Saturday, 17 April 2021

Coffee Sign by Kerstin


 Welcome creative friends!


 I was inspired to create a coffee wooden sign as masculine gift idea 

and inspiration,

 maybe for the coffee kitchen in the office

 or as a Thank You gift for a helpful friend.

In monochrome colour scheme, with texture (crackle effects)

 origin coffee powder for a good aroma

 and I also try out the Rusty Bronze powder with the suitable Rust Reagenz (13@rts),

 I must say very exiting!! 


 I used the paper 'Paint your life' from the 13arts 'Yound and Free' collection

 as background. 

Together with some faux rust techniques a great suitable

 grunge background for my wooden sign.


some close up's


Plain ATC Wood Blank with Steampipe Clock Frame

used as image frame and painted with silver acrylic paint 


3 different sizes of cups glued on top of each other,

colored with white and black acrylic paint,

stamped with crackle texture,

highlighted with silver wax,

 saucer of the smallest cup was cut off and glued back on with 3D effect

origin coffee powder used as paint and texture

used Calico Craft Parts

Plain ATC Wood Blank with Steampipe Clock Frame

 Teacup & Saucer - MDF Mixed Media Board

(3 various sizes )

Pipework Maze MDF Craft Parts

Vintage Biplane MDF Wood Shape Style 1

MDF Wood Cog - Style 1

Swirly Curly Flourish


I hope I could inspire you! 

Have fun realizing your own 

visions and ideas!


Thanks for your visit!


Thursday, 8 April 2021

A Touch Of Steampunk by Liz Marsden

 Hi Guys, I'm here with a post today as Guest for

Calico Craft Parts

for this month, I wish to thank Louise the blog co-ordinator for the honour,

I have always admired Steampunk but never had the nerve to try it for myself, well looking at the fabulous MDF products on the Steampunk  theme that Calico Craft Parts have in store I couldn't resist,

I created a hat for the MDF embellishments along with some items from my stash,

So here is the unadorned hat which I have coloured with some waxes,

I then started to decorate this,

These are how they come to you with plenty of scope for you to play/work with, lol

So after carefully removing the pieces I needed for my project I added some of the waxes I'd used on my hat,

I also decided to add another colour of the wax too, simply adding bits of the coloured wax here and there,  blending them in with my finger,

I love this MDF piece, which is  listed below and as you can see I added some small clock hands from my stash to the design, again keeping in the colours, Total fluke I happened to have these (lol) but of course I could have used the waxes over instead,

When completely set I then hot glued some chain on the back,

I then glued this to the right hand side of my steampunk hat,

Meanwhile while this dried, I glued some tiny clock cogs in metal onto the hat along with a slightly larger metal cog and one of the MDF ones, this made a firm base for the Air balloon and the other end of the chain glued behind in the same way as before to attach too,

I also added a MDF piece on the brim of the front of the hat, which I had coloured with the waxes as before, I then added some of the same colour here and there to the hat,

I Loved the finished hat but I stll had lots of Steampunk themed pieces left, so I decided to create an exploding box for the hat to sit in,

I simply created the box to be a little wider and a little taller then the hat so it fit onto the centre part, It could be glued down however I haven't done so, so it can be removed if wanted,

After adding some steampunk themed paper I created some tags using Steampunk themed images to tie it all in,

Again my pieces were coloured in the waxes and I also added a metal cog here too,

Here I simply used various sizes of the cogs, keeping some in their original colour for contrast,

Here as well as the cogs I added the lovely little pipe still in it's original colour too,

Then lastly the fabulous Glasses and and another awesome time piece from the mini set style 3,

For the lid of the exploding box I used more Images off the Mini style style 3 set, using the same colours as inside,

Calico Craft Parts used:

I will be back later this month with another project for 
Calico Craft Parts to share with you,

Do check out the awesome products they have for you to play with!!

Happy Crafting,
Hugs Liz x

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Happy Easter!


 Hello creative friends!


Today a very quick and simple gift idea for your home decoration. 

It isn't always necessary to elaborately process or paint the MDF shapes, right?!


You can also just use them as decoration, they appear in a plain wood look, 

and the engraved laser lines bring out amazing details.



1.  a small wooden box was filled with floral foam and moss


Alert Rabbit

 Flowering Vine - Decorative Flourish Style 27

 Wildflowers in Grass 


a few small artificial flowers, or even things you brought back

 from your spring walk, complete the whole thing 




2. a blown out decorated goose egg as a small flower vase


Cross with Lillies - MDF Wood Shape Style 17

Running Hare

Oval Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board as base

 that is quickly glued together



I wish you a very Happy Easter

  with many colourful eggs

 in the green grass or perhaps still in the snow.



Thursday, 25 March 2021

The White Hart in the Enchanted Wood by Kat Hazelton

To see a white Hart is a rare moment of magic. This beautiful creature has a rich history surrounded in myth and legends and is a creature beloved by Kings and Queens. In Celtic mythology it is a messenger from another world sometimes associated with Herne the Hunter, who in folklore inhabited areas of Windsor Forest and Windsor Great Park in Berkshire.

This creature of folklore actually does exist though it is rare to spot one. Occasionally a deer (either a Stag or a Doe) will be affected by a rare genetic pattern that causes a reduction in the pigment of an animal's hair and skin, which is known as leucism. Unlike albinism the deers eyes remain a normal colour.
The name hart is from the archaic word for a mature stag.

To create your own magical scene you will need the following Calico Craft Parts.

Other items needed.
Acrylic paints, glue, gilding flakes or metallic paints, die cut paper trees.

I painted my MDF and cut die shapes in soft lilacs, grey and white to give my scene a mystical feel. I painted the stag with several layers of white chalk paint to make him seem almost ghostly! 

For the woodland I glued down my mdf scene in the middle and then added paper trees either side, overlapping to add depth. I used a matt decoupage glue. 

Once dry I trimmed off the overhang of tree branches and started to add the foreground gluing on mdf bushes, grasses and real sticks from my garden. 

To add extra foliage at the front I painted some dried floristry moss in the same colours adding little flecks of silver. 

To make the White Hart more magical I added silver embossing flakes to his antlers. 

For the final finishing touches I added little birds, extra silver gilding around the edge and a Royal Crown. 

Thank you for reading my blog posting. I hope it inspires you to have a go at making your own creations. 
If you have any questions about this project please do message me. I am very happy to help if I can. 

Just want to take this opportunity to thank Calico Craft Parts for asking me to guest design this month and for everyone who has sent me great feedback. Thank you, most appreciated. Kat Hazelton x

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Springtime Birdhouse by Kerstin




Today is in the northern hemisphere, the official beginning of spring.

That inspired me to create a bird house in mixed media style.

 I used delightful chalky colours for a naturally look. 




some close up's

used Calico Craft Parts

Songbirds in Spring Branches 

 Flowering Wild Grass - Decorative Flourish Style 25 in two sizes

Wild Grass MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

Sheet of Mini Hares

 Wildflowers in Grass


I hope I was a inspiration for your creative imagination! 


Happy crafting!!


Many thanks!


Thursday, 11 March 2021

Time for Tea by Kat Hazelton.


The joy of mixed media projects is you can turn odds and ends into beautiful ornaments, art and gifts. That odd bead, broken necklace, wine cork or spoon can with a touch of paint, a dabble of texture paste or sprinkle of glitter be transformed into a thing of beauty! When I was asked to step in as guest designer for Calico Craft Parts I must confess with it being so close to Easter I was tempted to do a project with bunnies and eggs! But then I began thinking back to the hazy days of being off school for Easter Holidays. One of the things I loved doing, apart from eating chocolate of course, was to bury my head into books such as Enid Blyton adventure series or Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland! Even as an adult it is a book I return to and still enjoy. So with this idea in mind I dug about my box of crafting bits and bobs found a little plastic 'Alice', a cat shaped bead, some pretty plastic flowers! Then I saw a fab MDF teapot shape on Calico Craft Parts website and an idea formed!

To make your own teapot you will need from Calico Craft parts

Other items.

Paints, glue, die cut paper shapes, glitter, crayons, and bits and bobs! Plus ribbon or string to hang your tea pot once finished.

To make a start I always paint all my MDF parts and paper die cuts white I find this gives a nice base to add colour paints, inks and pastes. The texture is created using stencils and texture paste.

Even though I wanted a steampunk feel  I decided to add a bright blue and gold instead of traditional steampunk colours.
I felt this was more 'Wonderland!' 

I based the clockface hands on the clock face of Elizabeth Tower, the famous tower better know by most people as Big Ben. The hour hand has a heart shape which I thought was perfect choice for my Alice in Wonderland clock.
To make them I drew the design onto card then carefully cut them out with a scalpel knife. I painted them both with black acrylic paint and edged them with gold.

I painted the little white rabbit with acrylic paint giving him a little coat. I then painted the mdf pocket watch with gold paint and added gloss to the face. I then added a gold painted cog to the back of the pocket watch to give it a steampunk'd look. The little chain is made from knotted gold thread the same used to hang Christmas baubles. Later I add a little pink crayon to his nose and inner ears.

The wording for Tea Alice was done using little word beads which I painted with some gold paint. I then glued on all my bits and bobs adding touches of gold paint to blend them into the project. 

My finished tea pot! 

Thank you for reading my first blog posting for Calico Craft Parts. I hope your enjoyed it and that it inspires you to have a go at making your own creations.

If you have any questions about this project please do message me, I am very happy to help if I can. 

Kat Hazelton. 

Saturday, 6 March 2021

Home decor for Springtime by Kerstin

 Welcome creative friends!


I was inspired to create a rustic easter basket as home decoration for the springtime.

I used the MDF Trug Kit - Style 1

only as basket without the handholds. Single shapes were painted with simple acrylic colours.


some close up's



used Calico Craft Parts


MDF Trug Kit - Style 1

Sheet of Mini MDF Label Holders Wood Shapes

Sheet of Mini Hares - MDF Wood Animal Shapes

Hen & Cockrell Side by Side

Hen & Cockrell Beak to Beak


I hope I could inspire you! 

Have fun realizing your own visions and ideas!


Thanks for your visit!