Monday, 26 August 2013


Hi everyone, hope you have all had a lovely bank holiday weekend, mine has been spent working, oh the joys of retail!!! After a busy weekend I am now home with my aching feet up, bliss.
I have managed to keep up to date with blogland through my iphone and it looks like many of you have enjoyed a crafty weekend, (jealousy has kicked in). I might get to potter a bit in my craftroom tonight but more likely I'll fall asleep infront of the TV lol.
Just thought I would post a quick card I made last week as I wanted to play with my new Marilyn Monroe stamp from Deep Red Stamps.
The background was simply 3 distress ink pads peacock,raspberry & lemonade directly dabbed randomly onto card and then sprayed with water so they merged together slightly.
The card was then cut up for the background and the remainder stamped 3 times with the Marilyn stamp, mat and layered onto black cardstock. The sentiment is from Indigoblu stamp set "Brideshead" then a few diamond gems to finish it off.
This is probably my last post before I jet off  for a bit of R&R in the South of France, can't wait. So I will see you all in a couple of weeks.
Amanda X

Friday, 23 August 2013

Enjoy the Ride!

Hi Everyone,
Hope you are all looking forward to the Bank Holiday this weekend in the UK, sadly I am working 
and the weather is meant to be lovely,  just my luck.......
With only a week to go until I am away for my well earned holiday in the South of France my time has been a bit in short supply this week, but as it is Friday I have found the time to make my DT piece for this weeks challenge at
where out theme this week is 
"TIME TO GO" and the challenge is to make something with a Travel Theme.

Why is it that when you don't have much time things don't work out as you intend them to? I am not sure about my piece this week but have to go with it as I haven't time to make anything else, so here goes

Background is some gesso painted map page ripped up and stuck to white card, then smeared with distress paints using a baby wipe edged with matching distress ink. Motorbike and compass are stamps from Deep Red stamp company. Arrow has been stamped onto map paper and left white and a touch of 7Gypsies pointing finger washi tape. I have used several Tim Holtz remnant rubs and my dymo gun. This has all been matt and layered onto 7gypsies 8x8 from the journey paper pad (love this paper).
 If you are thinking of making something that fits our theme this week why not pop over and show it to us HERE .
 Hopefully see you there and you hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Amanda X 

Monday, 19 August 2013

2nd Guest Designer Post for Ryn

Hi, hope you all have had a lovely weekend.
Just a quick post to say that I have had my 2nd guest designer piece published by Ryn of 
Ryn designs and manufactures her own unique range of rubber stamps which are deeply etched and beautiful to stamp with.  For this, my 2nd guest designer post I have used the wonderful "Candra" moth stamp.

Here is a sneak peak of what I created, which is in stark contrast to my first guest designer make.
To view in full just click HERE
Ryn's blog features some fantastic work from her design team who all, in their own unique way, demonstrate what fabulous works of art her stamps can create. They all offer wonderful inspiration using many different mediums across a range of styles of interpretation.
Well worth a look.
See you all soon 
and thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Friday, 16 August 2013

I do like to be beside the seaside..........

Hi and a big welcome to you all, thanks for visiting today. 
Fridays seem to come round far too quickly at the moment and as it is Friday again it means another new challenge over at Crafts4eternity. Our theme for this coming week is 
which means you can join us with any summer themed project that you make.

I have made a vintage style card using Kraft card and distress inks as watercolours78.
all stamped images from Crafty Individuals CI-278 plate and sun is Indigoblu's "Square peg in a round hole" stamped with 3 distress inks.

Kraft card has been embossed using Tim Holtz Alterations Postcard folder, I have had to piece it up but I have covered the join using some cheesecloth dyed with distress stain.
The final touch was a few shells collected from the beach a couple of weeks ago.

So why not join in with us with your bit of Summer Sun.
This challenge is sponsored by Crafts4eternity and one randomly chosen winner will have a choice of 3 digital images.
Hope to see you play along with us this week.

I would also like to enter this into the following challenges:-
Our Creative Corner - Words,Words,Words - mine being the lyrics to this summer song
Anything Goes Challenge  - By The Sea
Make My Monday - Add some dimension  (cheesecloth and shells)
Frilly and funkie - By the Seaside
Country View Challenges - Quotations & Sayings (2nd entry)
Crafty Individuals - August open challenge
thanks for visiting and an extra special thank you to all of you that leave me your comments, they are truly appreciated.

Amanda X

Friday, 9 August 2013

A Corrosive Friday!!

It's time for another weekly challenge over at Crafts4eternity and our theme this week is
"CORROSION" which is a colour swatch challenge

I have used acrylic paints that match the colours of the swatch and played with my gelli plate and stencils to create the smaller background piece. The main stencil is journaling left hand by Stencil Girl and a variety of other stencils. The larger background I have created using the piece of paper that I cleaned my brayer off on and just added a bit more stenciling to fill in the blank bits.
Text is Tim Holtz remnant rubs and finally my stamped image is from Deep Red rubber - Doc Martins.

This is the colour swatch which has inspired this card, and hopefully inspire you to come and play along with us this week.
Our sponsor this week is Floppy Latte who are offering one randomly chosen winner a $6 gift certificate to spend in their online store.
So go on, pop over and get "Corrosive" with us.
see you all soon
Amanda X

Monday, 5 August 2013

Windmills of my mind.......

Hi everyone, and an extra hi to my newest followers, hope you enjoy my crafty journey.
I have had a weekend that has just been a social whirl,and it has been lovely catching up with friends that I haven't seen in a while. I have not had that much time to get in my crafty space but what little time I have had I have used to use up some distress inked crafty scraps.

I have a bit of a thing about circles so got out a couple of circle punches and punched out from some scraps. I then starting getting these song lyrics running through my mind.
"Like the circles that you find in the windmills of your mind"
so I thought that would be a great statement on my card so printed from my PC.
other stamps include from designs by Ryn - Raindrops & Sea Bubbles
also Quantum by Deep Red Stamps. 
The stamped woman's face is from Viva las Vegastamps and her eyes and lips have been coloured with distress ink and then highlighted with Glossy accents I love how it has made her eyes look . 

I am entering this into this months challenge over at Country View Crafts  where August's  challenge is "Quotations & Sayings"

Thanks for visiting and see you soon

Friday, 2 August 2013

Here Comes The Bride

Here Comes The Bride
This weeks challenge over at Crafts4eternity
We would love to see your cards that celebrate a wedding or anniversary.

The card I have made is to celebrate a Ruby Wedding Anniversary. The stamped image is "Poppy Heart" from Indigoblu. I have used the stamp to also create the background by first stamping with versamark and then applying the Pan Pastel which then makes the stamped image stand out as it picks up more of the pan pastel.
Sentiment stamp is from LOTV and embellished with a little ruby bling and Martha Stewart butterfly punch.
Quite a simple card for me!!

Our sponsor for this challenge is "StampingAll Day" 
and one randomly chosen entry will be able to choose 3 downloads from them.

So why not come and join us?

Thanks for visiting and see you soon
Amanda X