Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A give-away? Yes, I NEED TO!


I love to give things away and it seems to have been so long since the last one...
I just decided on a WHIM I need to do it NOW!

So, without further ado, what are the rules?
Do one (or more, for multiple entries) of the following...
  1. Like our Facebook page Kraaft Shaak.
  2. Become a follower of this blog. (over on the right--->)
  3. View our online Idea Book and leave us a comment about your most loved item.
  4. Email me - kraaftshaak@yahoo.com - with an order from the Idea Book and receive 1 entry for every $10 you spend!
  5. Share us on your blog OR on facebook!
Once you have done ONE (or more) of the items above, be sure to finish your entry by leaving us a comment with your name and ALL of the ways you entered (from the list above).  I am so excited to give stuff away
but what is the big deal if you have NO IDEA what you will get for free?

SO...Here is what I am giving away!

A HANDMADE GIFT* from this list

A set of 6 Christmas Cards

A 3X3 gift box

A NOEL verticle sign
*actual item will vary in color and style. I will contact winner for details!

Now, get to it!
spread the word,
like the page,
become a follower
whatever you have to do to enter to win!
DO IT!!!


Drawing will be held FRIDAY December 9th, 2011 at midnight (MT time)
Announcement will be made immediately after! 
REMEMBER!  You need to leave a comment and be sure to let us know which one of the above you did!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Finally, a post with some artwork!

Today I am featuring two versions of one of our Home Decor/Gift Giving projects.

The first is NOEL. 
Noel is made of liteweight cardboard, designer papers and ribbon with lots of BLING to bring out the sparkle of the season.
What an endearing way to celebrate the season!

 The perfect size for sharing and displaying!
It is over 2 feet long and 5 inches wide.
It easily folds up and fits into an envelope
for sending with a card to a loved one.

Check out that bling!
Glittered Embossing makes it sparkle and shine

 A few added gems to give the notes a chance to sing!

Maybe you would prefer a year 'round decoration?
No problem!  You can choose any word, phrase or series of words to create yours.

Here I chose LOVE to focus on the one thing we must all try to remember!
You can always do your last name, FALL or even Peace, Hope and Love if you like.
Your imagination is your limit!

Notice the rhinestones on the swirl?
I cut out the swirl using the Cricut and attached the rhinestones just seconds later.
It make such an impact! 

Yours will be a custom made gift that you may just have to make two (one to keep for yourself)

So hurry on over to our Projects and Class Schedules page to sign up for the
You will be tickled to find you MADE something and had a blast!

Have a Kraafty day!

Monday, October 31, 2011

November Calendar PLUS!

Hello fellow Kraafters!

I have had a blast this month putting finishing touches on my awesome blog
              (Ya!  I said it, AWESOME!)

I hope you have enjoyed them too...although I will admit I am not done!

As a matter of fact I am on here right now to share that I have added a NEW feature!

A sign up form for Workshops!

So, if you head up to that tab up there at the top that reads Projects and Class Schedules you will find our interactive calendar and just below that is a fabulous NEW form to fill out.

So why are you still sitting here on this boring page???
Get over there and fill out the form for your favorite workshop NOW!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

CHANGES, I am loving the changes!

So, in honor of "changes" I have added a new feature to the blog!


If you go to the tab up at the top that reads Projects and Class Schedules you will find an interactive calendar that allows you to see the details of our schedule, the prices and how you can participate!

I am super excited to add this feature and I hope it means less confusion for our customers.

Please let me know what you think!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Making some changes...

I am thrilled to announce we have many changes taking place here at the Kraaft Shaak.

#1 - our blog is receiving some much needed revamping.  Each change brings us closer to what we really want it to be here.  I am learning all sorts of new things thanks to Tresa Black over at Fabulously Artsy and her BlogtoberFest.  Check out the button on the right to find out more about that.

#2 - the Shaak needs some redo, not physically but in the way we originally planned the hours and vision of the Shaak.  We will no longer be having OPEN hours and we will be focusing on holding more workshops instead.

#3 - The above changes will allow me to be more involved in my own projects which will include more custom work for you and more items to be added to our etsy store.

#4 - the etsy store will be up and running soon ... check back for more on that!

WOW!  That is a lot!

I want to begin featuring some techniques on Tuesdays...and 5 minute Fridays...I also want to feature more work by the students who use the Shaak, because quite honestly, that is where you see true talent!

In the next few days to weeks you will see lots going on here and I would love it if you would join us by email or by following on the right ----->

Leaving comments is always great because it lets me know which items to keep doing and what to get rid of! 

I hope your day is a Kaafty one!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Our Very First Birthday Party!

There are so many things to share this week…I have hardly had time to enjoy the success besides tell the blogging world about it!
Instant gratification is found at the Facebook page, but not many details…here is where I give the ups and downs of the whole ordeal…so get to it already!!!!  I know!
So…I have been holding back on sharing this because I wanted to present this to you in a FULLY COMPLETE project and keep it a secret from my victim client.
First, my client was my dear friend and her daughter.  She came to me and asked if we could do a painting party for 8 five and under kiddos.  HECK YA! Second, she had some parameters…the little girl in question loves polka dots and pink and green.  Could I deal with that?  Oh you know I could!!!
I was willing and able and super SUPER excited to take on this challenge.
That night I began sketching out my ideas and I had trouble sleeping only because I really wanted to work on it right then and there!
I am going to let you into my brain for a minute…excuse the mess!scan0001scan0002scan0006
So now that you have seen the mess my brain makes on paper you are probably wondering How in the world did it turn out???  Oh I am more than happy to show you that!
But first…let me just say how much fun it was to hang out with a group little ones again.  My youngest son (I have three actually) turns 11 next week and although he is my darling little guy forever will be my baby he is not a baby anymore!  So when I say it was fun to be with little people for a day, I mean it!
We painted little plaster figures, created foam pennants using sticky foam decorations, we went bowling with extra large bowling set and we did musical chairs and duck duck goose and we had cupcakes and opened gifts.  Super fun time for sure…but I needed a nap when it was over!
Here are some of the pictures I took and then revamped on Picnik.com (love this site for sure) and even a few I collaged for the momma and for my shop portfolio…enjoy Smile
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My collages …
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Now I want to share some up close shots of the projects I made for the birthday girl that we used as decorations…she then used them at her “family” party and it was awesome!
This is a typical birthday package d├ęcor pack.  All the items shown will be customized to YOUR event!
Invite FrontInvite Inside
You have to invite them…of course I include an extra for the scrapbook!
Birthday Set up 2BannerBanner closeup 1Banner Closeup 2Banner Closeup 3
Banner Closeup 4
Here is the banner I sketched earlier…yes!  That is how I roll!  Can’t you just see this in her room…yours will be tailored to your event!
Centerpiece and matching invite
The stuff  H A S to match of course!
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This was so cute…it came to me a few nights later…make a CUPCAKE centerpiece!
CupCake Toppers       Cup Cake Toppers
Toppers for the cupcakes in this case but if you want a cake topper I can do that too!  Let me know.
Painting SetupThe craft set up…this and the pennant craft were included in this package.  Your event will be what you want it to be,s o we can discuss just what you want to share with your guests…like maybe card making for older kids or scrapping night for moms!  We can work it out!

Well that was the Kraaft Shaak’s very first party package…what did you think?

On another note…
Remember friends, I am RE-Vamping The Blog in my Blogtoberfest adventure with Tresa Black over at Fabulously Artsy.  She is teaching us some cool stuff so head on over and work on yours!
This last weeks lesson … Taking Better Artwork Photos
Here is my BEFORE                        
340         Invite Front
                                                     Here is my AFTER!