Monday, 6 March 2017

Sunshine Happiness Mini Kit {February's Counterfeit Mini Kit}

This month, I’m on the Mini Kit Team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge, which means that it’s finally my turn to let you know how I used this month's choice of kits from The Hip Kit Club as my inspiration to create a small, but sweet, mini kit – and what I made with it! (Not kept up with the amendments to our usual schedule? Catch up with a little overview!)

The kits featured recent collections including Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams and Crate Paper’s Oasis. I must confess, that I added a little bit from each collection to my stash last month (and a few other bits - shocker!) so it would have been easy for me to use some of it as the base of my counterfeit this month, but I decided instead to base my inspiration on the colourful collection of items in the Project Life Kit.

I selected a sheet of 3x4 Journalling Cards and the 'Bits & Pieces' Diecuts from the Simple Stories' Sunshine & Happiness Collection, then added in some co-ordinating Simple Stories Alphas. (Using items from the same manufacturer makes kit building a breeze, especially when they work hard to make colours co-ordinate across collections!)

To finish the kit off, I added a couple of inks from Papermania (in colours that I would never usually touch) and a couple of cute washi tapes that I found last time I went to Primark! 

The cute, colourful cards were all the motivation I needed to start creating with some of my summer snaps from our annual visits to see Adrian's family in Portsmouth. We have such an amazing time and I am so, so happy to have finally made a start on recording these lovely memories! 

I'm really enjoying working with a smaller sized kit. It's not as overwhelming and I'm finding that less choice (and, therefore, less time making decisions) means more creating! I'll have a few more summer memories to share later in the month!

In the meantime, there’s more inspiration from the rest of the Mini Kit Team - Lisa, Margie and Kelly – over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Sunshine Happiness {February's Counterfeit Kit Reveal}

Hello! Hello! It’s a short and sweet note from me this morning, as the first of the month means that it’s time for a new inspiration kit reveal from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This month, we’re all using the February Main Kit (and add-ons) from The Hip Kit Club as the basis for our own counterfeit kits. The kits feature recent collections including Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams and Crate Paper’s Oasis. They’re a little bit swoonsome, aren’t they?

I’m on the new Mini Kit Team this month, which means that I’ll be popping back with a mini-sized kit - and a little ‘something-something’ that I made using the mini-kit – on the 6th March. In the meantime, why not head on over to the Counterfeit Kit Challenge to see how the Main Kit Team interpreted the inspiration kit? I can’t wait to see their ideas!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

It Takes Two {Counterfeit Kit Challenge}

Inspired, indirectly, by Valentine's Day, our second challenge of the month 'It Takes Two' over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to make two of something - anything - as long as they work well in combination. Having recently moved home, I have a lot of people to thank, so I decided to add to my little stash of handmade cards. 

Deciding to use a little bit more of January's Counterfeit Kit, I started by choosing two off-cuts of similar, but not exactly the same, cardstock and trimmed them down to 3x6. Folded, this size makes such a cute, mini-card. Then I found two similar sized sentiments. One a really, really old sticker from American Crafts. One a more recent addition to my stash from Elle's Studio. 

I adhered both sentiments to the cardstock using some foam stickers, to add a bit of dimension, then added some embellishments and voila! Two dinky, little cards ready to send on their way!