Friday, 4 August 2017


Hello and welcome. It's challenge time again over at That's Crafty and the theme this fortnight is Anything but Cards. What a great challenge this is. You can make what ever you like. For my DT inspiration I have chosen one of the fab MDF uprights by That's Crafty and those grumpy old penguins by Katzlecraft. If you pop over HERE you can see it along with all the other great creations from the rest of the design team.

Here's what I used...

katzelkraf stamp...Les Pingouins.
Finnabair stamp...Pines.
Versafine ink...Onyx Black.
Archival Ink...Cobalt.
Distress Ink...Antique Linen. 
PaperArtsy fresco finish chalk paints...Captain Peacock, China and Glass Blue.
Pebeo Studio texture gel...White Sand. 
PaperArtsy gauze.
Prima Junk yard findings...bulb.
Santoro sequins.
Alphabet die...make unknown but any would do.
Tim Holtz...Corked vials
Nuvo Crystal Drops...Navy Blue and Ivory Seashell.
Cosmic Shimmer crystal jewels.
Silver star confetti.

Here's what I did...

Brayer on the china and captain peacock fresco paints until happy with the look. Take the pines stamp and stamp sections of it over the upright using the cobalt ink pad. Mix a small amount of the glass blue fresco paint with water and flick over the upright until you have the desired amount of blue spots. Repeat these steps on the base of your upright. Once dry piece the upright to the base and spread the texture gel along the bottom and up the tag. Set this aside to dry.

Stamp the two large penguins next to each other on smooth white card and stamp the small penguin separately. Cut these out and colour them. Cut a piece of the gauze large enough to bunch up at the bottom and glue this onto the upright. Glue the penguins into position. Die cut some letters from black card to make the word family and glue this into place. Take the two colours of nuvo drops and dot randomly over the upright until happy. Glue on some sequins. 

Take the word band and rub some fresco paint into the wording to make it pop and glue it into place. Take the corked vial and fill with a little of the heart confetti and glitter jewels and glue this to the bottom the the upright. Die cut some fish bones and lightly blend over with distress ink while still in the die and glue into place.

A grumpy penguin family making every second count. They just need to smile lol.

I hope you like it and remember, join in the challenge and have some fun. You could be in with the chance of winning a £20 gift voucher to spend over at That's Crafty. Have you ever visited the That's Crafty shop? If not you seriously need to. They have everything you could want. Take a look HERE. So come and join in the fun. We would love to see all your crafty makes. Don't forget to check out the challenge blog rules.

All for now and thank you for stopping by. Have a great weekend and hope to see you again soon.

Much love, Bev. xxx


  1. Brilliant Bev, love all the textures you've added here and those grumpy penguins always make me smile ;)
    Donna xx

    1. Thanks Donna. They are fab arn't they even though grump old things lol. x

  2. Ah this made me smile - thank you! Wonderful design xx

    1. Bless you Nikki, thank you I'm glad it made you smile. x

  3. Oh what a fun make Bev, it brought a smile to my face too so that makes 3. For a moment I thought you had hand cut those fish bones until I read otherwise. This would make a fab Xmas pressie for a family member..!! Thank you for the smiles. Hugs Tracey xx

    1. Thank you so much Tracey. So glad you like it and that it made you smile. x

  4. You can't fail with these grumpy chaps, fabulous make.
    Amanda x

  5. Dear Bev, it is a gorgeous creation, love the family, on their icy place, with the fishbones, -they look great with the shiny finish,--- and the gauze I love of course :-) .
    A most amazing winter decoration. Hope you are doing good - and wish you a lovely weekend. Love from Dorthe, xx

    1. Bless you Dorthe. Always such kind and thoughtful words and always very much appreciated. xxx

  6. Those penguins always make me smile, and I just love the textured world you've created for them, from the fabric beach to the underwater icicles, all beautifully embellished. Fabulous work!
    Alison x

    1. Thank you very much Alison, much appreciated. xxx

  7. Love your project I love the penguins - they always brighten my day xx


Life Is Too Short

Hello and welcome Well this is getting a bit of a habit lol. I am back here again with another really quick and easy make. I have to sa...