Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Counterfeit Kit Challenge August Kit Reveal Blog Hop

Here we are again.  A new month and a new inspiration kit.  If you've arrived directly, you will want to start over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog site here, so that you can visit each one of our master forgers' blogs.  If you've arrived via Leslie's blog, then you are on the right track.  No worries if you are completely lost as there's the full list of Master Forgers at the bottom of this post.  This month's kit comes from the monthly kit club, Scrapbooking from the Inside Out, and is called "Confidence".  Take a look:

When I first saw the kit, I immediately recognized those Simple Stories papers as ones I just recently purchased.  Really!  I bought them BEFORE we got the information about the kit!  I always feel a little guilty when I actually have some of the pieces in a kit as it doesn't feel like true counterfeiting!  Silly, I know, because there's still a ton I don't own and there's still plenty of opportunities for interpretation and counterfeiting.

I took the cork cue and decided my kit would have an office supply store type feel.  So grab a cart and come peruse the aisles of my "big box" store and see all the essentials of...


Here is everything you will need to keep your scrapbook pages running smoothly.
Let's take a look down the paper aisle:
Above we have some of the same Simple Stories papers (yellow chevrons, seafoam hexagons and Project Life-style cards) that were also in the inspiration kit, as well as a piece from the 9 to 5 collection by October Afternoon.  Some graph paper by Basic Grey and the retro typewriters by Studio Calico.

More graph paper (for crunching the numbers!) by October Afternoon, a Basic Grey ticket paper (which will be great for cutting apart) and a Miss Lizzy camera stamp.

I followed the lead of the inspiration kit for the solid cardstock.  While solid colors are not my "go-to", I have been including them each month and using them.  Yay for chiseling away at my stash!  Again, the 9 to 5 collection is a perfect fit for my themed kit.  Those label stickers will be great for layering or adding a quick spot of journaling.

Here in the "desk drawer", you will find lots of little finishing touches.  Basic Grey chipboard arrows, pens, pencils and push pins.  Manilla tags for altering, name and memo tags, stencils, a notebook punch, some Smash paper clips with flags, wood veneer cameras and photo paper (aka polaroids!)  You'll even find replacement ribbon for your old school typewriter courtesy of the October Afternoon 9 to 5 miscellany pack!

In the other desk organizer, we have tape...washi tape, that is, an Amy Tan date stamp, some metal rimmed tags, and wood veneer typewriters.  Oh and my Tiny Tim stapler is hidden in there.  I even had the Basic Grey chipboard record from the inspiration kit.  While not an office supply, I had to throw that one in, too!

Fresh out of the printer we have an old school Dymo label maker, a hole punch with some Tim Holtz circle reinforcers, and circular tie string closures by K and Company.  And Hey!  Don't forget about the chipboard speech bubble by Basic Grey!

Now that's enough chatter 'round the watercooler!  It's time to get scrapping and create some layouts with these supplies!

Here's the blog hop line-up:

Guest Designer: Heidi  WELCOME HEIDI!
>> Angela
>> Dawn
>> Jemma
>> Julene
>> Lesley G.
>> Lisa H.
>> Leslie
>> Lynnette YOU ARE HERE!
>> Millisa GO HERE NEXT!
>> Stephanie

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

CKC Members Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members Blog Hop.  Each month we have so many talented and inspiring scrappers joining in on the counterfeiting fun that it's great to have a place to showcase them.  Sit back, relax and enjoy this blog-gallery tour including Master Forgers and the amazing CKC participants.

This month Challenge #1 was hardly a challenge at all!  We were to be inspired by one of our Master Forgers.  Actually, the true challenge was in trying to narrow down all of the wonderful choices!  After much perusing and hemming and hawing, I decided on Master Forger Dawn's mini book she had created about her husband as seen here.  I love all the little bits and pieces she added and this was a perfect way to use up some of those end-of-the-kit scraps.  Here is my creation:

While I didn't create a mini book, I translated those tags into a 12x12 layout.  It's fun to a have many little canvases to create vignettes.  This little shop in the shore community of Ocean City, New Jersey is a favorite of mine.  The owner carries a unique mix of antiques, shabby chic furniture and well-chosen new items that fit that beachy feel.  I like to say it's "Country Living" meets "Coastal Living".  In each one of my "vignettes" I tried to include embellies that evoke the feel of the shop:  pom-pom fringe, well-worn denim, lace doilies, a wood veneer ship in a bottle and of course, gingham, for the Gingham Whale!

Thank you, Dawn for your creativity and inspiration!  Remember, if you are ever stuck in a rut or don't feel you've got your scrappy mojo, be SHORE (hehehe!) to check out the blogs of your Master Forgers and the faithful followers of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.  

Now go hop along and be inspired!  Your next stop is Milissa.

Lesley G
Lisa H

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Knock-off Thickers

Hi there.  Thanks for stopping by to see how I made my knock-off Thickers.  You know, the ones in the July Kit that are black with white pen scribbles?  I just so happened to have the original in my stash, but you can be sure the day is going to come when I'm missing an "e" or a "t" and this technique just might save the day.

I simply found some raw chipboard letters I've had forever and painted them black.  You could even paint over some chipboard letters you aren't so fond of anymore.  How's THAT for stash busting!

Then I used my white gel pen to add the scribbles.

And there you have it. little lovelies!

Next, we have my version of those Glitz Bits and Pieces cards.   Here is the original:
And here is my version:

Exact?  No, but close enough for me.  They have the same look and feel and it only took a few minutes to put these together.  Be sure to keep your eyes and mind open to counterfeiting opportunities out there.  It's so much fun to pull it off!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Inspired by...

Challenge #1 for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to draw inspiration from one of our Master Forgers.  I am always in awe as I peruse the works of my partners in crime and see their varied talents, but I decided to choose one of our newest Master Forgers who also happens to be my scrapbestie.

I "met" Leslie S. (LCSmithSAVED) online in October 2010 during Lain Ehmann's Layout A Day Challenge and over the years we have developed a special friendship.  She has helped me grow as a scrapper and has taught me some valuable scrappy lessons that I have applied to my own layouts.  Leslie's CKC "audition challenge" was to create a self portrait layout.
Here is hers:

And here is mine:

The kraft bag from my July kit, "Rainbow Connection" includes strips detailing the
 Scrappy Things I've Learned from Leslie.

Leslie's #1 Motto:  Make the patterned paper work for you!

You can see that I implemented all of her techniques!  Chevron stamped in black...check.  Sun outlined in black pen...check.  Tropical flowers fussy cut...check.  Upper thread is orange.  Lower bobbin thread is red, but you would never know it!

Leslie has such a great style and eye for pattern.  We are so lucky to have her on our team.  Check out her are sure to be inspired!