Saturday, July 4, 2015

Forgeries on the Fourth - July Tutorials and Prize Announcement!

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.


This month we are using a kit from the German-based "Scrapabilly" shop to get our inspiration flowing.  Here's a quick reminder of the scrappy eye candy:



This month's guest designer, Julie jumped right in and created these pretty lacy borders and some other tutorials as seen on her blog HERE.


Want to achieve that weathered wood vibe that is in the July inspiration?  Lynnette found  this tutorial:

Wood-step3


And for another take on the weathered wood look, you can check out this example by Susanne.
It was as easy as using the right tone of ink with a wood grain stamp.  Details and more examples on her blog here. 



And I'm sure you noticed the cool frames!  Well, I found some free printable ones HERE.  There are a whole variety on this site so be sure to take a gander! 

vintage wooden frames | Presenting: Digital Vintage/antique photo frames Printables!




Leslie, as usual, started with some papers...
Blog post HERE

How about these free printable lace papers?

Find them on Far Far Hill here

Or these free printable ornate frames?

Find them at the Graphics Fairy here

And last but not least, Lisa came up with a - very - simple way of getting the glossy effect on some left over die-cuts. Check out her blog for the easy way of achieving this.


Before you get busy with this month's tutorials, we have a special prize announcement! 

First off, thanks for the overwhelming response in support of the Forgeries post and your participation.  We had so many fabulous takes on the tuts in the gallery.  Even more, so many of you USED them in layouts to create one of a kind embellishments!  How awesome to push yourself creatively.  You all proved to be clever forgers!

Our random winner for the Forgeries on the Fourth Challenge goes to...

Emma Clark!

Congrats to you, Emma!
 We will be getting a prize out to you very soon!

Thanks again to all who participated! 

FORGE ON, FRIENDS!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July Counterfeit Kit


July is such a great month!  Summer (here in the US) is in full swing.  Just underway enough to be fun, but plenty left so we don't feel panicked. Our families major activities happened in June, so we are hoping to slow it down a bit for July.

So summer time crafting...easier or harder for you?  I would love to hear what you have to say in our comments section.

Hopefully you will find SOME time to play with us as we have a great kit to get you in a crafty mood!

Scrapabilly's March Kit has a tempting monochromatic feel to it.  Don't let it get you stumped, though!  Here are some ways you can easily make this kit your own!


~Like the monochromatic look, but don't care for these color?  Pick a favorite of yours and pair it with some nice neutrals for your own take on a simple color scheme!

~ Like more color in your life?  Go for it!  Let the patterns (scale, type) inspire you to think out side of the box as you throw in whatever colors you like with similar patterns.

~Does this kit scream THEME to you?  Use that theme to inspire a kit of your own...don't bother to copy anything BUT the theme.

~Create your own theme by picking out one paper or embellishment from the original kit and building your kit around that.

We can't wait to see what you do with this kit and how you make it your own.

Our Guest Designer has her own take on the kit this month!  We are excited to welcome Julie this month as she dazzles us with her mad kit making and using skills!



I've always loved crafting and making and cutting and sticking paper in particular.  I was never happier as a child, than when I was cutting up magazines and catalogues and sticking them into a sugar paper scrapbook.  And my brother hated it - he would never leave me in peace.  My catch phrase as a child was "Mom tell him".  The strange thing now is that story has still not made it onto a scrapbook page.  As I grew older I left crafting behind until my daughter was born and I discovered proper grown up scrapbooking.  I made my first 12 X 12 page for my friend's 40th birthday in 2005 and dabbled on and off until 2010 when I had some time off working following a carpel tunnel decompression operation which gave me time to do my first Shimelle online course.  I've taken a few more since and built up a great bunch off online scrapping friends - keeping in touch through blogs and Facebook.  I've been lucky enough to meet a few of them in person and have some weekends away scrapbooking - including the lovely Master Forger Jemma.

I've had a couple of stints on design teams and I was delighted and amazed to be asked to be a Guest designer at CKC.  It is such a wonderful concept.  I'm sure I'm not alone with my obsession with pretty paper and embellishments. I have far more than I could ever use in a lifetime, but CKC helps me to get those papers out of the stacks and drawers and into a kit to work through the ever growing mountain of photographs and memories just waiting to be recorded in the prettiest way possible.  My daughter is so used to scrapbooks that when she saw my baby album at Grandma's she didn't ask where the coloured photos are (yes I am old enough to only have black and white baby photos!) but said "Where are all the pretties?"

Let's move onto our hop now to make sure you start off with plenty of great ideas!  Don't forget about our great TUTORIAL post on the 4th that will help inspire you to MAKE some of the pieces in your kit!


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We would LOVE to have you participate!  Check out the How to play along with us tab at the top of the page to see how you can play along after you make your kit!  We have a month full of special challenges and ideas so we can get some creating done and get some supplies used up.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June 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)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Challenge 3: One side or the other


I know picking sides is not always fair, but in this case I must insist on it.  You must pick a side and not be afraid of it!  No middle of the road for us!  LOL

Challenge #3: One side or the other:  Focus on only ONE side of your project (either one...I don't have a preference) and keep the rest white space.


Margie took the challenge with her kit:
(And almost succeeded) Check out her blog for more details.

Leslie searched for inspiration & found it!
Full blog post with details HERE

Stephanie took the idea of "white space" quite literally ...

Lynnette hugged the coast (so to speak) on her page 
about her favorite vacation destination.  
And in case you don't know... ACK are the airport 
call letters for Nantucket, Massachusetts.



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We would LOVE to have you participate!  Check out the How to play along with us tab at the top of the page to see how you can play along after you make your kit!  We have a month full of special challenges and ideas so we can get some creating done and get some supplies used up.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Challenge 2: Transportation Challenge


I have been seeing lots of Facebook posts from my friends with great traveling photos (including our lovely Design Team...yes, I am jealous and living vicariously through them).  Travel icons have always been popular and make a great addition to those travel pages you are certainly planning.

Challenge #2:  Transportation Challenge:  Have something transportation related on your project.

Julene has used photos of a ship unloading on her layout.


Leslie celebrated her husband's retirement with a ride in the sky!


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We would LOVE to have you participate!  Check out the How to play along with us tab at the top of the page to see how you can play along after you make your kit!  We have a month full of special challenges and ideas so we can get some creating done and get some supplies used up.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Challenge 1: Patterned Die Cuts


Isn't the card above cute?  Simone at Designs by Simone has a lot of great examples of making die cuts have some PUNCH on your project.

Challenge #1:  Patterned Die Cuts:  Use only PATTERNED PAPER to create a layered die cut for your project.

I am excited to see what the Design Team came up with for this challenge!  There is so much you can do with a die cut!

Guest Designer Emma has some fun with a patterned AND dimensional balloon.  How cute!


Susanne layered punched heart shapes to embellish several cards.  Check out her blog for more examples.







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We would LOVE to have you participate!  Check out the How to play along with us tab at the top of the page to see how you can play along after you make your kit!  We have a month full of special challenges and ideas so we can get some creating done and get some supplies used up.