Thursday, 25 May 2017

Tim Holtz Tiny House by Nikki Acton

Hello! One of Tim Holtz’s new releases this year is the Tiny House’s Bigz die. This creation uses the larger of the two houses that the die cuts.

I cut my house out of greyboard to give it some stability. I also cut the same dies out of cardstock which I used to decorate it. The multi-coloured front uses PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics in various colours applied with an old credit card – scraping over the surface to build up layers. For the sides and the roof I painted in blue (sorry I can’t remember what colour – might be Baltic Blue?). Once dry I stamped with a script stamp with black Archival ink and then added black paint lines randomly with the edge of a credit card and finally white paint splatters. (PaperArtsy Little Black Dress and Chalk).

The stars are painted in the same way as the sides and roof. I had some die cut stars on my desk but you could use any star dies (eg’s below) or cut out a stamped image of a star – just pick a size to fit. Once the paint of the stars was dry I added the little quotes from Tim Holtz metallic stickers and added Glossy Accents.

Before I assembled I ensured the edges of the greyboard base were the same colour blue. I took a small piece of wood (charity shop!) and used this as the base for the house. Once assembled Stickles glitter glue was added around the stars.

See you next week!



Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Fun with Brushos! by Laura Holland

This journal page started out as an experiment, which I really enjoyed doing and I’m quite pleased with the result.

Brushos - Various Colours

I scrapped the Pentart Heavy Body Gel through the Lotus Flower Dinky stencil with a palette knife.

While the Heavy Body Gel was still wet, I sprinkled various different colours of Brushos all over the journal page, making sure that I got a good mix of the colours in the gel.

I then spritzed the whole page with water, including the gel, until I was happy with how the Brushos dispersed. You can also add more dry Brushos at this stage too.

When the journal page was thoroughly dry, I stamped the affirmation from Lynne’s stamp set with Versamark and then embossed it with white embossing powder. 


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

I’m a Bad Influence by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone,

I have a card for you this week that started off using a piece of card that I used to mop up the colours I had on my craft mat leftover from my make for last Tuesday post.

Here’s What I Did:

For Last Tuesday’s post I was using Lindy’s Stamp Gang pigment powders and this left me pools of the colours on my craft mat, now I never like to waste the left overs so I mopped the colours up onto a piece of mixed media card to use for another project. 

So taking that piece of card I decided to stencil on top of the pigment powder colours using a Seth Apter stencil and Dylusions paints, I blended the paint colours into each other and built them up by apply through the stencil using Cut and Dry Foam. Once the paint was dry I then went around each segment of the stencilling with a black paint pen.

I then die cut sections of the piece out and cut exactly the same pieces out of black card and then inserted them into the die cut spaces (I shall keep the pieces for another project).

I then stamped the image and coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils, cut out and added to the card.

The sentiment was stamped, cut out and added to the card. I then mounted it onto black card and added to an 8” x 8” card blank.

What I Used:

Seth Apter Stencil (this one was from my stash) others are available but any stencil would work.
Black Posca Paint Pen or similar
Seth Apter Dies - Trifecta and Coffee Ring
Die Cutting Machine
Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils (blended with blended solution and Paper Stumps)
Black Archival Ink Pad

Thanks and I’ll see you next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 22 May 2017

Treasure Adventure by Moira Sutton

Carabelle Studio Stamps – Collage des Ronds and Mixed Media Strips
Prima Finnabair Stamp – Messy
Idea-Ology Ornate Plate
Ranger Embossing Powders – Turquoise and Magenta
Rusty Wire

I cut a large tag from the mixed media paper.
Next I stamped several background images using the Watering Can ink pad.
I passed the modelling paste through the stencil in a few places and then sprinkled the embossing powders over and heat set. I coloured the tag using three colours from the Metallic Accents set. 
The Idea-Ology Ornate Plate and Relics and Artifacts sword were coloured using the Metallic accents, the Sparks paint and the wax and attached with silicone glue.
I added the Chit Chat Stickers and edged the tag with a purple Gelato.
Finally I would old rusty wire round the tag. 


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Make A Wish by Lynne Moncrieff

This card was made for a friend’s birthday, knowing she liked Character Constructions stamps.

I intentionally kept the design simple as I wanted the focus to be on the beautiful vintage French paper and the stamped focal.  At first viewing you might not realise that this image comprises several individual stamps.

The complete Character Constructions stamp catalogues can be viewed at  If you have any questions regarding availability of Character Constructions stamps, then please contact Laura directly or myself via my Blog and I can contact Laura on your behalf.


Character Constructions Stamp Sets - Blue Daisy No. 7 (woman and hat) – I also used stamps from other Blue Daisy sets:- No. 2 (flower on stem and flower head).  No. 6 (arms)
Glue Stick (UHU or Tombow)
Double Sided Tape
Extras: Vintage Paper, Fabric, Lace



Adhere vintage French paper to cardbase. Stamp woman. Trim waist with fabric scrap.  Onto scrap pieces of vintage paper, stamp hat, arm and flower. Fussy cut. Adhere hat to woman’s head. Cut upper arm to make a suitable length. Apply adhesive only to upper end of arm. Adhere to main image. Slightly bend the arm and hand before adhering the flower to her hand. 

Stamp Affirmation onto scrap paper. Only Make A Wish from the Affirmation is required.  Layer to lace and fabric scraps below stamped focal. 

Onto another piece of scrap paper, stamp flower three times. Cut into flag shape. Attach fabric scraps before adhering to upper corner.


I thought I would also share the insert and envelope detail. I had already written my birthday message to my friend which is why I have obscured some of the insert and envelope.

Tear paper to required size. Stamp ELB sentiment onto paper. Adhere top edge to inside cardbase with double sided tape. 


Onto two tiny scraps of paper, stamp flower and onto other piece, ink up “wish” only from Affirmation stamp. Adhere to upper corner of envelope with fabric scraps.

Until next time,



Saturday, 20 May 2017

Bird Nest Shrine by Moira Sutton


That’s Crafty!  8x8 Stencil - Big Floral - TC8005
Prima Art Alchemy Paints – Opal Magic Violet Green Opal Magic Pink Blue, Opal Magic Blue Gold, Metallique Light Patina Metallique Rich Turquoise
Prima Art Ingredients Glass Beads - Grass and Micro Beads - Copper
Prima Art Alchemy Wax – Vintage Gold and Amethyst Magic
From stash – Bird Mould, Bird Nest, Wooden Eggs

With the weather so gorgeous (I did make this a few eeks ago!) my mind flitted to all things new which inspired this piece about a bird and her nest of eggs.
I began with using the paperclay in the bird mould and leaving to dry over night. When the bird was dry I painted it with the Teal paint and added Vintage Gold Wax.

For the shrine I started with passing Modelling Paste through the stencil onto the front of the Shrine. I made the shrine up and dotted all 5 colours of the Art Alchemy paint all over the inside and the stencilled front. 

Next I added the waxes over the stencilled area for definition.

I constructed my shrine and added the glass beads and rhinestone banner using gel medium. 


Friday, 19 May 2017

Marina’s Treasure Trove by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I’m so excited to finally be able to share with you all the first of my creations with Donna’s gorgeous new Deep Sea Divas stamps. I was beyond thrilled to have the chance to work with these versatile stamps, especially Marina who brings back memories of my childhood and my favourite animation show, Stingray.


DecoArt Media Acrylic Paints – Blue Green Light, Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold, Yellow Green Light
Stickles Glitter Glue – Jade, Lime Green, Lavender
Shimmering Watercolour Paints such as Prima Watercolour Confections Shimmering Lights
Extras – Iron On Hemming Web, Sequins, Beads, Gems, Glass Pebbles, Netting (mine was from a pack of lemons), scraps of Gelli prints, iron, non-stick paper


Paint the MDF upper and base with the green and blue paints, applying in rough streaks down the surface until it is covered. Rub some paint around the edges too for a nice finish.

The next step is to paint the hemming web (this is like Bondaweb) which I did by placing strips on a piece of foil as the paint seeps through.  You may find you need to move it around a little to make sure it is covered with paint. Leave to dry, and then peel off.

Tear the painted web up a little and then iron on to the upright section with non stick paper on top, making sure that you don’t have the steam setting on! Once you have done this, peel back the paper and sprinkle some sequins on the areas covered with webbing. Replace the paper and iron again. When you peel off the paper, the sequins will be stuck to the webbing.

Stamp Marina – masking off her seahorse - on mixed media paper with the black ink and colour her with the watercolour pencils and paints. When dry, paint her hair with the purple glitter glue, adding some to her fishy tail as well. Cut her out. Next stamp the seahorse and a starfish on scraps of Gelli print with the black ink and cut them out.

Assemble the panels by first gluing the upright section into the base. Next add the netting by putting dots of silicone glue around the bottom of the upright then wrap the netting round and secure at the back with more glue. Apply a mix of pearls, beads, gems and glass pebbles to the base with silicone glue.

Glue Marina to the panel together with a seahorse and starfish then finish off the creation by adding streaks of glitter glue and some small gems. As you’ll see, the gems and sequins look a bit like water bubbles and they add some lovely bling too.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x
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