Thursday 30 June 2022

The Summer house: by Louise Crosbie.


Hi there. 

Today I’m sharing a project using a little house shape as it’s base. 

I’ve also used wooden leaves: sugar maple, sweet gum

Flourishes: Vine flourish, swirl curly flourish.   

A birdcage  

and a round Christmas bauble style frame. (Because it reminded me a little of a pocketwatch)

I lined the house with rice paper and added some texture through a stencil. I added a touch of watered down coral pink transparent paint to the texture so it was only just noticeable.

Then I painted all the craft parts before gluing them into place along with my vintage photo and some paper flowers.
Lots of white paint splatters finished it off. 

Saturday 25 June 2022

Shadow Box - Artist Studio with Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!


 As I saw our latest MDF Mini Furniture Kits I was inspired to create

a shadow box in vintage grunge style.

Love this grandfather clock, really awesome and very sweet,

could also imagine in a bigger size for a lot ideas. 

New Kit's are very easy to assemble, with a little glue they are very sturdy.

I have primed them only with a little brown acrylic paint and then highlighted 

with metal wax.  


And another great novelty at Calico Craft Parts

you can find here
 new Add On sheets, 

bricks, stones and roof tiles in three different sizes. 

They can be used for a lot of projects,

awesome 3d effects, as you can see

in this project too.



 some close up's



used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


Grandfather Clock - Mini Furniture Kit

Writing Desk with Stool - Mini Furniture Kit

 Plain ATC Wood Blank with Hot Air Balloon Frame

Clock Hands - MDF Add On Sheet

Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Cogs - Style 1

 Mini Bricks - MDF Add On Sheet


I hope you find inspiration!


Thanks for stopping by...until next time




Saturday 11 June 2022

Beach Idyll - Homedecor with Kerstin


Welcome creative friends!


It's summer time, best time for sea, sun and beach.


I was inspired to create a new home decor piece in mixed media style and

 combined a beer mat and a big seashell as base

for a small standing deco object.

I  added also a suitable saying and a little photo

for a more personal character. 





some details

used MDF shapes from Calico Craft Parts


Square MDF Beer Mat 9.6cm


Scallop Seashell - MDF Wood Shape Style 1


Lighthouse MDF Wood Shape Style 7


Wild Grass MDF Wood Shape - Style 4


Leaning Palm Tree


Sheet of Mini MDF Wood Birds - Seagulls


I hope you find inspiration!


Thanks for stopping by...until next time

with another Sea inspired project




Saturday 4 June 2022

The Haunt of Fairies: junk journal by Louise, Zuzu, Crosbie.


Hi there. 

Today I’m sharing with you a very simple junk journal that I put together and decorated using mostly “Calico craft parts”. 

I’m very ‘into junk’ journals at the moment and very ‘into’ toadstools. So I made a large toadstool the start of my focal point. I simply built up a little woodland floral composition on a piece of board I’d already added texture to through a stencil. And once I’d gessoed and painted it, I added my ‘fairy’ and also a little phrase cut from an old book. 

Craft parts used:

Toadstool silhouette 

Dogwood sprig

Oak leaves 

Oak leaves with acorns

Caterpillar from mini sheet insects style 3

Wednesday 1 June 2022

Wizard Spell Book by Kat Hazelton plus alternative Fairy Spell Book



Spell books are an essential requirement for both Witches and Wizards. Contained within these sacred books you would find magical symbols and enchanting words to create magical amulets, charms, magic spellwork and the practice of divination. In the case of a Grimoire, a book of black magic, it would also give the owner the power to summon up supernatural beings and evil demons! These sort of spellbooks are often extremely old and imbued with their own magical powers. 

However these spellbooks are quite rare, most spell books are quite safe and are mainly used by magical folk to keep notes. In the case of Wizards they tend to use spell books to chart moon phases, document astrological information, and studies into Alchemy. Where as Witches, as a guiding rule, tend to use their spellbooks to list uses of herbs and wild plants for making healing spells, lotions and potions. 

To create your own magical spellbook you will need. with two added holes. You would need two for front and back cover plus extra squares for book pages. 

Paints, I used acrylic paints in blues, greens and coppers. Plus Assortment of paint brushes. 

Premade Textured paint. Or add dried sand to regular acrylic paint. 

Scissors and glue. I used superglue. 

Decorations such as stars, beads and charms 

Assorted ribbons and or string. 

Tissue paper and decoupage glue or you can use watered down PVA. 

Firstly I glued on my Witches/Wizard mdf hat onto one of my mdf boards. Making sure the two holes are positioned on the left hand side. This will be the cover of my spell book. I used superglue. I also glued on some metal stars. 

Once set in place I then painted on decoupage glue over the whole piece adding on pieces of shredded tissue paper. I left it to thoroughly dry then I added one more coat of decoupage glue. 

Once the tissue paper layer had thoroughly dried I started painting with acrylic paints. I wanted a verdigris look so I used a mixture of mat textured acrylic paint in blue, green and copper. The green paint had a gritty texture which gave the book cover a beautiful distressed aged look. To apply the paints I used an old paint brush and used a stippling technique. 
I then left it to dry over night. 

I then repeated the same process for the back cover. This time I didn't add any mdf shapes but you could if you wanted to.


With both the front cover and back cover of the spell book completed I finished them both off by painting the insides with matching copper paints. 

To put my spell book together I threaded each side with pretty ribbons. Tying a loose knot so that the book can be easily opened as shown in the photo. I used Silk Sari ribbons. 
I then finished it off with some pretty metal beads and assorted charms. 

My spellbook is now ready for me to fill with magical words, spells and potions! 

As an alternative to a Wizard or Witch spell book. Why not make yourself a Fairy Spellbook! This one was made using the same method but with different MDF shapes and pretty pink and purple metallic paints. 

MDF shapes I used. with two added holes. You would need two for front and back cover plus extra squares for book pages. 

Instead of tissue paper I used kitchen paper to create texture. 

Well I hope you enjoyed another one of my makes. I hope they all inspired you to have a go at creating your own mixed media projects.
If you have any questions please get in touch I am always happy to help if I can. 
Happy making, 
Kat 😊