Wednesday, April 18, 2018

April 2018 - Challenge #2 - As Fresh as Springtime

What is Spring like where you live? Do you do anything special in the Spring that you don’t do throughout the other seasons of the year? Is Spring special to you in any way?. Make a Spring-themed project (layout, card, pocket page, etc.)
Our Guest Designer Annie has created this sweet layout that features the pictures within the letters of the Alphas used:
Annie AKA Arty Farty Annie says: It shows a photo my husband took of daffodils in our garden - something we look forward to every spring time.

Let's see how our Master Forgers created for this challenge:

Cindy is wondering if Spring is ever going to show up, she did a layout on what her "not" so Spring looks like. Her blog has how she put this layout together.

Laura had a similar idea and scrapped about enjoying the one nice day of sunshine they experienced over the Easter holidays

Again, please show us your project.  You can add it to our Link-Up page here, post it in our Facebook Community here, or share it on Instagram using #counterfeitkitchallenge

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 2018 - Challenge #1 - Easter!

Easter is a big deal at our house with yearly Easter Egg hunts for the grandkids :) so lots of fun memories to scrap. Make an Easter-themed project (layout, card, pocket page, etc.)

Let's see what our Master Forgers created for this challenge.

Tina created a double page layout from one of the highlights of last year's Easter Egg hunt. You can read more at her blog here


Julene has taken a whimsical approach to her Easter layout. Why do the shops fill shelves with eggs to tempt us so? She gave this to her daughter who then put it on the table to tempt everyone :)
It became a war on willpower.

Lori has created an Easter layout of her granddaughter hunting Easter eggs last year. You can read more about it on her blog here.

Lisa took some highlights from this year's Easter break and brought them together to add a splash of colour to her page. You can find out more at her blog here.  She picked out some papers from her kit that reminded her of spring and the late start it's had this year - clouds, raindrops and flowers seemed perfect.

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).

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 2018 - Mini Kit Reveal

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the idea of a big kit this month? Perhaps you just want to pull together a few products to get those creative juices flowing. Maybe a mini-kit is the answer and we are here to show you what mini-kits we've created using the original inspiration kit by Button Farm Club “Everyday Documented Page Kit April”.

Let's see what our team have produced for the mini kit this month.

Susan kept the bright and happy colors of the inspiration kit in mind when she assembled her mini-kit. She filled it with 3x4 pocket cards, tags, labels, puffy stickers and stamps:

The "bloom" acrylic word in her kit inspired her to put together a mini-album about her love for flowers.  Here is a peek at a few of the pages:

You can see more pages on Susan's blog here.

Leslie put together a bright page kit for this adorable party pic of her granddaughter:

Her layout inspiration came from this cute page:

The whimsical result:

We love seeing your work, so be sure to share your kits and projects with us. You can do this by using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April 2018 - Forgery on the Fourth

Here is Tina's inspiration kit:

Button Farm Club “Everyday Documented Page Kit April”
What a fresh & lovely collection! Possible forgeries? I spy a floral paper on a kraft background with a stitched detail, some easy peasy arrows, fussy-cut embellishments, die cuts, and shaped elements with sentiments.

Check out what our team has whipped up this month:

Cindy made some stamped doilies, die cut arrows and dimensional flowers. Check out her blog to see how she did this.

Julene made her own bicycle paper using a rubber stamp she had featuring a cyclist and with navy ink. This is a smaller section of a 12x12 page. There are 25 cyclists stamped.

Our Guest Designer Annie: I've been playing with Distress Oxides and resist techniques to create my own versions of the speech bubbles, PL cards, tags, banners and die-cut butterflies in the inspiration kit. . Check out her blog to see the youtube video on how she did this.

Susan found some free printables from Simple Stories - the April offerings here work well with the spring-y vibe of this month's inspiration kit.

Laura was inspired by her son painting easter eggs and decided to get creative with paint and sponges to recreate one of the papers in the kit

Lori put her stamps, dies, and watercolors to use this month to create her forgeries. You can find out more on her blog here.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Just the Gist of It

Good Morning :)
I thought I would start off this post with the

Definition of gist

2 : the main point or part : essence
 The gist of any action is the factor on which the action depends:
So with that said this is my point of view of Just the Gist of the Kit. We are  counterfeiting this month this inspiration kit that comes from: Button Farm Club “Everyday Documented Page Kit April
 Which looks like a huge kit, but if you look at and break it down it's not really all that bad to counterfeit it. My approach to counterfeiting a kit is by way of looking at the kit and making a list of what is in the kit:
Colors: Hot Pink, Green, Blue, Yellow and Purple and they are mainly in pastel colors.
Patterns: Bikes, Rain Drops and clouds, Florals, Butterflies, Doilies, Grape bunches, plaid, splotches of watercolors, large words, embossed and multicolor stripe.
 Embellishments and textures: speech bubbles, wood veneer, tags, die cuts, word stickers, arrows, butterflies, confetti, doily stamps and hearts

With this list I created I then take it look at my own stash and start pulling items that I create with, looking at patterns and colors that will go together to make pages. Once you try it it doesn't take long to get into a rhythm of trying more each month :) and that is Just the Gist of it.....

Come back on the 4th for our Forgery on the Fourth feature which hopes to encourage you to make some of your own elements for your kit and of course, the mini-kit on the 6th and the challenges on the 12th and 18th. Everything you need to keep you inspired throughout the month.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April 2018 - Counterfeit Kit Challenge Kit Reveal

Good Morning and Happy April to you all :) Tina here with you this month providing the inspiration for us to gather a kit for the month using our supplies from our stash :)
This month's inspiration comes from: Button Farm Club “Everyday Documented Page Kit April

These kits are exclusively designed by Vicki Boutin for the Button Farm Club. I just loved this kit when I saw it, just has the colors of Spring and here in Pennsylvania we are so ready for Spring!

Close up of the kit:

The papers in the kit:

 The wood veneer

Ephemera: Lots of diecuts, tags, flowers in such pretty colours


Word stickers and I can see stamps being used here on the kit too.

So that is your inspiration for this month. Now let me introduce you to our Guest Designer for the month, Annie Claxton.  Annie has been playing along with us since January 2014, counterfeiting kits of her own and participating in our monthly challenges.

Hi, my name is Annie Claxton, AKA Arty Farty Annie, and I am very excited to be a guest designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month. Like many of us, I have accumulated ridiculous amounts of crafty stash and I love how CKC gets me thinking outside of the box and rummaging through my drawers to use up all those pretty things!

I live with my husband John in a little cottage in Norfolk UK and I have two grown-up sons. I work full-time at the local hospital, but I spend as much time as I can “playing in my room”, where I love to dabble in all kinds of arts and crafts – favourites at the moment are scrapping, mixed media, bookmaking, miniatures and card-making.

Thanks so much to Master Forger Tina for inviting me over to play – my kit is all ready to go and I can’t wait to get started on this month’s challenges :o)

Welcome Annie :) We are so glad your here to play along with us this month!

Now it's time to see what Annie and the Master Forgers have come up with for this fun inspirational kit:

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog - 
Guest Designer - Annie - 

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).

I hope you're inspired by this fun kit and you'll join us be making your own kit this month.  I'll be back tomorrow with some hints on how to get started - see you then!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

March 2018 Follower Showcase

It's time to showcase a member who recently caught our eye and this month we'd like to spotlight Emma Clark!

Emma is a very prolific scrapbooker and she has often followed along with us here.  Just look at all the lovely papers she selected for her March kit:

Such a great mix of color and patterns, with some versatile black & white prints included, too.

Here is a layout she made this month using her kit:

How adorable is this?! So sweetly embellished with lots of white space to let that photo shine!

You can see more of Emma's work on Instagram here.

Thanks so much for joining us this month, Emma! Thanks also to everyone else who participated by making kits and projects - we really love seeing what you put together!

April is just around the corner. Check back here on the 1st to see what we have in store for the new month!