Monday, December 22, 2014

Make it Monday Challenge

The whole Kraft Outlet family would like to wish you the best holiday ever! We will be closed for a much needed break this week but will be back with another great challenge on Monday, December 29th.

May you find comfort and joy this Holiday Season!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Feature Me Friday Winners!

Check it out!  We have the winners from last weeks Challenge #201 - White on White!

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.

With that said and before we announce this week's awards, we would like to thank everyone who participated! We appreciate your entries and also love to see the use of Kraft cardstock and products from Kraft Outlet on your projects too!

Jessie Fogan
Donna W

The top three from each week's challenge receive this Top Three button for their blogs.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What's Hot Wednesday - Burlap Ribbon!

Welcome to What's Hot Wednesday. Each week we feature an item you can find at and share some creativity.
Thanksgiving Day was three weeks ago but I wanted to show you the napkin rings I made using the Burlap Ribbon at The Kraft Outlet.  I used a piece to wrap around the napkin, securing it with a brad so I could have a loose overlapping end.  The leaf and tag are cut out with Cuttlebug dies using the Buff  Ivory cardstock then distressed with some orange ink.  The final touch was the Wraphia which I wrapped around the base of the brad and then tied into a bow.  Easy and I love how they turned out.

So that was three weeks ago.  How about an any time card with Burlap Ribbon?

I thought it would be fun to pleat some of the burlap ribbon instead of using just a straight piece like I usually do.  The papers are from my stash.  The photograph buttons are chipboard; the others are die cut from Brown Kraft cardstock, Vintage Dictionary Pages, and ruby cardstock.  Each of the buttons are sewn onto the card with Natural Hemp Cord.
For a few more details, visit my blog Gramma's Room.  I hope this inspired you to try some of the Burlap Ribbon at the Kraft Outlet.  It is beautiful to work with and it comes in black too!

Don't forget to enter the challenge going on this week.                                  

Monday, December 15, 2014

Make It Monday #202 - Color Inspiration

Good Morning!  We are so happy you stopped by the Kraft Journal. 
Christmas is almost here and todays Challenge #202 - Color Inspiration is all about the holiday!  I have been seeing these drop dead gorgeous wreaths on Pinterest and Etsy for a while now and I love all the vintage ornaments.  So today we have one of these beautiful wreaths as our inspiration.  Remember this is just inspiration, you don't have to use all the colors to participate.

Let's take a look at what the design team has for us.

Tammy Hobbs
Tammy kept her card for this week's color challenge pretty simple. It's a busy time of year, so clean and simple always works when you need a quick creation. Tammy started with a base of Brown Kraft cardstock onto which she added an embossed layer of Buff Ivory cardstock.  Next she created two pennant banners and layered them on top of the other adding them to the center of the card front.  The wreath was cut using her electronic cutting machine and added to the center using foam adhesive for added dimension. For additional pictures and details, please visit Tammy's blog: Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.
Karen Letchworth
Karen admittedly struggles with color challenges, but then again - it's fun to truly CHALLENGE yourself.  She started her card with a Large Buff/Ivory Note Card and then added strips of card stock representing each of the colors shown in the inspiration photo.  Next, she stamped a Christmas scripture sentiment onto a piece of coordinating Buff/Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock and layered it onto the same colored card stocks from the inspiration photo.  She added a Crinkled Seam Binding bow topped with a button that has Red Baker's Twine tied through it.  Karen also inked the edges of the card and added some coordinating colored sequins for some extra sparkle and pizzazz!  It's really quite simple, and the Kraft Outlet makes it easy to create cards from simple to very detailed - all depending on your style or mood.  Karen hopes you will treat yourself to some new Christmas goodies from the Kraft Outlet, and then come play along in our Color Challenge this week.  You're also welcome to visit Karen's Blog, My Cup Runneth Over, to say hello.

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.


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, December 12, 2014

Feature Me Friday - Winners of #200 Gift Tag Challenge

Hi all, so glad you are back this Friday.  We have Winners!  On Friday we announce our Top Three Picks from last weeks Challenge #200 - Gift Tags. Wow is all I can say, take a look!

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 who played along we truly appreciate your creativity.
With the new year approaching it is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to all the new things in store.  The Kraft Journal Design Team member - Debbie Marcinkiewicz, has decided to step down from our team and concentrate her talents on her business and new opportunities. This is Debbie's last post with us and we want to say Thank You and wish her well.
Debbie Marcinkiewicz
This time of year time is short and our to-do lists are long!  Debbie is popping in to share a quick and inexpensive gift idea for the holidays!

Debbie picked up several holiday theme mugs at the Dollar Store along with some pretty red metallic crinkle filler.  Deb put filler inside the mug along with a gingerbread flavor biscotti and a peppermint flavor tea bag.  Debbie stamped and die cut images of a cuppa something hot and steamy along with a cupcake using the Homemade With Love stamp and Homemade With Love Sweet Cuts die, glued them onto Strawberry and Blueberry straws and inserted them into the mug.  Some Green Apple Seam Binding was tied around a Red & White Chenille Candy Cane and added to the mug.

Debbie cut a tag using a piece of Chipboard and then adhered a strip of Red & White Polka Dot Washi Tape onto the bottom.  A red, embossed heart was adhered to the base of the tag and then a sentiment image was stamped using the Home Tweet Home, Homemade With Love and Thanks Snow Much stamp sets - die cut using the Home Tweet Home Sweet Cuts die.  Rusty Bells were glued onto the tag and a Tiny Colored Wooden Clothespin was added.  Last, the tag was tied onto the mug using some Red Baker's Twine ... viola!  Easy, quick and inexpensive -- can be mass-produced with little effort!  For more pictures and details on today's holiday project, please visit Debbie's blog!

Thanks for stopping by and see you on Monday for a new Kraft Journal Challenge.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What's Hot Wednesday - Natural Hemp Cord

Hello Kraft Journal Friends!

It's Tammy with you today spotlighting Natural Hemp Cord!
I created some tags made from Brown Kraft Coverweight cardstock where I used the Natural Hemp Cord for the hanging string, but what I really love is how you can take a thin paintbrush handle or pencil and wrap the cord around several times and it will curl right up giving you curlycue's...It will hold it's shape.
Next I created a Thank you card to have on hand once the holidays are over. The Button/twine embellishment treatment was inspired by bracelets I saw on pinterest.
I started the card with a base of Brown Kraft Coverweight cardstock.  I used Blackboard Stock Paper to mat the pinstripe patterned paper on the left side of the card front. The Blackboard Paper was also used for the frame in the middle of the card.  The trees were stamped onto Vintage Dictionary Pages and cut out with a coordinating die.
Natural Hemp Cord was laced through the vintage white button and wrapped around the pinstripe panel to create a unique embellishing touch.

I hope you have enjoyed my projects, and I hope I have given you a few ideas to use Natural Hemp Cord  in projects of your own. If you would like further details on the products I have used today, please visit my blog at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.
Please join us in our current challenge. You have until Sunday to link up and join in the fun!

Have a GREAT day!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Make It Monday Challenge #201

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas! Oh the images you can dream up with those simple words.  Today, at the Kraft Journal, our Challenge #201 - White on White will let you dream about just that.
Karen Letchworth
As Christmas approaches, it's a great time to use our Christmas white products.  DT Member, Karen Letchworth was delighted to have the opportunity to use her Christmas white favorites from the Kraft Outlet for this week's White On White Challenge.  Karen started with a simple trinket box from the Dollar Store and painted it white.  Next, she covered the top of the lid with a piece of Vintage Sheet Music and touched the edges with more white paint. She also ran a length of Tape Measure Washi Tape around the outer lip of the lid.  Karen added a Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket and again painted the edges white and dusted them with ultra-fine white glitter.  To that, she added a big fluffy white bow made from Vintage Winter White Hand-Stained Seam Binding and topped that with some jingle bells tied with Natural Hemp Cord and a length of Red Baker's Twine.  Karen couldn't stop there.  She added a sweet little Round Metal Edged Grungy Prim Tag and stamped a sentiment on it.  She attached a Tiny Wooden Clothes Pin that she also painted white and dusted with ultra-fine white glitter.  There are LOTS of great white products at the Kraft Outlet, and Karen hopes you'll treat yourself to some of these great items, and then stop by to share your creations in this week's White On White challenge.  You're also welcome to visit Karen's Blog, My Cup Runneth Over, to see additional photos and read a complete supply list for her White on White Trinket Box.  Happy Crafting!

Marsha Drain 

Kraft and white is such a pretty combination so Marsha chose to highlight all the white she used with Light Kraft Cardstock.  The snowflake is cut with her Silhouette and she backed it with a  Light Kraft snowflake cut just a bit larger.  Because she is in love with the Natural Hemp Cord, she use a few strands of the lightest color in the Earthy Hemp Cord package and made a bow for accent.  There are a few more details for her card on her blog: Grammas Room.
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!
Remember to follow the Challenge rules or you will not be eligible to win!