Monday, 27 March 2017

Progress by Moira Sutton

Give the pages a coat of gesso.
Paint the page using all four paint colours.
Using the same paints stencil words from the Journal and Time stencils using contrast colours over whatever is in the background.
Using the Sharpie draw around the inside of the squares from the Journal stencil, the hexagons from the Imagine stencil and the bricks from the Discover stencil.
Doodle in black pen.

Stamp the Inspirational Quote onto paper, cut out each word and glue on the page. Use the black pen to doodle around the words.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Art Girl by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I am sharing a project featuring some of the newer products on sale at That’s Crafty, combining a few Character Constructions Paris Flea stamps, a frame from a That’s Crafty House Shrine and an Affirmation from Lynne’s Affirmations (I will have more to say on this in an upcoming post!)

If you are interested in any of the Character Constructions stamps not displayed on the website, contact Laura with your enquiries.


Character Constructions Stamp Sets - Paris Flea Stamps No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 8
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Cherry Blossom, Antarctic, Hint of Mint, French Roast
Palette Knife (or old credit/gift card)


Cut white/greyboard to suitable size as backing for house frame, applying Gesso to both before applying Fresco paints.  

Once dry, onto the frame, stamp various stamps such as text, paintbrush, paint tube, markings, etc. I stamped all with second, third generation stamping, stamping off onto scrap paper. 

Continue stamping by stamping a paint tube at the lower corner and edging frame with one of the EAA stamps. Edge frame with white paint pen.

With French Roast, stamp the words, art girl, using the EAA alphabet stamps. Edge with white paint pen.

For the white/greyboard panel, stamp paintbrush, text and stars and Affirmation. Create drips with paint pen. 

Layer frame to board with silicone glue.

Onto smoothy cardstock, apply the various paints before stamping the following:-

Paris Flea No. 1:- doll, largest heart 
Paris Flea No. 2:- ink up arms only and paintbrush (stamp paintbrush several times)
Paris Flea No. 3:- skirt
Paris Flea No. 4:- beret, bow
PaperArtsy EEA04:- painttube

Fussy cut all the stamped elements.  

For the skirt, create dots by “stamping” end of handle from foam brush into French Roast paint. For her pendant, adhere rhinestones around edge of heart. 

Begin to assemble the doll. By tilting the elements at slight angles, you bring character to the paper doll. 

Before adhering the doll to the frame, stamp paintbrushes onto frame, to give appearance they are poking out from her beret. 

Layer fussy cut paintbrushes for dimension. Attach paintbrush to her hand. 

Finally, adhere stamped paint tube and paintbrushes to lower corner.

The Art Girl is cosy in her home and ready to have some artsy fun!

Until next time,

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Little Things by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card using one of the new Infusions powders which are great for quick watercolour effects.

What to do:

Use a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and sprinkle on a little amount of Infusions, I used the new Green Man one for this, and spritz with water. Now at this stage, it really depends on what effect you want but leaving for longer before blotting with kitchen roll or heat drying will mean more of the brown Bister crystals will develop for a grungier look.

Once that is dry, stamp a flower image on the background, the one I used is a Carabelle one from my stash but Tim’s wildflowers set would work just as well, use Archival ink in Potting soil for it.

For the jar I hand carved a little stamp from Speedycarve but once again if you have a jar/bottle type stamp then you can use that. I carved this one large enough so I could cut the middle out of it if I wanted to and it was easier to fussy cut out as a whole image too.

Stamp the bottle image with black Archival, cut out, adhere a little twine around the top and then pop a little glue on the back of it and place over the flower image.

Add one of Tim’s new Clipping Stickers, mount on black card and then white cardstock for a simple yet striking card.

Supplies Used:

Substitute Tim Holtz – Wildflowers Set for Carabelle one

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 24 March 2017

Dream Time by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have another of my journal pages from last week’s Hochanda shows to share this week, another rather striking one featuring the lovely Tina stencil as I think she’s my favourite with her beautiful waves of hair.


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Carbon Black, Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Gold


The Tina stencil is fabulous as you not only get a stencil but also the cut out piece to use as a mask which came in very handy for my journal page.

I placed the mask on the page and holding it down firmly with one hand, applied the black DecoArt paint over the rest of the page using a compressed sponge. These are good to apply paint over quite a large area as you don’t get seepage under the mask quite as much.

I removed the mask and when the paint was dry, placed the stencil over the white space left by the mask and coloured it with a mix of orange and the Quinacridone Gold. I then used the script stamp without an acrylic block to apply a random pattern over the head using the brown ink.

I then used the clock stencil over the head to add a partial image using the black paint. I did this by placing it underneath the Tina stencil to check the placement and make sure the numbers ended up in roughly the same place as they would on a clock.

I next stamped the bubbly image from the textures set around the edges of the page with the copper ink and finished off by adding the “dreamy” text around the stencilled head.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Abstract Journal Page – New Stamps and Stencils by Nikki Acton

I do love a bit of abstract art – so I was very excited to see the new texture stamps and stencils launched on Hochanda last week. This page is from the new 8x8 journal kit.

I started with some black gesso that was left on my brush and swept it over the surface to create my first layer. You can still see some of this under the subsequent layers. Next I used a credit card to scrape three PaperArtsy colours – Mahogany, Smoked Paprika and Terracotta. I felt it needed a bit more colour so introduced some yellow (Dina Wakely lemon). Finally I added a little white gesso – again scraped over the surface for the worn look.

Next I took the new 8x8 stencils – the clock face and letters. I stencilled paint through in patches – the centre of the clock you can see in the orange hue (smoked paprika) and the letters in mahogany.

I took the larger circle stamp from Textures 2 stamp set and stamped with black paint in a row. I then used my finger and the same paints to colour them in.

I stamped the quote from Inspirations quotes set 1 – in black archival and then built the composition around this with black paint and my credit card and the smaller circle rings from the texture stamp set. Some extra stamping in black archival with the letters and small circles from the textures set too.

The XII and little lines around the edge are the numbers from the new clock stencil. Finally I added a black border with my finger – smudging the paint a little.

I did a few more pages for the Hochanda shows which I will share in the coming weeks.

See you next week!



Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Colourful Life by Alison Hall

Hello Crafters! It's Alison here today, with a colourful art journal page that I made on a page from one of That's Crafty's 6x6 inch white/greyboard journals.


That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets - Lynne's Affirmations Set 2, The Serenity Collection Fleur, The Quirky Girls Collection Beki
Dylusions Paint - Calypso Teal, Funky Fuchsia, Tangerine Dream, Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Black Marble, White Linen


1. I began by using my finger to apply Calypso Teal, Lemon Zest and Squeezed Orange paint to the journal page. As I was using the white side of the page, there was no need to prime with gesso.

2. Next, I stencilled the Big Floral design using Funky Fuchsia and Tangerine Dream paint. When the paint was dry, I outlined the patterns with a black pen. I also stencilled some leaves on the top and bottom edges with Black Marble paint.

3. I stamped Beki onto white card, painted her with watered down paint, then cut her out. I cut the house off, as I didn't need that, then adhered her to the page with Glossy Accents. 

4. I stamped the little flower from the Fleur stamp set, coloured and cut it out, and attached it to Beki's hair.

5. To finish, I stamped the quote from Lynne's Affirmations Set 2, added some splats of watered down White Linen paint, then sponged Black Marble paint on the edges of my page.

Hope you have a creative day,

Alison x
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