Monday, 28 December 2015


I hope you had a fantastic Christmas, that Santa was generous  with the crafty goodies and you ate and drink lots of lovely things, oh and survived the Boxing Day sales.  Now with 2016 looming and the thought of resolutions in my head I was drawn to this text stencil, in reality every day is filled with intentions – to clean the house, do some ironing, lose weight, do exercise etc but rarely do those intentions survive.  As a person with a chronic health condition, pain and low energy those things just don’t sound fun enough, hence the choice of cheeky looking birdy who is whistling into space having been caught not doing what they should!.   This is my make today for the That's Crafty DT Blog. 

I started by randomly spritzing Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays  all over my journal page.  I was not too worried about mixing colours as Lindy’s are made with a different type of dye to most sprays so it is pretty difficult to make a mud colour.  I also spritzed water to get the colours to move and run.  I love the sheen they give.  I had not put gesso on the page as I wanted to see how they would work, this did of course mean the paper got very wet but it survived. 
Next I stamped randomly to create some background interest.
Next came Rub Ons then black texture paste through the stencil. 
Finally the Katzelkraft bird was stamped onto spare card, coloured with Pitt Artist Pens,  cut by hand  and stuck it on. 
Some doodling and random splashes of white paint and all done.

Friday, 18 December 2015

Pendant Tags

The theme today over at the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog is  “Anything Goes”.  The challenge will run for 3 weeks over the Christmas period and there is a £20 Gift Voucher to be won.
When I first saw these tiny MDF  tags by That’s Crafty I had no idea what I could do with them then it came to me they were a perfect size for jewellery pendants so I made 3.

Pendant  1
That’s Crafty MDF Tag 1.2ins x 2.32ins (3cms x 5.8cms)
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sweet Violet Purple Teal
Black Texture Paste
Black Archival ink
Crow stamp from stash
Jewellery findings from stash

I spritzed the MDF tag with the Lindy’s Starburst Spray, no gesso.  The colour is really unusual and it changes depending on where the light is, moving from mauve to teal and all shades in between kind of have to see it in the flesh to really see it properly.  Next I stamped the crow  in black archival and using the black texture paste added some of the tiny bats from the That’s Crafty Dinky Stencil.  I added findings to complete the pendant.

Pendant  2
That’s Crafty MDF Tag 1.2ins x 2.32ins (3cms x 5.8cms)
DecoArt Crackle Paste
Liny’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays – Time Travel Teal and Mad Hatter Mint
Cosmic Shimmer Gold Paint
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Philosophy Tag
Jewellery Findings
Cosmic Shimmer Glue

I started with a light coat of Gesso as the DecoArt  Crackle Paste works better on sealed surfaces, then added a a nice thick layer. 
Using a brush I painted both the Starbursts onto my pendant.
I ran the Cosmic Shimmer gold paint round the edge of the pendant with my finger (but you could use a brush), and rubbed it into the  Philosophy Tag leaving it for 5 minutes then wiping away with a damp cloth so the paint stays only in the de-bossed area.  I attached the tag to the pendant with glue and added jewellery findings.

Pendant 3
That’s Crafty MDF Tag 1.2ins x 2.32ins (3cms x 5.8cms)
Archival Inkpad Sienna
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Magicals in Caribbean Blue and  Pineapple Paradise from the Caribbean Cruise set
Matte Medium
That’s Crafty Dinky Stencil Circles
DecoArt Modelling Paste

I coated the tag with the gesso to ensure a clean white background.  Next I stamped the bird in Sienna ink onto the tag.  I coloured the background using a tiny amount of the Magicals mixed with Matte Medium.  When dry I added the circles using the Dinky Stencil and Modelling Paste and finished it with jewellery findings

Monday, 14 December 2015

Joyful Penguins

This is my latest make for That's Crafty DT Blog. I fell in love with this stamp set when I first saw it and with Christmas around the corner I wanted to make a slightly tongue in cheek card. The card has Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, Les Penguins Grumpy stamp set by Katzelkraft and Frantage Spoonful    adding to its seasonal shine.                                                                                                 

I thought the Oh Joy, said in a bored voice, would complement the grumpy penguins