Sunday, 23 July 2017

Soar by Lynne Moncrieff

This project sees me layering one of the fabulous That’s Crafty! greyboard large butterflies with one of the smaller Relics & Artifacts resin butterflies.


That’s Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard (I use largest panel which I cut to require size)
Golden Fluid Acrylic Titanium White
Extras: Relics & Artifacts Velveteen Flowers, calico, sari ribbon


(I like to prepare all white/greyboard surfaces with Gesso but that is purely my own preference)

Apply Grunge Paste to Arch. Once dry, apply Infusions, generously misting with water.  Also apply Infusions to white/greyboard panel, cut to required size as backing for Arch.  Leave to dry. Once Infusions are nearly dry, apply Antique Gold acrylic. My favoured method is applying with fingertips. Leave to dry. Once completely dry, apply random touches of Fluid Acrylic. 

Apply Infusions to greyboard large butterfly and small R&As butterfly. 

Once the greyboard butterfly is dry, repeatedly stamp Affirmation. Doodle around edge of butterfly with fineliner pen. Layer butterflies, trapping a scrap of calico, stained with Infusions (I utilize any excess colour that runs off, collecting onto textiles, papers, etc).

Stamp Soar from one of the Affirmations onto piece of found paper. Layer to butterfly with another piece of Infusions stained calico 

Adhere Arch frame to backing before adhering the layered butterflies. 

Gather velveteen flowers into a bundle, tying scrap of Infusions stained calico before adhering to Arch, layering with scrap piece of stained corrugated cardboard. Finally, wrap Infusions stained silk sari ribbon around bottom edge of Arch. 

Have you managed to take a look at the latest additions to the Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboards, lots of new festive related designs.



Saturday, 22 July 2017

Don't Doubt My Strength by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today using one of my Quirky Girls teamed with other That’s Crafty! products.

What to do:

I used a white/greyboard coaster for this, as it’s a nice size. I splodged a couple of colours of the new Shimmer paints onto my craft mat and then dabbed and ‘swooshed’ the coaster through the paints to give the effect you see here on the background. The paints create a lovely mottled effect like this.

Use one of the Word Series stencils for the stars and the word ‘Imagine’. I used a blue Distress Oxide for the stencilling as it gives a lovely finish.

Take a pair of the greyboard wings and coat with a layer of chalk paint then stamp the stars with black Archival ink, adhere to the coaster.

The Quirky Girl is stamped on a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and coloured with diluted Distress markers, fussy cut out and adhere directly over the wings. I also used the star stamp to cover her hair and fussy cut out a little flower to fit on her dress.

Well a girl can dream she can fly can’t she?!

Supplies Used:

That’s Crafty! Clear Stamps – Quirky Girls (I used Beki) and Lynne’s Affirmations (I used Set 1)

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 21 July 2017

Hello by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a very quick and easy card to share this week as I was very short on time and a hunt through my stamps turned up the perfect image for a simple creation. It’s so delicately drawn it really speaks for itself so a cute sentiment is all you need to finish it off.


White Card Blank


Stamp the main image directly on the card and colour with the pencils. If you haven’t tried the Colorista pencils, I can highly recommend them as if you use them on smooth card as I did, they go on very smoothly too. They’re also quite highly pigmented and I found you can layer colours up to make them stronger.

I coloured her dress by using a blunter pencil followed by a much sharper one, which gave a textile type appearance that I rather like.

I finished off my card by stamping the text in the top left corner (you may have noticed the slight shadow round this – a bit of serendipity here as I stamped it without my glasses – enough said!)

We have a new challenge today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog with a really great theme so do go 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

Thursday, 20 July 2017

MDF Clock by Nikki Acton

Hello everyone. Today’s creation is one I made a while ago for a Hochanda show but realised I hadn’t shared it. The surface is the That’s Crafty! MDF clock – very easy to alter and comes with all the parts for a working clock. I have seen these made into wonderful bright clocks but I chose to age the surface using a variety of DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paints… are the steps I took.

MDF Base

Stencil Matte Medium through That’s Crafty! Cogs and Clock Dinky stencils – dry (to create a slight resist).

Cover with DecoArt Paynes Grey – slightly watered down – add a little salt.

Once dry rub away salt.

Dry brush a little white gesso – vertical brush strokes.

Add Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold – Vertical brush strokes.

Add a little extra Paynes Grey/Quin. Gold around edges of clock face
Once dry add Versamark and clear emboss through the That’s Crafty! Cogs stencil.

Clock hands

I lightly sanded and added a little gilding wax.


I painted with black gesso and once dry added a little gilding wax.

See you next week!



Table Salt

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Time Wall Hanging by Melina Dahl

I had so much fun making this piece with all the new, gorgeous greyboard embellishments. This time I have a little step-by-step photo tutorial for you.

I started by using three 4x4 white/reyboard panels. I added modeling paste through the 8x8 Clock Stencil on all of them. I used bits and pieces from “Clocks and Cogs” greyboard embellishments in the corners and also to join the panels together, using gel medium.  While the modeling paste was still wet I added the TIME and clock embellishments. I also added a tiny bit of mini art stones at the corner pieces for extra texture.

I painted the whole piece with black gesso and then I painted the embellishments with a layer of brown rust paste.

I continued with adding a wash of white gesso on different areas of the three pieces. I then continued with Turquoise and Copper Shimmer Paints which I sprayed with water so they could move a little on my panels. I added red rust paste to the embellishments as well.

I continued playing with my paints and pastes till I was happy. I glued the cogs down with gel medium.

I thought I needed a little more contrast and color, so I picked out the Blue Shimmer paint and the Bronze Metallic paint and added a few splashes here and there. I made two holes through the top panel and added wire, that also got a little coat of rust paste.

Finally I painted a scrap piece of paper with Charcoal Shimmer paint and white embossed the quote. I added some details with the Charcoal paint in the clock and around the word TIME for some more definition and to bring it all together.

I used:

I´m quite happy with my little rusty, shimmery, steam punky piece.
Hope you enjoyed!

Dreamy Lovers by Bev Hilton

Hello everybody. I am here today with a make I made a few weeks back. When I unpacked this stencil and the negative pieces fell into my lap I saw two dreamy lovers so had to see how I could turn that image into a card. This was the result. Very easy to achieve and quick to make.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Hearts TC038, Star Shower TC037, Bubbles TC005
Imagination Crafts Starlight Paint - Silver
Adirondack Ink Pad - Raspberry
Ranger Perfect Medium
Elegant Writer - Black
Glass Pebbles from my stash

Here's what I did...

I began with an A4 piece of water colour card. I wasn't sure how this was going to be once I had my outline completed and it's always easier to trim down at the end.

I took the two negative pieces from the butterfly stencil and placed down the female piece as I wanted her silhouette complete. I took a pencil and drew round the outline. I then took the male part of the butterfly and did the same again making sure I left her silhouette in front. I used the pencil first as the elegant writer would not have drawn around the face of the stencil well. I then took the elegant writer and followed my pencil lines carefully.

Now the fun part...spritz over with a good amount of water and watch the magic. You never know what you are going to get with these pens, they really are magic. The ink disperses and runs in a way all of its own. As it does so you get shades of pink and blue and it looks magical as it dries. Her face if you look carefully actually has an eye which was awesome as it just happened that way.

Once this was completely dry (a better look if left to dry naturally), I began blending from the outside in with the Chipped Sapphire until happy with the look. I trimmed my card down at this point. I then took the star stencil and blended through with the Starlight paint. I did a few stars with the Raspberry Adirondack and then took the hearts stencil and dabbed through with the perfect medium. I sprinkled on the embossing enamel and heated with a heat gun. I stamped my wording and added the glass pebbles and mounted onto pink card stock, then mounted onto my white card base.

Two dreamy lovers in the night sky. Hope you like it. Enjoy the rest of your week and see you next time.

Much love, 

Bev. x
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