Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Counterfeit Kit


The picture above is very fitting for this Indiana girl.  Our summer has been a DELUGE of rain, storms and tornados.  Our city looks like a flood zone and we have not had much of a break from the weather for things to calm down.  Not quite the summer I had planned (not much chance for outdoor activities due to the wetness and safety issue) for my family, so we have resorted to many library visits, some museum visits and hanging around the house.  I am ready for a little space!  LOL

More time at home has not equalled more time to play, unfortunately, but hopefully this next kit can inspire some crafty time!

Scrappy Canary has a fun June kit that is the perfect fit for my Master Forgers and their yen for travel!  I hope you will enjoy the kit, too, as you pull yours together based on the theme, colors, patterns or even just "wing" it this month!


We do not have a Guest Designer for this month because I wanted to make sure you knew about a great opportunity here at Counterfeit Kit Challenge!


We would like to add one or two new faces to our team here at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge!  We posted details of "The Great Master Forger Search" last week so be sure to check out the post here to find out all you need to do to join in on the fun from OUR end!

Are you ready to get creating?  Hop on through our Master Forgers interpretation of the kit for this month to get some fresh ideas before you pull together your own!


We have another great month full of challenges, tutorials and ideas, so make sure you check back here and on Facebook!

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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, July 25, 2015

The Great Master Forger Search!


The Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog could not be what it is without a fantastic team of people who run the show behind the scenes.  We work hard each month to inspire you, encourage each other and have a lot of fun at the same time.

Check out our great team HERE!

Design Team Responsibilities:
We each have our role to play to keep the Counterfeit Kit Challenge running smoothly.
Here are some things we do each month:
~Prepare our kit based on our inspiration kit and schedule a blog post to introduce the kit and participate on a team hop.
~Participate in an assigned challenge each month with a photo of your project that will get posted on the blog to share an example of the challenge.
~Comment on some of the Mr. Linky entries each month to give support and encouragement.
~Post on our Facebook Group to keep people talking, excited and "in the know" about what is going on here.
~Participate in (and even suggest and plan) team challenges for the Master Forgers.
~Help come up with occasional "special features" that we can post on our blog.
~Write occasional blog posts for our special events.
~Create tutorials for pieces that you forge especially for your kit.

Design Team Benefits:
~Getting to help plan the fun things we do on the blog.
~Hanging out in a special Facebook group for Master Forgers.  We have fun there!
~Get more exposure for your blog.  We always link up to direct traffic your way!
~Getting experience in the inner workings of a design team is always a plus.

How to Apply:
We have a fun little challenge for you!  One of our Master Forgers, Stephanie had a great suggestions to help you make your Counterfeit Kit!

1.  E-mail us at counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com your answers to the questions below.  Each multiple choice answer corresponds with a "choice" for your kit.  You will get an e-mail response telling you what things you will need to put in your kit.
2.  Create your kit based on the e-mail you receive.
3.  Create 1 forged item to put in your kit (can be part of the list you receive or a bonus item).
4.  Issue a challenge and create one project based on your challenge.
5.  Write a blog post that shares your kit and explains your process...tutorials on how you made your forged item...and shares your challenge/project.  Let us see YOUR personality in your blog post.

E-mail us back with a link to your finished blog post entry NO LATER THAN midnight on August 23rd (Mountain Standard Time) to be considered for our team.

What we are looking for:
~Creativity in interpreting the kit.
~A fun way to present your kit in your blog post.
~An ability to forge part of your kit and make a tutorial for it.
~An ability to make a variety of project types (outside of standard scrapbook layouts/cards...home decor, Pocket Scrapbooking, gift items, mini albums...)
~Your ability to complete tasks on time and be a team player.


Ready to answer some questions and find out more about the kit you will be creating?

1.  If you could pick any vacation, what would it be?
     a.  exploring a foreign country
     b.  time spent relaxing on the beach
     c.  camping trip
     d.  shopping spree

2.  If you could travel however you wish, what would you use?
     a.  car
     b.  plane
     c.  boat
     d.  horse

3.  If you could travel with anyone, who would you pick?
     a.  would rather travel alone
     b.  family member
     c.  one close friend
     d.  a group of friends

4.  When packing for a trip, you believe:
     a.  more is better...my luggage will be overweight
     b.  I try to be careful and make sure my luggage fits the guidelines
     c.  I like to just take a carry on
     d.  Shopping when I get there is WAY more fun!

5.  How would you plan for your trip?
     a.  Let things happen as they happen.  As long as I know where I am ending up...
     b.  I need every second planned for the best trip ever.
     c.  I don't even like to pick my destination.  Road trip anyone?
     d.  I plan some things, but like to be flexible.

6.  If you could pick any type of food to eat, you would pick:
     a.  Mexican food
     b.  Chinese food
     c.  Thai food
     d.  Italian food

7.  What is the perfect length of time for your perfect get away?
     a.  An overnight trip is best...I like to be home.
     b.  A weekend away would be refreshing.
     c.  There is no point in taking less than a week for my trip.
     d.  A month would be an idea time for me to get my vacation on.

Now e-mail us the answers to these questions at counterfeitkitchallenge@gmail.com to find out what you will be putting in your kit.  

Good luck and we are excited to hear from YOU!



Friday, July 24, 2015

July Members Blog Hop

Kermit

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:  Picture This: Use at least 4 photos.

Challenge #2:  Old Tool Challenge: Dust off an old tool and get creative.

Challenge #3:  Project Altering Experience: Include an altered embellishment.

Here's the Blog Hop order ...

Jemma   http://just-jimjams.blogspot.co.uk
Karen   https://pinkycrafter.wordpress.com
Tina   http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com
Julene   http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com.au
Susan   http://littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.com
Laura   http://intheairingcupboardcrafts.blogspot.co.uk
Leslie   http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com
Gabrielle   http://nomorelittlemonkeys.blogspot.com
Roxanne   http://roxyrolla.blogspot.ca/
Lisa   http://lisahausmann.blogspot.de

... if your name isn't there this month - why not join in with the September Members' Hop - just drop us an e-mail by September 18th - EVERYONE is welcome!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Calling all members!!!

We know that it's summer right now and you are all out there creating your memories and happy family experiences but we'd just like to remind you that our member blog hop is so much more fun when it's full of our Counterfeit Kit Challenge friends sharing their creations!


To give you a chance to sign up for our ever popular member blog hop, we are extending the sign up deadline to 20th July and then we will send round the blog hop order on 22nd! The more sign ups, the merrier in our book. 


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 20th 
  2. You will receive an e-mail from us by the 22nd 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)
Question for our members: Our blog hops have been quite small recently, with fewer sign-ups. We are considering if it might be better for us to have the member blog hop every other month or even every quarter. What do YOU think about that? We'd love to hear your opinions about the hop! Do you think they are too often? Are they too complicated for you to join in? Are they something you would miss if we reduced the frequency? Or is once a month just right? Let us know in the comments below so that we can make sure we are providing you the fun and inspiration YOU want :-)

Friday, July 17, 2015

July 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)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Challenge #3: Project Altering Experience!

Our good friend, Jennifer at Jennifer Grace Creates made a fun tutorial on this very topic!  You can check it out HERE!


Challenge 3: Alter an embellishment to use on your project!  We would love to see the before/after, process you used or even a tutorial!

This type of challenge is RIGHT up our alley here at the CKC blog!  We are ready to show off our lovely skills!

Susanne subtracted from an embellishment instead of adding to one.  Here's the card she made; details on her process on her blog here.


Stephanie played around with Project Life cards (even going so far as to slice one in half!) to create a layered, clustered look for her layout. Check out her blog for more photos + details.





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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.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Challenge #2: Old Tools



Challenge #2:  Old Tool Challenge:  Get out an old tool you have not used in a while and do a technique with in on your project!

Any guesses as to the tools the Master Forgers have long forgotten?

Can you guess what they were?




Julene  made a shaker box on her layout using foam core board, 
transparency and a craft knife. 


Leslie started working on her cabin album & drug out 
her Big Kick, some dies, and an embossing folder.
 
 

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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.