Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Counterfeit Kit

July is such a great month!  Summer (here in the US) is in full swing.  Just underway enough to be fun, but plenty left so we don't feel panicked. Our families major activities happened in June, so we are hoping to slow it down a bit for July.

So summer time crafting...easier or harder for you?  I would love to hear what you have to say in our comments section.

Hopefully you will find SOME time to play with us as we have a great kit to get you in a crafty mood!

Scrapabilly's March Kit has a tempting monochromatic feel to it.  Don't let it get you stumped, though!  Here are some ways you can easily make this kit your own!

~Like the monochromatic look, but don't care for these color?  Pick a favorite of yours and pair it with some nice neutrals for your own take on a simple color scheme!

~ Like more color in your life?  Go for it!  Let the patterns (scale, type) inspire you to think out side of the box as you throw in whatever colors you like with similar patterns.

~Does this kit scream THEME to you?  Use that theme to inspire a kit of your own...don't bother to copy anything BUT the theme.

~Create your own theme by picking out one paper or embellishment from the original kit and building your kit around that.

We can't wait to see what you do with this kit and how you make it your own.

Our Guest Designer has her own take on the kit this month!  We are excited to welcome Julie this month as she dazzles us with her mad kit making and using skills!

I've always loved crafting and making and cutting and sticking paper in particular.  I was never happier as a child, than when I was cutting up magazines and catalogues and sticking them into a sugar paper scrapbook.  And my brother hated it - he would never leave me in peace.  My catch phrase as a child was "Mom tell him".  The strange thing now is that story has still not made it onto a scrapbook page.  As I grew older I left crafting behind until my daughter was born and I discovered proper grown up scrapbooking.  I made my first 12 X 12 page for my friend's 40th birthday in 2005 and dabbled on and off until 2010 when I had some time off working following a carpel tunnel decompression operation which gave me time to do my first Shimelle online course.  I've taken a few more since and built up a great bunch off online scrapping friends - keeping in touch through blogs and Facebook.  I've been lucky enough to meet a few of them in person and have some weekends away scrapbooking - including the lovely Master Forger Jemma.

I've had a couple of stints on design teams and I was delighted and amazed to be asked to be a Guest designer at CKC.  It is such a wonderful concept.  I'm sure I'm not alone with my obsession with pretty paper and embellishments. I have far more than I could ever use in a lifetime, but CKC helps me to get those papers out of the stacks and drawers and into a kit to work through the ever growing mountain of photographs and memories just waiting to be recorded in the prettiest way possible.  My daughter is so used to scrapbooks that when she saw my baby album at Grandma's she didn't ask where the coloured photos are (yes I am old enough to only have black and white baby photos!) but said "Where are all the pretties?"

Let's move onto our hop now to make sure you start off with plenty of great ideas!  Don't forget about our great TUTORIAL post on the 4th that will help inspire you to MAKE some of the pieces in your kit!

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.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member blog hop reminder!

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.  So.... if you have created a project using your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit for any of this month's three challenges and have NOT posted it on your blog before, we would love for you to join in our member blog hop and share your creations.

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 BY THE 18th 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th 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)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Challenge 3: One side or the other

I know picking sides is not always fair, but in this case I must insist on it.  You must pick a side and not be afraid of it!  No middle of the road for us!  LOL

Challenge #3: One side or the other:  Focus on only ONE side of your project (either one...I don't have a preference) and keep the rest white space.

Margie took the challenge with her kit:
(And almost succeeded) Check out her blog for more details.

Leslie searched for inspiration & found it!
Full blog post with details HERE

Stephanie took the idea of "white space" quite literally ...

Lynnette hugged the coast (so to speak) on her page 
about her favorite vacation destination.  
And in case you don't know... ACK are the airport 
call letters for Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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, June 12, 2015

Challenge 2: Transportation Challenge

I have been seeing lots of Facebook posts from my friends with great traveling photos (including our lovely Design Team...yes, I am jealous and living vicariously through them).  Travel icons have always been popular and make a great addition to those travel pages you are certainly planning.

Challenge #2:  Transportation Challenge:  Have something transportation related on your project.

Julene has used photos of a ship unloading on her layout.

Leslie celebrated her husband's retirement with a ride in the sky!

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.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Challenge 1: Patterned Die Cuts

Isn't the card above cute?  Simone at Designs by Simone has a lot of great examples of making die cuts have some PUNCH on your project.

Challenge #1:  Patterned Die Cuts:  Use only PATTERNED PAPER to create a layered die cut for your project.

I am excited to see what the Design Team came up with for this challenge!  There is so much you can do with a die cut!

Guest Designer Emma has some fun with a patterned AND dimensional balloon.  How cute!

Susanne layered punched heart shapes to embellish several cards.  Check out her blog for more examples.

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.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth - June Tutorials and a Special Challenge


  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.

Have you seen the "kit" to copy this month?  Well, actually it's not a kit, but several yummy Basic Grey collection packs!  It is so hard to choose which one to copy and I'm not gonna lie...I have a feeling I may be purchasing one or two of these in addition to counterfeiting them! (But that will be our little secret!)

Since these are exclusively paper kits, Bethany advised us to "go rogue" with the embellishments...meaning add in whatever your little heart desires.  So, even though we don't have something exact to mimic, we thought we would provide you with some links to basic embellies you can make yourself that coordinate with each one of the collections.  Of course, the kit you create may not be an exact replica, but these tutorials are versatile enough to give you some inspiration to create one or two handmade embellies for your kit.  Let's take a look at what the Master Forgers have gathered up for you!

We know you love the tutorials based on the feedback we received from our recent poll.   Let's put them to use this month by creating some embellishments for our kits.  Here's what to do:

1.  Use one of the tutorials below to create an embellishment.  Of course, you can modify and tweak it to suit your needs, but it should be loosely based on the tut.

2.  Photograph your completed project and add to June Mr. Linky using the description FORGERY by June 30, 2015.  Your name will be included in a drawing to win a little prize from me.  

3.  If you also USE your embellishment on a project, add it to June Mr. Linky using the description FORGERY IN PROJECT by June 30, 2015 for an additional chance to win.

4.  Be sure to use those descriptions so I can easily find your entries.

5.  There's no limit to the number entries.  US and international entries are welcome.

6.  I'll randomly choose a name from all eligible entries and send out a little package of scrappy goodness!

Looking forward to seeing your creations.  I think you will be pleased with your efforts!
To quote our CKC participant Roxy from the blog:  "They're just so much fun to do, and stretch a person creatively so much that I think everyone should give IT a try!

So without further ado...THE TUTORIALS!

The link isn't working on these sweet birdies, but it seems pretty self explanatory.  That stitching provides so much interest!
A bunch of birdies hanging from my craft tent ceiling would look adorable:)

And how about creating some of your own paper roses - using vintage book paper?

Find the tutorial for these stunning floral embellishments here
I love how layered this tree is and using patterned paper is a plus as well.

Go here to read more about her clever tree idea.

Who knew PINEAPPLES would be the next trendy item?
Look how you can make your own HERE.  (PS  Don't shy away if you don't use copics.  I think this could easily be adapted to supplies you have on hand!)

 Julene has made her own journaling tags for this range this month.

These printable map tags match the travel theme of this collection and would make perfect journalling tags.

Download the free printable tags here

There is a pack of printed kraft tags in the Prism collection that are so cute. There are so many printable available online but why not check out these kraft freebies?

Available at Allons-y Kimberly here

And see how the collection is full of geometrics? How about this free PDF cutting template to product some similar shapes if you are handy with the craft knife!

PDF available at here
Leslie also forged the tags & some other goodies from the Prism line.
Full blogpost HERE

How about these adorable fish hooks for the Adrift collection?  Learn how to make them HERE.

Whimsie Doodles Digital Stamps: Up cycle Paper clips by making fish hooks!

I'm sure that many of you have piles and piles of loom bands at home so check out this cute tutorial for making your very own loom anchor!

Check out the tutorial at Loom Love here
When I think of nautical, I think of gold, of course!  Here is a fun way to add in some gold and sparkle to this collection.  They use thumbtacks, but  you could use their technique to glitter just about anything.

And how about some sailor's knots?  Check out the tutorial HERE.

The sailor's knot tute: this is great for guy cards. Tutorial by Barbara Anders

These sweet freebie printables remind me of the soft colours and florals in the J'Adore papers:

Find the printable at Creativity Prompt here
These easy to make flowers can easily be made by using up all your kit scraps and would make the perfect floral embellishment. Simply layer up distressed circles of paper and top of with a brad to pin them all together.

Pinterest find here

With all the summery colours and feel of this collection, this free downloadable cutting file from Kerri Bradford might be just the trick.

Download available here 
Paper folding is all the trend right now and this über-cute tutorial for folding your own sweet dresses makes me think of picnics on a sunny day. What a sweet embellishment this would make to accompany the fresh Vivienne counterfeit collection

Find the tutorial at Meijos Joy here

Aren't these little clips darling?  They really could be applied to any of these collections.  Why not make a few for your custom kit?

Get all the details HERE.

This free printable constellation print could be just the right thing for your counterfeited Aurora collection

Find the printable at Wee Share here

Lileth Eccles provided these cute cut files featuring circles and stars - the Pinterest link can be found here. Just click on the link to go directly to the download. 

These tags have a real art deco feel to them. They are referenced in a Split Coast Stamper message board feed if you want more details (see here) but would be simple to make using cardstock scraps and your favourite decorative corner punches.

You could add some great depth to your project with these simple demensional stars found HERE.

Look at these layered lovelies that tie right into the color scheme of "Barista".

Stampin' Studio
Found at Stampin Studio

You may find yourself needing some ideas for layered embellishments sooner than later this month (wink, wink!)  Take a look at these pretties!

Picture 1 of Live, Love, Laugh by Francesca

Found on the Studio Calico blog HERE.

And, in case you go for a literal coffee interpretation of the "Barista" are some free printables of pocket scrapbook cards.  Even in the same color as the inspiration!  
We're cool like that :)

Download it HERE.

So, go ahead and give them a try!  Some are as simple as
 printing off or twisting a paper clip!  
Be sure to enter your creations for a chance to win!
You can be just like a Master Forger, too!