January CKC Kit Reveal – Instarsia


Happy New Year and what a great start to the New Year for me.  I’m so excited to have been asked to be Guest Designer at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog (CKC).  I’ve been an intermittent participant forger for sometime and once before as a Guest Designer. It’s a great principle: each month there is a sample kit to recreate from your own stash.  This month’s kit was right up my street with lots of bold colour.  Here’s the original kit: Fair Isle, Cocoa Daisy’s November 2017 kit.

And here is my version: Instarsia

I’ve included a lot of really old product here, combined with the odd recent purchase and it’s real mix of manufacturers.  I followed my usual methodology; trying to substitute for each of the papers.

Instead of a green snowflake I have a regular mint pattern from SEI: Christmas Mint, Meringue

I didn’t have a car paper with the right colour scheme so I substituted the coffee cup paper from Shimelle’s Glitter Girl collection

The stripe is from Heidi Swapp, September Skies

The green foliage is from Paper Salon’s Ornamental Holiday collection, Spruce Sprigs

My red dot is more regular than the original; it is Studio Calico’s Abroad collection, Destination

The text sheet has a subtle green water wash and is from We Are Memory Keepers Love Notes

The Plaid pattern is from Simple Stories Home Spun

The water colour floral is Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook collection.

I don’t use coloured card stock much; I included the aqua and red but substituted a green watercolour polka dot from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook collection – we’ll see if they get used.

I didn’t have a multi-coloured spot vellum, so I included a blue star vellum instead and threw in an off cut of pink snowflakes for good measure.

The red alphas are Forever Friends, Cosy Christmas and the die cuts are Kaisercraft; purchased in a long ago Paperchase sale.  The tags are odd ones I found floating in my stash.  I included some wooden gold stars and had to buy some red gems because I had used all of mine.  I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to find red gems like the ones in the kit – especially given how close it was to Christmas: I thought they would be everywhere, so I ended up with heart shaped gems from Hobby Craft.

The paper clips with red and white scarves attached in the original kit looked like an easy counterfeit.  I didn’t have a suitable red and white ribbon, so I used a blue and green tartan instead: complete with a fringe snipped into the ends.

Instead of a sheet of stamps I have chosen to include my American Crafts Christmas roller stamp.  I had a higher proportion than usual of double sided papers and here are the reverse prints – you’ve seen that cut apart in a CKC kit before – I had two sheets;I think that should give me sufficient variety for a month’s scrapping.  I have some counterfeiting ideas from the accompanying PL kit and a 12 X 12 page in my head already so I hope to see more of you this month.

Please follow the links below to join the blog hop and see what the Master Forgers have come up with this month.

P.S. you can see I’ve already snuck some extras into the kit.






14 responses »

  1. This looks like a fun kit to work with! Love your version of the paper clips and I can’t wait to see what else you come up with! Thanks so much for being our guest designer this month!

  2. What a great counterfeit kit, Julie! I like your strategy of working paper by paper, and you’ve come up with some great substitutes for items you didn’t have or know you wouldn’t use. Thank you for joining us this month – hope you have lots of fun with your kit!

  3. Lovely take on the kit Julie – I recognise a couple of older pps there which I have hoarded somewhere, must dig those out and use them up! Look forward to seeing how you use the kit during the month :o)

  4. Looks great and you’ve given me some ideas as I was trying to think of ways to make this less seasonal!

  5. Fun kit Julie! I’m so happy to have you with us this month 🙂 I love how you matched the papers and items like for like and yet, it’s very much your own kit! I love it and would enjoy using it myself 🙂

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