Friday, April 1, 2016

April Counterfeit Kit - Urban Blossom

Welcome to the April Counterfeit Kit blog hop! This month, the group was asked to pull inspiration from the February kit by C'est Magnifique. Now, I'll be honest … I was NOT a fan of the original kit. It's trรจs shabby chic and my style is definitely more modern/contemporary. I was stumped on how to pull together a counterfeit version of a kit I really despised (sorry kit; it's not you it's me

I finally decided to work off the color palette. The original kit has lots of pink and black, with subtle pops of gold. I went through my stash and found a collection of papers that fit the palette. I ended up pulling together this counterfeit version, which I'm calling Urban Blossom ... 

The patterned paper in the original kit had lots of bold designs (floral, damask, large polka dots) and while I didn't have anything identical on hand, I did manage to find other bold designs like black swans and script font.  

There were LOTS of butterflies in the original kit and I was shocked to discover that my stash is running low in the butterfly department! I decided to make my own butterfly embellishments, using one of my favorite punches by Martha Stewart … 

As for the rest of my embellies, I kept things simple with some flair badges and pocket cards. My embellishments are pregnancy-themed … I'm hoping this inspires me to finally get started on my Project Pregnancy! 

Despite my initial "oh my gosh, this is the worst kit EVER" reaction, I ended up creating a counterfeit version that I love! I really hope this is the kit that finally bumps me back into a creative, scrappy groove.

Next up on the hop is Susanne

Monday, February 29, 2016

Great Expectations - March Counterfeit Kit

Happy March everyone! I don't know what the weather is like in your corner of the world, but around here we've been enjoying warmer days, trees sprouting pink cherry blossoms and tulips galore! Spring has definitely sprung and I am loving it.

I'm your last stop on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog reveal hop so by now you know that we're using the fabulous Ali Edwards "Click" story kit as inspiration. Ali's kit is a little lean, so I decided to pull most of my inspiration from the pops of green seen in her pocket cards and sticker sheets. Green is NOT one of my favorite colors and I don't have much of it in my stash, but here's what I managed to pull together … 

I decided to pair the green with yellows and gold for a springtime feel 

My embellishments were also inspired by the ones in Ali's kit … 
tiny alphas, a sticker sheet of phrases, labels with cameras on them 

I'm actually really pleased with how this kit turned out. It's simple, it's small … but it coordinates well and I think it's pretty versatile. I'm looking forward to working with it this month!

Thanks for taking the time to complete the CKC Blog Hop! If you want to play along with us this month (and you totally should) you can head on over here to read all about it and link up your own kit.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Lawn Fawndamentals - Ink Pad Review

First things first - thank you so much for all the sweet words and congratulations left on my pregnancy announcement post. I've waited so long to be able to write a post like that, and the fact that it was met with such excitement and support meant the world.

I'm finally starting to feel a bit better (ahhh that wonderful second trimester bliss) and I celebrated by doing a little shopping! I love Lawn Fawn stamps and have been wanting to try out their ink pads for awhile now, so when my local scrapbook store sent out a newsletter saying they were in stock I ran down there to pick up a few.

I chose 4 colors - Fresh Lavender (soft purple), Merman (turquoise), Carrot (orange) and Plastic Flamingo (hot pink). The ink pads are all acid free, dye-based inks. They currently retail for approx. $6.00 US or $7.99 CDN.  

So, what was my overall impression? 

They're very similar in quality to the Hero Arts shadow inks. As with the shadow inks, the cardstock or paper absorbs the color as the ink dries so I'm not sure they'd be good for small sentiments or intricate designs, but they sure look great with everything else! The packaging is cute, the price is reasonable and the colors look great - bold and vibrant.

I love all of colors available, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be "Merman" … it's just the perfect shade of turquoise! I was a little disappointed in the "Fresh Lavender" color as the ink didn't transfer as well as the other colors, but that might have been a stamping issue on my part.

Bottom line? I'm a fan! I'm sure I'll be adding more colors to my stash soon :)