Kraft-tastic inspiration!

Happy Sunday, friends!

It's been a slow morning for us as we've unwound from a very busy week,
 my husband is back from his work conference
 and our daughters are back from spending a fun 5 days
 at the theme parks in Orlando.
  I've a FULL meal planned for tonight similiar to crab boil 
and the house is smellin' DELICOUS!

 Today's card is one my daughter requested to mimic her wedding theme:
country rustic chic!

My first reaction?

  I LOVE the look of kraft, especially paired with a bold color like black,
and have used it previously on Christmas cards ♥

I just don't think *I* know how to make it very well!

To me, this just looked unfinished, missing something, undone.
I'm not quite sure what was bugging me so much about it. 

So I did the next best thing when in a bind ~
I asked the stamping community for help!
I was overwhelmed with the amazing suggestions
(I'll list them next!)
that really helped me realize kraft-ing crafting
outside our comfort zone could just be all in our heads :)

Some of the lovely suggestions were:

1. Use glitter or wink of stella in the centers
2.  Use the embossing and bleaching technique to 'color' the flowers.
3.  Add a few pearls or black dots 
4. A pop of color, like the sentiment in red 
(for this particular card, she wanted no colors)
5.  Vintage distress the edges
6.  Add a pop of gold to the centers 
7.  Rough up the edges
8.  Cut out another image and pop it to the top of it for a 3D look!

Aren't those all amazing!
A few of them are definitely on my 'to try' list as this turned out to be quite fun!

In the end, my daughter loved the card and 
off she went with it, so no changes were made to this one :)

Have a fabulous rest of the weekend
and thanks for stopping by!

Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. Seems that you have had a fabulous launch! :D
    You have done a fabulous work for your daughter's request!! Well done, it's so chic and rustic together!! :)
    ...And love also all the prompt ideas of the list, they are really to try! :D
    Big hugs!

  2. What a striking and perfectly CAS card....nothing more needed as it looks so classy as it is x. How friendly to get such a response from your blogging friends x.

  3. Gorgeous card Kelly...Loz

  4. Gorgeous card. You got some great suggestions, too. Have a great, new week, hugs, Valerie

  5. It's so gorgeous!! I love the beautiful flowers!! I need to learn how to CAS more cards!! This is so fabulous!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. It's so beautiful just as is! LOVE!!!

  7. Elegant and classy in its simplistic style. Bravo!

  8. I LOVE this card! So beautiful with the flowers - I agree... I struggle as well sometimes - sometimes I can't leave well enough alone and other times I'm good... We are our own worst critics... this card is beautiful and elegant just like it is! :)


  9. Wonderful image- looks like fun to create with. I do like it on this color and very elegant the way it is!

  10. Oh My Goodness - this is a masterpiece Kelly - you underestimate your awesome crafting abilities!

  11. It's a wonderful card, no need to improve anything !! But how lovely, that you got so much response on your "cry" for help ! Hugs, Enny

  12. I agree - it's awesome just the way it is!

  13. It looks beautiful the way you created it, but I am one who endlessly needs to embellish what looks fine standing alone! LOL You nailed the challenge in a great way with this card, WTG!

  14. Just fabulous!
    xxx Margreet

  15. It would be clean and simple, but with the kraft it takes on a new look. So clean and rustic? Either way I do really like it.

  16. Kelly, I think your card is stunning, as is... and am glad you didn't change it. But now you have researched future opportunities. ;)

  17. It's beautiful, Kelly!! I love kraft and black!!

  18. Well I think you've nailed the theme here Kelly! Gorgeous image and such a beautiful card!!

  19. Fabulous card and love the stamp. Perfect choice for your beautiful card. Big hugs and blessings, Carol S.xxxx

  20. Brilliant card, Kelly. I don't think to use kraft card very often, so thanks for the inspiration. xx