Saturday, 7 May 2011

The 'I'm Not So Sure About This' Counterfeit Kit

I've been eagerly awaiting the 'reveal' of the kit that the ladies at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge chose to use as their inspiration this month, but I really wasn't sure how I felt about the Work In Progress Kit that they chose. It just didn't call out my name like the other kits they've counterfeited.

Normally, I'll base my counterfeits on either colour, pattern or theme and will choose the elements that appeal to me. But, alas not much about the kit really did apppeal.

So I thought about it for a couple of days and realised that, the oddly 'bright, but dull' colours (and I do realise how weird that sounds) combined with the fact this is a kit obviously designed for people scrapping their children, were the main things putting me off counterfeiting it - it's definitely not a kit I would normally swoon at. I was far more excited about the Mother's Kit, so watch out for that appearing soon!

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Anyway, not to be put off, I've pulled together a smaller kit which nods towards the original, pulling out some papers with the same base colours - red, black, yellow and aqua - I've also added some cream and kraft. There's also sheet of scrabble themed paper which I got free with a magazine a little while ago.

My creation

The original kit was a little short on embellishments and, although I've added a few tickets and labels, I've kept it that way - mainly because I think I'll end up using this kit for card making and I tend to keep my cards clean and simple. By far the most exciting part of my kit is the Say Cheese Too stamp set which arrived through my door this morning!

You never know though, I might end up loving all of the projects that I create from this kit and that's what counts, right?

23 comments:

Emily said...

I feel the exact same way about the May kit and had a very hard time trying to make it something I would use. I like how you made it into a smaller kit and focused on the colors you liked. Your Lawn Fan stamp set is great!

Kirsty.a said...

You've done a good job, considering you didn't like the kit. Funnily enough this is my favourite so far

Cheri said...

I haven't played along with the challenge, but when I saw the kit I decided this wouldn't be the month to start either! ;)

A Creative Operation said...

I kind of thought the same way. My kids are much older, and my grandson is in Iowa...I haven't made my kit yet, but I am leaning towards the Mother's add on part because it is more what I would use right now. Hummm...Anyway, I love what you did with it for your kit!

Tricia said...

You did a great job making this little kit. I love that Scrabble paper! I also counterfeited the Mother's Day kit - just seemed more me.

Jimjams said...

Love it - I'm not playing in May - no time, but I did make 3 more pages with April's kit today :P

mytwoandras said...

You did a good job of toning down the bright colors while still sticking with the kit. I think the kraft and black give it a more grown up feel.

Amy said...

This is not a site I keep up with, only through you and Sian really, but I do like what you have put together despite it being a less than inspiring month :-)

S said...

I like your interpretation of the kit; we all have to pull together something we can envision using - and some months are just tougher than others.

joyce rodli said...

I understand...i call it mellow bright, it reminds me of the ranch and farm growing up with lemonade stands thrown in. I am glad i scrolled down a bit...i am using the 7Gypsies drawer kit as my main one and using the 'feel' of the WIP as more of an add-on kit. i am off to paint and glue stuff to old business cards to put in kit. Joyjoy Clair.

Sian said...

I feel exactly the same thhis month Clair, I'm still trying to think my way round this one..

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

I have been where you are. I felt that way about Aprils kit, just was not my style but you know what? I liked the projects I made with what I pulled so hopefully you will too! I hope you keep playing with us!

Julie Ann Shahin said...

I LOVE your kit, I would totally buy it! I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way about the kit. Can't wait to see what you make this month!!!! Love your photography. xoxo

Julie Ann Shahin said...

I LOVE your kit, I would totally buy it! I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels this way about the kit. Can't wait to see what you make this month!!!! Love your photography. xoxo

redmom said...

I totally love the kit you pulled together! I'm with you on the original, it was a little too cute for me at first glance. Like you I focused more on the colors and some of the elements to come up with mine.

Susan said...

I really like what you've done with the kit and I love the fact that it includes floss for stitching! I love stitching on my LOs. That stamp set is pretty cool too - I love word sets like that for making cards. :-)

Glinda said...

I like your kit. I am still trying to figure this months out myself. Hopefully I will come up with something in the next day or so.

Margie said...

I love your kit, it turned out great, and I can't wait to see the awesome projects that you make with it!

airing cupboard crafts said...

Ohh I love your kit I know I have a bright kit but I like the subtleness of yours I can't wait to see what you have made x

Cheryl said...

Hard kit for inspiration Clair but job well done for what you came up with, look forward to your finished project x

Tara O said...

I felt the same way about this kit...and I scrap for kids! I like your smaller kit and I hope you use it right up!

Jennifer said...

I love this kit you have put together! It is a challenge when the original kit does not appeal. Looking forward to your Mother's Day kit! :)

Hearthandmade said...

I love the look of this kit! I agree.. I havent really done kit work because i dont find a lot of them very appealing and if im not thrilled im not inspired! You did a great job ^_^

Claire

http://www.hearthandmade.co.uk