Thursday, March 31, 2022

040122 Archi-scraps April Challenge


Brackets as a main feature

 I really got intrigued with this month's Archiscraps challenge!

I found two punch tools that inspired me - a border punch & a large bracket punch.

Some of my ideas may appear at a later date, but I chose to start playing around with pattern using all those punched brackets...

I really liked how this looked against the wooden tabletop so I chose a woodgrain patterned paper for my background. I decided that I would only cover half of the page & use a collage photo on the other half with my title.

This was my son-in-law's anniversary post this year to my daughter - awww!

I'm really curious to see what might come out of this challenge so post your contribution on the Facebook Archiscraps Community Group.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 18, 2022

031822 CKC March Challenge #2 - What Makes You Happy?


 Master Forger of Ceremonies Tara found another inspiration kit element to prompt us for this challenge! 

For this challenge, I am taking the cue from one of the papers that says Happy Happy Happy.  I want you to create a layout about something or someone that makes you happy!!

  Most of my memory keeping is about people, but while assembling my counterfeit kit (aha moment) I kept running across embellishments that made me think of things that make me happy! Voila

 I must admit that my mind is yearning for Spring to arrive & manifest. Shall we play a game? See how quickly you can spot everything on my list:

Citrus fruit, delicious food, banners, seeing smiles, warmer weather, tiny alphas, photos, a lovely day, travel, coffee, scripty words, periwinkle, grungy papers, the return of birdsong, telling stories, sewing, just being outdoors doing nothing, and creative play.


You've learned a lot about me without a photo of me in sight! I'm looking forward to seeing what makes YOU happy.

  • 24th March - Follower Showcase
  • 31st March - Killing the Kit 

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 #ckcmarch2022).


Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, March 12, 2022

031222 Kraft+ March Challenge - Framed!


Kraft Plus March Challenge

I really love the challenge here every month! Keeping the emphasis on kraft makes my supplies shine in a whole new way and the gallery is always amazingly inspiring.

I had so many thoughts from the mood board. I actually own some tiny colored frames like the bottom left photo - they were very tempting! I have a gallery wall that I could have documented. I finally settled on using a border punch to create filmstrip frames!

What to document? My daughter has been on new cooking program & sends me photos all the time. This time I got this food photo

followed by this photo, taken when she turned around at the stove.

I LOLed!

I remembered a pack of tiny cartoon doggie stickers in my stash & they were the perfect size for the filmstrip frames. Yay! I then went in search of a colorful backing paper. Done. I knew which alphas I wanted for my big title & thankfully I had 2 sets.

I added some lazy stamping in lieu of stitching. An X through the dog food dish makes things in the girls' minds pretty clear, but the sentiment, " Focus on what's important - be open to whatever comes next" sums it up nicely! I added a couple of rather amateurishly done wax seal dog prints for a final accent.

Can't wait to see what comes up in the gallery! Give it a go, won't you?

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031222 CKC March Challenge #1 - Life Unfiltered


 Master Forger of Ceremonies Tara has taken a clever inspiration from a kit element for this first challenge.  

I am taking this challenge from the piece of ephemera with the phrase No Filter Needed.  I want to challenge you to do a layout of your life unfiltered.  Find the beauty in the mess. 

Well, I did it again - I went rogue... My page documents something "filtered" about home - coffee!

I started off selecting the 2017 PinkFresh Dream On/Marvel paper with the little houses on it, thinking it would be a page themed about home. 


I included the 2017 Pink Paislee Pick Me Up #19 paper remnant for the fanciful frames, so I wanted to use those, popped up with foam for some dimension. 

 I had created the little cluster bottom right before I had my page completely planned out & it was perfect! I "hung" my pictures and sprinkled a few very old vellum prior forgeries on the home section (stars & butterflies). The background 2021 Cocoa Vanilla Sunkissed/Feelin' Fine paper is a bit bold but the whole page captures how happy I feel when I greet the day with that pot of java.

Can't wait to see how Tara's prompt inspired you to find the beauty in the mess of documenting your No Filter Needed life. And don't forget what's coming up later this month!

  • 18th March - Challenge #2
  • 24th March - Follower Showcase
  • 31st March - Killing the Kit 
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 #ckcmarch2022).

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

030122 CKC March Kit Reveal & Blog Hop


In like a lion...out like a lamb

March's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Master Forger of Ceremonies is Tara! She has picked a beautifully bright happy kit for us, but first meet our March Guest Designer, Anna Veach!   


I'm Anna, the owner of Piece Craft Love, a nod to my quilting roots and I love everything fiber art and texture! Craft refers to the fun I have playing with paint and paper and glue and stickers! Love is for my customers (many whom have become friends) and my love of sharing my joy of creating with anyone who will listen!

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube to see all my crazy adventures in paper and fiber crafts. Just look for @piececraftlove.
Looking forward to having her here with us this month!

Tara's inspiration kit choice is Citrus Twist Kit's Life Crafted Weekender kit from March 2020. Take a look at this beauty!

I told you! HAPPY 

As always I've begun with the papers:

Top (l-r) 2017 Pink Paislee Pick Me Up #19, 2017 Bella Blvd Make Your Mark/Impossible, 2012 Studio Calico Heyday/Fancy Free, 2016 BasicGrey Saturday Morning/Sleep In, 2021 Vicki Boutin/Fernwood Field of Daisies, 2017 PinkFresh Dream On/Marvel, Happy forgery, 2011 The Girls Paperie/On Holiday VintageTravel, 2021 Vicki Boutin Color Study/Journal, Kaisercraft Chapter One/Beginning, 2021 Cocoa Vanilla Sunkissed/Feelin' Fine, 2021 Vicki Boutin/Color Study Paper Floral Study.
Bottom (l-r) 2021 Vicki Boutin Fernwood/Simple Pleasure, 2019 Pink Paislee Bloom Street #22, Altenew Gel Printing: Soft Washes 6x6" paper pack, Sico Canada paint chips.

 My complete kit:

I also have a number of punches & dies, my own curated stamp set, some Project Life-style cards, a pack of Pink Paislee Bloom Street & Cocoa Vanilla Sunkissed floral embellishments. Check back in on the 4th to see what forgeries I've come up with! Tara has come up with some wonderful challenges this month so gather your version of the inspiration kit & join the party!
Here's the hop list - don't miss even one bit of FAB inspiration! Next stop? Lisa

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - 
       Guest Designer Anna - 
                                Cindy - 
                                 Juliet -
                                       Leslie -
                                          Tara - 

                       Tina -

                               Tracey -
                                  Kate -
                               Julene -

Here is what the month of inspiration will look like.

  • 2nd March: Just the Gist of it - to help you find an easy way to create your kit
  • 4th March: Forgery on the Fourth - Master Forgers share simple ideas for creating kit elements
  • 6th MarchMini kit Reveal and Project Showcase - Inspiration for a smaller kit or project ideas.
  • 12th and 18th March: Challenge #1 and #2 to inspire you to get creating from your own kit.
  • 24th March: Followers Showcase - who has caught our eye this month
  • 28th March: Killing Kits - an idea or two focusing up the bits and pieces left in your own kit.

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 #ckcmarch2022).


Thanks for stopping by!