Friday, August 26, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Design Team Blog Hop Is Here!!

When we were given this awesome sketch from Allison Davis of Sketch Support, I knew just the photos that I wanted to scrap with it! I used a bunch of bits from my "Birthday Bonanza" kit in making this layout:

Supplies that I used:
2 sheets of medium light blue textured cardstock from DCWV, strips from GCD Studios Carnival Ride "Party Candles" and "Cupcakes", a leftover piece of Crate Paper's Portrait Collection "Something Blue", pale green ruched ribbon from American Crafts, sticker letters and "Birthday Bash" sentiment from the birthday sticker tablets,  a couple of the stamps in the "Birthday Bonanza" kit (the funky diamond border and journal stamp), an actual leftover Chuck E. Cheese ticket from the party, and handmade felt bits from a 2 Peas Swap: the balloons, mini banner, stars, white lollipop flower, and the birthday candle rectangle that I used for the center of the flower.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, be sure to visit all of the other awesome members of the design team to see what they did with the sketch and their Counterfeit Kits!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Twin Sisters

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being a twin, or having twins when I grew up. I read and reread The Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High series, and wanted so much to be like Elizabeth and Jessica, two blue-eyed blonde girls with opposite personalities. So, it is a little amusing to me that I "grew up" to have blue-eyed blonde twins myself. It's not all fun and games, but I love my little girls more than life itself! So, this page is to honor that special relationship that they have, but aren't quite aware of how lucky they are yet to have it.

Here is the sketch I used, from Sassy Lil' Sketches:

I also took inspiration from another of My Scrapbook Nook's challenges:
Shakespeare once wrote, “What a deformed thief this fashion is”. Here is your challenge: Steal inspiration from Elizabethian fashion, frocks made for men or for women. Think corsets, ruffled collars, doublets, leather belts, braided fabric, and more.

Inspiration photo:

And here is my layout:

I was inspired by the pattern on the top middle photo's collar-this background paper was reminiscent of it, and also added the brown bling, and the ruffled flowers remind me of the ruffles on the collars.

Close up of the embellishments:

 The supplies I used (all from my August CKCB kits):

SEI Chocolat "Nougat" paper (reverse side), Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens "Botanical Gardens", 2 pink Prima fabric flowers, 2 Brenda Walton for K&CO layered butterfly stickers, bits I trimmed from a brown/amber ZVA Flourish for the butterfly trails, brown letter stickers from the Echo Park Walk In The Park collection, pink Making Memories Chipboard letter stickers, pink rick rack border and "Laughter" punch out die cuts from the Colorbok Flea Market pad.

Thanks for visiting with me this morning, be sure to drop back in on the 27th (Saturday) for my Counterfeit Kit Design Team Blog Hop post!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

4 in a row?

Wow, I am on a roll, if I do say so myself, lol! I have another layout to share with you from my scrappy weekend! I enjoyed the "Turn It On Its Ear Challenge" from CKCB so much that I just could not stop, and I made another page for it!

Here Is the sketch I used from our fabulous sponsor at Sketch Support:

And here is my layout, "My Adorable Natalie":

A Close Up of my Embellishment Squares:

The journaling reads: "Natalie, you have always been my little poser-when you see a camera, you tilt your head and flash that smile! Love it!"

Supplies I used (all from my August CKCB kit, except for the teal and yellow cardstock scraps): Background paper is Crate Paper Portrait Collection, the word "Adorable" and the journaling spot are from the Colorbok Flea Market Punch out pad,Green letter stickers are from Echo Park's Walk In The Park collection, the smaller ribbon flowers and the tiny tan ribbon with white dots are from Offray, the larger flower is Prima, I used my small Martha Stewart Scalloped Circle punch, and  I inked the edges of everything with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Martha Stewart Pigment ink in Stem Green.

Thanks for looking, let me know what you think, and drop back in tomorrow for another page from this past weekend's scrappy fun!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

CKCB Challenge

A few days ago, the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog gave us this challenge:

Challenge # 3: Turn it on it's ear: Pick any of the sketches from Sketch Support and rotate it before you use it for a card or layout. You will get a fresh new look this way, but still have the ease of the sketch giving you the blueprints of what to do. So awesome!
I took this sketch from Sketch Support:

And turned it sideways to come up with this page:

I also used a challenge from My Scrapbook Nook's Virtual Crop this past weekend, "#2-This bud of love, by summer's ripening breath-pick 7 different flowers for your layout", and here is a close up of the flowers:

The journaling reads, "It is always so hard to get the four of you together and smiling for a photo.Out of lots of shots, this one was the best Nicole was able to get. Crazy kids!"

Products I used:
The background paper was Pink Paislee Vintage Moon, and the back side of one of the Echo Park Walk In The Park papers, sheer aqua ribbon, the brown border was from the Colorbok Flea Market Punch Out Pad, the title was one of the K&Co rub-ons from the booklet I included in my August kits, The flowers are Primas, Making Memories, and The Paper Studio. All supplies used are from my August Counterfeit Kits (which you can see HERE).

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Beautiful Daughter

The Sketch I Used (from Stuck On U Sketches):

My Layout:

Close Up of my flowers and embellishments:

This layout also qualifies for the Stuck On U Sketches Challenge to Use Die-cuts : the frame behind the photo, the journaling card, the word, "beautiful" ,  and the borders (all premade die cuts from the Colorbok Flea Market Punch-out pad).
I also used: Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens, "Butterfly Wings", a paper lace doily, a brown crystal ZVA flourish, a K&Co. "Rose" sticker, Basic Grey painted brads, pink Primas and tiny pink roses that I made with a punch and scraps for my August Kit, American Crafts Thickers chipboard letters, and a partial sheet of the Pink Paislee Botanical Gardens (the pale pink), which I distressed on the edges with my scissors.

The journaling says: " Almost 12 in this photo, you are growing up so fast, and becoming a beautiful young lady. I have noticed quite a change this year in the way you act, and an increased self-consciousness. Stay confident, you are beautiful!" I just wrote a note from my heart as a little reminder for my 12 year old, who is growing and changing so much before my eyes. Let your kids know how much you love them, they need to hear it!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hope You Are Having a Wonderful, Scrappy Weekend Like Me!

I should have several layouts to share with you this week! Yay! I got a little time to myself this weekend, a faster internet connection, and that equals more sharing!!I decided to follow along with The Scrapbook Nook's Virtual Crop this weekend, A Midsummer's Night Dream, and used a lot of their challenges for inspiration. This layout is based on the challenge #8, To Thine Own Self Be True-Create a layout about yourself, with a photo and at least one fact about yourself.
The Sketch I Used (from The Scrappiest, #131):

My Layout, "Fear":
 Close Ups of my Embellishment Clusters(I love flowers, and use them on almost everything)-so this qualifies for Shimelle's Signature Accent Challenge

The journaling says:
"Although you can't really tell by the smile-if you look at how tightly I am gripping the pole...I was terrified to be so high in the air! Taken on the air tram over Mud Island on honeymoon."

Heights are probably my greatest fear-but I do try to face my fears!

The patterned background paper is My Mind's Eye  Lost&Found, and I also used both side of the SEI Lady's Boudoir "Juliette", a paper doily, a ZVA crystal flourish that I cut apart, and punch out frame, border, circle accent, scalloped square accent, journaling spot,and letters (All from the Colorbok Flea Market Punch Out Pad), and one flower was a Prima flower, and the fabric flower was from a kit that I won from Artful Delight (handmade, I think)- All from my kit that I made myself for August!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Going Overboard?

The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog gave us our inspiration kit for August, and boy was I inspired! They chose the September 2010 kits from My Creative Scrapbook, and I just couldn't stop at one, I had to do my version of all of them!

My Creative Scrapbook's September 2010 Main Kit:
 My Main Kit for August, "Flea Market Findings":
I think it was the feminity of the kits that really spoke to me, but I loved them, and could not resist making my own version of each one! Here is the list of supplies that I included in my August Main Kit:
Paper/ Cardstock:
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Union Square "Favorite"
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found  Market Street "Love" Beautiful Paper
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found  Madison Avenue "Sisters" Boutique
Teresa Collins Noel "Sheet Music"
SEI Lady's Boudoir "Juliette"
Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens "Dew Drops"
Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens "Botanical Gardens"
Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens "Dragonflies"
The Paper Studio "Madesmoiselle's Mini"
Fancy Pants Lilac House "Journal Cards"
Echo Park Paper Life Is Good "Seeing Spots"
Cloud 9 Design Sorbet Villa "Sparkle Blueberry Punch Sorbet"
SEI Chocolat "Nougat"
large and small white paper doilies (Wilton)

Colorbok Flea Market Glitter Punch Out Pad (I won this from Colorbok for taking one of their surveys, and I thought it was so PERFECT for this month's kit-it has tons of goodies:frames, letters, journal spots, borders, titles...I can't wait to play with it!)
ZVA Creative Crystal Swirls-brown/amber colored
blue/green layered Prima flowers
kraft bird/bird cage that I die cut with my Cricut and SCAL
a couple of leftover Spare Parts Antique Flower Brads
Single layer paper flowers/ Primas in assorted greens, blues, whites, and pinks
tiny pink handmade roses that I made with punches
Sheer pink ribbon
Sheer aqua ribbon
Brown ruffled satin ribbon
White lace trim
K&Co. Rub On booklet
My Creative Scrapbook's Limited Edition September 2010 Kit(My Favorite of the Add-Ons):

My version, "Secret Rose Garden":

 My favorite bit from this kit, my die cut "iron garden gate":
Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens "Butterfly Wings"
Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens "Dew Drops"(showing the opposite side than the one in my main kit)
Pink Paislee Butterfly Gardens "Botanical Gardens" (same)
Basic Grey Porcelain "Arabella"
Chatterbox "Light Sky Diamonds"
Crate Paper Portrait Collection "Something Blue"
Crate Paper Portrait Collection "Bouquet"
Pink Paislee Vintage Moon "Full Moon"
My Mind's Eye Front Porch "Screen Door" Antique Floral
Making Memories Love Notes "Lace Love Notes"
Webster's Pages Garden Gala "Refreshing"

Thickers black Jewelry Box chipboard letters
Prima Madrigal Blossom Maestro Mauve
Brenda Walton for K&Co. Grand Adhesions
Brenda Walton for K&Co. rub-ons
Prima Fairytale Roses Buttercup
cream handmade flowers
ZVA Creative pink crystal swirls
die-cut "wrought iron" gate
hot pink ZVA mini roses
strand of pearls (bridal section,1/2 off!-got a huge roll for shower decorr last year)
cream vintage lace from my grandma's sewing box
cream velvet ribbon
pale aqua flowers
MCS's Creative kit for September 2010:

 My version, "Sunshine In The Park":
Echo Park A Walk In the Park:
"Lazy Days"
"Rain Drops"
"Tree Tops"
"Alpha Stickers"
partial sheets: journal cards,border strips& elements stickers
Glazed Bazzill light aqua polka dots

Thickers black vinyl letter stickers
assortment of flowers
Tim Holtz partially used sheets of embossed grungeboard shapes
teal pearls and gems
yellow ZVA Creative flower crystal swirl
cranberry/white dot satin ribbon
brown/white swiss dot grosgrain ribbon
yellow/white dot grosgrain ribbon
light green ruched ribbon
MCS's September 2010 Album Kit:
 My version, "Birthday Bonanza":

red patterned paper from the Colorbok "Paper Crush" collection
Sassafrass Lass "Headphones On"
GCD Studios Carnival Ride "Party Candles"
GCD Studios Carnival Ride "Cupcakes"
GCD Studios Carnival Ride "Bubbly"
GCD Studios Carnival Ride "Clown Dots"
Bazzill Glazed cardstock blue argyle/diamonds

Thickers Rainboots puffy black letter stickers
American Traditional Designs Celebrate Shimmer Stickers
Deja Views Happy Birthday Sticker Tablet
Momenta Celebrate Premium Sticker Pad
American Crafts Celebration Book2 rub-ons Mini Marks
Colorbok white glitter chipboard accents
mixed assortment of fabric and paper flowers
several items from 2 Peas swaps:
a couple of handmade mini banners
3 white handmade lollipop flowers
4 red handmade flowers
handmade felt birthday embellishments

So what do you think? Did I go overboard? I made a huge kit last month and I used most of it...let's hope I get lucky enough to do it again!! Thanks for spending some time with me!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Finishing Up My Layouts for July

 Well, I made myself a rather large kit to use for July, so I have been busy as a bee this week trying to use up as much of my kit as possible. And then, on  last Wednesday, my computer crashed. I had to do a complete system recovery because Windows would not even start up.  So, I lost all of the photos that I have taken this month, includung my layout photos, which I had to redo. Which means you will get a big post with all the rest of my layout photos that I have for the month!
"Sunday Morning Together" layout:

A Close Up of Flower Cluster:
It was Based On This Sketch From Stuck On U Sketches:

Evan at the Beach layout:

 I based it on a Page Maps Sketch

"Gotcha" layout, based on another Pagemaps sketch that I missed the deadline for:
"Inky Fingers" layout:

based on sketch from Creative Scrappers, #165:

"Need A Nap?" layout:

A Close Up:

Based On Sketch 130 from The Scrappiest

"Preparation" layout:

Based on Sketch from Stuck Sketches
"Sweet" Layout:

A Close-up of my Crepe Paper Handmade Rosette:

"Radio Flyer" layout (I still have to get the picture printed for this one!):

Based On Sketch 230 from Sketch Inspirations:

"Time For Tea" Layout:
A Close Up Of the Embellies:

It was based on this Sketch from Creative Scrappers, :
"Rebound King" Layout:

Whew! Now on to next Month! Thanks for sticking with me, I promise I will try to spread the layouts out more next time! Come back on the Sixth for my newest Counterfeit Kit reveal!