Monday, 23 October 2017

Dream - Believe - Wish by Dorthe Hansen

Good morning dear friends, I’m here with my Monday post for That’s Crafty! today showing how to use one of my favorite white/greyboard tags # 8.

I first painted it with diluted Shimmer Paint Pink all over on the white side of the tag. When dry I used the Distressed Harlequin stencil, on the left side panel, dapped on with Chestnut Brown Paint and dried with a heat tool. After dry, I smeared over with white paint, using my finger.

Then the beautiful Big Flower stencil was used, onto the ¾ lower tag and stenciled using Archival Ink Coffee. From Lynne’s Affirmations Set 1, I stamped the wonderful eyes above the stenciled flower also using Coffee Archival Ink. I hand drew the nose with a brown Fine Liner and detailed the eyes, with a black Fine Liner.

Then the 3 words were stamped onto a piece of scrap cotton and adhered to the “face”.

The flowers are created using Tim Holz Tattered Florals Die together with Donna Gray’s stamped flower - all of the fabrics got a light spray of Infusions Blackcurrant, dried and attached with a rhinestone from a piece of old jewellery.

On a piece of brown paper bag, a leftover from an earlier creation, I stenciled a little spot from the Distressed Harlequin with Texture Paste and after dried, it was adhered to the upper left side of tag, together with old lace died with the Blackcurrant Infusion.

A little pink glitter was adhered using Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive, again to one flower and to the lace.

I finished my tag of dreams, believes and wishes, with a piece of Sari Silk on top.

I hope you enjoyed watching it. Thank you, so much, for visiting, it means a lot to me.

Hugs from 

Dorthe, xx

Materials used:

That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paint - Chestnut Brown and White
That’s Crafty! Texture Paste (coming soon!)
Fine Liner - Brown and Black
Tim Holtz Tattered Florals – Sizzix Bigz Die
From my stash: Sari silk, old lace, rhinestone from old jewellery, pink glitter

Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Layers of Your Life by Lynne Moncrieff

This week, I combined pieces of re-cycled this and that onto a That’s Crafty MDF tag, I also paired one of the new Affirmation stamps “Unravel the layers of your life, there is a story within” with one of my favourite stamps from 2017, PaperArtsy EEA, faces stamp.  The three faces could belong to one family and it got me thinking about the layers of our lives and how the past is connected with the present, in our family trees, our DNA.  


Old Paintbrush
Infusions - Rusty Car, Sleight Blue
Extras: Coconut button, twine, stained calico (bow), twig, tassel trim, re-cycled silk sari ribbon, re-cycled corrugated cardboard packaging, teabag paper, re-cycled brown packing paper, old crochet lace


Apply Rust Finish Kit to MDF tag – I had only a small amount remaining in both bottles and had to dilute each with water to ensure I had enough to cover the MDF tag. I was impressed that it did not weaken the rust effect.  

Onto scrap of re-cycled brown packing paper, dab the paintbrush used for applying rust kit to tag, continue by applying to three stars (Relics & Artifacts German Scrap) and old crochet lace. Onto pieces of re-cycled corrugated cardboard, apply a combination of the rust, Gesso and Infusions. Leave all to dry.

Meanwhile, stamp Affirmation onto teabag paper. Ink up the same Affirmation, this time with Staz-on, stamping onto other pieces of torn teabag paper – this time the effect will be subtle. 

Begin to assemble tag by adhering piece of tassel trim to bottom edge. Stamp faces from EEA06 onto the prepared piece of brown packing paper, with Staz-on. Layer to tag with the prepared corrugated cardboard, pieces of stamped teabag paper, rusted stars and scraps of silk sari ribbon. Thread coconut button with jute twine, layering to upper corner with silk sari ribbon and scrap of rusted paper. 

Layer main stamped Affirmation to tag. Loosely wrap jute twine around piece of twig, adhering beneath Affirmation with piece of rusted crochet lace. Finally, embellish top of tag by tying stained calico into bow. 

Thank You for the lovely response to the new Affirmation stamp sets. Please, if you are on Facebook, share any of your art which features the Affirmations, both old and new and tag me so that I do not miss viewing your art. I am not on FB daily but I would love to see your creations.



Saturday, 21 October 2017

Out of the Hollow by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with an Autumnal themed tag for you all. 

What to do:

I’m turning into a bit of a magpie when it comes to collecting bit and pieces for my crafty supplies and of course a lovely piece of thick corrugated cardboard never goes wasted in my house! So this was the substrate I used for the tag, I just traced around a size 8 tag to get the shape as I didn’t want it too perfect.

I then painted it with a mixture of DecoArt paints in Autumnal colours and then dried thoroughly.

I added a little stamping to the background with a That’s Crafty! texture stamp using black Archival ink, then applied a layer of DecoArt Crackle Paste to it and put to one side to let it dry.

Using the fab die set from Tim Holtz I cut the raven and feathers with it from some scraps of Gelli printed paper I had in my stash. Sometimes if a Gelli print doesn’t turn out like you hoped, keep it, as it may be useful for using for future die cuts.

Before you stick the die cuts on the tag, take a white Posca pen and tap it to splatter the white dots over the background, this is a really good way of creating those splatters without making too much mess!

Now adhere the die cuts, add some buttons, tie a loose bow with raffia and add a Tim Holtz sentiment as a finishing touch.

Doesn’t Autumn lend itself to so many ideas for us crafters.

Supplies Used:

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 20 October 2017

Winter Moon by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a frosty offering this week as I thought I would share the other card I made for the last Hochanda shows. This one is a Christmas card with a difference featuring one of the gorgeous new greyboard shapes.


That’s Crafty! Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets – Fairies and Wings, Small Snowflakes
That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paints – Dark Blue, Pearl, Pink, Purple, Turquoise
Clear Embossing Ink – I used the Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Silver Cardstock


I first made the background paper using a rather messy but fun method. All I did was to add dots of all of the Shimmer Paints and some gesso to my craft mat. I then spread the colours with my fingers (the messy bit!) and pressed on a piece of mixed media paper cut to fit my card blank. As the colour was quite thick, I pressed another square on top and transferred some of the paint to that – 2 for the price of one!

As you can see from the above sample, the effect is a bit like frosting which is perfect for Winter cards.

I next added a snowflake pattern to my painted paper using the stencil and the embossing dabber. I did this a couple at a time, sprinkling on white embossing powder and heat setting before carrying on. As the stencil is quite large, it stops the powder getting knocked off

I then painted the largest girl on moon embellishment with several coats of white gesso, drying in between. Once the greyboard was completely covered, I heat embossing her with the sparkly embossing powder, again adding several coats. I painted and embossed several snowflakes in the same way.

I stamped the Christmas sentiment on a scarp of mixed media paper with the bright pink ink and cut the words out. I brushed on a wash of pink shimmer paint and when it was dry, brushed on a coat of glitter glue.

I assembled all the elements on my card after gluing on the background paper with a mat of silver card and finished of with a sprinkle of self-adhesive sparkly gems.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Just a Note by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello everyone, it's my turn today to share some That's Crafty! Creativity.
I've been making books this week, all different shapes and sizes, the one I am about to share came about when I found a heart previously prepared and mislaid way back in August so using it was long overdue.

Here is my *Just a note* book created using that very same heart and those how to do's.


Using two white/greyboard panels (2) I scraped on Antique Gold, Bronze and Copper Multi Surface Paint with a palette knife and dried with a heat tool to bubble up those textures.

I dulled down the sheen by dry brushing Chestnut Brown in some areas 
                   allowing the shimmer of  the metallic paints to peep through.                            

The found heart was created at the same time as my Jewellery Hanger so the build and blend of Multi Surface Paints is the same, *Brown, Red and Bronze* apart from the addition of some lace and an overlay of crackle paint.

Eyelets have been attached with a Crop-A-Dile to stop wear and tear and 
papers recycled from an old exercise book cut to size to create this new one. 

I added chain and a hand crafted wire Treble Clef for detail 
before gluing the heart on the cover of the note book.

The book is held together with three Tim Holtz mini book rings
with a chunky triangular pencil cut down to size and attached with wire and chain.
It slots perfectly into those rings.

The added words go with the *Note*...

Thank you for sharing your time again,
I look forward to sharing some more of mine 
with you all again next Thursday.

Take care everyone & Stay Safe

Creative Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Panels (2)
That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Hearts
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Metallics
We R Memory Keepers - Crop -A- Dile
That's Crafty! Multi Purpose Glue
Tim Holtz - Mini Book Rings
Chains, wire, lace and pencil from stash

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

ATC with 3D Gloss Gel by Melina Dahl

We have a sneaky peek video HERE from Melina of one of our 
new products that we will be launching next week!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Watch the Stars by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

For this week’s piece I have been playing with Seth Apter dies to make this wall hanging.

Here’s What I Did:

This piece all started with a piece of black card, onto that I sponged, using Cut and Dry Foam, a selection of different colours of Finnabair Impasto paints, I love the thickness of these paints and the texture that they create. The paints were sponged through a Patti Tolley stencil. I then went round each piece of the stenciling with a chrome pen. 

I then glued the background card to one of That’s Crafty! 6” x 6” MDF boards and then trimmed the background to fit. I then used the chrome pen to flick chrome splatters over the background. I then die cut from black card Seth Apters ‘Starstruck’ die twice and again sponged the Impasto paints onto them. 

When the paints were dry I outlined the dies using a chrome pen, sadly the photo doesn’t show how shiny the chrome pen is. I then added them to the background off setting one on top of the other. On top of these I then die cut Seth’s Robo Star, again using black card but this time adding no paint and only adding the chrome pen outline, this I then added on top. To the centre I stenciled the word ‘up’ a word from one of Seth stencils. 

The piece was finished off with a sentiment from one of Alison Bombers PaperArtsy stamp sets, stamped in black on white card, cut out and edged with a black fineliner pen. I finished by adding a few decorative stars from my stash Just need to hang on the wall now.

Here’s What I Used:

Seth Apter Dies – Starstruck & Robo Star

See you next Tuesday

Amanda X
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