Forgeries on the Fourth (aka FOF), Aug ’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 Forgery on the Fourth project is definitely one I enjoy! That is where we see a scrap product we like and set out to recreate it with supplies we already own. So let’s go ahead and dive in to what I have for you this month.

We are being inspired by this kit from Citrus Twist Kits called Travelogue Life from April of this year.

What caught my attention in terms of embellishments this time were those pennants in the puffy stickers (top left) and the beachy icons on the chipboard stickers (bottom right).

With that inspiration in mind, I created all of these beauties.

I heat embossed words, icons and label shapes onto colors of cardstock that coordinates with my kit papers. I also added some hand doodling with a Quickie Glue Pen and heat embossed that as well. Notice that I also managed to get flamingos in there too? That stamp was very large so I could only use a portion of the image, but I think it works out fine!

I didn’t complete all the steps before photographing my project, but if you want to replicate the texture of chipboard, all you have to do is punch/cut out 3-4 extra blank shapes and glue them behind the image pieces. Those added layers mimic the thickness of chipboard. Likewise you can mimic puffy stickers as well. For that you need some kind of glossy liquid products, like clear Nuvo Drops, to add a layer over the top of the image piece. Let dry and the next day you’ll have the thicker glossy appearance of a puffy stickers.

If you want more details on this process, check out my video.

For more creative ideas, the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can recreate your favorite products with supplies you probably 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.

Until next time, 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.

July ’22 Wrap Up

Another month of crafting is under my belt. I’d like to share the projects I created this month as many of them were not available on my YouTube Channel. And that is going to be the best place to see them this time around as I don’t have photos of everything! So, to see it all check out the video or keep reading for the few bits I have available in photo form.

The big thing for me this month was that I worked on several digital layouts! This is something I am doing more of for several reasons. I won’t go into that now; instead I’ll just show you what I have. I created these all for the LayOut A Day challenge (aka LOAD) for July. In the summer the challenge is only a week long which can be more manageable. Yet I still didn’t finish the week out. Ah well.

The projects below have process videos for them, so if you want to see more I’ll link you up.

  1. Best Unforgettable Moment
  2. Say Cheese
  3. Let’s Wander
  4. Hello Beautiful Day

That is it for today. I’ll be back soon with a kit build video/share for August and a homemade embellishment share as well. I hope you’ll join me for those. Until then, have an artful day.

Freebie Friday!

I love learning, creating and sharing. That is why I offer freebies up to you each month. I have both a layout sketch (in printable pdf as well as editable psd) and an electronic cut file (in svg). This month I was inspired by view finders and camera images. You can see all the details in my reveal video, or read on for the short version.

Here is a closer look at the sketch and the project I created based on this sketch.

If you are a cut file lover, I’ve got you covered too! My video covers any details for this file and any tips and tricks I have to share. Be sure to get all the info by watching above.

Download the pdf sketch here [coming soon], the psd version here [coming soon], the cut file here or, head over to my Freebies Page to peruse the catalog of files I have offered in the past. And if you have any ideas for sketch or cut files, I’d love to hear your ideas. I can’t make promises but I can take suggestions!

CKC Challenge #2, July 2022

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Tina was inspired by the travel theme of our kits, and the Beatles song “Day Tripper”. First off, let’s take a look at the whole kit from Citrus Twist Kit from March 2020 called Life Crafted, Weekender.

Documenting a trip is not in the cards for me right now. Our family is too cautious to risk the possibility of long covid. So we continue to try to find things around town to keep us busy. Surprisingly we keep finding small things that are new enough to be fun. This particular story involves a cross-town walking trail that we’ve only walked bits and pieces of. We finally walked the closest part of the trail! So that is our “Day Trip(per)”, or rather hours tripper.

I have a quick process video for this layout if you want to see more details.

I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

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 Challenge #1, July ’22

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Tina was inspired by all the tickets in the inspiration kit, plus the song “Ticket to Ride” by the Beatles. First off, let’s take a look at the whole kit, which is the May Round Trip 12×12 add-on kit from Citrus Twist Kits. To the right of the main kit you’ll see all those ticket embellishments as inspiration!

With the inspiration of tickets… Go for it! Load up your project with tickets! Now that we have our inspiration, let’s dive into how I interpreted the challenge. Full details in the video below and of course the blog version follows.

I didn’t “load up” my project with tickets, but I did highlight a fun faux letterpress technique to create some tickets. The letterpress process involves pressing an inked letter/word form into specialty thick paper to get a crisp depressed texture that also stamps with ink. We can do something similar with an embossing folder.

The simple instructions are to ink one side of your open embossing folder. Each side will give you a slightly different look. Experiment first! And just a note: folders with text need to be inked on the correct side to avoid backwards text. Ask me how I know. Ha ha.

Carefully place your paper onto the dry side of the folder and close gently to avoid slipping and ink smearing. Run through your die cutting machine with the correct sandwich to press that ink into your embossed paper. Done. It is that simple

Notice the tickets here? I created them with the letterpress technique and then cut them apart into ticket strips to embellish my layout.

So that is my take on the ticket challenge. I hope you can check out the other designers takes on this challenge! Don’t forget to show off your stuff over on the CKC Facebook group, or tag us on Instagram @counterfeitkitchallenge or use #counterfeitkitchallenge. We love to see your work!

The World of Vellum

Vellum is a product that I love and try to keep a stock on hand at all times. I want to share my love of vellum with you with two videos. The first is all about ways you can use vellum and the second is putting together a layout using a handful of the items I created in the first video. Plus the second video has an additional little vellum technique that you may find handy. As always, if you want the blog version, please keep reading!

Vellum Techniques Video
Layout process video using vellum

So let’s take a gallery journey through the techniques I mentioned. While each photo is captioned, the gallery system’s captions are a bit hard to read, so let me list it out more clearly.

  1. Layered Dimming
  2. Pattern Making
  3. Cluster Layering
  4. Photo Mats
  5. Stamping
  6. Heat Embossing
  7. Backing Cutfiles
  8. Printed journaling
  9. Alcohol Ink (No expensive Yupo “paper” needed)
  10. Embossing Folders
  11. Pockets
  12. Windows
  13. Shakers
  14. Envelopes
  15. Home decor — Votive Holders
  16. Home decor — Stained Glass Window technique + project

Once I had created a pile of goodies out of vellum I turned to creating a layout. If card making is your thing, these ideas totally work for that too! Now, not all the things I created are going to work on one project so the process of finding what will work, and especially giving up on what won’t work, is interesting. I tried really hard to get stamped flowers on my project and they just weren’t working. The flowers got lost in the amount of pattern shining through the vellum. In the end I colored vellum with a marker (that is your bonus technique!) and punched out solid colored flowers to sprinkle on my project.

Layout using vellum

Don’t forget that vellum can be tricky to attach since you can see the glue right through it! If you need ideas on how to overcome that, I’ve got you covered there too! This post shows off vellum attachment ideas. Of course you can take the short cut right to the source video.

I hope this post gave you lots of ideas for incorporating vellum into your paper crafting projects, and even some home decor. I’ll be back soon with more ideas. Until then, have a 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.

Craft Projects… What do you make?

While scrapbooking, and to some extent card making, take up the majority of my crafty time, I also like to dabble in other crafty creations. Today I’d like to share some of those ideas with you, starting with my latest video on creating a door hanging sign. The good thing about the majority of those projects is that I use my paper crafting supplies and skills to bring them to life.

You can see a version of that sign in the video thumbnail above, but here is a better version.

I made this project as a challenge for the CKC group. While I was working on the project I started reminiscing about past projects. As I was pulling some of those photos to include in my YouTube video I really felt that blast from the past. Some of the projects I cringed at now, but some of them have been total favorites. I think that is how crafting goes in general, right?

At any rate, here is a gallery of some of those older projects. I’ve captioned them so that you know what they are all about.