Sunday, 26 February 2017

Dream Art by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I am sharing another sample made for Stitches. This time, instead of a shrine, it is the frame of the shrine, layered to a That’s Crafty! white/greyboard, which I discovered was the perfect size when paired with the largest shrine’s frame.

This project is about how we all dream art and how creating art inspires us all.

(NB – I didn’t have enough That’s Crafty! white/greyboard tags and time was against me for ordering more, so I hand cut two tags from one of the white/greyboard panels)


That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Panel – 8”x10” (if handcutting tags – 2 panels will be required)
PaperArtsy Lin Brown Stamp Sets – ELB30, ELB32, ELB33
Stabilo Black Watersoluble Pencil
Extras: Mop-up/under paper, vintage button, cotton thread


After applying Gesso to frame and panels (my preference but not essential), apply Grunge Paste to frame. Once dry, apply Infusions to both panels, misting generously with water, allowing colour to drip downwards. Leave to dry (you can use a heat tool but I prefer to leave to air dry).

Prepare MDF heart with Gesso followed with crackle paste and Infusions. To the wing, apply with fingertips, Grunge Paste, applying only randomly and not covering the complete wing. Again, stain with Infusions.

Now all elements are dry, first, add stamping to one of the white/greyboard panels and frame. Add white paint pen details. Adhere frame to this panel. 

For second panel, hand-cut two tags (or use That’s Crafty! white/greyboard tags). Stencil a word onto each tag. Add details with random stamping, layering of torn pieces of mop-up papers and doodling with pens. Layer, with more torn pieces of mop-up paper to the prepared frame. 

To top of frame, adhere the prepared heart and wing, embellishing with stamped word and vintage button.

Finally, stamp words (taken from That’s Crafty! stamps – so many useful words within those Inspirational Quotes), adhering to artwork, within the frame.

If you take a look at the shrines, you will see there are a variety of styles and sizes.

Until next time,



Saturday, 25 February 2017

Balloon Girl by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with the sweetest little balloon girl for you!

What to do:

Use a sheet of Strathmore Mixed media paper for this as you’ll be using Distress markers for the colouring. Draw a little curved line with a black fine liner pen to give the little girl something to ‘stand on’ then stamp the image on top using black Archival ink.

Start to colour it in with a mixture of Distress markers, dilute first with a water brush for a softer effect. Use a blue Distress Ink pad and a Dinky stencil for the bubbles effect at the top of the card, pouncing the ink through the stencil.

Stamp the clouds separately with Hydrangea Archival ink, fussy cut out and adhere to the top of the card with foam pads to make them stand out.

Finishing touch is to add a few splatters with the water brush (you can do this if you dilute the Distress marker colour enough) and add a Tim Holtz sentiment.

Love this little girl… can’t be unhappy when you hold a balloon can you ;)

Supplies Used: 

Foam Pads

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 24 February 2017

Happy by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a card to share this week featuring one of the lovely Prima Princesses, surprisingly large images that are perfect for a little colouring therapy as I was keen to see what my eyesight could cope with now that I’ve had one of my eyes sorted out. I really enjoyed it and hope you like how it turned out.



That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Floral Background, Punchinella Background
Distress InksSpun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade
Colouring Pencils – mine are Spectrum Noir
A4 Sheet of Pink Card


Stamp the image on mixed media paper with the black ink. Despite the size, the image does stamp well but if in doubt about pressure, I can recommend placing the paper on the floor on a craft mat, laying the image on top and then standing on it. This may seem strange but it does work! I used to teach classes and this method used to go down well with some of my older ladies although they did have to hang on to their chair whilst doing it!

Colour the image with watercolour pencils, drawing out the colour with a dampened paint brush, and then add more detail with coloured pencils, particularly to the flowers.

Use the stencils with the Distress inks to add some pattern around the image. Just go with the flow until you’re happy with the effect and then ink around the edges with the pink after trimming the paper to fit your card blank. As the image is so large, I made my own card blank from a piece of A4 card, scored in half. You could also use an 8x8 pre-made card blank if you prefer.

I added the image panel to a narrow mat of black card for contrast and then glued it to the pink card blank. I finished off with some Big Chat stickers, which I coloured pink with the Distress ink before adding to the card.

We have a fab new challenge for you over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog today so do check it out at 8am to see how you can win a great prize just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 23 February 2017

JOFY Stamps/Tracy Scott Paints by Nikki Acton

Hi everyone. A little change of style from me today! I recently bought the new special edition Tracy Scott PaperArtsy Fresco paints so decided to have a play. A friend also lent me some older JOFY stamps – so I have combined the two to make a few cards.

I started with some backgrounds using Prawn, Butternut, Tangerine Twist and Chalk Fresco paints.  Some swiping with a credit card – building up layers, another background using a paint brush and one spritzing the leftover paint and building up a splattered background.

Next I started stamping, cutting and punching – I used the flowers and butterfly from JOFY 32. The cut out flowers are mounted on kraft card that I have added some gesso to. I use an acrylic block for this – paint it with white gesso, turn it over and lay on the card. I love this effect.


I had lots of my backgrounds left – so made a couple of other cards too. The swirls are from Tracy Scott’s stamp sets – ETS01 and ETS08. A little bit of doodling with black and white paint or gel pens adds some highlights where needed. The birthday greeting is from my stash. 

See you next week!



Wednesday, 22 February 2017

I Love Art by Alison Hall

Hello everyone! It's Alison here today, with the final set of pages that I made for Hochanda recently. I've used all of the new That's Crafty! Word Series stencils on this page. I adore those big words, and the fact that the stencils have patterns and fancy edges on them too. So useful!

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Word Series Stencils - Love, Art, Create, Dream
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint - Cobalt Teal Hue, Magenta, Carbon Black
Bubble Wrap

Here's what I did...

1. I first added some colour to the pages with the Cobalt Teal Hue and Magenta paints, softening and blending the colours with the white tinting base. The white tinting base also makes the fluid acrylics opaque, so there is no need for a base of gesso.

2. Next I started stencilling tone on tone, using the same colour paints, with the patterns from the Word Series stencils. I also added some texture by painting a piece of bubble wrap with the Magenta, and pressing it onto the pages here and there.

3. Using Carbon Black paint, I stencilled 'Love Art' on the A4 page, and added borders of the hearts from the 'Art' stencil on both pages. I stencilled the number 1 from the Dinky Numbers above the words on the A4 page, then shifted it to the right slightly to turn the '1' into a letter 'I'. I also stamped the phrase from Motivational Words Set 1 onto the small journal page, using black Archival ink.

4. Using the black and white journalling pens, I outlined the stencilled words and patterns, adding dots and doodles too.

5. Using the comb edge of the Love stencil, I dipped it into some white tinting base to make some white marks on the A4 page, then into the black paint to make a few black marks, scraping it across and down, and dotting it in places too.

6. The acrylic shapes are great for adding a funky accent to your pages. I took three of the circles, painted one side with Cobalt Teal Hue, and used Carbon Black paint to stencil the bubbles from the Dream word stencil on the other side. I then used Glossy Accents to adhere them to the page, stencilled side up.

7. Finally, I used ink blending foam to edge both pages with black paint, then attached them together with book rings.

Have fun getting arty today!

Alison x

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Be Brave with your Life by Amanda Southern

Hi everyone

I have been playing with marbling effects again, this time on a #10 MDF tag and using paints.

Here’s What I did: -

I seem to be fascinated, at the moment, with recreating marbling effects. I created marble effects using the shaving foam technique a couple of Tuesdays ago, this time I have been playing again but this time creating the effect with PaperArtsy Fresco paints. I chose to use the 4 new colours from Seth Apter which come in a pack of 4. 

I didn’t pre treat the MDF but lightly sprayed it with water. I then placed several puddles of paint around the MDF and lightly sprayed each paint puddle. Too much water and the paint goes to thin and runs off, not enough water and the paint doesn’t mix so it’s a case of experimenting a little. If it goes wrong just wipe it off, dry your MDF and start again. In order to get the marbling effect, I just drag and swirl the colours into each other using a cocktail stick, keep moving it around until you are happy with the effect. If there are patches that you don’t like, dry the piece off with a heat gun and repeat over the top, I had to do this in places to get the depth of colour.

I then stamped and heat embossed using silver embossing powder using stamps designed for PaperArtsy by Tracy Scott. I coloured some of the stamps using wax based coloured pencils. You can’t see very well, but a lot of the circles have been filled with Glossy Accents which makes them shine and slightly 3D.

I felt that the silver embossing was a bit dull so I went over all the embossed stamping with a chrome pen (I love those pens they are like writing with liquid chrome) I stamped the Destiny definition stamp which is a Lost Coast Design stamp from my stash. Fortunately, the ink wiped off the embossing to make it look like it was underneath all along!  Finally, just a saying from Tim Holtz small talk stickers.

What I Used: -

Destiny Stamp Lost Coast Designs (from my stash)
Cocktail Stick

See you next Tuesday

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