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Happy Halloween everyone! I hope that you are all having a wonderfully spooky day! It's Monday and time for another challenge at The Kraft Journal. Our theme this week is "Banners or Border Punches."

I used both a border punch and banners for my card today. I started with Light Kraft Cardstock from The Kraft Outlet and layered up different papers from Crate Paper's Farmhouse collection. It's perfect for the harvest season as fall is upon us. 

I used chipboard banner pieces from Jenni Bowlin to create little banners hung from Brown Kraft Baker's Twine, then held it all together with colored clothespins

In this photo, you can see my border punch much better. With a simple stamped sentiment, this is now a perfect little all occasion greeting card for the autumn season.

Well that's my take on our "Banners or Border Punches" challenge this week! I hope you'll play along with us and share your creation at The Kraft Journal! Remember that followers of the Kraft Journal who play along will be eligible to be featured during the "Feature Me Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet store voucher! 

"One-of-a-Kind" Gift Tag


Happy Sunday! 

I wanted to pop in to share with you a fun little gift tag I created using the latest stamp release "Crafty Sentiments" from Clear and Simple Stamps

I created a simple little pocket by folding the bottom of my cardstock and stitching the edges shut. Added a little patterned paper and stamped a row of buttons on the top and bottom to add something fun! To keep with the sewing and clothesline theme, I found a super cute little clothes hanger paper clip to attach to the tag.

Inside the pocket is a manila tag, with trim and gorgeous buttons from Clear and Simple Stamps. I just love their buttons and use them all the time! Especially since they have such a large variety of colors to choose from. Be sure to check out their selection!

Well, I'm heading out now. It's family pumpkin carving time! Enjoy your day!

Christmas Wishes! Another Waltzingmouse Sketch!


Ok, so technically it's just a couple days until Halloween, but why not get started now on the Christmas cards! After all, the holidays get so busy that staying ahead of the rush sounds like a good plan to me!

Here is a new card I created for the latest challenge at the Waltzingmouse Sketch blog...

I was so excited when my new stamps arrived that I knew they would be perfect for today's sketch. I just adore Claire's design of  a Cottage Christmas stamps. In fact, all of her designs...seriously gorgeous! 

I added tinsel glitter for snow and used colored pencils this time. I like that the pencils gave a softer look. 

I stamped my sentiment and little snowflakes from the Very Vintage Christmas set and cut it out into the shape of a little tag. And I just love that little button too from Crate Paper. It looks like a candy cane! 

Speaking of candy canes...does anyone out there know of a good Peppermint Bark recipe they'd like to share? I can of course use Google to search out recipes, but I thought I'd ask if you know a good one. 

Williams Sonoma makes a good batch of Peppermint Bark, but I thought I'd put my apron on this year and make my own. 

So are you ready to take on a super amazing challenge? Here is the sketch the Mischief Makers are playing along with this week. I do hope you'll join us! It's a great chance to win a stamp set of your choice from Waltzingmouse or have your card picked as the Top Mouse! Have fun creating everyone!

My Last Hurrah...


Well my friends, today is bittersweet for me. This will be my last creation as part of the Design Team at Papercraft Star. I have decided to end my term after being with the team for almost one year. 

Although I will not be part of the regularly scheduled weekly challenges, you will be sure to see me popping in every now and then to play along in their challenges, which I adore!

This was not an easy decision for me to make. Mainly because I adore the ladies on the team to pieces. They are sweethearts that hold many talents (each so different) and who I am proud to have shared the past year with. 

So now, let's get to the card I've created for our challenge this week...

This card is my favorite Halloween card to date. I just love how it turned out! I love the crisp white background with the pretty layers of ribbon and that gorgeous plum colored flower. 

I created this card based on a sketch that I designed for this week's Challenge 68 at Papercraft Star. I do hope you will want to play along...

I can see this sketch with pumpkins for fall, leaves instead of circles, buttons, flowers...anything! Or the sentiment could be replaced with layers of trim or ribbon. Just have fun with it!

I used several different stamp sets for this card, including my go-to stamp, Bannerific, from Lawn Fawn. There's nothing like a happy little banner! I stamped "trick or treat" from Papertrey Ink's Boo to You set - a perfect fit inside the banner.

The rest of the stamps, including the flourished circle, spooky cat, and cobwebs are from Papertrey Ink's Spooky Sweets II set. Another one of my favorite stamp sets. I added layers of ribbon and trim onto a journal card from The House Across the Bay called, Blank Backgrounds - perfect for creating tags, journaling or using as a background paper.

So if you're ready to play along with the sketch...here it is again in case you forgot. lol!

Challenge 68: Sketch

I will be sure to stop by each and every one of your blogs that play along this week. I can't wait to see what you'll create! It's a great chance to win some free goodies from our sponsor, The House Across the Bay (my favorites from the shop are Blank Backgrounds, Botanical Roses, and Butterflies Collage). 

And to Jan, Tracy, Regan, Jennifer, and Anitra...thank you for everything! You've been nothing but wonderful!

Anything Goes Challenge at the Kraft Journal!


Today opens a new challenge this week at The Kraft Journal. This time, it's Anything Goes! That's right, just create anything using kraft cardstock or products from The Kraft Outlet and link it up!

I took advantage of our challenge this week to create a birthday card for my mother-in-law. Since she's already received this card, it's safe to post it here on my blog. lol!

I started with a Light Kraft coverweight cardstock and added layers of beautiful patterned papers from My Mind's Eye. I am sad to say that I only have a few scraps left of this gorgeous paper. I might have to buy one more 6x6 paper pad because I enjoyed creating with it so much!

I used the music notes from the Steampunk Victoriana Rubbings, then I stamped her birthday with an old date stamp. I stamped my sentiment and cut it out to adhere to the label with foam tape and added a turquoise flower ribbon and a double-strand of Brown Kraft Baker's Twine. I love the vintage-style of this card!

Well that's my take on our "Anything Goes" challenge this week - perfect for allowing me the time to create a birthday card! I hope you'll play along with us and share your creation at The Kraft Journal! Remember that followers of the Kraft Journal who play along will be eligible to be featured during the "Feature Me Fridays" posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet store voucher!