Saturday, 25 March 2017

Little Things by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card using one of the new Infusions powders which are great for quick watercolour effects.

What to do:

Use a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and sprinkle on a little amount of Infusions, I used the new Green Man one for this, and spritz with water. Now at this stage, it really depends on what effect you want but leaving for longer before blotting with kitchen roll or heat drying will mean more of the brown Bister crystals will develop for a grungier look.

Once that is dry, stamp a flower image on the background, the one I used is a Carabelle one from my stash but Tim’s wildflowers set would work just as well, use Archival ink in Potting soil for it.

For the jar I hand carved a little stamp from Speedycarve but once again if you have a jar/bottle type stamp then you can use that. I carved this one large enough so I could cut the middle out of it if I wanted to and it was easier to fussy cut out as a whole image too.

Stamp the bottle image with black Archival, cut out, adhere a little twine around the top and then pop a little glue on the back of it and place over the flower image.

Add one of Tim’s new Clipping Stickers, mount on black card and then white cardstock for a simple yet striking card.

Supplies Used:

Substitute Tim Holtz – Wildflowers Set for Carabelle one

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 24 March 2017

Dream Time by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have another of my journal pages from last week’s Hochanda shows to share this week, another rather striking one featuring the lovely Tina stencil as I think she’s my favourite with her beautiful waves of hair.


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Carbon Black, Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Gold


The Tina stencil is fabulous as you not only get a stencil but also the cut out piece to use as a mask which came in very handy for my journal page.

I placed the mask on the page and holding it down firmly with one hand, applied the black DecoArt paint over the rest of the page using a compressed sponge. These are good to apply paint over quite a large area as you don’t get seepage under the mask quite as much.

I removed the mask and when the paint was dry, placed the stencil over the white space left by the mask and coloured it with a mix of orange and the Quinacridone Gold. I then used the script stamp without an acrylic block to apply a random pattern over the head using the brown ink.

I then used the clock stencil over the head to add a partial image using the black paint. I did this by placing it underneath the Tina stencil to check the placement and make sure the numbers ended up in roughly the same place as they would on a clock.

I next stamped the bubbly image from the textures set around the edges of the page with the copper ink and finished off by adding the “dreamy” text around the stencilled head.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Abstract Journal Page – New Stamps and Stencils by Nikki Acton

I do love a bit of abstract art – so I was very excited to see the new texture stamps and stencils launched on Hochanda last week. This page is from the new 8x8 journal kit.

I started with some black gesso that was left on my brush and swept it over the surface to create my first layer. You can still see some of this under the subsequent layers. Next I used a credit card to scrape three PaperArtsy colours – Mahogany, Smoked Paprika and Terracotta. I felt it needed a bit more colour so introduced some yellow (Dina Wakely lemon). Finally I added a little white gesso – again scraped over the surface for the worn look.

Next I took the new 8x8 stencils – the clock face and letters. I stencilled paint through in patches – the centre of the clock you can see in the orange hue (smoked paprika) and the letters in mahogany.

I took the larger circle stamp from Textures 2 stamp set and stamped with black paint in a row. I then used my finger and the same paints to colour them in.

I stamped the quote from Inspirations quotes set 1 – in black archival and then built the composition around this with black paint and my credit card and the smaller circle rings from the texture stamp set. Some extra stamping in black archival with the letters and small circles from the textures set too.

The XII and little lines around the edge are the numbers from the new clock stencil. Finally I added a black border with my finger – smudging the paint a little.

I did a few more pages for the Hochanda shows which I will share in the coming weeks.

See you next week!



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Colourful Life by Alison Hall

Hello Crafters! It's Alison here today, with a colourful art journal page that I made on a page from one of That's Crafty's 6x6 inch white/greyboard journals.


That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets - Lynne's Affirmations Set 2, The Serenity Collection Fleur, The Quirky Girls Collection Beki
Dylusions Paint - Calypso Teal, Funky Fuchsia, Tangerine Dream, Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Black Marble, White Linen


1. I began by using my finger to apply Calypso Teal, Lemon Zest and Squeezed Orange paint to the journal page. As I was using the white side of the page, there was no need to prime with gesso.

2. Next, I stencilled the Big Floral design using Funky Fuchsia and Tangerine Dream paint. When the paint was dry, I outlined the patterns with a black pen. I also stencilled some leaves on the top and bottom edges with Black Marble paint.

3. I stamped Beki onto white card, painted her with watered down paint, then cut her out. I cut the house off, as I didn't need that, then adhered her to the page with Glossy Accents. 

4. I stamped the little flower from the Fleur stamp set, coloured and cut it out, and attached it to Beki's hair.

5. To finish, I stamped the quote from Lynne's Affirmations Set 2, added some splats of watered down White Linen paint, then sponged Black Marble paint on the edges of my page.

Hope you have a creative day,

Alison x

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Eyes by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone 

I thought I would share with you today one of the double spread journal pages I made using some of the brand new That’s Crafty products that were launched on Hochanda last Friday. There were 2 shows, 7am & 11am which will still be available to watch through ‘Rewind’ on their website.

Here’s What I Did:-

I have worked on the new 8’ x 8’ grey/whiteboard journal, these boards are fabulous and you can throw loads of mediums at them. 

I first gave the board a coat of gesso to seal the board. My background has been created firstly onto tissue paper. I have used the new fabulous Alphabet 8” x 8” stencil and the Gelli Plate. Using a selection of PaperArtsy paints, mostly translucent colours, I have taken block prints and ghost prints, all the alphabet letters are the ghost prints which is why you get the outline. YouTube is a fabulous resource for gelli print techniques. 

I then tore up the tissue paper and randomly applied to the boards using matte medium overlapping the pieces so you can see the piece underneath. When that was all dry I stencilled the ‘Eye’, which is a new Dinky stencil, using black Archival ink. I then turned the stencil over and on the 2nd page stencilled again. I then painted in the white using PaperArtsy paint. When that was dry I lined up the stencil again and went over again so the white looked like it had gone down first.

Lastly I added the quote which is from the first set of That’s Crafty! quote stamps, That’s Crafty! also launched a couple of new sets on Fridays Hochanda show.

What I Used:-

See you all next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 20 March 2017

Secret Wings by Moira Sutton

Dina Wakley Paints - White, Magenta and Elephant

Last week That’s Crafty! launched new Journals, Stencils and Stamps live on Hochanda.  The Journals are made from white/greyboard and are very sturdy and well able to take a lot of punishment!
For my 6 x 6 page I started with a coat of gesso then added the Dina Wakley pink and grey paints on the background. I stencilled the new Leaning Man in black modelling paste and added wings from the older Wings stencil. His Halo is hand drawn.
I flicked white paint all over the background keeping clear of the Angel figure.
Next to give my Angel something to stand on I used the white texture through the squares of the That's Crafty! Word Series Stencil - Journal - WS008 stencil.
I stamped one of the stamps from That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set - Lynne's Affirmations - Set 2 designed by the superbly gifted Lynne Moncrieff, onto paper, coloured it with Gelato and attached it to the page.  I draw lines around it in black watercolour pencil and smudged it with a damp finger.
To create a frame I edged the whole page with white paint.  


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Vintage by Lynne Moncrieff

This card is me deep in “Shabby Chic Mode”!

Recently, PaperArtsy added a new designer to their Eclectica range of stamps, ESC Scrap Cosy. The stamps perfectly suit vintage/shabby chic style projects.


PaperArtsy Stamp Sets - ESC01 and ESC03
Extras: Vintage Book Pages, Sari Silk Ribbon, Crochet Lace, Baby Wipes


Apply both Frescos to vintage book pages, blending together with baby wipes. Once dry, sprinkle Infusions, misting with water. The sari ribbon and crochet lace are also stained with Infusions.

Create cardbase with Smoothy Cardstock. Onto this, adhere one of the Infusions stained book pages, tearing away excess paper. Stamp border onto panel before stenciling script onto top edge with Grunge Paste. Lay aside to dry.

Onto another piece of Infusions stained book page, stamp script and sunflower, tear into panel, adhering to cardbase. Stamp another, smaller text stamp onto scrap piece of stained book page, adhering to panel. Embellish cardbase with the stained crochet lace and silk sari ribbon, attaching with Tiny Attacher.

One, shabby chic card completed!

Until next time,


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