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Friday, 19 July 2019

'Precious Metal' - A Guide to Creating my 'Simplify Life' Canvas

 Hi Everyone 

Thanks for stopping by. 
Today I'm over at A Vintage Journey where I am sharing details of how I created my 'Simplify Life' Canvas- my project for our current challenge 'Precious Metal'.



If you fancy stopping by just click HERE and you will be whisked right on over to the AVJ blog and I'll be there waiting to greet you. 
Hope you will be able to join me 
Look forward to seeing you real soon
 Amanda
x

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Carved Leaves Card/s at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone and Welcome 

Hope you are all doing good and are enjoying a lovely week 😊 
I've been busy creating and writing blogposts which amongst others has included my weekly DT project and post for That's Crafty
This week I have created a couple of card's using Distress Oxides with one of That's Crafty's newer released stamp sets -'Carved Leaves Set 1' designed by Lynne Moncrieff. 
Heres a quick look at one of them 


If you would like to find out more about the creativity and see a few more photos of this card and the 'added extra' card then please feel free to stop by That's Crafty's blog.  
For the quickest route there just click HERE
Hope to see you soon 
Amanda
x

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Sunshine Dreams ..... At That's Crafty

Hi Everyone and Welcome

It's my day today to share my latest DT creativity over on That's Crafty's blog which this week is a colourful piece of stencilled 'Art on the Round'.


You are very welcome to join me over at That's Crafty where there's more to see and read. 
 For the quickest and most direct route there just click HERE . 
Hope to see you soon 
Amanda
x

Friday, 5 July 2019

'Precious Metal'- A Vintage Journey Challenge, July 2019

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Today we launch our latest challenge at A Vintage Journey and I will be the host this time with the challenge theme

Precious Metal
'For this challenge we would like to see some kind of 'precious metal' feature in your project. Think gold, silver, brass, copper aluminium, steel..... It could be in the form of embellishments, cardstock, gilding wax, foil, gold leaf, or rub- ons. Just remember to ensure you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.' 

I have created a 'Precious Metal' Mixed Media canvas for this challenge entitled
'Simplify Life'
-kind of a visual creative 'note to self!'



As I will be sharing details of how I created my canvas on the Friday 19th July over at AVJ, I have just a brief account and a few photos to share with you today.
I featured a few different forms of 'precious metal' in my canvas:


Gold and silver metallic paint 


to create layers of fabulous texture and detail. 


Some metal ideology pieces: a philosophy tag and a piece of Vignette hardware,


a game spinner, metal ruler, typed token and a couple of long fasteners which embellish, enhance and provide the canvas's title.


There are also some touches of silver gilding wax


to accent some of the elements


and a 'weather rusted' metal piece of hardware that stars as the focal feature!
I think it may be a sink plug fitting of sorts? I found it on the street when I was clocking up some steps earlier this year, what I call my 'street swag/ boardwalk booty' and I think its just the perfect fit for my precious metal 'Simplify Life' canvas.


I hope I have offered some creative inspiration for our challenge. If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey where there is a fabulous collection of inspiring 'Precious Metal' projects created by some of our Creative Guides and be sure to pop by AVJ on the 19th for my Tutorial post. 
We hope you will join us in this challenge as we are really looking forward to seeing your creativity. 
As always there will be 3 Pinworthy winners chosen at the end of the challenge with each winner being awarded a Pinworthy winners badge to display on their blog and their project will be pinned to our Pinworthy Winners Pinterest board.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today. 
Your visits, follows and comments are sincerely appreciated- very much so!
Wishing you all a lovely weekend
Hope its a creative one
Take care 
and 
'keep on the happy side'
Amanda
x

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Lucky No.247 at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone 
Thanks you for stopping by today 😊. 
I would like to begin today by wishing all my American friends, family and followers a very 'Happy 4th of July'- such a significant day in your country's history and indeed the worlds too!
'God bless you all and God Bless America!'

So today, it being Thursday and all you can find me over at That's Crafty sharing my latest DT project which this week is a piece of Tag Art that has a kinda grungy retro feel. Given the colours and the stars and stripes incorporated in the design you could be forgiven for thinking I created it with  the 4th of July in mind . If I did it was all down to my creative subconscious and if that's what happened then I am more than happy! 
Heres a quick glance of the tag 


If you fancy seeing and reading more then please feel free to join  me over on That's Crafty's blog. 
For the quickest route just click HERE.
Hope to see you soon
Amanda

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Have an Open Heart..... at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by today!
Thursday again and the last one of this month too!!! At the risk of repeating myself where is this year going??  
Time definitely stops for no-one.....and there was I blissfully hoping 😉

So, as is the norm on this day of the week I'm over at That's Crafty sharing some creativity which this week is an 'Art Panel' featuring a few That's Crafty Surfaces, some of their paints and a Carabelle Studio Stencil designed by Alexi.


Theres more to see and read over on That's Crafty's blog so if you fancy joining me then please feel free to click HERE and you will be whisked right on over....
Hope to see you soon
Amanda
x

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Fill Your Life with Colour ...at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Today , I'm over at That's Crafty sharing an 'Art Panel/ Card' I have created that saw me using just one stencil, paints and a white highlighter pen.


It would be lovely if you could join me over at That's Crafty to see and read more. If you fancy stopping by just click HERE and you will be transported directly over 
Hope to see you soon
Amanda
x
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge , June 

Friday, 14 June 2019

Arty Wood Blocks..... for PaperArtsy

Hi Everyone ,

Hope you have had a great week and are all set to enjoy a wonderful weekend. 
For some I know the weekend kicks off on a friday eve - not always the case for me but this week it is as I am super excited and very privileged to be a Guest Blogger over on PaperArtsy blog tonight sharing a project I have created for their current challenge 'Arty Wood Blocks'! 

I won't say much about my project here as all the details are over on PaperArtsy's blog but as you can see it consists of quite a few 'Arty Wood Blocks'- 56 in total! 




Yes, I gave a game of  Jenga a 'grungy arty' makeover! 
It would be great if you could join me over on the PaperArtsy's blog to find out more about my 'Project Jenga'.
To be redirected over just click HERE 
Hopefully see you soon 
Amanda
x

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Love Rocks.... at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by today!  You know I love your visits 😊
As its Thursday today I'm over on That's Crafty's blog sharing some of my latest arty endeavours.
This week I have created an 'Art Plaque' using a number of That's Crafty Surfaces and of course the usual 'arty suspects' -paints, stamps, mediums etc.


If you would like to see more pics and read about my 'happy accident' then please feel free to head on over to the blog.
It would be great to have you stop by
For  a quick route over just click HERE
Hope to see you soon
Amanda
x
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge: June
Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge #50 

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Live Gently Upon this Earth........ at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Hope you are all ok and thank you for stopping by today. 
As its Thursday I'm over on That's Crafty's blog where this week I am sharing a journal spread!!  
I know I have created 'Art' recently that could be used as a journal page but I haven't for sooooooo long actually opened one of the many journals I have to make an entry.
Shame on me! 
So this week my journal and I reconnected and here's a peak at one of the pages of the two page spread  I created. 


If you would like to see the journal spread in full you are very welcome to join me over at That's Crafty. For the quickest route there just click HERE . 
Would be lovely if you could pop by 
Hopefully see you soon 
Amanda
x

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Create.... at That's Crafty

Hi There 
Thanks for stopping by today! 

Another week rocks on by in the blink of a eye so its that time again for me to be sharing some creativity over at That's Crafty. 
It's another art panel/ card/ journal page/ book, journal cover that's on offer this week. 
No, that's not one of each just one that could be used for any of those purposes.😁 

Heres a quick peek...


...and if you fancy seeing and reading more you are welcome to join me over at That's Crafty - just click on the link HERE to be whisked right on over . 
Hope to see you soon 
Amanda
x

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Believe ... at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Thanks for checking in today.
As usual on a Thursday I am over at That's Crafty sharing some of my latest creativity. 
This week I have created what I call an 'Art Card' that is full of geometric shapes and colours......


It would be lovely if you could join me over at That's Crafty where I am sharing more of the creative details.
For the quickest route over there just click HERE
Hope to see you soon
Amanda
x

Friday, 10 May 2019

Turquoise.... for PaperArtsy

HI Everyone and Welcome

Hope you are all doing well and are all set to enjoy a great weekend however you may be spending it.
I'm starting my weekend with real excitement as tonight I'm a Guest Blogger over on PaperArtsy's blog sharing a project I have created for their current challenge theme: 'Turquoise.'
I am super thrilled, honoured and humbled to say the least!



It would be lovely if you could join me over at the PaperArtsy's blog to see and read more about the 'Art Panel' I have created, there's also a couple of 'added extras'
Just click HERE to be transported over.
Hope to see you soon
Amanda
x

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Until You Spread Your Wings.....at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone
Thanks for stopping by . Always great to have you visit 😊
As usual on a Thursday its only a short post here as my main post is over at That's Crafty where this week I am sharing some more 'Tag Art'. I doubt you will be surprised by its focal feature.... would you like a peak?


 It would be lovely if you could join me over at That's Crafty blog where I am sharing more creative details. For the most direct route there just click HERE
Hope to see you soon
Amanda
x

Friday, 3 May 2019

Book It.....May 2019 Challenge at A Vintage Journey .

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Today sees the start of our new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and this time our lovely Deb will be hosting with the challenge theme

Book It!
'There is nothing better than curling up with a good book to take us away to another place! This month we would like you to think about books- perhaps you will make a book, or a journal, create a journal page showing a scene from one of your favourite books (do please tell us what book!) or a card showing someone reading or made using text, stamps, stencils or word stickers. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.'

Having recently been treated to Eileen Hull 's new notebook die Debs challenge provided the perfect opportunity for me to 'break it in' and create my own personal notebook that I can use to record my daily 'thoughts' of which I can assure you there are many - probably far too many !!
I really wanted to 'make it my own' so have used colours, mediums, stamps dies and stencils that I love.
The notebook itself is die cut from mat board as I wanted sturdy more durable covers. It's painted with black acrylic paint inside and out. The spine, front and back covers are decorated with panels cut from a masterboard I created.
The masterboard has an initial layer of texture and detail created with varying thicknesses of tissue tape and then its treated to lots of layers of paint and of course gesso - you know I love gesso!
I used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics- Mermaid, Inky Pool, Space Cadet and Slime and I have to say I the colour combination is a winner in my book! ( no pun intended)
All the colours were laid down one at a time and as PaperArtsy paints have a drying time of 'now' there was no real waiting time or need for heat drying. 
I always love the fresco finish of PaperArtsy paints and I love the 'peaks and troughs' the varying thicknesses of tissue tape have created
Once the master board was cut to fit the notebook covers and spine more detail and interest was added .
Theres some stamping using some of my favourite stamps ( Seth Apter/ Impression Obsession)

and some texture paste stencilling again using some of my favourite stencils (SethApter/StencilGirl®)

The front cover is embellished with yes you've guessed it, some more of my faves -a crackled Seth Apter/ Spellbinder die and a ''Thoughts' Tim Holtz quote chip!
The back cover remains free of 'clutter' as I will be wanting to set my notebook down flat on a surface when making my entries.
The note book is filled with lots of handmade signatures bound together and adhered at the spine. Lots of thoughts need lots of pages- right? 
I really am pleased with my new notebook that I've 'made my own' and I am looking forward to christening those blank pages with all my daily musings!

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration for our 'Book it' challenge. 
If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey where there's a fabulous ' library' of books created by some of our super talented Creative Guides. 
We hope you will join us in the challenge as we always look forward to seeing your creativity. As always there will be 3 Pinworthy Winners chosen at the end of the challenge and each winner will be awarded a Pinworthy badge and have their worked pinned to our Pinterest board.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today 
Your visits, follows, comment and support are sincerely appreciated. 
Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Take care
and
keep on the 'happy side'

Amanda
x

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Don't tell me the moon is shining ...at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone and Welcome
Thanks for stopping by today 😊
 Apologies for my lack of presence here last Thursday. Unfortunately illness impacted on creative time and as much as I was loathed to do so I had to give it in to it and take some time out!!  Its 'business as usual' today though (yay) so you can find me over on That's Crafty's blog with my usual Thursday post sharing some creativity. 
Heres a quick peak of the' Art card' I have created...


If you fancy stopping by to find out more about my 'moonlight'  creativity then just click HERE  for the most direct route to the blog .
Hope to see you soon
Amanda
x

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Everything Has Beauty....at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by! 😊
As its Thursday today I'm over on That's Crafty blog sharing some creativity which this week is a mixed media grungy tag featuring the one flower from That's Crafty Flower Collection Stampset 3 that I have neglected to use so far in my creativity - previous projects using this stampset can be found here and here
This particular flower spoke to me in 'grunge' so I have 'grunged' it up for its moment in the spotlight. 


If you would like to see and read more then you are very welcome to pop by That's Crafty's blog. 
 For the most direct route there just click here.
Hope to see you soon
Amanda 

x

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Frredom Is a State of Mind ...at That's Crafty

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Thanks for stopping by 😊 
It's  that time of the week again for me to be sharing some creativity over on That's Crafty's blog
This week I've created a journal page or should I say that was my original intention however now its finished I'm not sure whether it's destined for my journal or the wall??  
Here's a quick peek that may tempt you to want to see it in full so you can decide for yourself where you think it's best place!


For the most direct route to That's Crafty's Blog just click here 
Hope to see you soon
Amanda
x

Friday, 5 April 2019

Neutral Zone.... April 2019 Challenge at A Vintage Journey.

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Its great to be back today creating alongside my lovely teammates at A Vintage Journey contributing to our new challenge hosted by our lovely talented Nikki:

The Neutral Zone
'Time to banish Colour! You can create with blacks, whites, greys, beiges, creams and browns but whatever you make and whatever style needs to stay in the neutral zone and remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.'

I have created a Mixed media Canvas for Nikki Challenge theme working with a Neutral palette of black white, grey and silver - one of my favourite palettes to work with. It features one of the many Tim Holtz 'faceted hearts' I have had lying around my desk for the past few months - thanks Nikki's for providing the ideal opportunity to finally feature one of 'the many' in my art.



I don't have any process shots but I will take you on a short narrated tour around the canvas recounting the creative steps long the way.
The canvas itself is a 5x7 inch board. It was primed with gesso and then I added torn strips of tissue tape around the canvas to create an initial thin layer of texture.
Next came some rough scrapings of texture paste before I embraced the paints. I worked with Distress, Americana acrylic and PapeArtsy fresco finish paints in shades of grey, black and white laying them down with both a palette knife and brayer building up layers of 'neutral' colours.


For more detail there's some stamping using a couple of my 'go to' Impression Obsession stamps designed by Seth Apter -you know the ones ,the trusty faves that lend themselves to almost any project



and some texture paste stencilling using a PaperArtsy stencil designed by Sara Naumann(PS100) -a new addition to my stencil collection but I know already its going to be a 'go to'.


The focal feature is as I mentioned at the top a Tim Holtz 'faceted heart'. This is cut from black cardstock and treated to some '3d Mechanics' embossing.


The embossed detail is highlighted with gilding wax.


It rests on a triple layer mount - a panel of black cardstock, a circular frame created from the top of a That's Crafty white/greyboard door hanger and a That's Crafty mdf ATC frame.
The circular frame is treated with paint and textured stenciling using Tim Holtz 'Stripes' layering stencil whilst the ATC frame is altered with paint and grit paste.


A piece of Tim Holtz Correspondence paper sits behind the circular frame aperture and some chicken wire is nestled in the open space between the walls of the ATC frame. 


 The 'viewing eye' is able to peek through the apertures and chicken wire to see the layers beneath- I like that! 


A Tim Holtz quote chip gives the canvas a title


and eyelets touched with silver gilding wax embellish the four corners of the canvas


and the top and bottom of the stacked focal feature to finish off my 'Neutral Zone'' Canvas
'Trust Your Heart'


I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration for our new challenge. 
If you haven't already be sure to stop by A Vintage Journey where there is a fabulous gallery of inspiring projects created by some of our talented Creative Guides. 
We hope you will join us in the challenge as we always look forward to seeing your creativity.
As always there will be 3 Pinworthy winners chosen at the end of the challenge with each winner being awarded a Pinworthy badge and their work will be pinned to our Pinterest board . 

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today.
Your visits, follows, comments and support are sincerely appreciated- very much so! 
Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Take Care 
and 
keep on the 'happy' side.
Amanda