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 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!

Monday, 1 October 2018

October Challenge: Friends

Hello Krafters!

It’s Paula here, writing my first Kraft+ blog post to you all! As I write this, there is a sense of nervousness, because, let's face it...we have really BIG shoes to fill with Sandra gone. Though Katie, Emma, Rachel and I are super keen to share with everyone, what we’ve been up to behind the scenes, already creating 12 months of absolutely fabulous challenges, haha if I do say so myself ;-) . We are very excited to share those with you in the New Year! I believe and am confident with the continued support from the K+ Designers and all of you in the K+ Community, that we can nurture Sandra’s baby & make her proud!

It’s also with great sadness that we say goodbye to the following Design Team ladies. We sincerely thank them for their creativity and support during their time with us and wish them all the very best for their new will all be missed xo


On a happier note, it’s with great excitement and pleasure to introduce you to a couple of fabulously inspirational ladies, who are joining the team! Please make them feel welcome...

 I'm personally very excited to have Amy and Melinda joining us!

Now, how about we get onto this month’s gorgeous challenge...seriously, where would we be, without our FRIENDS!

 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

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

Hi All! It’s Amy here – am super-excited to be here, sharing with you, my first challenge post as a DT member for K+ Aus! Here is a post of me with one of my awesome scrapping friends, Judy Carter. TFL!

I’m so excited to share my first page as part of this A-MAZINGLY talented team <3 <3 <3 I though what better time to scrap a photo of a friend and myself scrapping than this challenge!!

Two of our friends got married and it was a great excuse for us all to get together. We all had a wonderful day! Friends at a wedding are good friends indeed!

Celebrating the special friendship between my little guy and his furry friend Patch :-)

Morning Krafters, here is my take for the October “Friends” challenge. To me scrapping is not always about the perfect photo, it’s about the memory...this photo is a little blurry, but I still love it and the memory it holds for me. These 2 have always been really good buddies/friends and I hope they will  always be that way.

“New friends”, for the October challenge.

 A layout celebrating a most wonderful and beautiful friend!!! Love you Janet! <3


I'm lucky enough to call this gorgeous soul my friend and I took a bit of inspiration from her while creating this layout!

 Finally finished my October page. It has been on my desk for ages! This is my friend Jenny and she has just moved 3 hrs away recently.

 Summer, friends, camping – couldn’t resist doing a fun, bubbly layout – just like this group of mates!!

Always been a fan of the FRIENDS sitcom and my kids now watch it too. We came across a replica of the Central Perk cafe in Singapore last year, a bit of fun.

 Hi. My layout for the Friends criteria...this is my Dearest Friend & I...She means so much to me...I am so blessed to call her my friend...TFL!

When I thought about this challenge I was reminded that not only are my nephew and nieces family they are good friends too. It is always heart warming to watch them play together like the best of friends, hence my only bit of journaling being "Cousins & Friends".

That's it for the October challenge. I do hope you enjoy this months FRIENDS challenge.
Thank you to all of you who played along with our September Office Supplies challenge, the Facebook K+ Community Group gallery look so fabulous!
We can't wait to see what you all come up with this month :-)
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