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04 October 2015

October 2015 Forgeries

Here are some cards I made to go with my October “Free As The Wind” pocket page kit.


Starting at top left and proceeding clockwise:

*  A scrap of Authentique paper embellished with We R Memory Keepers embossed stickers and Basic Grey brads, then scored diagonally.

* An Elle’s Studio card to which was added a scrap of the Authentique paper embellished with small brads and a dotted line of stitching.

* A Life Love Paper card water-colored with 3 different Stampin Up pencils and an aqua brush.

* A scrap of Pink Paislee paper with a mottled design overprinted with a Hero Arts wrought iron fence stamp.

* A plain 3 x 4 card overlaid with strips of Studio Calico printed masking tape. I like the masking tape feel of this compared to other washi tape.

How is that for adding interest, dimension and texture to the cards?  I even did a reasonably good job on coordinating the look of them, which will be nice when they show up in nearby pockets.

Now head over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge’s Forgeries on the Fourth post to see what other forgeries and tutorials are highlighted based on this month’s inspiration kit.

02 October 2015

It Is Scraptoberfest

Did you know that Challenge YOUrself is teaming up with 3 other challenge sites to make October a very scrappy month – it’s ScraptoberFest!!


In a nutshell, here are the challenges:

Scrap Our Stash - Stash Challenge (2 different washi tapes)

Challenge YOUrself - Prompt Challenge (include yourself, of course!)

My Scraps & More - Color Challenge

The Memory Nest - Sketch Challenge


That's it in an acorn nutshell.  You can pop over to each blog to see their full information including a set of very simple rules that apply to all four sites.  Then scrap, scrap, scrap, scrap and link up your creations all month in order to have a chance at prizes.  There’s an extra special prize available for the scrappiest of you who tackle all four challenges on one layout.

If you hop over to Challenge YOUrself  right now, you will see a sneak of what the Challenge YOUrself team members created for the challenge.  You might well be able to pick out which one is mine.  The full inspiration from the rest of the team will be posted throughout the month, but I'll post mine here in a day or two.  So bookmark those sites, right now and do keep coming by Snaps And Snippets.

Ready, set, scrap -- it’s ScraptoberFest!!

01 October 2015

October 2015 Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Counterfeit Kit Challenge reveal blog hop.  Glad you are here.  If you need it, the entire hop list is at the end of this post.  The hop will be a good one, as we have the three new design team members joining us.


The inspiration for this month’s kit comes from the Colors, Story, Inspiration website:

Style: The first thing I did after seeing this was to print it out so I could take it to my scrap room to pull supplies.  The second thing I did was to make a 3 x 4 pocket card out of that drawing.  How sweet is that. It became my theme card.


First, I looked through all my leftover cards from last month’s kit and moved some of them forward.  Then I started through my card stash, I found only two 4 x 6 cards in the correct colors, so I cut several from patterned paper scraps.

Then it came time to add more 3 x 4 cards – I initially chose many more, and then had to scale back.


There, that looks like enough.


When it came time to fill my embellishment box, I took a careful look at the evidence:

* leaves in wood veneer, branches represented by wood buttons
* transportation accents means wood veneer arrows and geo-tag and globe flair
* music elements on washi tape and in silver charms
* hearts on charms and in vinyl
* metal charms, butterflies, sequins and brads
* scatter something – all those metal elements plus epoxy dots and gems
* string in the form of natural twine
* numbers on epoxy dots and cards
* mists (I will likely use my October Afternoon Art Box set of neutrals)


As to the watercolor and fence points of evidence, you’ll have to come back on October 4th to see what cards I forged.

Stash: Again this month I am using up various cards from Studio Calico (and related vendors), plus Elle’s Studio, October Afternoon and some free printables.  Here are the details on the embellishments.

Washi tapes by Studio Calico, Scotch, Darice and American Crafts
Tawny Twine by Karen Foster
Butterflies by Studio Calico and unknown
Vinyl heart by American Crafts
Sequins and brads by Studio Calico
Felt flowers and wood veneer leaves by Stampin Up
Wood buttons and epoxy dots by American Crafts
Seam binding from Maya Road
Flair by Studio Calico, One Little Bird and 2 Peas
Wood arrows by Studio Calico


You’ll notice the wind blew a few scattered bits across those cards while I was photographing it. 

Stops: Now here is the entire scrappy hop list for you:

30 September 2015

Summertime Photo Hunt

Thanks to Rinda @ Gallo Organico for some summertime fun.

First, let me start at the end. Several of the pictures following came from our vacation in Bermuda, I’ve grouped those at the start – and then the everyday photos follow.

21. A photograph with a sign reading "2015 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt", since there are no allowable substitutes for this item.

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Here I am holding the list that I carried around all summer and did not pull out often enough.  It is a really bad picture that I had to turn to black and white just to make it seeable, which is a shame because the carved fish was very cool.  But hubby’s old iPhone takes lousy pictures.  This photo also explains why I didn’t do so well.  In this family - we fish, we don’t hunt!  (tee hee hee)

The rest of the pictures are better, although I’ve skirted the edge of what can be interpreted to fit each category.  Maybe that’s part of the fun?

1. A bouquet of flowers – this pretty planter was just along the road in Bermuda.


2. An ornate door knocker – this is technically not a knocker, but just a very old handle, but that fact that we climbed 185 steps to the top of a lighthouse to open it, means you get to see it too, even though you can’t be as thrilled to see it as we were!

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5. Architectural columns – these are simple, but they complement that pediment so well.


12. A public restroom, bathroom, or toilet – in Bermuda, even the “gents” is in a pink building.


14. A traffic signal – for ships – the aforementioned lighthouse on Bermuda.


15. A flag pole with at least three flags on it – close as we came was a building with 2 flagpoles.


16. A panoramic view, taken while standing someplace high in the air –  I used the panoramic feature on my point and shoot to capture hubby capturing the view.  This is high on the hill at the base of the lighthouse. This second shot is at the railing around the outside of the top of the lighthouse.



19. A ticket booth –  almost?  But don’t you think he’s the cutest ticketmaster ever – pointing us in the right direction?  And he’s perfect for the job because heights don’t seem to bother him.


20. A natural body of water – easy peasy – how about 50 (or maybe just 5) more of the Atlantic?






Alternative A: People eating outside – lunch on the beach, eat your hearts out!  (We split the burger and fries but each enjoyed our own beverage of choice.)


Oh yes, drinking outside became quite the habit.


Alternative B: Someone holding an umbrella – we didn’t actually have to hold it – just sit under it – which left both hands free for eating drinking


Okay, then back home:

3. A person walking a dog (or other animal) – well, we were hiking along side him!


4. People playing a board game or card game – it’s Majick!


6. A metal bridge – the twin bridges linking Indiana with Kentucky to the south, captured on our way to the hike.


7. A turtle – or two @ the St. Louis Zoo – one real, one architectural.

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8. Someone "plugged in" to social media – googling something while we wait for breakfast.


9. A tent – how about a tent-shaped fishing lodge in Canada, we take this outdoors life only so far.


10. A college or university – @ halftime of the football game.  Look – they are wearing matching uniforms and outfits!


11. A cellular tower or television satellite dish – we discovered this one on a Sunday drive down by the railyards – he’s been upcycled.


17. At least two people wearing matching outfits or uniforms – all decked out in our Cardinal gear – I could have shown you a picture of the players instead – but we are far more interesting on this day – they lost.


13. A merry-go-round or carousel – this sweet one is from my Ivy and Innocence village collection.  Cute, even if a little lame.  Oh no, can't say that about these horses, they glide right along to the music.


So I think that takes care of them all – kinda, sorta.

Now I’m off to see who else finished their scavenger hunt.  Thanks again, Rinda.

29 September 2015

Me and My Minis

I dare you to dispute this statement.

Absolutely any reorganization of drawers or cupboards in your house will yield surprises.

Nodding your head, in agreement, aren’t you?

Well, hopefully you do not encounter bad surprises – like a package of 20 year-old Twinkies.  But instead find something that sparks some memory and a broad happy smile.

A couple days ago, I came across several pewter miniatures that I had acquired over time.  Since there are 5, it easily counts as a collection.  Now doesn’t it.

I have photographed these sitting on 3 x 4 journal cards, to give you an idea of the scale.  The cards were close when I discovered this treasure in the drawer in my scrap studio.


First up, a teeny-tiny pencil sharpener that a co-worker and good friend gave to me one budget season, thinking it was the perfect little something for a pencil-pushing accountant like me. Thankfully, it has been 15 years since my last budget season.


Next is a little Hallmark figurine from another friend.  She’s the kind of gal you want to chat with via telephone when it is a rainy day.  We also had a shared liking for Longaberger baskets, so the fact that one of these darlings is carrying a basket is so apropos.  The other is carrying a pot of flowers, so that couldn't be me - I have no green thumb.



Speaking of baskets, I had won an assortment of miniature pewter Longaberger baskets as sales prizes when I was selling the baskets and other home accessories back in the early 2000’s.


They became quite collectible and I have since divested myself of this collection, excepting for one.
It was the last I received and my favorite.


And finally, the earliest of my minis.


I had picked up this little girl from Hallmark ages ago – two dozen years or more.  Several years later, my mother-in-law realized that she had the matching little fella.  She gave him to me so they could carol together at Christmas time. So sweet, don’t you think.


Now that these have been rounded up from four different spots in my house, I will display them together in the hutch of my secretary desk.  That is, as soon as I clean it out and see if there are any surprises there.

I recently listened to an early Scrap Gals podcast when they talked about collections.  I have several others, but more and more I am adopting a downsizing and simplifying modus operandi. Of course, I'm a scrapper, so I'm photographing them first.