Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hear the Song within the Silence by Bev Hilton

Hello again. I'm here today with my usual Wednesday post showcasing this beautiful maple leaf which is from one of the new stencils which sold out on Hochanda last Friday. It's my absolute favourite and I've so enjoyed playing with it. I had intended this to be a card but due to the end size I decided to make it a wall hanging instead.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! 6.5 x 7.5 Stencil - Maple Leaf
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil - Flowers 
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Toffee, Nougat, Snowflake
Distress Oxide Inks - Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo
Distress Inks - Vintage Photo, Festive Berries 
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint - Antique Gold
Treasure Gold - Ruby, Emerald, Brass, White Fire
PaperArtsy Stamp Set - JOFY 33
Versafine Ink - Vintage Sepia
String from stash

Here's what I did...

I began brayering over the Toffee and Nougat adding the Snowflake as I went until happy with the look. Take the Dinky stencil and modelling paste and add the flowers randomly around the edge of the card. Set this aside to dry.

Take a spare piece of card and the leaf stencil and run it through an embossing machine. This stencil really gives a great emboss. Cut it out carefully. Blend over the Lucky Clover, Candied Apple, Wild Honey and Cracked Pistachio Oxide inks layer by layer, spritzing as you go. Always make sure you dry each layer as you go until happy with the look. Take the Treasure Gold and gently apply with your finger, over the raised parts of the embossed leaf. Dab some glue onto the leaf randomly and add sprinkle on the coloured micro beads and set aside to dry. 

Stamp the wording from the PaperArtsy stamp set onto some cream card using the Vintage Sepia Versafine ink. Cut this out and mount onto brown card.

Now the embossing paste is dry, take the Vintage Photo Distress Ink and blend around the edge of the card and also lightly over the embossing paste. Take the Festive Berries and blend this in small areas around the edge too. Now take the White Fire Treasure Gold and lightly as before apply this over the the embossed flowers. Mount this onto cream card and then onto brown card. Glue the leaf and the wording onto the card. Take the Antique Gold paint and dip a cocktail stick in to pick up a good amount of the paint and lay this down onto the edge of the card. This paint holds it's form well. Continue doing this all the way around the card in sections of three. Allow this to dry before mounting your finished piece onto cream card leaving an inch at the top. Punch two holes and using a cropodile, punch in the hole reinforcements. Tie on some string to be able to hang up your finished wall hanging. 


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Snow in August by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone
It’s snowing………… well sort of, it’s snowing with lots of new MDF and greyboard products from That’s Crafty! which were launched on Hochanda TV last Friday, you will still be able to see the shows on Hochanda catch up HERE. I got a chance to play with the beautiful greyboard snowflakes and the MDF wreath.

Here’s What I Did:

The MDF wreath pack includes 3 MDF wreaths which come as concentric circles, for my snowflake wreath I have used the larger of the 3 wreath rings. I have used mostly the large greyboard snowflakes but there are a couple from the small set. All of this piece has been painted using That’s Crafty! Shimmer paints and Multi Surface paints.

I started by painting the MDF wreath I haven’t gesso’d it first as the coverage of these paints is fabulous. I just built up the layers of paint applying it with a piece of washing up sponge which also adds texture to the paint due to the coarseness of the sponge. I then tore up some bandages and dipped them into some of the paint that I had diluted to change the colour to the ice blue. I then dried off the bandages with a heat gun. I roughly applied the coloured bandages to the painted wreath using That’s Crafty! glue which stuck it perfectly and also dries clear. I then set about painting the snowflakes, again no gesso was used and I sponged the paint directly onto the greyboard, I used the Ice Blue but while it was still wet I added the Dark Blue blending the colours together. I didn’t mind if I didn’t get a perfect covering of paint I quite liked the board coming through. 

The snowflakes were added to the wreath using a hot glue gun. I added sparkly gems to the centre to finish them off.

I then thought I wanted to add to the centre with a floating snowflake, using the paint again I chose the largest snowflake which also comes in co-ordinating smaller sizes so I built them up on each other for a large centre piece. In order to allow it to float I added a piece of acetate to the back that totally covered the hole. I glued it to the acetate using That’s Crafty! glue.

Last pieces to add were the greyboard words which I painted White and the bottom half were sponged in the Ice Blue and then glued into place onto the acetate. Final touch was a piece of painted bandage as a hanging string.

What I Used:

Acetate Sheet
Hot Glue Gun
Sparkly Gems from my stash

Hope you don’t mind it snowing in August?

Amanda X

Monday, 21 August 2017

Unique by Dorthe Hansen

Dear friends, are you ready to start a new week ? I hope you are and that it will be a good and wonderful week.
I am here as usual, Monday with my blog post for That`s Blogging Crafty! A card with my loved nature and bird theme.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper, sprayed with Infusions Sleight blue and after dried, I went over with Distress Oxide, Iced Spruce and a little Worn Lipstick here and there and also Antique Linen was dabbed on - especially in the corners. I left several spots free of inks, to give light to the background.
Next I used the Words Series Stencil - Journal, adding the squares to add interest - Worn Lipstick was used and softened a bit with Vintage Photo. 

This little lovely fellow was stenciled with the wonderful Dinky: Robin Silhouette, using a good layer of Iced Spruce again and after painted with Brush Markers, That's Crafty! Antique Silver and Pearl and details added with Sharpie pens Black and Brown.
On top of her, I used Lynne's Affirmation Set 2. They carry secrets on their wings was stamped with Archival ink Coffee.
I then stamped the word Unique from The Quirky Girls Collection, “Fern”  4 times on the right side using Vintage Photo Oxide and layered the found dried stick for the bird to have her nest there. The nest made from torn piece of fabric, dyed with the Iced Spruce and dried plant fibers.

I love the embellishment Feathers and two were  painted with gesso and after dried, dabbed with the Distress Oxides, using all 3 colours, I also used them on the background to give a little life without actually drawing the feathers. The small one was layered on top of a dyed piece of lace and another torn fabric piece - the same as for the nest, was adhered to the bottom card.
The last thing to do, was using Worn Lipstick to define all the edges around the card and soften it again with Vintage Photo. Little dots of White Sharpie were added to the centre of the squares, under the affirmation and to the eye and wing of the bird.

Materials Used :


Christmas Comes Early Again..! by Tracey Fairgrieve

It's Monday again, hope your weekend has been a good one?

As usual it's my turn to share some more That's Crafty! Creativity and there's no better way to do it than share some of the brand new products that were showcased on Hochanda last Friday now available to purchase in the That's Crafty! online Store.

Today i'm sharing a Christmas Card made with detachable baubles.. I know I know it's only August but it's right on target for many crafters but this could quite easily be made all year round with the popularity of hanging decorations with inspirational words of wisdom.

Here's those quick and easy *How to do's*

I started by sponging on Gold and Copper That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint to create a background. The colour this creates is magnificent and the creaminess of the paints I have not seen anything else like this on the market before.

Using the Poinsettia Tree Stencil I used silver Multi Surface paint to stencil through some stars. Holes were punched into the card for the baubles to be attached later.

Using the Baubles Stencil I pushed clear paste through one of the designs onto two MDF That's Crafty! Baubles that I had previously painted with Black Gesso. When dry I delicately dry brushed Copper and Gold Multi Surface Paint aver the baubles to bring out the texture created from the stencil.

The Happy Christmas sentiment from the Christmas Collection Stamp Set 2 has been stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder and highlighted with black Posca pen. Gold string has been attached to the baubles and they are ready to be threaded through the card.

My Bauble Christmas Card is now complete. The Baubles are detachable and ready to hang on the tree. A great way to give a gift and card all in one.

Thank you for sharing your time and I hope you will enjoy the new That's Crafty! goodies as much as we the Design Team have. Until next Monday... Take Care and please do check out more crafty makes from the DT throughout the week.

Crafty Hugs


Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints: GOLD SILVER COPPER
That's Crafty! Poinsettia Tree Stencil
That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Baubles (with Wreaths)
That's Crafty! Bauble Stencil
That's Crafty! Black Gesso

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Woodland Maiden by Lynne Moncrieff

Maybe you saw the That’s Crafty! shows on HOCHANDA, lots of fabulous new products released.  Of course, the D.T. are the lucky ones who receive some of the products, pre-release, to have a play with and create samples for the HOCHANDA shows.

This wreath is one of my samples. The greyboard leaves and acorns I received along with the Bronze and Copper acrylics, pointed me in the direction of an Autumnal wreath.


That’s Crafty! Surfaces MDF Wreath – medium sized circle
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paints - Copper, Bronze Acrylic
PaperArtsy Infusions: Rocky Road, Rusty Car
Character Constructions Stamp Set - Inner Child No. 7
White Cardstock - Scrap
Re-cycled silk sari ribbon,
Copper glittered tree bark and small cones were lovely gifts from Dorthe!


Apply Infusions to wreath and acorns and leaves. 

If you are a clean crafter (!) then either avoid my technique or wear disposable gloves. If you are a messy crafter, pointing a messy finger firmly in my own direction, then enjoy getting messy!

Apply acrylics onto craft mat. I worked while the greyboard pieces were still wet from the Infusions. Place the items onto the paint, pressing down into the paint. Repeat this for all the elements required. While working with the Infusions, I also stained silk sari ribbon. 

Stamp woman onto cardstock, fussy cut before adhering to top of wreath, layering with that lovely piece of tree bark. To her head, adhere a piece of broken twig from the cones. Begin to layer the various stained/painted leaves, creating dimension as they are layered to the wreath. 

Onto right side, tie lengths of the stained silk sari ribbon and near to bottom of wreath, tie more stained sari ribbon into a bow. Finally, tuck ends of branches of cones between layered leaves.

The Character Constructions stamp (one of my absolute favourites) is not available on the That’s Crafty! site but Laura will special order any Character Constructions stamps for you.

Until next time,



Saturday, 19 August 2017

Angels Amongst Us by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card featuring my Angel from one of my new That’s Crafty! Christmas themed clear stamp sets.

What I did:

I used a sheet of watercolour paper and swooshed it through blue and purple diluted Oxides on my craft mat, then dried it thoroughly.

I then added some stencilling using a green and blue Oxide through a Dinky stencil and one of the new bigger stencils in the shape of a Poinsettia Christmas tree; I wanted to keep the background subtle.

Next step was to stamp the Angel on a sheet of Strathmore mixed media paper and colour her in. I used my Zig pens for this but it really doesn’t matter what you choose as the paper will take anything you throw at it! 

I stamped the halo separately and coloured that in too. In this set I’ve included a crown too so you can make her an Angel OR a Queen, whatever takes your fancy at the time of creating.

I adhered her to the card with her halo. I added a piece of Dresden trim and a Tim Holtz sentiment for a finishing touch. Then mounted onto white cardstock.

I really hope you all like my Angel and the rest of the stamps too….it’s never too early to start making those Christmas cards especially as this year just seems to be flying by!!

Supplies Used:

Distress Markers (use instead of the Zig pens)
Dresden Trim

Hope you like it

Donna x
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