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I've got tons of business to take care of this morning here on the bloggity!

1) The winner of my blog candy is AnitaRex! Chosen randomly and scientifically--no small job considering how many comments I've received. Thank you, all of you so much! I'm honored that you read me.

2) I'm heartened to know that my mess isn't extraordinary as well, I had no idea how relieved I would feel.

3)Kraft Week has arrived! Susan Rahaila's blog, Simplicity, is perfection. She and I have teamed up for a week of kraft love, after I double dog dared her to use more kraft. We even have a giveaway, woot. I'll post details below.

Rustic Dude Kraft is the challenge Susan and I set for ourselves for today. Feel free to play along. The only rule (because rules complicate things) is kraft cardstock. Susan and I both distressed just the top edge of our paper, I like coincidences--and you know it took a stiff drink and a blindfold for Susan to distress something. I'm so proud of her!

stamps: PTI vintage picnic sentiments, All Night Media woodgrain background
cardstock: PTI kraft, rustic cream, pure poppy
patterned paper: October Afternoon Report Card
ink: Hero Arts Hero Hues Latte chalk ink, PTI dark chocolate, PTI tea dye duo in chamomile & chai
tools: Nestabilities petite ovals, PTI small scallop border, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper
accessories: ecru crochet cotton

******GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Susan 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! I want to win our prize...Susan? Do I qualify?

To enter, comment on at least one of the Kraft Week posts (one comment per post, of course). Susan 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!

108 comments:

Leslie Hanna said...

LOVE IT! Way to get patriotic with mostly Kraft! As I commented on Susan's blog, you two are gonna kill me this week. Such goodness!

Donelda said...

hehehehe - you "double dog dared her" ... good for you!!! What fun!! I love this card!! I too giggled at the coincidences, especially when she talked about adding a splash of color like red or blue to her card design .. and then I come over here and see red and blue. I really like the sentiment focal point and the fiber treatment! Can't wait to see what you ladies have cooked up for tomorrow. Oh, and you'll never guess what I have sitting on my desk as we speak ... a few pieces of kraft that I've been playing around with ... might just have to play along with this fun challenge :-)

Natalie Winterstein said...

Adorable! I love this card. Thaks for the chance to win. :)

Summer Braxton said...

I'm glad I found you through Susan. Wow!! Your work is stunning!!!

Sue D said...

Great krafty card! This would be great for the cards my group makes for the military.

megspaulding said...

Mary Dawn, this is a great card! I love the colors you paired with kraft! That blue is great, nice challenge, I hardly ever use kraft!

Suzanne said...

I also found you through Susan and am so glad I did. Beautiful work!

Heather said...

I also found you through Susan and am really looking forward to some cool kraft inspiration. I love the woodgrain background on your card - prefect. Hev:)

Dana said...

That's a fun card! I'm looking forward to this week.

Tracy.H said...

What a great card! I really need to get me one of those woodgrain stamps. So beautiful, especially with the kraft paper. :0)

AnitaRex said...

Wow! I must be on a lucky streak! Yay! thank you! Looking forward to this week and seeing your krafty goodness! What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Love the color combo. The wood grain looks so real.

Donna H.
2realtors@cox.net

Harriet Skelly said...

What an awesome card! I found your blog through Susan and I'm glad I did! This is going to be a fun week!

iriseyes said...

Fabulous card! Can't wait to see what this week brings from both you and Susan. Thanks for the chance of a great prize.

Natacha said...

This card is great. I've been wanting to try and use kraft, well with this week seeing what you ladies come up with i think that i will have to go to the store and get me some kraft! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jenine Isawa said...

Kraft paper is great! Can't wait to see all your creations

Karen B. said...

It warms my heart to see a card made for a person protecting us! Lovely details, and your competition looks like fun!

Sue McRae said...

I like how the red and blue pop on the kraft!

Hannah Aitken said...

Ooh, lovely woodgrain effect. All looks very natural... I like it :) Rustic chic, hehe. x

Anita said...

Great card. I love the woodgrain kraft with the red and blue. Who would have ever guessed it could still be such a patriotic card?

Cindy H. said...

What a great manly card!! Love that PTI background.

Metelko Family said...

Patriotic using kraft, blue and red instead of white - now why didn't I think of that??? What a great (and simple!!) card - thanks for sharing.

Bahb said...

A whole week of masculine cards.....how about that double-dare next?

Your double-dare now makes it worthwhile to order a package of PTI kraft. I've been awaiting enough inspiration to do that.

LOVE your card. Thanks.

Sweetpz said...

great card! i love love the Kraft paper!

hugs
juli

Emily Leiphart said...

I'm coming over here for the first time from Susan's blog! Your card is fabulous!! I love the bright blue and red against the kraft and that woodgrain background is to die for.

Cassie_lu said...

what a great patriotic card. Love the wood grain on the brown and the layout is amazing.

LeAnne said...

Awesome card, love the rustick look!

Sherry said...

LOVE it! I adore patriotic but rarely think of Kraft....thanks for sharing!

Diane M said...

Another great guy card! How did you get Susan to distress?

Diane M

Juanita said...

I am excited to see the rest of the week's cards. I love this Rustic Dude card. The colors work so well and have resulted in a wonderful man card

Christine M said...

So you double dog dared Susan .....
Can't wait to see what you both come up with.
Love the woodgrain effect on your card, great colour combination too.
I, like many others found you through Susan ... love your work.

Nancy L. said...

Can't wait to see what you Girls comes up with! This is a really cute card!!

Chris Simon said...

I think you've done something very difficult here - you've made a card that's both very masculine and very pretty! Great job!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Gorgeous! LOVE the woodgrain.

Anonymous said...

Kraft makes me happy and I love how you mixed in woodgrain and patriotic colors!

Andrea McCulley
prayalways421@yahoo.com

Diane Jaquay said...

This is so simple yet so stunning!!! Just wonderful!!!

Lindsey said...

What a great card! I too have hopped over from Susan's blog, and am looking forward to a week of kraft-y inspiration!

Christi said...

great card!

Alice Wertz said...

wonderful simple card! LOVE that woodgrain on kraft! fabulous! Congrats to Anita!!!!! enjoy the goodies!!

Rhonda said...

Love the card. Would be so excellent for 4th of July!! I love kraft!

Jennifer Carter said...

What a great card! I love what you did with this! A fun challenge too!

Karen said...

Love the woodgrain. Great guy card.

nanalady said...

Great job - I, too am slow to jump on the kraft band wagon, but I have some vintage stamps that I think will work well. Thanks for the inspiration!

Deborah said...

Love the card and love kraft paper. You did a great job. Fun look. :)

Tracey said...

Oh I LOVE this kraft card!!!!

Carol said...

I found you through Susan...and I LOVE that I get to see 10 kraft cards this week! Woo-hoo! Love Kraft!

Jan Larson said...

I found your blog via Susan (Simplicity). I just love all the things I see on both your blogs. PTI kraft is one of my favorite cardstocks -- I love the heft of all the PTI paper. And I have this woodgrain stamp! I will definitely use your card as inspiration to make something in my own messy craft space. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Brenda said...

Thank you for your creativity and the chance. Kraft is good....

Sarah said...

Thanks for the chance to win and your marvelous ideas.

berryblue said...

I like your layout and the way the red/blue pop against the kraft.

Heather said...

Love this! I have taken it upon myself (as a challenge, that is) to make something with Kraft as well. I've got some- lots even - but always seem to shy away from it. Time to put my shy in my back pocket and do something not near as Fab as you and Susan :)
Thanks for the inspiration!

www.noteworthydesigns.ca said...

Love the kraft! And the woodgrain stamp set.

Gina said...

This is lovely!

Sandra said...

Great looking card. I'm looking forward to the week.

Anonymous said...

love this card!!
thanks,
marty ferraro

haejin said...

congrats to Anita. :)
being an Army brat, i very much appreciate this card. :) i love kraft!

Ravengirl said...

I'll have to go back and thank Susan for our introduction because so far I really like what I see! I have that very same background stamp and I'm going to go use it! Thanks for the motivation :)

jaki said...

I've popped over from Susan's blog...I love Kraft so will be checking in each day for some Kraft inspiration!

Dotty said...

Great card! Can't wait to see what else you create ~ wonderful challenge for both of you!

Deanna C said...

Oh my! This is so gorgeous in it's simplicity. I am so loving the Kraft! I found you from Susan's sight and it was her simplicity that drew me to her. I think I will be loving Kraft. Your card is really great with the wood grain look on the Kraft and the red, white and blue theme. Thanks for sharing. Glad I found you!

rooney said...

Love the card and your website! New to you! I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Jackie
Platte City, MO

Karin said...

Awesome! Patriotic and manly :)

Karen said...

great idea...great card....

winjes said...

Very cool to pull a patriotic color scheme with kraft. Love it.

taxded-baby said...

What a great woodgrain bg stamp! Thanks for sharing!

Samantha said...

This is just flippin' adorable!! Everytime I put woodgrain on something I make it run vertical but it looks so good here horizontal. The entire design is great!

Linda Callahan said...

I love kraft so I look forward to this week! Adorable card!

pam said...

What a great card. I am so glad that I found your blog from this partner contest. Your style is amazing!

Becky Yo said...

Love the woodgrain - very dude-like! I love Susan's blog, and now she's expanded my blog-reading horizons by pointing me your way.

Terri (blindstamper) said...

Oh! That is awesome. So unobviously patriotic! Well done!

Susan (peebsmama) said...

What a cool combination of the woodgrained background and patriotic colors/theme.

Lisa Klingbeil said...

Your card is perfect! I love Kraft, thanks for the inspiration.

Betty said...

great card and the woodgrain for background really makes it!

scgustaf said...

Great use of the woodgrain ~ TFS!

Diane (fionna51) said...

I've always loved red, white and blue with kraft and you truly did the colors proud!

..::Paulina::.. said...

Love that woodgrain! I've never made a patriotic card, but now I'm itching to! :)

Kay said...

Would not have thought red, white and blue could look so great with kraft. What a great challenge! Looking forward to more!

Patti J said...

It's fun to see you two girls push each other! We all need a good friend to do that! Love your card, AND your blog - I'm a new follower!

Mariana said...

WOW that woodgrain stamp makes it so stunning!

Lueyes said...

This is a fun challenge. I am looking forward to seeing how you both use kraft.

Mary said...

What a super card! I love how you used the woodgrain stamp. The blue and red really pop beautifully!

kellygrl27 said...

I love kraft paper. the wood grain stamp is awesome on it! great job!

Jen Price said...

The stamp that you used on this card just suites it to a tee! A very nice manly card.

Carolyn Sharkas said...

I love kraft, too, but never would have thought of putting these colors with it. Gorgeous!

Moi said...

Kraft is as American as apple pie =) I can't wait to see what you and Susan have made for this week *squeals*

Agata said...

Great masculine card! Love it!

Marie B. said...

What a splendid card, Mary Dawn! I love the color of "kraft" with the darker red and blue shades...very country looking! :)

Kirsti said...

This is fabby...so simple yet so effective...xoxo

n2kids said...

I like the woodgrain effect. Kraft is one of my favorite colors of cardstock. It's so versatile.

Doris said...

I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog! Check out my kraft card on Feb. 26 post and Susan's comment... Can't wait to see what else you'll be doing with my favorite cardstock.

Serena said...

Love the colors you used and that woodgrain background!

Sue said...

This is a great masculine, patriotic card! It would be perfect to send to Operation Write Home. Thanks for the inspiration!

Brenda R said...

I love the woodgrain and colors on this card.

Stacy said...

Beautiful colors! Just gorgeous!

Tammy said...

Love woodgrain! Fab job on layout!

kmassman said...

Love the red white and blue theme! How unique to have a wood grain finish on the background!!

Marg said...

I really like how the woodgrain stamp is used. The card is so bold looking. Great!

Diana said...

Great card! The woodgrain background gives the card a unique feel.

Barbara B. said...

Like this card a lot. Great card for a military person, or for the 4th. Also, like the woodgrain background.

scgustaf said...

Guy cards are awesome in kraft ~ TFS!

Bev E said...

Been looking for a card to write on when I mail cards to Operation Write Home. This will be great for an any hero letter. I always have trouble making a guy card. This is elegant but masculine at the same time.

lmad said...

Nice masculine card! I like it (and I'm not even American!!)

theresa said...

The wood grain background stamp on kraft sure works. This is a wonderful card.

ruth said...

Love the woodgrain background with this card! Very nice.

Terri Garrett said...

The colors in this card are beautiful together!

Michelle said...

One word....AWESOME! :)

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Oh! Love the woodgrain stamp on the kraft! Great colors too!

Stephanie said...

Great card! Really love the woodgrain and the Kraft paper!