Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 2018 - Challenge #2 - Sketch

A sketch is a great way to jump-start your creativity.  For our second challenge this month, please use this sketch as inspiration for your project:


Let's see how our Master Forgers used this sketch.

Lisa had a lot of fun picking out tone on tone colours from her kit to make this layout that's relatively close to the original sketch but still has a hint of Lisa to the page! You can find some detail shots over on her blog here.

Lori stuck closely to the sketch when she created her layout. You can read more about it on her blog here.

Susan modified the sketch to make this 8-1/2X11 layout:

You can read more about it on her blog here.

Tina stayed close to the sketch when she created her layout with a bit of extra detail. You can read more about it on her blog here.

Again, please show us your project.  You can add it to our Link-Up page here, post it in our Facebook Community here, or share it on Instagram using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmarch2018.

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 2018 - Challenge #1 - Happy Birthday!

March is a big birthday month in my family - we celebrate five of them in less than a week! So in keeping with the celebratory spirit, make a birthday-themed project (layout, card, pocket page, planner spread, etc.).

Now it's time to see how our Guest Designer and Master Forgers celebrated this challenge.

Guest Designer Libeeti made this pretty pair of birthday cards:

Kelly, whose birthday is also in March, designed this page about her birthday last year. Read more on her blog.

Laura made this layout to celebrate her son's 3rd birthday

Leslie took a rogue direction - read more about it on her blog!

Margie pulled out some of those birthday photos she had waiting to be scrapped, and made a page:

You can see more photos and more details on her blog

Again, please show us your project. You can add it to our Link-Up page here, post it in our Facebook Community here, or share it on Instagram using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmarch2018.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 2018 - Mini Kit Reveal

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.  Maybe a mini kit is the answer and we're here to show you the mini kits we've created using Susan's Little Bits of Happy Kit as our inspiration.  Here's one more look at her kit:

Mini Counterfeit Kits can be either smaller versions of the main kit, or specifically aimed for use as card kits, mini album kits, pocket-style albums, or planners.  It's up to you and of course, you can use the mini kit option whenever you like!

Let's see what Master Forgers Cindy and Julene have put together for their mini kits.

Cindy pulled out some 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 paper and a used sheet of 12x12 for her kit.

She is documenting a long weekend trip using Project Life pages.

She has the details on her blog along with more pages.

Julene has used only small SCRAPS. She chose papers that mirrored the original kit.

After adding these embellishments,
She has started on her travel journal

There will be more on her blog throughout the month. Some will have photos, some are journaling only.

Again, please show us what you put together, when it's a mini kit or the full size version.  You can add it to our Link-Up page here, post it in our Facebook Community here, or share it on Instagram using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcmarch2018.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March 2018 - Forgery on the Fourth

Here's a reminder of our inspiration kit this month, Susan's Little Bits of Happy kit:

Graphic patterned papers, lots of cute little embellishments, fun scripty words.
Master Forgers, school us on counterfeiting this kit!

Susan tried her hand a forging three items from her inspiration kit.
 You can find her step-by-step instructions on her blog here.

She also found free printable pocket card cameras (similar to the one in the inspiration kit) here and free printable tabs here.


Kelly made her own handmade die cut words, inspired by the "grateful" die cut in Susan's kit. See how she did it on her blog.

Leslie had a little fun playing this month! Details HERE.

Why not give one of our ideas a try and
 join in the fun?

Don't forget to come back again on 6th for some mini-kit inspiration,
 as well as the challenges on the 12th and 18th.
If you create any of your own forgeries, make sure you share with us! We love to see your creations and projects.  You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Friday, March 2, 2018

Just the Gist of It

I put together our inspiration kit this month and I'll be the first to admit that there is definitely a lot going on in my "Little Bits of Happy" kit:

There's a big variety of colors, patterns and embellishments. When I curate a kit, I usually start with one paper that has several colors from the inspiration kit.  I'll then fill in my kit with colors from the paper that was my initial choiceLet's pull out a few papers from my March kit and use them as starting points.

This first group of papers is what I'll call "the warm brights".  I started with the multi-color striped paper and then pulled the dotted paper (which was inspired by the navy stripe), the pink and white text (inspired by the pink stripe) and the orange tone-on-tone paper (inspired by the orange stripe).  This quartet is composed primarily of warm colors and will give you a base for a bright and sunny kit.

This second group of papers is one I'll call "the cool neutrals".  I started with the large black & white floral print, then pulled in the black & white stripe, a small white print on gray, and the blue polka dots.  This kit has primarily cool colors and neutrals and will give you a base for a calm and soothing kit.

I hope that this divide and conquer method makes it less overwhelming when you're faced with a big and busy kit. Don't forget to show us what you put together - add your kit to our Link-Up page here, post it in our Facebook Community here, or share it on Instagram using #counterfeitkitchallenge or #ckcmarch2018.  We'll see you back here on the 4th for some forgeries!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 2018 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit Reveal

Hello everyone and happy March 1st! It's Susan here, taking my turn at selecting our inspiration for a month of using up our supplies.  My choice was definitely out of the box...the scrap box, that is.  Our inspiration for March is a kit I put together based on the formula Jill Sprott used in her stash-busting challenge series.  You can read all about Jill's concept and formula here on her blog.  I thought this was such a fun way to dig into our supplies and create a truly one-of-a-kind kit.  And so here is what I put together:

I'm calling it "Little Bits of Happy" because I used lots of odds and ends and leftovers and filled it with colors and patterns that made me happy.

Let's take a look at the papers - there's a variety of colors, textures and patterns and the kit includes a few specialty pieces (vellum, transparency) as well.

Here are a few detail shots:

There are puffy stickers and white stars, polka dots, text and hearts on woodgrain.

There are florals and stripes, tone on tone patterns, splashes of color and a hit of black and white.  There are pocket cards and tags.  

There are die-cuts, washi, twine, a big wood veneer piece and some gold hearts on vellum.

There are more puffy hearts and a big sheet of stickers.

So now that I've introduced you to our inspiration, I'd now like you to meet our Guest Designer for the month, Libeeti Frenkel.  Libeeti has been playing along with us, counterfeiting kits of her own and participating in our monthly challenges.

Hello to you, forgers gang! I'm Libeeti from Israel.  I'm a single mom of two teenager boys, aged 16 & 13.  My boys, and our life together, are the main subject of my scrapping, but to tell the truth - I scrap therefore I am.  Now seriously, scrapping for me is much more than documenting and preserving our memories. It became my outlet, my therapy.
I have another confession to share with you (and I know I'll have your full sympathy) - I'm a terrible scrap stash hoarder. This is the main reason I love Counterfeit Kit Challenge so much.  It makes me use all the pretty things I hoard. I was never a member of a kit club, and yet my scrappy nook is full of beautiful pp, embellies, dies, mixed media goodies, etc.
I love making 12x12 layouts, mini albums and altered & DIY projects.  Lately I'm in love with making boxes.  My style can be described as mixed media, multi-layers, and having lots of embellishments.  I just can't stop adding more and more.  One of my challenges is to try and work in a CAS style.
Currently, I'm on 4 design teams: Stuck?! Sketches, CSI (Colors, Stories, Inspiration), The Robbin's Nest and Altair Art.
I love to learn new artistic ways to express myself, new techniques, etc.  I also love to share my creative process with others through my YouTube channel and my blog.  I would be happy if you visit me in my social media places: my blog, my FB page, my YouTube channel, my Pinterest.

Welcome, Libeeti! We are happy to have you with us and are looking forward to sharing a fun month with you!

Now it's time to take a look at how Libeeti and the rest of our team interpreted my kit:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog -
Guest Designer Libeeti -
Kelly -
Leslie -
Lisa -
Lori -
Margie -
Tina -

We love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using our Link-Up Page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge).

I hope you're inspired by this little detour from our usual routine and that you'll join us be making your own kit this month.  I'll be back tomorrow with some hints on how to get started - see you then!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

February Member spotlight

Who is in the spotlight this month you are asking?

First clue, here's her kit - 

Second clue
Arty Farty Annie

Yes Annie is our spotlighted member this month.

One thing I liked about her kit is that she started with plain cardstock and went from there.

This is a good method for a beginner, in fact I used to do it when I first started counterfeiting.

Annie has produced some wonderful work with her kit. Look at this gorgeous one.