Friday, 30 November 2012

Christmas Chaos

It's time for this week challenge over at Crafts4eternity and our theme this week is Christmas Chaos, which is ANY christmas themed project. The top 3 will be able to pick 3 digi stamps from the Crafts4eternity store. I think I might have taken the word Chaos too literally, lol, as I have thrown so much onto my card for my design team example!
I have used:-
Distress stains and inks
Pearl pearlescent liquid acrylic paint
white acrylic paint brushed on and stamped with
Tim Holtz grunge snowflakes stamps
Tim Holts rock candy glitter on large snowflake
Tim Holtz mini snowflake rosette strip die
Spellbinders 2011 snowflake pendant
small snowflake punch
Let it Snow stamp Stampendous
sheet music andLili of the Valley Krafty Christmas papers cut into strips.

So why not show us your Christmas Chaos and join us for this weeks challenge HERE.
Thanks for looking
Amanda X

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Ever so Blue....

Just a quick post of a card I made several weeks ago for a blog challenge where the challenge was make your own tape, I never actually got around to entering my card so it has just been hanging around so I thought I might as well pop it onto my blog anyway.
My own tape that I made is just regular decorators masking tape that I have coloured with distress stain and then stamped on. Card backgrounds are made using both Dylusions and ranger sprays. Stamps I have used are Graphic 45.I have added white gel pen to add highlights to the images.
Thanks for looking

Friday, 23 November 2012


This weeks challenge at Crafts4eternity is "Midnight Magic" and we would love to see your projects with a night time theme. This week the challenge is being sponsored by Pink Gems Designs
Pink Gem Designs are offering one randomly chosen winner 4 Digital Stamps!
So why not pop over and join in this weeks challenge?

Here is my design team offering

Who comes at midnight? Santa does, well only if you have been good. I have used a Crafty Individuals stamp of Santa over the roof tops and the Believe stamp is from my stash (brand unknown). The background has been made using Distress Stains picket fence and faded jeans and then stamped with archival cobalt. Mat and layered on silver mirri card and a dark blue shade of card. I have blinged up the image with tiny jems and finally added some wooden calico stars that have also been coloured with faded jeans distress stains and perfect pearls.

So why not come along and join us this week.

I am also entering this card in this weeks challenge over at Daring Cardmakers where the theme is "Twinkle Twinkle"

thanks for looking
Amanda x

Friday, 16 November 2012

Marvellous Music Challenge at Crafts4eternity

The theme for this weeks challenge over at Crafts4eternity is "marvellous music". the challenge is to create a project that has been inspired by or uses music related embellishments etc. This is my DT piece for that challenge.

I have used my favourite stamp of the moment which is "Twinkie" by Stampotique and stamped and heat embossed in black, I just love that little guy he is so expressive. I have created the background by printing some brick paper from Craft Artist, brushing a little gesso on it  then added the graffiti using promarkers and the promarker airbrush system randomly writing on the wall. Happy birthday sentiment and GettoBlaster stamp is from creative expressions Urban beats setand also stamped and heat embossed in black. The remaining sentiment has been created and stamped using a small alphabet set I have and stamped in black archival ink.
Why not come and join us over at Crafts4eternity and show us your music inspired creations. I look forward to seeing you over there.
I am also entering this card into fashionable stamping challenge where the theme is also music inspired.
Amanda x

Friday, 9 November 2012

Crafts4Eternity - My first design team entry

I am so pleased to have been invited to join the design team of crafts4eternity blog challenge. This is a weekly challenge blog run by the lovely Michele who owns  crafts4eternity craft shop based in Weston-Super-Mare or you can purchase online by clicking the link. All new challenges commence on friday at 8a.m. GMT. I join the team at challenge 97# Terrific Tags - Your challenge is to make something using a tag. Here is my very first design team offering....

Its a tag that I have displayed in an altered box lid and then added rusty wire to turn it into a wall hanging.
firstly the box was covered in torn book paper then coloured using a mixture of dylusion sprays, distress stains, distress inks and gesso. The tag was then coloured with all the inks left on my craft mat. Then with a dry brush I have painted gesso on the tag to give me a clear space to add my image which is from the fabulous Dina Wakley collection. Machine stitching and a wooden heart which has been stamped with a little of the main image in crimson archival ink finish the tag off. I have added some ripped corrugated card coloured in the same way for texture and painted some chicken wire with gesso to add more texture. Barcode and dotty srtip stamp are from urban beats & urban life by creative expressions. The sentiment is from the empowered words collection by Unity Stamp Company which again I have stamped in crimsom archival ink, cut up, and mounted onto black card, I have toned down the white card with distress ink. The ribbon is from Graphic 45 and the little bit of vintage lace from my stash.
Hope you like it and I have inspired you to join along with us this week at crafts4eternity with your tag creations.
thanks and hopefully see you over there
I am also entering into this weeks challenge over at crafts and me challenges where the challenge is to use RED on your project.
Amanda x

Saturday, 3 November 2012

No Remorse

I am off work today, hurray!! after what has been a very long week!!  I need to do loads around the house but I am not going to bother at all. I am going to spend my day losing myself in crafty blissness. But before I do that I just want to enter this piece, I recently made as a gift for a friend of mine, in a couple of Anything Goes Challenges.

It's Anything Goes month over at The Artistic Stamper and the fortnightly challenge at Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Stampotique - Twinkie

This started life as a plain white frame and a cardboard lid. I covered the lid with dictionary paper (which you cant see now, then gesso, then added a selection of acrylic paints and liquid acrylics to complete my background. Then added a selection of embellishments including a love heart which I inked to make the lettering stand out more, some washi tape. Main image is Twinkie by Stampotique. As a backing to mount my lid on I stamped all over with Bla,Bla,Bla stamp - Stampotique. I then painted the white frame in black acrylic paint and when dry sanded it back to distress. I added the Bla,Bla,Bla stamp again to the frame by stamping on tissue paper and sealing onto the frame with ranger glue and seal.

My final touch was a large bottle top, painted with black acrylic paint then excess wiped off to distress it. Stamped and heat embossed in black another Stampotique quote. then filled with glossy accents and left to set (took 2 days) before adding to my picture.

There is a story around the composition that I wont bore you with, but my friend loved it, and it now hangs proudly in her kitchen.

If you are also having a crafty day have a good one.
Amanda x