Monday, July 18, 2016

July Members' Blog Hop ... Are YOU In?

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.

If you've created any project with your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit this month that you haven't yet shared on your own blog, come and join in the blog hop fun and show us what you've made.


You might have been inspired by the challenges this month :

Or, maybe you found some inspiration to use your kit in our Forgeries On The Fourth feature.

Or maybe you were just busy creating using your Counterfeit kit and want to share.

It's all open for the hop this month.


 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 thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com BY THE 20th (that's the day after tomorrow so be quick!) 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 22nd 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)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

July 2016 Challenge #3

CHALLENGE THREE: Inspired by Played in the Shade.

Want to stay out of the sun altogether, then be inspired by playing in the shade with word games, like crossword puzzles, anagrams, jumbles.

Or if you are a numbers person, how about Sudoku? Any of these can be found in the Sunday paper. They all make for relaxing fun when it’s too hot to be doing much else.

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This challenge was inspired by the Pebbles papers in the kit called Puzzled and Sunday Paper from their Happy Day line.  

Pebbles even had a fun post on making your own easy Sodoku and Crossword Activity Books here on their blog.

For challenge no. 3 this month, Guest Designer Gretchen Henninger whipped up a layout titled Sunday Brunch, using a crossword puzzle paper from October Afternoon called Roadmaps.


  Leslie has this version on offer using another beach vacation photo.

Blog post HERE
Lesley was puzzled by this challenge as her plan didn't go the way she wanted - her blog post will tell you why...
 

Lynnette knew exactly which paper and what photo to use for this challenge...

Check out some more close-ups on her blog HERE.

Jemma used a criss-cross layout for her title celebrating a Master Forger Meet-up:


Do please share your kits and creations to Mr. Linky so that we can all come and look.
Perhaps save a special project using this month's kit and join in with your very own Members' Blog Hop towards the end of the month!


*** MEMBERS' BLOG HOP ***
 

Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your current kit. Remember, the more the merrier and EVERYone is welcome! To be a part of the Members' Blog Hop:
  • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th.
  • We will e-mail back on the 20th with a list of the hop participants and full instructions.
  • You will need to schedule your own blog post, showing a new counterfeit kit based project, to go live on the 24th at 00:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!


 



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 2016 Challenge #2

CHALLENGE TWO for July 2016: Inspired by Cool Waters in Hot Weather


Check out this fabulous color scheme where the cool colors of the water balances the warm colors – yellow and orange - nicely.
  • We could take cue from here and very purposefully combine cool and warm colors together on your project.
  • Or you could just take a cue from the photograph itself.
  • Or you could even use something liquid when making your project – ink, mist, paint, gesso, glossy accents, etc.
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For this second challenge, on her layout titled Parson's Creek, Guest Designer Gretchen Henninger used photographs with a water theme and a warm and cool color theme, mixing aqua, yellow and red.

Susanne also chose to mix in bright red and yellow with cooler blues and greys, on a page that deals with reflections, like that you might get off of the water.  In her case, it is from mirrors.


Leslie got inspired by a little water-play fun!

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Kelly used the color scheme to inspire her page--see the details on her blog.



Do please share your kits and creations to Mr. Linky so that we can all come and look. Perhaps save a special project using this month's kit and join in with your very own Members' Blog Hop towards the end of the month!


*** MEMBERS' BLOG HOP ***
 

Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your current kit. Remember, the more the merrier and EVERYone is welcome! To be a part of the Members' Blog Hop:
  • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th.
  • We will e-mail back on the 20th with a list of the hop participants and full instructions.
  • You will need to schedule your own blog post, showing a new counterfeit kit based project, to go live on the 24th at 00:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 2016 Challenge #1

CHALLENGE ONE for July 2016: Inspired by Beach Reading

Take a cue from these covers – subject, title, colors, layout or any other way that sparks your imagination. There are more to be found on Popsugar’s website here, along with descriptions. Let us know which one you choose to inspire your project.

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Our Guest Designer Gretchen chose this cover as inspiration for her layout.

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Can you guess which cover inspired this layout by Susan?
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Leslie had a recent beach vacation which made the choice easy!



Do please share your kits and creations to Mr. Linky so that we can all come and look.
Perhaps save a special project using this month's kit and join in with your very own Members' Blog Hop towards the end of the month!


*** MEMBERS' BLOG HOP ***
 

Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your current kit. Remember, the more the merrier and EVERYone is welcome! To be a part of the Members' Blog Hop:
  • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th.
  • We will e-mail back on the 20th with a list of the hop participants and full instructions.
  • You will need to schedule your own blog post, showing a new counterfeit kit based project, to go live on the 24th at 00:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!









Monday, July 4, 2016

Forgeries on the Fourth - July 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.

  Jemma got buzz-y with some oh so clever use of punches:

 

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Susanne did her own charming version of those pinwheels flowers.  Check out her blog for a few other tidbits she made this month.

 

Here's a Pinterest search link for "paper pinwheels" - quite a variety to be had! Here is a sampling of those resembling flowers

 


This link includes a printable template for a bow in four sizes!

 

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  Who doesn't love a good layered embellishment? This was shared in the DT private forum & may help you creatively use up the embellishment/diecut pack that you've included in your kit:

 

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We would love to see anything that our members create using the tutorials we've found - and, even more so, if you counterfeit something from scratch. Please do share with us by adding a link to our monthly Mr. Linky!

***** MEMBER BLOG HOP *****
Don't forget that we *LOVE* it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th! Find out how below!  Go on, you know you want to!
Your project should be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you haven't shown before and will only post for the hop. Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your kit. Remember, the more the merrier and it never fails to be a lot of fun!
To be a part of our blog hop:


  • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th July.
  • You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th July with a list of the hop participants.
  • You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on a challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th July at 12:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Just the Gist of the Kit - July 2016

Hello - Susan here with this month's Just the Gist of the Kit post.

Yesterday we revealed that our July inspiration is the Heat Wave Kit from Scrapbook and Cards Today from Summer 2015. It's a perfect kit for the summer season - filled with bright colors, bold patterns and classic summer icons.

Perhaps July is an especially busy month for you though and you'd like to make a smaller kit this time around. I've pared down the inspiration to just ten pieces for a petite kit to create a layout or two, a pocket page spread or several cards.

I selected six of the papers in the original kit. The two text papers can be used for layering or the words and phrases can be cut to use as titles. There are two mid-size prints - I've found that black & white patterns are always a versatile addition to a kit and the yellow tone-on-tone paper has a very subtle pattern that could be used in place of a cardstock background. The tiny confetti print and the bold floral provide options at opposite ends of the size spectrum and they both feature all the colors in the kit as well.

I also included the die-cut packet, which in addition to embellishments, also provides pieces that could be used for titles and layering.

The alphabet is a fabric Thickers set and could be used as is or colored with markers, mists or ink to coordinate with a particular paper. The stamp set provides both text and icon options and again is something that could be customized with color to match a particular project.

My final choice is the set of yellow enamel dots which can add just that little "finishing touch" to a pocket, card or page.

That's my take on putting together a mini-kit this month and I hope I've given you some ideas for making one of your own. Whether your kit is large or small, please add it to our links here so we can see how you interpreted the inspiration. Thanks for participating with us!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016 Counterfeit Kit Reveal

Hello fellow forgers – Susanne here. Welcome to July at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge; it is time for our inspiration kit reveal.

I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are, but around here – in July -  we always find ourselves saying – “It’s ho.o.o.o.ot Don!”
 
Don?  Who is Don, you ask.  Don is a famous car salesman in these parts, and he is known for his sizzling hot deals. Speaking of hot deals, how you would like a nifty scrapbooking kit to record your summer memories at absolutely no additional cost. Well, we’ve got a deal for you.  Just counterfeit it, why don’t you?  (Don thinks you should - Don wants to save you money!)

What?  You need an inspiration kit? Fair enough,  How about this one.  It’s a Heat Wave!

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It comes to us courtesy of Scrapbook and Cards Today.  It is their Crop & Create Delivered Kit:  Heat Wave from Summer 2015.  You can find the full details of the kit there along with a reveal video and some sneak project peeks too.

But hey, Scrapbook and Cards Today doesn’t stop there.  Here’s another page with sketches, links to layout videos and cut files. No wonder those kits always sell out. Don wishes these folks were selling cars for him instead of kits!  There’s some pretty hot stuff!

While you will notice similarities to last month’s kit – Don would point out that the colors are hotter, much hotter – crimson replaces pink, bright yellow replaces butter and “automotive” gray trumps kraft.  If you have bits and bobs left from June, throw them in, they could be just the thing to cool down a sizzling hot kit!

How about a little test drive of this kit to look at a few models and check out the options.  First up is our Guest Designer – Gretchen Henninger.
 
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Gretchen  lives in New York City with her husband and three cats.
She is an avid scrapbooker, knitter, hiker, and photographer.
She takes immense joy from getting out and exploring the world,
taking pictures of what she sees, and scrapping it.

 
 
 
 







The Reveal Hop:

Gretchen:  https://stampingrooster.blogspot.co.uk
Kelly: http://www.honeysucklehillcrafts.com/
Lesley:  http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.com
Leslie: http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com
Lisa: http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de
Lynnette: http://www.sassyscrapper2010.blogspot.com
Margie: http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com
Susan: http://littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.com
Susanne: http://snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com
Jemma: http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk

If you need a little help customizing your own options, we'll be back shortly with Forgeries on the Fourth and tips on how to counterfeit some forgeries.  Then on the 6th, 12th, and 18th we will post three challenges to really rev up your creative engines.  These challenges will all have a theme – ways to keep cool when it’s hot! 
 
Please remember to share your kits and creations by posting to Mr. Linky so that we can all enjoy what you have done.  And consider sharing a project using this month's kit by joining the Members' Blog Hop on the 24th!

Hey Don!  Here at CKC - this July is gonna be ho.o.o.o.ot!