Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Watch Us Wednesday with Tammy: Home Decor Project


Hi~

I have a Shabby Home Decor Project to share for The Kraft Journal! On my last tutorial for The Kraft Journal, I showed you how to make Vintage Page Dictionary Flowers. You can click here to review. I mentioned in that tutorial to stay tuned for a future post where they will re-appear. I have incorporated that flower in today's project. 

The Supplies you need include:
These items can be found at The Kraft Outlet:
Other Items
Peat Pot
White Acrylic Paint
Foam Brush
Hot Glue Gun
Heavy Duty Double Sided Tape
Any items you want for filling your decorated Peat Pot! :-)
 
The first step is to paint your Peat Pot inside and out using Acrylic Paint and a foam brush.  I like a Shabby look, so I did not cover the entire pot with paint.  I wanted some of the original showing through.  
While you are waiting for your pot to dry, die-cut your leaves from Vintage Dictionary Pages to embellish your flower.
Time to decorate the outside of your Peat Pot.  
Run some heavy double sided tape around the center of your pot.  Next take the Canvas Fringe Ribbon and ruffle it as you go by overlapping/pleating. I left a section in the middle open to place my focal embellishment.
Next I wrapped some Natural Hemp Cord around the center of the pleated Canvas Fringe Ribbon and tied a knot in the center leaving some extra long lengths for me to curl.
Cut a circle out of your Stretched Burlap. Add your Vintage Dictionary Paper Flower and die-cut leaves to the front.  Flip over and add hot glue to the back and adhere to the front of your Shabby Peat Pot! You can find something to alter in just about anything!!! 

Now you can fill this Self-Made Shabby Pot with whatever goodness your heart desires! 


Be sure to stop by The Kraft Outlet to check out the wonderful line of products including many of the products used today!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
~Tammy~

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Top Three Awards: Punch It Out Challenge

It's time to announce our Top Three Awards for our last challenge but first, we'd like to sincerely thank everyone who participated!  We appreciate each and every one of the entries and as always your submissions were both creative and inspiring and we absolutely love to see the use of Kraft cardstock and products from Kraft Outlet on your projects too!


The top three from each week's challenge receive this Top Three button for their blogs. (Top Three winners should feel free to right click on the image and save it to post on your blogs if you wish - previous winners, please feel free to exchange this new winner's button for your old button too!).


Please help us to congratulate our Top Three Award winners for our last challenge, they are (in no particular order):
29. Marlene

Don't forget to visit The Kraft Journal on Wednesday for our weekly Watch Us Wesnesday tutorial! By the way, you still have plenty of time to take part in our current challenge and entering your projects this month makes you eligible to win a store voucher from Kraft Outlet in a random drawing that will take place at the end of the month. Please remember to be eligible for prizes you must use Kraft cardstock or products purchased from Kraft Outlet and be a follower of this blog as well!

Happy Krafting!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet: Nothing But Kraft Challenge

Welcome to Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet.  Use this week's   "Nothing But Kraft",  theme to inspire you to create your project and then link it up at the bottom of this post before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday February 3, 2013.  All of our followers who participant in our challenges this month have a chance to be featured on our "Feature Me Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

Kraft Outlet DT Reveal for "Nothing But Kraft" Challenge

Jan Del Bone
Jan's nontraditional Valentine began life as a Brown Kraft Note Card.  She adhered more edge punched heart kraft design paper, and a Kraft Cardstock die cut heart.  Atop the heart is a bow made from Typewriter Satin Ribbon, with a button tied with Natural Hemp Cord.  The sentiment includes a die cut background cut from more Kraft Cardstock, covered with a Brown Kraft Oval Label, and a sentiment from the Love Ink Rubbing Sheet.  The card was finished with white ink around the edges.  Stop by Jan's blog, chai tea 'n me, and say hello !

Becky Garrison

Creative Team member Becky Garrison has used kraft to it's best advantage in her project for this week's 'tricky' challenge by taking the simple, streamlined approach for this very krafty card.  The base is Light Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock cut to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and folded in half to make a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card.  Then she cut a piece of the C-Flute Corrugated Kraft Paper to 3 3/4" x 5", inked the edges and adhered it to the card.  Next she used the darkest brown color of hemp cord from the Earthy Hemp Cord and ran it through one of the 'flutes' in the paper, and tied a Small Kraft Shipping Tag and adhered it to the corrugated kraft paper.  A bow of Natural Burlap Ribbon tied with more dark brown hemp card, and a birthday sticker make this card complete!  To find more information about this and other projects by Becky, please visit her blog, Becky Garrison Paper Crafts.

Karen Letchworth
For this week's "Nothing But Kraft" Challenge, Design Team Member Karen Letchworth wanted to bring in color without using any paper other than Kraft.  So, she started with a Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card and touched the edges with acrylic paint.  Then, she cut a smaller piece of matching Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock and wrapped it up with lots and lots of the gorgeous Baker's Twine from The Kraft Outlet.  Once she finished attaching that, Karen simply added a sentiment using a Paper Sweeties sentiment stamp (thank you) that she stamped on a Grungy Prim Tag.  Then she added a little bow made from more of the Baker's Twine and attached a  Tiny Wooden Clothespin.  Using Kraft paper can be fun, and you will find everything you need for this week's challenge at The Kraft Outlet.  Feel free to stop by Karen's blog, My Cup Runneth Over to see more.

 
Debbie Marcinkiewicz

For today's 'Nothing but Kraft' challenge, Debbie began with a base of Brown Kraft Card Stock onto which she layered a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Card Stock that was embossed, inked and a machine zig-zag stitch was used to adhere the embossed piece to the base.  Next, Deb covered a Card Sleeve Envelope with some Music Note Washi Tape and adhered it to the base.  A pretty bloom was made using dies with a couple of scrap pieces of Lunch Bag Kraft Card Stock -- the layers were adhered together and a resin floral piece was added to the center of the bloom.  A heart shape was die cut from Cork and Debbie did some additional machine sewing around the edges before adhering the heart to the card.  A bit of Kraft tulle, a couple of Antique Stick Pins and a pretty Kraft ticket were added to complete the pretty Kraft nosegay.


Debbie created a sweet little tag that pulls out of the Washi Tape covered Card Sleeve Envelope by inking the edges and stamping a sentiment using the So Sweet of You stamp set.  A snipett of Burlap was added for additional texture and then Debbie glued a Chipboard Button on top of the Burlap.  Last, Deb stamped a heart shape using the Snow Friends stamp set directly onto a scrap piece of Cork, cut it out and adhered it on top of the Chipboard Button.  A length of Natural Twill Tape was added to the top of the tag to complete Deb's design.  Please visit Debbie's blog, Simple Treasures, to view additional pictures of today's project!


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Kraft Outlet Launches Endorsement Program

We know that you have many choices about which products you use for your paper craft projects. Through our endorsement program we hope to encourage you to use our products and thank you when your projects are published!

To be eligible, your project will need to meet these criteria:

1. Kraft Outlet products, including all consumable products available for purchase at Kraft Outlet (http://www.kraftoutlet.com) must be prominently featured on your project with a ratio of at least 50 percent of product used and purchased from Kraft Outlet.
2. Projects included in the following print media publications will be considered. Other print publications will be considered upon request.

·        Creating Keepsakes (and their idea books)

·        Paper Crafts (and their idea books)

·        Better Homes and Gardens Scrapbooks, Etc. (and their idea books)

·        Scrapbook Trends, Handmade, and Cards by Northridge Media (and their idea books)

·        Crafts ‘n Things

3. Attribution in the magazine must include the words “Kraft Outlet” plus the actual name of the product that you used as listed on the Kraft Outlet website.
If your project meets the eligibility criteria, the endorsement fee that we offer is $25.00 for an inside page and $100 for publication on the cover of the magazine. Cash payments will be provided through PAYPAL. Here is what you need to do to submit your endorsement fee request:

1. Scan or take a photograph of the page where your project has been published. Make sure the publication name, issue, your name, your project, the page number, and all the attribution is clearly visible. Save the picture of your project in jpg, gif, or pdf format and make sure the file is not bigger than 1MB.
2. Within 6 months after your project is published, email your endorsement fee request to us at Babette@kraftoutlet.com.
Please include the words “Endorsement Fee Request” in the subject line.
In the body of your message include your name, complete address, and phone number, as well as the date(s) you ordered the product used on your project and your order number(s).

3.  Attach the scan or photo of your project.
4. Include your PayPal Account name and email address for payment.

Additionally: 
When your project is published, the magazine typically reserves certain rights which may include not having the project appear online for a period of time. When the magazine allows for the project to be published online, we reserve the right to publish the project on our website, blog, PINTEREST and use it for other marketing and promotional activities.
We also reserve the right to change this program or terminate this program at any time.

We can’t wait to see all of the crafty things you create with Kraft Outlet products! If you have any questions, please let us know.
You may download a copy of our Endorsement Program right here, or visit our Endorsement Program page in our page link bar at the top of this blog.

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Feature Me Friday: Marlene of Scrappin' Cookie Blog

Each week we choose one project submitted to one of our challenges to feature on The Kraft Journal "Feature Me Friday" post sponsored by Kraft Outlet. This week we are showcasing this adorable Valentine card set crafted by Marlene of Scrappin' Cookie blog.  We were drawn to coordinating design set and mix of Kraft cardstock with fun printed papers. To learn more about this project and our Featured Artist, visit Marlene's blog.




Crafted by Marlene of Scrappin' Cookie Blog


Crafters whose projects are posted on "Feature Me Friday" receive this pretty little button for their blog.  Featured crafters should feel free to copy and post the button on their blogs. Please join us in congratulating our Featured Artist for this week! 


There is still time to join this week's challenge (the link is located in our upper-most right hand sidebar) and please visit us again this weekend for news from Kraft Outlet!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Watch Us Wednesday with Karen: Easy Paper Bag Album

Design Team Member, Karen Letchworth wants to show everyone how making paper bag albums is easy, fun, and super inexpensive.  It also matches the "Kraft" color-theme for the challenges here at The Kraft Journal.  To get started, Karen grabbed two paper lunch bags.  You can use as few as ONE bag, and as many as your little heart desires.  You will see from this first picture that you lay every other bag the opposite way.  This is so that the "pockets" will alternate on every other page inside your album.
Using her super helpful Bone Folder Tool, she folded the bags in half, which you can also see in the picture above.  Once you've decided how many bags you want to use, and have laid them together in alternating directions, you need to decide what type of binding you'd like to use.  You can use jump rings, gaffer tape, or as Karen did here, just run a simple straight stitch on your sewing machine to join the bags together creating a binding.
At this point, you basically have your album.  Wasn't that easy?  Because of the very unique design of paper bags, you have built-it pockets.  (You will see these in the photos below).  You also have lots of little folds that you might want to glue down as shown below.
You can just add a little bit of your favorite adhesive to close up all these little flaps and folds if they annoy you.  There are many ways to make a Paper Bag Album.  This is just one idea.  Be creative!  This is where it gets fun, and where you can make it uniquely "your own".  Karen used the Air Mail Washi Tape on the front of her album along with some Red Baker's Twine and Blue Baker's Twine.  Next, she added a Jenni Bowlin Flag Banner that's backed with the coordinating Chipboard Flag Pieces.  She also used a few buttons, a Grungy Primitive Tag and tucked in a Tim Holtz Memo Pin.
As mentioned above, one of the really awesome things about using paper bags to create an album is that they automatically have these great pockets built in.  The pockets are perfect for hiding journaling spots or adding photos.
The more paper bags you use, the more pockets you will have and the more pages you will have to decorate.  There's not room here to show you all the pages of this album, but here is a little peek inside where you will see how well paper bags match The Kraft Outlet's awesome products like the Mini Kraft Merchandise Bags (perfect for tucking a gift card inside), Baker's Twine and Tape Measure Washi Tape.
Have fun with Paper Bag Albums - get creative!  It's a great way to make use of things you already have around the house, and you can always find the perfect accent for these little albums at The Kraft Outlet!  To see the rest of this Paper Bag Album, you can visit Karen's blog, My Cup Runneth Over.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Top Three Awards: Use Your Stash Challenge

It's time to announce our Top Three Awards for our last challenge but first, we'd like to sincerely thank everyone who participated!  We appreciate each and every one of the entries and as always your submissions were both creative and inspiring and we absolutely love to see the use of Kraft cardstock and products from Kraft Outlet on your projects too!


The top three from each week's challenge receive this Top Three button for their blogs. (Top Three winners should feel free to right click on the image and save it to post on your blogs if you wish - previous winners, please feel free to exchange this new winner's button for your old button too!).


Please help us to congratulate our Top Three Award winners for our last challenge, they are (in no particular order):


Don't forget to visit The Kraft Journal on Wednesday for our weekly Watch Us Wesnesday tutorial! By the way, you still have plenty of time to take part in our current challenge and entering your projects this month makes you eligible to win a store voucher from Kraft Outlet in a random drawing that will take place at the end of the month. Please remember to be eligible for prizes you must use Kraft cardstock or products purchased from Kraft Outlet and be a follower of this blog as well!

Happy Krafting!

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet: Punch it Out Challenge

Welcome to Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet.  Use this week's   "Punch it Out",  theme to inspire you to create your project and then link it up at the bottom of this post before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday January 20, 2013.  All of our followers who participant in our challenges this month have a chance to be featured on our "Feature Me Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

Kraft Outlet DT Reveal for "Punch it Out" Challenge

Tammy Hobbs
 
For today's "Punch It Out" challenge, Tammy used 6 punches on her card.  Her inspiration started when she created a medallion rosette out of a pretty blue patterned paper she had leftover from a previous make. She used a scallop border punch to get the scallop edges.  Using Lunch Bag Kraft, she punched a scallop circle and added some white paint to the edges. A snowflake was stamped using Paper Sweeties, Snow Friends, and punched with a 1" circle punch to add to the center of the medallion rosette. An aqua rhinestone was added to the center of the precious snowflake. A card base of Pacific Blue was then used to layer Lunch Bag Kraft and patterned paper adding more white paint to the edges.  Using the same patterned paper the medallion rosette was created from, she then used a border punch to create a beautiful trim to add to the bottom of her patterned paper.  A length of Natural Twill Tape was added to the lower portion of her card. Using Lunch Bag Kraft, her favorite, she used a large snowflake punch and tucked it above the Natural Twill Tape  After building her card base, Tammy stamped and paper pieced her adorable winter snowman from Paper Sweeties Snow Friends and added ultra fine white glitter. She die-cut a butterfly from coordinating patterned paper she used on her snowman's scarf and hat and also sugar coated it with ultra fine white glitter next adding to the center of her card. A sentiment was stamped from Paper Sweeties Friendship Warms The Heart and punched it out. She added snowflakes to her punched out sentiment using VersaMark Ink and of course more white paint was added for a shabby look.  The final finishing touches were to add another paper border to the top, place the medallion rosette which has been coated with snowflake glitter and the placement of two pewter stick pins. Please visit Tammy's blog, Creating Somewhere Under The Sun, for more details and pictures of today's card.



 
Jan Del Bone


Jan always begins with a note card - this time she used a Buff Ivory Blank Note Card which she cut down to 5x5.  She adhered some design paper, and then another layer of design paper, which on which she used a Martha Stewart punch around the page, to fulfill this week's challenge, Punch it Out !  She attached a Journaling Ticket, with a Kiss sentiment from the Love Ink Rubbing Sheet, a heart brad, and a flower tied up with some Natural Hemp Cord.  A flair surrounds the journaling ticket, and the card is completed with a valentine clown.
Stop by Jan's blog, chai tea n' me, and say hello !!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Feature Me Friday: Marsha of Gramma's Room

Each week we choose one project submitted to one of our challenges to feature on The Kraft Journal "Feature Me Friday" post sponsored by Kraft Outlet. This week we are showcasing this fun "newspaper" and coffee card crafted by Marsha of Gramma's Room blog.  We were drawn to clean and simple design set on the fun crimped and inked background.  To learn more about this project and our Featured Artist, visit Marsha's blog.




Created by Marsha of Gramma's Room Blog


Crafters whose projects are posted on "Feature Me Friday" receive this pretty little button for their blog.  Featured crafters should feel free to copy and post the button on their blogs. Please join us in congratulating our Featured Artist for this week! 


There is still time to join this week's challenge (the link is located in our upper-most right hand sidebar) and please visit us again this weekend for news from Kraft Outlet!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Top Three Awards: Fold or Crimp Challenge

It's time to announce our Top Three Awards for our last challenge but first, we'd like to sincerely thank everyone who participated!  We appreciate each and every one of the entries and as always your submissions were both creative and inspiring and we absolutely love to see the use of Kraft cardstock and products from Kraft Outlet on your projects too!


The top three from each week's challenge receive this Top Three button for their blogs. (Top Three winners should feel free to right click on the image and save it to post on your blogs if you wish - previous winners, please feel free to exchange this new winner's button for your old button too!).


Please help us to congratulate our Top Three Award winners for our last challenge, they are (in no particular order):





Don't forget to visit The Kraft Journal on Wednesday for our weekly Watch Us Wesnesday tutorial! By the way, you still have plenty of time to take part in our current challenge and entering your projects this month makes you eligible to win a store voucher from Kraft Outlet in a random drawing that will take place at the end of the month. Please remember to be eligible for prizes you must use Kraft cardstock or products purchased from Kraft Outlet and be a follower of this blog as well!

Happy Krafting!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet: Use Your Scraps

Welcome to Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet.  Use this week's   "Use Your Scraps",  theme to inspire you to create your project and then link it up at the bottom of this post before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday January 20, 2013.  All of our followers who participant in our challenges this month have a chance to be featured on our "Feature Me Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

Kraft Outlet DT Reveal for "Use Your Scraps" Challenge

Jan Del Bone

Jan had a lot of scraps to choose from !  Her card began with a brown Kraft Blank Note Card.  She layered some design paper on top, and added a little pocket, attached with Washi tape - tape measure and staples.  The three tickets, from the Adage Ticket book were inked and attached, one with a Hinge Clip.     The sentiment was included in the Ephemera labels and inserted into an Antique Silver Label holder.  The card was finished with a wrap of Earthy Hemp Cord and a metal token.  Stop by chai tea 'n me and say hello !

Tammy Hobbs
For today's "Use Your Scraps" challenge, Tammy, had no problem with this challenge. She has made many statements on many occasions that her scrap piles seem to take over her craft room! She doesn't like to toss any of her scraps out. Tammy started with a base of Lunch Bag Kraft, next she placed a piece of scrap pattered paper with a Valentine Motif to the bottom portion of her card front. She had a left over piece of Nottinghill Seam Binding from the Christmas Tree Tutorial that she wrapped around the card front and tied off with a piece of Pink Baker's Twine.  A doily was die-cut from a scrap of Buff Ivory Coverweight Cardstock and added to the center of the card. Finding a piece of pink patterned paper in her stash, she die-cut a scalloped heart circle to stamp her Heart Flower Trio focal image from DeNami Designs which she colored in with colored pencils and mineral spirits.  The sentiment was stamped on a banner made from a scrap of Buff Ivory Coverwight Cardstock.  While moving things around on her desk, Tammy had a thin piece of patterned paper she felt would be perfect to add to the top of her card to complete the look. Please visit Tammy's blog, Creating Somewhere Under The Sun, to view more details and pictures of today's card.
 
Karen Letchworth
 We all have "scraps" lying around our craft areas, right?  Well, Design Team Member Karen Letchworth sure does!  Several patterned papers that were left from another project, and a few supplies from The Kraft Outlet, and Karen was on her way!  She started with a Lunch Bag Kraft Notecard and added some scraps of patterned paper that she machine stitched together to make a "quilt" of sorts.  Karen added some Red, Green and Light Green Baker's Twine, some snippings of Ruler Twill Tape, and tucked in two Tim Holtz Memo Pins to give this "scrappy" card a homespun feel.  You can read more about this creation on Karen's Blog.
 
 
Debbie Marcinkiewicz
For today's 'Use Your Scraps' challenge, Debbie created a tag beginning with a Post Card Tag base which she inked the edges to create a time-worn look.  Next Debbie added four rows of Lille Decorative Tape and a row of machine zig-zag stitching.  Debbie die cut a scalloped heart shape using a scrap of Lunch Bag Kraft Card Stock, inking the edges.  Onto that she layered a scrap of blue sheet music paper.  Deb outlined the heart shape with hot pink buttons and then adhered iridescent mica flakes on them for some sparkle.  Debbie die cut a flower and leaves out of felt scraps, adhered them to the middle of the heart and then added a button with some Green Baker's Twine tied onto it.  Last, Debbie added a hot ink organza bow onto which she layered a Bottle Cap, resin flower and two Pewter Stick Pins.  A scrap piece of Natural Twill Tape was tied onto the top of the tag and sentiments were added -- the 'Love you much' sentiment was stamped onto a X-Small Grung Prim Tag using the So Sweet of You stamp set and the 'XOXO' sentiment was stamped using the You Make Me Smile stamp set.  Please visit Debbie's blog, Simple Treasures, for additional pictures of this scrappy tag!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Feature Me Friday: LeAnne of Weeinklings Blog

Each week we choose one project submitted to one of our challenges to feature on The Kraft Journal "Feature Me Friday" post sponsored by Kraft Outlet. This week we are showcasing this square "Hi" card crafted by LeAnne of Weeinklings blog.  We were drawn to the clean and simple design and that pop of red on kraft too! To learn more about this project and our Featured Artist, visit LeAnne's blog.





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Created by LeAnne of Weeinklings Blog


Crafters whose projects are posted on "Feature Me Friday" receive this pretty little button for their blog.  Featured crafters should feel free to copy and post the button on their blogs. Please join us in congratulating our Featured Artist for this week! 


There is still time to join this week's challenge (the link is located in our upper-most right hand sidebar) and please visit us again this weekend for news from Kraft Outlet!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Watch Us Wednesday with Jan: Easy Photo Light Box

Hi !  Jan back with you this month with the easiest photo light box EVER.
I made this in less than 10 minutes, including taking the photos.  It doesn't look like much, but it works, and you already have all the items you need on hand !



1) An old cardboard box
2) A box knife
3) Tape
4) 2 pieces of tissue paper
5) 1 piece of foam board


First, cut off all the flaps on the box with your box knife.


Next, cut a square on one side of the box.  No need to be pretty here, even or straight.


Cut another square on the opposite side, and a rectangle on top.



Cut the tissue into the 3 pieces that already have a fold.  Use one third on the top, and tape it down.



This is how mine looks from the inside looking up to the top.
Tape tissue over the two squares on the sides.



Pop in a piece of flexible foam board.

Now, believe it or not, you are ready for the actual photo of your card.



This is the "before" picture !



After the photo has been cropped, it will look like the above.  I used all natural light, but you can use flashlights propped outside the sides of the box if you are taking a photo in the evening.  Again, you haven't made anything real gorgeous here, but it is quick to make, does the job and it is (nearly) completely free !

Hope that will make your photography just a little easier !



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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

December Prize Winner & Top Three Awards: Something New Challenge

We've selected our December $15.00 store voucher to Kraft Outlet winner! This prize was randomly selected from all the participants (who are also followers of our blog) who entered projects in our challenges this past month. (The more challenges you enter each month, the more chances you have to win!).


Our December prize winner is...

Melissa Sunshine Honey Bee


Please contact Beth via email, bethcat at sbcglobal dot net and provide her with your email address so that Babette can send you your prize!

It's time to announce our Top Three Awards for last week's challenge but first, we'd like to sincerely thank everyone who participated!  As always your submissions were both creative and inspiring and we loved the use of Kraft cardstock and products from Kraft Outlet on your projects too!

The top three from each week's challenge receive this Top Three button for their blogs. (Top Three winners should feel free to right click on the image and save it to post on your blogs if you wish - previous winners, please feel free to exchange this new winner's button for your old button too!).


Please help us to congratulate our Top Three Award winners from last week's challenge, they are (in no particular order):

#39 LeAnne

 
Don't forget to visit The Kraft Journal on Wednesday for our weekly Watch Us Wesnesday tutorial! By the way, you still have plenty of time to take part in our current challenge and entering your projects this month makes you eligible to win a store voucher from Kraft Outlet in a random drawing that will take place at the end of the month. Please remember to be eligible for prizes you must use Kraft cardstock or products purchased from Kraft Outlet and be a follower of this blog as well!

Happy Krafting!

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet: Crimp or Fold Challenge

Welcome to Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet.  Use this week's   "Crimp or Fold",  theme to inspire you to create your project and then link it up at the bottom of this post before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday January 13, 2013.  All of our followers who participant in our challenges this month have a chance to be featured on our "Feature Me Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

Kraft Outlet DT Reveal for "Crimp or Fold" Challenge

Tammy Hobbs
For today's "Crimp or Fold challenge",  Tammy began with a base of Brown Cover Weight Cardstock which she layered and pieced together patterned papers from the Kraft and Black Cardstock pad.   She added a paper doily to the center of the card to give it a softer touch then layered a die-cut stamped framed sentiment to the center. Next she added her length of crochet trim across the lower third.  Tammy then die-cut three flowers from Brown Cover Weight Cardstock then ran them through her hand-held crimper to give the effect of corrugated cardboard. For a shabby look, white paint was added to the flowers. She wanted to add a touch of color, so a purple paper flower by Prima was added to the top layers of corrugated flowers embellishing the center with a pewter stick pin.  Lastly, a row of white paper hearts was added to top of the card for a finishing touch.  Please visit Tammy's blog, Creating Somewhere Under The Sun, to view more details and pictures of today's card. 





Karen Letchworth
This week's Crimp and Fold Challenge was super fun for  Design Team Member Karen Letchworth.  For the "Crimped" part of the challenge, Karen started with a piece of corrugated scrap cardboard hat she painted/distress inked and glittered.  Then, for the "Folded" part, she wanted to try the Tammy Hobbs Tutorial shared this week on the blog where she folded and crumpled up her flowers.  What a cool technique!  Thanks for sharing that with us, Tammy.  Lots of sweet little touches from The Kraft Outlet including the Tiny Clothes Pins and a Silver Bottle Cap painted cream and glittered, and of course that big shabby flower cut from Dictionary Pages.  You can read the entire supply list on Karen's blog.  What a super fun challenge!
 

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Feature Me Friday: Lynn of From My Bungalow Blog

Each week we choose one project submitted to one of our challenges to feature on The Kraft Journal "Feature Me Friday" post sponsored by Kraft Outlet. This week we are showcasing this adorable heart banner crafted by Lynn of From My Bungalow blog.  We were drawn to her clever design and although Lynn crafted this banner for Christmas, with a just a few small changes it would make a perfect Valentine's Day banner as well! To learn more about this project (that will help you create your own) and our Featured Artist, visit Lynn's blog.



Created by Lynn of From My Bungalow Blog



Crafters whose projects are posted on "Feature Me Friday" receive this pretty little button for their blog.  Featured crafters should feel free to copy and post the button on their blogs. Please join us in congratulating our Featured Artist for this week! 


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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Watch Us Wednesday with Tammy: Paper Flowers


Hi Everyone! 

I love to make my own little embellishments and home decor projects.  I thought I would share one of the ways I make paper flowers to add to my projects. Today I mixed the Vintage Dictionary Pages with colored cardstock.

The Supplies you need include:
* Cardstock
* Blossom die or flower punch
* A Brad per flower

* Paper Piercer (not pictured)
* Water spritzer (if you use cardstock or a heavy weight paper)
 
Punch or die-cut your blossoms (about 6 to 8).  For a vintage touch, I inked the edges of mine.

If you use cardstock, you will need to spritz those pieces with water. This just helps break the fibers down a bit and make it softer to work with.


Next scrunch your blossoms into tiny balls as you see here.
Now carefully un-crumple them.
Stack each flower. With your paper piercer poke a hole in the center.
Add your brad, closing the back.
Take your top layer and smush upward to the center and repeat for each layer. 
It should start to look like this.
Once you have the flower scrunched upward. Starting at the bottom, start to pull back the bottom layers just a bit till you get just the flower look you are going for. These are easy peasy to make in no time.

This particular size I don't use on my cards, but embellish packages or home decor projects. The possibilities are endless.

Stay tuned for a future post where these might re-appear! :-)

Happy New Year! 
~Tammy~

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