Monday, 24 October 2016

Counterfeit Challenge Blog Hop - Balance The Scales

Welcome to the October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop.   This is my first ever Blog Hop and I am excited.  You should  have arrived here from Kelly if not that is ok just follow the link at the end of this post to the next blog or head to CKC Blog for the Blog Hop List.

Challenge 2 - Balanace The Scales is all about balancing the colours on your layout.  
This photo from Better Homes and Gardens is a example of Balancing The Scales, There is a lot of the pale pink, a little of the slightly darker pink and the medium colour is the dark pink as there is slightly less of it than the light pink.
This Video explains the design concept well.

As suggested in the video I didn't count black or white in my 3 colours.  I chose Pink as my main colour, Grey as my medium colour and the Blue as my minor colour though it is a bit more than a dash.

I used papers from American Crafts Atlantic paper pad, my only Shimelle paper pad, My Mind's Eye 6x6 Noteable paper pad that Heike gave me for my birthday, a Project Life Card from the Cobolt Collection, gauze, Kaszazz paper flowers and leaves which I coloured to match, my DIY beading wire half flowers, resin flowers from D-lish Scraps October Just Add Paper Kit, some brads and Creative Memories alphabet.
I used CTMH Pacifica ink to colour the leaves and some DIY paint spray to colour the flowers.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Next in the Blog Hop is Just Jimjams she does lovely work so head over and check out what she created for this month's Blog Hop.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Show Us Your Stuff Challenge

I was drawn to the Zebra artwork on this month's inspiration board at Show Us Your Stuff.  My kids and I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the Zebra is the mascot for EDS and Rare Disease, so I knew I wanted to tell part of our journey as EDSers.  I am having a increase in hand issues this month after a once off OT assesment of my hand writing aggravated my hand issues so I started working on bits for this layout at the start of the month and have taken my time.

I used this wonderful template from Ornation Creation for my zebra.  I handmade some zebra themed tassels, used a flair from the digital scrapbooking kit called A Little Something To Remember found at Sweet Shoppe Designs, plus wood veneer from Rainbow Splendour, Stencil & journal spot from D-lish Scraps Just Add Paper Kit this month, DIY ink spray, watercolours, gesso, printed the logo for  SKIP (Supporting Kids In Pain) and printed my title.

Thank you for visitng my blog and checking out my layout.
I hope this has inspired you to create.
Will you be particpating in any challenges this month?

Monday, 17 October 2016

Scrap the Girls

I have had a bit of a creative block, even with having my supplies organised for a few challenges and photos selected I could not create except for 40 minutes on Friday when I created some items inspired by a artwork.  So Saturday I pulled out all my supplies for Scrap the Girls Moodboard and put the 3 possible background sheets on my desk, then every time I had some spare moments and was passing my desk I would play with embellishments and papers until I was happy with what I had, it was a case of I needed to play without thinking about it and without worrying about creating a layout, by Sunday evening I was happy with what I had and this morning I put my layout together.

I used BoBunny C'EST LA VIE Belle paper, Kaisercraft 6x6 Trough The Looking Glass paper, rose ribbon, 2Crafty Chipboard - hanging heart vine, music note charms, cello charm, wood veener leaves, kaisercraft paper roses, Lincraft mini paper roses, Distress Stains (Weathered Wood, Milled Lavender & Seedless Preserves), Gesso, Reject Shop Kraft Tag.


Grabbed some spare flowers to show how well the colour of the tag turn out against the petal colour.

Are you joining in the Scrap The Girls Challenge this month.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Challenge 1 Snip Snip

Here is my take on Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Challenge 1 Snip Snip.
I was so glad I included this floral paper as it was perfect for this challenge.
While I love fussy cut items on a layout my hand doesn't love doing it so I kept the fussy cutting to a minimum.

The flowers had green centres so I cut some of the pink spots out of the paper and some random round shapes from the grey in the paper to create new flower centres.

I love how papers from 3 different brands coordinated so well for this layout.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Forgeries On The Fourth

The first prompt after creating your kit from you stash for Counterfeith Kit Challenge is Forgeries On The Fourth.
I had a lot of fun making some supplies for this.  I had already planned on making paper flowers and bead wire flowers before I knew about this prompt, I also decided to make my version of one of the papers and my own washi for this part of the challenge.

The paper will take me a while to finish, due to my hand issues I can only colour one heart a day.

 I am so happy with how my Paper Flowers turned out.

Have you DIYed some items to use in your scrapping this month?

Counterfeit Kit Challenge My Kit

I only just discovered Counterfiet Kit Challenge last month and though I would give  it a try this month.
This month they have chosen a goreous range called Indigo Hills from Pink Fresh Studio.  This challenge is all about using this lovely range to create your own kit from your stash.

Here is my kit.

I chose papers including scraps from Studio Calico, Shimmelle, Little Yellow Bicycle, Kaisercraft, My Mind's Eye and Karen Foster Design.

I selected 2 alphabets from Creative Memories and 2 from Kaszazz.
Some gauze, stickers, die cuts, chipboard and stamps.
Some flowers, flairs, project life cards & papers, embroidery thread, twine, beading wire, ricrac, resin flowers, charms, glass sprinkles and broken necklace.
For a start to the messy supplies I selected my only Colour Blast paste (Just Blue), Perler Pen (Blau), Distress Stain (Mustard Seed), Gelatos (Banana & Squid) and DIY black ink spray.

So now I have my kit sorted and in a bag next to my chair I can't wait to play along with this Challenge.

Are you joining in Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month?

Saturday, 1 October 2016

October List of Challenges

Welcome to another month of stunning scrapbooking challenges from so many wonderful places.  Make sure you follow the links and read the rules for the Challenges you want to particpate in.

I will update this list throughout the month as Challenges become available or I find Challenges I was unaware of or get permission from Challenges I am awaiting permission to include.  Some Challenges are not available until the 5th, 10th or the 21st of the month so make sure you check back for more fantastic Chalenges.

Please if there are any Challenges you are aware of that I have missed let me know.
I am really loving participating in Challenges, it is getting me to craft more often, to do projects I may otherwise save to do later, and some there is the added challenge of completing them when I have limited supplies that meet the requirements but that just adds to the fun.

My scrappy friends who only scrap when at a crop, or who have stopped or reduced their time scrapping for any reason I think you will love some of these, have a look at each challenge and see what appeals to you.  Try to do one by the end of the month.

So now for the list, I will provide a link to each challenge that has a direct link for it and either their Facebook page, website, shop, whichever is appropriate so you have all the details you could possibly need.
Those that are in a Facebook Group I will link to the group, please contact admins of the group to let them know you are joining to participate in the challenges or look at the challenges as some admins have requested this due to the waiting list. 

Scrap The Girls has a lovely moodboard this month, full of my favourite colour.  Check the blog for inspiration and rules.  Here is their Facebook Page .

Pixels and Paper has a lovely inspiring photo to get your creating this month.  Here is their Facebook Page.

ARTastic Challenge Blog has a stunning artwork for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  They are raising awareness for Breast Cancer this month.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Dusty Attic has another beautiful moodboard up on their Facebook Page and their Blog and for even further information, they also have a Website.

Show Us Your Stuff has a stunning moodboard this month with the EDS mascot included so I may use this to document part of our EDS journey or aspect of being a zebra.  Head to their blog for inspiration and rules.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Scrapping Clearly has a stunning Moodboard and Sketch this month.  Lots of inspiration on the Blog and Facebook.

Scrapping Good Time - Scrapbooking Group Australia is a Closed Facebook Group that has monthly Scrapbooking Challenges and Card Challenges each month.  This month we have 4 scrapbooking challenges including a sketch, technique challenge, supplies challenge and title challenge.

Aussie Crafters is a Closed Facebook Group that has a monthly challenge and swaps.  Please pm the group owner when you request to join. 

Archiscraps has a great challenge with many inspiring photos, it's all about Zentangle this month. 

Off the Rails Scrapbooking has a fun moodboard this month.  Here is their Facebook Group.  Make sure you check their blog for the rules of their Challenges.

White with 1
 is a lovely shade of red, I can't wait to play with red again.  Facebook Page. 

Scrapbooking Challenges have a moodboard and sketches that are posted throughout the month so it is worth checking their blog and Facebook Page throughout the month.

D-lish Scraps Inspiration Board looks like it will be very fun to create with, make sure you follow the link for inspiration and the rules of this Challenge.  They have some really cute supplies in their Shop.

Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia has a fantastic 6 week Challenge happening, head over to the blog for details and join the Super Challenge group so you can participate and earn tickets in the prize draws.  It finishes mid October so make sure you check it out asap.

Sketchy Boards Challenge has a cute photo to inspire your and this cute sketch.  Follow the link for inspiration and rules.

More Than Words Main Challenge has me inspired.  Here are the Rules for their Challenges. Here is their Facebook Page. 

Scrap the Boys has a great sketch this month. Here is a link to their Facebook Page.
Make sure you check their blog for the rules of their Challenges.

I recently discovered 2 more Challenges and I am excited to share them with you.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge is a great concept where you take inspiration from a new kit that is out and create a kit from your supplies using that inspiration and so create layouts with your own kit.  They do a blog hop with their team showing each person's kit and layouts.  Well worth checking it out.

Stuck Sketches is a twice monthly Sketch Challenge so I will update midmonth with the second sketch for the month.  

Kraft+ Challenge is right up my alley this month since I use old products often. Here is the Facebook Group.

123 Challenge Blog features my daughter's favourite colour this month, if I could just find those cute photos of her when she was little digging in the dirt they would be perfect for this challenge.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Rainbow Splendour's current challenge closes mid October so follow the link, ask to join the group and have some fun creating.  In addition to the group where the challenges are shared they have a Facebook Page.

Creative Inspiration is a online forum/group that features multiple challenges throughout the month.

Scrap It With a Song is a monthly challenge that uses songs as inpiration for your layouts. 

Jot Magazine has a great moodboard this month full of beautiful colours.  Here is their Facebook Page. 

Swirlydoos have a cute sketch this month.  In addition to the forum they have a Facebook Group for participants.

Aussie Scrappers Society is a closed Facebook group that has challenges.

This or That is a Challenge that has a prompt that you choose 1 of 2 items and a sketch to use that item with.

Anna's Craft Cupboard have a great sketch challenge this month whic you enter either via a Online Gallery or their Facebook Community.

Kaisercraft has a fun Scrapbooking Bingo Card for inspiration.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Scrapbook Boutique has a great moodboard full of butterflies and I love butterflies.

Here is a list of Challenges that would suit creating Project Life layouts.
Scrap the Boys have said they will accept PL layouts.
Scrap the Girls have said they will accept PL layouts.
Kraft+ Challenge accepts tradition layouts, art journalling, tags, etc so this challenge would suit PL I think.
Pixels and Paper accepts all forms of Scrapbooking and Memory Keeping.
ARTastic Challenge Blog accepts all forms of Scrapbooking as entries.
Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia accepts PL entries.
Show us your stuff accepts PL entries.
Scrapbook Boutique accepts scrapbooking, off the page, etc so I think it would suit PL.  The new challenge is posted on the 10th of each month.
Dusty Attic states in the August Moodboard Entry Rules (so assuming it is the same for October) that your project can be anything you desire including layouts, cards or off the page so it sounds like PL will be accepted.

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