Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Little Layered Lovelies

Now, I must admit that I don't use a lot of layering in my scrapbook layouts, as I tend towards a more clean and simple look, but I love layering on smaller scale projects like mini-albums, cards and tags. In fact, it's one of my favourite ways to make use of my little leftover scraps and embellishments. 

So, when we were challenged to 'Bundle Up' by creating a project with lots of layers for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge #3, I decided to make up a batch of gift tags as my stocks of handmade cards and tags are running low. And what kind of crafter would I be if I didn't have them on hand when I needed some?


I started off by spritzing four of the shipping tags from my kit with a chalk white ink to add a little bit of background interest, then played around with some of my smaller scraps and die-cuts. I think it makes the colours stand out!


Once I had a base, I added some additional layers with stamps, punched shapes, die-cuts and small embellishments. Normally, I would have been tempted to add a little bit of extra texture by adding some machine stitching, but the sewing machine has been bundled up (with a lot of my craft stash) ready for my house move. Hopefully, this time next month I'll be in a new house! 


Please head over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, for more lovely layering from the Master Forgers. There's sure to be a lot of inspiration!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Thankful for Counterfeiting {November's Counterfeit Kit}


Hello! Hello! It's so wonderful to be back with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge after taking a little break over the summer. Life has been devoid of scrapbooking for several months (what a sad state of affairs) so it's fantastic to be playing with pretty paper once more!

If you've been following the blog-hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge you'll already have seen the inspiration kit in it's full autumnal glory. Rather than counterfeit the kit exactly, I wanted to recreate the 'feel' of the kit and opted for a mix of autumnal colours as a base (and included a lot of kraft, which isn't seen in the inspiration kit.)



I've echoed those colour choices in all of the embellishment choices that I've made, adding in a variety of kraft coloured die-cuts and envelopes; blue lettering; burnt orange inks and cords; and some washi tapes in blue, grey and teal. And, can I mention these amazing stickers from Love Elsie's Jack & Abby Collection? Um, remember when Elsie Larsen was a scrapbooker? It's so, so long ago, that no-one remembers. And those stickers have been in my stash that long. About time that I used them, right? 


Balancing out those ridiculously old stickers are some new stickers, die-cuts and stamps from Elle's Studio. There's a mix of colours included, but I felt the emphasis on thankfulness and family would be wonderful for November scrapbooking (or holiday prepping!) and I was thrilled to find these little diamond stamps which are reminiscent of the red diamonds in the inspiration kit. 


And that's me! It's so lovely to be back with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and 
I cannot wait to see how the other members of the Design Team have been inspire, so I'm making myself a cuppa and then I'm heading on over to see Lesley's version at Oh Blog It!

Monday, 16 May 2016

Escher Effects {Counterfeit Challenge: April Challenge #3}

For this month's third challenge at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge 'Escher Effects' our Master Forger, Jemma, has challenged us all to be inspired by the work of M.C. Escher. Now, as much as I was excited by the idea, I was also a little bit terrified. Escher has been a life-long favourite of mine - with his amazing artwork, based on mathematical principles, designs which play on perspective and some tessellation which confounds the senses. (I do have to have a little bit of a 'Geek Freak' every so often!) So, I was a bit ... um ... scared of the idea - and wanted, desperately, to make something that would be worthy.



Looking through some older photographs, I spotted this image of Bridget Riley's 'Hesitate' oil on canvas, which I saw at the Tate Liverpool. Bridget Riley, with her repetitive structures, sensations of movement and abstract, but challenging landscapes, has always reminded me very much of Escher's work. The title ' Sense of Wonder' is from an Escher quote 'You have to retain a sense of wonder. That's what it's all about.' which I love.

For more Escher inspired inspiration visit the Counterfeit Challenge to see projects by our Guest Designer, Jane and our Master Forgers.