Faux Embroidery Hoop – Aly

Hi there everyone, today I have created a Faux Embroidery Hoop, in the event that I didnt have a spare one,
I am going to show you how to improvise.
Enjoy the video below that will show you step by step how I made it.

The Versailles Altered Window Frame – Grace

This week, still working with AB Studio’s The Versailles, I’ve created this altered piece, using royal blue and gold colour scheme.

To see how it was made, you can watch the process video on my YouTube channel here:                  https://youtu.be/ujkxbmBDr5s               

Products used from the store are:

AB Studio The Versailles

MDF Window

Finnabair Art Alchemy Liquid Acrylic Ultramarine

Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallic Wax Old Denim

Tim Holtz Quote Chips ‘Theories’

Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire

Finnabair/Prima Wax Old White

AB Studio Crafter’s Bundle 2

Art Stones

Dina Wakley Gloss Spray Night

Dina Wakley Gloss Spray White


Grace ❤

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Wooden Organiser – Mixed Media  

Wooden Organiser – Mixed Media

i have had this waiting around to be prettied for quite a few years. After doing the box in these papers, i decided this was the range to do this in too.
another of my DT projects for July for Thompsonscraftsupplies
it is quite a large piece and holds 12 x 12. Therefore, it is great for holding my latest collection as i am working through them, so it is now a permanent fixture on my desk.
for this i used the
13 arts color glow tanzanite
pentart wax purple
AB studio stencil ID 94
AB studio papers diva
Dina Wakley paints heather and fuschia
from my stash i also used a white gesso and a heavy paste.
i completely covered my piece with the white gesso and let it dry.
Then i sponged over that with the heather and the fuchsia  paints.
After I added some of the tanzanite here and there and activated it with water and dried.
Next was the papers. I fussy cut and used gel medium to glue them on all over the piece. Even the half flowers from the edge of the papers were good as i had a lot of straight edges to place them.
i then coloured my heavy paste with a drop of the fuchsia paint and used this with my stencil, just overlapping the papers in places and filling the gaps in between my papers.
when this was dry i added some more of the color glow tanzanite powder and activated with water and moved the colours around, i then dried it with my heat gun. Lastly, i used my pentart wax to bring out more of the texture from the stencil paste.

Beauty in Bloom Altered Hexagon – Grace

This week Ive created a mixed media piece on a wooden hexagon sent to me in my latest DT kit, using Mintay’s Beauty in Bloom.

This project was one I changed my mind about LOADS during the process of making it – at one point I disliked it so much I was about to turn the hexagon over and start all over again, but I did one simple thing that rescued the whole piece for me. You can watch the whole process on my YouTube channel here:                  https://youtu.be/LIAOjtI27TI               


Products Used:

Mintay Beauty in Bloom

AB Studio Transparent Foil/Acetate

Prima Flowers

MDF Hexagon

Wax Paste Rose Gold

Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Carnation

Shabby Velour Berry

Fabrika Dekoru Chalk Spray Pink

Distress Oxide Spray Victorian Velvet

Distress Oxide Bundled Sage

Mintay Flora Book

Grace ❤

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Embroidery Hoop Layout – Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect.

Embroidery Hoop – Doesn’t have to be perfect……

I love making 12 x 12 layouts  but i also love making layouts on other bases, this embroidery hoop makes a perfect base.
from my latest DT kit from Louise at Thompsons craft supplies.
for this project i used…….
prima flowers – pumpkin autumn sunset
craft o clock paper set wild garden #06
from my stash i also used some close weave hessian and some lose weave hessian a leaf stencil with some heavy paste
i covered my hoop with the hessian and pulled it tight and then added my leaf design with my stencil and paste, i also went round the hoop adding the paste with my finger randomly adding texture.
i fussy cut my main flower design from one of the papers, these are great quality card rather than paper (and with that fab smell, ok im a confessed paper sniffer lol)
i placed my lose weave hessian, the chipboard flowers then the fussy cut flowers, the card layer, then my photo which i mounted on white, then my flowers and butterfly.
lastly my title.

Do More Than Exist – Aly

This week for my Thompsons Craft DT piece I have created amixed media coaster using up mainly scraps and bits of jewellry and greyboard and some polished stones I found. Its really amazing what you can put together with odds n sods…….. Hope you enjoy, Hugs Aly xx

Products Used –
MDF Coaster
Finnabair Texture PasteWhite Crackle
FinnabairSparks Acrylic Paints – Green Goblin
Fabrika Decoru Rustic paint – Concrete
Small greyboard heart
Polished stones
Gems Bits and pieces of broken jewellry
odd cardboard pieces anything that you want to add to your project

Here is a short process video –

Dreamer of Dreams – Aly

Hello there, this week for Thompson Crafts I have been making a mixed media coaster, I have been dabbling with a few more products and experimenting a bit more and I am pretty pleased with my little coaster, hugs Aly xx

Products Used

MDF Coaster
Gesso White and Black
Finibar Texture Paste
Structure Gel/Paste
Rustic Paint – Blue Mold
Hobbylicious Clocks wooden elements
Hobbylicious Keys Wooden Elements
Gold and Blue waxes
Angel, Leaves and Flower resin/clay pieces (purchased from Kasia Bigaj)

Below is a pictorial step by step of how I created my coaster –

Now is the Right Time Mixed Media Page – Grace

This week I have created a fun mixed media project using some AB Studio packaging as my base (I always keep stuff like that, you never know when it’ll come in useful or inspire you!)

The part that says ‘be creative every day’ is part of the packaging – so I stuck some cheap (read: not very sticky) washi tape over it while I worked on the rest of the project, so that when I was nearly done I could peel the tape off and still have the phrase showing.

I love the way the project is built up over the phrase, rather than being on top (as words and phrases are usually one of the last things you add). It’s definitely a technique I’ll try again in the future.

The full process for this project can be watched in an accompanying video on my YouTube channel here.


Products used:

13Arts Victoriana Paper Pack

13Arts Victoriana Word Stickers

Lindy’s Embossing Powder ‘Chip off the Old Black’

Fabrika Dekoru Magic Paint Red Wine

Mintay Junk Book

Mintay Flora Book

Finnabair/Prima Tissue/Decorative Paper Flutter

Finnabair Clear Gesso

Finnabair Manuscript Stencil

Fabrika Dekoru Metallic Paint Antique Gold

Finnabair ‘Now is the Right Time’ Stamps

Distress Oxide Aged Mahogany

Grace ❤

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Labyrinth Inspired Scrapbook Page – Grace

Hi all! This week I’ve created a scrapbook page/decor piece with the 13 Arts Victoriana Paper Pack and the rest of my gorgeous Design Team kit.


While editing my video for last week a song from Labyrinth came up on my shuffle, and I was inspired to use my kit to create something Labyrinth related – particularly as there are quite a few clock-themed things in this kit and there is a lot of clock imagery in that film.


This week’s process video is longer than usual, and as it shows all the steps and products used, I’ll let the video do all the talking! You can watch it on my YouTube channel here:


Here is a list of products available in the store that I have used on this project:

13Arts Victoriana Paper Pack: https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/product/13-arts-12ins-x-12ins-paper-pack-victoriana/

13Arts Transparent Foil/Acetate ‘Wings’: https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/product/13-arts-transparent-foil-acetate-victoriana-wings/

Fabrika Decoru Stencil (Clocks): https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/product/stencil-093/

AB Studio Chipboard Clocks: https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/product/chipboard-background-id-67/

Fabrika Decoru Acrylic Structure Gel Crystal Pearls: https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/product/glass-beads-texture-gel-crystal-pearls-50ml-fabrika-decoru/

Fabrika Decoru Magic Paint Red Wine: https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/product/dry-paint-magic-paint-with-effect-red-wine-15ml

Fabrika Decoru Metallic Paint Antique Gold: https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/product/metallic-paint-color-antique-gold/

Bo Bunny Glitter Paste: https://thompsonscraftsupplies.com/?s=bo+bunny


Grace ❤

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Smell the Roses-Mixed Media Coasters    

Smell the Roses mixed media coasters
Next project from my latest DT kit from Thompsons craft supplies
little pieces of art, loved making these and adding in some of  my new found love of painting, only small but quite lot in them.
products i used…..
finnabair mixed media tissue paper
finnabair mettalic wax
i also used from my stash some mixed media spray inks,white gesso, bead gel, butterfly, flower and leaf stamps and black ink pad.
 firstly i gesso’d over my coasters (random plain coasters i found in a shop somewhere)
  when they were dry i sprayed with the ink and then with water and moved it around a little till i liked the design, then let it dry, took a while as it was quite wet , i could have used a heat gun but would have moved the ink around more which i didn’t want to do.
i then added my tissue and sealed with clear gesso.
when it was all dry i stamped with my butterfly, flowers and leaf stamps and then painted with my impasto paints. i watered them down to paint easier and did several coats to bring up the gorgeous colours.
when it was all dry i added some pen details, outlining and inner details.
i then added some bead gel around the border.
i cut out my titles from the card sheet and lightly inked to get away from the bright white. i sealed the whole thing with clear gesso, dabbing rather than painting so as not to move any of my colours around any more.
i then added some black ink round the edges and finished with the wax picking up some of the raised detail from the bead gel.