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 -

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).

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge prompt #2 March 2018

It's time for Challenge #2 over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog today and Susan has challenged us to use this rather delightful sketch!

Source here

I decided to make it easy for myself and stay relatively true to the original design but ended up making it a little Lisa at the same time!

My kit had lots of items that seemed to really just fit together well so I picked these out to make my layout seem harmonious and used a single photo to sum up the feelings I wanted to convey.

I'm keeping it short and sweet today so if you want to check out the other Master Forger creations, then head over to the CKC here to see what they made. Don't forget to share you own pages, You can find out how over in this blog post! We love it when you share so please do :-)

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge March kit reveal blog hop

Well, that went fast!

February was a LOAD month for me which meant that I was scrapping up a storm all month and ended the month 28 layouts heavier than I started! It wasn't quite a layout each day but 28 in 28 is success for me! And I made 13 layouts from my February kit which is amazing because I actually thought I might get 6 and when I reached 8 I genuinely thought I was done with the kit. It really was the kit that just kept giving. Check out my layouts in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community if you're interested.

But you're not here for that. I'm hoping you're hopping along with the CKC blog hop today to reveal the March kit for which we're shaking things up....

You should have reached me from the wonderful Leslie here and next up is sweet Lori here and make sure that you catch up with our Guest Designer Libeeti here who makes the most amazing mixed media projects. You'll be in awe!

This month, Master Forger Susan decided to go a different route with the kit she picked out for us to counterfeit. She decided to follow along with Jill Sprott's Stash-Busting Challenge (find out all about that challenge here). She followed the guidelines and came up with her beautiful Little Bits of Happy kit full of pretty scraps and gorgeous bits and pieces. We were told to take our kit in any direction we wanted based on her kit which was based on the inspiration! Confused? You will be!

She gives a full explanation over at the Counterfeit blog here if you are scratching your head.

Anyway, here's her kit, Little Bits of Happy. She gives you lots and lots of detail shots over on the CKC blog which were really useful for me when I pulled together my own kit.

And here's mine, Evolve (because putting this kit together was defiantly a sort of evolution!):

I started off by picking out papers that matched - more or less - the colours and designs that Susan had picked out. All but on of mine are full sheets because that's my main focus for most of my scrapping. I need to make another kit with scraps I think but for now, I wanted to concentrate on som of the papers that have been on my shelf for some time. There's Stories, Crate, My Mind's Eye, Theresa Collins, Shimelle and Scrapperin.

Then I added in a whole bunch of scraps of speciality papers. Acetate, vellum, tissue paper - all bits and pieces that I am loathe to use up because I love it too much!

Then I moved on to the embellishments. I tried to match up items from Susan's kit by type - die cuts, puffy stickers, tag, journalling cards, twine, stars, veneer, washi etc even if I added in more. She had included some BasicGrey stickers and I had some leftover die cut shapes from the same collection so in they went. I still need more puffy stickers!

These small journaling cards are fun to use but I haven't included any pocket page cards which I meant to. I will probably try to add some in because I am definitely not using these up quickly enough. Of course I included several alphabets of different sizes, fonts and colours to give variety. I tend to add more in throughout the month but that's ok. Every letter used on a layout is a letter gone from the pack!

Well, there you go! It's quite a bit kit but not as big as last month I think. I see quite a lot of interesting combinations (and b-sides) which could be interesting to mix things up. I'm excited to get scrapping.

Thanks for dropping by and here's the full blog hop list in case you get lost along the way:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog -
Guest Designer Libeeti -
Kelly -
Leslie -
Lisa -
Lori -
Margie -
Tina -
Laura - 

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).

Monday, 12 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Challenge #1 - I love Paris

It's time for Challenge #1 over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and Julene asked us to make a page with the prompt "I love Paris".

No problem for me. Everyone knows that I love Paris and I've made several pages about that romantic city over the last month or so. Therefore, I decided to make a layout about my trip to the west of France from the beginning of the month instead.

I just couldn't reduce the number of photos I wanted to include on my page so I just jiggled the photos around until I found a way to squeeze them all onto one 12x12. It's not my favourite ever page but I still love it!

Julene suggested that we channel our inner Paris by using elements which remind us of the city or incorporating lace, beads, pearls or anything that suggest the romance of the place.

I had included lots of these types of embellishments into my February kit, Amour, and had a lot of fun using some bits and pieces that I haven't used for a long time - beaded flowers, lace, metal corners. The layout is a bit more dimensional than usual but I really do think it's reminiscent of Paris and France in general.

The paper in the background here is actually postcards and envelopes covered in French printing and writing. You can't really see it but I know it's there and therefore, it's perfect.

The title just came to me when I looked through the photos. I also picked out the softer colours from my kit that seemed to complement the stone and antique shades in the photos. Soft aquas, stone, cream, gold, greens.

Several visual triangles have been used in the hope of helping the viewer work their way around this rather busy page. Hope that works!

And that's it for now! My third page with my Amour kit and a layout that is a perfect reminder of one of the best weekends I've had in years. This is such a beautiful part of the country and I can imagine making one or two more layouts about my time there.

In the meantime, head over to the blog to see what the others have produced and don't forget to link up your own creations:


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Forgery on the Fourth - February 2018

Back again with a really quick and easy idea for my Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit, Amour.

The original Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris kit had some rather delightful ribbon bows and these seemed perfect for me to copy for my own kit.

I went though my ribbons and found some that seemed suitable.

Then I just folded it over for form the bow part and secured it with a few stitches.

And then I cut a really small piece of ribbon and wrapped it round the centre with a few sturdy stitches at the back. This bit was a bit fiddly but only because I have no patience!

Trim the tails et voilĂ !

Three cute bows which I will no doubt use for cards that I intend to hand deliver because of the bulk and dimension. You know me, I always find the easy way to make things ;-)

Will you give these a try or do you have another idea for some of your own forgeries?

I've included a list of printables over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog too with themes that match the original kit so check those out too!

Don't forget that you can share you Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits and pages/projects on the CKC blog here, over in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or over on Instagram here (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit reveal blog hop

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

I can't say I'm sorry to be saying goodbye to January and hope that February does more to lift the spirits! But a new month and a new scrapbooking kit full of scrummy products is sure to help.

Hopefully you've reached me via Kelly's blog here and up next is Laura who you can find on her Instagram feed here. Of course, you mustn't forget to head over to our very lovely Guest Designer Monica who we are thrilled to have join us (head over to her blog Monica's Craft Corner). The full blog hop list can be found at the end of the post. Make sure to check out the full list as the girls are rocking their stuff at the moment and you won't want to miss out on any of it. :-) 

Julene picked out our kit this month. She decided to delight us with the Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris kit(s) (the link will take you to the Daily Diary kit shown in the photo below) 

Noel Mignon - Weekend in Paris - Daily Diary kit

But there was also a Classic kit (see photo below) that has since sold out (you can see more of the details of this kit in this YouTube video by Rock Paper Treasures here)

Noel Mignon - Weekend in Paris - Classic kit

Julene has also pulled together a Pinterest inspiration board for these kits that you can find here - some super ideas over there so be sure to take a look. 

Before I go into all the ins and outs of how I put my kit together, let me share "Amour" with you. Perfect for February don't you think!

I looked at the content list for the Daily Diary kit and then the unboxing video of the Classic kit and noted down a whole list of colours (pink, green, yellow, black, cream), themes (hot air balloons, whimsy, fairground, Paris), patterns (repeating, stripes, squiggles, chevrons, circles, colour wash) and emotions (happy, fun, romantic).

Rather than trying to match the kit piece by piece, I then went off and started with my Crate Paper collection to see what I had that matched what I felt when looking at the original. There were several from the Oasis collection - bright strips, ombré, cut apart labels, flamingos, large repeating circles. From there I just built up colours and motives to match the inspiration kit. Some balloons and fairground from Echo Park, water colour and geometrics from Pink Paislee, a gold heart printed vellum, small all over stars from BasicGrey, collage letters, starburst and cut apart cards from Webster's Pages. Beautiful. I finished off this starting point with some sheets of tickets from Echo Park that really need using up.

I really wanted to play up the Paris and romantic part of the inspiration kit so I added in some of the left over pocket cards and stickers from Kesi 'art Moonlight collection which include a lot of French. And a brand new set of stickers from oneCanoetwo's Creekside collection added in a romantic travel feeling.

When I looked at all the embellishments in the Noel Mignon kit, I had a feeling of nostalgia with the florals, pompoms, tickets, metal shapes and of course the ribbon bows so I made sure to include a lot of older bits and pieces which I might have used a few years ago. This will be the chance for me to see if I can still use them or if they need to be donated out of my stash.

There were lots and lots of embellies in both the original kits so I felt ok to also add in loads to mine. You can see several rolls of washi, some random die cuts, tickets, labels.

Some clips and veneer words match up to the clips and acetate words in the original kits.

I love enamel dots so a fresh pack of those found their way in and they have the perfect colours. A gold dotted alpha was close to the original and I included two smaller alphas because I always reach for those. In line with the romantic, vintage feel of Weekend In Paris, I dug out several small lengths of lace which would be great to use and these cameo elements which I've never used. There are quite a few flowers too which I'm curious to see if I can work onto my layouts! In the past, no layout was complete without them but I hardly ever use them any more.

I found some metal elements in my stash and added them in along with some flair, pompoms and an assortment of older embellishments which seemed to fit.

Yes, it's a huge kit! But it's the only one I have on the go at the moment so I think that's ok. I've already cut into it for a few layouts which I hope to share soon and have some ideas for some others too. My target is 6 pages which I think is no problem at all with all these supplies!

I'm excited to see what February brings, are you?

Here's the full blog hop list and don't forget that you can share you Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits and pages/projects on the CKC blog here, over in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or over on Instagram here (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

And now over to you!


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