Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday!

Hi and welcome to another edition of Watch Us Wednesday at The Kraft Journal.

It's Kristi here to show you a cute project with our weekly spotlight item, Buff Ivory Labels. I've used the Oval 3.25 by 2 inch labels on my project today.

I recently rearranged and reorganized my craft room. I added a couple of cubby shelves with matching bins to hold some of my supplies. Since everything is in a new place, I need to label each bin with the contents. I thought the ivory labels would be perfect for some cute label tags. I cut some scalloped ovals from a sheet of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock. I  applied an oval label to the center of each scalloped oval. I then stamped a frame in aqua blue ink on the label. I punched a hole and strung some Metallic Hemp Twine through each tag for hanging. For a little extra embellishment, I added a kraft colored butterfly or flower to each tag. Here is a picture of them attached to my storage bins.
All organized! Now I can actually find things without having to open every bin first! 

I've chosen to hand write the contents for my bins on the tag, but these labels are able to go through your printer if you prefer a printed label instead. They're also available in square, circle and whole sheet adhesive and many different sizes for any of your labeling projects. They can used for bath and body products, soaps, canning jars, gift boxes and food packaging, or applied directly onto a drawer or bin front.

Thank for joining us today, I hope I've given you an idea or two on how to use these versatile labels!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Challenge #182 - Funky Junk

Hi everyone, hope you had a wonderful weekend! 
We have a new Challenge - Junky Junk here at the Kraft Journal and we hope you are ready for some wonderful inspiration.

For this week's "Funky Junk" Challenge, Karen wasn't quite sure what to create.  But, looking at all her fun Kraft Outlet supplies, it just kind of came together.  She started with pieces of Precut Chipboard and created a mini album (bound with her Zutter).  The front has a decorated Small Kraft Paper Sack.  On the right, you will see a Tim Holtz Memo Pin holding a (hope) Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket & Adage Ticket as well as some Black & White Polka Dot Washi Tape and a cute sticker from the Jenni Bowlin General Store Postage Stamp.  On the left, you'll see another snippet of the Black & White Polka Dot Washi Tape and a Round Metal-Edged Grungy Prim Tag with a (5 cent) Jenni Bowlin Flatback Flair.
On this page, Karen made a photo mat from Pre-Cut Chipboard with its edges touched with cream acrylic paint.  There's another length of the Black & White Polka Dot Washi Tape at the bottom border, and on the left side you will see a Mini Kraft Merchandise Bag which holds a Jenni Bowlin Vintage Mini Deck Journaling Card.  It's decorated with some Ephemera, a postage sticker from the Jenni Bowlin General Store Postage Stamp Sticker Set.  She also die-cut a flower using a Vintage Gin Rummy Sheet.  Karen absolutely LOVES including the Kraft Outlet's different Lunch Sack/Kraft Paper Bags in her mini albums to use as journaling pockets, or a place to hide a gift card, tuck in photos, etc.  They're just SO versatile.  She hopes that you will play along in this week's "Funky Junk" Challenge.  To see photos of the additional pages in her mini album, please visit Karen's blog,  My Cup Runneth Over.

Tammy Hobbs
For this week's Funky Junk challenge, Tammy used a variety of products from The Kraft Outlet to get her started. She started with a Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock onto which she pieced together her patterned papers to Blackboard Stock Paper. Using the Lost and Found Salvage Stickers, she added the measuring tape and clock face to the card front.  In the center of the clock, she added some Vintage Dictionary Pages, a button atop an Earthy Hemp Bow.  Tammy did a little further embellishing by adding a Chipboard Button to the right of the clock which also was laced with Earthy Hemp twine. Tammy used a partial Journaling Ticket and added her own sentiment using Chit Chat Stickers.  Lastly she added a length of antique vintage lace across the top to complete the look. For additional pictures and a complete supply list, please visit Tammy at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.

Anitra Tovar
For this week's "Funky Junk" challenge Anitra altered a vintage bottle she found years ago in the dirt at a Texas Ranch.  After she cleaned it up a bit she adhered some Vintage Sheet Music paper around the entire bottle.  Next she found a bird image from the Vintage Dictionary Pages pack.  These two elements work so well together.  Anitra then added laces from her stash along with some Rose Beige Hand Stained Bias Tape.  For an added embellishments Anitra added a Silver Bottle Cap which she painted in heirloom white.  These bottle caps from the Kraft Outlet come 50 in a pack, and Anitra loves painting them to match her projects for a perfect custom look!  To the top of the bottle cap Anitra added more of the Vintage Sheet Music paper.  To finish her project she added a spacer bead along with a paper flower to the top of the bottle.  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, July 25, 2014

Feature Me Friday

Happy Friday and welcome back to the Kraft Journal!

Today is Feature Me Friday and we are happy to announce the winners from last weeks Sun Challenge and as a bonus we get another great project from Design Team member Debbie!

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

Today Debbie is sharing a baby boy card she created using some fun products from The Kraft Outlet shop!  To begin, Debbie embossed a piece of Buff Ivory Cardstock with polka dots, adhered it to a layer of blue cardstock and then adhered to a white cardstock base.  Next, Debbie added some Blue and White Polka Dot Washi Tape to the bottom of a Mini Notebook Merchandise Bag.  Deb stamped a sentiment at the top of the Mini Notebook Merchandise Bag using the Splish Splash stamp set.  Next, Debbie die cut an umbrella shape using the Showering You With Love Sweet Cuts die and then embossed it with polka dots.  Last, Debbie tied a bow created using Butter Hand Stained Bias Tape onto the umbrella handle.

The pull out tag was created using a Grungy Prim Shipping Tag.  Debbie stamped the sentiment, sweet birds and branch using the Splish Splash stamp set.  Deb colored the images with glitter markers for a pop of sparkle!  Next, Debbie stamped the little egg using the Wagon Add-on: bloom & grow stamp set, cut it out and then added to a 'nest' of Spanish Moss.  To finish off the tag, Debbie added a row Blue and White Polka Dot Washi Tape to coordinate with the envelope on the front of the card and then tied a length of Pastel Hemp Cord around the top of the tag.  Please visit Debbie's blog for more inspiration! 

Thanks Debbie and Congratulations to the Top Three Winners!

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

Thanks again to all for visiting, following and playing along at The Kraft Journal and see you on Monday for another challenge.


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!


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