Friday, 1 February 2019

Counterfeit Kit Challenge February 2019 kit reveal blog hop

Welcome to February and to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit reveal blog hop.

Hopefully, you've reached me from Leslie's inspirational blog  and next up is the wonderful Laura over on Instagram here. As always, their kits will be sure to please. In fact, I don't know why I write this every month because ALL the kits the team makes are wonderful. Each. And. Every. Month! :-)

This month, follower Kim Ferguson is our Guest Designer and we are very happy to have her with us. Make sure you head over to her Facebook page here to check out her kit and keep up with her makes throughout the month. You can find all the creativity throughout the month on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog as well as the Counterfeit Kit Challenge community over on Facebook.

This month Master Forger Julene is supporting Australian manufacturer Kaisercraft by offering us their Anthology collection for our inspiration kit. A wonderfully vintage feel mix of botanicals, butterflies, woodgrain and collage patterns with shades of brown, mint, teal and a hint of yellow. You can see the full range over on the Kaisercraft website here.

I know mine doesn't look much like the original but the inspiration is definitely there! Let's have a look at it first. Here's Vintage.

I started off by identifying the patterns and colours in the original collection. I came up with these lists:

  • birds, keys, feathers, butterflies, flora & botanicals, spots, stripes, grid, letters, woodgrain, map, collage, distressed
  • brown, cream, gold-yellow, eggshell blue, teal, mint, forest green, black, grey, beige
To me, it has an "old school" feel and reminded me of Prima, Rusty Pickle, BasicGrey, Graphic45 or Making Memories. And I knew that I had lots of this sort of paper in my organiser that often gets ignored! It holds all my older papers and doesn't get dipped into very often. So I decided to go back to the roots and fish out a whole bunch of papers that seemed to match my inspiration lists.

I know this is a huge amount of paper but I know that they are going to be a little more difficult to use than usual so it's good to have a lot of choices!

Here are my papers and there are some of my absolute favourites from the time. They may not exactly match my style these days but they are still appealing in their own way. 

I decided that I would add in a lot of washi because I forget to use them!

And then I matched my lists and threw in plenty of bits and pieces that will make for some interesting combinations.

I know that I will need to add in some more items as I go along and have not included alphas so those will be added in as and when I need them.

I think I will aim to make a large set of cards to refill my supplies and reduce my expectations of how many layouts I can come up with to around 3 or 4. It's a LOAD month so I need to have products which I'm totally inspired by and I know this set will need a little more thought so let's see how it works for me!

Here's the full blog hop list:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog:
Guest Designer Kim Ferguson: Kim on Facebook

And as always, we love it when you share with us so don't be shy and connect as much as you can! 

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Friday, 18 January 2019

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Mood Board Challenge #2

Welcome back to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge prompt #2 which is all about Susan's wonderful mood board.

Check out the details of the mood board over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog here.

She asked us to take inspiration in any way we wanted to from her curated collection of beautiful images. And there's a whole lot of gorgeousness there so I'm interested to see how everyone else takes their pages.

The bow of decorative plates on the wall caught my eye, especially with the "block" of furniture which reminded me of a blocked photo on a page design, as well as that super quote in the middle. Several of the photos were all about messy piles or layers and then of course, there was the round cake and the arched doorway.

I decided to focus on a curve of messy stitched circles which would frame my blocked photo and incorporate the quote as my title. This gorgeous photo of my wonderful nieces seemed like an all round perfect fit. 

I picked out lots of circular elements from my kit in soft pinks to match those pretty faces and then added in some darker shades which tied in with their bold school uniforms. The curved stitching, the random element placement and the bunched up threads were inspired by the piles of books and papers in the mood board as well as some of those darker shades.

I wanted to add in a glittery heart for interest and then realised that I needed some other glittery items because it was too stand alone. I used more glitter hearts and then cut some very thin strips of the same shade of pink glitter paper and layered them under here and there. They are not totally obvious but make two visual triangles. I also added in a couple more small hearts for interest.

I went with a mixed title which is something I love to do and included a couple of phrase stickers for variety. More stitching was added for interest and to make sure that those pesky Thickers don't come off (super unsticky which is irritating!).

This layout was quick and easy and a lot of fun to pull together once I had decided where the inspiration was taking me! I love it.

You can see what the other Master Forgers did with this mood board over on the blog here so why not check that out. And don't forget to share if you're inspired to create too!

You can add it to our Link-up page, post it in our Facebook Community, or share it on Instagram (use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2019).  We love seeing what you make!

Another year with Jingle Belles

It's January and that means another set of creative goals for the year! And again, I'm going to try to join in on the Jingle Belles challenge as much as I can. 

Last Christmas I failed to send a single Christmas card. Not to mention any hand-made cards. And it just made me sad. This year I want to do better. Let's see. I can't promise to manage every week but honestly, a card or two each week can't be that difficult, can it? 

The inspiration over at the Jingle Belles blog- where they offer prompts every second week to take Christmas back over the year - is fabulous and whenever I join in, I love it. Lauren and Stephanie make the most beautiful cards that motivate me to try harder rather than always going for he easy option of a very quick and easy card. If you'Ve never joined in and would like to have a pile of cards at the end of the year, without the stress, check out their website here.

The first challenge of the year JB:19:01 - for which I'm posting too late, but hey ho, it's a start - is "No Time Like the Presents" which all about recycling wrapping, tags or just using your leftover wrapping supplies on a card before putting them back into the cellar for the rest of the year.

Each year I make tags for our German Secret Santa and last Christmas I really went to town with a die-cut layered extravaganza. They took me hours to make and were rather over the top but I loved them all the same. I needed 5 plus one for my niece and ended up making 8 (although I ran out of a few of the die cuts for the last one) and had the last two hanging around on my desk.

This prompt seemed an ideal place to showcase those last two leftover tags. 

The next prompt will be up on the Jingle Belles blog tomorrow so I'm interested to see if I can keep up. The couple of years I managed were so successful. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Counterfeit Kit Challenge January 2019 kit reveal blog hop

Welcome 2019 
and welcome to each of you on this bright and fresh 1st January!

I'm excited to kick off the new year with a brand new Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit to get the inspiration started!

You should have reached me from the ever delightful Leslie today and next up is prolifically creative Lori but you can find the full list at the end of the post if you need it! Don't forget to check out our wonderful Guest Designer, Meagan Johnson too. We are thrilled to have her this month and she will wow you with her layouts for sure so check out her blog or Instagram too. 

Master Forger Susan has picked out a Felicity Jane kit for us the month to calm things down a little after all the hectic of the festive season. 

You can find all the details on the "Hannah" kit here: - isn't it lovely? Look at all those gorgeous shades of grey, blue and pink - *sigh*!

This is where the inspiration took me. May I present "Sigh".

I started off by going through some of my older Christmas kits if you can believe it and took out papers in the colours - grey, white, black, blues and pinks - that reminded me of the original kit as well as matching up some of the core patterns - woodgrain, spots, diamonds and stripes. I didn't have any suitable floral so this outline camera print is a good substitute. The number paper is a replacement for the word paper. I seem to have lost some of the deeper colours from the inspiration kit but love the mix that I have put together.

Puffy alphas, glitter hearts, tags and some bits and pieces - including a few random die cuts pieces that are left over from my Christmas tag extravaganza - that reminded me of the colours or elements of the Felicity Jane original. I also included a pocket page kit that I found from Studio Calico that had a lot of the same colours - I thought it might be useful if I did some of my Project Life.

Lots of small labels, word stickers, stars in a matching colour, circles die cut from papers with the same tones, a bunch of washi tape in blacks, greys and golds and two sets of Shimelle stamps from the last two years of Christmas kits. Even if I don't make Christmas pages, there are plenty of words and elements in the sets which could be used - I need to remind myself to get stamping more often.

The black and white puffy elements also reminded me of the Felicity Jane kit.

All in all, it's an interesting kit to start the year and I hope I get to make some pages in the days to come. You never know, I might even have a go at forging one or two of the items in the inspiration kit  ;-) 

Thanks for joining me today. Here's the full blog hop list so do make sure you hop along to see everyone's take on the kits. There's always so much inspiration to be found in how each of us interpreted the original kit for our own style! 

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog:
Guest Designer Meagan Johnson:

And as always, we love it when you share with us so don't be shy and connect as much as you can! 

You can join in via:

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

November 2018 - Mini kit reveal and project

I went a bit over the top and decided to make a full kit as well as a mini kit this month! Therefore, I'm back again today to show you the mini-kit and project I've started with it.

I was short of time and decided to make it super quick and simple picking out just the main colours of aqua (and other shades of blue), pink and yellow from the main inspiration kit and pulled out some products for a Project Life spread. It looks like a lot but there is one sheet of full paper plus a cut apart sheet and then just some pocket cards and a handful of embellishments. I know that I will need to add a few more bits and pieces in there but this is a great start and most of the hard work is therefore done.

I've had that Elle's Studio set of labels for forever so it's time to get it used up. I've also had that veneer pocket card for a long time and I thought that it combined the veneer and word elements from the original kit.

A handful of pocket cards with designs and words tie in with the original and hopefully, will be useful as fillers.

I picked out that Crate cut apart sheet some weeks ago, knowing that I wanted to use it for my month titles. It's the perfect colours.

I realised that I have just three months outstanding for 2017 in my Project Life album and had already created that month card with the events so it seemed easier to go with this month instead of the two summer months which might have matched my products better.

I'm just showcasing the first page here but I expect this month to be two or three double spreads because I was on the road over Christmas and have some memorabilia and lots of pretty photos I'd like to include.

I like the usual colour scheme for this month but decided that I will try to ensure there is lots of gold element and thread across all pages to tie it all together and give it a festive feel.

I added in a couple of extra pocket cards to back photos and the word veneer below. I wonder if I should move that veneer to the outside pocket?

Keeping it simple.

I'll be back on the 18th with challenge #2 using my main kit so I hope to see you there!

Don't forget that we love to see your creations and you can join in the fun over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or you can link up directly on the blog here using the Link-Up pageOr on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge ).

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - kit reveal blog hop

Oh my! It's November and that's really exciting! I love November - it's an attitude thing ;-)

Birthdays, fairy lights, family reunions, parties and winter are all on their way and November is just fabulous!

But no doubt you're here today to join in on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge November blog hop and kit reveal so welcome, welcome, welcome.

I hope you've landed here via Cindy's blog here and next up is Laura over on Instagram here. Both will delight you with their own kits and I happen to know that the whole team were inspired by the original kit I picked out for us all this month, so it's going to be a good hop. Make sure you don't miss anyone (full hop list at the end of the post) This month, I'd also like you to drop by our wonderful Guest Designer Alex's blog here. I was so thrilled she agreed to join us in November and I know you are going to love her too.

Here's the inspiration kit I chose for us and isn't it totally scrummy? Citrus Twist Kits October 2018, "Little Things".

The colours, the designs, the embellies, the look of it all? Citrus Twist Kits really knocked it out of the park this month and there was no way I could resist!

You can find out all about the kit over at the Citrus Twist site here and you'll find lots of detail shots as well as the Pocket Life and Gracebox kits.

Little Things main kit here

Before I explain the details of my kit, let me proudly present.... Scorpio

I started by trying to track down a sheet of October Afternoon paper that I knew I had which was a perfect match to the star paper in the original kit. But of course, I couldn't find it - maybe I've already used it up! Which was a shame.

But while I was looking for it, the constellation paper from Dear Lizzy (far right top) caught my eye and I thought it was perfect - the actual paper is a lot more purple/lavender than it shows up here on my (badly lit) photo. So I started there and then looked around for some of the main colours I saw in the inspiration kit - purple, blue, aqua, pink and a hint of yellow. I can see that my papers are not exactly a close match to the original but I think I've picked out papers that give the same feeling - florals, stars, spots, leafy strands, repeated pattern, blocked patterns, geometric "feel".

The original kit has Pinkfresh Studio so I made sure I picked out a couple of smaller sheets which seemed to give the same feeling and I've mixed in some Crate, Dear Lizzy, Stampin' Up (that gorgeous constellation paper), Shimelle, Webster's Pages, Jen Hadfield, Amy Tangerine - that's quite a lot of different designers!

Then came the fun bit of adding in scrummy embellishment goodies - die-cuts, word stamp, fibre bows, Shimelle paper border, wooden veneers, letters, chipboard, wooden buttons and puffy elements!

I had so much fun looking for, and adding, all these elements in to my kit. I think it's really going to be a good kit to use - what do you think?

I think my kit has turned out more pink and aqua, and less blue and purple, and not so much yellow but that's ok - I think it's rather lovely!

I'll be back on the 6th with a mini kit too because I decided to volunteer for both kits in November (hint that I want to continue getting on with my PL!).

Here's the full blog hop here in case you get lost along the way!

We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. 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 @counterfeitkitchallenge and share with #counterfeitkitchallenge).

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see what you create this month!

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge October mini-kit reveal

I'm back today with my Counterfeit Kit Challenge mini-kit and project. You can find the CKC blog post for the mini-kit reveal including Master Forger Susan's wonderful selection here.

I was keen to volunteer again because I've been really enjoying bringing together the small kit and then using it up right away. I've caught up on a month or two of Project Life 2017 and I saw this as an ideal chance to get working on another month - September. An autumn-themed kit would be perfect for both the inspiration that Leslie picked out for us and for the Project Life month to finish.

This month's inspiration for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is the Wild Hare Kits selection that was curated for Design Team member Mandi Holmes - you can find her unboxing video here.

Here is a collage that Leslie put together for us to showcase the papers in the original kit so we would be able to pick out the inspiration.

Knowing that I wanted to have a small kit that would still be useful for the doulbe spread I was planning, I decided to include three full sheets of paper as well as a few scraps.

I was inspired by the striped paper, the design by Pink Paislee that looks like embroidery and the cut apart sheet as well as the colours of autumn that seemed to run through the inspiration.

I found an interesting striped sheet with some pretty colours by Simple Stories and then noticed the the collection also had a design that looks like quilting. I was surprised to realise that this was the Mama Llama collection which would not normally spring to mind when you think about an autumn kit. I guess it just goes to show that you can combine products unexpectedly to create fun results.

Apologies for the bad light photos! Late night kitting and creating.

I also included a sheet from Shimelle's Go Now Go line which I had in mind from the beginning due to the autumnal shades. I found few additional cut apart pocket cards from the collection which brought in a little pink to match the Simple Stories papers and a month marker card which I knew would be perfect.

I added in sequins, mini letters and stickers which matched items in the original kit and then I noticed a small bunch of mini scraps and leftover elements from the Cedar Lane collection which seemed perfect as a little extra for my mini-kit.

There is a good mix of items in my kit even though it's small and compact. I love that side of making up my own kits.

Then I made up some pocket 6x4 cards which I'll use for decorative purposes in my Project Life. I glanced through the possible photos I'd be using and saw that we had a few day trips, an Oktoberfest party and the anniversary of when we met so that helped give me direction for my cards.

I adore these month cards and will be holding onto the others I have so that I can use a few more of them. This will be on the first side of my double spread.

The die cut from my forged Thickers was perfect for this celebratory card.

And I was happy to pile up with little word labels for this anniversary marker.

This cut-apart card didn't need much decoration because I didn't want to cover any of the pretty up!

I created all four cards in about 90 minutes - yes, I know that I'm slow - and they will go a long way in saving time when I come to pull together the full month as a whole, maybe tomorrow.

Don't forget that CKC will feature challenge projects on 12th & the 18th which we hope will help you use up those goodies in your own counterfeit kit.

As always, we love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. 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 )


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