Wednesday, 6 June 2012

June Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal blog hop

Hello there! Nice to see you here again for another Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit reveal blog hop!

If you've arrived here direct, you might want to pop back to the Counterfeit blog so that you can go through the whole hop. If you are here via Julie Ann (here) then you're on the right track. But I really recommend you going through the whole hop today because I think you are in for a treat with the kits the others have made with the very different challenge this month.

The kit this month was inspired by a challenge posted by Shimelle over at Two Peas (read about it in the Counterfeit blog post here) and rather than having a kit to look at and be inspired by, we were given a list of ingredients to include. I had such fun putting this together and love the kit I've come up with. I can't wait to start using it.

The ingredient list is:

  • 10 sheets patterned paper
  • 8 sheets cardstock
  • 2 alphabet sets
  • 2 stamp sets
  • 4 journaling spots
  • 3 types of "choose your own" style embellishments (flowers, border strips, ribbon, anything you like)
  • 1 roll washi tape
  • 1 "old" embellishment 
  • 1 messy item (paint, embossing, mists, etc)
  • 1 other item of your choice

I have been in British Diamond Jubilee fever that last days so at one point I considered going for a red, white and blue theme. But in the end, I went for something much more muted and included lots of older product.

And because it was sort of the opposite of the pomp and glory of the last days, I went with the simpler name of "Subtlety".

I started off by selecting my 8 sheets of cardstock in some neutrals and a few softer colours:

And then picked out about 20 sheets of older and newer papers to mix and match in with the colours, reducing it down to 10 by just a quick process of selection - in/out/back in etc:

After that, I just ran backwards and forwards to my shelves and grabbed items that fitted the descriptions I needed to include and piled it all up until I was done. My mum has been here all week celebrating the jubilee with me so I got her to look through my basket of old items to choose something for me to use and she decided that the dimensional stickers and flowers would look pretty. We'll have to see if I actually use that. But it was interesting to see how an outsider sees product so differently!

So, going back through the ingredient list:

  • 2 alphabet sets - one AC Thickers and one October Afternoon 
  • 2 stamp sets - some journalling spots and a set of frames
  • 4 journaling spots - I selected a pad of greens from Making Memories, two little spots from BasicGrey and some flash cards
  • 3 types of "choose your own" style embellishments (flowers, border strips, ribbon, anything you like) - I knew I wanted flowers this time around so that was first, then some AC flair buttons and some Echo Park decorative brads that matched two of the papers
  • 1 roll washi tape - a new pink diagonal stripe that I just found at the weekend
  • 1 "old" embellishment - the dimensional, themed stickers picked out by my mum
  • 1 messy item (paint, embossing, mists, etc) - some paint and some crackle medium
  • 1 other item of your choice - I added in my TH film strip but also threw some twill onto the pile which I'm planning to stain with tea so that it matches.
It's quite a large kit but it looks easy to use. As always, ink and twine are considered to be free items and if I need to add in extra cardstock, I will. We will have to see if other items find their way into my kit box ;-)

My target is usually 6 layouts but with this larger kit, I'll be aiming for a minimum of 8 layouts. I'll let you know!

So, the next stop on the hop is Libeeti (here) but do leave me a comment and let me know you were here and what your "old" product will be for your kit. I still have an outstanding challenge over at WM to use up some old product so your ideas will help me!

Here is the full blog hop list incase you get lost along the way:


  1. Subtle is good - I can just imagine the softly colored pages you'll whip out now. I think I did a good job on pulling lots of older stash this month as well, but I doubt I'll get 8 layouts. We'll see.

  2. Mmmmm I love the colours ...all ice creamy :0) Laughed to hear your Mum had pulled out the 'prettier' items in your stash ... I think mine would have done the same! I will be interested to see how you use them...I have a million of the bug***s but they no longer fit in with my style! (Actually, I don't think they ever did! Up until 6 months ago I think I just tried to emulate everyone else, LOL) Looking forward to seeing all your lovely work. Hope you had a brilliant time celebrating her Maj and spending time with your Mum x

  3. Love the name! I cant wait to see how you make it all pop. My old item/surprise item is a paper crimper!

  4. This kit is very "you", and I love it!! Soft, pretty, feminine! Can't wait to see your layouts!

  5. looking good, my friend. Love the softer colours and the sweet, vintage style embellishments x

  6. Heidi in Guelph, ON3:55 pm

    Hope you are recovering post-Jubilee frenzy, Lisa. And everything in Subtlety seems to scream "Lisa", if subtle ness screamed that is. ;).
    You should know I've missed you LOADs, pun intended. Happy June! I'm hoping to play along this month time permitting. Xoxo

  7. Your kit is full of great papers. I like that you added flair buttons. I have a ton of those from many years ago.

  8. Great stuff, looks like a lot to work with. That's cute that your mom was able to help. Maybe that should be a theme one of these months....get a friend/family member to go through your stuff and make a kit FOR you. That would be interesting!

  9. Do I spy a piece of map patterned paper that came from all the way across the big pond?! LOL! Love that paper and love your kit, its name and all its yummy elements.

  10. Your kit is gorgeous!!! I wish it was a real one for purchase! Can't wait to see what you create with it! Nice job Lisa!

  11. I love all the soft tones you've included in your kit! I can't wait to see what you create!

  12. This is so beautiful! I am in absolute awe. I used the same MM green journaling book - we'll have to compare notes later.

  13. Beautiful kit!! I love the "subtle" colors you used, and all the pretty flowers and other soft, sweet elements!

  14. Gorgeous kit, I love the soft, subtle colours, very pretty. Deb xxx

  15. Gorgeous kit! I have those green Making Memories journaling spots too. Have fun using up your kit this month!

  16. I want this kit!! You did a fabulous job on this one, Lisa!!

  17. It's a beautiful blend of colors and textures:)

  18. Oh, your kit is so so beautiful! I just love it.
    BTW, I've mailed you your RAK. I hope you'll like it :).


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