Sunday 19 July 2015

It'sYour Day to Shine

Hi Everyone
I will begin by apologising for my lack of blog posts recently but life has thrown out a few curve balls for me - some pleasurable , some not so - hence my absence. Hope to get back on track over the next few weeks.
Thanks for your patience and thanks too for all the lovely overwhelming comments you have left for me for my recent makes.  In my absence it was extra nice to receive and read them. They truly are much appreciated and always make me smile.
I'm thrilled to be able to tell you that my 'Time Travellers'  make was chosen as a Pinworthy Winner for June over at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog - Celebrations  and a design team favourite for June  over at Anything but Cute Challenge Blog - Masculine ! Yes you can be sure I have been busting some moves happy dancing ! lol

Right time to share my latest make and this time its a card using one of the New Limor Weber designer stamp sets for Indigo blue- 'Industrial Lamps'! If you want to check the full range of stamps out you can find them here or here.
I was humbled to receive this stamp set as a gift from an extremely lovely friend of mine (yes, she's one of life's 'Bests')  so naturally the very least I could do to show my immense gratitude was to get at least some of it inky .
So here's the card I made and how I made it :

The larger panel to the left of the card I embossed using Tim Holtz Rays embossing folder  ( are ya getting a sense of deja vu ? hahaha)  and inked it up using Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Mustard Seed , Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Black Soot . I  then spritzed lightly with water and dabbed off some of the ink with a paper towel . This combination of colours is one of my favourites as I love the gradual build up of colour that can be achieved .  I added some speckle stamping using Black Archival ink before  spritzing with perfect pearls - heirloom gold to add a touch of shimmer . ( sorry my camera seems to refuse to pick up shimmer)
For the lamp panel I stamped one of the hanging lamp stamps using Black Archival and embossed it using ultra fine embossing powder .The panel was then inked, stamped n spritzed as before and a number remnant rub was applied to the top right corner of the panel.
I stamped and embossed the Industrial lamp a second time, inked it up before cutting out just the lamp. This second embossed lamp was then placed over the lamp on the panel and attached with a brad to enable it to swing from side to side as well as sit central.   
Both panels were aligned and adhered to a black corrugated card mount cut to size before adhering to a cream card that I'd cut n scored appropriately earlier.
The sentiment was stamped using Black Archival, the edges distressed with wild honey and Black Soot  DI's , mounted onto black card stock and adhered in place .

I added a few black gems to the corners of the panels as the finishing touch .

Though more could have been added to this card I chose not to as I really wanted to showcase not only the colours of the Distress Inks and how they blend so well together to create a sense of light n shadow  but also the  fabulous Industrial lamp stamp designed by Limor Weber for Indigo Blu
I hope you think I've managed to do just that and I hope my lovely friend likes what I have created with her very kind, thoughtful and generous gift .

Thanks for popping by today and i hope you all get to enjoy a lovely Sunday doing whatever makes you happy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Hope to be back soon with more creativity but for now
take care n keep on the happy side
Amanda x


  1. Gorgeous Amanda, very striking . The colours are amazing and the black really pops against the colours. Tracy x

  2. Great make, love it!
    Amanda x

  3. So sorry to hear about the curve balls, hope all is back to normal soon! What a lovely friend you have and you have done a truly amazing job with the Limor stamp! The colours are fabulous and the lamp looks so dramatic against the beautiful background you have created. Love this - a lot! Greetings from a very warm south of England!! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. This card is so beautiful Amanda! I love your gorgeous inking and what a clever interactive element you turned the lamp into. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  5. WOW!!! Just WOW!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you've created with this lamp stamp Amanda!!! Striking and dramatic, detailed yet unfussy, perfectly balanced, and so clever with the hinged lamp! Awesome work my lovely friend. Sending special hugs and hopes for healthier times ahead. Jenny xxx

  6. Love this card and the light swings - neat xx FAB XX

  7. Another stunner Amanda and so delighted you are getting the recognition you so truly deserve in blogland and challenges xxx

  8. Such a unique and clever piece! I love the way you handled the "light" with the rays and colors! Gorgeous!

  9. Just loving your creations.
    Hope the nasty curve balls curve somewhere else!
    Big hugs to you from Poppy and me xxx

  10. Wow, what gloriously vibrant colours and the black really jumps off the page!! What a wonderful piece! :)

  11. Great card, you have done a fab job with the distress inks!
    Thank you for joining us at Craft Stamper Challnge Take it make it

  12. Wow - that is brilliant! Love the glow you've created from the lamp, the colours are so beautifully vivid, and I love how the lamp can swing. What a fantastic card.
    Alison x

  13. Beautiful in all ways. The stamp is gorgeous and will fit so many different styles and different people. The warm rich orange really reminds me of summer warmth, sunny days and gorgeous marmalade - the colours are so rich that it reminds me of a wonderfully rich marmalade with the lovely big orange rind pieces, erm, think I might he hungry, lol. But I just love this one Jenny - it's so very inspiring and so very gorgeous too Karen x

  14. So sorry Amanda - I got your name wrong, having a bit of a rough day but had to come on over and look at this because I love it so much! Karen x

  15. Such an incredible card!! Your use of ink is just gorgeous. And that swinging lamp ... amazing!! Beautiful make! Congrats on your spotlight over at Simon Says Stamp :) -- Mary Elizabeth

  16. This is gorgeous .... the colours are amazing! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

  17. Brilliant colour, literally. Thank you for entering it for the ASOI challenge this month.


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