Friday, 1 May 2020

Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit reveal and hop

It's May already and here we are for the latest Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and blog hop which is always exciting. A new month, new challenges, new inspiration. Not to forget that tomorrow is {inter}National Scrapbook Day and there's even more going on over at the CKC blog so don't forget to check that out too.

But back to today's hop. Hopefully, you've reached me from Julene's blog - I'm sure her kit is fabulously huge as always - and next up is Lori - her enthusiasm and productivity is very inspiring! This month, we're delighted to welcome Ashley who can be found at her blog here. You'll find the full list at the end of the post and I really think you can't afford to miss a single kit this month - such great stuff out there!

Master Forger Leslie has picked out the Club Echo Park March 2020 Kit (find it here: which is based on the Carta Bella "Oh Happy Day" collection which was so full of luscious colours that my kit was a pleasure to pull together.

Here are some photos that Leslie created for us.

And this is the kit that I created - Llamaricious!

I have to say that this kit turned into something I wasn't expecting and much bigger than planned - but you know what? I started using it today already and I have to say that I am STILL missing some embellishments!

Here are my papers and I kicked things off with that bird paper in the top row by Crate Paper followed by the two Pink Paislee (grey and yellow) and built it out from there. The original seemed quite whimsical with birds, lemons, vases and hats so I decided to throw in my leftovers from a  collection featuring llamas and cactus and then my eye fell on the Valentine collection I got by Pebbles which also features llamas, plenty of hearts and candy stripes, with a good sprinkle of other cute animals. I know it doesn't really look like the original but it all seemed to go together with the pinks and aquas I'd already included, I also found a sheet of mason jars which I thought would be a good substitute for the vases. I love this mix of papers!

On to the embellishments and like I said above, I feel that I should add a few more to give me some more variety but let's see what I've added so far.

I started off with the washi from the Pebbles collection and went from there. Some Crate Paper stickers - words, labels and borders seemed to offer some different shapes and shades.

Puffy stickers from Pebbles, the full sticker book from the Carta Bella Summer Market collection....

Lots of Thickers that matched the papers as well as the Pebbles glitter words and a smaller letter sticker set by October Afternoon, finished off with some enamel style dots which I can't live without.

To finish off, I spotted these llama clips. I think I've had these in a kit before and they didn't get used so let's see if I can find an appropriate way to include them on a page!

Huge but clearly not huge enough! Do you have any suggestions of what embellishment I'm missing?

I'm trying to get a couple of items for the Forgery on the Fourth so check out the CKC blog on the fourth to see if I managed that as well as throughout the month! There's LOADS going on this month - you don't want to miss out on any of it!

Here's the full list in case you need it and thanks for dropping by today! Happy hopping!

Monday, 13 April 2020

Counterfeit Kit Challenge April - Challenge #1 Pinteresting Times

Welcome, welcome and here I am - a day late which seems to be the story of my life at the moment.

There are a few reasons why I'm late but I won't bore you with the details as it sounds like I'm making excuses! Let's just put it down to these crazy days we are all experiencing at the moment.

Challenge #1 Pinteresting Times

Master Forger Clair challenged us to take inspiration from her gorgeous Pinterest board for today's challenge and it was such a difficult task to pick just one! It reminded me that I also have so many fabulous creative ideas pinned on my own boards that I really have to remember to go over there more often. There were times in the past when I would lose hours down the rabbit holes of all the ideas there ....

Anyway, after quite some time um'ing and ah'ing over all the layouts I picked a particularly lovely, simple layout by Marcy Penny. I love her style which is of course, almost the opposite of my own style and wondered how I could interpret this into a "Lisa" design.

Found on Pinterest here
I stretched the design to my preferred 12x12 format and printed my photo somewhat larger than the original and came up with a layout that I really quite like!

Yes, it's a bit simpler than my usual style and I think that the tag would have benefited from being a little larger but to be honest, I don't think I want to add anything else to this.

I picked a topic that didn't really need a lot of journalling as it really is just a reminder to myself after celebrating my dad's milestone birthday this weekend with my sister - virtually, via a three-way video meeting and realising that this photo is the last one I have of just the three of us - now almost 19 years ago!

My kit provided me with a lovely mix of softer and bolder colours and patterns which I really enjoyed mixing. Love how that turned out.

I added some extra stitching, a sprinkle of ink, a scatter of enamel dots and a small title but really, the rest is fairly true to the original design - same but different.

I've been on rather a creative hiatus these last weeks - focussing on getting through days at home and keeping a regular routine seems to have pushed my scrappy mojo out of the way - so I was happy to be pushed into making this page. It felt good to stretch my creative muscles and I love my kit so maybe I can get a bit more productive this week.

Don't forget that the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is here throughout the month with inspiration and challenges to make and use the products in your stash that you love! Check out the blog to find out more! Start with the kit reveal posts each month (see April 1st's post here) to get that initial inspiration and then continue through the month for ideas and tips for how to pull your supplies together and get them used up on pages and projects!

Wishing you all a very happy Easter Monday.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Counterfeit Kit Challenge April kit reveal and hop

Welcome to the blog today and happy 1st April.

It's a strange world right now and I'm happy and grateful for this hobby of ours to help distract us from the 24/7 news reports from across the globe. I hope that you are safe, healthy and feeling positive and I'm happy to be sharing our Counterfeit Kit Challenge April kit with you today.

I'm hoping you reached me via the always wonderful Leslie and as always, the lovely Lori is up after me but don't forget to drop in on our fabulous Guest Designer Mel who joins us all the way from New Zealand! You can find her on Instagram here

Clair's in charge this month and she's picked the gorgeous Cocoa DaisyOrchard Path Kits - there's a wide selection available so there's sure to be something that inspires you! Pocket KitTravellers Notebook KitPlanner Kit and lots and lots of extras.

I adored the colour scheme of the original and let that guide my kit almost completely. 

My kit seems to have strayed from the original to some degree but it has the main shades of peach and green.

I started off by glancing though some older BasicGrey pages and found that green design (top left) followed by the peach/green tones (2nd left) and then the map print which has green a slights richer peach (5th left).

I then added in some more peach papers that caught my eye and some darker grey/green papers to broaden the colour scheme.

The navy print reminded me of the darker shades in the original and then I saw a partial cut apart sheet that just seemed to go with the others and threw that in too. A few 6x6 sheets featuring pretty florals rounded off the papers and picked out remaining elements I was inspired by in the Cocoa Daisy original.

The embellishments were kicked off by including items from the same My Mind's Eye collection as the cut apart sheet - some pocket cards, brads, stickers, enamel shapes, buttons, die cuts etc. Even though these do not match all the colours in the rest of the kit, I thought it was a great place to start to make sure I included lots of pretty bits and pieces which is often what I'm off searching for additionally when making pages.

There's also the sticker sheet from BasicGrey that matches two of the patterned papers I've included. It's hardly touched so let's see if I can get creative this month.

I included three different alphabets and a partial set of enamel dots as well as a set of chipboard shapes (no-name) which I've yet to make much headway into. 

It's definitely a bigger kit than I've had the last few months but I think it's going to work for me. I'm hoping to get inspired to scrap some more while I'm spending all my time at home. It's difficult to find the motivation at the moment with everything that's going on but I know it will do me some good if I can concentrate on the pretty stuff on my craft table rather than the scary stuff on TV.

Thanks for coming along today. Don't forget to hop along to all the team this month and here's the list in case you get lost along the way.

Sending positive vibes across the miles to you all. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home. 

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Counterfeit Kit Challenge March kit reveal hop

Welcome to March and to a new Counterfeit Kit Challenge month of inspiration.

You should have reached me from the fabulous Leslie and then delightful Lori is next up on your journey. And we are so very lucky to have the wonderful Julie as our Guest Designer again this month - it's always a treat when Julie joins us! Make sure you say hi! But as ever, you can find the full blog hop list at the end of the post. Of course, you should visit everyone on the hop as we all loved the kit Lori picked out for us and so I'm sure that there will be some amazing kits to be inspired by.

Now onto the kit.

Lori picked out the Citrus Twist February 2020 Scrapbooking Add-on and what a stunner it is! All those gorgeous colours and scrummy embellishments! It's got lots of Pinkfresh Studio in there as well as well as a smattering of Crate Paper. The rainbow paper caught my eye immediately - and of course the blue paper which looks like it might be stars and constellations! - and just think there's so much to love here. There's a whole lot of spring feeling in this kit and I really like the light feel to it all.

Citrus Twist February 2020 Scrapbooking Add-on

There is also a coordinating Life Crafted kit (for pocket pages) that is super cute too.

Life Crafted kit 

I went to my Pinkfresh Studio stash and found a lighter-than-usual blue constellation paper and matched that up with a Photoplay rainbow sheet that I had snapped up recently. This then became the base for my kit!

So, here is Rainbow!

I decided that this could be a bit of a smaller kit because I've been scrapping up a storm during February and made 30 layouts in 29 days for LOAD, using up all my remaining kits (July, August, November and January) and I think I'll be taking it a little easier in March. (Even though Scrap Happy is hosting Calvinball2020 which might tempt me a little now that I'm back in the creative swing).

For my papers, I picked out a few other items from Pinkfresh - the vellum and a partial sheet of bird design which reminded me of the original - before turning to Crate where I found the word covered paper and then Pink Paislee for the clouds and tropical flowers. This may not seem a lot but several of the b-sides are perfect to use too and I think this will be good for a handful of layouts. You never know, if I run out of kit, I could just make up another one mid-month! I think my kit turned out a bit brighter than the original but I still think it's very much a spring collection. Can't wait to cut into that paper!

I then added a bunch of embellishments and alphabets as LOAD showed me that these are the items I usually go off to find and then add into my kit during the creative process - my kits grow a lot during their lifetime!

I looked for shapes and colours that reminded me of the original kit and while I may not have matched item for item, I think it shares a similar vibe! At the last minute, I also three in a few really old items to see if I could use them up. I think I'll be trying to do more of that this year. I have a lot of old stash that I still love so I shouldn't always reach for the new shiny purchases!

Here's the full hop list today to make sure that you don't miss out on any of the fun. Make sure you say hi to all the team as you hop along!

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!

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Wednesday Wonderland - Jingle Belles {Look What Santa Brought Me!}

This time around on the Jingle Belles blog, we are challenged to use our crafty Christmas presents to make a card - a great excuse to get them to work straight away.

I received a voucher for my favourite local scrapbook store, Scrapabilly, and treated myself to some papers, pretty alphas, a sprinkle of Prima dots and a couple of stamps. I never buy stamps as I'm really not that good at it, but I'm determined to practice and get better. Seemed like a perfect time to start.

My stamping is still not perfect (as you can see here) but these Cats on Apple Trees stamps are so good that I'm sure I can master it before long.

I've kept them super simple as always, going for a standard design and restricting myself to my Christmas paper scraps box. I also made sure to use my stitched effect circle dies which I got just before Christmas and am determined to really make the most of them. I'm usually too stingy to buy these types of products so they really need to earn their keep for me!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope I can continue this effort, even if it's only once or twice a month!

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Jingle Belles Rock! - No time like the presents

I'm not sure how many I'll manage this year after last year's failure but I want to try to play along again with the fabulous girls over at Jingle Belles this year. I created a few cards in the last 12 months but only managed to get a small handful out of the door so I'm determined to try better this time around.

And Lauren and Stephanie are just the most inspirational Christmas card makers so I know that I'm in very good hands!

Their first challenge of 20120 was "No time like the presents" which is all about recycling wrapping paper, cards or tags from last Christmas onto new cards.

It just so happens that I sorted out my Christmas supply drawers and found three greetings cards from 2018 or even 2017 and decided to just go for it in a very simple way. I ended up creating four cards in total as I also cut out the image from the back of one of the cards! I can't really take any of the credit for these because the original cards were so gorgeous that I knew I just had to use the fronts and voila!



I really just cut off the front of the cards, matted them with cardstock, glitter or paper and then loaded them up onto a blank base. Done. And off to a good start.

Wish me luck on my Jingle Belles adventures for this year. I'll let you know how I'm doing!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

January 2020 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and blog hop!

Hello! And welcome to a new month, a new year and even a new decade right here on my very neglected blog!

There's been a lot going on over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog the last weeks but nothing round here so I hope you've been catching up over there instead.

But today, it's a new month and a new kit and a new beginning so hopefully you're back to see what inspiration we have for you to use your own wonderful supplies to make up fabulous kits that you will love to use!

You should have reached me via the ever delightful Leslie and up next is our new team member and talented YouTuber Shannon both of whom will no doubt thrill you with their takes on this month's kit which I had the pleasure of picking out for us all this month.

Don't forget to check out the full hop (at the end of this post) to catch up with ALL the team and our great Guest Designer Melodee too! So many ideas to get your creativity moving this early January morning!

I decided to choose a kit that was predominantly Christmas themed because we don't do a December kit over at CKC and this time of year, I have a bunch of photos from the recent festivities that I'm ready to think about scrapping! However, I think that the Citrus Twist kit I picked out has enough going on that could be taken in a non-Christmas direction with lots of nature themes and non-traditional colours. So if you're DONE with all that holiday cheer, then there's something for you too!

Our kit is the Citrus Twist Christmas Stories 2019 kit which can be found on this link here. There's lots of extra photos and a full content list over there as well. If you'd like to see the unboxing video they made, you can find that here.

I was in two minds about if I wanted to take it down the Christmas route or make it fresher but in the end, my Christmas supplies won out and I went all in on the jolly product selection!

So here is Yuletide!

I started with a new sheet of Christmas tree paper (top left) that reminded me of that tree design in the original kit (bottom left) and went from there.  I picked out some darker colours but made sure to include the reds, greens, blues and pinks - in varying intensity - from the original kit. I know this is a big kit but I haven't actually made a kit for a while and if I have any chance of actually scrapping some Christmas photos, then I will need a lot of choice!

I included some florals, some snowflakes, some repeated designs as well as cut apart sheets and the all-over words and woodgrain that you can find in the original.

There's a lot of newer paper here but also some really old stuff from SEI and K&Co which must be 12 or more years old! It will be good to see if I can mix these together and get them used up.

Then came the list of embellishments which is always the fun bit. Doilies, pompoms, sequins, word stickers, die-cuts, alphabets, twine (although I suspect that I've selected something that isn't real twine - let's see!), enamel dots, stickers and pocket cards.

Again, I think you can see that there are older and new products here so I'm curious to see what comes of this mix. I'm sure all those Thickers will need extra glue to keep them on the page!

Lots of stickers that can be used on cards, pockets and pages. I really need to use some of them up!

Cute puffy stickers - maybe too cute for my style?

A bunch of sequins and a section of random die-cut elements from Pinkfresh.

Oh yes, and a selection of tapes which need starting. Most of these items came from older Shimelle Christmas kits.

And there you have it - Yuletide - incorporating lots and lots of Christmas products from across the years in a way that hopefully bring it all up to date. I'm hoping to scrap at least a handful of festive pages and cards with this so wish me luck.

And the name? I tried to find something that meant more than just the couple of days of Christmas itself and this seems to refer to the period around Christmas which seems perfect to me. I'm not sure how far after Christmas it really relates to but let's just say that this girl is making the rules and for me, that's this first month at least!

Here's the full hop list today to make sure that you don't miss out on any of the fun. Make sure you say hi to all the team as you hop along!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge -
Guest Designer Melodee -

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!


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