Wednesday 5 September 2018

Forever Autumn - Guest Designer at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone and Welcome

I have some happy news to share with you today as well as a little creativity.

First the news : I have happily accepted a very kind invite to be a Guest Designer for That's Crafty! It was such a surprise to be asked and I am honoured to have been given this wonderful opportunity. Thanks so much Laura 😊

Now for the Creativity.... Today sees the start of a new challenge at That's Crafty and the theme this time is 
'Forever Autumn'-
 We would like for your creations to have an Autumnal feel to them.

I love the rich, warming colours of Autumn and the rustle of fallen leaves underfoot both of which provided inspiration for my 'Forever Autumn' tag

I don't have many process shots but I will take you on a tour around the tag.
The large tag which I did remember to photograph before I added all the extras is a That's Crafty MDF Tag. This one is a #10 but there are a range of sizes available that can be found here. They really are excellent quality, take mediums very well and are great value for money. I have used one of these tags in a previous project which can be seen here. 
The background was created using distress inks (Fossilised Amber, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey , Mustard Seed...), Distress Resist spray, Wrinkle Free Distress technique, Iced Spruce distress paint and a brayer.
I love the effect of the Distress Resist spray and the brayer paint over the inks gives a kind of misty feel like we often get during Autumn .
There's some script stamping too - I used Tim Holtz Ledger Script with Coffee Archival ink. 
The small tag is a #8 Tim Holtz tag cut from mountboard, crackled with Deco Art crackle paint and coloured with a combination of Tim Holtz Distress paints ( Rusty Hinge, Fossilised Amber ) and DecoArt media fluids ( Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Transparent Yellow Oxide, Quinacridone Gold)
The Leaf is a That's Crafty greyboard leaf covered with a Distress Resist sprayed Wrinkle Free background. The same distress inks were used as for the large tag background with the addition of a couple more (Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, Fired Brick). The leaf is embellished with a piece of Tim Holtz Ideology. The frame is a That's Crafty MDF Atc frame covered with Tim Holtz designer tape . The back panel that is purposely offset slightly from the frame is a piece of 'brayering off' palette paper 
and to the top left corner of this there's a sprinkling of mineral powder
Here's a close up of those fabulous speckles of white created by the Distress Resist spray ....
The broken twigs are from the gatherings of  recent 'wood walks'. They are bound with coarse fibres and add a 'natural' element to the tag. One sits at the top of the small tag
and the other, the larger one, sits above the sentiment
The large base tag is decorated with an old rusty can pull - again a 'find' when I've been 'stepping' out this summer. I always set out 'hands free' and almost always come home 'hands full'!  I can't resist a bit of 'Street Swag/ Boardwalk Booty' as I call it!  Sure you'll be seeing some feature in my future artwork.
The tag has great dimension with all the layers and chunky materials used
and I hope it makes you think of the Autumn/Fall season.
Full details of the challenge can be found over at That's Crafty challenge blog along with a gallery of inspirational projects made by the talented ladies on their design team.

I would like to enter my 'Forever Autumn' tag into the following challenges:
Stamps and Stencils- 'Its been a while'
Creative Artiste #42 Challenge : 'Anything Mixed Media Goes'

I'll be back tomorrow with a sneak peak of a project I have made for my GD weekly post so hopefully I will see you then and be able to tempt you over to That's Crafty's blog to see my project in full. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I really do appreciate you taking the time to visit, follow and comment.  

Hope you all have a lovely day 
Take care 


  1. Fantastic Amanda, love all the elements, crackle, textures, rusty elements and the can ring. Wonderful piece. Tracy ❤️❤️

  2. The background is stunning Amanda and I love how you layered up this piece - and the leaf is stunning. The twigs are such a great addition too, along with the can pull finishes it off perfectly (a great find). Congratulations on being asked to be a Guest Designer too, they know a good designer when they see one!! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Oh Amanda! I haven't seen a fall project that I loved this much in ages! This is absolutely splendid! I adore the twigs and the awesome soda pop top! What a wonderful, inspiring make. Hugs, Autumn

  4. An absolute triumph of texture and detail Amanda. So much gorgeous warm rusty shading to see and I love how you used a found object to embellish your wonderful tag.
    So lovely to have you on board as a guest designer and looking forward to seeing more beautiful artwork.
    Fliss xx

  5. Magnifique, très beau travail, quelle créativité.
    J'aimerais une vidéo qui explique votre travail.
    Merci et bonne journée

  6. Huge congratulations on your GD spot at That's Crafty Amanda x Your autumnal project is amazing and I love the rusty elements you have created x Great idea to use the twig and ring pull in this way as it really adds to the feel xx

    Huge hugs Annie x

  7. Pinned this Autumn beauty! LOVE the layers of grunge and the way you put it all together, especially the drink tab!

  8. Thnank you so much Tracy, Anne, Annie, Autumn, Anita, Fliss and Verov for popping by and for your lovely words about my tag . Much appreciated .
    Hugs to you all x

  9. Simply glorious - the rusty layers and dimension make my heart sing, and all with that delicious autumnal melancholy about it. A knockout, Amanda!
    Alison x

  10. You know I’m lovin’ the warmth and richness of these colors. Beautiful work, girl. ❤️

  11. Thank you so very much Alison and Linda . Your lovely kind words warm my heart and are very much appreciated .
    Hugs to you both xx

  12. Lovin' your street swag, my friend! I am thinking this is way too wonderful to tuck away in your studio! A giveaway, perhaps? Just sayin'...

  13. What a fabulous tag, love the colours and all that texture! Thanks for joining us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge Blog :)

  14. Fabulous tag Amanda, love the texture and the Autumn theme. Thanks for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Sue C x

  15. Oh what an absolutely stunning tag, LOVE the autumnal colours and the crackle and rusty ring pull are just wonderful...Fabulous texture and layers. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils Amanda, Ruth xx


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