Monday, May 26, 2014

Keeping it simple

Hello everyone.  It's Monday once again and our challenge over at the Kraft Journal is clean and simple.  Now I love me my embellishments so it is real hard for me to keep it simple.  I decided to start with a Blackboard stock paper as my card base.  Next I stamped my Happy Birthday sentiment from Crafty Secrets in Whisper White craft ink from SU.  I die cut the sentiment using a Spellbinders Labels 3.  Next I outlined a frame using a white gel pen, leaving a space for me to write the month June into the frame outline.  The sentiment was then popped up using pop dots and half back pearls added to the corners.

With so many birthdays in June I was so glad to have one done ready to go.  My birthday is in June along with my best friend, a cousin, and my two children.  Needless to say I better get a move on in creating more birthday cards!  I hope you give this clean and simple challenge a try.  I love seeing what each participant creates each week.  For more inspiration be sure to visit The Kraft Journal Blog to see what our designers have created!

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!


Monday, May 19, 2014

The Kraft Journal Flower Challenge

Yes, Monday is here once again and it's time for another challenge over at the Kraft Journal!  This week's challenge is all about flowers.  For my card I was inspired by the florals in the patterned paper from Prima's "Romance Novel" collection.  I started off with a Lunch Bag cardstock form the Kraft Outlet as my base.  I then matted the Prima papers, as well as some Vintage Dictionary paper on to some Blackboard Stock Paper.  Next I added some Washi tape in Black and White Script along the top of the Vintage dictionary paper.

I then adhered a half doily to the top of my card.  The image I used is from the collage sheet Pink Moon purchased at an Etsy store called By Digital Paper.  I matted the image on to some more of the Blackboard stock paper, and tied a simple seam binding bow and adhered it to the bottom of the image.  

This was a fun card to create and I hope you find time to play along this week.  For more wonderful inspiration please stop by The Kraft Journal blog to see what the other designs have created! 

 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!

Once again thank you of stopping by and have a great week!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Time to get Sketchy

Good Monday morning everyone.  I hope all the Mom's out there had a wonderful Mother's Day.  This year my hubby made me a video of our kiddos telling me how much they appreciate and love me.  It was so sweet and such a surprise!  Because it's Monday once again it should be no surprise however, that the Kraft Journal has another fun challenge for you!  This week we have a sketch challenge.

I just love a good sketch.  I keep my favorites in a file on my computer so I can quickly pull one as a map when I've lost my crafty mojo.  For my card this week I followed the sketch pretty much with the exception of the three dots. 

I started my card with a Buff Ivory cardstock.  I then matted some patterned paper from My Mind's Eye.  Next I matted some more of the My Mind's Eye patterned paper in a coral geometric pattern onto some coral cardstock.  For the border strip in the sketch I used coordinating patterned paper from the same My Mind's Eye paper line and punched a decorative edge on the bottom.  To bring out the edge I distressed using the Distress ink marker in Old Paper.  And because I just can't help myself I used some of the Mint Green Tea seam binding now offered a the Kraft Outlet.  For my sentiment I used a stamp from Verve.  I stamped it onto a White Pearlized Decorative Label.  Using these labels makes it so easy to just stamp a sentiment onto and place on a card front or the inside of a card.  To finish my card I added two stickers from Tim Holtz Crowed Attic sticker pack.  This is where I thought adding three would be too much so I left it with two.  That's one of the reasons I love sketches.  They are just a starting point.  Be sure to stop by the Kraft Journal blog to see how different the projects are from the design team using the same sketch.  I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.


Monday, May 5, 2014

Mother's Day Card

Hello, hello, hello!  It's Monday once again and that means another challenge over at the Kraft Journal.  This week's challenge is "Just For Her".  Well I think of my own Mama when I think of just for her, so I created this Mother's Day card.

I started out with a Kraft cardstock base from the Kraft Outlet.  Next I used some Buff Ivory cardstock and stamped a flower from Stampin Up, in the corner using a two step stamping process.  First I stamped the base of the flower in blushing bride ink.  Next using my trusty "stamp-a-ma-jig" I lined up my image and stamped the darker shadow in rose red ink.  The leaves were done in the same way using certainly celery ink along with some kiwi kiss ink.  Then using a stamp from Verve, I stamped the Happy Mother's Day in rose red ink.  I matted the buff ivory piece to some rose red cardstock and popped it us using pop dots.

I didn't stop with just the front of the card, no sir.  I completed the inside as well. I matted it with more of the Buff Ivory cardstock and adhered a Small Glassine Bag the I embellished with more of the two step flower stamps.  This will make a perfect place to give my mom a gift card from one of her favorite stores.  I stamped the sentiment from Verve onto some coordinating patterned paper and punched a decorative edge at the top.  I then put the sentiment into the bag so it just shows thorough.  This was a simple card, but I really love how it turned out.  I'd love to see what you create "Just for Her".  For more wonderful inspiration stop by the Kraft Journal blog to see what our fabulous design team has created.  Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.