Wednesday, 31 May 2017

What Do You See? by Laura Holland

Supplies Used:

That’s Crafty! Black Gesso (coming soon)

I started by braying lots of different colours of acrylic paint onto 2 of the white/greyboard pages of my journal. I also scrapped some of the paint on with an old credit card.

Taking the Alphabet stencil, I drew round each of the letters I was using with a white Posca pen and then drew round the outside of the letters with a black Posca pen.

I stamped the eyes from the Lynne’s Affirmations stamp set 3 times directly onto the paint covered white/greyboard page and then I stamped 3 acrylic rectangles with the eyes. I coloured the eyes with Posca pens on the opposite side to my stamped image, as I wanted a 3d effect. I then stuck them over the stamped images on the journal page with 3D Gloss Gel.

You can’t see it very well in my pictures but I also stamped the butterfly wings from the Affirmations Stamps Set on the opposite page of the journal. I stamped them in black and then stamped over them again with the Moonlight White ink. I then stuck 3 of the hexagon shaped acrylic pieces over the butterfly wings, again using 3D Gloss Gel.

Next I placed the Butterfly Wings stencil on my journal pages and painted through this with black gesso. When this was dry, I placed the stencil back over the image and stamped the text from the Textures stamp set through the stencil. Keeping the stencil in place, I then drew round the images with a metallic marker, removed the stencil and drew round the images with a white Posca pen.


Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Monster Birthday by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I have a birthday card for you this week and this one I have made is for one of the little people in my life, my youngest niece.

Here’s what I Did:

Starting with a piece of stamping card I stamped the small monster at the front of this group, I then masked it off with masking gum and stamped the 2 monsters that would be standing behind it. I then stamped the clouds and masked them off. All of this stamping was them masked off with the masking gum. To create the background I sectioned off sunbeam strips and coloured them with Distress inks moving from a darker shade in the centre to lighter towards the outside.

To give them some grounding I stencilled through a dots stencil with different shades of green distress inks.

I then removed all the masking gum and coloured the monsters using Prima water colours applying them with a waterbrush and a touch of coloured pencil.

I added my monster sentiment which is from my stash, then I matted it onto yellow card and an 8” x 8” card blank.

I then decided to add a little something to the inside of the card and stamped another little monster inside to finish it off.

What I Used:

PaperArtsy Stamp Sets - Elenazinski Art ZA01 and ZN05
Distress Inks - Yellows and Greens
Monster Sentiments from my stash
Yellow Card
Card Blank

Have a fabulous week

Amanda X

Monday, 29 May 2017

Just Turtling Around by Helen Chilton

Hi there, it's Helen here and I've made a quick card using some Crafty Individual stamps.

I've used the Alice Palace Turtle and some of the Crafty Elements for the borders.
The background is made up by stencilling with Dinky Stencil 005 and Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxides and then spritzing to make the dye ink move and soften it. I then couldn't resist adding some more bubbles with some of the new gold metallic paint which is coming very soon!

I finished the background with a few punched out circles coloured with Wilted Violet Oxide inkpad and overstamped. The Ship and Navigation Elements Set is used to stamp a sort of rough border in black:

The swimming turtle is coloured with Oxides as well and then the shell is painted over with  DecoArt Liquid Glass:

And there you have it - just layer onto coloured card and add a few brads.

Supplies Used:

Crafty Individuals Stamps: CI-413 Alice Palace Designs: A Bright Future;  CI-294 Crafty Elements: Ship and Navigation
Dinky Stencil 005: Bubbles Background
Ranger Archival Inkpad: Jet Black

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Remember Life Lessons - A Journal by Lynne Moncrieff

This is a complete journal which I made as a sample for when That’s Crafty! appeared on HOCHANDA.

It could be viewed as life lessons, wise words that adults share with us when we are young or this could be an adult, looking back to their tender years and what words they would share with their younger self.

Each time I work with That’s Crafty’s white/greyboard surfaces, I am always impressed by the quality. On each page I applied book pages, glue stick, Gel Medium, Gesso, Infusions and lots of water and I do mean, lots of water and yet no buckling of the pages.

For the acrylic cover, I had fun with ICE Resin and Rust Finish. I appreciate ICE Resin is not easy to source in the U.K., you could achieve a similar effect by printing book text onto transparency sheet, adhering to the acrylic cover before applying the Rust Finish. 


That's Crafty! Clear Stamps:- Lynne’s Affirmations Sets 1 and 2,Inspirational Quotes Set 1, Textures Collections 1 and 2
UHU Glue Stick
Foam Brush and Old Paintbrush
Idea-ology Tim Holtz Ball Chain
Black, White Acrylic Ink
EXTRAS:- Collage Images – Red Lead, Resin Paper (and ICE Resin), Vintage Book Pages, Old Button


Acrylic Cover & Arrow

Remove protective layer from what will be back of acrylic cover. Apply ICE Resin onto this quickly followed with vintage book page coated with resin. Gently press into place before laying aside to cure. 

Also create pieces of resin paper and apply resin to a scrap of vintage book page, painted with Gesso.

When cured, remove the protective layer from front of acrylic cover. Adhere piece of resin paper with Liquid Glass. 

Stamp word “remember”, from one of the Inspirational Quotes, onto the prepared piece of resin paper (the Gesso painted book text). Adhere to rear of arrow with Liquid Glass before adhering to the front cover. 

With an old paintbrush, apply Rust Finish onto front and rear of acrylic cover. 

Lay cover aside and focus on white/greyboard pages.

White/Greyboard Pages

The instructions are for how I simply approached the pages, overall, not specific instructions for each page.

Adhere torn pieces of vintage book text to each page before applying Gesso. Some of the Gesso can be pushed back by wiping with a baby wipe. Some of the book text can be torn off at this stage, I like to do this to create surface interest. Next apply Infusions, misting generously with water. 

Stamp sentiments onto book text painted with Gesso. Sentiments do not always need to be stamped as a whole. 

Fussy cut images of children from collage sheets. Plan placement of child and sentiments. The coffee stain style Texture stamp makes a wonderful halo for a child. 

Build up background by stamping the Texture stamps (those stamps quickly became Must Haves for me!). Now, adhere the child and sentiment, working with the pages as double page spreads. Ground the children by placing fragments of stamped papers beneath their feet or have a child sitting atop of fabric scrap.

Create definition around children and sentiments with watersoluble pencil/fineliner pen.  Also doodle around sentiments. Add further interest by stamping onto book pages, including pieces stained with Infusions. Give one of the children wings by stamping the butterfly from Affirmations set, cutting into two and adhering behind girl.

Stack the pages together, with the prepared acrylic cover, binding the book with ball chain. Finally, attach old button to cover.

Until next time,


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Adventure Awaits by Donna Gray

Hi everyone, 

Donna here today using some gorgeous Rubber Dance stamps.

What to do:

Take a size 8 manila tag and swoosh through a mixture of Distress Oxides, stick to the lighter colours.

Then stamp the Rubber Dance images with black Archival ink and colour them in using an assortment of Distress Markers, diluted with a water brush first.

I’ve ‘grounded’ the flying figure on a stitch style stamp from my stash but you can doodle a faux stitch effect too.

Add some doodling and splatters with a white Posca pen, the Posca pens are now available from the shop…..YAY!

Go around the images with a grey Distress marker to give the illusion of depth. Add some stickles to her body to give the glittery effect.

Add some ribbon from your stash and a couple of Tim Holtz sentiments. Now you’re all ready for your next adventure ;)

Supplies Used:

Rubber Dance Stamps – Textured Feathers and Fly with Me
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Clippings and Metallic Quotations 

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 26 May 2017

A Fishy Tale by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a fishy tag to share this week, which is another of my makes with Donna’s gorgeous new Deep Sea Divas stamp sets. This one was inspired by a lovely photo I saw featuring a shoal of fish and I couldn’t resist trying to recreate it.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Deep Sea Divas Marina, Textures Set 1
White Copy Paper
Pencil – I used a soft, graphite one


Paint the tag with shades of blue and green paints, adding streaks in a downward direction until the surface is covered. When the paint is dry, use the Moc Croc stencil to add a little pattern around the edges with magenta paint.

Next use the bubbles border with turquoise paint and white gesso to add bubbles in the upper half of the tag. When they’re dry, replace the stencil and use a graphite pencil to scribble round the bubbles to make them stand out more.

I stamped the fish, seahorse and starfish on scraps of Gelli printed paper, but you could stamp them on white card and colour them if you prefer. I then stamped a shoal of fish directly on the upper half of the tag as if you do this, you can add coloured bodies over the top without any fiddly cutting out round the feathery tails. As you can probably guess, that’s what I did, adding the bodies with clear foam tape after rounding them out with an embossing tool.

I next die cut some seaweed from further Gelli print scraps and drew some thicker fronds on green paper with the graphite pencil and cut these out. I glued these on the tag, layering them up as I went. I tucked a seahorse in between the seaweed and added a starfish near the bottom.

I then had a bit of a ribbon issue, as the tag was a bit large for those I had so I made my own with copy paper. I coloured the paper orange and then stamped on the bubbly design with the orange dye ink. I pleated the paper roughly after scrunching it and added it to the top of the tag, tying it up with a scrap of twine and fanning out the tops.

We have a great new challenge today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so do check it out to see how you can win a great prize just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x
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