Thursday, 13 May 2021

'More Than Words' Inspiration Reveal.

 As you know, this month we joined with the team from 'More Than Words' for this month's FOCUS ON FACES CHALLENGE. That means we have double the inspiration for you, how fabulous is that! Here's what the team from 'More Than Words' created...

A bit more about More Than Words....in their own words...

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Aude: For the FACEs and KRAFT challenge, I decided to highlight my friend Christelle, a nice photo of her wedding. I always create in the romantic style. I used a kraft paper bag as a basic support and patterned papers from the Mintay Florabella collection.



DanaI love the reckless, loose, and joyous spirit of the band FACES. Rod Stewart's distinctive raspy singing voice is instantly recognizable and is one of my favorites to listen to. I used a Faces concert poster that featured mix-and-match face sections and had an absolute blast putting the parts together to make faces (while listening to the album!) across the center of the page. I used a black and KRAFT patterned paper for the base of this layout and painted sections of the design to add color.



Emma: What a challenge! KRAFT paper as my base sheet and as a tag behind my image. For the FACES word challenge I couldn't stop singing Bowie's 'Changes' song with the lyrics featured. So I used it as my title along with the face image that I found on Pinterest and stencil from my stash. I also used products from 2Crafty Chipboard.


Heikes: For our beautiful May challenge I decided to get out some of my FACE stamps. The collage FACE image should be my focal point. I built my layout around this boy FACE. This was so much fun, to start a layout with a collage image. I applied a white wash to my KRAFT background paper, first. The white wash should ensure that my stamped image is nice and clear. A little bit of watercolor and stickers from 13@rts here and there, and much more. I think the FACE photos from Tim Holtz complete my layout.
 


SharonWhen I saw this challenge was about FACES, I immediately remembered photos of my daughter that I took when she was 6 years old. She was posing for the camera and looked absolutely adorable making her silly FACES and wearing cool shades. I used KRAFT paper as my background and designed my page with patterned paper and embellishments to draw your eye to the adorable fun FACES!!


AgaMy inspiration this month is a collage made in my art journal. Sometimes people can't talk about their emotions, but we see on their FACES that something is going on. We think ‘If only FACES could talk... it’ll be so much easier.’ I used a lot of KRAFT paper elements in the background of my collage. I tore the KRAFT paper into pieces and glued it onto old book pages. I painted the background using acrylic paint, embossed stamps, and I also used modeling paste with a stencil. I used 13 Arts gesso, modeling paste, acrylic ink, stencil and stamps and AB Studio wings from transparent foil. 
 
 

AsiaI have a art journal in KRAFT papers. I love to use saturated colors so I decided to add red and turquoise. I found a few gears that I prepared for another project and an idea for a male art journal page came up. I used a transparent foil from AB studio from which I transferred the male figure to the page. The man's FACE expresses self-confidence and self-control, and I matched the inscriptions with it.

 

Priya: For FACES, I used some face molds and a quote "if only FACES could talk." For KRAFT, I used a corrugated cardboard sheet.
 
Wow, how absolutely gorgeous are all their creations! It's been fabulous to share the fun with them, I hope you'll join in too. Don't forget to share your creation with both sites, there are some great prizes up on offer over at 'More Than Words'.

Saturday, 1 May 2021

May Kraft+ Challenge - Focus on Faces

 

Hello Krafters and hello May!

 

This month we have a treat for you! For the month of May, we have joined with ‘More Than Words’ blog to create one challenge that you can enter both challenge sites with. Two for one!

On top of that, we have...not one, but two Guest Designers joining us!

 

 Thank you to all who joined us last month with our SYMMETRY Challenge. The K+ Facebook Community page is looking absolutely fabulous with all your symmetrical creations.

 

 

May challenge.

 


This month we want you to FOCUS ON FACES.

 

FOCUS ON FACES.

 

The Kraft Plus Design Team

 


Funny faces, old supplies, new supplies, had fun


 


I found this to be a tricky challenge, I didn't want to just use a photo with faces. Then I found these face stamps in my stash, and thought I would make some cards with them. So basically it was the graphics of the faces that inspired me.


 


May Challenge.


 

 

 I certainly embraced the ‘face’ with this art journal page, using loads of Dina Wakley products.

 




Hey there! Our May challenge is a beauty, I think. My focus on faces is the faces of my 3 gorgeous grand boys, now living in Vietnam. I've journaled about how the eyes are the window to our souls - it's a bit hard to read, but I wanted to sort of write a note to them about who I see them becoming. ANYWAYS - there is so much you can do with this challenge! I'm looking forward to seeing YOUR take on it!


 

 


 We had a holiday at the Sunshine Coast in January and came across this fabulous mural and of course I had to get a photo for this challenge. What funky and fun faces on this wall! This was my inspiration for this months Faces challenge..

 



I did something I rarely do - reworked a LO from about 15 years ago using the same title and most of the same photos. Will put them side by side in an album just to see the change in style.


 

 

 Funny Faces it is for me! Took some quirky selfies whilst goofing around with the phone. We look forward to seeing your take on this months Faces challenges.


 

 

 The word FACES made me think of the different faces that we wear during our lives. This led to think about the different 'hats' we wear.
I seem to be switching from one hat to another a lot lately and sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming. I feel like it's a mystery which hat I'm going to be wearing from one hour to the next.
With this in mind I made a tongue-in-cheek board game - spin the spinner and see which hat to wear next!
This was a great way to use up paper scraps and leftover alphas. I printed an assortment of hats and typed the names of some of the 'hats' I wear on them. The spinner is an arrow and the face is one from ArtStacks.


 

 

Guest Designer

 

Please welcome for this month...

 

...Debra Beer

 

Thank you. Here is some info about the photo in my layout. The Bent Knee Cafe is in the small town of Denman in the Hunter Valley NSW. We met up with my daughter and the 3 eldest grandkids ,and of course coffee and milkshakes were a must have. We found this quaint Cafe called the Bent Knee Cafe. I saw the sign which really appealed to me, so I took this photo. A few days later when thinking about the challenge, I thought I have just the perfect photo, alas my layout came together beautifully.


and

 


 …Michelle Jamieson

 


 I was very excited to be asked to be a Guest Designer this month. I found a great photo to use for Focus on faces, which had approximately 16 lovely faces in this pic. I had to use a clock face embellishment to go with the challenge too. I found some very old Amy Tan “Stitched” collection in my stash and thought that was appropriate for this page. I love using washi tape on my layouts and it wouldn’t be a layout of mine without my signature doodled border and paint spots.

 

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Each month we are on the look-out for eye-catching projects for potential Guest Designers to join us. There is nothing extra you need to do, just share your layout or project in the Kraft+ Community Facebook page. We hope you all embrace the opportunity.

 

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, so we want to see Kraft as the base or ‘hero’ of your creation.

You can share your K+ creations with us on our

Facebook Kraft Plus Community Group

We no longer have the ‘linky’ tool on the blog, but would still love to see your creations. Anyone who is not on Facebook, can email us their creations and if you have a blog, a link to that so we can still visit.

Our email is kraftplusaust@yahoo.com

 

 Don't forget to pop over to the 'More Than Words' challenge Facebook site and HERE for their blog post to see the incredible inspiration from their team.



That's it for this month’s challenge. I do hope you find the time to join us and have fun with the challenge.

We can't wait to see what you all come up with this month :-)

 

Stay safe and happy Krafters.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

April Kraft+ Challenge - Inspired by Symmetry

 

Hello Krafters and welcome to April!

 

Thank you to all who participated in last month’s

TORN PAPER Challenge. The K+ Facebook Community page is looking absolutely amazing with all your torn creations! It was certainly a popular one, which was so wonderful to see.

 

 

April challenge.


 
This month it’s all about symmetry...use inspiration from this month's mood board.

 

Inspired by Symmetry Challenge.

 

The Kraft Plus Design Team

 

My April page... to create the symmetry - I marked half way on my piece of Kraft. On one half I inked through the stencil. On the other side, I traced the stencil design with a thin black pen and then used the same ink to paint in the negative space.




Wow, this challenge had me thinking. It is a great challenge, and it just requires a little thinking outside the square.
When I researched symmetry in art, the definition was "when the elements of a painting or drawing balance each other out. This could be the objects themselves, but it can also relate to colors and other compositional techniques".
This definition gave me more scope for my design. I felt my photo actually had some symmetry already, so I worked from there. I created a square of 9 black and white squares for the background. I balanced this with some stamping on the corners and some drawn lines. I also have balanced the colours to ensure they are complimenting each other.
Butterflies are also quite symmetrical to the eye, I am sure in nature they are not completely symmetrical, but I felt that adding them, added a bit more symmetry.


 

 


I have to confess, I struggled with the idea of symmetry, I couldn’t get past the idea of a butterfly. Then there was the new release from Tim Holtz with that gorgeous ‘perspective butterfly’...so of course, I had to buy it and use it for this challenge ;)

 

 


I tend to want to do the opposite to what I’m told (anyone else want to touch that bench with the ‘wet paint don’t touch’ sign?!). So I decided to do what I call ‘interrupted (or disruptive) symmetry. So even though there is a mirrored effect, it’s not quite perfect... on purpose, LOL!

 


 


HI, Here is my layout for the April challenge to be inspired by Symmetry. Symmetry to me is like 'mirror image' so I have rotated one of the photos to be a mirror image of the other photo. I have also embellished my page with elements that have a symmetry that balances my layout.. TFL!!

 




I really struggled this month with symmetry. I started, put it aside, started again, put it aside - you get the picture! The subtitle for this LO is perseverance!


 

 


 Hello Everyone! Popping in with my take on this month’s symmetrical challenge. I have used various Bee Arty Colour Inks on the love heart creating a colourful and symmetrical effect. Keeping with the Kraft theme, I have created this on a Kraft Paper bag. Something different. TFL,Amy

 




My symmetry is the four rectangles which are toughly symmetrical whether they're on a horizontal or vertical axis.
Red and kraft is one of my favourite combos and the poppies paper from ArtStacks was perfect for this

 


 

 

I am a bit time poor currently, so it's another card from me!
I have stamped a symmetrical background in different colours, using various stamps. I also stamped and watercoloured the large butterfly, with Ecoline brush markers.

 


 


 
For this LO I cut out a butterfly from the Silhouette store and used it as a mask - spraying an old Huey's spray ink. I then added some shading with a black Faber Castell gelato, and some pattern with this gorgeous floral stamp from Cocoa Vanilla More Than Words collection. I also used some old washi and alphas. I love using up old supplies!

 

 

 

Guest Designer

 

Please welcome for this month...

 

Delsie Daydreams


 ‘It was such a pleasure to be asked to guest design this month. The colour palette and mood design was way outside my normal comfort zone so I decided to keep things fairly clean and simple. Along with the colors I’ve tried to focus on the symmetry of the pictures ... I actually utilized the small cutouts from the diecut to create the other patterned focals. I’ve used a lovely piece of Graphic 45 Kraft pattern for the background and of course it wouldn’t be mine if there wasn’t some added bling. I hope you like it ... Delsie xx’

 

 

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Each month we are on the look-out for eye-catching projects for potential Guest Designers to join us. There is nothing extra you need to do, just share your layout or project in the Kraft+ Community Facebook page. We hope you all embrace the opportunity.

 

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, so we want to see Kraft as the base or ‘hero’ of your creation.

You can share your K+ creations with us on our

Facebook Kraft Plus Community Group

We no longer have the ‘linky’ tool on the blog, but would still love to see your creations. Anyone who is not on Facebook, can email us their creations and if you have a blog, a link to that so we can still visit.

Our email is kraftplusaust@yahoo.com

 

 

That's it for this month’s challenge. I do hope you find the time to join us and have fun with the challenge.

We can't wait to see what you all come up with this month :-)

 

Stay safe and happy Krafters.

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