Sunday, August 18, 2019

August 2019 - Challenge #2 - What is summer to you?

Hi everyone! 

It's time for our second challenge of the month, but first just a reminder of our inspiration kit from Citrus Twist. 



It's summertime here in Minnesota and the fair is just around the corner. 

For Challenge #2 create a project about... What is summer to you? What do you like to do? Do you like to read a book on the patio, garden, bird watch, or watch the kids play in the sprinkler? 

If it happens to be fall or winter in your area document that if you want.

For master forger Laura, summer is all about ice cream! 



Lisa squeezed as many fun-filled funfair photos onto one page as possible to record a great, local afternoon with plenty of pretty embellishments. 


You can see more detail photos over on her blog here.

Master Forger Lori is creating a Summer Bucket List traveler's notebook for her granddaughter. She had a trip to the splash pad - one of the fun things on her list - and one of her favorite things to do in the summer - keep cool in the water!


You can read all about it on her blog here.

Guest Designer Kate Blue says:  Summertime for my family is usually pretty hectic but we usually always find time to getaway to relax. Our favorite place is always near a pool! July is always the best time for a refreshing swim and, if I'm lucky reading by the pool.  
You can find her blog here.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us.
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2019).

Sunday, August 11, 2019

August 2019 - Challenge #1 - Tabs and Clips

Hi everyone. Today we have a Tabs and Clips challenge.  First a reminder of the inspiration kit:

the main kit


Challenge #1: Our Inspiration kit from Citrus Twist has some of the cutest paperclips and tabs in it. I tend to put them in a little dish and they just don't make it onto a layout.

Our challenge today is to create a project that uses the tabs and clips. It can be a tab you created and stamped on, put a sticker on or just a plain tab.

The clip can be one of the many shapes that are out there, a clip you bent into a shape, a regular paper clip or butterfly clip or one you decorated.

Guest Designer Kate Blue has this to say about Challenge #1:

I love clips because they come in so many shapes and sizes but I always have to stop myself from using too many!

For this layout, I simply added two and kept a lot of white space. I also wanted to show that  themed paper clips don't have to be put on "themey" layouts so you can use that whole pack of clips up on different kinds of layouts!


Julene has used 2 paperclips plus a tab on this layout.


and on this one as well.


Cindy has used a dog bone paper clip and a tab on her layouts.



We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us.
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2019).

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

August 2019 - Mini Kit and Projects

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a big kit this month?

Perhaps you just want to pull together a few products to get those creative juices flowing again.

Maybe a mini kit is the answer!

Today we are sharing a couple of mini kits and projects to give you a little inspiration.

First, here's a little reminder of the August Inspiration Kit - Citrus Twist July 2019

the main kit:


 and the add on kit:


A mini kit can be a smaller version of the main kit, or a small kit specifically curated for use as a page kit, card-making, a mini album, pocket scrapbooking or planning. Whatever works best for you! We are all about using up our supplies so whatever fits into your schedule - you can use the mini kit option at any time you like!

Susan decided to try something a little different this month - she looked to the mood board, released as a "sneak peek" just before the beginning of each month, as inspiration for her August mini kit.  Here's the mood board:

 

She ended up making two mini kits; the first one was inspired by the stars, the anchors, and the lobster in the mood board:


Her second mini kit was inspired by the mood board's rainbow, B&W stripe and citrus fruit:


She made a layout from each of the kits and a third layout with the combined leftovers:




Tina decided to do the same as Susan and chose the Moodboard for the inspiration for her Mini-kit:


The kit she created has enough for 4 page kits and that is a mini for her! She has a nautical kit that includes the lobster and anchors, a bold pink, orange and striped kit, and floral with fruits kit and then the nuetrals. Grabbing a variety of flair, puffy stickers, alphas, stickers and enamel dots in the colors and theme of the moodboard.


Using the bold colors and those lemons for the fun summer layout.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us.
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2019).

Sunday, August 4, 2019

August 2019 - Forgery on the Fourth



Master of Ceremonies Forger Cindy has chosen the ... kit for our inspiration this month.




Let's check out what the Design Team has done this month!


Guest Designer Kate Blue broke out her watercolors for some beautiful journal cards
You can check out her blog post here

Master Forger Cindy made a bunch of tags and journaling labels along with some punched stars and hearts for embellishments.

You can check out her blog post here.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us.

You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2019

Friday, August 2, 2019

August 2019 - Just The Gist of It

Hi there. I hope you had a chance to check out the Blog Hop we had yesterday. I know it's hard to decide what to put into a kit when you are forging one. Do I need to the same type of item in my kit that is in the inspiration kit, do I need to have the same amount of papers or similar embellishments? Just were do I start?

Our inspiration kit this month is the Citrus Twist July 2019 "Best of this Life" main kit


and the add on kit


I like to start with an inspiration paper and build my kit from there. When we have multiple kits to choose from I will pull from both kits to make my Counterfeit Kit. The really great thing about this inspiration kit is that it is good for both girl or guy pages. We have the blues and greens for guys and then the lighter corals and pinks for the girly feel. A few embellishments and your kit is ready to go.

How about a page kit for the guys:


Yes, I've pulled in a flower paper but I loved the blue, greens and yellow orange in the flowers. The papers include an embossed green, yellow orange pattern, light blue with gold accents, and dark blue cardstock.  My embellishments are jute and blue clothes pins, leaves, tags, tabs, bottle caps and pom poms.

Here's one for the girls:


My inspiration paper for this one is the circle paper on top. I've pulled in a couple of different pink pattern papers and yellow cardstock. The embellishments are a pink floral piece, pink yarn, floral stickers, hearts and circles, butterflies and a couple of lemon slices and tags.

Now how about one that can be used for both.


My inspiration paper is the arrow paper and I've included black and yellow cardstock along with orange pattern paper. The embellishments are orange stickers, little flowers, bottle caps, yellow washi tape, tags and tabs, some die cuts and stickers in orange, punched stars and circles and a bicycle clip.

So pick your inspiration piece for your color scheme and build your kit.

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us.
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2019).

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit Reveal & blog hop

Happy August everyone.

This month the inspiration kit comes from Citrus Twist's main July kit "Best of This Life" and it is found here.




The July 2019 add-on kit from the "Best of This Life" and can be found here.


I love the summery vibe the kits offered and felt it would work perfectly with the late summer and the start of the garden harvest or farmer's markets and fair season. I was able to find a couple of unboxing Video's one from Trina Craig and the second one from Patricia Roebuck.

Our Guest Designer this month is Kate Blue.

Kate has been a longtime follower of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. I always enjoy her take on our inspiration kits and the layouts that follow.


Hello everyone! I'm Katherine Blue but everyone in crafty circles either call me Kat or Kate. I  live in a small town in Maryland being a wondermom to my son and daughter and in 2019, for the first time ever, a dog!

I began doing photography and scrapbooking about 11 years ago as a way to relieve my high stress levels when my son was extremely ill. I'll admit I was never ever crafty or artsy when I was younger because I never believed I'd be good at it and it was a talent that no one ever asked me about. So after getting addicted to scrapbooking, I now also dabble in art journaling, watercolors and decorative painted canvases. I've been a HUGE fan of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for YEARS (for the inspiration AND the stash busting) and I'm delighted and honored to be this month's Guest Designer!

You can usually find me on Pinterest as Queenkat  or on Instagram as KraftyQueenkat.  I still blog at http://kateblue.blogspot.com  

Thanks so much for joining us this month Kate.

We also have Shannon Allor from the How to Kill a Kit With Style team playing along with our inspiration kit over on her YouTube channel this month and she can be found here.

Now for the monthly reveal and blog hop list:
Counterfeit Kit Challenge - https://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/
Guest Designer - Kate Blue - http://kateblue.blogspot.com  
Cindy - http://cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.com/
Julene - http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com/
Lisa - http://lisahausmann.blogspot.com/
Lori - https://loriannie670.blogspot.com/
Laura - https://instagram.com/mrsp_scrapsandtea/

We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us.
You can use our Monthly Link-up page, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2019).

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


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Killing Kits: Utilise Those Cut Files

Hello Counterfeiters. We're nearing the end of the month, so I'm back with some ideas for Killing Kits. This month I've been thinking a lot about cut files and how we can utilise them to help us make the most of our kit leftovers.

There's no denying that Paige Evans is the Queen of the Cut File and she created a a free cut file for Scrapbook & Cards Today that I am sure will appeal to each and every one of us. 

I love how this version, by Paige herself, uses a wide selection of colours and patterns that are unified by the cut-file and how she's decorated the cut file with lots of little die-cuts and embellishments. It's perfect for using all of those last little bits of a kit!



You could use lots and lots of little leftovers to create a layout that's bursting with colour, like this one, or you could tone it down a little by using a smaller selection. You could even use a busy background, with one or two solid colours for the cut file. The variations are (almost) limitless!  

Scrapbook & Cards Today have a a selection of free cut files that you can download so head on over to check them out!

Another of my favourites is the May 2019 Free Cut File from Nicole Nowosad. It's intricate detail means that it can be used with full sheets (let's use all of those bright, busy sheets!) or, as here, with a full sheet of cardstock which acts as a brilliant base for a selection of die-cuts and ephemera.


But, what if you don't have access to a die-cut machine? Well, there are several kit clubs that include cut files in their kits, or will cut them for you and there are also several stores that will supply them to you ready cut. There's no reason not to try one!

I'll be trying some of my own this month, to see if I like them (and if it's worth investing in my own die-cut machine.) I'd love to hear from you if you have one and/or use one to utilise your leftovers. Please leave me your thoughts in the comment section below!

Lastly, if you are still in need of ideas for your kit leftovers, you can watch the full Killing Kits Series or head over to the Counterfeit Kit Facebook Community where the Master Forgers and our friendly followers will be happy to help!

Clair x