Saturday, December 31, 2022

010123 Archiscraps January Challenge


Julene is starting out the first 2023 Archiscraps challenge with an uber-clever twist!

Incorporate some architecture on your layout! Perhaps in the embellishments, background, or even your photo. Secondly, twist the sketch to suit your photos, or even adapt it for a card!

I have a building in one of my photos - a chicken coop!

Post your version of this month's challenge at our Archiscraps Community Group on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 12, 2022

111222 CKC November Challenge #1 - Life Right Now!


Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa says,  The original kit includes a pack of embellishments from the Pinkfresh Studio Life Right Now! collection and that seems like a great place to start our challenges this month.

Record something about your life right now! 

The small things or the big things in life are always perfect for us memory keepers so dig in and see what makes it onto your page this month!

I love these types of pages! I went to my kit for inspiration & chose tickets from the 2022 Pinkfresh/Life Right Now! Slow Days paper with relevant sentiments.

Then I chose the 2019 Pinkfresh My Favorite Story/Best Chapter for my background.

 I added a sentiment from the 2022 Pinkfresh Life Right Now!/Time For Fun paper, "Enjoy the little things."

I used one of the 2020 Pinkfresh Days of Splendor tags (pictured at top of post) as a subtitle, "Everyday magic" & dressed it up with some of the ephemera collection. Then I hung the tag, plus each ticket, photo & embellishment, from the title. I'm so happy with how it came out! I'm not normally a collection scrapper.

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

November is going to look something like this:

  • 18th November: Challenge #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 22nd NovemberAn extra challenge to add a little extra inspiration this month!
  • 24th November: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th November: 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 Communityor share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcnovember2022).


Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 1, 2022

110122 - CKC November Blog Hop & Kit Reveal


Harvest Time!

Master Forger of Ceremonies Lisa has a really inspiring inspiration kit for us this month! But first, let's find out who will don the Guest Designer beret again in November? Lisa's introduction:

This month, I’m delighted to have Machelle Willing join us as our Guest Designer. She’s been kitting with us for a long time and it’s always lovely to see her kits and creations – if you don’t already know her, you are going to love her!

"Hello, my name is Machelle & I am excited to be a Guest Designer once again for Counterfeit Kit Challenge!  I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years, so I have quite a stash built up and I love to follow along with CKC every month for inspiration to use what I have! 

I live in Central Texas with my husband, two dogs and a cat. In addition to scrapbooking, I love to make cards, crochet and pretty much anything I see on Pinterest. You can check out my projects on my website, Small Town Scrap, or follow me on FacebookInstagram or Pinterest."

On to our kit! Lisa says,

I like to have a look around and see if I can find an inspiration kit from outside the US and was rather taken with the Scrapbook Werkstatt October 2022 kit “Herbstzauber” (Autumn Magic) from here in Germany.

 I’m happy that this is a somewhat different kit for the autumn we find ourselves in in the northern hemisphere, but I think it has the option of being taken in different directions to fit where you are and how you feel about this time of year depending on where you put your focus. And of course, it’s a kit with “regular” products rather than kit exclusives so you might have a piece or two in your own stash which is sometimes a good place to start. Anyway, I think it’s bright and funky and full of energy, so I hope you enjoy making your own. Herbstzauber!


Scrapbook Werkstatt October 2022 kit “Herbstzauber”  


I have to sincerely apologize - this may be my most uninspired kit reveal ever. No excuses. 

I knew I had 3 of the inspiration papers (asterisked below). I had some of the warehouse boxes from Pinkfresh Studios so I used a lot of the embellishments from other collections. But my immediate thrill after a look at this kit was that balloon paper - a cheap knockoff of the featured paper in the BasicGrey 2011 What's Up collection, which I OWN. 

The whole package is in reserve at the bottom of the Magic Blue Box!

Meanwhile, here are my papers & embellishments:

A sides Column 1: *2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Time for Fun, 2021 PinkFresh Happy Blooms/Memories b-side, *2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Slow Days, 2014 Echo Park Getaway/Travel Script; Column 2: 2011 BasicGrey What's Up/Balloon Festival, not pictured - 2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Social Hour (replaced pocket cards with phrases), 2019 Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Heritage/Generations, *2020 AC Paige Evans Wonders.

B sides Column 3: *2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Time for Fun b-side, 2021 Lawn Fawn Watercolor Washes/Rose Quartz, *2022 PinkFresh Life Right Now/Slow Days, 2015 Elle's Studio Thankful/Sweater; Column 4: 2022 AC Jen Hadfield Stardust/So Fresh, 2022 Cocoa Vanilla No Limits/ Orbit, 2019 PinkFresh My Favorite Story/ Best Chapter, 2022 Asuka Studio Wonderland/Rabbit Hole b-side.

I'm really looking forward to using this kit! Lisa really picked a good one.

I hope you're ready for another month of scrappy fun! Join us for the full reveal hop:

Monday, October 31, 2022

100122 Archi-scraps November Challenge - Steampunk


What a fun "tiny house" eh?

Wouldn't you love to see how the owner dresses? Julene always manages to find interesting & engaging inspirations for us at Archiscraps!

I found this stunning example of steampunk style, just for your enjoyment:


I wish I had the ambition to try this! The video is very good instruction, by the way.

Here is my version of steampunk style. I began with the fabulous "Wonderland/Adventure" b-side  background paper from Asuka Studio/Memory Place. Then I hunted & gathered  all sorts of stamps, gears, and vintage images from my stash.

The perfect card quote sparked my idea, "I cannot imagine the clockwork of the universe can exist without a clockmaker." - Voltaire

My answer comes from the Bible & became my title, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." Psalm 19:1

The photo is an enhanced image of our night sky out back.

Another inspiring challenge from the Archi-scraps Challenge blog! Be sure to post your version on the Facebook Archiscraps Community Group.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 1, 2022

090122 CKC September Kit Reveal & Blog Hop


It's hard to believe it's already September, 2022!

Counterfeit Kit Challenge will be run this month by Master Forger of Ceremonies Juliet. First, let's meet her Guest Designer, Christine Harden!

I'm excited to join!
My name is Christine Harden and I have been scrapbooking about 23 years (since my daughter was 6 months old). In October I will have been married to my high school sweetheart for 31 years and we have one daughter. I am a 12x12 scrapbooker, mostly single pages, but do have the occasional two pager. It is very hard to pick a single favorite manufacturer, as I think so many have their own unique look and feel, it would be like picking a favorite child. 

I tend to be a collection scrapbooker, and add "stash" items when I think of it! My typical scrapbook time of day is 4:30 am!  I have a full time day job in addition to a side hustle and my scrapbooking hobby. I owned a scrapbook store 11 years ago, before online shopping took over the marketplace.  So my scrapbook room still looks like a store, or so I'm told.  :-)  I currently participate in hops Scraplift Crafternoon and MIUM (Mix it Up Monday). My favorite inspiration is sketches, and I really enjoy interpreting sketches with my own twist.

My Instagram is @scrappingharden     My YouTube is Christine Harden

Traci Reed's digi kit Wildflower

Juliet says,  Hit all the buttons for me!  Love the blues and greens with a touch of orange!  Reminds me of early fall colors and also a little bit of the 'back to school' vibe. Love those high top tennies and oh those papers!

 As always, I started with the papers.
This was the first sheet I pulled, which inspired my slant on the color scheme.
Mary Beth Shaw Artists' Paper, Stampington & Co.


Top l-r: 2021 AC Damask Love Life's a Party/daisy me rollin', Heidi Swapp No Limits/Smarty; unknown paper pad plaid; 2011 Echo Park For The Record/Fancy Floral b-side; 2020 Blue Fern Studio Passages/Bucket List; 2020 P13 Free Spirit/03; 2017 Echo Park Go.See.Explore./Snap Photos; unknown large blue dot; 2018 Heidi Swapp Wolfpack/Mama Bear b-side; 2020 Simple Stories Kate & Ash/Elements b-side,

Bottom l-r: 2021 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Teal/Whisper, 2012 Graphic 45 Olde Curiousity Shoppe/Butterfly Specifics; 2013 Glitz Design 77/Floral b-side; Crate Paper Restoration/Lace; 2021 Memory Place Enchanted/Fairytale; 2003 Words Worth/Swirls; 2011 Authentique collection unknown; 2021 Vicki Boutin Fernwood/3x4 b-side; 2020 Blue Fern Studios Passages/Point of Origin; 2021 Vicki Boutin Sweet Rush/Good Vibes.

My full September Morn kit:

I pulled a selection of 2021 Cocoa Vanilla These Days A5 papers, an assortment of flowers, a floral stamp set, an alpha stamp set, a lot of flair & round embelli objects, a few punches, and two packs of 49 & Market assorted elements (such as the stitched frame.) Oh! and colored twine.

 I hope you're ready to join us for another month of scrappy fun!

Join us for the full reveal hop this month:

So here we go! Here is a review of the rest of the month:

  • 2nd September: Just the Gist of It - to help you find an easy way into creating your kit 
  • 4th September: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements 
  • 6th September: Mini-kit Reveal and Project Showcase - inspiration for a smaller kit or project idea 
  • 12th & 18th September: Challenges #1 & #2 - to inspire you to get creating from your own kit 
  • 24th September: Follower Showcase - who has caught our eye this month 
  • 30th September: Killing Kits - an idea or two for using up the bits & pieces left in your kit box

    Have a happy month gathering up then scrapping with your kit!

     We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. Post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcseptember2022).

  • Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

090122 Archiscraps September Challenge


Archiscraps October Challenge: use rolled paper

Another challenging challenge from Julene!

I thought I might tackle some rolled paper beads, but wasn't very excited about that. I headed to YouTube & searched "rolled paper" & found  DIY Easy Rolled Paper Rose Tutorial


And what subject would I document? 

 Please visit her on Instagram @franciscanunes_heartmakes 

And what else could I use for my foundation paper but a CKC forgery? The paper behind my photos & journaling is a sample paper I created in this class.

I'm really curious to see what YOU come up with! Be sure to post over at Facebook Archiscraps Community Group

Happy Scrapping!


Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, August 18, 2022

081822 CKC August Challenge #2 - Pennants


Master Forger of Ceremonies Julene has chosen to be inspired by the pennants in the inspiration kit for our CKC August Challenge #2!
I had these in my counterfeit kit

 I ended up with a photo heavy layout so only used one. 
Once again inspired by Master Forger Tara I gutted the travel paper & used it as a border (leaving me with all those yummy little square images for my stash. This is an early stop at the peaches on our epic April trip.

I never fail to find the perfect sentiments in the Tim Holtz sticker books!

The chipboard collections came in handy, too.

I really love this page. That pennant is such a cute embelli, actually made out of felt!

How will pennants inspire you, I wonder? Can't wait to see. Just a few more posts to finish out the month:

  • 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 


 We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. Post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2022).


Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, August 12, 2022

081222 CKC August Challenge #1 - Lost or Found?

Master Forger of Ceremonies Julene has chosen a travel themed kit & the CKC Challenge #1 this month will follow suit! 

Getting lost or finding something along the way.

I'm still working on pages from our epic trip this past spring. Two of our destinations were Canyonlands & Arches National Parks in Utah. Early that morning we stumbled upon a sign on our way out of Colorado & followed it to...

A fragile checkerboard of ancient sights scattered across 164,000 acres of high desert in the southwest corner of Colorado in the Great Sage Plain. 24 native tribes claim cultural affiliation, along with generations of farming & ranching families, they continue to have traditional & modern relationships with this landscape.

This area was the epicenter of Ancestral Puebloan communities. This enormous monument is a difficult place to navigate & there are just a few areas ready for the public to explore. It is an area to discover on your own, if you are prepared for the adventure of a lifetime.


It was the beautifully preserved ruin of the Lowry Pueblo community...

We were completely alone in that sunrise golden hour & explored to our heart's content. If we ever return to that part of the country we will see more of the land & it's few remaining pueblos, along with the visitor center & museum at Delores, Colorado.

I gutted my forged southwestern paper to create the border (and save a big hunk of that pretty paper, perhaps for other pages about this trip!) 

I'm looking forward to hearing about some interesting stories! Be sure to post to the Facebook Counterfeit Kit Community & don't miss the next challenge & the rest of the month:


  • 18th August: Challenges #2 - to inspire you to keep 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 


 We always love to see your work, so please share your kits and projects with us. Post them in our Facebook Community, or share them on Instagram (we are @counterfeitkitchallenge or tag us using #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcaugust2022).


Thanks for stopping by!