Monday, 20 February 2017

Art Is by Moira Sutton

Donna Downey Signature Stencils – Find Balance and Script
Lindys Stamp Gang Magicals – Oranges, Pinks, Yellow and Light Green

Today I am sharing a page from my That’s Crafty! A4 Journal.

I started with modelling paste through the flower stencil and let dry. Next I scrapped modelling paste through the text stencil in random areas around the page.

To colour the flower I used the Ranger Dabber in Pearl lining the petals with green Magicals mixed with water.

For the background I sprinkled various Magicals in pinks, oranges and yellows over the page, spritzed with water and moved the page around to let the colour flow and mingle. 

To complete my page, I stamped the quote in the Archival ink.  


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Art House by Lynne Moncrieff

Today I have something new from That’s Crafty to share! 

They are launching shrines which is exciting news as the shrines vary in styles and size and the largest size, we are talking large! I slipped up and didn’t measure this Art House but this is the largest size shrine and it is very generous in size with depth in the shadowbox to allow and depth for embellishing as you wish.

The That’s Crafty! Inspirational Quote stamp was perfect to pair with the Art House.


Sharpie Paint Pens – White, Black
Mini Canvas with Easel
Palette Knife/Old Credit Card
Extras: Paintbrush, Sari Ribbon


It’s your choice if to prepare the shrine before assembling or after. My choice is usually, to prepare, assemble and add any final touches of media, stamping, etc as once it is assembled I can get a good idea of any additions to help balance the overall appearance.

Prepare surfaces with Gesso before applying the Fresco paint from the Seth Apter collection with an old credit card/gift card. 

Onto the top of the house, stamp 'art house' with the fabulous new PaperArtsy EEA05 set.  Onto the rest of the frame, stamp the word 'art' repeatedly. It isn’t about being able to read the words, this creates pattern. Onto the bottom edge of the frame, stamp create art.

For the shadowbox element of the shrine, stencil create and art. Create pattern on this panel and the frame with stamps from EEA02. Highlight with paint pen.

Randomly apply paint to white cardstock. Stamp art wheel, paintbrush, paint tubes and Inspirational Quote. Cut out. Adhere one of the stamped paintbrushes above “Create”.  The house can now be assembled.

Onto a mini canvas, apply paint. After cutting the Inspirational Quote into word tiles, adhere to the painted canvas, scribble around the words with paint pens. Paint the easel.  Adhere canvas to the easel.

For the colour wheel, with the EAA alphabet stamps, stamp the word artist. Assemble the canvas, colour wheel, brushes and paint tubes, with Gel Medium to the shrine. 

Adhere a grungy paintbrush to top of shrine. I used a messy brush, allowing the paint to harden. Wrap sari ribbon around end of paintbrush before adhering. 

That’s the Art House, ready to be displayed in your art room – although this is possibly the same dimensions as my own wee art space!!!  It’s a fabulous size to work with and imagine the possibilities – decorate it for a New Home gift or a way to honour your own home and family or a vintage style house. 

There will be more shrines to share very soon!



Saturday, 18 February 2017

Groovy Cat by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a seriously groovy cat for you…don’t you think it has a retro sixties vibe going on?!

What to do:

Stamp the images on Strathmore Mixed media paper with black Archival ink. For the colouring, I used my Zig pens but you can use Distress Markers, Promarkers or pencils….anything really that you’re comfortable with.

Fussy cut out and place to one side.

Next, take a piece of thick black card and a white pen, start doodling with it to create the flower stem etc. If you use a Posca pen for it you can also use it for the little splatters you see here too, just give it a firm smack!!

Adhere your cut images to the card, add a Tim Holtz sentiment and mount onto white cardstock.

Have a groovy weekend everyone ;) 

Supplies Used:

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 17 February 2017

Curious Friends by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, this week I’m finally able to share the reverse of my little MDF upright (do you remember the other side with the robin and butterfly) and this side features some cute bunnies which I couldn’t resist even though Easter is quite a long way off!


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Bentley, Serena, Fleur
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints – Paynes Grey, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Green Gold, Hansa Yellow
Scraping Tool of some sort


Apply a tick layer of modelling paste to the upright and scrape on a pattern to resemble tree bark (I used a wooden skewer. Allow to dry completely, then paint with the shades of brown and grey acrylics.

Stamp the rabbits, large butterfly (the Bentley set) and several of the tiny flowers (the Fleur set) on stamping card with the black ink and paint using the watercolour pencils. I scribbled on the rabbits to go with the scribbly pattern on the design. Cut the images out.

Use a brayer to apply the green and yellow paints to card and then stamp on quite a few leaves from the Serena set with black ink and cut some out – you’ll need about a dozen. You should have some green painted card left. I cut strips from this and glued them to the base.

Assemble the panel with foam tape and glue to create a little scene with the rabbits, flowers and leaves, finishing off with the butterfly at the top. I quite like the way the little bunnies are looking up at the butterfly.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Seth Apter – Stamps, Dies and Paints by Nikki Acton

I was lucky to be asked to make a few samples with the new Seth Apter paints and stamps from PaperArtsy so I thought I would share one of the designs with you today.

If you missed the details of the new release you can find it on my blog
 including PaperArtsy’s release video.

The colours used here are Key Lime, Terracotta, Buff and Midnight.

I took 2 sheets of card and built up layers of paint – add one colour, don’t cover the card completely, let dry and add another – building it up so all the colours show. For one piece I started dark and for the other I started light – so they end up slightly different although use the same colours. One piece formed the base of the card and the other the square frame. I also created a third piece sponging terracotta and then midnight – this is the yellow you can see on the die cuts and central portion.

To create the central square I stamped the square stamp from ESA03 and used a circle framelit to cut out the middle. I then stamped the circle with words from ESA04 on the terracotta coloured card to go underneath the square. I used the rest of this card to cut some rectangles and squares using Spellbinders Robo Bar and Robo Square dies.

I arranged them all on the base panel and used foam pads to raise the central feature a little.

See you next week!



Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Live... Dream... by Alison Hall

Hello Crafters! It's Alison here today, with another of my large journal pages that I made for Hochanda.

Here's what I used...

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold, Carbon Black 
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Dragonfly Flight, Believe, Numbers
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets - Serenity Collection - Fleur
From my stash - A contrasting Gelli Plate print (or you could use patterned paper), Orange Posca Paint Pen

Here's what I did...

1. I started by giving my A4 and 3x5 ins pages some colour, using Cobalt Teal Hue and Green Gold fluid acrylic, and blending the colours a little with the white Tinting Base.

2. Next, I added some stencilling with the same colours, tone on tone, using the Dinky Stencils Dragonfly Flight and Numbers.

3. Using Carbon Black fluid acrylic, I stencilled with the Believe Dinky Stencil on the 3x5 ins page. Then I stencilled the words Live and Dream onto the A4 page. I also stencilled the bubbles pattern from the Dream stencil in the top left and bottom right corners to create a kind of border.

4. Using the serrated edge of the Dream stencil, I dipped it in a little Carbon Black paint that I'd smeared on my craft mat, then added some scrapes of paint to the top right and bottom left of the A4 page.

5. On a piece of contrasting Gelli Plate print, I stamped three of the flowers and four of the leaves from the 'Fleur' stamp set, using black Archival ink. I cut out the leaves and flower heads. On the A4 page, I stamped the flower in the centre, then used matte medium to adhere one gelli print flower head over the stamped one, then the other two fanning out at the sides. I glued the gelli print leaves onto the 3x5 ins page.

6. Using a fine black Sharpie, I doodled a base to the stem of the flower on the A4 page, then used an orange paint pen to add colour to the stripes. I also Stencilled some more carbon black bubbles with the Dream stencil.

7. I used my orange paint pen to add outlines to the large stencilled words, and a bit of detail on the stencilled bubbles. I used Glossy Accents to adhere a square acrylic shape over the 'D' of the word Dream. I also added a few doodled crosses to the page with a white gel pen. 

8. I finished off each page with some carbon black paint sponged on the edges, then attached the 3x5 ins page to the front of the A4 page with book rings. 

I hope I've inspired to to be creative today, 
Alison x

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentines Day by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

February 14th, the most romantic day of the year, so I hope that you’ve all been showered with romantic gestures and gifts. To celebrate the day I have a Valentines card to share with you, perhaps not the most romantic but love shows itself in many way…………

Here’s What I Did:-

Quite a simple one from me this week. I started by stamping the character and then stamping the heart 3 times as though they were balloons. Then using a black fineliner pen I drew in the strings. I then coloured her using Colourblend pencils. I decided I didn’t want the background to be just white so I added fine splatters by dipping an old toothbrush into AquaTints and then added the splatters by dragging a cocktail stick through the toothbrush, this creates much finer splatters than flicking with a paint brush. To protect the coloured images I had made a mask by stamping onto a Post It Note, cutting out and covering the image to protect it.

I grounded her by tearing up some washi tape and then added a little more to the top to balance it out. 

The sentiment, which is my Valentine message, is from my stash.

The final detail was to run around the edge of the card with my sewing machine. Matted onto black card and added to a card blank. Now never let it be said that I am not romantic!!!!

What I Used:-

Paper Stumps
Sentiment Stamp from my stash
Old Toothbrush & Cocktail Stick
Sewing Machine
Card Blank 7’ x 7”

I hope that you have a fabulous day

Amanda X
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