Thursday 18 June 2015

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Amanda !

Hello and welcome! Today we are welcoming Amanda of Treasured Moments of Inspiration as our Guest Designer. Amanda was the winner of the Three of a Kind challenge and was asked to join us as Guest Designer. So, let's move on to hear from Amanda !

Hi everyone, Amanda here and I am delighted to be here following my win of last month’s challenge
I am a “Craftaholic”! I have been crafting for about 6 years now and love nothing more than escaping into my craftroom to just get all inky and messy. My style is continually evolving and I love trying new techniques and products and create, in my opinion, many “Happy Accidents”! I suppose I would class myself as a mixed media crafter but also like creating within many other genres it just depends what crafty mood I am in. I also do like to collect the odd stamp or two, an obsession that I am considering seeking medical attention for, but I think I am beyond help!!

For this month’s challenge “Small is Beautiful” I have created “The Little Book of the Sea” which is housed inside a small matchbox.


Here’s how I made it:-
I first started by die cutting my matchbox using Tim Holtz Alterations matchbox die, for this I used a heavy kraft card.
Then to make my little book to put inside. The inside measurement of the box is 4.5cms x 6.5cms so to ensure that my little book fitted, it needed to be 4cm x 6cms when finished.
I cut a piece of A4 white card into a 6cm strip and then scored at 4cm intervals.

I then prepared my background. The first layer was a layer of blue brusho, I then stencilled the bubbles over using first PaperArtsy Fresco paint in white and then bump stencilled again with shades of blue Fresco paint. When that was all totally dried I applied Antique Linen Distress Ink with an ink blending tool.

 I then added some background stamping using blue Archival ink.

Then to add my images. I stamped a selection of sea themed stamps, from Crafty Individuals and Chocolate Baroque, onto white paper using Potting Soil Archival ink and set about cutting them all out.

Then to create the pages. You will notice the last page is blank, that is because when folded up it sits under the cover to complete the book.


A layer of white fresco paint roughly applied, same stencil technique as above. Then I added some bandage, to mimic fishing net, that I had coloured with the watered down Fresco paints and Vintage Photo Distress Stain and some of my left over cut outs. 

Text has been typed out on my vintage typewriter and applied with 3D glue gel. I even added to the inside of the box for the book to sit in.

I hope you like it.
Amanda X

Fantastic Amanda ! What a beautiful little book and housed in such a gorgeous match box home. There's still plenty of time to join us for the current challenge of Small is Beautiful and I'm sure that Amanda's project has give you even more inspiration. 


  1. This is amazing and very beautiful. Must dig out my match boxes :)

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Absolutely stunning Amanda! I love your mini book beautifully housed in a matchbox. The colours and images are perfect and the netting addition ....inspired! Thanks so much for being our guest designer. Ruth xx

  3. Absolutely brilliant Amanda! I love this fabulous little book in a box ! You have really nailed the 'Small is Beautiful ' theme thank you for joining us as our guest designer Toni xx

  4. WOW what a collection of stunning art works, Amanda. I love that booklet with all pages, cause I love the sea!
    xox Anja

  5. Fabulous mini project! I love the beach theme and the cheesecloth wrap really adds to the feel of it. Gorgeous piece. :)

  6. Absolutley stunning Amanda ! The perfect project for our Small is Beautiful challenge. Sue C x

  7. Think Paula's said it all really.....perfect!!
    As for the stamp addiction I've said it before, you are the Imelda Marcos of the stamping world...just saying.....
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  8. I Love this Amanda!! How tiny and lovely! I give you credit for working so small- your book is a delightful beauty!! xo

  9. Gorgeous bubbly watery backgrounds and the stamped and fussy cut images look exquisite. The front of the matchbox is probably my favourite part though... what a great Guest Design creation from Amanda.
    Alison xx

  10. What a gorgeous creation Amanda! I love the images you've used, the clever stencilling and the colours. The final touch of wispy fabric is inspired! Julia xx

  11. A fabulous tiny book and matchbox Amanda!!! And using gorgeous stamps I love too... A great Guest Design post and creation, it was also lovely to read your presentation and know a bit more about you. Love Coco xx

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