Monday, 4 November 2019

November 2019 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Forgery on the Fourth

A reminder of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge November inspiration kit from Scrapdelight Scrapwinkel in the Netherlands. I am truly in love with this kit and am so happy that I picked it out for us this month.

I decided that I wanted to focus on the pretty fairy lights for my forgeries as well as what seemed to be really simple coffee cups and a "winter" word. It all seemed pretty easy and could be found in my Silhouette files.

Easier said than done for this Silhouette novice - even after 7 years and much increased use!

I searched my own files, then looked in the Silhouette store and came up with a good sample of full width banners and some shorter ones as well as a set of light chains which looked pretty close to the original. Then I went on the search for coffee cups and a word. So far so good.

I managed to work out how to create an offset cut for the word so that I could cut the original word out in blue and add it to a white background. I was on a roll! Then I worked out that I would need to make the coffee cup lids and hearts on a second sheet in different colours. Again, looking good.

The final light chain that looked so similar to the original also had separate shapes for the lights and the strings to be cut out in different colours. Ok, they also needed to be on a different cutting mat. I mirrored a couple of the chains so that the swing would be different and filled one sheet to be cut out in white. This was easy!

Then I organised all the bits I wanted to cut out in colour on another sheet - positioning them to match up where I intended to put different coloured scraps of paper. I was trying to make it easy after all and didn't want to have to load up the cutting sheet a gazillion times with different bits of paper.

My Silhouette layout looked something like this!

And my sheet of paper looked like this with the different scraps taking up different locations matching up to what my final layout was (I changed the previous layout a bit once I had the papers picked out). All the little bits of coloured paper came from my kit which I thought was quite clever.

However, every time I sent the file to cut, the paper slipped around and didn't cut properly. Even though I had refreshed the glue on the cutting mat and pressed the paper down really really hard! It drove me crazy. I was achieving one or two of the tiny things with each pass before the paper started to shift around. I was at it for HOURS!

This morning, I sat down with fresh energy and a clearer head and decided to send each shape through separately and attach the papers to the cutting mat with a little washi. Worked a dream!

I used a glue pen to do the fiddly work of adding the tiny pieces onto the white shapes. I'm not designed for this type of detailed work - I just don't have the patience. But even so, I'm pleased with the result of how they turned out - if you don't look too closely!

I lost the dot to the "i" along the way. I'll have to draw it in I think!

And the little lights are so tiny that I just picked them up and stuck them down as well as I could. Now I see that some of them are textured and some not - ah! Textured cardstock which I'm not used to using these days - oh well. As always, live and learn!

However, all in all, these die cuts will be useful I'm sure and you'll have to see what I do with them. I don't have anything specific planned, but the month is still young...

I've added some free cut file links over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenger blog today so head over there to check out what the others have created as well as the links.

Don't forget that there's a whole load of inspiration over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog and we always love seeing how you've been inspired. 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 #ckcnovember2019).

Friday, 1 November 2019

November 2019 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and blog hop

Ah! At last! It's November - my favourite month of the year.

Welcome, welcome, welcome - I'm so glad to see you here.

Hopefully you've reached me via the ever lovely Leslie's blog and next up is sweet Lori - they both have awesome kits! And I'm delighted to welcome Tara as Guest Designer at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge in November - make sure you stop by and say hello to her too. She's also pretty awesome!

Of course, as always, you can find the full blog hop at the end of this post. And don't forget to make the most of the inspiration at CKC this month because it's the last regular kit of the year! We always shake things up in December - details are still being organised behind the scenes.

Right - onto to business! I'm on kit duty this month and discovered the most gorgeous kit for us to be inspired by over at Scrapdelight Scrapwinkel in the Netherlands.

Scrapdelight Scrapwinkel 

Obviously, the site is in Dutch but I found it easy to find my way around and pretty scrapbook supplies are pretty in any language, aren't they?

I picked out the pocket page kit for our main inspiration, but there are options for full scrapbook pages as well as a paper add on that can be used for additional images or inspiration.

I was particularly inspired by the beautiful colours and paper designs - it seemed so wintry and seasonal without being all about snow and Christmas.

But there is a "traditional" scrapbook kit too:

And the add on paper kit so that you can see a bit more of the paper design:

Isn't it gorgeous?

Of course I totally fell in love with it and had to have it as our inspiration and then when I came to making up my kit, I realised that I have very little product in these fabulous colours.

I saved the day by picking out these papers which seemed to sum up the main colour scheme of the kit - grey, pink, lilac, yellow with a hint of mustard and a dark, slate-ish blue - as well as the motif of the banner fairy lights which I totally fell in love with even though it's not exactly a colour in the original kit.

From these five papers, my Twinkle kit came together:

Here are all my papers in shades similar but not exactly the same as the original - but there are greys, pinks, lilacs, slate blues and plenty of white. I also added in that cream banner design top right - it's a Dear Lizzy design if I remember rightly and reminded me of the fairy light banners in the inspiration kit. It doesn't really go with any of the other papers so it might be difficult to use but I thought it would be worth a try. I've been hoarding it all these years.

The floral is a partial sheet and the three on top of that are thin papers and smaller than 12x12 - suitable for cards maybe?

There are some really old designs here so it will be interesting to see if they get used up.

I didn't focus on matching up the patterns but have some similarities - stripes, repeating deigns, words and of course my fairy lights!

I included a few embellies but will be adding a couple of "forgeries" in the next day or so - come back on the 4th!

Alphabets, stickers to match two of the papers, some pink-based die cuts, a couple of sparkly tags, glitter hearts and some dots finish off my collection. 

Yes, I will definitely be adding some more embellishments to this kit as the month goes on. It feels very light.

My kit isn't anything like the original when I think about it - but the inspiration is there and that's what it's all about. I know that I will love using my kit but maybe I need to make a list of products in the original kit colours to add to my stash next time I go shopping. 

Thanks for visiting today and here's the full blog hop so that you can be sure not to miss any of today's kit creations!

Don't forget to drop in at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge throughout the month as we give you tips, ideas and challenges as you put together and use your kit. 

Here's what we have coming up this month:  
  • November 2nd: I'll be back with a "Just the Gist" post to help jump-start your kit-making. 
  • November 4th:  We'll have our "Forgery on the Fourth" post where the Master Forgers will reveal how they created their own version of some of the items in this month's kit. 
  • November 6th: We'll reveal a couple of mini-kits and projects, in case you're a little limited for time this month and would prefer a more petite kit. 
  • November 12th & 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made. 
  • November 24th: I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month. 

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 #ckcnovember2019). 

Thanks so much for stopping by! We can't wait to see your kits and projects this month!


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