Monday, 31 August 2015

The Greatest Pleasure in Life by Moira Sutton

Dylusions Further Around the Edge Stamp Set
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Teardrop Ovals, Bubbles Background and Punchinella Background
“ Greatest Pleasure” Stamp by Donna Downey
Artist Pitt Pen – Black


This started life as a Gelli print that just didn’t work so it became a wiping up sheet for smooshing left overs onto and over time I grew to really like it.  

So I glued it into my journal and awaited inspiriation which arrived in the form of the iStencil stencil which I coloured using black paint.

I tidied up any rough edges and added more hair using the Artist Pitt Pen.

Next I stamped the Dylusions stamp across the bottom and again tidies with the Fude pen, it is quite tricky to stamp on the left hand side of your journal  as it has less support.

Next I started to mess around with That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils and paint and DecoArt Modelling Paste – I don’t seem to be able to make anything without this stuff these days I luuurrrve it. To add a bit more texture I added random stamping using paint caps  and credit card.

Finally I came to add the quote stamp. I decided against stamping directly onto the page as there was some texture form the page originally and I was not sure it would stamp clean so instead I stamped onto spare paper cut up and stuck on with Matte Medium and a little final doodling.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Voice of the Sea by Lynne Moncrieff

I was so happy to ink up the beautiful new Oxford Impressions Mystical Mermaids stamps especially when I had the most perfect stencil to reach for to work alongside the stamps ….. Bubbles Dinky Stencil. This stencil was made for an underwater theme! I also used another That’s Crafty! product, one of the fabulous white/greyboard Alterables.


PaperArtsy Fresco Finish:- Mermaid (50:50 ratio with water to create spray)
Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste
Prima Art Ingredients Mica Powders:- Teal, Copper, Rust and Gold
Extras:- Cork, driftwood, rusty tin wire, pearls, seam binding (substitute with Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon), lace, starfish, oyster charms 


Cut white/greyboard panel to size, I cut it into thirds, before applying the translucent embossing paste with the Bubbles Dinky Stencil. Once dry, I sprayed the panel with Mermaid (see supply list), allowing it to drip down the panel. The photographs disappointed me as I wanted to highlight the mica powders which are stunning in real life. Randomly apply all the mica powders to the panel, misting with water, allowing it to drip down the panel. I only applied Rust mica to the very bottom of the panel, which in actual fact I then covered with all those bits and pieces!

Stamp mermaid onto tissuestock, adhering with Gel Medium. Once thoroughly dry, work with the Copper and Teal mica powders to lightly highlight her hair and tail and the surrounding area. Stamp fish and coral directly onto the panel. 

Onto white cardstock and Tissuestock apply Teal and Copper mica powders, with water.  Once dry stamp sentiment onto the prepared cardstock, cutting into word tiles before adhering to panel. Onto the prepared Tissuestock stock several times, the coral/seaweed (excuse my ignorance!). Fussy cut, take your time as it is quite delicate. Layer to the panel.  
Now it is simply a matter of gathering various elements to build on the theme. Onto cork stamp starfish and shells. Fussy cut and adhere to bottom along with the other items.

For the hanging element I wrapped rusted tin wire around a piece of driftwood, forming a hanging before adhering the driftwood with Gel Medium, from this I dangled pearls, stained and torn seam binding and vintage laces, some of which I had previously stained. 

Until next time,


Saturday, 29 August 2015

Scribbly Flowers by Donna Gray

Hello everyone,

Donna here today with a hand carved, scribbly flower stamp card. This is a nice and easy one to do and you can change the look of it depending on what you choose as your colouring medium.

Here’s What I Did:

I took a piece of Speedball Speedycarve and carved into it in a random, scribbly circular pattern.

I then coloured my carved stamp with a mixture of Distress Markers, stamping 3 times on white card then cutting out.

I took some white cardstock and using Tim’s Wildflower stencil (oh how I love this stencil) I dabbed a new, Cosmic Shimmer ink through the stencil. I can highly recommend these new inks, they are really vibrant.

Next, taking a couple of stamps from the new, Crafters Companion Texture sets’ I stamped them directly onto the card using Archival and Versamagic inks.

I adhered the scribbly flowers with Cosmic Shimmer Glue on top of the stencilled wildflowers. Then taking a black micron pen just doodled away until I got the look I wanted.

A simple card but oh its so much fun carving your own stamp ;)

Supplies Used: 

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 28 August 2015

Freedom by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a mixed media art panel to share this week that you might need sunglasses for as it’s rather bright. I felt we needed something cheery as the weather here in the UK has been dull, wet and windy!


Archival Ink – Jet Black, Cobalt
DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paints – Pyrrole Red, Hansa Yellow Medium, Cobalt Teal Hue, Cobalt Blue Hue, Yellow Green Light
Scraps of Gelli Prints in shades of red and blue
Drinking Straw
Baby Wipes


The first thing I did was to apply texture by using Grunge Paste with the harlequin stencil to my substrate which in my case was an A4 white/grey board panel which is new to That’s Crafty! and perfect for mixed media techniques. My paste had actually gone a bit thick but it was still possible to apply it with an old store card. It also dried quite quickly too.

Next you’ll need to paint the panel. I applied all the colours of paint, starting with the yellow, using a baby wipe for each colour and adding it randomly until the panel is roughly covered. I left some white in the areas where the texture paste had been applied for a grungy look.

The next step was a bit of serendipity as I had squeezed the paint on to a plate as it’s easier to pick it up with a baby wipe. I used a baby wipe to clean the top of the paint bottle and noticed a circle had appeared on the wipe. Inspiration struck and I used a drinking straw to add circles randomly on the panel using the leftover red and deep blue paints. When this dried, I stamped on some more circles with one of the small images from the stamp set and cobalt ink.

I then stamped some butterflies in various sizes on my Gelli Print scraps. The number is something you’ll have to judge for yourself but as you can see, I have quite a lot! I cut these out and glued them to the panel as you see in the main photo.

For the text, I stamped all the text images from the set on black card with the VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with the white embossing powder. I did end up with a few specks of white but I felt this added to the grungy effect. If you don’t want that, you’ll need to use an anti static bag on the card before stamping.

I cut the text panels up and added them to the panel to finish. I really like the white on black which reminds me of Dymo tape.

I can’t believe how quickly time has flown as we have a new challenge starting today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so don’t forget to check it out at 8am as lucky entrants have a chance to win a £20 voucher for the online shop.

Have a great weekend.

Fliss x

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Deconstructed by Debs Wainwright

Hello everyone, here we are again; I have a hanging board to share with you today.


This is what I did

I tore up large pieces of paper to add to my background sticking them down with Medium. To this I used a floral stencil with heavy Matte Medium. Once all dry I sprayed with Distress Inks.

While this was drying I stamped my flower, onto clear shrink plastic I dried the ink a little and then painted the design with paint pens, and once dry shrunk it to size. I did this three times with other parts of the flower.

Next I prepared one MDF ATC and two thick card ATCs by covering them in crackle paint. Once these were dry I attached the shrunk flower and parts to the boards using matte medium. You can see this above.
Moving back to the board I added some plain voile to the board adhering it with Glass Bead Medium. I then sprayed again with Distress Ink.

I added my 3 boards to the main one and in the 4th corner I stuck some frayed linen on top of which I added some more glass bead medium. I sprinkled some Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter. Onto this I added my 4th board treated in the same way and stamped my word ‘Deconstruct’ and added a  rusty butterfly.

This is what I used


PaperArtsy - 8x8 Grey/Whiteboard
Golden – Glass Bead Medium
From my stash

Hope you liked my board. Take care 

Debs xx

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