Thursday, April 16, 2015

Inspired by Spring - Counterfeit Kit Challenge #3

Have you all had a chance to take a look at some of the challenges up on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog site this month? If not, you should definitely pull your kit out and start playing along. Not only are the challenges fantastic but the team has been sharing some *amazing* projects. Inspiration overload.

Today, the 3rd challenge of the month has gone live. For this challenge, the team was asked to be inspired by spring. Easy peasy for me, since I live in a part of the world where springtime is absolutely glorious. Don't believe me? Just take a peek at some of my recent Instagram photos …

When I think of spring, I immediately think of two things: flowers and pink cherry blossoms!! Since the challenge was to draw inspiration from the season, I decided to incorporate florals and the color pink onto my layout.

I'm not a huge fan of layered flowers from manufacturers like Prima and Petaloo … I find them a little too bulky for my projects. So, instead, I went through my stash and found this pretty paper from Amy Tangerine's Stitched collection. I fussy cut some of the flowers and then layered my photo and a cluster of embellishments on top. My April Counterfeit kit, Feel The Light, didn't have any pink in it - *gasp!* - so I had to improvise. I used hot pink acrylic paint to add a hint of color to my white chipboard letter stickers and scattered some droplets across the page.

Ok, now it's your turn - how does spring inspire you?! Be sure to let me know in the comments down below & share your creations with us over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Feel The Light - April Counterfeit Kit

No - you're not seeing things. Yes - I really am back!

I've been completely off the grid for the past month and a half, dealing with a handful of things that have been happening behind the scenes in my personal life. I want to thank everyone who sent emails, left blog comments or sent Facebook messages to check in on me. This community really is the best and I could feel your hugs and prayers from miles away!! I'm okay, just very preoccupied with other areas of my life at the moment. Scrapbooking, blogging and internet presence in general had to take a backseat for awhile. Though I was grateful to have time to focus on the things that needed my time and attention, I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss interacting with all of you and making a mess in my scrap room. It feels good to be back.

What better way to jumpstart a creative kick than with a new scrapbooking kit, right?!

Today is reveal day over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge BlogIf you are doing the full blog hop, you should have arrived here after visiting Margie's blog but if you're just joining us now you can head on over here to start from the very beginning!

Photo From A Beautiful Mess 
This month we are using the Messy Box kit from A Beautiful Mess as inspiration. As soon as I saw this kit, I did a little happy dance. It's so different from my usual style but so fun and trendy!

Above is my take on the Messy Box kit. The original kit was loaded with black and orange as well as bold, graphic prints. It had a very festive, cheerful vibe to it that I knew I wanted to mimic in my counterfeit version. I don't have very much black or orange in my stash, but I went through my supplies and managed to find a handful of items that fit that color scheme. Here are some close-ups …

the embellishments … 

the patterned papers … 

I'm calling this kit Feel The Light … the name was inspired by Jennifer Lopez's fantastic new single. Have you heard it yet?! This song has become my anthem for spring 2015 and I just love it!

Next up on the blog hop is Susanne
Be sure to swing by her blog to see how she was inspired by the original kit. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello everyone! Just popping in real quick to wish you all a very Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you're all feeling extremely loved and cherished this afternoon. I also wanted to share a card I made for my husband …

This card was made using the limited edition We Go Together kit from Clique Kits. The kit is now sold out but some of the items are still available for purchase in the shop (see here). I also used an exclusive cut file (the "you amaze me") which was part of the February kit from Clique Kits.

Have A Happy Love Day Everyone!