Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Bring on the Girls for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I hope you have all had a fabulous Easter weekend.  
As it's Tuesday you'll find me over at That's Crafty blog today sharing some art and I have another ATB (Artist Trading Block) for you.

To find out more just pop over HERE

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week
Amanda X

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Elegant for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I'm sharing with you today my latest make as a guest design team member for AALL & Create. I have a DL card for you this week.

I have used 1 stamp and 1 stencil, stamp #163 Elegant Peacock designed by Tracy Evans and stencil
#67 Brocken Circles designed by Autour de Mwa.

I started by creating my background with Distress Oxides

Picking the ink up from my glass media mat and then adding the detail of the stencil by using it as a stamp, adding the oxides to the stencil, misting it with water then laying it down over my background.

I then lightly stamped the image whilst it was in a stamping platform and leaving it in the platform painted in the 2 clock faces that are within the stamp.

Once the paint was dry I then stamped the image again much bolder this time using a Versafine Clair black ink pad.

I coloured the peacock using Zig real colour pens and added touches of foiling to add a little bling to him. Unfortunately I cannot seem to capture the foiling on a photograph which is a shame as it is quite prominent when you see it for real.

I then trimmed down the stamped area and matted it onto a piece of Tim Holtz foil card in a co-ordinating colour I then used the remaining background as another layer on the card. I stamped the word Elegant onto white card choosing just this section of the stamp to ink up and cut out to add to the card.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Easter and I will see you all next week.
Amanda X

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

I Lied .................... for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
And for this weeks post over at That's Crafty blog today I have completed another MDF ATB (artist trading block) which are great fun to decorate.

To find out all the details just pop over HERE to check it out.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Amanda X

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Cherish Every Moment for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I'm back this Thursday to share a mixed media piece that I have made for AALL & Create. For this piece I have used the A4 stamp #160 Pencilled Flower designed by Tracy Evans.

I have used a That's Crafty 6" x 6" MDF chunky to create on.

My piece started by creating some gelli prints in my chosen colour scheme and I have gone with a selection of pastel colours because I wanted it to have a light springtime feel to it.

I needed a couple of gelli prints to cover the entire chunky and did several pulled prints to be able to choose the best two. Once having selected my prints I stamped the image on both of the 2 prints. To stamp this large stamp I used a Versafine Clair ink pad, which for me gives the best transfer of the image onto the acrylic paint gelli print, I also used the A4 acrylic stamping block that AALL 7 Create have made to use especially with these large stamps. The acrylic block offers lots of flex to allow you to get a good print.

The next step was to cover the MDF chunky and line up the pieces so the colours matched and glue them to the MDF and trim the pieces once they were adhered to the MDF. 

Then comes the fun bit to colour the sections that I wanted and for this I chose to use some coloured pencils. I also wanted to add some texture and chose to fill up some the circles with co-ordinating seed beads which I added by first putting on some heavy matt medium and then sprinkling the beads on top. Needless to say this wasn't easy and I ended up with beads everywhere, I'm still finding them all over the place lol. To added further dimension and a different texture I added glossy accents to some of the other circles.

Next was to use the main flower and make it look like it was growing on the piece by making it 3D. I stamped the flower part of the stamp onto white card and cut it out. To make it mirror the flower on the stamp I used a piece of black wire to become its stem and then added it to the panel. The flower head and it's leaves are both covered in glossy accents. I decided to leave it black and white so it stood out from the panel.

I then doodled in every enclosed part of all the letters and number detail within the stamp on the panel to add a little contrast to the piece. I added some more seed beads to the bottom right side to add some grounding for the flower and edged the panel with distress ink. The final addition were the words "Cherish Every Moment" which are within the details of the stamp, so again I just stamped a section of the stamp that held this statement onto white card, cut it out, covered it with glossy accents and added it to the panel.

I love these A4 stamps to use as one large stamp or alternatively you can just use certain parts of them on your projects.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.
Amanda X

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Efilumps Never Forget for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
As it's Tuesday I'm sharing some art over at That's Crafty blog and for this weeks make I have a card for you using the Fabulous Elenazinski Art Eliflump stamps from Paperartsy.

To read all the details just pop over HERE
Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Monday, 8 April 2019

Silly Hat Day

Hi Everyone
It's my Dads birthday this Friday and what better excuse do I need to ink up 'The Professor' stamp from Tim Holtz, it's been hanging around for a while now unopened until today! 

All Tim Holtz products on this one. 
I started with covering a piece of white card with the collage paper Typography adhering it to the paper with vintage collage medium. Onto that I then swooshed it through vintage photo and cracked pistachio distress sprays. To build up the layers I stamped the cogs from the 'Inventor' stamp set in vintage photo distress archival ink.  I stamped the circle behind him with pistachio distress oxide and then heat embossed with clear matt embossing powder. The numbers stamped down the left hand side again using vintage photo distress archival ink are from the Mail Art stamp set. I then machine stitched all around the card.
I then set about stamping and cutting out all the elements to add from The Professor set. 
I also had my first cut with the Alphanumeric Label dies, now they are fiddly blighters, but well worth the effort I just wish I had got my L's straight and that's with the sticky sheets!!
Happy Birthday is from the Hashtag set but I cut off the # my Dad wouldn't get that. 
A couple of Idea-ology pieces, arrow and stars finish it off.

I've given him rosy cheeks to add a bit of fun to him, I actually think though that he's been on the Birthday sherry!
Thanks for stopping by I appreciate your visit
Amanda X

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

It's The Little Things for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Time has been against me this last week so for this weeks post, over at That's Crafty blog, I had to resort to raiding my UFO (unfinished objects) box to create this week make.

to see fully what I put together from my UFO's just pop across HERE.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week
Amanda X

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Ladybug Jar for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I am delighted to be able say that I have again been invited to join the fabulous AALL & Create design team, an offer that for me is always a no brainer, to work alongside such a fabulous team with the opportunity to showcase the unique stamps and stencils that they produce.
I start, this time,  by using the very popular Tracy Evans A4 ladybug stamp #161 

I wanted to create something a bit different and I had had this jar hanging around my craftroom and thought I need to do something with that and this is what I did with it.

I started by stamping the entire A4 stamp onto a piece of tissue paper by placing the stamp directly onto my glass mat as it sticks to the glass, inking it up with versafine clair ink and then laying the tissue paper on top smoothing over the tissue to pick up the ink.

Once the ink had dried I turned over the tissue and painted in with white acrylic paint the area's that I wanted to be white. I then turned it back and started colouring the entire image in using Zig pens. For future reference I will do this part with alcohol ink pens as using a water based pen the colour moves when you seal it. 

Once it was coloured I cut it to size to cover the jar and applied to the glass jar using matt medium.
To neaten the design off I added black paper string to the top and bottom, red liner tape helped secure this in place to allow me to wrap it around the jar.
I then gave the entire image and string several coats of matt medium being careful not to move the colour around to much, I had to seal the ladybugs separately to avoid the red moving which is why I will try alcohol pens next time as the colour is more permanent. 
I then, to add my ladybug embellishment, stamped each ladybug onto shrink plastic using black Stazon ink, cut out including cutting a loop at the top to make a hanging hole into which I punched a hole. These were coloured on the reverse with alcohol pens and then heated to shrink.

This picture shows how much each Ladybug shrinks down.
I then, using the same black paper string, added them to my jar.

So from an empty jar, that would usually of ended up in the recycle bin, to a repurposed piece. 
I hope I've given you a little bit of inspiration to play with something that would normally be heading for the bin.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Bert misses TV debut for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I'm over at That's Crafty blog today and I'm introducing Bert to you over there and he'd love to meet you all and tell you his story.

To allow Bert to fully introduce himself to you and tell you how he was made you just need to pop across HERE where he will say hello to you.
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Go with the Flow for That's Crafty

Hi everyone
As it's Tuesday it's my day over at That's Crafty blog and I have been playing with the gel press for this weeks make along with giving a stamp I've had a while it's first inking.

To read all the details just pop over HERE

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week.
Amanda X

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Angel Tags for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post to let you know, that as it's Tuesday, I'm over at That's Crafty blog today.
I have a couple of tags for you this week.

To read all the details just pop over HERE
thanks, as always, for stopping by today
Amanda X

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Be Happy for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Just a quick post to let you know it's my day over at That's Crafty blog to share some art. 

To read all the how to details just pop over HERE
thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day
Amanda X