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Thursday, 15 November 2012

Twig & Petal

A little late off the starting blocks for Novembers kit, but I'll pull a couple of double shifts at the craft desk and be caught up in no time.

This month the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog threw me for a loop with their open-ended choice of kit.

"This month, we are going to change it up a bit and let YOU pick what to counterfeit!  With collection kits and coordinating embellishments so popular, we thought it would be a great idea to let you choose a collection from 2012 and find (or create) papers and embellishments from your stash to mimic the new collection. "

With more variety, I become indecisive. Just give me chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, and I'll know which one to choose. Give me 47 flavours and I'll be reading the list three times over before can commit.

My own attempts to locate and choose from the vast super-scrap-market on the web left me dizzy with the possibilities. Forgetting which isle I had been down and where I had seen this kit or that collection that I thought I liked, I took a break and came back to CKC for the Master Forgers' blog hop. Here I could see what each of the design team member had come up with . And from this, still a plethora of possibilities for me, I was able to choose one kit that for me, had the right essence about it.

My inspiration came from  Jemma at Just Jimjams. She chose Crate Paper's Storyteller collection from last winter's CHA, released in February 2012. A poke around the Crate Paper site and I decided that Storyteller was the right one for me too.

When I assembled my papers and then the embellies I looked to mimic the colours and energy. A literal translation of the die cut sheet would result in a travel oriented kit. Not particularly conducive to the stories this stay-at-home gramma likes to record. So I pulled items with texture and patterns that would feel right at home in the original kit. The result is "Twig & Petal" A lovely balance of masculine and feminine. Blossoms and woodsie. Older stash and a bit of newer stash.

Echo Park, For the Record, Fancy Floral
Fancy Pants, All Fall, Spelling (B side)
Red Chevron passed to me by a fellow paper lover, to shut off my whining about being unable to source any chevron locally.
Yellow with etched floral; K&Company, from that big pack of 300, picked up at Costco.
Multi floral; muk (manufacturer unknown) from the massive ebay purchase in my early scrappy days.
Ancient map; muk, ebay stash 
My Mind's Eye, Abbey Road, Lucky Me "Sisters" Forever Rings
Red, graphic floral;muk, ebay stash
My Mind's Eye, Penny Lane, Free Bird "Peace" 
Bo Bunny, Et Cetera, Back to Basics
Multi strips, muk, ebay stash
Deja Views, Home Collection, red with stitches,
Blue with wrought iron pattern, muk
Red Plaid, muk, ebay stash
Partial sheet, sand, muk, ebay stash
October Afternoon, Sidewalks, Kick the Can
Light blue, swiss dot, muk, ebay stash
7 gypsies, Westbourne
Blue and green patterned cardstock, muk from a kit found at Winners.
two textured, red cardstock, muk
 (If anyone is familiar with any of my "muk" papers, I would appreciate a comment as to who the manufacturer is.)

Such a delightful combination. I am chomping at the bit to get at them and see what layouts they produce.  But, oh yeah, there is all the fun stuff too.

The emblellies for which the providence is known, are:
Brads, Kaisercraft
Paper flowers, Prima Marketing, Creative Memories, Bazzill
Die cuts, My Mind's Eye
Mini Tags, K& Company
Black dotted washi, Smash
Journal Card, My Mind's Eye
Cardstock and Acetate die cuts, K& Company
Wood Flourishes, Kaisercraft
Alphas, Authentique, Classic Type and CTMH, Silhouette

To recognize Jemma's influence and acknowledge her role in this, I have included a sheet of cork numbers, muk, but tres chic. Go to her blog here for her entertaining take on numerals.

Also in the mix are brads, ribbon, paper and fabric flowers, buttons, die cuts, washi, two partially used alpha sets, all lacking their original packaging and name of manufacturer. Back in the beginning, it was my habit to discard of the wrapping, post haste. Now I am not so eager to loose the packaging. Sometimes it comes in useful. Repurposed onto a page, or to keep rub-on from drying up. Or even if just to give credit when publishing photos and layouts (hopefully avoiding any copyright infringements).

The complete kit looks like this:

My desk looks like this:

But not for long.

Thanks for dropping by. Double thanks for comments.


  1. I agree, the colour combinations are great, love them all lined up together! :)

  2. Wonderful take on Crate Paper's collection and Jemma is a great inspiration, isn't she? I can't wait to see what you do with all this yumminess.

  3. This color combination is wonderful! And I love the vintage bits you threw in! Crate Paper is one of my fave manufacturers! Looking forward to seeing what you create!!!

  4. oh Sherrie, you did such a great job with this kit! it's fabulous and looks like such a lot of fun to use. Can't wait to see what you do with this (yet again!) mega kit! Love the way you have it all laid out on your desk - I keep mine in a box!

  5. I really like the colorfulness of your kit - it has a real energy to it and like you said both masculine and feminine influences. It's so fabulous that I won't even hold that entirely-too-organized work desk against you!

  6. I like the coulourful paper selection

  7. Friend, I had the same difficulty, but never did overcome it :~( Majorly missed having a kit last month! Yours is so inspirational - and I love the presentation. Favorite part of your post is seeing your desk all laid out with those yummy goodies just begging, Pick me! Pick me!!!