Friday, 28 July 2017

The Lily Pond by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I think my post today should actually be called the tale of how the lotus flower became a waterlily as that’s the stencil I used for my mixed media pond life scene.


That’s Crafty! Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets – Small Butterflies and Dragonflies
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Lotus Flower, Dragonfly Flight
That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paints – Green, Dark Blue


I first spread a layer of modelling paste all over the MDF panel, it doesn’t need to be too thick, just enough to give a good texture to the surface. When the paste was dry, I painted on a coat of white gesso, following this up with a mix of blues and white for the sky element and a mix of greens for the pond surface. When it was dry, I added a little green shimmer paint to the water for some subtle highlights.

I then used the Lotus stencil to add my waterlilies with modelling paste. This took 2 goes as I had to stencil on 2 quite a distance apart and let them dry before adding the rest to avoid smudging the flowers. Once they were dry, I painted them with shades of pink, white and a touch of yellow. I used grey to add a shadow round them to make them pop.

I drew the lily pads on mixed media paper and cut them out. As I wanted to fit some round the flowers I placed the stencil over the flower, put the lily pad on top, lifted it up and flipped it over so that I could draw a pencil line in the sections that needed cutting out. I painted them with a mix of greens, adding copper highlights for some shimmer. I glued the leaves on with dimensional tape for a 3D look.

I painted some dragonflies with Green and Turquoise, adding Grey to the bodies and a touch of Copper. I added a pattern to the wings by inking up the dragonfly wings stamp with Copper paint and pressing the painted dragonflies onto the stamp. I added these to the panel with dimensional tape.

I stencilled on a few tiny dragonflies with the Dark Blue Shimmer paint to add interest to the sky to finish off.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Zinski Cat Card by Nikki Acton

Hi everyone. I treated myself recently to a couple of the new PaperArtsy Zinski Mini stamps. I don’t normally do cute but I couldn’t resist the little cat and dog stamps.

I started this card with a painted background using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – randomly painted in blues and greens (colours below). I added some stencilling with Tim Holtz Splotches layering stencil and That’s Crafty! Circles Dinky stencil and some random background stamping. No great plan here just building up a background.

I stamped (black Archival) the cat over the painted surface and then coloured in with markers. As I was working on top of a green background my colours are a little muted – next time I might paint him or fussy cut to get a little more impact and colour.

I added a little Tim Holtz Design tape and some random doodling with Posca Pens. The circles and Happy Birthday are from Emma Godfreys Birthday stamp set (EEG18).



DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Green Gold, Cobalt Teal Hue, Blue Green Light, Hansa Yellow
Posca Markers – Black and White
Distress Markers or similar

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Citrus Snowdrops by Bev Hilton

Hello everyone. I'm here again for my weekly spot on the blog. Today I'm sharing another card I made a few weeks back using the fabulous Dinky Snowdrop stencil, and of course a mixture of others too. This card only used one stamp which is the wording.

Here's what I used...

White Linen Card Stock
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Snowdrops (TC091), Honeycomb (TC031), Harlequin (TC019), Dragonfly (TC051)
Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserve

Here's what I did...

I began with inking through the 8x8 Big Floral stencil with Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed Distress inks. I then removed the stencil and gently brushed over with same colours to soften the white. Using Mowed Lawn Distress ink I softly blended through the Dinky Snowdrop stencil to the left and again to the right slightly lower than the main image was to be placed. I then placed the stencil into the middle and embossed the image with DecoArt Modeling Paste. I did the same with the Dragonfly stencil to place the four dragonflies.

I heated the snowdrops with a heat tool to get a slightly bubbled effect to give more texture. I set this aside to dry and began work on the frame which I cut from a stitched die by Sue Wilson. I used the DecoArt paste again through the Harlequin and Dragonfly stencils. Once dry I blended over with Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed Distress inks. I then decided to add some circles with the Word Series stencil in Seedless Preserve.

Back to main image. I replaced the Snowdrop stencil over texture paste and painted through with gold pearl texture paste on the flower heads. I then used gilding wax on the stems in emerald. I did the same with the dragonflies using gilding wax in brass. I decided to add some more texture to the card with the Honeycomb stencil and sparkle medium in each corner of the card. Once dry I stamped the wording in black Versafine ink.

I mounted the frame to my card, then mounted onto green card stock before mounting onto my white card base.

All for now and see you again soon. 

Much love, 
Bev xxx

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Follow Your Heart by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

Amanda here, as is custom on a Tuesday, and this week I have created a wall hanging, all stamped images are from one stamp set from Lost Coast Designs, and the swirl stamp on this set is my new favourite.

Here’s What I Did:

Background piece is a build up of acrylic paints, I have used the new Finnabair impasto paints, loving the depth of colour in these paints, Colour has been built up smearing colour on with an old credit card and my fingers. This was created onto a piece of A4 card and I cut out the area of it that I wanted.

I then stamped on the chequered swirls (love these). I then stamped the stripy squiggles on the edges. Next I stencilled on some addition details the directional arrows and small rectangles towers using black archival ink and a blending tool.

I then stamped the fish 3 times onto some scrap gelli printed card I had and cut them out, I did the same with the heart stamp. All stamping has been done with the Tonic Tim Holtz stamping platform as you don’t always get a clear image first time over acrylic paint. I added some white details to the piece using a white Posca paint pen. My sentiment ‘Follow your Heart’ was typed out on my vintage typewriter and added to the piece with gel medium. I wanted to mount this for the wall onto an 8” x 8” MDF Piece. I painted around the edges of it with black gesso and then edged it all with chequered washi tape from my stash. Over the washi tape I stamped and heat embossed in white using the doodled circles stamp (again from Lost Coast Designs) I then mounted my piece in the centre and glued on my fish with That’s Crafty! glue and added some bubbles with the Posca pen going around the bubbles with a fine liner black pen. I then gave everything a coat of matte medium to seal it.

What I Used:

Finnabair Impasto Paint – Various Colours
Old Credit Card
Lost Coast Design Stamps – Fish & Heart and Doodled Circles
iStencils – Skyscrapers & Kabobs
Gelli Print Scraps
Heat Gun
Washi Tape from my Stash
Vintage Typewriter

Hope you like it and have a fabulous week

See you next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 24 July 2017

Some Bunny Loves You by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello everyone, It's Monday again... where did that weekend go? 

Today i'm sharing a card I made a while ago but only just showing as it was made for my Daughters Birthday, now it's been celebrated I can safely share it with you all.

Here in words and pictures is my Some Bunny Loves you Card.

Using the large Bonny Bunny Stamp designed by Donna Gray I stamped him 3 times, coloured with Copic Markers cut out his face from one coloured set, his nose from another, then layered them up over the full uncut and coloured image.To make his whiskers more realistic I pierced holes at the ends of each whisker line and thread sewn threw using a needle. Glossy Accents has been added to the eyes and nose to give dimension.

A background of carroty colours was created, using PaperArtsy Infusions, distressed around the edge and sewn onto black card. The Bonny Bunny was also mounted onto black card with one of the sentiments from the set stamped and glued underneath.

The Bunny was attached to the background with foam pads and a Bulldog clip attached as it's layout did remind me of a Polaroid style photograph and because this Bonny Bunny looked so much like *Bingo* a Bunny my Daughter had as a Child I was sure she would pin this up with her photo collection of him. White Posca Pen adds the finishing touch.

I do adore this image and I have to say I've used it so many times in a similar way as I know many people who have Bunny's just like this one too. I'm so glad I can finally share one with you...

Thank you for sharing your time, I look forward to sharing more of mine with you all same time next Monday and please don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Teams Daily makes.

Have a great week everyone & Stay Safe.

Creative Hugs 

Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

Rubber Dance Stamps ~ Bonny Bunny Designed by Donna Gray
PaperArtsy Infusions ~ Orange County - Sage
Memento ~ Tuxedo Black Ink
Copic Ciao Markers ~ Cool Tones
Adhesive Foam Pads
7x7 Card/Envelope
Needle and Thread

Dare to Dream Magic by Dorthe Hansen

This Monday, I will show you a piece using one of That’s Crafty’s square white/greyboard panels as my surface, for a little magic !!

I started covering it with a light coat of the wonderful Bronze Metallic Paint, and when dry I gave it a very thin coat of Charcoal Shimmer Paint, to darken the shine a bit, on the right side. Again letting it all dry, and after, I used the beautiful Dinky stencil: Tree mask, with Archival Ink Coffee – only the half showing on the right side of the surface.

When dry, paint with Bronze Metallic Paint twice, to make it shimmer beautifully, and after the two layers have dried, paint the leaves with Pearl Metallic Paint, also twice, to give light and life to the tree. Add details onto it, to give a feeling of bark, with a Brown Writer and when satisfied draw around it all with a black Sharpie.

Now stamp the words taken from Lynne's Affirmation Set 2 and stencil the word Magic, from the Dinky Stencil Enchanted, directly onto the surface, with Archival Ink Jet black and lastly, stencil the Dinky stencil Crow, also using Archival Ink Jet Black - mask the ones around him so not to stencil more than one bird.

I wanted to use one of the heads from the new Eclectica stamp set, Everything Art and stamped her on a skeleton leaf using StazOn Spiced Chai. When layering it over a dark surface it shows beautifully. So I used a scrap of dark brown fabric and mounted it with Golden Matte Medium, turned a copper thread around it, adhered it to the surface and carefully painted the leaf around the head, with the Bronze, to show the tiny veins. I’m sorry you can’t see the shine on my photo.

The last little detail was to add a piece of wood, found on the ground, on top of a golden piece of tulle on the bottom, knotted 3 strings of cord together and adhered it to the left side of the woman panel  and adhered a metal button to the fabric too. Give Mr. Crow a bronze eye, a necklace and define his wings with a pencil dipped into the bronze paint.

I hope you all have a lovely new week.

Dorthe xx

Materials used :

That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Crow, Enchanted, Tree mask
Archival Ink - Jet Black, Coffee
Brown Writer
Golden Matte Medium Gel
Brown fabric scrap, golden tulle scrap, piece of wood, skeleton leaf, button, cord strings
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