Thursday, March 4, 2021

March 2021 - Forgeries On The Fourth

 









Clair included a cute 'Paperclip' cut file in her Mini Kit this month, from this lovely little 'School Is Back' set by Citrus Twist.


She's also included some 'Paper Stars' that she made by following this DIY Lucky Stars video on YouTube. This is such a wonderful way to use up some branding strips!

 

MF Julene made some flowers. The first type are punched and folded. You need 4 the same or 2x2 and alternate them. It's a good way to use up paper scraps.



Adhere 4 to each base. 

The fan fold flowers are made in 2 halves ,then a button is placed in the centre and glued. Put a weight on them to flatten them until glue dries. I add a square of cardstock at the back to help keep them flat.


Master Forger Cindy played with her dies and punches to make more DIY Flowers

Master Forger Leslie has a rather unorthodox counterfeit of the black & white hashmark paper along with some digi embellishments come to real life!

I guess the security envelopes are technically more of an upcycle than a forgery, but zoom in for a look at how close of a match that first one is!

The embellishments are from an exclusive Sweet Shoppe Designs collection for a Big Picture Classes class! Oldies but goodies. I've curled the edges of the "metal" flowers & will pop up the button centers. The "felt" flowers have more texture in real life.


We'll be back on the 6th March for the Mini Kit Reveal, and there's lots to look forward to for the rest of the month too!
  • 6th March: Mini Kit Reveal and Project Showcase - Our Mini Kit DT show off their smaller kits and makes.
  • 12th March: Challenge #1 - A little inspiration to make the most of your kit!
  • 18th March: Challenge #2 - A little extra inspiration to make the most of your kit!
  • 24th March: Follower Showcase - Who has caught our eye this month?
  • 27th March: Killing Kits - Our host for the month shows off some ideas for using those last little bits!
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 #ckcmarch2021).

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

March 2021 - Just The Gist Of It

Hello Counterfeiters! Welcome to Just The Gist Of It! There's lots (and lots) of different ways to take inspiration from the kits that we choose each month and today, I'll offer you a hint or two to start your own Counterfeit Kit. Remember that this may not work for you, and that you can use our #JustTheGistOfIt to search for more ideas!


This month's inspiration kit is bold and beautiful, and focuses on one of our all time favourite themes! Paper! But, today, I want to talk a little bit about how to alter your kit if you aren't a fan of the bold colours and, if it were me, where I would start :)  

Similar Theme, Different Colours - 

The Pinkfresh 'Office Hours' Collection has a similar theme, but a different *feel* because it's colours are tonally different to those in the Paper Addict Kit. There are several, multi-colour, sheets in the collection that would make an excellent base for a counterfeit kit (and I'm sure that we'll see a lot of this collection in kits this month!)

To stay close to the Paper Addict Kit, then this sheet 'Papermaze' includes a lot of similar colours, but they are a little more subdued. The mustard, could also make it more suitable for scrapping autumn/fall. 


For a much calmer feel, then this sheet 'Plan' would work wonderfully as a base for a kit that would work well. Isn't it restful?


Remember that it's okay to 'tweak' your kit, in any way that suits you. The aim isn't to see who can come up with the best match, but to make you see your stash in a different way and to keep you scrapping!

What's happening around here for the rest of the month?

  • 4th March: Forgery on the Fourth - Our DT show you some simple ways to create your own kit elements.
  • 6th March: Mini Kit Reveal and Project Showcase - Our Mini Kit DT show off their smaller kits and makes.
  • 12th March: Challenge #1 - A little inspiration to make the most of your kit!
  • 18th March: Challenge #2 - A little extra inspiration to make the most of your kit!
  • 24th March: Follower Showcase - Who has caught our eye this month?
  • 27th March: Killing Kits - Our host for the month shows off some ideas for using those last little bits!

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 #ckcmarch2021)

Sunday, February 28, 2021

March 2021 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit Reveal & Blog Hop

Hello lovelies! Welcome to the March 2021 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit Reveal & Blog Hop! I love to take the reins here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge in March, when the world starts to feel just that little bit warmer and the first little leaves start to show themselves after winter. And, normally, my kit choice for the month would also feature a lot of lovely leaves and florals but, this month's inspiration kit is a little bit different! It's the beautiful Paper Addict Kit from Mommyish - and it's digital



I love the bold colours, easy to 'counterfeit' embellishments and, of course, the theme. What scrapbooker could resist a kit about an addiction to pretty paper?! Let's have a closer look at the kit contents.







This month our Guest Designer is the wonderful Julie Kirk. I've followed Julie's work for ... ooh ... let's just say a while now and adore her ability to look at the mundane and find the beauty in it! You'll never look at junk mail in the same way! Please make sure to offer her a warm welcome to the world of counterfeit kits! 


"Hello, I’m Julie and, as the t-shirt might suggest, I’m from beautiful Teesside, in the North East of England.

I started scrapbooking in the early 2000s, spent over a decade designing layouts and projects for craft magazines and design teams and, along the way, stopped scrapbooking just for me. Now I’ve come full circle and playing with paper and scissors is once again purely a hobby. As a lifelong paper and stationery lover I feel spoiled being asked to counterfeit for this particular month’ with its ‘Paper Addict’ theme! 

When I’m not ogling paper and stationery, you can find me obsessively reading contemporary romance novels, watching baseball games on Youtube, and talking about all of those things on Instagram. I’m @WithJulieKirk over there and you’re *so* welcome to drop by and say 'Hi' sometime."
Let's take a look at Julie's kit for the month, then take a little hop around with the rest of the DT.

Guest Designer: Julie Kirk - https://www.instagram.com/withjuliekirk/

There's plenty to keep you inspired this month so don't forget to come back here regularly for ideas and challenges. The month is going to look like this: 
  • 2nd March: Just the Gist of It - If you aren't sure where to start, check in tomorrow for some ideas.
  • 4th March: Forgery on the Fourth - Our DT show you some simple ways to create your own kit elements.
  • 6th March: Mini Kit Reveal and Project Showcase - Our Mini Kit DT show off their smaller kits and makes.
  • 12th March: Challenge #1 - A little inspiration to make the most of your kit!
  • 18th March: Challenge #2 - A little extra inspiration to make the most of your kit!
  • 24th March: Follower Showcase - Who has caught our eye this month?
  • 27th March: Killing Kits - Our host for the month shows off some ideas for using those last little bits!
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 #ckcmarch2021).

I'm so looking forward to spending this month with you!

Clair x

Saturday, February 27, 2021

February 2021 - Kill That Kit!

 It's almost the end of the month and it's been a very busy and creative month for me. 

It was LOAD221 (LayOutADay) and of course my trusty Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit, Heartfelt, was one of the reasons for my success - I'm writing this on Friday evening with just three layouts to make for a full month of making and uploading one single layout every day of the month!

And I always talk about how I couldn't do LOAD without my CKC kits but it also got me thinking about how to "Kill the Kit!" This is a long-ish post today because I want to share what I did with my kit from beginning to end - more or less!

I had what felt like a slightly smaller than usual kit for the month but I had pulled it together knowing that I was going to be attempting LOAD and I was excited to use it. I had pulled in quite a lot of the Paige Evans collection, Go the Scenic Route as well as some older stuff that I felt could do with being used up. I'm always aware of both sides of the papers and knew that the sneaky b-sides would give me so much variety!

For the first layouts, I just cut with abandon and used up all the product - even some papers I was feeling particularly precious about! (Sorry for the poor quality photos, I'm fighting to find the right light at the right time in our new home - they all have bright white backgrounds even if it doesn't look that way 😳) 

And by the way, my 28 days of LOAD turned into 28 days of Mabel and I've scrapped about her all month so excuse the Mabel spam 😉






So... 6 layouts.....

And then I realised that there really was not a lot left in the kit. I'd been very creative layering up the scraps and using up elements from the die-cut pack that I thought could be useful but there didn't seem to be much left to put on a page as a whole.

So I just added some more stuff into my kit box. I started with other elements from the Paige Evans collection... papers, the enamel charms, the alphabet... and a couple of extra papers from my stash.

A few more layouts followed such as these two...


 And then I had the chance to do a click-and-collect order from my favourite LSS and added some more very girlie, baby stuff into my kit box as well as some more alphas etc and made some more layouts such as these...


And now, almost at the end of the month, what does my original kit look like? Have I killed the kit? To be honest, I don't even know what was in that original kit any more but for me, I killed it and then brought it back to life just to repeat the process again! 

So my message to you today is that there is no right way to finish your kit. Use it up until you feel like you've made all the layouts you can and then maybe it's time to add a bunch more stuff in to keep going - or it might be time to put the stuff back into your stash and move on to the next month's supplies!

And this month's kit process will no doubt be totally different again. It's all fun in the creative process!

I hope I've given you some ideas of how you can breathe new life into a depleted set of supplies.... if that's what you want to do!

Lisa

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

February 2021 - Follower Showcase

 I love this part of the month! 

I get to highlight someone from our community who has caught my eye this month and showcase them to you all so that you can head over to their posts and ooo and ahh along with me 😉

 A wonderfully pink filled kit was the first thing I noticed and then a bunch of pretty, romantic, soft, pink-toned pages followed and I knew that this was the follower to highlight!

Join me in giving Cathy Galloway a huge high five for her creations this month.

Check out this cute kit!

I was drawn to all the prettiness she has going on here - all the pinks and spots and ribbons and flowers and gold alphabets. I can spot some older stuff, some newer stuff, some very trendy items and things that might have been in her stash some time. It's all brought together so well and at this point, you can guess that she might have had a layout or two in mind to work with this gorgeous colour scheme!

Enter the layouts!

She's posted five in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community so far but I'm going to feature three of them so you'll just have to head over to check out all the loveliness 😉

The first layout that really grabbed my attention was this one with the large fussy-cut flower in the corner, the bold word embellishment and the adorable shaker element. I love it all. So much fun! And check out that cute photo on the left - so very sweet.

And then she has featured a few pages about the search for the perfect wedding dress. I remember that feeling of "yes" and have never made my page so maybe this is the motivation I need! More fussy cutting, a lovely selection of papers and a frame shaker element. Great!

And this layout just made me laugh! I'm kind of glad I only had my mum with me and then at the end, my sister came along! I'm not sure I could have coped with a panel. But the layout is so much fun. All the banner elements, the sprinkled sequins and three great photos! All in all, just a super layout.



As I said, she's shared a few more over in our community so make sure you check out all her work this month and give her the big cheer she deserves. 

Thanks Cathy for being part of our community! 😊

  

There's just a few more things to keep you inspired so don't forget to come back for:

·         

  • 26th February: March Sneak Peek on social media
  • 27th February: 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. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcfebruary2021).


Lisa


 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

February 2021 - Challenge #2 - Natural Inspiration!

Welcome back to Challenge #2 today

A quick reminder of our inspiration kit:

Herzstück kit from Scrapbook Werkstatt

And now on to our challenge.

The embellishments in this kit feature a lot of flowers, birds, butterflies and even bees. Yes, it would appear that spring is on its way or at least the hope of spring is here! So why not bring a little nature to your layouts. 

Be inspired by the wildlife in this kit, and use or feature it in your own pages.
 
 MF Cindy created a layout with summer flowers. 

MF Leslie went for a sweet & simple card for a very dear friend. 



MF Tara created a layout using some spring photos of her youngest daughter!  


MF Laura 
was inspired to scrap a nature photo!



There's still a couple of items on our calendar to inspire you so don't forget to come back here: 

  •  24th February: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month
  •  27th February: 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. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcfebruary2021).

Friday, February 12, 2021

February 2021 - Challenge #1 - At the Heart of It!

Welcome to our first challenge here in February! 

It's great to see you here.

First of all, a reminder of our inspiration kit:
 
Herzstück kit from Scrapbook Werkstatt

 The name of our inspiration kit, Herzstück, can be translated along the lines of "the heart of something" and as this is the month of love and romance, let's take that as our inspiration. Make a project featuring something or someone that you think of as the "heart of it". Of course, you might want to interpret this prompt as featuring hearts on your layout and everything goes round here! 

So, show us your very own "Herzstück"!
 


Guest Designer Eileen told me: 
"This is my Jack Russell dog – “Jet”. He is the Heart of our home and so for this challenge I thought it would be nice to create a layout dedicated to him. I chose a light grey wood grain paper as the base. I matted the photos in red to give some colour and allow the photos to stand out. I stamped paw prints around the edge of the page using an acrylic stamp and added punched out hearts made from the spare cardstock and then added a homemade embellishment. Last was the title from the letter stickers and his name from the same red cardstock using mini alphabet letter dies. A simple layout, but I am pleased with how it turned out."

 

MF Julene has made a layout about a dear neighbour and friend who was there when Julene's daughter was a baby. Her friend gave so much help and love at that time. She was at the heart of it.

MF Lisa is currently doing LOAD221 (LayOutADay) and has decided to make it "28 Days of Mabel" 😂. Therefore, it was clear this this challenge was going to feature the infamous beagle herself! She really has become the heart of her little family. 

You can find out more over on her blog here

MF Tina  used lots of hearts from her kit for this challenge as there is one that has her heart 


MF Tracey used the word heart as inspiration and created this layout about her daughters, who are always in the heart of it. She used the off cut scraps from the hearts she cut from a metal die as an element to her page (along the left-hand side of her photo) to really make her kit go a long way.

MF Leslie, from a prompt from LayoutADay challenge, used this catalog cover for page design inspiration: neutral-ish background, black & white central image, pops of color on the left plus sentiments. The heart of the matter for me is my faith in Jesus Christ!

There's plenty to keep you inspired this month so don't forget to come back here regularly for ideas and challenges. The month is going to look like this:

 

·       18th February: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit

·         24th February: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month

·         27th February: 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. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcfebruary2021).