Friday, 30 September 2016

Roses In Bloom by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, this week I’m sharing a very feminine card with roses galore as I’ve used them on the background as well as my tag. Great for the ladies in your life, be they friends or relatives and suitable for many occasions with a simple change of text.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – I used the Penny and Serena sets
Iridescent Watercolour Paints such as Cosmic Shimmer
Card Blank – mine is 7x7 inches
Extras – Scrap of pink crochet ribbon, scrap of green crochet ribbon, scrap of manila card


Cut a piece of mixed media paper to fit your chosen card blank. Colour with a wash of the Guacamole paint. Using the grey Archival ink stamp on just the heads of the roses randomly on the painted paper, leaving gaps. Stamp leafy sprigs in between with the same ink.

Colour the roses and leaf sprigs with watercolour pencils using soft pinks and yellow on the flower heads. Use the craft pick and ruler to piece holes around the edges of the decorated paper and make faux stitches with the black pen. Distress the edges and glue to the card blank.

Stamp 2 roses and 3 of the leaves from the Serena stamp set on stamping paper with the VersaFine ink and heat emboss with the clear powder. Paint the images with iridescent paints using slightly stronger shades than the background paper, then cut them out.

I coloured the manila tag very gently by applying the blush paint to the Gelli plate then pressing on the Harlequin stencil to add a pattern. When you press the tag on you get a very soft textured look which makes a lovely background for the roses.

I added the roses to the tag with foam tape for dimension and glued pink lace across the bottom, tying green ribbon through the hole at the top. I then added the tag to the background with more foam tape. I stamped my chosen text on a scrap of manila card with the grey Archival ink and glued this to the card to finish.

We have a new challenge for you today at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so don’t forget to check it out at 8am to see how you can win a great prize.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Choose Happy by Nikki Acton

We’d like to thank Nikki very much for all her fantastic projects while guesting on the blog for us in September. We’ve really enjoyed having you Nikki! :-)

Hi everyone, Nikki here with my final guest post. I have used more That’s Crafty! Surfaces today – 3 whiteboard ATC’s and a 4.5 x 9inch MDF panel to create a colourful and cheerful piece.

What I did

I started with some ATC’s which I cut to size out of card – in hindsight I could have worked straight onto the whiteboard but I wasn’t sure where this was heading when I started! I took three colours of Dylusions paint and randomly painted them. I stamped three Scribbly Birds in Archival ink.

Initially the yellow/blue was going to be a background but I liked how it looked inside the birds so I decided to paint around them using red/purple Dylusions paints. I blended the 2 colours together and added a little dry brushed blue in places to bring it together.

Next I stencilled some more yellow through the ‘Bubbly all Over’ Dinky stencil – using the smaller areas of bubbles. I added a little black Distress paint with my finger around the edges.

I also painted the outer border of the whiteboard ATC’s in black and mounted the painted cards onto them.

Next to the MDF panel – I used the same three colours to paint this – with the yellow in the middle, blending into green and finally blue around the edges. I then took the bubble stencil again and added a contrasting colour – this time using the larger bubbles.

Once everything was dry I adhered the ATC’s to the MDF and added some big chat stickers (with a little colour added).



Dylusions Paints – Post Box Red, Lemon Zest, Cut Grass, Crushed Grape, London Blue

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Trois Fleurs by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! Alison here today with a tag I made, using some of the new That's Crafty! stamps, designed by our Donna.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Quatrefoil 2 Background, Triangle Ovals, Abstract Stones Background, Diamond Circles Background, Reverse Honeycomb Background
Pebeo Studio Acrylics Dyna Paint - Iridescent Green Blue, Iridescent Green Yellow, Iridescent Orange Yellow, Iridescent Violet Blue
White Lace, Metal Brad, Graph Paper, Narrow Red Line Tape


1. Start by sponging black gesso all over the front of the tag.

2. Next use the Dinky stencils and iridescent paints to build up a colourful background on the tag. Then do the same on the white graph paper. You'll see that the paints look totally different on the black and the white surfaces.

3. Use the black ink to stamp three large flowers, three small flowers, and the word 'fleur' on the graph paper background, then cut them out. Use a black pen to add a dotted border to the word 'fleur'.

4. Adhere the images to the tag using matte medium. Paint the small flowers with a slightly watered down Iridescent Orange Yellow, and some of the large flower petals with Iridescent Green Blue.

5. To finish, adhere some lace to the bottom of the tag with red line tape, then attach another piece to the top with a metal brad.

Have a very crafty day!

Alison x

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Fragile by Amanda Southern

I have a wall hanging for you this week taking my inspiration from the style and products of mixed media artist Seth Apter. Seth was recently in the UK taking workshops, that I would have loved to attend, however next time hopefully.

Here’s What I Did:-

I started with a That’s Crafty! MDF panel 4.5” x 9” (I love this size) and I first added, using gel medium, lots of magazine headlines and text that I had cut out. I then added a band of texture at the top using crumpled bandage and another band of texture using crumpled tissue paper a third of the way down the panel, again applied with gel medium. 

Once that was all dry I randomly applied black paint, totally covering the bands of texture but randomly over the magazine cut outs as I wanted the text to show through. I then stamped over the magazine cut outs with a texture stamp adding stamped scratches. Then I roughly added crackle paste in areas of the panel.

The next stage was to just keep layering up translucent paints till I was happy with how it looked.

Onto a manila tag I added Distress paints to match the panel as I wanted this to be opaque, the final layer on the tag was brayed for a more grunged look. I then die cut, one of Seths new dies - ‘Pathways’, from my painted tag. The manila card is really strong for this. On another piece of the painted tag I stamped and heat embossed one of Seth’s word circles, these come with their own die to cut them out perfectly. The 3rd piece to add was a That’s Crafty! small MDF heart, painted red, stamped with a texture stamp and lightly brayered on some black paint. I added a couple of x’s labels. With a final piece of my tag I stamped and heat embossed the word Fragile. I heat embossed both with red embossing power but dulled down the colour by smearing black paint on with my finger.

Here you can see the pieces added to the panel

I felt it still needed more. I had a piece of chicken wire that I had rusted up with rusting powder so cut some of that up and added to the panel with a staple gun, more texture added.

No I still wasn’t happy I needed to add a little contrast of colour and that colour was Broken China Distress paint applied with my finger in areas, with the edge of a credit card and a lid to create a couple of circles. Also some flicks of red mister paint.

Now I was happy with it and walked away……………

What I Used:-

Tim Holtz Label Letters
Magazine Slogans Cut Out
Tissue Paper
Credit card and bottle lid for mark making
Fragile stamp from my stash

Hope you like it and see you next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 26 September 2016

Yesterday by Moira Sutton

Prima Art Alchemy Paints - Lime, Vintage Rose, Pink Blush, Wild Fuchsia, Royal Red and Rusty Red
Stamp from Stash

Give the pages a coat of Gesso and dry.

I took the Round Brush and loaded it with Gesso and pressed in its side onto the paper, then continued loading the brush and moving round in a circle, these marks are creating the petals of the flowers. 

I continued with another circle inside the original and till the circle was filled.  

I repeated this to create another flower. It is better to let this dry naturally than to heat dry as the heat can take some of the texture out of the gesso. You could use heavy gesso which would give an even more pronounced texture.

I selected the five shades of pink and red to give the depth, highlights and shadows I wanted. First I had to decide where the light was coming from, either left or right hand top corner makes most sense and I chose tip left. I started painting using your lightest shades towards the light sources and darker shades away from the light with the darkest of all where light may not reach such as in the centre of the flower head or bottom petals. I wanted a mix of colour throughout the flower heads.  

These paints blend beautifully and it is possible to layer colour on colour and of course they leave a gorgeous soft shimmery sheen when dry. I used the Lime Green for the flower stalks.

Next I shaded in areas around the flowers with the Wax pastels and used Gesso to blend them I was looking for a misty feel to the background.  

To complete I went back in with coloured pencils and black and white pens adding some more definition and flower centres, some doodling around the page, a stamped phrase and some white splashes. 


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Fleur - A Brooch by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I am sharing another project featuring one of Donna’s stamps, this time to make a brooch.


Old Rolling Pin
Brooch Pin Back
Cotton Thread
E6000 Glue or Gel Medium
Fabric Stiffener
Vintage Doily


Roll paperclay to required thickness. Ink up flower and stamp into the paperclay. Create marks around the flower, I used the edge of an acrylic stamping block. Leave to dry.

When dry, paint the flower, background, edges and rear. Apply varnish. Embellish flower centre with old button. At this stage you could adhere a brooch pin to the back of the piece or as I did … cut motif from vintage doily and following manufacturer’s instructions, apply fabric stiffener.  

Once dry, adhere to rear of paperclay piece and finally adhere a brooch pin (I had to pin it slightly off centre at the back as the paperclay shape was irregular)

Until next time


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