Friday, 30 May 2014

Pink,Turquoise and Polka Dots.....

This weeks challenge over at Stampotique Designers Challenge has been set by Sam Read. Sam loves polka dots so has challenged us all to use them along with the colours pink and turquoise, so following that fabulous theme here is my entry into this weeks challenge.
I have used the recently released "Froggie" character from Stampotique
Background created using watered down Dylusion Sprays
paint through sequin waste.
stuck on sequin waste and glittered some random holes.
Stamps used
Froggie - stampotique
Stitched circles - Prima
Paint splats - Darkroom Door
Say it how it is - Dylusions (sentiment)
Right have to dash now got to get ready for work!
thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Friday, 23 May 2014

Best of Britsh

Today starts the new weekly challenge at Crafts4eternity and our theme for the week is
Best of British
So any project with a British theme.
I firstly stamped Baby Aloysius bear from Indigoblu onto Neenah desert storm kraft card, I love this bear and he reminds me of a treasured bear that I owned as a child. I then masked him off and using the large Union Jack stamp from Indigoblu coloured it with distress markers then sprayed it with water and then stamped it over the masked bear to get him in the centre. This was then mounted onto a kraft card blank.
Sentiments and Great Britain stamp are from the "Pomp and Pageantry set also by Indigoblu.
The London postmark stamp is from Crafty Individuals.
So why not join us with your "Best of British" project.
This weeks challenge is sponsored by Di's Digi downloads and one randomly chosed winner will win $12 to spend in their online store.
Hopefully see you over there
thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Thursday, 22 May 2014

A rumage through my bit box....

Hi Everyone
Like most of you I struggle to throw anything away and have collected up a lot of off cutsin a box  from previous projects. I have put together a card using some of them. There are bits of gelli prints, book pages and scrapbook papers that I have painted etc etc. I started by cutting them into thin strips and punching some circles out and then it all turned out like this..............
and a close up

Stamps used:-
Octopode Factory - Heart Stems
Prima - Stitched Circles.
finished with the quote "Love Grows" using Tims label letters.
I'm making the most of my day off today because it's raining!!! and having a crafty day.
thanks for stopping by and see you soon
Amanda X

Sunday, 18 May 2014

The Greatest Show on Earth!!

Hi Everyone,
I hope that you are all enjoying this weekends sunshine, for those of us in the UK it's been a long time coming, and like me I hope you are all making the most of it.
Today we see the start of another new fortnightly challenge at
and our theme is
Make something 3D,
Our challenge this fortnight has been chosen by our special guest designer Alison Bomber AKA Butterfly. I have been an avid follower of Alisons for a long while now as her work is stunning.If you want to visit her blog and see what I mean you can find her HERE.  
We are a stamping challenge blog so some ruber stamping should be the most prominant feature of your project.
So for my DT piece for this fabulous challenge I have eventually got around to using the wonderful Blocks/Cubes die from Sizzix and created this Circus themed Stack.
Cut from mountboard and then painted with mustard seed distress paint, here you can see the first 2 sides

and here the second 2 sides.
Loads of stamping, infact there is some stamping on everyside I have only used black and vermillion archival ink, (even on the tops which I have forgotten to photgrah) some I have stamped onto white paper and cut out to give some contrast.
I used the following stamp sets:-
Circus - Andy Skinner
Graphic 45 - Le Cirque set 1 & 3
Tim Holtz - The Big Top
Tim Holtz - Bitty Grunge
Tim Holtz - Stuff to say
I have aged everything using Vintage Photo and gathered twig distress inks and a Vintage Photo distress marker.
Other bits to finish off are some Tim Holtz chit chat stickers and Tim Holtz seasonal washi tape.
I'd love you to join in with this fortnights challenge there is some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the DT which you can find HERE.
Our sponsor for FSC is a fabulous company called Flonzcraft and
the winner of each challenge will receive a very generous voucher for Leo’s Store of $20.
thanks for stopping by and see you soon
Amanda X

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Mad dogs and Englishmen............................

It's good that things are getting back to normal again here and normal for me is entering the fabulous weekly challenge held at Stampotique designers challenge blog.
This weeks challenge is to use a coloured background of pink and orange as chosen by the lovely Corrie.
I have chosen a gelli print that uses those 2 colours but I have stenciled black over the top of it but you can clearly see this weeks colour combo bursting through. I have hopefully captured the warmth of summer with these colours, something that couldn't be further from the truth here in the UK as we seem to have one day of rain after another at the moment.
I have used Bird Legs (small) by Janet Klein stamped and cut out 3 times and they stand upon a torn piece of inked card to ground them I think it looks like the beach.. The sentiment I have hand stamped with a small alphabet set.I have edged the card using a credit card to add gesso and picked raspberry distress paint finish with a few paint splats of the raspberry.
If nothing else I hope this card helps you remember summer (for those of us in the UK).
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Friday, 2 May 2014

I'm Back!!!

Well am I glad that months over.........
I am happy to say that my craftroom is now back to normal (whatever normal is?). The roof is fixed, my ceiling plastered and all is newly painted and I have sorted through all my stuff and reorganised it all. It would, I suppose, have been quite cleansing had it all not been so stressful and forced upon me................
Anyway onwards and upwards.............
I return just in time for my DT piece for Crafts4eternity and this weeks challenge, starting today,
So we need to see any project that includes stamping.
My piece this week is a quick make, but at least it's a make.... 

Stamps used:-
Feather Bird - Lost Coast 
Raindrops - Designs by Ryn
You! - kaisercraft
background has been created with Paperartsy fresco paints guacamole,mermaid,sky applied to my card using my bath sponge (well was my bath sponge!)
I have edged the card with black soot distress ink to make it look a bit more stormy.
Mat and layered onto black card.
So why not pop along and join us at Crafts4eternity and share with us your stamped project.
All details and randomly selected winner prize details can be found on the blog.
It's great to be back and I will see you all soon, I've got some catching up to do.
Amanda X