Friday, 6 July 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge mini kit reveal - July 2018

Great to have you here on this sunny July morning and I'm here today to share my Counterfeit Kit Challenge mini-kit and project. I'm joining MF Susan on mini-kit duty and you can see her wonderful project here on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog along with a link to her blog.

This month, MF Lori picked out the fun June kit by The Scrap Room and there was a lot to be inspired by. It was hard to decide which direction to go with my mini set of products.

In the end, I really liked the idea of the compact card kit featuring cardstock, paper, enamel dots, stickers and stamps - all in pretty summer colours by Bo Bunny.


I took those basics and picked out summer products in each of those categories!

Here's the kit I pulled together and as little extras for myself, I've included some die-cuts, a few doilies and some twine. I also needed a few mini alphas which I totally forgot about!






Then I just got to work cutting and sticking and having fun pulling some simple cards together to restock my card supplies. As always, I'm not really a card maker and like to make things simple and easy and quick to pull together because a hand made card is always a lovely thing to send to someone but I haven't really got the patience to spend a lot of time making them!

I started off making 6 cards using three sheets of cardstock (finished size is 4.5x6") and raiding my mini-kit for lots of layering bits and pieces. Some dimensional bows also found their way in to the supplies as well as some gold thread. But that's ok, isn't it?








I've got enough left over to make some more cards so I picked up some blank bases and will see if I can kill some of the stickers and the last of the die-cuts as well as having a go with the other stamps I included (I'm SO not a stamper so it's hard to motivate myself!).

Overall, I'm thrilled with the results and am looking forward to excuses to send them out!

Just a reminder that we love it when you are inspired by our kits, forgeries, makes and shares so if you have a go yourself, make sure you link up either on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog here or in our Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook community here.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Challenge #1 A Little Bird Told Me!

Challenge #1 this month was inspired by the cute bird patterned paper in the original inspiration kit.


It made me think of the expression "a little bird told me" and I decided that this would be the prompt!

You can see the blog post over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge here with the links to Julene and Alice's layouts and don't forget that we love it when you share using the Link-Up page on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community  - or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Now I suspect that I "might" have twisted the rules a teeny tiny bit but I know that you'll forgive me because it's all about the fun here and getting our stash used up! Am I right? And I "might" have interpreted the prompt a little loosely too! But I was so excited by my weekend experience that I just knew that I wanted to make this layout and found a way to sort of match it to the challenge. But being inspired by the challenge is the main thing too, right?

So here's my layout.


I made the title into something that was said to me rather than the story of the layout being told to me and added in a bit of red paper (scraps from the MME collection I used in my kit) and some mini-alphas. I know there's not a lot of decoration on this layout but I really wanted my die-cut to stand out and make it that star of the show - pun intended.




And if you ever get the change to do a silent walking disco - do it! You won't have so much fun for a long time! I recommend it and challenge you not to get your boogie on while you're walking along, no matter how self-conscious you feel in from of all the people watching the disco, wondering what you're all doing! So much fun.

Have a great day everyone and don't forget that there's still a lot going on over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge over the rest of the month - Killing the Kit #1 (15th), Challenge #2 (18th), Member showcase (24th) and we also have a surprise that I'm planning with our Guest Designer to appear at some point too - probably the 20th - which you won't want to miss.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit reveal blog hop

Great that you're here again for the beginning of June for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit reveal blog hop!

Hopefully you've arrived here via the delightful Leslie and her amazing Blue Box full of goodies, and next up is the lovely Lori who is bound to have brough together some fabulous scrummies for your inspiration! And of course, you must make sure that you drop by at our Guest Designer Alice's blog,

I'm so thrilled to have her with us this month as the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and the LOAD challenge are surely the perfect combination!

The full blog hop list is at the end so make sure you don't miss a stop.

I picked out the kit this month and just couldn't resist the Hip Kit Club's May kit  - see here https://www.hipkitclub.net/may-2018-main-kit.. Full of the feelings of summer and long sunny days.

Here's the main kit and there are a bunch of add ons too if that's more your thing.

May Hip Kit Club kit

You can find the add ons here:


Her's my kit, "Sunkissed"


The photos aren't as good as they could be even though I've tweaked them a lot! I took them early in the morning so they are a little on the cooler side of things - they are warmer in real life.

I really just look for colour and feel with a few items picked out to match the inspiration kit. I love this combination.


Some My Mind's Eye and Pinkfresh Studio as well as Simple Stories, Crate and a few more!

Lots of 6x6 and scraps as well as a couple of extra items such as the tissue and the vellum.



And oodles of embellies - word items, lots of bits and pieces from the two My Mind's Eye collections and anything else that caught my eye while I was shopping my stash.




Alphas and words and die cuts as well as a nearly full 6x6 pack.

I think that's enough to keep me going, don't you?


It's going to be a good month for photos with trips and events so here's to lots of scrapping in my future.

Here's the full blog hop list in case you get lost along the way and don't forget that we love it when you share. You can find out how over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog - http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/
Guest Designer Alice http://scrapbookwonderland.com

Friday, 18 May 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - 2017 Trends

Welcome back to today's post for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge second inspiration prompt of the month.

Master Forger Leslie challenged us to be inspired by scrapbook trends from 2017 that were featured in a recent Scrap Gals podcast by Tracy Fox. You can find out all the 12 trends she mentioned over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog today as well, of course, at Tracy's own blog here where she's brought together all 12 trends into one blog post with links to the individual blog posts. I love that Leslie brought our attention to this and love all the names Tracy gave to the trends. I picked a few to choose from: Get Angular, Yippee Strippy!, Embedded Embellishments, Scribble It! and Decorated Seams.

Independent of the Counterfeit challenge, I realised that I had recently had a go at the Decorated Seams style with a layout I made for the Scrapabilly May Kit des Monats which features Pinkfresh Studio Be You products, This was my favourite layout of the kit and I really piled on the die cuts across the join of the two papers. I've seen this style online here and there and was happy to have a go myself. And I'm really pleased with the result.



This meant that I didn't really want to repeat the same style again so soon and went through the list once more, eventually deciding on Get Angular. I really think I'll be going back through this list to try some of the others too as they all look really fun to make - it was hard to pick just one.

There were some full sheets of paper left in my May kit, Funky which was great for this as I layered up three angular papers coming in from the same direction as Tracy's. I realise that I could have made this angle more pronounced to really get that triangular shape coming into the page but overall, I'm really happy with how this turned out.

Sorry for the poor photos. Maybe I'll try to get some better ones in daylight and change them out!




Are you inspired by this prompt? Have you made up your own Counterfeit kit? Have you been busy using it up? We would love to see what you come up with, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using our Link-Up Page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge). Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit reveal blog hop

And, suddenly April was over and here were are on 1st May!

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge May kit reveal blog hop. It's lovely to see you here again this month.

Before we get going with the details, hopefully you've arrived here via wonderful Leslie's blog and next up is the ever delightful Margie. And of course, don't miss out on our wonderful Guest Designer Emma who just happens to have a connection to our inspiration kit this month. We are thrilled to have Emma and her kit in May and I just know it's going to be a great month so don't miss out on anyone on the hop. Make sure you join in over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook community.

Master Forger Leslie picked out this month's kit and I was really happy to see that she picked out Mind the Scrap's April kit - which just happens to be Emma's kit club over there in the UK! I love the bright colours and motifs and just knew that I was going to have fun pulling together my own supplies - more about that soon.

You can find Emma and her kit club at http://www.mindthescrap.co.uk/ and the April kit is here

April Mind the Scrap scrapbook kit unboxing video HERE

I knew that I didn't have any of the items in the original kit nor did I have many papers in the main colours - purple, navy and bright blue - so I would have to get creative! I have to admit that I love the inspiration kit so much, I'm really tempted to get myself one from Mind the Scrap but my own kit is so huge this month that maybe that won't be necessary!

First of all, here's my kit, Funky.


I started off with the bokeh paper which reminded me of the ombré purple paper in the original. Then I found some Paige Evans papers with shades of purple and the My Mind's Eye Blush papers with the dark navy and copper to add in as well as a woodgrain and a black and white spot. The original kit had some Shimelle papers and elements so I thought that this would a good place to look for some papers which could go with the selection I already had - some bright blues, some deeper blues and a bright floral which reminded me very much of the inspiration kit.

Then I decided I wanted to add in some really bright, funky stuff because the original MTS kit was really fun and colourful. I found some papers with bright stripes, spots, designs and tropical elements - Crate Paper Good Vibes and Simple Stories Carpe Diem. While not exactly like the original, they seem to match the feel of the other papers. Now, 17 papers is very, very over the top but hey, why not!


Of course, almost all of these are also double sided and the b-sides are also a lot of fun. I think I have so much choice here that it'll be easy to bring papers together in a way that pleases me and there are a few older papers here that would be good to cut and use!


I've added in some gold alphas as well as some smaller glitter alphabets to give me some variety. As far as embellishments go, I added in a bunch of die cuts from Dear Lizzy and Crate Paper in the same bright colours and fun designs. There's also a piece of gold glitter paper, some charms and a bunch of chipboard die-cuts to add to the mix. It feels a little light on embellies to be honest, so I'm sure that a few extras will no doubt find their way in to my kit over the month!



Definitely inspired by the original although it looks quite different, I'm really pleased with how this came together and I'm excited to get stuck in. May is a LOAD month so I'm hoping to get inspired by this and my other two kits that I have hanging around. It's unlikely I'll manage a full LOAD but every page I make is a bonus!

Here's the Design Team/Master Forger Blog Hop in case you get lost along the way:

We would love to see what you come up with, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using our Link-Up Page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge).

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - prompt #1 - inspired by Easter

Master Forger Tina has challenged us to come up with an Easter themed layout for Challenge #1 at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog (see the post here).

That seemed pretty easy for me until I realised that I don't actually have such spring typical colours - all those pastels from the original inspiration kit - in my own selection so I needed to get a bit creative with how I approached this.

Just a reminder of what my April kit, Rogue, looks like...


But I did have some colourful snaps of Easter that I thought would look good together as a quick overview. So, what did I have in the kit? Spring has come late round here and we've had a lot of rain and cloudy days so the cloud paper and the raindrops seemed a good representation of all that. Then there's a paper with small tulip style flowers - typical spring too even if it's a bit on the darker side. And so I combined those with some floral paper, a little vellum, a small floral print and a hint of tissue paper. It's all a bit dark and dull - which is how the weather's been - but the photos really lift the whole look of the page.


There wasn't really much to say in terms of journalling so I just added some words in mini letter stickers to highlight the main things to remember about Easter this year - bubbles, eggs, chocolate, spring flowers, gardening and breakfasts. Easy and so much quicker than trying to find a space to write.


A larger, light coloured title draws the eye and I used my veneer butterflies to add more of the same tone and well, they are flower related, aren't they?!?


Even with all the dark tones of the background, I love how the photos jump out. This is a page I'm totally happy with. Nice!



Are you inspired by this prompt? Have you made up your own Counterfeit kit? Have you been busy using it up? We would love to see what you come up with, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using our Link-Up Page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge). Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge April kit reveal blog hop

It's April 1st which means that it's a new month at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and Master Forger Tina has picked out a lovely kit for us this time around.

But first off, hopefully you've reached me via Tina's blog and next up is Lori here. You can find the full blog hop list at the end of this post but don't forget that you can always find all the details over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog here.


This month's Guest Designer is the delightful Annie who you can visit here. We are so happy to have her with us this month and I'm sure that April is going to be a fabulous month.


Tina picked out a pretty spring inspired kit by the Button Farm Club and it's full of such lovely pastel colours and spring themed items - flowers, butterflies, sunshine, showers and bicycles.

Here it is and you can find out more about the kit at the original link here.


I had a kit from Scrapabilly with these papers and die cuts when they originally came out that I really enjoyed using and I was looking forward to creating my own version of the kit. Then something happened and my kit ended up looking a little different!

So first of all, here's my kit, Rogue. After all, I really have gone rogue this time around!



Let me explain how this happened!

The raindrop/cloud paper caught my eye in the inspiration kit and I had a vague memory of some raindrop paper by BasicGrey - Kelly Purkey, Mon Amie - that I thought would be fun to use as a starting point. When I looked through my papers, these three jumped out at me - raindrops, clouds and bicycles which perfectly matched some of the designs in the original kit! And that was it. I decided that these three papers would form the basis of my kit.


I decided to include the remaining Mon Amie papers which also matched some of the patterns in the original kit - dots, stripes and cut apart sheets - and even if they weren't the same shade as the original -  reds, yellows, pinks, greens and blues were all there, I filled out the kit with some florals which gave a nod to the inspiration kit and two more plain papers which I just thought might come in useful!

So there you have it - a set of perfectly coordinated papers that were directly inspired by the chosen kit but which looked totally different!


Adding in the embellishments, I went with some of the same type of products - words, die cuts, pearl dots, doilies etc and then just added in some favourites to fill out the kit and add a whole lot of variety.


I had some BasicGrey die cuts from a couple of different collections and decided to just include them and see if I can use them. Several items seemed to be a good choice for some cards because I recently noticed that I have totally run out of them so it would be good to stock up a little.


I included several different BasicGrey alphabets and some tissue paper as well as a vellum sheet as my speciality papers.



I also picked out a few veneers that matched the motif from the original kit and then promptly forgot to include them in my kit photo - but here they are!


So, there you have it. My vintage filled kit just perfect for shower filled spring days or even some travel pages. It's all there in the inspiration kit but my take on it is totally different! Don't you love how that happens - that's what CKC is all about and I LOVE it!

Here's the full blog hop list in case you get lost long the way:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog - http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com/


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you were inspired to make up your own kit. If you do, don't forget that we love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using our Link-Up Page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community or on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge and use the tag #counterfeitkitchallenge).

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