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!!