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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Mid month reminder for Penny Black and More Challenges - "Things with wings" ....


Good morning!

It's mid month reminder time over at Penny Black and More Challenges for our theme this month of "Things with wings".

This card is similar to my first sample card for this months theme in that I've used the new Spectrum Noir aqua tint pens direct to my stamp technique and then pulled in the colour with a damp brush.

A distress oxide background has been added on here too,

I've used Penny Black stamps - 30-416 Happy Thoughts for my sentiment and 30-095 Flower Festival for my flowers, butterfly and dragonfly.

Do come over and join us for this months Challenge of "Things with wings" - there are prizes to be won but please remember, no digital images and your main focal image must be a hand stamped one please.


Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

New Donna Ratcliff 3D stencils samples and new Harmony Inkpads by Spectrum Noir


Hi there!

Well, I have neglected my blog somewhat over the past weeks and not been putting on as much as I would have liked.  This has unfortunately been purely down to very heavy design team workloads (which I'm not complaining about - it's been great fun!).  This does however hamper my efforts to keep loading new images on to my blog!  I have soooo many creations and samples that I couldn't possibly keep up on here with what I'm actually creating so I'm cheating today and showing you eight all in one go!

I loved playing with these new 3D stencils designed by Donna Ratcliff.  So easy to use and launching tomorrow on HSN in America along with the FANTASTIC new Harmony ink pads that Spectrum Noir are launching.  They'll be coming to the UK, we've just got to be a little bit patient!!!

By just starting with the lightest of your colour choices and going darker on your second stencil and darker still on your third you can "knock up" these cards in no time at all and they look like they've taken you ages!!!

Hope you like these that I've made recently and the sneaky peek of the new products to come to the UK soon!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx


Sunday, 1 July 2018

New theme at Penny Black and More Challenge "Things with wings".....


Good morning!

Well, can you believe we are into July? So it's a new theme over at Penny Black and More Challenges and this months new challenge is "Things with wings".

I have chosen my things with wings to be my butterflies, dragonflies and bee.

I have used the new Spectrum Noir aqua tint pens on this creation, stamping with the pens direct to stamp technique and pulled the colour in with a damp brush.  I have used distress oxides for the background.

30-416 Happy Thoughts set is where my sentiment has come from and the 30-095 Flower Festival for my flowers, butterflies and dragonflies.  My lovely little (or not so little!) bee is from 30-352 Animal Wisdom.

Do remember when entering our challenges that the main focal image of your creation must be a hand stamped image - no digital images allowed please.


Hope you like this one and good luck for the challenge this month!

Leanne xxxx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Mid month reminder for Penny Black and More Challenges - In The Garden


Good morning!

Well, we are half way through June so it's time for this months mid month reminder over at Penny Black and More Challenges with our theme of "in the garden".

I have created my mid month inspiration using 30-095 Flower Festival stamp set - this includes the flowers and the lovely little dragonflies.  The sentiment is from the 30-419 Happy Wishes stamp set.

I firstly stamped my flowers and masked them off with drawing gum as I went.

Next came the background which I have created using distress inks straight over the top of the drawing gum.

Then rubbed away the drawing gum and coloured the lovely flowers with aquatint pens and some sparkle pens to enhance the colour slightly.

The back mat is stamped with the same flowers and dragonflies and toned down with black soot distress ink.

Mat and layered.

Don't forget to come over and join us at Penny Black and More Challenges with this months theme of "in the garden".

ONLY HAND STAMPED IMAGES PLEASE - NO DIGITAL IMAGES ARE ALLOWED.


Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xx

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Happy Father's Day!

Hi there!

Thought I'd share my Father's Day makes with you today.

These are the cards that I made for my two daughters to give to my husband and one from me (and our dogs) to my husband too!

All made with Sheena Douglass stamps and distress inks.






A short and sweet post today - look out for tomorrows mid month post for Penny Black and More Challenges.

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

Sunday, 3 June 2018

New Theme at Penny Black and More Challenges - In The Garden


Good morning!

It's the first Sunday in June and that means that it's a brand new theme over at Penny Black and More Challenges and this months challenge is "in the garden".

I've created this card as my inspiration for this theme.

The background is a distress ink one and then I've over stamped the poppies (40-516 Dynamic) and coloured those in with a mixture of distress ink for the foliage and distress ink and sparkle pens for the flowers.

The sentiment is from 30-416 Happy Thoughts stamp set.

The back mat has been stamped with the lovely butterfly (40-099 Soft Wings) in distress oxide and then blended with distress oxides to give me the coloured mat.

I finished by putting some crystal glaze droplets on there.

Please come and join us at Penny Black and More Challenges, there are prizes for the winners!

THIS CHALLENGE IS FOR HAND STAMPED IMAGES ONLY - NO DIGITAL IMAGES PLEASE.


Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xx


Friday, 18 May 2018

Mid month reminder at Penny Black and More Challenges for "Anything Goes" .....





Hi there!

Here I am with the mid month reminder for Penny Black and More Challenges for our theme this month of "Anything Goes".

Here I have had a play with a new stamp called 40-536 First Waltz and the sentiment is from the 30-416 Happy Thoughts stamp set.

Having created my distress ink background, I stamped the flowers with aqua pens and then dragged the colour in.  I finished with a layer of glossy accents.

I then stamped the flowers again in black ink, cut them out and applied a layer of glossy accents to these too - I love the shiny, thick layer effect this gives you.

I then stamped the lovely sentiment.

Finishing with three little butterflies that I found in my stash.

It's great when the theme is anything goes as you have such freedom to have a rummage through your Penny Black box and see what jumps out at you!!!!

Do come over and join us at Penny Black and More, there are prizes to be had but please remember NO DIGI IMAGES, YOUR MAIN FOCAL IMAGE OF YOUR ART WORK MUST BE A HAND STAMPED IMAGE PLEASE.


Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx