Wednesday, 9 February 2011

What's black and white and red all over?

Nope, not a newspaper, it's this month's kit-to-copy from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.  The challenge from the ladies at the CKCB is simple: using your own personal Mount Stashmore, put together a box of goodies based on the featured monthly kit.  Fill in any gaps with substitutions, something home made or the odd purchase.  Then use it!

"The Telltale Heart"
What a great way to make room in your scrapping space without making room in your purse!  I've been itching to join in with the second ever Counterfeit Kit since the beginning of the month, but the kit to be copied isn't announced until the 5th!

This month the kit is from Scraps of Darkness and, being close to Valentine's, the kit is full of lush double-sided papers, with lots of hearts, flowers and bling and set against bold, black extras. There are also separate cardstock, embellishment and colouring add-ons. 
Now I'm just not a hearts and flowers sort of girl, and I don't have a lot of red papers, so I had to change direction in terms of colour.  I tried to stay true to the ornate damask patterns and started filling a pizza box with bits and pieces from deeeeep in my cupboards and drawers:  the poemstones have been languishing for over 5 years and may finally see some use!

Never having subscribed to a monthly kit, I'm not sure what quantities are normal - I guess it depends upon what you pay - but this kit had 9 double-sided papers and 10 sheets of cardstock!  I didn't go quite that far, but have included the following:

Cardstock: 1½ Bazzill Blue Calypso, 2 Bazzill Curry Spice, 2 beige, 2 green, 2 Coredinations brown

1 Ottoman, 1⅔ Feuillage, ⅔ Chinoiserie Baroque (all daisy d’s)
1 double-sided Crate Paper Ripple (green ogees on the other side)
1 Bagatelle Toile, 2 Loden (all daisy d’s)
1 turquoise iris patterned paper
1 double-sided Basic Grey Hercules (multi-striped on the other side)
1 orange hand-made sheet
1 green textured sheet

1 pack CI Poemstones (unopened since 2006!),
½ pack MM velvet brads,
1 pack daisy d’s diecuts
Home-made organza flower
Pearl swirl
Small green flowers
Large flowers (soon to be deconstructed)
Selection of buttons
1 pack Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas
⅔ pack Sticker Studio alphas
Chip frame
Brown swirly organza ribbon
Multi-coloured knotty fibre
Prima frame stamp
3 home-made journalling spots
5 Jilly Bean Soup journalling sprouts

I don't have very much bling, but the great thing about the CKCB girls is that they want us to make do and mend, supplying links to all sorts of tutorials for reproducing various kit items.  Last month there was a tutorial or two on making paper notions and stamping doilies; this month we've been treated to how-to posts about faux-metal frames and pearl flourishes using dimensional paints.  Somewhere I have a hat pin to decorate and I'm looking for a suitable Bingo card to print out too.

In the spirit of a quality kit, allow me to present my add-on extras (at NO extra cost!) set against the reverse sides of those two sheets of double-sided papers:

MM Funky chocolate clear alphas
Prima frame stamp
Bazzill Bling Blooms
AC Tie rack ribbon
Ranger Gold Pearl Liquid Pearls
Pébéo Cinnamon & Khaki gloss and gold cerne relief dimensional paints
Bo Bunny Bohemian Borders rub-ons
Impex Bubbles frames

And there you have it - a pizza a box full to bursting with goodies and a crop happening this Saturday - what fun!


Mary B said...

Super super kit, really inspiring you should get a lot of LOs out of that, well done indeed

Bethany said...

Oh, my gosh! Your colors are fabulous! I really love everything you picked out! Way to make it your own. (in a whisper: we got lucky...the Scraps of Darkness kit usually doesn't release until the 15...she did it early just for us!)

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alexa said...

What a glut of gorgeousness! Hope you have lots of fun with this at the crop, and looking forward to seeing what you do with it ...

Mad for Paper said...

what a gorgeous kit. i love your color combo. Can't wait to see what you make with it.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge said...

I love that you used your own color scheme...that's EXACTLY the point, make the kit be something that you will USE!!! I think you did a great job add the "amounts" of everything. And , if you need more...then add as you go! There is a bingo card link in January 2011 on the blog...and I like the "CKCB" I kept saying "CKC" in my mind, but that was already "taken" in the industry! Thanks for playing this month!

Margie said...

Great job making the kit work for you this month!

Sian said...

Wow, you really did make this one your own! That's a very clever take on the original, very cheery.

My problem now is that I want to do it again already and it's still nearly a whole month til the next one comes out.

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Good color scheme, so cheery and bright!

lenne said...

Wow! I love how you went in a completely different direction on your color choices! I love it! It's awesome how we can make the kit however we want it to be!

Dawn said...

Fabulous kit, I've been wanting to have a go, you've given me the inspiration to go for it.

Valerie said...

Isn't this the greatest challenge! Great kit Jemma!

humel said...

Wow - love to see what everyone does with these :-) Can't wait to see what you make with it at the crop!

Allycat x said...

Thank you for telling me about a fantastic kit! I too have Mount Stashmore!!! Love your kit and the LO you did from it (on UKS) :)

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Love your unconventional colors!!! xoxo

jediflame said...

Love that you took the feel of the kit and used your own colors. It looks great!

KateB said...

I agree, I love that you used your own colors....I am actually gonna do 2 totally different looking kits more "dark" and goth, the other "romantic" and airy...great job!