January 2018 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to the this month’s kit reveal at Counterfeit Kit Challenge! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are enjoying the start to 2018!

(You should be arriving here from Julene’s blog. To access the entire blog hop list, go back to the CKC home page.)

We have had a few changes here at CKC—we’ve said goodbye to a few Master Forgers and are welcoming four new members to the design team—Cindy, Laura, Lori and Tina. We are thrilled to have these talented ladies on our team!

For January, Master Forger Lisa chose the Fair Isle kit from November 2017 at Cocoa Daisy as our inspiration kit. This collection is full of beautiful reds and greens, and touches of black and white. The embellishments are perfect for scrapbooking all of those holiday photographs, but versatile enough to be used for other pages as well.

To create my kit, I began by taking inspiration from the red and green color scheme and organic prints in several of the papers. I chose two Basic Grey papers in red with floral and organic patterns. I then chose a floral print with red and blue flowers and a white background. I also added a green paper with a very subtle floral print.

The inspiration kit mixed several floral and organic prints with more geometric prints—the papers with the cars, stripes, and black lettering. From my stash I pulled a paper with red musical notes, and black-and-white checked print, and a white paper with black lettering. I now felt that I had a mix of papers that echoed the colors and themes of the original.

I also added a red paper with glittered polka-dots to mimic the rhinestone embellishments in the Fair Isle kit.

Since the inspiration kit had several wood-themed embellishments (the pinecones and pine boughs), I chose a box of white-washed wooden shapes from Prima to begin rounding out my kit. Next I added a sheet of red letter stickers from October Afternoon and a pack of enamel dots in holiday colors by Echo Park. Finally I chose several die cuts from Maggie Holmes and Elle’s Studio in the same colors but lighter shades that really complement the patterned papers.

I took a cue from the swan die cut to name my kit Hello Darling—perfect for welcoming in a new year!

And now, on to see Laura’s take on this month’s kit!

Now go create!

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Under the Stars | A CKC Challenge

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My kids are all too old for trick-or-treating now so I am finding new ways to celebrate Halloween. This year we stayed at home, had a delicious meal, binge-watched Stranger Things on Netflix, and made s’mores under the stars. I knew the photographs I took on that night would be perfect to scrapbook for our second challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

Master Forger Lisa says, “November is my birthday month and those of you who know me will know that I am a passionate Scorpio! Add that in with an obsession love (!) for any paper with star, sky, or constellation design and I’m pretty much in heaven.

So, let’s get inspired by the stars or zodiac constellations and use them our projects.”

Since I only had a few stars in my kit, I went in search of more stars in my stash. I found two gold stars and several puffy sticker stars. Perfect for this page!

Now go create!

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A Peek at a Week | CKC November Mini Kit

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This month’s inspiration kit at Counterfeit Kit Challenge is the Emerson collection from November 2016 by Citrus Twist Kits. It is a bright, fun collection and I am having a great time using it as inspiration for several projects this month.

Taking cues from the colorful arrow paper in the kit, I put together this very mini-kit in order to create a spread for my weekly pocket page album.

For this particular week, I had several outdoor photographs with bright colors. The weather was perfect and we spent a lot of time outside—taking care of the horses, shopping, bike-riding, and taking the fire truck for a spin. I knew this mini-kit would be a perfect complement to my pictures.

Make sure you check out the mini-kits created by the other Master Forgers this month on the CKC blog.

Now go create!

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CKC November Kit Reveal | Heaps of Hearts

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It is November and fall is in full swing here–the weather is chilly but pleasant and the trees are turning beautiful colors. And with the new month comes a new counterfeit kit!

Welcome to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge monthly kit reveal blog hop. You should have arrived here from Julene’s blog. If you are in need of the entire blog schedule, simply click here to go to the CKC blog.

This month our inspiration kit is Emerson, the November 2016 kit from Citrus Twist Kits. This collection full of bright, fun patterned papers. I love the mix of bold, colorful designs with more muted, subtle patterns. The embellishments are super-cute—I especially love the wood and cork hearts.

Inspired by the colorful arrow paper in the collection, I began my kit with an equally colorful paper but in a checked design. I added several coordinating papers in a mix of both bright and muted palettes.

Since I loved the hearts from the inspiration kit so much, I searched for heart-themed products that I could add to my kit. I completed the kit with some white Thickers, enamel dots, phrase stickers, gold tags and word stickers. I am calling this kit Heaps of Hearts.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are inspired by this month’s kit and are eager to make your own collection. The next stop on the hop is Leslie’s blog.

Now go create!

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In Black-and-White

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In August, my oldest child went off to college. This change has not been an easy one for me. I am so happy that my son is growing up and taking this next step in his life. But I am also sad that he is no longer around all the time. It has been odd to all of a sudden only have two children at home. I have been journaling and scrapbooking about this time in my life a lot–it has been helping me work through my ever-changing feelings.

I took this story and used it as the basis for this month’s first challenge at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month we are using the St. Tropez collection from Prima as our inspiration kit.

And here is our challenge: One of St. Tropez’ famous residents was Bridget Bardot. Most photographs and films of her were in black-and-white. Use a black-and-white photo(s) on a colored background.

The papers in my kit, Wandering, have a definite vintage feel and some are quite dark. In order to have my photograph stand out against this background, I chose a picture that is fairly simple in composition and converted it to black-and-white. I love the look of the monochromatic print against the mix of vintage prints.

Make sure to check out the projects from the rest of the Master Forgers for this month’s first challenge on the CKC blog.

Now go create!

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