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 and here's a little teaser

I'd love it if you'd pop over HERE to see it all 
Thanks so much for stopping by
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
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
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

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
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
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
Amanda X

Saturday, 1 April 2017


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
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
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

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
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
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
Amanda X

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Getting to Oxides at Last!!

Hi Everyone

I am a bit late to the party playing with Tim's new distress oxides but as they say, better late than never. 
What can I say that hasn't already been said by those of you who are ahead of me playing with them, nothing other than to totally agree with all of you that they are fabulous. Loving the chalky, oxidised effect and have made a couple of tags with slightly different techniques in using them.

This tag I have created the background by adding the colour to my craft mat and spritzing with water, picking the colour up on the tag, drying and then repeating the process until I was happy with the background.
I then stamped everything, except the words, using the oxides, they really do stamp beautifully. 
I have added additional colours to his jacket and hat using a waterbrush, the inks are far more potent than normal distress inks when used as paints but leave a fabulous oxidised effect.
Words were stamped in black archival.
Stamps are mostly Brett Weldele and a touch of Tim Holtz

For the background of this tag I first blended the colours using a blending tool and then spritzed the tag to allow the colours to run together a little and oxidise. I then stamped the circles blending the oxides onto the stamp. Once stamped onto the tag I misted the tag again to soften and oxidise the stamping. 
The main image was stamped using black archival and the sentiment added is Tim's chit chat sayings.

I need to experiment more with these fabulous ink pads but I can confirm that I love them!!
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X