Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Featured as a Guest Designer!

Hi everyone hope your week has started well. I have to say mine has!! 
I have been featured as a Guest Designer on the wonderful "Designs by Ryn" Blog HERE
If you haven't discovered Ryn's stamps before please go and have a look as they are a brilliant collection and you will find many new favourites, click HERE to visit her online shop.
Ryn is based in Canada and will post world wide.
 Ryn has included a couple of my previously posted cards but I have also completed 2 new projects
Here are a couple of sneak peeks of those new projects

please visit Ryns Blog HERE to see these 2 projects and the fantastic work that her design team produce using her fantastic stamps.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day
Amanda X

Friday, 26 July 2013

Shabby Chic but not intentionally

This week over at Crafts4eternity our challenge for this coming week is  
"Anything Goes"
I ordered and received this week, having seen many wonderful projects out there in Blogland, Karen Burnistons Sizzix accordion Album Die. I had an idea in my head what I wanted to make, however it didn't turn out as I first imagined. It ended up quite shabby chic which wasn't where I was originally going, this I have to say happens quite often, lol,
I cut the die in acetate, probably not the best medium to start with. The frame is cut from corrugated packaging, trimming out the centre as I can't find anyone with the matching frame die in stock. It is then painted roughly with gesso and sprayed with chocolate dylusion spray and then edged with shabby white embossing powder, torn pieces of Tim Holtz tissue tape finish it off.
I then punched out, from varies DP'sand edged with walnut stain D.I 3 sizes of butterflies and glued to the acetate, they are meant to look like they are flying towards you. I then added T.H. tickets,chit chat stickers and embellishments. I have edged the card in vintage lace before sticking the front and back paper on.
As this closes flat (well flatish) here is the front
I can't really get a good photo but hopefully you get the idea. I am not really sure that I am happy with it but it has at least been a good chance to practice with my new die. I need to have another play with it.
So why not pop over to Crafts4eternity and show us what you have just made as it's "Anything Goes" week.
Thanks for visiting,
Amanda X

Friday, 19 July 2013

We are not amused!!

This post starts with a Phew!! how hot is it here? Full credit to all of you that have managed to keep on crafting and posting, Respect!!! My craft room is an absolute sauna, thanks to being in the roof of the house (loft conversion), having said that this heat has sapped my enthusiasm as working in it all day just saps my energy. None of the above is a complaint though, long may it last we need a summer. Having said all that I had to brave the heat tonight to make my piece for this weeks challenge over at Crafts4eternity. Our theme this week is:-
"Inky Fingers" 
Projects featuring paint, inks, spray inks, will allow ink pads eg. distress ink on the edges of papers etc.

I have used as my Inky Fingers theme a gelli plate background with acrylic paint.
I have stamped the Mona Lisa onto dictionary paper and coloured her with coloured pencils.
Sentiment is a rub on from Kaisercraft
other embellishments are from Heidi Swapp - Sugar Chic Buzz Words collection

Here is a close up, I love her glasses lol.

So why not brave the heat and join in with us for this weeks inky challenge.
One randomly chosen entry will win 4 digi images of their choice from this weeks sponsor
Sassy Studio Designs.
Hopefully see you there, thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Sunday, 14 July 2013

A Little Princesses Bithday

................ and that little Princess is my beautiful niece Danielle who yesterday reached the ripe old age of 9!! What that also means is that another cute creation rolled off my craft desk. I had to confess that I have really enjoyed colouring in the image especially to just be able to sit in the lovely (if not a tad too hot!!) current sunshine and just loose myself amongst my coloured pencils.

My main image is Princess Peanelope rubber stamp by Saturated Canary which I have coloured with Prismacolor pencils blended with sansador. The 2 sentiments are from LOTV (happy birthday) and Whimsey (Cherish stamp and die). I have included many die cut elements to embellish the card. Flowers are from my stash, I was going to make them but just ran out of time.
Main image edged, through the die, with Spun Sugar distress ink
Butterfly die cuts and touches of bling and stickles add a few final sparkly touches

and I also decorated the inside of the card

I am entering this card in to Saturated Canary latest challenge where the theme is "Celebration" my celebration being Birthday.
Thanks for visiting
See you soon
Amanda X

Friday, 12 July 2013

Lets see the world together...

I can't believe I forgot to schedule my design piece in readiness for tomorrows challenge that starts tomorrow at 8am for Crafts4eternity, so I find myself at past midnight on my laptop frantically getting this blog post together (it might be a short post).
The theme for this weeks challenge is a colour challange

My make this week features Linda's new bag from Stampotique. I stenciled with modelling paste the eye chart onto card that had had the distress paint and stains treatments edge with distress embossing powder in vintage photo. Background is Tim Holtz kraft and I have used Tim's picture wheel die, a 7 gypsies tag and a map of the world cut out from patterned paper. The text has been added with Kaisercraft mini alpha letters.
and the colours for the challenge are RUST
So if these colours inspire you, and you don't have to use all of them, why not pop along and join us for this weeks challenge here. Crafty Sentiments Designs are offering one randomly chosen entry to choose 3 digi images of their choice.
hopefully see you over there
Amanda X

Monday, 8 July 2013


Hi everyone, and an extra special hello to my latest followers I hope that you enjoy sharing my crafty journey. Well what a weekend, consecutive days of blistering sunshine here in the UK, and Andy Murray winning Wimbledon, watching that match yesterday was worth wasting the sunshine. This incredible heat however has heated my craftroom up beyond tolerance!! I now am the proud owner of a sauna!!!! (the joys of being at the top of the house). Anyway hope that you are all enjoying this current spell of hot weather.
Following some lovely comments regarding my recent post "Be Unique" Which also went onto feature me in the "designer spotlight" at Simon Says Stamp which I am thrilled about. I have had another play in a similar style.

  I love that this style allows me to use up scraps of leftover papers this time using some gelli print leftovers and DP leftovers with the addition of some washi tape.. Again the main image has been stenciled using gloss black embossing paste through a splodgeaway stencil.

Anyway off now to make something completely different (heat permitting lol)
Thanks for popping by and see you soon
Amanda X

Friday, 5 July 2013

Sewing Room

Our theme for this weeks challenge at Crafts4eternity is
Sewing Room
(sewing theme or featuring faux or real stitching)
 and I am once again late in posting my design team piece. I have loads of stamps and papers that would fit perfectly for this theme, but you know what I actually wanted to sew., and trust me I am no sewer!!!
I recently purchased (well my mum did on my behalf because I didn't know what to get) a freehand stitch foot for my underused sewing machine.
 and I ended up making this.........
 and for a first attempt I quite like it (practice makes perfect).

 This project started off with a gelli print I made several months ago, and I added some stamped text onto it to add some detail. I then cut the flowers from plain calico using tattered florals die and dyed it with cranberry airondack colorwash. once dried I stenciled on with black dylusions. These were then stitched onto the gelli background, the flower stacks are an old measuring tape and the leaves just hand cut from fabric scraps. then a couple of old buttons for the centre of the flowers and Tim's chit chat stickers make up the sentiment "Discover Life", final bit of stitching around the edge and then matted and layered and finished!!
 So why not come and get all stitchy with us at Crafts4eternity we would love to see you there.

I would also like to enter this into this months challenge at Country view challenges where the theme for July is "Summer Sizzler" and my interpretation of that theme is that my project is the colour of sand, with touches of red for warmth and flowers that are in full bloom.

thanks for popping by for a look
Amanda X