Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sneak Peak for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
and Phew!!!! how hot here in the UK at the moment, summer has arrived at last. As lovely as it is, it does render my craftroom a sauna as it is in the loft conversion and it is utterly unbearable to be in at the moment so not sure how much crafting will happen. I have managed to make my usual piece for my Tuesday slot over at That's Crafty blog and here's just a sneak peek

To see it all and for the details click HERE
Enjoy the sunshine
Amanda X

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Use a Stencil at Less is More

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post this morning before I go into work. This week at Less is More the theme for this week is use a stencil and leave lots of white space.

I have used a stencil as I stamp. I took the Mini Be in Love stencil by TCW and sprinkled on 3 colours of Bistre crystals and lightly misted with water. I then took a print of the stencil onto heavyweight white card. Sentiment is from Unity stamps.
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A Tag Card for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I am here as it's my day again on the That's Crafty Blog, these Tuesdays seem to come around quickly! For this Tuesday's make I have made a tag card using one of my favourite Dina stamps and some of the new Finnabair background stamps.
Here's just a sneak peek.

For all the details click HERE
Thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Friday, 19 June 2015

Housey Housey for That's Crafty Challenges

Hi everyone
We start this Friday with a new challenge at That's Crafty Challenges and our theme for this fortnight is 

So we would like to see your home/houses themed projects. The DT have come up with a variety of house themed projects for inspiration and here's mine. I have gone with quite a clean and simple card this time.

My main image is from the Lynne Perrella collection for Paperartsy LPC015
Which I have stamped over a piece of mixed media card that I have made applying distress ink pads to an acrylic block, misting with water, then stamping onto the card.
The stamps on my background I wanted to have a much softer feel so have all be stamped using versa magic chalk ink pads and are all from Carabelle Studio.
The sentiment is from Art Impressions Girlfriends stamp set Weigh In.
We would love it if you popped over HERE and joined in with us this fortnight. As always one lucky winner will win £20 to spend online at That's Crafty where you will be stuck for choice with what to spend it on.
Thanks for stopping by
and see you soon
Amanda X

Thursday, 18 June 2015

GDT for Stamps and Stencils Blog

Hi Everyone
I was delighted to be the winner of  last months challenge at Stamps and Stencils Blog with this piece Here. With that win I was invited to join them for a guest designer spot to support this months challenge which is 
I love this challenge blog as it requires you to use my two most favourite things together, Stamps and Stencils.
So here's my piece to support their current theme, my little matchbox book of the sea.

To see lots more photo's and details of how I made it just pop over Here for all the details.
Also if you love combining your stamps and stencils why not join in with this months challenge, you will find all the details HERE.
Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Looking Good for That's Crafty

Hi everyone
Just a quick post to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty this Tuesday and I have been playing with on of the fabulous Matus deMeng by Stencil Girl stencils again

Here's just a sneak peek

to see it all and how I made it click HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Masculine at Mixed Media World

Hi Everyone
Another month has gone by for us all at  Mixed Media World and we have had another fabulous response from you for our Vintage challenge and some really fabulous makes from everyone. It's now time to do it all again and our theme for this month is
This months theme has been chosen by my fabulously talented team mate Donna and is just in time for Fathers day for those of us in the UK.

For my piece for this months challenge I have gone for a nautical theme by altering a rat trap into a memo holder, ideal for leaving that "Gone Fishing" note

First thing to do when altering a rat/mouse trap is to remove all the parts, I have to add at this point that removing them is a lot easier than putting the bits you need back on when it's finished!!
I then stenciled the word Remember (left)  and the chevrons (right) with modeling paste.
I then painted the trap using Fresco finish paints South Pacific, Bora Bora and Irish Cream.
I then stamped all my images and applied embossing powder and heat embossed. then applied to the trap with matt multi medium. once that was dry I gave the whole piece several washes of Fresco finish paint in French Roast which is great for added the aged look as this colour is translucent.
I added the fishing net which is a piece from a roll of bandage coloured with the same paints watered down.
I then aged a Tim Holtz word band and nautical charm from my stash with the same colours.
Some shells finish the piece off.
stencils used are Stencil Girl - Dube and Tim Holtz - chevrons
Stamps are all from Paperartsy sets HP1111 & HP1306.
we would all love to see your Manly makes so why not come and join in with us this month HERE, there is, as always, some fabulous inspiration from my team mates.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:-
Craft Stamper - Textures
Anything but Cute - Masculine
welove2create - anything Mixed Media

This is my 2nd post of the day, my first is to celebrate 100 posts at FSC, to see all the details of that post and a chance to win my posted make you can find all the details HERE

thanks as always for stopping by
Amanda x

Glitz & Glamour for Fashionable Stamping Challenges 100th Post

Welcome Everyone To FSC's 100th Posting
To celebrate our success and to say a huge thanks to each and everyone of you fashionable crafters for joining us each fortnight (many from the very first challenge) we are starting this auspicious occasion with a 'Blog Hop'.  There will be prizes on offer to go along with this weeks theme which could only be ...
'Glitz & Glamour'
Even though this will be our first Blog Hop lots of you will already be familiar with the concept.  If not here's how it works, click on the the name below and Hop to the next blog and leave them a comment.  You keep hopping until you have left all the Design Team a comment.
Leaving them a comment is important as each DT member will be doing a draw from comments on their blog's for the chance for you to win their fabulous inspirational make.  As well as one lucky winner receiving the €20 voucher to spend at our sponsor's store.
Below is the name of the DT member where you will Hop to and leave your comment (don't forget to leave one for me lol).  If you get lost you can always pop back to FSC and start over.
We have more news for you.

Starting from today FSC is changing to monthly.  Each challenge will now be starting the second Sunday of the month.

So without further ado my make for this milestone challenge, which I will be sending out to one of you, randomly chosen, that leaves a comment.

For me Glitz and Glamour makes me think of Hollywood in the days when it was all just so much more glamorous. To represent this I have made a tag using one of the very first wooden stamps I ever bought, "Movie Stars" by Stampington. I have stamped in black and then cut th stamp up to look like 3 seperate old photographs colouring it with Spectrum Noir pencils.
Other stamps include film strip stamps from Carablle and lost coast, the stars and lighting strips, which I have addd pearls to to look like the bulbs, are from Artistic outpost "Picture Star"
I have stenciled the word Hollywood, using Andy Skinner's Route 66 Stencil, with Wendy Vecchi's black paste and then rubbed Pebeo gold gilding wax over it.
I hope you like it and if you would like to win it all you have to do is just leave me a comment. 
I hope you will join in with us on our celebration challenge and follow our blog hop which from here starts with my talented team mate Yvonne just by clicking on her name above.
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Saturday, 13 June 2015

When Nothing Goes Right..........

Hi everyone
Hope that you've all had a scorching week as it's been fabulous weather here in the UK. Just a quick post from me to let you know that I am over at Katzelkraft design Team Blog today with this make and all the details on how I made it can be found there.

My make this Saturday also supports our current Challenge Theme which is "CIRCLES" to join in with this months challenge just click HERE. One lucky winner will be able to spend 15 euro's on some of the wonderful Katzelkraft stamps they have in the online store. You can see the fabulous range available HERE.
Hope you like it and as always thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Learn to Pause........................

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post from me before I go off to work and it's my entry into this weeks challenge over at 
the theme for this week is a colour theme that theme being Sunset colours.

I have used the following stamps:-
Tim Holtz 'Cityscapes' and 'Just Thoughts'
and Indigoblu 'Square peg round hol'
The sun has been stamped using Ranger dye ink pads wild orchid,cheese puff & lemon twist
and the cityscape has been coloured using Spectrum Noir aqua markers and a water brush.
Hope you like it
Amanda X

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

What's in the Box - For That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

I've been rifling through my stamp collection and have been playing with some of Tim Holtz's older stamp sets.

Here's a sneak peak of the box but to find out what's inside the box click HERE to be whisked away to the That's Crafty Design Team page for the  full project for my usual Tuesday spot.
Hope you like it and thanks for visiting.
Amanda X

Sunday, 7 June 2015

A Quick Tag

and a big hello and welcome to my newest followers. I just have a quick tag today using a tag I had lying around that I had used to pick up distress inks on from a previous project. Also a new stamp to me that I picked up from Facebook, Pleasant Poppies from Stampin Up.

Stamped using black Versafine and coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils.
Sentiment is from Crafters Companion - Words of Wonder set 1 and I have heat embossed it with fine black embossing powder.
Short and sweet from me tonight 
See you soon
Amanda X

Friday, 5 June 2015

All That Glitters at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
Today is the start of another challenge fortnight at That's Crafty Challenge Blog
and our theme for the next 2 weeks is

and I've got the glitter out!! I have added glitter the the edges of my stars, which I punched out from black card, and they are all wearing very sparkling swimsuits thanks to some diamond Stickles, unfortunately this is difficult to see on the photo.
I have used for the background some scarps of inked up card that I then cut into strips of different lengths. I then added some filmstrip washi tape.
The main Betty Grable image is from  Deep Red cling Stamps.
All other stamps are from Artistic Outposts "Picture Star" set.
So why not get your glittery bits out and come and join in with us all HERE
One lucky winner will win £20 to spend on fabulous things available from That's Crafty online store.
My team mates have come up with some fabulous inspiration so we all hope that you will join in with us in this fortnights challenge.
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The Presence of Wonder

Hi Everyone
Having not got home from work till after 9pm what better way to unwind than a bit of a crafty session. I managed to get the finishing touches done to a piece I have been working on. 
Using the backing card from a mixed media paper pad I decided to experiment with Gelatos, I've had some for ages but have never really used them, until now that is. This was only going to be an experimental piece but I quite like how it turned out.

As I said I started with the cardboard backing from a Strathmore mixed media pad and covered it with pieces of torn book pages and then I covered it in gesso. I then randomly drew all over it with Gelatos and sprayed on water using a large paintbrush and a piece of old natural sponge I moved the colour around until I was happy with the result. 
Then came all the stamping, using:-
Carabelle Studio XXL stamp "Mecanique Steampunk"
Tim Holtz "Documented"
Stampendous are the circles
and the birds a partial stamping of a Katzelkrafts collage stamp.
Artistic Outpost "Think and Wonder" (Children)
I then stenciled the Donna Downey "Anemone Duo" Stencil with Wendy Vecchi black texture paste (I turned it into a poppy) and painted it with Paperartsy Fresco finish paint.
Sentiment is from Tim's Small Talk stickers book.

This was never intended to end up as a finished piece but I just kept going with it and ended up with a piece that I like, I love it when that happens.
I think I need to buy some more Gelatos now!!
Hope you like it
I would also like to enter this into the anything Mixed Media Challenge over at We love 2 Create
Amanda X

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

La Femme aux Oiseaux For That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I hope that you've all had a fabulous start to your week, other than the weather that is if your unlucky enough to live in the UK!!! Can you believe it's June?? Well at least it gives us more reasons to "get crafty"
Today, as is normal on Tuesdays, is my turn to create for the That's Crafty Blog  and here is just a sneak peek.

To see the complete piece and all the details please click Here
Thanks for stopping by and see you soon
Amanda X