Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Where Dreams Are Born by Alison Hall





Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



It's day 3 of our collaboration and we have a fabulous project from Alison to share.


Hi Everyone, Alison here today, with a rusty mixed media hanging. I couldn't wait to see what kind of paint effects I could achieve on the Relics and Artifacts. They take all kind of media beautifully, just like the That's Crafty! Surfaces, and I decided to use my favourite DecoArt Media products.







Here's what I used...


That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Tags - 2 x Size 3, 1 x Size 5
Relics and Artifacts - Visage, Rising Spirit
DecoArt Media - Texture Sand, White Gesso, White Crackle Paste, Ultra Matte Varnish
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Green Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Phthalo Turquoise, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Titanium White
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Jet Black
Rusty Wire
Old Book Page, Cream Lace, Ink Blending Foam


Here's what I did...


1. I began by prepping all of the MDF rectangles with white gesso, and applying white crackle paste onto the 3 MDF tags. TIP(to self!)...If you apply gesso under the crackle paste, it shouldn't flake off.






2. Next, I used my finger to apply some Texture Sand around the edges of the three small rectangles, and used a paintbrush to paint the large rectangle with Green Gold acrylic.






3. Once the Texture Sand was dry, I painted the three small rectangles with Phthalo Turquoise Acrylic, adding some Quinacridone Gold on the textured edges for a rusty effect.






4. On the large rectangle, I painted a few age splotches on the edges with Raw Umber, stamped some crackles and script with Coffee ink, then painted with a wash of Quinacridone Gold acrylic.






5. Next, I painted the Relics and Artifacts with DecoArt Media acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Quinacridone Gold, adding detail to the eye with Carbon Black and a dot of Titanium White. I also used Quinacridone Gold to colour the Dresden Trim Halos.






6. By now, the white crackle paste on the three tags was nicely dry and crackled, so I painted them with Green Gold, adding some Quin Gold and Burnt Umber around the edges, then sealing the crackle with a coat of Ultra Matte Varnish. 






7. I stamped the Emma Godfrey wonderful phrase onto gessoed book page, cut it out, then sponged black ink onto the edges. I assembled the tags as shown, using glossy accents to glue the Dresden Trim, Relics and Artifacts, Bohemian Jewels, and words in place, then attached them to the three small rectangles, layering with cream lace, and gluing a large jewel over the rectangle's top hole. I glued the three rectangles to the large board, hiding the three lower holes, then added some curled rusty wire to finish.






I hope I've inspired you today.


Please hop over to the Relics and Artifacts blog to see some inspirational artwork from their talented ambassador Monica.



Alison x

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Soul: The Immortality of Being by Carol Fox




Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

We've 2 posts today on the That's Crafty! blog. The first is a truly stunning book box from Carol Fox and the second is from Laura Holland, featuring a sneaky peak of some new That's Crafty! items coming soon.


Soul: The Immortality of Being by Carol Fox




There is a legend that if you can manage to capture a piece of a soul as one is dying it can be stored in a ceramic heart until such time as suitable vessel can be found to house it. The ceremony has to be performed at a certain time in the celestial calendar that occurs only every five years. Therefore the heart must be stored in a safe and hidden place. I found such a hiding place when I took over the management of a large library.
As soon as I found it I knew what it was, the hollowed out book with the overly ornate cover and the warning on the front made my heart race as I opened it with trepidation, expecting to find it empty of it’s hidden treasure.



But it was complete, but it had been sealed never to be used for its intended purpose. The heart sealed with a sacred cross so the evil within could never walk the earth again, a blessed jewelled icon added above the hidden heart, and an iron coil added to tether it to the earth forever, further condemning the enclosed the soul to a lonely purgatory.



You can see how I made my Book of Souls in my YouTube video

Supply List


Carol x




Listen to the Waves by Laura Holland



It’s been an absolute pleasure to take part in this collaboration with the Relics and Artifacts team and it gave me the chance to use the Relics and Artifacts for the first time and it certainly won't be the last! They are so smooth and are a joy to paint.







First I assembled the shrine and then gave it a very quick coat of gesso. I then painted DecoArt Texture Sand on the back and sides of the shrine and when this was dry, I used Prima White Sand Paste through the Dinky Fossil stencil. The Prima Sand Paste is nice and thick and holds its shape really well, so was perfect for creating the fossils.






Next I painted the front panel of the shrine with an aquamarine shimmer paint (coming soon!) and when dry, I brushed on some Pentart Crackle Medium. Once the crackle glaze was dry, I painted on a medium to thick coat of an ivory acrylic paint and waited for the cracks to appear!






While waiting for the magic to happen, I painted the shells from the Relics and Artifacts Coquille set. I used black gesso on the largest shell, leaving the inside the natural resin colour and painted the outside edge and back black. I also painted one of the smaller shells with the black gesso and left the other 2 small shells natural. I gave the unpainted shells a coat of Prima Art Alchemy Paint Opal Magic in Violet-Green and the gessoed shells a coat of Pink-Blue. These paints are brilliant for getting a different effect when using the same colour but a different base colour. I then used a patina paint set from Pentart on another of the shells and one of the small icons.








Next I stamped Marina (who is from one of our 2 new stamp sets that will be launched very soon) onto stamping card with Memento Ink and then embossed her with clear gloss embossing powder. I coloured her in with a mixture of Distress Markers and shimmer paints and then cut her out. I cut the seahorse off from her hair and stamped and embossed him again and coloured him in with a mixture of two colours of shimmer paint.

I then moved onto the inside of the shrine. I painted this with the paints from the patina kit, graduating the colours as I moved down the shrine. I spritzed it with water and then blended the colours more. When this was dry, I stamped and embossed the fish and coloured them in with Posca pens. I then stamped and embossed some phrases from the Marina stamp set onto the front of the crackled shrine and then it was ready to add all my elements.





I glued some Prima Art Stones to the bottom of the shrine and added a large pearl to the center of one of the shells. Another two of the shells were glued to the bottom corners of the front of the shrine and the patinated shell and icon were glued to the top. Next I glued Marina to the largest shell and popped her in place in the shrine. The seahorses were added to the front and for the finishing touch, I added some netting to the front of the shrine.








PRODUCTS USED: 


Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints – Opal Magic Pink-Blue, Violet-Green

Please hop over to the Relics and Artifacts blog to see the fabulous project from Milagros.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Talk about a Statement by Moira Sutton






I think I can speak for the whole of the That’s Crafty! Design Team when I say we are all beyond excited to be taking part in this collaboration with the Relics and Artifacts Ambassadors.

I must say a special thanks to Lynne Moncrieff and Sandra Evertson for making this collaboration happen and a big thank you to all the Relics and Artifacts team.

We have a week of fabulous projects coming up, starting Monday 24th April and ending on Sunday 30th April. The week will showcase how fantastically well the Relics and Artifacts and That’s Crafty! Surfaces work together.

Each day there will be a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.

We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!


Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:


1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.

2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



We have a fantastic project from Moira to start off our collaboration.








Relics and Artifacts Imperial Eggs and Chandelier Pendants
Prima Stencil 569419
Pebeo Dyna Paints - Orange/Yellow, Red/Blue Violet/Blue and Blue /Green
Vintaj Brass Sparrow
Assorted Charms
Ribbon



I do love wearing jewellery, but being built on the well upholstered side, small necklaces tend to get lost on me, mainly down the cleavage!  So I wondered “just how big can I go with a piece of statement jewellery?” and this is the result.

I gave the Arch Upright a coat if texture paste through the stencil. When dry I added the orange/yellow, violet/blue and red/blue paints, with the gold wax around the edge and over the raised stencil area.

I gave the egg a coat of the blue/green paint then stamped the dots with Versamark around the base of the egg, added the Stamp n Bond, heated it and applied the gold foil. I attached the egg to the Upright. I coloured the Sparrow with the violet blue paint and added a hint of the gold wax and attached it to the egg. 








Although the necklace was a good size I felt it needed more so I coloured the Chandelier with the same Dyna paints as the Upright and coloured a small bird charm with the green/blue paint and gold wax and attached it to the Chandelier and attached that to the upright. 









Two holes drilled into the Upright allowed me to string ribbon to hang the necklace and finally a gold crown charm completed the project.


Now I just need to find the right outfit to wear this piece with, maybe black is best to set it off. 

Please hop over to the Relics and Artifacts blog to see Chrissy's fantastic project.


Moira

Please join us at 11.00am



Please come back and join us at 11.00am for a very special announcement!





Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Gentle Heart by Lynne Moncrieff


Character Constructions stamps are all about paper dolls, in all guises but many of the stamp sets contain some of the most beautiful sentiments. The decision to feature the sentiment from Paris Flea No. 1, onto one of That’s Crafty’s MDF hearts, was an obvious choice.

For this Upright I layered various media and yet there was not even the hint of warping!






Supplies


That’s Crafty! Surfaces:- MDF Upright Jagged EdgeMDF Heart                                       
Infusions Sleight Blue, Rusty Car
Charcoal Stick
Cardstock (scrap only)
Extras:  Sandra Evertson Relics & Artifacts Dresden Trim Stars Silver, various found papers and fabric scraps, collage image (Redlead Paperworks)


Instructions


Prepare wing by applying paperclay into Prima mould. Once dry, snap or cut off one of the wings to use on this project.

After applying Gesso add small areas of Grunge Paste to Upright, sprinkle Infusions, generously misting with water. Once dry, begin to rust. During the application of Rust Finishes, stipple areas with Midnight and Terracotta. Dribble Titanium White Fluid Acrylic onto Upright, misting with water, allowing to drip down Upright.

Next, for the MDF heart, follow the above steps except, do not include Grunge Paste or Titanium White.  







For the paperclay wing, the Dresden Trim stars and found papers, apply the Rust Finishes.

At this stage, all the rusted items should be lovely and rusty.

The image I used is from a larger collage image, fussy cutting the child (I adhere to scrap cardstock for stability). Layer child to Upright with torn found papers and fabric scrap, adhering rusted wing. To add the smallest of detail to the child, I adhered a scrap of vintage lace to mimic a collar. Above the child, adhere three of the Dresden Trim stars. 








Move the focus onto the rusted heart. Layer rusted found papers and the stamped focal, the Paris Flea sentiment which I stamped onto calico scrap. Form a circle with twine, adhering to frame the sentiment, allow the twine to flow down the Upright, eventually wrapping around child’s wrist. 






Smudge charcoal around edges of heart and child.

Pop the Upright into the base – project is complete!


Until next week,

Wishes

Lynne
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