Welcome to another Featured Artist/Designer Spotlight.
Today we’re thrilled to welcome Amy Wanford. Before we show you Amy’s project, let’s get to know her a little bit more…
Hey! I’m Amy Gray – aka Aimes – based in Sheffield, England who loves tea, toast and papercrafting. You might know me as Amy Wanford, but I found myself a husband in January this year! I’ve always been creative, but discovered my love for stamping and cardmaking since starting my blog, Crafting Confessions, in 2008.
My blog and passion have led me to take on a new adventure, leaving my career in education to start a new career as the Editor of the UK magazine, Simply Cards & Papercraft. I write about and admire papercrafting pretties by day, and by night I continue the day job by indulging in my hobby even more! I consider myself extremely lucky to have my hobby as my career. My world is literally surrounded by papercrafting!
My work has been published in many magazines both in the US and the UK. I’ve been on various Design Teams and I’m currently on the Clearly Besotted Design Team. I’ve been lucky enough to see some of my designs released as stamp sets and co-ordinating dies under the prestigious brand. My only wish is that I had a time machine to dedicate even more time to having fun designing and creating.
You can check out my work via my blog, Crafting Confessions, or if you fancy keeping up with my day-to-day work and day dreaming then check out my Pinterest boards and/or Instagram. I occasionally tweet too.
I decided that I wanted to sit and play with a combination of goodies to create this card for you today. So today’s card showcases just a few of my favourite things at the moment: Crate Paper, Studio Calico and Clearly Besotted pretties. I love how they work so well together. Oh, and I’ve also featured splashes of gold – I can’t resist gold at the moment.
Here are a few pointers about this card that might help you in making the most of your stash:
I customised my wood veneer shapes with acrylic paint. You can customise wood veneer shapes using a variety of mediums from your stash to co-ordinate them perfectly with your projects. Experiment and have fun!
The small heart is actually a negative shape from the aperture of a birdhouse die. I like to keep all my little scraps as you never know when they’ll make the perfect finishing touch to a project.
For my sparkly gold accents I used Cricut’s Gold Iron-on Glitter material. Don’t let a product restrict your creativity by only using it for its intended purpose. I found that this product works well with my dies and I love the sparkle it adds to my cards – no iron required!
Papertrey Ink’s Vintage Cream cardstock
Crate Paper’s Be Mine 12×12″ paper from the Kiss Kiss Collection
Cricut Gold Iron-on Glitter material
Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Shapes
white acrylic paint
Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad
manual die-cutting machine
Clearly Besotted Friends Forever stamp set
Clearly Besotted Long Flag die
Clearly Besotted So Tweet Die Collection
We hope you have enjoyed today’s project courtesy of Amy Wanford. Be sure to stop by Amy’s blog to see even more of her beautiful work (and let her know we sent you).