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 



Sunday, February 4, 2024

February 2024 - Forgeries on the Fourth!

 

Today, the Master Forgers are back to show you how to use your stash to make your OWN products inspired by our kit of the month! 

Before we get started, let's have another look at the inspiration kit:


  This feature is all about the fun of having a go at making up your own embellishments or re-creating the papers as a way of getting the same look as the inspiration kit even if you don't have any of the original items. 

These tutorials are often so simple and easy that it really is a perfect chance to try out an idea or two. Make sure you share if you do, we love to see it when are motivated to give it a go!

Now it's time to see what our talented team have come up with - this is always such an inspiration for me. The Master Forgers often create things that would just not have crossed my mind.

Master Forger Misty is up first with a few things.

First up she wanted to create something like the paper in the top left corner of the inspiration image. It has a mechanical vibe with some gears, numbers and machinery. While she didn't have imagery that was specifically alike to the inspo, she instead recreated the vibe with color, texture and fonts. All this was made using various stencils and ink, with lots of layering.





Next up, she wanted a nice bold striped paper, but didn't already have some. So she cut up some perfectly good whole papers, along with some scraps, and created her own stripes. After gluing those down to a base sheet, she had her own striped paper.

This seems like a very simple project, but there is a snag. The diagonal of pattern paper is longer than any edge of the paper square (that is geometry for you!). Additionally, most of our cutting tools do not reach the length required to make that nearly 17 inch diagonal cut. You can check out her video to see how she did it!





One final thing Misty wanted to share are two embellishment downloads– one free, and one for purchase.

First this freebie from ScrapbookandCards.com. You can find it on their bonus content page from the Fall 2023 issue of the magazine.

Next, Misty included this embellishment printable in her kit. It is the "sticker" sheet for purchase from Traci Reed's Hygge Collection kit. FYI, Misty just prints them on cardstock and cuts them out to create die cuts instead of stickers. 

It has a similar color palette to the inspo, but in a winter theme. There are even little mushrooms tucked in there like in the inspo kit!




Master Forger Tara created the blue brick patterned paper that was in the Inspiration kit for her own kit! She used a piece of grungy patterned paper by P13, a brick stencil from Scrapping Reflections, and some blue texture paste by Vicki Boutin in two shades of blue to create grungy and splotchy paper.  The link to watch MF Tara create this paper is below the photo!


Master Forger Tara's YouTube video


  
 
Perhaps you love the woodgrain foam alphas in the Essentials kit, but don't have anything similar in your stash... enter the DIY Thicker! Master Forger Brandi will often use her Cricut to die cut letters and layer them up to give the illusion of thicker alphas (use white for the under layers to save your pretty papers!). However, she didn't have any readily available to share, so a quick google search on the topic landed her on an older blog post by fellow Master Forger Misty! You can check out her take on using foam to DIY Thickers here!




As for the rest of the month, here's what we have coming up for you:
 6th February - Mini Kit and Project Reveal
 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
Show us what you’ve been inspired to create! Join our Facebook Community Group or you can also follow along with us on Instagram by tagging @counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcFebruary2024!! See you next time!