, I must have gotten them about 7 or 8 years ago)
  • Basic Grey Woolies (another Big Lots find)
  • a cream colored intricate heart charm from the Wal Mart clearance aisle
The Studio Calico Add-On Kit, "Babbling Brook":
My version: (Wow, sorry for the crappy photo, I took these last night at about 1:30 am, so my eyes were a little blurry, and the lighting sucked!)
Patterned papers:
  • Basic Grey Basics
  • DCWV Grade School-graph print with a green flourish
  • Aqua Print-(I think this was by Luxe Designs)
  • Orange print by Pink Paislee
  • Yellow Glazed Bazzill
  • Die-cut paper-Vintage Moon Collection by October Afternoon
  • Apple Blossom Studios Honeycomb print stamp (the bee in the main kit immediately reminded me of this stamp, and I thought it would be the perfect substitute for the circle print stamp included in this kit!
  • light blue pom-pom trim
  • embellished chipboard butterflies that I received from a swap
  • Cosmo Cricket brown Tiny Type stickers
  • a KI Memories light blue chipboard "doily"
  • a couple of Anna Griffin journaling spots
  • an envelope with a window from my stash
  • yellow chipboard letters-these have been in my stash so long, I forgot that they were there!! I got a huge pack of chipboard punch out letters at Hobby Lobby a long time ago...
  • various leftover bling
I cut some Envelopes/folders out of Basic Grey Basics papers for this add-on kit, using my Cricut and some svg cutting files:The Studio Calico Add-On Kit, "Mossy Knoll":
My version:
Patterned paper:
  • SEI Dill Blossom
  • Sassafrass Lass (2 different)
  • yellow-Basic Grey Origins
  • Black and white striped from a Love, Elsie stack (remember those?)
  • teal crisscross lines print by Cosmo Cricket
  • Die-cut tan scalloped cardstock by Bazzill
  • Dark aqua chipboard Thickers
  • A die cut printed cream frame from 2006 that I found while digging through my stash
  • A 7Gypsies journaling card
  • Basic Grey Bling It flower (from Big Lots)
  • vintage bees printed from the Graphics Fairy
  • feathers
  • American Crafts glitter buttons
  • flower rhinestones
  • A couple of Tim Holtz journaling tickets, and a couple of the smaller ones as well
  • And an assortment of yummy textured ribbons:tiny cream pom-poms,black pleated grosgrain, creamy butter colored velvet, burlap, striped brown and white wide grosgrain, and a sheer black ribbon with embroidery and sequins (it's so pretty when you hold it up to the light!)
I really love my ribbon, and I can't wait to use these yummy trims on some pages(I must confess that I bought this striped ribbon after seeing some in the Studio Calico kit. But Hobby Lobby has their ribbon spools on sale 50% off this week, so I couldn't resist!).I just love the texture that it adds to a page!My favorite part of my Mossy Knoll add-on: these AWESOME feathers that I found at Hobby Lobby in the Craft Dept for a $1.00 each (they were on sale 50% off)!!I have some plans for these in my head for sure!
The next kit feels warm and fresh, like springtime, and I do love the yellows and pinks of it!
The Studio Calico Add-on Kit, "Sunny Clearing":
My version:
I was immediately reminded of the Sassafrass Lass Sunshine Lollipop Collection, which is where I pulled alot of this kit from, including:
The yellow and pink patterned papers, the journaling sticker sheet, and the yellow cardstock letter stickers.
The other patterned papers:
  • yellow print and green vintage ladies from Cosmo Cricket Material Girl
  • green herringbone from Basic Grey Nook And Pantry
  • Die-cut yellow scalloped circle by Bazzill
  • white paper doily
  • Light blue polka dot Puffy Thickers
  • a yellow diecut frame that I found in my stash-probably about 10 years old
  • Chipboard butterflies and doiles from KI Memories
  • more of the embellished chipboard butterflies from the 2Peas Swap
  • light green diamond print Artisan Tape by Pink Paislee
  • and a card of ribbons that I matched as closely as possible with my stash to the Studio Calico kit
And, since the main kit and several of the add-on kits include stamps, these are the 3 sets that I pulled to use with these kits:An Autumn Leaves journaling stamp set, Hampton Arts stamp set (I plan to use that cute ladybug in place of the bee in the main kit), and a Basic Grey set-all closeout finds from Walmart and Big Lots! I think I only paid $4.50 for all three sets (total!).But I haven't used them yet, and I think that they will work perfectly with this month's kits!

Since taking these photos, I have also decided to add an alphabet stamp set, some Maya Road Chipboard tiny trees, and a sheet of light aqua Making Memories letter stickers to my main kit.

I also want to make some of those banner flags and maybe a few other embellies. If I do, I will share them on the March Mr Linky!

Whew!Thanks for stopping by today...And thank you for sticking with me through this long post! Now to get some pages made!