Friday, 30 June 2017

Some Bunny Love by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, it’s Fliss here today with a little inspiration for our current Keep It Simple challenge over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog. I’ve made a simple card with Donna’s gorgeous bunny for Rubber Dance because my hubby and I had an anniversary recently and he doesn’t like fussy cards.


Red Card
Heart Shaped Die and Die Cutting Equipment
Marker Pens – I used Promarkers
White Square Card Blank


Stamp the bunny and a couple of the large carrot on white stamping card and colour with markers. I was actually aiming for grey like our 2 Netherland Dwarf bunnies but the Promarkers I used, although grey, came out more brown than I was expecting.

I then die cut a heart shape from a scrap of red card and glued this on to my card blank. I cut out the rabbit and carrots, leaving a narrow white border and extending the rabbit’s lines down a little to make a rounded shape. Our bunnies are a bit like fluff balls!

I stamped the bunny love text at the bottom of the card blank and then added the rabbit and carrots with foam tape for dimension.

A very simple card and my hubby loved it!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Greyboard Embellishments and Shimmer Paints by Nikki Acton

Hi everyone, Nikki here with another project featuring the new TC products launched on Hochanda a couple of weeks ago. I love all the greyboard embellishments – so versatile, easy to paint and perfect for embellishing projects large and small.

This design is a 6x6 inch white/greyboard panel. As I have been doing as a base for the new shimmer paints I started with a layer of PaperArtsy Fresco Paint – chalk colour. I then sponged primarily That’s Crafty! Orange Shimmer paint with a little red around the edges. I stamped the crackles from the TC Texture stamp set and finally lightly sponged a little white to create a worn look.

The embellishments were done in a similar way with TC Shimmer Paints and
white chalk paint:

Clock – Red, White and Copper
Feather – Red and Copper
Wildflower – Red
Funky Flower, Butterfly, Dragonfly – Blue, Aquamarine and Copper

I added a little paint to a scrap of paper and stamped ‘Moments’ from one of the quotes off the TC quotes stamp set.

Hopefully you can see from the close up the wonderful texture you can achieve by sponging on the paints.

Happy crafting!



That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard Embellishments – Butterflies and Wildflowers, Clocks and Cogs, Funky Flowers, Feathers and Wings
That’s Crafty! Shimmer & Metallic Paints – Copper, Orange, Aquamarine, Red, Dark Blue

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Don't Give Me Cattitude by Bev Hilton

Hello everybody. Bev here for my weekly spot on the blog today with the lovely Bentley. Does he have cattitude? Well maybe just a little :-)

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Bricks and Bubbles
Dina Wakley Acrylic Paints - Lapis, Sky, White and Umber
Archival Ink Pads - Black, Cobalt, Orange Bloom and Plum
Newton & Windsor Drawing Inks - Deep Red, Sunshine Yellow & Brilliant Green
Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Vintage Photo and Fossilized Amber
Polychromo Pencils
Brother P-Touch
Pinflare Glue Gel
Gems from my stash

Here's what I did...

I already had a piece of card from a previous project left over (I keep everything lol), that had been created by swiping the edge of the two Distress inks across a Gelli Plate and laying down onto smooth white card stock so I decided to see what Bentley looked like stamped onto it. I felt he looked rather good and didn't want to waste him so my creation began.

I added some extra colour with pencils. I also decided to draw in some eyes and change his nose which I did with the fine liner pen. I then took the tag and sponged on the white acrylic paint.

Once dry I sponged on the Sky paint softly. Using the sponge adds extra texture. I squeezed out a little of the Lapis paint and added some water and using a paint brush, flicked the paint over to add some splashes. I felt the splashes were a little dark so I knocked it back by taking a sponge with the white paint and lightly sponged over the tag to soften the look. Now happy I took the Textures Stamp Set and the Dinky Bubbles stencil and used the square hessian looking stamp to stamp through some of the circles with the cobalt ink pad. I then took another element from the stamp plate that has the circles on it and holding it in my hand so I could use just a small element of it, stamped with the Orange blossom ink pad randomly over the tag.

I then took another element from the stamp set which looks like scribbled lines and used the Orange Blossom ink pad to stamp all around the edges of the tag. I then went back to the hessian looking stamp and again, holding it, I used the Plum to just touch around the edges to darken it. Now happy with the look I took the Dinky Brick stencil and Umber paint to blend through and create the brick work. All these steps were also used on the base of the upright too.

I glued Bentley in place. He looked like he was a little grumpy and that's when the wording sprang to mind. I typed the words into my P-Touch and stuck them onto smooth white card so that I could ensure they stuck well on the tag. I placed the wording and stamped the word Smile from the Bentley stamp plate in black Archival ink directly onto the tag. I used the flower from the Beki stamp set and stamped 5. I cut the flowers and leaves and used the drawing inks to colour them.

Once the flowers were dry I shaped them and using the Pinflare Glue Gel I glued them onto the tag. Bentley needed a little bling so I took three gems from my stash and stuck them on his collar. I added a few white highlight on Bentley with the white Posca pen and finished off by using the black fineliner to extend Bentley whiskers and draw round the wording.

I hope you like it. Much love,

Bev. xxx

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Enjoy by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone
I’m back this week having made a card from a leftover piece from my make from a couple of weeks ago, you will find the details of that make HERE. It basically is the leftover piece after I was playing with alcohol inks through a stencil and this is what came off when I cleaned the stencil with blending solution. I have cleaned the stencil off onto deli paper but any card or paper would probably work. 

As a reminder here is that background

Here’s What I Did:

As I had used deli paper I glued it onto a piece of card using a spray glue so it didn’t crinkle at all, you could also use a self-adhesive sheet. I then stamped the main image, I have stamped her using the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform as I thought it might take a couple of inking ups to get a clean stamped image and also I wanted to colour parts of her with paint and then re stamp the image to get very clean lines around where I painted. So with a platform stamp your image but do not remove either your stamp of your card held in place with the magnets. I then painted in her head and arms with blush paint which is totally opaque as I didn’t want the background to show through at all. Once the paint was dry I then inked up the stamp again and stamped the image again this cleans up all the edges of where you have painted. Once you are happy with your stamped image you can remove the stamp from the platform.

I then masked parts of her off with a post it note and using the stamping platform stamped the large plant behind her. I then painted the plant with opaque paints, once again working on the platform and leaving the stamp in place and when the paint was dry stamped the image neatening up all the edges. For techniques like this you really do need a stamping platform as you would never be able to stamp in axactly the same place twice without one. To be honest, as an experienced stamper, I didn’t think I needed one but took the plunge and now I wouldn’t be with out it. It’s great if you are stamping over slight texture or painted surfaces as you can keep re-inking your stamp until you are happy with the image.

The rest of the colouring is from using coloured pencils. The caterpillar was stamped and coloured on a separate piece of card and cut out. The final addition was the sentiment which has been stamped and painted using the same stamping technique with the platform.

Here’s What I Used:

Clean up piece from previous make using Alcohol Inks and
PaperArtsy JOFY Stamps – JOFY37, 41, 46
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints – Blush, Greens all were opaque colours
Coloured Pencils – Spectrum Noir Colourblend
Post it Notes
Card Blank

Have a fabulously crafty week and I will be back next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 26 June 2017

Dragonflies and Snowdrops by Dorthe Hansen

Hello all, Monday again and time for a little walk in my garden!

This sweet girl is out on her tour, trying to catch a wonderful dragonfly in her netting.

She is stamped directly onto the wonderful That`s Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Postcard after it had dried, from a coat of gesso and from sprays made with Infusions: Slime, Royal Blood and Sleight Blue. Her dress was then painted with Slime dissolved in water, using a cotton bud.

When all dry, I used the snow drop stencil with texture paste to form the snowdrop heads and above them, the dragonflies stencil too. Leaves and stems, were added with the stencil using Archival Ink in Leaf Green. Infusions Slime, dissolved in water, added details on the flower head, when painted onto the white heads.

After the dragonflies had dried, they got a coat of Crackle Paste  and left to dry again. I then dripped Walnut Ink into the crackles to make the wings look a little realistic J

The sky was created with Archival Ink Hydrangea also added with a cotton bud.

The beautiful border from That’s Crafty! Word Stencil: Imagine was added with Archival Ink Coffee on top and bottom of the Surface. Lynne’s lovely Affirmation, was stamped also with Archival Inks in Coffee, on a stained paper piece and added on top of a piece of tulle.

In the top right corner I also adhered a piece of tulle, in same green tones, and finished with a beautiful Abalone shell button.

Lastly, I added Archival Ink Coffee onto all four edges of the postcard.

Materials :

That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils: Snow Drops and Dragonfly Flight
Artistic Outpost Stamp Set: Flower Market
Archival Inks: Coffee, Hydrangea and Leaf Green
Distress Crackle Paint: Picket Fence
Other: Spray bottles, cotton bud, tulle and paper scraps


Dance of the Dragonflies by Tracey Fairgrieve

Good Morning, Afternoon, Evening everyone, where ever you are in the world I hope you are keeping well?  It's my turn to share a little That's Crafty! Creativity with you all and today i'm showcasing a project using new paints and surfaces from the That's Crafty! range.

Here in words and pictures is my Dance of the Dragonflies Panel:

Covering a 4.5" x 9" White/Greyboard panel in white Gesso I pushed crackle paste through the Abstract Stones Dinky stencil randomly around the board. When dry I brushed Blue and Turquoise Shimmer Paints all over the panel drying each coat with a heat tool. I repeated the process again and wiped back areas of the paint to expose the colours underneath using a wet wipe.

I stamped script from the Textures Stamp Set 2 using Versafine and heat embossed using Stampendous Gold. Pink Shimmer paint was dabbed in areas around the panel and heat set with added embossing powder. 

The wings of the Dragonfly Greyboard Bits and Pieces have been stamped using the wings from Lynnes Affirmations Set 2 and heat embossed. The bodies have been painted with shimmer paints and roughly wire wrapped to add interest. Gilding wax has been rubbed across the wings to bring their delicate detail out.

Antique Gold paint has been delicately dabbed in between the crackled areas, around the Dragonflies and the panels edge. The Dragonflies have been glued on to the shimmering background completing My Dance of the Dragonflies Panel... 

Thank you for taking time to visit and check out all the wonderful new products from That's Crafty! I look forward to sharing more with you the same time next week. Until then Take Care and Stay Safe everyone.

Creative Hugs Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard 4.5" x 9" Panel
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil - Abstract Stones TC017
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set: Textures Collection Set 1
That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Set: Lynnes Affirmations Set 2
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard: Small Butterflies and Dragonflies

Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Sheltering Hand of Friendship by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I am sharing a second sample made for That Crafty’s recent HOCHANDA shows. 

Now this was tricky to photograph because I applied lots of the beautiful That’s Crafty! Pearl paint which I wanted to try to capture in the photographs.

You know I like my wee narratives!  The two girls are sheltering beneath a beautiful blossom during a summer’s day rainfall, clutching hands as they shelter and sharing their secrets with only the butterfly to hear their sweet thoughts.


Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic: Antarctic, Blush, Blue Oyster
Black Watersoluble Pencil
Palette Knife/Old Plastic Credit Card
Extras: Scrap paper, Collage image (Red Lead)


Prepare tag with Gesso before applying chalk acrylics with a scraping technique. Begin to add stamping. Continue by applying more paint, this time including the Pearl acrylic, in the same fashion as the first layer, adding more stamping and repeating until reasonably satisfied. I say “reasonably” because I am never, ever satisfied!

With the same paints, paint large and small butterflies and flowers. I also painted some of the pieces popped out from the embellishments. 

Stamping was added to some of the greyboard embellishments.

Create a large flower from the large flower head and two stalks. Top it with the large butterfly. 

Fussy cut collage image. Adhere all to tag, embellishing girls with the painted greyboard.
Stamp Affirmation onto scrap paper (this was deli paper which had Gesso and a hint of gold). Adhere to where the two stalks meet.

Create outlines with charcoal and watersoluble pencil.

Until next time,


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