Monday, October 20, 2014

A Color Challenge at The Kraft Journal

I'm really not a big fan of "all things spooky", but I do enjoy being inspired by inspiration photos.  So, for this week's Color Challenge at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog, I took inspiration from the warm Autumn color palette in the inspiration photo.  I created my card using a Small Lunch Bag Kraft Notecard.
To that, I attached some fun October Afternoon patterned papers, an October Afternoon journaling card (jack-o-lantern), some vintage rick rack, October Afternoon mini word stickers, a few lengths and bows of Natural Hemp Cord and some machine stitching.
I held my bow together with a sweet Tiny Wooden Clothespin that I covered with a bit of Black With White Polka Dot Washi Tape.  I also stuck in a rusty Tim Holtz Memo Pin.  Some machine stitching and inking finish off my card.  I really hope that you will be inspired by this color palette, and that you'll stop by to play along with us for your chance to win the $15 monthly prize of a gift certificate to the Kraft Outlet.


I'm linking my card to the following:

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog - Challenge #105 - Anything Goes With Ribbon/Trim - I used jute and rick rack

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says "Color Coordinates"
 
Thanks for stopping by today to say hello!
Blessings to you,
Karen
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Our Daily Bread Visits Word Art Wednesday

This week at Word Art Wednesday, we are DELIGHTED to have Our Daily Bread Designs as our sole sponsor.  They are offering one lucky winner a $15 Gift Certificate to their lovely store filled with stamps, coordinating dies, and so much more.  You can share ANY project (up to 5) that meets the "Anything Goes" guidelines (encouraging/uplifting/family-friendly) to be eligible for this fabulous prize.  We hope that you will come and play along with us!
My card uses the beautiful Watering Can Stamp and coordinating Watering Can Die as well as the sentiment from the lovely Happy Birthday Set.  You will find all sorts of great stamp sets at Our Daily Bread Designs.  Check it out, and come play along with us for your chance to win this week at Word Art Wednesday.
 
Bless And Be Blessed,
Karen

Monday, October 13, 2014

All That Glitters at The Kraft Journal

"All That Glitters" perfectly describes this sweet little White Library Card and Library Pocket that I decorated using some of my favorite Kraft Outlet goodies, and that's the theme of this week's challenge at The Kraft Journal.  I placed a strip of Pink and White Stripe Washi Tape on the White Library Card and tucked it in the Library Card Pocket.  Next, I hand-cut three small circles from Buff Ivory Cover Weight Cardstock, then die-cut a PTI heart into the center of each, and placed a glittered heart peeking through the heart hole in each.  I covered three Tiny Wooden Clothespins with the coordinating glitter colors, and then using my Bone Folder Tool I added a Melissa Frances rub-on sentiment.
Karen Letchworth
All my glitter is from a Sugar Glitter Collection that I purchased from Doodlebug long ago.  I plan to tuck a gift card inside, and use this as a gift holder for a friend.  I encourage you to get out your glitter, and come play along with us this week at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog.  Happy crafting!

Thanks for stopping by,
Karen

Monday, October 6, 2014

No Patterned Paper at TKJ

This week at The Kraft Journal, we have a really fun challenge called "No Patterned Paper".  There are a lot a great options to patterned paper.  So, I decided to decorate a fabulous Mini Kraft Gable Box.  Since I couldn't use any patterned papers, I got creative with other choices from the Kraft Outlet.  I covered the four sides of the box with ink stained Vintage Sheet Music, and then painted the flaps with cream acrylic paint and again, inked stained them.  I created a decorative little flower by cutting Vintage Sheet Music, Kraft Recycled Tissue Paper and Light Kraft Cover Weight Card Stock with a PTI die-cut.  I also ink stained the edges of my flower, tied several bows made from lengths of Natural Hemp Cord, and placed them under my flower.  On top of the flower, I placed a Jenni Bowlin Icon Flatback and a rusty Tim Holtz Memo Pin.  These sweet Gable Boxes are quite inexpensive ($0.70), and are perfect for tucking in a small gift (lotions, personal items or a gift card) or a small food item (cupcakes, cookies, etc.).  They're easy to decorate, very useful, and the price is right!  Today is a great day to treat yourself to some fabulous new goodies from The Kraft Outlet.  I sure hope you will play along in this week's No Patterned Paper Challenge.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  I apologize for being a bit "MIA", but I'm currently travelling to visit my dear Sister-in-Law, Audra.  She's sure having a rough time, and I'm BLESSED to be able to spend some time with her.  She is a gift from God, and I praise Him for allowing me to have her in my life all these years.  Her days are now numbered, and I can't imagine life without her.  Thanks for your prayers; they mean so much.
 
My Cup Runneth Over,
Karen

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coffee Bags for Gift Giving

This week at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog, it was my turn to prepare some fun projects to share with everyone for our "Watch Us Wednesday" segment.  The featured products I was to showcase are the lovely Small Kraft Coffee Bag with Window and Small Kraft Coffee Bag.  They're such fun products to work with, and can be decorated in so many fun and creative ways.  What I did with mine was truly simple to create, and you really can recreate these projects with the supplies found at the Kraft Outlet.
 
These adorable little bags are just perfect for giving a small food gift.  The insides of these adorable coffee bags have a food-safe lining.  In the Small Kraft Coffee Bag I placed some handmade chocolate truffles wrapped in Kraft Recycled Tissue Paper.  To decorate this first bag, I cut a base piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Coverweight Card Stock.  I added some different decorative washi tapes including the Red With White Polka Dot Washi Tape.  I hand-cut two different scalloped borders from Kraft Recycled Tissue Paper and machine stitched them onto the base piece.  I also added a half of a vintage cream doily at the top, ran a few lengths of Red Baker's Twine around the bag, and then added a Small Scalloped Grungy Prim Tag held with a sweet Tiny Wooden Clothespin.
Inside the Small Kraft Coffee Bag With Window  (see photo below) I placed several single-serve Starbucks coffee packets.  I decorated this bag in a very similar fashion as described above, and using all the same products.  There are just few exceptions, as follows:
I made some flags/banners and placed them at the top of this coffee bag.  Two of these banner/flags are made using Lunch Bag Kraft Coverweight Card Stock, one covered in washi tape, and the third was cut from Kraft Recycled Tissue Paper.  There is a Round Metal Edged Grungy Prim Tag held by a Tiny Wooden Clothespin.  And of course, my "signature touch" is the machine stitching.  So many great shabby country accents to add to these lovely bags; and everything can be found at The Kraft Outlet.
There are SO many fun ways you can decorate these bags to suit any occasion, holiday or event.  They can be easily personalized for weddings or parties.  Just let your creativity flow with all the fantastically fun products you will find at the Kraft Outlet.

I'm sharing my projects here:

My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #153 - "Sweet Treats" - As stated above, the one coffee bag is filled with coffee singles, and the other bag is filled with hand-made chocolate truffles.

Creative Card Crew - Challenge #71 - Twine

Sister Act Card Challenges - Challenge #76 - Anything Goes

Have a blessed week!
Karen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Recalling a Favorite

As I've mentioned before, there are so many lovely shops out there where I enjoy shopping for crafting supplies.  What's even more rare is when you find one of those favorite companies that you love, which is also owned and run by a truly good person.  Such is the case at My Craft Spot by Kimberly.  The blog has tons of inspiration every day, the store is filled with the sweetest stamps, metal dies, seam binding and goodies; and what's more, it's owned by one of the sweetest and most genuine gals you'll ever meet - sweet Kimberly.  It just makes you feel good being a part of something so real.  So, for this week's challenge at My Craft Spot the theme is to share a card from the past using one of more of My Craft Spot's sweet products.
I made this card a while back and I've since used it to give to a friend for her Birthday.  I love having a glassine bag on the front of a card to tuck a gift card inside.  It's the perfect touch.  The items I used from My Craft Spot are the Small Bow Tie Die-Cut and the Black Baker's Twine.
 
My Craft Spot by Kimberly - Challenge #152 - Blast From The Past" - I used a couple of favorites from My Craft Spot including my ALL-TIME FAVORITE, the Small Bow Metal Tie which I cut from black chalkboard papers, as well as their sweet Black Baker's Twine.
 
For those of you who have been following my sister-in-law, Audra's, progress, she is having a week off from chemo therapy and radiation because her white blood count is too low for further treatment.  To be perfectly honest, she is happy to have a whole week at home with her husband and children.  She is fighting SO hard, and we are still trusting God for a miracle.
 
Thanks for visiting me today, and have a wonderful and creative week!
Blessings to you,
Karen

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Sweet Sketch at The Kraft Journal

It's time for fun new Sketch Challenge this week, and I was really inspired by this sweet sketch.  I started this sweet card with a Buff/Ivory Note Card, and I covered it with coordinating Buff/Ivory Cover Weight Card Stock and a Making Memories patterned paper that I inked and machine stitched together.
Karen Letchworth for The Kraft Journal
Next, I placed a Mini Notebook Merchandise Bag on the patterned paper and then placed a small inked mat which I die-cut from a piece of Buff/Ivory Cover Weight Card Stock and then added a 3-D Crate Paper embellishment onto that.  Inside the Mini Notebook Merchandise Bag I placed a journaling card from the Jenni Bowlin Mini Deck Basics Set.  I also attached a small Tim Holtz paper rusty paperclip to the journaling card.  Next, I ran a length of Blush Colored Hand-Stained Bias Tape across the card and also created a bow with it.  At the bottom of the card, I added some Jenni Bowlin Office Chipboard Buttons with Natural Hemp Cord in their centers, and a Vintage Style Ticket underneath them in the middle.  I enjoyed this sweet sketch, and I think you will too.  It's very basic and be flipped or altered to suit your personal style.  To play along at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog, the only requirement is to use either product(s) from the Kraft Outlet, or any kraft paper (i.e. kraft paper, kraft paper lunch bag, toilet paper or paper towel roll, etc.)
 
It's a really sweet sketch, and I'm sure you will have fun with it.  Stop on by and link up a card this week at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog.  You could be the lucky winner of our monthly prize of a $15 gift certificate to the Kraft Outlet, or one of our weekly prizes of being a Featured Friday Artist, or Top 3 Winner.

I'm sharing my card here:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Tag It" - I love adding a tag to cards, and I actually use this idea quite often.  I added a mini bag that holds a journaling tag.  You can also use the bag to add a gift card, and having the tag inside allows you to write a note when giving the card and gift.
 
Have a blessed week,
Karen