Sunday, 18 June 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Counting all those 6s!

Welcome back! Great to see you here for the second Counterfeit Kit Challenge prompt of the month and we are all 6s and 7s here today!

Master Forger Susan challenged us to use the number 6 on our layouts to mark the 6th month of the year and of course, I had to give it more than my best.

I'm currently on a scrap mini-retreat at the Dutch coast with two scrappy friends (hi Sylvia and Silvia) and what more inspiration does one need to make pages you love?  Well, I love this one!

I used this month's Blush kit (see here) to make this layout listing 6 things about what I'm feeling right now. I love these types of layouts and I also know that this is MF Susan's type of layout too so that's another nod to her :-)

But not to be content with the idea of including 6 things in my journalling, I decided to go for it and used 6 different papers and also 6 different types of product on my layout - die-cuts, buttons, sequins, enamel dots, alphabet and of course, my beloved patterned paper!

It's ages since I included buttons on my layout and I love how they look so I must remember to include them more often. Another reason to love Counterfeit Kit Challenge - I would have overlooked this packet of BG buttons over and over again if I hadn't decided to include some older items in my kit for dimension.

Thanks for coming over to my very neglected blog - I appreciate each and every visit - honest I do! Leave a comment to let me know you were here and don't forget to check out Margie's blog to see where Susan's inspiration took her this month. 

We love it when you share your kits and creations with us  - you can link up over on the blog (Link Up Page here) or in our Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook community group. We'd love to see you there.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge June kit reveal blog hop

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge June kit reveal blog hop.

We are really excited to be sharing our kits with you today and hopefully you've reached me via Kelly's blog where she was sure to have a gorgeous collection of goodies to show you. Next up is Margie and even though she's been really busy recently with all sorts of graduation and family celebrations, I just know that she's got something scrummy to share too!

And of course, we are delighted to welcome Guest Designer Lea Rhea this month. She's a prolific scrapper - which of course, we LOVE - as well as a YouTuber, a blogger, Instagrammer and Facebooker! Welcome Lea and we are thrilled to get to you know you better.

The full blog hop list is at the end of my post.

This month's kit was selected by Master Forger Susan and of course, she's gone for something stylish, on trend and all round gorgeous! The April kit by Felicity Jane, "Willow" is just lovely. It's full of bright whites, soft colours and a healthy smattering of blue which I know the team were excited about.

Willow by Felicity Jane

There are plenty of other detail shots on the Felicity Jane website and also an unboxing video if you need more close ups of this stunning kit.

Now as I can't get hold of this kit over here in Germany (or at least I can't justify the postage costs over here!), I was excited to see what I could do to make my own. Obviously, all the products are exclusives so I was going to find similar tones or patterns in my products.

As a starter, let me introduce my June kit, Blush.

As always, it's not a lot like the original but the inspiration is definitely there.

I wrote a list of the colours I wanted to include and some of the patterns. I noticed there were several geometric designs, arrows, flowers, stripes, dots and a sort of doily looking lace. And that's where I started. I found a few sheets of paper - October Afternoon and My Mind's Eye - which gave me the lacy, soft patterned feel I wanted. But as they were not based on white, I knew that I would have to go with a cream or off-white background for all of my other papers. I worked through my stash, picking out greys, blues, yellow, florals, arrows and several repeating patterns. You might not be able to see it, but each of these matches one of the original patterns!

I have to confess that one or two of these papers have b-sides that I particularly love (maybe even more than the a-side) so they might make an appearance instead!

Then onto the embellishments. There were clips, washi, pocket cards, die cuts, an alpha, a stencil, puffy stickers and a stamp set. Knowing I didn't have any suitable puffy stickers, I replaced this item with some dimensional items - decorative brad stickers, buttons and clips as well as some sequins.

I added more pink and black into the kit with a good sprinkle of pocket cards and tracked down some rose gold paper clips which match my alpha and the sequins.

A few washi tapes were included in my ongoing attempt to actually use some of it up - again selecting those with a non-white background. To go along with my large set of rose gold Thickers, I added in a couple of mini alphas too as I like the variety.

I have included a geometric stencil and as I was putting the kit into a holder for the month, I threw in a stamp set - just in case.

All in all, I'm quite happy with this and hope that you can see where the inspiration from the original kit is - you might have to dig a bit! I really wanted to make something a bit more modern but this is where my products took me and the fresh white look can wait for another month!

Here's the full blog hop list in case you get lost along the way and don't forget to share your kits and creations with us over on the blog (Link Up Page here) or in our Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook community group. We'd love to see you there.

Here's the lineup for the blog hop:
Guest Designer Lea Rhea:


Friday, 12 May 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - A Perfect Day!

I've been busy this evening and once again, it's late - hence the less than perfect photos.

But I decided I wanted to have a go at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge prompt #1 which is all about recording what a perfect day means to me. You can find the details of the prompt as well as the examples by other MF's over on the CKC blog here.

But I had only made a page kit for my mini kit example (see here for details) so there was definitely not enough there for a whole page. So I took the few scraps and elements I'd used for that original kit and then added in a few more items inspired by the original Gossamer Blue kit (find out details about our inspiration kit in this blog post here) to make up another mini page kit. You can see the supplies I brought together below.

You can see that I added a sheet of my Echo Park paper wit heart constellations in navy and a sheet of yellow toned paper which also seemed to match the original GB kit. But the remainder of the kit is pretty much what I had left over.

Here is my page which will be the accompanying page to a pocket page where I will feature small square shots of all the sights we saw in this pretty little German town of Alzey.

This is really what I consider to be a pretty perfect day for me. Just hanging out, wandering along the streets of a pretty old town, catching a few sights, stopping for a beer or a coffee and just being together.  Once again, I've needed to protect the modesty of my internet shy DH.

Those puffy elements! Oh my! I love them.

I did add in some word strips to my mini kit by Pinkfresh Studio - they seemed to fit nicely here.

Head over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for more examples of perfect days.

And don't forget to come on over to our Facebook Counterfeit Kit Challenge Community here and share your inspired kits and projects. It would be fabulous to see you there. The more the merrier!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge May mini kit and layout

Another last minute make for me this month. These deadlines come up so quickly and are so unexpected (she said sarcastically at herself!). So please excuse the rather poor photos. But let's have a look at what I'd like to share with you today.

This is the inspiration kit from Gossamer Blue that we are using over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog this month. Look at those gorgeous colours and patterns. Find out more about the kit, the pocket page kit and also what our Guest Designer, Christy as well as our Master Forgers created at the CKC blog here.

Gossamer Blue main main kit

Here's my version. I made a page kit and I have to admit that I love it!

I really wanted to make a blue themed kit as that is what had drawn me in from the start. I also loved that the inspiration kit had some gorgeous puffy stickers and lots of wonderful Shimelle products. 

So that's where I started. In fact, I picked out the Pinkfresh Studio puffy stickers first and then added in a sheet of matching vellum and a sheet of 6x6 paper from the same range. Then I went through my Shimelle papers and decided that I needed to use this gorgeous navy blue cloud paper and a cut apart sheet which also had some blue toned elements. Then the copper Thickers from Pinkfresh, the Shimelle clips and some enamel dots seemed the perfect finishing touch. And there you have it. A really, really tiny kit (for me!).

At this point in the evening - rather night - it was already really late but I battled on and decided to make a very simple page featuring my niece's delightful curls. The richer tones in the photos seemed perfect for the copper Thickers and I was rather chuffed with myself for making a very girlie page with not a single drop of pink. But all those blues and greys worked so well, that I just went for it.

Not only am I in love with those curls but I am head over heels with these puffy stickers. To quote my other niece from a family anecdote that has since gone down in family history... "I need MORE"!

This is also a LOAD517 page. Yes, it's that time of the year again too!

Thanks for dropping by and don't forget that we have more inspiration over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog coming up on the 12th and 18th when we present our challenges.

AND there's a little giveaway on our Facebook page to celebrate hitting 1,000 Likes! Go us. Head over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook page to find out how to be entered into a draw to win a counterfeit mini kit based on this month's inspiration kit.

Go on! You know you want to...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge meets "Last Minute Lisa"

Great to see you back here at my very neglected blog! I really must do better.

It's prompt #2 up on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog today and Leslie challenged me with the following:

"National Animal Crackers Day! This could take you in many directions. First might be a favorite childhood treat. With all the cute whimsical animals in the main kit inspiration you may have something in your kit that will inspire. Or that iconic box with the circus train car may take you in a whole new direction!"

I was last minute as usual and actually managed to make up a layout and photograph it just under the wire before I realised that I'd forgotten to actually WRITE my journalling! Doh! I'll get to that in the next few days for sure as I know that once you leave it, it never gets done.

I was inspired by the cute and whimsical paper I'd included in my kit from Webster's Pages with butterflies and birds. So there I have inspiration from animals #1. Then I found a couple of extra photos of sweet P, my niece, which I'd printed off but never used and thought it would be nice to bring them together on my favourite sort of page. Her nickname as a bump was always "Little Bird" and so that is also inspiration from animals #2. And what better title than the nickname itself. Inspiration from animals #3. 

I know that I've used this title on a P page before but these are different photos and I will make sure that I write something different for the journalling so that they don't overlap.

I loved the fact that everything in my April kit, Chirpy, seems to go together so well even though the items all come from different manufacturers and collections. This was a super easy layout together even though I helped myself by making it simple. I'll add the journalling at the bottom under the bow.

This chipboard banner fits the subject so well referring to a bird's wings as well as being brave. Little P is nothing if not headstrong and confident!

I have to admit to adding in the clips from the Paige Evans Take Me Away collection into my kit for this page. It was good to break into the pack and use one. Hopefully it will encourage me to continue as they are so cute.

Thanks for dropping by today. 

Don't forget to join in with your own kits and kit creations over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community and while you're there, head over to the main Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook page where we are heading up to 1,000 likes! We'd LOVE to hit that magic round number and you never know, we might even find a way to celebrate!

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge April kit reveal blog hop

Hi there and welcome to my very sorely neglected blog. As always, I have high hopes for the coming month so let's see if I can be a better blogger/scrapper/person in April!

Hopefully you've reached me via Kelly's blog where I'm sure she's pulled together something simply gorgeous as ever, and next up is Margie who is also sure to delight - both these ladies always see something in the kit that I don't which makes it so interesting! Of course, don't forget Clair who never fails to inspire me by mixing up her minimalist approach with the original kit without taking out any of the scrumminess

This month, we are also delighted to welcome Beth Moloney as our Guest Designer and she'll be sharing her kit over on her YouTube channel - how exciting!

It's going to be a great month!

Leslie picked out the February kit, Ashton Court, from Cocoa Daisy for our delectation and we were all taken by the fresh colour scheme - it's always our aim to mix up the palettes from month to month and this year, I really think we've been changing it up each time.

Here's the original kit but you can head over to the Cocoa Daisy site to find extra shots and some add-ons that I thought were also gorgeous.

Here's my take on it with a spring-inspired name, Chirpy!

Now, as you might guess, my kit doesn't look anything like the original, but I promise it's all there!

I started off with my list for colours and designs. It gave me:

  • sunshine yellow
  • bright and light blue
  • scarlet red
  • lime green
  • white based
  • small and large florals
  • large and small (random) spots
  • geometric
  • ombré
  • whimsical motif - birds, balloons etc
That's quite a list. And apart from the lime green, I've got it all!

I started off with that Webster's Pages bird paper and worked out from there. I've included Heidi Swapp chevron, My Mind's Eye small floral and Crate Paper large(r) floral.

Then, I added in the frame paper instead of the triangular geometric by American Crafts, the sunburst ombré by Simple Stories, the small hexagonal spot by American Crafts and the large yellow diamond by Paige Evans. Phew, I don't think I've ever included such a mix of manufacturers before!

Then I included a multi-coloured alpha to match the original coloured alpha and some chipboard die-cuts instead of the cardstock die-cuts. I've thrown in a Studio Calico stamp so that I remember to use it too.

Instead of flair, I included some gold heart dots. Extra to the items in the original kit, I've added some washi and ribbon - never use enough of these items and really ought to make a dent in my stash. There are also some whimsical tropical veneers - flamingos, pineapples and palm trees - which just caught my eye. I've also added the leftovers from a BasicGrey pack of die-cuts which have florals and spring elements - seemed perfect.

Instead of puffy stickers, which I still don't have enough of, I've got some enamel shapes by Pinkfresh and to finish off, a selection of mini alpha stickers.

It's a small - for me - kit with a sunshine feeling and I think that really matches the original really well! I have no idea how I'm going to use some of those elements together, but let's see :-) Of course, all the papers are double sided so I can use those too!

Thanks for getting this far! Next up is Margie and don't forget to head over to YouTube to check out the wonderful Beth Moloney and here's the full blog hop list for the Master Forgers in case you missed it.

Clair -
Kelly -
Lisa -
Margie -

Tune in again over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog on 6th April for the Master Forgers mini-kit and project reveal - we are loving this change to our schedule and loving the mini-kits even more!

And you can share your projects and kits with us on the CKC blog Link Up page, over at our Facebook Community Group, or on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge

The monthly challenges will go live on 12th and 18th! What a month.


Monday, 6 March 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge mini-kit and project reveal

I'm pretty excited because this is the first month that I'm on "mini-kit duty" over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge! We changed things up last month so that half the team make up a full kit along with the scheduled challenges on the blog and the other half make up some sort of a mini-kit and project based on the same inspiration kit.

You will no doubt know all about the original kit by now but just to remind you, here it is:

February Hip Kit Club main kit

You probably know that I make up pretty large kits most of the time so I knew this was going to take a mind shift for me. I mean look at all that scrummy stuff in the kit! I could easily have made up a HUGE regular kit.

So I kept in mind the main kit and then looked at the other items available - a lovely embellishment kit, a varied pocket page kit and a cardstock pack which picks up the main colours.

I know it's going to sound strange but I decided to just go with this cardstock pack and concentrate on getting the right colours for what I was going to pick out. But what sort of a kit should I make? A page kit, a card kit, a mini book or.... how about actually starting my Project Life album that I've been talking about for about 6 years! Every year I say that I'm going to do it and maybe this was the time to really stop talking about it and actually make a spread.

A pocket page kit it would be, then. Based on these colours:

 February Hip Kit Club cardstock kit

I'm thrilled to present Finally! My very first pocket page kit. And yes, I even made up a spread which I'll share later in this rather LONG post!

The kit started with the "Blah blah" Studio Calico card there in the middle as well as the hearts in a circle next to it. From there I built out with 6x4", 3x4" and a couple of square cards in the limited colours of the cardstock kit. I realised I'd need a bit of paper too so threw in those four sheets along the top.

And then I added in some of the Pinkfresh items I have from the Felicity and Noted collections - epoxy stickers, sequins and die cuts.

A handful of alphabets which I might need.

And some Simple Stories enamel dots.

It was really hard to limit my selections to just paper and flat embellishment type elements but I'm happy with the kit I've come up with. I knew that there would be too many of some items and too few of others but as this is the first time I've made this kind of kit, I allowed myself some flack. At this point, I had no idea of how I'd actually pull my PL spread together.

Now the following photos are really awful as it's totally last minute here, I've missed the light because these pages took me AGES - so the quality is terrible, sorry! I'm going to have to speed up as I thought the whole point of pocket pages was that they take minutes to put together!

Once I had my kit picked out, I looked through one month's photos and decided that I didn't want to limit myself to one spread per week or even per month but to leave it flexible. Then I didn't want to only have portrait or landscape photos and would like to include square shots too. Some important decisions. And I decided that I would go back to January - seemed manageable - and see if I could catch up with just this year as a start.

That meant that I was going to need to mix up the pocket pages - I've used Design A and D here - and looking at how many photos I wanted to include, it seemed that I needed two spreads for the month. That seems reasonable across a year - will they fit in one album?

Anyway, then I printed out my photos to see what I had and then worked out how to spread them across the pages. I made a title card and mixed in journalling and decorative cards for interest. To be honest, I made a lot of mistakes in this first month that I hope to learn from as I go on but I can't tell you how happy I am to have made a tiny step. And I even remembered to track down a couple of memorabilia items - go me!

What do I like about these pages?
  • that they are done :-)
  • that some of the photos are favourites but would have never made it to whole pages
  • that I have some details down that are nice to remember
  • that I used a few items of memorabilia
  • that I used up some of my huge collection of pocket page cards
What do I dislike about these pages?
  • that they took me forever
  • that they don't look very cohesive
  • that it was difficult to decide what journalling to add
  • that I felt the need to decorate a lot which took a long time 
  • that I got some of the quantities wrong and ended up tracking down a few extra cards to add to the kit
Things to ponder for next month. I already have the title page and a journalling card (remember my challenge entry for CKC last month?) so maybe I'll try and get that month done as soon as possible and use the rest of my February kit for that too.

Let me know if you have any top tips for me to solve some of my dilemmas!

Don't forget that there's more ways than ever to join in the fun over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge


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