Saturday, February 6, 2016

February Challenge #1: Sappy Movie Inspiration

We are breaking out our kits inspired by THIS February's kit from Mind the Scrap


Challenge #1:  Sappy Movie Inspiration:  Come on..admit it...we all love at least ONE sappy 

love movie (or even cartoon).  Use your favorite romantic movie to inspire your next 

project.  You can use the title, where it takes place, journaling ideas, identifiable icon...you 

name it!


I have a few favorites myself...LOL..anyone else love these?





I cannot wait to find out what some of our Master Forgers sappy favorites are!  Do tell, ladies!

Leslie's inspiration led her in a decidedly UNromantic direction...
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Can you guess which Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie inspired Susan's page?
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Even our lovely guest for the month Emma got in on the act!  You can head over to her blog HERE to see more of these pretty details!


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Don't forget that we LOVE it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th! Find out how below!  Go on, you know you want to!

Your project should be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you haven't shown before and only post for the hop. Be inspired by any of the challenges this month, or just share something you've created with your kit. Remember, the more the merrier and it never fails to be a lot of fun!

To be a part of our blog hop:
  1. E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com BY THE 18th 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.
  3. You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on a challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.
  4. All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Forgeries on the Fourth - February Tutorials

for·ger·y
ˈfôrjərē/
noun
  1. the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art.

Welcome to "Forgeries on the Fourth" where it is no crime to create your own version of the trendy, hip products from the inspiration kit using your own stash and ingenuity.  Each month on the fourth, check out tutorials from your Master Forgers or links to resources they have found for you on the internet. 


As you saw in the reveal HERE, this month's inspiration comes to us from Mind the Scrap Kit Club. Emma, a Counterfeit Kit Challenge participant and founder of Mind the Scrap, is no stranger to pulling together unique colors and patterns to form a kit.  But what to do if you can't lay your hands on one of these kits?  (And they are sold out, BTW!)  Forge them, of course!  Let's see what the Master Forgers came up with for copycatting some of these great selections.

 

Susan included two forged items in her kit. You can find out how she made them on her blog.

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  Leslie has some goodies for you to make yourself!


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Kelly found a tutorial on making a tissue paper fringe heart, inspired by the Maggie Holmes hearts in the kit. The original project is intended to be hung on the wall, but you could easily scale it down for use on a scrapbook page.


Julene has done some simple forgeries that have been used on this layout
Be sure to show us what you've created by posting in our monthly Mr. Linky!  It's always such a thrill to create something inspired by or just like the original!

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Kit Reveal!


We are welcoming in February with a new kit (I mean NEW FOR THIS MONTH EVEN) and some fresh, new ideas!  


We are thrilled to be working with Emma this month from the online store/kit club Mind The Scrap.  She gave us a heads up about their February Kit and we were happy to get on that assignment and make our own versions of it!


Here is the list of what is in the kit:
Emma made arrows for the kit similar to these Ornamental Arrows

Our Design Team, as always, is ready to go with some different takes on how YOU can use this months kits to inspire a kit from your own stash.  I  have heard whispers that they went a lot of different directions this month!  Take a look at each of their version and be sure to leave comments on their blogs...they LOVE that!


We have a month full of inspiration, challenges and great ideas, so don't forget to stop back often to see what we are up to!  We love to see what you are working on, especially if it is Counterfeit Kit related, so plan on linking up to Mr. Linky OR save a special project to join our blog hop at the end of the month!  SO much fun!

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Don't forget that we LOVE it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th! Find out how below!  Go on, you know you want to!

Your project should be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you haven't shown before and only post for the hop. Be inspired by any of the challenges this month, or just share something you've created with your kit. Remember, the more the merrier and it never fails to be a lot of fun!

To be a part of our blog hop:
  1. E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com BY THE 18th 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.
  3. You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on a challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.
  4. All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

January Hop & Poll

It's that time of the month again - our Members' Blog Hop!
You've been shopping your stash and creating with our challenges and now you get to share with everyone.
Which of this month's challenges did you choose?

Was it...
Challenge #1: What makes you smile!
Challenge #2: Matching card and tag
Challenge #3: Get your stamp on!.... Get your stamp on!

Or did you go get creative in a different way - we're happy whatever you chose to share!

Hop over to our keen scrappers to see what they made:

Jemma - just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Cindy - cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.com
Julene - julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au
Tina - tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Lisa - lisahausmann.blogspot.de 

Happy hopping!


P.S. As you will see the hop is quite short ... so we were wondering if the Members' Blog Hop is still something you like and whether there is something we can do to encourage more of you to join in ... OR ... should we dispense with it? Please vote in our poll (with multiple answers if that makes more sense), perhaps letting us know more in the comments so that we can make some changes.

Thank you :-)

Members' Blog Hop - Do we continue?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Just One More Thing - Design Team Challenge, Episode Five

Is anyone else still busily working on December Daily or Journal Your Christmas? Or have all thoughts of winter been shelved, while spring is eagerly anticipated?

I must confess, I'm still in winter mode, working on prompts from Journal Your Christmas (and using up the last of my Document December Kit.) But, before I started on new layouts, I revisited some of my older entries and realised that the one thing that was consistently missing from my Journal Your Christmas layouts was the journalling! I usually find it a little daunting to add journalling to my layouts - and, of course, like any scrapbooker, I hate my own handwriting. Why is it that so many of us hate our handwriting?


I knew that this layout, which I liked but didn't love, was a serious contender for our latest feature series 'Just One More Thing'. (If you've missed the previous episodes, check out the synopsis of the series and catch up with layouts which have already undergone the team's analysis!)

Not wanting to ask any leading questions, I didn't mention my own desire to add more journalling (and, of course, the Master Forgers were questioned in isolation.) Here's what they suggested:

  • Add a title, perhaps with red Thickers. 
  • Emphasise the photograph. It's 'floating uneasily above the bottom border. 
  • Add washi tape to the top/bottom of the photograph. 
  • Add a tiny, little sentiment to the journalling card. 
  • Add a title and some journalling < Wahoo! Someone mentioned it,  corroborating my own story! 
  • Add more contrast, the photograph is 'disappearing.


(You can really tell which photograph was taken in natural light and which was taken in my kitchen late at night, can't you?) 

Well, it seems that they had their stories straight, doesn't it? There was no contradictory advice, so taking all of the suggestions on board, I started by adding an extra strip of patterned paper to the bottom border. This covered the bottom of the photograph, stopping it from 'floating' and 'grounded' the layout a little.

I then added a title (and I am so pleased with it) using some lovely red alphas from Simple Stories. A little smaller than Thickers, they fit perfectly into the space alongside my embellishment cluster.  I then added a little sentiment to the bottom of the journalling card. (I'm sure I was supposed to add it above the twine, but I do love some white space and I was 'giving it up' elsewhere.) I also had to replace the little red acrylic star that was on my original layout. It was the one casualty of my crimes!


Finally, I added a little journalling. I still hate my handwriting, but the story of the layout has, at last, been told and my layout is complete!

So, now that I've confessed my own crimes, I hope that you'll join us for the next instalment of Just One More Thing when we'll see whether I've 'rolled on any of my accomplices' for a better deal (at my local scrapbook store.) 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Don't forget to sign up for the member blog hop!

This is just a reminder that we are looking for YOU to come and join in on our monthly member blog hop.


This is always a whole lot of fun and a chance for you to show off your amazing creations with your Counterfeit Kits.

If you've created any project with your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit this month that you haven't yet shared on your own blog, come and join in the blog hop fun and show us what you've made.


You might have been inspired by the challenges this month :

Or, maybe you found some inspiration to use your kit in our Forgeries On The Fourth feature.

Or maybe you were just busy creating using your Counterfeit kit and want to share.

It's all open for the hop this month.


 We LOVE it when you share so come on, join in on the hop and inspire us all.

Your project must be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
  1. E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com BY THE 18th (that's tomorrow so be quick!) 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.
  3. You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on this challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.
  4. All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January Challenge #3: Get Your Stamp on....Get Your Stamp on....


Challenge #3: Get your stamp on with repeat, I say repeat stamping!  Check out these examples:


You may need to take a second look at what our Master Forgers have come up with for us!


Clair made a new 'dashboard' for her Color Crush Planner using repetitive stamping and has created a Stamped Planner Dashboard Tutorial showing how easy it is to create a repetitive image - even with mounted (non-transparent) stamps!

Leslie not only used multiple stampings but did it with multiple stamps!

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And Margie is trying to finish up her December Daily, so she stamped on a piece of 4x6 patterned paper to make her own journaling card:

Visit her blog to see how she used it and what it looks like in the spread!

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Don't forget that we LOVE it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th! Find out how below!  Go on, you know you want to!

Your project should be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you haven't shown before and only post for the hop. Be inspired by any of the challenges this month, or just share something you've created with your kit. Remember, the more the merrier and it never fails to be a lot of fun!

TTo be a part of our blog hop:
  1. E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com BY THE 18th 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.
  3. You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on a challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.
  4. All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!