Saturday, August 6

Guess Who's The August Guest Designer for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog!

Woot! I was thrilled to be asked to be the August Guest Designer (check out my intro here) for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog. You can check out all the information about the challenge blog and this month's inspiration right here.  When I saw the Album Inspiration Kit, I knew right away I would be using my stash of K&Co. Madeline Collection as the basis of my main kit.

My Main Kit

I was excited to keep the same color scheme as the Album Kit: pinks, golds, and blues. Like the inspiration kit, I picked out florals, tone on tone patterned papers, and while the photos look colorful, it's actually quite shabby chic in person. I was able to add in a few newer papers from Girls Paperie. 

The embellishments in my Main Kit are inspired by the papers that I picked out. I love embellishments, I am a scrapper that goes heavy on embellishments on my layouts so you will see that I also have an embellishment add-on kit too. In the Main Kit, I have yummy Melissa Frances crowns and keyholes, Prima flowers, and lots of K&Co. Madeline embellishments that I hoarded when that line was released way back when. LOL

My Embellishment Biggie Add-On Kit

In this add-on, vintage is the name of the game. First off, there are coordinating pieces of paper from my scraps box, as well as coordinating card-stock in kraft, white, light blue, pink, and cream. Regarding embellishments, you can see why I just can't bring myself to buy new kits when I have such a big stash at home.

In this kit I have border rub-ons, yummy buttons mixed with vintage doo-dadds, vintage lace and seam ribbon, a Melissa Frances Vintage Tag Kit, vintage blue and pink beads, Girls Paperie diecuts, Prima flowers, and lots of fun brads.The gold vintage metal findings are from a local store, flea market meets garage sale meets a lady's closet, called Utter Clutter.

Speaking of embellishments, I want to share a great embellishment tutorial I found that I used for this kit on a layout you'll see soon. It's a zipper flower, and the tutorial is here.

Julie's Stamps and Punches Add-On

I almost always include stamps in my kits, and then never use them! I'm not much of a stamper, so I decided to change things up this time. I decided to stamp out the images now, so they are ready to go. I'm quite proud of myself for doing so. And you'll see my stamping is not perfect, so I hope you'll be inspired to do some stamping too, and embrace the imperfection.

I also picked out some feminine border punches as well, and will use those as I go. My punches are all Martha Stewart, except for a few of the butterfly punches (not pictured).

Julie Ann's Second Kit: Lion's Roar {for Boys and Men}


I have a new nephew, and had this Alphabet Soup papers and tags (by My Mind's Eye) calling out to me, so I had to make another kit around this starting point. I just pulled any paper that could co-ordinate and matched the same hues. So I ended up with some papers for Men as well in this kit which is ok with me, as the men in my life should not be neglected. LOL


 I'm very excited about this kit with the Prima Lion, lots of yummy ribbon, Hambly rubons (although they might be too old to work - I have such trouble with old Hambly rubons), and new Studio Calico cloud rubons!
 I did the same thing in this kit as I did in the other, I pre-stamped some images of an owl and "baby". I picked out the exact stamp colors I want to use in case I want to do more stamping, and also stamp markers as well, and also I have set aside which journaling marker I want to use. Of course I have alphas (lots and lots of letters!), mists, tags, colorful brads, and fabric rips. I also had a digital kit add-on set aside in Picasa on my laptop but my laptop died. I'll try to have a screenshot of the digi add-on for you today or tomorrow (Aug. 6th or 7th), fingers crossed!  I've been creating with these kits already and I'm super thrilled to start sharing with you this weekend! xoxo

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lizzie said...

gorgeous... just gorgeous!!!

Ali said...

wow so much deliciousness - I love all your embellishments.

Kim Strother said...

Julie Ann I think you are my soul sister! I too love embellisments and thought my kit was huge. But you have amazed me with your kits. LOVE them all! I cannot wait to see what your create!

Jimjams said...

JA I am stunned at how huge your stash mountain must be if you can put this much into a month's kits :o Awesome for scrapping with and I know you'll have fun layering and layering and layering like you do. Looking forward to seeing your creations properly spotlighted on the CKCB - have fun!

Helen said...

Beautiful kits - so pretty!

Margie said...

Gorgeous!! I love these!! Especially all of your embellies- and what a great idea to stamp ahead of time! I will have to use that idea next time!

ms.schwiet said...

Wow now that is some haul... I can not wait to see what developes from this kit. Love your style ...embellishments ROCK

S said...

My oh my, just one gorgeous grouping after another. I can't wait to see what's to come.

Clair said...

I know that I wouldn't be able to use such a shabby chic kit, but that doesn't stop me admiring every little bit of your collection. It looks stunning!

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