Monday, December 31, 2012

TKJ 102 - Something new !!


This week at The Kraft Journal our challenge is

Something New !

So of course, you can imagine what I chose ...

A puppy belonging to Spencer !  His name is Patches.  This card will be sent to out of town relatives, showing off that rough tough guy. I started the card with a Large Buff Ivory Notecard, and added some design paper, including paper from the Kraft and Black Cardstock Pad I wound some Earthy Hemp Cord around the card, and added a button and bow.  The pocket is actually a Library pocket, to which I adhered more paper from the Kraft and Black Cardstock Pad, and a saying and dots from the Pretoria-Fortunes rubbing package. I made a tag from the Kraft and Black Cardstock Pad, added a picture of Patches, and another rubbing from the Pretoria-Fortunes rubbing packageThe tag was finished with Black Polka Dot Twill Ribbon and more Earthy Hemp Cord

Fun fun challenge to complete - come on along and join in with us this week at The Kraft Journal !!! 

All of the items from the Kraft Outlet are listed and linked above.
Other Cardstock - Recollections
Other design Paper - Bazzil
Button and eyelet - stash


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Papercraft Star 125 - Snow


Welcome back !  Christmas was so much fun, but it is always good to get back into the old swing, isn't it.  

We had a new puppy at our house for Christmas, though it isn't ours ...

Check this out ...

 Spencer's new doggy.

Our challenge this week at Papercraft Star is

Snow !!

 What a gorgeous picture !!

and here is my card ...

Hope to see you there !!!

 Cardstock - Coredinations
Brad - Recollections
Sticker - DCWV
Stamp - Inkadinkado


Monday, December 17, 2012

TKJ - Favorite project of 2012


Jan Del Bone

This was my favorite project for The Kraft Journal in 2012.  I loved the contrast between the kraft and the stark white of the lace, ribbon, and embossing.
Plus, my very favorite, a pocket for a tag !!
I began with Kraft Blank Note Cards , and added design paper from the Kraft & Black Cardstock Pad atop the lace. I  adhered a pocket, some metal bling, a wooden button and some jewelry cording, along with a sentiment.  Inside the secret pocket is a Small Kraft Shipping Tag, with a pull made from Adelaide Seam Binding, a Definitions Rubbing, and some coarse embossing powder.

You probably already have a favorite Kraft Journal project you submitted last year - now is your chance for an easy - peasy entry !

Note card, design paper, tag, seam binding, rubbing - The Kraft Outlet
Pocket and sentiment design paper - Simple Stories
Button - Prima
Metal bling - Momenta
Ink - Mixed Media Colorbox
Brads, jewelry cording, lace - stash

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Papercraft Star 124


This week at Papercraft Star ...

include a Christmas Tree !

This is really the Christmas tree I would most like to have in the whole world.
Sadly, I am not this glamorous !

Now, here is a funky little ol' tree that far closer to who I am.

You just have to have a Christmas tree card you can enter this week at Papercraft Star - why not use it !!

Card stock - K & Co
Design Paper - Recollections
Gelly roll pens
Martha Stewart punch
Brad - Bo Bunny
Stickles - Ranger
Ribbon and rickrack - stash



Monday, December 10, 2012

TKJ 100 - Anything Goes !!


The Kraft Journal has any Anything Goes week !!

Everyone loves these !!

I chose to go a taggy route, surprise !!

I made a tag and holder, beginning with a envelope from the Lunch Bag Kraft Notecards.  The exterior of the holder has design paper, some fringe, some Flag Banner stickers, and a Mini-Bingo Card, covered in bells and bows of Natural Hemp and red ribbon.  The tag itself was made from design paper, with a fussy cut snowman wearing a popped up scarf, hat, and some brad buttons.  Merry Christmas was embossed across the side, and a "hug" included from the Love Ink Rubbing. Stickles and embossing power were included along some edges, along with ink.

 No excuses for not joining in this week !!

Kraft Outlet supplies linked above ...
Design Paper - Recollections
Stickles & Ink - Ranger
Brads, lace, bells, ribbon, fringe - Stash
Stamp - Hot off the Press


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Papercraft Star 123 - Gold on a holiday card


This week at Papercraft Star we have such a lovely, fun challenge -
gold on a holiday card.

Here is the inspirational picture ...

Here is my card ...

I love this card, it is one of my most favorites.  It has so much texture and shimmer, just the sort of card I love to receive.

  Thank you for all your emails and well wishes my friends, it has been so much appreciated !

I hope you will join with us at Papercraft Star this week to play this beautiful challenge !!

Card stock, specialty paper & design paper are all scraps
Sentiment - K & Co
Punches - Martha Stewart & Recollections
Bling & ribbon - stash


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Back to the city


Today finds me improving after my (surprise!) gall bladder removal on Sunday.
I was even able to leave the house for a trip to the dentist, and a lovely breakfast.  I always thought those laproscopic surgeries were a great idea - and now I can speak from experience.

Today's card looks like this ...

 here is the little tag

This is going out to the following challenges:

365 Cards - a card to be proud of

IBS Inspiration - with this photo ...

merry merry !

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - Authentique
Tape - Recollections
Flower - handmade
Stamp - Recollections
Eyelet, jewelry cording, ribbon, doily, tulle - stash
Scrabble tiles
Ink - Ranger


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Papercraft Star 122 - Holiday greenery


This week Papercraft Star is featuring the theme of 

Holiday Greenery !

Now I did something completely foolish, and way out of character for me ...

I didn't schedule this week's post when I uploaded my photo to the Papercraft Star posting.  I always do those at the same time, just to stay on top of things.  And when I say ALWAYS, don't you know this is the very first time I haven't done that.

Well yesterday found me in the emergency room, and I had to undergo a gall bladder removal.  GREAT !  And I thought about the fact I hadn't posted this over and over and over.  The one time my OCD would have completely paid off !

Luckily, the surgery was done laproscopically, and I am home already.  However only two of my 5 Christmas trees are decorated, and the rest of the house has 8 open bins strewn from corner to corner.  The upside of that ?  Well I will tell my visitors it is all part of the MAGIC BEHIND THE SCENES, a one time only tour.

And, oh yes, here is my card, lol.

This was a fun card to make, but then most of them are !

Stop by and play along with us this week at Papercraft Star !!

Card stock - Bazzill
Design paper - Bo Bunny, K & Co
Bird - K & Co
Merry Christmas tag - Michaels
Stickles and green ink - Ranger
Hemp - The Kraft Outlet
Ribbon punch - ek success
Hand painted button - stash


Monday, November 26, 2012

The Kraft Journal 98 - Holiday Gifts


Our theme this week at The Kraft Journal is

Holiday Gifts !

This is a gift card holder, a ten minute project, and it doubles as a tree decoration until Christmas Day.

I began with a  Library Card pocket, and covered it in design paper.  I added two rows of different lace to the bottom, and some sparkly yarn, and adhered two glittered snowflakes.  I attached a piece of Adelaide Seam Binding as a hanger, threaded with three Pandora-like jewelry beads and bound it to the pocket with buttons and some  Natural Hemp Cord  tied in a bow. 
Right now it is hanging on my fall tree, but I plan to hang it onto a more Victorian type green themed Christmas tree.
This requires no talent at all, and it looks pretty cute !
Here is a photo of my fall tree ...

The library card pocket, the seam binding and the hemp cord all came from 
Design Paper - Authentique
Lace, snowflakes, trim, buttons, beads - stash

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Just Us Girls - photo inspiration


This post concludes my final week this month as the Guest Designer at Just Us Girls.  What fun it has been !!

The fourth Saturday of the month JUGS always uses a photo inspiration.
And here it is !

Judging from the lack of footsteps to this door, I thought of it as a door somewhere off of the main "trail" - and probably decorated just to please the occupant.

How often we fail to do that for ourselves ...  something just to please us.  A hot drink, a chapter mid-day, a shopping trip with no agenda.  This is just the time of year a woman needs a special treat for herself.  AND, if you won't do it for yourself, do it to make ME happy !!!  

Here is my card ...

As this Christmas holiday approaches plan a little fun just for YOU.

Merry Merry !!

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - Authentique, DCWV
Flowers - Recollections
Sentiment - K & Co
Holly tape - Anna Griffin
Stickles - Ranger
Twine - stash


Monday, November 19, 2012

The Kraft Journal - a Holiday card !


This is my favorite time of year, right before Thanksgiving, knowing that the holidays and all the smells, lights and cozy nights are just around the corner !!

At The Kraft Journal we are starting off this holiday week with a holiday card !

Holiday cards are my most MOST favorite !!  Brown Kraft Blank Note Cards are just the right beginnings for this holiday card. I added some design paper, and a DREAM Adage Ticket, along with  Cork backed paper with a Headings rubbing and 12/25 Number Flag Banner stickers.  Lace, a chipboard button, a chipboard snowflake, a bow tied with Earthy Hemp Cord and some distress embossing complete this sparkly creation. Wish you could really see how it shines.

Stop by and join in with us this week at The Kraft Journal, with your holiday card !  We would love to have you play along !

The Kraft Outlet - kraft note cards, adage ticket, cork, rubbing, banner stickers and hemp cord
Design Paper - Kaisercraft
Ink - Ranger
Lace, staples, chipboard button and snowflake - stash


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Just Us Girls - Color Challenge


Hi !  I am in my third week of challenges as the Guest Designer over at Just Us Girls.  Our color challenge this week encompasses autumn - brown, green, orange and ivory as our neutral !

Here is my card ...

Hope you can join along and play with us this week !!

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye
Leaf and acorns - K & Co
Autumn rubbing - MAMBI
Felt flowers - me
Ribbon - stash
Punches - Marvey, ek success


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Papercraft Star 121 - a Thank You


This week at Papercraft Star we are celebrating
Thank Yous !

Only one simple requirement, a thank you card.

I had some oral surgery this week to remove some of my gumline, yikes.  I have a lot of people to thank for  helping me out, carmels are coming their way.

Here is my simple card ...

Papercraft Star will have this challenge open for two weeks, so we can give our ladies a little holiday !

Card stock - Cordinations
Paper - Recollections
Sentiment stock & border - K & Co
Stamp - TPC
Punch - Martha Stewart
Cording, beads and bell - stash


Monday, November 12, 2012

The Kraft Journal 96 - Turkey Time !!


 The Brown Kraft Note Cards from the Kraft Outlet have proven to be one of my favorite bases for my cards.  Today I used one again, and layered some design paper on top.  I added a small rectangle of C-flute Corrugated Kraft Paper, after wrapping the card with some raffia and Adelaide Seam Binding.  Atop the Small Kraft Shipping Tag is a turkey sticker from the Salvage Sticker - Seasonal book, some lace and raffia.  Leaves and tiny flowers were included along with a wooden button threaded with Natural Hemp Cord, and tied into a bow.  

I am dreaming of turkey and mashed potatoes, how about you ???

Hope to see you at The Kraft Journal this week !!

Design Paper - Authentique
Punches - ek success
Lace - Bo Bunny
Flowers - Recollections
Leaves - Creative Imaginations
Heart button, raffia - stash
Ink - Ranger


Saturday, November 10, 2012

JUGS 162 - Technique


Throughout November I am a guest designer at Just Us Girls, one of my favorite challenges !

This week we are featuring a ribbon weaving technique.

The wreath is really pretty simple to make.  One thing I would suggest, is to use a ribbon with different shades or different colors to give the wreath a better 3D look.  It also looks a lot more complicated, a nice illusion.

Here is the link to a how-to video !

Hope you will join us at JUGS this week, and give this ribbon weaving a try.  It is completely perfect for a Christmas card !

Card Stock - Recollections
Design Paper - Authentique
Flowers and Bling - Recollections
Sentiment rub-on - K & Co
Lace and Ribbon - stash
Punch - Martha Stewart


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Papercraft Star 120 - Gray and Yellow


Papercraft Star's weekly challenge opens today !  Our challenge this week is Yellow & Gray.

Two colors I think are wonderful together.  

Many many years ago, when Harvest Gold was a popular color in decor, I had a friend who was immensely talented.  Her darling off-kilter condo was done in yellow and gray, and it was perfect in summer and winter.  No one anywhere used that combination.

Here is our inspirational photo this week ...

I really love this gorgeous photo !

Why not join us this week ??  We would love to have you !!

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye
Flash cards - Tim Holtz
Flower - Michael's bin
Pearls - Studion 112
Ribbon & jewelry cording - stash
Punch - ek success


Cards for Men tutorial at TKJ


Hi Everyone !  This is the last in a series of tutorials on Cards for Men over at The Kraft Journal.

Probably the hardest thing about cards for men is adding an embellishment.  I have several jewelry bead organizers I use just for metal type embellishments.  Metal is inevitably thought of as manly, isn't it !  You have a few metal things around your craft space - sort them separately and you will find you already have some good stuff.

Metal keys, buttons, brads, beads, and jewelry findings take up this space.

Tim Holtz buys are a natural.

A broken watch, and game pieces fit right in.  The dominos are threaded for use as beads -  or you can attach them with glue.

If all else fails, hit the garage for these goodies.  Several of these would make a great stop on an easel card.  Note I added a little bit of script (from the Kraft Outlet's dictionary pages) to the washer.  The little green clamp was less than 50 cents.  The screws you see here are actually brads !

Here are a tag and a card with tag showing how I used some of these in practice.

Note the wire and metal beads at the top.  This was for a steampunk challenge, but works for a man too.

I hope you have enjoyed this series on Cards for Men, and picked up a few tips !  Next month I will be back with a tutorial on making a light box for your photos out of almost nothing.  Have a great week !!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jugs - sketch


For the month of November I will be the guest designer at

Way way back a long time ago, JUGS was one of the very first challenges I ever saw, and I am really tickled to now be a GD this month !  

JUGS was the third challenge I entered, and here is my (completely awful) card from back then ...

Pretty terrible ...  lol

The first Saturday of every month JUGS always has a sketch

and here is my glittery card for this week's challenge ...

A little better ??

Come and play with us !!!

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - Basic Gray, Recollections
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Pins - Little Yellow Bicycle
Flower - Recollections
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Papercraft Star 119


Hello !  I am back from vacation with Papercraft Star's challenge this week ...

A Warm Beverage !

Doesn't this look oh so tasty !

I nearly went the Christmas route, but instead chose coffee as my beverage of choice.  This is just that time of year when any kind of hot drink is welcoming.  AND nothing smells better than coffee brewing in a cozy warm kitchen.

Hope you will join us this week with your favorite hot drink !!

Oops, I also meant to include a couple photos of my gorgeous talented daughter, Brie ...


and won the women's division of
The Player's Championship
the following day

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, My Mind's Eye
Alpha letters - Cosmo Cricket
Punches - ek success, Martha Stewart
Cup image - I am embarrassed to say I don't know, sorry
Doily, ribbon, button, twine - stash


Monday, October 29, 2012

The Kraft Journal - Bangles and Bows


The challenge this week at The Kraft Journal is ...

Bangles and Bows !

What a fun challenge, and the opportunity to do a little jewelry making too !

Here is my take this week...

and once the tag is taken from the little pocket ...

Cute sentiment !

I have been busy making candy, so a chocolate colored card was definitely in the works for this challenge !  I began with a Lunch Bag Kraft Note Card, and adhered some Black and Kraft Card Stock design paper.  I added some tape, a stamped sentiment and popped up some matted design paper for a pocket.  Into the pocket I slipped a Small Kraft Shipping Tag, on which I finished the sentiment, and added a little pin along with some seam binding.  I completed the card with a lightly inked rose, some Natural Hemp Cord tied in a bow, and a bauble of beads, which can be detached and added to a purse zipper pull.  Some  dark pearls have been added at each corner. 

Oh, and I did color the flowers with Copics.

Other design paper - Creative Imaginations
Tape and flower - Recollections
Sentiment background on tag - K & Co.
Pin - Tim Holtz
Brad/pin - Karen Foster
Pearls - Recollections
Ink - Ranger
Sentiment - Hot Off the Press
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Beads - stash 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Papercraft Star Challenge 118

I love Halloween !

Not just the fun decorating part, or the kiddies coming to the door ...

I just love that fun scariness, just enough to give our little Spencer a thrill ...

At Papercraft Star this week our theme is

A Halloween Witch

Very frightening, lol.

Hope to see you at Papercraft Star this week !!

Card stock - Recollections
Design Paper - Fancypantsdesigns
Stamp - Studio g
Vial - Tim Holtz
Punch - ek success
Other Edging - Hot off the press
Label - 7 Gypsies
Beads and fiber - stash


Monday, October 22, 2012

The Kraft Journal 93 - Inside & Out


This week at The Kraft Journal ...

Inside and Out !

I love pockets and tags, and combined the two for this fun fun challenge !

The exterior began as a Brown Kraft Note Card envelope.  After sealing the envelope, I cut the short side down, punched a half circle and turned it into a pocket for the tag.  I punched some design paper, and added it to the "pocket", along with silk ribbon, and a button attached with some Earthy Hemp Cord.  I completed the exterior with a mounted Seasonal Salvaged Sticker,  a cute Tiny Colored Wooden Clothespin, and some ink.  The tag began life as a Large Manila Shipping Tag backed with some design paper, and heavily inked.  I included some tape, a journaling card, some fiber and topped it with a heavily embossed grungy skull.  I included some Savannah seam binding at the top, along with more Earthy Hemp Cord.  I encased the "poison" in tape, and added an eyelet, along with a cute brad to finish the tag.

 What a fun challenge this was !  Come and play with us this week at The Kraft Journal - there are prizes to be won !

From the Kraft Outlet - Kraft Envelope, Earthy Hemp Cord, Seasonal Salvaged Sticker, Colored Wooden Clothespin, Manila Shipping tag, and Savannah Seam Binding

Design Paper - Authentique
Punch - Martha Stewart
Tape - Tim Holtz
Journaling card, and poison - K & Co
Brad - Bo Bunny
Skull - Tim Holtz
Ink - Ranger
Silk ribbon, button, fiber - stash