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Friday, December 28, 2018

Sketchy Saturday no 31 prompt entry three for week of 22 dec 2018

Entry three for Document December mixed format scrapbook pocket page

For this sketch layout interpretation the design has been rotated 90 degrees to the right (tipped over) in order to fit the dimensions of the top left corner pocket of this scrapbook page.

Liberties have been taken with one of the sketch's snowflakes to be substituted by a row of stick-on gems. Another change is a journaling strip instead of a sentiment message. More stick-on gems and small stickers (junk mail freebies) have been used instead of snowflakes. The base paper (which the design reminds me of poinsettias) was part of my November 2018 kit that I made for CKC blog but didn't use until now. I'm glad I got this done! 

Snapshots for this entry #3 feature our living room piano's keyboard covered with received Christmas cards and photo cards and a recent pic taken at our church with my hubby and I standing next to the beautiful cradle to the cross display. 

The 3rd entry oriented like the sketch design =

The full scrapbook page=

#31 prompt layout image for Sketchy Saturday challenge week of 22 December 2018:


As I did for the two previous entries for the same challenge, I've given credit in this blog series of posts to 2 groups/blog that have been motivating me to get busy using old crafting inventory in new ways. Those groups are Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog/Facebook group and 100 Pattern Papers Challenge which is solely a FB group. Thanks also to LSD for being an inspiring crafting mentor!

2018 is almost over! This year's highlights have been crafting and blog related since personal life has been full of stresses due to many traumas and dramas. I spent the first 8 months of year on 2 blogs' design teams and reluctantly stepped down for 2 reasons (hubby had 3 ER visits in July and I wanted more crafting flexibility in time and commitments). By late August I got excited in crafting again especially for scrapping with CKC blog's challenges. They selected me as an August follower showcase and guest designer for October!!! At about the same time, I discovered a Christian women's card making group through Facebook and have been recognized 2 times already!! (Christian Card-Making ~ Women's Fellowship) Then about 6 weeks ago, I've started renewing my interest in art journaling in my Bible and am getting ideas and inspiration to do more study of God's Word through this creative option.

Thanks for reading my blog. If you are one of my blog followers, thank you for your support and encouragement!!!

From the USA heartland, Becca S

Sketchy Saturday prompt challenge entry two for week of 22 dec 2018

Entry two for bottom right pocket in Document December 2018 mixed format scrapbook page

Design notes:
a. address type name label is used in place of a sentiment; also moved out of its zone because of using a photo instead of patterned paper or a die-cut kind of image
b. journaling note added after taking the photo (our green & gold tree; SW corner back-encl. porch)
c. red, yellow, and green stick-on gems were used instead of the sketch's snowflakes; I tried to place these in the designated spots but don't have the difference in sizes like the sketch shows.

Entry two was made to fit in the bottom right corner for this mixed format pocket scrapbook page.

Shown above is the #31 challenge prompt layout image for Sketchy Saturday by Laurel Seabrook Designs blog. Link=

The olive green cardstock scrap used at the bottom is an oldie, so old I can't remember who made it! Another credit shout out here and for end of the year's sake to 2 groups/blog that have encouraged me to dig in to my crafting inventory and get busy scrapping and card-making: 100 Pattern Papers Challenge (Facebook group) and Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog and FB Community group!!!!

Stay tuned as I get entry three's post ready to compete for Sketchy Saturday!

From the USA heartland, Becca S

Sketchy Saturday prompt from 22 december 2018 entry one

Document December 2018 with a mixed format pocket page's first entry

I collected some scraps from Christmas card-making and some leftovers from my Nov 2018 CKC blog copy-cat kit to quickly put together an entry in the scrapbook for this awesome month. Three of the four pockets will use the same sketch prompt provided by Laurel Seabrook Designs' Sketchy Saturday challenge.

The gift tag used as a sentiment focal is a tad overlarge for this pocket entry yet when seen within the context of the full sheet doesn't look too overwhelming. The stickers are old leftovers from junk mail. White copy paper for base. Red with black dots patterned paper is from The Paper Studio/Hobby Lobby. The fun and festive diagonal stripe is old stuff. Stickers are used instead of snowflakes as shown on the sketch.

Here's this first pocket entry as seen in the completed page:

This is the sketch prompt challenge no 31 from Laurel Seabrook Designs. Use the link up above to go to her blog post to see her example and for submitted link-ups.

I also want to give credits to the Facebook group, 100 Pattern Papers Challenge, for encouraging paper-crafters like myself to get busy using papers they've got stashed away. And also credit needs to be extended to the blog, Counterfeit Kit Challenge, and their FB CKC Community group for coming up with their monthly copy-cat scrapbooking kits as well as challenges to use up all the bits and pieces.

Stay tuned for two more quick posts to get some design notes about entries 2 and 3 for this pocket page to DOCUMENT DECEMBER 2018.

From the USA heartland, Becca S

Friday, December 21, 2018

HIMCR 383 challenge to keep it simple sweetie for Christmas or a December holiday

It is 3 1/2 days to Christmas and quick, easy greeting cards are just what I need in this busy week. My simple techniques for the challenge entry focus are using 'boxed' tags and an easy stand-up easel card format:

Keeping it simple (about 15 minutes to make from start to finish) also involved having scraps of different patterned papers, stapler/attacher, some gold gems and some decorative tapes ready to go with a few other essential tools.

The above photo shows 3 other gift tag styles made into easel cards.

This photo view is angled enough to really let the foil shine bright! I love this unexpected grouping of patterns and colors to be the setting for the poinsettia tag.

Bonus feature:
This cradle to the cross display was a group effort by almost all the regular attending members of our small Brethren church. We adopted and adapted a decorated tree and cross very similar to what several of us had seen on the internet. We used a tree, lights, ornaments, cradle, tree skirt (covering the cradle) and (spider) plants that the church already had. One member had the timbers and built the cross. Another member ordered the tulle and bought the poinsettia plants and half of the silk flowers on the tree. Many members helped set up the tree, lights, and ornaments. Others are watering the poinsettia and spider plants. And my husband and I donated half of the silk flowers. All of us have expressed delight in how this creative arrangement has filled this sanctuary corner.

HIMCR #383 challenge blog post and the link-up for participating (or for future weeks) can be found here:

*And I will share these in the Facebook group, 100 Pattern Papers Challenge, since several prints are ones I've had for a year or more (green zig-zag, white with large gray dots, green and white diagonal striped, medium gray with small white dot, and a light green marbled print).

Keeping my post fairly simple to fit the theme of the challenge,
Becca S

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

So thankful card with bright yellow papers for HIMCR 379 challenge

So thankful card in sunny yellow...such a refreshing look after lots of gray overcast days with chilly 20-30 degree temps!

Isn't that fox such a darling addition to the card?!!! I can just imagine a young kit jumping around in a pile of leaves, batting or kicking out small pumpkins and gourds in someone's garden, and having a 'heyday' frolicking!

This card is being linked to HIMCR's #379 challenge theme "Thank You Card". I was on their design team for about 8 months and love to come back to it periodically as a participant. I've been trying to spend more crafting time visiting other challenge blog sites, do more scrapbooking, and making Bible art journal entries into my Bible purchased for that purpose. Here's the link for the #379 post:

This photo is showing about 1/3 of my November kit made for the CKC blog this month. It's not saying Autumn but I'm making it work--like with this wonderful mug digital image from Stamplorations! Color-wise I wanted to have lots of the traditional Autumn/Thanksgiving hues but to work in the dominant colors of the CKC inspiration kit for this month, I've had to add in lots of blues, purples, and pink tones:

This sunny yellow is part of a trio I made during the same crafting session. Most of the patterned papers were interchanged. They have the same 2 stamps, stick-ons, and those gorgeous pumpkin and leaves scenery mugs.

With an attitude of gratitude in the USA Midwest, Becca S

So thankful card with bright colors for HIMCR 379 challenge

So bright colors

Card #1 of 3 made with interchangeable elements and layouts

Each card has the same muted lavender cardstock that is about the size of an ATC. They each have puffy fox and leaf stick-ons. They each have some patterned papers that have been swapped around. 2 of the 3 have the same decorative tape. All three have the same stamps used "so thankful" and "May the bounty of the season fill your heart and home." And the digital mug image is same just colored differently for each one. Overall dimension is 4" wide x 6" tall.

Challenge link is to this week's "thank you card" prompt at HIMCR for #379:

Also, shout outs/credits to CKC blog for this month's copy cat kit that I made and which the cards' papers and stickers were a part of. And to Stamplorations for the freebie digital mug image filled with a gorgeous pumpkin and leaves scene!!! Love freebies!!!

I just love how these card turned out, especially this bold vibrant purple base with rainbow striped border tape and background patterned paper!!!! My nieces and nephews would probably say this looks like an Aunt Becca card!!!

With an attitude of gratitude, Becca S

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

21 Nov 2018 CKC blog challenge mini kit to make 3 Thanksgiving cards

So thankful

3 Thanksgiving cards made with same 2 stamps, fox and leaf stick-ons, and mug image but different  papers and coloration of mug images.

I'm specifying the mini kit part of the November kit challenges at CKC blog because I've interchanged the elements for these 3 cards and I still have pieces ready to make 2 or 3 more cards tomorrow. Up above I'm showing part of my kit that about 4 patterned papers came from plus the sheet of digital image replicated 9 times at wallet size and then colored 3 different ways (go by columns). Even the puffy fox stick-ons are seen in the corner of the photo.

If you've seen my previous November blog posts showing the original kit to copy cat, you will remember that for the USA Midwest northern hemisphere November weather and traditional colors for autumn and Thanksgiving I've had to be very creative to make this all work to use my kit for Thanksgiving cards. In my mug coloring, I've had to include lots of values of purple/violet and pink to work with my selected papers to support copy cat endeavors.

Since I've made lots of posts about my November kit and how I've used it thus far, I'm keeping all 3 cards together to be featured in this posting.

With an attitude of gratitude, Becca S

21 Nov 2018 Thankful home decor fits challenge at CKC and HIMCR blogs

Home décor--our cup of blessings

On display in our dining room: the base is light blue cardstock; the center panel is a lavender paper; there's a orchid with white dots paper across the middle; a colorful chevron zig-zag print paper behind the mug image that was filled in with colored pencils (freebie from Stamplorations); a bright spring sherbet diagonal print paper behind our photo; and the forgery made floral paper.

framed home décor layout stamped message was prompted by the hymn "Count Your Blessings" and the phrase "my cup runneth over"-- "Our Cup of Blessings" 

1. Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog (CKC or CKCB)= using the November kit that I made to copy cat their inspirational one picked by Lisa H from Citrus Twist, a curate kit called "Little Things".
   a. elements included from the kit are (1) colors like purple, yellow, orange, pink, blue & green; (2) motifs/shapes like butterflies, hearts, stars, arrow & large florals; (3) rainbows: 2 papers containing lots of hues and the coloring of the mug image (freebie from Stamplorations) 
   b. photo of the Citrus Twist kit= 

    c. papers included the forgery stamped flowers and bees onto black triangle print paper from The Paper Studio are from my November kit

2. Hiding In My Craft Room blog (HIMCR)= using the #379 theme of "thank you" 
    a. elements included on this home décor layout are (1) typed Happy Thanks Giving Day 2018; (2) stamped "so thankful"; and (3) stamped letters to write out "our cup of blessings"
    c. Laurie has the challenge titled as thank you card but guidelines do indicate that all paper-crafted creations are accepted, so that's why I'm going to go ahead and link this to her blog

Some close-up photos:

With an attitude of gratitude, Becca S

Saturday, November 17, 2018

CKC and UYS blog challenges with stars and sparkle layout 2

Layout #2 with stars and sparkle with "Happy Birthday Princess"

The link for the Use Your Stuff blog #337 with stars theme:

The link for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog challenge #1 with shine/sprinkle and sparkle theme: 

The silver glitter tape has my sparkle for this layout. The stars are sprinkled around (if that counts). I tried to concentrate the embellishments into a triangle at the top half of the LO. These photos, not good quality, were from my niece's 7th birthday party in 2009. 

One more photo:

Some design notes:
a. two patterned papers on left side are from The Paper Studio
b. the stars print paper and the wavy rainbow striped paper are from a small pad bought at Dollar Tree
c. silver glitter tape on the left side has the sparkle for the layout and the challenge for CKC
d. star border tape (an old newspaper graphics from about 25-30 years ago); 
e. lots of star stickers from 3 different sheets
f. soft pink paper was used for background mounts for all 4 cropped photos
g. blueberry marbled cardstock from Colorbok

From the heartland with Becca S 

CKC and UYS blogs challenges with stars and sparkle in layout 1

Layout #1 featuring stars and sparkle with "Reach for the stars"

#337 challenge for Use Your Stuff blog is to use stars. In this showcased layout, I've used 3 different sets of star stickers. There are 4 puffy ones that offer some shine due to reflection. There is a star-print paper behind the top photo. There are black stars in a newspaper graphic border used vertically.

These papers, stickers, and base cardstock came from the November kit for CKC blog. Find the challenge #1 sprinkle and sparkle challenge at this link: The sparkle comes from the light shining off the 4 puffy 3-D stars. The metallic silver and white diagonal striped decorative tape adds more shine. The star border tape (a very old newspaper graphic tape from about 25-30 years ago) adds shine when the light hits the clear part of the tape.

The above photo is only about 1/3 of my November kit. The 9 papers shown in the bottom half are only like 6" x 8". 

I tried to have three areas of star stickers. It didn't work for them to be in a triangle format but they are divided into 3 sections that snake from top left through the middle and down to the bottom right.
FAB-ulous layout!!!! I love how this scrapbook layout showcasing my niece Faith's 8th grade graduation turned out!!!!

Did you notice the 3 faded denim blue brads that form a triangle on the layout?

Another photo of the LO:

UYS blog challenge ends in a few hours.

CKC blog challenge #1 started the 12th and will continue to the end of November 2018.

From the heartland, Becca S

November 2018 second half kit for CKC blog challenge

Seasonal Nature Travel Sojourn kit has expanded

Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog's premise is to copy-cat other vendors' or individuals' kits each month and even try forgeries whether it is a background paper or frames or embellishments. This November it is a non-traditional color palette and themes with rainbows, clouds, butterflies, hearts, stars, foxes, and other unexpected designs. Last week I showed the first half of the kit. This post has the 2nd half.

BELOW: some embellishments and tapes pulled out and some more papers picked for rainbow hues, butterflies, stars, barn siding, and bright tones.

BELOW: blue glitter paper, white CS, blueberry CS, music print followed by other papers picked for either color, weather, script, or travel themes. (Georgia-Pacific for cardstock, CS, 4 The Paper Studio prints, and 2 Carta Bella Blvd.)

ABOVE: this is the full curated kit that is the November 2018 inspiration. It is from Citrus Twist and was called "Little Things". For CKC blog.

ABOVE: freebie from Stamplorations--I spent 3 different nights coloring these adorable mug images that I sized to fit 9 to one full sheet. Colored pencils were used to have softer values but also layer some of the tones to add depth and variation. Can't wait to use them this week for Thanksgiving cards!!! [look at the scraps and small papers I pulled that go well with 1, 2 or 3 columns of images!!!]

ABOVE: This was a coloring book page that I spent one night coloring with markers and colored pencils. If you glance back at the CKC blog picked inspiration photo you will see a lot of the same colors reflected in my scrap page. Can't wait to use this for a layout!

Stay tuned for 2 more posts that show layouts using papers and stickers seen in the top pictures.

Becca S

Saturday, November 10, 2018

10 November 2018 rainbow thank you banner tags copy catted into card project

11102018 Rainbow forgery tags used for thank you cards

Seasonal Nature Traveling Sojourn Kit for CKCB November challenge:

Reveal photo showcasing all 3 modern cards=

Card #1 using the zig-zag background paper=

Card #2 using the vibrant floral for the background=

Card #3 using the vibrant tone on tone dot print paper for the background=

Design notes:
a. all three use the same mauve pink square-shaped base
b. all three use the same bold blue cardstock for tag base
c. all three use a rainbow forgery thank you banner image (it's like an optical illusion with the paper design and the stamp design!)
d. all three use a strip of the rainbow forgery Ikat print paper
e. all three use a strip of bright bubble gum pink cardstock
f. all three use star graphic designer border tape (used for newspapers and newsletters before digital technology)
g. all three have star stickers, just in differing amounts, colors, and/or type

Before pics-- 2 of 4 forgeries made a few days ago for this November kit in order to copy cat rainbow embellishments from the Citrus Twist curate kit that is our CKC prompt for the month

From the stamped thank you banner images seen above, 3 were used for this blog posted project.

From the Ikat patterned paper that I added rainbow spectrum to I only cut a 1/2" strip off the long left side and then divided it into 3 different lengths to use for the tags/cards.


Background papers for the cards--I used one section of the zig-zag patterned paper, one of the vibrant floral seen in the bottom right corner in this next pic, and the third card has one section from the tonal red with pink small dot print paper seen under the gold foil on the left pile.


The driving force behind the rainbow embellishments came from the chosen inspirational kit from Citrus Twist called "Little Things" released October 2018 and picked by Master Forger Lisa for CKC blog's November kit to counterfeit:

Is this starting to make sense? In the above photo which is a combination of the papers and embellishments you can see a pastel hued rainbow acrylic embellishment, puffy hearts in a rainbow assortment of hues, tasseled type bows in 4 hues, and tiny puffy style stickers in a variety of colors as well as a star-studded patterned paper in the upper right corner. 

The cards featured in this post have only a token nod to nature with the stars and rainbow coloring and one background floral. I've styled them very modern which seems to clash when you see the some of the other photos. I think the problem is that I should have done more pre-planning of projects before pulling papers from inventory. I've pulled items three different times this week and each time the focus has either been for rainbow, hearts and stars, or for weather/travel (which hasn't been shown yet). At this point I'm not sure if I will take time to edit. I think I'm going to concentrate on getting lots of scrapbook layouts made as well as thank you's and Thanksgiving/harvest season cards made and mailed. Let's keep this creative mojo going!

Becca S

Friday, November 9, 2018

November 2018 kit first half for CKC blog

Seasonal Nature Traveling Sojourn kit

pic one for first half of kit:

Are you ready for more non-traditional colors and patterns for November? There are no turkeys or feathers to be found in this kit (unless you want them). There are also no Pilgrim hats. No corn on the cob. No Mayflower ship. So what's in the inspiration based kit by Citrus Twist from October 2018 that is being used by the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog?

Good question! Imagine stars, hearts, rainbows, clouds, butterflies, leafy branches, flowers, and a few cameras, pandas, foxes, and rabbits for the design motifs!!! YES!!! Add in periwinkle blue, blueberry, inky indigos, thistle, lavender, lemon, peach, coral, pink, and turquoise for most of the color palette!!! EXCITING!! SHOCKING!!!

Pattern Paper
  • Indigo Hills v2 “Ridge” (Pinkfresh)
  • Amy Tangerine Shine On “Uplift” (American Crafts)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Darling” (Crate Paper)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Spread Love” (Crate Paper)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Blossom” (Crate Paper)
  • Vicki Boutin Field Notes “Daydreamer” (American Crafts)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Periwinkle” (Crate Paper)
  • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane “Violet” (Crate Paper)
Solid Paper
  • Two 12" x 12" sheets of White textured cardstock (American Crafts)
      • Indigo Hills Paper Die-Cuts (Pinkfresh)
      • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Puffy Stickers (Crate Paper)
      • Mint Puffy Alphabet Stickers (Pinkfresh)
      • Amy Tangerine Shine On Mini Inflatable Heart Ephemera (American Crafts)
      • Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Adhesive Thread bows, one half split pack (Crate Paper)
      • Exclusive Wood Veneer Cuts (Citrus Twist)
      • 2" x 3" High-Quality polymer stamp set (Citrus Twist)
      • Vintage Fiction Book Page (a flea market find)
      • Cutapart Labels (Citrus Twist); Sketch Sheet (Citrus Twist)
      • Digital Printable Cutapart Sheet - downloadable from the Shop digital section of our website (Citrus Twist)
        **ignore these links that got copied with the content list**=

      More parts of my Seasonal Nature Traveling Sojourn kit for November:

      This photo has papers left from my October kit that are now being rolled over to November. I want to get items made with old inventory, so that I can have extreme limited money spent each month or two just for adhesives and/or seasonal embellishments. Three papers on the left side of the above photo were used this afternoon to make a birthday card for a great niece. Her card post was already published. And 3 papers from the right side of the above photo were used this afternoon to make a birthday card for my best friend's son. His card post was also already published.

      mostly solid color partial sheets or scraps

      another butterfly print paper and 2 prints that coordinate to each other that has the purples, pinks, greens, and blues found in the inspirational kit; the papers in the below photo are a color-departure from those already shown but because there is this large butterfly print with 3 coordinates I decided to include

      There are 3 parts for this first half of the kit reveal: butterflies with coordinating papers, plain cardstocks or papers (primarily solid colors), and leftovers from October's All About Autumn kit. Most of the solid color papers are scraps or partial sheets.  There's a partial sheet of a text print paper including with those solid colors.

      I'll be adding more text designer sheets in 2nd half kit reveal tomorrow. That half will have stars, hearts, and travel theme papers and embellishments.  And rainbows!!! [I've got way too much old inventory that luckily survived storage for previous 2+ years and that's long overdue to be used since they are 5-10 years old!!!]

      Reminder photos of the rainbow spectrum forgeries I made 2-3 days ago. The base papers used for these counterfeits are not quite 1 year old but as we scrappers and paper-crafters know all too well, better get something used when you think about it:

      A couple of hours ago I took 3 of the thank you banner images (from the photo just above) to make into focal tags of 3 mauve pink square based cards. Those will be featured on my next post, so stay tuned.

      Becca S