Friday, January 24, 2020

January 2020 - Follower Showcase

It's always a great Counterfeit Kit Challenge month when ex-Master Forger and scrapbooker extraordinaire Susanne (find her over at her blog Snaps and Snippets here) joins in the fun!

I can't even remember how or when we first met - Big Picture Scrapbooking I think.... - but it was a long time ago - more than 10 years now - and she's been a friend ever since! We are fellow Scorpios and I find her witty, perceptive, entertaining, sweet-hearted and very inspirational.

Therefore, I was thrilled to see her awesome kit this month and then, in a flash, she had used it ALL up. Inspirational and motivational indeed!

She produced a wonderful kit full of fun products, lovely colours and just enough variety to make sure that all her projects look individual and perfectly executed.

What a wonderful showcase to open the year! 

Thanks for playing along this month Susanne - hope to see more of you in the year to come.

Here's her cute kit - full of simply lovely products. I'd have been over in a minute if I had been anywhere near to "help" her use it up!


I love the design on this double spread with all those pretty paper strips and a bunch of happy photos.


You can find other makes over on her blog here but I also loved the simplicity but pretty design of these cards.


And look! She only had these scraps left at the end of her crafting marathon - and all of that before I even opened my kit box to think about making something with it!




Don't forget that we'll be back in a few days with our sneak peeks for February and Shannon will be here with her first "official" episode of {Killing Kits} 
  • January 30th: We'll be offering another installment in our {Killing Kits} series to help you find ways to use up all of 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 #ckcnovember2019).



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

Lisa

Saturday, January 18, 2020

January 2020 - Challenge #2 - Page Maps Sketch

And we're back... for our second challenge of the month to get us all using our kits up.

A reminder of our inspiration kit this month.


For our Challenge #2, I'm offering you a fabulous January Page Maps Sketch!


We know that you all love a good sketch and Page Maps (www.pagemaps.com) has been giving us awesome designs for over 13 years, so of course that's where I went to find a great January sketch for us this month. 

Take this sketch and make it your own!

Guest Designer Melodee surprised me with a contribution for this challenge too which was fabulous! And not only one layout but also a second one! Now that's a sign of a good sketch.

 She told me, "I loved this sketch so much I did two. Sketches are always a good starting point for any layout whether you copy it or make it your own. On my winter layout I used glimmer and glacier Nuvo paste. I wish I could have captured the shimmer from it! Have fun experimenting with this sketch and don’t forget to post your creation!"

You can find Melodee over on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/melodeeruley/





Master Forger Cindy dug into her bag of scrap paper for this layout.

Cindy's Blog Link
Master Forger Leslie

As usual, I've spun the sketch on its side. Loved making another Christmas page!

Blog LINK
Master Forger Shannon

Friends!  Seriously!  Sketches are my absolute favorite to play with!  I couldn't be more jazzed to dive into my kit and be able to use four different patterned papers on this layout.  I had fun playing up the coral and minty bits as well as adding texture with the black/white twine.  Feel free to check out my process video here:  https://youtu.be/pwIG_ly6vhI


Master Forger Lisa

I've been a busy bunny since I got back to work after all the festivities and I have to say that I haven't had a minute to check out my Christmas photos yet. But I love making layouts with multiple photos to show details of decorations, candles, table settings etc which seems perfect for this sketch.

So I decided to make a layout and just indicate where the photos should be! That way, I can take my time to look though the several hundred Christmas photos I had and pick out four that sum up this year's perfect details!

I'm sharing my blank layout with you here and hopefully, later this weekend,  I can finish it off and share it with you again! I stayed pretty true to the sketch but I'll be keeping this one on file because I love it and know that I can tweak it a gazillion times to suit my style and change it up.

Watch this space for more details on my finished layout. I'll be sharing as soon as I can. :-)






Here's what we have coming up for the rest of this month:  
  • January 24th: I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month 
  • January 30th: We'll be offering another installment in our Killing Kits Series to help you find ways to use up all of 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 #ckcjanuary2020). 

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

Lisa
xxx

Sunday, January 12, 2020

January 2020 - Challenge #1 - "Out with the old and in with the new!"

Welcome to the first challenge of the new year and I'm excited to see what the Master Forger team have created for us today!


Let's just start off by reminding ourselves about this month's kit by Citrus Twist - 

It's the New Year and a time to think about the classic saying 
"out with the old and in with the new"!

Your challenge today is to check through your kits to identify the NEWEST and OLDEST items in there, and then use both of them on your project. Don't forget to let us know just how old these products are! 

Let's see who's got the longest time difference!

Guest Designer Melodee

Guest Designer Melodee told me, "I thoroughly enjoyed this fun challenge of using old and new products on my layout. The rub ons pictured on the left are over 10 years old. My newest products pictured on the right I received in a Black Friday warehouse box. My little grandson wanted to do this challenge...(sic...)! I can’t tell how old the paw print paper is, but it’s very old! I love how both layouts turned out and I love teaching my grandchildren how to scrapbook! I can’t wait to see what new/old products you use, have the fun I did!"



You can see more today on Melodee's Instagram account here as well as the super cute layout her darling grandson created! (I got a glimpse and it's a cutie - worth checking out for sure!)

Melodee can be found on Instagram here:  https://www.instagram.com/melodeeruley/

Master Forger Julene found some book paper that she has had for about 15 years. It is the oldest item. The red and white striped paper was bought a few weeks ago, it was the newest item.


Master Forger Tara found a really old set of Jenni Bowlin (remember her stuff??) in her kit as her oldest item.  Her newest item is the dark red polka on red patterned paper that she purchased just for her January kit!!  Here's her finished project:



If you want to see more about Tara's project you can head over to her blog to check out her post for today!

Master Forger Tina's 1st thing was to look through the paper to see what was the oldest - she already new what was the newest. She found some Basic Grey from 2010. The red glitter paper was from 2007 (when she started scrappin :) and the other paper is a Karen Foster Design paper with no date. Now the new stuff is the shiny gold enamel dots she got for Christmas. This was the starting basis of the layout.





You can see more about this layout over at Tina's blog.

Master Forger Tracey's first challenge had her researching her kit to work out exactly which was her oldest product and she discovered she had some Basic Grey Blitzen Christmas Paper from 2005, as for her newest it is the Kaisercraft Peppermint Kisses from 2019. 

Here is Tracey's final creation combining the two papers together on her layout. 



Master Forger Leslie jumped in with a challenging play of old (2007) & new 2019 items!

Blog LINK

And of course, Master Forger Shannon is over on YouTube with her awesome make!




You can find her video here: https://youtu.be/HU9TunGOhTk


And of course, 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: 
  • January 18th:  We'll give you one more challenge to help you use the kit you've made. 
  • January 24th: I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month 
  • January 30th: We'll be offering another installment in our Killing Kits Series to help you find ways to use up all of 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 #ckcjanuary2020). 

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

Lisa
xxx

Monday, January 6, 2020

January 2020 - Mini-kit reveal and project

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'll be sharing a couple of mini kits and projects to give you a little inspiration.

First, here's a reminder of our January inspiration:


Master Forger Clair

Clair has created a mini-kit, based on the colours of the inspiration kit, but raided her scraps box instead of her main stash. She's omitted the 'Christmas Green' which makes the selection feel a little more 'Valentine'. She's selected some random embellishments that need to be used, all of which match the main colours of her kit. Let's see what's she's made, shall we?


From her kit, Clair die-cut lots of little borders, then added them to some small card bases; selected a sticker sentiment; and added some enamel dots. This basic card is one of her favourites, as it's easy to make in batches - and uses a lot of little leftovers!

Make sure that you visit our Facebook Community to see what else Clair makes with her mini-kit this month!


Master Forger Lori

I did not get a chance to work on any of my December Daily or 52 Favorites during the holiday season so I am going to see how much of it I can do in January. My kit may not look like a mini kit, but compared to some December Daily kits out there, this is a very mini kit! Here's a look at my  kit:


I pulled what Elle's Studio Christmas goodies that I had on hand for my kit. The colors are a good match to those in the inspiration kit and they are perfect for what I was wanting for my December scrapping. I pulled a few 6x8 and 6x6 papers, labels, tags, alphas, wood veneer pieces, puffy stickers, die cuts, and journaling cards. I also included a touch of gold with some trim and a couple of stamp sets. I also included 3 - 12x12 papers in my kit. 

Here is my first project with my kit:



I have created a Traveler's Notebook spread in my 52 Favorites TN of the Christmas tree ornaments that my daughter and granddaughter made for us this year. You can read more about my layout and my kit on my blog here

Stay tuned to see how much of my holiday scrapping I can get done this month!

Don't forget that we've got a whole bunch of stuff coming up this month to give you some tips, ideas and challenges as you put together and use your kit:  
  • January 12th & 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made. 
  • January 24th: I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month 
  • January 30th: We'll be offering another installment in our Killing Kits Series to help you find ways to use up all of 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 #ckcjanuary2020). 

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

Lisa
xxx

Saturday, January 4, 2020

January 2020 - Forgery on the Fourth



Our January inspiration kit:

Citrus Twist Kits - Christmas Stories 2019 Kit

Seasonal themes and lots of bits & bobs to enjoy!

Let's take a look at the master forgeries on hand:


Julene had no reindeers (or any other forest animals) so decided to make her own.
She found this picture on Pinterest


She sketched out the pieces needed at the size she wanted and cut them out. These become templates which can be used again in the future.


Using scraps of brown toned papers she traced and cut out 5 reindeers then assembled them.
Red brads come in handy!


Tara was very inspired by the original kit and it's contents that she went crazy with her Silhouette and forged some of the Thickers phrases and Christmas themed bits.  


She also wanted to create some of the vintage Christmas book pages from the original kit to add to her kit.  Check out her blog to see how she forged those.


And last, she fell in love with the gold snowflake vellum in the original kit and forged her own version.


Leslie found these cute free printable tags, a Noel banner:

Gift tags LINK, Noel banner LINK, Christmas Gift Tags LINK

& some really cute images that can be sized for project life cards.

Merry Little Christmas LINK, Christmas Cookies LINK, Christmas Trees LINK

For Tracey's first forgery she was inspired by the woodland animals and fussy cut a few deers from some older patterned paper and created this medallion to use as an embellishment.

Easy step by steps can be found here; LINK

Lisa found some useful items on Pinterest!

Printable deer tags at Redo It Yourself Inspirations which could be printed as is or the deer itself could be fussy cut out:
http://redoityourselfinspirations.blogspot.com/2015/12/10-free-sets-of-christmas-gift-tag.html

Happiness is Homemade has a set of buffalo plaid printable tags which match both that awesome black and white buffalo plaid paper in the inspiration kit and the deer motif: https://www.happinessishomemade.net/buffalo-check-plaid-printable-christmas-holiday-gift-tags/

The Happy Housie blog has beautiful buffalo plaid leaping deer printables:
https://thehappyhousie.porch.com/12-plaid-buffalo-check-free-christmas-printables/

Lolly Jane has a gorgeous autumnal antler print for you:
https://lollyjane.com/fall-antler-art-free-printable/

There's buffalo plaid printable paper at Scrapcraftastic:
http://scrapcraftastic.com/2016/12/03/buffalo-plaid-free-printable-patterned-paper/

The Hungry jpeg has a great set of free digital plaid papers:
https://thehungryjpeg.com/freebie/3511293-free-plaid-digital-paper-backgrounds/freepretty

Pinterest had a link to these word confetti sheets in four different colours:
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ce/6d/b2/ce6db29560d825c75e588cfa3a2d5101.jpg
and this sheet in gold:
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cf/87/3c/cf873c6d825c4d44b26154bfae87adc3.jpg

Natali Designs has this set of gorgeous Christmas pocket page cards:
http://natalidesign.blogspot.com/2014/12/merry-christmas.html#.Xg-L2y2ZNL6


There's more to come this month as we aim to give you some tips, ideas and challenges as you put together and use your kit. 

Here's what we have coming up:
  • January 6th:  We'll reveal a couple of mini-kits and projects, in case you're a little limited for time this month and would prefer a more petite kit.
  • January 12th & 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made.
  • January 24th:  I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month
  • January 30th: We'll be offering another installment in our {Killing Kits} series to help you find ways to use up all of 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 #ckcjanuary2020).

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


Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2020 - Just the Gist of It

Welcome back to our January kit and to our feature where we offer some help if you're having problems knowing where to start in putting together your own kit.

Here's a reminder of this month's inspiration - the Citrus Twist December 2019 


I picked this kit as it had a lot of festive designs that could give you a seasonal kit to start working on those Christmas photos you took just a few days ago but I also thought that it offered a lot in terms of non-christos elements such as the colours or patterns.

As I often offer colour schemes that you could base your own selection on, let me see if I can pull something different out of the kit this time around. And if you want to take this kit in a non-Christmas direction, you could focus on the non-paper elements of the kit.



Looking at the close up detail shots of the kit we can see some of the main design motifs of the kit:

  • leaves, trees, twigs and berries
  • wildlife such as deer, birds, bears
  • cosy home motifs such as gingham, lights, hot chocolate cups
  • home and family based words, snow globes, houses and calendars
  • embellishments such as word stickers, doilies, vintage book pages and pretty enamel dots 

You could take any of these bullet points as your starting point or focus in on a couple - homely elements or woodland wildlife for example.

I hope you've been inspired today and we can't wait to see which direction the inspiration takes you!


Just a reminder that we'll be back throughout the month to give you some tipis, ideas and challenges as you put together and use your kit.  

Here's what we have coming up this month:
  • January 4th:  We'll have our "Forgery on the Fourth" post where the Master Forgers will reveal how they created their own version of some of the items in this month's kit.
  • January 6th:  We'll reveal a couple of mini-kits and projects, in case you're a little limited for time this month and would prefer a more petite kit.
  • January 12th & 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made.
  • January 24th:  I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month
  • January 30th: We'll be offering another installment in our {Killing Kits} series to help you find ways to use up all of 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 #ckcjanuary2020).

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

Lisa