Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Dear friends, we have a new CHALLENGE over at 

This months it is called : ANIMAL MAGIC 

and as you can see I used one of Donna Grey`s wonderful quirky stamps,
of her cat Fred. 
I started painting a greyboard panel with  Ivory , and when dry used the  Decorative Leaf
stencil , using Texture Paste ,  and onto the paste I sprinkled  Baked Texture , Ancient Amber,
and left to dry .
I then found a smaller pannel, I wanted to stamp Fred the cat onto, and chose to do it on 
the with of panel, and after cut to fit the size of the big panel.

I painted it with Mint and when dry stamped Fred using Archival Ink,
for the ink not to bleed . He was colored using watercolor pencils, in brown
tones. I wanted him to hide behind curtains, and ferns, and had a piece of rusted teabag
paper, on my table, which was perfect . 
(you can rust papers, rolling them around some rusted items, place them in a container
and add a little water and vinegar- )
I tore the paper to fit the panel and adhered with a very thin layer of adhesive .
After I stamped the fish bone , from same stamp , in 3 places, and defined the eyes and 
fish heads a bit , using white Sharpie.

The stenciled leaf now dry , was heated with my Heat Gun to change to a beautiful golden raised texture, and after , sprayed with Lustre Spray Aqua , which again
was sprayed with water to make it run a bit , down the panel.which was left to dry.
In between I stenciled some letters, -spelling Hiding - onto a reused brown paperbag, using Texture Paste - after dried they were cut out .
Fred panel was now adhered to the middle long panel ,

and the Fern stencil used to create a little fern hide away around him, 
using Chestnut Brown paint dabbed onto the stencil , with a dry brush.
Lastly the letters were placed on top and button of panel , and black 
ink smeared around the perimeter .

If you had the patience to read it all, I thank you , and send you
all good wishes for today. Please read below, if you want to be a part of the challenge ,
and have fun !!

Hugs and love

Now remember : The winner of this challenge will receive a £30 voucher to spend in our online shop and our Top 3 will receive a stencil/s of their choice from our own That's Crafty! brand.

Please make sure to read our challenge rules before entering. We will unfortunately have to delete entries that do not follow the rules.

Materials used :

From my stash:

rusted tea bag paper- old brown paper bag .


Chandhini said...

Aww... Soo cute. Such an adorable cat stamp hiding in there and loved the ferns and letters HIDING here and there. It's purrfect!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Oh bless him, look at Fred hiding from Mom do you think he has done something he should not have hee hee!! Or maybe he is not hiding and has just found that fabulous dyed piece of rusted paper..?? No matter he is cute whether right or wrong and he knows we all adore him.
Beautiful panel piece Dorthe I really do love those fern leaves dear friend.
Hugs and warmest of wishes Tracey xx

froebelsternchen said...

I love your fantastic Fred tag. The most clever way to use the rusted teabag - I love your design here Dorthe! Happy crafting my friend! Hugs, Susi

Fliss said...

This is just adorable Dorthe. The background is wonderfully textured and Fred is so sweet hiding behind your teabag curtains. I always think his expression is priceless and it fits so well with your theme.
Fliss xxx

butterfly said...

Love the amazing shimmer on your textures, Dorthe - and the little cat hiding at the centre of it all is so sweet. I'm still struggling to keep up with the craft world, but there's light at the end of the tunnel at the end of August, and I hope to get back in the swing of things properly then.
Alison x

Sue said...

I love this Dorthe, such fabulous texture, and I'm sure this is just the sort of thing that Fred would do! xx

Jackie PN said...

I love the stencil with texture paste you used- how beautiful is that!
And the teabag for curtains-brilliant idea!
Sending you love & hugs my friend! xo

Draffin Bears said...

dear Dorthe,

This is such a fun piece and love the cute cat called Fred and the fish bones.
Made me smile and wonderful work.
Happy weekend

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello dear Dorthe~
I really enjoyed looking into your blog and seeing this cute cat so creatively done! Your work is always so textural and interesting; I like all the unique and beautiful designs and ideas you have! Thank you for sharing this! Love the 'curtains' : ) You are inspiring~
Hugs to you, karen o

Paper Profusion said...

Fun and quirky indeed Dorthe. Love how he is camouflaged and hidden amongst your lovely layers. I hope you are having a super weekend and surviving this heat. Nicola x

Paper Wishes said...

Just noticed this funny little cat on the That's crafty blog. Thats amazing texture you've created at the top of your tag, gorgeous colours too. x