Thursday 28 June 2012

Celebrate with Elegance

I don't know where this week has gone, but it's just gone... Thursday evening already. Following last week, when I had a lovely crafty week off work, this week I just haven't been able to get any time to get into my craft room. Last night my partner had to run to the mercy of a friend who had dropped their only set of keys (house and car) into a canal, and I thought I could be careless, needless to say it was a thankless task. However it gave me a great chance to nip into my craft room and make this card which I am entering into this weeks challenge over at Anything Goes Challenge Blog where the challenge is to make a birthday themed card using polka dots, in my case big dots. I am also entering this as my second entry into this weeks challenge over at Sweet stampin' Challenge Blog where the theme this week is ribbon and bows.
Stamped images are Clarity Stamps - Boudoir collection
stamped with sepia versafine ink pad
Mat and layered with Kraft card andblackcard stock
Polka dot paper is American crafts and recent purchase from Create & Craft (lovely collection)
Creative Expressions beaded swirls
Vintage lace ribbon finished with an old button from my stash and a couple of hat pins from stash.

Thanks for looking and I hopeyou all have a lovely thursday evening
Amanda X

Sunday 24 June 2012

Silly moo!

Well this is my last post before I return to work tomorrow having had a lovely crafty week off, thanks mainly to the disastrous weather we have had this week here in the north west of England, but I have made the most of it lol.

I am entering my card into this weeks challenge over at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog where this weeks challenge is Ribbons & Bows. I also (a few posts back) set myself the challenge NOT to use vintage photo distress ink and on this card I have succeeded. I am also going to make my 2nd entry into the fortnightly challenge over at the Fashionable Stamping Challenge where the theme is nature.

Sheena Douglass Silly Moo Rubber Stamp

Main image has been stamped using "Silly Moo" stamp by Sheena Douglas. I have coloured it with 3 tint colours of Pan Pastels, mostly pink. The cow in the foreground I have further coloured with the pink to intensify the colour slightly (photo doesn't really show the colour that well). I have then removed some of the main image to reveal the white card underneath, the great thing about pan pastels is that you can just rub it away with a normal cheap rubber/eraser. The crown I have coloured with promarkers to make it stand out. It has been matted and layered with black cardstock and pink silk art card. The ribbon is East of India pink gingham which I have double bowed (on a bow maker as I can't make bows without it) and finally finished off with pink candi.

thanks for looking
Happy crafting
Love Amanda X

Saturday 23 June 2012

Any Die Will Do

Well thankfully the rain has stopped here in the north west of England, it has been torrential for hours. Whilst my garden was mostly under water, that is nothing compared to those around Lancashire and Yorkshire who have had their homes flooded. You really feel for those people and the aftermath that they are all dealing with today.
This is my garden whilst it was still light, things got progressively worse as the night went on as the rain just kept on coming!!!!

Well onto to todays crafty posting, and I am entering into this week challenge at Allsorts Challenge Blog where this weeks challenging is using dies on your project. This is a 21st card I made for my very good friends son Tom.

Tim Holtz Umbrella Man die

Tim Holtz Umbrella Man Die

I have made my card using Tim Holtz Umbrella Man Alterations Die, I have cut the die 4 times and layered it up to add dimension to the card, the final layer has been sprayed with perfect pearl mist in pearl. I have then recut the umbrella part with Inky Antics Honeycomb paper pad using a technique as demonstrated by Tim, video from Tim can be seen HERE. So now the card really does have dimension. I have stamped the background using tim holtz "bitty grunge" stamps using a pastel kaleidacolor rainbow inkpad and then cut into 4 squares, lightly dusted with vintage photo distress ink and mounted onto black card. The card is embellished with a Tim Holtz word band, text on it has been highlighted with snowcap paint dabber and tied with bakers twine. Sentiment is T.H. alpha parts and a dymo gun. Final touch is some black candi.

Have a great weekend and lets hope the rains have gone.
Amanda x

Thursday 21 June 2012


Well as I have already mentioned this week, in my previous posts, I am off work this week and have set myself the personal challenge of posting everyday (mon-fri). Well this is thursdays post and is my entry into the challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge where this fortnight the challenge is Nature. I have chosen animals for my take on nature and in particular meerkats. I have had this stamp for ages, and I mean ages, and it has never seen as ink pad, until now.
Stamp is joanna Sheen Meerkats
coloured with Prismacolor pencils
distress with tonic distress tool and loads of vintage photo DI
Map of africa I found and downloaded from the internet.
Papers from my stash
Embellishments from stash - I think wooden button is Prima.
Sentiment Whimsey stamp
"Simples" statement will only mean something to those of us in the UK 
 Right that's Thursday sorted, I have no idea what I can post tomorrow so I might fail in my quest. I have however set myself another personal quest and that is NOT to use vintage photo on my next few post. That is like being taken into a sweet shop and being told that you can't eat anything lol. So lets see how weak willed I am. What this space!
Thanks for looking and crafting now the rain has come (again).
Love Amanda X

Wednesday 20 June 2012


Well it's Wednesday and that can only mean one thing, a good look round at what all of you are up to in craft land, thanks to Julie's wonderful blog Stamping Ground  (that I don't join as often as I would like).
I am off work this week, a well earned break and a bit of me time, but with my washing machine woes (see previous post) that hasn't happened. In between the havoc that has been the past few days I have been colouring away in snatched moments, I am sure that many of you, like myself, find colouring in very therapeutic. I remember as a child sitting for hours with a colouring book and a packet of crayons, if I was taken to a toy shop and told I could pick anything I want, I am told that I would always go for the colouring books. I am sure that my enjoyment stems back to my childhood.
Anyway onto my desk
As you can see I have been colouring with different mediums. Whilst I have been having a play with all of them I cant seem to get to grips with colouring using distress markers I ended up using them as watercolour by scribbling the colour on a tile, which I could use my ink pads for the same effect. As far as distress markers for colouring in goes the jury is still out. (I have still to try direct to stamp technique)

Images using distress markers
Art Impressions girlfriends - picture perfect &
Mabel Lucie Attwell - Friends
Kenny K stamp in cool grey copics (first attempt at mono tone)
and finally
Joanna Sheen Jayne Netley Mayhew collection - Meerkats
coloured in prisma pensils

thanks for looking. I hope to get round many desks today and see what you are all upto. Have a lovely wednesday
Amanda X

Tuesday 19 June 2012


Hope you are all having a lovely tuesday. I am currently stranded at home due to my incompetence at purchasing a new washing machine, I really thought I had measured correctly! but we had it delivered sunday, unpacked it, slotted it into the space where a washing machine goes and shut the doors that hide the machine, well I say shut, there lies the problem, the doors don't actually shut! So I am currently making copous cups of tea for for the lovely Paul who is currently moving electrics and plumbing to enable the washer to fit in. Note to self "dont buy a washer with a large knob on the front again" lol if I did at least it would now fit.

Anyway onto the card I made yesterday to enter into the secret crafter saturday challenge where the challenge this week is RED, WHITE & BLUE following the Jubilee celebrations, oh we do do Pomp and Ceremony well here in the UK.

I have just recieved 3 of the Mabel Lucie Attwell stamp sets, I had to get them as they remind me so much of my childhood when her books were my favourites. The stamp I have chosen to use first is the "Friends" stamp set.

I have made the card using a Kraft card blank to add that vintage feel.
Papers are Portabello Road
Image has been coloured with Copics then totally covered with vintage photo D.I. with an ink duster to again give that vintage look (love those ink dusters for more subtle effect) 
Doo Hickey bunting die
Whimsey circular sentiment
buttons from my stash

As I am off work this week I hope to get plenty of crafting in but usually my plans go haywire so we will see.
thanks for looking
Amanda X

Monday 18 June 2012

Fathers Day

Well Fathers day has been and gone but it has left behind some sunny weather here in the north west of England, it probably wont last though as I am off work for a week!! But I will make the most of it whilst it lasts. Here I can now show the Fathers Day card that I made (couldn't blog it earlier as my dad sometimes reads my blog). I was running late with it and didn't have time to take it to the post office to be weighed, so in order to get it there in time I just put 4 1st class stamps on the envelope, thinking "that should do it".
anyway I rang my dad to wish him Happy Fathers Day and he had received my card which he thought was very nice!! However he seemed more thrilled that the 4 stamps I had put on the envelope had not been franked so he could steam them off and use them again!!

So that is my Fathers Day Card which I am also entering into this weeks challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity where the challenge is dashing dads. My Dad is a huge model railway enthusiast, hence the train theme.

7 Gypsies Papers
loads of vintage photo Distress ink and Stain
Tim Holtz type charms
charm lettering Graphic 45
Stamp? had it ages with my Dad in mind.

see you soon
Amanda X

Friday 8 June 2012

Anything goes at Try it on a tuesday

It's been weeks since I have posted, time has just run away from me. I wish I could tell you some of the fantastic things that have kept me from blogging, but sadly there aren't any, it's just been a catalogue of family problems and tough work schedule. I just wanted to take this quick opportunity to post a card a recently made that I am going to enter  into Try it on a tuesday  challenge where this fortnights challenge is "Anything goes, and also let people that I am still alive.
It is using the "Brianna Blaster" from the Kenny K rubber stamp collection and coloured with copics.
Making it also gave me the chance to use Tim Holtz washer die which is fast becoming a favourite, other Tim Holtz dies used included ticket strip and hardware findings.
I am unfortunately working all this weekend, so normal crafting service wont probably be resumed yet, but another week at work and then I am am taking a "me" week off work. I have no plans (made for me) at the moment so hopefully can have an indulgent crafty week.
Hopw everyone is well and see you soon
Amanda X