Monday, 26 June 2017

Dragonflies and Snowdrops by Dorthe Hansen

Hello all, Monday again and time for a little walk in my garden!

This sweet girl is out on her tour, trying to catch a wonderful dragonfly in her netting.

She is stamped directly onto the wonderful That`s Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Postcard after it had dried, from a coat of gesso and from sprays made with Infusions: Slime, Royal Blood and Sleight Blue. Her dress was then painted with Slime dissolved in water, using a cotton bud.

When all dry, I used the snow drop stencil with texture paste to form the snowdrop heads and above them, the dragonflies stencil too. Leaves and stems, were added with the stencil using Archival Ink in Leaf Green. Infusions Slime, dissolved in water, added details on the flower head, when painted onto the white heads.

After the dragonflies had dried, they got a coat of Crackle Paste  and left to dry again. I then dripped Walnut Ink into the crackles to make the wings look a little realistic J

The sky was created with Archival Ink Hydrangea also added with a cotton bud.

The beautiful border from That’s Crafty! Word Stencil: Imagine was added with Archival Ink Coffee on top and bottom of the Surface. Lynne’s lovely Affirmation, was stamped also with Archival Inks in Coffee, on a stained paper piece and added on top of a piece of tulle.

In the top right corner I also adhered a piece of tulle, in same green tones, and finished with a beautiful Abalone shell button.

Lastly, I added Archival Ink Coffee onto all four edges of the postcard.

Materials :

That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils: Snow Drops and Dragonfly Flight
Artistic Outpost Stamp Set: Flower Market
Archival Inks: Coffee, Hydrangea and Leaf Green
Distress Crackle Paint: Picket Fence
Other: Spray bottles, cotton bud, tulle and paper scraps


Dance of the Dragonflies by Tracey Fairgrieve

Good Morning, Afternoon, Evening everyone, where ever you are in the world I hope you are keeping well?  It's my turn to share a little That's Crafty! Creativity with you all and today i'm showcasing a project using new paints and surfaces from the That's Crafty! range.

Here in words and pictures is my Dance of the Dragonflies Panel:

Covering a 4.5" x 9" White/Greyboard panel in white Gesso I pushed crackle paste through the Abstract Stones Dinky stencil randomly around the board. When dry I brushed Blue and Turquoise Shimmer Paints all over the panel drying each coat with a heat tool. I repeated the process again and wiped back areas of the paint to expose the colours underneath using a wet wipe.

I stamped script from the Textures Stamp Set 2 using Versafine and heat embossed using Stampendous Gold. Pink Shimmer paint was dabbed in areas around the panel and heat set with added embossing powder. 

The wings of the Dragonfly Greyboard Bits and Pieces have been stamped using the wings from Lynnes Affirmations Set 2 and heat embossed. The bodies have been painted with shimmer paints and roughly wire wrapped to add interest. Gilding wax has been rubbed across the wings to bring their delicate detail out.

Antique Gold paint has been delicately dabbed in between the crackled areas, around the Dragonflies and the panels edge. The Dragonflies have been glued on to the shimmering background completing My Dance of the Dragonflies Panel... 

Thank you for taking time to visit and check out all the wonderful new products from That's Crafty! I look forward to sharing more with you the same time next week. Until then Take Care and Stay Safe everyone.

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard 4.5" x 9" Panel
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil - Abstract Stones TC017
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set: Textures Collection Set 1
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set: Lynnes Affirmations Set 2
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard: Small Butterflies and Dragonflies

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Sheltering Hand of Friendship by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I am sharing a second sample made for That Crafty’s recent HOCHANDA shows. 

Now this was tricky to photograph because I applied lots of the beautiful That’s Crafty! Pearl paint which I wanted to try to capture in the photographs.

You know I like my wee narratives!  The two girls are sheltering beneath a beautiful blossom during a summer’s day rainfall, clutching hands as they shelter and sharing their secrets with only the butterfly to hear their sweet thoughts.


Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic: Antarctic, Blush, Blue Oyster
Black Watersoluble Pencil
Palette Knife/Old Plastic Credit Card
Extras: Scrap paper, Collage image (Red Lead)


Prepare tag with Gesso before applying chalk acrylics with a scraping technique. Begin to add stamping. Continue by applying more paint, this time including the Pearl acrylic, in the same fashion as the first layer, adding more stamping and repeating until reasonably satisfied. I say “reasonably” because I am never, ever satisfied!

With the same paints, paint large and small butterflies and flowers. I also painted some of the pieces popped out from the embellishments. 

Stamping was added to some of the greyboard embellishments.

Create a large flower from the large flower head and two stalks. Top it with the large butterfly. 

Fussy cut collage image. Adhere all to tag, embellishing girls with the painted greyboard.
Stamp Affirmation onto scrap paper (this was deli paper which had Gesso and a hint of gold). Adhere to where the two stalks meet.

Create outlines with charcoal and watersoluble pencil.

Until next time,



Saturday, 24 June 2017

Dreamer of Dreams by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with another creation I made for the Hochanda show, using a GiganTAG ….how I love creating on these.

What to do:

I used the white/greyboard tag for this so you don’t need to apply Gesso (unless you want to of course), I used an opaque Fresco paint as that does such a good job of covering everything.

Here’s where you grab the That’s Crafty! stencils and have fun! The ‘Tina’ stencil had Grunge Paste spread through it, dried thoroughly and then a coating of shimmer paint in Pearl was applied.

A quick couple of spritzes of a Lindy’s Stamp Gang spray was then used, I allowed the spray to drip down as you can see.

Now start adding some more stencilling, the black you can see is Distress Ink and the white is embossing with a white powder, after dabbing a Versamark ink pad through the stencils.

The clock and feathers were entirely painted with the new That’s Crafty! Shimmer and Metallic Paints, these are unbelievable the effects you get with them.

The middle of the clock was stamped with a That’s Crafty! texture stamp with black Archival ink.

I got a great tip from one of my lovely teamies, Tracey, who uses little beads in her art. These are called nail caviar, I think, and come in all different colours. These were adhered to the feathers to give even more dimension.

Finishing touch is to wrap the ribbon around the feathers, with a little glue to keep the ends in place and then tie them to the rim of the clock. Adhere everything to the tag and then add a Tim Holtz sentiment.

I only wish I could capture all the sparkle and shimmer in a photograph!!

Supplies Used:

That’s Crafty! Shimmer & Metallic Paints

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 23 June 2017

Nature Tiles by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a nature themed mixed media creation to share this week which was one of my samples for last week’s Hochanda shows but has yet to be seen so it has it’s debut here! Anyone familiar with my artwork knows how much I love nature so I was thrilled to bits with the sell out wild flowers set of greyboard embellishments and couldn’t resist the gorgeous poppies for this one.


That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets – Small Wildflowers, Small Butterflies & Dragonflies
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints – shades of Green, Orange and Red, Cobalt Teal Hue
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks – Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Archival Inks – Watering Can, Olive, Fern Green, Potting Soil
Soft Graphite Pencil


I hit upon the tile idea when I saw something on Pinterest that had a painted tile effect in the background but I decided to make actual tile shapes for added texture. I cut a piece of mixed media paper into 2x2 squares to fit the size of my panel.

I coloured 10 of my 16 tiles by adding dots of green paint to my craft mat, spreading the colours with the brayer and pressing the tiles in to pick up the colour. Some of the paint was quite thick so I dried it with a heat gun, which caused some of it to bubble a little and add texture.

I then coloured the remaining tiles with the Oxide inks, pressing colour to the craft mat, misting with water and pressing the tiles in to pick up the inks. I dried with a heat gun and carried on until I was happy with the inky effects.

The next step was to add some stencilling which I did with the grid stencil using darker green paint to 4 of the tiles. I stamped the script from the textures set on 4 of the yellow tiles with Fern Green ink. The remaining yellow tiles were stamped with the woven texture stamp using brown ink.

I then added feathers to 3 of the green tiles using a 3 step process to give them a 3D look. I stamped first with the Fern Green ink, layering stamping with olive green on top slightly offset. I then dipped the stamp in white gesso and lightly pressed this over the ink stamping. This gives added depth to the image and really makes it pop.

The remaining green tiles were left as they were as they all had quite a lot of texture from the paints I added and I didn’t want to cover it up.

I painted my poppy with the red, orange and green DecoArt acrylics as the colours are highly pigmented and came out looking really bright. The butterflies were painted bright blue for added contrast. When the paint was dry, I used a graphite pencil to add details to the poppy to make all the elements stand out and give them life. I doodled on the butterflies with a black Sharpie pen, practising my rusty drawing skills.

I then placed the tiles on the panel in a chosen arrangement to check that the poppies stood out on them and made some minor adjustments to the placement to do this. I can recommend this step as it ensures that the focal point will pop before you’ve stuck down the tiles and then can’t remove them if you don’t like the placement!

Once happy with the arrangement, I glued on the tiles and when everything was firmly stuck down, turned the panel over and trimmed the excess off with a craft knife. At this point you can sand any rough edges to smooth them down if you wish (I did this with an emery board as these are ideal for small areas)

To finish off my panel I glued on the poppies and butterflies with my trusty silicone glue so that the embellishments stood out a little to make them even more 3D.

We have another new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so do check this out to see how you can win a voucher for the online shop (a mouth watering array of goodies) just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

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