Monday, November 30, 2020

November 2020 - Killing Kits

Can you believe that it's the end of the month already? December is knocking at the door and Christmas is just around the corner. 

Before we know it, we'll be welcoming 2021 in with the hopes of a less tumultuous year ahead. 

This has been a great month for me - as always! Birthdays and (corona-rules-friendly) family time, blues skies and sunshine, time with my own little family of three - now including our gorgeous puppy and a new home. It's been quite the month. So now it's time for me to give you some tips for "Killing the Kit"!

Our inspiration kit this month was from the Hip Kit Club (October main kit) and I'm in love with the original kit as well as the one I made too. Here's a reminder:-


Well, I have a confession to make:- I've only made one single layout using this kit - blame the move which started on October 31st and which has taken up all my time. Things are still chaotic to be honest and 90% of my craft stuff is still in boxes. All excuses I know but I really pushed myself to make my Challenge #2 page and haven't managed anything else. 

Which means... I'm not at that point of my kit where I'm left with scraps and partial sticker sheets and therefore not at the "kill the kit" stage. 

What's a girl to do?

Well... I'm going to imagine what I would be doing if I was at that stage by looking at my kit and thinking what I'd be left with once a few pages have come together.

I think there might be:-

  • a whole bunch of stickers as I have a sticker book, some epoxy stickers, a sticker sheet and some puffies
  • some die-cuts left over from the pack which don't quite work on layouts
  • mini journalling spots from the BG "Writer's bk" pack
  • tags
  • resist leaves
  • cut-apart pocket cards from the papers
  • bits and pieces of paper - there will definitely be some fussy cut elements, some large and some small scraps

That little list shouts out to me that I should think about making some cards which is my first go-to idea for leftovers and something I like to do to make sure I always have a supply on hand.

Therefore, I'm going to look back over my last mini-kits where I also made cards to see if I could just copy or use what I made before for inspiration.

Maybe one of these? These designs use up a bunch of the products on my list that I'll have left over.



Then I might consider going back to some of our wonderful Master Forger Clair's ideas from when she was in charge of killing the kits! Every month she filled with awe about what she could run up with a handful of tiny scraps and a sprinkle of embellies.

What about these ideas?

Clair brought together some ideas for using 





And of course, not to forget that I might just make a layout by scrap lifting myself - a page that uses up scraps of paper would be a good start! 
Something like this maybe?




Or some pocket cards for my very neglected Project Life. I made these some time ago which could be used as inspiration for my kit leftovers this time around.



Susan shared her process for dealing with the end of her kit here - and it makes so much sense to me so that might be the way I go.


Anyway... what I hope is that I've shown you that there's no need to reinvent the wheel each month when trying to use up the leftovers in your kit! 

There are plenty of ideas out there for using up all the bits and pieces. And of course, you are in charge of your own kits. If you don't want to kill your kit, then you absolutely don't have to! 

Maybe you're the type to just break up the kit back into your own stash when you think you're "done" or it's the end of the month. Or maybe - like me - you tend to keep several older kits on the shelf to dive into as and when the inspiration hits. 

It's your kit and your rules ;-) 

Be sure to share your own ideas and let us know if you'd like us to continue this series in the new year!


Come back tomorrow for our December project led by the ever-creative Master Forger Leslie! I can't wait to see how the other Master Forgers interpret her idea! We do hope you will join us and share in the fun.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in out Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2020).


Thanks for sharing November with me and here's to a wonderfully merry December!

Lisa!


Monday, November 23, 2020

November 2020 - Follower Showcase

Wow, the month is drawing to a close pretty quickly and today's the happy day I get to showcase one of our awesome followers who's caught my eye this month over in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook community (find it here). This is one of my favourite parts of organising the kit month :-)

First up, a quick reminder of this month's inspiration from the Hip Kit Club (October main kit


When I was scanning through the community, Maureen Kane really jumped out at me because she had created not only one main, gorgeous, huge, scummy kit full of fabulous items, but also an equally lovely mini-kit as well! But it was also the fact that Maureen told us that she's been absent from the CKC community for 7 years and this was her first month back in the family! I loved that! It's always so great to hear about people finding us again after a time away and getting inspired to kit up again. That's such a validating thing for us to hear and I was thrilled that she had been so inspired by my kit selection this month. :-)

Look at her wonderful main kit that she broke down into different themes and colour schemes. 





And here is her adorable mini-kit! I love that I can see so many familiar patterns and embellies from back in the day and it makes me want to get out my own scallop edge papers that have not seen the light of day for some time! Maybe 2021 will be the year of vintage product scrapping. I feel very inspired by Maureen's selection.


And when I contacted Maureen, she told me that she hadn't let CV-19 hold her back and she's been scrapping up a storm even though she hadn't had the chance to go out and collect photos for her pages. Instead, she's been creating pages with blank photo holders so that she can quickly finish them off when she's able to get some photos printed. Genius! 

This adorable double-page Halloween layout is so cute with all the themed pages - really love the orange and black emphasis with just a hint of subtle green in the misting. It's a long time since I made a Halloween layout ;-)


And this layout gave me all the feels with that wonderful vintage My Mind's Eye doily print and the scallop edged circular paper - I'm pretty sure I still have some of that in my own stash somewhere!



I hope you've enjoyed my favourite month of the year so far and I'll be back at the end of the month for Killing Kits where I'll share an idea or two for using up the bits and pieces that might be left in your kit box at the end of the month.

As always, we are shaking things up for the end of the year and will be offering inspiration of a different sort in December so I do hope you will join in! 

MF Leslie will be leading us all in a creative direction for the month and she'll tell you all about it in a few days.

Don't forget that we are always happy if you are inspired by previous months and if you still want to kit and create in December, there are plenty of inspirational seasonal kits featured over the years - you might want to check out November and January kits from previous years 

;-) 

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in out Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2020).


Thanks and enjoy!
Lisa :-)


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

November 2020 - Challenge #2 - Celebrate November!

It's the 18th which can only mean one thing - it's time for Challenge #2 here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge!

Just a reminder that this month's inspiration is from the Hip Kit Club (October main kit)


I love organizing the November kit as it's my favourite month of the year and happens to be my birthday month. As I've challenged you before, I'd like you to celebrate something on your page before! It might be a birthday, a family celebration such as Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival, the beginning of Advent which means Christmas is round the corner, or just a little cozy corner of your life which you'd like to record! 

Whether it's something big or small, make a celebratory page today!


Guest Designer Sarah made this fabulous celebration layout but couldn't resist some more fussy cutting from the beautiful, floral patterned paper. Some papers just need that, don't they?  


MF Julene has made a page celebrating her first swim of the season. She loves swimming and always enjoys going to the beach. She has chosen "beachy" colours from her kit.


MF Tracey has created a layout about herself where she is celebration her Birthday. It's not often Tracey gets in front of the camera but with a yummy Black Forest Bithday cake she just had to memorize it. 


MF Lisa is celebrating a new start after recently moving home. Blue skies, sunshine, autumnal colours, a glass of bubbles and optimism for the future - a real celebration!





MF Laura produced a seasonal celebratory layout - all the love for these sweet clusters!



Don't forget that there's plenty to keep you inspired this month so don't forget to come back here regularly for ideas and challenges. The month is going to look like this:

  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - I'll share an idea or two for using up the bits and pieces that might be left in your kit box at the end of the month.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in out Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2020).


Thursday, November 12, 2020

November 2020 - Challenge #1 - Getting Fussy!

 Welcome to our 1st Challenge of the month. 


A reminder that our inspiration is from the Hip Kit Club (October main kit)


There are several papers in the inspiration kit which just scream out to me for some fussy cutting and it's one of my favourite things to do! It's therapeutic and never takes as long as you think and the results are always pretty! It can be a perfect way to use brighter or bolder designs or add some individual embellishments to your kit. It really is one of my top five techniques. 

So I'm challenging you to fussy cut something from your kit and use it on a project! 


Let's see what our super talented Guest Designer and Master Forgers have created.


Guest Designer Sarah created this gorgeous page and check out all those super cute fussy cut flowers and other cute elements! I love it :-) 

She gave us a tip "to use layer sequin waste to add funky texture to layouts without the mess." I think this is a great idea, although those of you who know me know that I do love a messy sequin or 10!  

If you give this a go, we hope you will let us know and share your page ;-)

 


Master Forger Tara created a page of her youngest daughter on her birthday.  She fussy cut flowers from one of her patterned papers in her kit. She layered them around her photos.


Master Forger Cindy fussy cut the flower paper from Jen Hadfield - Simple Life paper pad with all the pink flowers on it.  


Click here for more on her blog. 


Master Forger Tina chose 2 papers from her kit to do some fussy cutting, cutting the flowers and the butterflies on her layout

For more about the layout you can see it here at her blog

Master Forger Leslie says her favorite technique is fussy-cutting! The paper leaves & apples on the left side are cut from an exclusive subscriber download from The Scrap Gals. Also the orange doily patterned paper yielded that beautiful pumpkin color accent piece. The right side is specialty fussy-cut to allow the blue stripe to slide underneath some of the icons on the background paper, creating the illusion of a die cut. Hand stitched baker's twine provides texture & a swirly wind for the burlap die cut leaves. Machine stitching frames the photo & anchors the title made from alpha stickers. An assortment of buttons plus copper colored sequins complete this ode to autumn!


Blog post for some close ups
Blogpost for some close ups


Don't forget that there's plenty to keep you inspired this month so don't forget to come back here regularly for ideas and challenges. The month is going to look like this:

  • 18th November: Challenge #2 - to inspire you to get creating from you own kit
  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - I'll share an idea or two for using up the bits and pieces that might be left in your kit box at the end of the month.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in out Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2020).


Thanks and happy cutting!

Lisa



Thursday, November 5, 2020

November 2020 - Mini Kit Reveal & Projects

Welcome back to today's post and it's all about going small - maybe you don't have time to do a full kit, or maybe you just like certain aspects of the kit? Then a mini kit may be the answer for you ;-) 

 Let's see what Lori has prepared for us with a kit and project to give you a little inspiration!  

We'll start by reminding ourselves of this month's inspiration kit from the Hip Kit Club (October main kit).


 
Master Forger Lori says - As hard as I tried, my mini kit is not too mini in the eyes of some, but for me it is! I tend to have 20 plus papers in my regular kits but this one only has 11, so for me, it is a mini! Here is what I put together:


I am doing a 30 Days of Gratefulness challenge this month and that is the direction I went with my kit. I was inspired by the leaf paper in the inspiration kit, found one in my stash that was a good match, and went from there. 

So far I have gotten the cover made for the Traveler's Notebook that I am using for my Gratitude Journal:


You can see more of my kit and read all about my plans for how I am going to approach my gratitude journal over on my blog here.

Don't forget that there's still plenty to keep you inspired this month so don't forget to come back here regularly for ideas and challenges. The month is going to look like this:

  • 12th & 18th November: Challenge #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from you own kit
  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - I'll share an idea or two for using up the bits and pieces that might be left in your kit box at the end of the month.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in out Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2020).

Have a great day and let's get mini :-)

Lisa!

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

November 2020 - Forgeries on the Fourth

 


 Here's our Counterfeit Kit Challenge November inspiration kit, courtesy of Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa!

Hip Kit Club October 2020 Main Kit


Lots of scrummy fall-inspired colours - think golden yellow, plummy purple, sky blue, pumpkin orange - and crisp days & cool nights patterns - plaids & checks, subdued florals, leaves & branches, cozy clothes & warm sentiments. Cut-apart tags could be easily forged. How about plaid patterned paper created with washi tape? The orange grid paper is a good candidate for a quick counterfeit. And if anyone is into foiling, how about the gold-foiled sentiments?

Let's see what our ingenious ideas our intrepid Master Forger team came up with!


Master Forger Tara decided to counterfeit the cute little tortoiseshell heart clips from the embellishment kit that you can see in this photo from Hip Kit Club's site:

Tara says, "I decided to create these embellishments with cardstock and Diamond Glaze.  They turned out even better than I imagined!  There are more directions on how to make these on my blog, so check it out!"




MF Tara also found some cute little forest card creatures that are free to print out here.  Follow the directions to download and save to your computer. Tara saved all four images and copy/pasted each into the same Word document to resize and print as a cut apart sheet in Project Life cards. Here's one of the cards.


Master Forger Julene has also used forest animals and made journaling cards. She found the ideas on pinterest.

They are all made from scraps of card and are different sizes (it won't matter as they will be used separately) 


There are lots of animals on there.

Master Forger Cindy had fun making flower elements, leaves and frames.




Click here for details on her blog

Master Forger Leslie has some cute critters in a shower of leaves for you to enjoy.

Blog post HERE


Don't forget that there's plenty to keep you inspired this month so don't forget to come back here regularly for ideas and challenges. The month is going to look like this:
  • 6th NovemberMini-kit reveal and project showcase - if you need some inspiration for a smaller kit or individual project idea
  • 12th & 18th November: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you get creating from your own kit
  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month
  • 30th November: Killing Kits - I'll share an idea or two for using up the bits and pieces that might be left in your kit box at the end of the month

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2020).

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month!

Lisa!