Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop {March}

Hello! Hello! Welcome to this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop. Hopefully, you have arrived from Lisa's lovely blog - Recklinghausen Musings If you haven't come across the Counterfeit Kit Challenge before it might be worth starting there - it's definitely worth the time. It's full of amazing challenges and inspiration!

Challenges like these ones -

Challenge #1: Border Craze: Get crazy with borders
Challenge #2: Irish Challenge: Celebrate St Patrick's Day with some creativity!
Challenge #3: Desk Challenge: Take inspiration from the state of your desk

I chose to work on the very first challenge and, after folding down a sheet of cardstock to create a lower border on my layout, I went to town adding die-cuts, hand-stamped embellishments, bling and stickers to create a border that's full of fun and colour. 

To balance out the layout, I also added a smaller border to the top, right hand corner - using up even more of my sticker sheet. It feels so nice to have finally broken into that sticker sheet from Everyday Elements. I've certainly had it long enough! 

Hidden down the left hand side is a small pocket, created by folding the top sheet of cardstock. I've hidden some journalling in there to tell this London Story properly.

Now, I'm excited to follow the blog-hop and see what other counterfeiters have been creating over the last month, starting with the next stop on the blog-hop, Gemma over at My Not So Simple Life.

Thanks so much for stopping by, please do say hello before you say goodbye! x

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Late Is Better Than Never {March Counterfeit Kit}

I'm a little late this month joining in with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month - even though I was checking out the kit on the 1st March - because I went to Poland. And - even though I made my kit as soon as I came home - I've been so busy catching up with work that I haven't been able to sit down and start writing about it!

Fully intending to use the oranges of the inspiration kit as the base of my own counterfeit kit, I went in search of suitable papers and only found one orange sheet. Imagine my surprise when I realised it had those lovely hot air balloons (another element of the original kit) on the reverse side. I used that as the base for the rest of the kit then went to town pulling in papers to match.

As a substitute for the die-cut pack, I've added in a small stack of hand-stamped and hand-cut elements (using lots of my favourite stamps in the process) plus a few die-cuts that I had hanging around. The woodgrain ribbon in the inspiration kit caught my eye, so I've substituted with a strip of edge-punched woodgrain paper I had in my stash.

Pretty frames and a hadmade rose embellishment add a little bit of femininity to my kit.

When I saw the arrows and the polaroid frames in the inspiration kit, I immediately thought of this stamp set from Dear Lizzy. It's one of my favourites!

Watercolour pencils and some ink sprays are my substitute for the Gelatos in the inspiration kit. I have no idea what I might do with them, but they are in there - just in case inspiration strikes!

I seem to have a fairly large kit, for such a small amount of time, but I was so determined to at least make a start that I have one completed project already. And, if all that I manage to complete is that one project, it's still more than I managed last month! A slow return to scrapbooking is still a return to scrapbooking. Right?

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The OTTBS February Challenge

Well, the February Challenge has been revealed over Operation Tackle That Bead Stash and, for me at least, it's a real challenge. Red, Blue & Gold. With an extra twist that means including some free-form beading!

You can read more about the challenge - and find some additional links to free-form tips and techniques over on the Operation Tackle That Bead Stash Blog.