Kraft-the New Black

I know, you hear it all the time___ is the “new black” but honey, kraft is every bit as versatile as black and it compliments every color. My favorite is kraft and pink:

Cardstock: The paper co, PP: Autumn Leaves, Stamps: Imaginessence, MFT, Punch: SU!, Emb folder: Cuttlebug, Other: Ribbob, pearls, silk flowers

When I saw the “use kraft” challenge at Gingersnap Creations (GC52) I knew I had to make something, after all I bought 2 reams of Kraft CS from my Stampin Up! lady (I love SU! kraft, it is lighter than most and smooth, thick and dense, great for card bases, I go through a ream of each size a year!) and I grabbed a few reams of cheapo kraft cardstock at JoAnns a few weeks ago when it was on sale (it is the paper company brand, it is darker and earthy with a nice warm grungy-ness to it and it is usually out of stock so if I see it I grab it:)

I used a new set of stamps from My Favorite Things that I won last week from a “use up your scraps” challenge, what a nice surprise to get that in the mail! And a birthday calender stamp from imagenescence. I will circle the date and month on the card when I am ready to send it.

Thanks all for today, give Kraft a chance! till next time happy crafting!


Earth Week Continues!

I like to think of everyday as Earth Day, hey that is kind of what this blog is all about: Crafting in a frugal way and what is more frugal than upcycling? another way to craft greener is to pay attention to what you buy, on this layout I used paper from the Green Stack for Die Cuts With a View, it is made from 70% recycled materials, that is voting with your dollar folks! I made this for two challenges over at Gingersnap Creations: The found object challenge (GC50) and the Copper and Rust challenge:

Paper: DCWV (The Green Stack), Stamps: Autumn Leaves, We R Memory keepers, Gears: Found objects, Photo collage software:, tool: Cricut and SCAL software

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the arrows, words, number and bike. I love how I can cut my compter fronts and dingbats and make whatever I want with my Cricut. There is an amazing sale over at Lettering Delights-All fonts are a buck! I love to cut them with my Cricut!

The gears I saved from an old 3-puzzle (I wish I save the while puzzle because it was one of the moveable carousel ones, what was I thinking!?!) and some pieces I left as is but the white ones I coated in clear ink and copper embossing powder to fit the theme of the layout. The photo turns are done that way as well.

The photo collage was made with some free software I just found called Shape Collage, I used the free version and with that you get a small watermark at the bottom of the collage but the arrow die cut covers over that so no biggie, it is really fun and easy software. After I printed my photos I simply cut the collage out and adhered it to my page.

Happy Earth week and til next time happy crafting!

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