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).

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Counterfeit Kit Challenge July kit reveal and hop

Can you believe that it's July already? Half the year over and what a year 2020 is proving to be.

But here we are with another new month and a wonderful new Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit to get your creative juices flowing!

You should have arrived here via Leslie's creative blog and next up is sweet Lori. A full hop list is at the end of the post so you don't miss out on any of the inspiration and as always, we have a simply wonderful Guest Designer - Jess! We are delighted to have her back with us again with her hugely inspirational creative talents!

MF Clair picked out a great kit this month and totally out of our usual style which I totally love! It's all the more challenging and let's face it, the kit is really gorgeous so I couldn't wait to get going.

Our inspiration this month is the ever-so-stylish Garden Party' Kits from Sahin Designs - digital and simple and just beautiful!

You can find the details over at these links 

I made a list of the colours, patterns and motifs in the kit and decided to go mostly vintage BasicGrey because I was totally reminded of their designs and a lot of their simpler collections were also quite monochromatic.

I've decided to call my kit, Classic!

This is a big kit and I'm sure that I won't use it all up as I tend to need more colours and variety. But I can definitely imagine a handful of pages and some cards or maybe even a PL spread. 

Here are the papers - the first two rows are all BG and then I was reminded of the My Mind's Eye collection that I got in both the grey/silver and red/glitter combinations and decided to throw in everything I have in the grey range. Ah! That makes me happy to see these really older designs seeing the light of day!

Added to this, I decided to include a bunch of BG alphabets - I have a huge pile of these and they are just not getting used up and are bound to be losing their stickiness too. I included everything I thought would match the papers and started to include the hint of green and pink that can be seen in the original embellishment elements.

From there I went though all my older embellishments and found tags, tickets, ribbons, washi tape, flowers, leaves, labels, word stickers, die cuts, brads and whole bag of random bits and pieces that must be 10 or 12 years old. There is absolutely nothing in this kit that is new as far as I can see - the newest are four die cuts left over from a Scrapabilly kit from a couple of years ago! Many or maybe even most of the items are over 10 years old and I'm really curious to see how up to date I can make them all look on a page. A great challenge for myself. I love it!

I have many items in the kit which were gifted to me by happy, scrappy friends - both in real life and online. I hope I can make them proud to get these items onto creative projects.

I still love flowers but the dimension puts me off these date. Cards maybe?

So there you have it. A very simple if full kit full of all the shades and shapes of the original with my beloved BasicGrey as the star of the show. Perfect for me and perfect for some inspiration to scrap. My puppy is taking up so much of my time that I just don't have much left over for creatively. Let's see if I can change all that this month!

Here's the full list for this month's hop. Please drop by and say hello to each of them - I can't wait to see how they've interpreted this awesome kit! Thanks Clair for this month's challenge!

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 #ckcjuly2020).

Thursday, 11 June 2020

June 2020 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1 - Wonderful world!

Here today to talk about the Counterfeit Kit Challenge #1, set by MF Tara who has challenged us today to think about what a wonderful world this is.

"Create a layout about the wonderful world that you live in.  This could be a layout about the beauty of the natural world.  You could create a layout about the world you created-home, work, etc.  Let your creative juices flow!"

What a great challenge at this time of uncertainty, disquiet and concern.

I knew what I would talk about right away when I sat down to scrapbook - which is not happening often enough right now tbh.

Last month, after many, many years of debate on the subject, we added to our tiny family unit of 2 and brought Mabel into our life. I can't tell you how happy we are. I know that I want to give her her own album or at least set of stories so this was a great place to start.

Turning to my June Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, Promise - see original reveal post here - I decided that this layout was worthy of the fabulous Pinkfresh Studio rainbow design and started from there. It didn't feel like it needed a lot of embellishment as it already has all the colours, the word art and even ink splats.

I added some extra work stickers, a couple of puffy stickers, a scatter of tiny butterflies and a couple of layers around the photo. I wanted to keep as much of the top design element of the paper uncovered as possible so I didn't really add much more to the photo block.

Oh my! Look how tiny she is! Three weeks later, I can tell you that even though she's still "small", she's "huge" in comparison to this photo!

My title is so very true.

A small cluster at the top of the page just to add some dimension and variety.

Couldn't resist adding some leftover die cut hearts from a previous project. To be open, I added in the Pinkfresch puffy stickers and word elements to my CKC kit just to add in some different textures and styles.

So there we have it, the first in what is sure to be many layouts about Mabel who has come into our lives at just the right moment. We are in love 💗.

Don't forget that there are other takes on this uplifting prompt over at the CKC blog today and more up throughout the rest of the month. You can find all the info over on the blog.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

June 2020 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal and hop

Welcome to June and this month's Counterfeit Kit Challenge hop.

You should have reached me via Julene's blog here and next up is Tara. Of course, we also have an awesome Guest Designer too - Becca! - so make sure you drop by there and say hello. There's a full hop list at the end of the post in case you get lost along the way.

This month, MF Tara chose a kit by Clique Kits International called "Wonderful World" and it's gorgeous. 

Here's the main kit:

and the embellishments:

Here's my kit which I've named "Promise" inspired by the rainbow coloured paper design that was my starting point.

I know it doesn't look anything like the original but I was first inspired by the rainbow paper. I don't have any rainbows in my stash which was a bit disappointing but it reminded me of the Pinkfresh Studio "Just a Little Lovely" collection - both design and colour scheme - and I started from there.

I picked out two sheets from that collection and then turned to Crate Paper for the large spots and mustard tones as well as a floral. From there I moved on to the Echo Park "Let's Travel" and Carta Bella "Summer Market" for some shades and designs that reminded me of the original even though in total, we seem to have moved away somewhat from the colour of the Clique Kits selection.

I wanted a selection of papers that are versatile but retain the spirit of the lighter shades and designs from the original. A more hopeful collection of product to scrap some happy pages. The rainbow design reminded me of the rainbows of hope at the moment and the name "Promise" seemed appropriate.

For the embellishments, I started off with lots of butterflies, labels, tags and flowers from my miscellaneous collection - matching the motifs of the original. I also threw in some cameras because the original has a few of those with the suitcase and travel side of the selection.

I added in a bunch of very used up black alphas but then included some other random, differently-sized older letter sheets too in the hope that I can use them up!

I threw in some puffy stickers from the Summer Market collection, some hearts to match the original kit and a pack of butterflies which would be good to use up.

Last but not least, I included the die-cuts and enamel dots from the Let's Travel collection to give me some variety and to pick up the tags and suitcase theme from the inspiration kit.

It's another big kit which is worrying to be honest as I'm just not creating as much as I have done in the past. But you might have missed the fact that we have an addition to the the family :-) No doubt I'll be making a page - or ten - about her arrival so maybe I'll be inspired to get some more creating done!

Here's the full hop incase you get lost along the way - make sure you say hello to everyone. You don't want to miss out!

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 #ckcjune2020).

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!


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