CKC, Challenge #1 for Feb ’22

It is time for the first challenge of the month over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge. This time around we are tasked to tell a love story — and it does NOT have to be romantic. Any love story will do.

First off our kit build was inspired by the Denim & Blush Modern Memory Keeping Kit from Coca Daisy for Feb 2021.

The first part of my kit build can be seen here. This project however uses my fifth CKC mini/page kit for this month!

I’ve decided to tell the story of how my son and I share a love of coffee and how that leads us to show our love for each other. (He doesn’t like to be on social media so I’ve covered him up. That is how it goes!)

You can follow along with my process in my video.

Do you plan on playing along with this challenge? If so, please share with us over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

Forgery on the Fourth, Feb ’22

As a design team member over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge group I play along with as many of our monthly inspiration challenges as I can. The FOF project is definitely one I enjoy! So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are working with this kit from Coca Daisy and is called Denim & Blush from Feb 2021 as our inspiration.

Did you notice the the small tickets tucked behind the enamel dots, or the leafy die cuts/stamped images up near the top of that kit? Well that is where I got my ideas for this month’s forgeries.

You can see how I went about creating my forgeries in video form where I highlight a couple of tips for bulk stamping & die cutting for mass embellishment or card piece production.

Here is just a quick peek at how my items turned out. The tickets were really easy to make. I bet the picture will give you enough info on how it worked out. The greenery was stamped and die cut on solid cardstock and on lightly painted watercolor paper. I will add more color when I get to using those.

Stamp & die sets used:

  • Avery Elle: Sending Flowers stamp & die
  • Photoplay Paper: Exclusive from an online class

Of course the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can create forgeries of your favorite products with supplies you already have on hand. Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

Just the gist…

I love kit building and I am on the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. We take an inspiration kit each month and proceed to replicate it, or as we say, counterfeit it. But sometimes it can be hard to get started. For example, what if you don’t like the color palette for a kit and you think, “that isn’t for me.” This month’s kit has plenty of pink and that may be off putting for some. Don’t give up; instead, dive deeper.

If we take a closer look at the embellishment cluster in the photo and these sheets of pattern paper, we can start to see something besides pink in this kit. We’ve got a coral red, a powder blue and a golden yellow.

So now we have a very different color palette.

With that in mind I started pulling supplies from my stash. Here is what I ended up with

Admittedly, these colors are bolder than the updated color palette. However, those were the supplies I had in my stash that came close to the new colors, so I’m going to roll with it. That is the flexibility of the CKC group! Make it work for YOU!

Have fun kit building and don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

CKC Feb ’22

I love kit building and I am on the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. We take an inspiration kit each month and proceed to replicate it, or as we say, counterfeit it. This is a free, friendly group that helps inspire you to use up supplies you already own. We are not about needing to buy the latest and greatest thing (though we won’t stop you if you enjoy new crafty goodies๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

It is my turn to host a kit for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge team. This is my first time hosting so I’m pretty excited! Check out the inspiration kit I chose for this month. It is the Denim & Blush Modern Memory Keeping Kit from Coca Daisy for Feb 2021. I love this kit for the bold navy and softer blues, pinks and corals. Plus yellow. Don’t forget yellow! It has plenty of embellishments to inspire me and an ever so slight bit of Valentine’s goodness. And since this kit is sold out it gives us the perfect reason to counterfeit it!

As the kit host, I get to choose a guest designer for the month. I’m happy the Gretl Dixon agreed to play along with us this month! You can find her work on her blog. If you read the CKC kit reveal blog post then you can get to know Gretl a little bit by seeing her photo and reading her bio. Do leave her some love to make her feel welcomed!

When I chose this kit I thought I’d build one big kit. But as I was working I realized that this month is a LOAD month (Layout A Day challenge hosted over at ScrapHappy). Since LOAD leads me to tell a myriad of stories, I wanted products that would have different feels to them so things wouldn’t get repetitive. That is when I got the idea to create 5 mini kits! Yes, I could have thrown all this stuff into one giant kit, but by breaking it down this way it will help limit the choices I need to make when creating. Sometimes too many choices is overwhelming. If I make the choices ahead of time, then when I sit down to craft that part is already done!

So take a look at these 4 kits (yes I did say earlier that I have 5, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the final one, for, um, reasons ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

You can hear all my thoughts that went into each kit in my video.

I hope you can follow along with the other designers and see how they interpreted their kits.

Hereโ€™s the full hop link list

Have fun kit building and don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge.

CKC Challenge #2, January 2022

I’m here with my take on CKC’s second challenge for the month, and that is to use a sketch from Master Forger Cindy’s Pinterest board. You can check out the full process video here or read on for the short version ๐Ÿ™‚

First up, I chose this sketch…

from CREATE: Issue 7, July 2014

I chose to rotate the sketch sideways and then created a double page layout. I didn’t really change the layout much between the two pages. I did use the two small photos and the tag pocket in the sketch as embellishment clusters and stretched those across both pages to help tie things together. These sort of stretched into the banner cluster as well to become one long horizontal embellishment zone.

So what do you think about sketches? Do you like to stick close to them, or do you like to adjust as you see fit?

A little update…

I’ve been quiet here on the blog for a few weeks. It’s not that I haven’t been crafty, in fact it is because I’ve had too many things on my plate and something had to give somewhere. So let me take a few minutes to give a peek into what has been keeping me busy! I hope some of these projects will bring you a little crafty inspiration in some way.

Finishing C&C Projects

First up is a layout I created as part of the Crop & Create event from early October. I still have more layouts partially done, so I’m just sharing this one for now.

Making thank you cards

Next up, teacher thank you cards. I’m so glad for the teachers at my daughter’s alternative school. In fact, I was asked to teach this year and we decided due to our family needs, that the covid situation would not make it work. So… I am extra thankful for her teachers being able to handle this situation. And the school has done a great job with mitigation, so we are all as safe as we can be while still living a full life! I wanted to let them all know that their work is very much appreciated. I had to make 35 of these beauties! Whew!

Distress Ink Class

I love learning things as much as I love sharing things. So, I am often busy with classes of various types. This time I signed up for a Distress Ink class offered by Jenn Shurkus. I have used Distress inks for years but I’m fairly inexperienced with the Oxide inks, so I took that class to learn more about those. But I learned more about other things than I expected. Through trial and error I learned which papers work well for these techniques and which don’t. I have to say that Jenn may have convinced me that the Ranger Heavystock paper is the way to go for inky techniques; it had the most saturated color and the best reactivity with added water. I also experimented with various water-based inks and they were all workable but, again, the Distress is the best. I’m still playing, so I may have more to share on this later.

Holding my Heart… watercolor

Watercolor has been a favorite of mine for many, many years. However producing actual art, rather than abstract mixed media, has always been a calling and a challenge. This watercolor advent calendar has been so peaceful, challenging, and joyful that I just had to share. Oh my, is it stretching me in such good ways. Among other things, I realize I am very heavy handed with my paint and I need to back off quite a bit. Yet with all the things I know aren’t right in my paintings, I am so dang thrilled with the things that are right that I I’m just soaking up the beauty that I am really, truly making!! Of course, having a great teacher in Harriet de Winton, who is offering this event, makes a huge difference for success. You can simply join her YouTube channel, or you can buy the printable advent for a small fee over at Etsy and support her as an artist making a living teaching.

Christmas Cards

This is just as super quick, raw video clip of one batch of Christmas cards that I made. Notice the splotchy, mixed media watercolor look? It combines a couple of the above that I mentioned! I had started my cards long ago but didn’t finish enough, so I made these. And I still need a few more for those who live very close by; so I still have time to make more, right??

December CKC kit progress

If you read my last post you’ll know that CKC this month is doing a advent calendar style kit build this month. Each day is a small prompt to add an item to a kit. By Christmas you should have a full kit of supplies to play with after the hustle of the holiday is over. My kit is all about putting together an art journal kit to use during 2022 instead of a Christmas related project. Here is what I have in my kit so far…

Photo on the left has:

  1. Central Photo sets mood and color scheme.
  2. Left papers are tone-on-tone prints.
  3. Top papers are small motif prints
  4. Right papers are stripes.

Photo on the right has:

  1. Left papers are geometric in nature.
  2. Right papers are medium motif prints. And that heart print is irridescent, so I’m starting to set a shiny metal-esque mood. (Day 1 asked us to choose a metal along with our color scheme, which I ignored. So now I am finding that direction.)

And that wraps up this update. I’ll be back in a week or two with another update for you. Enjoy your December activities as we head closer to the New Year!

Welcome December!

Normally on the first of the month I’d have a kit build to share for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge design team. However, December is different over at CKC. In order to take the pressure off during a busy holiday month, the team offers a simpler bit of inspiration. This year we are doing a Crafty Kit Advent Calendar!

The adventure is this: each day there is a prompt offered on the blog to add just a single item to your supplies and by the end of the month you’ll have a complete crafty kit. Over in the Facebook community there is an accompanying image for further ideas & inspiration. So, during this busy time you can take just a 5 minute crafty break from daily life. Now, your kit could be holiday themed, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, I’ve decided my kit will not have anything to do with holidays. Instead, I’m going to build a kit of supplies for a weekly art journal to play in for 2022.

So far the only thing in my storage drawer for this kit is the traveler’s notebook that I plan on using for my art journal. I recently enjoyed a traveler’s notebook class that showed how to create a temporary cover for the notebook and I plan on covering it now and again as the mood inspires me.

While I know all the behind the scenes info into this advent kit build, I am really trying to play along in real time. I will find my item each day as the prompt goes public. I do know one thing for sure: my goal is to use mainly scraps and partial products for this kit. I think that will be a great way to clear out some items from overflowing bins and build a pile of supplies that are strictly for play.

If you want to follow what the other design team members and communitiy members are up to with this project, go ahead and join the Facebook community.

Until nextt time, I hope you have a safe and festive December!

CKC November challenge one!

It is the first layout challenge of the month over at CKC. This time we are talking all about friendships. My video is up for this layout process.

This layout features bands of zones across the page. Each zone holds a photo and a page elements such at title, journaling and embellishments.

This design came about because the background paper featured words that said “hello friend” and I jumped on the opportunity to make that a part of the design. So each zone actually points to those words on the background.

Don’t forget that other CKC Master Forgers are sharing their takes on this challenge over on the blog. Go check out their work also and then share what you make inspired by this challenge.

Forgeries for November 2021

I’m at it again with my DIY embellishments. I was so inspired by the kit this month that I had to make myself narrow it down to just two forgeries. So let’s take a look at the kit again first.

From this kit I decided to forge those number & icon circle chipboard pieces. I chose that one specifically because I like to number photos along with the corresponding journaling. That way photos can have their own say as part of an overall story.

I also decided to forge the phrase stickers. I like to add little words strips to areas of my layout as a sprinkling of a finishing touch. I used a Concord & 9th sentiment stamp and die set to accomplish this task.

A full look of my process is up on my YouTube channel.

But the short version is here as well.

I used four ink colors to do all the stamping across all the forgeries. This lends itself to plenty of color choice for layouts as well as just lots of elements to use in general. Here I stamped (with an old stamp set) and then used a circle punch to get these number disks. I only completed a few of the finished chipboard pieces and I cam complete any others I need along the way.

The word strips took longer to create since these very solid stamps can be a bit fuzzy to get crisp images from. But perseverance paid off and I got some good results in the end. While these words are larger than typical sticker sheet phrases, I can make them work on plenty of layouts.

Be sure to check out the other forgeries the design team is up to this month over on the blog.

November CKC kit!

I’m really excited about this one my friends! I am finally in the fall mood and the color palette for this month’s inspiration fit the bill just right. Master Forger Lisa chose the Felicity Jane September Kit, called Emily.

I called my kit something decidedly different… “Scrumptious”. The feeling I got from the color palette, along with the little apple icons on that pattern paper just fit for that word!

You can check out my whole kit build via video or keep reading for more info.

I was inspired not only by the color palette by by the textures and small embellishments I noticed in the kit. I chose papers that corresponded one-to-one with papers from the kit knowing that I couldn’t duplicate everything precisely.

But you can judge for yourself how close you think I got. Just know the top row of florals were extras I added to my kit out of indecisiveness!

For embellishments I took more of the inspiration route and pulled things with similar icons that I noticed through the kit. I spied tassels, circular elements, scalloped borders, heart icons, potted plants and much more. Here I incorporated all those things.

Plus I will also be playing with some extra DIY embellishments that I created last month knowing full well what this month’s color palette would be ๐Ÿ˜‰

Throw in a few alphas and some library cards I found at the last minute, and that completes my kit.

Be sure to give a warm welcome to our guest designer this month, Susanne! And hop along to everyone’s sharing sites to see what the whole team has to show off about their kits this month!

I’ll be back on the 4th for more DIY embellishments for the Forgery on the Fourth project, so join me then!