Saturday, 21 October 2017

Out of the Hollow by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with an Autumnal themed tag for you all. 

What to do:

I’m turning into a bit of a magpie when it comes to collecting bit and pieces for my crafty supplies and of course a lovely piece of thick corrugated cardboard never goes wasted in my house! So this was the substrate I used for the tag, I just traced around a size 8 tag to get the shape as I didn’t want it too perfect.

I then painted it with a mixture of DecoArt paints in Autumnal colours and then dried thoroughly.

I added a little stamping to the background with a That’s Crafty! texture stamp using black Archival ink, then applied a layer of DecoArt Crackle Paste to it and put to one side to let it dry.

Using the fab die set from Tim Holtz I cut the raven and feathers with it from some scraps of Gelli printed paper I had in my stash. Sometimes if a Gelli print doesn’t turn out like you hoped, keep it, as it may be useful for using for future die cuts.

Before you stick the die cuts on the tag, take a white Posca pen and tap it to splatter the white dots over the background, this is a really good way of creating those splatters without making too much mess!

Now adhere the die cuts, add some buttons, tie a loose bow with raffia and add a Tim Holtz sentiment as a finishing touch.

Doesn’t Autumn lend itself to so many ideas for us crafters.

Supplies Used:

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 20 October 2017

Winter Moon by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a frosty offering this week as I thought I would share the other card I made for the last Hochanda shows. This one is a Christmas card with a difference featuring one of the gorgeous new greyboard shapes.


That’s Crafty! Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets – Fairies and Wings, Small Snowflakes
That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paints – Dark Blue, Pearl, Pink, Purple, Turquoise
Clear Embossing Ink – I used the Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Silver Cardstock


I first made the background paper using a rather messy but fun method. All I did was to add dots of all of the Shimmer Paints and some gesso to my craft mat. I then spread the colours with my fingers (the messy bit!) and pressed on a piece of mixed media paper cut to fit my card blank. As the colour was quite thick, I pressed another square on top and transferred some of the paint to that – 2 for the price of one!

As you can see from the above sample, the effect is a bit like frosting which is perfect for Winter cards.

I next added a snowflake pattern to my painted paper using the stencil and the embossing dabber. I did this a couple at a time, sprinkling on white embossing powder and heat setting before carrying on. As the stencil is quite large, it stops the powder getting knocked off

I then painted the largest girl on moon embellishment with several coats of white gesso, drying in between. Once the greyboard was completely covered, I heat embossing her with the sparkly embossing powder, again adding several coats. I painted and embossed several snowflakes in the same way.

I stamped the Christmas sentiment on a scarp of mixed media paper with the bright pink ink and cut the words out. I brushed on a wash of pink shimmer paint and when it was dry, brushed on a coat of glitter glue.

I assembled all the elements on my card after gluing on the background paper with a mat of silver card and finished of with a sprinkle of self-adhesive sparkly gems.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Just a Note by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello everyone, it's my turn today to share some That's Crafty! Creativity.
I've been making books this week, all different shapes and sizes, the one I am about to share came about when I found a heart previously prepared and mislaid way back in August so using it was long overdue.

Here is my *Just a note* book created using that very same heart and those how to do's.


Using two white/greyboard panels (2) I scraped on Antique Gold, Bronze and Copper Multi Surface Paint with a palette knife and dried with a heat tool to bubble up those textures.

I dulled down the sheen by dry brushing Chestnut Brown in some areas 
                   allowing the shimmer of  the metallic paints to peep through.                            

The found heart was created at the same time as my Jewellery Hanger so the build and blend of Multi Surface Paints is the same, *Brown, Red and Bronze* apart from the addition of some lace and an overlay of crackle paint.

Eyelets have been attached with a Crop-A-Dile to stop wear and tear and 
papers recycled from an old exercise book cut to size to create this new one. 

I added chain and a hand crafted wire Treble Clef for detail 
before gluing the heart on the cover of the note book.

The book is held together with three Tim Holtz mini book rings
with a chunky triangular pencil cut down to size and attached with wire and chain.
It slots perfectly into those rings.

The added words go with the *Note*...

Thank you for sharing your time again,
I look forward to sharing some more of mine 
with you all again next Thursday.

Take care everyone & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Panels (2)
That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Hearts
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Metallics
We R Memory Keepers - Crop -A- Dile
That's Crafty! Multi Purpose Glue
Tim Holtz - Mini Book Rings
Chains, wire, lace and pencil from stash

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

ATC with 3D Gloss Gel by Melina Dahl

We have a sneaky peek video HERE from Melina of one of our 
new products that we will be launching next week!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Watch the Stars by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

For this week’s piece I have been playing with Seth Apter dies to make this wall hanging.

Here’s What I Did:

This piece all started with a piece of black card, onto that I sponged, using Cut and Dry Foam, a selection of different colours of Finnabair Impasto paints, I love the thickness of these paints and the texture that they create. The paints were sponged through a Patti Tolley stencil. I then went round each piece of the stenciling with a chrome pen. 

I then glued the background card to one of That’s Crafty! 6” x 6” MDF boards and then trimmed the background to fit. I then used the chrome pen to flick chrome splatters over the background. I then die cut from black card Seth Apters ‘Starstruck’ die twice and again sponged the Impasto paints onto them. 

When the paints were dry I outlined the dies using a chrome pen, sadly the photo doesn’t show how shiny the chrome pen is. I then added them to the background off setting one on top of the other. On top of these I then die cut Seth’s Robo Star, again using black card but this time adding no paint and only adding the chrome pen outline, this I then added on top. To the centre I stenciled the word ‘up’ a word from one of Seth stencils. 

The piece was finished off with a sentiment from one of Alison Bombers PaperArtsy stamp sets, stamped in black on white card, cut out and edged with a black fineliner pen. I finished by adding a few decorative stars from my stash Just need to hang on the wall now.

Here’s What I Used:

Seth Apter Dies – Starstruck & Robo Star

See you next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 16 October 2017

Trees are Poems by Dorthe Hansen

Another Monday - rainy here and with a little blue sky in between. Just as the weather was when I started this panel using an MDF surface, 6x6 inch. 

It was painted over with White paint and dried. On top I added a very water thinned Walnut Brown and let it run down the panel, in some places. After dried, I stenciled Water Drops onto upper part of the panel with texture paste.

Left to dry, I painted Dove, toadstools, tree and 3 leaves - first in white paint and then I added a good layer of gesso to the tree. To create texture, I used a toothpick to create patterns on the tree trunk. When it all was dry, I mixed a tiny amount of Brown with Yellow to get a kind of warm light nature tone, for the toadstools and leaves, in certain places and also added details to the toadstool with brown fine liner. The tree was also painted with the light nature tone. All was again left to dry and while waiting, the panel was now ready to be sprayed with  Infusions Sleigh Blue on the upper part. On to that, I dapped Teal paint onto the water drops  and made splashes all over by tapping the pen.

The tree and toadstools were painted with Distress Crackle Paint and I also smeared it onto the panel in a few places, to create more texture. The 3 leaves were given details with the Chestnut Brown and a thin brush.

When the crackle paint had dried, Chestnut Brown paint was smeared into the cracks and then quickly removed from the surface and mostly left in the crackles to show wonderful patterns on both toadstools and tree. The tree branches I painted with the beautiful Chestnut Brown too.

I adhered nature coloured lace and some found bark pieces to the bottom panel and on top, adhered the toadstools and tree. The dove was given detail with a brown fine liner and onto a brown bag, I stamped one of Alison Bombers beautiful quotes, cut the words apart and adhered to panel, together with the dove. A little White paint was smeared around the word panels, to make them pop a bit.

I hope this wasn't too long, so I lost you all on the “road”. If not, thank you to you all and wishes for a most wonderful week, to you, dear friends.



Materials used:

That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard: Autumn, Toadstools, Tree,  Robins and Doves
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paint:  White, Teal, Chestnut Brown, Yellow
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint: Picket Fence
Fine Liner: Brown
Faber Castell: Artist Pen Black
Laces and found nature bark 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

She Wears Butterflies In Her Hair by Lynne Moncrieff

This art shrine is another sample made for HOCHANDA, where I decided to combine some of the earlier Bits ‘n’ Pieces Greyboard, the sweet butterflies with the art shrine which was being showcased on HOCHANDA.

The Art Shrines were a product which instantly appealed to me from when they were first launched. They work for all styles, themes and perfect for Mixed Media.


That’s Crafty! Large Butterfly Wings, Small Butterflies – Bits’n’ Pieces Greyboard Surfaces
That’s Crafty! Acrylics: Antique Gold, Copper
Extras: Old crochet doily, collage image, floral fabric, old book page


Assemble art shrine then apply Gesso. Onto craft sheet, apply paints, then press art shrine into the paints. It is messy but I’m okay with messy! Repeat this step for the butterflies, butterfly wings and MDF tag.

Stain floral fabric and ensure it is dry before adhering into recess of shrine. I leave the fabric to dry naturally and what I tend to do is stain items last thing at night and leave to dry overnight and I know it will definitely be ready for the next time I can give attention to it.

Stamp rainbow directly onto face of shrine. Now, create the little butterfly girl by cutting the prepared large butterfly wings in half, placing behind fussy cut collage image. Add snippets from vintage doily, including a floral motif placed in her hair, then layer the prepared butterflies. Add a butterfly to her neckline. 

Stamp Affirmation onto old book page, the margin of it. Cut into word tiles, layering onto scraps of the stained fabric, adhering to the prepared tag. * Attach a thin piece of fabric to suspend the tag and place the ends of the fabric behind the butterfly girl*

To bottom edge, layer piece of the crochet doily, layering butterflies in corner of shrine.

She is ready to be displayed.


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