Monday, 5 December 2016

Shimmer Wall Hanging by Moira Sutton

Word stamps from stash

Last week Leonie Pujol premiered two new That’s Crafty! Acrylic shapes on her “Let Leonie Loose” programme on Hochanda. I was lucky enough to make a sample using a pack of the rectangle and a pack of the square Wall Hanging. This is fantastically easy to make.
First a coat of clear gesso on one side of each panel to give it some “tooth”. When fully dry, using a damp paint brush pick up a tiny amount of one of the Magicals powders and dab it on the panel. Keep repeating with different colours until the panels are filled in.  

On the other side stamp your word in black Archival and highlight with the white gel pen. 
Link the panel together into a hanging. 

For more ideas of what you can make with these versatile panels do visit and watch Leonie’s show on rewind, she does some amazing things. 


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Reminder To Self - Be Bold, Be Brave! by Lynne Moncrieff

Recently, That’s Crafty! had two shows on HOCHANDA where they announced new Upright designs in acrylic and MDF, alongside other new items. I had the chance to play with the fabulous Torn Notebook MDF Upright – oh the possibilities are endless with this design!

An insight into what might appear as a “right ole jumble” (!) – the inspiration was the actual Torn Notebook Upright where I thought about writing notes and reminders to do this and this. This a reminder, a note, for an artist to be bold and be brave with the Relic and Artifacts eye representing the eye of an artist. Tying thread onto the torn notebook element is a representation of when people tie a piece of thread/string to their finger as a memory aid. The pearl beads symbolize the sentiments that appear on the Upright, pearls of wisdom.  The movement of the threads, the pearl beads spilling onto the base, this represents the mind of the artist, over-flowing with ideas.

If you have not created on any of the MDF Uprights then it is worth pointing out that they are such great quality, you can freely add layers and layers and even more layers – just as I did for this project!


That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils:- Numbers TC060, Arrows Background TC006, Triangle Ovals TC014
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish:- Antarctic, Stone, Nougat, Slate, Little Black Dress, Lake Wanaka
Extras:- Old book pages, black thread, calico scraps, mop up paper, button, pearl beads, resin paper scraps, baby wipes, old credit card


Apply Gesso to upright then adhere a full book page to the upright. With old credit card apply paints. Begin to stamp with paint the Scribbled Text and Everything Art elements then apply paint through stencil with fingers. Before the paint dries, smudge the paint here and there to create texture. 

Apply paints onto another book page. Stamp hand. Adhere to upright, curling up the edges. Watch out for bubbles forming beneath the book page, smooth any out with credit card or brayer. Continue to add more stamping, paint or stencilling. You’ll know where your eye wants you to add any extras onto the substrate!

Onto a piece of under/mop up paper, stamp the moth, adhering to upright but only partially, you do not want it to lie smooth onto the Upright.

Apply paints (I used leftover paint on the baby wipe) to the eye, adhering with strong adhesive. 

Onto calico, stamp sentiment and onto a smaller scrap, apply paints and once dry stamp a second sentiment. Adhere to upright. Embellish upright with a button stitched to scrap of calico, allowing threads to hang loose. Adhere more threads to pane, tying around the notebook edge. Adhere resin paper scraps (I had those to hand, leftovers from other projects)and a scattering of pearl beads. 

Along the way I would now and then, spray Picket Fence and would also add more stenciling. 


Apply paints then stamp with paint and add stencilling with Distress Ink Black Soot.

Adhere pearls, as though they are rolling off the base.

The Upright is now complete.

Until next time,



Saturday, 3 December 2016

Dreaming with Bentley by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a very dreamy looking Bentley for you.

What to do: 

Use a size 8 manila tag for this, put a couple of blobs of Fresco paint on it and then scrape the paint down using an old store card. Dry thoroughly with a heat gun.

Take a Dinky stencil and dab through some white Fresco paint to the background of the tag.

Stamp the little hearts from one of the That’s Crafty! clear stamp sets and colour with a red shade of Distress Marker.

For Bentley and the thoughts bubbles, stamp onto Strathmore paper, colour in with a mixture of Distress markers, fussy cut out and adhere to the tag. You can draw Bentley’s whiskers in rather than trying to cut around them.

There you have Bentley dreaming…wonder if my cat dreams of those things too?!

Supplies Used: 

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 2 December 2016

Among the Flowers by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, this week I’m sharing the reverse side of my top hat upright, the Cat on the Hat being the first side shown last week. This side is rather girly as I was imaging a lady friend for Bentley whom I’ve thought of as Daisy so she has a floral garland around her.


PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints – Lilac, Lavender, Orchid


Give the upright a couple of coats of gesso to prepare the base for further painting. When that was dry, I swiped on the 3 shades of purple and pink paints in a roughly striped fashion to tie up with the other side, which has stripes in shades of blue.

I then used the dragonfly stencil with the Lavender and Quinacridone Violet paints to add flights of dragonflies on the painted background. I added a row in varying sizes across the hat brim to pull it all together.

I next stamped Bentley and quite a few flowers (the larger one from the Beki set), inking up just the flower heads plus a butterfly on white card using black ink. I coloured all the images with watercolour pencils and then cut them out.

I added the cheeky puss to the background with foam tape and then arranged the flowers into a sort of garland, sticking them on once I was happy with the arrangement.

To finish off my top hat, I prepared the base using the same paints as those on each side, having added chevrons to the cat in the hat side and dragonflies to this side.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Alcohol Inks by Ingrid Vichova

We are delighted to announce that our last guest designer for the year is Ingrid Vichova.

Hi everyone! 

Ingrid here today with a little inspiration for your daily craft play. 

I am big fan of abstract art and love to play and experiment. I hope you will enjoy my little tutorial for an experimental play with alcohol inks. 

You will need some yupo paper which is a synthetic non-porous material that will allow the inks to slide on top creating fun patterns rather than seep into it. I resisted buying alcohol inks for a while, but I watched a few YouTube videos and absolutely fell in love with a few techniques that I was itching to try out myself. After a few experiments, I have a few tips to share myself. Let's get to it... 

I used an A5 size sheets of yupo paper. I taped them onto my chipboard so that I could move the board, as and when needed, but my paper stayed in place and not flapping about when using a heat tool or blowing on it. 


Step 1: Tape yupo paper to the board on the very top and bottom of the sheet. 

Step 2: Drip alcohol or Alcohol Blending Solution onto the paper.

Step 3: Add a few drops of your chosen colours of alcohol inks and use a hairdryer or your heat gun from high up whilst moving the board to move the ink until it is dry.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 and this time blow into the puddles of inky goodness to create splatters until it is all dried up. Use a Spritzing Tool to spread the last tiny drops of alcohol or to move more ink around until satisfied. Have a good play until you are happy with the background. 

Step 5: Create splatters using alcohol and brush (these will dilute the ink on the background so be as sparing or as liberal as you like) and flick the tip of the alcohol ink bottle with your finger to make coloured splatters on top. 

I bet you anything you will not be able to resist making another background like this with other colours. Don't be afraid to combine secondary colours to create your own neutral browns and greys.. let the magic happen and colours to mix. If you don't like it.. just wipe it off with some alcohol! Simple! 

Here are a few samples I made... 

And a few close ups…

I loved them as they were, but I can never leave a thing alone. I added some highlights and doodling with my white Signo pen. It just glides over the patterns! I could have carried on and thought how lovely my cards would be using these as backgrounds or as die cut embellishments, art journal pages or similar, but couldn't bring myself to cut them up. I took a few pics of what they look like as a small works of art to display... 

You could also pop them in a smaller black frame for a real statement. The possibilities are endless! I hope you are feeling inspired to play! 

Thank you for having me and I will be back next week with more fun projects. 

All the best 

Ingrid xxx 

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