Monday, 12 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Challenge #1 - I love Paris

It's time for Challenge #1 over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and Julene asked us to make a page with the prompt "I love Paris".

No problem for me. Everyone knows that I love Paris and I've made several pages about that romantic city over the last month or so. Therefore, I decided to make a layout about my trip to the west of France from the beginning of the month instead.

I just couldn't reduce the number of photos I wanted to include on my page so I just jiggled the photos around until I found a way to squeeze them all onto one 12x12. It's not my favourite ever page but I still love it!

Julene suggested that we channel our inner Paris by using elements which remind us of the city or incorporating lace, beads, pearls or anything that suggest the romance of the place.

I had included lots of these types of embellishments into my February kit, Amour, and had a lot of fun using some bits and pieces that I haven't used for a long time - beaded flowers, lace, metal corners. The layout is a bit more dimensional than usual but I really do think it's reminiscent of Paris and France in general.

The paper in the background here is actually postcards and envelopes covered in French printing and writing. You can't really see it but I know it's there and therefore, it's perfect.

The title just came to me when I looked through the photos. I also picked out the softer colours from my kit that seemed to complement the stone and antique shades in the photos. Soft aquas, stone, cream, gold, greens.

Several visual triangles have been used in the hope of helping the viewer work their way around this rather busy page. Hope that works!

And that's it for now! My third page with my Amour kit and a layout that is a perfect reminder of one of the best weekends I've had in years. This is such a beautiful part of the country and I can imagine making one or two more layouts about my time there.

In the meantime, head over to the blog to see what the others have produced and don't forget to link up your own creations:


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Forgery on the Fourth - February 2018

Back again with a really quick and easy idea for my Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit, Amour.

The original Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris kit had some rather delightful ribbon bows and these seemed perfect for me to copy for my own kit.

I went though my ribbons and found some that seemed suitable.

Then I just folded it over for form the bow part and secured it with a few stitches.

And then I cut a really small piece of ribbon and wrapped it round the centre with a few sturdy stitches at the back. This bit was a bit fiddly but only because I have no patience!

Trim the tails et voilĂ !

Three cute bows which I will no doubt use for cards that I intend to hand deliver because of the bulk and dimension. You know me, I always find the easy way to make things ;-)

Will you give these a try or do you have another idea for some of your own forgeries?

I've included a list of printables over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog too with themes that match the original kit so check those out too!

Don't forget that you can share you Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits and pages/projects on the CKC blog here, over in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or over on Instagram here (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit reveal blog hop

Welcome to February and to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge February kit reveal blog hop. 

I can't say I'm sorry to be saying goodbye to January and hope that February does more to lift the spirits! But a new month and a new scrapbooking kit full of scrummy products is sure to help.

Hopefully you've reached me via Kelly's blog here and up next is Laura who you can find on her Instagram feed here. Of course, you mustn't forget to head over to our very lovely Guest Designer Monica who we are thrilled to have join us (head over to her blog Monica's Craft Corner). The full blog hop list can be found at the end of the post. Make sure to check out the full list as the girls are rocking their stuff at the moment and you won't want to miss out on any of it. :-) 

Julene picked out our kit this month. She decided to delight us with the Noel Mignon Weekend in Paris kit(s) (the link will take you to the Daily Diary kit shown in the photo below) 

Noel Mignon - Weekend in Paris - Daily Diary kit

But there was also a Classic kit (see photo below) that has since sold out (you can see more of the details of this kit in this YouTube video by Rock Paper Treasures here)

Noel Mignon - Weekend in Paris - Classic kit

Julene has also pulled together a Pinterest inspiration board for these kits that you can find here - some super ideas over there so be sure to take a look. 

Before I go into all the ins and outs of how I put my kit together, let me share "Amour" with you. Perfect for February don't you think!

I looked at the content list for the Daily Diary kit and then the unboxing video of the Classic kit and noted down a whole list of colours (pink, green, yellow, black, cream), themes (hot air balloons, whimsy, fairground, Paris), patterns (repeating, stripes, squiggles, chevrons, circles, colour wash) and emotions (happy, fun, romantic).

Rather than trying to match the kit piece by piece, I then went off and started with my Crate Paper collection to see what I had that matched what I felt when looking at the original. There were several from the Oasis collection - bright strips, ombré, cut apart labels, flamingos, large repeating circles. From there I just built up colours and motives to match the inspiration kit. Some balloons and fairground from Echo Park, water colour and geometrics from Pink Paislee, a gold heart printed vellum, small all over stars from BasicGrey, collage letters, starburst and cut apart cards from Webster's Pages. Beautiful. I finished off this starting point with some sheets of tickets from Echo Park that really need using up.

I really wanted to play up the Paris and romantic part of the inspiration kit so I added in some of the left over pocket cards and stickers from Kesi 'art Moonlight collection which include a lot of French. And a brand new set of stickers from oneCanoetwo's Creekside collection added in a romantic travel feeling.

When I looked at all the embellishments in the Noel Mignon kit, I had a feeling of nostalgia with the florals, pompoms, tickets, metal shapes and of course the ribbon bows so I made sure to include a lot of older bits and pieces which I might have used a few years ago. This will be the chance for me to see if I can still use them or if they need to be donated out of my stash.

There were lots and lots of embellies in both the original kits so I felt ok to also add in loads to mine. You can see several rolls of washi, some random die cuts, tickets, labels.

Some clips and veneer words match up to the clips and acetate words in the original kits.

I love enamel dots so a fresh pack of those found their way in and they have the perfect colours. A gold dotted alpha was close to the original and I included two smaller alphas because I always reach for those. In line with the romantic, vintage feel of Weekend In Paris, I dug out several small lengths of lace which would be great to use and these cameo elements which I've never used. There are quite a few flowers too which I'm curious to see if I can work onto my layouts! In the past, no layout was complete without them but I hardly ever use them any more.

I found some metal elements in my stash and added them in along with some flair, pompoms and an assortment of older embellishments which seemed to fit.

Yes, it's a huge kit! But it's the only one I have on the go at the moment so I think that's ok. I've already cut into it for a few layouts which I hope to share soon and have some ideas for some others too. My target is 6 pages which I think is no problem at all with all these supplies!

I'm excited to see what February brings, are you?

Here's the full blog hop list and don't forget that you can share you Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits and pages/projects on the CKC blog here, over in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community here or over on Instagram here (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge )

And now over to you!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - January 2018 mini kit

I volunteered for mini-kit duty in January because I knew that I wanted to try to get ahead with my Project Life for 2017 and I've really been enjoying making up these smaller (though still pretty big!) selections that get used for a particular project.

I picked out the Cocoa Daisy November Fair Isle kit for us to be inspired because I loved the mix of wintery, Christmassy and neutral colours which could give each of us somewhere different to go.

My mind went in many different directions and it took me a while to settle on how my kit was going to come together. But when I looked at the patterned papers in the kit, my eye settled on the florally, leafy print in those gorgeous soft pinks, greens and shades of orange.

It suddenly reminded me of the BasicGrey Indian Summer collection from way back when. I pulled the papers in the collection and selected one sheet that then formed the centre point of my kit. So, from a distinctly wintery, Christmassy kit I've made a kit that's distinctly autumnal - perfect!

Here's my January kit, "Together".

It looks bigger than it really is! There's the one sheet of 12x12 and all the rest of the papers are from my scrap box and PL card box.

I added in a whole bunch of die cuts, a couple of tags from previous kits and lots of little bits and pieces that I could imagine being useful for decorating pocket page cards. As luck (or it *might* have been a little planned) would have it, the next spreads I need to do for PL will be September and October which of course are perfect for the colours and embellishments I've added in here.

I struggle with alphas for the smaller canvas of pocket cards so I added in a couple of smaller fonts so that I have more choice.

You will already have seen this die cut which I "forged" using the inspiration from the original kit. It also gave me the name for this kit (gather is a name I've used before).

Labels, die cuts, gems and nature inspired elements inspired by the original kit. I added in sequins rather than the gold stars and included a few bird veneers instead of more die cuts.

It looks like a lot and I knew I probably wouldn't use it all. I had two months in my PL album in mind to complete and I thought that I might be able to find a way to use this kit for both. Let's see how that works out...

Well, as it would happen I managed to get October 2017 completed using just some of the papers and embellishments and has enough left over to get September done (I'll share that if when I get that done)!


I feel like journalling is missing but to be honest, I wasn't sure about where to put it! This process is still not settled and it's not yet getting any easier for me. Nor am I any quicker. I think I need to think about this a bit more for 2018 to get it clearer in my head. But for now, I want to get 2017 finished so that I can move on. I think I have almost 7 months done now and quite a bit of September done too so it's coming along.

But when I look at the gorgeous pages out there and our very own Master Forger Susan's delightful pages, I know I have a long way to go! Ha ha.

More soon, but for now, thanks for being here today and make sure you play along over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. All info about how to join in and where you can find us in on the blog here.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Forgery on the Fourth

Welcome and Happy New Year. As every year, I have high hopes of doing a better job of blogging and sharing so let's see how that works out for me. But in the meantime, great to see you here for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Forgery on the Fourth feature where we help you to see how the simplest of ideas can help you enhance your very own version of the original inspiration kit.

If you've missed the main kit reveal, it's a good one this month because we have a fabulous Guest Designer Julie, and new Master Forgers Lori, Laura, Tina & Cindy who have jumped right in with their own takes on the Cocoa Daisy November 2017 Fair Isle kit. Make sure you check out the blog hop over at the CKC blog so that you don't miss out on the details.

I was instantly drawn to the acrylic words "gather together" in the inspiration kit and wanted to find a way to bring that into my own kit. My trusty Silhouette seemed like the ideal solution and a simple word-art die-cut would be the perfect addition to my own kit and ended up providing the name too - "Together". You can find out all about my own mini-kit on the 6th - both here and on the CKC blog - but today I'm just sharing my take on the word embellishments.

I really liked that it was two words but that they had been cut together.

I searched through my Silhouette library and discovered several cuts with exactly the same words but none of them could be cut as one piece. I've been trying to experiment a little more on the Silhouette recently and decided not to let this get in the way of using this pretty cut file.

I brought the original cut into my design screen. Here you can see that it's two words and of course, way too big. No problem!

First I "ungrouped" the file which luckily gave me two individual words that I could manipulate. I moved the "together" up and overlapped it with the "gather" file so that it could be joined at the loop of the "g" and the lower stroke of the "r".

Then all I needed to do was make sure that both the files were highlighted and "merge" them. As you can see below, the red cutting line now shows that these two files are now fused together and will cut as a single die-cut piece. Perfect and simple! Sometimes it works so easily :-)

I resized it so that the length was just under 6" - perfect for a pocket page card and all I had to do now was cut it from a paper which didn't have a strong pattern so that the words could be easily read.

I carefully removed it from the cutting mat and picked out all the little insert pieces - I am always amazed when I get a perfect cut and I don't destroy the whole cut during this process! A thicker piece of paper might have been better but I love the delicacy of this piece and will definitely be using it for my mini-kit project!

Tune in on 6th again to check out all the details of that.

Are you making your own embellishments for your kit? Then be sure to share your ideas with us. You can link up by using the Link-Up page on the CKC blog, posting in the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Facebook Community Group or on Instagram (find us @counterfeitchallenge and share with #counterfeitchallenge ).

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge - Star Sign InspirationI

Ok, I cheated! 

There's usually a "bit" of cheating but this month, I was a bit more .... shall we say, obvious!

Ok, let's start at the beginning. I made a beautiful Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit this month, Celebrate. I was really happy with it. I made two layouts right off for assignments which I haven't been able to share yet (but will soon) and then realised that I needed to make my layout for Challenge #2 - Star Sign Inspiration (you can find the blog post with all the shares over here).

Now, while I'd been creating with the kit, a "few" extras found their way in to the box. Some gold words, an alphabet, some chipboard pieces, some die cuts from a previous kit. But you know, it's all good because using up stash is using up stash. Right? So if something finds its way in there and gets used up, I'm not worried.

But now I had to make a layout inspired by star signs.

This was a challenge I'd come up with myself and I was really looking forward to having the excuse of making a page all about me in my birthday month. Like I say, Scorpios can be a little ....  "devious" at times ;-)

When I looked into the leftovers of my kit, which was quite a small one for me, there was nothing that was really inspiring me to make a Scorpio page. But still, determined, I headed off for my weekly crop with my already enhanced kit and a photo. When I got there, some new products had just arrived and I just knew I had to cheat bend the rules a little. The constellation paper from the Dear Lizzy Star Gazer line was screaming my name and I couldn't ignore that siren call. So I gently placed a sheet into my kit box and smiled slyly to myself. Then I spotted the Star Gazer washi tape pack featuring constellations and a rose gold/copper as well as some small font alphas and my destiny was set.

And this is the layout that was born out of my "embellished" kit!

There is a tiny bit of tape at the top and the bottom here but the rest were items in the kit, I promise! (Well, apart from that stunning background paper of course)

I used the manufacturing strip from the constellation paper as well as the hearts that had been cut off from a sheet of Shimelle paper that was in the kit originally. And the photo mat was also in the kit from the beginning so it's not all cheating!

The Thicker alphabet was the perfect size and I added in the small navy stickers because every kit needs something a bit smaller for longer titles such as this. Look at that gorgeous background paper!

And as luck would have it, if I turned the paper upside down, there was Scorpio. This makes me more than happy and I "might" have purchased half a dozen more pieces of this paper. You know, just in case!

So, if I'm honest this is about 60% cheated stuff on the page but the other 40% is really my Celebrate kit.

Will you forgive me? 

This page was a lot of fun to make as I absolutely wanted to keep as much of the design showing as possible but at the same time, wanted to feature a larger photo than usual. By piling up small items in each corner, I really think I achieved my goal and made a page that makes me happy when I look at it - even if I wince a little at the same time ;-)

So, in conclusion... This Scorpio girl is smiling. And that matters.

I do hope you were inspired to make your own star sign pages or just pages featuring stars in some way using your own Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit. If you do, make sure you share with us. There's a great community over on Facebook - Counterfeit Kit Challenge Community - or you can link up at the CKC blog or over on IG @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge

Monday, 6 November 2017

Counterfeit Kit Challenge mini-kit reveal November 2017

I'm on double duty over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge this month - with both a full kit at the beginning of the month (you can find that kit here) and a mini-kit today. Having picked out the kit myself this time around, I liked it so much that I decided I needed to do both and it's the last regular CKC kit of the year because we always do something different in December.

So you might be surprised to see me here again today but I like to surprise so I hope you'll stick around to see what I have to share with you.

Let's just remind ourselves of the Citrus Twist kit that I picked out as our inspiration. Unfortunately, in the time between picking out the kit and our month going live, the original kit has dropped off the Citrus Twist website but there is an unboxing video on their blog here so you could check it out there if you need a better look (thanks to CKC follower Julie for pointing this video out to us :-) )

I had gone for a closer match in my full kit - Celebrate - and with my mini, I decided I wanted to go with patterns instead and raid my scrap box for some bits and pieces suitable for a few cards.

Chevrons, geometrics, repeating patterns, diamonds, florals, arrows, dots, stars all made the cut and then I added in some suitable embellishments - twine, enamels, washi, mini-alphas, veneer and some elements that I'd made some time before for cards but which had never been fully utilised! Yes, the procrastinator hit again...

Here's my kit.

Not much like the original if I'm honest, but all the patterns are represented and most of the elements of the kit itself. Here are some details.

I had four sheets of this embossed cardstock that I thought would be really useful as bases for my designs.

This star and word strips were inspired by a card I received last birthday and the shooting star effect is really easy to achieve with a suitable sized die.

November and December are crazy season for birthdays and celebrations and I knew that a few birthday cards would be useful to have in my supplies. So I used those embossed sheets to make four similar but different cards. Three birthday and a thank you card as I know that I'll need to send out one or two of those later in the month too!

And here are the individual cards in detail.

I decided to use a few doilies which were not originally in my kit as well as some thread rather than twine.

Keeping it simple with the star element which was already made up.

My nested star die proved so useful and is one of my favourites. I only have a handful of dies because I'm too stingy to buy them normally, but my nested star and circles have really won the day recently.

And there you have it. As always, quick and easy cards which are all similar and very simple. I'm totally not an innovative card maker but with all the supplies I have, it seems crazy to spend money on cards and enjoy the fast results I get.

I still have quite a few supplies from my mini kit left which I will probably just add to another card mini-kit I have hanging around. I still need a handful more cards to replenish my supplies so another sessions of quick creating is needed. One of these has already been given and there are many more days in the coming weeks so I need to get making again!

Thanks for dropping by and please make sure you share your own mini-kit creations over at the CKC blog, the CKC Facebook community or Instagram using @counterfeitkitchallenge or #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see what you've been making.


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