Tuesday, 1 January 2019

January 2019...Inspired by Indigenous Art!

Hello Krafters!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a lovely start to the New Year, however you celebrated it.
We are looking forward to a new year of challenges and inspiration, here at Kraft Plus! We do hope we can inspire you to join us!

Firstly, it’s with great sadness, that we say goodbye to...

We sincerely thank Agnus for her creativity and support during her time with us and wish her all the very best...it’s been a pleasure, you will be missed xo

On a happier note, it’s with great excitement and pleasure to introduce a new addition to the team...please make her feel welcome...

It's fabulous to have Tracey join the team, I'm a huge fan of her work and have been lucky enough to gawk over her shoulder at retreat and see her creations in real life...wow!

Now, onto this month’s very colourful challenge...

 This month we would like you to be inspired by INDIGENOUS ART. I hope you are inspired by these pieces from Raelene Stevens, Sally Clark, Tammy Mathews & Deborah Bonar.
As always, our stunning graphics was created by our one and only, Amanda Hall.

We welcome all kinds of Kraft entries for our challenges, from a traditional layout, cards, digital layouts, art journal and tags etc., just please remember that it is all about the Kraft!!!
You can share your K+ creations with us either in our
OR via the inlinkz tool in the sidebar

The Kraft Plus Design Team

A simple card with an Indigenous inspired pattern.

 My January challenge page

I have to confess, this layout was started and completed yesterday afternoon, so please don't get overwhelmed by this month's challenge. I've used a stencil and 3 paint colours to match my sunrise photo. I then added a few dots around a couple of the circles with 'posca pens'...super simple!

For this fabulous challenge I took inspiration from the wave-like pattern, top middle, & then remembered I had these photos from my son’s 30th. Voilà! Dots & waves! I hope this month’s challenge inspires YOU to get scrappy too😊

Had fun with this Art Journal page. Such an inspiring graphic. Very satisfying and meditative process, starting from a blank Kraft page, to the finished piece. All hand drawn background. I used Distress Oxide inks, paint pens, alcohol ink markers and journal pens.

 HI. Here is my layout for the January 2019 challenge. I was inspired by the top right picture of black and whtie and spots, so that is what I have used on my page.. TFL!!

 Hi ladies, I am in the midst of moving house, but I took some "me" time today to scrap, it was awesome. I cheated a little with this one and created a cut file with a single circle. I layered the cut Kraft over a piece of starburst patterned paper to match the colours on my niece's shirt. I couldn't get the title quite right, so free hand scripted the 'free' then scanned and cut it out. Love how the finished product looks.

Be Happy’-i was inspired by the dots and colours on this Months Challenge Board.I have used dots and circles in various forms here.Hope you can join in too.😀

It took a while but when inspiration struck I loved the bright colours and all the circles in the art work. And I also drew inspiration from the pops of black.

 Like most of the others, this challenge made me think! I was inspired by one image in particular, in the middle second from the top (in case you hadn't worked it out!) and this was where I started. After creating some detail like this I used some circle stamps in black ink and then finished off with white dots using a paint pen, I loved how it came out!

As always, these girls have amazed me with their creativity!

 The Kraft Plus Guest Designers

This month we are lucky enough to have two Guest Designers join us and wow, did they blow me away with their creations!

First up is, Kerry Wagstaff

  "I painted the painted the background and used Kaisercraft Australiana paper range"
You can find Kerry on Instagram @kerry2902

Also joining us is International Guest Designer, Apexa Nagar, who has completed two stunning creations for us!

This is certainly the most attractive home for your paint brushes!

Apexa has also done a tutorial for both her projects, Kraft dolls & Traditional House organiser, which you can find on her blog HERE. I would highly recommend checking them out!
You can also find Apexa on Instagram @artstudiobyapexaa

Thank you so much ladies for joining us this month, we really appreciate it!

That's it for the January challenge. I do hope you enjoy this month’s INDIGENOUS ART challenge.

Thank you to all of you who played along with our December, NEEDLES & PINS challenge, we love that you shared those with us!
We can't wait to see what you all come up with for this month :-)

Saturday, 1 December 2018

December Challenge...Needles and Pins

Hello Krafters!

Welcome to a new monthly challenge, our final for 2018!


This month we want you thinking about NEEDLES AND PINS.


Once again, Amanda Hall has done a wonderful job with our inspiration graphics! We'd seriously be lost without her.

Here's where the challenge took the Design Team...

  Hello! I used "Needles and Pins" in a few ways on this layout. I stitched the title with my sewing machine, which was challenging but fun, and I stitched a decorative border around the page. I also used a pin on the body of my butterfly.

adding a hand stitched frame to the photo and some perforated paper designed for hand stitching

Hi Krafters, a fun and fabulous challenge for the month of December. I couldn't go past creating a Christmas Card. I have stitched the background with my sewing machine and used a needle to thread and sew the buttons on.

 Machine stitching for my December page with this funny little face!

I have machine stitched on my layout, giving a frame around the photo and photo matting. I also stitched on the Charms Creations charms, the banners and the tag in the bottom L corner.

 'Needles and Pins' made me think of my daughter and her tattoo...this is the girl who will pass out at the mere discussion of needles! Haha I used to laugh when she spoke about getting a tattoo, but this just goes to prove you can overcome anything if you really want it! I've also machine stitched my page, using a Dina Wakley stencil as my template and included a leaf pin in my flower cluster.

 This month I felt like doing some cards - and did a bit of crazy and not so crazy stitching on them! I could have hand stitch - but don’t have the patience. Do YOU? Would love to see your take on our current ‘needles and pins’ challenge!

 Hi Here is my layout for the Needles and Pins challenge.. I have done some hand and machine sewing as well as used a stitching stamp and I found some decorative pins which are on my layout too.. TFL!!

Merry Christmas card with stitched tag.

 Hi all! I have die-cut the felt embellishments and hand sewn the buttons and the hearts together! TFL Amy

 I’ve sketched out the basic shapes with a lead pencil and then using my sewing machine added sewing to them all for a fun textured look. Finished off with some tiny word stickers and splatters!

This month we are very excited to re-introduce our Monthly Guest Designer and are thrillled to introduce...

Tamara McMahon

   Hi, my name is Tamara McMahon and I’m pretty new to the Kraft+ Community. I have only created two monthly challenges before and have then been lucky enough to be a Guest Designer! My project for this month was “needles and pins” which literally transpired to “sewing” for me with a few different types on my Scrapbooking layout. Firstly, the border is done using a straight stitch on the sewing machine then zig zag stitch has been used to secure the paper strips to the page. There are also some black embroidered hearts, hand sewn sequins and loose, messy cotton. To complete the layout, I have used a star embellishment featuring sewing (Charms Creations) and a yellow safety pin. I had so much fun creating this layout, be sure to play along this month with some sewing on your page and before you know it, you will be addicted!

Thank you so much for joining us Tamara, it was a pleasure to have you join us :-)

How fabulous are all these creations...I love each and every one of them! I do hope they inspire you to give this month's challenge a go. Please remember to share with us here through the linky or on the Facebook Community page. We are also on Instagam for any Instagramers out there, just tag us @kraftpluschallenges so we can see it.

Have fun with this challenge!

Merry Christmas and wishing all our Krafters a safe and happy New Year!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

November Challenge! 'Mosaic'

Hello Krafters and hello November! 

Last month seriously flashed past fast! Though the best thing about a new month, is we get to share a fabulous new challenge with you all, but firstly, I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our 'Friends' challenge. It was so heartwarming to see all those special friendships in all their different forms :-)

This month's challenge is "MOSAIC"...on the tiles.

We welcome all kinds of craft as entries for our challenges, from traditional layout, cards, digital layouts, art journaling and tags etc. but please remember that it is all about the Kraft!!
You can share your K+ creations with us either in our 
Facebook Kraft Plus Community Group
OR via the inlinkz tool in the sidebar 

The Kraft Plus Design Team

When I saw this cut file it immediately made me think I could use it for this challenge and I love how it came together!

 I had some beautiful mosaic paper from Kaisercraft that was perfect for this challenge! I made a repeated pattern of stacked squares and alternated placing photos and mosaic tiles on them. These lionfish were simply amazing and swimming with them was such a special experience.

 My take on the Mosaic Challenge. A really quick and simple card with a mosaic pattern printed onto Kraft.

 I created my own mosiac wave, with small squares of paper. I white washed it and added a bit of colour! Nice challenge! Thanks!

  I was inspired by the mosaic tiles on the floor, so tried to replicate that in my background. I also had some little chipboard diamonds, so added these to the white diamonds.

  I altered a Silhouette cut file to create the background tiles, then added some white pastel to help create more dimension. I also cut up one of my photos (of the mosaic wall) and used bits of it in a few different ways to add a bit of detail to the page. I'm really happy with how the patterned paper works with the photo.

 When I saw this stencil by Stencil Girl, I knew I had to buy it, purely for this challenge! I had an idea in my head using the gel plate, but haha those videos on 'You Tube' make it look easier than it is...well, for me anyway! I still love the results and it was certainly had fun creating this one.

 My mosaic page. Heather and I used the same papers!
I decided to do a Traveller’s Notebook spread - but didn’t want to use Kraft cardstock as it’s too bulky. So made my own using copy paper & Tim Holtz ‘Twigs’ ink! Created the mosaic bg with a stencil as a base, & kept tweaking it to work with the flower photo! The journaling is all about my bucket wish list to experience seeing these Italian wildflowers in real life!

My Mosaic challenge. Memories of my former home, Port Douglas, FNQ. I've gone with an 8.5 x 11" format for a nice change ! 

 Hi Here is my layout for the Mosaic challenge.. I have used two types of mosaic, the stencil and the collage in the circle element... TFL!!

 'Vroom Vroom' is my fun take on this month's Mosaic Challenge. With thanks, Amy

How gorgeous are all these creations by the Design Team, I'm left with a smile on my face after completing the blog post...it simply makes me happy!

As of next month, we are bringing back our Guest Designer! We already have our 1st one line up and we are looking forward to introducing her in December. Each month we are on the look out for creations that catch our eye...will it be you? To be in for a chance, all you have to do is participate in the monthly challenge, by entering your layout, card, tag, etc., on the Facebook Community page. Hopefully you'll be excited to join us!

Thank you again, to all who joined us last month! We look forward to seeing what you come up with for this one. 

Happy Krafting!

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