Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Dare To Dream by Alison Hall

Hello Crafters! It's Alison here today with a journal page I made using some of That's Crafty's fab new stencils.


That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Flowers, Lotus Flower, Leaves
That's Crafty! Word Series Stencils - Time, Happy, Journal, Discover
Dylusions Paint - Calypso Teal, Black Marble, Cherry Pie, Crushed Grape, Fresh Lime, Polished Jade


1. To create a background on my journal page, I adhered torn pieces of Gelli Plate printed tissue that I made with Dylusions paint and That's Crafty! Dinky stencils. To add some coherence to the background, I stencilled some Dinky Stencil Leaves with Calypso Teal paint.

2. Using Black Marble paint, I stencilled 3 Dinky Stencil Lotus Flowers, and used a black pen to extend the stems. I added some leaves with the Leaves Dinky Stencil, some circle lines with the design element from the Time Word Series Stencil, then stencilled the word 'JOY' using individual letters from the Journal, Discover, and Happy Word Series Stencils. To make my stencilling pop, I used a white pen to add outlines, dots and doodles.

3. On a piece of white card, I stamped the phrase from Lynne's Affirmations Set 2, cut it out, sponged the edges with black ink, then adhered it to my page.

4. To finish, I sponged the edges of my page with Black Marble paint.

I hope I've inspired you today,

Alison x

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

It’s Always the Small Pieces by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I have a wall hanging for you today created on my favourite That’s Crafty! substrate their 8” x 8” MDF square.

Here’s What I Did:

The first thing is to prepare the MDF with a coating of gesso to prime the wood but also as I knew that the background colour would be visible on the finished piece.

Next was to create some gelli prints onto tissue paper as these would create my background. I wanted plain bold colours and chose 4 colours of PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and one of the new larger PaperArtsy stencils by Kim Dellow. I brayered a single colour onto the Gelli Plate (I used the 8”x10: one) laid the stencil over the paint and then pulled the print onto a piece of tissue paper. I did this 4 times with 4 different colours yellow, blue, red & black, I wanted the stencil to leave a clear space as the white of the gesso would show through or the colour that I overlaid the piece onto. 

I then cut the tissue up into different sized pieces and layered them up onto the MDF using matte medium. I love how switching the pieces around really makes for an abstract look.

I then stencilled over the piece using several Seth Apter Stencils, all black stencilled has been done using black Archival ink and Cut & Dry Foam. I then outlined the stencilling with a white paint paint pen and added a Tim Holtz Small Talk saying.

Here’s What I Used:-

Seth Apter Stencils by Stencil Girl - 6” x 6” Urban Insiders Bar, Text and Texture,
Seth Apter Stencil – Inside out (From my stash)

Thanks and I’ll see you all next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 27 March 2017

Progress by Moira Sutton

Give the pages a coat of gesso.
Paint the page using all four paint colours.
Using the same paints stencil words from the Journal and Time stencils using contrast colours over whatever is in the background.
Using the Sharpie draw around the inside of the squares from the Journal stencil, the hexagons from the Imagine stencil and the bricks from the Discover stencil.
Doodle in black pen.

Stamp the Inspirational Quote onto paper, cut out each word and glue on the page. Use the black pen to doodle around the words.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Art Girl by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I am sharing a project featuring some of the newer products on sale at That’s Crafty, combining a few Character Constructions Paris Flea stamps, a frame from a That’s Crafty House Shrine and an Affirmation from Lynne’s Affirmations (I will have more to say on this in an upcoming post!)

If you are interested in any of the Character Constructions stamps not displayed on the website, contact Laura with your enquiries.


Character Constructions Stamp Sets - Paris Flea Stamps No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 8
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Cherry Blossom, Antarctic, Hint of Mint, French Roast
Palette Knife (or old credit/gift card)


Cut white/greyboard to suitable size as backing for house frame, applying Gesso to both before applying Fresco paints.  

Once dry, onto the frame, stamp various stamps such as text, paintbrush, paint tube, markings, etc. I stamped all with second, third generation stamping, stamping off onto scrap paper. 

Continue stamping by stamping a paint tube at the lower corner and edging frame with one of the EAA stamps. Edge frame with white paint pen.

With French Roast, stamp the words, art girl, using the EAA alphabet stamps. Edge with white paint pen.

For the white/greyboard panel, stamp paintbrush, text and stars and Affirmation. Create drips with paint pen. 

Layer frame to board with silicone glue.

Onto smoothy cardstock, apply the various paints before stamping the following:-

Paris Flea No. 1:- doll, largest heart 
Paris Flea No. 2:- ink up arms only and paintbrush (stamp paintbrush several times)
Paris Flea No. 3:- skirt
Paris Flea No. 4:- beret, bow
PaperArtsy EEA04:- painttube

Fussy cut all the stamped elements.  

For the skirt, create dots by “stamping” end of handle from foam brush into French Roast paint. For her pendant, adhere rhinestones around edge of heart. 

Begin to assemble the doll. By tilting the elements at slight angles, you bring character to the paper doll. 

Before adhering the doll to the frame, stamp paintbrushes onto frame, to give appearance they are poking out from her beret. 

Layer fussy cut paintbrushes for dimension. Attach paintbrush to her hand. 

Finally, adhere stamped paint tube and paintbrushes to lower corner.

The Art Girl is cosy in her home and ready to have some artsy fun!

Until next time,

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Little Things by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card using one of the new Infusions powders which are great for quick watercolour effects.

What to do:

Use a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper and sprinkle on a little amount of Infusions, I used the new Green Man one for this, and spritz with water. Now at this stage, it really depends on what effect you want but leaving for longer before blotting with kitchen roll or heat drying will mean more of the brown Bister crystals will develop for a grungier look.

Once that is dry, stamp a flower image on the background, the one I used is a Carabelle one from my stash but Tim’s wildflowers set would work just as well, use Archival ink in Potting soil for it.

For the jar I hand carved a little stamp from Speedycarve but once again if you have a jar/bottle type stamp then you can use that. I carved this one large enough so I could cut the middle out of it if I wanted to and it was easier to fussy cut out as a whole image too.

Stamp the bottle image with black Archival, cut out, adhere a little twine around the top and then pop a little glue on the back of it and place over the flower image.

Add one of Tim’s new Clipping Stickers, mount on black card and then white cardstock for a simple yet striking card.

Supplies Used:

Substitute Tim Holtz – Wildflowers Set for Carabelle one

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 24 March 2017

Dream Time by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have another of my journal pages from last week’s Hochanda shows to share this week, another rather striking one featuring the lovely Tina stencil as I think she’s my favourite with her beautiful waves of hair.


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Carbon Black, Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Gold


The Tina stencil is fabulous as you not only get a stencil but also the cut out piece to use as a mask which came in very handy for my journal page.

I placed the mask on the page and holding it down firmly with one hand, applied the black DecoArt paint over the rest of the page using a compressed sponge. These are good to apply paint over quite a large area as you don’t get seepage under the mask quite as much.

I removed the mask and when the paint was dry, placed the stencil over the white space left by the mask and coloured it with a mix of orange and the Quinacridone Gold. I then used the script stamp without an acrylic block to apply a random pattern over the head using the brown ink.

I then used the clock stencil over the head to add a partial image using the black paint. I did this by placing it underneath the Tina stencil to check the placement and make sure the numbers ended up in roughly the same place as they would on a clock.

I next stamped the bubbly image from the textures set around the edges of the page with the copper ink and finished off by adding the “dreamy” text around the stencilled head.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x
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