Friday, May 2, 2014

May Counterfeit Kit for CKCB

Oh my goodness, I was absolutely grinning ear to ear as I saw the April Paper Camellia Kits we had to counterfeit!  Promptly the Add-On kits became my instant inspiration.  Very spring, very global and fun!

The Add On Kit:

The Every Day Life Kit:

The Everyday Life Kit Add on:

Yesterday I head straight for my Elle's Studio Stash, added some Simple Stories. I was so inspired by patterns and then colors.  Then one sheet of Webster's Pages Color Composition Chalk.  Reminded me of playing hopscotch in Elementary as a 3rd and 4th grader during recess.  You'll see several hold overs in my kit from last month.  My kit looks huge and is.  I have two Mother's Day and one Graduation Card to create.  And I'm trying some folded cards for the first time.  I received the graduation invitation from my best friend's son.  Colors of his high school navy and bronze.  I have no navy cardstock.  Yikes!!!  I loved the globe and don't have a globe!  I have already purchased both....just got to have those. And will be added to kit upon arrival.  I love map paper!  Yet....the only map paper I have is the Echo Park North Pole...that doesn't work for spring.  But since I always reserve the use of any of my dies, I do have a Texas die!  Not a map but close enough!

Enjoy my very over-sized kit that is loaded with spring/summer colors and so much fun!

May Project Life and Card Goodies

More Project Life and Washi Tape

May Pattern Paper

May Scraps

May Embellishments 1

May Embellishments 2

May Embellishments 3

May Embellishments 4

The Infamous Button Jar!

And all those embellishments fit in my embellishments fit in my project basket except for the arrow packages!  As always all of my inks, mists, dies, embroidery floss and Art Anthology Paints are included.  This month I also reserve the use of my old Creative Memories Alphas, any cardstock, my stencils/masks and Bakers Twine.

I'm thinking about getting caught up on my Project Life with all the Simple Stories and Fancy Pants The Good Life Brag Book.  I don't do daily or even weekly, just when I'm taking photos.  Had to add some flairs, too.  Added veneers which always make me happy!  And some die cuts!  Just oodles of great items to play with!

This was yesterday when I put the kit together.  Now to this point I have not read the rest of the post on kits this month or gone through the hop!  I was just too excited over the kits!  OMG....what do I find as Challenge #1......WEATHER!  I have to use a sun or clouds or raindrops on my project.  As a rancher weather is very important to us.  We need to know the weather each day in order to get the work done.  A college Agronomy professor and going through numerous tropical storms living on the Gulf Coast and finally a hurricane for the first time in 1983 with Alicia sent me down the road to my fascination with weather.  I'm a lover of all things our planet can through at us called weather.  I want to be like my Agronomy professor and understand it by just looking at the sky as he could.  I've spent years trying to learn weather and am fascinated with severe storms.  Weather Spotter Training in 1993 really propelled me forward in understanding how severe storms move.   Once online I spent hours and hours studying the NOAA satellite information.  My husband relies on what I have learned about weather.  But my passion is severe storms.  I've chased a few times while at the ranch.  Caught a tornado just once on film in 2011.  The next time I chased was a day later. Saw my first storm that was rotating from base to top of the storm and had my first sighting of a mesocyclone in a storm.  This chase was a forced one as the storm had been tornadic in Waco and was headed towards the ranch.  I chose to leave.  The storm dropped another tornado briefly in Groesbeck but I was safely nine miles to the south of Groesbeck and about a 1/2 mile out from under the cloud deck.  No damage at the ranch when I returned.  The photos you will see for Challenge #1 sometime this month will be of a storm to the north of Calvert as Larry and I were driving to the ranch.  He was worried about me dropping my iPhone out of the truck as I took a long series of photos of driving into the storm with my window down.  Really sweetie, I don't want to loose these photos.  I was thinking that the whole time taking photos....'don't drop your phone'!  Shortly afterwards a severe storm warning was given on that particular storm as we came out of it.  Gee....I could have told the NWS it was severe!  But saw no rotation in the storm.  I've seen three tornadoes in my life.  One on the Gulf Coast, one in College Station and the one I saw about 15 miles north of our ranch.  One other time I was very close to a rain wrapped tornado in East Texas.  This was way before the movie Twister came out and I learned what the Cone of Silence is.  It's a really erie feeling.  It was pouring rain, the birds chirping, my windows opened to the porch.  All of a sudden the bird's were chirping away but I couldn't hear the pouring rain.  Scared me to death as I had no idea what was happening.  About 45 minutes later Larry called me and told me to get over to a neighbors because the house had been torn up by a tornado.  Their house was a mile away and the path of the tornado took it about a 1/2 mile from our house.  That was way back spring of 1987.  I am currently not a storm spotter and only chase when I feel safe and near home where I know the roads..  Warning:  Chasing is hazardous and not worth putting your life in danger!. If a tornado warning is given for your area seek shelter immediately!

My daughter took a great photo with her iPhone of a storm this past week of a beautiful supercell to the northwest of the ranch about 50 miles on the same day Arkansas dealt with the tornadic storms in their state.  Have to print that one.

Sorry for being side tracked...I do love agriculture and bad weather.  I just want to be some place safe during bad weather.

I am really looking forward to using my kit, the challenges and of course the NSD Celebration at CKCB and ACOT!!  By the way ACOT is having one of their 20% off code offered today.  If you spend a minimum of a hair over $50 and use the code then your entire cost will be less then the $50.  Shipping is $10.19 in the US.  It's like getting shipping free!  Please make sure you read ALL OF THE FINE PRINT!!

YAY....this is post #250!


Tina Campbell said...

Super cute kit looks like were all going large this month :) Interesting story, we do the same where I'm at when it comes to weather, we watch the rain due to living in a flood zone area. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your kit :)

Jimjams said...

Oh my - storms don't get that severe here (thankfully) and we're out of the flood zones in the UK.
A great kit - looking forward to the pages about the storms (so that I don't have to chase them) and I'll get some more European scrapping done (so that you don't have to travel to see the highlghts LOL) - sharing together!

Clair said...

Wow! That is a Killer Kit - absolutely massive! How lovely to have so much choice to work with during the month x

Solange J. said...

Amazing kit !

Virginia said...

The kit is amazing, but I also loved your write up on weather, being dependent on understanding weather systems means it's obvious why you've got to learn so much about them, can't wait to see your layoutS!

Lisa said...

Love the maga kit you put together and was fascinated to read about your storm chasing and experiences. Glad we don't have those over here but coming from the UK where we have a "lot" of changeable weather, I also love it! When I'm somewhere where the weather doesn't change, I really miss it. :-)