Creating Alphabets—Two ways!

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 Traci Reed Designs, called Wildflower. While she does have print-then-cut files available, the alphabet set only comes in digital version. So will a bit of work I created my own. See those alphas in the bottom(ish) right corner?

I imported all the individual png letter files into my Silhouette software. (Note, if you have a Cricut, I have an older tutorial on doing a similar thing on my YouTube channel.) Now this will only work in version 4.4 and up since the software will automatically add cut lines around the files. Once every letter is open, I copy and paste them to my prepared letter size mat to get them ready for printing. I duplicate the commonly used letters like vowels, s’s and t’s etc. Then when I turn on the print-then-cut page borders I make sure all my shapes fit within the boundaries and them I’m good to go. I just realized that in order to store these cut outs I can put a piece of PressNSeal film behind my carrier sheet and then pop the letters back into place. Voila, organized!

If you don’t do digital cutting machines, it is easy to go manual. Just use your favorite alpha stamp and die set. You can decorate up each letter if you have some tiny stamps to add details.

In the video tutorial I include a few tips on how to make this process faster, including stamping all the letters at once right from the carrier sheet. I also give a tip on creating a die cut jig to make lining up the dies for cutting go smoother. If you want those details, give the video a watch.

For more creative ideas, the CKC blog has more forgery examples to check out, including other alphabet styles. I hope this gave you some ideas on how you can recreate 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.

Until next time, have an artful day.

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!

Freebie Friday, Aug ’22

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 the late summer flowers in my garden to create a coneflower cut file. 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! Here is the coneflower and it’s parts. The flower center layers over the flower to create the final image. I’ve cut my flowers out of heavy weight mixed media cardstock in several sizes and ink blended them for a soft feel.

Download the pdf sketch here, the psd version here, 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 sketches or cut files, I’d love to hear your ideas. I can’t make promises but I can take suggestions!

Until next time, 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 Challenge #2 — Use Pennants

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Julene was inspired by the pennant puffy stickers in our inspiration kit for challenge number two. So this time we are embellishing with pennants! Before we go much further, let’s take another peek at the inspiration kit from Citrus Twist Kit called Travelogue Life from April of this year.

I created lots of pennants by hand cutting them and heat embossing on them. You can see that process in my previous post.

Since I had plenty of embellishments to work with this layout came together pretty quickly. I did end up creating MORE pennants to add a bit of balance to the layout. I cut them and then simply traced them with a white gel pen. I intended to add some embossing detail to them, but for some reason my powder wasn’t sticking. So I ditched that idea and just left them with some “watermark” detail instead. It isn’t showing up well, but such is the way of cameras and lighting sometimes.

If you want to see how this layout came together, check out the video.

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!

Until next time, have an artful day.

CKC Challenge #1 — Getting Lost

It is challenge time over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. Our hostess for the month, Julene was inspired by the road map print in our inspiration kit for challenge number one. Maps are a way to prevent getting lost or finding your way when you are lost. So our theme is all about getting lost. Before we go much further, let’s take another peek at the inspiration kit from Citrus Twist Kit called Travelogue Life from April of this year.

My take on getting lost is the common problem of scrolling and scrolling through the internet. But my trip down the rabbit hole had a fun purpose. My “research” was all about interesting edible plants, like Hostas and Cattails. Did you know those are edible? I sure didn’t!!

All these photos were grabbed from a nursery website here in the Pacific Northwest called Native Food Nursery. I encourage you to check them out if this topic inspires you. I learned so much and I am inspired to create an area of my garden that is just for shade loving edibles. Growing “wild” foods in the shade is going to expand my gardening and my nutrition. So fun.

If you want to see how this layout came together, check out the video.

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!

Until next time, have an artful day.

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!