Tuesday, March 24, 2015

March Members' Blog Hop



It's that time of the month again - our Members' Blog Hop!  You've been shopping your stash and creating with our challenges and now you get to share with everyone.

Which of this month's challenges did you choose?  Was it...
Challenge #1:  Border Craze:  Get crazy with borders
Challenge #2:  Irish Challenge: Celebrate St Patrick's Day with some creativity!
Challenge #3:  Desk Challenge: Take inspiration from the state of your desk
... or did you just independently creative with your kit?!

Here's the Blog Hop order ...
CKCB      http://www.counterfeitkitchallenge.blogspot.com
Lisa          http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de
Clair         http://obstinatepursuit.blogspot.com
Gemma    http://thesteelenook.blogspot.co.uk
Margie     http://scrappinmargie.blogspot.com
Tina          http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Laura        http://beadsbuttonsandbirds.blogspot.co.uk
Virginia    http://celtichouse.blogspot.co.uk
Sherrie      http://sherriesmuddlepuddle.blogspot.ca

Happy hopping!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Paintable Challenge: Use your art supplies

Have enjoyed the many kits & pages posted so far this month.
Over 100 and we still have 10 days left in the month!
Looks like everyone was ready to play with paper, glue & scissors.

Our inspiration kit from A Piece of Cake Designs included a pair of gelato art sticks.
Watercolors & paints were substituted in for these in some of your kits.


I happened to catch this exchange on a kit reveal post (you know who you are):

Forger 1: "Care to challenge each other to actually use our paintables? As for me, I'm thoroughly intimidated. Although I know it's never as difficult as the fear of getting started, it's always hard to take the plunge. :) "

 Forger 2: "You are on! I bought these way back when I started scrapping and everything was justified as "need" Fast forward five or six years and now what do I "do" with them? haha. Thanks for the push. Now there is no way of backing out."

Why should THEY have all the fun?

 This BONUS challenge is to use whatever art supplies you have in your kit.
Post in the Monthly Link-Up with BONUS as your title.
I will randomly choose a winner for a little artsy prize.

If you have already used yours, link up again with BONUS as your title. 

LINK HERE to a CKC Pinterest board of artsy inspiration & tutorials.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

March Counterfeit Kit Challenge Member blog hop reminder!

This is just a reminder that we are looking for YOU to come and join in on our monthly member blog hop.


This is always a whole lot of fun and a chance for you to show off your amazing creations with your Counterfeit Kits.  So.... if you have created a project using your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit for any of this month's three challenges and have NOT posted it on your blog before, we would love for you to join in our member blog hop and share your creations.



We LOVE it when you share so come on, join in on the hop and inspire us all.

Your project must be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
  1. E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com BY THE 18th 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.
  3. You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on this challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.
  4. All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Challenge #3: On your desk challenge!

This challenge may appear at first glance to be complicated, but stay with me and you'll get it!


Challenge #3:  On Your Desk Challenge!  Take a look at your desk...

Does it look like this:

or this?


If your desk is messy, clutter, then make a project that has lots of layers of embellishments, stamping, misting...STUFF!  If your desk is neat and tidy, then minimal is the way to go!

You may NOT do anything special to your desk now that you know what the challenge is...be honest about what the state of it is NOW.

Let's see if we have  messy or neat Master Forgers this month!

Susanne is in high-gear scrapping a lot this month, and surprisingly (quite surprisingly) she has been cleaning up as she goes.  Everything seems to have a place, and that carried over to her pocket-page layout.

by Susanne @ snapsandsnippets.blogspot.com

Leslie, too, was surprised to discover that her desk could technically be deemed "neat & tidy", but minimal wouldn't exactly express what it LOOKS like, so go HERE for the rest of the story!


Jemma went against her usual style of C& S to reflect her messy cluttered desk:


Lynnette has a confession to make.  She is a messy scrapper, so she piled it on thick.  Head over to her blog HERE to read more, but please watch your step as she doesn't want you to trip on that pile on the floor!



Margie has a desk that has stacks of somewhat organized clutter right now, so hopefully her page reflects that:

Be sure to stop by her blog for the rest of the story!

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How can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!


To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).



We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.

End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
1.  E-mail us your name/blog address/promise to participate at  counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com  BY THE 18th!  
(No late requests will be able to join due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

2.  You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.

3.  You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project 
based on this challenge and links to the person after you in the hop.

4.  All Blog Hop posts need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Challenge #2: Irish Challenge


Yes, I do have some well documented Irish running through my veins.  I also have a sister who competes in Irish Step Dancing (go, Rylie!), so this next challenge is a natural!

Challenge #2:  Irish Challenge:  Get inspired by something from Ireland...the colors...a quote...a photo opportunity...

Here is a Pinterest Board that I hope will inspire you!  And for added inspiration....a song my Grandmother sang to me...and then to my children when they were babies:



Come on, Master Forgers...impress me!

Continuing in that lyrical way the Irish have, Susanne created a layout using an Irish Toast as the journaling . . . here's the start.  Pop on over to her blog to see the full layout, and hear the rest of the good cheer.



Lynnette used a favorite seasonal "Irish" treat as the inspiration for her layout.  
Her dear son was kind enough to pose with his best smolder!  Check out the details on her blog HERE.


Julene has been inspired by the Irish weather and the reason Ireland is so green.


Check out Leslie's post about a 1984 trip to the British Isles where she kissed the Blarney Stone!


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How can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!


To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).



We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.



End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
1.  E-mail us your name/blog address/promise to participate at  counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com  BY THE 18th!  
(No late requests will be able to join due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

2.  You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.

3.  You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project 
based on this challenge and links to the person after you in the hop.

4.  All Blog Hop posts need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Challenge #1: Border Craze

Challenge #1: Border Craze:  Use dies cuts, stickers, gems, stamps...to create a border around your page!  Get creative!

Here come our Design Team to show you how creative they were with this challenge:

Janine, our Guest Designer, did a great job with our challenge!  Please stop by HER BLOG to get a peek into her process.




Lynnette was inspired by one our CKC participants with this border of sequins.  Check out her blog HERE to find out who it could be!


Leslie was in panic mode when she read this challenge but managed to find some creative ways around that feeling! See more about that HERE on her blog.


Susanne found a sketch to use that lent itself to adding a fun border of die-cuts. Details here.






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How can YOU participate? 
Click on the "Monthly Link Up" tab to find Mr. LINKY and link us to YOUR kit and projects using your kit so we can leave you some love!  We will make a brand new Mr. Linky for each month, so get your blog posts linked ASAP!


To make Mr. Linky a little easier for us to use, please type your name and then a description of what you are linking (ie: kit, mini challenge, ect).



We also have a Flicker group, if you don't have a blog, but would like to share your creativity with us!  CKC Blog Flicker Group

If you take a peek at our side bar <<<<<<<<  you will see links to our Facebook and Pinterest, as well.  We hope to see you hanging out at ALL of those places.

End of the Month Blog Hop:
On the 24th of each month we offer a blog hop opportunity to all of our followers!  A chance for you to show off a special project made with your counterfeit kit for that month.

Here is how it will work:
Your Blog Hop Project may be from any of the 3 challenges we offer throughout the month.
Your project must be something new that you have not shown before and only post for the hop.

To be a part of our blog hop:
1.  E-mail us your name/blog address/promise to participate at  counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com  BY THE 18th!  
(No late requests will be able to join due to the work it takes for us to get it put together.)

2.  You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th with a list of the hop participants.

3.  You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project 
based on this challenge and links to the person after you in the hop.

4.  All Blog Hop posts need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth - March Tutorials

for·ger·y
ˈfôrjərē/
noun
  1. the action of forging or producing a copy of a document, signature, banknote, or work of art.

Welcome to "Forgeries on the Fourth" where it is no crime to create your own version of the trendy, hip products from the inspiration kit using your own stash and ingenuity.  Each month on the fourth, check out tutorials from your Master Forgers or links to resources they have found for you on the internet.

Before we get into the forgeries and taking a look at this month's inspiration,  you may have noticed that our post has a bit of a face lift.  We strive to keep things fresh and fun here along with the new look of the blog.  A special thanks to Master Forger, Lesley G. for allowing us to use the catchy "Forgeries on the Fourth" phrase and graphic that she created last month in her reveal post.  Unfortunately, Lesley has stepped down from her Master Forger duties for now, but we all hold out hope that she will return when life settles down a bit.  She always provided excellent leadership, inspiration, forgeries, feedback and friendship to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge team and readership. Thank you from the bottom of our scrappy hearts!  The door is always open for your return.  Hugs!

Now on to this month's inspiration kit is from "A Piece of Cake":


Let's Get Down to Some Forging!


Janine, this month's guest designer, created two clever forgeries. 


These frames were cut with a die and are inspired by the Studio Calico
Hey Day Stickers.  I bet many of you have this die or one similar!

And, she got really clever with this one...


Solid cream with black tiny type alphas were stamped with a wood grain stamp
to mimic the ones in the inspiration kit.  So simple and so effective!

Master Forger Margie got crafty with her stash and counterfeited one of the papers and a few of the embellishments- here's a peek at the beginning, head over to her blog to see the final results:


Master Forger Leslie's blogpost
 will show you how she kept things simple, but with a twist...


Do you have gelato in your scrapbook stash?
No, silly...not fancy ice cream - the art supply!
Here's a basic primer on using them.
Check out this you tube video HERE.

I have a HUGE jar of sequins with almost every color under the sun, 
but do you think I have any orange?  Nooooo!  
Check out this link to learn how to make your own  DIY Paper Sequins.

Let us know if you try out any of these forgeries
or if you come up with one of your own.
Remember, no forgery is too small!

Share on March Mr. Linky...we'd LOVE to see your handiwork!