Monday, May 19, 2014

Challenge #172 - Flowers

Good Morning and welcome to the Kraft Journal.

"April showers bring May flowers" and this weeks Challenge #172 is just that, FLOWERS!

Take a look at the sweet designs our Design Team has come up with.

Hello crafty friends!  Karen here with this simple card and a quick tutorial on how to make the fun little flower using Hemp Cord and baker's twine.   I just took a Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card and attached a piece of Jenni Bowlin patterned paper to the front along with a piece of burlap, and then I secured my flower, added a sentiment that is stamped on a piece of Buff Ivory Card Stock, and then put a little piece of Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon stapled to the edge.  Very quick and simple.

The Hemp Cord flower is quick and simple too and for the record, you can use MANY different products for this technique including very narrow ribbon, jute, hemp, baker's twine, or anything thin.  I started with 12 pieces of the natural hemp cord cut into 2 1/4" lengths, and 8 pieces of the baker's twine cut into 2" lengths.  I also hand-cut a 1" circle out of Lunch Bag Kraft Card Stock to use as a base.
I covered the 1" Kraft Card Stock Circle with my favorite adhesive.  I used tacky tape, but you can use a glue stick, hot glue gun, or whatever adhesive you may prefer, or have available.
I started making my flower by doubling over the cut lengths of hemp and attaching the ends into the adhesive to secure them.  My method is to do it like clock work; staring at 12:00, then 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 and then adding two more lengths in between each of those.  After you've attached the 12 lengths of doubled-over hemp, it should look something like this:
Then, I take my cut lengths of baker's twine and stagger them in between the other loops to fill in the circle.  They are spaced further apart, and will look something like this after you've added all 8 lengths.
Don't worry about the fact that the center looks unattractive.  We have a solution for that!  Simply take a button, brad, or small embellishment of your choice, and use adhesive to secure it to the center of your flower.  I used a simple button, and tied it off with some red and brown baker's twine.
Wasn't that simple?  And like I said, this method can be used with a narrow grosgrain ribbon, jute, or any narrow trim you have on hand.  Get creative and try different textures and colors with this technique.  You could even use longer lengths to make a bigger flower, and add a third row of color and texture to your flowers.  It's an inexpensive and creative way to make flower embellishments for your cards and projects, and the Kraft Outlet has everything you need to get started.

Tammy Hobbs
For this week's Flower Challenge, Tammy incorporated flowers a few different ways, she hand-stamped flowers, added a paper flower, and lastly created a flower from Brown Kraft Text Paper and Vintage Dictionary Pages.  To get started, Tammy started with a card base of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock onto which she added layers of Buff Ivory Cardstock and a damask print patterned paper joined by a row of felt hearts. Tammy took a length of Black and White Baker's Twine and wrapped it around the card front and tied in a bow adding two pearl stick pins, and a paper flower. As mentioned, Tammy stamped a beautiful floral image on the Buff Ivory Cardstock.  She added a Vintage Black Journaling Card to the right side of the card front embellishing with buttons, her handmade flower, leaves made of Brown Kraft Cover Weight.  She used a journaling sticker peeking out from her flower for her greeting.  Lastly, she rounded the bottom corners of her card for a finishing touch. For additional pictures and a complete supply list, please visit Tammy at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.

Kristi Schurr
Kristi  incorporates flowers into almost every card she makes!  This week, Kristi made some flowers from a couple of different papers from the Kraft Outlet store. She began her card by making a  base from Brown Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock cut at 4.25 by 5.5 inches. She layered a die cut green panel over the card base. She adhered a bow made from Oatmeal Cream Hand Stained Bias Tape and another from green twine from the Dark Jewel Hemp Cording pack. She arranged two flowers made from Vintage Music Sheets and one from Lunch Bag Cover Weight Card Stock around the bow. After fashioning her sentiment from Chit Chat Word Stickers, Kristi adhered these to a premade burlap and felt tag, then adhered it to the center of the card. For more information, please visit Kristi at Kristi's Paper Creations.

Anitra Tovar

For this week's flower challenge Anitra went with floral patterned papers paired with a Lunch Bag Cover Weight Cardstock.  Using the lunch bag cardstock as her base she matted a variety of floral patterned papers onto some Blackboard Stock Paper and adhered it to the card base.  She then matted a piece of  Vintage Dictionary paper along the bottom.  To bring out the black matting she added a piece of Black & White Script Washi Tape.  This gorgeous washi tape really makes the black matting pop tying all the elements of her card together.  Next she adhered a vintage doily to the top of her card.  Using a sweet image Anitra matted some more of the Blackboard Stock paper behind the image and popped it up using pop dots.  To finish her card she added a simple bow made from the Cameo Beige seam binding.  For more information on how Anitra created this project please stop by her blog Stamping While They Sleep.

Come on now show us your stuff!
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!


  1. Super fun challenge thank you so much.

  2. Gorgeous DT Creations.. Love the fun tutorial!!! Thanks for another fun challenge!

    - Susan
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}
    Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges

  3. That is a great flower tutorial Karen! I'm going to have to give that one a try!


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