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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Watch the Stars for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
As it's Tuesday this post is just to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty Blog 
I have been playing with Seth Apter dies in this weeks make,
here's just a sneak peek


I hope you'll pop over HERE to see it all
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 13 October 2017

Get Your Spook On! for That's Crafty Challenges

Hi Everyone
Friday 13th! what a fabulous day to start a new Spooky Challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog. So if you fancy 'getting your spook on' why not come along and join in with us and share your spooky make.
Before I show you my DT inspiration piece I need to issue a WARNING!!!! 
The piece I am about to share with you features DECAPITATION, you have been warned!!!


Still with me? You don't easily scare then?
I used Sheena's stamping card and cut a circle out from the centre, both pieces have then been coloured using distress oxides, I love the black soot oxide. Once I had coloured the moon I just put the circle back in. 
I then stamped out my 3 gentlemen, Carabelle Studio and Tim Holtz stamps, and then I............
chopped off their heads and transplanted 3 of Tim Holtz pumpkin stamps. All has been coloured with copics and coloured pencils.


The Pumpkin Heads text has been stamped with Tim's Gothic Foam cling stamps and black soot oxide ink, lining everything up around the circle made easy as I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform. Happy Halloween, again a Tim Holtz stamp, was stamped in black archival. Finally I added one of Tim's die cut Ravens from his 'Feather & Ravens' Thinlits.
There is even more 'Spooky' inspiration for you from the team HERE
I hope you decide to come and play along with us this fortnight and as always one randomly chosen entry will be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty Store. Your chance to win £20 starts HERE
Thanks as always for stopping by I really appreciate your visit.
Love
Amanda X


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Strange Little Girl for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I'm over at That's Crafty Blog today with a double page journal spread





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

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Grave Digger for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

I am over at That's Crafty Blog today with a rather scary tag, well we are in the month of Halloween.


Hopefully, if you are not too scared, you'll pop over HERE for all the details
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 29 September 2017

Forever Autumn at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

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

'FOREVER AUTUMN' 


For my little piece of inspiration for this fortnights challenge I have created a journal page in my black Dylusions journal. The one thing I remember about autumn was when I was little my Mum would walk me to school along tree lined roads and the pavements would get covered with fallen leaves which were great fun to run through and kick everywhere. I would then get told off as all the leaves would stick to my school socks, this page collects, for me, that memory. 
I have used one of the images from Dylusions Endeavour stamp set and changed the top of her head so it is full of leaves, again another Dylusions stamp that I have fussy cut all the leaves out.
Background is just brayered paint leaving some of the black edges exposed. I have stencilled some Dylusions leaves aswell in black to add to the background.


Image has been coloured with Copics and pencils.
We would love to see your Autumn projects and if you decide to play along with us you could be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty.
There is more inspiration from the team and all the details HERE
Hopefully you'll come and play along
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Inspiration You Seek for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
As it's Tuesday I am over at That's Crafty Blog 


For all the details just pop over HERE

thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mwahahahaaa for That's Crafty

Hi everyone

I've gone a little spooky over at That's Crafty Blog,




 HERE are all the details 

thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 17 September 2017

I Don't Need To .............

Hi Everyone
Hope that you're having a lovely weekend so far. I have been playing in one of my very neglected art journals, in fact they are all neglected, I really need to play more in them. The one I have played in today is my small Dylusions journal. I do use the pages of my journals to clean brayers, brushes etc on with a hope that I will come back and play on the painty pages, these pages have been sitting around for ages so I took to completing them.


I have used my favourite stencil girl face stencil which I have added to the page with black archival ink and a blending tool. 
I have been playing on the page with foils, brushing the foiling glue on and then adding the foils. 


The stars I have die cut from pieces of painted card that have been print embossed using Carabelle embossing folders, love the additional texture on these.


some stamping and doodling with black and white Posca pens and the words are my own just typed out on my old typewriter.
So just a bit of arty play from me today and I really should do more pages.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X


Friday, 15 September 2017

Fly Away at That's Crafty Challenges

Hi Everyone
Today sees the start of a new challenge theme fortnight over at That's Crafty challenge blog
and our theme this time is 
'FLY AWAY'
we are looking for your project to include wings/birds etc


I've kept things simple with this one. I have only used a piece of painty card from my stash. I have die cut the centre of a piece of white card using Seth Apters Loop de Loop die, and punched some circles using 3 different sized circle punches. I have also stamped the Frida butterfly stamp by Rubber Moon straight onto the painted card, then painted the faces and restamped the details back in, all done using the Tim Holtz stamping platform. 
Sentiment is from Unity Stamps.
We would love it if you played along with us this fortnight and you do, you could be the winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty.
For more inspiration from the rest of the team and all the challenge details just pop across HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Frida Pop Art for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I am over at That's Crafty Blog today with my usual Tuesday make.


for all the details just pop over HERE
have a fab day
love
Amanda X



Friday, 8 September 2017

In My Heart

Hi Everyone

I have been raiding my kitchen cupboards and my latest make, a wall hanging, is a creation from playing with a lazy Susan (now covered in paint and needs replacing, and a large palette knife which will also not make it back into the kitchen.


I have created on a piece of mixed media card which I laid on my lazy Susan, onto the card I splodged Finnabair Impasto paints I just love how strong the colours of these are. I then spun the lazy Susan whilst rotating the paint around holding the palette knife in the same place to get a rotation of colour. I then dipped the length of the palette knife in black impasto paint and created the black sunbeam effect just by slightly dragging the paint whilst pivoting from a central point. I then did the same with foiling glue. When the glue was dry I then foiled those drags of glue. 


I've tried to capture the foils on the photo. I then mounted the card onto a That's Crafty 6" x 6" MDF board and trimmed it to fit. 
I then added a small That's Crafty MDF heart to the centre, painted with Impasto paint and stamped some text onto it. I wrapped it with wire and glued it to the centre of the beams. 


A Tim Holtz chipboard saying is added. 
I felt it needed mounting on something else so I painted an 8" x 8" MDF board, again from That's Crafty, using black Dylusions paint which adds a strong black background.

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


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Take a Breath for That's Crafty

Hi everyone

I'm Over at That's Crafty Blog today with my regular Tuesday make. That's Crafty have increased their range of Lost Coast Design Stamps so it would have been rude not to increase my personal collection.
I have a card that uses Lost Coast Design stamps.


To catch up with all the details just pop over Here
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X







Sunday, 3 September 2017

Halloween is Coming

Hi Everyone
Is it too early for Halloween? No it's never too early to get spooky and creepy. So here's a little creepy make from me to start the run up to Halloween.


I started with a piece of card that I had coloured with grey brusho's. Onto that I stamped a collection of stamps, mostly Tim Holtz and Paperartsy onto the Brusho card, I stamped also onto the less coloured parts as I wanted to colour those with Vintage Photo distress ink. I then punched out the elements of the stamps that I wanted using a square punch giving me 3/4" squares. I then built my pattern of squares up moving them around till I was happy with the layout. I then glued them into place. I then stitched around the squares to add some textural interest. 


I die cut Tim Holtz raven die and added one of his Halloween clipping. Some flicks of red ink finish it off.

Be afraid, be very afraid, Halloween is coming!!
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 1 September 2017

Rustica at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
We have the start of another challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge blog and our theme is
"RUSTICA"
We want to see your rusty projects, there are so many ways to create rusty effects so we'd love it if you shared yours with us, here's mine.


I have created a 20" x 4" canvas and added many rusted surfaces. My rusting has all been done using Pentart rusting powder and vinegar. 
The top half of the canvas is actually a piece of calico fabric that I rusted, I love the variation that you get on the fabric.







The fabric once rusted, I left it for a couple of days, was stapled onto the canvas. I added some rusted washers that had also had the rusting powder treatment.
I added some cotton in green which I have wrapped around many times along with a piece of rusted string. 
I have also stencilled on the words using Seth Apter Stencil and one of Seths Paperartsy paints for a patina look.


































The centre of the canvas I have wrapped with rusty wire which I didn't rust it was already rusty, I have also added some more rusty string with a fabulous rusty knot.
































Here you can see the bottom of the canvas which I first Painted with Seth Apters Green Patina paint, this photo represents the colour better than the photo above. I first sprinkled it with the rusting powder and sprayed with vinegar and left it to do it's stuff. Once that was done I dribbled vinegar down the canvas and sprinkled the rusting powder into the vinegar and again left it to do it's stuff. 
I stencilled the numbers from one of Seth Apters stencils using rust paste. 

















I have left a lot of rusty open space to show off the textures, I had to really stop myself adding further elements but in the end managed to walk away and just leave the simplicity of the rusty textures.
The team have come up with some fabulous rusty creations to offer you even more inspiration. so why not come and play along with us this fortnight and also be in with the chance to win a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty online store, who wouldn't want £20?
For all the details and be whisked away to our latest challenge you just need to go HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Don't Be Afraid for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
For my regular Tuesday post over at That's Crafty Blog I have a card for you, with a background using the fabulous Distress Oxide inks.


to read all the details just pop across HERE
have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X


Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Snow in August for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Today I am over at That's Crafty Blog with my first project using some of the fabulous greyboard designs that have just been added to the That's Crafty range following their recent launch on Hochanda last Friday, this latest range captures items to create stunning Autumnal and Christmas projects. 



For more photo's and all the how to details just pop across HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X



Friday, 18 August 2017

Only Cards at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
It's a busy That's Crafty day today, we have the start of our new Challenge fortnight  HERE with the theme
'Only Cards' 
and That's Crafty are appearing on Hochanda today with the launch of some fabulous new Autumn and Christmas MDF, Greyboard, Stamps, stencils & paints there are loads of new fabulous stuff. If you can't get to watch the Shows on Hochanda SKY channel 663 or Freeview 85 today you can watch them online as part of their catch up TV or you can find them on the That's Crafty website in the 'What's New' section. 
Anyway, back to our 'Only Cards' challenge


My card uses a Lost Coast Design stamp as my central image. My background is from a paint scraped masterboard I made. Onto a seperate piece of the same masterboard  I stamped her using the Stamping platform to allow me to paint out the flesh parts with Paperartsy blush paint and then stamp the detail back in, I then  cut her out.  I then added stencilling to the back first with the circles in black archival ink and then with white acrylic for the leaves which is a Dylusions stencil. I then out lined the white with a black fine liner pen. Sentiment is from one of Dylusions fabulous quote stamps, stamped onto white card and cut out to add to the card.


There are some fabulous card from my Team mates HERE to offer you loads of inspiration. Also 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.
Hopefully we will see you over there and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Love, Peace & Happiness for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
It my day to share some art over at That's Crafty blog and for this weeks post I have a trio of ATC's 



For all the details just pop over Here 
As always, thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Bad Idea's

Hi Everyone
Hope you are having a lovely weekend so far. I keep walking in and out of my craft room,  in between doing other things, hoping that I will get smacked in the face with Mr Mojo, no such luck so far. I have forced myself a little play, and it is a little play, this has to be the fastest and simplest card that I have ever made but I just wanted to play with the new die fromTim Holtz, 'claw marks'. 
All stamps are Katzelkraft stamps.


They don't get much more clean and simple than this!! 
thanks for popping in and if you do see Mr Mojo, point him in my direction.
Thanks
Love
Amanda X

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Rock On Girlfriend

Hi Everyone
Hope you are all well, I have been having another play with the latest Badass monthly subscription stamps, you will find the details in my previous post Here if you are interested in signing up.
I have been forced to redecorate a wall in my lounge as I have had a new fire fitted this week, so inbetween coats of paint drying I have been away in my craftroom.



Background was a gelli print that I die cut the swirls out of (Sheena mixed media die) and then behind the cut outs I added some stamped card (the die cut pieces saved for anther project).
I then stamped round the edges a little with one of the Badass stamps and stamped the rock chick 3 times onto card and cut her out. A little colouring with Copics. Stamped words are from a couple of stamp sets from my stash. 
Hope you like it and I now have to go and clean up the lounge.
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Rock Chick

Hi Everyone
I have just received my first set of stamps having just joined the Badass Stamp club by ArtChicks Studio who are based in the Netherlands, you will find all the details Here if you fancy signing up. You sign up to receive a set of club member stamps and having received this first set I am not disappointed and I love the fact that you don't know what you are going to get. 
Here is a card I have made with this months set 


My background is a series of strips of paper that I used to clean my brayer on. Once I laid out the strips I then added stencilling to them. I then stamped the girl, coloured her with copics and cut her out. The little skulls were stamped on and the Rock Chick sentiment heat embossed and edged in white Posca pen. All those stamps were on this months members set. The Do Epic Shit was from July's Badass set that I got from Facebook and also the reason I signed up for more.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day, I have an afternoon at the dentist to look forward to..... Not!
Love 
Amanda X

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Governor for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Just to let you know I am over at That's Crafty Blog for my usual Tuesday slot.


For all the details just pop over HERE
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dream Big

Hi Everyone
I hope that you've all had a lovely weekend, it's absolutely pelting down with rain here in the north west of England, definitely a staying in day! 
I have a card to share today but I am not sure I am happy with it but thought I would share it non the less.


As is with a lot of my makes at the moment I have used a gelli background and stamped the Stampendous elephant using my stamping platform, painted it out and then stamped over the top again to put all the detail back in.
Background has then been stencilled using several stencils from my stash and some I had forgotten I had!! Dream Big has been stamped using Tim's foam alpha stamps. I then went round the letters and the elephant with a black fine liner pen, I think around the letters it was a stage too far. 
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 4 August 2017

Anything but a card for That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi everyone

I'm here today as it's the start of a new challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and our theme for the next 2 weeks is
"Anything but a Card"


For my 'Anything but a card' piece I have used one of the That's Crafty MDF shrines, this one is ATC box sized. 
To decorate the front I used a piece of kraft card that I gelli printed onto, I added detail to the print by using one of Carabelle studio Printing stamps this one was Ronds. The inside I painted using the same colours into an ombre effect. Before I cut the print and added it to the front of the shrine I added some stitched detail with a sewing machine. 

One I had glued it to the front I trimmed it to fit and then added torn tissue paper, paint splashes and paint rings, lastly I added one of Alison Bomber Paperartsy words stamps.
The flowers are some of the new greyboard bit and pieces these are from the small funky flowers set. 


Painted with red acrylic paint I then laid tissue paper behind and filled the gaps with glossy accents and trimmed the tissue when dry. I then made stems for them using rusty wire and drilled holes in the base to feed the wires though.
Stamping detail inside the box are all using That's Crafty stamps.
Front piece added to the box is a Carabelle studio stamp. 

We would love it if you played along with us this fortnight and share with us your anything but a card make, to further inspire you the team have created some fabulous pieces which you can see HERE.
Also if you enter you could be the randomly chosen winner of a £20 online voucher to spend at That's Crafty online store.
Thanks for stopping by
love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

I Do Weird for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post telling you I'm over at That's Crafty Blog for my usual Tuesday post



I'd love you to pop over HERE for all the details
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Lonely Girl

Hi Everyone

I have another make today that uses a stamp that I haven't inked for ages, the stamp is 'Lonely Girl' by Dina Wakley and is probably one of my all time favourite stamps. 


Background was I gelli print that I over stencilled and doodled with a white Posca pen. Chevron stamp is from Darkroom door which I had forgotten I had so that had it's first inking. Sentiment is from Unity Stamps. Some mark making with paint and some fine liner edging finish it off.
Have a fabulous weekend whatever you are doing and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Follow Your heart for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
just to let you know that as it's Tuesday I'm over at That's Crafty team blog with my regular weekly make.



for all the details just pop over HERE

Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 21 July 2017

Grunge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
Our new fortnightly challenge theme starts today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and for the next 2 weeks we're looking for anything
'GRUNGE'


For my Grunge piece it's all gone rusty using Seth Apter Paperartsy Fresco colours.
This is how it all started

It all started with a piece of corrugated cardboard and I ripped off the top layer in places exposing the corrugated bits. I die cut the word code from mountboard  substituting the e for a 3. I then gave it all a coat of gesso. I then tore up the piece and added it to an 8" x 8" that's Crafty MDF board. I then gave it all another coat of gesso. Onto that I then started by building up the paint colours the first layer was applied with a brush to give it a covering I then started adding alternate layers of some of the Seth Apter coloured Paperartsy fresco paints, all these were added with cut up pieces of washing up sponge as it adds real texture.
Onto a separate piece of thick white card I sponged on the paint again but slightly changed the final effect. This is the piece that I die cut both the Maze and rectangle die again from Seth Apters Spellbinder die range.


Here you can see the effect and texture that the sponge gives to the paint. I also added some stencilling using an Andy Skinner stencil. To the maze die I added the washers that I had rusted with rusting powder, laid on book pages and filled with glossy accents and left to dry. When dried I trimmed the paper off and glued them to pieces of rusty wire to come out from the maze. The centre is the top from an old tap given a slight paint treatment.


That's my interpretation of grunge as a little bit of inspiration, and we would love to see yours by joining in with us over on the challenge blog. As always, our prize is a £20 That's Crafty voucher for one randomly chosen entry. 
You will find all the details and more Grungy inspiration from the rest of the DT HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Soar for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just a quick little post to let you know that as it its Tuesday I am over at That's Crafty Blog 


I hope you'll pop over Here for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Good Vibes

Hi Everyone

The title of my post today does no way represent the weekend I am having............ My working schedule means that I work every other weekend and over the last few years this has always landed that I haven't been off on Wimbledon finals weekend and as a big fan of Wimbledon you can imagine my delight to be off for it all this weekend. There my good fortune ends......... I broke a tooth Friday to find myself in absolute agony, thinking I could self medicate the pain until Monday was fool hardy, anyway to cut a long story short I spent Saturday afternoon trying to source an emergency dentist, with the help of a lovely lady on the other end of the phone, to find that I could be seen at 3pm out of my area, well I just had to get myself there. Needless to say I missed the Ladies final to have the time spent being painfully prodded and poked and a temporary filling put in place. Needless to say I am still in pain but I am going to watch the mens final come hell or high water!!!! 
Anyway I did manage to have a little play, some compensation for feeling very sorry for myself. I have a clean and simple card today.


The main image is from 'aall and create' and the set is set #7 by Bipasha
I got out my kids paint spinny thingy and spun on several colours for the background and I have only added a bit of extra colour to her eye and lips. The good vibes sentiment has been stamped and coloured with the same paints.


Anyway I hope you're having a better weekend than me and I'm off now to cheer on Federer! 
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Nerd Alert

Hi Everyone
I don't know about you but after a long day at work there is nothing better than a play in your craftroom to chill out and forget all the hassles of your day. In my efforts to ink up stamps that  have long been neglected I have used one of my VLVS stamps.


Background started with a gelli print which I then stamped Deep Red Rubber stamp formula stamp. I then stencilled a Patti Tolley stencil. Over that I stencilled the caution sign from Brett Weldele. all other stencils from Tim Holtz. Image was stamped onto a seperate piece of paper and cut out and added to the background.  Nerd stamp, from my stash, was heat embossed with yellow and the word alert typed out in red. 
Just a bit of fun really and an outlet for relexation.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda x

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Chill for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

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




I hope you'll pop over and check out all the details HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Buddha says................


"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change"

Hi Everyone
The above quote is from Buddha and can be found on one of the recently released stamp sets from Paperartsy, the collection has been put together by Alison Bomber of Words and Pictures blog fame.


When I saw that there was a quote from Buddha on the set I just had to ink up the fabulous Buddha stamp again from Inkylicious.
Background is all distress oxides, first swooshing the card through the inks on my craft mat. Then I stamped the Buddha stamp in black archival ink and masked it over and then stencilled flowers on again using distress oxides.
I then stencilled more this time is black archival through a hibiscus stencil by Designs by Ryn.
I have added some chinese letters by embossing them with gold and edged of the hibiscus with a gold pen. The words from Buddha from the stamp set were embossed in gold onto black card, cut out, and added to the card.
Hope you've all had a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X