Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Bit of Counterfeit Kit Love for September

I am VERY excited about the kit for this month.  It is a bit smaller than we usually do, but the add on kit and our extra bonus project will help you fill it out nicely.

This month, our kit is from Birds of a Feather.  I love the color combinations they use for thier kits and the embellishments are always so fun and interactive to use!

I was in a vintagy/ecclectic/whimsical sort of mood when I created my version and I think you will see influences of that.

When I looked at the kit, the first thing to jump out at me was the very difficult to counterfeit papers.  They are beautiful, but would be tricky to recreate.  Instead I stuck with the overall color scheme and feel of the papers (circles, diamond shapes, tags...)

I love the look of the papers I picked.  They are fun, bright with a good mix of neutral thrown in.

I thought the journal spots would be complicated, but then I remembered some great shapes on one of my Cricut carts.  I layered them on white to mimic the shadow effect of the originals.  The buttons are punched (thanks Martha Stewart) and the banners are cut from some linen paper.  I have some ideas for those!

I layered up some felt flowers I already owned.  I have not mastered the art of cutting out felt flowers.  The bows were a bit of an experiment to get just right, but were easier than I thought. 

Washi tape and twine?  Easy enough to find in my craft space.  I had some great twill ribbon, too, that has some interesting possibilities.

This kit seemed a bit small for what I want to do, so I happily made an Add On kit.  The one from Birds of a Feather (at the bottom of the page of the August Kit) is full of very bold colors.  I think I went a bit heavy on the black, but we will see how that translates with my photos.

These papers also had me stumped for a bit, but I tried to stop focusing on recreating them exactly and worked on getting the colors/patterns/scales as close as I could.

I have not used pockets for awhile.  These should be fun for layering.

These borders and tags were a gift from my friend Sherri...I think they will be a great addition to my kit!

Do you remember the other part of our challenge this month?  Pick 3 things from the latest CHA and adding them into your kit?  (I will admit, I got so carried away with my kit and so excited when it all came together, that I briefly forgot about this part.  That is pretty bad when I am the one who issued the challenge.  LOL)

Have you seen some of the new Amy Tangerine goodies?  I love her collections!  2 Peas showed a video of her newest release HERE.  I was intrigued with her die cuts.  They are very one dimentional, but look like they would be really fun to add to a project.  I recreated them with some stamps, my Cricut and cutting some images out of some patterned papers I had.  I also had some random die cuts from other kits and some flowers (thse had a bit of demention) that I threw in as well.  Do you spy the owl?  Love it!  I stamped it on some polkadot craft paper.  I love the camera I cut out of the DCWV Snapshot stack as well.

Jenni Bowlin always has some great neutral stuff so I took a peek at her video HERE and fell in love with these fun tags.  They were easy to make with some stamps, craft paper, eyelets and string.  These look like great layering pieces to me!

Jenni also has some fun vellum feathers in her new release.  They have wire in them, so they are really fun to play with!  I wanted to make a simpler version and found a great template HERE so I could cut out my own with some patterned paper and even some of that linen paper.  I did try cutting some out on my Cricut, but like the shape of these much better.  How fun would they be on a turkey for Fall?

Thanks for taking a LONG look at my kit!  It is pretty picture heavy today, but I just love everything.  Stop on by Counterfeit Kit Challenge for some instructions about how to play along.  Also, we are doing a blog hop today showing off our Master Forger's kits, so make sure to take a look at all of those.
Have fun!