Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
I really loved this project-the stamps, the label shape of the bag topper, and the fact that it was a fun way to give a gift. I tried to think of a way to make the bag differently. I was a little stuck, but I was quickly inspired when I saw the cute little boxes that Backyard Farms uses for their tomatoes:I loved the die-cut fence on the front and the fact that it was made from kraft cardstock. Being the frugal girl that I am, I decided to take the elements that I loved from my gift bag and use them to create a gift box. Here is what I came up with (my sweet daughter even baked some Double Chocolate Chunk cookies so my box wouldn't be empty for the hop!)
Everything (except the box and the cookies) came from my March Counterfeit Kit. I hope that you like the project and are inspired to upcycle your produce packaging, too! Your next stop on the hop is with the fabulous Karen Williams. Don't forget to leave some love along the way!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Pretty outdated and dusty, huh?
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Be sure to stop back tomorrow, when I reveal my project for our Etsy-Inspired Challenge!
Friday, March 11, 2011
All of the papers are from Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl 6x6 paper pad. I also pulled a few Cosmo Cricket Elements from another line, some cute little chipboard flower buttons from Dollar Tree, and a set of Studio G number/alpha border stamps. I decided that instead of the large scalloped calendar from the inspiration kit, I would use my Hero Arts doily stamp. I really love this stamp, and I think it works well with the rest of the kit. I stamped it on Crushed curry cardstock with Versamark ink, then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
My sweet mom crocheted me some tiny doilies, too, but I didn't have them when I took this photo. I also made a couple of embellished paper clips using buttons and oversized epoxy brads. You will see them both on a project or two very soon. :)
Don't forget to stop by the Counterfeit Kit challenge blog to see Meridy's kit and Bethany's kit, along with some fun links to freebies for your own kits.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
A fun addition to this kit was the package of metal flower brads. I LOVED these and couldn't wait to make something similar! I was able to make my own for literally pennies, which made me very happy. Scroll down to my next post for the tutorial for my flowers, plus see a sneak peek of a project that I made using them!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
First, gather your materials: a clean, empty soda can, utility scissors, a small flower punch, small gems or bling brads, and a paper piercer (if you're using brads.)
Carefully cut off the top and bottom of the soda can. Cut a slit up the entire side of the can. Be very careful, as the sides of the can are very sharp!
Smooth out the sheet of metal enough to slide it into the punch.
Punch flowers from metal sheet.
For each flower, bend each petal up slightly. The center of the flower should sit flat on your work surface, and each of the petals should stand up just a bit.
Now curl each of the petals by gently pulling on them. Shape as desired-the metal is very pliable.
Add a small gem or bling brad to the center of each flower (use your paper piercer to poke a hole if using a brad.) I used a smoky gray gem to the center of each-I thought it looked great against the metal.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Lots of handmade goodies there! I used punches and my sewing machine for one (see the next post for a tutorial), a text stamp for another, and lots of Cricut fonts for the last! Here is the full image of my font paper:
I also used my Cricut to make the small scalloped circle. I made it much smaller than the inspiration kit's because I have the smaller Cricut. That's OK with me, though, because I already have a layout in mind for this one!
I used an EK Success border punch to make my aqua flower border. Doesn't it look just like the trim in the inspiration kit? I also cut up one of my die-cut ledger papers for my faux envelopes. Can't wait to try these on a project!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
The next way to "get the look", but on a smaller scale, is to punch a solid cardstock border using a large scalloped border punch (mine is from EK Success.) I also punched lots of 1" circles from scraps.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Today, we are each sharing our main kits on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, and I am sharing mine here with you. Here is the main inspiration kit from Studio Calico:
And here is my kit:
With this kit, I was able to match almost all of the papers very closely. The only exception was the Woodland paper (top, second from the left.) I chose a repeating aqua pattern from Basic Grey. The colors in this pattern worked well with the other papers in my kit. My cardstocks are Lagoon, Watermelon, Crushed Curry, Kraft, White, Ivory and Black. I have also included a couple of small scraps of green that matched one of my add-on kits perfectly.
When it came to the embellishments, however, I had to make some substitutions. I started with the bee stamp. I don't have a bee stamp, but I saw this pretty butterfly stamp that a friend recently gave me. I added that to my kit, and that inspired me to add the chipboard butterflies. My label stickers are from Martha Stewart, and the colors go well with my papers. Finally, instead of the larger letter stickers and title die-cut, I included a rub-on alphabet and a package of Basic Grey rub-ons. The rub-ons have lots of icons (including some bees) and sentiments which would work well for either cards or layouts.
I will also add buttons as I make my projects. I discovered in January with my first kit that it is much more practical for me to keep my buttons in their original jars and just take what I want as I go.
Thank so much for stopping by today! I can't wait to show you my add-on kits, plus I am itching to start making some projects to share! Don't forget to take photos of your kits and share them on the blog or on the Counterfeit Kit Facebook Page-we'd love to see how you're inspired by the kits!