Saturday, 1 October 2022

Halloween Decor by Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!


I was inspired to create a Halloween - Welcome door sign in 3D look.

here you can also leave your keys 

for practical reasons :-)

 I worked with a background paper, some cutting dies and some suitable


In the center you see the awesome

which was created with rusty acrylics and some texture.

In the middle of the frame I attached a small MDF part as a shelf.


some close up's



used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts




I hope you find inspiration!


Thanks for stopping by...until next time




Saturday, 17 September 2022

Creepy - Halloween Tag


Welcome creative friends!


Today a new Halloween tag created with some MDF shapes
 from Calico Craft Parts
and suitable cutting dies and stamps ( Tim Holtz).



I was inspired to split 

 Zombie Horde

and let them dance around the coffin.


some close up's


used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


MDF and Birch Ply Tag Shapes - Classic Rectangle

Coffin Silhouette

 Zombie Horde

 Creepy - Halloween MDF Wood Word

I hope you find inspiration!


Thanks for stopping by...until next time




Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Roll up, roll up. The circus is in town. By Sara Annau.

Hello again. 
I’m back with my second guest designer project and this time I’m bringing you the colour and fun of the circus, all rolled up into miniature form inside this little shrine kit. 

I absolutely love a good circus theme, vintage circus in particular which means I often buy beautiful scrapbook papers relating to the circus. What better way to use some of those papers than to create a little circus that can sit on a shelf. 

When I received my order from Calico craft parts, it included this lovely elephant which I’ve used to add some interest to the back of the project. I’ve gently highlighted it without going too heavy handed so as to keep the detail of the original laser cut showing. 

This project involved an awful lot of fine detail cutting (fussy cutting). A job I usually find relaxing but it may take my fingers a while to recover from this one lol.
However, I think it was worth it as there are so many fun and interesting little details to look at on the finished project. 

I hope this project has given you some ideas of your own and that you might feel inspired to decorate a little shrine in your favourite theme 
Thank you for looking.

Supply list.

Monday, 29 August 2022

Nostalgia Avenue: by Sara Annau


I was delighted to be asked by the design team coordinator, Louise, to be a guest designer for Calico Craft Parts and couldn’t wait to get started. 

The first project I want to share with you is this little street scene I’ve created using four small house shapes and some mini doors and windows (some of which I’ve cut down or added to to suit my needs).

The middle house is made out of two individual houses stuck together and I deliberately chose one with a regular roof and one with a wonky roof to add an interesting feature from the back view (as seen in the next image).

Although the little houses all have no features, Calico Craft Parts sell all kinds of accessories and textures to add some authenticity. From cobble stones to bricks and lots of architectural pieces including windows and doors so you can customise your houses to your own taste.
I’ve gone for a very vintage nostalgic look.
As I had a very specific budget for my design team order, I didn’t get everything I could have used so I’ve used some texture from embossing folders to create some of my brick etc.

I’ve also added a dormer window to the middle house and I’ve included some resin cast drainpipes in a couple of places to add a wee touch of authenticity to the look. 

 Adding all the little details to make four very plain house shapes become this nostalgic little street took some time but it was time spent enjoying myself and letting my imagination run free. 

I’m now looking forward to starting my second design team project which involves a lot of  “fussy cutting” so I’d better get on with it. 

Supply list

Block style house kits: 

short with wonky roof, 

 short ,


tall with wonky roof

Sheet of Mini MDF doors

Sheet of mini MDF windows

Additional supplies that may be of interest for a similar project:

Sheet of pipes and drains etc

Selection of fences

Bricks and Cobbles etc

Saturday, 20 August 2022

Dark Forest - Homedecor by Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!

I found an old home decoration piece on flea market,  
 two mushrooms are made of felt and I liked them.

They inspired me to decorate them with some MDF shapes
 and make them unique.
Thought of a moonlight night in the dark forest
 and you can see that I already started with Halloween crafts 😀. 


 some close up's




used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


Haunted House on The Hill - MDF Wood Scene

Sheet of Mini Insects - MDF Wood Shapes Style 3

 Flying Bat Colony

Winter Tree Scene MDF Wood Shape - Style 2

Sheet of Mini MDF Window Wood Shapes


I hope you find inspiration!


Thanks for stopping by...until next time






Saturday, 6 August 2022

Altered Book - Pirates Adventure by Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!


I love it to create  books in Altered Art, and to tell stories with it.

It's always fascinating to work in combination with 2D and 3D effects.

I worked with MDF shapes, outcast's from silicone moulds

and cutting dies.


I'm a big fan of all the Pirates of Carribean adventures,

they inspire me again and again.

Galleon Boat  

 reminds me of Black Pearl rising from the sea.







 some details

used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


Coral - MDF Wood Shape Style 15

Galleon Boat MDF Wood Shape - Style 10

 Art Deco & Nouveau Style Ornament Shape - Style 65

Ship in a Bottle MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

Coral - MDF Wood Shape Style 10


I hope I could inspire you to try some projects out off the page, 

because there is a lot of possibilties what you can do with amazing MDF shapes!


Happy crafting!!


Tuesday, 26 July 2022

In the deep. Little ocean themed plaque by Louise Crosbie.


Hi there.  

I’m sharing this little deep ocean themed plaque today. While I often use craft parts as embellishments to larger projects, this project is about 90% craft parts. Very soothing to work on as all I had to do was pick out the parts I wanted and glue them down to create a scene. I used a stencil on the background first then I used little cobble stones to create the pebbles at the bottom of the ocean floor  I added some mini art stones to create a sand effect.

Once all my parts were glued down and secure, I gave everything a coat of white gesso then added colour. A bit of dry brushing restored the detail.

Some sequins and glitter added a touch of magic. I’m thinking of turning this into a mini album cover as I have another plaque the same I could turn into the back cover and bind the book with mini book rings. 

Craft Parts Used

Mixed media board door shape


Diver octopus

Seaweed #9

Seaweed Stalked leaf bearer 

Chub Fish

Cobblestones mini sheet




Saturday, 23 July 2022

Maritim Frame - Summer Home Decor with Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!


Summertime and vintage feelings
I was inspired to create an upcycling project and a maritim picture frame 
was born.
It's a combination of MDF shapes, old fabric leftovers
and nature elements.



 How I began


 used  an old wooden circle panel as base
attached 4 pieces of jute ribbon to make it look like a lifebelt
added 4 beach inspired MDF shapes,
 which were partially divided and cut to size
should be an old weathered character
so I only used a dry brush technique with white gesso


some details


used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


Wild Grass MDF Wood Shape - Style 4

 To The Beach Signpost

Rustic Beach Fence Panel

Deck Chair



I hope you find inspiration!


Thanks for stopping by...until next time



Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Sleeping beauty tag: by Louise Crosbie. (Zuzu)


Hi there.

For todays project I’ve used a large wooden tag as my base. After gluing on my papers, I covered them in clear gesso to protect them from getting stained and obscuring the images in the later stages.

While it was drying I gave all my chosen embellishments a very light coat of  white gesso before painting them with colours to match the papers. A nice teal and a rose pink. 

I think these arched windows are perfect for fairytale themes and the mini bricks give the hint or suggestion of a castle wall. 

I’ve not necessarily kept all my craft parts in one piece which seems to be a regular theme with me. I like to snip them into convenient pieces depending on the needs of my layout and it gives me the impression that they go further that way too. 

These pretty little rose bushes and vines really suit the papers I’ve used. Especially with the added colour. 

Craft parts used: 


Rose bramble

Throned rose scroll

Butterfly bramble

Mini brick sheet

Narrow rose window

Saturday, 9 July 2022

Maritime Tag with Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!


 I was motivated to create a sea inspired tag with a touch of Steampunk.
Love underwater fantasies, one of my favourite themes in summer time.
Used one of the very versatile tags from Calico Craft Parts,
always a good stable base for mixed media projects.
You can experiment and create with water and other liquids
 without deforming the background,
I always appreciate that.


some details



used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


MDF Tag Shape - Classic

Steampunk Mechanical Cogs Motif Style 22

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 2

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 1

Sailing Boat Wood Shape - Style 2



I hope you find inspiration!


Thanks for stopping by...until next time