Thursday, April 28, 2011

Armpit Acres

Armpit Acres is the name of my Dad's "little patch of heaven"--about 25 acres that he calls home. It's a very different from the city life that my children are accustomed to. When we visited last summer, I decided to take some photos of the area.

This layout is for a challenge on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. The challenge was to get inspiration from one of the design team members. So much inspiration available, but I chose Melissa. I really liked how she included 5 photos without the layout seeming crowded. I also liked that I could make a whole layout and not use a whole lot of patterned paper (even though I'm nowhere close to using all the paper in my kit). I used minimal embellishments because I really wanted to photos to stand out. The butterfly was made by stamping on a transparency and then using Stickles for the glitter (thanks to the tutorial posted on CKC earlier this month).

Most products were from my own Counterfeit Kit: American Crafts cardstock, Basic Grey patterned paper, We R Memory Keepers and Bo Bunny stickers, Prima flower, Close To My Heart, Bo Bunny, and Unity stamps, Stickles, Colorbox ink, and  misc. button and ricrac.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ewe Are Loved

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I guess I left my camera in the car that my husband took to work. At least I hope it's there because the alternative would be that I left it in Phoenix. Anyway, I had to use my phone to take this photo so I could get this posted today. I used some SVG files from Lettering Delights. I got the directions for this treat tube from Split Coast Stampers. I used my Counterfeit Kit again too!

Supplies used: My Mind's Eye, Basic Grey, Piggy Tales patterned papers; American Crafts cardstock; Colorbox Ink; Tim Holtz embossing folder; Lettering Delights Pucker Up (sun), Love Pets (sheep), and Accordion Fold Flowers (grass); and misc. ribbon.

Monday, April 11, 2011


So I thought making my own Counterfeit Kit was a challenge until I tried using the kit. Then, I found using my own kit to be a challenge! It really wasn't too bad, I just had to control myself when I wanted to stray from the kit too much. I am pleased with how it turned out, so all's well that ends well!
Products used: My Mind's Eye patterned paper, Cosmo Cricket journaling card, American Crafts cardstock, Fancy Pants (I think) chipboard, Heidi Swapp stamp, Colorbox ink, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Pebbles acrylic paint, misc. buttons and ribbon.

Friday, April 8, 2011

April Counterfeit Kit

So, it's taken me 3 days, but I finally got a kit together for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month's inspiration can be seen at Front Porch Kits. I actually have some of that Echo Park paper sitting in an online shopping cart, and while it was tempting to pay for it and wait on it, the idea of a counterfeit kit is to use what I already have. So, it's still sitting in the shopping cart (yay me!).

My kit:

Papers are from My Mind's Eye, DCWV, Cosmo Cricket, The Paper Studio, Basic Grey, and Club Scrap (that has probably been in my stash 5 years); American Crafts and Basic Grey cardstock; misc. ribbons, flowers, buttons, and chipboard; stamps from Unity, American Crafts, Fancy Pants, and Close to My Heart; Stampin' Up bird punch. I added in some chipboard that I can cut into any other shapes that I might need. I forgot to pull out my stickles before I took the photo, but I'm sure I'll be using them. I haven't found anything to replace Hank the Plank, but later I might add something to alter.

Once I clean up my mess, I'll be ready to create!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Quick Challenge

I made a quick card for a challenge at Crazy About Cricut . The paper is Doodlebug, the cardstock is American Crafts. I don't remember where the flower came from, but I have a whole stack of them and have only used this one! Feels good to be using what I have!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Two in one fooling!

I can't remember the last time I actually completed two layouts in one week! Thanks to sketches and challenges I'm getting back on track! I had everything all glued down and decided I couldn't handle all the white, so I pulled out the glimmer mist! I just used some scrap paper to mask out the photos while I was spraying. By the way, this another challenge completed at the last minute. Thanks to
Paper Patch Crafts for the inspiration!

Products used: Dream Street and Doodlebug patterned papers (both from my scrap pile), BoBunny and CTMH stamps, Tim Holtz tickets, Prima  paper flowers, Tattered Angels glimmer mist, everything else is misc. stuff from my stash.