Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Counterfeit Kit - Back To The Future

Hello keen counterfeiters, it's time to take a quiet moment and save yourself quite some quetzal, krona, quid, kwanza and even krugerrands by questing for stash and quickly putting together a quality collection with which to keep those quintessential memories alive and kicking!

This month we're visiting the UK queen of knockout scrapping supplies, Leonora at Crafty Templates, who produces awesome Quirky Kits every other month.  I've gone back in time and chosen the May/June 2014 kit, revealed here on their blog, which still feels fresh and current, despite being two years old!

There is a Main Kit ...
It's My Party

... a Lite Kit ...
Shiny Happy People

... and an Embellishment Kit!
Got The Love

You can counterfeit one, two or all three of the kits, or perhaps pick and mix your favourite elements to form a custom kit.  We've got extra help with the forging from this month's Guest Designer.  Please welcome the lovely Jane from a little scrap...

Hi, I'm Jane. Wife to 1, mother to 2, stepmother to 3 & step grandmother to 2, almost 3. We also have a 4 legged family member and these are the main subjects of my scrapping.
Scrapbooking is my happy place (my husband says he should be my happy place but we dont always get what we want now do we 😜) I am lucky enough to share a big craft room with my daughter who is following in her mothers footsteps. This is sometimes a lovely thing we do together and sometimes NOT, especially when my scissors or tape go walkabout!
I was very excited to be asked by CKC to be a guest designer and look forward to sharing a little bit of my world with you this month.
Please take a look at how the Master Forger team have interpreted the inspiration by hopping around their blogs, starting of course with Jane!

 Guest Designer: Jane http://alittlescrap.blogspot.com

If you need some more help with your counterfeiting, we'll be back shortly with Forgeries on the Fourth, and shortly after that, we'll share the first of our Three Challenges to enable you to get even more creative.
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!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Coming up in May!

Would you like a little sneak peek of what's to come in May?

We are travelling to the UK for our inspiration kit - can you guess which one it might be?

 How about this sneak ...


Or this one ...


Tune back in tomorrow to see the full kit reveal... you're going to love it. 

You'll need to get your thinking caps on too because our challenges are going to feature the alphabet, designs and a bit of mathematics for good measure.  :-)

And of course, in honour of {Inter}National Scrapbook Day next Saturday 7th May, we will be offering you a full team's worth of inspiration starting on Friday 6th May at 4pm. 

Don't miss out: mark you calendars and see you there 😘 

It's going to be a GREAT month

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Changes here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and a huge THANK YOU!

There's always a lot going on behind the scenes here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and among the Master Forger team, and the last few weeks are no exception.

As you might know, this amazing challenge blog you have come to love has its origins a looooong time back when Meridy and Bethany had a brainwave - you can read about it here. A simple concept: use "real" scrapbook kit clubs as inspiration to build your own kits from your own stash. Stash that you bought because you loved it! 

Over the years, Meridy moved on to concentrate on her photography business and Crystal wanted to focus on her growing family. So for a long time, our trusty leader Bethany held the reins alone and steered us along our creative path. 

But the day has come that Bethany needs to spend more time and energy focussing on her spiritual role in supporting her Pastor husband and their church community. 

And so it with much sadness that we say goodbye to Bethany in her Counterfeit Kit Challenge role. 

We want to take this opportunity to wish Bethany all the luck in the world in her new responsibilities and to say a huge 


to her for providing us with this awesome concept and for all the inspiration, support, hard work and commitment she gave to it over the years.

We love you Bethany and miss you already.

Now before you worry, of course the Counterfeit Kit Challenge isn't going anywhere! 

I'm taking on the overall organisational responsibility and ALL the Master Forger team are sharing the behind-the-scenes tasks to pick kits, organise challenges, provide you with inspiration and motivate you to be creative. Round here, it definitely takes a village.... I swear this is the best group of scrappy ladies on the internet. 

Love them all!

With all those changes, it was necessary to create a new email address so it would be great if you could all update your contact list. You can now contact us on:


(close enough to be easy to remember hopefully, but also close enough to the old one to be confusing- sorry for that!)


There will be a few changes here and there over the next few months so keep your eyes and ears open, and your glue runners ready for action.

Sending love across the miles, Lisa



Sunday, April 24, 2016

April Hoppers


Welcome, welcome, WELCOME to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members' Blog Hop!  We've been counterfeiting, crafting and creating with our supplies and now it's time to sit back and share what we've made.

Did you choose one of this month's challenges?
Challenge #1: Shabby Chic Techniques
Challenge #2: C'est Magnifique, N'est Pas?
Challenge #3: Ephemera Encapsulated
Or did you get creative with your kit in another way?

Here's the Blog Hop order ...
Lisa       http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de
Elaine    http://chidkids26.blogspot.co.uk
Julene    http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au
Natalie   http://thebigdills.blogspot.com
Jemma   http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Tina      http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com
... if your name isn't there this month - why not join in with the May Members' Hop - just drop us an e-mail by May 18th - EVERYONE is welcome!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Don't forget to sign up for the April member blog hop!

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 18th (that's tomorrow so be quick!) 
  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)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April Challenge #3: Ephemera Encapsulated

This month we've been inspired by the shabby-chic and vintage loveliness found in the C'est Magnifique February Kits. and have been having a lot of fun bringing back some 'old school' techniques and styles! For our final challenge of the month, we're heading back to the very basics of scrapbooking and asking you to create a project that 'encapsulates ephemera'.

Challenge #3: Choose a little bit of everyday life to incorporate into a project this month. Use it on a layout, in a mini-book; add it to an off the page project; or simply stick it in a note book with a little bit of journalling - just like when you were a teenager! 

Our Guest Designer, Louise Brooks, created this lovely layout. Visit her blog for more details on what she has 'encapsulated'.


Leslie's pause for a spot of tea provided her bit of ephemera.


LINK

Clair included several little bits of ephemera in this delightful, little mini-album. See more details (and the full mini-album) on her blog.


Margie made a page with some of her son's school artwork:

***** 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 April.
  • You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th April 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 April at 12:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Challenge #2: C'est Magnifique, N'est Pas?

This month our kits are all inspired by the shabby chic style of the C'est Magnifique February Kits. For the second challenge of the month, we're heading back to the C'est Magnifique Blog, where their Design Team share an amazing mix of projects using their kits - including cards, tags, layouts, mini-albums, mixed media projects and interior decor! C'est Magnifique, N'est Pas? So, why let all of that inspiration go to waste? 

Challenge # 2: Choose any project from the C'est Magnifique February Kit Posts and let it isnpire you! Don't forget to let us know where you found your inspiration when you link up your projects!

Susanne was inspired to decorate this amazing canning jar!
Check out her blog for the C'est Magnifique project that inspired her to create this project - and her real stash busting objective!


Our Guest Designer, Louise Brooks, created this beautiful layout . Visit her blog for more details of the project that inspired it!


Leslie lifted a framed tag layout.

LINK

Kelly created this layout in a style very different from her usual work--see the details on her blog!


Julene created a vintage layout based around an old postcard
 

***** 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 April.
  • You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th April 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 April at 12:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!