Monday, October 11, 2021

October 2021 - Challenge #1 - Title It!

It is October the 12th, that can only mean one thing... it's time for Challenge #1 here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and I'm excited to see how you interpret it.

As a reminder, Master Forger Tracey chose the May 2021 Hip Kit Club kit as our inspiration for this month.

The first challenge of the month is something a little different...... we want to challenge you to create a layout with your kit and a title of our choice! Simply pick a title from this list and use it as your inspiration:
* Let's Go
* Destination Unknown
* The Journey is the Destination
* Life isn't always Rainbows and Unicorns
* Spring has Sprung
* You Colour My World
* You've Come so Far
* Perfectly Imperfect
* Ordinary Moments
A great title on your layout can help to make a story great or it can tell a story on it's own.

Guest Designer

Our Guest Designer for October is the lovely Machelle Willing, she picked the title :

to create this special memory :
Machelle said: I had the perfect pictures to go with the title "Ordinary Moments" and used some of the brighter papers in my kit. I am really pleased with how it turned out!

Master Forger's Layouts

Master Forger Tracey picked:


Which was the perfect choice for her layout :

One of the main reasons that Tracey picked the kit of the month is because of the colourful world map pattern paper, so she just had to use it on her first challenge layout. From the moment she saw this paper she knew she was scrapping a whole heap of travel photos from 2018, when was on HMAS Success.

Master Forger Julene

I had this For the record paper from Echo park with coloured lace stripes.

It is the perfect background for my theme and photos.



Master Forger Misty chose the same title as guest designer Machelle, Ordinary Moments, since that is the subject she scraps most often!


Master Forger Tina chose Spring Has Sprung for her layout title as the kit she pulled together reminded her of Spring and the Spring flowers for her pictures also helped with the Title selection



Such great inspiration to get you started on your creation for this challenge!

 The rest of October is going to look something like this:

  • 18th October: Challenges #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th October: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st October: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2021). 


 Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month! 


Hugs

Tracey

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

October 2021 - Mini Kit Reveal and Projects

 Hello everyone. 

Master Forgers Laura & Lisa is sharing her take on the mini kits using our inspiration Kit of the month, the May Hip Kit Club kit. Mini kits are great if you want quick projects, or if ideas are sparked by just small bits of the inspiration. Whatever your reasons for approaching mini kits our Master Forger is here to help get you creating.

As a reminder, Master Forger Tracey chose the May 2021 Hip Kit Club kit as our inspiration for this month.

So lets see where Laura went with her mini kit and projects.

Master Forger Laura has a cute little kit this month!

She has this to say about her kit:

For my mini kit this month I chose some off cuts from some 12x12 papers, some gold glitter alphas to go with my forgery of the gold glitter hearts and half a Maggie Holmes sticker sheet that needs using up! 

I love to use scraps and see how many smaller off cuts of paper i can use up, so this mini kit is perfect for me.

I am currently waiting for my photo order to arrive, so in the meantime I had a go at making a card! I am not by any stretch of the imagination a card maker, but I wanted to try and i was quite pleased with the result.


MF Lisa brought together some papers that reminded her of the original kit as well as one sheet which is featured in the Hip Kit Club kit. Then she brought in some elements inspired by the main kit in the form of stamps and dies - maps, rainbows etc and some alphas and embellishments which were in pastel colours and summery motifs. She then decided to use these supplies to make up some quick and easy cards. 



She had some fun with stamping - which she hardly ever does due to lack of stamping talent! - and die cutting a bunch of cute shapes!

These cards were the result of an hour or so of creativity and the rest of the supplies will be kept together to create some more cards which she will share at a later date 😉 The first card below was inspired by Heidi Swapp's recent stamping extravaganzas which are so fantastic. My own version hasn't exactly turned out that well but it will be fun to send to a friend who is planning to visit me at the end of the year - hence the Germany die-cut element 😉 

The other three cards will just be added into my supplies to send out as and when needed. I adore these rainbows and the super cute and tiny banners - more cards will follow for sure!


The rest of October is going to look something like this:

  • 12th & 18th October: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th October: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st October: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcoctober2021). 


 Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month! 

Hugs

Tracey

Sunday, October 3, 2021

October 2021 - Forgery on the Fourth

FOF is back again today to show you how it's possible to look at the inspiration kit, see if there are any elements which you would love to incorporate into your own kit but that you don't have in your stash right now, and then take the idea forward to make your own version! 

Let's see what our Master Forgeries have come up with this month:

Master Forger Tracey has been busy and has three different forgeries to share with you; the first is how she created the stencil that is in the Colour Kit:

Her second and third forgeries were from the Embellishment Kit, the cute rainbow in the chipboard Thickers and the gold hearts.

Here are the step by steps on how she created her forgeries:

Sun Stencil

First she used a small bottle to trace circles randomly over a 12x12 piece of cardstock, which she then used a craft blade to cut them out.

Using a dauber she dabbles some colour spray through the cut out circles.

Once dry she used a yellow pen to draw the sun rays radiating out from the circles.

Here is the final design. Simple and the stencil and be used again.

Rainbow Embellishments

For this one Tracey simply used thick markers in similar colours to the Rainbow on the Thicker sheet to draw a rainbow on some scrap cardstock.

Then it was just a matter of fussy cutting them out. Tracey will use some 3 dimensional tape to give them some depth when using them on her layout.

Gold Hearts

Tracey had a stencil in her stash that hearts of various sizes so she spread some Colour Blast Colour Paste in Bling through the stencil on to some white cardstock with a palette knife.

Leave to dry, with the Colour Blast Colour Paste the gold deeps as it dries and looks stunning.

Once dry it was a matter of just fussy cutting them out separately.

The gold hearts also caught Master Forger Laura eye and she decided to forge them too. 

Glitter Gold Hearts

Laura used gold glitter card, gold foil card and her heart punch to recreate the glitter hearts.

She punched the hearts from the glitter and foil cards, put some foam tape on the back of each of them and stuck them to a piece of backing from an old alpha set. Voila, hearts ready to use!

Master Forger Juliet  has a couple forgeries this month. 

First she loved the Wonders Stickers.  At first she thought she would use her Cricut to cut the letters out of foam but that didn't go as planned then she remembered she had some small alpha dies. It took a bit and thinking back she would have just cut them as she needed them but here is the end product.



She used some repositionable adhesive to stick them all to a transparency sheet for use as she needs them. This was an inexpensive forgery but it did take a bit.  Some of the letters she didn't have the color she wanted so she cut them out of white foam and 'colored' them with a copic marker.  So fun to know that with white foam, alphabet dies and her copic markers she can make alphas for any project!

She didn't stop there...she loved the dimensional stickers too...so she pulled out her cricut, made the frame cuts with the gold paper, the clear using the transparency film, and then the backgrounds with some thick white cardstock.  Added some of the ephemera flowers she had, a little foam to give it dimension and viola....

Master Forger Leslie had the perfect stamp set to forge some banner embellishments, plus she crafted a simple washi paper to counterfeit the Amy Tangerine b-side patterned paper in a little bolder vein to coordinate with her Be Colorful October kit!

Blog post HERE


As always, MF Lisa headed over to Pinterest and found some gorgeous free ribbon banners from Free Pretty Things For You  - a log in is needed but there are so pretty! You can find them at the site here

Master Forger Misty kept things simple by grabbing some inks and some cardstock to create her own versions of two of the sheets of paper from the original kit. She liked the butterfly print and the stripe print but didn't have anything in her stash like it. Her version takes on the color palette of her kit.






If you are inspired by the forgeries and end up making some yourself let us know so we can check them out.

We are just at the beginning of the month and we have so much to share with you! The rest of October is going to look something like this:

  • 6th October: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th October: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th October: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st October: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcoctober2021). 

 Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month.


Saturday, October 2, 2021

October 2021 - Just the Gist of it

 Hello, everyone!  Today is the day where we try to help you get started when your not quite sure where to start with putting your own kit together. Sometimes it's pretty easy to put a kit together, but then there are times it's just not clicking! 
So let's start with the inspiration kit for the month from the Hip Kit Club - May 2021 Main Kit - which you can find here on the Hip Kit Club website or here on our Kit Reveal Blog Hop.

May's Hip Kit Club Main Kit

Lets discuss the kit and work through some ideas to help you pull your kit together. A first starting point that is good to focus on is colour - have a look at the picture of the chosen kit and see what colour combinations there are, what colours leap out at you? what colours you don't like? what main colour there is running through the kit? To narrow it down a bit try to concentrate just on the colours in the papers.
When I look at the colours in the May Hip Kit Club's kit I straight away think I see there are lots of colours that a beautiful but slightly muted or dulled, I think of rainbows, but not the bright ones.... soft ones. Lots of colours and patterns but all soft. So I know that I will be riffling through my stash looking for muted rainbow colours, the cardstock kit is a great one to look at for colour inspiration. 
Next I look at the chosen kit and see if there is a specific theme; sometime it is easy to theme your kit other times not so easy. When I looked at the May Hip Kit Club I noticed a Spring feel (based on the small florals and blooms on the papers and in the embellishments). I also noticed an everyday moment theme (The Pink Fresh Keeping it Real papers and embellishments) which is a great thing to keep in mind as you look through your stash - looking for homes, books, transport, food.... things that we see and do every day.
Then I look at the elements - in this kit I can see banners, tags, labels and frames, so I keep these in mind when pulling embellishments for my kit. 

Don't forget that we'll be back throughout the month to give you some tips, ideas and challenges as you put together and use your kit. 

 Here's what we have coming up this month: 

  • 4th October: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements 
  • 6th October: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th October: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th October: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th October: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box

 We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. Post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2021).

 Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month! 


Hugs

Tracey

Friday, October 1, 2021

October 2021 - Counterfeit Kit Reveal and Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop. I, Tracey Campbell , am your host for the month and am looking forward to seeing how you all pull your kits and how you use it for the challenges. The Kit I have picked for October is the May Hip Kit Club kit - it is full of beautiful bright spring colours. There are tags, labels, stickers and fun ephemera die cuts that are all singing out to be forged and scrapped. 

May Main Hip Kit Club

What really called my name in this kit is the American Craft Paper "Let's Go" from the Buenos Dias collection, the fun colourful world map has me wanting to reach for some of my many travel photos, it made picking this kit very, very easy. (It is the paper at the front of the paper pack below). 

May Hip Kit Club - Paper Kit

There is a choice from the Main Kit, the Pocket Life Kit or just an Embellishment Kit. Then there are extra bonus kits of the Colour (mixed media), Paper (only) or matching Cardstock Kit. To help expand the kit further, so lots and lots to look at and to use as inspiration for your kit. 

May Hip Kit Club - Embellishment Kit

May Hip Kit Club - Pocket Life Kit

May Hip Kit Club - Cardstock Kit


Hip Kit Club - Colour Kit


We are delighted to have the lovely Machelle Welling join us this month as our Guest Designer.


Hello!  My name is Machelle & I am excited to be the guest designer for Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month.  I love all things crafty, but mainly I scrapbook and make cards.  Since I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years I have quite a stash of supplies, especially paper.  I love playing along with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge as it inspires me to use what I have and make new combinations I wouldn’t have thought of myself.  I am looking forward to the challenges and seeing how everyone interprets the inspiration kit for October!

Now what you are all waiting for, the Master List for the Blog Hop. This post is the first on the list and each wonderful Challenge Team Member will have their kit on their blogs for some eye candy inspiration for you. Just follow the list and work your way through to see what the team has come up with.


We've got another full month of fun for you, so make sure you pop back in throughout October for challenges and inspiration.  Here is what the month will look like:

  • 2nd October: Just the Gist of It - to help you find an easy way into creating your kit 
  • 4th October: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements 
  • 6th October: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th October: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th October: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st October: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box

 We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. Post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcoctober2021).

 Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month!