Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Finger Painted Canvas for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
If you have wondered why I've not been around for the last few days it's because I am currently on a cruise and I am sure having a fab time. 
Therefore I have scheduled this sneak peek to let you know that, as it's Tuesday, I'm over at That's Crafty Team Blog with my latest make, a canvas.

For a full view and all the details click HERE

and be back soon
Amanda X

Friday, 20 November 2015

Black & White with a Hint over at That's Crafty Challenges

Hi Everyone
It's the start of another new challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog 
and our theme for the coming fortnight is

We are looking to see your black & white projects with just a hint of colour

Here's my piece as part of the design team inspiration for you

My hint of colour has been stencilled through the dot stencil onto the background using distress inks I then stencilled the Marilyn Monroe image using black distress ink.
I then added my stamped images.
Stamps used are :-
Tim Holtz - Rockstar set
Carabelle Studio - Life is Good (Strip stamp)
Kaiserkraft - Film edges
7gypsies - Sentiment.

There is more fabulous inspiration from my talented team mates HERE
We would love it if you joined in with us this fortnight, and as always, one lucky winner will win £20 to spend in the That's Crafty online store.
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Thursday, 19 November 2015

At The Movies at Stampotique

Hi Everyone
Today is my entry into this weeks challenge over at Stampotique Designers challenge. This weeks theme has been chosen by the lovely Corrie and Corrie has chosen 
"At the Movies"

I've used the iconic quote from Frankenstein "It's Alive, It's Alive"
For my monster I've used "Newton" as he looks like he's walking like a monster and as you can see he is being powered by a circuit board.
He has been coloured with Prismacolour pencils and mounted onto a stencilled circuit board background using Dylusions sprays.
Great Challenge Corrie!
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Heart Has Its Reasons for That's Crafty

Hi everyone
Time for my usual Tuesday post over at That's Crafty
and here's just a sneak peek

It's a little bit of steampunk that I hope you'll love to see more of HERE

thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Make Things Happen!!

Hi Everyone
I'm sharing a card with you today that I made some time ago and have just come across the photo on my laptop as I am searching through it prior to changing over to a new laptop. My current laptop has served me well but it's old and slow (I know the feeling!!). So this is probably my last post on this machine, subject to me moving over successfully and understanding windows 10?? I'm a bit nervous as I hate resetting everything up it's just hours of your life that you never get back and undoubted stress!!!! Anyway I'll let you know how it goes in a future post, if you never hear from me again you know what happened, lol.

I can't remember exactly how I made it but I made a background of circles, didn't like it so cut it up into squares and put it back together in a random fashion. There is lots of sewing machine stitching around the circles and then I have stenciled texture paste over the top and lightly coloured with distress inks. The stamped image is one of the Iconic Dina Wakley silhouette women.
Sentiment is from Tim Holtz small talk book.
Wish me luck!!
thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Playing with Brusho's for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

For my Tuesday spot at That'sCrafty Team Blog I decided to get the Brusho's out. This piece has been inspired by the work of Birgit Koopsen who also designs a range of stamps for Carabelle Studio. This is my interpretation of a technique that Birgit recently posted.

For all the details please click HERE

thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Anything Goes at Mixed Media World

Hi Everyone

As is with the 2nd Sunday of the month I have 2 DT posts go live, this being the 2nd of the day for the start of our new challenge month at
It's my turn to choose our theme for the coming month so I thought I would make it easier for everyone especially as we are all beginning to get busy with Christmas, just 47 sleeps to go!!
So the theme for this month is

My piece this month was a commission piece and I don't usually take on commissions I worry too much that I will make something that they don't like and that makes it far to stressful for me! Anyway I agreed and they wanted a birthday card that included this old photograph (original not used in the making).
As it was an old school photo I centred my background theme around numbers,letters and stars, didn't we all love receiving stars on our work especially gold ones!!. 
I made it all on kraft card and kept a monotone feel to it.

I started by randomly brushing gesso across the kraft card. Onto that I then built up my layers stamping with black archival ink, versamark and white embossing powder and gesso through stencils. There is also the addition of washi tapes roughly torn.
The stamped stars and photo have been added with 3D glue gel to add a little dimension.
Finally added Tim Holtz thinlits die happy birthday.
All stamps used are from Carabelle Studio and are available from That's Crafty who also happen to be our sponsor for this months challenge. The lovely Laura, owner of That's Crafty, has very kindly donated a £20 voucher to the lucky winner of this months challenge.
If you need any further persuading to join in there is, as always, some fabulous inspiration from my talented team mates Here
Hopefully see you over there
Amanda X

It's Winter in Paris at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Hi everyone
It's time for another monthly challenge over at 
and our theme for the coming month is
"Winter in Paris"

I have gone for quite a simple look.
White card was first lightly sprayed with Goosebumbs clear texture spray as when dry it resists the distress inks. I then stamped the Paris cityscape which is from Tim Holtz. I then built up my background with distress inks. I then added a little colour to the buildings using coloured pencils, To add some additional snow in the foreground I added individual grains of ultra thick embossing power and heat embossed from underneath so they didn't blow off. Finally I added the sentiment from Darkroom Door.
There are some fabulous pieces from my teamies so well worth popping over HERE for some fabulous inspiration.
We'd love it if you played along with us this month and one randomly chosen entry will win $20 to spend in the online store of our sponsor Flonzcraft.
Our rules our simple, you must include rubber stamping as your main focal point on whatever you decide to enter.
Thanks For stopping by
Amanda X

Saturday, 7 November 2015


Hi Everyone
Just a quick post to share a tag card that I made recently for a very special friend who is currently going through a difficult time. Unfortunately it's a long distance friendship, but never the less an important and special friendship. I just wanted to send my love to her, but in an envelope.

Background on the tag created with distress inks
Stamps Carabelle Studio
and Inkylicious.

Amanda X

Friday, 6 November 2015

Tag You're It! New Challenge fortnight at That's Crafty Challenges

Hi Everyone
We have a new challenge theme starting today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog
and our theme for the coming fortnight is
Tag You're It!!
So we are looking for you share your tag makes of which your theme could be anything you like.

My tag is using one of the new stamps designed by Birgit Koopsen for Carabelle studio.
I started with a tag that I added several pastel colours of Spectrum Noir aquatints. 
Using the "Brilliant" stencil by memory box I then stenciled through using hickory smoke distress ink.
I stamped my Stamp "There are always flowers" - Carabelle sudio onto book paper that I had roughly painted over and then cut out the flowers. I then stamped my image again onto my tag and paper pierced the cut out flowers onto it. The leaves I coloured with Prismacolour pencils.
I then stenciled the eyes only from the Stencil girl stencil "Eve" and repeated them onto my tag, again stenciled with Hickory smoke.
I stamped the top and bottom of the tag with one of the edge stamps from "Open your mind" set again from Carabelle Studio.
Sentiment comes with the flowers set.
I hope that you will pop over HERE to not only see what my amazing team mates have created but to also play along with us all.
As is with the challenge, one randomly chosen entry will win a £20 voucher to spend in the online store.
Hope fully see you over there 
Amanda X

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Strut your Stuff for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just to let you know that I'm over at That's Crafty team blog with my usual weekly make,

hope you'll pop over HERE for all the details

Thanks for stopping by

Amanda X