Thursday, April 18, 2019

April 2019 - Challenge #2 - Hidden!

Welcome back to our second challenge of the month where we encourage you to use the wonderful kit you've created and join in the fun!

A reminder of our inspiration kit this month:

Hip Kit Club March 2019 Main Kit

Challenge #2 - Hidden! 

Easter is coming and many little ones will be participating in Easter Egg Huts in the garden. Create you own "hunt" on your page by including some hidden elements on your page such as journaling, symbolism or more photos. Let the hunt begin!

Our Master Forgers have been having fun hiding elements on their pages so let's have a look to see what we can find...

Laura documented her little one hunting for Easter eggs, and she may have had some little bunny friends hiding in her flower patch...can you spot them?

Lisa went down the hidden symbolism route and incorporated colours, patterns, words and two specifically Alaska-based symbols on her page that are not immediately obvious.

Hidden in plain sight - can you spot them?

Tina hid some journaling on her layout. Go here to see the journaling

Leslie used some of her embellishmentz to hide the details of the day (to be provided by daughter) plus to hold an accordion of hidden additional photos - detail photo on left.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us!  

You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using#counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcapril2019).


Friday, April 12, 2019

April 2019 - Challenge #1 - April Showers!

Welcome back to the first of two challenges this month to help you use up your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit and have fun at the same time!

Let's just remind ourselves of the original inspiration kit:

Hip Kit Club March 2019 Main Kit

Challenge #1: When we think of April, we often think of April Showers and the inspiration kit has a lot of weather elements included - rainbows, umbrellas, sunglasses, sun parasols.

Let's be inspired by weather for this challenge!

Let's see what our Guest Designer Debbie and Master Forgers Cindy, Tina, Lori & Leslie made for this challenge!

Guest Designer Debbie told us, "Now that my kids are grown and gone I have to capture photos from social media. I snagged this one from Snapchat last month, and I planned to write about her job change, but she had told me the story about the hot weather testing and that was a better story. I was skeptical about being able to meet this challenge, but it turned out that the challenge pushed me to the better story for the photo." 

I love that she challenged herself to take on the prompt in an unexpected way and to tell a deeper story! That's what this hobby of ours is all about - sometimes!

You can check out Guest Designer Debbie's take on this prompt over on her blog here!

Master Forger Cindy forgot to include weather elements in her kit so she used some tags and fussy cut elements from pattern paper.

You can check out her layout here.

Master Forger Tina included some weather elements from here kit including some weather pictures:

You can see more of this layout here.

Master Forger Leslie used her favorite forgery paper for this page about a recent Spring Break vacation trip.

Blog LINK (you'll want to hear the details!)

Master Forger Lori used a rainbow die cut and rain/rainbow themed paper from her kit for her layout about quite a day that ended with this beautiful sight.

You can read more about her layout on her blog here.

Don't forget to come back on 18th for our second challenge. :-) 

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us!  

You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using#counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcapril2019).


Saturday, April 6, 2019

April 2019 - Mini Kit Reveal and Projects

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a big kit this month? Perhaps you just want to pull together a few products to get those creative juices flowing again. Maybe a mini kit is the answer!

Today we'll be sharing a couple of mini kits and projects to give you a little inspiration with you.

First, here's a little reminder of the kit we're using as our April inspiration:

Hip Kit Club March 2019 Main Kit

A mini kit can be a smaller version of the main kit, or a small kit specifically curated for use as a page kit, card-making, a mini album, pocket scrapbooking or planning. Whatever works best for you! We are all about using up our supplies so whatever fits into your schedule - you can use the mini kit option at any time you like!

Let's take a look and see what Master Forgers Julene and Susan put together this month.


I've selected a very small part of the Hip Kit. The yellow floral paper plus the black and whites.

I also found some co-ordinating embellishments

With this mini kit, I managed 2 pages and used everything except the big black bow.

The back of the floral paper was a soft apricot spotted paper.

Here's 2 layouts of my parent's honeymoon, back in 1942.

Susan's mini kit is heavy on paper:

And she used bits of every one, and some of the "B" sides and branding strips, too:

You can get all the details on her blog here.

 Come back for more fun later in the month!
  • March 12th & 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us!  
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community
or share them on Instagram 
(we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and you can tag us using 
#counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcapril2019).

Thursday, April 4, 2019

April 2019 - Forgery on the Fourth

Hip Kit Club March 2019 Main Kit

An interesting color palette of pink, blue, fresh green & mustard...

I predict we will see a bowed paper clip or two! Some of the other available kits shown below have even more inspiring items to forge:

Hip Kit Club March 2019 Embellishment Kit

 Break out your stamps or even freehand some of those cute summer images. Ribbon bows? Total cuteness & the stripes are actually a pale pink & royal blue. Border punch & gold paper would make a nice imitation of the washi, and who is patient enough to color block some letters for a custom title?

Hip Kit Club March 2019 Project Life

Looks like much of this kit would be hunting & gathering, but I'm wondering how alcohol inks would work on clear rhinestones?

Let's learn a little from the Masters...

Master Forger Leslie got quite painterly & inky this month, plus had a few serendipitous additions!


Master Forger Laura was inspired by the rainbow of enamel dot hearts in the main kit, and also the blue butterfly paper. She used 2 different sized heart punches and rainbow of scraps and made her own sheet of ready made heart embellishments. Foam tape on the back of the hearts will provide dimension, and an old piece of packaging from an alphabet sticker set was the perfect background to house these hearts whilst they await a new home on a layout. She also recreated the blue butterfly paper. She used a digital blue butterfly from the Crate Paper On Trend collection, and digitally stamped it over and over to recreate the paper. This could so easily be done with physical supplies with a stamp set or even by fussy cutting butterflies from another paper and lining them up on a background cardstock.

Master Forger Julene noticed swimming costumes in the embellishment pack.

This link takes you to outlines or templates you can use Oluna templates
She traced one around then cut them from coloured paper.
They could be used on layouts or cards.

Master Forger Lori used washi tape and stamps to forge 2 of the papers in the inspiration kit and to make a few die cut pieces. You can read more about it on her blog here.

And last but not least, Lisa made up a few paper clip bows and is delighted with the result.

"Counterfeit Kit Challenge friend Julie sent me a bow template some time ago which has proved so useful over the years. I copied it at original and then again at 80% to get two different sizes, cut those out and then traced round the shapes onto patterned paper. These were then cut out, folded and stuck together with strong double-sided tape to form the bow. I finished it off with some hot-glue gun adhesive on the back to attach some oversized paper clips. Ten minutes in total for these two cute clips! I would tweak my process a little for next time - erasing the pencil line on the back for example  - but I intend to make a handful more at different sizes and put my scrap paper basked to use!"

If you need some help with the bow shaped templates, this freebie link at Ash & Crafts might prove useful!

Don't forget that we love to see your kits and projects so you can show us through our Link-Up page, share them in our Facebook Community, or post them on Instagram (tag us: @counterfeitkitchallenge and use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcapril2019).  Come back here on the 12th - we'll be sharing our first challenge to help you use up your personally crafted April kit! See you then!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April 2019 - Just the Gist of It

Welcome back!  

I hope you had a chance to hop through our reveal blog hop yesterday and saw the kits that our awesome Master Forger team and Guest Designer Debbie curated, and that you're now ready to start putting together one of your own.

Sometimes, as much as we love the original inspiration it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Colour? Pattern? Product? Theme?

Well, I'm here to help and I thought I'd share an approach that you might want to consider when gathering the supplies to make your March CKC kit.

Here's our inspiration:

Hip Kit Club March 2019 Main Kit

It can be especially hard to know where to start when you have a large kit with lots and lots of influences such as this one which has 11 double sided papers as well as a smattering of embellishments. The colours are bold, the patterns are quite large and there's a definitely "feel" to the kit. So where to begin?

Now, usually when I go through the process of distilling the essence of a kit, I tend towards the general colours and patterns on the papers but I thought that it would be fun to pick another element from the kit for you to focus on today.

Mostly the kit includes Heidi Swapp and Crate Paper elements but there's also a Hip Kit exclusive pack of die cut ephemera which contains all the main elements of the kit: colour, patterns, motifs, design, words and whimsy.

The photo below isn't perfect as I've cropped it from the main kit photo above but let's have a peek.

You can find the colours that sang out to me when I saw the kit originally: bright green, soft pinks and blues, different shades of yellow, a stronger blue and a sprinkle of black and white. I think there's probably some gold in there too and you know how I love some gold in my kits!

Then you can also pick out the whimsical elements that are replicated in the papers and Thicker words elsewhere in the kit: flowers, parasols, butterflies, foliage, bows and all things summer.

Last but not least there are some leaf prints, some stripes, some water colour effects and some strong blocked colours.

When you break down the die cut elements this way, I think you can get a good feeling of the patterns and colours you might want to aim for when shopping your own stash.

I really hope this gave you an idea for where to start this month! Now let's getting shopping!

Don't forget that we love to see your kits and projects so you can show us through:

Thanks for stopping by today - I'll be here again tomorrow with some ideas 
to help you put together your kit!


    Monday, April 1, 2019

    April 2019 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal & blog hop

    Welcome back for another month here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge - no joke!

    Here in Germany, April is a time for spring flowers, replanting gardens and balconies, breakfasts, brunches and dinners for Easter, egg hunts, plenty of chocolate and enjoying the longer days which give a hint of what's to come later in the season. There's also a lot of weather, time with family, garden activities and maybe the opening of the BBQ season. That adds up to a lot of scrappy possibilities and I wanted to find a big kit that would inspire us with plenty of variety, great colours and lots of ways to interpret it with our own supplies.

    Therefore, in April I'm returning to one of my favourite kit clubs - Hip Kit Club - for their March 2019 kit 
    featuring Crate, Heidi Swapp and some Hip Kit exclusives.

    There are also some other kits available if you wanted to take inspiration from those and 
    a great unboxing video if you want to get some more detail about the kit:

    Unboxing video: 

    I think this is a really lovely colour scheme as a contrast to last month's brighter hues and I love the greens and blues as well as that hint of mustard which is unusual for spring. 

    And of course, no new month would be complete without a fabulous Guest Designer and this month is no exception! I'd like you to put your hands together and give a warm welcome to Counterfeit Kit Challenge follower Debbie Stemper:

    "Hello, my name is Debbie and I have been crafting since I was a child; it's basically what my family did for fun. When I was first introduced to scrapbooking in 2004 I had been doing a lot of quilting, so cutting large pieces of paper into smaller pieces and reattaching them was a very easy transition. I love telling stories and taking photos and playing with color, so this hobby is pretty perfect for me. I made my first kit as part of a challenge by Jill Sprott in the Get It Scrapped community, and it was a revelation as far as how easy it was to use that smaller subset of my stash, so when I found CKC I joined in and stuck around."

    You can find Debbie at her blog Things Here At Home here

    Now here's the kit reveal blog hop list so that you don't miss out on any of the fun:

    And of course, don't forget that we'll be back throughout the month to give you some tips, ideas 
    and challenges as you put together and use your kit.  

    Here's what we have coming up this month:
    • April 2nd: I'll be back with a "Just the Gist" post to help jump-start your kit-making.
    • April 4th:  We'll have our "Forgery on the Fourth" post where the Master Forgers will reveal how they created their own version of some of the items in this month's kit.
    • April 6th:  We'll reveal a couple of mini-kits and projects, in case you're a little limited for time this month and would prefer a more petite kit.
    • April 12th & 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made.

    We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us!  
    You can link up in different ways:

    Thanks for stopping by today - I'll be here again tomorrow with some ideas 
    to help you put together your kit!


    Saturday, March 30, 2019

    Killing Kits - Grids For The Win!

    Hello lovelies! Ready for a new kit to counterfeit? Or do you still have lots of little leftovers from this month's kit? Today, I'm breaking from the norm and, instead of a video for the Killing Kits Series, I wanted to showcase a few ideas that I've had saved on my Pinterest Boards!

    Now, whilst I love an elaborate layout, the ones that I admire the most are those that don't need a lot of tools (or effort) to recreate - and this lovely layout by Lorilei from Rosey Posey Studio is fantastic! This would be so easy to lift, with no more than a trimmer or some scissors and would be even easier to make with those little swatch sets included in some of the recent collections by Pink Paislee. Layers underneath the central element and the addition of lots of little bows makes this a real stash-buster!

    Jung AhSang made a layout in a similar style for the Scrapbook Circle Creative Team. The use a different die or punch really makes a difference - as does the use of a softer set of colours. Play around with the leftovers from different kits, and a selection of dies or punches - and see how many different layouts you can make in this style!

    Finally, this layout from Sandra Dietrich from Pretty Paper Things, shakes it all up a little. The lines are all a bit wonky, and there's no central element, but it's all 'tied' by the colour scheme - and, of course, it's not 12 x 12.

    I'd love to see some similar layouts from our followers, so if you decide to make some with your leftovers, don't forget to add them to our linky!

    Still in need of ideas? Watch the full Killing Kits Series or head over to the Counterfeit Kit Facebook Community where the Master Forgers and our friendly followers will be happy to help!

    Clair x