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!



Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop | Flowers & Candy

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Welcome to the February Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop! You should have come here from Clair’s blog. If you would like a list of the entire hop, just go back to the CKC home page. (You will notice that we have made a few changes in our monthly happenings. To read about our new and improved schedule, go here and here.)

Whew! January is already over and February is upon us! A new month and a new inspiration kit! This month Master Forger Clair has chosen this lovely kit from Scrapdelight. I love the soft florals and mint green in this collection.

As I went though my stash to assemble my kit, I noticed that I did not have any dark blue or purple papers. So I looked to the patterns on the papers—tiny flowers, trees, circles, polka dots, and cameras—to choose the papers for my kit.

The first paper I chose is from the Fresh Cut collection by Basic Grey. This paper has a mint green background with tiny flowers—very much like the floral prints in the inspiration kit. I then added a few more floral papers, some soft stripes, and a yellow watercolor print.

For my embellishments, I looked through my stash for any products in mint green, or with flower, tree, circle, or camera prints. When my kit was completed, I decided to call it Flowers & Candy—in honor of Valentine’s Day this month and also for the floral prints in the patterned paper and the flair and button embellishments that remind me of candy. A very sweet kit!

From here, hop on over to Lisa’s blog to see her take on this month’s inspiration kit.

Now go create!

Watercolor Dreams

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Hello and welcome to the October Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal Blog Hop! You should have come here from Jemma’s blog. If you need to start over at the beginning, just go back to the CKC blog to see the full list of participants.

This month our inspiration kit is actually a new collection–Indigo Hills from Pink Fresh Studio. You can see the lovely watercolor and floral designs in beautiful pink, blue, aqua, and gold. This collection also includes a number of wonderful embellishments which you can see on the Pinkfresh Studio website.


For my kit, I began with two soft floral papers from Basic Grey in colors similar to the inspiration kit. I then added watercolor papers from My Mind’s Eye and Prima. Finally I chose more papers in gold, grey, pink, and dark blue to round out the patterned paper selection.

My embellishments include puffy stickers, gold letters and hearts, and a die cut pack all inspired by the original collection. This soft, dreamy kit I have decided to call Watercolor Dreams.


Check back during the month to see how I use this kit! Next stop–Julene’s blog to see her take on this month’s inspiration.

Now go create!

Sweet Memories | Final Kit Projects

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As I used up the last piece of patterned paper from my Counterfeit Kit Challenge collection, Sweet Memories, I said a silent good-bye to Basic Grey. My kit this month, inspired by this collection from Hip Kit Club, was full of Basic Grey items that I received in the warehouse sale held as the company moved out of the scrapbooking business.

In addition to this layout I made featured on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, I created two more pages from this kit.

The first page was inspired by the first challenge on the blog this month:
Inspiration Board – This wedding site, Burnett’s Boards, has a vast array of inspiration boards. Choose one that works with the color/mood of your own counterfeit kit.

I chose this lovely board filled with navy and pink.


I was especially inspired by the paper flowers, so I included several flowers on my page.


The final page was inspired by the third challenge this month:
Everything Old Is New Again – Showcase the oldest item in your kit in a new & fresh way!

Since my kit was made up of new items, I decided to showcase the most interesting item in my kit. I used one of the canvas banners from the Urban Luxe collection as my title. This product is something I would not purchase, but it came in the box so I challenged myself to use it in a fun way.


Although using up these products was bittersweet, I really love the pages that I created. I will definitely have sweet memories of these pages!

Now go create!

Sweet Memories | June CKC Blog Hop

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Welcome to the June Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog hop! You should have come here from Julene’s blog. I am glad you stopped by today!

This month’s inspiration kit is from the Hip Kit Club’s May 2016 kit. Such a pretty kit–I love navy and pink together. I began my kit with this color combination in mind.


Hip Kit Club–May 2016 Main Kit


Hip Kit Club–May 2016 Embellishment Kit

But first, a little back story on how this kit came to be.

Bitter End

Not long ago, one of the biggest names in the industry closed its doors on its scrapbooking business. Basic Grey has been around almost as long as I have been scrapbooking.

I have always had a love/not-so-much-love relationship with Basic Grey. I loved how well their products coordinated with each other, but I not-so-much loved many of their designs. I often found the patterns to be too graphic for my style of scrapbooking, at least early on.

In recent years, however, I found myself using more Basic Grey products. So when the company announced that it was ceasing the sale of scrapbooking supplies, I was truly sad. I jumped on the chance to purchase a huge box of the last of the Basic Grey product lines.

Moving On

This box of Basic Grey supplies has sat patiently in my studio, just waiting to be used. When I saw the navy and pink color scheme and graphic designs of our inspiration kit, I immediately thought of my BG box.

This month I pulled together the Basic Grey products that seemed to follow the color scheme found in the Hip Kit collection. Since using these supplies will be like a walk down memory lane, I named my kit Sweet Memories.


I hope you will check back this month to see the projects I create with this kit!

Now hop on over to Lesley’s blog to see her interpretation of this month’s kit. And remember to link up your kit and projects that you create from it on the CKC blog. Also, do not forget about the member blog hop. We would love for you to join us! See the details here.

Now go create!