Sunday, 31 March 2013

Time Waits For No Man by Lynne Moncrieff



This week is the first of my DT projects for That’s Crafty. This is an exciting time for me and thrilled to be part of this amazing team.
It seemed appropriate to play with the theme of time, the notion of time slipping out of our grasp especially as this weekend saw the clocks change in the U.K. with B.S.T.

Tim Holtz Trinket Pin, Charm Clip and Mini Binder Clip
Tools:- craft knife, round nose pliers, heat gun and Crop-A-Dile


·       Gesso was applied to an oval plywood shape, heat setting before applying Paper Artsy Fresco Finish London Fog. Following instructions, I heat set before applying PaperArtsy Fresco Crackle Finish followed by PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Irish Cream.

·       Once dry, I randomly stamped the map from Oxford Impressions’ April In Paris with Archival Sepia before overstamping Time from Oxford Impressions’ Steampunk Works with StazOn Timber Brown. I then applied EcoGreen Crafts Aged Gold and Copper acrylics to the edge of the oval before laying to one side.

·       Distress Stain Antique Linen was applied to white cardstock, heat setting before stamping the man in pocket watch collage from Oxford Impressions’ Times Past with StazOn Timber Brown.  I cut out the image before applying Ranger Crackle Accents, leaving to dry.

·       PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Irish Cream was applied to another piece of white cardstock, onto which I stamped a top hat from Oxford Impressions’ Steampunk Works. Ranger Glossy Accents was applied.

·       Once the Glossy Accents was dry, silicone glue adhered the top hat to the man’s head. A Tim Holtz Trinket Pin attached the stamped pocket watch to a piece of cork before adhering to the oval shape.

·       PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Irish Cream was roughly applied to a Tim Holtz Mini Binder Clip, to which a vintage pen nib was added with silicone glue. Ribbon was threaded through the clip before attaching to the top of the oval.

·        Using the Crop-a-Dile, a hole was created at the bottom of the oval. Charms and a vintage key were attached to a Tim Holtz Charm Clip and jump rings. Round nose pliers were used to attach those. 

Friday, 29 March 2013

All Of A Flutter By Fliss Goodwin


Hello there, I have a rather grungy style card to share today as I’ve been playing with my Distress Stains again and at the moment have exceedingly blue fingers! I decided that we all need a bit of brightening up as the current very chilly weather is apparently set in until the end of April – eek!

Here’s What You Need 

Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Stormy Sky, Crushed Olive 
Thick Smooth Cartridge Paper
White 6x6 Card Blank

Here’s How To 

·       Cut a 15cm square of cartridge paper and spray with water. Apply dabs of the green and light blue Distress Stains to the craft sheet and swipe the damp card through to pick up the colour. Spray with a little more water to spread the colour and dry with a heat gun. Repeat until you are happy with the colour. 

·       Stamp the arty design on the stained paper with the Wild Honey Distress ink, twisting as you go round the edges to form a frame, re-inking before stamping each time. Trim to fit the card blank and rub Crushed Olive Distress ink round the edges to darken them. Stick to the card. 

·       Cut a further piece of cartridge paper, approximately 7x15cm. Spray with water as before and colour with the blue and lilac Distress Stains applied to the craft sheet. When happy with the colour, stamp the botanical design on with the black ink.  

·       Stamp the cherished text from the Prima set on the panel with the black ink. Trim to fit across the card then ink the edges with Stormy Sky Distress ink and add to the card.

·       Stamp the largest butterfly on a scrap of cartridge paper with black ink and colour with the orange Aquamarker. Cut the image out and add to the card on the left side.

Happy Easter everyone and try not to eat too much chocolate! 

Fliss x

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Mountboard Book Cover Part 2 by Carol Fox


Hi, It’s Thursday so it’s me again, Carol. 

If you remember last week I shared how I had done the front of a small photo album that I am making as a gift. If you did miss it and would like to have a look, follow this LINK to the page.

This week I am going to make the pages to fit inside the book. I am cutting all the pages myself. I have used the cardboard outer sleeves that you get your Amazon orders sent in.

I have cut 4 pages the same size as the covers, two larger sized tags #8 and a medium tag #5. I have cut mine with my die cutting machine, but these size tags are available to purchase HERE.


I dry brushed my pages and tags using Fresco Finish paint in Honeydew, as you can see I have also punched them with my Zutter ready for binding. If you don’t have a Zutter, book rings will work just as well.


Now the fun part that I really enjoyed. I stamped all the pages and tags with a selection of images. I did not position them too much, as eventually photo’s will be placed over the top and I will be add a few more things to it before it is given away. I just got out some of my Tim Holtz stamps and just randomly stamped, using fillers when the page looked to empty. I used the new Time Traveller set rather a lot, as I like the angle of the steampunk cogs on this, it's a bit different to a lot of this style of stamp around at the moment.

I decided to do a pocket for my book, as I thought it would be nice to have somewhere to keep little mementoes of the trip. I used a sheet of 12 x 12 patterned paper for this, just a sheet I had in my stash from the start of my crafting days. I folded it in half and then cut it to the size of my page using the folded edge as the page edge. I then cut folded length about a 3rd of the page deep. I scored a folded lined along one long edge of this and then using DST stuck to the bottom of the 1st piece so it folded upwards. I then folded it in half along the 1st fold line to make the pocket you see here. I punched this to fit the book. I will decorate the tags.


I painted the outer back cover using the same paints as I did for the front, adding a bit of stamping. I then covered the inside covers with a couple of old book pages. I decided to add a few pages for writing on, so it could also be used as a diary for a trip. 

I coloured some ribbon with distress ink for the tags. I then assembled the whole book. 

Here are a few photos of the inside pages - as I have said, this is for a gift. I have added a clip to the top of each page for photo’s to be added, and a few little bits and pieces to just add a bit of interest.

I used

             Brown Archival Ink Pad
          Fresco Finish Paint 
          Dylusions Ink Sprays
          Glossy Accents for gluing
          Cosmic Shimmer Mists
          Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon, Adage Ticket, Trinket Pin
          Odd Word Charm and Piece of Ribbon

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Busy Bees Canvas by Alan Scott


I thought that I would go back and do a canvas for this project, as it's been a while since I did a project that was going to stretch me. The main focal point at the start was the very large Flower stamp by Stampendous from their Jumbo Collection called Zinnia. These stamps are MASSIVE and if you use stamping blocks, a large stamping block is going to be an advantage.

The bee stamp used was one that was a 'give-a-way' one. However there is a wonderful bee stamp included on the Artemio Clear stamp set called Insects.


White Tissue Paper
12 x 12 inch canvas
Red and Yellow Water Colour Marker (here i have used AquaMarkers for the Bee's)
Indian Ink Red and Black
Cosmic Shimmer Spray Bottle filled with water
Collection of Brushes for the Mediums and paint container to mix up the paint
Label Printer



The first thing we have to do is to make the backing paper. By using just 2 stamps I was able to build up an interesting 'story' that can be used as the focal point in the canvas.
Just a word of warning. The stamp will transferee the image to the surface that's being used to stamp on. Clean up after every impression to stop the transfer to the underside of the tissue paper.

Using the decoupage glue, secure the tissue paper onto your canvas. The tissue paper is very fragile and as it becomes wetter, it's even more susceptible to tearing. After you have laid the paper onto the canvas and smoothed it out (being very, very gentle with your brush), turn it round and then using a roller, rub onto the back of the canvas to give a very good grip. An old credit card can be used to get right into those corners. 


Using the water colour pens, start to colour the bee's - I have chosen water colour so that I can blend the bee's making the colours shaded, giving some definition to the overall image. Using a heat gun helps with the drying process.


The next step is to protect the bee's from whatever we are going to throw at them in the following stages. So I used a glossy medium paint over the bodies of the bee's and allowed to dry.


Mixing your background colour start to build up the layers of colour. This is layer one. By putting a gloss layer down first you can wipe away any colour that's been transferred on to them.
Let's have some fun now. I selected the Gelato's that I wanted to use from the Gift Set that's available from That's Crafty (these will soon be the MUST HAVE ITEMS when it comes to colouring). At this point you can merge the colours into each other, by using that wonderful FREE crafting tool....... Your FINGER! I know it's the best crafting tool ever invented lol. As you can see, the colours are quite transparent and you can see the lines underneath. I also placed a line of colour at the top of the canvas. 


LETS GET MESSY!!! by using the water spray just spray till you're happy with the results. By using the heat gun, you can vary the depth of the flow. I tried to get differing lengths of the drips. It doesn't matter if the base gets wet, you can use this by scraping up as much of the coloured water and place that onto the top of the canvas. By tapping the canvas, you can encourage the drips to flow a little longer in depth. Also by using the heat gun it helps dry the canvas ready for the next step......

Useg the glue pen and the gilding flakes around the flower, to give some definition and also highlight the flower. Don't go all the way round the flower, just pick out parts of them all. Please don't forget the parts of the flowers that are at the edges. If you just did the 4 main flowers, I think it would not look right.

Using the RED Indian ink, I highlighted the drips that were made in the earlier steps. Also by adding colour onto the top and then turning the canvas to a different angle gives a different look that's interesting to look at.


Last thing to do is to make some labels using a yellow and red plastic base. These label machines have come down in price so much. The refills are now almost as costly as the machine its self. This is a wonderful little addition to your crafting tools box if you can afford one. Then using a pen and some black Indian ink, I just went round the labels to give them a frame and also to make them stand out that bit more.
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