When I look at the monthly Counterfeit Kit Challenge kits, I usually try to substitute something from my stash, but, from time to time a certain piece or two from a kit will catch my eye, and I know that I can usually alter something or make something from my own stash that will be very similar.
First item on this month's agenda, this paper from My Mind's Eye Jubilee Tangerine:
I didn't have it, but I knew I could make a lovely stamped woodgrain paper! I chose a rich woodgrain paper from Cosmo Cricket. I only had one hot air balloon stamp that I could find, in a mixed set from Hero Arts. I hadn't used it yet, so it seemed like the perfect time to break it out.
I used a couple of different sentiment stamps,
Which I cut apart and rearranged to fit the space. I stamped the images with white ink, then heat embossed. Ireally wasn't happy with the messiness of my embossing (I got in a hurry and didn't brush off the excess, so it had white speckles around the image). I just decided to embrace the messiness and add more!
This is what it looks like all dried up:
(It says: "The best memories inspire the soul")
I also was quite enamored with the Doodlebug Doilies that were in the inspiration kit:
But, again, I knew I could make something similar from my stash. It's the reason we buy die cutting machines and tools, right?
I grabbed one of my favorite doily dies, and my folder of blue scraps:
I pulled out several scraps that I thought might work, and laid them on top of my kit papers to see which ones would best suit the kit:
I came up with four scraps that I like quite a lot to go with my kit:
And made myself four adorable doilies to go in my kit:
I quite like the little cork tags and bits:
I hope I have inspired you to rethink some of your own stash!