Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Journal by Amanda Southern

 Hi Everyone

I have been playing this week by making my own journal using Eileen Hull’s Journal die.

Here’s What I Did:

Using Eileen Hull’s Journal die, temporarily out of stock in the shop but back in stock soon, I cut the covers using mountboard - you could also use sheets of That’s Crafty! white/greyboard. 

I then painted the covers front and back in black gesso and then again with black Dylusions paint. I then took a piece of card that I had used to clean paint from my brayer on and cut it up into randomly sized square shapes and then added them to the front and back covers, overlapping them and applying so it gave me random finished edges. Taking a black Distress crayon I ran it around all the edges of each square and then blended this is using a slightly damp baby wipe and that best of all tool that we all have the finger. I then needed to seal this surface so gave it a coat of matte medium you have to apply this in quick brush strokes as the matte medium moves the Distress crayon around.

Once that was dry I stencilled on the flower, one of my favourite stencils from the ever growing That’s Crafty! own brand range, however I masked off some of the stencil with tape before I used it as I only wanted the flower part.

I blended from yellow in the centre to orange to red applying Finnabair Impasto paints with Cut and Dry Foam. I let that dry and then added the Jade Impasto paint through another stencil. I then sealed it all again with matte medium. The back cover was made to match. 

Onto a scrap of white card I blended from red to yellow using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens but you could do this with any water based pens or inks and onto this I stamped the sentiment from one of Lynne’s Affirmations stamp set. I then put the journal together following the instructions of the die.

I then filled the journal with a selection of different sorts of blank pages that take a variety of art mediums, I also included some designer papers.

I’m thinking it might make a little gift for an arty friend.

Here’s What I Used:

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Scrap paint covered paper from my stash
Finnabair Impasto Paints – Lemon Peel, Pumpkin, Poppy Red & Jade
Istencil - Patti Tolley Parrish from my stash but similar available
Black String Elastic
Black Button
Selection of artist papers
Designer papers from my stash

Have a fabulous day

Amanda X

Monday, 20 November 2017

Colour your Magical World by Dorthe Hansen

Welcome to my turn to post, as Monday has luckily showed up again.

I started this winter wonderland creation, using a greyboard panel. It was painted with Multi Surface paints -Teal mixed with White and Metallic Ice Blue. After dry, I stenciled the Bare Tree stencil, using Distress Oxide Iced Spruce, left to dry and in between, run the butterflies through my Big Shot using Sizzix Embossing Folder Paisley. 

They were painted with the mixed Teal and White, dried and Ice blue gave the detail of shine. The wild flowers Bits and Pieces, were also painted with Ice Blue all over  and then I added Crackle paint to the center of them and also to the background panel, in a few places to create texture. Onto the tree, now dry, I also smeared crackle paint to the trunk. 

After dried, I added the Teal paint to the background crackle, wiped it off, added again and repeated till I was satisfied with the result. The flowers and tree trunk had a drop of Antiquing Cream added to the crackles, which also after some seconds, was wiped away with a damp cloth.

White glitter was added to the butterflies and flowers, using the Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive as binder and left to dry

Onto the tree - I added details with both white paint and thinned Chestnut Brown to create a shadow effect. I love the Snowflake stencil and it was used to create light spots onto the panel in some places using the new Texture Paste.

After all had dried, butterflies and flowers were also given detail using the brown paint and a fine liner. They were adhered to the panel, with the Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive.  I used two “berries” from my stash and wound metallic flower thread around to form the feelers to the butterfly. Lynne’s Affirmation was stamped onto a piece of brown paper bag from my stash, cut out and the perimeter lined with the brown fine liner.

To create a winter landscape to the bottom panel, I found a piece of white old lace, cones I glittered with silver and another silvery “branch” all from my stash. If you don`t collect cones like I do, you can also create texture and winter landscape, using the remnants from the Bits and Pieces sheets. The tiny rests from flowers and leaves, look amazing after having been painted white, glittered and stacked along the bottom panel.

A piece of Sari Silk finish the creation, after making a hole in the top, to maybe hang the panel.

Thank you friends, for visiting and for being with me to the end of my post –
To all of you a wonderful new week.

Hugs and love


Materials used:

That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Embellishments: Small Wild Flowers, Large Butterflies
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paint: Metallic Ice Blue, Chestnut Brown, White, Teal
Distress Crackle Paint Picket Fence
Fine Liner Brown
Sizzix Embossing Folder Paisley 

From my stash: Paper bag, lace, cones from the wood, berries and stem, flower metallic thread, white and silver glitter

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Birds of a Feather by Lynne Moncrieff

Sharing a small card with you, I don’t share cards very often.


(Other Character Constructions stamps MTP No. 10, Queen of Tarts No. 1)
Walnut Ink (substitute with Ranger Walnut Ink Distress Spray or Distress Ink)
Extra: Stained Fibres


Apply walnut ink to cardstock. Just before it dries, splatter more walnut ink, producing a lovely mottled effect, perfect for nature inspired projects. Once dry, tear cardstock into size required, adhering to cardbase.

Stamp image directly and onto scrap pieces of walnut ink cardstock, stamp label, egg and branch. Fussy cut all. Attach fibre to egg, dangle from branch. 

Apply copper paint onto pair of wings, slightly bending. Once dry, place onto image and finally, apply paint to edge of cardbase, I like to apply with my fingertips.

Until next week,



Saturday, 18 November 2017

Star Struck by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a starry eyed bunny for you.

What I did:

First step was to take a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and swoosh it through some diluted Distress Oxides on my craft mat. I really wanted muted tones for the card so I stuck to the blues and browns for this. 

Once that was dried thoroughly, I set about stamping the Rubber Dance bunny and the That’s Crafty! stars in Archival ink, Potting Soil. I then coloured the bunny and stars with more Distress Oxides but this time I diluted them with a water brush keeping to the blues and browns again. Apart from a little pink to the bunny’s inner ear of course!

Then I stamped a sentiment from PaperArtsy to tie in with the stars theme.

I thought it looked a little too muted so I went over the outlines of the bunny and stars with a dark brown pencil just to make the stamping more prominent.

Final touch was to add to black card then mount onto white cardstock and add a bit of my beloved twine.

Ah doesn’t bunny look cute doing a bit of star gazing?!

Supplies Used:

Hope you like it


Friday, 17 November 2017

Fairy Dancer by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a mixed media art panel to share this week, as I couldn’t resist creating something with the sweet little dancer included in the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls pack. She’s so adorable that I had to find her a pretty setting and this art panel is the result.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Set – Lynne’s Affirmations Sets 1 and 5
That’s Crafty! Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets – Small Butterflies & Dragonflies, Small Wild Flowers
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paints – White, Teal, Christmas Red, Yellow, Metallic Pearl, Purple, Green, Metallic Ice Blue
That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paints – Dark Blue, Purple
Mixed Media Paper


First colour the panel by adding small dots of yellow, red, metallic pearl and larger dots of white. Run the brayer over to spread the paints all over the panel and blot if necessary with a paper towel.

Now add the stencil over the top and add a pattern with some teal mixed with white to soften the colour. Repeat on the area not previously covered by the stencil to complete the patterned surface.

Paint a couple of the wildflowers by dotting on the paints – I used purple and teal with the 2 shades of shimmer paints over the top on the flower heads. After painting the stalks and leaves green, I added a little detail with a dark green pencil.

I painted some butterflies using the Purple and Teal paints, adding a coat of the corresponding Shimmer Paint over the top (Purple and Multi Surface Metallic Ice Blue). When dry, I added some pencil detail.

I stamped 2 sets of butterfly wings and the dance text on mixed media paper using the brown ink and painted them all a pale pink (using earlier leftover paint), then cut them out.

I glued all of the elements on the panel with silicone glue, which I find really good for adding dimension.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 16 November 2017

A Trio of CAS Cards by Tracey Fairgrieve

Happy Thursday everyone,

I'm here again sharing some That's Crafty! Creativity.
Today I have not one, not two but three very quick to make CAS style cards.

Here is my CAS Trio all created using Lynne's Affirmations Set 3.

*CAS Card One*

The sentiment is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink, clear embossed onto white card, cut to size and mounted onto the card. The crocheted heart was stamped, clear embossed, cut out carefully and mounted onto the card using dimensional foam. 
The flat back pearl heart is glued on and captured within. 


*CAS Card Two*

Stamping the sentiment and wings centrally onto card, I matt and layered the topper onto a contrasting black mount before gluing onto the card base. Stamped three times onto pearlized white paper the wings are cut out and layered up to give a 3D effect. 
Another flat back pearl heart connects those beautiful wings.


...and finally *CAS Card Three*

Stamping another sentiment onto a small card I then stamped the birds continuously onto a strip of white card, clear embossed and mounted the strip onto black card for contrast.
Mounted across the top of the card this completes my third and final CAS card.

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

Until next Thursday
Take Care & Stay Safe

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Stamp Set Lynnes Affirmation Set 3
White Card/Black Card/Pearlized Paper
Flat back pearl hearts from stash
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