Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth - March 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.

Before we get into the forgeries and taking a look at this month's inspiration,  you may have noticed that our post has a bit of a face lift.  We strive to keep things fresh and fun here along with the new look of the blog.  A special thanks to Master Forger, Lesley G. for allowing us to use the catchy "Forgeries on the Fourth" phrase and graphic that she created last month in her reveal post.  Unfortunately, Lesley has stepped down from her Master Forger duties for now, but we all hold out hope that she will return when life settles down a bit.  She always provided excellent leadership, inspiration, forgeries, feedback and friendship to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge team and readership. Thank you from the bottom of our scrappy hearts!  The door is always open for your return.  Hugs!

Now on to this month's inspiration kit is from "A Piece of Cake":


Let's Get Down to Some Forging!


Janine, this month's guest designer, created two clever forgeries. 


These frames were cut with a die and are inspired by the Studio Calico
Hey Day Stickers.  I bet many of you have this die or one similar!

And, she got really clever with this one...


Solid cream with black tiny type alphas were stamped with a wood grain stamp
to mimic the ones in the inspiration kit.  So simple and so effective!

Master Forger Margie got crafty with her stash and counterfeited one of the papers and a few of the embellishments- here's a peek at the beginning, head over to her blog to see the final results:


Master Forger Leslie's blogpost
 will show you how she kept things simple, but with a twist...


Do you have gelato in your scrapbook stash?
No, silly...not fancy ice cream - the art supply!
Here's a basic primer on using them.
Check out this you tube video HERE.

I have a HUGE jar of sequins with almost every color under the sun, 
but do you think I have any orange?  Nooooo!  
Check out this link to learn how to make your own  DIY Paper Sequins.

Let us know if you try out any of these forgeries
or if you come up with one of your own.
Remember, no forgery is too small!

Share on March Mr. Linky...we'd LOVE to see your handiwork!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March's Kit will be a "Piece of Cake"!


I am sitting in my craft room with a cup of Coconut Mocha coffee in my hand and my soft yellow blanket over my lap happily eyeing our next Counterfeit Kit.  Bring your worst, winter!  Our happy kit for this month will banish any cloudy cold weather that you can throw at us!

Some of you are new to kit making...WELCOME!  And some of you have been with us for quite a while!  This month we want to share with you some of our best tips on pulling together or using your kit!

Let's warm up with a kit from A Piece of Cake Designs (go to their blog HERE to see photos of the kit).





This kit has a great mix of colors, don't you think?  The gelatos (which I have often been tempted to purchase, but haven't yet) just make me happy!  Some of these patterns can lead your kit into some very whimsical directions, too, so have fun with it!

Let's give a big warm hug to our Guest Designer for this month, Janine!


I have lived most of my life in the surrounding suburbs of Philadelphia.  After 18 years of part-time college courses, I was all set with a solid background and career in Tax Accounting.  However, this all changed when I married my husband, Jeff, and just beat the clock to have two wonderful but needy children.  Currently, I stay at home while my husband travels in sales and manage the bulk of the boys schedules.  My English Bulldog, Trixie, is my most constant companion. She stays home all day for me!  :)  Over the last 15 years, I have acquired more scrappy supplies than I could ever imagine using.  Counterfeit Kit Club was the perfect find for me to get motivated to put a dent in my stash.  So glad to be able to participate in the challenges and delighted to join the design team for a month of crafty fun.  My crafty blog is http://rachauscratchpad.blogspot.com/



We have a fun hop for you this month with a GREAT BONUS!  We are going to take a look this month at some of our best ideas for pulling together or using counterfeit kits!


My tip:  Make your kit storage/display pretty!  Find fun ways to display and store your kit and you will be more likely to use it up during the month. 

I love to use these 12x12 colorful plastic envelopes to hold any paper, stickers or flat embellishments for my kit.  Everything else gets displayed on one or more of my cute collection of plates.


I also really like the 12x12 Iris cases (I get mine at Michael's when they go on sale)...especially the glittery ones.  Everything fits in it so neatly and they stack well.  Plus, they are clear and I do enjoy seeing peeks of what I am planning on using.  That is very inspiring for me.


You will get a lot more great tips as you go through our hop today!  Great bonus, right?

Guest Designer Janine: http://rachauscratchpad.blogspot.com
Jemma: http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Julene: http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com
Leslie: http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.ca
Lisa: http://lisahausmann.blogspot.ca
Lynnette: http://www.sassyscrapper2010.blogspot.com
Margie:http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com

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How can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!


To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).



We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.

End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new 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!  
(No late requests will be able to join due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

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 links to the person after you in the hop.

4.  All Blog Hop posts need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)






Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Members Blog Hop Reminder

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.  So.... if you have created a project using your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit for any of this month's three challenges and have NOT posted it on your blog before, we would love for you to join in our member blog hop and share your creations.



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 
  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)

Monday, February 16, 2015

Challenge #3: Title Challenge


I love to write short stories and am thrilled that my son has inherited that love from me.  There is nothing better than a fresh new notebook, mechanical pencil (yep...my preference) and a great title to get me on my way!  See where I am going with this now?  LOL

Yep...it is creative title time!  Scrapbooking...writing a short story...it is all about starting with a blank canvas and getting down your personal ideas.  Now let's do that with a little bit of flair!

I was inspired for this challenge by THIS POST on Shimelle's blog.  I love a good title idea!

Challenge #3: Create an unexpected title or sentiment (just in case a card is your preference).

Now I am sure you have some great ideas of your own, but we wanted to get your started anyway...



Susanne uses a large card for her title, and then partially covers it up?  Details on her blog, Snaps & Snippets.


Margie chose to hand cut a title for her layout. See her blog at Scrappinmargie for more details and a look at the full layout.


Stephanie couldn't decide what to name her layout … so she ended up creating a page with 3 different title options! Visit her blog, Skyline Paperie, for more info and additional photos.
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Now, how can YOU participate?  Go to the sidebar and use Mr. LINKY to link us to YOUR kit or project using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!

To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).

We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.
We also have a new twist on our Follower Blog Hop for this year!  I hope you like it!
End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new 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!  (No late requests will be able to join this time due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

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 links 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)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Challenge #2: Date Stamp

Raise your hand if you own at least one date stamp.


How about several date stamps?


Ummm...a bucket of date stamps? (Raising my hand here)


I don't know how it happened!  Honest!  One day I thought, boy, it would be nice to have a date stamp...and apparently they breed or something!  True story!

Challenge #2:  
Use a date stamp in an interesting way.


Did we stump you?  We've got your back!  Show them what you've got, counterfeiters!


                                                                       JULENE
I've used an already dated page from a library book to cover slide mounts.


Check out my blog for the complete layout.

doesn't have a date stamp, but has found a free on-line font that will imitate a date stamp. 
She's currently on a search for the missing photo. We hope she finds it.


used her forged map paper to create a dye heavy page


Lynnette used her date stamp in a BIG way to commemorate a milestone anniversary.  Learn more on her blog HERE.


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Now, how can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!
To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).

We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.
We also have a new twist on our Follower Blog Hop for this year!  I hope you like it!

End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new 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!  (No late requests will be able to join this time due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

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 links 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)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Challenge #1: Invisibles and Clear Cuts

Have you been checking out the new CHA releases?  I am lucky and got drawn into one company (Crate Paper) in particular, so at least I don't have to collect things from all over.  Bella Blvd has some fun new releases, too, this year called Invisibles and Clear Cuts.


Invisibles are clear papers with a colorful pattern on them.  How fun to be able to see other paper behind them!


Clear Cuts are Transparency overlays with more of a subtle pattern...making them more sheer.

I think we can do a little something with these....

Challenge #1:  Use something sheer or clear on your project!

It might be time for me to get out my Cuttlebug...I see some embossed clear embellishments in my future!

You might need some inspiration for this one and we are here to help!

Our Guest Designer, Doris did a beautiful layout with a lot of smart touches to it!





Lynnette used some vellum to give a dreamy quality to these travel-inspired tags.


Check out all the details on her blog HERE.

Leslie used her gold-on-vellum forged paper.
Get the close-ups & 411 on her process HERE.




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Now, how can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  
We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!
To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).

We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.
We also have a new twist on our Follower Blog Hop for this year!  I hope you like it!
End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new 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!  (No late requests will be able to join this time due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

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 links 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)