Sunday 24 April 2016

CKCB April Blog Hop

Good morning all

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop. I'm thrilled to be joining in again and hope you will scoot around all of the blogs featured.. there is some lovely inspiration there! If you get lost along the way, pop back to the blog where you will find a full list of participants.

First though, you should have found your way here via Princy here who is new to blogging so I do hope you've left her some love to encourage her.

Meanwhile, I have been getting up to some Shabby Chic loveliness with my Counterfeit Kit 'April Skies' inspired by the first prompt for the month.

In this instance I got a little carried away and made two samples..both 'off the page'.. first a card:

I used this sketch here that was found via my friend Sues blog FrankieSues Crafty Place which led me to The Paper Craft Crew and this sketch 191

I was challenged to use three Stampin'Up elements, so I used their Winter Woodland Paper collection pack, a piece of spotty vellum from the same collection and Polka Pieces, a very old (retired) stamp set.

Next I took a tiny photograph from a wedding a few years back.. I seem to have lost the original photo so all I have is this tiny picture that was once cut to fit a small frame...and I made this tag.

I used a pre-cut tag and used Prima texture paste to create a lacy textured background. I then added lots of altered mixed media elements, a frame saved from an old Christmas Cracker (bon-bon for all you Americans! LOL ) and layered them all into an arrangement that I was happy with, finishing it off with a piece of twine.

Finally (although I've shared it before), I also made a full Shabby Chic layout here that shows how I made this layout.. as I've showed it before I didn't want to showcase it here today ,but I love it so much I thought I'd share the link, so if you want a nosey, do pop over for a look.
Finally.... if you've seen all you want to here... do continue on your journey along the hop.. and don't forget to let us all know you've visited.

The next person on your way is the lovely  and talented Julene here

and here is the full list in case you get lost

I do hope you've all enjoyed seeing our creations.. until next time!



  1. Stunningly good examples of shabby shic techniques there Elaine - all brilliant!

  2. Lovely work all around, that card is just perfection.

  3. Cute tag and a clever card.I might keep that sketch. Your layout is spectacular!

  4. You've had a very productive month! I really like that card - so many little layers and details but it looks so crisp and clean. And that tag is a great solution for showcasing a tiny photo. I've cut some up for frames as you mentioned - will be keeping this in mind when I'm looking to do something with them.

  5. Wow that card is fabulous, so is the tag and the layout :) Creative goodness all the way around :)

  6. What a beautiful card you have created, Elaine. There is such an array of layers, details and elements. Very elegant. Thank you for joining us at the Paper Craft Crew this week! XO Crystal

  7. Adore the tag! What a beautiful treatment for your tiny photo & the shabby chic layout is totally stunning (even on my little phone screen)

  8. Soon beautiful - love it :)

  9. Elaine, Absolutely BEAUTIFUL card! I love the details Shabby Chic feel. The bird is the perfect detail and the colors are gorgeous. So glad you found us through Sue and I hope you'll join in future challenges from the Paper Craft Crew! Also, look for your card to be one of our Top Picks!

    1. So excited..thank you for choosing my card! I'm going to have a go at adding your badge to my blog..if I can work out how to do it! Lol