Friday, 23 June 2017

"Pack Up Your Troubles"...........(in your old kit bag and smile, smile smile!)........


Good morning!

Here is the other make that I made for Father's Day (you'll find the card from myself to my husband James on Wednesdays post) - this time it's the card that I made for my children to give to Dad last Sunday (Father's Day).

Now, James is super keen on militaria and the history of WWI and WWII and he loved this card!

I have made this card from the stamps in the Creative Expressions set "Pack Up Your Troubles".

I started off with a distress ink background and have added a Chocolate Baroque crackle effect stamp all over it - had to stamp it a few times to cover the area as the card is larger than the stamp!

I then stamped the soldier, then all the medals,  the plane was next and is a second generation stamp to put it nicely in to the background.  The sentiment was stamped on and finally "Blighty" twice, nice and pale on that background too.

Mat and layered in black and white.

James was quite impressed with this one and was more intrigued as to how I'd got hold of such brilliant stamps! - They are out there and available from Creative Expressions!


Hope you like this one and thank you for stopping by today,
Leanne xx










Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Happy Father's Day Husband...........


Good morning!

I'm sharing a make with you today that I made for my husband James for last Sunday (Father's Day).

James has a love of old American trucks (but he was quick to point out that this is a right hand drive truck????😕!!!!!). - I never noticed when I was working with it???!!!!!

Although this looks layered, this card is indeed a one layer card (all on one piece of card stock and mat and layered at the end of the make).

I started by stamping the lovely truck (Darkroom Door) and I have coloured that in with diluted distress inks. When I was happy with this middle section and it was completely dry, I masked it off with a masking sheet and then worked on the background with distress oxides.

This card is a perfect example for you to see the transparency of distress inks compared to the opaqueness of distress oxides, you can really nicely see the difference between the two - ( and how nicely they work together on a project).

I removed the masking sheet from the truck section and stamped my sentiment and "Husband" on there.


Mat and layered in black and white.

James loved it (even though he did notice it was a right hand drive truck!!!!).

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you've enjoyed your visit,
Leanne xx






Monday, 19 June 2017

You only live Once, make it Count............



Good morning!

Well this one is certainly looking at you isn't it!!!!!

This card started life as a square of black card (unusual for me).  Of course, I only have one eye on the Vision Inkognito stamp set so I went about reversing it with the use of my brayer so that I got two eyes!  The eye was reversed using perfect medium and the usual stamp stamped with the perfect medium too and then clear embossed.  I then stamped all the little cogs all over the black card in perfect medium as well and clear embossed those too.

I then used some Distress Oxides to put that lovely smokey background on.

If you look closely I have also stamped very finely with the cracked stamp that is also in that Visible Image stamp set (Time After Time set).  

Some gold gilding wax was gently rubbed over those embossed cogs to make them shine.

I stamped the sentiment on to a further piece of black card and embossed that in white and edged with the gold gilding wax and attached to the card at this stage.

The small clock face was stamped and gold embossed on top of this sentiment panel and then some of the small cogs that had been stamped out and embossed in gold and cut out were applied to the card too.

The eyes were highlighted with a white pen and then the large clock was stamped with the two wings (in the same stamp set), cut out and attached using a double layer of black foam tape to give it good dimension.

Mat and layered using white, gold and black card stock.




Happy with that! - You should see the state of my hands, - black, gold gilding wax and covered in glue - nothing strange there then!!!!!

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne x

I would like to enter this in to the following challenge:-

Try It On Tuesday - Steampunk/Mechanical:-






Saturday, 17 June 2017

From The Past..........To The Future with Visible Image........


Good morning!

I'm sharing a make that I had great fun with using the new Ahead Of Our Time stamp set at Visible Image.

I have taken some photo's along the way for you to see how it came together gradually.


The masked image of the black hat man. (At this stage I had coloured the other side of the card stock with distress oxides - hence the nice big splodge at the top! - I wasn't worried about this as I knew it wouldn't be there when I had finished!


Distress inks added and the inner part of the black hat man now stamped up and shaded.


Nothing like ripping up your artwork!!!!


Tumbling figures stamped and set with clear embossing powder.  I then fussy cut them out.


Mat and layered in black and white and all elements attached.

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today and that I've inspired you with further ideas of how you can use your Visible Image Stamps!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx








Friday, 16 June 2017

The Country Life...........


Good morning!

I'm sharing a make with you this morning that I have made for a friends birthday and yes...... he is a farmer!!!!!! (It just had to have a tractor on it!!!!).

I just love this stamp set by Sheena Douglass (The Country Life set).

I have started with a square of Sheena Stamping card and I used stencil tape to mark off the area in which I wanted to work (to leave a nice clean top and bottom of card).

First thing was to stamp that lovely tractor in black archival ink.  I didn't mask it as I didn't feel that I needed to.  I then put in those hills at the back with some green Momento ink and then a blue adirondack applied with a nice soft brush for the sky.

I then took my time painting in the tractor with diluted Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens.  

Now, Philip won't mind me saying this but he's not the tidiest farmer and so I wanted this tractor to look like it was an old one, just left in the yard like a lot of his old engines are!!!!!!! So I have stamped flowers and weeds all around it looking like they are growing through it!!!! He'll know what I've done!!!!!

Finished by stamping Happy Birthday and The Country Life underneath.

Mat and layered.



I think he'll like this!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne x

I would like to enter this in to the My Time To Craft Challenge of "Down on the Farm":-


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Somebunny Loves You!!!


Good morning!

Here is my offering for the current Rubber Dance June Colour Challenge.  I JUST LOVE THIS STAMP SET!!!!  Perfect for Easter but perfect all year round too!

Rubber Dance asked this time for us to follow a colour swatch:-


So I have used Spectrum Aqua Markers of Dessert, Sea Green and Peacock Blue.

This card started life as a piece of 6 x 6 Sheena stamping card and I scribbled the aqua markers on to my glass mat and sprayed with water.  Then I have swooshed the card in to the inks and then enhanced when dry with a smoothie.

I then popped the gorgeous rabbit (Bonny Bunny by Rubber Dance) right in the middle and lifted some colour from him with water.

I stamped the carrots in black archival and painted in with the aqua markers and then stamped the small carrots directly with the aqua markers and painted in with them again.

I finally painted in the rabbits face with the aqua markers leaving some light areas where it was needed.

Edged with the blue on a smoothie just to darken those edges a bit.

Mat and layered with a sea green colour card stock that surprised me how well it went when I found it!


Hope you have liked your visit today,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne x

I would like to enter this in to the rubber dance June colour challenge:







Monday, 12 June 2017

For you............Sister


Good morning!

I am joining in with the fun at the Allsorts challenge today "use 2 or more dies" and the Stamping Sensations challenge of "use your favourite stamp".

Well, there was no shadow of a doubt which stamp I was going to choose as my favourite - The face from the Stampers Anonymous Classic Favourites!  I've used this face time after time and it lends itself to a huge array of backgrounds and colour schemes so here we are with another version of it!

A couple of weeks ago I also purchased the Memoirs Of A Lady stamp from Inkylicious as it is a reversal of this one from Stampers Anonymous with a collage background so here we are with both of them reflecting off of each other - perfect!

I have taken a photograph of the "ingredients" for you:


The Stampers Anonymous set, a new die set that I won in a competition recently and the Inkylicious Memoirs Of A Lady stamp.


So back to the project at hand!  Started with a distress ink background and stamped the Memoirs stamp on the right hand side, this gave me an idea of where to place that lovely large face on the left. Memoirs is stamped with Archival Watering Can (I needed it to be "quiet enough" to sit in the background and the large face is stamped with Archival black.

The flowers are from a set by Hobby Art and I masked the large face with paper and stamped the flower around the face again with Watering Can ink and then stamped the flower again twice on a further piece of card stock, coloured with distress inks and set aside for now.

I used the flower to stamp the flower on the right and then turned it around and stamped again to form a whole flower before I stamped a slightly different flower in back over the top and coloured again with distress inks.

The two bands across this piece are from the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix set - On the Edge that I won in a recent competition.  The bottom band is actually the waste part of it! - I coloured with distress ink and stamped the flowers on there too.  The top band I have cut twice so that both sides are deckled - coloured in the same distress inks and stamped "For You......Sister" - I thought this card would be perfect for my husbands sisters' birthday that is coming up in July.

Attached the die edges and then the cut out flowers over the top with 3D glue gel.

Mat and layered in matching colours, a nude pink and brown.

I loved making this card with my favourite stamp (I do have so many favourites really but this one just out shines all the rest!).

I hope you enjoyed your visit today,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

I would like to enter this in to the Allsorts Challenge - "2 or more dies":-

Stamping Sensations - "Use your favourite stamp":-