Friday, October 31, 2014

Feature Me Friday

Boo! Happy Halloween to all of you.

Today we will share with you the winners of our Color Challenge #194 and something special.

What would Halloween be without treats!

Stop by Kraft Outlet and stock up!

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.
Jessi Fogan #9

Bonnie McLain #7

Theresa's Studio  #12

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


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What's Hot Wednesday

Karen here today to share a great What's Hot Wednesday gift-giving idea.  The Kraft Outlet is chock-full of AMAZING products to make crafting, gift-giving, and preparing for weddings, showers, and memory-making a breeze!  One of my many favorites from the Kraft Outlet are their wonderful JOURNALS.
They come in various sizes, and are very reasonably priced.  I recently saw one in a fancy boutique that sold for $45, and I was able to make this lovely gift for well under $5.  I used the Natural Soft Smooth Kraft Journal, which sells for just $1.99.  To that, I added some strips of Decorative Washi Tapes including the sweet Tape Measure Washi Tape and Pink & White Stripe Washi Tape that I adhered to strips of Buff Ivory Cover Weight Card Stock (these packages of card stock are a great buy and they contain WONDERFUL quality paper).  I cut a piece of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock into a circle and stamped on it.  This element, along with the flags/strips were placed on a doily that wraps around the sweet Kraft Journal, and is tied with lengths of Natural Hemp Cord.  I placed a vintage looking Jenni Bowlin Flatback Icon Pin (10 cents) on top.
I haven't even told you yet the very best thing about these amazing JOURNALS.  The thing that I absolutely LOVE about them is that they are lined!!!  This means that every page in the journal is lined, which makes writing in them super easy.  They make excellent schedules/appointment books,  prayer journals, travel journals, or even a diary, etc.  What a great cost-effective way to hand-craft a gift for someone.  I know that I love journals, and I think they make a great gift for friends, sisters, mothers, aunts and name it!  Check out these wonderful journals, and ALL the great products at The Kraft Outlet.  You're also welcome to stop by my blog, My Cup Runneth Over, to see what else I've created with my Kraft Outlet goodies.  Happy crafting!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Challenge #195 - Ugly Paper!

Can you believe it is the last week of October?  Where did this month go?  We are so pleased that you could spend a few minutes with us here at the Kraft Journal.

Today we have a fun challenge - Ugly Paper!  Come onm you know you have some.  That paper you bought in a weak moment and now you have it in your stash and just cannot bring yourself to throw it in the recycle bin.  Let's put it to good use, show us that ugly paper.

Tammy Hobbs
For today's "Ugly Paper Challenge", Tammy took a few sheets she is not fond of and used small snippets and created banners. Not half bad when you put them together to create a focal background would you say?  She started with a Kraft Brown Cardstock base onto which she matted an embossed layer of Kraft Brown Cardstock.  She then aligned her "ugly paper" patterned pieces to the center of her card using foam adhesive. Using Buff Ivory Cardstock, she die-cut a thicker width banner and ink distressed the edges for a sentiment.  Next she die-cut the word Celebrate from the coordinating "ugly papers" and added to the center.  Lastly, she wrapped some Brown Baker's Twine around the end and tied in a bow adding to the center of the papers to complete her project.  For additional pictures and a complete supply list, please visit Tammy at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.

Marsha Drain 

There are beautiful papers and there are not so beautiful papers.   Marsha took some of the not so beautiful (ugly) designer paper in her stash and turned it into less ugly (maybe even beautiful).  The pattern on the paper was a good pattern for tea bag folding and for the bow made with a die.  After making the medallion, Marsha glued it onto a piece of Buff Ivory Cardstock which was cut with a Spellbinder die.  She edged it with a little yellow ink.  Some loops of green Natural Hemp Cord were attached to the back of the medallion.  The cord was also used to secure the button to the middle of the medallion.   Happy Birthday was stamped onto Buff Ivory Cardstock and edged with more yellow ink.  Here is the link to her blog for more details : Gramma's Room.

Anitra Tovar
Anitra has created a card using some of her...well we'll just say her least favorite paper.  Anitra took the approach that by using some of the great products the Kraft Outlet has to offer, there is no such thing as ugly paper!  First she started out with a Buff/Ivory Note Card.  She then added the orange and brown patterned paper which she distressed.  Next she layered some Vintage Music Sheet paper onto the base, and punched a scalloped/embossed border. This music sheet paper works so well to create the vintage look Anitra loves so much.   She then used some of her most favorite item from the Kraft Outlet Hand Stained Bias Tape in Rose Beige.  She then added a Memo Pin, to which she strung with a decorative bead.  Anitra then created a little banner using some Buff Ivory Cardstock.  Next Anitra added a wooden piece from her stash along with a sticker image.  For more information on Anitra's project please visit her blog:  Stamping While They Sleep.

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, October 24, 2014

Feature Me Friday

Hi all, sorry this post is late but we were having internet issues, but we are so happy you joined us.
Without further delay here are this weeks winners for the Challenge # 193- All That Glitters!

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.

#15 Lai-Yoke

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

And a special bonus for you, a great card by Featured Design Team Member Debbie!
Debbie Marcinkiewicz
Happy Fall Ya'll!  Today, Debbie is sharing a sweet little something created to celebrate autumn using lots of little bits and bobs from the Kraft Outlet shop!

Deb started with a base of Buff Ivory Cardstock onto which she layered a die cut scalloped pattern paper layer and then a die cut blue cardstock layer.  Debbie stamped the scarecrow and hay bale images onto Buff Ivory Cardstock using the Stand Add-on: Scarecrow stamp set.  The additional images and clothes were stamped onto pattern papers and everything was die cut using the Stand Add-on: Scarecrow Sweet Cuts die.  The hat, shirt, face and shoes were colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol and then everything was paper pieced together.  Debbie adhered the adorable little scarecrow fella onto a Tiny Wooden Clothespin and then adhered all the little pieces onto the base of the card to create a cute scene.  

Some Bright Hemp Cording was wrapped around the base of the card several times and then two Rusty Bells were tied onto the cording.  A sentiment was stamped using the Sweeties Wagon stamp set and then to finish things off, several Creamsicle Sequins were added for a little sparkle and shine!  Please visit Debbie's blog for more inspiration!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's Hot Wednesday

Marsha here and so excited to be here for my first Watch Us Wednesday.  The Kraft Outlet has some wonderful Grungy Tags. For this card I used a Scalloped Grungy Prim Tag. Love the staining on these tags.

The Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock is light weight so it makes a great layer and I used it behind the image panel.  "Adore" is stamped onto the tag and "you" is cut out with a die from the Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock.    Each of the tags comes with a string so I looped it around the back of the flower, letting it hang down in front.  You will find these products at the Kraft Outlet.  For a few more details about this card, come visit my blog, Gramma's Room.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Make It Monday Challenge #194 - Color!

Hi again and thanks for stopping by The Kraft Journal.  Today is a new Challenge - Color! and our Design Team Reveal.  Take a look at our color inspiration!

Remember, you don't have to use all the colors.
Anitra Tovar
Anitra has created a fun vintage style card for this week's challenge.  Using the colors of this week's challenge Anitra was inspired to create a Halloween card!  She started with a Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock as her base.  Next she matted some fun pattern paper on to her card front.  To give it a more vintage look she added a small scalloped Vintage Dictionary page which she distressed using some black ink.  Anitra then used a piece of Blackboard Stock Paper and matted another fun patterned paper to it.  She then tied some Earthy Hemp Cord around her striped piece and tied a simple bow.  For her image Anitra used a digital image she had on hand and distressed it using more of the black ink.  For more information on how Anitra created this card please stop by her blog:  Stamping While They Sleep.

Tammy Hobbs
Tammy loves to be challenged, and that she was this week with our color challenge. She used lots of fine products from The Kraft Outlet to get her started.  For her card, she decided to start with Blackboard Stock Paper for her base which she followed by adding her patterned paper to the base. She then die-cut a star and placed it at an angle peeking out from beneath the stamped Kraft Shipping Tag.    The Boo sentiment as well as the vintage image are both from the Tim Holtz Salvage Sticker - Seasonal Book.  She embellished with Prima flowers from her stash, a glittered button, and a bow made from the Pastel Hemp Cord collection.   For additional pictures and a complete supply list, please visit Tammy's blog at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.

Karen Letchworth
Karen isn't a big fan of "all things spooky", but she really enjoys being inspired by inspiration photos.  So, for this week's Color Challenge, she took inspiration from the warm Autumn color palette in the inspiration photo.  She created her card using a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Notecard.  To that, she attached some patterned papers, a journaling card, some vintage rick rack, stickers, a few lengths and bows of Natural Hemp Cord.
Karen Letchworth
Karen held her bow together with a sweet Tiny Wooden Clothespin that she covered with a bit of Black With White Polka Dot Washi Tape.  She also stuck in a rusty Tim Holtz Memo Pin.  Some machine stitching and inking finish off Karen's card.  You're welcome to stop by Karen's blog, My Cup Runneth Over, to see a complete supply list.  Have fun with this great color palette and inspiration photo!

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, October 17, 2014

Feature Me Friday

Hi all, so glad you could join us for Feature Me Friday at the Kraft Journal!
Another Friday and another group of weekly Winners. The Top Three cards from  Challenge #191 - Buttons and Bows! are  below. Congratulations to all the winners!

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.
Rachelle G
Karen Ladd

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

One more thing! 
As everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and you would have to be living under a rock not to know about it, but I found this infograph very inspiring! 

To my sister and all the others with this disease, KEEP UP THE BRAVE FIGHT!


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