Saturday, 24 July 2021

Sea Adventures - Altered Bottle by Kerstin


Welcome everyone!


I was inspired to create a glass bottle in altered art. 

  I simply love to work 

with moulds and modelling clay

and an Under the Sea theme is always one of my favourites. 


  An upcyling idea, I used a liquor bottle as base

 and modeled with silicone moulds and theme suitable MDF shapes.



some close up's



Illustrated step by step guide


some outcast's made with silicone moulds and airdrying clay

glued as frame with assembly adhesives

supplemented with MDF shapes

and gauze


ship lantern was pressed into the still wet modelling clay with a piece of wire, 

it can move freely,

a perfect rocking element in heavy seas :-)

after the drying process everything was painted over with black gesso,

only for the middle part I used grey chalky paint


coloured with green gold metallic wax and white acrylic paint

+ Art stones in various sizes


highlighted with golden metallic wax

used Calico Craft Parts


Ship's Lantern

 Spider Web

Coin Seaweed - MDF Wood Shape Style 5

Galleon Boat MDF Wood Shape - Style 10

Sheet of Mini MDF Nautical Motifs Style 1

Thanks for your visit!

Happy crafting!


Monday, 19 July 2021

Wild garden tag. By Zuzu


Hi there.

Today I’m sharing a jumbo tag featuring one of the lovely door shapes as well as grass, a flourish, leaves, a butterfly, and a lovely little wren.

I’ve used a piece of the packaging the craft parts were posted in to make my tag. 

By tearing away some of the top layer and exposing the corrugated card underneath you can achieve some lovely texture.

I simply built up my layers, panted it all over with white gesso then applied paints with a lot of water. When it was dry I dry brushed it with more white gesso. Just enough gesso to catch the tops and highlight everything. 

Supply list 

Panelled door with arched window.

Wild Grass





Saturday, 17 July 2021

Riding on a Bat!

I have always been interested in fairies, pixies, witches and fairy folk and had many books on the subject as a child. Some were hand me downs from older family members, some I bought with my pocket money from car boot fairs and jumble sales. One of the many images I used to love, and still do is the little fairy riding on a bat by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. As a child my house was right by a river and on warm sunny evenings we often used to get bats swooping gracefully in our garden as they chased insects. I used to lie on the grass watching them imagining I was that fairy going for a ride! 

So using Calico Craft Parts mdf shapes here is my version of the same fairy and even though she is now older, like myself, she is still enjoying riding on a bat! 

Firstly I painted all my mdf shapes with white matt paint, I find this gives it a good base before adding coloured paints. Once dry I used water colour paints. To add some sparkle to my fairy's dress I added some gold acrylic paint. 

I then painted a simple river scene onto the circular mixed media board. I was planning on using a larger moon at first but then to my delight found one of Calico Craft Parts mini circles was a perfect size to use! So I painted this with matt white paint. 

Once the paint had dried I arranging my bullrushes until I was happy with their position. I then glued them into place. 

I then did the same with my moon, bats and fairy, positioning and gluing them into place. To add colour to the moon and bats I used some distressed crayons. 

To finish off the whole scene I added a little cardboard wording quote. 

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Christmas in July by Liz

  I can't believe I'm doing Christmas in July, I mean what! who me!! but I honestly couldn't resist putting this gorgeous mdf Sleigh together and decorating it,

After putting the sleigh together, (there is a pdf tutorial you can download to help), I painted it with white Gesso all over, then using two colours of antiquing paint I went first over with the darkest blue colour, then using a dry light amount on my brush went over the top with a lighter bluey green, this gives a fantastic weathered look,

When dry I went over the intracate sections with some sliver wax from my stash, adding it with my finger,

Here's where I decorated the inside section from my stash using bits and bobs Christmas related, I love to do a silver, blue themed Christmas as against the traditional red and green, but of course you can decorate it in whatever colours you wish,

I built up my layers to give added interest,

Finally I added some fake snow to the parts of the sleigh where I thought snow may settle,

I hope you have a go too,

Sleigh - Mdf kit - style 2

Happy Crafting,

Hugs Liz

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Window to the past.


Hi there.

I’m sharing a little plaque today. I liked the look of all the doors and windows in the shop and when the postman brought them I was keen to use on on something… anything… 

The substrate I’ve used is actually a piece of grey-board that the shop used to keep the craft parts from getting broken in the post. So it’s like a little free plaque.

And the photo is of my mum as a baby. I have two of these photos. one in the original sepia sort of colours and this one with the colour added (this is just a copy of the original). It is one of the few old family photos I have that has been colourised like this. Very interesting now that we take colour photos for granted. Wonder how much it cost my grandparents to have that done.

When I use craft part embellishments I often break off bits that fit the size and shape I need at the time so I am often left with little piles of left over broken flourishes and leaves etc. This little plaque was the perfect size to use some of those up. It’s going to be hard to give you a supply list for those little bits but I will do my best. 

But it is worth noting that when you are selecting your flourishes, it’s a good idea to think about which ones you could break up into more than one piece to use in different ways. 

Supply list

Arched window

Songbird trio (I used part of it in a previous project so mine is a songbird duo.)

Mini hardware sheet

Swirly flourish (bits of it)

Mini sheet of butterflies (style 6)  

Mini sheet of hearts 

Saturday, 3 July 2021

Madame Maud Fortune Teller by Kat Hazelton.

 "Roll up, roll up, get your palm read, gaze into the crystal ball or have a tarot reading! She sees all, knows all, please come in and have your future told!" 

This fun project was inspired by a book I own called The Fortune Teller and Dreamer's Dictionary by Madame Le Marchand. In this wonderful book it shows you all sorts of different ways to tell fortunes from tarot cards to reading tea leaves. However, it is the wonderful front cover that I particularly love. Instead of traditional imagery on the cover it has a fortune telling witch sitting on a chair gazing into a crystal ball! This gave me a fantastic idea and using a wonderful witch sitting on a chair from Calico Craft Parts, I made Madame Maud's Fabulous Fortune telling tent! 

Firstly to make my Madame Maud a tent I used a piece of cardboard to create the back of the tent, you could use a flat piece of mdf. This was firstly painted with white gesso and once dry I used distressed crayons to create the traditional Circus/Fairground red and yellow stripes. I also added some dark brown crayon round the bottom to make it look mud splattered. To add some extra Circus details I researched online for posters. I resized the images to make them smaller, then printed and glued them onto my tent wall. I then made a start on painting some accessories and making the tent curtains. 

To make the curtains I used stiff grey board, the type you often get in packaging. I often recycle old packaging to use in crafting especially cardboard. With a pen I drew a rough curtain shape. To make sure I could see Madame Maud I used her as a positioning model.

I painted Maud using acrylic paints. Instead of painting her in traditional witch clothes I painted her in brighter colours with the addition of glittery 'bling' to make her look more Fortune Teller in appearance! 

To give the curtains folds I used sculpting paste and a cocktail stick. I applied a thin layer of sculpting past onto the curtain area and using the cocktail stick as a tool I addes fold lines.
Once dry I painted the curtains with red acrylic paint.

Once the paint was dry I glued on some small mdf circles on the back to help to give the scene a raised 3D effect. I also did the same for Madame Maud. 

I also added a string of real mini battery operated lights! I wrapped these around the backboard and taped them into place on the back. 

Once Maud and the curtains were glued in place I added lots of other details including a beautiful candelabra, sign, crystal ball and curtain pelmet, made in the same way as the curtains. The crystal ball was a pretty marble gifted to me by my friend Debbie. Thank you Debbie it makes a perfect crystal ball! 

Lights on! 
Madame Maud is now set up and ready for business! 

Will you have your future told? 

Well I hope you all enjoyed another 'Kat Make' if you have any questions please do message me and of course if you like it please do let me know. Always nice to hear from you. 

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Spring Blooms By Liz

 Hi all, today I thought I'd show you an idea for a journal using some of the fabulous MDF pieces from 

Calico Craft Parts,

(Full process video at the foot of this post.)

I created the front and back of my journal using the MDF Rectangles, these are 10cm x 20cm
 (100mm x 200mm)
which I painted on the outer edges with white Gesso, I also painted a light covering on the flower pieces,

I then painted the Rectangle pieces with some green paint,

I have made a video tutorial on how I created this journal which is below, but first I will show you some close ups of the finished journal after adding a few more MDF pieces, after painting the MDF pieces with the Gesso, I used a few colours of a watercolour brush pen to colour them, this allows the base design to show through still,

I love the way you can make the Butterflies look so different depending on the colours you use,

And the cute Bees,

Products used:

The Video link

Happy Crafting!!
Liz x

Saturday, 26 June 2021

ATC's with texture by Kerstin



Today a new inspiration with MDF shapes. 

I created two artistic trading cards in nature style.

 Love to use and play with textures for interesting effects. 


  Use some outcast's made with silicone moulds, textile ribbons, 

and some small suitable MDF shapes. 

Worked with chalky paints and highlighted with creme waxes.

 used Calico Craft Parts 

Plain ATC Wood Blank

Wild Flowers & Butterflies

Bluebells - MDF Floral Wood Shape Style 48

 Happy crafting!


Saturday, 19 June 2021

Steampunked cigar box: by guest designer Lori Woods

Hello everyone! I'm very happy to be back for my second guest designer post and this time I've gone steampunk! Normally my steampunk project are covered in gorgeous rust and patinas but I wanted to really showoff these fantastic steampunk shapes so I went for a metallic colour palette instead.

 I started with an old cigar box and used a stencil to create some texture. I added two of the Ornate Decorative hinges to the side to recreate a box effect and then covered everything in a mix of gold and bronze metallic paints. 

I used the Steampunk Mechanical Clockworks motif and Steampunk Mechanical Clock shapes, along with Mini wood cogs to create a focal point, layering them together to give the piece dimension. I painted this with silver metallic paint and attached it to the box.

Although I loved the mix of metallic colours, everything was too bright and clean so I took some watered down black acrylic paint and used this to create shadows around the shapes and give the box a slightly dirty and worn look. I finished off with a word element from the Apothecary set and my steampunked cigar box was done!

I hope this gives you some inspiration- these steampunk pieces are fantastically detailed and could be used in so many ways on different projects.

I used:

Ornate scroll decorative hinges

Steampunk Mechanical Clockworks motif

Steampunk Mechanical Clock

Mini wood cogs

Word elements- Apothecary

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Vintage Coasters by liz


Do you love to create items you can use for the home? 

I do occasionally and when I saw these MDF round beer mats from the

Calico Craft Parts online shop,

I knew I had to use some, but as Coasters,

I needed to replace my coasters as I have a puppy and it ate nearly all my coasters when younger, not a good look I can tell you, so thes are to replace those as she now behaves,!! lol

You can decorate the coasters in so many ways, but this time I had some vintage themed Rice paper in my stash so following on from that I also added some crackle to add to the vintage look,

I started them all off by first painting a couple of fine layers of white Gesso to one side of the coasters,

While these dried I had some cork type material in my stash so I cut one circle each for the bottom of each coaster, this will help the coaster stay in place while being used,

I did the same steps for all the coasters but I will show you the 3 different coasters as I tell you what I did,

So the gesso is dry and I've cut out the Rice paper design, taking a soft brush and some all purpose medium, or you could use decoupage medium too, glue the Rice paper down in the centre of the coaster, I popped some of the all purpose medium on the top half of the coaster and went over the Rice paper with a fine brush with a little more of the medium on so that any air bubbles was got rid off, then I did the lower half of the Rice design following the same steps, then again going over with some of the medium, this makes sure it sticks well on the edges too,

Let these dry completly, I then took some 2 part fine crackle varnish which I painted over the whole coaster including on the Rice paper, I went over in one direction up and down then right and left to get the desired crackle effect, I let this first stage dry for 2 to 3 hours, then went over with part 2 of the crackle paste, using the same method as the first, I let this dry again for a few hours,

The next stage was to add some antiquing paste I have again in my stash, this fills in the cracks, I then went over with a clean soft cloth to remove the excess, 

Then I gave all 3 a coat of matt varnish to add some protection, and adhered the cork circles on the back side of the coasters,

I do hope I've given you some inspiration of one way to decorate the coasters, or of course they can be used as Beer Mats or soft drink mats,

MDF Beer Mats

 Happy Crafting!!