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

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A Forgotten Piece by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I have had such a hectic week this last week which has meant no free time for making something new, however it gives me the chance to share with you a piece I made for one of the Hochanda shows from 2016 where That’s Crafty! launched their range of Triptych’s. This is what I made using the Acrylic Arch Triptych that I forgot to share.

Here’s What I Did:

The best thing about working on acrylic is that you can work on both sides and you just have to work out the order you layer things up. 

I started by stamping the fabulous women of Lynne Perrella from PaperArtsy onto the front of the acrylic using black Stazon ink. Onto the reverse side of the acrylic I then stencilled White Fire gold paint through several of That’s Crafty! Dinky stencils. Once the paint was totally dry I then applied several different colours of alcohol inks over the top keeping the colour lighter where the faces were that I had stamped on the other side. 

I then painted the White Fire paint over the entire back to give not only a neat finish but also block the transparency of the alcohol inks. Working back on the front I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it in gold embossing powder. I added further embossed gold detail using some pattern stamps.  I edged all around the acrylic pieces using a gold pen. On the front of the acrylic I added colour to the cheeks of the women using red paint and some red Stickles glitter glue.

The Triptych is then held together with metal rings that come with the kit, unfortunately I didn’t have those when I made it.

What I Used:

That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Moroccan, Floral & Decorative
Alcohol Inks – Various Colours
Pattern Stamps from my stash
Sentiment is a Unity stamp from my stash

I’ll see you all next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Dawn Awakens by Dorthe Hansen

Early morning - late autumn, sometimes you can be lucky to see the sun arise and throw glittery rays over the forest, maybe a deer jumps up, passing you and the ancient ruin. The birds start chatting and man and nature awakens. This is what I wanted with this creation.

I chose a MDF tag and covered it with gesso. After dried, the ruin was built using Hole in the Wall Dinky stencil (have you noticed I love it) and texture paste.

The different Bits and Pieces Greyboard - a deer, a snowflake, a beautiful leaf, were the next on my list.

The leaf went through an embossing folder to give it texture and then all of the greyboard was painted with Chestnut Brown, a little Green, Black and details were made with White –the deer got a layer of brown and white mixed to a lighter shade of brown and I painted the eye with black and white. I drew around the perimeter of the deer, with brown and black, to make it jump out of the background!!

After it had all dried, the beautiful Metallic Gold, gave the illusion of sun (snowflake) hitting the leaf and antlers.

I wanted a little bare tree and for that I used the Dinky Mask Tree on Kraft paper. It was after fussy-cut and Gel Medium smeared over the trunk and branches. Tree-texture was made with a tooth stick. When dried, I used Chestnut Brown mixed with white, to give the idea of a half dead tree.

After the brick wall had dried, I thinned Teal Paint with water and gave the tag a thin layer, only to get the illusion of air. The brick wall I painted with several layers of Walnut ink, until I was satisfied.

The beautiful birds from Lynne’s Affirmation Set 3 and half a sentence from Set 6, were both stamped – the birds directly onto the tag and the text onto a piece of old paper.

Everything was added with the Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive and a little found branch gave the birds a place to rest. I love splashes and added a little, dipping a brush into the rest of very thinned Chestnut Brown and tapping the brush, to deliver beautiful splashes.

A little found moss and tiny cones were put on the forest floor and a piece of brown seam binding to the top, were added and my tag is finished.

Materials used :

That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets: Autumn/Winter, Swirly Reindeer, Snowflakes
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils: Mask Tree TC085, Hole in the Wall  TC066
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paint: White, Black, Teal, Chestnut Brown, Metallic Gold
Embossing Folder: Sizzix - Paisley
Walnut Ink
From the stash: Moss, cones, seam binding 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Moon Is Shining by Lynne Moncrieff

With frosty nights, the moon has been glowing in the sky, appearing as though I could simply reach out and touch it. Instead of touching the moon, I contented myself by making this project.

That’s Crafty! Acrylic Pearl paint, applied to a greyboard moon, provided the pearly sheen of the moon surrounded by the inky colours achieved with Infusions.


Infusions: Violet Storms, In The Navy, Black Knight
Gesso White, Clear
Extras: Cotton Sewing Thread, Fabric (Thanks Dorthe!), Found Papers, Willow Circle


First, apply clear Gesso to willow circle. Once dry, apply Infusions, misting with water. Try to manipulate the colour, with darker around the edge and the Violet Storms towards upper right side.

Gather various found papers, a mixture of textures. I lay them beneath the project prior to working with Infusions, allowing excess run off colour to stain the papers, textiles, etc. To this colour, randomly apply Pearl and Antique Silver. Leave papers to dry. 

Select moon greyboard shape. First apply Infusions and whilst wet, press the moon into Pearl paint. If necessary, sprinkle some more Infusions before leaving to dry. 

Once papers and moon are dry, tear a piece of prepared kitchen paper, adhering to lower corner of willow circle. Repeatedly stamp Anton Chekhov quote onto willow circle. The stamping will appear irregular due to texture of willow circle.  Next, partially ink up the same stamp, stamping onto piece of prepared paper, a smooth piece of paper. Layer this, with the prepared moon, fragments of midnight blue fabric and more fragments of prepared paper along with a few trailing threads, all to the upper corner of willow circle. 

Until next time,



Saturday, 11 November 2017

Be Thankful by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a nature inspired acrylic stack for you all.

What I did:

On the MDF base that comes with the acrylic stacks, I used a book page and gave it a very light coat of Gesso so you can still see there’s writing but I didn’t want it to dominate the background too much.

I wanted to try out how much I could add to the stack and of course still be able to close it! As long as you keep the natural elements quite flat than you should be okay, all the flowers and grasses etc you see here have been pressed first to ensure they are flat enough.

The layering is just a matter of choice in what goes where but make sure when you do layer that you’re not obscuring the layers too much underneath.

I added stamping to this with some PaperArtsy stamps, remember to always use Stazon ink directly on the acrylic as anything else will smear. The stitch type stamp is from my stash but you could easily doodle some stitch like lines.

I added some sentiments from Tim Holtz Clipping Stickers which I seem to put on everything I make!

Go on, have a look around your garden or go on a nature walk and see what you can collect to create your very own nature inspired keepsake.

Supplies Used:


Hope you like it
Donna x
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