CKC Challenge #2, July 2022

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Tina was inspired by the travel theme of our kits, and the Beatles song “Day Tripper”. First off, let’s take a look at the whole kit from Citrus Twist Kit from March 2020 called Life Crafted, Weekender.

Documenting a trip is not in the cards for me right now. Our family is too cautious to risk the possibility of long covid. So we continue to try to find things around town to keep us busy. Surprisingly we keep finding small things that are new enough to be fun. This particular story involves a cross-town walking trail that we’ve only walked bits and pieces of. We finally walked the closest part of the trail! So that is our “Day Trip(per)”, or rather hours tripper.

I have a quick process video for this layout if you want to see more details.

I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

CKC Challenge #1, July ’22

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Tina was inspired by all the tickets in the inspiration kit, plus the song “Ticket to Ride” by the Beatles. First off, let’s take a look at the whole kit, which is the May Round Trip 12×12 add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits. To the right of the main kit you’ll see all those ticket embellishments as inspiration!

With the inspiration of tickets… Go for it! Load up your project with tickets! Now that we have our inspiration, let’s dive into how I interpreted the challenge. Full details in the video below and of course the blog version follows.

I didn’t “load up” my project with tickets, but I did highlight a fun faux letterpress technique to create some tickets. The letterpress process involves pressing an inked letter/word form into specialty thick paper to get a crisp depressed texture that also stamps with ink. We can do something similar with an embossing folder.

The simple instructions are to ink one side of your open embossing folder. Each side will give you a slightly different look. Experiment first! And just a note: folders with text need to be inked on the correct side to avoid backwards text. Ask me how I know. Ha ha.

Carefully place your paper onto the dry side of the folder and close gently to avoid slipping and ink smearing. Run through your die cutting machine with the correct sandwich to press that ink into your embossed paper. Done. It is that simple

Notice the tickets here? I created them with the letterpress technique and then cut them apart into ticket strips to embellish my layout.

So that is my take on the ticket challenge. I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

CKC July ’22

I love kit building and I am on the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. We take an inspiration kit each month and proceed to replicate it, or as we say, counterfeit it. This is a free, friendly group that helps inspire you to use up supplies you already own. We are not about needing to buy the latest and greatest thing (though we won’t stop you if you enjoy new crafty goodies😉 ).

June sure went by in a whirlwind and I can’t believe it is July already. So glad I got this post up in time! Here is the full video experience, or you can read on for the quick overview.

Our Inspiration kit this month is the May Round Trip 12×12 add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits. Before we dive in too much further, let’s give a warm welcome to Clem Reid as our guest designer this month. You can find her take on this kit, as well as all the other team members from the hop links below. Now on with the show…

With this inspiration in mind I pulled a variety of stuff from my stash, organized it all, and then narrowed it down. Here are the three categories of papers I put in my kit: A side inspired, B side inspired, and “filler” papers.

The overall paper view

Moving on to embellishments… I had the Pink Fresh Titles ephemera directly from the inspiration kit. Then I just added other elements such as travel, homey icons, enamel dots and tags.

Embellishments

There is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine StayCation for the mix of travel and homey icons.

I hope you can follow along with the other designers and see how they put together their kits.

Here’s the full hop link list

Have fun kit building and don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

Forging Scrapbook Supplies

As a design team member over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group I play along with as many of our monthly inspiration challenges as I can. The Forgery on the Fourth project is definitely one I enjoy! That is where we see a scrap product we like and set out to recreate it with supplies we already own. So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are being inspired by this kit from from a German kit company, Danipeuss.de . Their November 2021 kit featuring Paige Evans brings us lots to be inspired by.

An additional embellishment pack in the Paige Evan’s line include chipboard pieces with these leaf motifs.

I wanted to recreate something similar in my own color palette.

All the details for this process are included in this video.

In addition to those leaves, I also made a sheet of patterned paper inspired by this kit sneak.

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I liked the string art style. Here is how my version turned out.

When I was done those projects, I kept going with creating more embellishments; this time I made layered stickers.

For more details and tips (at the end!) to consider when creating layered embellishments check out this video. The gist is that you should use at least three variations of sizes, shapes, and contrasting colors. I also like to create a mix of symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes.

Okay, that is the crafting I’ve been doing lately. I’ll be back next time with a layout process for you, using a completely different set of supplies 😉

For more creative ideas, the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can recreate your favorite products with supplies you already have on hand. Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

CKC Kit Build, June ’22

I love kit building and I am on the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. We take an inspiration kit each month and proceed to replicate it, or as we say, counterfeit it. This is a free, friendly group that helps inspire you to use up supplies you already own. We are not about needing to buy the latest and greatest thing (though we won’t stop you if you enjoy new crafty goodies😉 ).

You can see my process video or keep reading for the blog version of the info.

This month we are working from a German kit company, Danipeuss.de . Their November 2021 kit featuring Paige Evans brings us lots to be inspired by.

The color palette was too autumnal for me, so I focused my choices on patterns in the kit and used colors that were more to my mood. You can see that direction in my paper choices here.

From there I pulled embellishments. I added in more stars, which was the first thing I was drawn to when building this kit. I also had several pieces from the inspiration kit itself. I know I won’t use all those pieces due to the color palette, but I can pick and choose what works for me.

There is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine Star Struck.

I hope you can follow along with the other designers to see how they built their kits.

Here’s the full hop link list

Have fun kit building and don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

One last thing before you go… I was also inspired by several things in this kit to create on my own. So join me next time when I show you some product “forgeries”! Until then, have an artful day.

Forgery on the Fourth, April ’22

As a design team member over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group I play along with as many of our monthly inspiration challenges as I can. The FOF — Forgery on the 4th — project is definitely one I enjoy! So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are inspired by this kit from Scrapbook Doodle from back in 2015. The kit focuses on Bo Bunny’s Sweet Life collection.

Diving deeper into the embellishment pack, I was drawn to the butterflies, especially the white on craft and the text print ones.

I pulled out my butterfly die set and got to work. As you’ll see from the below photos I went a bit wild with creating… not only butterflies but other shapes as well. See the whole process on YouTube, or keep reading for the short version.

Of course the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can create forgeries of your favorite products with supplies you already have on hand. Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

Kit Build: CKC, May ’22

I love kit building and I am on the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. We take an inspiration kit each month and proceed to replicate it, or as we say, counterfeit it. This is a free, friendly group that helps inspire you to use up supplies you already own. We are not about needing to buy the latest and greatest thing (though we won’t stop you if you enjoy new crafty goodies😉 ).

This month’s inspiration was chosen by team member Kate and the kit comes from Scrapbook Doodle from back in 2015. The kit focuses on Bo Bunny’s Sweet Life collection. Along with our host Kate, we have guest designer Dawn playing along with this kit. So be sure to give them big thanks for taking care of us with their inspiration.

Since this kit was really the Bo Bunny Collection I did have a peek at their full line to see what other ideas I could come up with. Particularly I wanted to look at the B sides of the pattern papers and closer looks at some embellishments.

I knew from all this I wanted to incorporate striped pattern papers, buttons, and film strips. So lets look at the papers first. I was excited to incorporate old Basic Grey and Scenic Route papers along side brand new Simple Stories and Heidi Swapp. That is the joy of building your own kit!

For embellishing I pulled plenty of things straight from the inspiration: butterlies (or at least a way to create them!), enamel dots, flowers, tags and ribbons. Then I added in doilies, film strips and buttons (oops, the photo doesn’t include the buttons; trust me, I have them.)

There is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine Life Past and Present for the mix of supplies I have incorporated. And hey, maybe I can even do some then & now layouts!

You can hear the thoughts that went into each choice in my video.

I hope you can follow along with the other designers and see how they interpreted their kits.

Here’s the full hop link list

Have fun kit building and don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

CKC Challenge #2, April ’22

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Lisa was inspired by the large sentiment elements that are in the kit, especially the Vicki Boutin die cuts. So that lead straight into the second challenge…. go big with your title. Here is a peek at the entire inspiration kit again. See those phrase elements?

It was really easy for me to go big with my title. I’ve done it before and like the effect. The real challenge this time? I didn’t include many of the phrase elements into my kit! I build my kit around the inspiration of Vicki Boutin and Jen Hadfield and I had phrase’s from Jen. But I was really looking for the Vicki sized title pieces. So I did something I don’t normally do, I went and pulled more stuff for my kit. I grabbed more of the Fernwood collection and ended up pulling the puffy phrase sticker sheet to add to this kit/layout.

It feels a little like “cheating”, but you know what? What rule of the universe says I can’t grab something else to add in? There are no rules! So I got over it and did what I felt was right for this layout!

If you want to see the entire process, including a few tips on working with prhase stickers and some small design tips, you can see it all in action in this video.

I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

It’s Challenge #1 time over at CKC

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Lisa was inspired by an the date this challenge goes live. When she looked up “on this day in history” she discovered that Disneyland Paris (called Euro Disney when at first) opened its doors to the public on 12th April 1992. First off, lets take a look at the whole kit from Papers and Beyond called Follow Your Bliss.

Now let’s talk challenge. The idea here is to be inspired by Disney in some way. I went with the fairy tales aspect since I’m not a entrenched Disney fan (I like it fine and was a fan as a kid, but it doesn’t sit on a high shelf in my life). Right now I am reading a book that is filled with the fairy tales a grandmother tells her young granddaughter to teach her life lessons. However, this layout is about more than just this one book; it is about how I found this author and what I enjoy about his writing.

The journaling tag tucks behind the “My Happy Place” title card and actually covers up that gnome embellishment. It is a bit of a surprise to find that guy back there when the journaling is pulled out. You can see all the layout creation details below.

And here are a couple of closeups.

I hope you enjoy this challenge and think outside the box if you are not Disney inclined! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge

Forgery on the Fourth, April ’22

As a design team member over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group I play along with as many of our monthly inspiration challenges as I can. The FOF — Forgery on the Fourth — project is definitely one I enjoy! I like getting creative to create my own embellishments. So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are working with this kit from Papers and Beyond called Follow Your Bliss as our inspiration.

Did you notice the wood rimmed button flair in that kit? Well that is where I got my idea.

You can see how I went about creating my forgery in video form, or keep reading for the quick photo version.

I’ve done this technique before in this DIY embellishment video, but at the time I was mimicking metal brad flairs. That technique totally translated into this technique. I used a 1/2 inch punch and a 3/4 inch punch to create rings. The top layer is the decorative layer and the three solid colors are the thickness/filler layers to create depth and texture. Finally, the large punch was used to create solid base circles. With the smaller punch I punched images out of scraps of patterned paper. Then it was just a matter of layering them all up.

I did choose to top them off with a layer of Nuvo drops in clear for that domed flair effect, but that is optional. If you do the Nuvo, let them dry over night.

That is it! While it took a little bit of time, it wasn’t hard to create these little embellishments. Next time I may speed up the process by creating cut files in the Cricut to do all the circle & ring cutting for me. That way I could also get thinner rings as well. That would make them more button-like. So, while these aren’t exact replicas of wood button flair, I really like how the came out!

Of course the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can create forgeries of your favorite products with supplies you already have on hand. Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.