Friday, December 15, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas | Ten Lords A-Leaping

Hello! Hello! It's Clair here with a little Christmas Cheer - and, of course - with my contribution to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge's Twelve Days of Christmas! If it's been a while since you last visited, do check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the Master Forgers!

Today, I have 'Ten Lords A Leaping' to inspire me and I must admit that I was a bit stuck at first, but after a little rumination (and one ... or two ... stollen bites!) I decided to use a list as the basis for a mini-album. But ... I only decided on the theme once I chose my kit!

Having taken so much time to think of an idea, I needed a kit - and quick. So, I decided to use the remnants of an earlier Counterfeit Kit (all of which I store in little files!) Look there's so much loveliness in there. I'm so happy to have used some of it at last!

The kit had lots of embellishments that referred to love, happiness and family, so I finally decided on a theme for my mini-album. 'Ten Reasons, I love You!' I made ten bases from the cardstock, then embellished them with stickers, labels, sequins, buttons and cute embellishments from the kit. 

Finally, I made a little 'Sequin Pocket' with some Spiegelmom Scraps Sequins left over from my November Wild Hare Kit. The colours match the album amazingly! I added two little die-cut stars, then stitched them in (as a backing for the sentiment) and now, all I need to do is add a little bit of journalling and I have an extra little gift to pop under the tree!

I hope that, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, that this easy little mini-album (made with the remnants of an old kit) may inspire you to take some time to create! 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas | Nine Ladies Dancing

I hope you have been following along & been inspired by our 12 Days of Christmas theme this month! I originally chose this day thinking that I would have photos of the Aurora Borealis to scrap from a recent anniversary trip to Fairbanks, Alaska. The images that I have seen of the northern lights have always put me in mind me of a twirling skirt so I thought that would be a clever take on the ladies dancing. Then I ran across some unscrapped photos of my granddaughter's recital...

Yes - there ARE nine of them!
And yes - that's my little peach front & center striking a pose.

I used the December Stuck Sketches sketch for my page.


I thought it would be fun to use ribbons for my strips, plus fussy-cut ballerinas as embellis.
I believe the paper was from Authentique from a Nutcracker collection.

I have had that resin flower on my desk for ages & knew immediately that it finally had a home. They wore absolutely enormous flowers in their hair & it was just the right size! The flower was cut off in the photo so the serendipitous match was a welcome cover.

Looking forward to seeing your creations and hoping that you are enjoying family, food, friends, and faith this wonderful season. Merry Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas | Eight Maids A-Milking

"Eight Maids A-Milking"

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas at CKC! Today Kelly (that's me!) is using the verse "eight maids a-milking" to inspire a holiday layout. I am using my kit Holiday Magic.

This verse made me think of milk, which made me think of my favorite drink during the holidays--hot cocoa! I always love to have one or two cups around Christmas, especially on cold December days. This year I am even attempting my own homemade hot cocoa!

What is your favorite drink during the holidays?

Monday, December 11, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas | Seven Swans A-Swimming

"Seven Swans a-Swimming"

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas as CKC. Kelly here with the next verse, "seven swans a-swimming." When I think if swans, I immediately think of the story of The Ugly Duckling. A little duck whom everyone ignores turns into a beautiful swan.

The same transformation happens around my house every Christmas--I turn a huge pile of assorted presents into a beautiful landscape for under the tree using just wrapping paper and ribbon. I love wrapping presents! I spend a while each year picking out just the right wrapping paper. I then take each present and lovingly wrap it up in shiny paper and frilly ribbon. My little ducks turn into beautiful swans to wait underneath the tree until Christmas Day!

For this page, I used my Christmas kit, Holiday Magic.

The gift tag chipboard die cut was just perfect for this page!

We still have a few days left of our journey through the 12 Days of Christmas. Make sure to stop by and see how this carol inspired our Master Forgers. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas | Six Geese A-Laying

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.... Six geese a-laying....

Hi again, Lisa here for the next instalment in our "12 days of Christmas" series here on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. We are now at the sixth day and that means, it's all about the geese.

But first up, I decided to pull together a small kit of older product to get me started. I recently (re)discovered several older Shimelle Christmas kits which I broke up and put into my Christmas drawer (in fact, now two drawers) and so I was able to have a good rummage and combine some interesting products to ensure variety and fun.

And then I had to get inspired by those geese! Well, here in Germany it's really typical to eat goose at this time of year and I love to get into that wintery, festive way of thinking with a dinner of roast goose, red cabbage and potato dumplings. Mmmmmm. And the inspiration for my page was born.

I had some cute photos of me and my mum from last year when my husband and I celebrated and our birthdays with a family goose dinner and decided to bring that together with a bit of extra background story. I like that our birthdays coincide with the start of Christmas festivities here in German - we often celebrate on the 1st Advent weekend - and the page has a seasonal touch to it but not so much that it looks out of place for a birthday theme.

The photos were not the best quality due to low restaurant light so I printed them at 2x3 which also meant that I could include not only the food but also three of the many goofy pictures we'd taken - most of the time, my mum hates to have her photo taken!

I often forget to print my journalling on strips like this but I was inspired my Master Forger Kelly and always love the look of it and the fact that you can fit in a lot more story than if you hand-write it.

Not the best food photo but one that reminds me of the flavours of the evening!

I hope I've shown how it's possible to make a page with definitely Christmassy products about an event that's not all about Christmas! I don't make many layouts just about Christmas itself, so it's always important for me to find ways to use up my treasured festive product on pages that tell stories around the season. Maybe you have the same problem? If so, I'd love to see projects you've made using that jolly holly stash!

Thanks for stopping by on this sixth day of seasonal projects at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. And be sure to link up your own creations on our Facebook page!

Friday, December 8, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas | Five Golden Rings

Hello! Susan here to share my project based on the classic Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

I selected the fifth verse - "five golden rings".  Gold is a precious metal and as scrapbookers, what can be more precious to us than our memories? So I decided that my page would feature five especially precious Christmas memories of mine and the design would be completely dictated by that verse.

I used my Big Shot to die-cut five circular wreaths accented with stars and then lightly misted them with some Heidi Swapp color shine in gold (of course).  I placed a photo representing a memory inside each ring, and added them to the page along with my journaling  I kept the embellishments simple - several trios of tiny gold stars and a washi tape border reinforce the golden theme of my verse.

I hope this inspires you to add a little golden sparkle to a holiday project.  Don't forget to stop by again to see how the rest of the team interpreted their verses.  Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The 12 Days of Christmas | Four Calling Birds

 Julene here from sunny and hot Australia.

Christmas Day looks more like this in Australia.
A selection of tradition meats but cold with salad

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or maybe a seafood feast

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This is followed by pavlova or hot Christmas pudding.

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You might see silly sights on cards like this too!

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Which brings me to my page for the 12 days of Christmas..........4 calling birds.

I started with a window page I had.
It featured 4 windows.
As it was a non Christmas colour, I pasted another Christmas paper over the top and cut out the windows.
The black you see is metallic silver.

Next I chose 4 Australian bird photos from my trips this year.
I had matching puffy stickers.(I used those on the corners)
Using silver and white washi tape I framed the windows, then added a thin strip of holly washi tape across the centre.

My alphas are black and white.

The bird top right is a kookaburra. Listen to the noise I wake up to each morning.......

They are famous for their laugh which took me to the journal phrase "Laugh out loud."
It describes the festivity of Christmas to me!

Have a wonderful and safe Christmas everyone!
See you next year!

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Julene (and the green parrot)

I hope you enjoyed this fourth day of Christmas and are inspired by our seasonal projects at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. And be sure to link up your own creations on our Facebook page!