Sunday, 17 December 2017

A Study of Leaves by Lynne Moncrieff

On seeing the new That’s Crafty! stamp set, Textures Collection Set 3, my eye was immediately drawn to the beautiful leaf. I couldn’t resist making the leaf stamp the focal for this collage, which was a sample made for recent ODS at HOCHANDA.


Extras:- Re-cycled corrugated paper, brown packing paper, Rice paper (weathered and stained from outdoors), Coconut Button, Jute Twine, Coffee Granules


Apply brown packing paper to white/greyboard panel. Re-cycled brown packing paper is perfect because it will have some crinkles to it. When adhering to the panel, I smooth down with hands/brayer to ensure good adhesion and avoid air bubbles. To this apply light texture paste, stamping script when the panel is partially dry – washing stamp immediately after use.

Continue working with the Light Texture Paste, applying to three tags and corrugated cardboard. On the tags, create texture as you apply the paste. Onto two of the tags, adhere fragments of handmade paper, then add pieces of brown packing paper. Next, stamp leaf onto each tag. Ensure there is slight variation to each tag. Layer the trio of tags onto panel of corrugated cardboard also layering another panel of corrugated cardboard to bottom edge. 

Sprinkle coffee granules onto the panel before running water, from a tap, onto the panel, dissolving the granules with your fingers. Let excess coffee run down panel or soak up excess with kitchen paper towel. Lay panel flat to dry.

Stamp Affirmation onto a naturally stained fragment of rice paper, adhering to lower corner of panel and embellishing with coconut button, with script stamped directly onto it.

Until next time,



Saturday, 16 December 2017

Winter Sky by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a wintery card for you featuring one of the fab new Katzelkraft stamps.

The How To:

First step is to stamp the Katzelkraft figure and the Rubber Dance cloud with Versamark ink on a piece of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, sprinkle on white embossing powder and then use a heat gun until the powder melts.

Spritz the paper with a generous amount of water and then sprinkle some Infusions (Violet Storms). Keep adding and blotting until you’re satisfied with the colour, heat dry when finished.

As you can see, the white embossing acts as a resist to the Infusions so you can achieve a nice clear image still.

I then doodled with a white pen to make it appear like she was standing on a cliff and stamped my hand carved tree lower down in black Archival ink to reflect this.  

The finishing touch was to add a Tim Holtz sentiment and mount onto white cardstock.

A wintery card perfect for this time of year….I’ve certainly had loads of umbrellas blow inside out that’s for sure!!

Supplies Used:

Lost Coast Stamp – Grunge Tree (substitute for my hand carved one)

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 15 December 2017

Nature Blooms by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have another of my samples for last week’s amazing sell out One Day Special on Hochanda today and this one has quite a few of the fabulous new products on it. It’s my favourite nature theme too and has lots of layers, which I really loved doing and one of them may just surprise you.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Textures Collection Set 3, Lynne’s Affirmations Set 6
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paints – Chestnut Brown, Christmas Red, Evergreen, Green, Orange, Teal, White, Yellow
Ranger Archival Ink – Fern Green, Potting Soil
Fine Brown Pen
Pressed Flowers


First prepare the background, which I made by adding dots of Green and Yellow to the white side of the panel and spreading the colour with my brayer until it was covered. Once this was dry, I applied a pattern on 3 sides using the Daisy Frame stencil with the chestnut brown paint.

I then painted a couple of scraps of tissue paper, one yellow and the other Chestnut Brown mixed with White to make a softer shade. I stamped script on the Yellow one with Fern Green ink and then stamped on the postmark with the brown ink in the corner. 

The brown one was stencilled with the fern image using the brown ink and I drew stitching round the edges with a fine pen.

My next layer was actually a piece of a baby wipe used to clean up paint and Infusions that I managed to spill on my kitchen worktop. The colours were interesting so I saved it and dried it on the radiator. I added a piece and as you’ll see, the under layer shows through giving a rather ethereal effect.

I then stamped the lace image on a scrap of pink stained paper and cut this out before layering this slightly over my leaf panel.

I embossed the heart with a floral embossing folder from my collection and painted it with a dusky pink mixed from Red, Orange and White. I then swiped Teal, White and some more of my dusky pink over the raised areas to produce a pretty pastel shade for contrast.

I next prepared my poppy, which is actually the bit I enjoyed the most, as I wanted to add more texture. I first painted it with Green and Evergreen Multi Surface Paints. I then sprinkled on some Infusions and misted the surface with water, allowing the colour to run down the poppy. I repeated this a couple of times, leaving some of the crystals and letting the walnut element show.

I finished off my panel with my chosen Affirmation stamped on pink stained paper using green ink and cut up, tucking a pressed flower under the heart and gluing a few petals that fell off on the panel and the painty baby wipe layer.

Have a great weekend and see you next week, which will, of course, be just before a certain festive day and I can’t believe how fast the time has flown!
Fliss x

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Introducing Max and Lana by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello everyone hope you are all keeping well??

I've decided to have a break from sharing Christmas makes and introduce you
 to Max and Lana today, two newly released face stencils from That's Crafty!

If you have a love of portraiture like myself these will be ideal for you. 
Both stencils give you all the base lines needed to trace out the image 
leaving enough surrounding space to let your creativity transform the rest. 

Here's those *How to Do's*

Using a chunky pencil I traced through each stencil onto white/greyboard panels.

The thickness of the pencil and depth of the white/greyboard helps you keep those guild lines, lowering the risk of you losing them under your chosen mediums.

Here's Max..

The skin tones have been created using That's Crafty! paints, mixed 
on to a craft mat and applied directly onto the stencilled out image.
*see colours below*

The background was built up around him using the new Ocean paint and 
Webbing Mini Stencil. Streaks of White paint added to his hair help mature him, 
making him look quite distinguished. Finishing off my Max panel with some dots and dabs of watered down paint.

Next comes Lana with her side sweeping hair style. She too has been completely painted using That's Crafty! paints, adding highlights within her hair using the metallics.

Laying the stencil back over the top I again traced through with the pencil to 
bring back any definition in the hair that may have been hidden during painting.

A touch of Shimmer Pink paint gives gloss to those lips and a dab of Pearl
paint heated with a heat tool replicates a single pearl earring.

My Lana portrait panel is complete.

Both stencils are fabulous additions to the That's Crafty! brand
which I know you will enjoy using as much as I have.

Have a great day everyone and
Thank you for sharing a little piece of it with me!

Warm Hugs & Creative Wishes

Tracey xx 

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Stencils *6.5 x 7.5"* Max and Lana
That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Panels
That's Crafty! Mini Stencil: Webbing MS003
That's Crafty! Paints: WhiteChestnut BrownBright MagentaYellow
My trusty chunky pencil..!!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Mandala by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I’d like to share with you today one of the pieces I made to support That’s Crafty’s first One Day Special which Launched on Hochanda last Friday evening. Laura launched many new fabulous stencils but my favourite has to be the Mandala 8” x 8” one. 

Here’s What I Did:

Starting with an 8” x 8” white/greyboard panel, I gave it a quick coat of gesso. I then stencilled Light Texture Paste through the Mandala stencil and let it dry. Once dry I then painted over it all with the Teal paint. Putting the stencil back in place I then blended the different colours of paint starting in the centre with the lighter colour. I made the orange by mixing the Red and Yellow paint together. I kept layering the paint up through the stencil adding the paint with Cut and Dry Foam. 

To add the sentiment to the centre I stamped and heat embossed in white onto heat resistant acetate and cut it out. I added it to the Mandala with a little 3D Gloss Gel as it dries clear.

I kept this piece simple as I wanted to just show off the stencil.

Here’s What I Used:

Heat Resistant Acetate

See you next Tuesday

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