Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 2016 Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal

Hello everyone and Happy October! Susan here - it's my turn to take the reins for a new month of inspiration...

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Ah, October! Definitely my favorite month of the year. In my little corner of the world, October is a month filled with pink cheeks from fresh air, indigo evening skies and hills tinted with brightly covered leaves. And that is one last little hint about my choice of inspiration this month.

Our October inspiration is the newest collection released by Pinkfresh Studio, "Indigo Hills":


This collection is a good mix of hand drawn elements with some color splashes, lovely florals and bold brushstrokes. Bold choices of colors are perfectly paired with some subtle colors. It has a good mix of embellishments to create one of a kind paper crafting projects and document your stories. We have also included some planner goodies in this collection. - From the Pinkfresh Studio Blog

Here are a few photos of this collection:

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Pinkfresh Studio on Instagram

I love the combination of colors - the gray, soft blue, pink, navy and mustard yellow are very different from the colors I've been seeing in other collections. And I think Indigo Hills will work equally well with autumn and spring photos. There are some very bold and graphic patterns but the collection also includes a few watercolor-look papers and more traditional floral prints. You can see the full selection of papers, stickers, gold-foiled wood clips, leather (gasp!) alpha, washi tape and puffy stickers (my personal favorite) and more on the Pinkfresh blog post here.

I'm also happy to welcome our Guest Designer this month, Kelly Barron.


Hi everyone! I have loved all things crafty for as long as I can remember.  My mother taught me to cross stitch and latch hook, and that was a love throughout my childhood.  I have also dabbled in cake decorating and crochet.  I stumbled upon scrapbooking after my son was born in 2000 and have been in love with the hobby ever since.  There is just something so special about playing with pretty papers and embellishments that is just therapy for my soul, with the added bonus of documenting our lives. I also love to knit and usually have a couple of projects on needles at all times. Reading is another one of my hobbies and I especially love historical fiction. I have been married to my husband for 18 years and we have two teenagers who keep us on our toes!

We are very happy to have you here with us this month Kelly! Here's a little sneak peek at the kit Kelly put together:



And now, it's time for the blog hop to see the team's take on the inspiration:


After you take a look at all our interpretations, it's your turn - what inspires YOU from Indigo Hills? Is it the color scheme, the designs, the overall "feel" of the collection? What will you pull from your stash to include in your kit? We would love to see the kit you put together - add it to our Mr. Linky so we can visit you and share some love.

Don't forget to check back in with us on the 4th for some forgeries, and on the 6th, 12th, and 16th for some October-themed challenges to help you use your kit.  

And, of course, we'd love to have you join our Member Blog Hop...

***** MEMBER BLOG HOP ***** 


Don't forget that we *LOVE* it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th! 
Find out how below!  
Go on, you know you want to! 
Your project should be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you haven't shown before and will only post for the hop. Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your kit. Remember, the more the merrier and it never fails to be a lot of fun! 
To be a part of our blog hop: 


  • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th October.
  • You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th October with a list of the hop participants.
  • You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on a challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th October at 12:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Coming up in October!

October is coming and we're ready! Are you?

We are heading over the "hills" to very different inspiration than in September
and I'm SO excited to see how our Master Forgers,
and you, our followers, will interpret our inspiration kit.


Of course, there'll be Forgeries on the Fourth as well as three challenges to get you using your stash: 
Get your scissors ready for some detailed work, 
our US friends will be busy sorting out a favourite candy at this 
time of year to get the proportions right 
and for the last challenge of the month, we're getting all fancy!

Intrigued? I hope so!

Come on back early on the 1st October for the full reveal of
another fabulous kit and a month full of inspiration! 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

September's Members Get A-Hopping!


Welcome, welcome, WELCOME to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Members' Blog Hop!  We've been counterfeiting, crafting and creating with our supplies and now it's time to sit back and share what we've made.

Did you choose one of this month's challenges?
    Challenge #1 - Shimelle Sketches
    Challenge #2 - Just One Lesson
    Challenge #3 - Kate Spade Inspired
      Or did you get creative with your kit in another way?

      Here's the small but fine Blog Hop order this month ...
      ... if your name isn't there this month - why not join in with the October Members' Hop - just drop us an e-mail by October 18th EVERYONE is welcome! The more the merrier. :-)

      Saturday, September 17, 2016

      September Members' Blog Hop ... Are YOU In?

      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.

      If you've created any project with your Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit this month that you haven't yet shared on your own blog, come and join in the blog hop fun and show us what you've made.

      You might have been inspired by the challenges this month :
      Challenge #1 - Shimelle Sketches
      Challenge #2 - Just One Lesson
      Challenge #3 - Kate Spade Inspired

      Or, maybe you found some inspiration to use your kit in our Forgeries On The Fourth feature.

      Or maybe you were just busy creating using your Counterfeit kit and want to share.

      It's all open for the hop this month.

      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 thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com BY THE 18th (that's tomorrow so be quick!)
      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)

      Friday, September 16, 2016

      September 2016 Challenge #3

      Challenge #3 for September 2016 - Kate Spade Inspired

      I had to do it-as soon as I picked the kit, I knew this would be one of the challenges from the beginning, too, LOL! Anyway, for this challenge, I want you to be inspired by anything and everything Kate Spade. Here is a pinboard that I have created of my personal favorites:


      LesleyG didn't have a clue who Kate Spade is. That handy Google feature that we all love to use gave her the inspiration she needed to come up with this layout. You can see which Kate Spade product inspired Lesley HERE


      Lynnette recalls a time when she fell in love with a Kate Spade bag in the department store, "Lord & Taylor".  Alas...this love wasn't meant to be.  Sigh!


      Margie was inspired by bows and black and white stripes for this challenge, and here is the page that she made:
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      Don't forget that we love it when you share your creations with us over at our Link-Up page or maybe you'd like to hold onto something to share in the Member Blog Hop on the 24th. :-)


      ***** MEMBER BLOG HOP ***** 


      Don't forget that we *LOVE* it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th!  Find out how below!  Go on, you know you want to! 


      Your project should be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you haven't shown before and will only post for the hop. Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your kit. Remember, the more the merrier and it never fails to be a lot of fun! 


      To be a part of our blog hop: 

      • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th September.
      • You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th September with a list of the hop participants.
      • You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on a challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th September at 12:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

      Monday, September 12, 2016

      September 2016 Challenge #2

      Challenge #2 for September 2016 - Just One Lesson

      For this challenge, we're going "Back To School". Go back to any class you've taken that is scrapbook related, and just do one of the lessons. Remember you can take inspiration in any way for this challenge, your project doesn't have to be the same as the teacher's. Just let us know what class it's from, and how you were inspired by the teacher. If you've never purchased a scrapbook class, I would recommend checking out the Twopeasinabucket channel or Crafty Jen Schow's series on youtube for several free classes.



      Susanne did a layout for Scrapbook & Cards Today class titled Easy, Detailed, Expert.  Her layout probably falls somewhere in the middle of that scale.  Details on her blog - Snaps & Snippets.






       Julene has used a weaving technique from a Youtube video. See the details on her blog post.




      Kelly created a page inspired by Glitter Girl's video "Fearless Layer Lessons." See what she learned on her blog.









      Don't forget that we love it when you share your creations with us over at our Link-Up page or maybe you'd like to hold onto something to share in the Member Blog Hop on the 24th. :-)


      ***** MEMBER BLOG HOP ***** 


      Don't forget that we *LOVE* it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th!  Find out how below!  Go on, you know you want to! 


      Your project should be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you haven't shown before and will only post for the hop. Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your kit. Remember, the more the merrier and it never fails to be a lot of fun! 


      To be a part of our blog hop: 

      • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th September.
      • You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th September with a list of the hop participants.
      • You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on a challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th September at 12:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!

      Tuesday, September 6, 2016

      September 2016 Challenge #1

      Challenge #1 for September 2016 - Sketches!

       Sketches are a great way to speed up the scrapbook process, or at least take one decision out of the scrapbooking process. My favorite sketches are by Shimelle, so the challenge is to use a Shimelle sketch for your project. You can see her sketches and inspiration for using them here: http://www.shimelle.com/category/sketch-of-the-week/. You can use any sketch from this link, but please share which one you used with us!


      Guest Designer Nicole has made this gorgeous page which is Shimellesque (!) but still very true to her own style. Check out her her blog here for more information about her choices



      Leslie did a scraplift of the page featured with her sketch choice, in keeping with her counterfeit counterfeiting theme this month. Get a better look at her page HERE.


      Susan made a layout that was pretty faithful to the sketch she selected. Get all the details on her blog here.



      Don't forget that we love it when you share your creations with us over at our Link-Up page or maybe you'd like to hold onto something to share in the Member Blog Hop on the 24th. :-)


      ***** MEMBER BLOG HOP ***** 


      Don't forget that we *LOVE* it when you join in the fun and sign up to be on our member blog hop on 24th!  Find out how below!  Go on, you know you want to! 


      Your project should be something new, using a Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit, that you haven't shown before and will only post for the hop. Be inspired by any of the challenges this month or just share something you've created with your kit. Remember, the more the merrier and it never fails to be a lot of fun! 


      To be a part of our blog hop: 

      • E-mail us your name & blog address & promise to participate at thecounterfeitkitchallengeblog@gmail.com by the 18th September.
      • You will receive an e-mail from us by the 20th September with a list of the hop participants.
      • You will need to schedule your own blog post showing your project based on a challenge and link to the person after you in the hop.All Blog Hop posts will need to be scheduled to go live on the 24th September at 12:00am Mountain Standard Time (Arizona) but we will help you with the scheduling!