SCT Sampler Kit Unboxing, Nov ’22

Getting my SCT Sampler kit in the mail each month is a bright spot. This small affordable package is just enough newness + surprise to keep me satisfied. This month the package contained wintery and Christmas products from Spell Binders and Lawn Fawn, plus a stamp set from Hero Arts. Take a look…

I wouldn’t want to leave you wondering just what to do with these supplies. So I almost always make a project as soon as my box arrives. That way I am sure to use it instead of just showing it off. This time around I made batches of Christmas cards. My card making tends to be simple and repeatable. This batch went together quickly

But I kept going making just a few more designs with the extra supplies sitting around after this batch.

Of course if you want more information you can watch my YouTube video to get a better look at the kit products and my project.

If you want more info on these kits, check out the links and info below.

SCT sampler kit information
Please note: you can not order the current kit. Instead you sign up for a future beginning date for your kits. Kits currently run between $14 per month (1-year commitment billed every 4 months) to $17 per month (4-month commitment billed fully). Extras not shown in the video include a private Facebook group with video shares each month, a cut file download to match the theme word and discounts for prominent online scrapbook shops.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at what these little kits have to offer and seeing it put into action with a project. I’ll be back soon with more crafty goodness. Until then, have an artful day.

CKC Kit Build, November ’22

Wowza. Another new month is here. This last part of the season has just whipped by and I don’t feel like I’ve given my previous kits enough love. Sigh. But time progresses and so do I. With that, lets move on to my new kit as part of the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. If you are new to CKC, 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 goodies😉 ).

Let’s welcome our guest designer Machelle Willing to the team for November. She’s been around the CKC block before so she will bring her experience to the team again this month.

Our inspiration kit this time around is the October Kit, Herbstzauber (NOTE: the kit has been removed from the company site so please check out their main site listed next…) offered by a German company called Scrapbook Werkstatt. This kit is centered around product by PinkFresh Studio, Maggie Holmes and Paige Evans, all of which I have used in the past. I had to dig in my stash to see what I may have still had on hand from these pieces vs what I’d need to replicate.

Before we get to my kit, let’s peek at most of the inspiration pieces.

For my build I started with the same PinkFresh paper line and it turns out that I had a partial sheet of the ticket style print to tuck in my kit. I added in a map print based on the inspiration. Next came a jumbo text print from Shimelle to take the place of the word print from PinkFresh. Then a bunch of decisions had to be made to get to the final paper selection (see the video below for all the details!)

Next up was embellishments. As last month was a jumbo embellishment month, I kept things calmer this time. I drew very heavily from the inspiration in pulling these bits together. Notice I’ve got blank wood buttons in my kit. I bet you know I’m going to dress those up somehow for the Forgery on the Fourth project at CKC. Just a little hint for you!

Okay. That is my kit. Now… there is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. I had a hard time finding the right name. I’m going to call this one Across the Seasons since I brought in more springy purples and green as well as richer autumnal yellows and blues.

If you want to see my thoughts behind my kit choices, check out my kit build video.

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

Here’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.

I’ll be back on the 4th, for our Product Forgeries using those blank buttons. Until then, have an artful day!


PRODUCTS USED**

** Disclaimer: I offer affiliate shopping linked products when possible. This shopping won’t cost you anything extra, but I get a small kick back from the companies for sending business their way. It is an easy way to tell me “Thank You” for the content I provide. I appreciate you using my links!

SCT Sampler Kit Unboxing, October ’22

I know I never got September’s unboxing posted. Oh boy. But you can still catch that over on my YouTube channel! I’m just going to go ahead an move on with October…

Here is the kit this month! We’ve got our reusable supply (stamp set from LDRS), our word die and supplies from Carta Bella’s Welcome Fall collection** and Vicki Boutin’s Print Shop collection**.

I wouldn’t want to leave you wondering just what to do with these supplies. So I usually make a project as soon as my box arrives. That way I am sure to use it instead of just showing it off. This time around I made a layout about the rascally squirrels in my yard.

I incorporated several stamping techniques including watercolor stamping and a “hightlight” stamping technique. If you want more information on those (and more!) you can watch my YouTube video to get a better look at the kit products and my project.

If you want more info on these kits, check out the links and info below.

SCT sampler kit information
Please note: you can not order the current kit. Instead you sign up for a future beginning date for your kits. Kits currently run between $14 per month (1-year commitment billed every 4 months) to $17 per month (4-month commitment billed fully). Extras not shown in the video include a private Facebook group with video shares each month, a cut file download to match the theme word and discounts for prominent online scrapbook shops.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at what these little kits have to offer as well as seeing it put into action with a project. I’ll be back soon with more crafty goodness. Until then, have an artful day.


PRODUCTS USED**

** Disclaimer: I offer affiliate shopping linked products when possible. This shopping won’t cost you anything extra, but I get a small kick back from the companies for sending business their way. It is an easy way to tell me “Thank You” for the content I provide. I appreciate you using my links!

CKC Kit Build, October ’22

Wowza. Another new month is here. This last part of the season has just whipped by and I don’t feel like I’ve given my previous kits enough love. Sigh. But time progresses and so do I. With that, lets move on to my new kit as part of the design team for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge project. If you are new to CKC, 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 goodies😉 ).

Let’s welcome our guest designer before we dive in….Nikki Ihus. Nikki and I know each other from various crafty circles, and she even was a part of my YouTube going through a growth spurt back in the early days. I’m excited to have her join the team this month!

Our inspiration kit this time around is the August Cherry Box** offered by A Cherry On Top Crafts** website. This kit is centered around product by 49th and Market that has a very neutral color palette, and vintage vibe with a nature feel. I’ll admit that the neutral color palette had me guessing for a while, but as you’ll see I figured out how my style would mesh with the inspiration kit!

Before we get to my kit, let’s peek at most of the inspiration pieces.

For my build I started with my own 49th and Market stash, which definitely has more color to it. But I picked out the papers with the most neutral overall look. I then added in papers from Simple Stories and others that had more color but kept a bit of a vintage vibe. And butterflies. There were lots and lots of butterflies.

I only chose 11 papers this time because my kits have been too big for my busy schedule lately. Also, October is a LOAD month (more on that here) which means I am creating a layout a day on a very wide variety of topics. I’ve found that in past LOAD months, my one CKC kit often only works for a couple of layouts. So I wanted to keep my kit small to allow more room for other creativity in my variety of story telling.

However, the small kit idea melted down after I started pulling embellishments. If you watch the video, you’ll see just how much of a madwoman I was! Well, through a long process I did narrow it down to still-a-rather-large pile. I think that means this months my layouts will be more along the lines of lots (and lots) of embellishing layers instead of paper layers.

Okay. That is my kit. Now… there is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine MAD HATTER both for my lack of rational control in pulling items and for the vintage styling that Alice in Wonderland often encompasses.

If you want to see my entire mad thought process, check out my kit build video.

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

Here’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.

I’ll be back on the 4th, for our Product Forgeries. Until then, have an artful day!


** Disclaimer: I offer affiliate shopping linked products when possible. This shopping won’t cost you anything extra, but I get a small kick back from the companies for sending business their way. It is an easy way to tell me “Thank You” for the content I provide. I appreciate you using my links!

CKC Kit Build, September ’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 goodies😉 ).

Before we dive into kit building, I want to welcome our guest designer for the month, Christine Harden. You can read more about Christine on the kit reveal post over on the CKC Blog. I hope you visit her Instagram and leaver her some love.

Now, on with the show. You can hear all my thoughts on my kit build in this video, or keep reading for the condensed version.

To start, here is our inspiration kit. It is the Wildflower Collection by Traci Reed. I’m a a big Traci Reed fan and I already own much of these supplies. There is a lot more to this collection, but these images give you a taste. I encourage you to go check out her site. And if you aren’t a digital scrapper, don’t be intimidated. I use digital products often in my physical scrapping. Keep reading and you’ll see some of what I mean.

I could have mimicked—counterfeited!—this kit with products off my shelves. But I just plain love this collection and so why reinvent the wheel? I printed out my favorite papers from the paper pack. I do not have a large format printer so I am limited to the 8.5″x11″ (US letter) size. I’m okay with that! I do some scrapping in that size anyway. However, adding in a bit of cardstock is an easy way to get myself up to the standard 12×12 size. I did add in a couple of other papers also. So, my paper selection ended up looking like this.

Embellishments were up next. This month I went a bit over the top! Just remember anything you don’t end up using can always be put away again for another day. I was just so inspired by these products that I wanted to up the ante. I pulled in journaling card stamps & die sets, mixed media supplies in stencils and sprays, twines, enamels, sequins, and the pre-printed “stickers”—I use them as die cuts really—directly from Traci Reed.

There is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine Wild Child for the pure glee I had just piling in the embellishments.

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

Here’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.

I’ll be back on the 4th, for our Product Forgeries. Until then, have an artful day!

SCT Sampler Kit Unboxing, August ’22

Getting my SCT Sampler kit in the mail each month is a bright spot. This small affordable package is just enough newness + surprise to keep me satisfied. This month the package contained products from Heidi Swapp’s Sun Chaser collection, Lawn Fawn’s All the Dots paper pad and a nested diamond shaped die set from Honey Bee Stamps. It really was a package of goodness!


A quick update before we move on… I now have affiliate shopping links! This means that you you choose to shop, you may use my links to various online retailers and I will get a small commission without your prices being affected. That bit of kickback will help fund future projects and filming quality on my blog and YouTube channel. So, if you are so inclined, I’d be very appreciated if you used my shopping links.

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Okay, enough salsey talk. Back to the crafting! I wouldn’t want to leave you wondering just what to do with all those lovely supplies. So I almost always make a project as soon as my box arrives. That way I am sure to use it instead of just showing it off. This time around I used that diamond die set to create an interesting background for my layout.

I created a bit of a visual triangle with black diamonds and die cut pieces. And then I simply embellished areas with color-coordinating stickers.

Of course if you want more information you can watch my YouTube video to get a better look at the kit products and my project.

If you want more info on these kits, check out the links and info below.

SCT sampler kit information
Please note: you can not order the current kit. Instead you sign up for a future beginning date for your kits. Kits currently run between $14 per month (1-year commitment billed every 4 months) to $17 per month (4-month commitment billed fully). Extras not shown in the video include a private Facebook group with video shares each month, a cut file download to match the theme word and discounts for prominent online scrapbook shops.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at what these little kits have to offer and seeing it put into action with a project. I’ll be back soon with more crafty goodness. Until then, have an artful day.

CKC Kit Build Aug ’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 goodies😉 ).

You can hear all my thoughts on my kit build in this video, or keep reading for the quick version.

Our Master Forger this month is Julene and she chose the Citrus Twist Kit called Travelogue Life from April of this year. It is full of travel themes, teals, greens and blues with pops of golden yellow and just a smidgen of pink. Before we go too much further, let’s also give a very warm welcome to the guest designer for this month: Caryn Adams Kidwell (@thecraftycaryn)!

Now that we’ve seen the overview, let’s take a look at a few closeups of elements…

Now my kit last month was travel theme so I’m toning that part of this kit way down and adding in some summer fun elements instead. I am also playing up more of the pops of navy and woodgrain in the inspiration. Here is how it turned out.

My papers…

And my embellishments…

I forgot to put into this picture some cut apart elements! But those do show up in the video if you want to see more. And a sneak peek here: notice the flamingo, flipflop, and pennant elements? I created those! How I did that will be the feature of my next post, so stay tuned.

Finally, there is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine “Summer Sun”.

I hope you can check out the other designers and see how they interpreted their own kits.

Here’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.

SCT Sampler Kit Unboxing, July ’22

Getting my SCT Sampler kit in the mail each month is a bright spot. This small affordable package is just enough newness + surprise to keep me satisfied. This month the package contained products from Maggie Holmes, Doodlebug, and a stamp set from Gina K designs. We also have our word die cut from the SCT company.

I wouldn’t want to leave you wondering just what to do with these supplies. So I almost always make a project as soon as my box arrives. That way I am sure to use it instead of just showing it off. This time around I made and 8.5 x 11 layout featuring a vacation photo. And when I create a project using my samplers I really try to pull at least one thing from each of the supply categories included in the kit: the die set, the reusable item and each of the two manufactures.

Of course if you want more information you can watch my YouTube video to get a better look at the kit products and my project.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at what these little kits have to offer and seeing it put into action with a project. I’ll be back soon with more crafty goodness. Until then, have an artful day.

CKC July ’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 goodies😉 ).

June sure went by in a whirlwind and I can’t believe it is July already. So glad I got this post up in time! Here is the full video experience, or you can read on for the quick overview.

Our Inspiration kit this month is the May Round Trip 12×12 add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits. Before we dive in too much further, let’s give a warm welcome to Clem Reid as our guest designer this month. You can find her take on this kit, as well as all the other team members from the hop links below. Now on with the show…

With this inspiration in mind I pulled a variety of stuff from my stash, organized it all, and then narrowed it down. Here are the three categories of papers I put in my kit: A side inspired, B side inspired, and “filler” papers.

The overall paper view

Moving on to embellishments… I had the Pink Fresh Titles ephemera directly from the inspiration kit. Then I just added other elements such as travel, homey icons, enamel dots and tags.

Embellishments

There is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine StayCation for the mix of travel and homey icons.

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

Here’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 Kit Build, June ’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 goodies😉 ).

You can see my process video or keep reading for the blog version of the info.

This month we are working from a German kit company, Danipeuss.de . Their November 2021 kit featuring Paige Evans brings us lots to be inspired by.

The color palette was too autumnal for me, so I focused my choices on patterns in the kit and used colors that were more to my mood. You can see that direction in my paper choices here.

From there I pulled embellishments. I added in more stars, which was the first thing I was drawn to when building this kit. I also had several pieces from the inspiration kit itself. I know I won’t use all those pieces due to the color palette, but I can pick and choose what works for me.

There is a tradition over at CKC of titling our kits just like companies do. So I’m calling mine Star Struck.

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

Here’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.

One last thing before you go… I was also inspired by several things in this kit to create on my own. So join me next time when I show you some product “forgeries”! Until then, have an artful day.