Sunday, 22 July 2018

Come Fly with Me for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone

I would like to share with you today my last post as part of the AALL & Create design team, it's been such a pleasure to have been a guest designer for them for the last 2 months made all the easier because the range of stamps and stencils they produce are so fabulous and eclectic. I am ending my 2 months by using the fabulously different quirky stamps designed for AALL and Create by Louise Nelson using her stamps #69, #77 & #78.
I have created 2 clean and simple designs on DL cards. I wanted these stamps on a clean white background to show off the drawn lines in all their glory.

Both have created in the same way but using a change of background stamping and a different bird added to each one, each showing a different words from the same set.
I have added a little bit of striped doodling to the background stamp and paper pieced into each background having stamped onto gesso book page paper that I had coloured with distress crayons. I have, to each card, added the bird and clouds using 3D gel to lift the images off the background. The rest of colouring has been done using prismacolor pencils. 
Both have been matted onto black card before adding to the card base.

Aren't these birds so fabulously quirky?

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I would just like to end with a big thankyou to Abs, joint founder of AALL & Create, for the opportunity to showcase these fabulous stamps, it's been a blast. 
I love this range of stamps so expect a lot more from me with these!
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Dream no small dream for That's Craftty

Hi Eveyone
As it's Tuesday it's my day over on That's Crafty blog and this week I have a little rusty creation for you.

for the full project details just pop over HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Play the Moments for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
Hope you're looking forward to a fabulous Sunday.
I am back with you today with another make as part of the AALL & Create team.

This week I have only used one AALL & Create stamp set and that is stamp set #75 - Vocalist which is one of the border stamps. These stamps work brilliantly on DL sized cards which I have to confess I am a bit addicted to at the moment. 
The making up of this card used up some scrap brayer clean off papers that I had.

The black clean off sheet was my background so I stamped the image and cut to size, I then onto the coloured clean off sheet stamped the image 3 times. Then using a small square punch I punched out different squares of the image and layered the coloured square over the same part of the image on the background.

I added each square using 3D gel glue to give the squares dimension.

I then roughly masked off the stamped area and splattered paint across the background. 
To finish I just drew around the edges with a fine liner pen and then mounted onto a DL card blank.

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Hope you have a fabulous Sunday and I really appreciate you stopping by
Amanda X

Thursday, 12 July 2018

14 with Attitude!

Hi Everyone
Every year in May and July I have the birthdays of my 2 nieces, now this hasn't really caused me a problem in previous years, but now one of them is about to turn 14 (going on 24) with attitude!! Now I know it would be easier to buy a card, as at this age the card is purely the vehicle to carry the birthday money in. The routine is to rip open envelope, open card, count money (I need to make sure that there is just enough in it to avoid the scathing look of "is that all"?), discard said card. 
Now I won't be beaten so have still decided to make a card, as that's what I have always done!!

I have used stamp set #5 designed by Olga Heldwein from AALL & Create for my card. The actual image only has one balloon so I have repeat stamped, coloured and cut out the additional balloons adding a piece of black cotton to each one (now that was a labour of love) . 

Each one was added using 3D gel glue.

Background was created using a cloud mask I cut myself and distress ink with some distress paint splatters.
The girl and the clouds were also added using 3D glue gel which gives the card a lot of dimension.
Birthday sentiment is from Rubber Dance.

I'm tempted to put no money in the card as it might get looked at if I don't lol.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Not Any Ordinary Stamp for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I'm over at That's Crafty blog today sharing a tag with you, and I've used a special stamp

to find out why it's special just pop over HERE
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Just Fill Your Days With Beautiful Rainbows for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I have my first post of July for you as guest designer for AALL & Create and this one has everything thrown at it!!

Whilst I have used many stamps and stencils from AALL & Create to build up these tags the stars of the show are the character stamps fabulously created by Fiona Paltridge.
I had the idea to build up a rainbow of tags each featuring one of these girls. 

Here you can see each tag a little closer, 

Each tag started with a stencilled and painted background

I then built up the layers and textures by adding papers, die cuts, scraps, washi tapes, stamping and lots of machine stitching in co-ordinating colours. The word added to each tag that makes up the saying "Just fill your days with beautiful rainbows" was created using the alphabet stamp #40.

All the products used as follows:

Stamps by Fiona Paltridge #83, 85, 85, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94 and numbers #107 by Tracy Evans

Stamps by Louise Nelson #77, 78

#40 designed by Bipasha BK

Stencils designed by Autour de Mwa #7, 21, 22, 28, 30

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Have a fabulous Sunday
thanks for stopping by 
Amanda X

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Stay Strong for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Phew!!! it's far to hot at the moment for me and I have struggled to make anything this past week but I have managed to make a tag for my weekly make over at That's Crafty Blog

For all the details of how I made the tag just pop over HERE 
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Faith for AALL & Create

Hi Everyone

I here today with my 3rd, and final make for June, as part of the AALL & Create team (more to come in July).
I have been playing with one of the A4 stamps #56, this one being designed by Olga Heldwein.

I have used the stamp to make a deep wall hung piece using a That's Crafty MDF Chunkie, this one is 4.5" x 9" and I think my favourite size (but I love them all).

Here you can see each side of the piece and I love that the depth of these MDF chunkies allow you to continue your art 
around the sides, top and bottom.

I didn't work directly onto the MDF, but you could, but created my background using Paperartsy paints and a brayer, building it up until I was happy with the effect.

To ensure a good stamping surface I did lightly sand the paint so it improved the clarity of the stamped image. Now these A4 stamps are huge and I found the best way to get a good stamped image is to place the stamp on your glass mat and then ink it up with black archival, I then lay the painted card onto the inked up stamp and carefully pressed down with the palm of my hand making sure that the card didn't move and ghost the stamped image. 

I then measured up the piece of card and cut it to cover the MDF Chunkie. 
To highlight some of the area's I stamped again but this time onto a piece of tissue paper. On the reverse of the tissue paper I painted out the parts I wanted with Chalk Paperartsy Fresco paint and then cut out the parts I wanted.

I layered them over the same part of the stamped image now on my chunkie and added them using matt medium.
Once all was dry I neatened up the white edges of card using the same paints and added some flicks of paint. I had also rusted up some chicken wire which I cut to the size I needed and added to the piece wrapping it around the side onto the front held in place with some staples.

As a final step I stamped the word Faith from #23 and toned the card to match before adding it to the wire.

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Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Silence for That's Crafty

Hi everyone
I had forgotten to schedule this post so it's a bit late this Tuesday to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty blog today and this week I have been playing in my Dylusions art journal

for all the details of how I put these pages together just pop over HERE
thanks for stopping by 
Amanda X

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Positive Vibes For AALL & Create

Hi Everyone
I'm back with you today sharing another piece using the fabulous stamps and stencils from AALL & Create as part of my guest design team spot with them for June and July.

For this week I have a card for you made using the funky #102 'Positive Vibes' stamps designed by Olga Heldwein,  don't you just love that llama who I had to give wild colourful disco hair!
My background was made using stencil #28 designed by Autour de Mwa, I used the stencil as a stamp by randomly patting distress oxide inks on it, slighty misting with water and then lay it on a piece of card. I took 2 prints this way the second being slightly more muted. 
I then cut a circle from the stencil using a large circle die and then cut the circle into pieces.

I stencilled through the stencil with black archival ink to be background layer and then built on to it some of the cut circular pieces, I decided to go with the more colourful piece. With the pieces remaining I grouped them together and cut them again with a circle die this time smaller than the first one and layered these again over the others. 
Next was to colour the llama,

I used prismacolour pencils to colour the llama giving him, what I would call, wild coloured disco hair.

His sunglasses, which come in the set as a separate stamp, I stamped them with black Stazon onto acetate, cut them out and added to the llama image. Isn't he just one funky dude?
A pair of sound speakers, taken from stamp set #75 Vocalist designed by Bibasha BK were coloured and cut out and added to the scene. Finally I stamped the Positive Vibes words included again with the #102 set. I mounted it onto black card before adding it to a card blank.

Stamps & stencil Used

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Hope you like it and I'll be back next Thursday with my next make for AALL & Create.
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

But this mouth.......... for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I'm over at That's Crafty blog today as it's Tuesday. I have a card for you today using one of the latest stamps from Katzelkraft.

For all the details just pop over HERE

Thanks for stopping by 
Amanda X

Sunday, 17 June 2018

One of a Kind

Hi Everyone
Today, here in the UK, is Fathers day and I share with you my Fathers Day card 'One of a Kind' which refers to my Dad. 

I've used a DL card for this one for a change. 
Background distress oxides, all background stamping Oxides, main images black archival.
Stamped images are all Tim Holtz as is the word chip.
Today is about making a fuss of my Dad so we are all taking him out for lunch (I think he would rather watch the football though lol). 
Have a fabulous day 
Amanda X