Monday, 26 September 2016

Yesterday by Moira Sutton

Prima Art Alchemy Paints - Lime, Vintage Rose, Pink Blush, Wild Fuchsia, Royal Red and Rusty Red
Stamp from Stash

Give the pages a coat of Gesso and dry.

I took the Round Brush and loaded it with Gesso and pressed in its side onto the paper, then continued loading the brush and moving round in a circle, these marks are creating the petals of the flowers. 

I continued with another circle inside the original and till the circle was filled.  

I repeated this to create another flower. It is better to let this dry naturally than to heat dry as the heat can take some of the texture out of the gesso. You could use heavy gesso which would give an even more pronounced texture.

I selected the five shades of pink and red to give the depth, highlights and shadows I wanted. First I had to decide where the light was coming from, either left or right hand top corner makes most sense and I chose tip left. I started painting using your lightest shades towards the light sources and darker shades away from the light with the darkest of all where light may not reach such as in the centre of the flower head or bottom petals. I wanted a mix of colour throughout the flower heads.  

These paints blend beautifully and it is possible to layer colour on colour and of course they leave a gorgeous soft shimmery sheen when dry. I used the Lime Green for the flower stalks.

Next I shaded in areas around the flowers with the Wax pastels and used Gesso to blend them I was looking for a misty feel to the background.  

To complete I went back in with coloured pencils and black and white pens adding some more definition and flower centres, some doodling around the page, a stamped phrase and some white splashes. 


Sunday, 25 September 2016

Fleur - A Brooch by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I am sharing another project featuring one of Donna’s stamps, this time to make a brooch.


Old Rolling Pin
Brooch Pin Back
Cotton Thread
E6000 Glue or Gel Medium
Fabric Stiffener
Vintage Doily


Roll paperclay to required thickness. Ink up flower and stamp into the paperclay. Create marks around the flower, I used the edge of an acrylic stamping block. Leave to dry.

When dry, paint the flower, background, edges and rear. Apply varnish. Embellish flower centre with old button. At this stage you could adhere a brooch pin to the back of the piece or as I did … cut motif from vintage doily and following manufacturer’s instructions, apply fabric stiffener.  

Once dry, adhere to rear of paperclay piece and finally adhere a brooch pin (I had to pin it slightly off centre at the back as the paperclay shape was irregular)

Until next time



Saturday, 24 September 2016

Quirky Cat by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card featuring some of my That’s Crafty! clear stamps and how you can use them in a different way to how you first think.

What to do: 

Cut a piece of white/greyboard to a size that comfortably fits on a 6x6 card. Then start to smear on a mixture of translucent Fresco paints using an old credit/store card to create a random background.

Next add some stencilling with a light coloured Distress ink through a Dinky star stencil.

Stamp the various images onto Strathmore mixed media paper, colour in using a mixture of Distress Markers (dilute with a water brush first), fussy cut out and adhere to the front of the white/greyboard as shown in the picture.

Stick the finished creation to black card, then white cardstock and add a Tim Holtz sentiment for a finishing touch.

The ‘cloud’ is actually a thought bubble from the Serenity set (Bentley) and the little houses are actually the ones that hang from the hair of my quirky girl Beki.

I love using stamps in various ways to suit what I’m making at the time, makes for great value too of course ;)  

Supplies Used: 

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 23 September 2016

Love Gives You Wings by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a rather angelic tag to share this week featuring Donna’s beautiful Serena stamp set and I have a rather quirky way to use the heart shaped balloon in the set which I hope you’ll like.


That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Long Hearts Background, Large Circles Background, Circles Background
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics – Banana, Bubblegum, Cherry Blossom, Blush, Cherry Red, Wisteria
Pink Crochet Trim
Old Store Card


The first thing I did was to give the tag a coat of gesso as this makes the further layers much easier to apply. When this was dry, I applied the Banana, Cherry Blossom and Wisteria paints with an old store card, scraping on patches of each colour in turn until the surface was roughly covered. I then added swipes on top using the side of the store card with Bubblegum paint.

I then added stencilling in patches using the Blue Calico paint with the Large Circles Background and the Banana paint with the Circles Background partially over the top of the blue circles. I used the hearts stencil at the top with the Bubblegum paint and knocked the colour back a little with gesso as it was a bit stronger than I wanted. I added a few swipes of gesso over the painted surface to bring everything together.

I decided on the placement of the girl image and balloon and stamped them directly on the painted tag with the black ink. This was to help avoid tricky cutting out as my eyesight isn’t up to it anymore! It has the added advantage of giving dimension too.

I next stamped the girl, balloon heart and 2 extra plain hearts without strings onto mixed media paper with black ink. I stamped the love text on the balloon, as happily it’s a perfect fit. I then painted all the images with various of the paints listed aiming for stronger shades than the background for contrast. I painted the 2 plain hearts and the dangling heart with glitter glue over the top of pink paint for a touch of sparkle.

I cut out all of the images except for the balloon string and the curly bit in Serena’s hair then added them to the tag over the stamped images with a mix of foam tape and glue to give dimension. As you can see, the heart shaped balloon minus the string makes a great single heart or even a pair of wings! I finished off with a couple of rows of pink crochet ribbon from my stash.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Acrylic Surfaces with Attitude bu Nikki Acton

Hi everyone. Well today I got brave! As you all know That’s Crafty! have recently launched these fabulous Acrylic Surfaces Stacks. I wasn’t brave enough to go with one of the larger ones but have started with the Panel 1 stack which is 11.5 x 8cm – perfect for the Crazy Cats! There are 4 layers to work on, 3 of them being acrylic. By working on each layer the 3D finished result has wonderful depth which is difficult to display with my photography skills!

What I did

Firstly I planned what I wanted to – so that I could stamp each cat in the correct location on each layer. I stamped and die cut the cats on card and positioned them under the see through acrylic so I knew where to stamp. Stamping on the acrylic needs to be done with Stazon.

I painted, primarily, on the reverse side to where I had stamped – so for each cat I added some random colour first – you can see this most on the front – orange cat. So the blue was painted first and once dry I added the orange. 

You can of course paint on both sides of the acrylic if you chose to – which is what I did with cat 2 – as I got carried away and wanted additional colour once the body was painted, so I just added it on the side that had been stamped. (Just had to be careful not to paint over the stamped outline.)

For the mdf piece at the back I painted in PaperArtsy Hint of Mint and then used the Dinky Paw Print stencil. Once dry I added the phrase from some Remnant Rubs.

I threw different paints onto the acrylic to see how they all worked, and although drying times varied they all worked just fine!

I hope you like my cats with attitude! I will be back next week for the last week of my That’s Crafty! adventure.



PaperArtsy Fresco Paints – Hint of Mint and Bora Bora
Tim Holtz Distress Paints – Festive Berries, Twisted Citron, Rusty Hinge
Dylusions Paints – Post Box Red, Lemon Zest, Cut Grass

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Shabby Chic Heart by Alison Hall

 Hi everyone! It's Alison here today with a project that I taught at Ally Pally last weekend.

Here's what I used...

Carabelle Studio Stamp Sets - Birgit Koopsen - Follow Your Heart, Layered Strips
Crop-A-Dile, Book Page, Ribbon, Paintbrush, Stencil Brush


1. From the heart sampler pack, take the largest and smallest hearts, then paint them with a base coat of white gesso.

2. Start painting the hearts with some Tinting Base first, then whilst it's still wet, blend in some Cobalt Teal Hue. Do this on both hearts until you have a blended pale turquoise colour. I painted both sides of the large heart, but just the front of the small one. I added more of the teal paint to the small heart so that it was slightly darker.

3. Use the Potting Soil ink to stamp parts of the Layered Strip stamp down the left side of the large heart. Then ink up the Layered Strip again, and press the small heart onto it, to stamp the part of your choice. I stamped the part with music, sequin waste and a little bit of mesh. Ink the edges of both hearts with the brown ink, then stamp the phrase on the top right of the large heart.

4. Stencil the live, love, laugh down the left side of the large heart with Cobalt Teal Hue. I stencilled it slightly off the edge and stencilled another heart at the bottom.

5. Paint a book page lightly with gesso, then die cut a large and small heart. Use Matte Medium to glue in place on the large heart, then glue the small heart in place, over the large heart die cut.

6. Punch two holes in the top of the large heart, then add some ribbon to finish.

Have a creative day, 

Alison x

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Karma by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

For my make this week I have been playing with the smaller shaped gel press shapes and a stencil.

Here’s What I Did:-

I started by making a background piece using one of the new shaped Gel Press shapes, hexagon on this occasion but you get the choice of 3 shapes in a pack. I mounted my Gel Press hexagon onto an acrylic stamping block and then brayered a colour of Dylusions paint onto it, then lifted some of the paint off to create texture using some of the foam stamps I had made die cutting from craft foam (detailed in my post a couple of weeks ago). I repeated this in various colours and used the Gel Press as a stamp, when you pop it onto an acrylic block it makes it so much easier to place where you need it. I ended up with a patchworked background.

Over that I then stencilled the woman with black Archival ink applied with Cut and Dry foam. At this point the background of the face was the gel pressed hexagons which I didn’t want. I then painted out the entire face with DecoArt white paint as you can see this is extremely opaque and has totally taken out the background colour. To put the facial details back in, carefully line up the stencil with the parts that are still there. Once I was happy with the replacing of it I taped it in place as I didn’t want any movement, and then stencilled again with black Archival ink and Cut and Dry Foam to put the facial details back in.

Finally finished with a stamped sentiment which I stamped directly onto the background and then again on white paper so I could cut out a few of the letters which I stuck over to add some white into the text.

Finished by matting onto black card and adding to a card blank.

What I Used:-

StencilGirl Stencil - The one I used isn’t available but there are others that would work the same
White Paper
Card Blank

Hope you liked it and I’ll see you next Tuesday

Amanda X
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