Thursday, 31 August 2017

Altered Notebook 1 by Nikki Acton

Hi everyone. I recently found a couple of cheap notebooks I had bought and left lying around my craft room! I decided I should alter them. Today’s project is the first of these and tomorrow for the new challenge I will share the second one.

I started by placing a piece of copy paper between the cover and the inside pages to avoid getting paint on the inside lined paper and giving the covers a coat of black gesso. I took the large That’s Crafty! Fossil stencil and sponged PaperArtsy Chalk coloured Fresco paint over the front and back cover. Once this was dry I repeated with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Dioxazine Purple. 

I added black gesso to piece of white card and embossed with a folder from my stash. I lightly sanded the surface to reveal some of the white underneath and then added a Quinacridone Magenta wash. I stamped one of the quotes from Tim Holtz Motivation stamp set in Black Archival and added a wash of the pink/purple paints.

Finally I took some of the That’s Crafty! greyboard butterflies and stippled a little gesso for texture before painting the same colours.

I adhered my layers to the surface of the book and once dry coated in matt varnish.
Version 2 is a little more grungy so do stop by Addicted to Art tomorrow for all the details!

See you next week!


DecoArt Fluid Acrylics - Dioxazine Purple and Quinacridone Magenta

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Grungy Art Tag by Melina Dahl


It´s Melina here and today I like to share this art tag with you. I went for a grungy, kind of masculine feeling this time.

I started by covering a tag, made of watercolour paper, with Distress Oxide Walnut Stain.
I placed the stencil (TC8001) and sprayed Sparklers Spray Pale Gold on top of the tag. I love the effect you get when activating the Oxides with Sparklers Sprays instead of water!
Once dry I sprayed from far up some water to the whole tag. It almost turned that brown colour into a blue/gray.

I added a piece of sheet music to the tag and went over it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I added some splashes of water and dabbed it off with a dry cloth.

Once happy with the look, i stamped the birds from Lynne´s Affirmations Set 2 on the left side of the tag.

I took one of the large greyboard feathers and covered it with a coat of white gesso using a palette knife. I used pieces of thin wire and wrapped around the feather to add more interest.

I added a piece of cheese cloth that I coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink again. I diluted some white gesso with water and made splashes on the whole tag.

I went over the feather with touches of Walnut Stain and the sprayed the feather with Sparklers spray pale gold. Once dry I glued the feather down on my tag using Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive.

At last added my quote from Lynne´s Affirmations and tied an off white ribbon and hemp twine to my tag.

I used:

Sheet Music
Cheese Cloth
Thin Wire

Thank you so much for stopping by!



Summer Dream by Bev Hilton

Hello everybody. It's that time of the week again so I'm here sharing a GiganTAG I made some time ago for the Hochanda shows featuring these products. It was one of my favourite pieces that I've not yet shared, so with time being short and the weather still so lovely I thought I'd stay with summer.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Word Series Stencils - Dream WS005, Discover WS009, Journal WS006
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Circles TC005, Pebbles TC046
That's Crafty! Shimmer Paints - Aqua, Green, Yellow, Gold, Blue, Dark Blue, Pearl, Purple
Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint - Red, Night, Lime, Lemon, Tangerine, Blackberry
Texture Gel - White Sand
White Gesso
Lace from my stash

Here's what I did...

I began by applying a very thin layer of gesso over the whole tag. I then took the Discover stencil as I wanted the bricks that are on it and applied Grunge Paste through it to create the bricks at the bottom. I took the Dinky Circles and applied Grunge Paste at random and did the same with the Pebbles. I needed a little more texture and grassy feel so grabbed some texture gel and applied it where my flowers were to go. I also added some lace just above the bricks. I left this overnight to ensure it was all complete dry.

I coloured the greyboard wildflowers with the acrylic paints. I coloured the dragonflies with Starlight paints. Once the flowers were dry I highlighted areas of those too with the Starlight medium. On the flowers at the top (I felt these looked like wisteria), I added some Old Rose Sparkle medium. Put these aside to dry.

Now the fun part. I started layering on the That's Crafty! Shimmer paints over the MDF tag giving a summer day feel. 

Once dry, which doesn't take long at all, I glued all my pieces into place. I then took the Dream stencil and blended through the Sparkle medium. Once everything was dry I decided to add the eyes and wording from the Affirmations Stamp Set with Archival ink. My final add was some glitter into the middle of my poppy. 


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Don’t Be Afraid by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

Time has been against me this week so I have quite a quick card for you this week.

Here’s What I Did:

I started with a piece of mixed media card and a selection of colours of Distress Oxides, the colours are all from the first 12 colour release. I wanted a multi coloured background, so chose a selection of colours of the Oxides and randomly patted the ink pads onto my craft mat and then spritzed with water, into all that I swooshed through the piece of mixed media card, with each pick up of colour I dried it with a heat gun before picking up even more colour. I cut a piece to a size for me card, from the remainder of the card I stamped the feathers and cut out. I highlighted parts of the feathers with a white Posca pen.

Onto the background I added some circle stamping using the Oxides and lightly spritzed the stamping to soften the look. 

Next I stamped around the outside of the background and added further stamping detail to 2 of the corners. I glued on the feathers and then stamped on my sentiment which is from one of the That’s Crafty! stamp sets. Mounted on black card and added to a card blank.

Here’s What I used:

Mixed Media Card
Distress Oxides (colours from the original 12)
Carabelle Studio Stamps – Mini Textures, Scribbled Feather (both designed by Birgit Koopsen)

Thanks, and I’ll see you all next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 28 August 2017

Make a Wish by Dorthe Hansen

Hello friends, Monday is here and so am I, showing a creation on the That’s Blogging Crafty blog!!! I hope your weekend brought both good weather and happy hours and that your Monday will be a great one !!

On white/greyboard, start by adding Distress Oxide Antique Linen to the surface, and after, spray with a very thinned Infusions Blackcurrant.

When dry, I used the Word Stencil Discover, stenciling the brick border to the right side of the panel with Texture Paste and I also stamped the beautiful woman from Character Construction, and the butterfly from Butterfly Trio, Rubber Dance, onto the panel. 

The butterfly was painted with Aquarel Superstar pencils and the sweet woman was given rose cheeks and mouth - her pearls painted white and lined with a black Sharpie marker.

While waiting for the brick wall to dry, I found a piece of card stock which I first crumpled and then painted with the gorgeous Shimmer Paint in Purple and sprinkled Blackcurrant Infusion here and there. I sprayed with water and left to dry. Then I stamped the big flower from Quirky Girls “ Beki”  on the painted card stock and fussy cut them - one was cut a bit smaller than the others!!

You can see the beautiful shimmer from the Shimmer Paint

I  wanted to add one of the wonderful embellishments from wildflowers greyboard sheet - it was also painted with both Shimmer Paint Purple and Blackcurrant Infusions and on top sprinkled a little of the Infusion powder onto the button flower, to add depth. Details were made with black and white Sharpies and the stems coloured with Archival Ink Leaf Green. The brick wall was then also painted with Purple Shimmer and a little Infusions powder sprinkled on top.

Time for more flowers, so I used the Flower Dinky stencil, also with Texture Paste and left to dry.

Next, Leaf Green was dabbed onto the flowers around all edges and around the butterfly girl. Blackcurrant dissolved in water, was painted onto the stenciled flowers and the embellishment flower was cut into two pieces to fit the surface and creation, it was adhered with Multi Purpose Craft adhesive, which was also used for the cardstock flowers, a piece of purple painted lace and dictionary paper!!

Lynne's Affirmation, giving name to the panel, was also stamped onto the prepared cardstock left from the flower stamping, cut out and lined with white Sharpie and Leaf Green and also adhered.

You can hardly see the text here, because of the gorgeous shimmer 

Lastly, I outlined the butterfly with white dots, added details also to all the flowers, gave the woman a white bow and adhered two white buttons and a piece of Sari silks, fitting the colour theme.

Thank you for visiting, it makes me always feel thankful seeing you here too.


Materials used:

Archival Inks - Jet Black, Leaf Green
Sharpies - Black and White
Character Constructions Stamp Set - French Laundry (Ask Laura and she can order this set for you)
Scraps of paper and lace from the stash
Buttons, Sari Silk from the stash

Indian Summer Skies by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello everyone, I hope your weekend has been a good one and for those of you in the UK an extended one due to today being a Bank Holiday.

We have not had much of a Summer this year, albeit blessed with the odd sunny day and as Autumn is a few weeks away I'm hoping for an Indian Summer to bring the sky to life with those warm colours. Those thoughts have inspired me to create this little tag using some of those wonderful new That's Crafty! products.

Here in words and pictures is my Indian Summer Skies.

Using a That's Crafty! MDF Tag I brushed on the Multi Surface Yellow and Christmas Red Paints with brush strokes from left to right merging them both in the middle to create an orangey colour. I then dried with a heat tool as this intensifies the colour by burning away the water content leaving a rich colour pigment. Neil Burley explained this perfectly on Hochanda recently whilst demoing the latest That's Crafty! products on the shows. I then dry brushed Gold lightly across the tag to add a touch of shimmer.

The Wildflower surface was painted Brown and the circle being used to replicate the sun dabbed in Gold. This circle is actually an off cut from the clock surfaces.

The wildflower and butterfly both from the same That's Crafty! Small Wildflower Surfaces set have been coated in embossing ink and heat embossed using Aged Scarlet Frantage and along with the sun glued onto the tag.

Words from Lynne's Affirmations Stamp Set 2 have been stamped onto gold ribbon and curled around the tag to complement the colour scheme.

Edged in Multi Surface Gold Paint, Prima and Maya Fibres help bring those colours all together completing my Indian Summer Skies Tag.

I loved putting this tag together as it has a warm and inviting feel. I hope you like it too.
Thank you for sharing your time again, until next time.

Enjoy The DT's makes throughout the week and I will meet you all back here same time, same place next Monday..!! It's a Date.

Crafty Hugs

Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Tag #3
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits & Pieces Greyboard Sheet Small Wildflowers 
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint: YellowChristmas RedMetallic GoldBrown
Stampendous/Frantage Aged Scarlet
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set Lynnes Affirmations Set 2
Prima Gypsy Cord & Maya Fibres

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