Sunday, November 18, 2018

November 2018 - Challenge #2 - Getting Twisty and Sketchy

Challenge #2 - Getting Twisty and Sketchy

Continuing to use Citrus Twist Kits as our inspiration this time around, use this gorgeous Citrus Twist Sunday Sketch from 22nd April 2018 as inspiration for your project. 

Place your own "twist" on it by rotating it, reversing, mirroring, turning it upside down, making it smaller or just doing your own "thing" to it - just don't use it as is!

Credit: Citrus Twist Kits Sunday Sketch with Kira #22 

I know that sketches are really popular with our Master Forgers as well as our followers, so I'm really curious to see how we all interpret this fabulous sketch!

Guest Designer Alex has this to say about her take on the sketch:

"Remember the leaf cut file forgery from last month? I have no idea why I thought it would work with this sketch, but here it is!

The sketch was a good match for the photo and after working through such a labour intensive layout for a less that “perfect” photo in terms of composition etc, I can safely say it was 100% worth it. 

I don’t do these sorts of layouts often and save them for my most special photos.  Yes this is one of them!"

You can read all about it over on her blog here

Leslie tipped the sketch over & documented her 61st birthday last month!

Read more about it on her blog HERE

Laura turned the sketch once clockwise and turned a 12x12 sketch into a 8.5x11 layout to document her son's new found love of Lego!


Tina turned the sketch once counterclockwise



And I managed to make this layout by rotating it 90° to the right.

I really liked the small formal photos and the chance to add journalling to the layer in between. I picked out coordinating papers from my kit to make a layout that compliments the colours in the photos and added a hint of pink (ink and a tiny scrap of paper) to give it a little extra something. As I write this it's in the middle of the night so if I can, I'll add a corresponding blog post to my personal blog with a couple of detail shots and some extra info tomorrow morning!


Would you know that all five layouts featured here came from the same sketch? Personally, I love how differently they all turned out. Why not give this sketch a try yourself and let us know how you twisted the sketch for yourself :-)


We're heading to the end of the month now but there's still a couple of items to make sure you don't miss! forget that there's more to expect as November goes on so don't miss any of it!
  • 28th November - find out what we are up to for December inspiration!
  • 30th November - {Killing Kits Series} to help you make the most of those kits, right to the very last scraps!
We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Happy creating!


Lisa

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Killing Kits Series: In The Christmas Mood

Hello! It's Clair here today with a new video for the Killing Kits Series and today, I've used the leftovers from my wonderful November 2018 Wild Hare Kit so that I can make room for some new holiday themed stash! Honestly, the best bit of finally finishing off all of these kit leftovers, is that I feel less worried about the occasional stash addition!


The kit was full of the most incredible selection from the December Days Collection by Pinkfresh Studios, Sweater Weather by American Crafts and a whole host of extra embellishments. Now, I felt that I used most of it in my December Daily 2017 album, but I still had a lot leftover and I've utilised most of those leftovers in the video to make a set of little cards!

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Please feel free to leave comments here, on YouTube, or find me over in the Counterfeit Kit Facebook Community. I would love to hear from you!

Monday, November 12, 2018

November 2018 - Challenge #1 - Sprinkle and Sparkle!

Challenge # 1 - Sprinkle and Sparkle!



November is my birthday month and there's always a sprinkle of shimmer, confetti, sequins or glitter to be seen.  Make sure you make your own project shine this celebratory month by adding some extra sparkle! 

Let's see what your talented Master Forgers and the delightful Alex, who is our Guest Designer this month, has in store for us. 


Alex has really gone to town with her super cute layout which makes me very happy!

"Bling.  Glitter.  Sparkle. When Lisa said she wanted a project heavy with these, I was thrilled.  I LOVE glitter. So while my layout isn't encrusted with glitter (unfortunately) I think I filled the brief. We do have gems and gold mist and filled shaker embellies and the layout itself is about bling. 

Come on over and see how I made those shakers and all the rest of the (mis)adventures of Pink Crafty scrapbooking here!"


Find out more of the details over on her blog here

Julene has made this "Bella" layout using an older sketch from Page Maps. She has added flourishes as her glitter, plus some gold washi tape.


      
Cindy has made a layout using glitter paper and a card. 


 


Lori has used silver glitter paper to give her layout that extra sparkle. You can read more about it on her blog here.



Don't forget that there's still more to expect as November goes on so don't miss any of it!
  • 18th November - Challenges 1 & 2 will nudge you to use your kits using our challenge prompt and inspiration from the team
  • 15th and 30th November - {Killing Kits Series} to help you make the most of those kits, right to the very last scraps!
  • 28th November - find out what we are up to for December inspiration!

We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Happy creating!



Lisa

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November 2018 - Mini-kit reveal and projects

Welcome back to more inspiration.

Maybe November is busy for you and you don't have time to pull together a full kit. Or perhaps you know that you won't have time to create much at this time of year and a large collection of products will just not get used up. Or maybe you have a bunch of unfinished kits on the shelf that you'd rather use up for full pages but you want to bring together some new products to satisfy your creativity.

Then a mini-kit might be the thing for you in November.

You might want to make a page kit, a card kit, just a small selection of supplies for a single project, a mini-album kit, something for your Project Life - or anything in-between!

First up, let's remind ourselves once more about the original, inspiration kit from Citrus Twist Kits (Little Things from October 2018). 


And now let's see how this has been interpreted by Master Forger Susan and myself.

Susan's autumnal mini-kit was inspired by her interpretation of the tiny floral print in the Citrus Twist kit:


She made this page, inspired by one of the scrappy trends of 2018:


You can find all the details, along with a second layout, on her blog here.

I decided to once again head for my Project Life album to see what was missing for 2017. There are three months still to be done which is pretty good as far as I'm concerned although of course, that means that 2018 is totally unstarted! And I recently noticed that I still have a pile of memorabilia from 2017 that I've forgotten to include. On my list of things to do!

I took a loose interpretation on the original kit and just picked out some papers and products with the main colours of aqua, yellow and pink. It looks big but I won't be needing all of it - probably! There are two sheets of full size paper, a handful of pocket cards and then a few embellishments. I also picked out a few items with words which reminded me of the veneer words in the inspiration kit.


Now, I did make a full kit too if you remember so I decided that I would just start the first page of the month to share with you here. Time is running after all!

I'm keeping this month simple and expect that I'll need a couple of extra pages for our road trip after Christmas. I'm not including anything specifically Christmassy but making sure there is lashings of gold to unify the spreads. I like using these unusual colours for Christmas and hopefully I can get this month completed really soon. Then it's just May and June left to complete!

A few extras might have found their way in here which is totally normal for me and goes along with my "no rules" way of creating.


You can find out more detail shots over on my blog :-)

Guest Designer Alex has also had a go at a mini and project! She is rocking it this month!
And for Alex, this really IS a MINI kit - everything is relative! Ha ha :-)


Alex told me, “I decided to base my mini around Citrus Twist’s “Little Things “ Pocket Life kit to go along with the main inspiration kit chosen for November. 

Since there were no full 12x12 sheets in the kit, how was I going to make a full layout?  Please head on over to my blog to see how I did it”


She makes me laugh - isn't she fun?!?! Check out her blog Pink Crafty Mama here.


Don't forget that there's more to expect as November goes on so don't miss any of it!
  • 12th & 18th November - Challenges 1 & 2 will nudge you to use your kits using our challenge prompt and inspiration from the team
  • 15th and 30th November - {Killing Kits Series} to help you make the most of those kits, right to the very last scraps!
We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Happy creating!


Lisa

Sunday, November 4, 2018

November 2018 - Forgery on the Fourth


Just a reminder of the gorgeous kit we were inspired by this month. "Little Things" by Citrus Twist Kits in October 2018 is full of such beautiful colours and pretty elements that it's been a real hit with the whole team. I spotted a few items that could have been created by crafty peeps and I'm excited to see what you had a go at!


Without further ado, let's see what our ever talented Master Forgers have tried for themselves, shall we?



Guest Designer Alex was very inspired - check out her contributions below and don't forget to head over to her blog here to get all the info! I can't believe how fantastic her "forgeries" look!


As much as I desperately want to get my hands on Pinkfresh Studio's Indigo Hills 2 (which I love even more than the previous one), I knew I could give forgery a shot until then. Unlike printed pattened papers, I could even use texture pastes and glazes and other lumpy things. These are currently flat, but the more I think about it, the more I like the idea!

The third paper I tried to forge was the one from Vicki Boutin's Field Notes coleection called Daydreamer. Coffee rings? How could I not love this! My example was not in the same league as hers but lots of fun to do!

Please visit my blog "Pink Crafty Mama" for more details!

Cindy was inspired by Spread Love paper, the Puffy hearts and some die cuts.

More details can be found on her blog.

Leslie changed up the color scheme of her counterfeit kit to coordinate with the 2010 Basic Grey Hopskotch "Kissing Tag" paper in the center below. The clamshell patterned b-side of Crate Paper by Maggie Holmes/Willow Lane "Violet" forgery (left) and the coffee ring paper from American Crafts by Vicki Boutin/Field Notes "Daydreamer made easy-peasy forgeries!

Link to blog HERE

Lisa decided to give the Maggie Holmes bows a try and as ever, found a simple, quick and easy way. Different threads gave different results that you can see in her original kit reveal here, but the principle is below.

Using a fork, she wrapped thread around until she had the thickness she wanted. Then she threaded a second length through the middle "hole" and over the wrapped threads a few times before tying a strong double knot. She slipped the "bow" off the fork and carefully cut through the loops at each end before tidying up the loose threads. It literally took a couple of minutes for each one and aren't they cute? Apologies for the slightly out of focus photos! I wanted to get them nice and close but didn't realise that the focus was a bit off! But I think you get the idea!





Leslie also tracked down a tutorial online for them as she thought that they were A-DO-RA-BLE!


Here's a quick & easy Youtube tutorial using embroidery floss.

Tina also had fun forging the Maggie Holmes bows using her hand to wrap the thread around to make the bows, she did it in a variety of thread types too:

Tina also wanted to forge the Vicki Boutin's Field Notes collection called Daydreamer. Coffee rings how simple that looked to do :) Similar to it and just loved the out come:

Details on how she created these can be found on her blog.

Laura too created her own coffee ring paper and thread bows but also loved the blue and yellow star paper in the kit, so forged her own. "I used a star paper from Amy Tangerine's Better Together collection, then digi-stamped yellow stars randomly all over. You could do this with normal stamps and ink or paint though. The coffee stained paper i also created digitally, and the thread bows i made with embroidery floss wrapped around 3 fingers! I love how they turned out!"





Just a reminder that there's more to expect as November goes on so don't miss any of it!
  • 6th November - Mini kit reveal is where we show off two mini-kit versions in case a full kit isn't your thing this month
  • 12th & 18th November - Challenges 1 & 2 will nudge you to use your kits using our challenge prompt and inspiration from the team
  • 15th and 30th November - {Killing Kits Series} to help you make the most of those kits, right to the very last scraps!
We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Happy creating!


Lisa

Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2018 - Just the Gist of It


Hello again, it's great to see you back here today.

Did you fall in love with our inspiration kit from Citrus Twist Kits (October 2018 - Little Things)? I'm sure you did! 

But maybe you're not quite sure where to start? Do you pick out papers that match? Or start by looking at the gorgeous embellishments? Maybe you're finding the colours a little out of sync with what you had in mind for November?  

"Just the Gist of It" aims to help you find the essence of the kit by identifying key elements that can be good jumping off points for you. We hope this will be useful when you start shopping your own stash.

This time around, I'd like to focus on the beautiful colours in the kit. Colour is what caught my eye in the first place when I was looking around for an inspiration kit and I used a very cool online service "Coolers" to make a colour palette from the main kit photo

Citrus Twist Kit - Little Things here

Look at those gorgeous pinks and violets along with aqua and a strong, bright yellow. 

You could pick out just one of those colours to start off your kit and build it from there. 

Or you could go for the "gallon, quart, pint" concept and pick out colours in a larger amount of one, a smaller amount of another and just a hint of a third. 

What about making your own colour palette.

Or just look at the main photo and see what shades are catching your attention. 

Colours can be a perfect way to start and this is probably the method I use the most as I almost never have any of the products in the original kits. What particularly appeals to me about creating my own colour palette is that you might find combinations you wouldn't normally bring together and I love to be stretched to try out new things. If you haven't tried that before, this month might be the time to.

And just because it's November, I'd like to offer you a second way to start thinking about your kit today.

You could pick out some of the main motifs featured and base your product choices around that. 

My eye was drawn to :

hearts
rainbows
stars
florals
bows

See my colour coordinated arrows on the photo below!


I hope that helps you get going with your own creations - leave me a comment and let me know what your starting point was.


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Once again, don't forget that we are back throughout the month to help you create your kits and get them used up. 

Here's a breakdown for what to expect for the rest of the month - you don't want to miss any of it :-) 
  • 4th November - Forgery on the Fourth where our Guest Designer and Master Forgers replicate items from the original kit using their mad counterfeiting skills!
  • 6th November - Mini kit reveal is where we show off two mini-kit versions in case a full kit isn't your thing this month
  • 12th & 18th November - Challenges 1 & 2 will nudge you to use your kits using our challenge prompt and inspiration from the team
  • 15th and 30th November - {Killing Kits Series} to help you make the most of those kits, right to the very last scraps!
We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Happy creating!


Lisa

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November 2018 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and blog hop



I'm so very happy to welcome you to my favourite month of the year! 

Welcome to November and to our last regular counterfeiting month of the year - we always shake things up in December with something special for Christmas so watch this space. We'll be sneaking peeks later in the month. 

I know that most people don't agree with my views on November but since I changed my attitude some years ago, it really has become a wonderful transition month. AND it's my birthday month (as well as several other members of my family including a new little one who we are expecting to arrive in the next four weeks at some point!) so you just know that I'm all about the celebrating at this time of year :-) 

So... how are we marking this month which connects autumn to winter and all that Christmas stuff?

Well, I fell in love with this gorgeous kit from Citrus Twist Kits (October 2018) - "Little Things". Isn't it just beautiful? I thought that the mix of fresh colours was just what we needed at the end of a long, hot summer when we might still have some memories to capture before we fall head first into red, green and gold merrimas!
You can find out all about this stunning kit at the Citrus Twist Kits site here and you'll also find lots of detail shots as well as Pocket Life and Gracebox kits if you need even more awesome inspiration.

I see lots of scrumminess in terms of colour and embellishments that you might find in your own stash so go shopping and have fun. Of course, there'll be oodles of fantastic kits in the Guest Designer and Master Forgers' reveal blog hop today as well as extra inspiration in the coming days here on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. You can find the full blog hop as well as the calendar for this month at the end of the post so make sure you keep coming back!

But first, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Alex - Pink Crafty Mama - who is our wonderful Guest Designer this month. 

This girl is awesome and I was so happy when she agreed to join us in November. Check out her blog for crafty inspiration and she's funny to boot! I always find myself smiling whenever I spend some time over there. Her kits are fabulously big and she uses them like a boss! 

I'll let her introduce herself below:


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A crafty hello from "Down Under"!  

I'm Alex from Melbourne, Australia, but you may know me on socials as Pink Crafty Mama. I'm married to Andrew aka NotPinkCraftyHubster and we're on the wild ride that is parenting a teenage SmallCraftyDude (Max). We're faithful subjects to two cats (although I could do with a few more!)

I've always liked various arts and crafts as a child, but the start of "grown up" crafting is a bit harder to pinpoint. Maybe making cards when we needed them? Then in 2004-2005 I naturally wanted to start scrapbooking.  I had a brand new TinyCraftyDude and he made a great subject. It didn't last, however. There was something missing, but I just didn't know what. (let's be real, supplies weren't that exciting back then especially in Australia!). A few years later I was first introduced to Stampin' Up! and "proper" cardmaking. I still make cards today and still use SU, along with just about every other manufacturer! 

Fast forward to 2012 and I happened upon a video by Glitter Girl 😉 while browsing YouTube and I had an epiphany. I'm talking flashing lightbulbs and trumpet fanfares. It was journalling and telling the story! Wow, what a difference! I don't mean the story is always the first thing that inspires the beginning of a layout - it can be the photos or even product, but the story is critical! 

So how did I get mixed up in this Counterfeiting business? To tell you the truth, I haven't the faintest idea! I feel as though I've been playing along for years, but I think the earliest blog post was maybe last November? And I only discovered the Facebook Group this year and met my match and partner-in-crime when it comes to huge kits!


You can find Alex at the following:

Pink Crafty Mama blog
Facebook
YouTube

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I can't wait to see what Alex creates of us this month and I know you are going to love her too so make sure you head on over to the blog hop below to catch up on all the scrappy, kitty inspiration.

Don't forget that we are back throughout the month to help you create your kits and get them used up. 

Here's a breakdown for what to expect.
  • 2nd November - Just the Gist of It provides a small breakdown of the kit to help get you started
  • 4th November - Forgery on the Fourth where our Guest Designer and Master Forgers replicate items from the original kit using their mad counterfeiting skills!
  • 6th November - Mini kit reveal is where we show off two mini-kit versions in case a full kit isn't your thing this month
  • 12th & 18th November - Challenges 1 & 2 will nudge you to use your kits using our challenge prompt and inspiration from the team
  • 15th and 30th November - {Killing Kits Series} to help you make the most of those kits, right to the very last scraps!

We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group, or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitkitchallenge and share with #counterfeitkitchallenge).

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see what you create this month!


Lisa