Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Create Art by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I don’t make New Year resolutions but I did decide to make a conscious effort to do more art journaling, I think that decision is driven by the many plastic boxes under the spare bed that are full of cards that I have made over the years. 

That’s Crafty! recently launched, on Hochanda, a new range of word stencils and sets of clear quote stamps. Due to illness and work commitments I sadly wasn’t part of the Hochanda launch but have managed to have a play with some of them in my art journal.


Here’s What I Did:-

I am playing in my Dylusions black art journal and these pages already had a rough layer of pink and gold paint on them as I had used them to clean my brayer off on from a previous project. 

With the gold paint already being down I ended up making quite an opulent double spread. I then stencilled more gold paint through using a Dinky stencil. I added some black stamping using a fine grid roller stamp that I found in a drawer having a sort out! 

I then stamped and heat embossed, in gold, Tracy Scott's beautiful feather stamp. I have then coloured it using paint, I love the richness of the blue. I then stencilled the word Create and Art using paint. I went around the words with a black pen and drew in a little drop shadow on the word Art. I then added the quote, one from the new stamp set, again heat embossing it in gold.

I added some dot stencilling and marks using an old credit card and a spray can lid. Final touch was to flick red paint across the pages.

Here’s What I Used:-

Dylusions Black Art Journal
Dylusions Paints - Post Box Red & Funky Fushia
Heat Gun
Mark Making Items – Credit Card, Spray Can Lid

Thanks and I will see you all next week

Amanda X

Monday, 30 January 2017

Create by Moira Sutton

That’s Crafty! Word Series Stencils – Create, Art, Love, Live and Dream
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Inspirational Quotes Set 2 and Fleur
Dylusions Paints - Bubblegum Pink, Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest, Black Marble and  White Linen
Archival Ink - Sienna, Jet Black and Watering Can

This is the cover I made with my A4 That’s Crafty! Journal. The inside pages are mainly flower based so I wanted something that contrasted with that.
First of all I gave my page a coat of gesso. 
Next I stencilled all of the Word Series stencils over the page using Archival Sienna ink.
Next I stamped the fern from the Fleur set in Watering can randomly.
I dotted spots of the pink, lemon and orange paints around my page and blended with a baby wipe keeping areas of distinct colour and areas of blended colour.
Next I used the patterned parts of the Word series Stencils with orange, pink and white paint.
I used the black paint though the Create Stencil and underneath stamped the phrase from the Inspirational Stamp set in Versamark and embossed in black embossing powder. 
I tool 3 small circles from the acrylic shapes pack and smeared Glossy Accents on them and stuck them to some text paper. When dry I cut around the text paper and stuck them to my page again with Glossy Accents.

As final touches I ran some black paint around the edge and added areas of crackle glaze for texture. 


Sunday, 29 January 2017

To Dare by Lynne Moncrieff

I have worked on quite a few of the Arch Dinky Uprights so I was so happy to receive a large Arch Upright as a sample to create for recent HOCHANDA shows.
I was inspired by the That’s Crafty! stamp to incorporate a Relics & Artifacts Milagros. 

To create the texture, I used Dinky Stencils on the arch, creating an aged, masonry effect.


That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Church Window TC065, Brick Background TC026
Relics & Artifacts - Milagros, Rising Spirit I 
Extras:- Dresden Trim, Sari Ribbon, Rusty Tin Wire


Apply Gesso and Fresco to Upright.

Apply Grunge Paste to Church Window and Brick – alternate the stencil designs, applying Grunge Paste only to upper section of Church Window stencil.

Once dry, with fingers, apply Frescos and Martha Stewart Acrylic paint, highlighting texture.

Apply Frescos and Iron Paste to Dresden Trim, edging the base with the Trim.

Apply Frescos and Infusions to R&As. Stain sari ribbon scraps with Infusions. Stamp the sari ribbon with the Inspirational Quote before tearing into strips. Wrap rusty tin wire around strands of sari ribbon. Adhere the R&A to the arch, attaching the wire wrapped sari ribbon beneath the R&A.

Stamp quote onto calico stained with Infusions. Cut into word tiles. Adhere to Upright.
Adhere R&A feet to base. They had some Grunge Paste swiped onto them before painting and staining. Layer the feet onto shreds of calico and sari ribbon which had been stained with Infusions. To enhance texture on the base, adhere a piece of mop up paper.

The Upright is now complete.

Until next time,



Saturday, 28 January 2017

I'm Different by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a quirky mash up of stamps using one of That’s Crafty! new journal pages..….well it just had to be done!

What to do: 

Use the white paper side of the A4 white/greyboard journal and randomly and lightly brayer on some Fresco paints, dry thoroughly.

I used some drywall tape (I highly recommend popping into your local DIY shop for this) to dab some Distress ink through it for the little squares effect you see but of course a stencil will do as well.

Take a Dina Wakley stamp and randomly apply it on the background with black Archival ink. Next take a DecoArt Media mister, in one of the lovely pink/purple shades, dribble down some paint from the top corners, dry thoroughly once more.

Now we’re going to begin the mash up! Stamp the body of Penny onto a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and colour in with Distress markers, fussy cut out but before adhering to the background, slide the Rubber Dance flower stamp (which was also coloured with Distress markers) under the body before adhering to the background. Add Bentley’s head, which was stamped on a piece of Gelli print, to the body, smear a little bit of black Gelato under the figure to ‘ground’ it.

For the finishing touches add a word from the Beki stamp set and a sentiment from Katzelkraft which is very apt I think!!

Oh and have you noticed what’s in the flower…..take a look……

Supplies Used:

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 27 January 2017

Creating Progress Journal Page by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have another of my Hochanda samples to share this week, this one a page with lots of layering which is a great way to add extra interest to your artwork.


That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Harlequin, Punchinella and Reverse Honeycomb Backgrounds
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics – Banana, Pumpkin Soup, Cherry Red, Wisteria


I applied the yellow and orange paints to the background with baby wipes, smooshing and layering the colours until I was happy with the effect.

I next used the harlequin stencil with the wisteria paint to add a pattern on the background – you can have fun with this as grungy is good! You don’t need to be precise.

I then cut various rectangles of white card and arranged them on the background to see how they worked shape wise. Once I had a look I liked, I then coloured the pieces by adding paints to a tray, misting it with water and dipping the card in. Having decided on the position of the pieces prior to this, I was able to obtain a harmonious flow of colours.

I used the various stencils and the collage stamp with blue ink and paint to add a pattern to the painted panels. I stamped a quote on one and stencilled create on another. I inked all the edges and also the page edges themselves to draw all the elements together.

I glued the finished panels to the page, and added a butterfly from my bits box stamped on a scrap of Gelli print paper together with some stickers from the Tim Holtz book.

We have a new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so don’t forget to 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, 26 January 2017

Quotes and Journals by Nikki Acton

Last week I showed one of the large (A4) white/greyboard journal pages I had made. Today I am using the small versions – both were launched on Hochanda last week. These small pages are 5x3 inches.

I put 2 pages together – to make the front and back of a journal (when you add the ring binders) and added DecoArt Fluid acrylics in patches on the whiteboard side. (Cadmium Red, Cadmium Orange, Hansa Yellow and Blue/Green Light). I added some black with a credit card and adhered some book page scraps which I toned down with watered down colours. It was all still a bit too bright – so I dry brushed a little white paint randomly over the surface too.

Next I stencilled using That’s Crafty! Dinky stencils. I used Archival ink for the harlequins and raindrops and white paint for the circles (Bubbly All Over stencil). I stamped a couple of quotes from the new Inspirational Quotes stamp sets and cut out the phrases to fit. 

Finally I added white and black doodles around the edges of the boards and words.

See you next week!



That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Harlequin, Bubbly all Over, Raindrops
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics –Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Red Hue, Cadmium Orange Hue, Blue Green Light
Credit Card
Old Book Pages

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

'Art' Journal Page by Alison Hall

Hello crafters! Today, I'm sharing one of the art journal pages that I made for Hochanda.

Here's what I used...

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Cobalt Teal Hue, Carbon Black, Primary Magenta

Here's what I did...

1. I began by using the DecoArt white Tinting Base with Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide and Cobalt Teal Hue fluid acrylics, to create a base on the A4 and the 3x5ins journal pages.

2. Next, I took the new That's Crafty! Create stencil and used the yellow paint to stencil some arrows on the yellow parts of both pages. I then used the teal paint to stencil stars from the Live stencil onto the teal parts. I added some contrasting stencilling with the Chevrons Dinky Stencil and primary magenta.

3. On the A4 page, I stencilled Donna Downey's Heart Texture using Carbon Black paint, then I moved the stencil very slightly to the right, and used white Tinting Base through it to create a shadowed effect. I stencilled the That's Crafty! Art on the 3x5ins page, using the same technique.

4. On the A4 page, I partially stencilled Donna's Heart Texture on couple of  edges, then stamped 'Be Creative', using black Archival ink. 

5. I added a little bit of journalling on both pages using a black pen, then used a paintbrush to flick some diluted black paint onto them.

6. Finally, I sponged the edges of both pages with black paint, and used Glossy Accents to glue an acrylic circle over the stamped words.

I hope I've inspired you to be creative today,

Alison x
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