Tuesday, 1 June 2021

June 2021 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and hop

Wow, it's been a while. I know I say this a lot, but I really like blogging and rather miss it when I don't so while I'm not promising anything at all, I'd like to try harder to get back here more often.

But onto the reason I'm here today. It's the first of a new month and that means that it's Counterfeit Kit Challenge and we've got a scorcher today.

Hopefully you've reached me via Tracey's blog (here) and next up is Cindy (here) - you'll find the full hop list at the end of the post.

But you are definitely not going to want to miss any of the reveal this month - the kits are fantastic and we have a total celebrity as our Guest Designer! I'm having a bit of a fangirl moment to be honest as we are honoured to have the fabulous May Flaum with us in June! I think May was one of my first scrap crushes and I was definitely into everything she did right from the very start back in 2006. My memories are hazy but I'm sure I did at least one of her classes and checked out all her creativity back in the day when our time was filled with reading blogs and not a lot else. Am I right that she was a lead Fiskateer - I have my scissors in my hand every time I scrap and am proud #2058! Ah, in the days when things were a little simpler and it was easier to follow the inspiration. 

Anyway, I'm so thrilled to have her with us and hope that she will fall in love with our little corner of the world and want to hang out with us more!

On to this month's kit. MF Tara has given us a cracker - the August 2020 Cocoa Daisy kit, Backyard Blooms. It's gorgeous and I knew I was going to have fun with it. You can find out all about it over at the Cocoa Daisy site and there are variations too if the main kit isn't your thing.

Cocoa Daisy - August 2020 Backyard Blooms

Cocoa Daisy - August 2020 Backyard Blooms

I had a conversation with Tara and she mentioned it being red, yellow and blue and I think that's funny as I saw it in a completely different way as you can see below. But first, here's Rainbow and I'm in love!

My list consisted of pink, aqua, yellow, puffy stickers, enamel dots, tapes, words, die-cuts, vellum, watercolour and words. Then off I went and ticked those off one by one to produce a kit which is not exactly me but one I'm excited to cut into!

I started off picking out papers from Color Story which are new for me and I knew that they picked out the colours I had picked out in the original kit. From there, I selected some florals by Carta Bella to bring out the softer summer shades and themes, and then added in some watercolour effect papers to round it off.

The embellishments were easy. I went through my kist starting with the die-cuts, stickers and puffy word embellishments from the Color Story collection and then added in other embellishments to fit the list and match the colours. 

A handful of pretty vellums which might be used on cards rather than pages - let's see - and some black alphas that need using or losing. I'll add in mini-alphas as I need them.

Three washi tapes rounded off my kit and I think this is all perfect! What do you think?

Don't forget that you can find out all the info about the kit, links to our Instagram and Facebook community and what's going on for the whole month over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Start there and you'll be sorted!

Can't wait to spend this month with you all!

Friday, 12 February 2021

February 2021 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge - At the Heart of It!

Back today with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge February challenge #1:

At the Heart of It!

As this month's layout is called Herzst├╝ck, which could be translated as "at the heart of something", I decided to challenge us all to record something or someone who is at the heart of it all in some way, or even just to make sure that we use lots of hearts on our layout. I managed to do both!

I'm in the middle of LOAD221 at the moment and decided to make it a "28 Days of Mabel" so of course, the topic of today's layout just had to be our puppy and how she is most definitely in the heart of our little family.

My heart-filled kit was perfect for this layout and I just went for a bunch of layers and a generous sprinkle of flowers, stickers and tiny bits and pieces. You might notice that the green paper in the background is strategically placed so that you only see flowers and the leafy wreath design. In reality, it's covered in gorgeous birds but they just didn't fit the theme of any of my layouts so I had to be clever to make sure you could see the beautiful paper but not necessarily the detail of the design - I'm crafty like that ­čśë

This is a photo from Christmas (along with my internet shy husband) and one of the few where you could see us all and Mabel wasn't just a blur of wriggling or trying to lick one or both of us! Maybe I should have written about that too - or perhaps that's a story for another layout with another Christmas photo!

(I have no idea why all my photos are turning out so badly right now!
The background is a nice, bright white in reality!)
 

I had fun with the splats of ink and small embellishments. Sometimes I love just using up a bunch of small items in a sprinkled, spread out cluster. Gets those items off the plastic backing and onto pages which is what this is all about, isn't it? 

Over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog you'll find a whole bunch of layouts interpreting this prompt so make sure you check them all out. 


And if I've inspired you to make your own layout about someone or something at the heart of it, then make sure you share over in our Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or over on Instagram here (@counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcfebruary2021). We love to see what you do with your own kits ­čśŹ

Monday, 1 February 2021

February 2021 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and hop

Gosh it's been quiet round here. Which doesn't necessarily mean that I've been doing nothing. Although I've been doing a lot less than usual ;-) We moved and therefore the scrapping reduced to a minimum and I've mostly been posting over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge or their FB community

And here we are in a new month and I'm back with my first full kit of the new year.

I'm not a fan of February to be honest but with a pretty kit as inspiration, I'm hoping to be motivated to scrap.... let's see.

First up, the full hop list for today's kit reveal can be found at the bottom of the post and don't forget to check out our delightful Guest Designer Eileen (find her on FB here) who will be posting directly into our Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community

 Now let's take a look at the inspiration kit I picked out. I like to find kits on this side of the Atlantic and was thrilled to find a gorgeous kit over at Scrapbook Werkstatt. Their current Feb 2021 kit, Herzst├╝ck, appealed so much with the softer colours and all those scrummy florals and hearts.

There are detailed photos and a content list over at the Scrapbook Werkstatt Herzst├╝ck page if you need more information - I love to see all the a-sides and b-sides and compare all the elements of the embellishments. I get inspiration from all of it!

Scrapbook Werkstatt - February 2021 "Herzst├╝ck"

My kit didn't exactly turn out that way (the softer colours and all those scrummy florals and hearts), but I still think I'm going to love working with it ;-) Here's Heartfelt!

I started off with the sheet of pink hearts from Paige Evans Bloom Street which was the only item I have that matches the original kit exactly. From there I added in the yellow dots (Simple Stories), the soft red graph (Pebbles) and the vellum (Crate Paper) which I thought were similar in colour, pattern and feel to papers in the original. Now I felt that the kit was heading in a different direction so I just went with the flow and added in three more Paige Evans Go the Scenic Route papers (red with tiny hearts, whimsical birds and the bright hearts), a sheet of black and white squares (Crate Paper) and a monochrome floral (Pinkfresh). Even though it's pretty far away from the Scrapbook Werkstatt collection, I still think it has a similar feel to it and of course, I always have the cheat option of the b-sides ;-) 



The original kit had a whole bag of Crate floral die-cuts so I added in my own bag of florals and also a full set of die cuts from the Paige Evans collection. This pushed me to include the stickers and the puffy words/elements from the same collection in. It will be interesting to see if I can use the brighter colours with some of the softer shades in my kit.

I also wanted a lot of variety with my alphas and added in a couple of swirly gold which felt similar to the original, but also a couple of small ones, and a Pink Paislee pink and gold set. I have way too many alphas and many of them are almost at the end of their useful life. I'd like to clear the decks a little so I could get some news ones with a clear conscience! There are also some puffy sequins and some heart enamel dots from Pinkfresh which I haven't used in a long time.

As always, I reserve the right to add stuff in as I go along! Ha ha! It's surprising how many little bits and pieces find their way into my kit box and onto my pages as the month goes on. My kit, my rules ;-) 

I'm hoping to jump right in and actually use some of these supplies for more than just a handful of cards which has been the case over the last couple of months. My room is somewhat sorted and I feel like I need some scrappy time - how about you? 

Come on over and join in the fun. It's going to be a good month.

Here's the hop so that you don't miss out on any of the inspiration:

And of course, we love it when you share so make sure to link up your kits and creations over in our Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community page here or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2021)!

Here's to an inspired, creative month.

Sunday, 1 November 2020

Counterfeit Kit Challenge November 2020 kit reveal and hop

I'm thrilled to welcome November into my world. 

It's a new month, my favourite of the year, we are just in the process of moving, bringing new routines and experiences and I'm just smiling. Great stuff!

I'm organising the Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit this month, as I try to do every November and was so inspired by the Hip Kit Club October 2020 kit that I knew this was going to be my inspiration! I love it so much and wish I could have it myself. One day I'll subscribe to the Hip Kit Club but until that time, I'll just admire them from a distance and create my own versions of them.

The kit reveal hop list is at the end of the post and please make sure you don't miss any of the gorgeous creations that the team and our Guest Designer Sarah have produced this month. Details of how you can share will also be down there but for now, here is our inspiration kit:

Hip Kit Club October 2020 main kit

There are some other kits over at the Hip Kit Club too if you need even more inspiration.

My take is all about the autumn vibes and doesn't really look a lot like the original but the feel is definitely the same. Here's Splendour.



I started off by pulling out autumn designs and colours which I felt matched the original and found that I had a lot of Carta Bella and Echo Park in there as well as some vintage BasicGrey. 




Then I added a range of alphas, some puffy stickers, a pack of die cuts from the same collection as the papers (Fall Market I think - kit packed away right now so I can't check!), the sticker sheet, a selection of embellishments gifted to me last year which will be perfect...


... enamel dots, some tassels, journalling spots and a handful of random bits and pieces which caught my eye while I was pulling my kit together. 


It's a big kit and I probably won't use much of it directly, but these papers give me all the autumn feels!



Here's the hop so that you don't miss any of the wonderful inspiration:


Here's to a fabulous November - enjoy!

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - August 2020 kit reveal and hop

Just yesterday it was the middle of winter and now here we are on the 1st August! ;-)

Anyway, time is flying and there's nothing we can do about that than think, "Welcome to a new month!"

Hopefully, you've reached me for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and hop from the ever prolific Julene and next up is sweet Leslie. Of course, you won't want to miss out on our wonderful Guest Designer Gina and as ever, you can find the full hop list at the end of the post. Make sure you catch up with everyone today as I think there's some fabulous takes on this month's inspiration kit.

Master Forger Tina is in control this month and she's selected the gorgeous Hip Kit Club main kit from August 2019 for us. It's fresh and modern and has a hint of purple which is interesting - in a good way! I really like the mix of yellows, oranges, reds, blues and purples here which I think is a combination you don't often come across. I always love what the Hip Kit Club put together and this one was no different.

Hip Kit Club - August 2019 main kit

As you can see, my take on the inspiration kit came out a bit differently but overall, I think I have captured the essence! Well, for me anyway. It's definitely a little toned-down compared to the original kit - hence my kit name - but I think it will work for me!

Here is Mellow



To start my process, I made a note of the main colours and designs I could see and picked out three sheets of paper as my starting point: Rise and Shine (bold stripes) from Amy Tangerine's Oh Happy Day; Ticket to Ride (repeated rectangles in the form of tickets) from Pink Paislee's Atlas and #13 (with the houses) from Paige Evan's collection.  To me they picked out the main themes (houses, repeated shapes and bold colour blocks) as well as the colours (lilac, yellow, orange and blues). From there I looked through my stash to find florals, circles, bright repeated patterns, stars, and geometric and tried to incorporate as many of the colours as I could - tones of yellow, pink and blue and making sure to bring in some purple! Yes, far, far away from the original - but everything is there all the same!


From there I looked through my stash to find florals, circles, bright repeated patterns, stars, and geometric and tried to incorporate as many of the colours as I could - tones of yellow, pink and blue and making sure to bring in some purple! Yes, far, far away from the original - but everything is there all the same!



Next up, I have to admit that I was a little short of time so I made it easy for myself by rummaging through my Pinkfresh Studio supplies and adding in a bunch of embellishments to match up some of the original kit items - words, die cuts, alphabet, puffy shapes and labels. I had already added two sheets of Pinkfresh Studio paper to my kit, so that seemed like a good idea and I noticed that several of the packages were almost untouched. Time to give those a go!





As a last thought, I added in a sheet of dots that brought more of the purple tones in. Perfect!


There will be some extra items that I'll no doubt be adding in to this as I go through the month because I don't often limit myself to just one supplier for embellishments but overall, I think this kit will work for me and I'm hoping it will help boost my mojo a little!

I created one single page in July :-( Even though I'm 100% enjoying the time with my puppy and don't want to miss a second, I do miss my creative time a little ;-)

As always, there is a lot going on over at the CKC blog this month so don't forget to check it all out as well as say hi to all the hoppers today! 


There are several ways to share your creations with us. You can use our Monthly Link-up page directly on the blog, post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2020).

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