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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Snow in August for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Today I am over at That's Crafty Blog with my first project using some of the fabulous greyboard designs that have just been added to the That's Crafty range following their recent launch on Hochanda last Friday, this latest range captures items to create stunning Autumnal and Christmas projects. 
Here's just a little peep into one of the projects that I have made.


For the full view and all the details just pop across HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X



Friday, 18 August 2017

Only Cards at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
It's a busy That's Crafty day today, we have the start of our new Challenge fortnight  HERE with the theme
'Only Cards' 
and That's Crafty are appearing on Hochanda today with the launch of some fabulous new Autumn and Christmas MDF, Greyboard, Stamps, stencils & paints there are loads of new fabulous stuff. If you can't get to watch the Shows on Hochanda SKY channel 663 or Freeview 85 today you can watch them online as part of their catch up TV or you can find them on the That's Crafty website in the 'What's New' section. 
Anyway, back to our 'Only Cards' challenge


My card uses a Lost Coast Design stamp as my central image. My background is from a paint scraped masterboard I made. Onto a seperate piece of the same masterboard  I stamped her using the Stamping platform to allow me to paint out the flesh parts with Paperartsy blush paint and then stamp the detail back in, I then  cut her out.  I then added stencilling to the back first with the circles in black archival ink and then with white acrylic for the leaves which is a Dylusions stencil. I then out lined the white with a black fine liner pen. Sentiment is from one of Dylusions fabulous quote stamps, stamped onto white card and cut out to add to the card.


There are some fabulous card from my Team mates HERE to offer you loads of inspiration. Also don't forget if you join in with us you could be the winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty.
Hopefully we will see you over there and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Love, Peace & Happiness for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
It my day to share some art over at That's Crafty blog and for this weeks post I have a trio of ATC's 



For all the details just pop over Here 
As always, thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Bad Idea's

Hi Everyone
Hope you are having a lovely weekend so far. I keep walking in and out of my craft room,  in between doing other things, hoping that I will get smacked in the face with Mr Mojo, no such luck so far. I have forced myself a little play, and it is a little play, this has to be the fastest and simplest card that I have ever made but I just wanted to play with the new die fromTim Holtz, 'claw marks'. 
All stamps are Katzelkraft stamps.


They don't get much more clean and simple than this!! 
thanks for popping in and if you do see Mr Mojo, point him in my direction.
Thanks
Love
Amanda X

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Rock On Girlfriend

Hi Everyone
Hope you are all well, I have been having another play with the latest Badass monthly subscription stamps, you will find the details in my previous post Here if you are interested in signing up.
I have been forced to redecorate a wall in my lounge as I have had a new fire fitted this week, so inbetween coats of paint drying I have been away in my craftroom.



Background was a gelli print that I die cut the swirls out of (Sheena mixed media die) and then behind the cut outs I added some stamped card (the die cut pieces saved for anther project).
I then stamped round the edges a little with one of the Badass stamps and stamped the rock chick 3 times onto card and cut her out. A little colouring with Copics. Stamped words are from a couple of stamp sets from my stash. 
Hope you like it and I now have to go and clean up the lounge.
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Rock Chick

Hi Everyone
I have just received my first set of stamps having just joined the Badass Stamp club by ArtChicks Studio who are based in the Netherlands, you will find all the details Here if you fancy signing up. You sign up to receive a set of club member stamps and having received this first set I am not disappointed and I love the fact that you don't know what you are going to get. 
Here is a card I have made with this months set 


My background is a series of strips of paper that I used to clean my brayer on. Once I laid out the strips I then added stencilling to them. I then stamped the girl, coloured her with copics and cut her out. The little skulls were stamped on and the Rock Chick sentiment heat embossed and edged in white Posca pen. All those stamps were on this months members set. The Do Epic Shit was from July's Badass set that I got from Facebook and also the reason I signed up for more.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day, I have an afternoon at the dentist to look forward to..... Not!
Love 
Amanda X

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The Governor for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Just to let you know I am over at That's Crafty Blog for my usual Tuesday slot.


For all the details just pop over HERE
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dream Big

Hi Everyone
I hope that you've all had a lovely weekend, it's absolutely pelting down with rain here in the north west of England, definitely a staying in day! 
I have a card to share today but I am not sure I am happy with it but thought I would share it non the less.


As is with a lot of my makes at the moment I have used a gelli background and stamped the Stampendous elephant using my stamping platform, painted it out and then stamped over the top again to put all the detail back in.
Background has then been stencilled using several stencils from my stash and some I had forgotten I had!! Dream Big has been stamped using Tim's foam alpha stamps. I then went round the letters and the elephant with a black fine liner pen, I think around the letters it was a stage too far. 
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 4 August 2017

Anything but a card for That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi everyone

I'm here today as it's the start of a new challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and our theme for the next 2 weeks is
"Anything but a Card"


For my 'Anything but a card' piece I have used one of the That's Crafty MDF shrines, this one is ATC box sized. 
To decorate the front I used a piece of kraft card that I gelli printed onto, I added detail to the print by using one of Carabelle studio Printing stamps this one was Ronds. The inside I painted using the same colours into an ombre effect. Before I cut the print and added it to the front of the shrine I added some stitched detail with a sewing machine. 

One I had glued it to the front I trimmed it to fit and then added torn tissue paper, paint splashes and paint rings, lastly I added one of Alison Bomber Paperartsy words stamps.
The flowers are some of the new greyboard bit and pieces these are from the small funky flowers set. 


Painted with red acrylic paint I then laid tissue paper behind and filled the gaps with glossy accents and trimmed the tissue when dry. I then made stems for them using rusty wire and drilled holes in the base to feed the wires though.
Stamping detail inside the box are all using That's Crafty stamps.
Front piece added to the box is a Carabelle studio stamp. 

We would love it if you played along with us this fortnight and share with us your anything but a card make, to further inspire you the team have created some fabulous pieces which you can see HERE.
Also if you enter you could be the randomly chosen winner of a £20 online voucher to spend at That's Crafty online store.
Thanks for stopping by
love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

I Do Weird for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post telling you I'm over at That's Crafty Blog for my usual Tuesday post



I'd love you to pop over HERE for all the details
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Lonely Girl

Hi Everyone

I have another make today that uses a stamp that I haven't inked for ages, the stamp is 'Lonely Girl' by Dina Wakley and is probably one of my all time favourite stamps. 


Background was I gelli print that I over stencilled and doodled with a white Posca pen. Chevron stamp is from Darkroom door which I had forgotten I had so that had it's first inking. Sentiment is from Unity Stamps. Some mark making with paint and some fine liner edging finish it off.
Have a fabulous weekend whatever you are doing and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Follow Your heart for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
just to let you know that as it's Tuesday I'm over at That's Crafty team blog with my regular weekly make.



for all the details just pop over HERE

Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 21 July 2017

Grunge at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
Our new fortnightly challenge theme starts today over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and for the next 2 weeks we're looking for anything
'GRUNGE'


For my Grunge piece it's all gone rusty using Seth Apter Paperartsy Fresco colours.
This is how it all started

It all started with a piece of corrugated cardboard and I ripped off the top layer in places exposing the corrugated bits. I die cut the word code from mountboard  substituting the e for a 3. I then gave it all a coat of gesso. I then tore up the piece and added it to an 8" x 8" that's Crafty MDF board. I then gave it all another coat of gesso. Onto that I then started by building up the paint colours the first layer was applied with a brush to give it a covering I then started adding alternate layers of some of the Seth Apter coloured Paperartsy fresco paints, all these were added with cut up pieces of washing up sponge as it adds real texture.
Onto a separate piece of thick white card I sponged on the paint again but slightly changed the final effect. This is the piece that I die cut both the Maze and rectangle die again from Seth Apters Spellbinder die range.


Here you can see the effect and texture that the sponge gives to the paint. I also added some stencilling using an Andy Skinner stencil. To the maze die I added the washers that I had rusted with rusting powder, laid on book pages and filled with glossy accents and left to dry. When dried I trimmed the paper off and glued them to pieces of rusty wire to come out from the maze. The centre is the top from an old tap given a slight paint treatment.


That's my interpretation of grunge as a little bit of inspiration, and we would love to see yours by joining in with us over on the challenge blog. As always, our prize is a £20 That's Crafty voucher for one randomly chosen entry. 
You will find all the details and more Grungy inspiration from the rest of the DT HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Soar for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just a quick little post to let you know that as it its Tuesday I am over at That's Crafty Blog 


I hope you'll pop over Here for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Good Vibes

Hi Everyone

The title of my post today does no way represent the weekend I am having............ My working schedule means that I work every other weekend and over the last few years this has always landed that I haven't been off on Wimbledon finals weekend and as a big fan of Wimbledon you can imagine my delight to be off for it all this weekend. There my good fortune ends......... I broke a tooth Friday to find myself in absolute agony, thinking I could self medicate the pain until Monday was fool hardy, anyway to cut a long story short I spent Saturday afternoon trying to source an emergency dentist, with the help of a lovely lady on the other end of the phone, to find that I could be seen at 3pm out of my area, well I just had to get myself there. Needless to say I missed the Ladies final to have the time spent being painfully prodded and poked and a temporary filling put in place. Needless to say I am still in pain but I am going to watch the mens final come hell or high water!!!! 
Anyway I did manage to have a little play, some compensation for feeling very sorry for myself. I have a clean and simple card today.


The main image is from 'aall and create' and the set is set #7 by Bipasha
I got out my kids paint spinny thingy and spun on several colours for the background and I have only added a bit of extra colour to her eye and lips. The good vibes sentiment has been stamped and coloured with the same paints.


Anyway I hope you're having a better weekend than me and I'm off now to cheer on Federer! 
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Nerd Alert

Hi Everyone
I don't know about you but after a long day at work there is nothing better than a play in your craftroom to chill out and forget all the hassles of your day. In my efforts to ink up stamps that  have long been neglected I have used one of my VLVS stamps.


Background started with a gelli print which I then stamped Deep Red Rubber stamp formula stamp. I then stencilled a Patti Tolley stencil. Over that I stencilled the caution sign from Brett Weldele. all other stencils from Tim Holtz. Image was stamped onto a seperate piece of paper and cut out and added to the background.  Nerd stamp, from my stash, was heat embossed with yellow and the word alert typed out in red. 
Just a bit of fun really and an outlet for relexation.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda x

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Chill for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Just a quick post to let you know I'm over at That's Crafty Blog today




I hope you'll pop over and check out all the details HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Buddha says................


"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change"

Hi Everyone
The above quote is from Buddha and can be found on one of the recently released stamp sets from Paperartsy, the collection has been put together by Alison Bomber of Words and Pictures blog fame.


When I saw that there was a quote from Buddha on the set I just had to ink up the fabulous Buddha stamp again from Inkylicious.
Background is all distress oxides, first swooshing the card through the inks on my craft mat. Then I stamped the Buddha stamp in black archival ink and masked it over and then stencilled flowers on again using distress oxides.
I then stencilled more this time is black archival through a hibiscus stencil by Designs by Ryn.
I have added some chinese letters by embossing them with gold and edged of the hibiscus with a gold pen. The words from Buddha from the stamp set were embossed in gold onto black card, cut out, and added to the card.
Hope you've all had a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 7 July 2017

Anything Goes at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
It's time for another challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenges and this time it couldn't be easier and thats because it's an
ANYTHING GOES fortnight.
Here's my piece of inspiration for you


I have used one of the brand new Lost Coast Design stamps that have just arrived at That's Crafty, this one is Large Elk Skull. I have made a wall hanging using a That's Crafty 6" x 6" MDF square. 
I started with a gelli print that I had and then stamped on the elk using Tim's Stamping platform. Leaving everything on the platform I then painted the image, once the paint was dry I then re stamped my image to put all the detail back in that I had previously painted over. The flowers I painted out with white paint and then coloured with  coloured pencils. I then glued the print to the MDF and trimmed it. I edged the piece using blue foil roughly adding some glue and then adding the foil to it, sadly the photo doesn't show how this shines. Sentiment is from Tim Holtz Metallic quotation stickers. I had an old box of beads and things so added some to the bottom that I thought went with the image. 
With it being an Anything Goes challenge the rest of the design team have come up with some very different pieces of inspiration for you which you can see HERE.
Why not come and play along with us, you could be the lucky, randomly chosen, winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty.
Hopefully we'll see you over there
I would also like to enter this into this months 'Anything Goes' monthly challenge at Craft Stamper Challenge Blog
also I am entering into The latest challenge which is 'Anything Goes' over at Lost Coast Designs blog HERE
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Frida - Lost but not Forgotten

Hi Everyone
I hope today finds you well. 
I am continuing my mission to ink up stamps that haven't seen the light of day for a while. This Frida Kahlo stamps by Lost Coast Designs is one of those stamps so I've given her a little outing that I hope you like.


I have used a gelli print as my starting background and then stamped Frida directly onto the gelli print using my stamping platform as when there is a lot of black on the stamp it takes a couple of goes to get a good impression over paint, well I find it does.
I have then added some stencilling and some stamping. I work on the stamping platform so anything I cover over with stencilling, in this case the text, I can re-stamp over anything I've added to the background. I have also added a bit of colour to her face using coloured pencils which gives her a slightly different tone than the background. All has been mounted onto a white card blank even though it doesn't look white (bad photo)
Have a fabulous day
see you soon and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Acrylic Stack Play for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I have my usual post over at That's Crafty Blog as it's Tuesday and I have been playing with one of That's Crafty acrylic stacks.


Before I put the stack together it looks like this


for all the how to details pop across to That's Crafty blog HERE
I'd love it if you'd pop over.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Be Cool!

Hi Everyone

This is my 2nd post of today due to the fact that my delivery of new stamps arrived this morning from Katzelkraft and as it was my day off and as it was raining what else would you do but play!!
This latest release from Katzelkraft are brilliant just love all of them but I think, even though it's a close run thing, that this guy is my favourite I think it's because he just seems to have so much attitude.


I have coloured him with pencils and teamed him up with some Sheena Douglass stamps and the graffiti font stamp is from Woodware. Be Cool is from a Dymo gun strip.
All has been created on a gelli printed background. 
If you are interested in this latest range from Katzelkraft you will find them all HERE postage to the UK was less than a week.

Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda 

Enjoy for That's Crafty Blog

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post to let you know I am over at That's Crafty Blog today 



You'll find all the details HERE
Have a fabulous day
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Be Yourself

Hi Everyone


I have been playing with gelli print scraps to create this card. I have cut some not so good gelli prints into squares to create my background. Onto that I stamped the main image which is from Carabelle Studio using my Tim Holtz stamping platform and left both the card and the stamp in the same position on the stamping platform as I would need it again, I then masked her off and added additional stencilling to the background. I then painted the face of the image using blush fresco paint and painted the white of her eyes. Once the paint was dry I then inked up the stamp again that I had left on the stamping platform and stamped again over the parts that I had added paint. This is a great way to paint and make it look like you haven't gone over the lines lol. 


I think this might be my favourite technique of the moment!
I then added some heated embossed stamping in white again using stamps from Carabelle Studio. 
Sentiment is Tim's large chit chat stickers. 
Matted onto black card and added to the card blank.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous Sunday
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 23 June 2017

Keep it Simple for That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
It's time for the start of another challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenges and our new theme for the next 2 weeks is
'KEEP IT SIMPLE'


For my piece of inspiration I have used a scrap of rusty card that I had made and die cut using Seth Apter rectangles and square die's. I have heat embossed walnut stain distress embossing powder having stamped one of Seth's Paperartsy stamps onto the rust card. The women that fill the die cut spaces are from the latest Paperartsy stamp from the Everything Art collection, stamped in potting soil archival ink and lightly coloured with distress ink.
Sentiment, again stamped with the potting soil ink, is from Unity Stamps.
There is a lot more fabulous inspiration for you from the rest of the DT HERE along with all the details.
As always, one randomly chosen entry will win a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty (you'll be stuck for choice).
Thankyou for stopping by and hopefully we will see you playing along
Love
Amanda X

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Who said Cheese?

Hi Everyone
As I write this I am happy to say that it's raining, I never thought I would have looked forward to rain as much as I have this week,  the UK has been through a heatwave and I don't do heat!!! Hopefully things will cool down. 
Anyway this week I at last got to play with the fabulous 'Les Rats Des Villes' stamp set by Katzelkraft.


I've gone quite simple with this one as it's far too hot to spend hours in my craftroom. 
This has all been done with stamping and masking, the rat was stamped first and masked off, then the camera (Darkroom Door stamp) and then masked off. Light spray of water and then sprinkled grey brusho powder on and dry. 
Removed masking fluid and stamped the sentiment (Tim Holtz Tall Text alphabet stamps).
Then coloured with Prismacolour pencils.


Thanks for stopping by and have a cooler day if you're in the UK
Love
Amanda X


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Funky Flowers for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Phew!! how hot is it at the moment? 
For my post over at That's Crafty Blogt oday I am sharing with you one of the samples that I made that appeared on the Hochanda TV launch show of loads of fabulous new own brand products created by That's Crafty. 


 Hopefully you'll pop across HERE for all the details
Have a fabulous day and stay cool!!
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Playing With Alcohol Inks & A Stencil for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
It's my day over at That's Crafty blog and this week I have been playing with alcohol inks 




You'll find all the details HERE

Have a fab day
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 9 June 2017

'Dog Eared' for That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
Well the last 2 weeks have flown by and it's the start of another challenge fortnight over at That's Crafty Challenge blog
Our theme for the next 2 weeks is
'Dog Eared' 
So we are looking for any type of project that features dogs. 
Here's my little piece of inspiration 


My card, following our 'Dog Eared' theme, features stamps from Carabelle studio. The fabulous dog was stamped and masked off prior to making the background which has been stencilled using red and blue ink and then stamped over, I then added a little grey brusho to grunge it up a little. I have then coloured the dog using coloured pencils and added glossy accents to his glasses. The Rock On sentiment has been stamped using Tim Holtz foam alphabet stamps with Dylusions paint and outlined with a white posca pen.


I would love you to pop over Here and come and play along with us, there are also some fabulous pieces from the rest of the design team.
Don't forget if you join in with us you could be the winner of a £20 voucher to spend online at That's Crafty online store.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Dare to Dream for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty Blog with my usual Tuesday spot.





I'd love it if you popped over HERE for all the details 
Have a fabulous day whatever you get up to
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Make Something Happen

Hi Everyone
Today I would like to share with you one of the pieces that I had published in the February edition of "Mixed Up" digital magazine, a wonderful publication for mixed media fans all put together by the fabulous Katy Leitch. You will find all the details for subscribing to this brilliant magazine HERE.


My make was to support that even mixed media can have lots of white space. This card uses Seth Apter Spellbinder dies, a Tim Holtz photo booth picture, paint splatters on old book papers bits and bobs of found items and rusty left overs and my sewing machine. 


Here is a close up of how I have stacked a selection of Seth's fabulous dies.

Hope you like it and I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Monster Birthday for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend. 
As it's Tuesday you'll find me over at That's Crafty Blog



I'd love it if you pop over HERE for all the details 
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 26 May 2017

Feline Fine at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
We have a new challenge theme, starting today, over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and out latest theme is
"FELINE FINE"
we are looking for your projects to feature cats, and that can be any sort of cat.


my inspiration for you uses the fabulous stamps by Stampendous of Laurel Burch's cats. 
Briefly, I have brayered my background with acrylic paint including some gold. I have then stamped the cats and other pieces onto a seperate piece of card and heat embossed in gold, they are all Laurel Birch designs, and coloured them with copics. They were then cut out and added to the background. Sentiment has been heat embossed.


There is, as always, some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team and you will also find all the details HERE.
Don't forget if you play along with us one randomly selected entry will win £20 to spend in That's Crafty online shop.
Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

I'm a Bad Influence for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Just to let you know that I am over at That's Crafty Blog today


for all the details pop over HERE 
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

I'll Never be Rich for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
I am over at That's Crafty Blog today and I have been playing with some of the newly released stamps from Carabelle Studio.



I hope you'll pop over HERE for all the details
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Friday, 12 May 2017

Back to Black at That's Crafty Challenge Blog

Hi Everyone
It's the start of another new challenge over at That's Crafty Challenge Blog and our new theme is
'BACK TO BLACK' 
(your project needs to use a lot of black)
Myself and the rest of the design team have created a variety of inspiration for you, here's mine.


This piece started as a 6" x 6" MDF square (one of That's Crafty substrates)
I gave it a covering of black gesso and then stencilled through Andy Skinners 'Code Breaker' stencil with texture paste. I then painted over it with black Dylusions paint. I sanded the numbers back slightly when dry.
My centre piece is one of the new dies designed by Seth Apter 'Broken Maze'. Cut several times to give it depth. I have stamped over it with white ink using a formula stamp.
The centre is some pieces I have rusted myself. I have used one of Tim's paper dolls as my central character and many pieces of Idea-ology have been added.

 I have also added some die cut letters to add the formula.  You can see here the bits that I have added.
I have also added addition words using my old type writer, just to add a bit of fun

Hopefully you will play along with us all in out 'Back to Black' challenge and you could be the winner of a £20 That's Crafty gift voucher to spend in their online shop.
For some fabulous inspiration from my team mates and all the details just pop over HERE
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X