Saturday, 20 December 2014

Distress Ink Christmas Cards

Following on from yesterdays post some more christmas cards, but this time using a more traditional look.
All have been stamped with distress inks and then misting the stamp prior to stamping with it. Then once dry pulling out the colour with a damp paintbrush.
These cards came to be as my lovely crafty friend Donna from Inky and Quirky, visit Donna's blog it's well worth the trip, have begun challenging ourselves when we find something out there that we like and then challenge each other to work out how it has been done. These cards are born out of one of those such challenges.
We have both been inspired by Mimi A La Carte whose work you can see here on Facebook
HERE, some fabulous inspiration.
Stamps used:-
Penny Black - Skyline
Penny Black - Woodland Wonder
Memory Box Cling - Forest Pine Large
Sentiments Hero Arts - Miracle of the Holidays.
Crafty Individuals - Santa and Sleigh
also used
Distress Inks
Black Archival ink
Decoart white mister
Thanks for stopping by at this very busy time of the year.
Incase this is the last post of mine before Christmas I would just like to wish all of my lovely followers a very Happy Christmas and here's to a crafty 2015 to you all.
Amanda X

Friday, 19 December 2014

Xmas Cards with Gelli print scraps

Hi Everyone
Well I hope you are all more organised than me as I rush to make this years Christmas cards, thankfully I don't make a lot but Ive already added one New Years resolution to my list.
New Years Resolutions
No. 1. be more organised, make Christmas cards in July
I know I've now written it down but also know it wont happen but you can hope!!
Anyway back to this year here are 3 cards that I have made using up some scraps of gelli prints.
and individually
These have been made using image stamps from:-
Carabelle Studio
Memory Box Cling
Sentiments from
Crafty Impressions
Paula Pascal.
I appreciate they are a bit different than your traditional Christmas cards but hope that you like them.
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Snow Queen - Playing with Decoart misters

Hi everyone
I recently bought myself with some birthday money some of the Decoart misters. I love using sprays, but as they are all dye based I was intriqued with how these acrylic misters would compare. I've only had a quick play, the colours are so intense and they are permanent when dry so great if you are using white ontop. I've only used a couple of colours on this canvas so hopefully I can give a more detailed opinion when I use them some more which is likely to be in the new year now.
So here is a canvas that I have had sitting around unfinished for weeks, I finally added the finishing touches.
Background has been created with decoart misters in Turquoise shimmer mist, carbon black and shimmer mister white.  Then it has had decoart crackle glaze added, once dry I have rubbed in decoart patina green rubbing cream and inka gold in silver.
The stamped image is another from Stampscapes this one is "Symmetry Sheet #6"
First stamped onto card and given the same treatment as the canvas but this obscured the image to much so I stamped it again onto tissue paper and laid it over the original image, i then painted a layer of the turquoise shimmer onto the tissue paper. Her icey breath is creative expressions adhesive pearl swirls.
the smowflake is cut using Tim Holtz large snowflake rosette strip die, it is from kraft card i had covered in book paper. It has been ink with distress ink and then covered in rock candy distress crackle paint and when dry sprayed with the decorart turquoise mister. I have added a wooden snowflake which has been coloured with silver inka gold and added a pearl in the centre. the words have been added after I typed them out on my typewriter.
The whole piece looks really icy which I have found difficult to pick up on a photograph but you can see some of it on the picture above.
Hope you like it and thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Monday, 8 December 2014

I can resist everything except temptation!

Hi Everyone
Just wanted to share another card I made yesterday in the few hours I escaped to my craftroom.
the image was stamped 3 times onto varying degrees of brusho splattered mixed media card and then cut and layered to give the image dimension
Stamps used are:-
Main image is Winters Wind - Stampscapes
Number strips are from Paula Pascaul
Dina Wakely - Earnest (scribbly text)
Sentiment is ribbon from I think Graphic 45 which I have sewn on.
I would also like to enter this as my 2nd entry to the current challenge at
That's Crafty Challenge Blog where the current theme is "All About Face"
thanks for popping by
see you soon
Amanda X

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Wk 1 of Anything Goes month at Stampotique

Hi Everyone
Hope you are all having a lovely weekend. After the bedlam of having family round yesterday, today is somewhat calmer, thankfully. So I have managed to steal away a couple of hours for a crafty play. I have made a card for week 1 of Stampotique Designers Challenge anything goes month.
I have taken my newly acquired "Dwindled" stamp for her first outing lightly colouring her with Spectrum Noir pencils. My background is a previously made Brusho background. The semtiment "Always the bridesmaid, and never the bride" has been typed out on my old typewriter, cut out and stuck on and then I have gone around each word with my sewing machine.
The trim that I have edged the card has been made by felting together lace, dyed silk and some heart ribbon scraps, I have then randomly sewn it onto the edge of my card and a little on the right hand corner.
I am entering this into Stampotique Designers Challenge 176 - Anything Goes
Thanks for visiting
Amanda X

Friday, 5 December 2014

And now for something completely different!!

As I seem to be totally mojoless with regards my beloved paints,inks and stamps I have been trying something completely different. With my recent outing that I involved my sewing machine I decided to explore how I could create my art using my sewing machine. So I thought I would share with you my first outing trying to draw with my sewing machine. Whilst it has learner flaws and I have learnt what not to do next time, I am quite pleased with it, and it has given me a starting point to develop this art form further.
This whole project started with a rubber stamp from one of my favourite stamp company Carabelle studio and this is "Visage Helena"
I stamped it out and scanned it into my PC enlarged it to A4 and printed it out.
I then traced it with a fabric tracing pencil and then transfered the image to stitch and tear.
I then laid the stitch and tear over my calico fabric and them followed the lines of the image with my sewing machine.
I then wanted to add some colour and added that using roving yarn and a felting tool. I was a bit limited for colour choice (need to buy some more colours) but as this was only a practice piece didn't think it really mattered but I quite like the colours I've used in the end, as I am always a sucker for pink. This has created so much texture for the hair and has made it very tactile.
I have then sewn in the words.
Well this was a great learning curve for me and I have leant a lot from it, if only what not to do.....
I would like to enter this into the latest challenge at
Thats Crafty where the theme is "All about Face"
Thanks for stopping by
Amanda X

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Speed Craft Challenge 8 - Butterflies

Hi everyone
Well life is hectic here at the moment which is why I have been missing for over a week, December is never a good month for me to indulge in my crafty antics. So if you are like me and are pushed for time this is the perfect challenge for you over at Speed Craft Challenge. You just need to spend no more than 15 mins to create your project following our current theme which for this fortnight is
We love to see any type of project so long as it is completed in 15 mins or less.
Here is my DT piece for this theme and this time I have made a card.
I started by gathering all I needed together prior to starting my timer
Using Tims Alterations layered butterfly die, one layer I have gone over the embossed detail with a white wax crayon to resist the Dylusions sprays then layered them up
popping through the back layer is music printed paper again sprayed with Dylusions. the butterfly has then been finished off with a Tim Holtz game spinner. The "Use your Wings" is from Dina Wakely scribbly insects set.
All finished with very little time left, infact only seconds to go......Phew!!!
There is some fabulous inspiration by my teamies Here so why not pop over and come and join in with all we'd love to see you there.
thanks for stopping by I really appreciate you doing so.
Amanda X