Monday, 29 February 2016

Vintage Spoon by Moira Sutton

Spoon – any size you like
Collage image printed on a laser printer
Lindys Stamp Gang Magicals – Salt Water Taffy, Merry Go Round Green, Raspberry Lemonade, Ramblin Rose Pink, Golden Sleigh Bells
Prima Art Ingredients Micro Beads Pollen, Copper and Blush
Stickles - Thistle, Tiara, Champagne, Tickled Pink

Today is Leap Day traditionally a time where women get to propose to their significant other and they can’t say no. This got me thinking about other love traditions and wooden love spoons and then of course to altered spoons.

I have a little passion for altering spoons, charity shops are not safe as I trawl through their spoons looking for nice shapes and patterns. I think I like them because they allow you to make a small decorative object which can be hung on a wall and to which you can if you want add a great deal of personalisation, if say using a photo or an image that has special meaning for someone. 

A quick word about images, if you are using a collage image or photo it must be printed on a laser printer partly for colour quality but mainly so the ink does not move around when it comes into contact with wet media. If you use a stamped image make sure it is stamped with  permanent ink like Archival or StazOn and coloured with a permanent media like Artist Pitt Pens, any water or dye based marker will run when wet. The image does not need to be cut to size, it can be attached then trimmed when dry. I have used a twinchie collage image from the internet which does not fully fill the spoon bowl as it is a table spoon but that is not a problem.

In an ideal world you prepare and colour the spoon before adding the image but being short on time I usually combine the two stages of preparation and image gluing so both can dry at the same time. Paint matte medium onto the back of the image and the bowl of the spoon and ease the image into the bowl. Now paint the upper surface of the spoon with a thin layer of gesso, this gives a “tooth” for paint to cling to later. When both are dry you can trim the image to fit the spoon and add a coat of Gloss Gel Medium on top of the image. 

Now for the fun part – decorating. I chose Lindys Magicals which matched the colours in my image and dipping my brush first in a drop of Glazing Medium (you could use Matte Medium) then into a pot of the Magicals and dabbing onto the spoon adding and layering more colour until I was happy. 

Next comes micro beads, gems, resin flowers and glitter adding until happy with the mix.  If I am making these for myself I tend to leave the backs plain as once hung they don’t show but you can also colour the back with the Glazing Medium and Magicals. Chose a Magicals colour for the ribbon, make a bend of the Magical with water and smoosh the ribbon in it to colour and dry with a heat gun. Finally tie the ribbon around the handle so it can hang from a wall. 


Sunday, 28 February 2016

Freedom by Lynne Moncrieff

Have been playing with one of my all-time favourite Dinky Stencils, Bricks and one of That’s Crafty’s Alterable Surfaces.


Prima Finnabair Cling Stamp Sets – Rust and Dust, Don’t Forget To Fly
Staz-on Timber Brown
Ice Resin*
Baby Wipes
Extras:- Muslin, button, cotton cord, tree bark, vintage French book text, re-cycled packing paper, stained lace and resin paper (*another time I will focus on resin paper as here I only included scraps)


Cut panel to required size before applying paints with a baby wipe, aiming for a textured appearance. 

My tub of Grunge Paste had gone a little bit gungy due to the lid not being properly closed (I know, naughty me!!!) however I liked the effect because the result is very textural which I really like. Does this mean I need to always be careless with my tub of Grunge Paste?!!  Apply the Grunge Paste to the Dinky Stencil, leaving to dry.

Apply paints (excluding Toffee) to vintage book text. Once dry, stamp butterfly. Ink edges and slightly curl them upwards. Continue stamping, this time one of the Rust and Dust stamps and sentiment onto re-cycled brown packing paper. 

Gather items - I tend to incorporate pieces of this and that left over from previous projects. For this collage I incorporated:- tea stained lace, the tree bark which I had misted with Antique Linen, scraps of resin paper and muslin stained with dissolved walnut ink crystals.

Adhere all to panel, including button, with Gel Medium.

Until next time,


Saturday, 27 February 2016

Cat Crazy by Donna Gray

Hi everyone, 

How about a crazy cat tag today? 

What To Do:

Take a size 8 tag and cover with a Distress Paint (Mustard Seed), dry thoroughly.

Next spritz through a Tim Holtz stencil some Distress Spray Stain (Hickory Smoke), once again make sure it’s thoroughly dry.

Use the circle stamp from a PaperArsty stamp set, stamping with Watering Can Archival ink and apply randomly onto the background. Then use the little fish skeleton stamp that comes with the cats set and stamp that in black Archival in a random fashion too.

A That’s Crafty! brick stencil is perfect for the bottles’ to sit on, apply a Distress Ink through the stencil.

For the cat and the bottles’ you want to stamp on watercolour paper as you’ll be colouring those with Distress markers and a water brush, fussy cut out and then adhere to the tag (I used foam pads but anything will do).

Add a Tim Holtz sentiment as a finishing touch.

I love these crazy cats….now the problem will be to stop myself using them on everything in sight!

Supplies Used:

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 26 February 2016

Don’t Forget To Fly by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a bright and cheery art panel to share this week as I decided I needed to dust off my Gelatos which have been sitting around unused for a while now so they came into play to make a rainbow coloured background for my butterfly.


Turquoise Brusho Crystals
Washi Tape – mine is the one from a couple of weeks back made with That’s Crafty! Chevron Dinky Stencil


I coloured the art panel by scribbling vertical stripes of Gelato colours on, starting at one end with pinks, followed by orange, butterscotch, pistachio, lime, turquoise, lavender and lilac. I then misted on a little water and spread the colours with my fingers. You’ll find that some colours blend more easily than others but it adds to the effect very well.

As the panel turned out quite bright, I decided to tone it down a little. I did this by stamping on the dotty background image from the Dina Wakley set with the DecoArt grey paint. I love this shade of grey as quite a subtle neutral and is much softer than white.

I then added some of my homemade washi tape across the panel just under the centre. If you missed how I made this it’s micro=porous tape which I coloured with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint (Pyrrole Red) and added the chevron pattern using a That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencil and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Carbon Black.

I stamped the butterfly on white stamping card with the black ink and painted it with the turquoise Brusho Crystals – I wanted a really vibrant shade to contrast with the background and the Brusho Crystals are perfect for that as it’s possible to mix quite a strong shade.

I cut the butterfly out and shaped the wings then added it to the panel with my chosen text stickers to finish.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 25 February 2016

A Birthday Card by Debs Wainwright

Hi everyone, Debs here to share a birthday card I made for a friend. I found it difficult to make cards for a while but the enjoyment seems to be coming back. Especially with this one.

Here’s what I did 


Time for some Gelli Plate fun! Supplies gathered and I was ready. I decided to use both plates as each would add something different.

Building layers with different colours and patterns adds depth and interest. These patterns were created by the new double ended brush sets which have a lovely brush one end and a comb the other. The edges of the comb have also been made to use as a knife or small flat blade. I love them!

Using mixed medial paper cut to size, is useful in card making and as this was my purpose I played away, creating lots of different colours and patterns. (I'll show you these another time)

This piece was built using several colours and while the paint was still wet on the plate I removed the paint with one of the ends of the brushes to form flowers. Once stamped I could see all the gorgeous colours around the edge which was formed by the crust of paint built up around the edge of the plate. I really liked the result, and thought this was perfect for the card I had in mind. Cutting it out allowed me to keep it clean and sticking to a card kept the clean look. I'm a messy crafter, and often get carried away with paint on everything, myself and often what I'm working on, which can be frustrating.

I inked the torn edges to age and complete my piece. Stuck in place leaving space for the sentiment and a few words completed my card.

What I used

Dylusions Stamp Set - The Right Words
Birthday stamp and card from own stash

I hope my friend likes it! Goodbye for now, take care

Debs xx

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Steampunk Notebook by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! This is my husband's work notebook. It was a plain black cover, and he asked me to alter it, so that it didn't look like everyone else's. I chose to use that wonderful Carabelle Studio fella again. He loved it!

Here's what I used... 

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil - Steampunk Cog Background (being released very soon!)
Faber-Castell Double Scoop Gelatos - Spearmint, Green Tea, Cotton Candy, Blueberry
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Forget-Me-Not


Here's what I did...

1. I began by painting the whole cover, front and back, with white gesso. I gave it a couple of coats. 

2. Next, I used a palette knife to apply grunge paste through the steampunk cogs Dinky Stencil. I did this in a few places, on the front and back. 

3. I scribbled with the blue and green Gelatos along the top of the cover, then spritzed with water and used a paintbrush to help the colours drip down and around the stencilling. You can see some lovely drips on the back of the cover. 

4. I used the black Archival ink to partially stamp a background with the French Lily Background and the Alphabets by Ana, then stamped the messy writing with Forget-me-Not ink.

5. I stamped the Man & Bird onto white tissuestock with black Archival ink, tore around the image, then used Matte Medium to adhere it to the cover. I also stamped the phrase from this set in black, just above the bird. 

6. To finish, I sealed the whole cover using a couple of coats of PaperArtsy Satin Glaze.


I hope I've inspired you to alter something today. 

Alison x

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Swing by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I have a card for you today

As time is still against me another relatively quick one here but using one of the new stamps from Carabelle Studio.

Here’s What I did:- 

Using mixed media card I stamped the XXL Carabelle Studio stamp. Now these stamps are HUGE!! And come on their own A4 acrylic block this can make it hard to get a perfect print using an ink pad, well for me any way. To ensure that I get a good print I have stamped it using black Dylusions paint. I brayer a thin layer of the black paint onto the stamp until I have a light, even coverage and then I lay my card on top of the stamp and making sure that you don’t move the card run my hands over the back of the card to transfer the image. I find that this gives me the best image and I like the boldness that the paint gives me.

Once the paint had dried completely. I randomly sprinkled some of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Pigment Powders, one colour at a time spritzing with water and drying with a heat gun before adding another colour this just ensures that the colours don’t run into each other to much and you don’t end up with a muddy mess. Once happy with the result I cut the card down, this cut off some of the stamping.

Onto a separate piece of white paper I stamped the new stamp from Carabelle of the girl on the swing, coloured her, cut her out. I then stamped the image onto to my background and paper pieced her on so that she lined up with the ropes of the swing as I didn’t cut those out. All the sentiments added to the card are also from the new stamp set. Mounted onto black card and added to a card blank.

Here’s What I used:-


Small Detail Scissors
White Card Blank

Have a fabulous week and see you next time

Amanda X
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