Friday, 19 October 2018

World Cardmaking Day - 6 Oct 2018

Yeah I know that was so two weeks ago, but I promise I did actually make my card on the day...well part of it anyway! 😳. (yes that's a tail)

Our 18th wedding anniversary was on 7 October so perfect timing, hey?

It would have been...had I not chosen such a time consuming card.  When you try to up the ante with your anniversary card each year, by the time you get to 18 it practically has to spring to life and sing a cheesy ballad.

Well I've still on my Silhouette kick and I saw this cat cut file on Paige Evans' blog so I fiddled with it in Silhouette Studio to get two smoochy woochy cats.

The biggest issue was shrinking them down.  The cat was originally close to 12" tall and to make those pieces even remotely doable for my failing eyesight and sometimes dodgy hands, they couldn't really be smaller than about 4" wide and maybe 5" tall.

It was the stitching that took me three days though.  I rushed it at the end to finish it, and because I was cross with the Silhouette for not writing the sentiment nicely (bad combination of pens and paper) I ended up using stickers.

(Fitzy aka NCC* is the most stealthy photobomber so we've learned to roll with it!)

Read the sentiment on the front... see the continuation inside? (before I added all the lovey dovey stuff, obvs!)


Get it?  NPCH* still doesn't and he is a maths major.  😒

9 lives...two lifetimes...18 years?   OK so I'd be seriously devo if any cat we had only lived 9 years, but you get the idea, right?  Tell me I haven't completely lost my mind!

And the bride cat's veil and tiara isn't sitting right cos it's hiding some mess, but overall I'm pleased.  I'm really looking forward to using this cat again...just much MUCH bigger!

Well that's all I have for you today...well almost!  Wanna see what we looked like back in the day?

*⇐Acronyms in left sidebar

Love and creative cardmaking!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

CKC October Forgery

...on the fourth...ish. 😕

At least it isn't the fourteenth like last time, right? 😜

Part of the issue is that I'm not currently getting along with my Silhouette right now.

I managed to cut these (and some extra leaves) before it started misbehaving again.

If you watch the video of the kit unboxing, there is a cut file included which looks like a wedding ring quilt.

I have a similar cut file and also this one designed for stitching, so I thought I'd continue with the quilting/sewing/stitching vibe and cut a similar pattern by Paige Evans and stitch it instead.  I have to pop out a few more of those stubborn dots, though.

The other cut file is also by Paige Evans and it's an example of how Autumn and Spring are colliding - leaves in more Springy colours.  Not that you can't use leaves for Spring, but they are synonymous with Autumn so we're going with that.

I will definitely pull out some coffee themed stamps.  I have a lot...and I mean a LOT.

I might even tinker more with various pens in the Silhouette pen holder to see if I can get a good pen and paper combination which gives a crisp finish and no bleeding.

Not much to forge and to be honest even this is probably pushing it!

Now to make some layouts and try not to drop the ball on adulting and everything else!!

Love, and fabulous forging!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge October Kit

 I can't believe how quickly I have to do this again!  Well, if I'm going to be honest September was almost half gone before I even got my kit made and blog post up.  Then another couple of weeks before I even started using it, but September was a funny month. 🤷

World Cardmaking Day was on 6 October and our wedding anniversary was on 7th, so while I started hunting and gathering at the very start of the I am 10 days later.  NOT the plan! 😖

Whatever are you talking about, PinkCraftyMama?  

What is a Counterfeit kit?  Click on the link and learn more!  The lovely graphic on the right is from their blog.
So this month the kit chosen for everyone to counterfeit is a Wild Hare kit.  It's a really interesting choice since Wild Hare are one of the few, but increasing number of companies who offer curated kits.  Here are the items from the very kit being "counterfeited" this month.

The particular example to be used is what I would call a "clean and simple" kit in the same spirit of the design style.  Clean and simple both in quantity of items and the style too.

Once I recovered from the horror that was only NINE papers (not ninety!) I realised that I would need to counterfeit a kit that was curated for someone like me.  A kit with say...ninety papers! 😂. Curating is what we already do at CKC so it's double curating!

I was so excited to see Becca Sadler was the guest designer for October!  I have got to know her through some great chats (and enabling of BIG kits) over on the CKC Facebook Page.  Once I went and saw her kit, I was happy enough,  It pretty much resembled mine exactly! 😳😂

Now we do what we always do and analyze the kit.  Sometimes the embellishments show things the papers don't, so it's always worth keeping them in mind for a balanced kit.  In the interest of breaking up this looong blog post (for which I cannot apologize enough!) I'll START with the embellies right here!

Also...if you click on the image, a larger more detailed pic should pop up.  I'm going to try to use smaller ones to keep this post a bit shorter.


← ← ←Thickers. 
Yes there are a lot, BUT they are mostly messed up packs that desperately need to be used.  I added the coppery ones from last month and the woodgrain and colour ones I didn't use last month, but they seem to suit the feel of this kit even better!

Word Thickers.  → → →
Again a lot.  But I HAVE a lot and need to use them so I need to challenge myself (not mention needing variety and having commitment issues! 😂)

← ← ← Stickers.  
Lots of stickers!  These vary from almost finished sheets that I want to get rid off to ones from last month's kit to ones I struggle to use.  Many have been gathered from a pile of embellies that I had pulled at some stage and not put away.

I included stickers with a more coppery/rose gold finish to help me succeed with the rose gold Thickers.  Actually the sticker sheets from Shimelle's Go Now Go was one thing I really wanted to use last month but struggled so I'm giving them another try.

Sticker Books.  → → →
Several of these include both rose gold and coppery gold foil finishes to help with the above mission! 

← ← ← MOAR Stickers! 
Quite a few are seriously messed up sheets which need to be used.  Also trying to use up that scary sheet that screams AUTUMN!  It should be fine scattered among the less autumnal tones, but as I've said before I can easily scrapbook autumn photos since I'm not a chronological scrapbooker. 

Chipboard Stickers. ↓↓↓
I love the dimension of chipboard, but only seem to use the smaller elements with ease.  I picked some with the shades of gold I'm trying to match and am challenging myself to use more of ir especially the larger pieces.

Flat Alphas. ↓↓↓
There are a few above and I'm including this book of transluscent Amy Tangerine alphas which again are not as easy for me to use as other alpha stickers. 

Also, a Dear Lizzy double sided sheet in coppery gold.

I decided not to pick other flat alphas, but pull from this box that sits on my desk.  Anyone remember these?  Used back in the day for floppy disks. 😂 

The stickers in here are cut down and small sheets.  Larger sheets of flat alphas live elsewhere and get reached for first, so this month I'm making a real effort to made a dent in these little sheets.  ↓↓↓

Here is everything else!  The cork shapes remind me somewhat of the framed text embellies in the inspiration kit.  You might even identify  some things from last month like the fabric tickets and bows.  Plenty of puffy stickers and messed up dimensional stickers and word stickers and rub-ons and so much more! ↓↓↓ 

I like to analyze the motifs and patterns first, so that when I pull papers for colour, I can keep the motifs in mind to help narrow down choices.

I decided to recycle some of the papers from last month and vowed I would only choose the remaining papers from a growing stack that has been accumulating for months and not been put away.  The only exception was a few PinkFresh Studio papers (two were the same as in the inspiration kit) because I felt they were quite instrumental to the overall feel of the kit.

Patterns and Motifs:

Stripes (horizontal and diagonal)
"Retro" style patterns
Text (scripty and handwritten)
Large florals
Plus signs
Washi tape
Small scale geometrics
Scattered images
Coffee paraphernalia
I also added apples since there is at least one more layout I wanted to make with them and they seem to fit with an autumn-not-autumn type of kit such as this one.


Hues and tones vary quite a bit for each colour and my interpretation of the kit tends to have an even greater variation


Now onto my kit...since last month my kit was called "Falling Into Spring", this month we'll go with "Spring into Autumn" since the kits are related and I didn't want the Autumnal feel to be so strong that it doesn'y acknowledge that we are well into Spring here in Australia.

Spring into Autumn

The first think I have to say that this kit is monstrous and I didn't even take a photo of everything together,  Not much point since the papers wold be totally obscured!  Now a PCM* rule when making up kits is that single sided papers from paper pads only count for half a sheet! are my papers mostly grouped by colour.  In the paired sets of pictures, the top image is the side I chose for the kit and the bottom image is the other side which often works equally well as you're about to see.

Black and Grey Double Sided Papers
Black and Grey Single Sided Paper

White/Cream and Woodgrain Single Sided

White/Cream and Woodgrain Double Sided Papers. 

Pink, Peach, Red, orange and 
yellow Single Sided
 Red and Pink Double Sided Papers

 Peach/Orange and Yellow Double Sided Papers
Green, Blue and Aqua/Light 
Blue Single Sided Papers

Cut-apart, multicoloured and 
"themed" Single Sided
Green/Teal and Aqua/Blue Double Sided Papers

Scraps from last month 
and one other piece
Multicoloured and "themed" Double Sided Papers

Apple, 'plus sign' and PinkFresh Studio Double Sided Papers

There is a lot of green compared to any one of the other colours in my interpretation of the kit (ranging from mint green to a light grass green to emerald green to teal), and more pink in my kit than in the inspiration kit (of various shades from a warm, peachy pink to a slightly cooler baby pink to a few bits of almost-hot-pink).  This helps the "Spring" aspect of the kit come through among the autumnal tones.  

I also included a lot more paper and embellishments with florals for the same reason.

Finally. my kit includes a few more embellies: 

Doilies and Frames 
 I have loads more frames to choose from, but picked a sampling of the sizes I'm most likely to encounter and happy to change any over if I come up with a better option.  I don't use them as much as I should, so any frame that ends up on a layout is progress.  I also found some random bits of twine salvaged from actual kit club kits from a good 5 years ago!

 My trusty snack tray 

Last month's selection of die cuts and 6x6 pads

 My partially used, random, dots and gems

Box of random leftovers

Well done on making it this far!  Even I'm ready for a cup of tea and some headache tablets! 😝. 

At this point I'm not sure whether I'll be forging this month, but I confess I did enjoy it last month however late it was!  

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

* ← ← ←Acronyms on left

Love, and crazy curating!

Monday, 1 October 2018

CKC Sept and Layering with Shimelle

Yes yes I know it's already October here, but not in the northern hemi and since that's where CKC is based...and I legit finished this layout yesterday.

This one is based on Prompt 16 of Shimelle's Layer On Layer On Layer class.  I knew I needed some apple layouts and I have at least 2 pie layouts and one about the OTHER kind of Apple. 💚💚💚

I managed just this one, but I'm planning to use whatever is left from this crazy kit as a jumping off point for the next one.

Infact I have a pile of pulled papers I have yet to put away so what if I limit myself to those? 💭

I'll decide that tomorrow when the CKC October reveal happens and this time I'll get that kit made nice and quick.

I also have a week to get an anniversary card done.  I have some experimental ideas for this one, but we shall see if eventuates the way I hope.

Oh right...I was talking about a layout, wasn't I?  Soz!

This layout started so well...I was really enjoying it, but had to pull off a bunch of things, move around and re-do large sections of three times at least. 😫

I'm still not thrilled, but much happier than I was before the last and most drastic re-do.

I even managed to include three decent sized acetate butterflies for the RYS September challenge.

Love and quick kit collating,

Saturday, 29 September 2018

CKC Challenge 2 and Layering with Shimelle

The second Counterfeit Kit Challenge for September was called "Autumn Equinox".  Not surprisingly it's all about what Autumn means to you.

Good thing I'm not a chronological scrapbooker since it's Spring here!

Now the thing is that pumpkins really don't mean Autumn to me (despite pumpkin soup being a year round family favourite)!  In fact, I didn't actually think I had any pumpkin photos!  Apples and apple pies are definitely more autumnal but I'm running with this for the challenge even though I have apple pie photos for the next layout on the agenda, but the colours aren't nearly as autumnal.

This is my take on Prompt 4 from Shimelle's Layers on Layers on Layers class.  One of my favourite from the class.  I mean Shimelle's design is...not my actual interpretation.

So the first step?  Cheat with a very typically autumnal paper for the background.  I was sure it had pumpkins on it, but it doesn't.  I'm running with it all the same.  Everything else was legit, though!

 This layout took me an awfully long time to finish despite being fairly quick with the lack of embellishment.  It was a matter of finding the right size pieces in the right colours and I'm not sure I nailed it.  It shouldn't look quite as chaotic.   I managed a whole one leaf from all my forgery and it wasn't even an acetate one. 😞

So an actual Autumn layout of a photo taken in actual Autumn and featuring pumpkins no less!

I even blocked out some superfluous words on an October Afternoon card and used it as part of the title.  Probably the only time I ever will!

Not a whole lot else to say about it - just that those 6x6 paper pads came in mightily handy for all the layers under the photo!

And here it is all finished.  Like the previous layout, I think I'd really like to try the design again.   I already have some changes in mind so I may come back to them after I'm done with the other prompts.

love and stacks and stacks of pretty paper!