Friday, January 18, 2019

011819 CKC January Challenge #2

CKC January Challenge #2
Susan made an inspirational mood board!

So how will you be inspired by this mood board?  Maybe the quote and/or script font appeals to you.  Perhaps one of the designs, like the circles or stripes or curves, sparks an idea for you.  How about the books or the cake or the bulletin board - do they inspire you?  Let your creativity take the lead and see where you go!
 I just loved all of these lush images. My first creative inspiration was layers, layers, layers. In fact, I built my kit with the thought that I would use most of my papers in a pile of layers behind my photo(s) - oops! 

I've got a lot of photos parked in the wings that I want to see scrapped, and true to the turning over of a new year, I am energized to whittle down my backlog and clear the decks of my pending pages. These photos had been set aside for the Whimsical Musings #238 prompt, be inspired by blessings. In the creative process the paper layering evaporated but I used a lot of tiny embellishments layered up on the banners.

Check this box off of my list - next! (I'm on a roll)

Now jump in & be inspired by those gorgeous mood board images & be sure to link up through our Link-Up page, share them in our Facebook Community, or post them on Instagram (tag us: @counterfeitkitchallenge and use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2019

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Friday, January 4, 2019

010419 CKC January Forgeries
Counterfeit Kit Challenge
It is no crime to create your own version of the trendy, 
hip products from the inspiration kit using your own stash and ingenuity.

 A new year, a new look...

Susan is first up for 2019 inspiration!
October 2018 Felicity Jane "Hannah"
I tackled two of the papers shown in the Jen Schow unboxing video HERE

& my own variation of these tulle bows

The circles were a quick job with a Sharpie pen. I liked more variety in the sizes but had to choose to like the messy scribbled look. The sentiment came from the stamp set in the inspiration, only my own version:

I felt that for me the sweet tulle bows were a little too precious, so I fashioned mine from crepe paper.

I sewed the embroidery floss to the center of each strip of crepe paper with a zigzag stitch, which allowed me to gather it in & tie it together, nice & full.

Oh, I do love the forging almost as much as the memory keeping!
Hope you are inspired.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

010119 CKC January Kit Reveal

Are you ready for it?!?
Master Forger Susan has given us a sweet inspiration this month - say "Hello" to Hannah, Felicity Jane's mascot for their wonderful October collection.
BUT FIRST, let me introduce you to our first Guest Designer of the new year - The Practical Scrapper - Meagan Johnson!

I have been a traditional scrapbooker since 2002. I love recording my family’s memories and hoarding my stacks and stacks of supplies. I discovered the Counterfeit Kit Challenge in September of 2018 and have loved the opportunity to see my older supplies used in fun new ways!

Meagan has a blog here and you can also find her on Instagram here.

Now let's take a look at our inspiration kit:
Felicity Jane October 2018 Hannah kit
Such a light & airy feel to this kit, tempered by the unusual colour scheme. Here's a LINK for Crafty Jenn Schow's unboxing video for a better look. As always, I looked to the papers first.

Multi-colored floral, large random circles, dark woodgrain, scallop, pink diagonal stripe, grid, chevron, large sentiment, graphic pattern, stripe, large scallop, polka dot (or so I thought.)


2017 Pink Fresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide/"Impulse", forgery, 2016 Felicity Jane Emeline/ woodgrain, 2017 Felicity Jane Jane/scallop, 2016 Felicity Jane Felicity/pink diagonal stripe, 2016 Felicity Jane Felicity/pink woven texture, 2018 Authentique Quest/Quest Three, forgery, 2017 Pink Fresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide/Caper, 2017 Pink Fresh Studio Live More/Journey, Pink Fresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide/Whim, Carta Bella Our House/Apple Pie.

I came up empty-handed of any patterned paper with maroon for my feature paper but I love what I put together. I did have the advantage of a robust Felicity Jane stash but a handful of the papers are Pink Fresh. I added a little more color & texture than the inspiration kit afforded but kept to my analysis of their papers. Let's open the Magic Blue Box & take a look at the rest of my

 "Worry Less Pray More" January kit!

Don't miss any stops on the blog hop:
Can't wait to see what you create! And if you're stumped come back on Friday for our Forgery on the Fourth feature, showing you how the Master Forgers made their own version of elements from the inspiration kit!

  Be sure to share your own crafty creations using the Link-Up page here on the blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitkitchallenge and share with #counterfeitkitchallenge)

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Monday, December 31, 2018

010119 January Archiscraps Challenge

January Archiscraps - black & white
Happy New Year!
2019?!? How did THAT happen so fast?

I just love, love, love black & white, especially stripes. I scored this fabulous New Year's paper "2019" from Simple Stories that is just perfect for this challenge.

The only problem is I won't have my photos in time for the Archiscraps Australia posting as I'm in the USA, so I'm going in a different direction for this challenge.

My inspiration on how to approach my layout was an IGTV post from Tracey Fox for her Scrappy Trend Watch 2018. This one is dubbed, "Brush Stroke Stripes" and can be seen at this link. Here are a few of Tracey's examples:

I had a lot of fun searching my stash for black & white items. Lots of patterned papers from Felicity Jane (one of their specialties), punches, fussy-cut Project Life card, rub ons, and skinny washi tape.

I used a textured cardstock for my background & simple black acrylic paint thinned a bit with water. This was uber-easy & quick! Looks so bold & arty and could be done in any color or even a rainbow.

My photo was taken after I rolled down my car window & snapped those perfect & lovely fresh snowflakes. I went in close for the print to reveal how each is truly unique.

photo close-up

top cluster close-up

bottom cluster close-up

I hope to see your take on this month's black-and-white challenge on the Archiscraps Linky!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

120118 December Inspiration!

First up is the Archiscrap Challenge blog,
a blend of architectural inspiration & paper crafting.

Be inspired by Christmas!
Be sure to head over & check out the Design Team submissions.
If you can squeeze in some creative time this busy month? Link it up!

Over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge we will have a daily post -

our own version of an Advent Calendar!
 Check in for a quick dose of seasonal fun & inspiration.

I hope your December includes lots of fun, friends, and love. XO

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

111818 CKC November Challenge #2

Challenge #2: Getting Twisty & Sketchy!

Citrus Twist April 22, 2018 weekly sketch
 Yes - it's rolled over to the side! That's on purpose, you see, as the challenge is to use the sketch in any way EXCEPT as it was intended - clever Lisa! So perfectly CKC, as Counterfeit Kit Challenge's intention is always to change things up a bit & make them our own.

The end of last month I celebrated my 61st birthday & I wanted to document it before too much time goes by. I have been doing a fall tidy-up in my studio & ran across this October Afternoon embellishment for my page - the exact year! It even coordinates perfectly with my kit & this sketch.

I printed my photo & started choosing pieces for the layering process.

I really enjoyed working with this kit. I think I was more mindful about coordinating it this time & less preoccupied with forging. You may remember that I changed up the colorway from the original.

Happy Birthday to me!

I loved the little pleated detail on the sketch so made sure to include it.

I used the black & gold washi in my kit to mimic the stickers in the inspiration kit.

I always love a good sketch! Be sure to tackle this one as it is mandatory to switch it up.

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 )

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

110718 Whimsical Musings #310

Be inspired by geometric animals - WM#310
Aren't these stunning? Lisa finds the most amazing inspiration at Whimsical Musings!
These reminded me so much of complex quilt patterns. An online search for images brought up a font that reminded me that I had a similar one - more on that later. It also turned up a tutorial on how to make one of these images yourself, known as polygonal vector images (link HERE.)

I've had these photos parked & waiting to be scrapped. I think perhaps the icy wolf reminded me of them. Then I recalled  that I had stumbled across a 2015 My Mind's Eye/Niche die set in my scrapcave the other day & decided to use it to embellish my page. 

I cut the white outlines out of glitter paper & used the off-cut pieces to fill in the spaces. It all got mounted on those white blanks with... Xyron! It made such quick work of these embellishments.
I have discovered all sorts of buried treasure in my current revamp/purge of my studio!

Here is my page:

I print at home so added my title directly onto the photo.
Plexifont BV font
It is intended to appear transparent but I was able to drop color into various portions in PSE.

I think I achieved the challenge pretty well!
Now give it a go yourself. Lisa had some great suggestions:

 "I think you could easily find a link between one of these and a story to tell. Take the animals as themselves - hiking, zoos, trekking, a trip through the wilderness, something on your wishlist to see or go. There are the colours in the designs - gorgeous combinations for this time of year. There are the geometric designs which have been so cleverly used to create these 3D faces staring out at us. Use one or all three to inspire your own page and/or story."

Thanks for stopping by!