Saturday, 31 October 2015

We are Family by Donna Gray

Hello everyone, 

Donna here today and I’ve used the fab penguins from Katzelkraft, love these little fellas!

Here’s What To Do:


Take some thick, white card and apply Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers through the Crafters Workshop, Echoes stencil. 

Spray a very light spritz of Distress spray stain in Hickory Smoke to make the background a little grungier.

Stamp your penguins on more white card, colour lightly with Spectrum Noir pencils and blend with solution. You still want to retain most of the white of their bellies. 

Adhere the larger penguins to your stencilled background with Cosmic Shimmer glue, I popped the smaller penguin up with foam pads to make him more 3D. 

Take a Wendy Vecchi word stencil and using a black Faber Castell Pitt pen, draw the word Freaky above the penguins. 

Add a bit of doodling around the edges with a black Micron pen, select a Tim Holtz sentiment, mount onto black and then white card and you have a lovely family portrait ;)


Supplies Used: 

Katzelkraft Stamp Set - Les Pingouins Grumpy (due back in stock very soon)
Black Faber Castell Pitt Pen


Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 30 October 2015

Ho Ho Ho Tag by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a Christmas tag to share this week as I’ve been trying to use up some of the odd bits of Gelli print floating around in my scraps box. I found a rather Christmassy green one and this inspired my tag.



Tim Holtz Cling Stamp Sets – Crazy Birds, Crazy Things and Crazy Talk
Sissix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Sets – Crazy Birds, Crazy Things
Brusho Crystals – Scarlet, Dark Brown, Grey, Sandstone
Gelli Print – I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Yellow Green Light, Green Gold, Gold




The Gelli print I used was made by applying blobs of the green paint on the plate and using my fingers to spread it out. I then misted it with water and pressed the card on to pick up the paint. I then added gold to the plate in patches and pressed the card on again to make the finished print.

I cut a piece of the card to tag size using one of my Ranger ones as a guide and then used the star shower stencil with the embossing dabber – this is brilliant for stencils if you want to heat emboss as the dabber works so well with them. You can see the clean effect I got when I embossed the stars with the gold powder.

I stamped my chosen crazy bird and the Santa hat on stamping paper with the black ink and painted the images with the Brusho Crystals. I mixed the brown and grey shades to make the colour I wanted for my little robin and gave him a scarlet chest. I used the pencils for his beak and to add some shading to the images. I then die cut them with the thinlits dies.

I die cut some small stars from a scrap of paper I swiped through the left over Brusho paint and dipped them partly in the gold embossing powder then heated it to melt. I stamped the text on a further scrap of paper, cut the words out individually and gave them a red border with the coloured pencil.

I glued everything on the tag and tied some ribbon through the top to finish. 


Have a great weekend and see you next week. 

Fliss x

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Abstract Landscape by Debs Wainwright

Hello everyone, I have something a little different to share this week so I hope you like it. 

This is what I did

1.    I tore up a cat food box and used the flat side as my base approx size 10x6in. I then laid a 1/8in thick layer of craft Paste over the whole surface. I left it over night to dry.

2.    I rubbed the surface to make it smooth and then sprayed it with green and blue mists.

3.    I then used some Umber Brusho along one edge and spritzed it, allowing the drips to run down.

4.    I added some more Brusho to the plaque, and then flicked it on with a paint brush randomly. I added some spray paint in white here and there too.

5.    One this was all dry, using an old pen which I had removed the ink from, I dabbed tiny white dots randomly over the picture. In particular I followed some of runs. I had decided which way up I wanted the picture and the runs acted as stems for the trees.

6.    I used a White Gel Pen to highlight areas such as the tree. Next I added some shaded areas with a black water soluble pencil.

7.    While the plaque was drying I heated up my pan and added Bees Wax and waited for it to melt. 

I gave the plaque three coats of wax heating it with my heat tool each time to finish the the layer. Once the wax was dry using a pokey tool I scraped a pattern on the tree. I added some other marks randomly to give some texture and definition.

Here are some close ups.

Below you can see the wax starting to dry

Lastly I added silver wax to the edges which tied the whole thing together.

What I used

Black Water Soluble Pencil
PaperArtsy Silver Treasure Gold
Ranger Heat Pan for UTEE or Wax

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, I'll see you again next week. Take care

Debs xx

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Floral Name Plaque by Alison Hall

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a simple little name plaque that I made for a new baby. We've all got plenty of patterned papers in our stash, I used some 7 Gypsy ones that I've had for ages. That's Crafty! have some pretty Bo Bunny Paper Pads that would be perfect if you need some though.



Canvas Board - 6 x 6 inch (you could use a That's Crafty! Surface as an alternative)
Alphabet Die (I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix one)
Co-ordinating Patterned Papers
Button, Eyelets, String




1. Stamp the Dina Wakley Scribbly Bird, Birgit's large Bloom, & two of her Leafs onto co-ordinating patterned papers, using the black pigment ink. Emboss the images with the detail clear powder, then cut them out.

2. Die cut the name from patterned paper, then use the Glue 'N Seal to glue the images and name onto the canvas board.

3. Use a black pen to doodle around the edges of the canvas, and also to outline the die-cut letters.

4. Punch two holes in the top of the canvas board, insert eyelets and string, then add a button to the flower to finish.


Have a creative day!


Alison x

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Christmas Tags by Amanda Southern

I am far from the most organised when it comes to preparing for Christmas, but the recently released Christmas themed Dinky stencils have at least started me on my way. As you can see I have decided to make some Christmas tags with 2 very different techniques.


Here’s what I did:-

The first pair of tags have been made on acetate. I started by first die cutting my tags from an  A4 sheets of acetate.

I then stencilled through the Bubble Tree stencil using Cosmic Shimmer texture paste in both Deep Red and Gold Pearl. To ensure the stencil didn’t move on the acetate I held it in place with low tack masking tape, this also stopped any of the paste getting onto the acetate where I didn’t want it. I left these then overnight to totally dry. Once they were dry I added Tim Holtz Christmas Time Remnant Rubs, you get a sheet of black and a sheet of white in the pack. I then tied coordinating ribbon through the tag.
These were not the easiest to photograph but hopefully you get the idea. There is also a fabulous shimmer to the trees from the paste which sadly the photograph doesn’t really show.
2nd pair of tags have been made using the Dinky Trees background stencil on the 3” x 5” Gelli Plate. Using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints and after playing with several prints I decided I liked the softness of the ghost prints. A ghost print being layering a layer of acrylic paint over the remnants of design left by the previous print and then pulling them both off together. I chose quite funky non traditional colours for these tags. I cleaned my brayer each time onto a piece of white cardstock, this piece of card was then die cut with the tag die to be my background. I then die cut the trees out of pink card stock and die cut my sentiments in a linen white cardstock, added few self-adhesive pink stars, again finished off with coordinating ribbon.
2 very different styles of tags

What I used:-


Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste – Deep Red & Pearl Gold
Co-ordinating Ribbons
PaperArtsy Fresco Paints – Limelight, Bougainvillea, Caribbean sea, Teresa Green
Tim Holtz Thinlits Die – Handwritten Holidays
Adhesive Star Gems
Pink Card
White Linen Card
Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue for the die cuts
Tim Holtz Alteration Tag and Bookplate Die
See you all next Tuesday
Amanda X
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