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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Normal is Boring for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

This is just my usual Tuesday post that lets you know that I am over at That's Crafty Blog today, 


Here's a bit of a sneaky peek but to see it all i'd love it if you'd pop over HERE

Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Stand Alone for That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
This is just a quick post to let you know I'm over on That's Crafty Blog and this week I'm sharing an art journal spread.




For all the details you just need to pop over HERE
thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 8 April 2018

A Happy Birthday Card

Hi Everyone
This morning has been spent making a card for my Dad as it's his birthday this coming week. I find cards for my Dad the hardest to make but I couldn't go and buy one, could I?
This is quite a simple card but I actually quite like how it turned out.


Using a scrap of gelli printed card I stamped the balloon man from Tim Holtz 'Theories' stamp set using the stamping platform as this needs several goes to get the solid black filled in. I then mounted on black card and made a background mount using just the text part of the same stamp.


I then just coloured the little hearts with a red gel pen and mounted it onto a black card blank.
A Tim Holtz Chit Chat sentiment finishes it off.
It's not his birthday till next week but he wont see this so I thought I could share it early.
Hope that you are having a lovely weekend. I'm off to clean out my hen house now!!!
Thanks for stopping by i really appreciate you dropping in
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Forecast for Today

Hi Everyone
Just a quick post from me to let you know that I am sharing some art over on That's Crafty Blog 


You will find all the details HERE 
Thanks, as always, for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 1 April 2018

A Quick Tag

Hi Everyone
I hope you are all having a lovely Easter Sunday. 
I've popped into to my craftroom for a quick play this afternoon creating on a tag from my stash that I had used to mop up a previous painty play. 


I have used Tim's tightrope image and sentiment from his recently released stamp set 'Theories'. I stencilled the building underneath using cityscape from TCW a 2 part stencil that allows you to add the building details which I did with a white gel pen which I then dulled down as it was to white. A little bit of stencilling in red with Tim's dot fade stencil, washi tape and machine stitching finish the tag off.
Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Anyone know Where Spring Is?

Hi Everyone
As we head into Easter weekend any one know where Spring is? It's absolutely freezing here in the north west of England. So much so I have made my own little piece of Spring with this clean & simple card.


This card started with a gelli print using the 4" circle the fact that it turned out looking a bit like a meadow scene is pure luck, that wasn't what I was trying to achieve. 
I have added some of the AALL & Create stamps designed by the talented Tracy Evans. The centre 3 have been stamped onto book paper and cut out paper pieced over the stamped images.
I have drawn around the circle with a fine liner pen to mimic the scribbles Tracy has added to the stalks.
The sentiment is from Alison Bombers Spring Edition stamps by Paperartsy. 


Thanks for stopping by and I would like to wish you all a happy Easter 
Love
Amanda X

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

I'm Back at That's Crafty Blog

Hi Everyone

As you will have seen from the title of this post I am back at That's Crafty Blog and have resumed my weekly Tuesday posts following a couple of months off due to work commitments. 
For my post today I have used one of the That's Crafty MDF ATC Chunkies which are from the recently launched MDF Chunkies range (others sizes available)




For all the details just pop over HERE

Thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X



Sunday, 25 March 2018

Wasting the Sunshine

Hi Everyone
It's a lovely sunny day here today and today I had to weigh up my available options, go out in the first sunny day in ages or play with Seth Apter baked textures that have been sitting on my desk for weeks unopened, the baked textures won!!


I had an idea using them along side one of the new Stencil Girl stencils, Halo Radiant,
 designed by Pam Carriker. To create my piece meant loads of masking, making a stencil out of the stencil and lots of scrummy Baked textures, I used them all on this project other than the rust. 
All was created on a gelli print and mounted onto a That's Crafty MDF 8" x 8"which I created a frame around using one of the 8" x 8" That's Crafty stencils 'Random Rectangles'.
Stamps are Seth Apter Paperartsy, Tim Holtz and AALL & create designed by Tracy Evans.
Stamped sentiment is from Alison Bombers stamps for Paperartsy EAB08.



This was very fiddly to make but I quite like how it turned out even if it isn't what I first had in mind!
Before I go I would just like to tell you that I will be back on the That's Crafty Blog  next week returning to my usual Tuesday spot so I hope that you will pop over.
Have a great what's left of the day
Love
Amanda X





Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Hugs

Hi Everyone


A clean & simple card from me that uses this fabulous dog stamp from Joggles coloured with Prismacolor pencils. I have sat him on top of the die cut Hugs which has been lightly coloured with vintage photo distress ink. I have then just punched out a heart and added cotton so I could hang it from his tail. 
Short and sweet from me today but thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Happy Mothers Day

Hi 


and Happy Mothers Day to all the Mums out there.  I've just said goodbye to my Mum after spoiling her rotten and making a delicious roast beef Sunday lunch even if I do say so myself but I have to confess that my Mum made the Yorkshire puddings because hers are so the best. 
I haven't been around craft land for a couple of weeks due to current work commitments and my free time has been virtually non existent and I thought I was going to have to, dare I say, buy a card!!!! I couldn't bring myself to that thought so managed to put a card together using a background that I had in my collection.
Stamps are mostly Tracy Scott Paperartsy except the butterfly which is Stampendous Laurel Burch,
I have die cut the word mum. There is also a little colouring with sparkle pens to add a little touch of bling for my Mum who likes a touch of sparkle which sadly doesn't show up.


I can't wait to get back into my craft room for serious play but at least I managed enough time so I didn't end up buying a card!!
Thanks for stopping by and I will see you all soon
Love
Amanda X

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Find your inner peace

Hi Everyone
Hope that you are having a lovely Sunday. I am still feeling the effects of this bad cold and lacking the crafty motivation to start a new project due to this shocking cold I have at the moment. I thought I would finish another journal page that has been hanging around. I have many pages lying around that I have just used to get rid of surplus paints etc from other projects and this is one of those mop up pages.


Again this is in my small Dylusions journal.
As is with many of my pages there is lots of stamping and stencilling. The Buddha stencil I have just bought and I love it. The Chinese writing stamps are amongst some the of the very first stamps that I purchased I got them in a little gift pack, the Ginkgo stencil is from Clarity. 
There is gold pen around the Buddha and gold gilding around the edges of the page which you can't really see.


this close up shows a bit more of the background details.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by
Love
Amanda X

Saturday, 24 February 2018

If You Ever.......

Hi Everyone
Well today I am feeling really sorry for myself as I am absolutely full of a bad cold which is really annoying on my weekend off!!! All the arty things I wanted to do today just haven't happened because I just haven't got the energy. I have however managed to finish a journal spread in my small Dylusions journal that has been hanging around for weeks.


There are many layers on these pages and most of them I cannot remember but lots of left over paints, Golden fluid acrylics which I recently bought, lots of layered stencilling and white and black pen work. The birds are rubber stamps from Octopode Factory, again trying to use stamps I haven't inked for ages. 


I typed out my journalling words on my type writer "If you ever find paradise, never turn your back on it"


Hope you have a better weekend than me!!!!
Love
Amanda X