Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Papercraft Star 134 - Happy Birthday


This week's challenge at 

Happy Birthday !!

Here is my little contribution ...

I always seem to have trouble with brown and blue, although they look gorgeous together.  

Cardstock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Authentique
Stamp - TCP
Gold Liquid Pearls
Label - K & Co
Flower - Recollections
Ribbon, tulle - stash
Punch - Martha Stewart

Spencer came over last night for awhile, and I took this picture of him sitting on the loveseat, reading his Ipad.

I told him there was no such thing as an Ipad when his mom was his age.  In fact, I said,
people didn't even have computers in their houses !

and he said

Well, that is ridiculous !
How did you ever learn anything ??


Monday, February 25, 2013

TKJ 110 - Use a Sketch


This week, at The Kraft Journal, we were required to use a sketch.  I usually work from a sketch anyway, and here is the one I chose.

Well, sketches are only supposed to get us going, right ??  lol

Jan Del Bone
I love those Brown Kraft Blank Note Cards, and used them again this week as a base.  I added some edge punched Buff Ivory Card Stock  and design paper.  A Mini Canvas Rectangle was frayed and adhered with some buttons strung with Natural Hemp Cord.  I free hand cut a heart made from E Flute Corrugated Kraft Paper, added a pink ribbon behind, wrapped with more Natural Hemp Cord and stuck in a pink heart shaped hat pin.  The Love rubbing sentiment was added from the Love Ink Rubbing Collection.

If you use sketches regularly, this is a simple enough challenge !  Hope to see you at The Kraft Journal !!

All supplies from the Kraft Outlet are linked above
Punches - Martha Stewart, ek success
Design Paper - We R Memory Makers
Buttons, Ribbon, Heart Pin - stash


Monday, February 18, 2013

TKJ - White on Kraft


Is there anything prettier in a card than white embossing on kraft card stock !  I think not !!

That is our theme this week at The Kraft Journal !!

Jan Del Bone
My white on kraft card begins with a Kraft Note Card, that was stamped and embossed in white.  A white card stock was dry embossed and adhered above the lacy image.  I added an embossed Kraft card stock buckle, with a rubbing, and some ribbon run through, and tied in a knot.  Lastly, I included a Tim Holtz flower made from Kraft and Black card stock, with a bow of  Natural Hemp cord.  The only thing not from Kraft Outlet is the HugSnug ribbon, and the brass brad !

What a beautiful challenge this is - I cannot wait to see how everyone interprets it.  See you at The Kraft Journal !!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Junior's farm


Today's post is going to only one challenge,

I desperately needed to do something just for fun this week, and here it is !

Hope you all are having a terrific week !!

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Bo Bunny, Prima
Chip board - Prima
Tag - K & Co
Crocheted flower - Recollections
Stamps - Hot Off the Press, Cavallini
Ribbon, Jewelry cording, Button - stash
Ink - Ranger


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Papercraft Star 132 - Red


Our theme at Papercraft Star this week ...


While I was thinking of Valentine's Day tomorrow, I ended up with this instead.

I chose the sentiment because our little Spencer has been talking about going to France for awhile now, he wants to see the Eiffel Tower.

Oui Oui !

Cardstock - Coredinations
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye, Authentique
Stamp - Inkadinkado
Flower - Recollections
Brad - My Mind's Eye
Lace - Stampin' Up
Corners - Momenta
Ribbon and heart pins - stash


Monday, February 11, 2013

The Kraft Journal - Not a Card !


The Kraft Journal starts out the week with an
Anything but a card Challenge !

I chose a tag for the "Anything But a Card" challenge, for no reason except tags are always my first love !  I began with a very large tag, to which I adhered some design paper and this very cool Old Newspaper Washi tape !  A Large Manila Shipping tag was embossed, inked, sprayed, backed with some Kraft and Black Cardstock, and the same cardstock torn to make a pocket on top and stapled to the first tag, leaving room for a pocket.  An "open this" sticker was adhered to the striped pocket.  A reinforcement sticker was adhered to the largest tag, threaded with ribbon and some Earthy Hemp cord,
along with an alarm clock charm.

Inserted into a pocket is a Small Kraft Shipping tag, finished with some  Black burlap ribbonBoth the Journal ticket and the small tag have rubbing sentiments from the same package.  Everything was finished off with inking, and a teeny paper clip.

These little journal tags are just as cute as can be !!

Come play along !!

All Kraft Outlet supplies linked above
Other supplies:
Black design paper - Prima
Polka dot ribbon and charm - stash
Ink - Ranger
Paper clip - Tim Holtz


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Papercraft Star 131 - Love


Papercraft Star's challenge this week is ....


Who would have guessed that, lol !

Our inspirational picture ...

and of course, the week when I actually probably should go with my usual browns and krafts, I pick black, purple and pink  !!

Everyone is making a valentine this week, how about joining us over at Papercraft Star with your idea of LOVE !!

Card stock - Coredinations
Design Paper - Prima, K & Co
Sentiments - K & Co
Ticket - Made by Janet
Tape - Tim Holtz
Metal flower - Momenta
Ribbon - Hand Dyed Hug Snug
Ink - Mix'd Media, Ranger


Tutorial for TKJ !


Hi Everyone !  Today The Kraft Journal posted my tutorial, or I guess I should say, some tips I have found.

 I often see other bloggers talk about losing their mojo, and that can be something hard to work through.  Here are some tips on jump starting your ideas, and getting yourself back in the flow !

1.  Keep a sketch book.  There are a lot of sketch challenges, and Feline Playful shows the actual sketch each day for many of them.  Don't hesitate to copy a sketch from a card you absolutely LOVE - it is not stealing.

Kraft Outlet's journals

2.  Keep an idea book.  Often I see cute ideas I really want to incorporate in a card someday, and I may sketch that idea, or keep a list.  My list is very long, and includes things like "try different kinds of folds" and "try using wax on a card."

3.  Pour over the papercraft magazines or books you have in your stash.  If you haven't looked at it in a year, you will find something you forgot about, or overlooked.

4.  Try a new technique !  Here at The Kraft Journal we have a tutorial every Wednesday.  Our archives are full of wonderful opportunities for you to learn something new.

5.  Explore some different papercraft blogs.   Design team members on challenges may have something you admire, and will spark an idea.

6.  Pinterest.  If your Pinterest  page doesn't have a papercraft board, it should !!

7.  Go shopping !  Oh, did I even have to say this.  Nothing sparks your imagination like something new to play with, does it.  We have our own shop here at The Kraft Journal,  Kraft Outlet.  Pop on in, and you will surely find something you can't live without !!

8.  Try a really difficult challenge.  Maybe it is a tough sketch, or some odd color combination, an unusual photo or theme.  It sounds as if this would be at odds with your missing mojo, but when we stretch our imaginations something new often comes with it !

9.  Sit down with your paper, and set a deadline.  Try 10 or 15 minutes.  If nothing comes, put it away, and try again later.  If something gets going, you won't want a deadline !

10.  Exercise, take a walk or go for a bike ride.  These are proven methods of clearing your brain, and rejuvenating your soul.

My dad did a lot of crafty things, but he always felt it was so difficult to do something better than the last thing he did.  Sometimes we fall into that trap, worrying too much about the end result, and we wind up paralyzed.  Instead - remember all the joy you have in simply creating !  That is really why we are here in paper craft land, right ??

And this week at The Kraft Journal our theme is "seeing red."  Love to have you join us !!