Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday

Hey there Kraft Journal Friends!

It's Tammy, and it's my turn to share a product spotlight with you. Today I am featuring Post Card Tags.   They are vintage style that are blank and can be used for any project. Today, I created a gift box and decorated one to go on top as you see below.

I started out using Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock to create my box.  After I assembled the box by using a file cut by my electronic cutting machine, I added some patterned paper to the front and sides.
I added some stamped images, a die-cut tree, sequins, and then created a triple ribbon from Natural Burlap Ribbon which I embellished further with a Red Baker's Twine bow and a button. They are perfect to dress up any packaging and would look great at weddings, in home decor projects, the possibilities are endless. Please visit The Kraft Outlet to see the two Post Card Tag varieties they sell.

We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and visit today!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Challenge #185 - Color

Hi everyone and welcome to the Kraft Journal!

Today we have a wonderful challenge - COLOR! 

I think kraft paper is the perfect background for all kinds of color! So lets see what the design team has for us this week.
Kristi Schurr
Kristi made a bright and cheerful butterfly card using Blackboard Tags and some green cord from the Dark Jewel Hemp Cord pack. She began her card with a white 4.25x5.5 inch card base. She then layered a purple card stock panel and a butterfly patterned paper panel on the front.She used a border punch to cut a pink paper rectangle and then layered it below a yellow polka dot patterned paper rectangle.Kristi embossed the sentiment in white onto the Blackboard Tag. She adhered it with foam tape at a slight angle onto the front of the card. She then embellished it as shown with a butterfly,paper roses and enamel dots. For more information and a complete supply list, please visit Kristi's Paper Creations.

Karen Letchworth
This week, we have a GORGEOUS color inspiration challenge for you.  Design Team Member, Karen Letchworth was excited to work with these deep, rich colors.  She started with a Small Buff/Ivory Note Card and covered it with patterned papers that had the same colors found in the inspiration photo.  She added a Jenni Bowlin Vintage Mini Deck Journaling Card and Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket as a focal point, and embellished them with die-cut wool felt flowers cut from the same bright colors.  A small "Many Thanks" sentiment was stamped onto a scrap of Buff/Ivory Coverweight Card Stock that's held by a Tim Holtz Memo Pin.  There's a small snippet of Tape Measure Washi Tape and a lovely bow made from "Butter Yellow" Hand-Stained Bias Tape. There are so many great products found at the Kraft Outlet that will help you to create something wonderful.  Karen invites you to visit her blog, My Cup Runneth Over, and she hopes that you will play along in this week's Color Challenge.

This week's color combination had Anitra really challenged.  Using the photo as inspiration she created a mixed media card.  Using different mediums and textures she started with a Buff Ivory cardstock as her base.  Next she adhered a patterned paper to which she painted using an acrylic paint and a chevron stencil.  Anitra then added some tea stained gauze to the patterned paper.  Using elements from the Ephemera Pack- Thrift Shop she adhered a number card heavily distressed with a purple ink.  Then she tucked a piece of Vintage Dictionary sheet behind the card.  Another great element Anitra used was a ticket from the Salvage Stickers pack Lost and Found.  She stamped her sentiment and die cut and distressed using one of the colors from the challenge.  To finish her card she added an edge punched boarder and tied a piece of Bright Hemp Cord.  For more information on Anitra's project please visit her blog Stamping While They Sleep.

We would love to see your take on the color challenge, so join the fun! (remember you don't have to use all the colors in the inspiration photo to join.)
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, August 15, 2014

Feature Me Friday

Happy Friday and glad you popped in to see the winners of our Dictionary Pages 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.

#3 - Sierra

#1 - Bonnie

Wow! what great use of old Dictionary pages. 
Top Three winners feel free to right click on the image and save it to post on your blogs if you wish.

Thanks for stopping by and see you Monday for another great Challenge here at the Kraft Journal!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday

Anitra here for this week's Watch Us Wednesday!  
This week I will be featuring the Kraft Outlet's kraft tags!  These tags are so versatile and are great to use in many styles of crafting.  I love printing directly onto the tags using the Between Prim Friends vol. 1 & 2 creating adorable primitive tags.

These tags work well with other crafting styles as well.  Steampunk is a great style to use on these tags!

For this tag I stamped a ruled image as well as a textured stamp onto the kraft tag base.  I then distressed the edges using a black soot ink.  Next using ephemera from the Thrift Shop pack I adhered the dress from along with the ticket.  Using die cut gears I adhered them to the side of the tag.  This makes the perfect embellishment for a journal.

One of my favorite styles is the Shabby Chic style.  The kraft tags work beautifully with this style as well!  

For this tag I white washed the tag in white watered down acrylic paint and covered it using some shabby patterned paper.  I embellished the tag using some pearls, along with a  chipboard button topped with a pink rose.  I just love using kraft tags in my 6"x6" cards! 

For my last tag I stamped a simple floral image and colored using prisma colored pencils.  This was so fun to color.  The colors just pop off the kraft background!  

What's your style?  I hope you give these a try, and be sure to pick up your kraft tags at the Kraft Outlet!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Challenge #184 - What's On Your Work Table?

Hi again and so glad you're back!

Today we have a super easy, and I hope fun, Challenge - What's On Your Work Table? We want to see what you like to work on. 

Karen Letchworth

For this week's "What's On Your Work Desk" Challenge, DT Member Karen Letchworth took a look around her craft table and saw lots of great Kraft Outlet goodies she could use.  She started her project with a piece of Half-Size Blackboard Stock Paper which she folded in half using her Bone Folder Tool to create a card.  She then used patterned paper scraps and a Vintage Dictionary Page Scrap found on her craft table to create the background and accents to decorate the Small Glassine Bag.  She tied a few lengths of Black Baker's Twine around the Small Glassine Bag and tucked a Jenni Bowlin Vintage Mini Deck Journaling Card inside.  The finishing touch was a Vintage Memories Wooden Clothespin which she embellished with a bow-tie that was die-cut from a scrap piece of Half-Size Blackboard Stock Paper.  Karen was determined to use only things she found on her work desk to create this card, and she looks forward to seeing what YOU will create using what's on YOUR work desk.  You're invited to stop by her blog, My Cup Runneth Over, to take a peek and say hello; and Karen hopes you will play along in this week's challenge.

Tammy Hobbs

Tammy Hobbs

For this week's "What's On Your Work Desk", Tammy took a picture so she had to commit to work with what was there when it was time to start work on this week's challenge.  She shared that they were items that actually were waiting to be put away. Her items are her, Peachy Keen Stamp folder, extra die-cuts of a baseball and bat, and a homeless blue sequin. She noted that she could did not work the bat in the design.

Tammy started her card using a Brown Kraft Cover Weight cardstock.  She then took two pieces of patterned paper and joined them together and added them to her base adding a length of baseball grosgrain ribbon to the center.  Next she cut a banner from a Vintage Dictionary Page and added it to the left side of the card front. Next she then added the baseball die-cut which she selected one of the cute faces from Peach Keen Everyday Faces and stamped it on the baseball die-cut. Behind the baseball, she added a layered scalloped circle which she stamped her sentiment. Next she die-cut a few stitched stars and added those as well.  All that was left was to use the blue sequin, and she added that to one of the red stars as well as add more sequins for a final finishing touch. For additional pictures and a complete supply list, please visit Tammy at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.

Kristi Schurr

Kristi recently reorganized her craft room including sorting her stamps better. She came across a stamp set that she didn't remember and left it on her work table to play with later. The result was a sweet woodland scene featuring a pair of deer grazing. She began her card with a base made from Brown Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock. After stamping and water coloring her image, she stamp a sentiment in brown on the top right of the panel. She then matted her image in a matching green and brown card stock she then wrapped the card in muslin ribbon and tied it into a knot at the left bottom corner. For more information, please visit Kristi at her blog, Kristi's Paper Creations.

Come on now, show us what you've been working on!
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, August 8, 2014

Feature Me Friday

Hi all and Welcome back to the Kraft Journal.

You know what today is, Winners and a new design by Team Member Debbie!  So let's cut to the chase and see those winners from the  Challenge #182 - Funky Junk 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.

 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 the  participants. Now on to see what Debbie has for us in this weeks Spotlight.
Debbie Marcinkiewicz
For today's spotlight feature, Debbie is showcasing one of the pretty packaging options offered at The Kraft Outlet!  Debbie wrapped a length of Pink & White Polka Dot Washi Tape around the bottom of a 3x3x2 Kraft Box and then added a white paper doilie at the top of the box. Debbie secured the box closed by tying a length of Natural Burlap Ribbon around the box, typing in a knot and adhering a pink butterfly on top of the knot.  Debbie added a pink paper bloom and a couple of leaves handcut from Specialty Patterned Paper.  A Trinket Pin was attached to the top of the Burlap Ribbon sleeve.

To finish things off, a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag was stamped with a sentiment using the You Are The Most Wonderful and Live Laugh Love stamp sets and then three sweet Bubblegum Sequins were added for a pop of sparkle!  Please visit Debbie's blog to view additional photos of today's spotlight project!

What great ideas and wonderful projects.  Hope to see you on Monday for another fun Challenge here at the Kraft Journal sponsored by Kraft Outlet.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday

Hello friends of The Kraft Journal, and welcome to another fun edition of our Watch Us Wednesday segment.

This's me again, DT Member Karen Letchworth, and I'm here to show you a fun idea for using the Kraft Outlet's AWESOME Ivory Note Cards.  I have a long list of "favorites" from the Kraft Outlet, and that list definitely includes the Ivory Note Cards.  They come in two sizes, and everything I show you today can be done with either size.  Traditionally, you've seen me create many greeting cards with them such as those shown in the photo below:
But for today, I'm going to share a completely different idea for using these amazing Ivory Note Cards.  I created a fun mini album with them.  They really have a nice "girthy" quality, but to make them even sturdier, I painted on a thin coating of Mod Podge, and then laid strips of either Vintage Dictionary Pages or Vintage Sheet Music on them, and here's everything you need to try this technique:
Once I had painted the Ivory Note Cards with Mod Podge, you can see that the strips hung over the edges a bit.  
I trimmed off the excess, and as you can see in the photo below, my cards were covered and ready to use.  It's really very simple, and just gives your paper a heavier and sturdier feel so that you can use them for various projects.
These are prepared, and from here you can create all sorts of things.  They could be made into greeting cards, mini albums, and so much more.  This process can also be used with our Kraft Note Cards and Chipboard Sheets.
I chose to create a mini photo album.  As you can see in the picture above, I attached a length of Black Baker's Twine to the inside of the back page and front page to create a closure that can be tied shut.  This is a cute touch for mini albums.  This photo (above) also shows you the pages.....they now have great texture and firmness.
The Kraft Outlet makes creating SO easy.  All I did was to add a few embellishments including a Shipping Tag, a Hodge Podge Magpie Sticker (photos), a Jenni Bowlin General Store Postage Stamp Sticker, and a Jenni Bowlin Airmail Stamp Sticker.  I tied the tag with some of the scrumptious Oatmeal Cream Hand-Stained Bias Tape, and on the inside of my mini album I simply laid photo mats cut from the matching Buff Ivory Cover-Weight Cardstock.
This sweet little mini album was quick and easy using the Ivory Note Cards and I hope that you will be inspired to grab a few packs of these amazing cards for yourself.  We'd LOVE to have you stop by and play along in this week's challenge with us.  You're also invited to stop by my blog, My Cup Runneth Over, to say hello.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!
Karen Letchworth for The Kraft Journal


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