Friday 30 July 2021

Happy Birthday to You....

 Hi Everyone 

It's been far too long since I posted something here on my blog that isn't a quick dt redirect post so my hope and aim moving forward is to try and post more often some of the 'things, makes and creates' that come from any 'self' creative time I have. 

Today seems like as good a time as any to make a start so here goes .....  

I've recently been having fun creating with some of Tim Holtz products both new and not so new. You may have seen the card I shared here and here last week and the postcard I shared yesterday here and here that featured a couple of  Tim's new Stampers Anonymous stampsets: 'Inquisitive' and /or 'Observations'.

The tag I'm sharing today features Tim's new Stampers Anonymous 'Bold Sayings' (CMS433) stampset, along with the new layering stencil: 'Nature'(THS154) and the new distress colour 'Prize Ribbon'.  

Now, I may be a little 'blue biased' (it's one of my fave colours in all it's many guises) but 'Prize Ribbon' is rather lush and I have a good feeling we are gonna become inky friends. 

Dare I stick my neck out and say I reckon it would team up with pretty much every other distress colour in the family ???  I'm sure gonna be trying to see! 

On this occasion it's a Prize Ribbon and Crackling Campfire distress spray stain combo with the odd speckle of Salvaged Patina distress oxide spray. 

Now, I thought I'd taken a pic of the inky background before I added to it but after scouring my camera for 'said' photo it seems I didn't so apologies for falling short there. 

Hopefully though the few photos I do have to share will demonstrate the richness and depth of the colours both individually in their own right and together as a fabulous combo. 
They also show the Salvaged Patina Oxide speckles.  
When using inks I almost always use Oxides to speckle/ splatter as their properties allow them to sit on top of the inks already laid down rather than be absorbed into them. 

I chose to use the 'Happy Birthday' Bold Saying stamp. It a great size for a #8 tag and 'the fit' allowed it to be the focal feature. 
Embossing the saying with white powder gave it the 'spotlight' against the richer background tones and 
I love how the Salvaged Patina Oxide speckles still made themselves known through the embossing and how they shifted colour slightly to a light blue.  

Tim's new 'Nature' layering stencil design, again embossed in white worked a treat to fill in the space above and below the 'bold saying'.

A couple of Tim's Stampers Anonymous 'Tiny Text' stamps embossed in white on black card personalised the 'bold saying' and indeed the tag.

It's all ready now to give to a special friend, either attached to a gift or instead of a card. 


Well, that's a wrap for today I think so thank you so much for your company today. 
I really appreciate you taking time out of your day to stop by. 
Look forward to seeing you again soon but until then hope you all keep on creating! 
Have a lovely weekend .
 Take Care 
keep n the happy side 

Thursday 29 July 2021

Whats Up? You Good?

 Hey Everyone, 

It'm over on That's Crafty's blog today and I'm following on from last weeks make (that can be see here and here) having more fun creating with some of Tim Holtz products, namely the newly released Stampers Anonymous stamp set: 'Inquisistive' and the ever so delicious new colour addition to the distress family: 'Prize Ribbon'. 

This time instead of a card I have created a postcard...... 

To find out more, why not come join the 'Gents' and I over on That's Crafty's blog. 
For a quick reroute just click HERE
Hope to see you soon 

I'd like to enter this into the following challenge: 

Thursday 22 July 2021

Creativity Takes Courage....

 Hi Everyone, 

As usual on a Thursday I'm over on That's Crafty's blog sharing some creativity. 

For todays post I have created a card using some of Tim Holtz fabulous products, namely his distress spray stains and Stampers Anonymous stamps including some from the very latest release.

Generally, I have a tendency to go grungy/ vintage when I use Tim's products but I thought I'd veer away from that this time and try a kinda cool, contemporary design that would include some open space, brighter colours and bold black imagery.  

Let me introduce you to Cedrick 

He and I  would love for you to join us over on the blog where we're sharing our creativity story. 
 Feel free to click HERE and you will be with us in super quick time. 
Hope to see you soon 
Amanda (& Cedrick) 

I would to enter this into the following challenge: 

Thursday 15 July 2021


Hi Everyone. 

 Having enjoyed creating with small image stamps recently for my posts over on That's Crafty's blog I decided that for todays make I would continue along that line but rather than use small 'image' stamps this time I would use small 'detail' stamps. 
I wanted to use them to create my own unique focal design that I could embellish in my own way. 

 Here's a quick look at the panel I created.... 

As its got a kinda cool contemporary artsy vibe I'll treat you to an 'artsy' shot too ... 

Would love for you to come join me over on the blog where there's more to see and read. 
For a quick  transfer just click HERE 
Hope to see you soon 

Tuesday 13 July 2021

Adopt the Pace of Nature for PaperArtsy.

 Hi Everyone and Welcome, 

This evening I''m so honoured and privileged to be over on PaperArtsy blog sharing a mixed media art panel I have created for their current topic: Natures Treasures!

If you know me and and my creativity you will know it's no secret I'm a big Seth Apter fan so I was super happy to have the opportunity to create with some of  Seths new release PaperArtsy stamps.

Lucky, lucky me!! 

Teaming them with PaperArtsy Grunge Paste, Infusions and Frescos made for lots of creative fun and one very happy Amanda.  

Here's a photo of my 'Natures Treasures' Art panel which courtesy of one of Alison Bombers New release PaperArtsy stamps I've called: 

'Adopt the Pace of Nature, her Secret is Patience'

If you'd like to find out more about the creative fun I had and see more pics you are welcome to join me over on the blog. 
It would be lovely to have you stop by and share your company. 
For a super speedy re- route just click HERE 
Hope to see you soon 

Thursday 8 July 2021


 HI Everyone 

It's been a while since I created something with a grungy vibe for my Thursday weekly DT post over  on That's Crafty's blog and if you know me then you'll  know I'm a grungy girl at heart. 
So, today's project is a mixed media art panel that I've created using some of Seth Apters fabulous products.  It is on the grungy side but it also has a subtle pearly sheen and a colourful touch of sparkle. 

Bet you never thought you'd hear / read 'grungy', 'pearly' and 'sparkle' in the same sentence?? 

Heres a quick peek: 

Hope it will tempt you to come join me over on the blog
If it does just click HERE to be redirected swiftly and safely . 
Hope to see you soon 

Thursday 1 July 2021

Creative People Shine....

 Hi Everyone 

For my That's Crafty DT make this week I have continued on from recent weeks with my 'small stamp image' creativity and I'm sharing a mixed media card over on their blog today. 

If you would like to find out more you are welcome to come join me. 
Just click HERE and you'll be swiftly redirected. 
Hope to see you soon 

I'd like to add this to the following challenge: 
 I monoprinted the two background panels using a stencil