Thursday, June 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth - June Tutorials and a Special Challenge


  1. the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art.

Welcome to "Forgeries on the Fourth" where it is no crime to create your own version of the trendy, hip products from the inspiration kit using your own stash and ingenuity. Each month on the fourth, check out tutorials from your Master Forgers or links to resources they have found for you on the internet.

Have you seen the "kit" to copy this month?  Well, actually it's not a kit, but several yummy Basic Grey collection packs!  It is so hard to choose which one to copy and I'm not gonna lie...I have a feeling I may be purchasing one or two of these in addition to counterfeiting them! (But that will be our little secret!)

Since these are exclusively paper kits, Bethany advised us to "go rogue" with the embellishments...meaning add in whatever your little heart desires.  So, even though we don't have something exact to mimic, we thought we would provide you with some links to basic embellies you can make yourself that coordinate with each one of the collections.  Of course, the kit you create may not be an exact replica, but these tutorials are versatile enough to give you some inspiration to create one or two handmade embellies for your kit.  Let's take a look at what the Master Forgers have gathered up for you!

We know you love the tutorials based on the feedback we received from our recent poll.   Let's put them to use this month by creating some embellishments for our kits.  Here's what to do:

1.  Use one of the tutorials below to create an embellishment.  Of course, you can modify and tweak it to suit your needs, but it should be loosely based on the tut.

2.  Photograph your completed project and add to June Mr. Linky using the description FORGERY by June 30, 2015.  Your name will be included in a drawing to win a little prize from me.  

3.  If you also USE your embellishment on a project, add it to June Mr. Linky using the description FORGERY IN PROJECT by June 30, 2015 for an additional chance to win.

4.  Be sure to use those descriptions so I can easily find your entries.

5.  There's no limit to the number entries.  US and international entries are welcome.

6.  I'll randomly choose a name from all eligible entries and send out a little package of scrappy goodness!

Looking forward to seeing your creations.  I think you will be pleased with your efforts!
To quote our CKC participant Roxy from the blog:  "They're just so much fun to do, and stretch a person creatively so much that I think everyone should give IT a try!

So without further ado...THE TUTORIALS!

The link isn't working on these sweet birdies, but it seems pretty self explanatory.  That stitching provides so much interest!
A bunch of birdies hanging from my craft tent ceiling would look adorable:)

And how about creating some of your own paper roses - using vintage book paper?

Find the tutorial for these stunning floral embellishments here
I love how layered this tree is and using patterned paper is a plus as well.

Go here to read more about her clever tree idea.

Who knew PINEAPPLES would be the next trendy item?
Look how you can make your own HERE.  (PS  Don't shy away if you don't use copics.  I think this could easily be adapted to supplies you have on hand!)

 Julene has made her own journaling tags for this range this month.

These printable map tags match the travel theme of this collection and would make perfect journalling tags.

Download the free printable tags here

There is a pack of printed kraft tags in the Prism collection that are so cute. There are so many printable available online but why not check out these kraft freebies?

Available at Allons-y Kimberly here

And see how the collection is full of geometrics? How about this free PDF cutting template to product some similar shapes if you are handy with the craft knife!

PDF available at here
Leslie also forged the tags & some other goodies from the Prism line.
Full blogpost HERE

How about these adorable fish hooks for the Adrift collection?  Learn how to make them HERE.

Whimsie Doodles Digital Stamps: Up cycle Paper clips by making fish hooks!

I'm sure that many of you have piles and piles of loom bands at home so check out this cute tutorial for making your very own loom anchor!

Check out the tutorial at Loom Love here
When I think of nautical, I think of gold, of course!  Here is a fun way to add in some gold and sparkle to this collection.  They use thumbtacks, but  you could use their technique to glitter just about anything.

And how about some sailor's knots?  Check out the tutorial HERE.

The sailor's knot tute: this is great for guy cards. Tutorial by Barbara Anders

These sweet freebie printables remind me of the soft colours and florals in the J'Adore papers:

Find the printable at Creativity Prompt here
These easy to make flowers can easily be made by using up all your kit scraps and would make the perfect floral embellishment. Simply layer up distressed circles of paper and top of with a brad to pin them all together.

Pinterest find here

With all the summery colours and feel of this collection, this free downloadable cutting file from Kerri Bradford might be just the trick.

Download available here 
Paper folding is all the trend right now and this über-cute tutorial for folding your own sweet dresses makes me think of picnics on a sunny day. What a sweet embellishment this would make to accompany the fresh Vivienne counterfeit collection

Find the tutorial at Meijos Joy here

Aren't these little clips darling?  They really could be applied to any of these collections.  Why not make a few for your custom kit?

Get all the details HERE.

This free printable constellation print could be just the right thing for your counterfeited Aurora collection

Find the printable at Wee Share here

Lileth Eccles provided these cute cut files featuring circles and stars - the Pinterest link can be found here. Just click on the link to go directly to the download. 

These tags have a real art deco feel to them. They are referenced in a Split Coast Stamper message board feed if you want more details (see here) but would be simple to make using cardstock scraps and your favourite decorative corner punches.

You could add some great depth to your project with these simple demensional stars found HERE.

Look at these layered lovelies that tie right into the color scheme of "Barista".

Stampin' Studio
Found at Stampin Studio

You may find yourself needing some ideas for layered embellishments sooner than later this month (wink, wink!)  Take a look at these pretties!

Picture 1 of Live, Love, Laugh by Francesca

Found on the Studio Calico blog HERE.

And, in case you go for a literal coffee interpretation of the "Barista" are some free printables of pocket scrapbook cards.  Even in the same color as the inspiration!  
We're cool like that :)

Download it HERE.

So, go ahead and give them a try!  Some are as simple as
 printing off or twisting a paper clip!  
Be sure to enter your creations for a chance to win!
You can be just like a Master Forger, too!


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  2. L-O-V-E this!!!!!! I want to try every one of these!! :)

    1. Hope you try your hand at one...or two of them!

  3. So many wonderful ideas to try this month!

    1. Give one a try and enter to win! I'm sure you will create something that will make a great addition to your Tea Garden inspired kit.

  4. what a lot of wonderful ideas.... hmmmn... thinking thinking.....

    1. Got to be in it to win it! Will be fun to see your creation :)

  5. Those tiny dresses are adorable! There's so many good ideas on this.

  6. These ideas are fantastic! See, this is why I love you guys so much!!!