Sunday, November 27, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop

Welcome to the November Blog Hop. If you came here from Jemma's blog you are in the right place. If you came from anyplace else and would like to hop along with us, you can start at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. This month our sponsor is Scraptastic Club. Our challenge was to use our kit to make a home decor item.
I used my kit (and one additional patterned paper and ribbon) to make this fun wall hanging for my grandson's playroom. I was inspired by this fall wall hanging on Pinterest. My chipboard alpha blocks are eight inch squares. I bought the whole set last week at Ross for $3.99. Thanks for looking. The next stop on the hop is Julie Ann, I am sure she has something beautiful to show you. If you get lost along the way the hop list is below.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Challenge #3 Scrapbooking for a Cause

This month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog we were challenged to Craft it Forward. Their suggested project for this month was placemats. I decided to make cards instead. Partly because I have my kits broken down into page kits and there wasn't a lot of paper left, and partly because I like to make cards :)

 I used the scraps from the layouts that I made last weekend
 at my crop. I haven't made cards in a few months and I was surprised how much I enjoyed making them. They came together quickly and they turned out pretty cute. I actually think that I am going to make a few more before I donate them.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Sports Add-On Kit and Layout

This month when I made my Counterfeit Kit I also made a sports add on kit. Here is my sports kit. I had a lot of shades of green and some white and off white. The pennants, patch and stickers have been in my stash for years. It is about time I get to using them.
I found this great sketch on the Sketch Support website. They have a lot of free sketches that make it easy to use a lot of photos on your layout. For a sports layout I knew I was going to have a lot of pictures. This sketch just jumped out at me.
I didn't actually use the sketch exactly as shown, but I stuck pretty closely to what they did. I had a few more vertical pictures, so I adjusted my layout to fit my pictures. Here is my finished layout.
The layout is about my nephew, so the grey squares are covering the journaling to protect any personal information. The coloring on the second page is off, but I couldn't get it right no matter how many pictures I took. I changed the color of the pennant and patch because the yellows were so bright. I used a tan ink to dull the colors. I put stickers on the journal tags instead of ribbon. I love the way all of the greens look together. They all tie together in the woven stripe print. This sketch let me put seven photos on my layout. I could have easily added more without changing much.

If you make an add on kit I would love to see it. Don't forget to go to the Counterfeit Kit blog to find out how to win a prize from this months sponsor, Scraptastic Club. This post tells you what you need to do to be entered to win. Good luck.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crop layouts and Invitations

I went to a crop on Saturday and I was able to get a few pages done. I am a really slow scrapper.

 This was one of my favorite pages. We were at the kids play part of the Philadelphia Zoo. They were just regular pictures, but when I looked at the way the girls were posed I just came up with this idea. I had these two gold charms in my stash from a very old QVC kit.
 It says Mr Frog if you eat my sister I will love you forever.

This picture of the Hershey Kiss was taken when we were in Niagara Falls, Canada. We stopped at the Hershey store and I snapped the pictures with the statue. The next day when my daughter was walking down the sidewalk she wasn't paying attention and walked into the back side of the statue. 

While we were in Canada we went to the Butterfly Conservatory and my older daughter stopped to play on this tree for a few minutes. She loved being in Canada and waited a few years for this trip. I am glad she had so much fun when we finally ended up on vacation.

The day we were heading home was our 21st anniversary. We stopped for dinner and my mom took our picture for us. It wasn't our fanciest anniversary but we spent it with the people we love most. My sister gave me the printed twill at the crop because it matched the layout so well.

While we were in Canada we were in a bakery and they had ice wine candy. They told us about ice wine so the next day we went to this Winery where they had ice wine slushies. We bought two bottles and came home with the recipe to make our own slushies. 

I made this layout and I am not happy with it. I like the borders, the twine and flowers and the picture well enough. It just needs something... But for now I just have to leave it because I don't know what else to do that will make it look better or finished. 

I started two more layouts while I was at the crop but I was getting tired and I wasn't able to complete them. Hopefully I will get them done later this week.

Cassie and I spent two days making these party invitations for Ben's second birthday party. We made 26 invitations in total with eight characters (there is another Elmo I forgot to put in the picture). We are going to be making a lot things in the next few weeks to get ready for his party.  

If you made it this far, thanks for looking and reading. All of my scrapbook layouts were made with my counterfeit kit. If you aren't familiar with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge you should take a look at their blog. It is a great way to give your old supplies new life.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Counterfeit Kit-November

This month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog the kit to counterfeit is from Scraptastic Club. They have two kits and two add ons to choose from this month. I decided to counterfeit both of their kits. The kits had a lot of similar colors which made me think that I could mix them up into one huge kit for the month. I have them divided into two kits now, but they will be mixed together soon.
Here is my first counterfeit kit-It goes along with their Home Sweet Home kit.
I added a little bit of fall, some home, and just some general outdoor embellishments to this kit.

This is my second counterfeit kit-It goes along with their Autumn Splendor kit.
In this kit I added some butterflies, some elephants, and a set of large numbers. I don't have a real theme, I mostly just went with the colors.

I have an all day crop on Saturday, so I am hoping that I will get a lot done with my kits. My plan is to break my kit up into smaller page kits for the crop so that I will be able to work a little more quickly than I usually do.

If you would like to win a $20 gift certificate to Scraptastic Kits you can see this post on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. Good Luck.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween pictures

This year Ben was a skunk for trick or treating. This costume was perfect for him and he was so stinkin' cute.
 And a side view so you can see his little skunk stripes. He did great walking to the neighbors and saying trick or treat (in his own words) and thank you. Later Cassie took him out in the stroller.
 Alexx was a fox. She loves animals and this was a cute little dress costume that she picked up at Spirit. She added the tights and leggings.
 Cassie's bright Mickey was a last minute costume that she threw together with old dance costumes because she knows how Ben loves Mickey.
 And finally, Ben with his haul of candy. There is no way he will be eating all of this. Haha. He was just happy because he was finally able to have a "pop".
Thanks for looking. Hopefully I will be back in the next couple of days with a few layouts.