Monday, September 29, 2014

Buttons and Bows

Monday once again and it's time for another challenge over at the Kraft Journal.  This week it's all about buttons and bows!  Now I know Christmas is a few months away but I just couldn't resist creating these little ornaments.

I started by painting mini tart tins and lining them with some Vintage Dictionary pages from The Kraft Outlet.  The Vintage Music Sheet from the Kraft Outlet would have looked so pretty as well!  I then distressed the edges using a Tea Dyed marker.  

I added a rhinestone button to the center of the round tin and adhered a Hand Stained Bias tape from the Kraft Outlet.  To hang the ornament I added some Natural Hemp Cord.  

For this triangular tin I added a small Christmas tree to the center of the Vintage Dictionary page.  For the bow I used some more of the Hand Stained Seam binding in Oatmeal Cream.  To the center of the bow I added a vintage button from my stash.  

For my last ornament I added a Christmas charm to the center of the Vintage Dictionary page, which was also distressed with the Tea Dyed marker.  I added some pieces of a crocheted doily and another sweet Hand Stained Bias Tape bow in Aqua Mist.  To the center of the bow I adhered another vintage button to the center of the bow.  More of the Natural Hemp cord is strung through the tin to create a way to hang the ornament.  These were so fun to make I love using the vintage embellishments the Kraft Outlet offers!  I hope you give this challenge a try.  Be sure to see what the Design team has created to further inspire you!  

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 www.KraftOutle

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kraft Journal Sketch Challenge

Yes it's Monday once again.  I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend.  This week's challenge over at the Kraft Journal is a Sketch.  I love me a good sketch.

For my project I used a Lunch Bag cardstock for my base.  Using patterned papers from First Edition's Floral Pavillion paper pad.  I just love these shabby papers.  They are my new favorite!

Next following the sketch I added three squares of striped paper also from the Floral Pavillion pack which I matted with more of the Lunch Bag Cardstock.  Using some Aqua seam binding I tied a simple bow which I added a layered flower and leaves.  For an added embellishment I tucked an office space chipboard button that I threaded some Natural hemp cord through.  

For the center focal point I stamped a Doily image from Recollections in Crumb Cake ink, that I fussy cut and adhered to the base.  I stamped my sentiment onto a Pearlized Label, that I matted in Rose Red cardstock from SU.  The "Thank You" is from a SU stamp set.  

I hope you give this sketch a try.  For more inspiration please visit The Kraft Journal Blog to see what the other fabulous designers have created for you.  Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Kraft Journal Tag Your It

Good Monday morning once again!  There is a fun challenge over at the Kraft Journal this week.

For my project I created a Library Card and Pocket for my tag.  First I printed directly on to the library card using an image from Iralamija shop on Etsy.  I just love the shabby chic images at this Etsy shop.  I then punched the corners with a tag corner punch, and matted it onto some Light Kraft cardstock.  Next I took a Library pocket and covered it in my favorite patterned paper from The Girl's Paperie.  I have been hoarding this paper for a LONG time.  I'm trying to get better at not hoarding my papers.  Next I added some ruler washi tape and a edge punched piece of lime green cardstock.  For my image I stamped an image from C. C designs called Kiki La Rue.  I then colored Kiki with Copic Markers and paper pieced her dress and shoes.  I just love how this came out!  I think this would be a great way to give a gift card.  I hope you get a chance to play along this week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Travel Mini

Wednesday already!  Where has the time gone?  No worries to get you over the Wednesday hump I have a fun little project to share with you.  I created this little mini album for the Kraft Journal using Open ended policy envelopes from the Kraft Outlet.

First I cut the envelopes down to measure 7 1/4".  I kept the leftover piece to create pockets for the album.  Next using Precut Chipboard in the Full Sheet I cut the chipboard slightly bigger than the Policy Envelopes measuring 7 1/2" x  4 1/2".  For the spine I cut more of the chipboard measuring 2 1/4" x 4 1/2". 

This is a great way to create your own mini albums in any size!  To cover my chipboard I used Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock.  In the following photo I have used black cardstock to better show the process.

For best results on the cover I like to use a strong adhesive tape like a Score tape, or Red line tape.  Using a liquid glue may cause the cardstock to warp.  From this step you fold over the cardstock onto the inside of the chipboard album.  

Mitering the corners will cut down on bulk and give you a better finish.  From this step you would add the hinges.  You could do a "Stack the Deck" binding system or a "Hidden Hinge" system.  
With either of these systems you can slip the envelopes right onto the hinge.  I love doing either of these hinge systems to keep the albums real neat.  

Now the fun part is decorating the pages!  The Kraft Outlet has loads of fun embellishments and I used many stickers from the Destinations Salvage Sticker pack.  

Because this envelope opens from the side you can add a mat inside the envelope adding loads of places for journaling and photos!

Remember the left over envelopes we cut off?  Don't throw those away because they make great pockets!  What better embellishment to add to the pocket than a Library card!

Thank you for joint me this Wednesday for the Kraft journals Watch Us Wednesday!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!  Remember we have a current challenge going on over at the Kraft Journal!  Since it's an "Anything Goes"  I would love to see what you create!  


Monday, September 1, 2014

Kraft Journal Challenge

Hello once again!  It's time for another Kraft Journal challenge!  I hope everyone in the US is enjoying the long Labor Day weekend.  We'd love to have you join us this week's "ruffle" challenge.
For my project I started with a Kraft cardstock base.  Next I used a beautiful floral patterned paper from Marion Smith's Garment district, and matted it onto some Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered it to the base.  I stamped a dress form image in Chocolate chip ink and popped it up using pop dots.  Next I added a ruffled some Kraft Recycled Tissue Paper and adhered that to the bottom of my card along with a piece of lace from my stash and some Rose Beige seam binding.  To add further embellishment to my card I tucked a ruled sticker from the Lost and Found Salvage sticker pack along with a label with my sentiment stamped onto it.

I know a couple of girls who have learned to sew over the summer, and this would be a perfect card to send to them!  I love to see what you create.  

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!