Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Watch the Stars by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

For this week’s piece I have been playing with Seth Apter dies to make this wall hanging.

Here’s What I Did:

This piece all started with a piece of black card, onto that I sponged, using Cut and Dry Foam, a selection of different colours of Finnabair Impasto paints, I love the thickness of these paints and the texture that they create. The paints were sponged through a Patti Tolley stencil. I then went round each piece of the stenciling with a chrome pen. 

I then glued the background card to one of That’s Crafty! 6” x 6” MDF boards and then trimmed the background to fit. I then used the chrome pen to flick chrome splatters over the background. I then die cut from black card Seth Apters ‘Starstruck’ die twice and again sponged the Impasto paints onto them. 

When the paints were dry I outlined the dies using a chrome pen, sadly the photo doesn’t show how shiny the chrome pen is. I then added them to the background off setting one on top of the other. On top of these I then die cut Seth’s Robo Star, again using black card but this time adding no paint and only adding the chrome pen outline, this I then added on top. To the centre I stenciled the word ‘up’ a word from one of Seth stencils. 

The piece was finished off with a sentiment from one of Alison Bombers PaperArtsy stamp sets, stamped in black on white card, cut out and edged with a black fineliner pen. I finished by adding a few decorative stars from my stash Just need to hang on the wall now.

Here’s What I Used:

Seth Apter Dies – Starstruck & Robo Star

See you next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 16 October 2017

Trees are Poems by Dorthe Hansen

Another Monday - rainy here and with a little blue sky in between. Just as the weather was when I started this panel using an MDF surface, 6x6 inch. 

It was painted over with White paint and dried. On top I added a very water thinned Walnut Brown and let it run down the panel, in some places. After dried, I stenciled Water Drops onto upper part of the panel with texture paste.

Left to dry, I painted Dove, toadstools, tree and 3 leaves - first in white paint and then I added a good layer of gesso to the tree. To create texture, I used a toothpick to create patterns on the tree trunk. When it all was dry, I mixed a tiny amount of Brown with Yellow to get a kind of warm light nature tone, for the toadstools and leaves, in certain places and also added details to the toadstool with brown fine liner. The tree was also painted with the light nature tone. All was again left to dry and while waiting, the panel was now ready to be sprayed with  Infusions Sleigh Blue on the upper part. On to that, I dapped Teal paint onto the water drops  and made splashes all over by tapping the pen.

The tree and toadstools were painted with Distress Crackle Paint and I also smeared it onto the panel in a few places, to create more texture. The 3 leaves were given details with the Chestnut Brown and a thin brush.

When the crackle paint had dried, Chestnut Brown paint was smeared into the cracks and then quickly removed from the surface and mostly left in the crackles to show wonderful patterns on both toadstools and tree. The tree branches I painted with the beautiful Chestnut Brown too.

I adhered nature coloured lace and some found bark pieces to the bottom panel and on top, adhered the toadstools and tree. The dove was given detail with a brown fine liner and onto a brown bag, I stamped one of Alison Bombers beautiful quotes, cut the words apart and adhered to panel, together with the dove. A little White paint was smeared around the word panels, to make them pop a bit.

I hope this wasn't too long, so I lost you all on the “road”. If not, thank you to you all and wishes for a most wonderful week, to you, dear friends.



Materials used:

That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard: Autumn, Toadstools, Tree,  Robins and Doves
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paint:  White, Teal, Chestnut Brown, Yellow
Ranger Distress Crackle Paint: Picket Fence
Fine Liner: Brown
Faber Castell: Artist Pen Black
Laces and found nature bark 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

She Wears Butterflies In Her Hair by Lynne Moncrieff

This art shrine is another sample made for HOCHANDA, where I decided to combine some of the earlier Bits ‘n’ Pieces Greyboard, the sweet butterflies with the art shrine which was being showcased on HOCHANDA.

The Art Shrines were a product which instantly appealed to me from when they were first launched. They work for all styles, themes and perfect for Mixed Media.


That’s Crafty! Large Butterfly Wings, Small Butterflies – Bits’n’ Pieces Greyboard Surfaces
That’s Crafty! Acrylics: Antique Gold, Copper
Extras: Old crochet doily, collage image, floral fabric, old book page


Assemble art shrine then apply Gesso. Onto craft sheet, apply paints, then press art shrine into the paints. It is messy but I’m okay with messy! Repeat this step for the butterflies, butterfly wings and MDF tag.

Stain floral fabric and ensure it is dry before adhering into recess of shrine. I leave the fabric to dry naturally and what I tend to do is stain items last thing at night and leave to dry overnight and I know it will definitely be ready for the next time I can give attention to it.

Stamp rainbow directly onto face of shrine. Now, create the little butterfly girl by cutting the prepared large butterfly wings in half, placing behind fussy cut collage image. Add snippets from vintage doily, including a floral motif placed in her hair, then layer the prepared butterflies. Add a butterfly to her neckline. 

Stamp Affirmation onto old book page, the margin of it. Cut into word tiles, layering onto scraps of the stained fabric, adhering to the prepared tag. * Attach a thin piece of fabric to suspend the tag and place the ends of the fabric behind the butterfly girl*

To bottom edge, layer piece of the crochet doily, layering butterflies in corner of shrine.

She is ready to be displayed.



Saturday, 14 October 2017

Winter Sunshine by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a tag featuring a fab That’s Crafty! greyboard tree embellishment as the star of the tag.

What I did:

I took a size 8 manila tag and swooshed it through a mixture of red and orange Distress Oxides’ that were diluted on my craft mat. 

I kept adding and blotting until I was satisfied with the background, then I heat dried it thoroughly.

The swirly little circles were stamped in the same red shade of Distress Oxide using a hand carved stamp of mine, I just wanted something subtle to add interest to the background without detracting from the sentiment or the tree.

I then stamped the fab new sentiment from Alison Bomber with black Archival ink, I really can’t resist adding sentiments to everything I make!!

The ‘sun’ was dipped into the little pool of Distress Oxides I had left over, this was made from some waxy packaging I had.

As for the greyboard tree, I covered it with a coat of a new wonderful That’s Crafty! rough texture paste (coming soon), applied with a palette knife to resemble rough tree bark. It was then coloured with a mixture of DecoArt and That’s Crafty! paints with a touch of a black Gelato too.

For the finishing touches, I added a little bit of Distress Crayon to ‘ground’ the tree, added a piece of raffia and then added a touch of Stickles to give the whole tag a frosty look.

I’m quite pleased with how this turned out, a walk in the blazing sunshine of a Winter’s day…what could be nicer!

Supplies Used:

That’s Crafty! Texture Pastes (coming soon)

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 13 October 2017

Tropical Rainforest Shrine by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a bright and jazzy ATC sized shrine to share this week, which was inspired by the new greyboard Hummingbird, which I really love. I saw him dipping into a flower and the rainforest theme popped into my head as the perfect setting.


That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits & Pieces Greyboard – Fairies and Hummingbirds, Small Funky Flowers 1, Small Butterflies
That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paints – Charcoal, Dark Blue, Green, Purple, Orange
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paint – Black, Green, Chestnut Brown, Red, Yellow
Small Embossing Ball Tool


I first gave all the pieces a coat of white gesso. I then used the modelling paste on the frame and the back section, forming a vine like pattern on the frame and giving the back section some vine like textures.

I painted the frame with a mix of diluted Chestnut Brown, Green and Black Multi Surface Paint, then added in some highlights with the Charcoal Shimmer Paint.

I next painted the front areas of all the box back sections with a mix of Purple, Dark Blue and Green Shimmer paints, adding some shadow detail under the vines with Charcoal and Purple. Once everything was dry, I stuck all the sections together using a glue pen and fixed the decorated frame on the front.

I painted my hummingbird, a flower and some butterflies with a mix of the shimmer and multi surface paints until I was happy with the effect.

I then made my tropical leaves by painting a piece of mixed media paper with green and gold paints. I drew rough leaf shapes on the reverse and cut my leaves out. I added veins with a ball tool and made them stand out with a dark green pencil. I then shaped the leaves a little with my fingers and added some highlights with gold and orange.

I glued the flower and hummingbird on the back section, using silicone glue for added dimension. I then glued on the butterflies and leaves (plus a couple of orangey shaded die cuts made with the Tim Holtz Garden Greens set from my bits box) with the same glue until I was happy with the effect.

There you have it – one tropical rainforest!

We have a great new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so do hop over and check it out to see how you can win a great prize just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x
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