Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kraft Journal - Flowers

This week's challenge at The Kraft Journal is FLOWERS!! I love making my own flowers and trying out different techniques. I was lucky to be at Beth's house when I created this card because I got to dig into her massive collection of crafty goodness!!

Here is a look at the card I made in Beth's craft room,

I decided to create my flower using Vellum. I wanted it to have a light and airy feel to go with the "spa" like stamp that I used. I love how that flower turned out! I hope that you will join in on the FLOWER fun with us at The Kraft Journal. Create a project using the theme Flowers and then link it up at The Kraft Journal before 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Sunday April 3, 2011.  All participants in our challenges for the month of March have a chance to be featured on our "Feature You Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month (March), the more chances you have to win!  

Kraft Outlet Supplies Used:
#81 Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock
#777 Translucent Vellum
Natural Twill 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Little Boy Layout @ Practical Scrappers

I submitted this layout for the "Little Boys" call at Practical Scrappers and they published me!
There are some awesome boy layout posted today, be sure to check them out.

Project PageMaps 1-10

Whew....I made it!! Today I made a 12x12 digital layout following the 10th sketch in PageMaps, the first book, found on page 26. This is a 12x12 single 3 - photo layout. I haven't done a digital layout in a while and I wanted to practice. There is certainly a trick with the digital thing to make them look dimensional, I still have some work to do...but it's getting better.

I hope that you are enjoying your day! I am still trying to get back on track and I made great strides yesterday in getting myself organized again. I even cleaned up my craft room today so I can have a fresh start in there. The weather here is perking up and that always puts me in a better mood! Yesterday it snowed, today it's sunny and 57 and by Friday we should reach the 70's....bring it on!

Come back Friday and see what kind of card I created for Challenge 39 at Papercraft Star.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

All Outta Whack!

My vacation really messed up my schedule! I feel all outta whack and I'm having a hard time jumping back into my routine!! Today is the day....the day to get back on track. I will be here tomorrow with my Project PageMaps post and then Tursday will be my post for The Kraft Journal. Friday bring my creation for Challenge 39 at Papercraft Star. I hope that you will join me this week and keep your fingers crossed that I can jump back into my routine and stay on track!!

Have a great day, see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Watch Us Wednesday Kraft Journal Tutorial

Hi everyone, Kristina here with a tutorial on how to make a cute Easter candy box/basket out of a pasta box. Here is a look at what I was able to create.

1. Choose a pasta box with a window. This week I found a box with a circle window from some pasta purchased to make a pasta salad. (sorry, I won't be posting the recipe for that)

2. Decide how tall you would like your box/basket to be and cut the top of the box off. I cut my box to 4 inches.

3. After you have cut your box down, choose which papers and embellishments you would like to decorate your box with. Be sure to include something to make your handle with and eyelets to attach it.

4. Cover your box with your chosen papers. You will need to take careful measurements of your box to know where to make a cut in your cover so that the little window will show. Also, use a strong adhesive such as sticky tape or an ATG gun.

5. Once your box is covered you can attach your handle. Punch holes on each side of your box and set an eyelet. Thread the end of your handle through the eyelet and tie a knot so it will not slide back through the eyelet.

6. After your handle is attched you can decorate your box and fill it up with Easter grass and candy.

7. Tie on a gift tag and you are done!

I hope you have enjoyed this Spring inspired project and will look at your pasta aisle with a whole new perspective. There are so many different boxes that could be modified for lots of different occasions.

Kraft Outlet Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Needed:
Pasta Box

You still have time to join our "Oh Baby, It's Spring" challenge at The Kraft Journal.  Link up your project by going here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Project PageMaps 1-9

Hey everyone!
I am happy to be back this Wednesday with another layout from my Project PageMaps. This week I worked with the 9th sketch found on page 25 of the first book. This layout is a 12x12 double 7-photo sketch. Like I said last week, I knew I would have to modify it to suit my style. (What is my style anyway, I have no idea...LOL)

Anyway, here is my layout for this week,

I used some more pictures from our family photo shoot and some yummy paper from Echo Park. I played with my cricut again, which hasn't been shown much love recently. The bright red on the train car really spoke to me this week and that's what made me decide to go with the black, white and red theme.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired to get some of your own layouts completed!
Later this week I get to hop on that big bird in the sky and visit my PCS Co-founder and great friend, Beth. Most of you who visit me regularly already know who Beth is, but if you have never visited her blog you really should. She is one talented lady and I can't wait to get in her craft room and be creative together!!

Have a fabulous day!

CS - Basic Black (Stampin Up)
DP - For the Record (Echo Park), Vintage Dictionary Pages (Kraft Outlet)
Buttons - (Stampin Up)
Baker's Twine - Black (Kraft Outlet)
Cardstock Stickers - For the Record (Echo Park)
Bling - Clear (Recollections)
Ink - Barn Door and Black Soot Distress Ink (Ranger)
Frame - Live Simply Cricut Cart Frame 2 cut at 4 1/2 in.

Monday, March 14, 2011

It's all about Green

Welcome Back for another challenge at The Kraft Journal!
It's all about St. Patty's Day or Green this week. 
I decided to create a layout using a Green theme.
Here's a look, 

I cut this super cool background on my Cricut with the Wild Card Cartridge with the Fit to Page feature. I love how it looks, but boy was it a pain to get it off of my mat...LOL
I accented the background with papers from Sassafras, I love this paper and it had lots of green patterns....perfect for this week. I'll give you a detailed list of supplies at the end of the post.

I hope that you will join us this week at The Kraft Journal! Be sure to head on over and check out what the other designers created!!

Kraft Outlet Supplies Used:
#932 Brown Bakers Twine
#955 White Library Cards
#81 Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock
#958 White Twill Tape
#1024 Vintage Dictionary Pages
#202 Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock

Other Supplies Used:
DP - Jungle Bungle (Sassafras)
Cricut - Wild Card
Ink - Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Button - from my stash
Brad - from my stash
Punch - Small and Large Scallop Circle Punch (Marvy)

Friday, March 11, 2011


Happy Friday!!

It's beautiful here in Colorado, certainly Spring like!! Much better than the snow we had on Tuesday. Today I have my take on Challenge 36 at Papercraft Star. Here are the challenge details,

"Create a papercraft project using one or more of these colors and Spring as your inspiration."

I love this challenge and I couldn't pass up doing a pastel layout about little Marleigh!!

I knew that the colors in the BasicGrey Kioshi Collection would be just perfect for this challenge! I was really inspired by a layout I saw over at the Sassafrass Blog a week or so ago and I used that as a guide for this layout. Kioshi has a lot of great die cut stickers and I just couldn't resist using A LOT of them! I did quite a bit of sewing on this one, both with my machine and by hand. 

I'm not going to do a supply list on this because everything is BasicGrey except the buttons and the purple thread I used to sew them on. The thread is by Bazzill and the buttons were just in my stash.

I hope that you will join us thing week at Papercraft Star. You have until 9pm (eastern) Sunday, March 13th to get linked up before the voting begins.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Project PageMaps 1-8

It's Wednesday already? My how time is just flying by this week. That's okay because the faster time goes the faster I will be visiting my dear friend Beth!!

This week for Project PageMaps I worked from the first book, eighth sketch. You can find the sketch on page 22. This week the sketch was a 7-photo 8 1/2 x 11 double layout. HHHMMmmmm, doesn't work so much for me. So, I totally modified it to suit me. That's one of the great things I love about sketches, you can either follow it exactly or just use it as a jumping off point. Here's what I did with it,

I pretty much stuck to the right side of the layout and just tweaked it a touch. These pictures are from a Harley Road Trip that Rick in I took in 2009. We stopped at a lookout point called Goat Lick. We were able to see some of the goats that live there, super cool. Even though these pictures were not taken in the fall, I wanted to play up on the orange tones in the tree and on my scarf. I kept wanting to add something to the top right corner of the page but nothing looked right I left it alone.

I'm really enjoying this project and it's so fun to see my scrapbook filling up! The next sketch is a 12x12 double 7-photo layout. I'll be honest, I'm not a huge double layout fan for my scrapbooks. But, like this week, I'll think of a way to modify it.

I'll be back on friday with a project for Challenge 36 at Papercraft Star!

Have a great day!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Spring Fling at The Kraft Journal

We have another great challenge for you at The Kraft Journal!! The theme this week is Spring Fling.
All you need to do is create a Spring Fling themed project that includes either Kraft cardstock or products from Kraft Outlet to be eligible for the prize. You have until 6pm (Eastern) Sunday March 13, 2011 to get linked up. All participants in our challenges for the month of March have a chance to be featured on our "Feature You Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft outlet Store Voucher!

For this card I made a 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 card out of Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock and attached it to a  5 1/2 in scallop square that I cut on my Cricut. I made a fun little flower out of Glassine Bags which have a wax paper feel to them. I just crumpled up the scallop circles that I punched and then inked the edges with some watered down ink. I also tried a trick from Jan and dyed the seam binding  with the same ink to match. I stamped a Library Card with a great new stamp that I first inked up with some Distress Ink. I hope that you are inspired to create your own Spring Fling project and join us this week at The Kraft Journal!

Kraft Outlet Supplies Used:
#81 Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock
#939 Small Glassine Bags
#999 Adelaide Seam Binding
#955 White Library Cards
#995 ATC Write It Rubber Stamp

Other supplies used:
CS and DP - Rose Red (Stampin Up), Old Olive (Stampin Up)
Button - Rose Red (Stampin Up)
Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots
Ink - Rose Red (Stampin Up), Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Other - Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Square from Accent Essentials (Cricut)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I Can See the Future!

I see a doggie layout in my near future!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Project PageMaps 1-7

Hello there!
How are you today? I'm doin pretty good. We had a B-U-TEE-FULL day here yesterday and I'm crossing my fingers for another good one today. It was 67 degrees and sunny, blue skies and no clouds to be seen. I was able to open the windows for some fresh air. The only way it could have been better was if Rick didn't have to work and we were out on the motorcycle!!! Ahhh, a girl can dream...right?

Here is my layout based on the 7th sketch in the first PageMaps book. The sketch is a 3-photo 12x12 layout. I normally don't do layouts with 3 photos on them, but I decided to just go with it this time :)

I love the paper on this one, but I didn't keep good track of what supplies I used this time around. I know it's Fancy Pants and I think it's called Hot Chocolate or Hot Coco...something like that. Anyway, this shows pictures from one of the Army Hospital Annual Balls that Rick and I attend every December. It's so fun seeing all of our friends all dressed up in their finest. I love seeing all of the beautiful uniforms with all of the medals and ribbons and stripes on display, truly amazing!

The 8th sketch is a 8 1/2 x 11 double 7 - photo layout. HHmmmm, not sure what I am going to do with it to adjust it to my style but I'm sure I will figure something out. Come back by next week and take a look at what I come up with. And, if you want to play along just email me a picture of your layout and I'll post it here with mine.

Have a fantastic day!!