Monday, 5 October 2015

Pop Tart Mini Album

Where has the time gone? Did someone steal September? One minute I was looking forward to a ridiculously busy month ahead (working in the education sector means that autumn is ridiculously busy!) and the next I was realising that it's  over! *sigh*

I had little time to myself this weekend and decided to 'chill out and craft on'. Before starting on 'Misty Morning' my Counterfeit Kit for October, I wanted to make a little something, anything, with 'Pop Tart' my Counterfeit Kit for September. And I decided on a small, but chunky, mini-album.

I started by cutting down some of my 3x4 cards to a dinky 2x3, then punched a hole at top-centre in each card. The addition of a simple journalling ring means that I'll be able to shift the pages around when I start adding photographs and memorabilia.

Using my kit, I added some embellishment clusters to a few of the pages - and I also made a small stack of additional clusters so that I can include more detail once the photographs have been added.

I've decided to use this little beauty to document a specific project, but  I'll need to do a little bit of photo-editing before I can add photographs to such a small album. I'll be sure to share the album as soon as it's completed.

In 2012, I set myself the challenge of making one pair of earrings each week during the year and it launched my fascination with beading and jewellery making. I'm intending to challenge myself again in 2016, so a little reminder of where it all started seems appropriate and the happy, bright colours seem perfect! (Want to see what I made? Earring Challenge 2012)

Believe it or not, I've 'killed my kit' as it was so small to start with - result! Now, I can look forward to working with 'Misty Morning' my Counterfeit Kit for October when I visit my local crop next week. Any plans for using up your stash this month?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

October's Counterfeit Kit Reveal & Blog Hop

Hello! Hello! I am so thrilled to be starting October with my first kit reveal as a member of the Master Forgers Design Team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge! Each month, I have looked forward to the inspiration kit reveal (it's like receiving a kit, but without the stash sinning!) and I am always inspired by the amazing counterfeits created by the Master Forgers. 

I was delighted to find out that, although we each receive advanced notice of the kit we'll be using as our inspiration, we don't see each other's kits until the reveal - which means that I'll be hopping along with the rest of you to see the kits created by my fellow Master Forgers. I love that I'll still be able to make myself a cuppa and settle in for some inspiration!

If you have arrived from Susanne's blog Snaps and Snippets I am sure you have already seen some fantastic counterfeiting, but here's the full list of kit reveals in case you'd like to start at the beginning!

Guest Designer, Tina :
Clair: (You are here!)

This month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge inspiration is CSI Casefile 365-9. It's a beautiful blend of seasonal colours and themes - with a little bit of added (and tweak-able) inspiration.

Starting with the colour scheme, I chose cardstock and patterned papers from Bazill, American Crafts, Sodalicious, Papermania and Dear Lizzy - in a mixture of 6x6, 6x12 and 12x12. I also found an old Hambly vellum, which I thought would add a little additional softness to my kit!

Next I went looking for the perfect alphas and found some amazing, soft khaki coloured Thickers with a beautiful, flocked finish. *swoon* I also added in some smaller alpha sets from Pebbles and October Afternoon.

Then I went looking for my evidence, using the list as the basis of an eclectic embellishment 'add on'. I found some little travel themed wooden veneer embellishments; a dinky bicycle charm; some beautiful, little autumn leaf beads and some 'transportation' themed die-cuts. I added a few extras that match the colour theme - and think I have a small, but cute collection. I popped them all into a small bag (which you can see in the photograph above) for safe keeping! 

A little more 'scouting' meant the addition of a sheet of watercolour paper; some embroidery thread (in place of the string) and some 'transportation' accents from Studio Calico. (These were free - and the link will be coming up in this month's Forgeries on the Fourth over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog!)

I'm intending to use the 'testimony' inspiration as starting points for my projects during October, creating some 'Thank You' notes; a travel inspired project and maybe, just maybe, including my own handwriting on a layout!

Now, I'm going to pop the kettle on and settle in for some extra inspiration from the other Master Forgers. Will you join me over at  Just Jimjams to see how Jemma has been inspired?

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Pop Tart {September's Counterfeit Kit}

This month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, the inspiration kit(s) were based on the Pop Art Kits from Studio Calico and I could not have been more happy. The kits are full of fun, vibrant colour and I was immediately inspired to create a kit based on a mix of elements from both the Main Kit and the Project Life Kit.

Knowing that September is my busiest month, I wanted to keep my kit purposefully small, as I'll be focusing on creating one or two small projects (as well as trying to finish my Week In The Life Album, using my 'Summer In The City' Counterfeit Kit from August.)

I went straight to the basket of scrap papers that I keep next to my desk and started rummaging and started selecting papers based on the following criteria -
  • At least 3" x 4" in size.
  • Black & White.
  • Graphic, modern patterns.
  • Colour.
I then worked through the selection that I had in front of me, trimming down each scrap to 3" x 4" and rounding the corners with my trusted Corner Chomper. I've ended up with a selection of 30 cards - all of which seem to work well as a 'collection'.

In addition to cardstock and patterned papers from American Crafts, We Are Memory Keepers, Echo Park, Sodalicious, Basic Grey and Dear Lizzy, I've included some leftovers from my experiments with watercolour and misting. I love that nothing is going to waste!

With a punch, I used the leftovers from my 'cutting and chomping' to make a stack of small, circular embellishments that echo the die-cuts in the inspiration kits. Just looking at them is making me happy, so I know I'm going to enjoy finding ways to incorporate them in my projects this month.

I also wanted to add in a small selection of embellishments - and, once again - they're a little eclectic. I've included a vibrant washi from Sodalicious, some buttons, brads, stamped images, charms, die-cuts and a handmade circular embellishment I made using some seed beads (when I was testing out ideas for my tutorials!) The sticker sheet is from an old collection by Paperchase - and I was thrilled to find them while rummaging through my stash.

And now, I'm off to make a cup of tea, before I head off to check out the Monthly Linky at the  Counterfeit Kit Challenge (where everyone shows off their own kits.) I love this little, after kit making ritual. It's one of my favourite times of the month!