Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Being "Krafty" . . .

Good Morning!  
How's your day going so far?  Mine is GREAT!

I'm here today to share with you a card that TRULY was a challenge for me!  Yep!  And when I tell you what caused me such grief, you're going to laugh!!

I'm trying to stay in the running to win the "eBosser" over at Cheery Lynn Designs this month and today's challenge made me GASP IN FEAR!!  Want to know what had me on the edge of my seat?  Are you ready ... this is really scarey stuff . . .

OMG ... this terrified me ... I have no clue what to do with kraft paper!  It just looks like a paper sack from the grocery store to me and I can't seem to visualize anything 'pretty' using it!  I know, I know ... that's crazy thinking so I just jumped in with both feet and here's what I came up with . . .

OMG ... I'm not sure what to think of this creation!  On one hand I think it's pretty "okay" and on the other hand I'm thinking ... "this is so plain"!  You know me ... I LOVE all those layers, flowers, flourishes, blah ... blah ... blah!   But honestly, this is really starting to grow on me!  What do you think?

You have to use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs product for the challenge ... GOT THAT COVERED!!  EVERYTHING on this card is Cheery Lynn Designs with the exception of the faux stitching which I used a Sakura Gell Pen and the cardstock.  I actually had to make a special trip to the craft store to purchase the Kraft paper!  REALLY!  I have $100's of dollars worth of paper in my crafting cave and NOT ONE sheet of Kraft paper!  (well I do now!!)

I would also like to enter this card into the current challenge over at Joan's Gardens.  The challenges at Joan's Gardens are always so much fun and sometimes kind of tricky ... but luckily, (while I'm still catching my breath), Joan has an easy one for us this week ...  
ANYTHING GOES ... BUT you must use a product sold at  Joan's Gardens!  
AGAIN, NO PROBLEM!  Other than the cardstock, everything was purchased from Joan's Gardens.

Here's a few other challenges I'd like to enter into:
Card Mania #23 - Use Kraft Paper
Cards in Envy - Stitching (faux or real)
Cupcake Craft Challenge - Let's Get Sentimental
Melonheadz Friends - Die Cuts
There She Goes - Anything Goes

BEFORE I GO ... Remember I said I FINALLY made it out to the race track to watch my grandson race his junior dragster (never did see granddaughter race ... BAD NANA!)  Well of course I forgot my camera so I attempted to grab a couple photos on my 'old' flip phone ...

 Here's granddaughter Morgan sitting in the stands with me explaining the whole 'drag racing' thing!  It was very exciting to see what all goes into this sport since my 'kids' are SO INVOLVED!

And here's a couple quick photos I grabbed before the light turned green and he was off like a flash!!
Things were moving so fast I never even got a photo of Jon & I together like I had hoped!
Next time for sure!  I will be back!

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you've enjoyed your visit!
Have a fabulous day and as always . . .

Recipe for this card:

Paper:  Kraft cs, Black cs, Christmas Red cs
Accessories:  Cheery Lynn Designs B211 Happy Birthday die, B165 Lace Corner Deco E dies and B117 Fanciful Flourish
Sakura white gel pen
Technique:  faux stitching


  1. You crack me up....so funny about your kraft paper...but you did a wonderful job with it...and what fun pics of the race track....a fun day for you all!!!

  2. Ha, ha. We all have something that challenges us and you did awesome with the kraft paper! Love your card and the white pen stitching. It really made the Happy Birthday stand out! Fabulous pics at the race. Thanks for joining us at Cards in Envy!

  3. You did a great job with the kraft paper. Well done.
    Have a fantastic day!

  4. What you did on kraft was perfect and the stitching added to it. Thanks for playing at Cards in Envy!!

  5. Love your card Dar! And your granddaughter is gorgeous, not a bad pic via your flip phone LOL. What fun for everyone!

  6. You did a fabulous job using the kraft paper Darlene, and Kraft paper goes so well with many different colors and it's great for using on the Cheery Lynn Dies. Thanks for sharing it with us at Cheery Lynn Designs this week.
    Donna xx

  7. You'll get hooked now. Kraft paper is one of my favorites in crafting...you did a great job. Thanks for joining us this week at Cheery Lynn's Challenge and best of luck.

  8. You rocked the Kraft paper and the stitching! Thanks for playing along with us at Cards In Envy!

  9. Hi Dar!
    Lovely card - I love working with Kraft - have a ton of it! You did a wonderful job on your creation! Thanks for buzzing over to Melonheadz this week - welcome and please come again - good luck on the draw too! Gail DT

  10. Hi Dar - not sure if I wrote Melonheadz challenge on my post - I am trying to multi - comment on all DT teams - I may have forgot to change the challenge name - oh well - a human mistake - enjoy your week! Gail

  11. Great job with the Kraft card! Hint: treat just like any solid color card stock. Works with all colors my friend. Enjoy experimenting! Hugs from FL.

  12. This is fantastic! When playing with kraft paper I like to stamp images on them, color with a white colored pencil first and go over the image with colors for a real pop! Thanks for joining us at Cards In Envy!

  13. Very beautiful card! Thank you for playing along at Card Mania! Good luck! Ani

  14. Darlene, very pretty card. Love the craft paper and black. Super impressive.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Joan's Gardens for our weekly challenge.

  15. Darlene great Krafty card. I like the chocolate with the kraft paper. Thanks for joining us at Cheery Lynn Designs.

  16. Love your card, you did a fabulous job with the kraft paper and the stitching. Thanks for playing along at Cards in Envy.

  17. I think you rocked the kraft paper! Love the stitching around the sentiment - it really makes the happy birthday stand out. Thank you for joining us at Cards in Envy! ~ Marilyn

  18. you say "plain" I say CAS- it's a lovely card, thanks for playing along with my challenge at Cupcake craft challenge, Rebecca x

  19. Darlene - perfect card for our Kraft challenge! Thanks so much for joining us at the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge and good luck!

  20. Fantastic card, I just love it! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

  21. I think your card is great! I really hope you win :-)

    Was so glad you made it to the track...sorry it was a CRAZY day. Looking forward to having you with us again.

  22. Hi Darlene,
    Well let me tell you something, for someone that says that they don’t know what to do with Kraft paper you did a fantastic job! Thank you very much for joining us this week at Cheery Lynn Designs.

  23. A beautiful card, a great design and wonderful colors.
    Thanks for joining us this week at
    Creative Stamp Friends

  24. Great work, thanks for joining us at CCC.

    Liza x

  25. Such an elegant card!
    Thank you for joining us at Card Mania Challenge and Good Luck!!!
    Smiles, Kaly

  26. love how the red pops on your card!!! sooo glad you played along with Cards in Envy!!


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