Saturday, 23 September 2017

Rise Above by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a tag featuring a really lovely stamp by Carmen’s Veranda.

What to do:

To achieve the crackle effect you’ll need to cover a sheet of Strathmore Mixed Media Paper with a layer of DecoArt Crackle paint, set this aside to crack naturally.

When it’s dry, sprinkle a little bit of an Infusions powder on it and spritz with water, keep spritzing and blotting until you are happy with the effect.

Stamp the image using black Archival ink, if you have a stamping platform use that just in case you need to re stamp it if you don’t achieve a first
clear impression. 

Fussy cut the image out and place to one side. Don’t waste the rest of the paper you have left as the circles and the little ‘mosaic’ pieces were also used from it to add to the tag as finishing touches.

The tag was actually dyed with tea (after a mammoth calico tea dying session I had some tea left) but a brown Distress Oxide/Ink will work just as well, you want to create an ‘aged’ look to the background.

I took 2 different Dinky stencils to add some details to the background, pouncing Distress Inks through them to give a muted effect.

Add some stamping with the leaf from one of my Quirky Girls’ sets and colour in with a green pencil; once again you want to keep it subtle.

Adhere everything to the tag and then for a finishing touch add a Tim Holtz flower and sentiment.

I think the inspiration for my tag was my recent holiday to France where they have the most fantastic museum of Roman finds so as soon as I saw this stamp I knew I needed it J

Supplies Used:

Tim Holtz Flowers

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 22 September 2017

A Colourful Life by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a colourful journal page to share this week with lots of layering with inks, paints and stamps.  The text stamp I used is one that resonates with me at the moment as I’m about to change my life completely to follow my creative spirit and see where it leads.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Textures Sets 1 and 2, Lynne’s Affirmations Set 2
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks – Broken China, Twisted Citron, Faded Jeans
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints – Haystack, Amethyst, Orchid
Sizzix Frameworks Chevron Border Die (I used the leftover bits – waste no, want not lol)
Scrap of toning paper (mine was a Gelli print scrap)


The first step is to colour the background, which I did by adding Distress Oxides to my craft mat, misting with water and picking up the colour on my page. I repeated this until I was happy with the colour.

I then added splashes of paint, mostly around the edges using the paints and gesso. I added some more dots of paint using a brush.

I stamped the text roughly in the centre and followed up with various circle images from the texture stamp sets using the black Archival ink. I added a little doodled stitching using a fine black marker pen. I stamped the number image in a couple of places also with black ink.

I found a strip of toning paper in my Gelli print scraps folder and added this to my page. I stamped my chosen text on the page with black ink.

The finishing touch to my page was to add the leftover pieces from die cutting the chevron border out of black and white card, they come in very useful as you can see.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Oxide Ombre by Nikki Acton

A relatively simple Birthday card today – which is appropriate as it is my birthday!
Well this isn’t my usual colour palette – but I rather like it! I took three colours of Distress Oxide – Candied Apple, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet. I used Tim Holtz Tiles stencil to to create a red/purple background – blending one colour into another with Cut and Dry Foam.

On a separate piece of card I had added Grunge Paste through another stencil and allowed to dry. I added the same three colours of Oxide and spritzed heavily with water to allow the colours to blend. This was just experimenting really but I decided to die cut some butterflies from it. I added a little extra ink around the edges too.

For my matt layer again I used the same three colours and spritzed to achieve that speckled ‘oxidised’ effect. To finish I added a birthday sentiment and some stars (from Rubber Dance – Textured Flowers stamp set).

 See you next week!



Tim Holtz Distress Oxides – Seedless Preserves, Candied Apple, Wilted Violet

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Love Autumn by Bev Hilton

Hello everyone. I hope you are all having a great week. I am sharing a very large tag which I made for our recent shows on Hochanda, which featured the new Autumn/Christmas stencils and greyboard sheets. Leonie loved this tag but there was a little confusion as to how this leaf was created. It really is very easy to do so here are the how to's.

Here's  what I used...

Creative Expressions Ivory Card
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits & Pieces Greyboard Sheet - Reindeer, Christmas Tree and Christmas Birds
Ranger Craft Metal
Ranger Alcohol Inks - Botanical, Meadow, Red Pepper, Cranberry and Sunshine Yellow
Adirondak Ink - Cranberry
Tim Holtz Die...Alphabet Strip 656623
Ribbon from stash

Here's what I did...

I took the stencil and a piece of the craft metal and ran it through my Big Shot which gave a great emboss onto the metal sheet. Carefully cut out the leaf and drop on the alcohol inks until happy with the look. Set this aside to dry thoroughly. Cut a piece of hessian slightly larger than the leaf, allowing space for the wording. Pull out some of the weave to give a frayed edge. Cut a piece of ivory card a little bigger than the hessian. Take the two texture elements from the stamp plate and using the Cranberry and Vintage Sepia, stamp around the edge of the card. Using a blending tool, blend a little of the Cranberry lightly around the edge. Glue the hessian to the card and then mount the leaf. Die cut the letters from some brown colour core card stock and lightly sand. Glue into place to create the wording.

Take the bird from the greyboard sheet and give it a coat of white gesso. Colour the bird with the Umber paint and Antique Gold paint. Using a fine liner pen, draw in the markings on the bird. Using a cocktail stick and the Antique Gold paint, dip the stick into the paint and lay this on the breast of the bird, covering the breast area to give texture. This paint keeps its form really well. Once paint is dry add some white highlights with the Signo pen. Take the Word Band and rub on some Ruby paint to highlight the letters and glue across the stem of the leaf.

Mount onto another piece of ivory card, punch a whole for the ribbon. Die cut a couple of hole reinforcements and tie on the ribbon.

I hope you like it. 

All for now and hope see you back here next week.

Bev. x

Making Backgrounds with Shimmer Paints by Melina Dahl

We have another brilliant video today from Melina.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mwahahahaaa by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

Halloween is creeping up on us and I love that we can make spooky, creepy makes especially as there are so many fabulous new creepy products to play with. I have a wall hanging for you this week that uses some of the stuff released for this year’s Halloween makes.

Here’s What I Did:

I have made my piece on one of That’s Crafty! MDF Pieces, this one is the 4.5” x 9” a perfect size for a wall hanging. To make the background colour I worked on a piece of black card with Distress Oxides picking up the water misted colours from my craft mat. I love that on black card they look even more chalky and that you don’t lose the colour even though they are on black. I die cut, from the background, 3 of the claw mark dies (you have 7 to choose from in the set). Where the claw marks were cut I painted the MDF with red paint and then dulled it down a little by rubbing over a little black ink. From black card, I also die cut the cobweb die. I then glued the background card onto the MDF with That’s Crafty! glue. Once dried I then trimmed the card from around the MDF. I then glued on the webs and trimmed then to fit. I darkened around the edges of the background using black archival ink with a round blending tool.

With the background done on the MDF I started on the characters. I stamped the Elenazinski creatures with Memento black ink as I coloured them with alcohol markers, I used Copics but there are many similar markers. I wanted them to form part of each of the letters of the word FEAR which I had cut out in white card on my Cameo Silhouette. Each letter was then coloured with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and Black Soot Oxide and I went around them all with a black Sharpie pen as I don’t like a white edge.  I splashed red ink onto them as blood splatters. I then glued each character to a letter and added them to the hanging using 3D glue gel for some dimension. I then stamped and heat embossed in red, mwahahahaaa from the same set, onto the hanging to finish it off.

here you can see the claw marks die

and here the web die

Here’s What I Used:

Distress Oxides – Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, Peeled Paint, Black Soot
Memento Ink Pad (use with alcohol markers)
Alcohol Markers (I used Copics)
Die Cutting Machine
Tim Holtz Dies – Claw Marks & Cobweb
Anti-Static Bag
Black Sharpie Pen or similar marker
White Card for die cutting
Die Cut letters using Silhouette Cameo

Have a fabulous week

Amanda X

Monday, 18 September 2017

Make a Wish - It's your Birthday! by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well?

I'm sharing a very quick card with you all today 
created using some That's Crafty! products.

As it's my Mom's Birthday today *Happy Birthday Mom*
there's no better time to showcase a card like this one.

Here's those quick and simple *How to Do's*

I first lay down three Distress Oxide colours and spritzed with water
picking up the colour with a 4x4 rounded corner panel.

Taking five That's Crafty! greyboard Wildflower Surfaces I dabbed on with my finger 
a mixture of That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint, letting the colours blend together 
whilst wet and drying the colours with a heat tool to intensify their pigment.

Bunched together they make a wonderful Bouquet resembling a scene of dried flowers.
Glitter glue adds the sparkle with a partially masked off affirmation quote 
stamped onto ribbon.

Mounted onto a card my *Make a Wish* Card is complete.

Wishing you all a fabulous week everyone
until next time.

Take Care & Stay Safe

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard: 4x4 Rounded Corner Panel
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Salty Ocean - Peeled Paint - Wild Honey
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard: Small Wildflowers
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint: White - Chestnut Brown - Green - Purple - Yellow
Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue: Lavender
That's Crafty! Multi Purpose Glue Pen
That's Crafty! Clear Stamps: Lynnes Affirmations Set 1
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