Monday, June 30, 2014

Challenge #178 - Red, White and Blue

Hi all and welcome to the Kraft Journal.

This weeks challenge is Red, White and Blue in honor of July 4th!  I love Americana and patriotic themes. From Memorial Day to the 4th of July to Labor Day, those colors just say Summer!

Because of what Independence Day stands for, we would also like to take a minute to thank our Design Team member Tammy. She makes the huge sacrifice of being a military wife. Thank you Tammy for all you and your family give to each of us, we appreciate you more than we can say.

So lets start the fireworks and see what Tammy and the rest of the team have for us this week!
Tammy Hobbs
For this week's Red., White, and Blue, Challenge, Tammy started with a base of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock.  She layered an embossed panel to her Buff Ivory Cardstock panel which she stamped her patriotic sentiment on. She added a scallop border piece of patterned paper from her stash where the pieces joined. She cut out a fire-cracker using her electronic cutting machine using red and blue papers and of course our Buff Ivory Cardstock.  Tammy die-cut an oval from Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock which she embossed using a woodgrain plate. Next she nested it onto a fancy scallop  cut from Buff Ivory Cardstock.  Final finishing touches include adding some red and blue rhinestones to the firecracker. For additional pictures and a complete supply list, please visit Tammy at Creating Somewhere Under The Sun.

For Anitra's project she has created an Americana style card.  Using the ever popular Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock as her base, Anitra matted some red gingham paper.  Next she used some Buff Ivory cardstock to die cut a fancy edge circle to which she added a patriotic die cut.  She then added some more die cuts onto the card.  Because the blue stars were cut from glittered paper and did not stay adhered using a tape runner, Anitra used the Padding Compound as her adhesive, which worked great!  Using a memo pin she was able to add another die cut that pops out from behind the fancy circle creating a look of patriotic celebration.  For more information on Anitra's project please visit her blog:  Stamping While They Sleep.

And we would also like to share this past Red, White and Blue card from Karen.  Karen is away from the blog this week but we thought this cards was worth the repeat and wanted to share her style and creativity with you.  See you soon Karen, we miss you.
Karen Letchworth for The Kraft Outlet
I started with Small Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card, and covered it with three different coordinating October Afternoon patterned papers which are all machine stitched together.  I took a few lengths of Red Baker's Twine and ran them vertically on the card, tied them into a bow, and secured them with a Vintage Tim Holtz Memo Pin.  I also embellished my card with a General Store Postage Sticker (Postal Typewriters), a small piece of Air Mail Washi Tape, a snippet of Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon, and the sentiment was placed on a Jenni Bowlin Journaling Circle. The sentiment is a Melissa Frances rub-on, so once again, I used the super useful Bone Folder Tool to apply the rub-on as well as to neatly fold my Note Card

Now it's your turn, show your patriotic pride and join the challenge!


  1. Awesome inspiration!! I love Kraft with red, white, & blue :)

  2. Thank you so much for the kind words! That was very touching and it means so much. I am so lucky to be part of such a wonderful team here at The Kraft Journal!

    Ladies, your Red, White, and Blue creations blew me away! I am always inspired!

  3. Oh my goodness - those cards are gorgeous!! The detail amazes me - all the little pieces hand-cut and put together. They are true patriotic masterpieces!

    Thanks for sharing!


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