Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday

Hello Kraft Journal Friends!

It's Tammy, and it's my turn to feature a product spotlight for Watch Us Wednesday! Today, I am spotlighting The Kraft Outlet's Text Paper

My project today uses the Brown Kraft Text Paper, which I have turned into Doily Flower Wraps.  They are perfect for parties, weddings, or summer hostess gifts. 

I cut a circle from the Brown Kraft Text Paper. Mine was about 6 1/2 x 6 1/2. I had a heart shape doily ( measured about 6 x 6), in my stash of goodies that I placed in the center. Any larger doily will do. I glued it to the center of the circle. Next fold into a cone, and secure with a dot of hot glue and tie with Natural Hemp Cord

Stamp a White Scallop Tag that can be personalized as needed. Brown Kraft Text Paper makes it easy to make beautiful paper flowers for embellishing your cards, tags, gift bags, as you can see here the Doily Flower Wrap. The possibilities are endless. 
I hope you enjoyed this simple little project!  Be sure to stop by The Kraft Outlet to see the different varieties of Text Paper they carry.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Sketch Challenge # 181

Good Morning, so glad you joined us today for this weeks Sketch Challenge!

We supply the layout you supply the imagination! Take a look at what our design team has come up with to meet this challenge!

Anitra had lots of fun with this week's sketch.  Using some Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock as her base she matted some Vintage Sheet Music that she had distressed with some frayed burlap ink.  To bring out the music notes in the sheet, she matted the distressed music sheet with some Blackboard Stock Paper.  Then using pieces from the Ephemera Pack Thrift Shop Anitra added elements to fit the sketch.  This ephemera pack comes loaded with great pieces!  Next she added a flower from her stash and added a banner which she stamped her sentiment.  To finish her card Anitra added a small bow made from one of her favorite embellishments Hand Stained Bias Tap in Rose Beige.  For more information on her project please visit her blog Stamping While They Sleep.
Kristi took creative license with the sketch this week and used it less like a blueprint and more like a jumping off point for her card. All of the elements are there, just rearranged a bit! She started with a Light Brown Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock base. She layered her card with cream and gold polka dot patterned paper,a darker floral patterned paper, then finally used some metallic gold scalloped trim along the front. She then wrapped the card with some Rose Beige Seam Binding,tying it into a bow on the left of the card front. She then attached another bow made from Aqua Mist Seam Binding. She embellished the bow with a chipboard button threaded with some Natural Hemp Cord. Kristi then added a chipboard sentiment to the right of the bow to finish the card. For more information, please visit Kristi at her blog, Kristi's Paper Creations.
For this week's "Sketch Challenge", Karen wanted to keep it very simple.  She chose to create a sweet card based on this week's lovely sketch by starting with a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card as her base.  To that, she cut the shapes of the sketch with pieces of Lunch Bag Kraft Coverweight Card Stock, and also layered each sketch shape with a piece of either Vintage Dictionary Pages or the sweet Vintage Sheet Music.  This gave a very subtle and monochromatic feel to the card while keeping it simple.  Karen also added a length of Ruler Twill Ribbon, and she added an extra embellishment to the bottom left by attaching a silhouette flair from the adorable Jenni Bowlin Icon Flatbacks.  The final touch was the sentiment, and she made that by taking another little scrap of the Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock, and layered that with a small scrap piece of the Buff Ivory Cover Weight Card Stock.  She stamped her sentiment on that using a little "Praying For You" stamp.  The Kraft Outlet truly makes card-making SO fun and easy.  You'll find everything you need to create a lovely new card to share in this week's "Sketch Challenge", and we look forward to having you all play along with us and seeing what you create.  To see more photos and read more about this project, or just to stop by and say hello, you're warmly invited to visit Karen's blog, My Cup Runneth Over.
Now show us your designs!

As always, participants in our weekly challenges have a chance to be selected as our Featured Artist and showcased on one of our "Feature Me Fridays" posts. Each month Kraft Outlet will randomly give away a $15.00 Store Voucher at!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Feature Me Friday

Hi again and Happy Friday!

Welcome to Feature Me Friday sponsored by Kraft Outlet
We love celebrating creativity and spotlighting participants in our weekly challenges. So here are the winners for Challenge #171 Sea and Sand.

The Kraft Outlet team of Designers personally select the Top Three Awards for each week's challenge. Their selections are based on style and technique(s) used on the project, as well as compliance with the challenge rules.
LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Beach Babies Stampin Papertrey
                                                                       #7 - LeAnn

                                                                  #9 - Esther/Shoregirl

                                                                      #8 - Jennifer Scull

Top Three winners feel free to right click on the image and save it to post on your blogs if you wish.

Thanks for visiting The Kraft Journal and see you on Monday for another challenge.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday

Hello everyone!

Anitra here and for this week's Watch Us Wednesday I will be featuring these amazing library cards! It was so much fun playing with these little cuties!  For my first project using these library cards I customized them by running them through my printer and adding a digital image overlay.

Next I created this darling little tag.  This would be a perfect little tag to go along with a good book for a friend who is under the weather.  The Kraft Outlet sells these library cards in a pack of 25 in white as well as the traditional yellow.  

For my next project I used the white library card as a journaling spot.  

Can you see the library cards sticking out from the top?  I created this little mini album for my daughter and needed some places to journal.  The library cards made the perfect addition to my little mini album.

Once again I ran the library cards through my pinter with a digital image overlay so they would match my paper.  Because the lines still show through this gives me a perfect spot to journal.  I can not tell you how many times I've sent my journaling spots down the waste basket because I've journaled crooked.  These are meant to be memories I want to record and look back on fondly.  Using the library cards as journaling spots will help me journal with guided lines solving my sloping journaling problem!

For my last project using these versatile library cards I created a simple card.

I cut this library card down to fit my card and again printed a pattern over the top to match my card.  I then matted it onto some black cardstock to really pop out the card and added some black bling.  I hope you give these library cards a try.  They really are so much fun to play with and the Kraft Outlet also sells the library pockets as well!  Be sure to stop by the Kraft Outlet and take a look!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Challenge #180 - Sun

Thanks for joining us for another great summer Challenge - Sun!

As we all know, "challenges" inspire us to create.  When DT Member, Karen Letchworth saw this week's "Sun Challenge" theme, it inspired her in an unexpected way.  She immediately thought about the color "sunshine yellow", and she wanted to create something bright and fun.  Since Karen loves spending time (especially in the Summer) journalling and writing, she decided to make a fun Summer Journal based on this theme, and using the "sunshine yellow" to inspire her.  She grabbed an adorable Natural Smooth Journal (this is the larger of the two sizes available, and both journals to make writing/journalling easy).  Journals make a WONDERFUL gift idea for young girls - all the way up to grandmothers.  Karen embellished her journal with all sorts of Kraft Outlet "krafty" goodies including some Natural Hemp Cord and Brown Kraft Coverweight Cardstock.
Karen also decorated the inside cover of the journal using one of the Kraft Outlet's darling little White Library Card and Library Card Pocket.  They're just SO sweet, and they make journaling fun - the more pockets and places for journaling.....the better!   We're sure you know someone who would just LOVE to receive a new journal, and YOU can pick one up this week at The Kraft Outlet and decorate it especially for someone special.  We'd LOVE to have you play along in this week's "Sun Challenge", and we look forward to seeing how YOU interpret the theme in your own unique way.  If your interpretation of the challenge is different (like Karen's), just share with us how you were inspired by the challenge.  You can see more photos of this project on Karen's Blog, My Cup Runneth Over.

Tammy Hobbs
Tammy created a simple summer scene for this week's Sun challenge. She began with a card base made from Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock. She cut a piece of blue patterned paper and adhered it to the base.  Using her electronic cutting machine, she then created a beach scene from various cutting files. The base of the "Island" is also made from Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock.  For additional pictures and a complete supply list, please visit Tammy at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.

Anitra Tovar

Anitra loves sun shining days!  For her card she used Blackboard Stock Paper as her base.  She then added a dusty blue patterned paper.  Next she matted the floral patterned paper with more of the Blackboard Stock Paper, to which she tied a multi-looped bow using Oatmeal Cream bias tape along with some Yellow Baker's Twine.  For her sentiment she used a sun themed stamped and stamped onto white cardstock again matting it with the Blackboard Stock Paper.  To create the fun sun embellishment, Anitra used a Silver Bottle Cap that she painted in a yellow acrylic paint.  These bottle caps can be used in all sorts of projects!  Next she added adhesive and rolled more of the Yellow Baker's Twine onto the bottle cap.   She adhered the finished bottle cap to a yellow piece of cardstock that was cut using a pinked circle die.  For added embellishments Anitra punched some darling butterflies from the Lunch Bag Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock.  For more information on Anitra's card please visit her blog Stamping While They Sleep.

Kristi Schurr
For this week's Sunshine challenge, Kristi made a fun sunburst card. She started her card with a Blank Brown Kraft Note Card. She die cut several pieces of patterned paper into triangles and adhered them in a sunburst pattern, trimming the edges of the paper along the top and sides of the card base as needed. She die cut two circles for the sun center and attached a sun shaped sequin to the middle with a brad. She then adhered a scalloped trim to the middle of the card and wrapped a piece of Mint Green Tea Seam Binding around it, tying it in a bow on the left side. She added another bow made from some yellow twine from the Pastel Hemp Cording Pack . She then added a tiny clothespin to the bows. The sentiment was stamped on the bottom right corner in brown ink. for more information, please visit Kristi at Kristi's Paper Creations.

WOW, after all this inspiration who wouldn't want to join our challenge? Come on you know you want to.
As always, participants in our weekly challenges have a chance to be selected as our Featured Artist and showcased on one of our "Feature Me Fridays" posts. Each month Kraft Outlet will randomly give away a $15.00 Store Voucher at!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Feature Me Friday

Hi all and sorry this post is late, Summer just seems to get so much going that time slips away.

So on to the good stuff, Winners from our Red, White and Blue Challenge. 

The Kraft Outlet team of Designers personally select the Top Three Awards for each week's challenge. Their selections are based on style and technique(s) used on the project, as well as compliance with the challenge rules.
Donna K

Top Three winners feel free to right click on the image and save it to post on your blogs if you wish.

Thanks to all who  participated and see you Monday for another great paper craft challenge.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday

Welcome to Watch Us Wednesday!

It is hard to believe but there are only 168 days until Christmas and I know a lot of you are already thinking about cards and gift tags. 

For inspiration we wanted to share with you a post from July 27th, 2011 from past team member Tracy McDonald.
Take a look.

Hi!  Tracy here and it's my turn again to bring a tutorial for our Kraft Journal readers so I have taken a step by step look at creating a special little holiday tag.

For the first step I used a Mini Kraft Merchandise Bag and sliced off the fringy top at at angle.  I then used a decorative edge punch along the cut edge to create a cute tag pocket.  Since the bags are so thin, make sure you really squeeze your punch hard or you might even try adding an extra layer of plain paper to add a little thickness for punching.

The large Grungy Prim Tags fit perfectly in these little bags.  I trimmed a small amount off of the bottom for my project.

Next I stamped a Christmas tag stamp onto the Grungy Prim Tag with some sepia ink.

I wanted to dress the tag up a little bit, so I masked off the stamped area and used Versamark and embossing powder to add some snowflakes to the perimeter of the tag.

To make the snowflakes pop, I sponged on a little Aged Mahogany Distress ink and then Vintage Photo and wiped the excess ink off of the embossing.

To add some interest to the Buff French "Carte Postale" Postcard Shipping Tag, I used some gel medium to add torn pieces of Vintage Dictionary page to the tag.

As you can see, some of the gel medium leaked out from under the Dictionary page, but I really like how it looks.  I inked the entire tag with Vintage Photo and then used Black Soot Distress ink to give it a singed look.  I stamped a postmark stamp using Fired Brick Distress ink in the corner.

Time to put the tag together with all the little extras!

First I added the punched pocket and tag.  I tied some Red Bakers Twine around the pocket.  Next came the little bear image that I matted on some Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock.  On it's left, I tucked a little lace under the edge and glued on a Christmas Epoxy Brad which I broke the prongs off of.  The ticket was printed on my computer using a digi that my sweet friend Dana has for free on her blog here.  I just added the sentiment in Photoshop, printed it out in red onto some Brown Kraft Cover Weight cardstock, trimmed it, and used a ticket corner punch on the ends.  I added a piece of Twill Tying Tape through the postcard tag hole and last but not least, some punched holly leaves complete with berry pearls that I colored with a Copic marker to match.  All the pieces were edged with Vintage Photo and Walnut Distress Stain inks.

Hope you found something to try in the tutorial.  Have a great week and don't forget there is still time to join our "Christmas in July" challenge. You can learn more about it and link your project too by clicking on our Current Challenge link that is located in the upper right corner of our sidebar.


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