10 October, 2018

Counterfeit Kit Challenge October Kit

 I can't believe how quickly I have to do this again!  Well, if I'm going to be honest September was almost half gone before I even got my kit made and blog post up.  Then another couple of weeks before I even started using it, but September was a funny month. 🤷

World Cardmaking Day was on 6 October and our wedding anniversary was on 7th, so while I started hunting and gathering at the very start of the month...here I am 10 days later.  NOT the plan! 😖

Whatever are you talking about, PinkCraftyMama?  

What is a Counterfeit kit?  Click on the link and learn more!  The lovely graphic on the right is from their blog.
So this month the kit chosen for everyone to counterfeit is a Wild Hare kit.  It's a really interesting choice since Wild Hare are one of the few, but increasing number of companies who offer curated kits.  Here are the items from the very kit being "counterfeited" this month.

The particular example to be used is what I would call a "clean and simple" kit in the same spirit of the design style.  Clean and simple both in quantity of items and the style too.

Once I recovered from the horror that was only NINE papers (not ninety!) I realised that I would need to counterfeit a kit that was curated for someone like me.  A kit with say...ninety papers! 😂. Curating is what we already do at CKC so it's double curating!

I was so excited to see Becca Sadler was the guest designer for October!  I have got to know her through some great chats (and enabling of BIG kits) over on the CKC Facebook Page.  Once I went and saw her kit, I was happy enough,  It pretty much resembled mine exactly! 😳😂

Now we do what we always do and analyze the kit.  Sometimes the embellishments show things the papers don't, so it's always worth keeping them in mind for a balanced kit.  In the interest of breaking up this looong blog post (for which I cannot apologize enough!) I'll START with the embellies right here!

Also...if you click on the image, a larger more detailed pic should pop up.  I'm going to try to use smaller ones to keep this post a bit shorter.


← ← ←Thickers. 
Yes there are a lot, BUT they are mostly messed up packs that desperately need to be used.  I added the coppery ones from last month and the woodgrain and colour ones I didn't use last month, but they seem to suit the feel of this kit even better!

Word Thickers.  → → →
Again a lot.  But I HAVE a lot and need to use them so I need to challenge myself (not mention needing variety and having commitment issues! 😂)

← ← ← Stickers.  
Lots of stickers!  These vary from almost finished sheets that I want to get rid off to ones from last month's kit to ones I struggle to use.  Many have been gathered from a pile of embellies that I had pulled at some stage and not put away.

I included stickers with a more coppery/rose gold finish to help me succeed with the rose gold Thickers.  Actually the sticker sheets from Shimelle's Go Now Go was one thing I really wanted to use last month but struggled so I'm giving them another try.

Sticker Books.  → → →
Several of these include both rose gold and coppery gold foil finishes to help with the above mission! 

← ← ← MOAR Stickers! 
Quite a few are seriously messed up sheets which need to be used.  Also trying to use up that scary sheet that screams AUTUMN!  It should be fine scattered among the less autumnal tones, but as I've said before I can easily scrapbook autumn photos since I'm not a chronological scrapbooker. 

Chipboard Stickers. ↓↓↓
I love the dimension of chipboard, but only seem to use the smaller elements with ease.  I picked some with the shades of gold I'm trying to match and am challenging myself to use more of ir especially the larger pieces.

Flat Alphas. ↓↓↓
There are a few above and I'm including this book of transluscent Amy Tangerine alphas which again are not as easy for me to use as other alpha stickers. 

Also, a Dear Lizzy double sided sheet in coppery gold.

I decided not to pick other flat alphas, but pull from this box that sits on my desk.  Anyone remember these?  Used back in the day for floppy disks. 😂 

The stickers in here are cut down and small sheets.  Larger sheets of flat alphas live elsewhere and get reached for first, so this month I'm making a real effort to made a dent in these little sheets.  ↓↓↓

Here is everything else!  The cork shapes remind me somewhat of the framed text embellies in the inspiration kit.  You might even identify  some things from last month like the fabric tickets and bows.  Plenty of puffy stickers and messed up dimensional stickers and word stickers and rub-ons and so much more! ↓↓↓ 

I like to analyze the motifs and patterns first, so that when I pull papers for colour, I can keep the motifs in mind to help narrow down choices.

I decided to recycle some of the papers from last month and vowed I would only choose the remaining papers from a growing stack that has been accumulating for months and not been put away.  The only exception was a few PinkFresh Studio papers (two were the same as in the inspiration kit) because I felt they were quite instrumental to the overall feel of the kit.

Patterns and Motifs:

Stripes (horizontal and diagonal)
"Retro" style patterns
Text (scripty and handwritten)
Large florals
Plus signs
Washi tape
Small scale geometrics
Scattered images
Coffee paraphernalia
I also added apples since there is at least one more layout I wanted to make with them and they seem to fit with an autumn-not-autumn type of kit such as this one.


Hues and tones vary quite a bit for each colour and my interpretation of the kit tends to have an even greater variation


Now onto my kit...since last month my kit was called "Falling Into Spring", this month we'll go with "Spring into Autumn" since the kits are related and I didn't want the Autumnal feel to be so strong that it doesn'y acknowledge that we are well into Spring here in Australia.

Spring into Autumn

The first think I have to say that this kit is monstrous and I didn't even take a photo of everything together,  Not much point since the papers wold be totally obscured!  Now a PCM* rule when making up kits is that single sided papers from paper pads only count for half a sheet!

So...here are my papers mostly grouped by colour.  In the paired sets of pictures, the top image is the side I chose for the kit and the bottom image is the other side which often works equally well as you're about to see.

Black and Grey Double Sided Papers
Black and Grey Single Sided Paper

White/Cream and Woodgrain Single Sided

White/Cream and Woodgrain Double Sided Papers. 

Pink, Peach, Red, orange and 
yellow Single Sided
 Red and Pink Double Sided Papers

 Peach/Orange and Yellow Double Sided Papers
Green, Blue and Aqua/Light 
Blue Single Sided Papers

Cut-apart, multicoloured and 
"themed" Single Sided
Green/Teal and Aqua/Blue Double Sided Papers

Scraps from last month 
and one other piece
Multicoloured and "themed" Double Sided Papers

Apple, 'plus sign' and PinkFresh Studio Double Sided Papers

There is a lot of green compared to any one of the other colours in my interpretation of the kit (ranging from mint green to a light grass green to emerald green to teal), and more pink in my kit than in the inspiration kit (of various shades from a warm, peachy pink to a slightly cooler baby pink to a few bits of almost-hot-pink).  This helps the "Spring" aspect of the kit come through among the autumnal tones.  

I also included a lot more paper and embellishments with florals for the same reason.

Finally. my kit includes a few more embellies: 

Doilies and Frames 
 I have loads more frames to choose from, but picked a sampling of the sizes I'm most likely to encounter and happy to change any over if I come up with a better option.  I don't use them as much as I should, so any frame that ends up on a layout is progress.  I also found some random bits of twine salvaged from actual kit club kits from a good 5 years ago!

 My trusty snack tray 

Last month's selection of die cuts and 6x6 pads

 My partially used, random, dots and gems

Box of random leftovers

Well done on making it this far!  Even I'm ready for a cup of tea and some headache tablets! 😝. 

At this point I'm not sure whether I'll be forging this month, but I confess I did enjoy it last month however late it was!  

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

* ← ← ←Acronyms on left

Love, and crazy curating!


  1. Such a beautiful kit with lots of options.
    Cindy F

    1. Thanks Cindy! I love options so I just need to throw it all in there!

  2. Alex: You crack me up, girlfriend, with being my crafting crime partner. Your kit's size has surpassed mine!!! I would love to see how you can use oodles of stickers on 1 layout! You've got to get busy and hurricane your way through creating lots of projects! Good luck, Queen of Lots of Layers!!

    1. This made me lol! Well you know they say it takes one to know one, right? I'm certain that adding air to scrapbook supplies makes them look more voluminous...you know...like whipping eggwhite.

  3. WOW! A very comprehensive kit full of yummy goodies.I like all your frames,they will be handy I'm sure.

    1. I actually have an idea for those frames. Who knew? lol. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. OMG are you sure you didn't include your whole scrap room?! Bahahahahaha! ::wink:: That looks like a lot of fun goodies... wish I could scrap w/ you so I could use some of it! Have fun!

    1. Nope not the whole room - I need an approach between using a kit to minimuse overwhelm and still keep in sizable enough to give a lot of choice.

    2. Oh I totally get that! That's why I explain to people when I write my blog posts..."may look like a lot but it's small compared to my full arsenal"! :0)

  5. Ahhh... I feel like I just finished a very satisfying 5-course meal! I love so much about your narrative that I must confess I have more interest in you than your kit, lol! Your approach on how to get those pesky things like frames & messed up dimensional stickers off your desk & onto the page inspires me :D Will be on the watch for you this month! Glad you are here.

    1. Thank you! I love to write as well so the blog comes in handy for that! I came up with an idea for the frames a little while ago, buuut ideas in my held seldom translate to the paper the same way. I can only try, right?

  6. Jeez...that is one enormous kit. Can't wait to see what you make with it all.

    1. I know. I hate that I'm so indecisive, but it was that or no kit I guess. As I always say, next month will be better! I did ok last November lol

  7. "Once I recovered from the horror that was only NINE papers (not ninety!) I realised that I would need to counterfeit a kit that was curated for someone like me. A kit with say...ninety papers!"
    LOL I was thinking the same thing! A girl after my own heart so glad to see more people playing along that are like me when it comes to a kit! It's so hard to stop once your in your stash looking :) Hmmm next month should be interesting for you and I both too :)Love that snack tray of goodies, will be looking for an organizer like this for my own craftroom when I'm creating each month looks like a better way to hold all those scrumptious goodies each month :)