January 6, 2018

CKC January Mini Kit Reveal and Project

It is mini-kit reveal day on the CKC blog!  I am now on permanent mini-kit duty (yay!) and I'm excited to be using the monthly inspiration to assemble a smaller kit and then making a project with it.  I really love the mini-kits - I get a nice sense of satisfaction using most or all of it on a project or two during the month.

So as you know by now, our inspiration this month is the November 2017 "Fair Isle" kit from Cocoa Daisy.  The main kit is lovely:

Cocoa Daisy "Fair Isle" Memory Keeping 12x12 Kit
I was very inspired by the Pocket Kit:

Cocoa Daisy "Fair Isle" Memory Keeping Pocket Kit

I assembled my kit with the idea that I would be using it for Project Life pages from December 2016.  I also knew that I would be forging some of the cards and so I started with the ingredients I would need to do that and then built the rest of the mini-kit around those choices.  Here is my mini-kit:

I included a 6x6 paper from Crate Paper's "Snow and Cocoa" collection that has plenty of little details to cut apart, a scrap of Heidi Swapp paper in a birch tree pattern (not sure of the collection since it's from a few years ago), and a 6x6 pink paper from the Maggie Holmes "Gather" collection. I discovered a Studio Calico 4x6 paper pad out on my table and pulled out a ledger pattern to add to the kit.

For embellishments, I selected a Christmas phrase stamp set (Citrus Twist), a tiny trees stamp set (The Stamp Market), yellow star puffy stickers (Bella Blvd.), enamel cross stickers (1Canoe2), green felt bows (Bella Blvd.), a sheet of partially used phrase stickers (Pretty Little Studio), a sheet of labels (Pretty Little Studio) and a set of alpha stickers in mint (Kelly Purkey).

So now that I had my kit, it was time to make the pocket cards.  You can read about how I made my forgeries in this post.  I also made a few additional cards not based on the ones in the Cocoa Daisy kit:

I used the packaging from the word/phrase stickers to make the small card on the bottom right - it had such lovely lines for journaling that I couldn't resist!

And finally, here is how I used my kit to make two Project Life spreads:

I didn't have enough 4x6 cards so I added another sheet from the same Studio Calico paper pad for the pocket on the bottom left.  And I ended up removing the green felt bow from the card on the bottom right - it was just a little too big and the color didn't really fit in with the rest of the page.  I'll save it to use on another project.

I added some phrases stickers to the photos on this spread.  Here is a closer look at some of the details:

And there it is...the first mini-kit and project of 2018.  If you play along with us this month, please add a link to your project on the CKC blog here.  You can also share on Instagram - we're @counterfeitkitchallenge and you can use #counterfeitkitchallenge and #ckcjanuary2018 to tag your posts.  We have a Facebook community too and we'd love to see you sharing there as well - we're the Counterfeit Kit Community.


  1. Your cards are all lovely. That Heidi Swap is September Skies. How do I know? I have the 12 X 12 pad and a scrap of that paper has somehow drifted into my kit..

    1. Thank you Julie! I really loved that birch paper and I tried to use every last bit!

  2. This all looks wonderful You've done a great job on your cards.

  3. This is such a great kit and a simply stunning spread. I think I need lessons! A perfect kit to finish off your PL for 2017 (I'm envious) and so inspirational for me. Truly, gorgeous!

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Lisa! I think PL is something that gets easier the longer you do it, and I've finally settled into my style.