Saturday, 19 August 2017

Angels Amongst Us by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card featuring my Angel from one of my new That’s Crafty! Christmas themed clear stamp sets.

What I did:

I used a sheet of watercolour paper and swooshed it through blue and purple diluted Oxides on my craft mat, then dried it thoroughly.

I then added some stencilling using a green and blue Oxide through a Dinky stencil and one of the new bigger stencils in the shape of a Poinsettia Christmas tree; I wanted to keep the background subtle.

Next step was to stamp the Angel on a sheet of Strathmore mixed media paper and colour her in. I used my Zig pens for this but it really doesn’t matter what you choose as the paper will take anything you throw at it! 

I stamped the halo separately and coloured that in too. In this set I’ve included a crown too so you can make her an Angel OR a Queen, whatever takes your fancy at the time of creating.

I adhered her to the card with her halo. I added a piece of Dresden trim and a Tim Holtz sentiment for a finishing touch. Then mounted onto white cardstock.

I really hope you all like my Angel and the rest of the stamps too….it’s never too early to start making those Christmas cards especially as this year just seems to be flying by!!

Supplies Used:

Distress Markers (use instead of the Zig pens)
Dresden Trim

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Autumn Woodland by Fliss Goodwin

Hello and welcome to my blog post on this rather exciting day! I hope you caught the first of the That’s Crafty! shows on Hochanda today and poor Neil had to be up at the crack of dawn as it was at 7am! The second show is on now so do go and watch if you can. I’m sharing one of my samples here and I can’t tell you how much I loved working with these fabulous new products – they’re all amazing!


That’s Crafty! Bits and Pieces Greyboard Embellishment Sheets – Robins and Doves, Leaves, Toadstools
That’s Crafty! Metallic Paint – Copper, Antique Gold
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Browns, Greys, Yellows, Greens and Titan Buff
Fine Embossing Tool
Wooden Skewer


The first thing to do is to apply the texture paste to the upright section of the art panel. It needs to be fairly thickly spread and then comes the fun part – use the wooden skewer to draw a tree bark pattern into the paste. Make sure you don’t cover the bits that slot into the base, as this will make it very difficult to put together later.

Once the paste is dry, paint with shades of grey, brown and a little green paint using the DecoArt acrylics. I find the easiest way to do this is to add large drops of paint to a craft mat or ceramic plate and then pick up the paint with a fairly wide brush. You can mix it up a much as you like as that way the end result will be much more realistic.

Once the paint was dry, I brushed on the shimmer and metallic paints lightly to give the surface some sheen. I then painted the base to match.

The next task was to paint my embellishments and for these, I searched the internet for colour inspiration for the toadstools and found an amber shade with spots that I really liked. I first painted the greyboard with the buff shade and then mixed yellow and burnt sienna with the buff to form my chosen shade. I completed the painting and added a little detail with a brown pencil.

I painted the leaves using a very easy dipping method. This involves adding a puddle of several paints in shades of Autumn to a plate, swirling the colours together and then pressing the leaves into the paint. I had enough to colour quite a few leaves so these will be appearing a bit later on this year.

My final task was to paint the bird and I have to admit to first painting up one as a robin but there wasn’t enough contrast so I decided on a greenfinch and once again used a photo from a Google search as inspiration. I hope you like how my little fella turned out.

Once I had painted everything I assembled my panel using silicone glue to give it dimension.

We have a new challenge today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog today too so why not hop over to see how you can win a voucher for the online shop and with all the fab new goodies going in there, this is not to be missed!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Abstract Textures by Nikki Acton

Hi everyone. Today’s project is one I made for the Hochanda shows a few months ago and features the 8x8 inch white/greyboard journal pages and That’s Crafty! Textures stamp set 2. I do love abstract art and had great fun including these stamps onto this journal page.

I began with black and white gesso to create some blocks and horizontal and vertical lines – quite roughly at this stage as you can see! 

I then took the Textures stamp set and stamped onto white photocopy paper. I used this as it is thin paper and I wanted to collage it over my page. I tore and cut sections and adhered them with matte medium.

I stamped more of the textures with paint directly onto the journal page to build up layers and develop the composition, tweaking the black/white mix in places. Having just used black and white paint up until this stage I decided to add a little watered down brown over some of the photocopy paper and then used the edge of a credit card to add some thicker black lines with paint. Finally I added some black and white paint splatters.



PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics – Little Black Dress and Snowflake
DecoArt Gesso – Black and White

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Dream Mixed Media Wall Hanging by Melina Dahl


It´s Melina here, and today I have a mixed media wall hanging to share with you.

I started with a 6x6” white/greyboard panel and used modeling paste through the Dream stencil (ws005). One of the large greyboard cogs got a bit of modeling paste through one of the Dinky stencils (tc031). I picked some small and large greyboard feathers and covered all my pieces with a coat of white gesso. I made marks on the large feathers using the tip of my spatula. 

I painted the cog and large feathers with charcoal shimmer paint and then wiped some of it off again with a baby wipe.

On the panel I used Turquoise, Orange, Purple and Charcoal Shimmer Paints. I sprayed with water so they would blend a little. 

The small feathers I painted with Pale Gold Shimmer Paint and once dry I stamped on them with gray ink using the feather stamp from Textures Stamps set 1.

On the large feathers I used the same colours as on the panel and made some marks and patterns. 

I used Pale Gold Shimmer Paint on some spots on the cog, and after that I started to assemble the dreamcatcher. I used gold coloured wire to attach the big feathers, and multi purpose craft adhesive to glue the small feathers down. I tied silk ribbon to the lower parts of the cog and one small piece under the feather on the top. I also added some lace ribbons. 

I stamped on the panel with some different stamps from Textures stamp set 1 and then added quite a lot of white gesso on the panel. 

I was not really happy with the lack of contrast between the panel and the dreamcatcher, so I used black gesso around the edges of the cog. From cutting the silk ribbon I got many silk threads that I added to the panel under the cog.

I glued my dreamcatcher to the panel and my little dreamy wall hanging was ready!

I used:

That's Crafty! Stencils - Word Series ws005, Dinky tc031
That's Crafty! Shimmer Paints - Turquoise, Orange, Purple, Charcoal, Pale Gold
Wire, Ribbon and Lace

Thanks for stopping by today!



Mr & Mrs by Bev Hilton

Hello everyone. A little fun project for this week's crafty inspiration. Bentley gets married. I do love Bentley and he's always dreaming of happy times. His dreams have finally come together in the shape of Mrs Right. I have to say that this piece did come about after a certain stamp designer made a comment about how everybody colour's him ginger ;-) I did see this as a little challenge so this one's just for you.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Upright - Torn Note Page
That's Crafty! Gesso - White
That's Crafty Stamp Set - Serenity Collection - Bentley
Darkroom Door Eclectic Stamp - Camera (any other would be fine)
Leonie Pujol Stamp Set - Feathery Flourish
Tim Holtz Stamps Set - Crazy Things
Sizzix Framelits Die Set - Crazy Things
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Star Shower and Hearts
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paints - Lake Wanaka, Sage, Cherry Blossom, Snowflake and Cherry Red
Versafine Ink Pad - Onyx Black
Stazon Ink Pad - Jet Black
Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot
Clarity Stamp Super Smooth White Card 250gsm
Polychromo Pencils
Gems and lace from stash

Here's what I did...

I began by sponging over the entire upright and base with gesso. Brayer over layers of Lake Wanaka and Sage, using the Snowflake every so soften. Take the Cherry Blossom and brayer over softly until happy. Take the Dinky Heart stencil and pounce through with the Cherry Red randomly. Take the stars stencil and pounce through with the metallics paint randomly. I wanted a little more interest on the background so I took the small hearts element from the Leonie stamp set and stamped it randomly using the Hydrangea ink. My upright is now ready for Mr & Mrs Bentley.

Stamp Bentley twice onto smooth white card and colour with pencils. You could use any colouring medium you like for this. Stamp the camera onto the same card and heat emboss to add texture. Cut out the pieces. Take the Crazy Things elements from the stamp set and stamp onto smooth white card and colour. I used the matching die set to cut out the elements but if you don't have them it's no problem as they are very easy to cut out. Now glue all the elements onto the upright. Take the gems and glue onto Mrs Bentleys collar. I chose shades of amethyst to match her colouring and the background.

Take the letters and stamp Mr & Mrs using Stazon ink. I used a Stamping Platform for this as I do with all my stamping to ensure I got the letters in the right place. Take the Black Soot Distress ink and blend lightly around the edges and do the same on the base.

Take the piece of lace and glue to the bottom of the upright low enough to allow the lace to frill out on the base once mounted, as you can see in the above picture. Mount the upright onto the base. One happy Mr & Mrs Bentley dreaming of a happy future.

All for now. Enjoy the rest of your week and hope the see you all again next week.

Much love,

Bev x

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Love, Peace & Happiness ATC’s by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I have a set of ATC’s for you this week, little pieces of art that are 2.5” x 3.5”. The ATC’s have been cut from left over painted kraft card that I used to cover the shrine that I made as my inspirational piece for this fortnights challenge theme which is ‘anything but a card’, you still have time to play and also be in with a chance to be the winner of a £20 That’s Crafty! vouchers, you will find all the details HERE.

Here’s What I Did:

Even though I’ve used left overs originally the Kraft card was gelli printed using shades of blue lightening down to white on the Gelli Plate. Into the wet paint I then stamped one of the Carabelle Studio unmounted printing stamps. They are different to normal stamps as any text is reversed so that when you take a print it is then the correct way. I cut the card into 3 ATC’s. I then selected several different heart stamps, all from Carabelle Studio. 

I wanted to stamp and colour directly onto the ATC so to do this technique required the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to allow me to lightly stamp the image then paint the heart with red Dylusions paint, and then stamp over the top of the painted heart to put all the detail of the stamp back in (just remember not to remove your stamp or card until you are finished). I did this with 3 designs of hearts. I then added some additional stamping with black Archival ink. I stamped some bits onto a book page and cut out and added. I then stamped the word, cut out and added one word to each ATC. Some torn strips of washi tape finish these off.

Any background scraps that I have, if they are big enough, I always cut down to ATC size and keep for another day!

What I Used:

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints - Blue’s and White
Carabelle Studio Stamps - Art Mailing, Je Cree donc je suis, Doodle Art & Hearts and Pebbles (designed by Zorrotte)
Book Page

Thanks and see you next Tuesday


Amanda X
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