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04 September 2015

September Counterfeit Forgeries

I am often remiss in counterfeiting exact forgeries of items in the monthly kits, because, frankly, I have plenty of product to make substitutions.  It is quicker, easier, and it works for me. But then I’m reminded that I should be setting a good example as a counterfeiter.  So now and again, I do.

When putting together my pocket scrapbooking kit for September, I was immediately ready to play.  Spotting certain embellishments, I had definite ideas of how I wanted to use them.  So I stepped up my counterfeit game by pre-embellishing some cards.


Here’s what I did:

1.  This first card, identical in design but different in color from the kit original, was jazzed it up with a couple of arrows stapled strategically.

2.  A piece of plain cardstock was embossed with a Tim Holtz folder called Bird of a Feather.  I looked for fern leaves to replicate an inspiration kit card, but this style worked better with the other elements in my kit.  Watermark ink applied to the folder gives the background a mottled look.

3.  This is a Studio Calico card kit index card which I flipped to the reverse side, covering the SC logo with a flair.

4.  To a free printable card from Hello Forever, I added the text overprinted alphabet from Cosmo Cricket and shaded the underlining arrow in grey.

5.  There were a couple of floral heart die-cuts in the inspiration kit – I punched two from a 3 x 4 card.

6.  Using Print Pattern background stamp from Stampin Up, I stamped in Pretty in Pink ink on Pretty in Pink cardstock, also from Stampin Up.

7.  Several elements in the inspiration kits featured diamonds.  I chose a card with diamonds, added a perfectly sized SC wood veneer to the center and color matched a variety of flat backed buttons.

8.  A selfie pennant die-cut, arrow label and two felt flowers on a misted background add interest to another cardstock remnant.  Note to selfie:  felt is a nice flat element that can be used inside pockets.

9.  Those upward-oriented leaves on this card were begging for buttons – these are sewn on.

10.  The heart in the center of this card was a nearly perfect match in size and color to a button I had, giving a shadow effect to the not-quite matched up shapes.

11.  Card leftover from a 4 x 6 cardstock pack received some doodling around the edges and the addition of a flower pick I had saved.  Two tiny flowers sitting on my desk finished the opposite corner.

12.  This card had a circle in the center with text I didn’t think I would use.  I covered it with a punched circle from another printable and added the little ladybug button.

It is my hope that having a few cards completely ready to go, will save me time and help me keep on course this month.

01 September 2015

September 2015 Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop

Start: This month’s inspiration kits are the Pop Art kits from Studio Calico.

Lots of white and black with pops of strong color – very artsy.  Reminiscent of the Beautiful Mess kits we counterfeited just months ago.


Looking at this kit made me want to jump with joy.  I immediately thought:


Okay, honestly I have other reasons for picking up the Project Life habit again, but that’s another story for another day – or for a very full 4 x 6 journaling card!

Style:    Since I’m picking up in mid-year, I decided it would be best to use those sundry cards I was storing in the divided box there.

So armed with the Studio Calico kit listings, I pulled these cards from brands including Studio Calico, Hello Forever, In a Creative Bubble, Life Love Paper, Tim & Beck, Scraptastic and  a few free printables too.  I rounded all the corners for a uniform look.


Those are my cards.  Those were my cards, until I made the mistake of taking a look at the Studio Calico PL add-on kits.  I added a few more cards, plus two stamp sets, two alphabets and the cutest darn printables from Cocoa Daisy.


Then I added a box of doo-dads!  I tried to stay on the flat side with these, using only flair that had come in prior SC kits – they seem to be thinner than most other brands.  A good dose of the other items came from Freckled Fawn.

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Stay the Course: And see what the other counterfeiters have in store for your viewing pleasure and scrapping inspiration.  If you get lost along the way, you can always get back on track at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

Now skedaddle!  After you get one last look at my kit, that is.

26 August 2015

Columbo and the Case of the Incomplete Layout

Go check out today’s post on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog to see how this layout looked before I tapped into a little design help from my friends on the team. And to find out what in the world Detective Columbo has to do with it!

2014 Books Read – a CKC design team enhanced layout

2014 books read redo 

“2014 was a very good year, for books, more than 2 dozen, in fact!
My favorites – like the Harry Bosch series - are pictured larger.”

Style: My layout started with some leftovers of my July Counterfeit Kit and a go-to design of mine that divided the page in half.  I knew there were lots of bold colors in the book covers.  Red and black are staples of crime novel covers.  So I chose to use calming colors for the background.  After all, I read to relax, even if I read mysteries and thrillers.  I used just a spritz of every blue and green shade I had, plus a bit of yellow.  I purposely made the numbers in my journaling a smidgen larger to tie into the large numerals at the side of the collage.

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Stash: Stampin Up resist cardstock and patterned paper, Studio Calico Mr. Huey mists, patterned paper and wood arrows, American Crafts Scrabble® tiles, Teresa Collins and Twine & Ink enamel dots, Recollections flair, Cricut – A Child’s Year cartridge die-cut, CK Ali’s Hand font, Becky Higgins washi tape, stash brad.

Yes, it's worth a try with a little help from my friends . .
Mmmm,  I get by with a little help from my friends . .
Oh yes, I scrap fine with a little help from my friends!

23 August 2015

Just Two Quick Cards

I puttered around with my August counterfeit kit just a few minutes more before breaking it down and putting it away.  I wanted to use a few items that I had not yet opened, and I added a doo-dad or two from my desk to complete these two cards.


Now it is all put away - really, truly.  The new month is just a little over a week away.  Exciting!!

17 August 2015

Me On Monday – ignoring my blog break

Here I am first thing – having slept in a little later than usual.  Before getting tied up with other things, I wave at Sian @ From High In The Sky and take my first picture for Ali Edwards’ the Week In The Life challenge. As Ali would say – let’s do this!

We had a let’s do this attitude all weekend.  Friday night we went to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game followed by late night snacking at a Blues and Soup establishment.  Saturday morning we had breakfast at our favorite place – The Egg & I – then quick stops at the Fantasy Card shop (the “required” new game cards were acquired)  and the scrapbook store across the street (2 new goodies – neither “required” were acquired) before heading home by 1 in the afternoon.  Car talk was all about the cute multi-colored blue-eyed dachshund that would have been riding home with us if he had been for sale. I'm not sure what Dukie would have thought about that.  The young ones had a wedding to attend @ 4 pm, and us old folks puttered around the house doing odd chores the rest of the day.

On Sunday we continued – let’s get an early start, they all said.  So early church was followed by a trip to Best Buy to procure a small flat screen TV for daughter’s dorm room.  Darn it if Best Buy doesn’t open until 11 a.m., so we went to the nearby Fresh Market and picked up some delectable ingredients for a new pork chop recipe.  Darn it again, we had 15 more minutes to kill before Best Buy opened, that is the Best Buy next store to the Michaels, don’t you know.  20 minutes and only 3 small unrequired acquisitions later we were on our way home, picking up lunch @ Culvers in transit – we were NOT yet psyched up for elaborate cooking.

The afternoon was spent binge watching Breaking Bad downstairs (they finished to the last episode, thank heavens) and binge listening to Scrap Gal podcasts upstairs (I’m only about 8 episodes in, over a year behind) while working on some happy mail.

Dinner was yummy although delayed as the propane tank for the grill gave out too early, and the chops had to be finished in the oven.  They were worth the wait.  By 9 pm I fell dead tired into bed and dreamed of my long past working days – of all things.

So I am finishing up sending out happy mail, until daugther wakes up and we head to the gym. One of the things I wanted to accomplish on my blog break was to sort through my 3 small baskets of cards.  It is time to get them in the mail and donate some also to the Project Compassion group at church.

I am starting to miss catching up with everyone’s blogs, so I may ignore the blog break and get around to visit a few of you (perhaps multi-tasking while the laundry runs).  Happy Monday.