Monday, January 26, 2015

Make It Monday Challenge 208 - CAS Made In Minutes


Hi all, and welcome to Make It Monday at the Kraft Journal.
Every Monday we have a new Design Challenge and we hope you grab some inspiration and join in!


This weeks challenge is : CAS Made In Minutes

Sometimes you just need something special but just don't have a lot of time to spend making it. Show us a Clean And Simple project that can be made in just a few minutes, maybe your "go to" layout or a super cute stamp. Whatever you come up with, and make it snappy!


CAS - clean and simple made in minutes card
Marsha Drain
Clean and Simple, Quick and Easy.  Those are Marsha's favorite words when it comes to making cards.  She actually timed herself making this card and it took less than 10 minutes after getting the supplies out and ready to use.  She started with Light Kraft Cardstock for the base.  The patterned paper and cardstock backing are just pieces from her stash.  She wrapped some Pink Baker's Twine 
(one of the 10 great colors at the Kraft Outlet)  around that panel, leaving enough twine to thread through a button which was cut out with a die.  The word "thanks" was cut out twice with two different blues and presto! a lovely, yet quick card.  For more details, please visit her blog - Grammas Room.



CAS - clean and simple made in minutes card
Tammy Hobbs
For the Made in Minutes Challenge this week, Tammy wanted to show how it was easy to put her card together so quickly by sharing a quick snap shot of some of her supplies before she put her card together.  She wanted to share that when she has extra die-cuts either from changing her mind on a design or taking that die and cutting up snippets to use up scraps. She just puts them in the pouch that holds the die set.  It sure come in handy for today's challenge. 



CAS - clean and simple made in minutes card


She started with a base of Brown Kraft Cardstock onto which she matted Buff Ivory cardstock that was already cut to size. She cut the scrap of stripe patterned paper she had in her stash in half and added it to the left side of the card front. She then took a length of Orange Baker's Twine and wrapped it vertically around the card and tied it in a bow. Next Tammy took out two of the star die-cuts and layered them adding a cute stamped face to the center adding a few coloring details to the face. Lastly, she stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto the Buff Ivory cardstock in black ink.  For additional pictures and details please visit Tammy's blog: Creating Somewhere Under the Sun.


For this week's "Made In Minutes" Challenge, Design Team Member, Karen Letchworth wanted to create something that really and truly WAS created in just minutes.  In fact, Karen even set a stop watch to ensure that she wasn't exaggerating.  These tags took her 3 minutes and 36 seconds.  The only "cheats" to that time were the that she had hand-stained her Tiny Wooden Clothespins ahead of time.  You can see this tutorial on Hand-Stained Wooden Clothespins by following that link.  Also, she had a few small scrap pieces of die-cut wool felt sitting on her craft table left over from another project.  But other than that, she put everything together in just a few literal minutes.
CAS - clean and simple made in minutes card
She created quick and easy gift tags for Valentine's Day; one for each of her three children.  Each tag was made using a Small Grungy Prim Shipping Tag.  Karen added a Round Metal-Edged Grungy Prim Tag to each of the three Small Grungy Prim Shipping Tags by adhering them with Decorative Washi Tape.  One uses the Red and White Polka Dot Washi Tape, another uses the Pink & White Polka Dot Washi Tape and the third uses the sweet Pink & White Striped Washi Tape.  Each has something in the center.  One has a leaf and flower, another has some felt pieces, and the third has a Jenni Bowlin Flatback Icon.  Karen attached the tags to little boxes of Valentine's Day candy.
CAS Made in Minutes card
There is nothing fancy about these little gift tags.  It was more of an experiment to show that you really can use the Kraft Outlet's amazing products to quickly create all kinds of useful crafts such as gift tags, gift bags, cards, and SO much more.  For a closer look at her gift tags, Karen invites you to stop by her blog, My Cup Runneth Over, to take a closer look and to view additional photos.  Happy crafting!

Use this week's theme to inspire you to create your project and then link it up at the bottom of this post before 6:00pm (Central Time) on Sunday. Please limit your entries two per challenge.
EACH WEEK THERE'S A WINNER
Participants in our weekly challenges have a chance to be selected as a Featured Artist and showcased on one of our "Feature Me Fridays" posts. Also, all who participate in our challenges this month have a randomly selected chance to win a $15.00 Store Voucher from Kraft Outlet!


Remember to follow the Challenge rules or you will not be eligible to win!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Feature Me Friday Top Three Winners!

It's Friday and you know what that means, we announce our Top Three Picks from last weeks
Challenge #206 - Take Your Pick
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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, and here they are in no particular order.

Thanks to all who joined in and congratulations to the Top Three Winners!


Thinking of You_1
Nina Marie

Pat K


Sierra Winters


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 played along we truly appreciate your creativity. 
Come back on Monday for another new Challenge at the Kraft Journal.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What's Hot Wednesday - Small Kraft Tags

Hi, it's Marsha here with What's Hot Wednesday featuring Small Kraft Tags.  I plan on using lots of these tags on my Valentine cards this year.

It is only recently that I started using tags on cards but with all the wonderful kinds of tags at the Kraft Outlet, my love of them is growing.  Besides the Grunge Stained Tags which I have used recently, I took a try with the Small Kraft Tags.  What fun.
Keeping it simple, I edged this first one with a border punch.  I also cut a heart out of the middle of the tag with a die.  By removing one of the pieces of the heart, I was able to let the red cardstock show through.
For this tag, I went with a musical theme, putting a piece of Music Washi Tape on the edge of the tag and then adding a die cut note.
The top of both tags are tied with Natural Hemp Cord and Baker's Twine.


The third tag made it onto a card.  The lips are a fussy cut digital image.  A piece of red cardstock on the back of the tag enhances the bottom edge which was cut with decorative scissors.   See the heart in the top right corner of the card?  It is the left over piece from the first tag.
Are you ready to play with Kraft tags?  You can find these and many more fun tags at the Kraft Outlet.
For a few more details about this card, you can visit my blog Gramma's Room.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Make It Monday Challenge 207 - Anything Goes Winter

Hi all, and welcome to Make It Monday at the Kraft Journal.
Every Monday we have a new Design Challenge and we hope you grab some inspiration and join in!


This weeks challenge is : Anything Goes Winter


Brrr. . . It's cold outside! We want to see what Winter means to you. 

Tammy Hobbs
Tammy thought of ice skates for this week's winter challenge. It certainly is a fun activity to participate in during the winter months.  She started her card with a base of Brown Kraft Cardstock which she added her patterned papers that she joined with ric-rac made of felt. Tammy decided to add a little embellishing touch to the felt with buttons laced with Natural Hemp Cord. She stamped, die-cut, and put together her focal image and adding it to the center of the card face. Lastly, she took a length of White Twill Tape and wrapped it around the top of the card and tied off in a simple knot. For additional photos and product details, please visit Tammy's blog: Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.


It's no secret to any of us that it's WINTER!  So, here at The Kraft Journal, we decided to CELEBRATE it, and have a challenge centered around the very theme of WINTER!  When DT Member, Karen Letchworth thinks about winter, she recalls great memories from her childhood.  One of those sweet memories are the MITTENS her Grandmother would knit.
Karen used a mitten die-cut to create her shape, and then covered the mitten with rows of Red & White Polka Dot Washi Tape and Blue & White Polka Dot Washi Tape.  Then, she added a couple rows of white lace, and wrapped a few lengths of sweet Red Baker's Twine around her mitten.
In this photo, you can see the top portion of Karen's mitten that has some red glittered jingle bells tied with Natural Hemp Cord  and more bows of Red Baker's Twine.  She also placed a silver snowman charm on the bow as an accent.
The next photo shows the bottom portion of Karen's mitten.  She added a sweet mini tag with a stamped sentiment that is attached with a Tiny Wooden Clothespin.  You're welcome to visit Karen's Blog, My Cup Runneth Over, for a complete supply list.  We look forward to seeing what each of you think about when you consider WINTER.  Come, and play along this week!


Use this week's theme to inspire you to create your project and then link it up at the bottom of this post before 6:00pm (Central Time) on Sunday. Please limit your entries two per challenge.
EACH WEEK THERE'S A WINNER!

Participants in our weekly challenges have a chance to be selected as a Featured Artist and showcased on one of our "Feature Me Fridays" posts. Also, all who participate in our challenges this month have a randomly selected chance to win a $15.00 Store Voucher from Kraft Outlet!

Remember to follow the Challenge Rules or you will not be eligible to win!



Friday, January 16, 2015

Feature Me Friday - Top Three Winners!

It's Friday and you know what that means, we announce our Top Three Picks from last weeks
Challenge #205 - Thank You
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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.

Thanks to all who joined in and congratulations to the Top Three Winners!

AJ

Gail Scott

Sandie's Card Garden

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 played along we truly appreciate your creativity. 
Come back on Monday for another new Challenge at the Kraft Journal.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What's Hot Wednesday - Medium Kraft Bags


Hello There!

It's Tammy, and it's my turn to share a product spotlight with you today. I couldn't resist making some Valentine treat packaging using The Kraft Outlet's Medium Kraft Bags. 
I cut some hearts from various Valentine patterned papers and layered them on a heart doily die-cut from white and Buff Ivory Cardstock placing them to the center of the bag. 
Next, I die-cut a heart and xoxo border placing just below the heart by using a clear liquid adhesive.
Lastly, I created a bow from Blush Hand Stained Bias Tape topping it with another bow made from Natural Hemp Cord embellished with a button. 
There are many things you can do with the Medium Kraft Bags, but with Valentine's Day coming up why don't you head over to The Kraft Outlet and add some to your shopping cart today. You can create some treats of your own for friends, neighbors, teachers, grandchildren....the possibilities are endless. 
Thanks so much for your visit!
~Tammy~
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