Friday, January 7, 2011

Don't you just love a Challenge?

I sure do love a challenge !  Some very clever crafty girls named Beth and Meridy have started hosting a Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. They locate one of the wonderful monthly kit clubs offered by various companies, and select a kit for us to "lift". The premise is that we use the selected kit as inspiration to "shop" our own scrap supplies and get creative in creating our own kit to use.  I LOVE this idea !!!

Here is a link to the January Counterfeit Kit Challenge if you want to play along.  The first kit we are "lifting" is the December Jenni Bowling Kit below.
Below is my attempt to "lift" the Jenni Bowlin kit.

Digging through my stash was fun and when I ran across Cosmo Crickets' Hello Sunshine paper, I knew I had found the base for my kit. I just love the happy colors of red, yellow and green with black accents. And I loved adding my own spin to it with some Heidi Swapp Green Bling and some Jenni Bowlin Bingo Alphas.

Unfortunately there were a few elements I didn't own from the Jenni Bowlin kit, so I decided to "repurpose" a few things I did have for my kit.  First, I layered some Prima yellow flowers and added a black glittered dome buttons in place of the Sassafras flowers.

I also didn't have any of the Maya Road black doily transparencies but I did have some fun Martha Steward doily tags. Here is how I changed them up to use in my kit. It was so easy to do too!

And while I did have some of the Maya Road pins, they weren't green so I changed those too by using a Green Copic marker.
There were also some wonderful pinwheels from Studio Calico that I needed to replicate too...In my stash I found a great tissue paper with green print on it to use and I had the yellow twine already.  They were so easy to make.
And I want to thank Erin Carpas for sharing her file so I could make the wonderful Month Bingo Cards that were a replica of the Jenni Bowlin one's used in the kit.

There was also an Add On Kit of other embellishments in the challenge that I needed to replicate.
Now here is the Add On Kit I put together....I love all the pieces I gathered from my stash.

I didn't have any of those gorgeous silk flowers in the Jenni Bowlin kit but I decided to build my own flowers.
I used some large black felt flowers from Queen & Co. I layered them and then added a red crocheted flower and a domed glitter piece to the center.  I love how they turned out.

 The other pieces of embellishments are either from Jenni Bowlin, Scenic Route, 7 Gypsies and Luxe Designs.  And of course, I did have a wonderful sticker set from Sassafras to use just like in the Jenni Bowlin Add On Kit. 

Now, I am ready to start using my newly created kit.   I have just the Mini Album project in mind too.  Check back later this month to see what I made.

Be honest, over the years many of us have collected so much stuff we could never use it all ourselves.  I challenge you all to join us in the monthly challenge. Let me know if you like this idea.  Hope to see you posting your kit soon on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.


Karelj said...

I love, love, love your idea of making up *Counterfiet Kits*! I have so much stuff...I'll be I could come up with some, too! But, yours are incredibly creative, which is why I'm leaving you an award on my blog--just give me a bit to get it set up! karelj at

Counterfeit Kit Challenge said...

I LOVE your kits! Your homemade embellishments are PERFECT!!! Thank you for playing along!

onescraphappymomma said...

OMG!!! This is wonderful! What a great idea and I absolutely LOVE your kit! I'm off to try my own!

nomorelittlemonkeys said...

You did a beautiful job matching many of the elements of the inspiration kit, but making them your own! Fabulous!

Margie said...

Great job altering your embellies to fit-awesome kit!!

Judy said...

You did a great job. Thanks for showing all the ways you found to make your own embellishments...FAB!

Anonymous said...

Great job on the kit!!! I love how you posted how you created some of the embellishments. Perfect fit!

Leti (iluv2craft) said...

Den awesome job, thanks for sharing the challenge. this one i need to join for sure. I have so MUCH stuff i need to re purpose.

Sian said...

You have made a beautiful kit - I love the idea of colouring the doilies!

Bethany said...

Lovely kit! The colors are fantastic! I love all of the embellishments you transformed! You are full of inspiration!

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Melanie said...

Deb, your kit is lovely. I love how close your kit is to the original kit.

Love the way you made the embellishments and shared the idea with us.

I can't wait to see how you use your kit.

Jennifer said...

You did such a wonderful job replicating the kit!! So much inspiration here!! I LOVE the idea of this challenge site!!! I am guilty of hoarding supplies and it is time for me to start shopping in my own scrap room!! Looking forward to seeing your mini album!

S said...

I like how you pulled your kit together - especially the add on kit contents. Nicely done.

Jenny said...

Wonderful kit. I made several of the embellishments for mine as well. It was so much fun to create those. I haven't tried the tissue paper flower/pinwheels yet, maybe tomorrow.

Clair said...

Awesome! Loving all of the 'repurposed' embellishments and handmade elements and, by the way, what a stonking job you made of replicating the kit!

Glinda said...

Oh I love your kit and add on kit. Thank you for sharing how you painted your doilies. I will have to try it. I just started a blog and would love for you to stop by and become a follower.


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