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

Fly Ever Upwards by Dorthe Hansen

A new week, a new Monday,  meaning  I’m here with my Monday blog post for That’s Blogging Crafty! I wish you all a wonderful new week !!

For this I reached for one of the larger white/greyboard tags and used Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap directly on the grey side !!

Then I adhered a piece of musical node paper to the bottom part of the tag. I used the Dinky Stencil Harlequin, first with Iced Spruce and then both on the top and buttom of tag, with texture paste. I let it dry completely before I smeared Stazon Spiced Chai to the top of the stenciled layers, and also all around the edges of the whole tag. A piece of fabric was also dapped with Spiced Chai and adhered to the music paper.

Then I adhered a skeleton leaf to the upper part of tag and carefully painted it with Shimmer Paint Turquoise.

Time to use some of my favorite embellishments - greyboard Bits and Pieces. I chose one of the beautiful birds, a big snowflake and a bough of mistletoe. Every piece was first painted with Metallic Paint Pearl and left to dry. The snowflake was then put inside an embossing folder and run through my Big Shot. Then I added a layer of the Frayed Burlap and on top of that, I painted with Green and Turquoise Shimmer mixed together.

The bird was also painted with a bit of Dark Blue and Charcoal and I added details with a black Sharpie and Metallic Pearl, to show head and wings . Then it was all painted with the beautiful Metallic Gold, both little accents to the bird, the leaves on the mistletoe and the snowflake were decorated with this amazing and lovely shining paint. The berries on the Mistletoe were naturally painted with a white acrylic.

All was adhered with Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive to the tag. I folded an elongated piece of fabric to form a flower, added a piece of lace, a flower from my stash and another fabric, torn to very thin ribbon, was adhered under the flower. Lastly I stamped words from Lynne’s Affirmations on to a piece of tissue paper, torn them ou and adhered to the skeleton leaf. A Sari silk ribbon was attached to display the tag.

Dear friends, I hope your Monday will be a good and safe Monday, with laughter and joy.

Hugs and love


Materials used :

That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard: Christmas Snowflakes, Christmas Birds and Holy and Mistletoe
That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paint: Green, Turquoise, Dark Blue, Charcoal
Distress Oxides: Frayed Burlap, Iced Spruce
Sari Silk
Fabric scraps - dyed with paints and inks, artificial flower, skeleton leaf 
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