Friday, September 4, 2015

Forgeries On The Fourth - September Tutorials

  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. 

What have our Master Forgers cooked up this month? 
Let's take a look at what they were inspired to create from this month's inspiration kit courtesy of Studio Calico:
Studio Calico Pop Art Scrapbook Kit

Susanne has created or altered her own Project Life Cards to play up the diamond shape which was repeated in the kits.  First, she added a matching wood veneer shape to a pre-printed card, both by Studio Calico, so they match perfectly. Then she topped it with square clipped corner buttons for even more interest.  She also mimicked a tone on tone card from one of the PL add-on kits by stamping on cardstock with matching ink - Pretty in Pink by Stampin Up, and cutting out the card shape with a thin metal die from Becky Higgins.

Check out her blog for other pocket cards which she has stepped up with embellishments.

The card kit featured some fun scratch cards which you can forge for yourself using this tutorial from Art Mind.

The main scrapbook kit had a grid patterned paper in it. If you don't have any grid papers in your stash, you can easily make your own by printing a graph PDF (link here) onto a sheet of cardstock.

I'll let you in on a little secret...Lynnette mimicked the gold dot paper as revealed below using some simple tools.  Check out her blog HERE to learn how simple!

Leslie tackled papers & a whole lot more HERE.

Try your hand at one of these simple forgeries and share with us on our September Mr. Linky!

Forge on, my friends!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Counterfeit Kit Challenge is HERE!

We are certainly moving along through the year, don't you think?  I am getting excited because it is heading towards my FAVORITE time of year!  I LOVE fall and am pretty happy about winter, too.  Indiana has great seasonal differences, so there are always fun, seasonal specific things to do.  I would love to hear about where YOU live.  Post in the comments below!

We are headed back to Studio Calico this month for their really fun POP ART Kit!  (You can check the scrapbook one out HERE.)  I love the graphic feel of these kits.  It would be so easy to put a more whimsical spin on them or go the opposite direction and just stick with color blocking.  Here are some photos of the kits you can get inspired from for your own kit this month!

Scrapbooking Kit

 Project Life Kit

Planner Kit

Card kit (now discontinued)

Our Guest Designer was on the ball this month and had her things ready EARLY! You go, girl!  Say hello to Cindy!

Hi, I’m Cindy F. I am delighted to be a Guest Designer at Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month. I currently live in Minnesota. I’ve been married to my sweetheart for 34 years and we have two awesome sons ages 30 and 26 and one Chihuahua, Miss Izzy, who rules the household.

I love to create things. I owe much of this to my mom and grandmothers; they would be found crocheting, sewing, or working on some new project. They encouraged me to make things even when they didn’t turn out perfect. I have been scrapbooking in some form or another since I was a child. I would keep newspaper clippings or maps when I would go rock or bottle hunting, or out on a day trip exploring ghost towns with my grandmother. I started traditional scrapbooking when my guys were in school to preserve their memories, then I had to take a calligraphy class with a friend and that started the card making with the yearly Christmas cards, then birthdays and now the list just never stops. I normally have several projects going at one time, a quilt or afghan (more than likely both), maybe a new beading project and of course some form of a paper craft.

Are you ready to get creating?  Hop on through our Master Forgers interpretation of the kit for this month to get some fresh ideas before you pull together your own!

We have another great month full of challenges, tutorials and ideas, so make sure you check back here and on Facebook!

We would LOVE to have you participate!  Check out the How to play along with us tab at the top of the page to see how you can play along after you make your kit!  We have a month full of special challenges and ideas so we can get some creating done and get some supplies used up.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Just One More Thing - Design Team Challenge - The Pilot

Are you sitting in a comfy seat?  It is time for the pilot episode of the Just One More Thing Design Team Challenge.  If you missed last week's post describing how it works, click here to read the "tv guide" synopsis of this series.

Drawing by Peter Falk

Susanne here.  I proffered this layout for perusal and pointers by the team -

Design features the team liked (in no particular order):
  1. the misting, the misting, the misting (they really liked the misting!)
  2. the photo collage
  3. the color combination, with one dissenting opinion on the yellow
  4. the enamel dots clustered with brads
  5. the center line is softened by the offset layered papers
Suggestions for improvement (also, in no particular order):
  1. shorten the top border on the left and add it to the bottom left to eliminate trapped space
  2. add a cut-out border to soften the line between the misting and the patterned paper
  3. add small amounts of red to better tie the design to the photo
  4. make the 2014 tiles more jaunty to match the other tiles better
  5. soften the journal block, perhaps using misted strips instead laid jauntily like the tiles
  6. change the journal font to script to match the number 28
What say you?  Is the one thing that you would change on that list?

Here is my finished layout -

First of all, it looks brighter because I had a nice sunny day to photograph it outside.  I wouldn't want Columbo to cuff me on a false advertising charge.

I decided to incorporate most of the suggestions, making one change at a time to ensure it would work with the ones that came before. In some cases, I addressed the problem but not in the way suggested. If I were to do only one change - it would be the addition of red to the page - I added the red book die-cut and switched the coral enamel dots to red as well.

There is always a danger when you start fiddling with a layout that you won’t be able to stop.  But I was prevented from over tweaking the layout for a couple of reasons.  First, I had very specific things to improve and second, my scrapping time was repeatedly interrupted that day.  I won’t deny that the second may have had more influence than the first.  Lt. Columbo wouldn’t let me get away with fibbing, now would he?

Thanks for viewing.  Another teammate will be back to take the challenge soon. Stay tuned.

Monday, August 24, 2015

August Hopalong

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:  Blank Canvas:  Make white the base for your project
Challenge #2:  Gift-wrap Inspired: Take a design element from gift-wrap and get creative
Challenge #3:  "Friends": Use the word "Friends as inspiration
Here's the Blog Hop order ...







... if your name isn't there this month - why not join in with the September Members' Hop - just drop us an e-mail by September 18th - EVERYONE is welcome!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Our Globe Trotting Master Forgers

"Though miles may lie between us, we are never far apart … for friendship doesn't count miles, it is measured by the heart." 

This month we've been pulling inspiration from Scrappy Canary's fantastic kit, Globe Trotter. Many of us created counterfeit versions with a nod to travel and have been busy documenting our adventures, both near and far. With so much wanderlust in the air, we thought it would be fun to give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at what happens when our Master Forgers go on adventures … together!!

We have quite the international team here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. Our design team is scattered across the globe with master forgers in Australia, Canada, England, Germany and the United States. Despite the miles between us, sometimes the stars align and we have the opportunity to meet in person.

The most recent Master Forgers meet-up took place just last month when Lynnette stopped by Essen, Germany on her way to Poland to hang out with Lisa. This was their second time meeting - the first time was in Lynnette's corner of the world, New York City.  
Here they are both beaming away on their first visit - 

Lynnette documented their very first hello in person on the other side of the pond in this layout (using her February kit, of course!) 
A very exciting day!

Here's Lisa's page about the amazingly thoughtful, kind gift that Lynnette gave her when they first met. Lynnette got the chance to see that gift in situ in Lisa's scraproom which doubles up as her guest room - everything going full circle!

And Lisa's got a blog post up today celebrating her precious scrapbooking friends so don't forget to check it out here


Stephanie and Julene got to meet and enjoyed a day together at Granville Island in Stephanie's hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Julene shared a layout about their meeting on her blog.


Lisa and Stephanie met in Cologne before traveling out of the city to explore gorgeous German castles along the Rhine. Lisa shared a layout she made about the meet on her blog, and Stephanie made a layout about it here


Leslie and Lynnette met back in 2013 and spent time shopping for scrapbooking goodies and
Leslie blogged about it here.

Have you had the opportunity to meet a scrappy friend in real life? Tell us about it in the comments - or, better yet, use the last few bits of your counterfeit kit to document it! 

PS - Want to join our globe trotting team? Final call for DT applications; the deadline is tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Great Master Forger Search! Get Your Entries In!

You have until the 23rd to e-mail us a link to your submission blog post!  Good luck to everyone!