Sunday, August 1, 2021

080121 August CKC Kit Reveal & Blog Hop

 

Cute YouTube video LINK

 Here at home in Michigan our summer, weather-wise, has been very unorthodox. I'm writing this post three weeks into July & everything is lushly green, but the high temperature yesterday was in the 60s. We are already losing more than two minutes of daylight every day! 

Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa says: I'm delighted to welcome back Sarah as our Guest Designer in August. As you will remember, she joined in with our (i)NSD challenges and I invited her to join us as a thank you. We are thrilled to have you with us again, Sarah!

 

Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa chose the inspiration kit with this in mind:  
 
I wanted something different (as always) and thought the colour scheme of this German kit would be an interesting direction to go. It's not exactly summer but somehow it does remind me of the softer colours of the season. There's some travel beach elements but I think this colour way also works for entering the winter season down in Australia.

There are some themed items and of course, rainbows! Doesn't everything have rainbows right now? Makes me happy. 

There isn't exactly a lot of meat to the kit but I think there's room for interpretation and many of the motifs could be reinterpreted for FOF I think.

I'm focusing on the main kit but you can find links below for three additional add-on kits if you want more variety - and for those of you who make the mega kits
Dani Peuss - May 2021 kit

  • 9 x 12x12 Heidi Swapp, Maggie Holmes and American Crafts papers
  • Clear Stamps Alphabet by Heidi Swapp
  • 8-page Sticker book by Heidi Swapp
  • 1 Pkg. Die Cuts by Heidi Swapp
  •  

 So I did a weird thing with my kit - I pulled my papers based on a quick first glance. I couldn't believe how off I was (!) but then again, in the end, I think it definitely worked, and it's a big one. Let's start with those papers.


1st row (includes an assortment of 6x6" papers from Pink Paislee Take Me Away collection):

2021 Echo Park Hello Baby Boy/Sweet Dreams, 2018 Kaisercraft Havana Nights/Ferns, Pink Paislee Indigo & Ivy/12, 2018 Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills 2/Ridge, 2018 Maggie Holmes Gather, 2021 Cocoa Vanilla Sunkissed/Fun in the Sun, Bella Blvd Make Your Mark/Believe, 2017 Felicity Jane Caroline, 2009 BasicGrey Basics/Table, 2019 Mintay Berrylicious/10

2nd row (includes an assortment of 6x6" papers from Prima's Golden Coast collection):

2018 Maggie Holmes Gather, 2016 Authentique Fabulous/"Fabulous Nine, 2020 American Crafts The Color of Memories/624398, 2014 AC Shimelle/Goodfield, 2018 Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills 2/Eminence, 2011 BoBunny Back to Basics/Etcetera, 2017 Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide/Instinct, 2017 Crate Paper Here + There/Traveler, 2021 Mintay Next Trip/02, 

Just for fun let's take a quick peek at the back sides:


That gives me 35 - 12x12" and 18 - 6x6" patterned papers to choose from... WOW! Along with a few other bits & bobs...including that (1999!!!) Three Generations title from Cock-A-Doodle Designs!

I totally reserve the right to grab whatever I need for the projects I make this month! I've already produced three pages & am raring to have a go at August!

Be sure not to miss any of the masterfully collated kits by our Master Forgers Design Team!

And August is going to look something like this:

  • 2nd August: Just the Gist of It - to help you find an easy way into creating your kit 
  • 4th August: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements 
  • 6th August: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th August: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th August: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st August: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2021). 


Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 31, 2021

080121 Archi-scraps August Challenge

 

Concentric arches

 How does she do it??? Julene's Archi-scraps challenges are truly unique.

My mind immediately went to this stencil:

 
to make this background:


I know, I know - they're upside down. That's because they're raindrops!
Next I'm adding wet umbrellas.
Seriously!


Clear embossing powder on black paper works as wet umbrellas!


Inspired by this stitching by scrappy friend, Tara O'Rourke, 


I added sequin raindrops!


The custom cut clamshell shapes are another raindrop element.
 
 
The music paper reinforces my title,

My husband is a retired meteorologist & this became a very creative homage to his career.


So how do concentric circles speak to you?

Be sure to post on the Archi-scraps Facebook Community.


Thanks for stopping by!





Sunday, July 18, 2021

071821 July CKC Challenge #2

 

Wabi-Sabi... the Art of Grace

 Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa has thrown down another great CKC challenge for July:

Buenos Dias! Get creative with a foreign language!

Whatever your main/native language is at home, use a foreign word or expression on your page today!

Link it to a story about a holiday spent abroad or even a foreign word you just love because of how it sounds or the literal translation. 

 

I chose a phrase that has always intrigued me.

 


I am at that stage of life where my joints are getting knobby & my hands are showing their age. There is such a beauty in the patina of age, whether it's on our skin or the well-worn top of an antique table.

 

 

As I put my page together an ironic thing occured, considering my subject. I planned carefully to get the image positioned in the center of my patterned paper but this is what happened:

 


 Embrace & celebrate the imperfection! I actually think it's more graphic & dynamic this way. Then I ran out of the cross-hatch rub-ons so had to finish up with a zigzag. Heidi Swapp (or was it Vicki Boutin?) 6x8" papers gave me the artistic look I wanted without all the work.

I wrote the haiku about this current stage of life.
 

 



I can think of dozens of pages to make from this prompt, and some already made that would qualify. It is interesting to think about how many international phrases are in our everyday speech. Some of my favorites are Italian - marinara, rigatoni, canelloni... just teasing!

Looking forward to everyone's creations, and don't forget the rest of the CKC July calendar!
  • 24th July: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st July: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjuly2021).


Thanks for stopping by!





  























Monday, July 12, 2021

071221 July CKC Challenge #1

 

Ticket, please!

 Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa has come up with the perfect challenge for our Counterfeit Kit Challenge July kit!


"The ticket and cinema elements in this kit reminded me of all the ticket stubs and piles of "stuff" I keep to use on my projects... one day!  Today is the day to get some of those memories out and onto a layout.  So I challenge you to use a ticket or in fact, any collected memorabilia on your project."

 I happened to be working on the weekly sketch over at A Cherry on Top & thought I could make the banners a string of colorful tickets. We had some cherry pit spitting competition fun at our Independence Day family celebration & I was ready to scrap it! My approach to a sketch is often deconstruction as opposed to imitation, as I'll show you in this side by side comparison:

Theirs/Mine

I was stumped by that block of white space but more on that later... I used the striped washi in my kit for the horizontal piece, and the very small piece of confetti paper cut into skinny strips for my border. I used rub-ons in place of stitching on the white background, matted the photos with patterned papers from my 6x6 pad, and marked the cherry pit locations on the driveway photo with puffy arrows. 

Here is how the ticket banners with stamped cherries above the photos turned out:

(I even got to use my ACOT cherry flair in my title!)   

The white space was perfect for this old stencil. It was too large so I traced it out & used a reduced copy to create a watercolored version. I really love how it came out!


I hope you have enjoyed seeing everyone's take on this challenge! And of course, as always, we have a full month of inspiration to keep you inspired! 

There's still more to come in July:

  • 18th July: Challenges #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th July: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st July: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjuly2021).


Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 4, 2021

070421 July CKC Forgery on the Fourth

 


 So here is where Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa drew her inspiration this month!

Paper Person April 2021 New Episode kit

I "tore" right into my forged papers & "punched" my way to counterfeiting victory! The papers I chose to forge from the American Crafts Buenos Dias collection by Obed Marshall are: 

this specialty paper,

(made with 12x12" white cardstock & punched shaped confetti)

the En Casa paper,

(made with a perfect 6x8" mystery scrap & more punched shaped confetti)

and Sorpresa.

 (layers of torn cardstock as close as I could come to the colours)


The leftovers from the tearing came in handy to punch the confetti from, which (bonus!) makes it all look like it belongs together. I'm thinking I'll have to hunt up some throwback desert photos to use with this forgery.

I hope these counterfeits continue to encourage you to try an easy-peasy approach to forging whichever elements catch your eye. Bring new life to your forgotten stash! Be sure to share and of course, as always, we have a full month of inspiration to keep you inspired! 

You can look forward to these posts in July:

  • 6th July: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th July: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th July: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st July: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjuly2021).


Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 1, 2021

070121 CKC July Kit Reveal & Blog Hop

 

Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa has a charming inspiration for us this month from none other than Kelly Purkey under a new moniker - Paper Person April 2021: New Episode kit. Lisa says,

 I like that she has included the Buenos Dias collection which is by the new American Crafts designer Obed Marshall (see the AC reveal here) and features Spanish elements - not that I speak a word of it but I know that many do and over here in Europe, Spain is one of the top holiday destinations. 

I think the colour scheme is fresh and happy and everything that summer should be (sorry ladies down in Australia but I'm sure you can work with this idea!). The kit itself focuses on TV viewing or activities/hobbies which I think is an interesting twist for us all which could be a focus for your kit or embellishments.

 But before we look at my version let's meet our July Guest Designer, Antonia!


Hi, I’m Antonia and I live in the UK with my family. I’m an occupational therapist by day, avid scrapbooker by night and nature wonderer on the weekends. 

I started scrapbooking about twelve years ago, wanting to capture and record the special moments in my children’s lives, as they grow up. It has since become a passion and a form of therapy – it keeps me sane when life gets a bit crazy! 

I am a traditional patterned paper sort of girl at heart and enjoy creating single - and double page layouts and journal pages. You can find me on my blog, on my Youtube channel and on my Instagram account…

Now let me show you my Good Times July kit!

As usual I began by tackling the papers. I included three smaller paper pads to beef up my choices.

I added seasonal summer elements - phrases, diecuts, puffy stickers & a fistful of tickets (which gave me that feeling as a kid at the carnival when you went to redeem those tickets for a prize :)


Of course I need a good selection of alphas. I also wanted to include a stamp set. I find it simpler to use  my kit when everything I need is in the Magic Blue Box!


I have some ancient stash in here!  2013 Heidi Swapp mint ghost letters, 2009 BasicGrey Olio rub-ons, 2015 Dear Lizzy phrase stickers, 2004 Doodlebug Sew Easy stitch rub-ons, 2015 American Crafts Grow Thickers puffy stickers, 2012 American Crafts Boardwalk Thickers glitter alphas, 2011 American Crafts Regards Thickers foam alphas.

 

Here's the full hop list so that you don't miss any of the inspiration. I hope that you enjoy getting to know the new members of the team this month!

And of course, as always, we have a full month of inspiration to keep you inspired! 

July is going to look something like this:

  • 2nd July: Just the Gist of It - to help you find an easy way into creating your kit 
  • 4th July: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements 
  • 6th July: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th July: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th July: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 31st July: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box 

You KNOW that we always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. You can post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjuly2021).


 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

070121 Archi-scraps July Challenge

 

Layer mixed patterns

 Architecture really CAN provide some amazing inspiration!

And that's what we are all about at Archi-scraps.

Julene mentioned a quilt as an example, and I just so happened to have crafted a paper version for a Counterfeit Kit Challenge forgery.

 It made the perfect backdrop for a page about two family heirlooms that belonged to my husband's grandmothers and are now in the safekeeping of his mother. Nona's should say post WW I - I will have to correct that :D

It was fun finding photos of the ladies. The plate & cake plate were photos that I fussy-cut.

I cannot WAIT to see what others come up with for this challenge! 

Be sure to post on Facebook at the  Archi-scraps Community Group.

 

Thanks for stopping by!