Monday, March 30, 2015

Color Inspiration at the Kraft Journal

It is time for another challenge at the Kraft Journal.  This week it is a color inspiration.
I did have lots of fun with this one. It was a little out of the ordinary for me - No stamping, No digital, No sentiment.

The flowers are cut out with my Silhouette.  After adding the centers, I used a Versamark pen to just darken the color of the flower around the center.  The leaves are cut out with a MFT leave die.  All the flowers and leaves are glued onto a piece of Buff Ivory card stock and the beautiful bow is made with Hand Stained Butter Bias Tape.
We hope you will enter the Kraft Journal Challenge.  It ends Sunday, 6 pm Central.

Challenges:
Papertakes - cuts 
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Di's Digidesign - Spring is here
Scrapping4fun - Spring or Easter 
Little Claire's - Springtime


Friday, March 27, 2015

Fun New Fold

Seeing "Quarter fold" several times this past week so I took on the challenge to make one.  I was surprised at how easy.
I used Doodle Pantry images and paper.  The pears are outline images which I colored with Copics but before printing the images, I added pre-colored lips and moustache (also Doodle Pantry).  The sentiment is computer generated.
I'm not showing the inside because I put a personal message in it but the inside is 4 1/4 X 51 1/2 so it allows for another layout and decorating or just a nice area for writing.

Challenges:
Craft Your Passion - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sweet Stamps - quarter fold
Simon Wednesday - anything

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Some More Thanks

A quick post.  Another thank you card using the Meljen digi and the YNS sketch but this time in red, white, and blue.
The papers are Doodle Pantry.  The tiny little star brads in the middle of the digi stars I picked up at my local craft store.


Challenges:
Meljen - recipe
Craft Your Passion - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Your Next Stamp - sketch
30 Days Coloring Challenge
Simon Wednesday - anything

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thanks to Our Military

It is time to start a new box for OWH and of course I always added some cards of thanks.  This digital thanks letter is so great for children to write a letter to one of our service men or women.  But I thought it would be fun to "shrink" it and use it on the front of my card.  (Oh, I just got an idea - I'm going to print some up 4 x 5 and put them on the inside of some of my thank you cards and actually write on them.  Won't that be cute?)  But back to the card.  Just a little bit of colored pencil.  The buttons are actually covering digital stars. I love buttons and especially shaped ones.   These are my last three stars and unfortunately I have no idea where I bought them. (Insert sad face)  Dps are just pieces in my stash.  The base is Kraft from the Kraft Outlet.
The sketch is Your Next Stamp

Just a note - the Meljen Design store is closing the end of the month.  This digital is a freebie.  If you happen to like my idea, you will need to pick this digi up before the end of March.

Challenges:
Meljen Designs - recipe
Craft Your Passion - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Penny's Paper Crafting - favorite embellishment.  (
30 Day Color Challenge 
Your Next Stamp - sketch  


Monday, March 23, 2015

CAS Easter Card

Easter is less than two weeks away.  The new challenge which starts today at the Kraft Journal is Less Is More and either an Easter or Passover card.

I love this digital image by Doodle Pantry and the designer paper by Heartfelt Creations.  They just seem to go together.

 The card base is Brown Kraft from the Kraft Outlet.  I used  Spellbinders Label Four Die , edged it with Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress ink which looks like Kraft ink before layering it with black.  In lieu of ribbon, I used a piece of Black and White Script Washi tape behind the cross image which I think highlights that panel and also ties in with the script on the designer paper.
I really like Clean and Simple, especially when it turns out looking quite elegant.  We at the Kraft Journal would love to see your Less is More cards.  The challenge closes Sunday 6 pm Central.

Challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania - frame it
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Scrapyland - Easter
Craftin Desert Divas - Easter
NBUS - script washi tape
Time Out - CAS black, white, splash of color
Scrapping4fun - Spring or Easter

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Warts And All

Our wedding anniversary will be this coming Monday.  47 years!  All bliss?  Hardly.  But we stayed it out through the good and bad and I love this guy more than ever.  So here is the card I made for my husband. 


Why frogs?  Several reasons.
 1. I think this pre-colored digital image by Doodle Pantry is just so cute.   
 2. During this time of early Spring, when we step outside in the evening, there are a gazillion frogs croaking in and around the pond nearby. One of the many reasons why we love living in the countryside. (You can see it does not take much to please us! LOL)
 And #3 which is the most important.  I am so thankful that my DH loves me unconditionally, flaws and all.  Recently I expressed that to him, thanking him for sticking with me even through the tough times, even through my years of depression, even as I age.  In other words - warts and all.  That is my sentiment inside:  Thank you for loving me all these years, warts and all.
The sketch:

The image and designer paper are both Doodle Pantry.  The sentiment is computer generated and then cut out with a banner die.  The image and layer are cut with Spellbinder ovals. Heart is a metal brad.
I know this post is long but I just have to tell you one more thing.  The candy dots are melted Pearler beads.  Really!  I saw that on a blog this week, tried it, and love how beautiful and round they come out. 
Okay.  That is all for now.

Challenges:
MFT sketch
Di's Digis - lots of green
Dies R Us - shades of green
Simon Monday - animals
Papertakes - anything
Die Cuttin Divas - Spring
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Little Claire's - Spring
Scrapyland - Spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

More Yellow

Recently I won some digital images by Zap Pow.  I am sure using a lot of yellow lately.  I think I need that sunshine color.  I was anxious to use these new items and of course the light bulb had to be yellow.
On the card above, those are clear gems.  They seem to look like silver brads in the photo.  (I like that too.  Maybe I will use silver brads next time)
Here is the card with amber brads:
I used the sketch at Sketch Saturday:
Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sketch Saturday - sketch
Simon Wednesday - photo inspiration
Penny's Paper Crafting - favorite embellishments (gems)
30 Day Color Challenge