Monday, 16 January 2017

We do not Remember Days by Moira Sutton

Have a very exciting day today at That’s Crafty! with the launch of new sets of text stamps and stencils. All are being launched on the Hochanda channel and the That’s Crafty! website today.  
I am particularly excited as I was asked to select a number of inspirational phrases for two of the stamp sets, one of which is featured today on my make. The stamps have been designed work for journaling, mixed media, home decor, cards, and more. I hope you like them all as much as we do.   


I began by covering the upright with texture paste using the Dinky Stencil. The stencil is designed so that is can be  used alone or matched at the edges to create larger background areas which is what I did here. When dry I gave it a coat of black gesso.
I painted some white card with the Copper paint, and when dry I heat embossed the phrase from the  set in gold and cut it out.

Next I attached my embellishments to the upright and gave it all a dry brushing with the copper paint before attaching my phrase.
A few touches of the glass beads and micro beads and pearls and it was completed. 


Sunday, 15 January 2017

I Believe In Courage by Lynne Moncrieff

This week, the courage stamp which appeared in my project last week, makes another appearance.

I am such a fan of the Uprights That’s Crafty! have designed so don’t be surprised if you see them popping up week after week!


PaperArtsy Stamp Sets Everything Art EEA03 and 04LPC005
Extras:- Mop up/under papers, calico, loose fibres from torn calico, margin from old book page


Apply Gesso to Upright and base, followed with a random application of Grunge Paste, to arch only. Then paint both with Rust metallic paint.

Gather mop up/under papers and previously stained calico and crochet lace – I use various paper/fabric to mop-up, knowing I can incorporate them into future projects. 

Stamp LPC image onto stained calico, do this 2-3 times, stamping onto different size pieces for interest. Now layer the pieces together, aligning the image. Adhere to upright along with torn pieces of the various mop-up/under papers.

Stamp sentiment (courage is from the paint tube stamp) onto margin of old book page.  Adhere to image. 

Insert upright onto base. gather some loose fibres from the torn calico and adhere to base.

Until next week,



Saturday, 14 January 2017

Butterfly Adventure by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with another favourite butterfly stamp of mine.

What to do:

Use a size 8 manila tag, apply a layer of dark Fresco paint to the entire tag, heat dry. Next scrape a thin layer of Crackle Glaze over the paint (use an old credit card for that) thoroughly heat dry.

Dab a lighter shade of Fresco paint over the glaze using a piece of cut and dry foam, heat dry.
Applying the final layer of paint with a piece of foam makes the cracks more delicate so is better for stamping on, for larger cracks apply with a brush or old credit card.

Now start stamping your images directly on to the tag using more muted tones of Archival inks for the background, in greys and browns.

For the butterfly, stamp the image on a piece of Gelli print scrap paper and fussy cut out, adhere to the tag.

Finishing touches are adding a little black Distress ink around the edges of the tag and then add a Tim Holtz sentiment and number.

Now the problem is to stop myself adding this fab butterfly to everything!

Supplies Used:

Tim Holtz Journaling Tickets

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 13 January 2017

Dreaming of Sunny Days by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, Bentley has come out to ply again this week as I love his dreamy look and I’ve made a tag in summery colours as I’ve got a longing for those Spring and Summer sunny days. I’ve chosen my favourite bokeh look too as I love how this technique looks.


That’s Crafty! Surfaces – White/Greyboard Tag Size 8 (the nearest to mine which I’ll explain below)
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints – Haystack, Banana, Lavender, Lilac
Yellow Ribbon


Use the brayer to apply the lilac and haystack paints to the tag and when dry, use the bubbles stencil with the white gesso and the lilac, lavender and banana paints to add a pattern to the surface.

Stamp Bentley on the tag with the black ink and stamp again on white stamping card. Colour the image on card with the watercolour pencils.

Cut the image out but you can ignore the whiskers and when cut out, you glue it over the image stamped on the tag. Just remember to line up the whiskers – good huh!

Check the bubble pattern and adjust if necessary then add your chosen sticker from the book and tie some yellow ribbon through the top to finish.

My tag was actually made using part of something that went horribly wrong when I was stencilling a word and too much paint went on, happily I managed to salvage this bit and the result with a bit of tweaking is as you see here.

We have a new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog, the first of 2017. You’ll find all the details of how you can win a fab prize when it goes live at 8am so don’t forget as you have to be in it to win it!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Distress Crayons and Texture by Nikki Acton

Hi everyone! Today I have a card I made using Distress Crayons over a textured surface and also to colour the stamped images. Here is what I did:

Firstly I added some texture paste through Tim Holtz Stripes layering stencil on white card and allowed it to dry. I then took my Distress Crayons and started adding colour in stripes and blending the colours with a babywipe and my finger to work in the colour.

On a piece of card I added some gesso before stamping the butterfly images from Finnabair’s ‘Dream On’ stamp set with archival ink. I then added colour using the crayons and blended with my fingers and a little water. I selected a saying from Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book and also coloured with the same colours.

I mounted my coloured base on some black card (having torn the base away) and added the saying and butterflies.

See you next week!



Baby Wipes

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

I Love Texture by Alison Hall

Hello crafters! I absolutely love a bit of texture, and today I'm sharing a journal page which is full of it. 

Here's what I used...

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold, Primary Magenta, Carbon Black
Carabelle Studio Stamps - Follow Your Heart by Birgit Koopsen, Alphabets by Ana Bondu
Paintbrush, Palette Knife, Stencil Brush, Rigger/Writing Paintbrush, Ink Blending Foam, Soft Black Pencil, Old Store Card, Old Toothbrush, Scrap of Music Paper

Here's what I did...

1. I started by using a palette knife to spread a rough layer of modelling paste over a page of the journal, then used the tip of the palette knife to make lots of scratchy marks in the paste. Then I left it to dry.

2. Once the paste was dry, I used a flat paintbrush to add some colour with cobalt teal hue and green gold paint, blending the colours with some white tinting base.

3. I added some random stamping, using cobalt teal hue with the Alphabets stamp. I then used an old store card to add some lines and scrapes of carbon black paint in the corners.

4. Using carbon black paint, I stamped the small heart off centre on my page, and the zig zags in two corners.

5. I painted a piece of scrap music paper with primary magenta, then stamped the small heart with carbon black. I cut it out, and adhered it over the stamped heart on the journal page, using matte medium. I used a soft black pencil to add shading around the heart.

6. Using a long thin paintbrush (a rigger or writing brush), I painted my wording. The uneven writing adds even more texture to the page, so don't worry about your handwriting.

7. The page needed some white accents, so I stencilled white tinting base through the reverse honeycomb Dinky Stencil in a few places. It also needed more magenta, so I watered some down, and used an old toothbrush to add some splatters.

8. It's not very visible in the photo, but I added some gold wax lustre over the texture on the edges of the page.

9. To finish, I sponged the edges of the page with carbon black paint.

I hope I've inspired you today,

Alison x

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Groovalicious by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I have a bit of a fun card for you this week using some of the end of the year new release products that I didn’t get around to playing with then.

Here’s What I Did:-

I created a quick background by using the tie dye stencil as a stamp by patting various colours of mini Distress ink pads onto the stencil, lightly misting with water and then laying onto white card to transfer the print. Make sure that you don’t over mist the stencil as you need to retain the white space so on top of the stencil lay a piece of kitchen paper to catch any seepage of the colour before removing the stencil. I love this effect.

I then stamped the character onto a separate piece pf paper and coloured him using coloured pencils. To make him a little more groovy I have given him a groovy headband cut from a scrap of fabric. I also have added Glossy Accents to his glasses.

I stamped and coloured some of the accents stamps from the set to add a little detail and allow me to ground him on the card. I then stamped the ‘Groovilicious’ sentiment.

Here’s What I Used:-

Mixed Media Card (or watercolour card)
Mini Distress Ink Pads – Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Carved Pumpkin
Spectrum Noir Paper Stumps
Fabric Scrap
Kitchen Roll
8 x 8 Card Blank

Hope it made you smile and I’ll see you next Tuesday

Amanda X
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