Monday, 16 May 2016

Escher Effects {Counterfeit Challenge: April Challenge #3}

For this month's third challenge at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge 'Escher Effects' our Master Forger, Jemma, has challenged us all to be inspired by the work of M.C. Escher. Now, as much as I was excited by the idea, I was also a little bit terrified. Escher has been a life-long favourite of mine - with his amazing artwork, based on mathematical principles, designs which play on perspective and some tessellation which confounds the senses. (I do have to have a little bit of a 'Geek Freak' every so often!) So, I was a bit ... um ... scared of the idea - and wanted, desperately, to make something that would be worthy.

Looking through some older photographs, I spotted this image of Bridget Riley's 'Hesitate' oil on canvas, which I saw at the Tate Liverpool. Bridget Riley, with her repetitive structures, sensations of movement and abstract, but challenging landscapes, has always reminded me very much of Escher's work. The title ' Sense of Wonder' is from an Escher quote 'You have to retain a sense of wonder. That's what it's all about.' which I love.

For more Escher inspired inspiration visit the Counterfeit Challenge to see projects by our Guest Designer, Jane and our Master Forgers. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Paint It Black {May's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal & Blog Hop}

What better way is there to kick off a new month than with a new inspiration kit from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge

This month our inspiration comes from the May/June 2014 Quirky Kits by Crafty Templates and there are three kits 'on offer' to counterfeit - the Main Kit, It's My Party; the Lite Kit, Shiny, Happy People and the Embellishment Kit, You've Got The Love. I'll admit, not one of these kits would tempt me into subscribing, but that's what I love about creating my own counterfeit kits - finding something in our inspiration kits that 'speaks to me' and then creating a kit (from my own stash) that suits me better!

There were two things that caught my attention immediately - the Metallic Gold Triangle Vellum (from the Shiny, Happy People Kit) and the Black & White 'Seeing Stripes' Paper (from the Main Kit 'It's My Party') and I've built a kit, that works for me, based on these two elements!

The vellums that I have included are from fairly recent stash additions and are from the Capsule Geometric Kraft Collection by Papermania. From there, it was an exceptionally easy decision to add in the 6x6 Paper Pack that I had from the matching Capsule Geometric Mono Collection. (It's beautiful. A really modern style with some lovely foiling!)

To mix it up a little, I also included a selection of lovelies from the Jubilee Mint Julep Collection by My Mind's Eye. It includes that lovely Black & White Stripe (so reminiscent of the original kit) and a rather swoonsome 'Ampersand' in Gold.

To spice up my kit, I've added an A4 sheet of Gold Glitter Foam. (I keep including it in kits and never using it. I can't decide how I want to use it. Any ideas?) I've also added a really, really small selection of embellishments - including some of the die-cut shapes and labels from the Capsule Geometric Mono Collection; cute little buttons; some over-sized 'sequins' leftover from my February Kit 'Ready For Spring'. There's also a lovely little sheet of Alphas from Simple Stories.

Last, but not least, I've included the matching Capsule Geometric Stamp Set - and my kit is complete. I don't often build kits around a collection, but it was so quick and matching in additional stash from other collections was so simple once I had a base, that it's definitely the way to make kitting a little easier. 

I'm at the end of the Reveal & Blog Hop today, so there's nowhere else to visit. Unless, of course, I was the first stop and you still haven't seen everyone else's kit. If that's the case, head on over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge to see the reveal in full!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Poland Mini Album

It's time for the Challenge #3 over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge (I can't quite believe how quickly the month's are passing by, can you?) and we're incorporating little bits and bobs of everyday life into our layouts, mini-albums and mixed-media for Ephemera Encapsulated.

This month, I decided that I should work on (finally) making a mini-album about my trip to Poland in 2015 - it's only been a whole thirteen months since I went! And as a result of the challenge I've included a few little thing that might not have made their way into a mini-album otherwise.

To start, I cut bases of 3.5 x 4.5 inches, keeping all of the little off-cuts to use for layering. I didn't bother trimming any of those further, I simply layered them randomly onto the bases - then added some small photographs (2 x 3 inches) It was a really simple process, which would have been even easier had I not been working on my teeny, tiny little desk!

After layering all of the paper off-cuts and photographs, I added some machine stitching to increase the texture (and add a shabby-chic feel) and I think it lends a more 'unified' feel to the album as a whole.

Once I'd finished adding some stitching, I laid out all of the bases and chose some embellishments, stamped images or sentiments and little sparkles to add for a little extra interest and texture. Unlike my layouts, which I keep quite minimal, I love to have a lot of 'chunk' to my mini-books!

Isn't this cupcake stamp from Papermania really cute? It was the perfect accompaniment to a photograph of the amazing cakes we tried in Gdansk! Oh, how I long for some more of that apple pie and cinnamon ice cream! *swoon*

To add a little interest, I die-cut some of the bases (using a die-cut I borrowed at my local scrapbooking crop - thanks ladies!) and then mixed them in amongst the rest of the bases, along with some smaller ephemera like bus tickets and receipts.

To complete the Ephemera Encapsulated Challenge, I found some beautiful vellum (I had none in the original kit) and stitched a small envelope for a business card we collected from a local restaurant and sealed it in with some sequins. It looks amazing in real life - and the vellum looks so lovely.

I am, honestly, so thrilled to have this little album made - and it's really down to how amazingly beautiful my Parc Monceau Kit turned out to be! I never thought that harnessing some of my shabby-chic scrapbooking roots would make me so productive, but I've really enjoyed working with all of the soft, subtle colours; feminine florals and little embellishments! 

I can't wait to see how this prompt was interpreted by the rest of the team over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge (and by this month's amazing Guest Designer, Louise Brooks) so I'll be making myself a morning cuppa and then sitting down for a little reading!