Paper crafting is works of heart

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

CKC blog second challenge 18 October 2018

2nd challenge for October 2018 CKC blog is to show team spirit

Using my October's counterfeit kit titled, All About Autumn, these scrapbook layouts reflect the original kit with unexpected colors not typical of northern hemisphere fall season. My team spirit layouts are full of patterns and vibrant colors! Unlikely pinks, blues, and black are mixed in with greens, browns, yellows, and bits of oranges. link:


My husband Joe and I are NOT sports fans. I like the Cubs but it's been awhile since I've watched a game on TV and years since I've been to Wrigley to attend a game. So as the October Guest Designer I knew ahead of time about this Challenge #2 and was perplexed about what I could do that showed team spirit. So as I came across these old staycay-vacay photos when Kenny and Karen traveled up from the St. Louis suburbs back in 2008, I decided to capture and emphasize the love and relationship between uncle and nephew. Sadly within a short time of this trip Kenny was diagnosed with the BIG C. What started out as lung cancer ended up spreading to his brain. Oh how he battled strongly for 2 years! And oh how he looked forward to his visits from his Uncle Joe!! In between visits, they talked on the phone every day. I made cards and sent frequently. We were his strongest supporters for Team Kenny. Joe was with him when he passed in late December 2010 and was a pall bearer. Kenny is missed every day.
Layout #1 of 3

Note 1: IL River; Starved Rock; near Utica, IL
Note 2: cruise; then hike to St. Louis canyon and waterfall

Layout #2 of 3

"Joe became an uncle @ about 8 yrs. old when Kenny's sister Linda Gail was born. Joe's about 10 yrs. older than Kenny. Almost like brothers...spent lots of time together as kids and adults. Wasn't unusual to get phone calls @ 2 am."

Layout #3 of 3

"Shortly after this trip, Joe's nephew Kenny was diagnosed w/ cancer. 3-6 months' diagnosis stretched to a 2 year battle!"

Close-up photos to see the details: Focus for the weekend was our time spent at Starved Rock State Park with the river cruise and then a hike in a canyon that's about 1/2 mile south of the river. Joe, Kenny, and Karen all grew up in the greater St. Louis area so we just had to hike to the St. Louis Canyon and it's waterfall after the cruise. At the time of this visit, Joe and I had been living south of S.R.S.P. about 20-25 miles and had made frequent trips just like this one with relatives of his and mine in previous 2 years and for 2 years afterward. From 2011-2016 we lived about 2.5-3 hours east and missed visiting the S.R.S.P. 

Squirrel paper was a "forgery" I made for my September CKC blog kit but didn't get to use. I used a coloring book digital image like clip art and repeated it until the sheet was full. Colored pencils were used to give a soft autumn wildlife mood and with the loopy floral paper underneath, I felt color-wise and scale-wise these were a terrific pairing. Add some pinks and black because they were noticeable colors featured in the October CKC kit picked from Wild Hare Kits.

TEAM KENNY scrapbook layouts have banners, stars, arrows, hearts, and ribbon tails for those elements that remind us about cheering and being fans whether it is for a sports team, a specific athlete, musician, or celebrity. 

What can you scrap this month that reflects your team spirit? link:

It's been a wonderful honor to be the October Guest Designer for Counterfeit Kit Challenges Blog!

Becca S

Friday, October 12, 2018

UYS and HIMCR and CCMWF combo challenges card project two

Three challenges meshed into a 2nd card project with this focus for church member's get well card:

for these three challenges: color prompt photo + autumn theme + Halloween colors

Christian Card Makers Women's Fellowship (CCMWF), Facebook group, has current color challenge and a just ended sketch challenge (shown below the color prompt):

Above photo: inside panel stamped with "You Are Special"

This bold autumn get well card will be hand-delivered to a church member who is at a rehab unit after surviving double heart valve and double bypass surgery about 2 weeks ago!!! Prayers would be appreciated for this sister in Christ!

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

UYS and HIMCR and CCMWF meshed challenges card project one

Three challenges meshed together for bold autumn birthday card!

Card one for these three challenges: color prompt photo + autumn theme + Halloween colors

Christian Card Makers Women's Fellowship (CCMWF), Facebook group, has current color challenge:

This sketch was provided at CCMWF, Facebook group, and its challenge closed on Thursday night, 10/11/18, but I still used it for this bold autumn birthday card!

This card will also be shared at 100 pattern paper challenge, another Facebook group. These papers are old stock, not part of my October kit used for CKC blog's October challenges, so I'll post with 100 PPC.

Still busy crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

CKCB bonus sketch and mood board layout one doubles for scrappy power challenge

October kit with bonus sketch + mood board challenges for photo layout

Photo Layout #1 for this combo of challenges AND for October challenge #1 (What is your scrappy power?):

My scrappy power is my passion to try new ideas, whether it is sketch layouts, color combos, techniques, or supplies. With this project I've used a new sketch, a mood board, and the butterfly sticky note; the rest is old stuff found in my October kit for CKCB (and also their Guest Designer for the month!!)

The sketch was turned again 90 degrees right with some slight changes: (1) proportions of strips were altered; (2) text was added to a butterfly sticky note that was also used instead of partial large star; (3) stars were replaced with enamel/plastic dots scattered around the layout; (4) photo has a background mat paper since base is white cardstock (not the yellow).

Whew! I'll take a blogging break for a day or so and then get back to scrapping more old snapshots for the Sadler file folder photo album pocket project that I posted about a few days ago. In fact, the featured scrap layout here has my husband, Mr. Sadler (tee-hee) with his nephew Kenny and his wife Karen. I'm the photographer! Circa 2008 boat ride on the Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park.

Becca S

CKCB bonus plus AHB and SDCB for card project three

October kit with bonus sketch and mood board + birthday theme + patterned papers challenges into a card

Card #3 (for kit, birthday, and patterned papers)

The pictured prompts of mood board and sketch are courtesy of Wild Hare Kits and Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog for the bonus challenges presented this week. Use the above CKCB link to take you to the post announcement.

Mrs. Gladys had her 95th birthday this past Monday! She's the mother for one of my high school classmates. Gladys' daughter was her baby, her last child. We are delighted to be able to help her celebrate. She loves purple, so I used purple, mauve, and pink prominent papers. Sketch was tipped 90 degrees to the right and a cupcake stick-on was used instead of text along with scattered gems instead of stars. 

Stay tuned for more! The Wild Hare Kit and CKCB sketch and mood board were used for a small photo layout which will be featured on the next post.  Becca S

CCMWF and SDCB and AHB and CKCB combined challenges card project two

Sketch + October kit + patterned papers + birthday theme

Card #2: Make A Wish

With the tree print paper and the wood grain decorative tape this card definitely has more of a early autumn, nature, and woodland mood to it. This was given to my husband for his 69th birthday today!

Two birthday cards were made with almost identical papers except green base card has a different background paper plus the woodgrain decorative tape added to give it more masculine appeal.

CKCB's October kit (partial photo) All About Autumn that I used papers for the 2 birthday cards from top right, middle left and middle right stacks. CKCB's bonus challenge mood board featured dappled trees, softer autumn colors, and lots of scattered colors like confetti:

The sketch shown below is from CCMWF= Christian Card Makers Women's Fellowship, a secret group on Facebook. If interested, find me on Facebook and send me a pm about wanting to join this particular group.

More crafting this evening, so stay tuned for another post...Becca S from the USA heartland

Thursday, October 11, 2018

CCMWF and CKCB and SDCB and AHB combined challenges card project one

Sketch plus October AAA kit plus patterned paper and birthday challenges

Card #1:

CCMWF for sketch; papers are from CKCB October kit I refer to as All About Autumn; and SDCB for patterned paper challenge

Blue card is for nephew's wife's birthday. Her favorite color is blue.

This photo captures some of my sorted paper piles from my massive CKCB October kit. Papers for the 2 cards shown just above are from the top right, middle left, and middle right--my proof! Also CKCB has a bonus challenge to use softer autumn colors which with the papers coming from my kit I believe they will work!

CCMWF is a secret group on Facebook. The sketch challenge that ended today: 

Still crafting in the USA heartland, Becca S

Saturday, October 6, 2018

CKC Blog October Guest Designer Mini Kit and Altered File Folder Photo Pocket Project

October 2018 Guest Designer for Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog efforts continue with a Mini Kit from my full kit and its project for 6 October 2018:

Altered File Folder into a Photo Album Pocket: junk journal enthusiasts will love this mixed media version variation. Instead of having several scrapbook layouts, I've recycled a file folder to become an album pocket. Lots of papers were used! In fact, I had to add papers from the original stack which I'll show in a pic towards the end.

Mini kit from my October "All About Autumn" full kit for CKC Blog. Smoky gray satin ribbon was added and used to secure the hole-punched sides of the folder.

Above: front side of file folder in progress

Above: back side of file folder

Above: finished front of the file folder album pocket; glittered oak leaf was one of my forgery items featured on October 4th (letter stickers were add-ons to kit since they matched colors in papers)

Above: 1 photo collage is another forgery item featured October 4th; the other 9 photos are from 2 events from 2009 (Joe and I had lunch with his 3 sisters in St. Charles, MO and his cousin Roy and his wife Judy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a BBQ at their home in Lithium, MO)

Above: looking down inside the pocket; I created tabs on some of the photos with decorative tapes to make access a bit easier to pull up. The file folder was written on but as a recycled, upcycled, altered project who would know unless I told you?!!! :)

Mini kit was taken from the 5 papers on the right middle side of the above photo. And then because I was using up paper quickly to cover both sides of the folder and for multiple layers behind each photo, I had to use the other additional 5 papers in that group! Yea! Small sections leftover which continues to make me happy to put such a dent into all this old inventory!!

This is the ID badge for CKCB. The direct link to the mini kit reveals from two Master Forgers  will be found here:

Thanks for following my efforts and excitement to be CKCB's October Guest Designer!

--Becca S

Thursday, October 4, 2018

CKCB Guest Designer Layout 3 using a forgery or substitution for designer paper

Why has there been so much fuss this week? The answer: I'm Guest Designer, a temporary Master Forger, for Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog!

Earlier today I released a long post showcasing all my forged elements that I've tackled already in about 1 week's time! My creative wheels have been burning rubber!!!

In my Forgeries on the Fourth reveal post I've shared 4 counterfeit elements from the original kit and for some I've even done variations, so I'm overachieving again. However I'm making dents into 2 paper piles already from just making 2 small 5" square cards, 2 notebook sheet size scrapbook layouts and now a 3rd notebook size layout:

Forged element is using the Fall theme Journaling spots freebie sheet as a pretend designer patterned paper! The white margins were trimmed off. Faith's photo hides a "My Teacher" title and Gwen's photo hides an umbrella. The orange masking tape is also another copied idea from the original kit featured at CKC blog October 1st reveal post as well as seen on my 10/1/18 issue. My nieces and nephew original photos have been distorted color and surface-wise from being out on my desk a year ago August 13th when we had a house fire. I'm surprised they were even able to be photocopied on the printer the other day. I haven't asked my sister-in-law for replacements yet. But am excited that I could still capture how they appeared in the Fall of 2016!

I kept this layout easy. One change I would probably do is mount a solid color paper behind the journaling spots sheet. There is space if it had a narrow margin. Each kids' photo has their own different paper mat with a narrow margin from that featured paper pile. The thick felt fox stick-on I think was purchased at Hobby Lobby in a multipack. (owl, squirrel)

This photo is my computer screen to verify that I found the journaling cards freebie online. The link was included in today's earlier post and I'll repeat it here from Creating Keepsakes 2012:

The above photo was taken before this project started so the stack has a full plaid sheet, some of that blue scrap, some of that two-tone blue now gone! YEA! Making dents into this massive kit I've compiled with 90-95%+ old inventory.

The Hobby Lobby purchased papers by The Paper Studio seen in the below pic are newer purchases but that was last December or January. So it's time to get them used too. The below photo was part of my second post on October 1st to have more of the colors and patterns showing than how I photographed for the first post that day. This was also a helpful creativity exercise to sort and group through mixing and matching by looks or moods. There are light and delicates and then the bold vibrant graphics, too. I really really needed to do that. Plus I purged out about 12 papers of different sizes to use sometime in the future.

The CKCB ID badge is pictured here. If you've been holding on to your craft products like I've been, check out this blog, get inspired, and start using!! Link for the Forgeries on the Fourth post at CKCB:

Check out my previous posts connected to CKCB October Guest Designer since October 1 as well as mine. Next will required post will be October 6 when we some of us do a mini kit from out of our larger October kits. I've not started that one yet. Probably need to make a dent in another pile. Hmm. Which stack? Which embellishments? Any forged/fake replacements?

October 2018 Guest Designer for CKC blog--Becca S