Friday, 26 May 2017

A Fishy Tale by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a fishy tag to share this week, which is another of my makes with Donna’s gorgeous new Deep Sea Divas stamp sets. This one was inspired by a lovely photo I saw featuring a shoal of fish and I couldn’t resist trying to recreate it.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Deep Sea Divas Marina, Textures Set 1
White Copy Paper
Pencil – I used a soft, graphite one


Paint the tag with shades of blue and green paints, adding streaks in a downward direction until the surface is covered. When the paint is dry, use the Moc Croc stencil to add a little pattern around the edges with magenta paint.

Next use the bubbles border with turquoise paint and white gesso to add bubbles in the upper half of the tag. When they’re dry, replace the stencil and use a graphite pencil to scribble round the bubbles to make them stand out more.

I stamped the fish, seahorse and starfish on scraps of Gelli printed paper, but you could stamp them on white card and colour them if you prefer. I then stamped a shoal of fish directly on the upper half of the tag as if you do this, you can add coloured bodies over the top without any fiddly cutting out round the feathery tails. As you can probably guess, that’s what I did, adding the bodies with clear foam tape after rounding them out with an embossing tool.

I next die cut some seaweed from further Gelli print scraps and drew some thicker fronds on green paper with the graphite pencil and cut these out. I glued these on the tag, layering them up as I went. I tucked a seahorse in between the seaweed and added a starfish near the bottom.

I then had a bit of a ribbon issue, as the tag was a bit large for those I had so I made my own with copy paper. I coloured the paper orange and then stamped on the bubbly design with the orange dye ink. I pleated the paper roughly after scrunching it and added it to the top of the tag, tying it up with a scrap of twine and fanning out the tops.

We have a great new challenge today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so do check it out to see how you can win a great prize just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

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. 

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