Friday, April 18, 2014

April Fool's Day Winner!


Wasn't the True or False portion of our blog hop fun?  I had NO idea some of the answers to that!  We all lead such fascinating lives!

Here are the correct answers, but remember that ANY answer got entered into our drawing (one entry for each blog you guessed on).

And the INCORRECT answers are:

Guest Designer Maggie: #1 to mark my 40th birthday I had a small butterfly tattooed above my right ankle

Bethany:  #1: I met my husband on a trip to Africa. (We actually met in Puerto Rico...and didn't like each other at first.)

Stephanie:  #2 My favorite subjects in high school were biology and science (my favorite subjects were actually history and English literature

Lynnette: #2 I won a trip to St. Lucia.

Lisa:  #1 I have lived in four different countries NOT three. 

Leslie: #1 I did not win a baton twirling competition - I am a total klutz & would have hurt myself, lol!

Lesley: #3 My middle name is not Jane.

Julene: #3 I get seasick.

Jemma: #3 I got to know my husband ballroom dancing not ice-skating.

Angela: #2 too many pairs of shoes (I actually have a hard time finding shoes that fit so quiet often don't have anything suitable.)



True Random Number Generator  81Powered by RANDOM.ORG
#81...which is...LESLEY G.

Congratulations, Lesley!  Make sure you get me your address.  



We have a bit of OTHER great news as well!

Drumroll please...



We are having a National Scrapbooking Event!





Make sure you check out our wonderful sponsors...browse around...say thanks for being a part of NSD on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog!


We cannot WAIT!  SO much fun planned for all of you!



Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 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

   1.   Challenge #1 Blog Design Challenge:  Go to one of our Master Forgers Blogs and use the DESIGN OF THE BLOG ITSELF to inspire your project.
   2.   Challenge #2 Pocket Page Inspiration:  Use a Pocket Page type card (3x4 or 4x6) on your project front and center!
   3.   Challenge #3 Big Titles!  Use a BIG TITLE (or sentiment) on your project


 
We LOVE it when you share so come on, join in on the hop and inspire us all.
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, 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@yahoo.com  BY THE 18th!  (No late requests will be able to join this time 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 will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Challenge #3: BIG TITLES

One of my favorite things to do when I tuck myself in for bed is spend a bit of time on my Kindle Fire looking through crafting blogs (scrapbooking, cards, sewing, embroidery).  It is relaxing to me and a time when I get my best ideas.  Blog lovin' has been perfect for me.  I can skim of blog excerpts and just look at the ones I really want.  I can "save" my favorites by liking them, which is what I do with any blogs that spark an idea for the CKC blog.

One blog post that caught my eye in February was this post by October Afternoon:
Monday Challenge: Big Titles

Alex's layout immediately caught my eye..the title is wonderful (love the font) and the bits around the title really draw your attention to it.  Aha!  Challenge time!

Challenge #3: BIG TITLES:  Use a big title (or extra large sentiment) on your crafty project!

Now onto some inspiration!

LesleyG is using the BIG title to avoid journalling!

Leslie S made a play on words with her title

Stephanie used an extra long title on her layout



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We LOVE it when you share so come on, join in on the hop and inspire us all.  This is one of the three challenges that you can do to join in on our hop this 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, 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@yahoo.com  BY THE 18th!  (No late requests will be able to join this time 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 will need to be scheduled to go live on the
24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Keeping your stash at bay..



I don't know about you, but I have SO much stuff...and, although it is well organized, my stash just keeps on growing.  If YOU have more stuff then you will ever be able to use, maybe you could make a kiddo happy and make a special kit just for them!  You use up stash...they get to be creative...it is a win/win!

Now even if you don't have littles of your own, why don't you try making a kit for someone in a retirement home...a special relative...a crafty neighbor.

Master Forger Angela has some particularly craft littles in her house.  I love seeing what they come up with!

Here is a kit she pulled for her daughter:




You can see more about this project on Angela's Blog.

My girl has been itching for her own card kits, so I was happy to oblige.  She loves a good card challenge and was super excited to see enamel dots and wood veneer in her kit.  Yes, I love her that much.




We would love to see some crafty kits you put together for someone else!  Let's share the crafty love!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Challenge #2: Pocket Page Inspiration


This year I have been giving pocket scrapbooking a try.  My time to craft has become so limited and while I create for the fun of it, I am falling farther and farther behind in documenting things for my kids.  I want to find a good balance between being caught up and being creative and this might work for me.  My plan is to keep up by using a monthly process to document our photos, but also to add in 12 x 12 layouts for some of the photos that need a more creative touch.  Plus, those 3x4 and 4x6 cards are perfect for cards and layering on regular layouts.  Win-Win!

Challenge #2: Pocket Page Inspiration:  Use a 3x4 or 4x6 card (does not have to be a pocket scrapbooking card, can be cut down from your own paper) on your next project.  Use it as the sentiment on a card or as a layering element on your layout.  You can also bind a bunch to make a mini album!

Now I know, if you are not into that type of scrapbooking you might be grumbling a bit, but really, give it a try!  Making those cards can be REALLY fun (as fun a making a layout!).   I recently did a "kit swap" (we made kits for another person and some of the elements had to be handmade) on Facebook and made a Pocket Page style kit for a new friend.  I made several of the cards in the photo below...I think I am addicted now!


Here is another card that I made using a mask and gold mist.  I can't wait to use this on a travel page!


Feeling a little braver now?  Let's see what our Master Forgers did for us for this challenge.  I'm ready to be inspired!

Here is Guest Designer Maggie's take on the challenge (I LOVE the red chevron!)
You can read more about it on her blog.


LesleyG is very apologetic for the late entry and blames a time warp HERE


I also had a bit of fun with an easy Pock Card Project!
Feel free to head over to MY BLOG to see more about it.



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We LOVE it when you share so come on, join in on the hop and inspire us all.  This is one of the three challenges that you can do to join in on our hop this 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, 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@yahoo.com  BY THE 18th!  (No late requests will be able to join this time 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 will need to be scheduled to go live on the
24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sketchy Business

Hello there!  If you are a regular reader of our blog, you've come to know our pattern of posts throughout the month.  The 8th is usually our tutorial day, but we found the free form nature of our CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration kit doesn't quite lend itself to direct forging.  To change it up a bit (and we've been doing a lot of that with our April Fool's pranks!), we thought we'd offer you some sketches that can easily be used with the kit you've created.  And who doesn't love a good sketch to get the creative juices flowing?  Whether you follow it directly or change it up...use one element or turn it completely on it's side, it's all good when it yields a completed page.

Let's see what the Master Forgers have up their inspirational sleeves!

Our Guest Designer Maggie found a fun sketch HERE

She also made a fabulous layout using the sketch!  (You can see more details on HER BLOG)





LesleyG designed her own

Julene chose a Becky Fleck sketch on Pinterest which can here.

Stephanie chose a sketch by Chickaniddy Crafts, and you can see her interpretation of it HERE on her blog

Lisa went through her Pins and came up with this one from Citrus Twist Kits (here)


We have a two-pager chosen by Angela, created by Becky Fleck at PageMaps.

Pagemaps April 2013

Jemma visited the Kaisercraft blog and picked their 1st Saturday Sketch for April to use here.


Lynnette has been pinning away on Pinterest and found this lovely sketch here from Sketchy Thurdays.
10.27 Sketch  Scrapbook Layout

Be sure to show off your creations (yes, you can use more than one!) using the April Mr. Linky.  A shout-out to the sketch designer/source is always appreciated.

We will return to our regularly scheduled program of "Hey!  I can make THAT!" next month.  Thanks for playing along!

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Challenge #1: Blog Design Challenge

Picking the design for your blog is a big deal!  It is very personal and really reflects your style and who you are (at least it does for me).  I am eager to redesign my personal blog since it no longer fits my style, but I am weighing all of my options so I can pick something that really represents me.

Challenge #1:  Blog Design Challenge:  Visit each of our Design Team Members and choose a blog design that you think you can translate into a scrappy project.  Look at their color scheme, theme, perhaps and element and use that on your card or layout.

Here are the list of our Master Forger Blogs (And our lovely Guest Designer):

Guest Designer Maggie: http://maggiebscrapblog.blogspot.fr
Angela http://colestoucan.blogspot.co.uk
Jemma http://just-jimjams.blogspot.com
Julene http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au
Lesley G. http://ohblogitifyoucantbeatthem.blogspot.co.uk
Lisa H. http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de
Leslie http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com
Lynnette http://sassyscrapper2010.blogspot.com
Millisa http://millermall.blogspot.com
Stephanie http://skylinepaperie.blogspot.ca

I felt drawn to a design element on Stephanie's blog.  It was the perfect inspiration for a layout I had in mind!

Here is a sneak peek at the layout I made (you can see more on My Blog) :



Ready to see what blogs were inspiring to our Design Team?  I am!

Pop along to Angela's blog to see how Lisa inspired her to use these digital stamps and vacation photos.


Here's a sneak peek of how Lynnette was inspired by the banner on Guest Designer Maggie's blog.  See the whole layout on Lynnette's blog here.




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We LOVE it when you share so come on, join in on the hop and inspire us all.  This is one of the three challenges that you can do to join in on our hop this 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, 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@yahoo.com  BY THE 18th!  (No late requests will be able to join this time 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 will need to be scheduled to go live on the
24th at 12:00 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Arizona)