Monday, 7 November 2011

Cutting up my Counterfeit Kit

Welcome fellow counterfeiters (and everyone else that reads here - do leave a comment and I'll come and say "Hello" back) and my apologies for the slight delay in posting the details of my kit.  It was ready, it was documented, it was actually being used ... but yesterday was Storytelling Sunday as well and I haven't yet figured out how to post about two different topics on the same day and keep them separate.
"Technologically challenged" it says over there in the side-bar → → →
which is embarrassing for a Computer Science graduate, but it's true.

Anyway back to the Counterfeiting in November: this month we have  Scraptastic Club  to thank for the kitS-to-copy.  I fell in love with the rich warm colours of the Home Sweet Home Kit (apart from the pink that is!) and set about my stash to see what I had.
As you will see I went for browns, creams and oranges with touches of teal.   I didn't have any tiny houses (I wouldn't use them if I did) and pulled some buttons instead.  I'll make my own paper rosettes as required and will be trying out my brand-new Sew Easy with some brilliant birthday hemp threads from Hilary (which are a perfect match for the original kit, even including some pink). The glittery red alphas of the original have been replaced by glitzy blue ones, but just in case I struggle with them, I've thrown in some all-purpose brown ones too.

Paper (whole sheets unless otherwise stated):
Citrus Flourish from Scrapworks' Canvas Collection (double-sided)
Checked Out and Playful from My Mind's Eye's Ooh La La collection (both double-sided)
Daisy D's Boston Damask
Scrapbook Walls Pool Tiles Vellum (½ sheet)
Fusion Tangerine and Archaic Fossil by Basic Grey
Daisy D's Holly in Winter Blue
Dream Street Papers {Miss}fit Tough  (double-sided)
K& Co's Folded Wood Tape Measure
Primrose Damask by Bo Bunny &  brown swirly embossed Bazzill (some circular off-cuts)

The reverse sides plus
some Teresa Collins Chic Bébé Boy Ledger paper
Daisy D’s Top 10 Random Lists cardstock die-cuts
MM's Flea Market Distressed Foil Aplha Stickers
Sei Poppy Alphabet Stickers
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphas
A selection of buttons from my stash
Hemptique Spring Crafter's Cord
Jenni Bowlin Journalling Spots
Home-made Bingo Cards

Then there was the Add-on Kit to counterfeit: with chipboard shapes, a selection of ribbons, lace and ric-rac and some matching Ooh La La border die-cuts:

If you think my counterfeiting is starting to look familiar then well spotted: there is quite a lot of left over stash from my September kit (papers, ribbons, scraps, alphas, buttons) and I've added more papers from the same Ooh La La Collection that I used then.

There you have it ... but wait, can you put up with a little more?  I've used it already!  Several of my blog buddies have been cutting up paper as directed by Shimelle in her Pretty Paper Party.  Before they've even chosen their photos. Eeek!!! The idea is that having cut it up you will actually use it.  So that's what I did first thing at my Saturday crop.

And here is the first page I made - about our visit to Warkworth Dunes (I told you about that one Sunday in October) using the one sheet of patterned paper I didn't cut up ... plus one that I did along with a Pagemaps sketch.

Those glitzy alphas weren't too scary after all ... especially with a little added blue ink to take some of the shine off them!  But the brown mini alphas were too strong for the page so I improvised by stamping with a Studio G mini-alpha set and cutting the letters out to make my own "stickers".  Am I a Master Forger or what?!

Keen to carry on, I started playing around with some of those cut up papers and I rather quickly produced this ... unfinished page!  You'll have to pop back later in the month to see how it turned out!


Rebecca at How I Burb said...

Great kits, and terrific pages already?! That's crazy!! :). I'm interested to see what you do with the Sew Easy - I've thought about getting it. And I just bought that TH rosette die today, so I'll watch for you to use that, too :).

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great job. I pulled my kit together today with an eye to using it for England vacation pictures.
Will post later this week.

furrypig said...

love how you used ric rac in your page and I am sooo impressed at your handmade letter stickers! PPP has given me the info and courage to make up kits now so one of these days I will join in properly!

Mary B said...

I really like your kit, and brave you for cutting without knowing what you will use them for.

Sian said...

I really really like the style of your unfinished page :) and that kit has the perfect colour scheme for this time of year. Even if you don't use it for autumn photos, it's still nice to be playing around with those tones I think

Ali said...

Love your kit Jemma - lots of autumn goodness! Great LO, and with you about scary cutting up papers before choosing photos - I'm doing that course too but not dared!

alexa said...

That's one lovely kit full of great colour combinations ... Great to see it getting used too.

Margie said...

Great kit! And I love your cut up papers, too!

S said...

What a warm rich kit you've put together. And I admit that I worry less about cutting up papers than I use to - that's what a scrap bin is for, in case it doesn't work out.

Anonymous said...

Great kit with lovely rich colours - and a tiny, tiny bit of pink! I'm also interested in how the sew easy works. Well done on taking the plunge with the paper cutting!

mytwoandras said...

What a great start to the month when you already starting using your kit before it was even posted. Two thumbs up. I like the idea of having the cut up papers ahead of time. I'll be watching to see how you are doing with that.

Julie Ann Shahin said...

At first I thought you fussy-cut the little stamped alpha letters and glued then onto the rectangles, and then it dawned on me, duh - she just cut a rectangle around the stamped alpha!!!! LOL! I was going to ask you how in the world you cut around those little tiny letters, ROTFLOL!

Anyways!!!! Must be something in the water because this kit is really getting us creating right away! I havne't checked out Shimelle's PP party but your post makes me want to go look. As I said before, your kit is warm and cozy, and just awesome. Love the layouts - both finished and unfinished!!! xoxo

Clair said...

You may have difficulty separating blogposts, but I'm going to have difficulty saying everything I want to in just one comment.

Your kit is awesome - you've ended up with a kit that has similar patterns to Home Sweet Home, but the beautiful colours of Autumn Splendor. Must admit that I like the reverse sides more!

Well done for bravely cutting into your paper and for making a start already. Love it!

Oh, and if this makes you feel any better I've had one rogue piece of patterned paper that has shown up in three of my CKCs and still hasn't been used!

OneScrapHappyMomma said...

Great kit and I love your layouts! Everyone else beat me to everything else I was going to say! : )

Emily said...

Love your kit! You've instantly made me feel better about resuing papers from a previous month. I've got a stack that I just keep pulling from. Your page is gorgeous! I love the design and the patterns you chose.

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

pretty kit, lovely layout

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

great kit and a lovely layout