Saturday, February 24, 2024

February 2024 - Follower's Showcase

 We love getting to highlight our talented community of followers! This part of the month is so much fun for us! The Facebook Community has been buzzing with layouts all month long; I've noticed a few newer faces playing along with us this month (Rona, Karin, Gabriella, Kris & Lynn) as well as some familiar faces creating up a storm (Jessica, Sheryle, Simera & Holly!) I’ve enjoyed seeing everyone’s wonderful projects! One creator in particular stuck out to me, and that’s Amanda Bass! Here’s a few of her projects she's shared in the community; be sure to check out even more of her monthly projects over on Facebook!


How absolutely gorgeous are these tags? The stitching is such a nice touch & this embodies the inspiration kit for this month SO well! 


A fun forgery for her background on this sweet page! 


A gorgeous dark turquoise monochromatic layout! The filmstrips are a nice touch, too! 


How sweet is this card?! The honeycomb background is so fitting for the darling bee! 


We asked Amanda to share a little about herself and her scrappy history & why she loves being a part of the CKCB community! Here's what she had to say:


"I have been curating memories on paper for over 25 years, first as a girlfriend, then wife, mother and teacher. I enjoy playing along with the counterfeit challenge because it gets me to use up my stash (5 papers used up this month that are 15+ years old) and makes me think about my supplies in new and different ways. I love the connection to other creatives in this supportive community"

You can find Amanda on YouTube as Amanda Creates.

 We still have a few more things to look forward to before the month’s over! 


 26th February - March Sneak Peek [social media] 

 27th February - Challenge #4 Baby, Use Those Scraps Challenge


We’re always so happy to see what our followers are inspired to create! Share with us in our Facebook Community Group or you can also follow along with us on Instagram by tagging @counterfeitkitchallenge and using #ckcFebruary2024!! See you next time!

Master Forger Brandi


Thursday, February 22, 2024

February 2024 - Challenge #3 - Let's Get Sketchy!

 In addition to my Master Forger duties, I am on a few other design teams and have even started designing sketches for Stick it Down and Sketches in Thyme on Facebook! For this month’s sketch challenge, I chose to feature the current Stick it Down single page sketch, designed by yours truly! I hope you have fun with it! I’d love to have you join & share your layout in the Facebook group here!



Master Forger Brandi

 I actually have two layouts to share from my kit & this sketch! First up, this is the layout I created for Stick It Down’s reveal at the beginning of the month. I rotated to suit my photos!


For my second layout, I wanted to use diamonds instead of the triangles. When I designed the sketch, I knew this was something I intended on trying! I also kept this layout a lot cleaner than I normally do, just to show a different approach to making the sketch suit your personal style! 

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Master Forger Christine 

I got a bit lucky as one of the papers I selected for my kit had triangles printed on it! Oh, and like Brandi, I rotated the sketch too!

I cut the orange and the blue triangles from my paper, which I decided was the color palette, and then went old school using my white gel pen for the lines. I loved the simplicity and clean lines of this layout. Adding some jewels to the background gave it just the right amount of oomph!







Let's welcome Ryann to the Master Forger team for today's challenge!

This is her first official challenge for us here at CKCB!  She used her February kit to create this beautiful layout of her granddaughters playing in the fall leaves during a photo shoot!  


Master Forger Jody

How fun is her layout with all those stars?! 


Master Forger Vikki 

Such a fun take on the sketch!







We’re not finished yet! Here’s what’s still to come for February! 

 24th February - Follower Showcase

 26th February - March Sneak Peek

 27th February - Challenge #4 Baby, Use Those Scraps Challenge

We love to see what our followers are creating! Check out our Facebook Community Group or you can also follow along with us on Instagram by tagging @counterfeitkitchallenge and using #ckcFebruary2024!! See you next time!

Master Forger Brandi


Sunday, February 18, 2024

February 2024 - Challenge #2 - Color Palette

 Who’s ready for another challenge to get you creating?! It’s time for our second challenge of the month to inspire you to dive into your stash kits! 

For me, I am immediately drawn to colors in all things scrapbooking. So, I wanted to use the color palette of our inspiration kit as the second challenge this month. There’s a lot of color in this one, so I used an online generator to pull out a handful of the colors in the kit photo & your challenge is to use at least (3) of these colors on your project. You can use any other colors you’d like, but at least 75% of the project should feature the color palette



This color palette works so well for all things little boy! Master Forger Brandi took a more grunge-y approach to this color palette for today's challenge!



The rusted diamond plate paper from Mintay's "Garage" served as a great jumping off point for the rest of this layout! So many different collections represented in these clusters! 





Finally, she used a herringbone stencil from Simple Stories to mimic tire treads & added a couple of ink splatters to tie in a few more hints of color. 


Misty chose the navy blue, orange, and then had a hard time with the third color. The closest paper in her kit was a woodgrain between the left tan-ish shade and the right gray shade. She wants to remind you when taking on challenges, do the best you can and don't stress about it!


Master Forger Jody leaned heavily on the orange/tan side of the color palette to create this almost-monochromatic layout!





Here's what's on tap for the rest of the month! Be sure to check back in with us!


 22nd February - Challenge #3 Let's Get Sketchy Challenge 

 24th February - Follower Showcase

 26th February - March Sneak Peek

 27th February - Challenge #4 Baby, Use Those Scraps Challenge


Share your talents with us! Hop on over to our Facebook Community Group or you can also follow along with us on Instagram by tagging @counterfeitkitchallenge and using #ckcFebruary2024!! See you next time!

Master Forger Brandi



Monday, February 12, 2024

February 2024 - Challenge #1 - Make It Messy!

 Have you been creating with your kit? If not, I hope a challenge is the motivation you need to pull it out and start playing!  

One of the fun things about the NJFB kits is the inclusion of mixed media products! There’s a spritz in the main kit, plus additional goodies in the Essentials add-on kit. As a reminder, here are both the Limitless kit and the Add-On Essentials for November Rain. 



So, break out those mixed media goodies & make it messy by using at least two different mediums on your project! 
 First up, we have our talented Guest Designer sharing her layout for the challenge!


GD Jessica says this about her layout:

I thought to create an ink smooshed background with my die cut tags! 


I used a mix of blue Distress products with the plaid stencil by Vicki Boutin and brightened things up with gold stencil butter, gold sequins and gold metallic cardstock! I built layers on my background using the elements stamp set from Stamperia.


I really liked the “ALL BOY” Acrylic Embellishment by Paige Evans so I designed a similar style in Cricut Design Space for my title. I also cut out the number 3 in the same style and a few little pennants to use as a banner. 


I had such fun participating in this challenge! You can watch the full process video of how it all came together on my YouTube channel. I hope you were inspired to add a little mixed media to your projects. Follow me on Instagram and my website for more inspiration, techniques, and freebies. Thanks for having me!

Master Forger Tara says that playing with mixed media is one of her favorite things to do! For this layout, she used a sketch created by Rochelle Spears for her kit club:  The Scrap-Room.  This layout features photos of MF Tara and her little sister being goofy! 




If you'd like to watch Master Forger Tara's process video for this layout, you can view that HERE.

Master Forger Tina loves to play with the things that make a layout a bit messy. Using both Lunar paste in a stencil and some Distress ink for splatters she created this layout:

You can see more about the layout here at Tina's blog

Master Forger Brandi loves making a big mess playing with all sorts of fun products! For this layout, she used a crackle mousse from Nuvo through a stencil, along with a mix of Distress Inks. She finished off the background with a few splashes of Distress Oxide Spray. Lots of layered embellishments complete her layout. Check out close ups on her Instagram here.


Master Forger Vikki is one of our brand new team members! Please give her a warm welcome as she shares her first official layout for us! She played along with the mixed media challenge by using a brayer with Distress Inks and stenciled with texture paste. 





We're also welcoming Master Forger Jody to the team today! For her messy layout, she used Distress Inks, Oxides & Sprays, as well as some Nuvo Mousse in Indian Gold. 



 Here's what we have coming up for you for the rest of the month! Please come back and see what else we have in store for you! 

 18th February - Challenge #2 

 22nd February - Challenge #3 Let's Get Sketchy Challenge 

 24th February - Follower Showcase

 26th February - March Sneak Peek

 27th February - Challenge #4 Baby, Use Those Scraps Challenge


Share your talents with us! Hop on over to our Facebook Community Group or you can also follow along with us on Instagram by tagging @counterfeitkitchallenge and using #ckcFebruary2024!! See you next time!
Master Forger Brandi




Tuesday, February 6, 2024

February 2024 - Mini Kits Reveal and Project

 Is a full-sized kit not your thing? Or perhaps, you have a vacation planned this month to beat the winter blues & won’t have much time to craft. Whatever the reason, there’s still inspiration to be found for curating a mini-kit from your stash to play along with us! 

As a reminder, here is the kit we are focused on this month: 


Master Forger Laurie is providing us with the mini kit project for February! You can find more of her work here

I’m a more is more kind of gal so making a mini kit was a challenge for me. I saw two possibilities with this month’s kit. The browns make me think of Autumn; the blues and yellow of Spring. I chose papers mostly from the browns and blues with a pop of yellow. Since I already had the sticker book, 6x8 paper pad and an embellishment pack from this collection I included those in my kit along with some 12x12 papers, random alphas, enamel dots and titles from my stash.  I even included metal dies. Spoiler alert, I only use one. 




 I created 7 layouts and 4 cards. I sometimes start with a sketch, but don’t always stick to it.

That raincoat embellishment just had to be used with this photo.


I used stamps to create coffee stains and spills.
 

 

       I was so happy to finally use the wood veneer title on this Thanksgiving layout.


I used a die for my part of my title.
 

I used different word phrases to create my title.
 


I used a grid style layout for this one.
 


I’m not typically a card maker, however it’s a great way to use scraps.
 



 12th February - Challenge #1

 18th February - Challenge #2 

 22nd February - Challenge #3 Let's Get Sketchy Challenge 

 24th February - Follower Showcase

 26th February - March Sneak Peek

 27th February - Challenge #4 Baby, Use Those Scraps Challenge

Feeling inspired? Come share your work with us! Join our Facebook Community Group or you can also follow along with us on Instagram by tagging @counterfeitkitchallenge and using #ckcFebruary2024!! See you next time!

Master Forger Brandi