Sunday, 1 March 2015

March Madness

Welcome to March's kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  This month our Guest Designer Janine joins us in forging the January Cupcake Kit from A Piece Of Cake Designs in Australia.

My first thought was "Oh no not more pink!"
But then my fellow forgers pointed out that the pink was mostly labelling and upon closer inspection I realised that the kit was lovely shades of teal and yellow and woodgrain ...

Piece of Cake Designs January Cupcake - March K2C

This month we Master Forgers are letting you know our "top tips" for putting together and using a kit.  Whenever I put together a counterfeit kit I start by finding my favourite part of it.  This is the thing that will seed the ideas for the rest of the kit.  I just take a colour or a pattern or even some embellishments that I really would love to use and let the kit grow from there.

So I started with the woodgrain sheet ... and the teal patterns ... and then grabbed a sheet with some tiny bicycles (my substitute for those hot air balloons).  That set the tone for the rest of the kit.

My next step is to search my supplies for patterns, journal cards, alphas and embellishments to match the starting elements ... without looking too closely at the original kit while I do this.  This helps me focus on what I actually have in my stash and keeps the kit cohesive.

Jimjams - March 2015 Counterfeit Kit

To finish a forgery off I look back at the kit-to-copy and check that I've included enough of the embellishments to get a feel for the original ... and this month I added wordy frames, some buttons (I'm sequinned out after last month's kit) and a border strip or two.   

I don't worry about counterfeiting each individual piece (though I know that works for some) which ensures that my kit size stays manageable and is more likely to get used up before I get bored with it!

MME Cut & Paste Charm Carefree Mellow (giant chevron)
Thin woodgrain paper (gift from Lesley)
Teal chevron paper (gift from Lesley)
MME Cut & Paste Charm Sweet Spin (cream diamond)
6x6 MME Cut & Paste Charm Hey You (teal arrows)
6x6 MME Cut & Paste Charm Multi-cycles (ombre )
6x6 MME Cut & Paste Charm Sweet Spin (yellow cycles)
Teal, grey and yellow alphas from Simple Stories
Cream punched borders
Various journalling cards from my stash
Yellow chevron glassine pocket
A selection of buttons and wood veneer shapes from my stash
Live Laugh Love Pennant (gift from Lesley)
Wordy frames (gifts from Lesley)

You will have noticed rather a lot of stash supplied by Lesley ... my tribute to a good friend ... who is very generous with her scrappy supplies!

For more kit tips and forgeries please carry on with the hop by visiting Julene (the complete list is published here on the CKCB).  Happy hopping!

P.S.Why March Madness?
Well, I thought I'd prepared my kit weeks ago ... but when I came to write up the blog post I could find neither kit nor photographic evidence that it had ever existed ... apart from in my dreams perhaps?!?!  Cue last minute kit preparation within hours of the reveal!

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Two For One

Jimjams - Layout detail - sequins and vellum
Welcome to February's edition of the Members' Blog Hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog; our guest designer Doris started us off and now you have me!  I've been a bad blogger again, so today, you'll get not one but TWO layouts made with my February Counterfeit Kit!

The first was done for Challenge #1 this month - use something sheer or transparent on the page.

I'd included some brightly coloured vellum and used it to mat one of the journal cards from my kit which formed the title to a page from last summer's road trip with fellow Master Forger Lesley:

Jimjams - Layout - Not The Destination

A "random" sprinkling of sequins from the kit added some texture above and below the vellum.

In fact Lesley "features" on my second offering for the hop because I borrowed her Sizzlit Notecard alphabet dies to make the title feature on this double layout from my Scandinavian album:

I often do a double page in holiday albums to include lots of photos of architecture or views from the cities and attractions that we visit, giving a feel for the place rather than telling a story.

Jimjams - Layout LHS - Stockholm

It was a little tricky with this month's kit as many of the papers were from a 6x6 pad, but careful use of strips behind the photos gives you the impression that I used larger pieces!

Next stop on the Members' Hop is the lovely Tina and you can find the full list of participants Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Miles Away From The Original? Across The Miles to be counterfeitedWelcome to another month of kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  This month we have Doris as our guest designer and you should have reached me via Stephanie if you've followed the hop from the start.  We're all making our own versions of's "Across The Miles" Kit

I thought I could match the papers with yellow diagonal stripes and multi-coloured tiny arrows ... and dived into my stash!  No fancy vellums or gold foiled papers there, but I did find some flair, some sequins and  travel themed items ... and so my counterfeit kit was born:

Jimjams - Feb 2015 Counterfeit Kit

Crate Paper Boys Rule Beep Beep, Cool Kid , Mix Tape (named for the "other" sides!
6x6 24/Seven Good Stuff (typewriter numerals)
6x6 Urban Traveller Jet Set (map)
6x6 Urban Traveller Boarding Pass (travel labels)
CP Boys Rule Accent Stickers

Jimjams - February 2015 Counterfeit Kit embellishments

American Crafts wood veneer stars
Black and yellow sequins (circa 2002)
Tiny red star buttons
Various flair buttons from my stash

Jimjams - February 2015 Counterfeit Kit accent cards

Various accent cards (mostly left over from last May's kit so I'm determined to use them up)
We R Memory Keepers Enamel Shapes

As usual I'll add cardstock as I go along and may dig out some more coloured alphas from Simple Stories (when I locate them in my messy craftroom).

I'm not a million miles away from the original kit but they're probably second cousins once removed rather than siblings!  Let's see if Susanne has a closer counterfeit today.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Turning A Negative Into A Positive

Welcome to the final post of the first CKCB Members' Blog Hop of 2015.  If you didn't reach me from fellow Brit Virginia then you might want to start at the beginning with Lisa (the full hop list is here).

My layout was created back at the beginning of the month's crop for the CKCB's #3 Challenge: Turn Negatives Into Positives.  I think that the intention was to use negative shapes from die-cuts or punches, but I've also used an attempt to sabotage a photo last Easter to make a page about No.2 Son.

Jimjams - Layout - One Of A Kind

He's not a great lover of my camera and often pulls strange faces ... but funnily enough, he actually used this one as his FB profile for a while!  Supplies are from my January Counterfeit Kit - including that perfect sticker - he certainly is one of a kind!

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Stamped With Heart

Did you spot the Amy Tangerine Stitched Applique heart patterned paper in this month's Kit-to-Copy over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog? 

I knew I could forge a regular heart pattern ... but how to do it in a time-saving way? 

Stamping it out perhaps?  Yes, but hard to get a regular grid ...

What about punched holes for stencilling?
That would work reasonably well:

I marked out 1" lines across a strip of scrap cardstock (starting ½" in from the edge) and punched a heart out at each line, taking care to place the cardstock fully into the punch slot (and lining up the lines with a small pencil mark I'd made on the punch).

Then I used the strip as a stencil and inked out 11 hearts at once!  I was fairly lazy and spaced my lines of hearts quite far apart, but by varying the placement of punched shapes and the strip as a whole you can get a variety of effects.

There are more counterfeiting ideas from my fellow Master Forgers over at the CKCB today.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Goodbye 2014 and Welcome 2015

It's a new dawn
It's a new day
It's a new year
For me
And I'm forging kits
I'm forging kits


Welcome to my first Counterfeit Kit for the year 2015!

If you've joined me from Stephanie then you'll already know that the CKCB has chosen the December Kit from the Hip Kit Club to forge:


Coincidentally we chose their kit last January too ... must be something they do well around this time of year!  A little too pale pink and frosty for me ... but some pretty hearts, striking chevrons, a little printed text ... I decided to fake it with some warmer colours in amongst the greys:

Jimjams - Jan 2014 Counterfeit Kit reverse papers
Reverse Patterns (with some extra heart!)
Basic Grey Granola Seed
BG Basics Glossary
Polar Bear Press Majestic Stripes (grey)
PBP Red Ridge Paisley (red)
Engraved Fruit Brick from K&Co
PBP Rustic Retreat Stickers
PBP Blue Ridge Paisley (dark grey)
BG Basics Docket
Jenni Bowlin Studio Element Stickers

Various toning trims from my stash
Various toning buttons from my stash
WRMK Enamel Shapes

Want a quick tutorial on the forging of the hearts paper? ... please come back on the 4th!

In the meantime, please pop over to see what Susanne's been up to.  If you want to visit all the Master Forgers or you want to know more about kit counterfeiting then take a gander at the (new look) Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today.

Happy New Year !!!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Two In two days?!

Hi again ... my second post on Sympathy cards is up on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today along with a couple more cards and lots of internet inspiration.  Please check it out.