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01 October 2014

October 2014 Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop

Today is October 1st, time for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop, where we reveal the kits we are going to be using for the month.  If you didn’t start at the CKC blog and come by way of Margie’s, check out the full hop list below so you don’t miss a single kit.

Peek: This month’s inspiration kit, as chosen by Laura who is our counterfeit queen for the month,  was a limited edition kit from Hey Little Magpie.

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Plan: Believe it or not, I had all those patterned papers.  Of course you believe, I am a bit of a pretty paper addict.  But I am not going to use them in my kit.  I’m going to try and match colors and patterns from my older paper stash instead.  Here is how it came together:

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October 2014 Counterfeit Kit Challenge
Papers: Authentique – Suave
Crate Paper – Styleboard Collection, Pickett Fence & Blissful
Imaginisce – Chevron Stripe
Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes, Captured & Aperature
Echo Park – Creative Agenda, Fabulous
Echo Park – Life is Good, Grandma’s Quilt
Echo Park – Getaway, Lt. Blue/Green
Heidi Swapp – Dreamy, Pink Dream
My Mind’s Eye – Mint Julep, Ride
American Crafts – Amy Tangerine, Dress Code
Heidi Swapp 6 x 6 paper pad – 4 selected sheets
Pretties: Sassafras – Hog Heaven Large, and Pink Glitter Small Alphabets
Heidi Swapp – Mint and Navy Alphabets (Studio Calico Exclusive)
Fancy Pants – Large Royal Blue Alphabet
Lily Bee – Sweet Shoppe Label Stickers
Imaginisce – Garden Party Chipboard Stickers
Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes, Washi Tape Stickers & Canvas Frames
My Mind’s Eye – Assorted Journal Cards
American Crafts – Skip Ribbon Bows and Little Bits Tags
Little Yellow Bicycle – Epoxy Chipboard Buttons
Pebbles – Assorted Chipboard Pieces
Basic Grey – Chenille Flowers and Opaline Half-Pearls
Fancy Pants – About a Girl Brad Pack
Stampin Up – Assorted Ribbons and Boutique Cabochons
Authentique – Mini Word Stickers
Parade: Just one more hop to see what Stephanie has in store – enjoy!

28 September 2014

Shall we sit and have tea?

And talk about anything but September.


Can I just make this month a fleeting memory and move on.  Please? Earlier this month, I went to see my brother who was very ill.  We lost him just a week later.  I won’t remember him like he was just then, but like this:


The loss will scatter my brain for awhile.  You see, he was the oldest of the six of us, dying just one day past his 68th birthday.  He was “Junior”, which he disliked more and more as he aged, even though he looked more and more like Dad, who he was like in lots of ways. He was a devoted husband of 40+ years, a mostly wise big brother, and one heck of a fisherman.  I have that last bit on good authority – his!!  (wink, wink)  He often told us of his angling adventures and provided photographic evidence often by email (most of these snapshots, in fact). 

He was a patient uncle who helped my son and daughter when they were young do a little fishing in the pond out back, and even got me to drop a line in water on occasion.  While I may not remember all the fishing tales he recounted over the years, I will never forget him.  I must get many other stories of him while we were growing up included in my scrapbooks. I miss you, big brother.

So there’s that.

Coming up in October is a family wedding, one of our nieces is getting married.  And, I am so looking forward it.  How wonderful it will be to see family on the joyful occasion of a new beginning.

Speaking of new starts, son took possession of his first house two weeks ago.  Just this weekend, the fellas and I tackled the outdated wallpaper in the dining room (and some slightly less feminine paper in the master bath).  Yes, we can all agree that chandelier doesn’t really suit him either.  I have been working on scouring the bathrooms and setting up the kitchen too.  Hard work is good for the soul and restful for the mind.  We have started moving boxes of items from our attic and closets to his house slowly.  We have only just begun.

Also in October there are guys’ fishing trips and girls’ college visits planned.  And scrapbooking, lots and lots of scrapbooking.  September’s counterfeit kit has been largely ignored;  there was little time and even less motivation to scrap vacation photos. So I will come back to that Napa Valley project later.

I have managed to already pull together October’s, November’s and December’s counterfeit kits. Yes, indeed!  Puttering around with supplies is wholly more therapeutic than concentrating on designing pages just now.  Those Counterfeit Kit Challenge gals like to keep ahead of things – and looking ahead suits me just fine these days.

How about you, will you join in for tea with Abi and tell us what is going on, looking back or looking forward?

26 September 2014

Paper Party

Over at Get It Scrapped, there is often a weekly post on what new goodies everyone is tempted by.  Many of the digital companies do reveals on Friday and the digi girls have such fun talking about what is new.  Not wanting to be left out of the fun, the paper scrapbookers adopted Thursday for their Paper Party.


Earlier this week, I went into Tuesday Mornings.  Our small local store had just changed locations to a bigger facility – about 3 times bigger, in fact.  And while I was there to scout out lamps and other household goods for my son’s new house, I just had to traipse down the craft aisle, now didn’t I?

Lookee see what I found:  the store might have been 3 times bigger, but the craft aisle had expanded by 5 times or more – and American Crafts dominated. DIY was the name of the craft game – I picked up the paper pad plus the chalkboard badges and wood veneer pieces.  Also manufactured by American Crafts, I had to have those Studio Calico buttons and the Crate Paper DIY Shop banner pieces.  I cannot wait to play.

Is there something new you just picked up, or maybe you only have your eye on it?  Why now check out what is hot over in the Get It Scrapped forums. I promise we will enable you to have a good time.

23 September 2014

Scrapbooking Idea - Use a Pastel Rainbow

Quest for the Dress – a layout for Get It Scrapped

Story: “Every bride remembers her search for the perfect dress.  When she finds it, she knows.  And her excitement is no less the second time around.”  That’s the journaling on this layout featuring my sister trying on wedding dresses.  The search can be lots of fun, but it can also be quite frustrating at times.  Luckily for her, there is a bridal shop owner in our other sister’s extended family, so a little very personal service goes a long way.  Just look at her smile in the dress she would choose to order in white – that’s one happy bride-to-be.
Style: The challenge here was to use a pastel rainbow as shown on this Pinterest board.  One particular Pin from gave me both the idea for the page and how I would incorporate a rainbow. 

I started out by stamping one image of the dress on a piece of white cardstock, I then flipped my ruler over to space the next one about an inch away.  I continued across the page in these Stampin Up ink colors: pretty in pink, cameo coral, daffodil delight, certainly celery, soft sky, bashful blue and perfect plum.

dress stamping

I was lucky that my first selection of colors and first take at the stamping both worked well.  For embellishments I reached for some leftover trinkets from an SEI card kit and more of the Stampin Up hearts you saw on another recent layout.

Stash: Stamp, Inkadinkado; Cardstock, ink & metal hearts, Stampin Up; Patterned papers, Studio Calico; Flowers, ribbons, pearls and lace, SEI; Alphabets, Bo Bunny and Webster’s Pages

22 September 2014

Me On Monday–We’re Back

Well, she is back home and I am back to blogging!  After leaving me alone for 11 days (that’s more than a week and half, people!!) with the Dad and the Son (oh, the stories they are probably not telling her), she has come home.  Now I shall be properly pampered once more. Whew!  I think she may have missed me too.  Especially since the Son gave me a bath last night making me super soft and extra cuddly today.
She travelled cross-country with her sister to see her older brother who is very very ill.  Now that she is back she has a case of the blues – at least that is the vibe I am picking up.  She puttered around all morning – constantly on the move so she does not think too much.  She is unpacking, cleaning a little and tackling the 2 foot high stack of mail and boxes on the kitchen counter.  Maybe that 14 inch square one will cheer her up – she always likes that shape.  Maybe I will get to spend a little time under the craft table yet today.  I like that a lot (‘cause she lures me up there with a treat)!

Now why not go check on Sian and see what she and her friends  (canine or not) are up to this Monday.  In the meantime, or maybe later in the week, she will get around to those posts and the 623 others in her backlog.  She would probably welcome the distraction.