Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Inspiration You Seek by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone 

I have created a wall hanging this week, again on one of That’s Crafty! MDF panels.

Here’s what I did:

I picked a background which had been a piece that I smeared excess paint on, I think there was even a bit a finger painting on this one. I have stamped the deer skull directly onto the background using Tim Holtz Stamping Platform. I do this so I can paint the image and then stamp the detail back in. I have used this painting technique many times recently as without a Stamping Platform, previously this would have been nigh impossible. I have painted the skull with PaperArtsy paints. I have then added detail and a little contrast using coloured pencils. All the stamped feathers on the skull I painted with white and then doodled in the black with a black fineliner pen. I then mounted the piece onto the MDF and trimmed the edges.

The sentiment is from one of the latest sets of words, selected by Alison Bomber, for PaperArtsy. I have heat embossed it in white onto black card.

To add a little more detail I wanted to make some feathers that matched and hang them from the hanging. I used some of That’s Crafty! greyboard small feathers. I painted them with black and heat embossed the white details on using a couple of different stamps. I then hung them from tiny screw eyes using fine jewellery wire.

Here’s What I Used:

Paint background from my stash used Prima Finnabair Impasto Paints
Carabelle Stamps – Plumes & French Lily Background (for feathers)
Fine Jewellery Wire

There are a series of 3 skulls stamps available and I have previously used one of them for a similar wall hanging, which you can see HERE. As I also have the 3rd stamp I think you can expect me to share another to finish the set of 3 off.

Have a fabulous week and see you next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 25 September 2017

Dare to Dream Like No Other by Dorthe Hansen

How are you all, I hope your weekend was wonderful!!

I’m back this Monday, with my sample for the blog, here at That`s Blogging Crafty! with a hanger, created onto one of the great MDF surfaces. 

I started painting gesso to the whole surface, making texture in some places, by filling the brush with lots of gesso. While wet, I placed a piece of crumpled tissue paper on the bottom to create even more texture.

When all had dried, the beautiful Chestnut Brown paint was mixed with white and painted on the whole surface and after dry, I used the Sparklers Spray Red to spray this wonderful luminescent colour to the lower part of the panel.

My flower was created with 3 petal pieces from the small and big Wildflowers sheets. I painted directly onto the greyboard, with the pink Shimmer Paint and mixed with White Multi Surface paint directly on the flower petals. After dried, I added the Chestnut Brown to all edges, with a dry brush and smeared it with a finger. A piece of lace was dyed with Raspberry Infusions, attached to the top of number 2 petals and on top of the lace the tiny petal, made more interesting with gesso, to create texture before it was painted with the pink paint.

To give the feeling of love and dreams, I stamped Donna’s wonderful heart balloon directly onto the panel and then, onto a piece of brown paper bag from my stash, first painted twice with the Pink Shimmer. The heart was torn from the paper bag and added on top of the already stamped balloon.

I love Tim Holz Paper Dolls and here obviously we needed a happy couple. They both had a tiny bit of paint smeared to their clothes and a pink button was adhered to coat and waistcoat.

Beautiful dyed lace and a piece of fabric from my stash were adhered to the bottom – brown and pink paint blended and smeared onto the edges, the flower was attached and got a stem, from one of the other wild flowers on the sheet and onto tissue paper, I stamped Lynne’s wonderful Affirmation, adhered it to the top panel and the lovely couple to the right.

Lastly I made two holes with the Crop A Dile and for the Sari Silk ribbon, to make a hanger.

Thank you for following me to here, I wish you all a wonderful day!!

Hugs and love, 


Materials Used:

That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets: Small and Large Wildflowers
Sari Silk
From my stash: Dyed lace, buttons, fabric, used paper bag, used tissue paper

Autumn Wood Shadow Box by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well?

Now Autumn is upon us I would like to share a small Shadow Box that I created 
as a sample for Hochanda using the latest new products from That's Crafty!

Here are those *How to do's* in words and pictures.

Using one of the small shadow box's I pushed modelling paste through the Bare Tree
stencil onto the shadow box base and then painted a scene using a mixture of 
That's Crafty! Shimmer and Multi Surface paints.

With the side panels painted in Metallic Copper and the outer edge of the stencilled
tree framed using Black Gesso the panels are all glued together to create the shadow box.

I will leave it to your imagination on how you see the background tree but I did
base it on trees along a path way but others may see it as a fallen tree.

A selection of That's Crafty! Greyboard surfaces including Trees, Small Leaves, 
Toadstools and a Reindeer have been painted and coloured.

Using modelling paste and a hot glue gun, I layered up the painted surfaces.

The outer edge of the box was made to resemble wood grain by applying modelling paste,
scoring with a fork, painting with Black Gesso when dry and highlighting in Bronze paint.

My Autumn Wood Shadow is complete.

In hindsight I really wish I had created a carpet of fallen leaves and could have separated each leaf to create double the amount as the quality is outstanding.. maybe next time. 

Thank you for your shared time,
I look forward to sharing more That's Crafty! Creativity
with you all *next week*

Stay safe everyone

Creative Hugs


Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Bare Tree Stencil
That's Crafty! Surface MDF Shadow Boxes
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits & Pieces Greyboard Sheet: Trees (and small leaves)
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits & Pieces Greyboard Sheet: Reindeer
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits & Pieces Greyboard Sheet: Toadstools
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints METALLICS
That's Crafty! Shimmer Paints
That's Crafty! Black Gesso

Sunday, 24 September 2017

My Delicate Wings by Lynne Moncrieff

I like to utilize this and that, even so far as using re-cycled cardboard box packaging as a craft mat, for when I get messy with paints, rusting, Infusions, you name it! It’s such a waste to finally toss it into the rubbish bin, this ready formed substrate with dried layers of medium. I keep them aside to then form into projects such as this one. Green crafting is addictive!


Fresco Finish Midnight (Seth Apter Limited Edition Set 1)
Paintbrush (or fingers!)
Re-cycled cardboard box packaging (used as craft mat)
Tree branch off cut
Rusty tin wire
Crochet Lace, etc previously stained with Infusions*


Tear panels from the messy substrate. Begin to layer various stained and rusted, torn crochet lace, papers etc. Attach the R&A Papillion, with rusty tin wire, to branch off-cut. Apply adhesive to the branch before adhering to the substrate. 

Apply Titanium White and hints of Infusions to the Papillion. Once dry, directly stamp Affirmation onto the butterfly, only partially. Paint scrap of crochet lace with Midnight Fresco, adhere to centre of butterfly. Onto scrap of stained paper, stamp the Affirmation once again. Apply adhesive only to one end of the stamped Affirmation, adhering to butterfly. Edge butterfly with Sharpie pen and Midnight Fresco. 

Apply paints to MDF tag, grunge it up as much as possible before layering fragments of rusted crochet lace. Onto found paper, partially stamp Affirmation, cut/tear into word tiles before adhering to tag. Scribble with white and black paint pens. Attach to another piece of rusted tin wire, wrapping the wire and placing ends of wire beneath the butterfly.

Highlight areas with the beautiful That’s Crafty! Copper acrylic paint, this paint beautifully captures textures. Take time to decide if areas needing touches of lightness or darkness. Fresco Midnight is a beautiful paint colour for adding areas of darkness. 

Until next time,


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