Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Departing Summer

My month as the Guest Designer over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge begins right here with my kit reveal!

Our inspiration this month comes from the September 2010 Sweet Peach Crop Shop kits.

I started off by concentrating on the main kit which was full of Sassafras Indie Girl product and I immediately knew that I was going to love putting this together but at the same time, knew I didn't have a single sheet of Indie Girl and was going to have to get very creative this time around.

The Sweet Peach Crop Shop main inspiration kit
The kit was full of lovely greens and blues and luckily for me, a touch of pink and romance so I was in love straight away. I wanted to take the colours and items as starting points for my kit and also decided to give myself the added objective of diving into my older stash to give some neglected products an airing. So I chose papers in the colours to match the kit including an extra bit of pink, some blue fabric paper (how should I use it??), music note paper and a pretty Sassafras sheet in honour of the original kit, sorting through the papers until I had 10 sheets. Cardstock then followed in colours to match.

Then came embellishments and I added in items to match the inspiration: alphabet, brads, ribbons, flowers, rub-on stitching and calender die-cuts. You know what's coming now, don't you? Mmmm, yes. Then I added a whole lot more in. Let's face it, you just can't have too many embellishments... So, a tiny alpha, a handful of pins, photo corners, baker's twine and paper trims were all added to the mix. The paper trims have been sitting on my window sill for ages and no two strips are now the same colour. They range from bright green down to just a hint! I'll need to alter them before I can use them but again, that is what this challenge is all about for me - using what I have and making them work.

This kit came together so much faster than usual as the starting point was one I adored and I knew the colours and embellishments would be just what I like to use.

I've started naming my kits and when I looked at it, it looked very summery but somehow not the height of the season and it being now September I decided to call it Departing Summer.

(Actually, I also looked up some September quotes and these were the first two words from a short Shakespeare poem - perfect!)

When I looked at my kit, I loved it but I knew that I would be craving more embellishments. Pretty much more of everything.

And for the first time since I started joining in on the CKC, I created an extra kit! I took the Sweet Peach Crop Shop embellishment add-on kit as inspiration again using the items as my starting points and pulled out another two alphas, flowers, die-cuts and journalling spots before adding in some shipping tags, buttons and some bling. The add-on seemed to be mostly about words so I called this September Notes.

The Sweet Peach Tree Crop Shop add-on embellishment inspiration kit

There is a focus on stamping this month so inks and stamps will be added as and when I need them. And of course, I always find the need to add in one or two items that I can't create a page without!

Looks like it's going to be a busy, fun, creative month so do come over and join in.  It would be lovely to see you there!

Don't forget that there's an added incentive, (not that you need it) with the possibility of winning too. This month is sponsored by Master Forger, Sherri.


Unity endorsed, Ippity Chick, Sherri will be sending out a set of stamps from her etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShareCroppersKits to one lucky winner.

Go on, give it a try!


  1. Love your take on this kit. And I've just popped over to CKC, and seen you there as well! I'm on my way back over for more inspiration.

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE both kits! September notes is definitely things I would use! Great job!

  3. Lovely kits Lisa, I can see your pages already. And that add-on kit, September notes, is inspired. Nicely done.

  4. Anonymous5:08 pm

    Beautiful kits - so pretty! Your old stash looks fab!

  5. What beautiful kits you've made up, oh your going to love using this one

  6. fabulous kits. and congrats on making the team

  7. You can never have too many embellishments - I'm with you on that!

    You have put together beautiful kits - you will be an asset to the team

  8. Your kits are so soft and pretty!! Totally my style!! Love your papers and embellies!!

  9. I so enjoy your titles and particularly like the add-on kit, even better than the inspiration.(Congrats by the way! I saw your announcement and making my way over to that post next.)

  10. Beautiful kits Lisa - I love the names too!

  11. Your kit is great. I love the softer colors that you chose. Very pretty.

  12. Thanks for sharing your kits! Looks like lots of stuff to create with this month.

  13. Love your take on the kits, so pretty and I can't wait to see what your create!

  14. Absolutely love your kits, Lisa! I'm so happy to have you joining us this month-and then as part of the new team! Looking forward to seeing your Sept. projects. :)

  15. Both your kits are gorgeous!! I really love that you gave them names, they are fit perfectly!

  16. I love how you've started giving your kits your own name. And your's certainly live up to their names! Great kits!

  17. I love the beautiful colors of your kit! Your KA is awesome, as well!


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