A Krafty Spark of Kreativity #KSDT2015

Plus the Mini Me Kit  


As a member of the Kraaft Shaak Design Team I was gifted a Mixed Media Kit to play with.  This box of crafty goodness comes packed with papers, a paint sample, and mixed media fun.  There is even glitter

 I loved it so much ordered a second kit for my eleven year old daughter PLUS a Mini Me Kit and a Chalk Writer.  I gotta say, she absolutely loved unpacking all the goodies. 

 Confession.  I love unpacking the goodies too, and we kinda argued about it.  She did have to remind me that I ordered the kit for her ---so with a sigh of utter resignation ---I forced myself to let her unpack it. And as silly as it sounds, this is a true story.

Since it is her kit, she got to decide what to make.  That took awhile as she went back to the kit again and again to dream up the perfect way to use the different products inside.

 I was kinda hoping she might see how the Prima Chalk Board Paint, the tray, and the Chalk Writer might go together.  (The Chalk Writer isn't apart of the kit itself, but it's bright pink and writes this fat, smooth and creamy line.  How could I resist it?) Since She loves to write lists, recipes, and plans, I thought she might enjoy this.  

I was so happy that she agreed with what I thought would work.  This kind of agreement happens so rarely it was almost magical!  

She decided not to embellish the tray.  

The next Project was something she had made before out of construction paper.  This time she got to use real ephemera papers, a pretty napkin and scraps of papers - all from the Mixed Media Kit. 

Paper Ephemera 

She applied them to a canvas using matte medium (from my stash.)

My daughter designed and cut out her own shapes to create an owl, choosing different paints from my personal collection. (Yes, I have a paint collection.  My grandma collected elephants.  I collect art supplies!) 

She layered the papers, cut the owl, and used tiny beads and mica lakes from the kit to embellish.  The little gems were something that came from her own stash.  (Yes, my eleven year old has a stash.  It's okay.  I steal from it all the time when she's at school.  Don't TELL.)  She wanted a night sky specifically so she could use those tiny blue beads, then added only 'just enough.'  I love how the owl turned out.  He is so perfect for October!  Even if he's not the least bit frightening. 

She worked on the little mandala canvas  while the layers of the owl were drying, painted it and then did the details with two different white pens.  My favorite Signo (available at the Kraaft Shaak) and a Posca White Pen.  She also used the mixed media kit's Art Sugar (Pretty, super fine glitter.  We love this stuff.) to highlight the white areas, but my camera couldn't catch the gorgeous sparkle.  

Why This Kit?

This kit has endless possibilities for a child.  Even after three projects, there are still lots of elements left over that can be used in collage, art journaling, mixed-media, decoupage, canvas art, altered art and recycled art. Less expensive art kits can be purchased in stores for kids - if your child is satisfied with foam, pom-poms and oddly colored markers that work for one day.  There are real mixed-media elements in this kit that work for both grown ups and kids while offering a chance to try out new things.  

It is a quality kit that will last way beyond one day of projects.  

I recommend you give it a try during the short, cold days of winter.  It worked well for us during the long, hot days of summer!  Make sure you come over to the Kraafters Kommunity on G+ and share what you made.  You can also visit the Kraaft Shaak Design Team page for some really Kool and Kreative ideas how to use a Mixed Media kit.  

While you are over there...here are a couple of things you (Mom) might consider getting for me to put under my Christmas tree.(Mom- hint, hint.)  I think they would be fantastic to use in my Bible journaling, art journal, or cards for friends.  Don't you? (Mom?).  

On MY personal Wishlist 

Affiliate links: This post contains lots of links to the Kraaft Shaak.  I was gifted a Mixed Media kit as apart of the design team but I receive no commission if you click on the links and browse the store. 


Find A Group For Encouragement On Facebook

We decided to confront our negative thoughts and change them to grateful thoughts.  We decided to be authentic.  We stepped over our differences and connected with each other through the things we share in common.

Oh ladies.  We share a lot in common.  We struggle with our health,  our weight, our jobs, with our kids, our emotions, our goals, our dreams, our heart-aches.  We struggle.  And we overcome.

--I really feel like a big Broadway musical number might be happening here.  Something with a bunch of ladies of every age, swinging their fists, stomping their feet and wiggling their behinds.  And we all sing out We Are Woman!--

A new Journey will begin soon.  

Right around the hardest time of the year.  When we are busy.  When we are financially strapped.  When the days are shorter, there a little less sunshine and we all need a little extra vitamin B-12 and vitamin D taken with our meals.   

Sometimes you need a girlfriend to take your side.  Sometimes you need a girlfriend to celebrate and understand that it was a big deal that you cleaned the kitchen today, completed that project or met that goal.  

Sometimes we just want to share our journey. 

There is a moderated group for encouragement on Facebook and you are welcome to join. Come be a part of the continuing Heart of Gratitude Journey.   If you join now (FREE) you will know when we start a new challenge, which will include gratitude prompts, art prompts, Instagram prompts, prizes and flash giveaways of real stuff you need, like gift-cards for coffee.    And gift cards you can give away.  (Absolutely FREE!)  

For some people this is the hardest time of year.  If you have facebook, this does not have to be so.  There is a warm, welcoming circle of ladies waiting to encourage you and remind you of all your blessings.  All you have to do is join HERE.

My dear best friend, The curator of Cute, Nancy of Domesticraft will be joining us on this journey. 

 If you haven't met her yet you are really missing out.  She is in the midst of a whirlwind launch of her new business, providing beautiful,  affordable photos for blog posts and custom advertising.

Many of her photos on Instagram have  powerful, encouraging quotes and motivating themes. I post a lot of her photos in the group just because they are so delicious.  

Here - LOOK.

You can visit her Instagram feed and just browse through her stream of pretty photos and get a big dose of her positive personality HERE. 

So, What are you waiting for?

Feeling lonely?  Feeling down in the doldrums and you just can't lift yourself out?  Need a Friend who is generous with the virtual hugs?

It's time to join the Gratitude Girls Cheer League.  



Art Journal- Creating fearlessly

With four kids, September always feels like the start of a NEW YEAR.  The beginning of new things.  

It is a month of Transitions.  

  • My husband is at work
  • My  part-time Nanny position ended
  • Three kids are in Public School (two in high-school)
  • One kids is in on line school.  At home.  With me.  
  • My financial situation is in transition.  

This week I had three unexpected days off from my other part time job - and I am putting them to good use.  After being so busy all summer I could hardly think, it's time to get back and plug into the things I want to be doing instead of the things I have to be doing.  

You might notice some things there from Brave Girl University - they have downloads on the website created by Melody Ross that I've been playing with.  She and I have this thing in common, we love color.   I've been pushing off my worries with prayer and color.  Last night after I made these pages I finally felt some of my worry dissipate.  

Everything is going to be okay.  He's got this.  

He's got you.  

Have a great day!