Monday, 14 October 2019

October Counterfeit Kit

Now, before you go all

on me,  allow me to explain!

I actually did curate the kit by the end of the first week of October, except I had deadlines which bumped any video or photos of the kit down my to-do list and I was trying to decide which was the lesser of the two evils when it came to documenting this particular Kit Of Doom.

In the end, I decided I had to get it done and my decision was made for me in that NotPinkCraftyHubster (aka The Photography Department) required the use of the camera for an actual photography assignment, so I was left with my phone which meant photos since logistics of shooting an overhead video would currently involve duct tape.

Now on to the topic at hand:
I really loved the story of how the inspiration kit for October was chosen for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  I also loved the choice of kit itself!

In terms of quantity (and you know I have major problems in this area!🙈🙈🙈), I decided to do what I did when I used to belong to a couple of kit clubs (though never Studio Calico) and create a main kit and add-on for each one I would actually buy.

I did fairly well sticking to quantities within each kit.  The only exception was a few extra embellishments (SC is typically a bit lighter in this area compared to some) and alphas.

Here are the Studio Calico versions and my counterfeit for each:

Studio Calico Summer of 69 Main Kit

The thing that struck me about this kit was the slightly emotional presence of manufacturers who either are no longer in business or no longer make patterned paper.  There is a lot of Basic Grey and October Afternoon.  My next thought was that all it wanted was Sassafras and Cosmo Cricket to make the reunion of such brands complete (all four hold a large place in my heart), which is why I'm calling my kit:

The Four Friends 

(after the poem by AA Milne)

I tried (more or less) to pick one embellishment to equal each one in the inspiration kit (plus a few extra).  Admittedly some of the things I included (like die cuts) were a lot more...abundant?? than the die cuts they were supposed to equate too.  Oops.  Another oops is I forgot to add the flair to the photo, but I promise it's there!

I left in the pink Mini Market alphabet stickers despite my general policy of usually just including Thickers and pulling in smaller ones as needed.  I added in at least one extra set of Thickers per add-on.

I'm glad I tried to find alternative images of the papers online since the colouring in the original photos isn't really true in some cases, yet other papers in the same photo look OK.  I do apologise for the quality of my photos and light glare etc.  It couldn't be helped this time!

Here are the papers on their own with the side I chose to represent the side in the original kit.

Some are even the same!  Surprisingly I went for similar cardstock too which I rarely do.  My orange is the Bazzil Dotted Swiss with the embossed dots and the white is the woodgrain print from last month.  I think the pink and kraft are pretty similar.

(And the backs in case you're interested)

Now you know I often pick one paper to represent the "A-side" of the one in the inspiration kit and another for the "B-side".  Among the various add-ons on offer, there is a second set of papers in the main kit.  Studio Calico (SC) kits tend to have a pretty specific A side, so that's what I based my main kit and each add-on on and used the B-side of the patterned paper add-ons for my extra paper add-ons.  Make sense?  No, I didn't expect as much, but have a look and see what I mean.

Summer of 69 More Patterned Paper Add-On
(B-sides pictured)

Four Friends Extra Paper Add-On

I know the largeish cameras are a bit of a stretch to represent the tiny brick like pattern on the bottom right, but there was little I could cut out in what I had picked so far and they're kinda arranged like bricks...🤷🤷🤷

(And the backs in case you're interested)

There were four add-on kits (of varying sizes) offered by SC for August of 2012.  The names are suitably retro and fitting for the "Summer of 69".  I'm going to run with my Four Friends theme too,  Rather than naming each after the four animal friends in the original poem, I'm going to name each after some more well-known animal friends also of AA Milne's creation.  Yes I know there are more than four, but humour me, OK? 😂

Mama's Porch SC Add-On

Winnie-The-Pooh Add-On

A whole box of random wood veneer to equal three tiny pegs? But in some of the kits I didn't even bother picking an item to equal say tags or a bit of ribbon, because I knew I already threw in quite a bit extra and I'll likely mix the kits as I always do.

I forgot to snap a pic of the "A-side" of the papers by themselves, but you can more-or-less make them out.

(And the backs in case you're interested)

Drive In SC Add-On

The black and white paper in the bottom right is a specialty sort of stitching paper.  Initially I was leaning to using a specialty paper in it's place, but in the end I just picked a "bonus" paper.  It's also bottom right in my kit.

Tigger Add-On

The papers on their own: 

(And the backs in case you're interested)

Six String SC Add-On

Eeyore Add-On

Instead of the die cut sheet, I chose a cut-apart sheet.  The sequin mix I pulled in had colours that would work as well as many larger ones similar to those in the original inspiration kit.  I also changed my mind about including an alphabet stamp set.  I have all those extra Thickers so wont end up using it.

(And the backs in case you're interested)

The woodgrain is the back of the cut-apart sheet.  I considered it an embellishment as was the die cut sheet in the original kit, but I guess I forgot between taking the photo of the front and back! 🤦🤦🤦

Five & Dime SC Add-On

Piglet Add-On

 The smallest add-on of them all, but I did forget to include one packet of embellies in the photo (yes, AGAIN!) so that doesn't help!

 (And the backs in case you're interested)


Alex's Add-On Patterned Paper

The camera paper on the left is my substitution for a second sheet of the specialty stitching paper which appears in the photo of the original in the top right corner.

(And the backs in case you're interested)

Thanks so much for hanging in there!  I know I'm unlikely to use this up this month (or even come close), but there are so many special papers that I'm going to leave it intact - at least for a while.

Love and curious curating,

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

TTCRD 8 October DT Project

Hi Lovelies!

Today is challenge day for Design Team B for the Through The Craft Room Door Challenge.  This is a WEEKLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with 2 design teams who alternate weeks to make projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is Sherry West ArtYou can read a bit more about her below.

Prize:  One Digi

Sherry West is the owner-designer of Sherry West Art, she’s a digital and rubber stamp artist for Stamp Addicts, a U.K. stamp company, a coloring book artist and the author-illustrator of a very silly new children’s book titled “It’s Raining Cats! It’s Raining Dogs! It’s Raining Bats! And Pollywogs!” (Morgan James Publishing) which is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more. She’s also a member of the Society of the Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, former ESL teacher, published educational curriculum writer, award-winning poet, and semi-pro photographer whose work has been accepted by Getty Images. Married for 20 years to a very patient guy, 3 really funny kids, 2 fluffy dust-bunny chinchillas, 1 huge hairy dog and 13 random cats. Her art is being sold as rubber stamps by Stamp Addicts in the U.K., and has appeared on Hochanda tv twice.
While I was in sketch-challenge mode I thought I'd try one for this project too.  I went with the one offered by CAS(E) This Sketch.  Now I really don't do a great job of CAS style cards.  They're pretty popular though.  I would also like to point out that there is a huge gulf of difference in CAS cards and just simple/plain etc ones.  It's a point of contention with me, which I'll leave for another day, but I absolutely loved what the design team made for this sketch.

I know the pattern papers make it a little less CAS and a little more busy, but all patterns come from the Cashmere Dame collection which went really well with the image.

My poor Copics really need to be refilled and I'm limited to the ones with enough juice to get the job done.  The ladybird elements didn't turn out as well highlighted as I hoped.

I made the sketch horizontal and due to the direction of the image, had to mirror it as well.

 Thinking Of You Card

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hopefully my colouring and CAS-ability is better next time!

Love, and CAS conundrums!

Arty Divas 8 October DT Project

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 6 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is Artsystamper
Artsy's Etsy Store

Normally when given a set of digital images to work with where one is an outline and at least one s coloured, I choose the outline and colour it myself. 

This time, there were four pre-coloured variations of the car and I really liked the way they looked together, so I decided to try using them for a change and see where it led.  I decided to fussy cut each one individually and stack them together with adhesive rather than doing it in software so that there would be a slight bit of dimension and therefore more

As soon as I saw this fortnight's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, the diagonal lines reminded me of
tyre treads.  I attempted to use paint and paste and one of TallCraftyDude's old toy cars to make them, but several card fronts later, it just wasn't working.

I knew the 6x6 paper from Altenew was the right choice for the front if I was going to add any kind of paint or mixed media, since it's slightly glossy and wouldn't warp.

As I was looking for paper for an unrelated project, I found an older Echo Park paper with strips that looked like the tyre treads I wanted, so I decided to cut a few of those out and instead of driving a car through paint I thought I'd use the pain in place of the two rectangular elements.  I marbled a small amount of the Finnabair Unicorn paint through some ordinary acrylic paint for more interest.

I heat embossied the sentiment in gold on some vellum, but no matter where I seemed to put it, it just didn't look right and this is the part that bothers me the most I think.

While some elements didn't turn out the way I imagined, some did, I will try mixing the Unicorn pain with acrylic again and I think I'll keep experimenting with toy cars and driving them through paint!

You're So Vintage Card

Thanks for stopping by!  

Love and vintage vexations!

Monday, 30 September 2019

Embellish With Flair DT: Double Page using CKC for Sept

Hello Lovelies!

Would you believe me that I had actually finished the filming and the layout a couple of weeks ago?  I think we're all getting the hang of having a semi-permanent recording set-up, but we're always making improvements along the way.

This layout brings together all-the-things!  What do I mean by that?  Sorta kinda killing two (or in this case more) proverbial birds with one stone.

Firstly, I used supplies from my  September "Counterfeit Kit" to make this layout.  You can read more about that here.  Need a refresher of the inspiration kit for September's Counterfeit Kit Challenge (CKC)?  Just click on over HERE to visit them!

Here's the process video below.

The other thing I manged to incorporate into the layout was the use of a sketch.   Remember, September's Product Focus in the Rediscover Your Stash Facebook group is sketches?

The sketch came from Shimelle's free 4x6 Photo Love class from Two Peas days.  I stumbled across the sketch on Pinterest and upon recognizing it as one of the lessons, I had a look on her blog and there it was!  Shimelle didn't post the sketch, but she shared photos of the two layouts she made and posted them on them on her blog.  Here is Shimelle's blog post and it contains a video of this lesson.

The reason I chose this sketch that CHALLENGE 1 in this month's CKC is "'Curate' Your Project".  This turned out to be quite the drama.  i spend days hunting for the photos but they remain elusive.  I reeeaaaallly wanted to use some museum photos (I knoooow...kinda obvious interpretation) but with Shimelle's "Field Trip" being a museum inspired collection and us having lots of museum photos over the years, it seemed like a good fit.  Especially the number and orientation of photos of one particular trip and this particular sketch

Butterflies were Plan B (more about in the video)!  I guess the zoo is a kind of museum?  And I always imagine "curators" as pinning down insects and butterflies (see where I'm going with this?) onto those numbered plates.   It ended up for the best, because who makes butterfly flair better than Embellish With Flair?  I was spoiled for choice and I don't even have all of them! 😮

I tell you, sitting down to a layout frequently takes you down a rabbit hole and it tells you what it needs.  (What? don't your supplies talk to you??)

Hands up if you have plenty of "vintage" stash that you can't part with.

Yeah I thought so.  I have a lot.  Today I'm reporting that I successfully got them (OK OK THREE of them) on a layout after languishing in my stash for...I don't know...maybe 6-8 years?  I have maybe 4 different packets of these rosettes.  I know I manged to use up almost a full pack some years ago, so it IS possible. 🤔

Regardless of WHAT type of item it is that you're hoarding, the important reason is to ask yourself WHY.  This will be different for everybody and may include a combination of factors.

Is it the fact that you paid money for it and don't want to feel like you're throwing money away if you get rid if it?  You don't have to throw them out.  Ask around at local schools, preschools, childcare and community centres...and hospitals too.  They often have arts and crafts type programs and are grateful for the donations.  You can feel good knowing your stuff will be enjoyed by sick kids.

Not you?  Still clutching your preciousssssesss? 🤣 (Don't worry, clearly I am too!)
hoarding it for a sentimental reason?  Are you waiting for the PERFECT project.  Larger, pre-made embellishments tend to be expensive so I can understand that.
If that's you, then I encourage you to read this article by Shimelle on what COULD happen to "special" supplies if you hold onto them too long. Gives you something to think about for sure.

What if you WANT to use them...TRY to use them, but they just look wrong every time.

That's me, BTW.  🙋🙋🙋 (Actually they're all me, but mostly the last one.)

The first tip I have at getting something to work is to go back to the same collection.  Collections are designed to go together,  They're made so you really just need to add photos, a pen and glue.  I usually mix my collections so this is a step back and chance to refocus for me.

Chances are, if they're older supplies, you likely don't have much (if anything) left from the original collection.  So go back to manufacturer if they are still in business.  The rosettes I had were all brands under the American Crafts umbrella (I have two packs by American Crafts, one by Pebbles and one I can't remember now). Usually the colours have a certain familiarity about them.

You can also try and pull in motifs similar to those in the original collection, paying close attention to the colours.

For my part, in this particular case, I often felt they were too are many supplies I LIKE, but just struggle to use (often due to size).  In this particular instance, spreading them over a two-page layout seemed like a logical way to start.  It was going to still take a bit of work since the photos took up a fair bit of space.  What I DID like about using these rosettes is that they make a perfect nest for a flair badge! 🙌

They're so old the foam pads on the back just fell off!  🤣
Many are topped with a button and the button is almost always without thread. 😱 Naked buttons make me twitchy!  Whatever adhesive was used to attach the button to the FRONT of the rosette was certainly more effective than the one used for the foam dots on the back! 😂 That rosette slightly popped open.  Glue Dots fixed this, attached the flair and then the rosettes to the layout (don't even get me started on chipboard Thickers)...along with some of the other bits and pieces.

As you saw in the video, I chose the colours carefully to co-ordinate with both the flair and layout itself.  The Pebbles ones had white circles with tiny "happy birthday" text that I never noticed before.  Since I don't celebrate them and it's irrelevant to the story anyway, I pulled them off.

This is where you can start to bring the supplies into the modern era by replacing the various layers with punched circles of papers from your layout.  Suddenly they don't stick out as much!

Since I was trying to draw attention to the flair badges,  I chose not to replace the circles.  The white flair against the blue/aqua looked really good. Flair, rather than buttons, gave them a fresh new look and I'm really pleased how they turned out.  I can't say the same for all the other parts, but overall pretty satisfied given  don't two page layouts

I think what I'm going to do is place all my "too hard" supplies in one basket nearby, so I'm looking at them and through them more often and don't miss opportunities to use them.  An actual "too hard" basket! 🤣🤣🤣

Oh you probably want to see the rest of the layout, right?  😳😂

OK here is the title and journaling (yes I added the butterfly and black faceted gems after I stopped filming!):


And the whole spread:

The Butterfly House

Looks like the resident photographer had some "halp" and rather stringent quality control.  It appeared to be the subject matter was all wrong, but as you can see below she fixed it!  Phew!  🤣

I hope I've addressed most of the reasons why you might be holding on to supplies and how to get past this road block.  Leave me a comment or email if you have any questions.  I'll be happy to have a chat about it.

Love and Embellish With Flair,

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Quilters Vibe September: "Cousins are Sisters You Never Had"

Hello Lovelies!

I'm really pleased to be able to take part in Sara Scraps' monthly series called Quilter's Vibe where a group of ladies make a layout inspired by a quilt.  Their channels are linked here and on YouTube.

The process of turning this block into a layout sort of took on a mind of its own as it often happens with me.  I hope you watch the video and see what happens.

I did choose an outdoor photo to tie in with the leaf, but after that it's not a really literal use of the leaf block (or quilt for that matter).  I was inspired by the start of Spring here in Australia.  Instead of leaves changing colour and falling off, we're getting fresh new leaves and the photo used in the layout was also taken in September.

Here's the video if you want to have a look:

The story and journaling took on a somewhat unexpected turn.  I just went with it.  I ended up using both sides of the little fold-out journaling card I made to fit it in.


I did try to record the machine stitching part on my phone, but there were some technical issues!  I liked the tight zig zag around the edge of the leaves...the cross hatch only a little.🤷

The embellishment component lately has been taking a long time.  Too much choosing and rejecting because something just doesn't look "right".😖

In the end, I managed to get the two embellishment clusters mostly how I wanted them.  I used the slightly smaller fox sticker from the sticker book rather than the die cut and moved him slightly.  At least it's one fox used and three of those pretty old Dear Lizzy buttons.  It feels so satisfying to use something that has wanted a home on a page for long time!

As I mentioned in the video, I left the title (which is a quote by Reah Glowstorl) exactly as is partly because I'm making the layout and telling the story and this is my reality and because then I could write "and the daughters I never had" as the intro into the journaling (kind of a subheading I guess).  Also partly because if I changed "sisters" to "siblings" (which would be more applicable to all the kids in the photo), writing "children" instead of "daughters" as an intro is sort of misleading, so in the end it seemed to ask to be left as is.  (yes my supplies and layouts talk to me.  Don't yours? 😲)

Besides stitching down the buttons, I added a date stamp to the journaling card.  Here's the whole thing!  

Cousins Are Sisters You Never Had

Well that's all for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Come back soon and I hope you enjoyed the video.  Please visit the other ladies and watch their videos:

Sara Scraps
Christy's Beautiful Life
Daisie's Scraps

Love and quilty vibes,