Saturday, 15 May 2021

Atelier Mixty Motions by Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!


I was inspired to create a mini atelier in grunge style 

with a touch of steampunk.

 I used the lower part of a cardboard gift box and as background 

old book paper with white crackle paste

 and distress ink for stains and splashes.



 some close up's


I love to design shelves in 3D look, here 2 supports

MDF Wood Corner Style 6 - Sunbeam 60 x 60 mm

+ one

Rounded Rectangle Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board 

100 x 50 mm

+ and as front panel

Steampunk Mechanical Cogs Motif Style 1

 colored with black acrylic paint 

and a special embossing powder


used Calico Craft Parts


MDF Wood Corner Style 6 - Sunbeam 

2x +

 Rounded Rectangle Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board 

100 x 50 mm for handmade shelf


Steampunk Multi Frame - Pipework

Steampunk Mechanical Clockworks Motif Style 31

Steampunk Mechanical Cogs Motif Style 1

Steampunk Mechanical Cogs Motif Style 22

Rounded Rectangle Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board 

2 x 75 x 38 mm


Clock Hands

Sheet of Mini MDF Hardware Wood Shapes

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 8




I hope I could inspire you! 

Have fun realizing your 

own visions and ideas!


Thanks for your visit!


Saturday, 8 May 2021

Marine plaque by Liling Payne

Hello Everyone

First of all, thanks to Louse Crosbie for the invitation to be a Guest Design Team member for May.  We were fellow DT members of another craft blog so it’s been a privilege to learn from all the talented crafters out there.

This has been my first foray into mixed media and a bit of a learning curve, but thanks to You Tube and Pinterest, I was able to find inspiration to help me choose what I wanted to make from the amazing range of products and themes that Calico Craft Parts sells.

I love oceons, sea life and the colours of the seas and oceons so I decided to choose ocean themed  products:

Helen, the owner, included an extra plaque with my order so I decided to use that as the base for today’s project. 

So first of all I decided to prepare the oval plaque and the craft parts with white gesso. 


I gathered a selection of ink pads and paints I thought would suit the project focusing mainly on aquatic themed colours.

I stamped the seahorse with some of the inks starting with where I thought the shadows would be so darker shades on the head and tail. I sprinkled water to activate the distress inks so it gave a nice mottled look to the sea horse. I then used the darker brown distress ink to draw some markings on the element then I used some bronze coloured modelling paste to highlight some areas and give a metallic sheen, then I added some sparkle with a glitter based products. This also helped give the shell a nice glossy effect (which, sadly does not show up in the photos). I also covered the base in various shades of green and blue mica spray, then added texture with some mesh fabric I had as well as muslin. I then played around with the different gesso, pastes and sprays until I got the look I wanted on the base, however it did end up very blue and green so that’s why I did some of the embellishments in paler colours and glimmer/glacier paste. I also laid some bubble wrap over the base to give me some more texture which I thought I could then use embellishment drops or glossy accents to highlight the bubbles.


Once all my elements were painted, covered, embellished, I laid them out on my board to decide on placement. To try knock some the blue back, I found a piece of burlap which I left natural to give me some dimension and then lightened the base below the burlap and added more gesso for texture before deciding how to place all my pieces. I played around with layout, took photos each time until I found the layout I wanted.

So here is how I decided to place everything which I then glued down.

think I’ll probably use this as a wall hanging as the plaque had holes in the top which have been covered by the gesso and pastes, but to showcase it for the blog, I found some ocean themed papers in my stash which I felt co-ordinated well.

So I hope you like my first ever mixed media project.  Thank you to Louise and Calico Craft Parts for giving me the opportunity to try the products and design something as a complete beginner and novice and hopefully this will inspire other beginners to mixed media to just jump in and find your theme then be creative.

Happy Crafting 



Supply list:

Seaweed style 12

Coral style 1

seaweed style 7



sheet of mini shells

oval plaque

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Quirky Themed Phone Stand by Liz

 Hi guys, Gosh it's gone chilly again as I'm writing this, I hope the sun returns soon,

to cheer myself up I altered this fabulous Plywood phone holder from

Calico Craft Parts

The holder fits my phone easily and even has space for the charging lead to go through while it's sat there, Lol

I have a small tutorial on how I got this look,

I glued the sections in place by placing the back section through the pre cut slot on the front as shown,

I then painted a fine layer of white Gesso over all the sections, when dry I took some benders with three colours of Distress oxides and randomly added colour to the sections, going over the other colour where it meets to blend it in, I used Blue Lagoon, Twisted Cirton and Fossilized Amber, next to stop the inks coming off I lightly sprayed the surfaces with a cheap hair spray, let dry,

I then stamped onto the sections, using Versafine Clair in Verdant, this went with the colour's I'd chosen but still showed,

As you can know it already has the back stand attached, so to make it easier to stamp and do the rest of the media on it I took a mixed media tub I had in my stash, (any tub will do as long as it's roughly the same height or a little bit higher as the back stand, but it needs to give a firm surface to be able to place your stamp on, (so the front surface is flat to work on)

This is the stamp pad with the ink I used to stamp onto the surfaces, I didnt add my stamp to an acrylic block so I could press my fingers on the back of the stamp to get it into smaller sections too, this gives a variety to the stamping too as some are more defined then others, (this adds to the effect) let this dry as the ink will remain wet for a while, you can use aheat tool lightly over the top, but be careful not to burn the plywood,

Next I took a star stencil with some Modelling paste, this I randomly spread through the stencil here and there, again some parts missed or were thinner layeres, I wanted this effect as it gives the quirky look and lets a bit of the colour show through,
Leave to dry naturally, if you use heat it could make the stencil paste bubble, I didn't want this as I wanted it kept flat,

I had stamped coloured and fussy out out the bird images, then adhered them onto the front over some of the stencilled stars as shown, again I kept these flat to the surface of the phone holder, I decided I wanted a little more stamping at this stage so using a smaller text stamp and Versafine Clair Nocturne ink to make it stand out a little more I randomly placed it here and there, again I used just my fingers for the stamping to add small sections,

I used another stamped bird facing the opposite way, placing it lower down on the holder, glued in the same way,

I fussy cut out a sentiment on a separate piece of card, then glued it in the middle again keeping it flat,

And there is my finished quirky themed phone stand,
Just the thing to brighten up a dull day!! lol

Happy Crafting!!
Hugs Liz xx

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Art Journal page by Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!


Today I want to share with you another view on projects that you can create 
with Calico Craft Parts shapes. 
I was inspired to work on a new art journal  page 
in a natural vintage and grunge style. 
I love to combine materials with different structures and textures. 
 Here I used dried leaves, paper and fabric leftovers, 
stamps and stencils, distress inks and for a kind of 3D effect an amazing key.
some close up's


 I hope I could inspire you !

Happy crafting!


Thursday, 22 April 2021

Wish We Were Here/ by Liz Marsden

 Hi guys, I'm here again for

Calico Craft Parts with my second GDT spot for this month,

This time I couldn't resist this awesome MDF boat, it comes in a few sizes with or with out a shelf too,

As you can see I chose with out, after taking the pieces out, I glued them together, when set I then painted it inside and out with some white Gesso, leave aside  to dry,


Meanwhile take the section of the left over MDF and draw around the shape onto a piece of card,  here I drew around the outer edge, but I should have drawn around the inner, so do that, he he

You should have a shape like this, then fussy cut it out,

Next score some lines along the length of the boat shape, here I went every 1cm,
but you could do less or more if you wish, this balanced nicely though,

Fold them on the crease lines so the edges are pronounced,

Take an ink pad and holding it lightly go down the length of the scored lines so the ink catches onto the card here and there,

Then go over the same way with another colour of Ink pad, this time I used an oxide ink pad and it did  spread a little easier, to finish it off I lightly swiped here and there with this ink too,
Hopefully you get a worn wood look to the card,
(I got the idea for this off Tracy off the intenet who has fabulous tutorials and ideas), 

Now for the next fun bit, here I used the Calico craft parts mini Seagulls and Mini Nautical style 2 wood shapes, these I applied white gesso as before then when dry I went over with some Texture paste, love this stuff, it gives feather effect to the birds and a rusted effect to the anchors,

For the Anchors when dry I then went over with some wax in Old Silver, you can see another mini piece from the sets which I gave the wax treatment too to,
Going back to the boat I painted the whole boat with a light greyish blue to keep in with the colour theme,

So fun part 3!!

I glued the piece of card I had created to look like worn wood to the base of my boat, 
I decided to make my boat part of a scene, this could have been created as a stand alone scene which would look just as fabulous or as I decided to do in a exploding box so it can be given as a gift,

I made the base of my scene, with watercolour card stock, which I painted with yellows and beiges for the sand, and a couple of blues and greens for the sea, when dry I glued this in place on my box,

Next I built up around it, by gluing one of the Anchors in front of the boat, a log effect piece I have in my stash to one side onto which I added the finished seagull which I painted over with a little yellow acrylic paint for it's beak and white for the feathers, some shells and other bits, then I added some mini Art Stones to finish it off,

Now for the rest of the box, I downloaded some digi print papers and glued them in place, these kept to the seaside theme,

On the back piece I glued some more of the seagulls, looking like the're flying around the coast line looking for fish, (not a chip in sight) Lol

I created a tag out of  the papers and simply added the oars and a shipswheel on the bottom, I kept this just coloured in the white gesso so the natural wood bits showed through, again for a weathered look, they would look fab coloured in bright colours too if that's more your thing!!

Here you can see the Binnoculars I had coloured with the wax in the previous picture, I painted the beach hut in light colours again going for a weathered look, and added one of the adorable little Anchors to the top!!

I love this compass styled one, which I painted with colour then went over with white to soften it, it went brilliant with the background images,

So of course a box has to have a lid!! so I used the same papers for this as inside just using the wood look ones,

Creating another tiny scene of the top, Again using one of the fantastic Anchors, another piece of my wood embellishment, shells and mini art stones, and another of the Calico Craft Parts compass but this time I left that in its natural colour to give a little pop to the neautral colours of the others,

Well I hope this has inspired you , do check out all the fabulous products Calico Craft Parts sell,

Now for some exciting news!!
I have been asked to be a full time member of the design team for
Calico Craft Parts,
 so watch this space for more projects from me, Lol

Calico Craft Parts used:

Check out the fabulous projects on the Calico Craft Parts Blog

Happy Crafting!!