Saturday, 11 December 2021

Christmas Tree Ornaments by Kerstin

Welcome everyone!


Soon it will be time to decorate the christmas tree again and every year 

you want to discover something new and special on the tree.


Today a few inspirations on this topic, quick and easy to recreate with only a few parts.




Plain Round Christmas Bauble

Plain Teardrop Christmas Bauble


 as base, in the meantime, the matching frames are also available, 

they give ornaments more depth and make it easier

 to attach additional pendants to the lower edge.






used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


Deer Duo MDF Wood Shape Style 8

Holly Leaf Branch

Christmas Holly Wreath with Bow

Group of Deer MDF Wood Shape Style 6

Tall Trio of Winter Fir Trees


Should there be any questions about the How To 

please feel free to post on my personal blog.


✨  Merry Christmas  ✨



Saturday, 27 November 2021

Seasons Greetings by Kerstin


Welcome everyone!


:-) It's beginning to look like christmas :-)


Today a DIY christmas gift idea in monochrome style, 

with a lot of structure and texture.


Use a

Gothic Arch Shape - MDF Mixed Media Board

 as base, love this shape it is so universal as you can see here

 with our teamies and guest designers, awesome!!





some close up's 


Thanks for your visit!


Happy crafting!



Monday, 22 November 2021

Woodland shrine. By Louise Crosbie


I seem to be a little obsessed with layering up these trees every winter but they are just so perfect for it. Especially as they come in several sizes.

I wanted to do a night sky scene with Santa but at the same time, I still love the natural wood colour. So I’ve combined the night sky on the outside with a more natural woodland vibe on the inside. I gave my shrine little feet using teeny wee thread bobbins so I can stand it on my shelf .

I’ve not been heavy handed with the paints. I didn’t want the colours to be too saturated. I painted it on then dabbed it off with a baby wipe, leaving just a small amount of colour.
The outside part of the shrine was first painted with black gesso. I then added a colour wash of midnight blue before taking sandpaper and sanding back all the edges. I just wanted to see a little hint of the natural wood to help tie it in to the inside part of the shrine.
Then I was able to glue Santa and the front trees into place. 

 It’s quite 3D inside as the shrine kit has a little bit of depth to it. I put the smallest of my trees at the back then layered more in front of them (as ever, I broke the pieces up to suit my desired effect). I glued a little stick half way in to give me something to glue the tree with the deer on to.

When everything was painted and glued, I added the decoArt snowtex and glamour dust glitter to everything along with some white paint splatters to make it look like it is snowing. 

Saturday, 20 November 2021

A vintage Christmas plaque by guest designer Lori Woods


Hello creative friends! I'm very happy to be back with my second guest design project for this month. 
For this project I wanted to keep it quite simple and really showcase some of the amazing MDF shapes available. I went for an old fashioned, shabby vintage look and kept the colour palette quite basic.
I started by covering one of the Gothic arch mixed media boards in white crackle paste. Once this dried I went around the edge with some gold paint.   

I applied a quick coat of white gesso to the Santa sleighDeco snowflakes corners, and Winter tree scene shapes and then coloured them with acrylic paints. To give that shabby snowy look, I then dry brushed white gesso over the top of everything. For the Mini deer sheet, the colour of the mdf was already perfect for the deer so I just gave them a gesso dry brush.

Then it was time to glue everything to the board. For the santa sleigh and the deer that are at the front of the composition, I layered some thick card underneath them so that they would pop out a little and give the piece some dimension. To finish everything off I added a star embellishment at the top of the arch to guide santa's sleigh! I hope this gives you some Christmassy inspiration for your seasonal crafting 🎄🎅

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Believe In The Magic Of Christmas by Liz

  Hi all, well Christmas is just around the corner, so for one of my projects I decided I'd create another exploding box using some of the fabulous MDF Pieces from

Calico Craft Parts,

So the top has this gorgeous script 

Believe in the Magic of Christmas, in Ancestry Font

All I've done to all the pieces I've used is coat them with white gesso, then when dry add some glitter over the top, the sparkle in real life is beautiful,

On the back section of the box, I used this fabulous Trees scene,

Tall Trio ofWinter Fir Trees

                                              This Child Pulling Christmas Tree on Sled 

 also had some texture paste at the bottom added to give a snow appearance, 

This is one the other side of the box, and features

Snowman and Lamp Post scene

On the front section I added a sled again with the snow effect beneath, this one is a Slatted Sled

For the centre piece I used one of the gorgeous MDF windows,

Gothic Arch Stained Glass Window style 1

I added some white Vellum behind this,

Then added a single Tree in front to create a scene,

Christmas Tree - style 5

then some parcel effects too,

I left enough room behind the window, so I could add a battery tealight, love how this makes the window glow,

Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Let it snow.


Pretty title and much as I love to look at snowy scenes, I don’t much like having to go out in it unless it’s a walk in the woods or up the hills. Shopping and chores are not so great in snow so maybe it could hold off till late  December lol.

I made this plaque inspired by the lovely little sledge shape. I adore winter crafting. Not just christmas (or in my case Yuletide and winter solstice) but I love the snowy scene crafting. Or the cosy fireside images, hot chocolate and woolly socks. Winter birds. 

Ok I’m rambling now. 

Back to the plaque…

I used an ARCH  (large) for the substrate and then by using one of the DOORS, a FENCE, and a TREE along with the SLEDGE and a couple of SNOWFLAKES I created a wintery scene.

I finished it off with the “LET IT SNOW” phrase. 

I simply used bits of cardboard from the packaging my craft parts came in to cut out bricks to give the impression of bits of a wall. I only added enough to give a hint. I didn’t build the whole house.

(I used DecoArt snowtex and glamour dust glitter to creat my twinkling snow ).

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Snowy Christmas House by guest designer Lori Woods

Hello friends! I'm thrilled to be back, guest designing some Christmas crafts for you! 🎄

 I love the house and cabin kits from Calico Craft Parts, there are so many ways to decorate them and make each one unique. Because we're entering the festive period, I decided to create a little snowy Christmas house complete with Christmas decorations!

I started by putting together the Church- Schoolhouse MDF kit. The waste MDF from the windows was the perfect size for creating fake bricks on the sides of the house so I glued these on in small groupings to create a brick wall effect. Then I gave everything a coat of gesso.

I used texture paste on the walls to mimic the look of old crumbling plaster and painted it a dirty cream colour to give that extra shabby finish, and painted the bricks a dark red colour. For the roofs, I put down a layer of heavy body gel and scored through this while it was still wet to create the look of wooden planks. When it was dry, I painted the roof and the windows with a brown acrylic paint. I drybrushed white gesso over the entire house to give it a bit of a frosty look and then added areas of snow paste to finish the snowy effect.

To finished everything off I added some twine and colours bulbs made from moulds to look like Christmas lights and placed two little Christmas trees at the front door.

This little house was lots of fun to decorate and I hope it gives you some inspiration for your own Christmas decorations!


Thursday, 4 November 2021

Merry Christmas by Liz

  Hi, well Christmas is fast approaching and so I thought I'd show you one of my makes for this year using the Gorgeous MDF round lace cut bauble with optional backing piece, from

Calico Craft Parts,

I used distress oxides on the base of the card and on the optional base of the Bauble,

then on the top layer after painting with white Gesso I went over with some fine Glitter, this really sparkles in real life, I finished it off with some gems,

Round MDF Lace Cut Bauble with optional backing piece,

Happy Crafting!!

Hugs Liz x

Saturday, 30 October 2021

Beware Dementors by Kerstin

Welcome everyone!


Have you seen the latest Hanging kits on Calico Craft Parts???

Awesome 🎃👀🎃, such a lot of creative possibilities!!

 Today the third variant

 Some of you may remember on my Pirate curse project

for which I also used this Skull & Ghosts Hanging kit.



These floating ghosts reminded me of dementors known from the Harry Potter movies. 

I was inspired to create a shadow frame with an illuminated 3D effect in mixed media style. For this special effect I used half a transparent acrylic globe 

and thought about the magical shield around Hogwarts.



Skull & Ghosts - MDF Halloween Hanger Kit


 one becomes two 😀


Beware Dementors

They have the ability to drain men of their happy memories

 until they have to relive their worst moments over and over again.

! Maximum scary factor !

- only happy memories can help -


some close up's




used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


Skull & Ghosts - MDF Halloween Hanger Kit

Mushrooms - Fungi MDF Wood Shape - Style 12

 Zombie Arms and Boots - MDF Add On Sheet




Thanks for your visit!


Happy crafting!