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



Saturday, 24 September 2016

Quirky Cat by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card featuring some of my That’s Crafty! clear stamps and how you can use them in a different way to how you first think.

What to do: 

Cut a piece of white/greyboard to a size that comfortably fits on a 6x6 card. Then start to smear on a mixture of translucent Fresco paints using an old credit/store card to create a random background.

Next add some stencilling with a light coloured Distress ink through a Dinky star stencil.

Stamp the various images onto Strathmore mixed media paper, colour in using a mixture of Distress Markers (dilute with a water brush first), fussy cut out and adhere to the front of the white/greyboard as shown in the picture.

Stick the finished creation to black card, then white cardstock and add a Tim Holtz sentiment for a finishing touch.

The ‘cloud’ is actually a thought bubble from the Serenity set (Bentley) and the little houses are actually the ones that hang from the hair of my quirky girl Beki.

I love using stamps in various ways to suit what I’m making at the time, makes for great value too of course ;)  

Supplies Used: 

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 23 September 2016

Love Gives You Wings by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a rather angelic tag to share this week featuring Donna’s beautiful Serena stamp set and I have a rather quirky way to use the heart shaped balloon in the set which I hope you’ll like.


That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Long Hearts Background, Large Circles Background, Circles Background
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics – Banana, Bubblegum, Cherry Blossom, Blush, Cherry Red, Wisteria
Pink Crochet Trim
Old Store Card


The first thing I did was to give the tag a coat of gesso as this makes the further layers much easier to apply. When this was dry, I applied the Banana, Cherry Blossom and Wisteria paints with an old store card, scraping on patches of each colour in turn until the surface was roughly covered. I then added swipes on top using the side of the store card with Bubblegum paint.

I then added stencilling in patches using the Blue Calico paint with the Large Circles Background and the Banana paint with the Circles Background partially over the top of the blue circles. I used the hearts stencil at the top with the Bubblegum paint and knocked the colour back a little with gesso as it was a bit stronger than I wanted. I added a few swipes of gesso over the painted surface to bring everything together.

I decided on the placement of the girl image and balloon and stamped them directly on the painted tag with the black ink. This was to help avoid tricky cutting out as my eyesight isn’t up to it anymore! It has the added advantage of giving dimension too.

I next stamped the girl, balloon heart and 2 extra plain hearts without strings onto mixed media paper with black ink. I stamped the love text on the balloon, as happily it’s a perfect fit. I then painted all the images with various of the paints listed aiming for stronger shades than the background for contrast. I painted the 2 plain hearts and the dangling heart with glitter glue over the top of pink paint for a touch of sparkle.

I cut out all of the images except for the balloon string and the curly bit in Serena’s hair then added them to the tag over the stamped images with a mix of foam tape and glue to give dimension. As you can see, the heart shaped balloon minus the string makes a great single heart or even a pair of wings! I finished off with a couple of rows of pink crochet ribbon from my stash.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x
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