Friday, January 28, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop

The Mini Counterfeit Kit Challenge for the blog hop was to create a card, inspired by fashion, using my Counterfeit Kit, and adding some "bling". 

My Counterfeit Kit

My Counterfeit Add On

I really thought about making a card for the challenge...but I cheated.  I know that the point of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to put together some of the supplies we have on hand and actually USE the kit's contents.  I do not usually make cards, and I have 100's of pictures that are in need of a home, so I veered from making a card, to creating a double page layout.   I know, it's completely "illegal" LOL...but I need to spend my valuable scrappy time making layouts.  I have a feeling you will understand :)

Well, while I was brainstorming, looking through the few remaining contents of my Counterfeit Kit, and browsing the Internet...I asked myself, "Who has a great sense of fashion?"  The first person who came to my mind...Jackie Onassis Kennedy...then Michelle Obama.  So I Googled Images of "Michelle Obama fashions".  As soon as I saw her and The President's pictures from his inauguration, I KNEW this was going to be my inspiration...
My "fashion" inspiration

I only had a few sheets of paper left in my kit, which included a piece of white, floral, lace/doily paper and a piece of lime green paper with white polka dots.  As soon as I saw the First Lady's dress in this creativity took over!!!  It was PERFECT for this challenge!  And you know what made it even better?  President Obama's tie is red!  I still had my red flowers and red lace in my Counterfeit Kit, I decided they would make the perfect embellishments! This is a combination of supplies that I would have NEVER chosen on my own.  As for the background cardstock, I took a cue from President Obama's suit and went for black.  I choose the pictures to use on my layout because I remembered that we were all wearing different shades of green in our family portraits from Christmas 2009...and I had been waiting for just the right papers to scrapbook them.  Everything was falling into place.  With the pictures, supplies, and embellishments in front of me, I decided to refer to a sketch from the class Stretch Your Sketch for the layout inspiration. 

My "sketch" inspiration
I rotated the entire sketch 90 degrees and went to work.  Everything in my layout I pulled from my Counterfeit Kit except the black cardstock and the green bling.  So although I didn't follow the mini challenge to the "T", I feel like I accomplished alot by completing a layout.  (Hey, at least I was inspired by fashion, added some bling, and used my kit!).  Here is what my layout looks like...

My "fashion" inspired layout...
Once again, my "fashion" inspiration.

UPDATE:  Ok, so I felt guilty for not creating a card too...I thought it would be fairly easy to create the card from the leftover scraps of my layout, I was right...

And finally, my fashion inspired card
 Now lets hop on over to Suzanne's blog at ...don't forget to leave her a comment.  Thanks for playing!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays Layout

I just love Sketchy Thursday sketches.  Here is this week's (1/20/11) sketch and my completed layout.  Since I only work in double page layouts...I improvised the second page to coordinate with the first page of the sketch.

Thanks for looking!  I have so much fun with these Sketchy Thursday's Sketches.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The First Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

I'm so excited right now...only a few more hours until midnight (MST) and the release of Counterfeit Kit's first challenge! 

Counterfeit Kit Challenge is a challenge blog that my friend, Bethany, and I set up.  We are very excited (and nervous) about our very first challenge to be posted.  It has been so much fun choosing the kit, making my counterfeit kit, and planning the tutorials and challenges for the month of January.  I really hope we are able to inspire a lot of scrapbookers through our blog.  If you haven't done so, check it out at .  I think you'll be happy you did!