Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Don't Mess with the Queen

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post to share with you my Tuesday make for That's Crafty

If you want all the details you will find them HERE

Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Remember to play for Katzelkraft Blog

Hi Everyone

Today I am over at Katzelkraft Blog 

For all the details you need to pop over HERE

thanks for calling in
Amanda X

Friday, 5 February 2016

New Challenge at That's Crafty Challenges

Hi Everyone
It's time to start another 2 week challenge over at That's Crafty Challenges and our theme for the next 2 weeks is


I have chosen to use the stamp Zombie Love from the Octopode range. My images have been stamped and then coloured with Luminance pencils. I then cut them out to put on my background which has been created with the plastic wrap technique and Dylusions spray. I have then added a slight bokeh look using white pigment ink through a circular stencil. I cut the heart from dictionary paper and coloured with distress inks and then stitched it to my background. I then added a little torn washi tape and some stenciling in white through Tim Holtz dot fade stencil.
The sentiment I wrote my self and typed out on my typewriter.

You are free to interpret our theme however you want and if you pop over you will see that myself and the rest of the DT have just done that HERE
As Always with our challenge, one lucky winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend online at the That's Crafty Store.
I can't wait to see what you come up with
I am also entering this into this months challenge over at Countryview Challenges where this months theme is make your own background.
Amanda X

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New Product Launch at That's Crafty


Exciting news over at That's Crafty Blog we are launching a new MDF storage range to offer organised solutions for us for many of the specific products that we all own.
I am featuring the storage solution for Dina Wakley paints

To see how I decorated my storage box with all things Dina I'd love it if you'd pop over for a better look HERE
Hope you like what you find
Thanks and see you soon
Amanda X

Sunday, 31 January 2016

I Love being the Queen Bee

Hi everyone
Hope you've all had a lovely weekend, mine has been filled with birthday celebrations, not mine, but my lovely mums. I seem to have done nothing all weekend than eat fabulous food. In an attempt to stop putting food in my mouth I had a little play in my craftroom, keeping my hands busy with something other than eating. I ended up decorating a mop up tag I had saved in my stash.

I have used Dina stamps and stencils and added torn washi tape, black paper string and a touch of black ric rac. The bee has been stamped onto gesso covered dictionary page and roughly painted.
Right i'm off to sit myself in front of the TV and try and not eat biscuits and chocolate.
See you soon
Amanda X

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Party Girls

Hi everyone
I just needed a colouring in session and what better to colour in than one of the fabulous Girlfriend stamps by Art impressions that I have long neglected. It was my mums birthday yesterday and she just loves these old girls.

I have used the "Party Girls" set and coloured with Prismacolour pencils.

As you can see I've kept this clean and simple letting the image speak for itself.

Have a fabulous day and see you all soon
Amanda X

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Take the Scenic Route for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
It's time for my weekly post over at That's Crafty 

for the full view and all the details hopefully you'll pop over HERE, I look forward to seeing you over there.
Amanda X

Monday, 25 January 2016

Hues of Red & Pinks at Stampotique

Hi Everyone
At last, time is on my side, and I get along to play along at Stampotique Designers Challenge. This weeks challenge is to use only hues of Pink and Reds. 
I have created a little 4" x 5" deep canvas.

Canvas was first randomly covered with rough brush strokes of acrylic paint in hues of pink and red. Then stenciled more paint on it, a little bit of stamping with pale pink paint and then some pink splatters.
Onto a piece of copier paper I stamped Kate Cranes "Ta Dah" and coloured with pencils. I then stamped twice the heart that features on the front of the "welcome door" stamp and hung the hearts from 2 pieces of black cotton (they really swing)
My sentiment was typed out and then added. All were added to the canvas with matt medium.

Hope you like it and see you soon
Amanda X

Friday, 22 January 2016

ATC's at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi everyone
Over at That's Crafty challenge blog we have the start of another challenge fortnight and our theme for the next 2 weeks is


ATC's are little pieces of your art and measure 2.5" x 3.5".
I have created a trio of ATC's which I have mounted onto some black painted board.
The backgrounds of them have all been created using Dylusions paints smeared on with my finger. I have then added various pieces tot hem including stenciling using a That's Crafty Dinky stencil, bits of torn striped paper, cotton glued on with matt medium, circles punched out of striped paper and some bobble trim. 
I have stamped my hearts using Dylusions paint, machine stitched through the centre of them, stenciled some dots and then added the words "Love Your Art" which were typed out on my vintage typewriter.
For more inspiration my team mates have created a variety of ATC's which you can see HERE.
We would love it if you joined in and share your little creations with us. As always, with our challenge, one lucky winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend at the fabulous That's Crafty online store.
We hope you'll come and play!
thanks for stopping by 
Amanda X

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Portrait Hera for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

I am over at That's Crafty team blog with this piece today

For all the details just pop over HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

I've Gone Steampunk at That's Crafty

Hi everyone
Just a quick post to let you know that I have gone all Steampunk for 
 That's Crafty Team Blog

hopefully you'll pop over HERE for all the details of how I made it.
I would also like to enter into this months challenge at
SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk Challenge with Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Friday, 8 January 2016

It's WINTER at That's Crafty Challenges

Hi everyone
and welcome to our first challenge of 2016 over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and as the weather here in the UK turns adversely colder our first theme of the year is quite adapt as it is
(but not Christmas).
My design team piece has been inspired by a song title.

I have created my piece on the largest grey/white board heart made and supplied by That's Crafty. They have a fabulous range own brand surfaces which you will find HERE.
I started by painting on a thin layer of gesso and then when dried smeared a rough layer of crackle paste over the heart ensuring that the coverage was quite random as I didn't want an even surface or even crackle effect. When that had dried (I left it overnight). I then added the hearts using crackle paste again through the hearts Dinky Stencil and again left to dry. I then applied a thin layer of Paperartsy paint London bus and then wiped back with a baby wipe. Next I added layers of Paperartsy paint in South Pacific and Beach hut. Finally I edged the heart, applying paint with my finger, using more London bus paint. I then toned the heart down with Decort Antiquing cream. When it was all totally dry I sanded back to expose the white of the texture paste.
I stamped the trees - Hero Arts "Snow Dust" directly onto the heart with black Stazon ink, made it look snowy with grains of ultra thick white embossing powder and the grounded my trees using torn pieces of dictionary paper which is meant to represent the snow. I have actually used the dictionary definition of snow to do this with.

I then took one of the grey/white board small hearts and again smeared crackle paste on it and when dry painted with London Bus and the toned it down again with Decoart black antiquing cream. 
I wrapped some fine wire around it and used a hot glue gun to glue it to the larger heart.

I then typed the Song title "It may be winter outside, but in my heart it's spring" onto old book paper and added to the heart with matt medium.

Myself and the rest of the team have interpreted our first theme very differently so it's well worth popping over here HERE for a variety of inspiration.
We would love to see what you create following our theme. As is with our challenge, one lucky winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend at That's Crafty online store.
I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:-
Craft Stamper  Take it Make it Challenge - Anything Goes as long as there is a stamp
Stamps and Stencils - with the theme "Oh so Blue"
thanks for stopping by
Amanda X