Monday, November 11, 2013

Follow Any Sketch at The Kraft Journal

Hello, my blog friends!  I will be very honest with you all, and tell you this - when I first started blogging, I really hated sketch challenges.  I would avoid them all the time.  Then, I learned that following a sketch can really be helpful because it gives you a starting point, but you can totally make it your own.
Karen Letchworth for The Kraft Journal
This week at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog, we have given you all the freedom to choose and follow ANY sketch you choose.  This can be one of your own, one you've seen on someone else's blog, etc.  It's always exciting to have the freedom to choose from ANY sketch you want, and that's exactly what I did this week.  I chose a sketch from an old CARDS Magazine, and ran with it.  This card all started with a wonderfully-versatile Large Lunchbag Kraft Notecard from the Kraft Outlet.  And, of course, I didn't stop there!  I started with a piece of patterned paper, and added several other goodies from the Kraft Outlet.   My cute chalkboard-style stamped sentiment is from a stamp set I won recently at The Craft's Meow and it works perfectly when stamped on the Half-Size Blackboard Paper.  There's also a layer of this Blackboard Paper on top of the Lunchbag Notecard as well.  The card is embellished with various trims including some Prima lace and two lengths of Natural Hemp Cord.  You're all warmly invited to stop by the Kraft Outlet to pick up some fun new supplies, and to stop over to the The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog to play along in this week's "Any Sketch" Challenge.  We always enjoy seeing your fabulous projects!

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Wednesday Challenges - Keep It Clean and Simple

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Monday Challenge - "Got Ink?" - I used white chalk ink on this card for my first try at the chalkboard technique
Before I run off, I want to give a big SHOUT-OUT to the wonderfully-talented Tina Milbourn for taking the time to help me with this chalkboard technique.  I am still not really comfortable with the technique, but I am so very grateful to Tina for being SO kind in helping me find a tutorial and share her expertise with me.  It's always a blessing when sweet crafters are willing to share their talents with others.  Thank you, Tina, and God bless you!
Have a blessed week!


  1. Hi Karen, fabulous card! You left a comment on my blog about a chalkboard card I made recently, it was actually a patterned paper I had used from Heidi Swapp, I didn't stamp it. I haven't found a good white ink yet so I usually just stamp using embossing ink and white embossing powder, then I add some chalkboard effect by rubbing the paper with any white pigment ink. I have just ordered some Memento Luxe white ink and I'll let you know how that turns out instead of embossing. I hope that helps! : )

  2. Like the chalkboard look & lace. Would like to see the sketch you used.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  3. *blushing* You flatter me too much!!! I was more than happy to answer any questions :) and I must say...WOWzers, girl, this is a seriously stunning creation! I just love it <3 All those yummy layers and the fading on your chalkboard is too fun!

  4. Lovely card. I have been wanting to try this technique. I will have to find some time to give it a whirl.

  5. this is a truly beautiful card! I love that stamp you used in your chalkboard technique. you'll find you quickly become addicted to doing this one. ;)

    gorgeous trims on here, too.

  6. Beautiful card Karen - love the chalk board element and the way you have made it the focal point.

  7. You've done a fabulous job on this! Very cute!! Have a fabulous week! God bless.

  8. Beautiful card, love the chalk board technique and the papers etc go perfect with this..

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.


  9. A fabulous card Karen ,the chalkboard technique looks great and the colours with the kraft card are beautiful.

  10. Beautiful!! I love the chalkboard technique! That is a wonderful sentiment!!

  11. Fabulous! Love the Chalk ink on that blackish background! Really elegant! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  12. Lovely card Karen! It may have been your first try with the chalkboard technique, but you rocked it! It looks fabulous paired with those fun, bold stripes. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous project with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. ~Michelle