Saturday, April 25, 2015

April Scrapbook Boutique Challenge

So today's been all about the post-blackout cleanup.  I've hung out 3 loads of washing, finished cooking up the meat from the freezer and spent endless hours trying to clean out what seems like a tree's worth of leaves the storm dumped into our pool.  Still, better than an actual tree, like a friend found in their pool the next morning!
High time to catch up on some blogging, I say! (By the way, if you're here for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop, keep scrolling down to the next post).

I fell in love with this month's challenge at Scrapbook Boutique the minute I saw it!

With my renewed love of metallic embossing, revived by this month's Counterfeit Kit, I knew I was going to have fun with this one!


The photos from Maddy's first aerobics challenge - with their black and silver uniforms - were perfect, and I thought this would be a brilliant opportunity to play with my gelatos!

I white-embossed some big swirls onto some watercolour paper, then went to town with 3 shades of gelato.  Some finger smudging, some water, and voila!

For the title, I pulled out some super-old chipboard letters. I peeled the top coat of patterned paper off, created an "r" out of an "n" and an "o" out of a "d", and embossed with silver.  Love it!

The wood veneer butterflies are my token nod to the chocolate icing on the inspiration piece.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you're finding time to get inspired and get crafty this weekend, too.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge April Members Blog hop

Hi crafty friends, I'm madly typing this after 3 and a half days without power or internet due to a huge storm, in order to get this post live on time for the April members blog hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

This is the page I made using my Counterfeit Kit for challenge #2, the sketch challenge.

Everything is from this month's kit, except I added the navy cardstock, and some left-over white fronds from my February kit, which I coloured with gelatos.  Yay!

I'll be back soon with more crafty adventures from my time without power, but in the meantime, why don't you hop on over to Tina at

Or if you get lost  or started here and want to go back to the beginning, jump on over to the

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tasmania album update

Time for another update on my Tasmania album.  I've gone through and created all the title cards and journaling cards for the pocketed pages.  First I went through and did the ones that will face a traditional page, so that the papers and die cuts matched.
 All the title cards are cut on my Silhouette and backed with cardstock or some of the more solid patterned papers left over from the traditional pages.

Then I went back and did the rest.  At this point I figured it was time to focus on using my manufacturer strips and other thin strips and smaller pieces.  After all, if I can't use them on a project like this, what's the point in keeping them?

If you've visited an earlier post about my Tasmania album, you might remember that each "traditional" page contained the same elements for continuity: a little bit of the striped paper, tickets, cameras, white fronds and cardstock "sequins".  I decided that putting all of those elements onto a 4x6 card along with journaling or a title would be way too much, so each card has one or more of those elements, but not all of them.

I've also finished the titles on my traditional pages.  For some I used the letters cut out of the title cards,

 some I've cut out in black (same font and size),

 and others I decided don't need a title at all.

What's left? Title page and journaling. Yikes!  I don't normally leave journaling until last (especially on such a big project) so let's hope I'll see it through!

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Pick a Challenge" with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and ColourQ

Challenge #1 at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to "pick a challenge" and use your kit.  It didn't take long to find an old favourite of mine that I haven't played for ages - ColourQ.

Ok, so before we go any further, I have a confession to make - my printer is a bit low on ink at the moment, so after I decided my kit had all the necessary colours for this challenge, printed this picture out and came back to it later . . . and decided that "Dusty Durango" was the pink I had in my kit, when it should have been the orange.  Ooops!
You'll forgive me, won't you? 

This page tells the story about the day, about this time last year, when we went to Ikea to buy furniture for my new office/craft room.  We had been in Sydney for a couple of days, going to the Easter show and seeing family. I was pretty excited about it - I love Ikea and of course loved the idea of my new craft area.  My kids, on the other hand, often tell the story of the time, a few years earlier, when we had gone to Sydney solely to go to Ikea and back, and rated it as "the worst day of their lives".  I originally took these photos on my phone to show that huge pile of flat-packs that we had to fit into the car along with all our bags, but of course everyone notices the expression on my children's faces instead . . .

Saturday, April 4, 2015

April Counterfeit Kit, "This Messy Life"

Okay, Okay, so I haven't finished my holiday album using my February kit yet, but it's a rainy Easter long weekend and I wanted a break from decorating journaling cards, so I decided to join in the fun with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge again this month!

The April inspiration is the March "Messy Box" from a Beautiful Mess:

Well, I almost gave up then and there . . . there was no way I was going to come up with anything remotely close to that . . . but then I decided to just take note of the main elements of the kit and start from there.
The elements I identified were:
  • black and white papers
  • hand-drawn feel
  • mix of patterns
  • graphic pocketed page-style cards
  • vellum circles and hearts
  • white brads
  • black-and-white washi tape
  • Gold thickers
There. That doesn't sound so hard after all! So I went to my stash and pulled anything that I thought matched those key elements, rather than the originals.  Here's what I found . . .
Papers that were black and white (I've also added grey and white):

Papers with a hand-drawn feel as well as a mix of patterns:

Graphic pocketed page cards:

I may secretly have a little crush on that "days of the week" Washi, but that's Okay, I'm working with what I've got, and added two rolls from my stash.  I've pulled white and gold brads from the stash and we'll see how we go.  The vellum shapes were easy, too.  I found the perfect cut file in my Silhouette library, so I cut a whole sheet of wonky hearts, wonky circles, and wonky hearts in wonky circles!  I've inked up a few to see what they look like, and left the rest plain until I decide how I want to use them.

That just leaves the gold thickers.  I don't own any and buying any new product is not on the agenda right now, so that leaves the DIY option.  I wasn't sure how my Silhouette would go cutting the very thick gold cardstock I have in the stash, but that's alright when a girl has a range of letter stamps and embossing powders in her stash, pining away from lack of use!

I had a quick play with two different stamp sets and two different powders and (apart from the rookie embossing attempt) I'm happy with the results.  Hopefully when I post a finished page I'll have better lighting so you can see just how pretty it really looks. 
Appropriately enough, the set I used the stamp the word "love" is an old "Love Elsie" set, so although I can't use Elsie's handwriting on the washi tape, I might get to use it here instead!

So that's my kit, which I've named "This Messy Life" (in honour of the inspiration kit, and the chance to get messy with ink and embossing powder, nothing to do with the state of my house, of course!)

It's a pretty big kit, because once I pulled all those papers out I was too lazy to put them back  I figure those papers may as well be in a kit as loose in my stash.
Thanks for visiting with me on this wet Easter weekend.  We're heading up to visit my parents for a few days after church tomorrow, so enjoy your Easter and I hope to catch up with you again soon!