Tuesday, February 18, 2020

021820 CKC February Challenge #2


 Master Forger Julene says: One of the inclusions in the kit was bees. Let them inspire you in some way - think bees, hives, honey, recipes, etc. If you have a bee photo scrap it. Maybe you have a honey recipe you can scrap about. Has someone been stung by a bee?

 Oh, yes - I definitely have a bee sting story. 

I got a wee bit excited about this challenge & as soon as my kit was hunted & gathered I dove right in. Sometimes you get an inspiration download directly out of your brain, right? Well, I got most of it done before I realized that I hadn't photoed my kit yet! Oops, but you'll understand why when I show you the gorgeous paper I was slicing & dicing with abandon: 

Graphic 45 2018 Flutter collection/Memorable
*And there are bees on the "bee" side, lol!*
I've had large hexagons on my mind for some time now & since they look like beehives the design began to take shape quickly. The bees on the b-side are actually printed in a hexagon pattern. This paper has lots of hidden bees & insect images that I wanted to showcase in the hexagons. I made a fussy-cutting pattern sheet with a large hexagon that I made myself plus punched shapes.


It's hard to photograph but the background has a pale pink tinge to it & is slightly distressed.

 



Had so much fun with this one - story, products & photo - a great trifecta.

Here's what we have coming up for the rest of this month:  
  • February 24th: Julene's showcase of one of the CKC community who's caught her eye this month.
  • February 27th: We'll be offering another installment in our Killing Kits Series to help you find ways to use up all of your kit. 

I hope you are inspired to create something that you will "bee" happy with!

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 #ckcfebruary2020). 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

020420 CKC February Forgery on the Fourth



The February Counterfeit Kit Challenge inspiration kit had one item that I found irresistible!
THE BEES!
Aren't these adorable? I'm thinking that along with some of the flowers in my kit I may make a headband for my granddaughter, or maybe a crown for me!

First off I thought those chubby little bodies looked just like a bead (or a button?) that I have (somewhere, lol) so I hunted & gathered.


The cute altered wings came in an ArtChix Studio order years ago. There's the wooden button, and I will use the skinny gold washi tape for the stripes, wire for the antennas & perhaps to attach some parts.

 I painted the button with black gesso.


And added this sweet little heart bead for a stinger!


The tricky bit was getting the antennas attached.


Look at those baby blue eyes!


Although there were none of these in the inspiration kit, I wanted to upgrade my navy chipboard alphas & so I added yellow foam on the back. I even "Frankensteined" the E! Juzt be careful to cut straight down along the sides of the letter & use a craft blade for the fiddly bits.


I had some ideas for counterfeiting the papers but found too many in my stash to need them.

I hope you enjoy creating an element or two for your own kit. It's half the fun of CKC!
Be sure to keep up with what we have planned for you for the rest of the month.



  • February 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.
  • February 12th and 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made.
  • February 24th:  I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month
  • February 27th: We'll be offering another installment in our {Killing Kits} series to help you find ways to use up all of your kit.

  • Thanks for stopping by!

    Saturday, February 1, 2020

    020120 CKC February Kit Reveal



    Master Forger Julene has chosen a lush romantic inspiration kit for CKC which is based on pieces of the gorgeous Prima Darcelle collection. The Tres Jolie Kit Club reveal link includes a video.


    "Fall under the dark, romantic spell of Darcelle by Frank Garcia for Prima. This mesmerizing and delicately elegant collection is filled with indigo blues, boysenberry purples, and medallion golds for creating projects that will leave you speechless. Design a mixed media panel, love-filled card, or gorgeous notebook pages filled with vintage charm and beautiful accents. Discover wild and free sentiments, curious butterflies, whispers of foil, and glittering jewels in the secrets that Darcelle holds"

     And who more perfect for our Guest Designer spot than "Queen Kat" Katherine Boddy Blue!

    Here's a little bio offered by Kat on her last stint as Guest Designer:
    Hello everyone! I'm Katherine Blue but everyone in crafty circles either call me Kat or Kate. I  live in a small town in Maryland being a wondermom to my son and daughter and in 2019, for the first time ever, a dog!

    I began doing photography and scrapbooking about 11 years ago as a way to relieve my high stress levels when my son was extremely ill. I'll admit I was never ever crafty or artsy when I was younger because I never believed I'd be good at it and it was a talent that no one ever asked me about. So after getting addicted to scrapbooking, I now also dabble in art journaling, watercolors and decorative painted canvases. I've been a HUGE fan of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog for YEARS (for the inspiration AND the stash busting) and I'm delighted and honored to be this month's Guest Designer!


    I DO know that she also just completed a charity Polar Plunge!
    Find her on Pinterest as Queenkat, Instagram as KraftyQueenkat, or http://kateblue.blogspot.com  

    I must sheepishly say that I went a little berserk with my kit. I challenged myself to find navy blue and that elusive boysenberry colour in my stash & was stunned to see the pile of paper that I had pulled. Here's my first (yes - gulp - I said first!) batch:


    Top l-r: 2018 Kaisercraft Misty Mountains "Light Leaks"; unknown (ancient) vintage typewriter; unknown (ancient) purple poppies; 2012 Heidi Swapp No Limits "Smarty"; unknown (ancient) black lace; 2018 Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills 2 "Eminence"-b; unknown (ancient not-even-cardstock) hydrangeas; 2018 Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills 2 "Valley"; 2019 Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals "Everyday Bliss"; 2018 Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills 2 "Meadow"-b; 2018 Kaisercraft Misty Mountains "Marbled"; gorgeous image from @ceciliabohm#frostfile.
    Bottom l-r:  2014 Studio Calico Lemonlush " Gold Punchinella vellum; 2018 Graphic 45 Flutter "Memorable"; 2019 Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Heritage "Portrait"; 2010 or older DCWV Once Upon a Time; 2018 Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills 2 "Gorge"; 2019 Echo Park Great Outdoors; 2019 Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Heritage "Keepsake"; 2018 Kaisercraft Misty Mountains "Dusty Plum"; 2018 Kaisercraft Misty Mountains "Moody"; 2018 Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills 2 "Highland"; my own alcohol ink paper.

    Part II below includes these 8x8" papers from the 2012 7Gypzies Trousseau collection & Stamperia's Cosmos collection by Cristina Radovan.


    Whew!

    Here is "The Bees Knees" kit.
    I suggest poring over these on a big screen, lol.

    The Bees Knees - Part I
    The Bees Knees - Part II
    I neglected to take detail shots of Part I & decided not to post the Part II pics, so if you have any questions about products just ask in the comments here!

    I've also already done a page for February's Archi-scraps challenge:

     I really had fun with this kit, styling some retro-fresh scrappitude!

    Now on to our blog hop to see what our fabulous designers have made for their kits.

    Counterfeit Kit Challenge - http://counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com
    Guest Designer Kate: https://kateblue.blogspot.com/

    Just a reminder that we'll be back throughout the month to give you some tips, ideas and challenges as you put together and use your kit. 

    Here's what we have coming up this month:

    • February 2nd:  I'll be back with a "Just the Gist" post to help jump-start your kit-making.  
    • February 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.
    • February 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.
    • February 12th and 18th:  We'll give you two challenges to help you use the kit you've made.
    • February 24th:  I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month
    • February 27th: We'll be offering another installment in our {Killing Kits} series to help you find ways to use up all of your kit.

    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 #ckcfebruary2020).

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Friday, January 31, 2020

    020120 Archi-scraps February Challenge


    Archi-scraps romantic February inspiration. Use flourishes plus the colours.
    First, I settled on these photos:


    Then I used my February CKC kit (to be revealed tomorrow) to create my page.


    Details on my product choices are in my reveal blog post tomorrow.


    There's my flourish!


    I think I managed the colour chip quite well!
    Your turn to give this one a try! Be sure to link up at http://archiscraps.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Saturday, January 18, 2020

    011820 CKC January Challenge #2



    "We know that you all love a good sketch and Page Maps (www.pagemaps.com) has been giving us awesome designs for over 13 years, so of course that's where I went to find a great January sketch for us this month. 

    Take this sketch and make it your own!"


    I've tipped the sketch over (like so) as I preferred the horizontal orientation.





    I combined the strip & the fiber elements into a torn patterned paper sewn down & embellished with an assortment of words, a bow plus star stickers & enamel dots.


    I used each strip to feature a different random holiday decor in our home this year.


    I love that there is room for a little comment. I'm often not too great at including the story.


    I really wanted to get those little pink alphas on this page!

    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 #ckcjanuary2020).

    Thanks for stopping by!

     

    Sunday, January 12, 2020

    011220 CKC January Challenge #1



    CKC January Challenge #1

    "It's the New Year and a time to think about the classic saying 
    "out with the old and in with the new"!

    Your challenge today is to check through your kits to identify the NEWEST and OLDEST items in there, and then use both of them on your project. Don't forget to let us know just how old these products are! Let's see who's got the longest time difference!"



    My oldest item is a sheet of BasicGrey 2007 Aged&Confused/Phresh&Phunky paper, and my newest the silver snowflake tissue paper.  

    Frankly this isn't my favorite page I've ever made. It's kind of ironic that the newest item, I'm afraid, turned out a little TOO "Phunky", and the oldest looks "Phresh", LOL!



    I do love all the shiny gold bits, though.



    Can't wait to see your creative challenge results!

    And of course, don't forget that we'll be back throughout the month to give you some tips, ideas and challenges as you put together and use your kit. 

    Here's what we have coming up this month: 
    • January &18th:  We'll give you one more challenge to help you use the kit you've made. 
    • January 24th: I'll be showcasing one of the CKC community who's caught my eye this month 
    • January 30th: We'll be offering another installment in our Killing Kits Series to help you find ways to use up all of your kit. 


    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 #ckcjanuary2020). 



    Thanks for stopping by!

    Wednesday, January 1, 2020

    01012020 CKC January Kit Reveal




    I don't know about you but I am always ready to snuggle in & set my scissors flying in January! Lisa has chosen a lively wintery/holiday-ish kit with lots of sparkle & charm for us to start the year at CKC.

    Citrus Twist Kits - Christmas Stories 2019
    But first let's welcome January's Guest Designer, Melodee Ruley!



    "Hi from Kentucky! I am thrilled to be January’s guest designer, but I was nervous about it since I am technologically challenged 😂. I hope that I contribute something positive to this group of wonderful scrappy ladies. I started scapbooking in 2002 when a coworker started selling CTMH. I made a mother daughter theme album as a surprise for my daughter’s 30th birthday. I have about 18 on going albums since every family member has their own. Scrapbooking is my decompression time! I want to thank everyone for their inspiration and I hope everyone has fun this month!"
    Shall we take a peek at what I've thrown together this month?
    Merry January


    My papers:


    1st row (l-r): Authentique 2018 Meadow #6; MME 2017 Oh What Fun!/Elves; MME 2017 Oh What Fun!/Wonderland; Basic Grey 2010 Sweet Threads/Edgy Stripe b; Pink Fresh 2016 Oh Joy/Advent Love; Carta Bella 2018 Christmas/Gift Tags
    2nd row (l-r): MME 2017 Oh What Fun!/Wreaths;  October Afternoon 2014 Under the Tree/Tree Trimming; Pink Fresh Studio 2016 Oh Joy/Merry Christmas; October Afternoon 2014 Under the Tree/Mistletoe Kissing; Simple Stories 2016 Winter Wonderland/Oh What Fun; BasicGrey 2007 Aged&Confused/Phresh&Phunky; Silver Snowflake Tissue paper





    I've even already made a page from my kit for the January Archi-scraps challenge!


    I am planning on having a lot of fun with this kit in January. I hope you are inspired to have a little rummage & pull a kit. Remember that there are a lot of features here at CKC throughout the month (shown below) to help you use your goodies. Remember, you bought them - probably because you liked them - and they long to be shown off & used up to make room for more!

    Keep hopping to get more inspiration from the Master Forgers.
    You know that we LOVE it when you share!
    So, if you are inspired to make your own cards, layouts or projects - from this post, a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit that you haven't quite used up or a new kit inspired by any one of our dozens and dozens of inspirational kits - you can share in these places:
    • our Monthly Link-up page
    • our Facebook Community
    • on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2020).
      Thanks for stopping by!