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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday - Primitive Graphics

Hello everyone!  Anitra here for this week's Watch Us Wednesday!
Today I'd  like to talk about the great instant download Between Prim Friends Vol. 1,  & Between Prim Friends Vol. 2, available for purchase at The Kraft Outlet.  One of my past projects featured these great images and they are instant download.  
Anitra Tovar

Once I found the image I wanted from the vast variety of prim clip art, I simply ran them threw my printer and the image was printed directly onto to the tag.  Printing on tags is just one way to use these fun Prim images.  Another way I have used these is printing on to paper bags.

How adorable are these bags!  The images dress up any little bag and would be great for gift giving.  For these bags I opened a blank page from my office Word document and dragged the prim image onto the opened document file.  Once on my document page I simply changed the size according to how I wanted it to be seen on my bag.  I then loaded the bag into my printer tray and selected the print option.  
Easy as can be!  

This prim card is sweet and simple!  Not a lot of layers going on in keeping with the prim style.  A simple rusty snowflake and some Hemp Cord is all this primitive card needs.   It is so much fun creating these primitive projects!  All you need to create your own heart warming primitive projects like these are a printer and Between Prim Friends Vol. 1 or, Between Prim Friends Vol. 2!  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  


Monday, April 21, 2014

Challenge 168 - Rain

Hi all you Krafty Crafters and welcome to Make It Monday at The Kraft Journal! We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and are ready for some inspiration.
This weeks challenge is - RAIN
Anitra Tovar

For this rain challenge Anitra has created a carding using a Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock, as her base.  Next she added some patterned paper.  Once her image was stamped and colored she matted it onto some more of the Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock.  She then added a file tab from the Hodge Podge Magpie Sticker sheet.  You know how much Anitra loves her seam binding so she added some of the Hand stained  Mint Green Tea seam binding and tied a simple bow.  Next she die cut some of the Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock and added it to the bottom of the image.  She created the "HELLO" sentiment using the alphabets on the Hodge Podge Magpie Sticker Sheet.  For more information on her project please visit her blog Stamping While They Sleep

Kristi's rain themed card features a cute  girl die cut holding an umbrella. She started with a card base made from Light  Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock cut at 4.25 by 5.5 inches. After layering a piece of polka dot patterned paper,she added a die cut border underneath a rain drop themed patterned paper and adhered it to the front left side of the card ,aligning the edges with the polka dot paper. She stamped the sentiment onto a die cut and affixed it to the center top of the card front. After printing and die cutting  the umbrella girl, Kristi then adhered her to the left side of the sentiment die cut. She embellished her card with a bow made from Aqua Mist Hand Stained Bias Tape and finished off the bow with a sun shaped sequin and pink brad. For more information and a complete supply list,please visit Kristi at Kristi's Paper Creations.

Not that she's a big fan of rainy weather, but Karen had a lot of fun with this week's "Rain" Challenge. She created a little photo and card holder using a Large Kraft Polka Dot Merchandise Bag that she decorated using some FUN Kraft Outlet embellishments.  First, she ran a length of Twill Ruler Ribbon across the bag, and then she took a Small Glassine Bag and created a tag holder.
Inside the Small Glassine Bag, you can see a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag peeking through with a bow made from Yellow Baker's Twine.  To create the photo mat (tucked inside the Large Kraft Polka Dot Merchandise Bag), Karen used a large piece of Buff Ivory Cardstock and made a pull tab at the top using another length of Yellow Baker's Twine and Twill Ruler Ribbon.  For further details about this project, more photos, and a complete supply list, you're invited to stop by Karen's Blog, My Cup Runneth Over.  Karen hopes you will dodge the raindrops, grab some new goodies from the Kraft Outlet, and stop by to play along in this week's "Rain Challenge" at The Kraft Journal.

Tammy Hobbs
For this week's Rain challenge, Tammy had the perfect combination of items to create a "rain"card.  She started with a base of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock.  She layered Buff Ivory and a piece of patterned paper to the card base adding a scallop edge to the Buff Ivory layer. Tammy took a length of Strawberry Shortcake Bias Tape and wrapped it around the front of the card and tied in a bow adding a flower and button. Please head over to Tammy's blog, Creating Somewhere Under The Sun for additional pictures and supplies used on her card today. 

So now its your turn to share your RAIN inspired cards with us.
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, April 18, 2014

Top Three Winners for Challenge 166 - Paris or France

Ooh La la and merci to everyone who participated in last weeks Kraft Journal Challenge, Paris or France.

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

 So take a look at the winners!
Kathy Jo
Top Three winners feel free to right click on the image and save it to post on your blogs if you wish.

Remember there is still time to join this weeks challenge and be entered to win a prize!

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!

Easter and Passover blessings to you all!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday - Re-Run Easter Basket Tutorial!

With Easter just around the corner we thought this great tutorial was well worth the re-run!
Below is a fun Easter Basket tutorial from a past Kraft Outlet Designer Aphra Boyler. 

Step One: Cut a sheet of Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock into a 9" square. Then, score the sheet every three inches, so you end up with a grid of nine 3" squares.

Step Two: Cut 3" slits on two opposing sides of the square.

Step Three: Cut a 2" x 11" strip of Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock and punch the edges with your favorite border punch.

Step Four: Attach the handle as shown below.

Step Five: At this point, I added a strip of Robin's Egg Blue 7 Gypsies Decorative Tape to my handle. Fold the basket sides upward and attach to the handle as shown below.

Step Six: Embellish the basket and fill with treats.

I used my Cricut and the Create A Critter cartridge to cut this cute little hatching chick from Echo Park's Life Is Good papers. Then, I added buttons tied with Brown Baker's Twine.

And for the top of the handle, I added a couple of flowers (cut with the Cricut Create A Critter cartridge also), a seam binding bow, some more Baker's Twine, a button, and an X-small Grungy Prim Tag.

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to everyone!


Monday, April 14, 2014

Challenge 167 - Bunnies or Lambs

Good Monday morning and welcome to Make It Monday.
We are so glad you have joined us again for another paper challenge.

This weeks challenge is
Bunnies or Lambs

Karen Letchworth

For this week's Easter-themed "Bunnies and/or Lambs" Challenge, Karen chose to make a cute little tag with an Easter Bunny that was cut from wool felt.  Karen started her project with a Blackboard Tag.  These lovely tags are perfect for projects using the chalkboard technique, and they're a great value at just $4 for a package of 25 tags.  Karen placed her wool felt bunny onto the Blackboard Tag, and secured the top with a big fluffy bow made of Vintage Winter White and  Rose Petal Cupcake Hand-Stained Bias Tape.  She also made the bunny's whiskers by cutting a few short lengths of Natural Hemp Cord.  The "Eggs 4 Sale and matching eggs" are white rub-ons that were placed onto the Blackboard stock.

Tammy Hobbs

For this week's Bunnies and Lamb's Challenge, Tammy started with a Kraft Chevron Merchandise Bag to make a cute gift bag for an Easter treat. She used both electric and hand crank cutting devices for her images today. Looks like she had fun creating this adorable Easter scene. The bag topper was created using a paper doily, flower, button laced with Pastel Hemp Cord and die-cut leaves from Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock covered in Blue and White Polka Dot Washi Tape.  Please head over to Tammy's blog, Creating Somewhere Under The Sun for additional pictures and supplies used on her gift bag today. 

Kristi Schurr

Kristi's bunny themed card was made with a base of Light Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock cut in half at 4.25 by 5.5 inches. She layered a blue patterned paper piece on the front,then continued layering with a bunny printed paper,scalloped border and doily. She trimmed a preprinted label from the paper pad, rounded the corners and adhered it to the center of the doily with foam tape. She created the sentiment using the Seasonal Chit Chat Word Stickers. She then embellished the label with pink and blue glittered jewels. After wrapping a piece of Hand Stained Bias Tape in Vintage Winter White around the front of the card,she tied it into a bow and added a pink paper flower to the middle. For a complete supply list, please visit Kristi's blog, Kristi's Paper Creations.

Anitra Tovar

Anitra has created a card for this week's Bunny and Lamb challenge.  She started with a Brown Kraft Note Card, and matted with some Vintage Dictionary Pages, and patterned paper. She then used a digital image she printed and off set it with some Blackboard Stock Paper.  Next she added some Hand Stained Tape in Strawberry Shortcake, which she spritz with some rose color mist for added color, and added a vintage button.  Next she tucked a file tab from the Hodge Podge Magpie sticker sheet.  Last she added a rosette with a rabbit which she punched from some patterned paper.  For more information on her 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!

Now it's your turn to grab some inspiration and Happy Krafting!


Changes are Coming to The Kraft Journal!

The Kraft Journal is changing with the times!
We are all busy and a girl can spend only so much time on the web, so we decided to streamline our blog.  We will be keeping all the wonderful things you love about The Kraft Journal and making it easier to keep up with all that is going on.

We will now post Three Days A Week.

Monday will be Make It Monday with a new creative Challenge released each Monday!
New Color Boards, Sketches and Creative Challenge Themes.

Wednesday will be Watch Us Wednesday with new projects to spark your Creativity!
Here you will see new projects, hear about new products or find tips and trends.

Friday will be Feature Me Friday with Challenge Winners Revealed & Featured Artists!
We are starting something new - each week the Top Three Challenge Winners will be announced. From all the Top Three Winners our Design Team will select one winner and they will be The Kraft Journal Featured Artist for the next month. 

To top it all off, all participants in the monthly challenges will be entered to win a
$15 Gift Card from Kraft Outlet.  This winner will be selected at random.
But you have to play to win, so come on and grab some inspiration!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Feature Me Friday!

Each Friday we will be spotlighting one of our favorite designers.

This week we have Debbie from Paper Craft Sweeties.  Debbie has been a design team member for several years and she has come up with another wonderful project just in time for Easter!
Debbie Marcinkiewicz
Debbie is spotlighting some of the awesome packaging options carried at The Kraft Outlet Shop this week!  There are so many wonderful goodies to choose from ... today we're sharing a project using one of the pretty Kraft Boxes we have available!  Debbie began by wrapping a piece of Blue with White Polka Dot Washi Tape around the bottom of a 3x3x2 Kraft Box.  Next Debbie added a piece of paper doilie and onto that she layered a pretty paper bloom and leaves that she hand cut from a Library Card.

Next, Debbie stamped a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag #2 with a sentiment from the Wagon Add-on: bloom & grow stamp set and then added a couple of Grape Sequins.  Deb tied the tag onto her box using a snipett of Pastel Hemp Cording.  To finish off the top of this Easter gift box, Debbie added a sweet, fluffy pink 'peep'!

Inside the box, Debbie slipped some goodies inside a Mini Graph Paper Merchandise Bag and then punched a scalloped circle topper using more Library Card paper.  Debbie secured the bag closed with some more Pastel Hemp Cording and then added a Round Metal Edge Grungy Prim Tag onto which she stamped another sentiment from the Wagon Add-on: bloom & grow set and finished this sweet Easter gift off with a couple more Grape Sequins and a pretty Tiny Colored Wooden Clothespin.  Please visit Debbie's blog for complete details on this fun Easter project!


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