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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Anything but a Card Challenge at Katzelkraft for August

Hi Everyone
As it's the start of a new month today, that also means the start of a new monthly challenge at 
Katzelkraft Challenge Blog
I got the chance to pick this months theme and I have chosen
"ANYTHING BUT A CARD"
and to start this theme I have made a seaside themed wall hanging 



I have hopefully captured the thoughts of summer on this with words from Andy Skinner stencil "Serendipity. There is lots of texture on this with texture paste which unfortunately the photograph doesn't really pick up. The stamped image I have used is "Mouettes" which you will find HERE.
I stamped it onto tissue paper and applied with gel media.


All colouring, after a coat of gesso, has been done with Gelatos and distress inks. Also a white gel pen.
I would love it if you joined in with us this month, you could be the winner of a 15 euro voucher to spend on Katzelkraft branded stamps.
Simple rule is to use at least one Katzelkraft stamp on your project.
To play along click HERE
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 31 July 2015

Purple Passion At That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi everyone
and an extra special hello and welcome to my latest followers, thank you for joining me on my arty journey.
Today sees the start of another new challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and our theme for the next 2 weeks is
PURPLE PASSION
So we are hoping you will join in with us and share your purple creations. The DT have created some fabulous inspiration for you and to get things started here's mine.


For those of you that regularly follow my blog you will have noticed that I have developed a bit of an addiction for paint spinning, having purchased a kids paint spinning machine. The machine creates the most fabulous effects with paint. I have used one such creation for this card using a combination of purple and white paint. 


The background it has been mounted on has been made using Adirondack Eggplant spray. I sprayed a pool of it on my card and then blew the ink around with spritzer tool, you could use a straw for the same effect.
My flower is from the Prima set "Floral and I have drawn the stem to add to it. The flower has then been coloured with Prismacolor pencils.
"Inspire" sentiment in from a Clarity Stamps Word Strip.
To finish I added dots of Ranger white enamel accents.
So we all hope that you'll pop over and play along with us all HERE
and just to remind you that one randomly chosen winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend in That's Crafty fabulous store.
Thanks for stopping by I really appreciate your visit.
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Snippets at Less is More Challenge

Hi Everyone
Hope that you are all having a good week. I have a clean & Simple make for you today as I have made my entry for this weeks challenge over at Less is More challenge blog.
The theme this week is a recipe challenge and the recipe is to include a 'Snippet" I have punched a square out of a strip of a gelli print that I had left over from cutting an A4 piece of printed card down.


On my punched out gelli print square I have stamped part of the Marilyn stamp from Red Rubber stamp company and coloured her with Spectrum Noir pencils.
I have also stamped the Halftone strip from Waltzing Mouse Stamps and the sentiment is from Indigoblu.


Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Sometimes Fate........... For That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Well where has summer gone? At least it's good crafting weather......
As it's Tuesday I am over at That's Crafty Blog with my weekly make. Here's just a sneak peak, you can take a better look HERE


Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Happy Birthday Card

Hi Everyone
I just got home from a busy Sunday at work and before I sit down and have a lovely roast lamb dinner I thought I would just make a quick post to share a birthday card I made recently for my niece who turned 11.


I have used a Unity Stamp set for my main image and sentiment which was stamped directly onto my background and coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils which virtually blocks out the background colours.
My background has been created by die cutting numbers from various colours of Bleeding Tissue and then allowing then to bleed onto my card. This leaves a lovely blended finish.
Right off to tuck into my delicious lamb.
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Life's A Beach at Less is More this week

Hi Everyone
Didn't get in from work tonight until 9pm so a little late night crafting to unwind. I have made a card for this weeks challenge over at Less is More where the theme for the week is 
"Life's a Beach" - summer days and holidays.


I have used a photo stamp by Inkadinkado which I have placed in the Sizzix film strip die. Filmstrip washi tape and stamped and cut out the camera from creative expressions "Vintage Photo" set, Sentiments are from the photo stamp itself and Tim Holtz  #Hashtag set.
Right as I am now totally chilled out it's time for bed.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

"Live Free" for That's Crafty Blog

Hi everyone
Just a quick sneak peek to say I'm over at That's Crafty Blog today with a Carabelle Studio Stamping Fest. I have been playing with some of the recently released stamps including the unique edge stamps.


I hope you'll pop over HERE for a closer look.
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Banksy in a Spin

Hi Everyone
A quick post and another paint spinning card from me, can't you tell how addictive this is? This time I have used the spinning paint toy I recently purchased with just 2 colours of paint. The toy only makes 4" square prints which this is, but with a bit of modifying I have managed to print up to 6" square. I have a couple of prints that size that I have still to turn into cards. 


Main image is from the Banksy collection from BeeCrafty and sentiment is a kids quote stamp from Inkadinkado both stamped with black archival.
Hope you're having a lovely sunday
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X
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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Dina Wakley Meets a Salad Spinner

Hi everyone
This post involves a salad spinner, that can't live without gadget that we all bought and if you are like me has probably been relegated to the back of your kitchen cupboard.  Well I am starting the campaign to dig them out and get crafty with them.
Here are a couple of cards I have made using my salad spinner, giving it a new lease of life. 
All stamps used are from Dina Wakley and stamped using black archival..

Got the look I wanted 2nd time around


Didn't quite get the technique right on this first attempt but still liked the effect.

All this salad spinning does get a bit messy and you'll never wash lettuce in it again but great fun to play with.
What you have to do is cut a piece of card square or circle that fits snugly into your salad spinner, I found that a few blobs of bluetack helps hold the paper in place. Then just add paint, thin paint works better so just use your cheaper stash. First picture shows the effect by adding circles of paint, 2nd shows what happens when you just add blobs of paint. Add some paint, put the lid on your salad spinner and then spin as quickly as you can then take the lid off and check the effect you've created, you can now add another colour and spin again, don't worry if the first colour hasn't dried. Keep on going until you are happy with the effect that your spinning has created.

Hope you like it and will join in in my one woman campaign to give a salad spinner a second chance!!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 17 July 2015

Use your Stencils at That's Crafty Challenges

Hi everyone
and it's time for a new challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog
Our theme for the next 2 weeks is
STENCILS
We'd love to see your stenciled projects whether stencils are your main feature or used to make a fabulous background, anything goes as long as you use stencils.
For my little piece of Design Team inspiration I have made an ATB - Artist Trading Block.



I love making these boxes using the Sizzix Block/cube die. I have cut the box from Greyboard that is new in at That'sCrafty, it really makes a lovely chunky ATB. 
I first painted the card, prior to assembling with yellow and lime acrylic paints and then stenciled my background using some of the newly launched Dinky stencils, made and designed by Laura & Graham at That's Crafty. They really are fabulous to use and you can see them all HERE. I have doodled around the circle stenciling with a fineliner pen in black. I then splattered paint over the stenciling. I then added my stenciled faces using the Andy Skinner stencil "Strike the Pose"these have been stenciled using Wendy Vecchi black embossing paste. To finish I added some Tim Holtz remnant rubs. I have added some wooden beads which I have painted as feet.
Here you can see each side and the top


We'd love it if you joined in with us all as we'd love to see your stenciled projects,
Also one randomly selected winner will win a £20 That's Crafty voucher to spend online in the store.
So why not just pop over HERE and join in with us.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Thursday, 16 July 2015

R.I.P. Lily Chilvers

Hi everyone

As many of will of heard, the talented Lily Chilvers of Octopode Factory fame has sadly passed away, so young, so sad. In honor of her and her fabulous quirky images I have made a card using one of her fabulous rubber stamps.


I have used from Octopode Factory "Long Legged Boot Bird" coloured with Spectrum Noir Pencils.
Background was one I had already made in my stash and I have added the Words from Tim Holtz set 
"Way With Words"
If you own any Octopode stamps or Digi images I hope you'll join me in making something with them to recognise the talent of Lily.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

That's Crafty Launch Own Brand Stencils

Hi everyone
My project today features some of the fabulous new Dinky stencils and masks that were launched yesterday by Laura and Graham at That's Crafty, you can see the complete range HERE.
These are fabulous ATC sized stencils that are so versatile in their uses, not just for ATC's. Along side this launch is the launch of pre cut ATC's and A4 sheets in a variety of alterable surfaces.
To support this fabulous product launch I have made 3 ATC's using a selection of the stencils on the greyboard ATC's.
Here's a sneek peak of the 3 of them



to see them all and how I made them you just need to go HERE. All this week the DT will be showcasing their makes with these fabulous Dinky stencils.
Here is just a few of them to wet your appetite
for the full range just click HERE to see all 26 fabulous designs and only £2.99 each.
I hope you will follow the That's Crafty Blog to see what my team mates make using these stencils  with a new project from them each day this week.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X