Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lily Pad Inspiration Challenge

The Lily Pad DT had a fun assignment this week: we got to hunt through all of the submissions from the past month and create a card inspired by one of them! This assignment is perfect for me because I am always inspired by others' cards, and I always tell myself that I will "lift" their design someday. Well, life gets busy and I forget. Having this as an assignment was the perfect reason to make one of these cards!

I loved THIS card by Therese, who entered this for the Lily Pad Color Throwdown. I had that same scooter stamp in my stash, and I had never inked it up. Time to remedy that! Here is what I came up with:

I cut this fun shaped card using my Cricut Wild Card cartridge. It's hard to see the detail, but the pink cardstock is dry embossed with the same quirky heart that is on the scooter-love that! I also hope that you will join us for this fun challenge-you could win a gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! Check out the challenge details and the rest of the Dream Team's cards HERE.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to your next stop on the Master Forgers' Blog Hop for the month of April! If you didn't start at the beginning, you will want to head over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog so you start from the very beginning. You won't want to miss any of the beautiful projects created by (and inspired by) our amazing DT!

Our challenge this month was to surf the DT's personal blogs for inspiration. It was so hard to choose just one designer to scraplift! Finally, I chose a layout that I felt worked really well with my photo and the supplies remaining in my kit. I just loved this layout by Lisa:

Here is my layout:

I also have a fun giveaway for one lucky commenter! Master Forger Kim and I have made mini add-on kits inspired by this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge-and we're giving them away! All you need to do is leave a comment here on my blog and you will automatically be entered. I will announce the random winner on Sunday night. Here's the mini kit up for grabs:

Your next stop on our fabulous blog hop is Kim's amazing blog, Love-Joy-Scrap. Thank you so much for visiting with me today!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A New Winner...

I had to draw a new winner for the Club SEI kit. Although I drew Melmal as my winner lastweek, I have not heard from her and have even sent her a message. Because I have not gotten a response, I chose another winner. selected #75, Brenda Urbanik! Congratulations, Brenda! Please email me at to let me know your contact info and I will mail this out to you! Thanks so much for being a follower!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Counterfeit Kit Mini Challenge #3: Inspired by Food

Our mini challenge was to create a project inspired by our favorite foods. My favorite food is ice cream-hands down! I knew that I wanted to scrap these photos from our trip to the Ben & Jerry's factory last fall. As I looked through my kit, I noticed my cloud papers and chipboard shapes, the scalloped borders, and the blues and greens. My mind instantly thought of the B&J's containers. I thought it would be fun to recreate the background from the packaging. Although it's not exact, it's definitely inspired by the packaging. I am so proud of myself for getting these photos scrapped and on a 2-page spread, to boot! :)
We would love to see your take on this challenge! You can see the original post HERE on the Counterfeit Kit blog.

Lily Pad Sketch Challenge

I feel so honored to be working with the girls on the Lily Pad Cards Dream team. Our sketch artist in the amazing Lucy Abrams! She created this wonderful sketch for us to use this week:

We also have a generous sponsor this week, Penny Black! This was my first time using Penny Black stamps and cardstock. I used the Mimi in Paris set to create my card based on Lucy's sketch:

Ooh la la! Be sure to check out all of the details for this week's challenge HERE on the Lily Pad Cards blog. I know you will be amazed by all of the Dream Team's cards, as well!

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Lily Pad Cards Challenge!

It's Friday, so it's time for another fun challenge over at Lily Pad Cards! This week, we're hosting a Frames, Dies & Dimensions Challenge. To enter, simply create a new card that uses a frame or die-cut mat that uses pop dots (or something similar) to add dimension. The design team got to work with these fabulous frames and cards from our very generous sponsor, Globecraft Memories. I paired my card with fun new papers from Momenta and a sweet stamp set from Hero Arts. Check out the Lily Pad Cards blog for all of the DT's gorgeous creations-hope to see yours linked there soon!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge-Memorabilia

I am so excited to share my very first chipboard mini album with you! I had so much fun making this-I can't wait to add my photos and memorabilia! I can't yet because I made this album to document my upcoming weekend at CKC-Manchester with my scrappy friend, Lesa!

The page above has a fun pocket on the right-hand side. Recognize it? I "stole" a leftover pocket from my March kit! Then I dressed it up a bit with alpha stickers, a border sticker and some gems. This pocket will hold my class stubs from Friday and any other items that I want. The pocket is 5" wide.
This page also includes a fun pocket to hold memorabilia, probably the stubs from my Copic classes. Can you spot it? It's my mini transparency! I need to tell you how I made this transparency on a budget! I recently transferred all of my Imaginisce Snag 'Em stamps to a Cropper Hopper folder. Each stamp had 2 square transparencies in the package-one printed with the design and one that was "plain". Being the frugal scrapper that I am, I had to save those plain ones! They were the perfect size for the heart stamp that I used for this kit. I stamped the image with black StazOn ink, then colored the back side with Bic Mark-It markers. Then I trimmed around the top of the heart to add a fun edge and stitched it to my paper. Cute little free pocket!

And did you see the zipper flower! It was SO easy! I made it using Becky Olsen's tutorial, but I used Glue Dots instead of the double-sided tape that she recommends. Worked great!

Thanks for stopping by to check out my mini! Don't forget to visit the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for the other designers' takes on this challenge!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


I used Random. org for the first time ever to select my winner...but I can't figure out how to do a screen capture with my laptop. :( So, you'll have to trust me on this one. The winner is...#99, Melmal! Melmal, to claim your kit, please email me your contact info at I need to hear from you by Sunday, you lucky girl! ;) A big thank you to everyone who reads and follows my blog, both newbies and seasoned readers, lol! I appreciate you all! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Giveaway time for Followers!

We're at 98 followers right now-so close to 100! How about I sweeten the deal a little bit by offering a giveaway? When we hit 100 followers, I will choose one random follower to win the May kit from Club SEI. So, what are you waiting for? :)

p.s. Be sure to check back later this week to find out the winner!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Lily Pad Cards-Our First Challenge!

Welcome to the first challenge from Lily Pad Cards! Kathy came up with a beautiful Color Throwdown for us-I love the rainbow of colors, don't you? When I first saw this color combo, I knew that I wanted to do something fun and light-hearted.

I decided to ink up one of my newest sets-the Birthday Purses set from Skipping Stones Design. I paper pieced the stripes using scraps of cardstock. I also added a fun circle border using Versamark ink.

The Dream Team would love it if you would play along with us!

The challenge. Make a card using the color palette above (an exact match is not required-just land in the same ballpark.)

The prize. The lucky winner will receive her choice of ONE of the following fantastic marker sets from Letraset:

You can see all of the challenge details HERE. The deadline for this challenge is Thursday, April 14, at 11:59 PM. Now hop to it! :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April Counterfeit Kit Challenge

I am so excited to share this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge with all of you! This month's inspiration kit is from a brand new kit company, Front Porch Kits. We are counterfeiting their March kit (since their kits come out on the 18th of the month)-and their first month's kit sold out in just one day! Yup-it's just that cute! Here is what the inspiration kit looks like:

I told you it was cute. :)I went through the list of kit contents and tried to copy each item as closely as I could using only items from my stash. The only thing that I bought was a roll of aida material (used for cross-stitch.) I substituted this in my kit for the burlap. I even used a 50% off coupon, so I only paid $2.49 for the whole roll. :) Here is my kit. The first photo is just my papers-a mix of Cosmo Cricket, Stampin' Up!, Momenta, Colorbok, Echo Park, Sassafras Lass, My Mind's Eye, SEI, Imaginisce, American Crafts, and Jillibean Soup! The second photo is my embellies and extras.

I had a lot of fun this month trying to replicate the Fancy Pants cards and journaling spots. The two blue, two yellow, two kraft and coral journaling spots in the photo are all handmade-and I think they look pretty close to the originals! (I will have tutorials later in the month for these.) For my heart transparency, I used a stamp that has been in my stash for years, and I stamped it using black StazOn ink onto a piece of product packaging. I included two scraps of fabric, a recycled zipper, some fun yarn and other trims, silk flowers and leaves, a white feather and googly eyes, and a bird template. I also substituted some fun new metal flair stickers from Momenta in place of the bottle caps. In place of "Hank the Plank" from the inspiration kit, I included a wooden frame from Michael's dollar bin that has been in my scraproom for years. Time to use it up! I hope that you will play along with us this month. You can find the Counterfeit Kit Challenge HERE. Don't forget to link up photos of your kit and projects! We have some fun mini challenges in store for you this month!