Happy days, the new Counterfeit Kit Challenge has been released for April.
This month I was super excited for the release, as when they released the hint post on their Facebook page I knew straight away which kit would be the inspiration. I had already been stalking the selected inspiration website and coveting their amazing kit which they developed and sold in March. I had even contemplated ordering it, but it is an expensive venture with postage to Australia. Then, I looked at sourcing the products included from Australian online scrapbook stores, not all the products were available from one store alone or at all! I did find quite a few products at my favourite store but reminded myself about my self imposed goal to use up what I already had and not buy more product (something which has not been going well for me with the sales)! Phew, thank goodness for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.
So, let’s check out what the inspiration kit is and what is in it. The kit chosen for this months inspiration is the HipKit Clubs, March 2019 kit. You can find out about it on their website or check out the Counterfeit Kit Challenge website which has all the relevant links, including an unboxing video.
Can I pull the kit together with the product I already own? Well, the simple answer is no…and I still want to buy the kit. What’s a girl to do, improvise and forge, make some of the papers and embellishments from scratch, use what I have?
Where did I start? I always go through my paper pads first and then through my patterned papers which are sorted by colour. I discovered that I had very little of the papers with blues and florals and that green large polka dot had me stumped. What did I select? I went through the process of colour and pattern selection and then thought about what I could modify or make. Here is what I found…
I managed to get together some pinks and greens in assorted patterns, a gold foil special floral paper, a painted Kaisercraft black and white stripe and a floral which I plan to colour in with blue and pink pencils, markers or watercolours. I had no umbrellas and no blue hearts or butterflies.
So, I substituted several papers with similar colours, motifs or patterns. A two-tone Kaisercraft blue floral instead of hearts. Some 6×6 Kaisercraft black and white butterflies which I will colour blue and green. A Kaisercraft mustard and pink floral in a smaller print size than the Maggie Holmes paper. The only polka dot I could find that had navy and white. A beautiful Kaisercraft navy and white floral (b side, P2499}which I love so much that I don’t want to cut it. Then, having no dark green polka dots, I selected this amazing Kaisercraft Hello (b side, P2514) paper which looks like an agate stone.
Next, I set aside a few maybe papers just in case…paint smooshes, dots, butterflies and a floral which could be coloured or fussy cut.
I also came across a few papers for fussy cutting to make embellishments, pink flowers and cameras.
The HipKit Club kit embellishments are bright and cheery with many spring/summer holiday motifs.
I had recently done a big sorting and organising of random die cuts from leftover kits, etc. and sorted them all by colour/theme into ziplock bags. I pulled out my neatly organised die-cuts and sorted through the bags of similar colours to the kit. Wozer, I found a tonne of similar motifs and quotes/ text to include in my kit.
Then, I grabbed a few black Thicker alphas to use for titles, some washi tape in plain gold and circles with mint/pink/gold, some Cocoa Vanilla Studio title die cuts and some foliage and butterfly stamps.
Woah, an exhausting process in all, but what a kit! This is going to be fun. I plan to scrap some fairly recent photos with my kit, my daughters birthday lunch, an unfortunate accident, a new big purchase and some summer fun.
Oops, I nearly forgot to include a bit of mixed media, some pink, green and blue spray ink/shimmer/shine. One homemade, one from Tim Holtz and one Heidi Swapp.
Make sure you check out all the April CKC designer’s kits and upcoming creations on the CKC website. Please, do join in with the challenge, it is a lot of fun? I will be sharing what I create here and on the CKC Monthly Link up page.
Happy scrapping everyone 🙂