Sunday, 31 January 2016

Love ….. Hearts! by Lynne Moncrieff

In recent weeks I’ve shared a few posts featuring That’s Crafty! Surfaces MDF hearts and this week, one makes an appearance again. They have become indispensable for me. For this week I’ve teamed the MDF heart up with other hearts and also one of the heart Dinky Stencils for this distressed/grungy but ultimately, romantic collage.


Distress Stain Spray:- Picket Fence, Hickory Smoke
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish:- French Roast, Claret, London Fog, Vintage Lace, Blush, Sherbert
Old Rolling Pin or Clay Tools
Extras:- Lace, heart MOP button, vintage image (I used a Darkroom Door photobooth but you could substitute with Idea-ology photo booths or your own vintage photo) wooden frame and large wooden heart


Large Wooden Heart:- Apply hearts Dinky Stencil to large wooden heart with Grunge Paste. Once dry, randomly swipe Grunge Paste onto the heart. Again, leaving to dry before applying Blush, Vintage Lace and Sherbert. Once dry apply Claret and French Roast, focusing on the edges. Mist generously with water allowing to drip down the heart.  Mist with Hickory Smoke. Ink edges then lay aside.

Paperclay Heart:- Roll to required thickness. Stamp heart (Carabelle Studio) into the paperclay. Roll a smaller piece of paperclay, this time stamping one of the script elements from PaperArtsy LPC030. Immediately wash stamps afterwards. Leave the paperclay elements to dry.

Once dry, paint with Claret and a touch of French Roast.  Mist with Picket Fence and ink edges.

MDF Heart:- Apply Gesso followed with Claret, London Fog and French Roast. Mist with Hickory Smoke and Picket Fence. Once dry stamp Messy Writing and ink edges.

Wooden Frame:- Paint the frame followed by stamping the Messy Writing. Apply Liquid Glass. Once dry, adhere frame to photobooth image.

Assembling & Final Touches:- Cluster the hearts and frame, adhering to the large wooden heart with Gel Medium. Add a scrap of lace and MOP button to the MDF heart. Finally, apply Vintage Lace and Claret to a scrap of cardstock. Once dry stamp sentiment, inking edges. Gently curve before adhering to the collage.

I decided not to paint the rope handle but at the same time, I allowed it to get messy with the paints and sprays, adding to the distressed/grungy appearance of the collage.

Until next time,


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Blissful by Donna Gray

Hi everyone, 

Donna here today with some CAS (clean and simple) for you using Dinky stencils. I do love this style as sometimes less really is more.

What To Do:

Take a sheet of Strathmore mixed media paper, choose 2 Dinky stencils, apply Cosmic Shimmer cloud inks through the stencils using the egg shaped applicators.
Take a Dina Wakley stamp and using black archival ink, stamp directly over the pebble stencil image.
Finish off with a word stamp from one of the Prima Finnabair collections, mount onto white cardstock and there you have a simple but striking CAS card ;)

Supplies Used:

That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Pebbles Background, Flight of Butterflies
Hope you like it
Donna x

Friday, 29 January 2016

Flower Garden by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a rather bright art panel to share this week which was inspired by my love of all things nature related which is why these gorgeous Tim Holtz flower garden stamps were a must have as soon as I saw them.


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Hansa Yellow Light and Medium, GreenGold, Quinacridone Magenta, Pyrrole Orange, White, Cobalt Teal Hue
Ranger Archival Ink – Potting Soil, Olive
Dark Green Pencil



I made the background by applying dots of the green and yellow paints to the Gelli Plate and spreading the colour with my fingers – messy but fun! I then pressed the white side of the art panel onto the plate to pick up the colour. 

I added some texture with the herringbone stencil, applying the pattern all over with the green paint. It dried a little shiny, something I wasn’t expecting so I then decided to stamp my flowers on paper instead of straight on the board. 

I stamped the cone flower heads several times with the brown ink and painted them with the fluid acrylics. I took the colours from a photo I found on the internet, having not realised how many colours these gorgeous flowers came in. I then cut the heads out. 

I stamped some stalks directly on the panel with the olive ink and added colour with a green pencil. I then arranged the flower heads before sticking them on – this took a little while as I wanted them to look as natural as I could manage. 

I stamped some small butterflies with the brown ink and painted them with the teal and magenta paints, cutting these out and sticking them on the panel to finish. 


Have a great weekend and see you next week for some rather exciting happenings at That’s Crafty! 

Fliss x

Thursday, 28 January 2016

A Journal Board by Debs Wainwright

Hello everyone Debs here with a journal board for you this week.

I started on an 8x8 white/greyboard by just laying down some colours and sketched my face.

I used a fan brush to put my colour on and this will become a favourite of mine as I love the effects you can create.

Next I added some random stencilling and stamping using inks. Once it was dry I added a coat of matte medium to seal it.

 Above  you can see where have added some spray inks and let them drip.

I added rough painted flowers and outlined them with a black pen. I also added the butterfly and some more background stamps I also started painting in the face and hair.

I used Gelatos on the face to blend the colours as well as well on the board, especially in the base colours to bring the colour back. I used a black water soluble pencil to add in shadows and create some depth.

What I used

Black Pen and Pencil – from stash
PaperArtsy Stamp Set - HP1503
PaperArtsy Stamp Set - EEG 15
PaperArtsy Stamp - Mini 28
Indigoblu Stamp - Dinkie Butterfly

I really had fun creating this piece. I hope you like it.

Take care 

hugs Debs xx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Love Hearts by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! I'm here to start getting you in the mood for Valentine's Day, with a very heartsy plaque.

Here's what I used... 

Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Turquoise, Lime, Orange, Magenta
Dina Wakley Media Stamps - Collaged Hearts, Silhouette Women
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Hearts, Large Circles Background
Bubble Wrap, corrugated card, textured table protector, foam fruit tray


Here's what I did... 

1. I began by priming the MDF panel with white gesso, then used the round Gelli Plate, paints, and various textures to create the background.
2. I stamped the Silhouette Woman onto white tissue, tore around the image, then used gel medium to adhere her to the panel. I painted the heart on her dress with magenta. 

3. I used DecoArt Crackle Paste to stencil the circles and hearts, then once dry, I outlined them with a black pen, and rubbed gold gilding wax over the top.
4. The two MDF hearts were primed with white gesso, painted with magenta, then DecoArt Crackle Glaze was painted over the top. Once this was dry, I rubbed DecoArt black antiquing cream in, allowed it to dry, then wiped it back with a baby wipe. I sponged the edges of the hearts with black ink then glued them to the panel. 

5. I stamped the quote onto white card, cut it out, sponged the edges with black ink, then glued it in place. I added some Glossy Accents over the top of the quote and the heart on the woman's dress. 

6. To finish, I sponged black ink around the edges of the panel.

Have a creative day, 

Alison x

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Always Take the Scenic Route by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I’m here this week with quite a quick card as time has been against me, but there are always times when we all just have to put a quick card together. I like nothing more than making projects that combine the stamping of many different stamps but this collage stamp from Collage stamp does it in one!


Here’s what I did:-

I’m sure, like me, you all have a stash of backgrounds and mop up pieces so again to add to the speed of this make I rummaged through my bits and found this piece of card that I had used to clean up Distress inks from my craft mat from a previous project. This is one such background. To make your own when you next use Distress inks on your craft mat instead of just cleaning your mat, give it a gentle spray of water and pick up the colour with a piece of watercolour card or mixed media card, mine is mixed media card.

I stamped the collaged image over the top and then trimmed to size.

To add a further bit of detail I added the die cut flower, I cut it out in both black and white and layered it to give it a shadow effect. My sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Sticker Book.

Matted onto black card it was then glued onto a card blank.


What I used:-

Flower Die from my stash (any would work)
Card Blank 

Until next week


Amanda X
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