Tuesday, July 24, 2018

get krafty!

that's the name of the new challenge at shopping our stash and i bet you've already guessed from the spelling what we're looking for this week. yep! we want to see projects which feature kraft paper. here's what i made:

kraft cardstock plus scraps of glossy white cardstock: the paper cut; matte white cardstock: staples; vintage sheet music and ledger paper scraps from my stash; "cool beans" stamp, coffee bean brads and henna style flower tape: eyelet outlet; oversized flourish stamp: tattered angels; inks: ranger distress and archival; paper scraps: photoplay, glitz design, hambly, junkitz; paper flowers: prima; memorydex card dies: heidi swapp; coffee cup dies: stephanie barnard for sizzix; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, scotch/3m foam tape and gluestick

i suspect this needs a tiny bit of backstory, otherwise eight coffee-themed altered rolodex cards might seem like an odd thing to make, lol. this spring, my friend anna gave me a very cool heidi swapp memorydex holder and the dies to make my own rolodex-style cards. so of course we swapped cards, as well. when our fellow junk journal junkies at paper anthology saw them, we embarked on some bigger group swaps. this month's theme is "coffee or tea".

as soon as i heard that, i knew i wanted to use my eyelet outlet coffee stamps and coffee brads, not to mention the cool coffee cup dies that were part of my prize from stamps of life in the last coffee loving cardmakers' bloghop.

when i started piecing the dies in a "traditional" sort of travel coffee style, they were kraft and white, which helped me the rest of my papers and embellishments. since this is a fairly small format, it was possible to use up a whole bunch of paper scraps, which is always fun. i tried out a few different washi tapes, too. and since i was using scraps, it meant that even though i used the same basic design, every single card is unique. which i love!

be sure to check out all of the krafty goodness from my design team sisters over at SOS!


  1. All of them are fantastic!!! love the theme and they all are different but all the same. perfect for a swap. mini collages...just your style.

  2. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh your rolodex cards are super awesome and oh so krafty!!!

  3. Oh my goodness... These are too cool! Love that you are swapping rolodex-style cards, too! My fave thing is the coffee bean brad... I mean, Eyelet Outlet: I. Can't. Even. 🤗

  4. This is fabulous work, Lauren, and something I simply must lift! Once again you have proven yourself to be the queen of layering. Your treatment of the music sheets is so creatively artistic! You never fail to impress me!


  5. I totally agree with Ms. Chana, you have the awesome ability to combine several textures and elements on your projects and this rolodex cards are one amazing example.
    Love that the center of each flower is a coffee bean, great detail.
    Beautiful work Lauren.


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