Friday, 22 May 2015

Numbers Up at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
and today, Friday, see's the start of another fortnightly challenge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog
and our new theme for you is 
So we are looking for any type of project that has numbers on it.

I have used Stencil Girl Stencil "Pretty as a Peacock" I achieved the multi coloured effected by first brayering a layer of Dye ink onto the 3" x 5" gelli plate, which I had mounted onto an acrylic block, and used it to stamp through the stencil. I then repeated with a variety of colours until I was happy with the result. I have added stenciling through Andy Skinner Binary Stencil and stamped the number sequence which is from Paperartsy "Gentlemen - Plate 4.
I finished with a small talk sticker "Make Today Count"
We would love it if you popped over to play along and you could be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher to spend in the That's Crafty online store, trust me you will be stuck for choice!
It's well worth popping over to the Challenge Blog to see the variety of projects that my talented team mates have created to spark your creative juices.
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A bit of Banksy

Hi Everyone
Well I'm day off today and for some reason was up and awake at the crack of dawn with the whole day ahead of me. Shall I tackle the ironing? the hoovering? the washing? Nah! I'm away to my craftroom. So I have made a quick card Banksy inspired card this morning.

My background is made from graduating distress inks through a square stencil and I masked off some of the squares as I wanted the background to look like a graphic equalizer like we all had on those big stack stereo's. the main Banksy Image is "Getto Blaster" by Bee Crafty.
Other stamps are arrows - Halftone basics Waltzing Mouse Stamps
Sound Waves - Unity Stamps
Sentiment - Loud Music by Indigoblu
 All mat and layered onto a 7" x 7" card blank
Hope you like it and I really now have to go and tackle my earlier list, sigh!!
Amanda X

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Playing with the 6" Round Gelli Plate for That's Crafty

Hi everyone
Today over at That's Crafty I have a couple of cards for you. I've been playing with the 6" round Gelli plate but I haven't used paint on them.

For all the details of how I made them just click Here
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Sunday, 17 May 2015

"Old Favourites" at Fashionable Stamping Challenge

Hi Everyone
and I am back with you as we have the start of another challenge fortnight over at 
our theme for the next 2 weeks is "old Favourites" we would like you to use an old forgotten but favourite stamp on your project.

For my project I have made a card and my "Old and forgotten favourite" stamp is "Jane" by Indigoblu, I have only used half of it. I stamped her onto lightly gesso covered dictionary paper and then cut her in half. I have added a little colour to her using Spectrum Noir pencils.
She has been glued to a background of distress inks that I applied first to Tim Holtz flourish  misted lightly with water then used the stencil to stamp the design.
I have also stamped Carabelle - "French Lily Background"
The sentiment, applied with glue gel for a 3D effect is from Tim Holtz "Small Talk" stickers.
As usual we would all love it if you popped along HERE and joined in with us. My team mates have all been searching through their stamps to find their favourite forgotten one and have made some fabulous things to inspire you.
We accept any style or type of project but you must include a stamped image as your main focal point of that project.
One randomly chosen enrty will win $20 to spend in the online store of our generous sponsor
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Friday, 15 May 2015

Human with animal head at Stampotique

Hi Everyone
It's been ages since I last entered into Stampotique Designers Challenge, I love my Stampotique but other crafty projects seem to have got in the way but tonight I blew the dust off them to play along with Arwens challenge "Human with an animal head"

I have used "Sing" by Kate Krane, the first time I've inked this up and then I go and chop the head off to replace it with the head of "Nerd Cat". We all know what cats do with birds!!
Background started with a gelli print from my stash, stencil Donna Downey - Donna's Glasses added with dye ink.
Little bit of white paint through dot stencil, machine stitching and washi tape.
Stampotique circles cube hold Nerd cats thoughts!!!!!!!!!!
Hope you all have a lovely crafty weekend
See you soon
Amanda X

Thursday, 14 May 2015

De-Stressing with a Little Dina

Hi Everyone
To escape from the mayhem that my life seems to be in at the moment I have escaped to a little oasis of peace, my craftroom. 

I have made a card using one of the fabulous silhouette images from Dina Wakleys "Silhouetted Women" 
I first coloured the stamp with 3 different colours of Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and then very lightly misted with water before stamping onto mixed media card. I then covered the image with clear embossing powder and heat embossed the image, then repeated so I had 3 images.
I then used distress ink for my background. Once dry I then removed the embossing powder with a hot iron and copy paper.
Onto the card blank I stamped the Dina text from her "Textures" set and the #sentiment is from Tim Holtz.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

It's Not About........... For That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Following Saturdays post for That's Crafty you now find me on my usual day going forward, Tuesday. Thankyou to my fabby team mate Donna Gray for swapping days, you will now see Donna's fabulous work on Saturdays.
My piece for today is an 8" x 8" canvas board using stamps from my current "go to" Stamp manufacturer  Carabelle Studio. This time I feature some of the stamps designed by Azoline. I've also tried something new with this one.

Here's a sneak peak

to see it all and find out what my something new is just pop over HERE
I hope you like it 
Amanda X

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Vintage French Month at Mixed Media World

Hi Everyone
and it's time for you to join us for our new monthly challenge at

Our theme for the month ahead has been chosen by my team mate Debs who has chosen

Now this one took me right out of my comfort zone but I ended up, well I hope I ended up with, my take on a vintage Moulin Rouge poster (thank you Mr Google)
I started with Tim Holtz's Postage stamp die and rectangles movers & shapers,cut it several times from mount board to create some depth. It was then painted using Dylusions paint. I made my back panel painted it the same colour and then added my stamped images to it. I then layered up my stamped and fussy cut pieces adding them between each layer of mountboard to give a 3D feel. I then cut a piece of acetate to fit, stamped on it with stazon and glued it to the frame covering all the stamped pieces. I then put the top layer on which was painted and stamped. I finally added some stamped and cut out pieces to finish. The Moulin Rouge banner has also been triple embossed to give it a glossy look. I finally added the black feathers, you can't have a showgirl with out feathers.
 The stamps I have used are:-
Tim Holtz - Papillon
Graphic 45 Curtain Call
Kanban Diva.

Our fabulous sponsor for this challenge is Glitzcraft who have kindly donated a £15 voucher for one lucky winner to spend in their online store.
So as you can see it's all very "Oh La La" at Mixed Media World so why not pop along and get all French with us Here.
All details and rules can be found on our blog.
Au revoir
Amanda X

Saturday, 9 May 2015

For That's Crafty - Live Gently Upon This Earth

Hi everyone
I am delighted to tell you that I have been invited to Join the That's Crafty Design Team Blog on a permanent basis, following my 2 months as a guest designer, and of course I said Yes!!
So here is my first piece as a fully fledged member of this fabulous team and I've had the gelli plate out!

For all the details of how I made it please pop over Here 

Also just to let you know that after today all my weekly posts will be on a Tuesday, so I'll be back in 3 days with another post.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by
I would also like to enter this into Country View Challenges - Theme for May is Simply Scenic
Amanda X

Friday, 8 May 2015

Steampunk Surprise at That's Crafty Challenges

Hi Everyone
There's a new challenge starting today over at That's Crafty Challenges and our theme for the coming fortnight is 
Is ages since I've made something Steampunky so this fortnights challenge has pushed me out of my current comfort zone.

There are many layers to this one and each one has been coloured with distress ink cracked Pistachio and vintage photo.
Stamps are from Carabelle studio apart from the central image which is 'I Spy' by Indigoblu, I've also filled his binoculars with glossy accents so they appear to be glass..
The eye chart is texture paste though Tim holtz Eye Chart stencil after the background had been coloured using a selection of DistressPaints. It has then been touched up using the 2 distress ink colours.
Finally sentiment has been diecut in 2 colours using Tim Holtz Alterations die 'Stacked Artful Words'
and a chit chat sticker.
So if you facy getting all "Steampunky" with us, and I hope you do, pop along HERE and come and join in with us, we'd love to see what you make.
Remember one lucky winner will win £20 to spend in That's Crafty Store .
thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Things With Wings over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hi Everyone
and it's the start of another new challenge fortnight over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and our theme is 
"Things with Wings"

My "Things with Wings" is the newly released "Ink Splat Butterfly" designed by Limor Webber for Indigoblu. My sentiment is from Tim Holtz - "Way with Words" set. Both have been stamped using Dylusions black paint to give the black stamping a bit more of a grunge feeling. All have been stamped onto a gelli print background that I have stamped over in Archival Magenta Hue using 2 of the new strip stamps by Carabelle studio - Text Grunge and Un Regard Sur Mon Histoire.
The DT have also come up with some fabulous inspiration for you which you can see Here 
We would love it if you joined in with our challenge and one lucky winner will win $20 to spend in the online store of our generous sponsor Flonzcraft.
Our only rules are that as we are a stamping challenge, stamping should be the main focus of whatever project you decide to enter and you must follow our theme.
I would also like to enter this into the current challenge for May at Craft Stamper Challenge - Theme "Take a Stamp" Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Thursday, 30 April 2015

making use of a Gelli plate clean up

Hi everyone
Hope you are all having a good week. I been having a play with some gelli print backgrounds. The one I have used is a print that I made just to clean up the residue of paint left over on my gelli plate. It's very patchy as there wasn't much paint left on the plate but I like the randomness of it.

The birds were created using Tim Holtz alterations strip die 'Birds in Flight' that I cut out to use as a stencil.
I have then added stamping using Carabelle and Art journey stamps
I nearly threw this print away and now I'm glad I didn't, Thank goodness we crafters are hoarders!!
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X