Monday, April 11, 2016

New Month, New Kit

Hello all!

I'm back, after a month's hiatus, with a new counterfeit kit for April. I'm pretty excited about this kit so let's get right into it. Here's the inspiration kit for this month:



There are a handful of add-on kits and even a mixed media kit for inspiration as well which are visible on the Counterfeit Kit challenge blog

With the black, butterflies and vintage elements, this kit immediately reminded me of the Curio collection from Basic Grey that I've had in my stash, virtually untouched, for so many years I've lost count. I decided that for my kit papers this month I would use the whole collection and build the embellishments around that. Here's a sampling of some of my favorites from Curio:




Most of the papers have a black border around the edge, which is part of why the inspiration kit reminded me so much of these. I didn't add them to my kit, but I'm sure I will probably be pulling out some plain cardstock, most likely cream or kraft, for my pages since many of these patterns are pretty busy. 




For my embellishments I started by pulling out what little Curio embellishments I had, which are the buttons and die cut pack shown here, as well as a large sticker sheet and some dimensional stickers I have in another photo. I also already had the gold letter stickers featured in the mixed media kit, so I pulled those out along with some wood grain letters in the same style. Then I just sort of grabbed everything I could find that had butterflies, black, or some vintage elements to them, like the tiles, doilies and journaling cards. I threw in the flowers because the inspiration kits had lots, and grabbed a coordinating pack of plain Project Life cards because I really liked having those in my kit last time. The wood veneer birds I threw in for added texture and because birds are a feature of the Curio collection. 




I've also really enjoyed having 6x6 pads to work with in my kits. I think I've gotten more use out of them this way than in my card-making! This month I grabbed two: the MME one has a very similar style to the Curio papers, and I thought the cream and white papers in the White Fern stack would be nice to have for contrast. 




Last, but certainly not least, are the letter and sticker sheets. The large sheets came with the Curio paper pack, so naturally I threw those in. I also found a sheet of kraft circle labels I thought I might as well include in case they came in handy, as well as a sheet of vintage book paper. Two sets of Thickers and the dimensional sticker sheet round out the kit. 




I have to admit I am really excited about all the beautiful things in this kit, but I'm also slightly intimidated because the style of the kit is a little outside my comfort zone. I worry I won't be able to find photos that I feel fit this kit. I will have to embrace this challenge! Since I skipped last month this is my third counterfeit kit and I am really enjoying the process of kitting my own supplies, and I love crafting with the kits as well. Later this week I will have a page to share with you I made using February's kit, and there should be a page using this kit soon! =) 

Thanks so much for looking!

*~M~*





10 comments:

  1. This is absolutely beautiful.. A fab representation of the original. Counterfeiting is addictive isn't it?

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  2. What a pretty kit! I don't remember this collection but the muted colors are very pretty. I love the beautiful trim that you added and you've got lots of wonderful embellishments to use as well.

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  3. Your kit is so pretty. I love the BG papers too.Enjoy using this wonderful kit.

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  4. Oh this is really lovely. I love the mix of older BG papers with so many fresh newer products, but all with the same vibe. Wonderfully compiled kit!

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  5. Beautiful kit love the paper choices

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  6. Oh, I would buy this in a minute!
    You might try going to black & white for your photos?
    Loved the whimsical little birds - would love to know how you are storing them - are they in little drawers? I must know! :D
    Glad you joined back in this month, and I can't wait to see what you create with this gem of a kit.
    #basicgrayliveson

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    1. Thank you for your comment! My wood veneer pieces, as well as the buttons are stored in one of those units you can get from the hardware store, with all kinds of little drawers for nails, nuts and bolts, etc. The drawers are super handy because not only are they the perfect size for small, easily-lost embellishments, but I can remove them from the storage unit and just have them out on my desk to sift through. Sometimes the hardware store has great crafty storage! =)

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  7. You've created a beautiful kit here (MUCH nicer than the original if I'm honest!) Good job!

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  8. This is a beautiful kit! I love the colors of the papers!

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  9. What a stunning kit! I would totally buy it if I had the opportunity! It's a fabulous mixture of colour, texture and down-right gorgeousness x

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Thank you to everyone who takes the time to comment. I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement! =)