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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Be Cool!

Hi Everyone

This is my 2nd post of today due to the fact that my delivery of new stamps arrived this morning from Katzelkraft and as it was my day off and as it was raining what else would you do but play!!
This latest release from Katzelkraft are brilliant just love all of them but I think, even though it's a close run thing, that this guy is my favourite I think it's because he just seems to have so much attitude.


I have coloured him with pencils and teamed him up with some Sheena Douglass stamps and the graffiti font stamp is from Woodware. Be Cool is from a Dymo gun strip.
All has been created on a gelli printed background. 
If you are interested in this latest range from Katzelkraft you will find them all HERE postage to the UK was less than a week.

Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda 

Enjoy for That's Crafty Blog

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post to let you know I am over at That's Crafty Blog today 


Here's just a little teaser but I'd love it if you pop over HERE and check it out
Have a fabulous day
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Be Yourself

Hi Everyone


I have been playing with gelli print scraps to create this card. I have cut some not so good gelli prints into squares to create my background. Onto that I stamped the main image which is from Carabelle Studio using my Tim Holtz stamping platform and left both the card and the stamp in the same position on the stamping platform as I would need it again, I then masked her off and added additional stencilling to the background. I then painted the face of the image using blush fresco paint and painted the white of her eyes. Once the paint was dry I then inked up the stamp again that I had left on the stamping platform and stamped again over the parts that I had added paint. This is a great way to paint and make it look like you haven't gone over the lines lol. 


I think this might be my favourite technique of the moment!
I then added some heated embossed stamping in white again using stamps from Carabelle Studio. 
Sentiment is Tim's large chit chat stickers. 
Matted onto black card and added to the card blank.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Sunday
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 23 June 2017

Keep it Simple for That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
It's time for the start of another challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenges and our new theme for the next 2 weeks is
'KEEP IT SIMPLE'


For my piece of inspiration I have used a scrap of rusty card that I had made and die cut using Seth Apter rectangles and square die's. I have heat embossed walnut stain distress embossing powder having stamped one of Seth's Paperartsy stamps onto the rust card. The women that fill the die cut spaces are from the latest Paperartsy stamp from the Everything Art collection, stamped in potting soil archival ink and lightly coloured with distress ink.
Sentiment, again stamped with the potting soil ink, is from Unity Stamps.
There is a lot more fabulous inspiration for you from the rest of the DT HERE along with all the details.
As always, one randomly chosen entry will win a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty (you'll be stuck for choice).
Thankyou for stopping by and hopefully we will see you playing along
Love
Amanda X

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Who said Cheese?

Hi Everyone
As I write this I am happy to say that it's raining, I never thought I would have looked forward to rain as much as I have this week,  the UK has been through a heatwave and I don't do heat!!! Hopefully things will cool down. 
Anyway this week I at last got to play with the fabulous 'Les Rats Des Villes' stamp set by Katzelkraft.


I've gone quite simple with this one as it's far too hot to spend hours in my craftroom. 
This has all been done with stamping and masking, the rat was stamped first and masked off, then the camera (Darkroom Door stamp) and then masked off. Light spray of water and then sprinkled grey brusho powder on and dry. 
Removed masking fluid and stamped the sentiment (Tim Holtz Tall Text alphabet stamps).
Then coloured with Prismacolour pencils.


Thanks for stopping by and have a cooler day if you're in the UK
Love
Amanda X


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Funky Flowers for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Phew!! how hot is it at the moment? 
For my post over at That's Crafty Blogt oday I am sharing with you one of the samples that I made that appeared on the Hochanda TV launch show of loads of fabulous new own brand products created by That's Crafty. 


 Hopefully you'll pop across HERE for all the details
Have a fabulous day and stay cool!!
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Playing With Alcohol Inks & A Stencil for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
It's my day over at That's Crafty blog and this week I have been playing with alcohol inks 




You'll find all the details HERE

Have a fab day
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 9 June 2017

'Dog Eared' for That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
Well the last 2 weeks have flown by and it's the start of another challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge blog
Our theme for the next 2 weeks is
'Dog Eared' 
So we are looking for any type of project that features dogs. 
Here's my little piece of inspiration 


My card, following our 'Dog Eared' theme, features stamps from Carabelle studio. The fabulous dog was stamped and masked off prior to making the background which has been stencilled using red and blue ink and then stamped over, I then added a little grey brusho to grunge it up a little. I have then coloured the dog using coloured pencils and added glossy accents to his glasses. The Rock On sentiment has been stamped using Tim Holtz foam alphabet stamps with Dylusions paint and outlined with a white posca pen.


I would love you to pop over Here and come and play along with us, there are also some fabulous pieces from the rest of the design team.
Don't forget if you join in with us you could be the winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty online store.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Dare to Dream for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty Blog with my usual Tuesday spot.





I'd love it if you popped over HERE for all the details 
Have a fabulous day whatever you get up to
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Make Something Happen

Hi Everyone
Today I would like to share with you one of the pieces that I had published in the February edition of "Mixed Up" digital magazine, a wonderful publication for mixed media fans all put together by the fabulous Katy Leitch. You will find all the details for subscribing to this brilliant magazine HERE.


My make was to support that even mixed media can have lots of white space. This card uses Seth Apter Spellbinder dies, a Tim Holtz photo booth picture, paint splatters on old book papers bits and bobs of found items and rusty left overs and my sewing machine. 


Here is a close up of how I have stacked a selection of Seth's fabulous dies.

Hope you like it and I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Monster Birthday for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend. 
As it's Tuesday you'll find me over at That's Crafty Blog



I'd love it if you pop over HERE for all the details 
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 26 May 2017

Feline Fine at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
We have a new challenge theme, starting today, over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and out latest theme is
"FELINE FINE"
we are looking for your projects to feature cats, and that can be any sort of cat.


my inspiration for you uses the fabulous stamps by Stampendous of Laurel Burch's cats. 
Briefly, I have brayered my background with acrylic paint including some gold. I have then stamped the cats and other pieces onto a seperate piece of card and heat embossed in gold, they are all Laurel Birch designs, and coloured them with copics. They were then cut out and added to the background. Sentiment has been heat embossed.


There is, as always, some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team and you will also find all the details HERE.
Don't forget if you play along with us one randomly selected entry will win £20 to spend in That's Crafty online shop.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

I'm a Bad Influence for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty Blog today


for all the details pop over HERE 
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

I'll Never be Rich for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I am over at That's Crafty Blog today and I have been playing with some of the newly released stamps from Carabelle Studio.



I hope you'll pop over HERE for all the details
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 12 May 2017

Back to Black at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
It's the start of another new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and our new theme is
'BACK TO BLACK' 
(your project needs to use a lot of black)
Myself and the rest of the design team have created a variety of inspiration for you, here's mine.


This piece started as a 6" x 6" MDF square (one of That's Crafty substrates)
I gave it a covering of black gesso and then stencilled through Andy Skinners 'Code Breaker' stencil with texture paste. I then painted over it with black Dylusions paint. I sanded the numbers back slightly when dry.
My centre piece is one of the new dies designed by Seth Apter 'Broken Maze'. Cut several times to give it depth. I have stamped over it with white ink using a formula stamp.
The centre is some pieces I have rusted myself. I have used one of Tim's paper dolls as my central character and many pieces of Idea-ology have been added.

 I have also added some die cut letters to add the formula.  You can see here the bits that I have added.
I have also added addition words using my old type writer, just to add a bit of fun

Hopefully you will play along with us all in out 'Back to Black' challenge and you could be the winner of a £20 That's Crafty gift voucher to spend in their online shop.
For some fabulous inspiration from my team mates and all the details just pop over HERE
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Take Time To....... for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Just to let you know that I am, as is usual on a Tuesday, over at That's Crafty Blog creating on one of That's Crafty MDF substrates.




to read all the 'How To' details just click HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Stampotique Play

Hi Everyone
I had a birthday card to make this week so decided to make it using some Stampotique stamps as I don't get to ink these up as much as I would like these days.


As you can see I've left this one clean and simple and let the stamps speak for themselves. 
I have used Dog cube, Barkabe, Towering gifts and Happy, Happy, Happy. The Happy Birthday banner has been stamped onto the card whilst I have stamped and fussy cut all the other stamps and added with 3D gel. I have used the bottom of the towering gifts stamp (masking off everything else with a post it) to stamp onto the background to give the parcels some grounding. 
All have been coloured using Dina Wakely crayons and a waterbrush. 


I just love these woofy guys.
Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Creative Play for Mixed Up Digital Magazine

Hi Everyone

I would like to share with you today a piece that I produced for last Decembers edition of the fabulous digital magazine "Mixed Up".
The following piece was part of the 'Creative Play' feature where the magazine showcased Oak House Studio Pure inks. 






I have created my piece using a That's Crafty MDF upright using lots of crackle paste through stencils and obviously coloured using Oak House Studio inks.

You will find
 all the details about Mixed Up magazine and how to subscribe HERE and this appeared in December 2016 edition.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Find a Way for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Hope that you all had a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend. 
This week I have a tag for you and I have been playing with the fabulous Distress Oxides.

All the details can be found on That's Crafty blog



thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 28 April 2017

Bright Colours for That's Crafty Challenge blog

Hi Everyone
It's the start of another challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and for our latest challenge we want to see 
'Bright Colours'
Here's a little piece of inspiration for you


To create this I first stamped the circles, which is one of the A4 stamps from Carabelle Studio, I then masked them off and created the background using Ranger dye ink pads transferring the ink to the mini circle gelli plate.
I then stencilled the woman and the background details. 
Finally added the absolutely fabulous die cut from Die-namics.
 You'll find more inspiration and all the details HERE
If you decide to play along with us you will automatically be in with a chance to win a £20 That's Crafty voucher to spend online.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X


Tuesday, 18 April 2017

If You Can for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I hope that you all had a fabulous Easter weekend. 
I'm over at That's Crafty Blog today 


I'd love it if you'd pop over HERE for all the details
Thanks so much for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Monday, 17 April 2017

Oxides meet the Colonel

Hi Everyone
I hope you are all enjoying the Easter Weekend. 
Like everyone out there at the moment I am loving Tim's new Oxide inks and used a background I had using them for the base of a card for my Dads birthday.


I have used the Fabulous 'Colonel' stamp from Bee Crafty (great for male cards), masked him off and stencilled the clock, by That's Crafty, behind him using vintage photo distress ink. Sentiment is from Rubber Dance stamps. His glass I covered in decoart liquid glass so it does look like a glass just that the photo doesn't show it up. 
To get a little texture into my background before applying the Oxides I first did some mark making onto the card using masking fluid and bubble wrap and a plastic cap for the rings. Once the masking liquid was dry I applied the oxides by picking up the colours from my craft mat using faded jeans,  fossilized amber and vintage photo. 


Once you removed the masking fluid you can see the pattern, which I then cut to the size I needed.
I've even had to download the labels from Rangers site, you'll find the labels Here


Roll on the rest of the colours.
Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 14 April 2017

Guesting at Craft Stamper Blog

Hi Everyone
 I was lucky enough to have been chosen as the winner of Craft Stampers 'Take it, Make it' challenge for February. As such I have been invited to share a guest make to support this months 
'Anything Goes Stamping Challenge"


This has given me the chance to ink up for the first time one of the latest stamps from Brett Weldele and these stamps come from his '1980's Volume 1' set. 
This has been built up by stamping the 'Super' stamp then masking it off, then the girl and she was then masked off. All the stencilling was then done on the background creating a graphic equaliser look blending distress inks. I then stamped the 'halftone stars' from Waltzingmouse stamps and then the word 'Retro' twice, The final sentiment is from Indigoblu. Once this was all dry I removed the masking to reveal all the layers and then coloured the main image with prisma colour pencils.

You will find all the details HERE about playing along with craft Stampers challenge this month. 
This is my 2nd post of the day and it's only 9 o'clock! Previous post was to launch the latest challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog HERE
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Easter weekend
Love
Amanda x

'Outnumbered' - New Challenge at That's Crafty Challenges

Hi Everyone
We start this Easter bank holiday weekend with a new challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog. Our theme for the next 2 weeks is

'OUTNUMBERED'
we are looking for projects where numbers are the main focus. 
For my little piece of inspiration for you I have a birthday card


I have layered numbers on numbers for this one. Background has been made first with swooshing the card through spritzed distress oxides. I have then stamped a layer of numbers using Tim's Numeric Numbers large stamp set again using a selection of different colours of the oxides, I then slightly misted the stamping to soften and oxidise the stamping. I then stamped another layers of numbers this time using distress paints in the same colours I had used in the oxides, this time I have stamped using Tim's new foam stamps, the numbers are from the Idea-ology Lower block cling set. My final addition of numbers were to finally add some remnant rubs. 
The Happy Birthday sentiment is again using Tim's foam stamps but I have mixed the lower and upper sets and stamped using black soot distress paint. I have then added additional stamped text which is from Unity stamps.

As always we would love it if you played along with us this fortnight and you could be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty.
For all the details and to see what fabulous inspiration the team have come up with, just pop over HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X




Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Scribbly Faces for That's Crafty Blog

Hi Everyone
I am over at That's Crafty Blog and I've gone a bit scribbly



For all the details just pop over HERE

thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

This is a Happy Life for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
For my Tuesday post today over at That's Crafty blog I have been playing with one of their MDF shrines which are a fabulous addition to That's Crafty MDF substrates.



I hope you'll click HERE for all the how to details.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Wasted!!

Hi Everyone
I have just been playing with a new stamp from Bee Crafty 'The Colonel' from their Steampunk Stories range. This is a lovely big stamp but instead of going with a steampunk/vintage theme I thought I would just have a bit of fun with him.


Wasted!! I'm sure that most of us have been there lol.
I started with another of my pieces of card that I had been playing with Distress Oxides and onto that I stamped the Colonel image and the only part I added additional colour was his drink. I then masked him off and added the sunshine beams coming from his drink using normal Distress inks, over that I stencilled the 'Game Over' which is a Brett Weldele stencil (a new favourite). The text has been added using a Darkroom door alphabet set with some of the letters picked out by stamping on white paper and cutting out.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend
Love
Amanda X



Friday, 31 March 2017

Foliage & Flowers for That's Crafty Challenges

Hi Everyone
It's time for the start of a new challenge theme over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and our theme for the coming fortnight is
'Foliage & Flowers' which means your project must contain flowers, leaves, trees etc.


As my piece of inspiration for you I have used mostly scrap bits leftover from previous projects.
It all started with a torn page from an old nature book to which I then added some gelli printed tissue bits. I stamped the tree, which is a Kim Dellow stamp from Paperartsy, onto scraps of gelli prints and then paper pierced it over the image I had stamped onto the book paper. I then mounted that onto some torn scraps of gelli printed paper that I had glued to a kraft card blank. I stamped along the bottom to look like grass and the sentiment I cut out from an old stamp I have in my stash. I then finished it all off with some sewing machine stitching.


The Design Team have come up with some fabulous inspiration for you and by playing along with us this fortnight you could also win £20 to spend online at That's Crafty.
So for all the details and to see the fabulous inspirational pieces from the team just pop over HERE
Look forward to seeing you over there
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Text Background for Stampotique Designers Challenge

Hi Everyone
Sadly today is my last week as guest designer over at Stampotique Designers Challenge, I have loved being their guest designer for March. My last piece is for the new challenge
"TEXT BACKGROUND"

For my last piece I have used an MDF hanging hearts.  My text background has been created by stamping the "Tall Word Collage" many times onto bit of gelli prints and then cutting them all out. I then built them all up by glueing onto card. I then mounted the card onto the large and smaller heart to form my background. I glued the smaller heart on top of the larger and then splattered paint all over I then wrapped them with black wire. 
I stamped "Agatha Heart onto white card and coloured her with pencils. I stamped the heart she is holding again and added words to it to match the larger hearts and overlaid it to the stamped image, I have also added some glossy accents to her eyes. The sentiment 'Kiss Me' come from strategically cutting the stamped out"Merry Kiss-mas" stamp.


I would like to say a huge thank you to Stampotique Designers Challenge blog  for asking me to take part as their guest for March.
Hope you like it
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

It's always the small pieces....... for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
As it's Tuesday this is just a heads up to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty Blog
with a piece of 8" x 8" wall art.


All the details of what I did you'll find  HERE 
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mothers Day

Hi Everyone

and a Happy Mothers Day to my mum and all the other mums out there, you are hopefully going to be spoilt rotten today I know my mum is going to be.


I have made a couple of Mothers Day cards which as you can see are a bit away from my usual style, but you have to make to your market sometimes don't you?  Lots of die cutting on theses and I got to use some of my distress oxide play pieces up. 



I have used Tim's mixed media dies, Tim's wildflower dies, Carabelle studio dies, Memory box dies and Tim's Alpha dies. All colour is courtesy of the fabulous Distress Oxides and the stamped sentiments are old Sheena Douglass stamps.
Right have to dash I have loads to do before all the family arrives.
Have a good one and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X