Thursday, 30 April 2015

Glass Bottle Pendant by Carol Fox


I removed the cork from the bottle and put a small piece of Blu Tack in the hole, I stuck a cocktail stick into this so I had something to hold it by whilst I painted it. I gave it a coat of Multi Medium and used the stick as a stand to poke it into a large piece of Blu Tack on my desk while it dried.

I used  a pair of wire cutters to remove the eyelet hole from the top of the star in the charm set, I filed it to remove any sharp edges and glued this to the front of the bottle.

Using Cut and Dry Foam I sponged Multi Media paint over the bottle and star, to do this I put small spots of Quinacridone, Phthalo Green-Blue and Gold onto my craft mat and picked them up and mixed them as I went directly on the bottle, adjusting the amount as I went until I was happy with the finished effect.

I replaced the cork and useing a bead cap from a broken necklace I poked a screw eye through the hole in the bead cap and then bent the whole bead cap over the top of the bottle screwing the eyelet into the cork, adding a spot of Glossy Accents to hold the whole thing tight in place.


The beads and chain are from the same piece of broken jewellery, I added these with jump rings. I now decided it needed a bit of a gothic touch so I dug a plastic skull out of my Halloween stash and painted this in exactly the same way as the bottle to give it an old rusty look. I added a Screw eye to the top so I could hang it from a length of chain and add it to the necklace.


I used

Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Tiny Vials, Metal Charms, Screw Eyes
Reclaimed Jewellery
Plastic Skull


See you next week,
Carol x

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Mini Canvas Trio by Alison Hall



This week I have been using Dina Wakley Media paint and stamps to create a mini canvas hanging.


Here's what I used... 

Dina Wakley Media Stamp Sets - Primitive Icons, Textures
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Sky, Lime, Blackberry Violet, Sterling, Black
Dina Wakley Media Gesso - White, Black
Craft Mat
Mat Board
Large Silver Eyelets
Idea-ology Ball Chain

Here's what I did...


1. I primed three 2x2 inch canvasses with the White Gesso, using a palette knife. I wanted a bit of texture, so I did this quite roughly.


2. Next, I stamped images from the Primitive Icons and Textures stamp sets onto the canvasses. I used the brayer to apply the paint to the stamps, adding a dot of colour to the craft mat, rolling it out, then applying it to the stamps. I stamped the script with Sterling, although it doesn't show up very well in my photo, but it adds a bit of shimmer.

3. I used sponged the sides of the canvasses with paint, one with Blackberry Violet, one with Sky, and the last with Lime.


4. Whilst I was stamping the canvasses in step 2, I was cleaning the paint from my brayer onto a scrap of card. I stamped the words onto this painty scrap, with Black paint. As you can see, the word 'LOVE' didn't stamp too well the first time, so I stamped it again. 

5. I cut out the words and glued them onto the canvasses with Glossy Accents. I used the end of a paintbrush to added some Sterling paint accent dots.


6. I painted a piece of 8 x 3 inch mat board with black gesso, added silver gilding wax to the edges, some eyelets and ball chain to the top, then adhered my three canvasses.


I hope I've inspired you to make some colourful art with Dina's luscious paint colours and stamps.


Alison x 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

I Heart Wings by Donna Gray

Hello everyone, 

Donna here today sharing a tag I made using the beautiful angel stamp from Carabelle Studio. It really is a pleasure colouring her in and I’ve also given her some heart shaped wings! 

Let me show you the background I made first:


and then I carved this stamp from Speedy-Carve:

Then you put it all together after a little colouring etc and you get this:

This Is What I Did: 


I had a size 8 tag on hand to mop up some brayering on wood I did. I always find these ‘mop up’ tags really lead to some interesting colour and pattern combinations. This was using Fresco paints. The paint was just applied randomly.

Taking an old credit card, I printed some random lines on the tag using surplus black paint I had.

Then take a DecoArt Media Mister colour of your choice, spray, allow to run down the tag. I love this effect!

Then I took one of the stamps from the new Prima, Finnabair set and randomly stamped over the tag using black Archival.

Next, stamp your lovely angel onto thick, white card and colour with ProMarkers.  

Take your newly carved stamp and stamp on another piece of thick, white card using Memento Brilliance ink.

I’ve added a little embellishment from my stash, the words are from Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book and there you have it!

Supplies Used: 

Hope you like it
Donna x

Monday, 27 April 2015

Be the Best Version of You by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone

This is my last Monday post as a guest designer for “That’s Blogging Crafty” and I have had a fabulous 2 months sharing with you my makes using some of the fabulous stamps and products available from That's Crafty. If you are a regular follower of this blog you will know that I love the stencil range designed by Matus de Meng that are produced by Stencil Girl stencils, so  I would like to end my 2 months on the team using the Stencil “Yearning Desire”. This is not goodbye for me from That’s Crafty just  au revoir. That’s Crafty have some exciting news coming soon that I am so excited to be part of, so just watch this space!!



My background is a scrap piece of card that I have cleaned my brayer on having used acrylic paints on other projects.

I then stamped stamped the text stamp from Tim Holtz Classic Favourites – Classics #4 using Picket Fence Distress Paint.

I then placed my stencil over my background, held in place with low tack masking tape, and applied black archival ink through it with a piece of Ranger Cut & Dry Foam. The lips I masked off as to avoid contaminating with the black to then add Magenta Hue Archival ink in the same way to add a contrast.

I stamped the edges of the card with Kaisercraft Film Edges and added the sentiment, also a Kaisercraft stamp.

One last bit of stamping was the “Life in pictures” quote which is from Carabelle Studio.

To finish the piece I added a little more Picket Fence Distress Paint using an old credit card.

Matt and layered onto an 8 x 8 black card blank.



8 x 8 Card Blank Black
Old Credit Card


Hope you like it


Amanda X

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Power of You by Lynne Moncrieff


I made a notebook/journal featuring one of the Dina Wakley Silhouetted Woman and a positive message.



Dina Wakley Stamp Sets - Silhouetted Women and Textures
TCW Stencils - Mini Harlequin Circles, Mini Love Post
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Sherbet, Blush, Lake Wanaka, Blue Oyster, Wisteria, Pansy, Little Black Dress, Purple Rain, Vanilla
Mister Bottle
Extras:- Artist sheet canvas, French book text, black wax chord, white mini pompom trim and paper of choice for insert



Cut artist sheet canvas to approx 8.5”x 6.5”. Adhere torn pieces of book text with Gel Medium. Now have fun applying the various Fresco paints. Stencil Little Black Dress through stencils and also stamp the handwritten stamp from Textures with Little Black Dress. Add more stencilling with Purple Rain. Splatter Little Black Dress onto the cover. 

Stamp Silhouetted Woman and Art Saying with StazOn onto tissue paper. Adhere to front cover with Gel Medium. 

Dilute Purple Rain with water and sponge onto pompom trim. Leave to dry. 

Paint the inside of the cover with Purple Rain.   

Form the notebook/journal by creating holes in the spine of the cover with a pokey tool or book binding tool. I worked with a variation on the pamphlet stitch as I worked with 3 holes. 

Simple embellish the edge of the front cover with the pompom trim.

(At a later date I might add beads to the ends of the chord and I also couldn’t decide if to place a frame/doodle around the Art Saying.)


Until next time,

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