Saturday, 12 December 2020

Winter house II by Kerstin

 Welcome, creative friends!


Some of you may remember my little winter house 

which I created two years ago - Little winter cottage - , 

now I have designed another one with joy and great fun.




Individual tips on how to create :


Paint the base plate before removing the individual parts!

This is how the individual parts of the two bays are glued together.

On one bay window I removed the tabs, so that it can be glued to a side of the house

where there is no slot (this way you can customise the house kit easily). 


According to the plan the two bays have been attached to the front of the house,

 but I preferred to attach one to the side wall of the house instead.

From the left overs from the house kit I made a small window with shutters!

Let it snow, let it snow :-)

The base plate was painted with snow texture paste and white acrylic paint.

Unfortunately there comes no chimney with the house kit... I'm afraid the people will have to freeze ;-)

 Finally I decorated the free roof area with additional stars and fir branches.

Some close up's


Calico Craft Parts used:

Double Bay Window - MDF House Kit

Oval Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board

Picket Fence Panel MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

Sheet of Mini MDF Street Lamps

Vintage Truck with Fir Tree

 Tall Trio of Winter Fir Trees 

 Holly Leaf & Berry Flourish

Fir Boughs - MDF Wood Corner

 Mini Star Wreath


I wish you a merry Christmas 

and a happy new year



Monday, 7 December 2020

A Quick Christmas Card, Some Ornaments and Festive Home Decor - by Claudia

Hi, servus and I hope you're in the middle of enjoying the advent season (well, at least as much as possible this year)! 

Those who know me, know that I am not much of a Christmas crafting girl - as much as I love Christmas with decorating our tree and putting up candles and lights here and there! When it comes to creating cards or other Christmas related projects, I really start to struggle. I loved decorating presents when I was younger, but obviously habits change during a lifetime...and right now I am not only struggling with heavy side effects from a new medication (I won't bore you with details here, but heavily shaking hands definitely are not helpful either), but we're also furnishing the house we've recently bought (in our favourite Austrian lake district) - so it will be a bit of struggle to reconcile Christmas preparations and celebrations with planning and putting up furniture (and then still be relaxed enough on Christmas Eve to enjoy the festivities with the family)...

...but with the help of some of the lovely Christmas themed Calico Craft Parts even I managed to come up with something festive - which definitely helped put me in Christmas mood! 

I've created a card, a dome with a nativity scene and lit with tiny lights and also two ornaments for our tree (or to hang on Christmas presents alongside a little tag)! 

Calico Craft Parts used:

 - Christmas Nativity Scene MDF Wood Shape - Style 1

- Trio of Winter Fir Trees MDF - Wood Shape

- Snowflake Christmas Tree - MDF Lace Cut Bauble

- Tractor Trailer & Christmas Tree - MDF Wood Shape

- Mistletoe Branch - MDF Wood Shape

I worked on all projects simultaneously and started with spraying all the chosen craft parts with DecoArt white Shimmer Mister. 

While the parts were set aside to dry, I unboxed the dome kit - a cheap DIY Christmas dome kit that comes with tiny lights, "snow" in a little plastic bag, a plastic dome and MDF base and some pre-cut Balsa wood pieces that I replaced with the Calico Craft Parts Nativity Scene and Fir Tree Trio

The picture below shows how I've cut the base plate from the kit into three sections. These were meant to work as stands for the nativity scene and tree trio (I just glued the craft parts between the base plate parts and all of this using matte Decou-Page to the MDF base of the dome kit - this way the wood shapes are kept upright and in place). 

While that was set aside to dry, I finished my Christmas card: I have a box of previously die cut or left over sentiments and picked the "seasons greetings" quote for my rural themed card with the tractor and its trailer with the tree. I use an old small detail brush and diluted Decou-Page to glue tiny die cuts into place. The MDF wood shape was glued on with Decou-Page directly from the bottle and I put a heavy weight on top during drying time to make sure all the parts of the wood shape got firmly glued to the Kraft card. 

Time to turn the dome upside down, fill it with the snow from the little bag and insert the tiny lights! 
The base had gotten a layer of DecoArt Chalky Finish paint "lace" before - but there was enough snow to neatly cover the whole base around the trees. 

Last thing to do was to fix little ribbons to the two ornaments as hanging devices - done! 

A quick card, two even quicker ornaments and a nostalgic nativity scene in a lit dome! The slight shimmer from the white Shimmer Mister added beautifully to the festive look of the ornaments and the nativity scene! 

I hope some of my ideas have been useful or inspiring for your own 
Christmas projects! 

Hugs and happy Xmas Crafting!


Saturday, 28 November 2020

Altered Art Bottle - Winter Magic by Kerstin


 Welcome, creative friends!


I was inspired to create another glass bottle in Altered Art style

suitable for the magic of Christmas time.


Tips & Tricks



Firstly I covered the whole bottle with Weathered Wood, a crackle medium from DecoArt,then, after a drying time, I painted that with Chalky Finish 'Serene'. 

The middle section was painted with diluted paint for better visibility of the door windows. 


I love to decorate the flat MDF shapes with 3D effects using a silicone cake mould ('Gothic window')

and air drying clay (only the outer frame of the mould was used in this case).

One of the

Sheet of Mini MDF Street Lamps 

was perfect for a hanging lantern above the window!
To have it well fixed, it was pressed into the not yet completely dried clay
 and additionally fixed with construction adhesive - this glue fixes the MDF shapes
 very well on glass, but you should note that it has to dry overnight for a stable hold.

Below the window I glued a

Rectangle Shape

 in small size as a terrace, which gets additional hold through the swirls of the

Winter Trees & Snow Swirls.


Some close up's




Calico Craft Parts used: 


Winter Trees & Snow Swirls

Sheet of Mini MDF Street Lamps

Picket Fence Panel MDF Wood Shape - Style 3

Fir Boughs - MDF Wood Corner

Mini Star Wreath

Sheet of Mini MDF Acorns & Oakleaves

 Rectangle Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board


Other materials:

Snow -Tex DecoArt

white acrylic paint

brown jute


Wishing you a happy advent season!


Monday, 23 November 2020

Step Right Up! - Artist Trading Block - by Claudia

 Hi, servus and thanks for stopping by today! How about sharing a little crafty inspiration to distract ourselves from all the craziness that's happening in the world these days?! 

Have you already seen the new circus themed craft parts in the shop? They're vintage designs and I fell in love with them at first sight. 

I especially love the monkey, but the director is just as fab! 

Calico Craft Parts used: 

- Artist Trading Block Cube Kit - Plain Cube - large 

- The Ringmaster - MDF Wood Shape

- Snarling Tiger - MDF Wood Shape

- Circus Elephant - MDF Wood Shape

- Circus Chimpanzee - MDF Wood Shape

I assembled the artist trading block (which is really easy as all joining points are marked with matching letters so you can't go wrong) and covered the sides with some striped vintage designer paper (from a Tim Holtz paper stash) using matte DecoArt Decou-Page. I also used diluted Decou-Page on top of the paper after I had inked the edges with dark brown archival stamping ink and a piece of blending foam. 

While that was set aside to dry, I dry brushed all the craft parts with "relic" DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish paint, using a flat, soft brush. This way the engraved patterns started to show beautifully. 

Once the cube had dried, I applied DecoArt media white Crackle Paint with a palette knife here and there along the edges and put that on the central heating to speed up the drying and crackling process. 

In the meantime I started colouring the prepared craft parts with various washes of DecoArt media fluid acrylic "Quinacridone Gold" using a detail brush. 

Then I highlighted some areas with DecoArt media fluid acrylic "Titanium White". 

The crackle had turned out just beautifully in the meantime! I added a wash of Quinacridone to that too. 

Afterwards I went in with a wash of Raw Umber DecoArt media fluid acrylic paint to accentuate the crackle and tone down the elephant's skin. 

Using the Tim Holtz "Alphanumeric Shadow Upper" dies set, I die cut my quote and painted the inner parts of the letters with more Quinacridone Gold (using a fine detail brush). 

Finally I added sprinkles of Raw Umber, Quinacridone Gold and diluted DecoArt "Gold Rush" Metallic Lustre to the showing sides of my block, before I glued everything in place using matte Decou-Page. To help the characters on the top of my block stand, I used snippets from left overs of MDF Add On Sheets. 

I also used the Metallic Lustre to customize the little star stickers I added to some spots. 

Every circus needs its stars and a bit of bling, doesn't it?!

Some close ups: 

I hope you've enjoyed the little visit to the circus! 

Stay safe
and as always
hugs and happy crafting!