Monday, April 19, 2010

Kraft Week Day 1: Rustic Dude Kraft

So, Mary Dawn of the awesome blog My Pink Mexico challenged me to use more kraft. I mean, really challenged me! Of course, I couldn't resist a challenge, so I went for it. Hook, line, and sinker.

Especially the sinker part. At times, I felt like I was drowning in brown. But it was SOOOOO worth it. *frabjous joy!*

And you're gonna LOVE Mary Dawn's kraft creations, too! She's the Kween of Kraft. I'm merely a pretender.

We decided on a different theme for each day this week, and today's theme is Rustic Dude Kraft. I'm pretty sure this took longer than any single card I made for the whole week. But it makes me so very happy!


OMG, sponging and distressing on one card! Please acknowledge that you know how HARD this was for me!!!! In fact, most of this week's posts stretched my creative horizons.

Stretching is important, you know. But not too far, of course. This is still clean and simple.

Each kraft square (1 3/8" square) is stamped with Close to Cocoa with a different background stamp, some of which I have hardly ever used. The screen background, for instance. I was considering giving that stamp away. It'll be harder now. Much harder.

Anyway, I sponged each square on all four sides and distressed only the tops and bottoms by running the cardstock over a scissor blade. Then I attached all four squares with glue to a natural cardstock base, added the twine and button (lawsy, that was a pain to figure out) and stamped the sentiment in more close to cocoa.

To attach the button, I wrapped the twine around the card and ran both ends up through the holes in the button. I put a glue dot where I wanted the button and pulled the ends of the string down until the button was stuck. Then I tied a knot.

I just love the texture of this card. It positively SCREAMS dude, don't you think? With a monochromatic color scheme, texture adds interest. So does that button. Making this card helped me realize I'm really short on interesting brown buttons, though. Wouldn't it look even better with a PTI rustic vintage button instead of the SEI plain one? And in retrospect, I think it would have looked awesome with a dark blue or red button with the sentiment stamped in the same color.

Someone please make that variation on the card so I can see what it would look like with a dark-colored button and sentiment. I'd be grateful.

GIVE-AWAY Details

Mary Dawn and I will choose one random commenter for the week to receive our prize. What is the prize? Well, it's a Crop-o-Dile II BIG BITE and a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink! YES!

To enter, comment on at least one of the Kraft Week posts (one comment per post, of course). Mary Dawn will post five times, and so will I. That gives you ten entries for the drawing if you comment on all the Kraft Week posts. The more posts you comment on, the more chances to win!

Supplies
stamps: PTI Simple Little Things; four random background stamps
paper: PTI natural, kraft
ink: close to cocoa
accessories: twine (PTI), button (SEI), scissors, sponge

148 comments:

  1. ohhh-can't wait for all the krafty inspiration-wonderful first day!

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  2. This is GORGEOUS... in a manly sort of way! Thanks for (once again) inspiring me... your cards are awesome :)

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  3. Well I'd say it screams classy dude. Wonderful, wonderful card. So glad you're doing this - it gives me hope that I can stretch my wings too. I'll take you up on your challenge as soon as we get home this afternoon. Looking to you and Mary's week of posts with eagerness.

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  4. I struggle, as many do, to create dude cards. You did a great job. Should be an exciting week!! can't wait.

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  5. I really like that card and I think it looks gorge with the simple brown button. All chocolatey! Mmm... Chocolate... Teehee. x

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  6. That is a fabulous card!! I love it! I have a hard time with kraft so I cannot wait to see what you guys have in store for us!

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  7. I love kraft - what a fun idea! Nice card, too -- and it would be fun to do in a range of button/sentiment colors for a nice little set, no? Great job!

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  8. I'm so excited, since Kraft and CAS are 2 of my favorite design elements. I can't wait to see what this week holds.

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  9. Wow, Susan, this is genius. What a clean, good-looking, but still masculine card. I'm always lamenting not having men stamp supplies --- and then you show us a card I don't need a single extra thing for. And it's a beauty. I think even a man would look at this and say "Oh! Nice!" Thanks for a new look for dude cards! And I love ideas for using kraft CS!

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  10. I LOVE Kraft...I'm so looking forward to this week...double the Krafty inspiration!!

    Love this dude card, the different textures, string and button!!
    Such a shame close to cocoa is retiring :(

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  11. I love this card! (ok, I love all your cards), but I LOVE all the texture that is in this one. And I always struggle making cards for my guys. Thanks for the inspiration. Can't wait to see the rest.

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  12. Oh my word, this is simply amazing. All your cards are amazing, this one is just so fresh. Love all the details.

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  13. I love kraft as well and look forward to catching up with what you do with it. When I first saw your card I thought a red button would be nice as well (maybe this is because I have way too many red buttons?!). Might just take you up on the challenge to have a go at it tommorrow if I get the chance!

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  14. You chose the perfect combo of textured stamps to make this really rustic. I love kraft and like what you did with it.

    Btw... today on my blog I posted a card using my most hated color, since you were brave enough to make one with your "fairy vomit".

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  15. I'm always looking for ways to make guy cards that are CAS instead of vintage. Thanks!

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  16. Love the twine and button! So very nice and masculine--something we all need inspiration for. Thank you.

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  17. Great job! I love kraft cs but ALWAYS have a hard time with masculine cards. I'm looking forward to what you and Mary Dawn come up with!

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  18. Sponged and distressed yes, but it looks elegant to me :)

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  19. Very nice guy card - and I think it would look good in dark greens/blues to make a little set.
    Thanks for the inspiration

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  20. love your idea and am going to try a variation this very day! kraft is my "go to" color anyway along with pti ocean tides. thanks for a chance to win and inspiration!

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  21. Great kraft card, Susan. I'm going to stalk your blog this week...gotta see how you handle something so outta the box!
    Diane
    PS...I dare you to use a kraft card base!

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  22. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    An entire week of kraft creations!! I can hardly stand it.

    Love today's card - so many options. Ugh I wish I weren't leaving for work in ten minutes.

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  23. Terri (blindstamper)April 19, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    My biggest thought is...wonder how many versions she'll get with a dark-color button? Probably lots and lots! Nice job...very impressed with distressing on a CAS card...and so great for men!

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  24. So not you, but so you. KWIM? You should keep the screen background stamp. Just sayin'.

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  25. You two are gonna kill me this week. I love this stuff!

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  26. Well you certainly don't look like a pretender to me!! Sheesh Susan, this is beautiful in all it's masculine goodness!! You never fail to amaze! This sounds like it is going to be a fun week!! Can't wait. Now I'm off to mexico ... I hear it's pink or something :-) Oh yeah, and holy moly on the prize ... count me in 10 times :-)

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  27. Oh I really like it!! I love the use of the background stamps!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    ~KristinaH

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  28. Love kraft, especially the way you used it. Can't wait to see the rest of your kraft kreations!

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  29. this will be a fun week. And I think you're right.... this card would also look great with a pop of navy.

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  30. I love kraft cardstock and can't wait to see what both of you come up with. I like how each of your squares uses a different stamp.

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  31. I struggle with masculine cards -- this is great inspiration! Thanks!

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  32. Oooo, love it. Kraft week! I'm just beginning to get into the swing of kraft and so I'm really looking forward to inspiration from my CAS guru. Hev:)

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  33. Oooh, I love me some kraft! Good to see you embracing it! :D

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  34. Oooo! This is going to be a fun week!

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  35. This would make a great card for a guy! Will definitely be using this idea.

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  36. What an awesome card for a man!! Something I think most of us have a hard time with. I might have to use this idea in the future. :0)

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  37. I think it looks great the way it is. It is always good to stretch oneself, is it not :<)

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  38. Great dude card! LOVE the jute and button too! Have a great week!

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  39. I learn something every day by looking at your blog. The "Dude" card has wonderful texture.

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  40. I agree with what Francie said - so not you but so you! This is an awesome masculine card! I love Kraft - this is going to be a fun week!

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  41. Wow. It looks like you can just reach out and touch those different textures--they look so real. Nice man card for sure.

    Donna H.
    2realtors@cox.net

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  42. Oh, you've made the ultimate DUDE card, Susan! Fabulous! I can't wait to see what the rest of this week brings! Thanks for the chance for an awesome prize as well - I need that corner chomper, and a first purchase from PTI. THANK YOU!

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  43. Oops - previous comment should not be "anonymous" -
    Iriseyes

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  44. I am loving those background stamps! I collect them myself and am often at a loss as to how to use them. But you did a fine job; I'll have to remember this for later (ha!).

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  45. I'm starting to love kraft way more now!! This is a great card. can't wait to see what else you have come up with for the rest of the week.

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  46. Kraft paper is such a natural way to decorate cards. Love that you are using it!

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  47. The texture on this is fantastic. It makes me want to run my hands along the squares.

    It's great to see you experimenting and expanding your creativeness!

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  48. Wow, what a great masculine!! I really love the whole look of it.

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  49. I love all the texture stamped onto those four little squares of paper. Amazing! The twine and button are the perfect finishing touch.

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  50. Oh no, I wouldn't change a single thing about this card. You hit ultimate perfection EVERY time, and have nailed the trick of not having to second-guess yourself. Sure, different colored button and twine we would ALL do, but you know better and do what the rest of us wouldn't even think to try.

    I don't own a single background stamp and have ALWAYS wondered why anyone would. Now I can't wait to get the set you used. I don't own a single sheet of craft either.

    Just when I worry you might run out of ideas, you take a whole brand new road. SUCH fun.

    Thank you, and Pink Mexico too, whose site I've been enjoying. she is ALSO an enabler!!!!!

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  51. What a great, simple masculine card! I think it should appeal to a broad range of ages too.

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  52. Wow, this is an incredible guy card! Great job!!

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  53. The card looks great and I really like the background stamps you used on the browns.

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  54. JUST LOVE IT.....you are now the rustic kraft queen.

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  55. What a great guy card. I love the layout.

    Diane M

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  56. Perhaps you feel stretched out, but the end result is a fabulous card. I will be making a version of this for sure!

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  57. Very nice! And you are right, I think some dark red would look fabulous!

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  58. OMG Susan this is so unlike anything I have seen you create before. I certainly acknowledge that you really are pushing your boundaries in a big way. Boy oh boy have you made one hell of a dude card (I struggle using the word dude if you get my meaning Susan .. but it is so right!)
    Now have I got enough bg stamps to try this with maybe a red button and twine?
    TFS

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  59. I'm not a great fan of Kraft either but your card has changed my mind.
    I said to myself "Wow, that's so COOL!"
    I know I just dated myself, but who cares.

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  60. Wow, it is so hard for me to come up with masculine cards and this one sure speaks "male" Think I am going to love this Kraft week.

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  61. Kraft makes me happy and I LOVE all of the texture stamped on this rustic charming card!

    Andrea McCulley
    prayalways421@yahoo.com

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  62. Great dude card!! I sat down last night to make a dude card and nothing happened :(
    Still your usual elegant style even though you felt stretched!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  63. You sponged??? AND distressed??? And made a perfect guy card! :D I am awaiting my first ever order of kraft cs, so this is going to be a great week for inspiration. Thanks!

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  64. Kraft. Love it. Can't craft without it!

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  65. love the patterns in each of the squares! love the distressing, too! great card!

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  66. Male cards are difficult for me to make, not only because they are male, but because I don't get much practice at them, having so few male relatives. {sigh}

    I do really like this card, could be done in blues, greens, and blacks as well for a male recipient, but I understand the challenge. Can't wait to see what else you make this week. :)

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  67. I'll be looking at this one for a long time for every little detail. I love it!

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  68. I think you got the "dude" part down pat. Very masculine but still very clean and simple. Very fabulous!

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  69. Sponging and distressing and kraft - oh my! I use kraft a LOT with just about every color family. But, I had not thought about all brown - I love it!

    By the way, Susan, I saw that Ghostbusters was on TV this weekend and watched it again after your post about total protonic reversal.... lots of laughs!

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  70. Wow, this card is so awesome! Great masculine card, love it!

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  71. This is a perfect guy card. Why does it take us so long to figure out masculine cards? I see you are easing into the kraft card stock. Little by little it will grow on you.

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  72. This is what I call gutsy......love this and I understand how difficult it is to get out of your comfort zone. Great jobQ

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  73. WoW, I love this! A fabulous "Dreaded Man Card!" I wish I thought of this ... it's awesome!

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  74. I love this card...heck I love all your cards. Your blog is one I check on every morning. :) Your blog has the perfect name...Simplicity because that is why your cards are so appealing.

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  75. What a fantastic card!!! Love your brown distressed squares! Can't wait to see what you and Mary Dawn do the rest of the week :)

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  76. Great card!! You used two of my favorite cardstocks on this one. Simply wonderful!

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  77. Love the distressed Kraft idea and love all of your ideas. Mistresspage

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  78. I love kraft. I tend to use PTI kraft paper with SU soft suede ink. Works for me. And I love it with white. Can't wait to see what this week holds. I'd sure love to win the prize!!!

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  79. This does scream Dude! but in a very classy way. So many elements going on and you must know by now how much I love elements-lol! It's the little things that count, right? Well, you hit the nail on the head with this one, Chickie :)

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  80. OMG - I JUST bought some kraft AND Close to Cocoa cardstock and one of the very first stamp sets I ever purchased was a used Bitty Backgrounds. I am so totally going to use your design and make a retirement card for out CFO. Thanks once again for the inspiration.

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  81. Wow, so NOT what I expected from you - I can hear you stretching from here - just don't snap! Love the Kraft inspiration and great ways to use those background stamps.

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  82. Love this card! Can't wait to see what other "krafty" things you have to share this week!

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  83. Kraft is my favorite! I'm so excited SU is introducing it as a color (under another name) so that we can get ink and other accessories in "kraft" color. Woo hoo. Lovely card!

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  84. This is great! I can't wait to see more of your kraft projects!

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  85. Very excited. Feeling inspired to use more kraft card. And this card rocks!

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  86. i LOVE kraft paper, and i LOVE this card. keep up the good work. thanks for sharing and your generosity. we love you!!
    marty ferraro

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  87. This is a great guy card! Your posts this week should be helpful to me, because I do not like kraft much--give me white any day!--but I'm sure I'm going to like what YOU do with kraft.

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  88. I love this card. I see so many people using Kraft but I'm never quite sure how to make it work. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm looking forward to this week.

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  89. I use too much kraft! Now you're enabling me to use more! Love the card. Wish I could see it up close and personal.

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  90. Love this! I can see how you have stretched to create this piece and it is fabulous! Can't wait to see what else you can do with kraft! I know you aren't into coloring so much, but I think coloring on kraft looks amazing!

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  91. This is fantastic!! I LOVE what you've done with this!

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  92. I really like this card! Very inspiring to create something and make it my own. Thank you so much.

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  93. Your cards help me to work towards "simplicity". This one is a great inspiration with the use of Kraft, and the masculine feel. I am impressed with the use of the background stamps. I know that I need to make use of those stamps much more. Thanks for sharing. Your work really impresses me and I definitely understand about working out of your comfort zone.

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  94. I just found your website via Splitcoast Stampers all because I saw this card and LOVED it. I know subscribe and can't wait to see more!

    Jackie
    Platte City, MO

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  95. I always seem to use kraft as a neutral card base, rather than a design element on a white card. Thanks for the inspiration...love your card!! Susan G.

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  96. Great idea to use those background stamps - love this card!

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  97. I'm just putting the finishing touches on my first-ever Kraft cs card. This has been a stretch for me, too, but I'm happy with the result.

    I really love the look of all your different background images on your card. Great job!

    ~ Rita

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  98. Lovin all that texture. Great manly card!

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  99. I love this card. I am into the western look and this is right up my alley. Thanks for all the great cards. I look for your post first thing when I open my email.
    Lady, You've got style!!
    Karen

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  100. Love this combo of bg stamps! Great job!

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  101. Looking forward to many Kraft inspirations!

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  102. Susan....Love that Kraft! You go girl!

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  103. One of the reasons that I follow your blog, is the simplicity of your work - kinda works with your blog name. Anyways, I know that creating this card was out of your comfort zone, but I have to say, that I just love it! I need to make a birthday card for a friend, who is a man, and I can search no more! This is a card, I will CASE. TFS

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  104. Very dude-like texture! Do you have sore creative muscles after all that stretching?? :)

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  105. Absolutely perfect ~ love the mix of textures on one card!

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  106. I love Kraft, and your creation is a perfect fit with the theme. Thanks for sharing!

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  107. What a lovely way to use those background stamps! Perfect!

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  108. Great card! Love using all those background stamps in small doses. Quite dude-iful!

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  109. What a great CAS card!!! I love it! Kraft is a great color, happy to see you enjoying it! ;)

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  110. Love the idea of Kraft week. I think it's a great color but have trouble coming up with ideas to create with it. I have no doubt that your cards will be a wonderful source of inspiration for me this week.

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  111. Oh my - can't WAIT to see what you girls do tomorrow! I absolutely LOVE this card! Great job! (and I adore PTI buttons!)

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  112. I love the different background stamps all paired up like this. And the kraft with all the white space around it: perfect guy card for sure!

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  113. linda patti tpatti@windstream.netApril 20, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    you hit it on the nail, lol... great dude card! thanks for the inspiration

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  114. You have done a good job of using kraft on a simple card. I always enjoy seeing what you do every day!

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  115. Great card! Love your use of background stamps. Mine sit lonely on a shelf, hardly ever used. This will inspire me to ink them up!

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  116. This is such a fun card. I love how manly it is. Just awesome!

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  117. I love kraft paper and this card is fabulous and very manly. I love it. thanks for sharing

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  118. yes this is a masculine card and its obvious how difficult it must have been. you are very inspiring and the simplicity make the card easy to mail.
    thanks

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  119. Great guy card, Susan! I must remember this combo when I get stuck!

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  120. Love it!!! Must remember that kraft is our friend..:)

    Lauralee
    talascam@rogers.com

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  121. i absolutely need to get some kraft ASAP! this is soooo nice and dude-y

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  122. Before I even read your post I had to jump over here and comment - that card is AWESOME. I've been lovin' kraft for a while, but it was starting to get a little boring. Not anymore! I can't wait to see what comes next!

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  123. Kraft for a week -- good idea
    Dude -- definitely good idea
    Clean card on Monday? -- yes
    Simple? -- not so sure. Sounds more complicated than simple, but I like it!

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  124. Wow... too cool, Dude! This could be for a Dude-ette too!

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  125. this is absolutely stunning! i am in love with your simple style. i ALWAYS need male card ideas. this one is the bomb.

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  126. This is so cool! I love kraft! And this one screams dude to me, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  127. DUUUUUUUDE! What a rad card! teehee, I couldn't resist trying to sound like Bill and Ted. I like this one; I like it alot! :)

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  128. Love the "manly" card! I like the different textures. This one's a winner!

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  129. Your blog is hilarious. I always get a chuckle when reading. And, your cards always make me envious of your talent.

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  130. I saw this card first in the SCS gallery and I was a little surprised it was yours considering the distressing. I do love how the texture of the squares contrasts with all that beautiful white space. Thanks for sharing.

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  131. Love your gift of humor or humour as we spell it in Canada...great card!

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  132. This is great! LOVE the rugged look!

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  133. Fun masculine card. Simple but visually interesting!

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  134. Wow! I love the simplicity and masculine feel to this card. Your simple designs are very refreshing! I just discovered your blog.

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  135. Beautiful card (as usual)! I really liked the design. I think I will be casing it soon :)

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  136. I love, love , love this card!

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  137. This card turned out great! Fantastic job!

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  138. Love the texture on this one! Neat!
    DeniseB

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  139. The most creative use of background stamps. Oh my! Nice masculine card.

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  140. This is just wonderful. Need to get out my very neglected background stamps. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  141. Wow, this is awesome! Very manly - one they'd put on their desk and not in the drawer! HA!

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  142. WOW!!!! I am floored. I am loving those textures. Loving. I am going in search of a crackle stamp right now! Love it!

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  143. Oh, love the different stamped textures on the kraft squares! Great masculine b-day card!

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  144. Wow! I really love how simple your cards are. This is a great masculine card!

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