Friday, 24 November 2017

Last two samples for Donna Ratcliff for her new steampunk animals release....

Good morning!!!

Here I am with the last of my samples that I made for Donna Ratcliff's new release - her steampunk animals.

The first is a canvas that I thoroughly enjoyed getting in to a mess with!!!!  Lots of Decoart paints, stamping (and masking) die cutting and texture and grunge on there.

The second one is a rather long card but I thought that this was perfect for showing off that sentiment on the central panel with all the cogs, steam work and pipes all around it.  Coloured in with illustrator markers and backed on to black mats.

What a great collection, thoroughly enjoyed myself with this set of stamps!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Two Call of the Wild samples for Sheena Douglass..........

Morning folks!

Two samples to share this morning for Sheena Douglass's Call of the Wild collection that was shown on Hochanda.

The first one has that fantastic big moon and the sparkle pen sky, hills have been produced using distress oxides and of course the trees and the wolf are outstanding dies from Sheena Douglass.

The second one has been done in calmer tones with distress inks and the Chief has been coloured in with diluted aqua markers.  Some stamping of the trees and the addition of some die cut trees too here.

A fabulous collection to work with.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Monday, 20 November 2017

Two more steampunk samples for Donna Ratcliff on Hochanda....

Good morning!

Sharing another two samples made for Donna Ratcliff on Hochanda.

Both have been coloured with illustrator markers and both have the lovely vibrant sparkle pen backgrounds.

With the addition of some die cuts, gilding wax and frantage (on the pipes on the second one) I thought these turned out rather well!!!

Hope you like them too!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Penny Black mid month reminder for our theme of "Flower Power".....

Good morning!

Well, where is November going? - Dare I say it, it will soon be Christmas!!!!

We are half way through November and that means that it's your mid month reminder for our challenge over at Penny Black and More for "Flower Power".

Prizes to be won so lots of motivation to enter and check out the wonderful inspirational art work from the design team too.

This piece has used Penny Black stamps 30-419 Happy Wishes and 40-547 Flower Lanterns.

Stamped and coloured with aqua markers.

Hope you like it! You've got until the end of the month to enter this challenge -

Good Luck!

Leanne xxx

Friday, 17 November 2017

Something different! - A sample for Stacey Barras's new circus stamp collection.....

Good morning!!!

Well, I hope I haven't frightened you to death this morning!!!

Boy, did I have fun with this sample!

I started with a paper mache face mask (just a cheap mask you can find in the shops that ties at the back with elastic) and went to town with my circus stamps, mod podge and tissue paper and acrylic paints!

I have used lots of the circus stamp range all over the mask.

Check out all the colourful pom pons, tickets and stars - there is so much to see on this mask, very busy and lively but it shouts carnival and circus don't you think?!!!!

Unfortunately, this sample wasn't shown on Hochanda - probably just in case they were frightened of scaring people but I thought I'd share my work here with you instead!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A real treat today, my favourite Call of the Wild sample! .......

Good morning!

Well I'm going to say it before you do - "look at this beauty"!!!!  Can you tell that I was impressed with myself with this one?!!!!

I thought that this deserved recognition on it's own today.

Having received an awful lot of attention on social media and on the television I'm introducing you to the "not so normal" golden eagle stamp in the new Sheena Douglass Call of the Wild collection!!

I have stamped this one directly using sparkle pens for the intense colour (I didn't want to lose any of the colour and it just wouldn't have been intense enough if I'd used my aqua markers).  Then I have blended out the colours with my paintbrush, blowing the final paint around the image with a straw.

Obviously this seems a simple technique but great care must be used when choosing your colours or you will end up with "mud' or no depth so easily achievable if you do some thinking before you get going!!!

I do hope that you like this image as much as I do, I think it brought a breath of fresh air to an image that was shouting for the usual browns and whites of the "normal" golden eagle.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Monday, 13 November 2017

Two more samples for Donna Ratcliff with Crafters Companion - it's steampunk!!

Good morning to you!!

Here I am as promised with more of Donna Ratcliff's new steampunk collection shown on Hochanda.

These two cards I have grouped together for you as they use the same steampunk flowers.

Now, these show you just how different you can be with your designs don't they!!  That first creation is so grungey and typical of steampunk metallic colours.  With the use of hitch fasteners in the corners and a totally "worn" steampunk feel and the second one is in total contrast to the first with browns and skin-like tones from the use of the Spectrum Noir Illustrator pens (the figure collection).

I was really pleased with these samples, hope you like them too.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Saturday, 11 November 2017

We Will Remember Them..............

Good morning,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.......


Friday, 10 November 2017

Two more samples for Stacey Barras and Crafters Companion.............

Good morning!!

Here I am with two more of my samples made for Stacey Barras using her new circus stamps with Crafters Companion.

The first one is a twisted easel card that I have created with lots of distress oxide for the background (I have stamped with the distress oxide as well as using it for the background colour).  I finished this off with a lovely large jewel at the top of the carousel horse.

The second piece was one of my favourites from this collection, the vintage elephant stamp and here I have stamped him three times with his ball standing on his box.  Having kept the background very muted I went for some bold colour with alcohol pens and was very happy with the result that I got.

Hope you like these samples,

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Now this is a first for me - fabric painting!! .....and a finished rucksack bag!

Good morning!!!

Well I think it's very clear to say, I've been very very busy in my crafting life just recently - are you keeping up with me??  I do hope so!!!!

What I'm sharing with you today was an absolute first for me - stamping on to fabric and fabric painting!

I have used Pebeo setacolor fabric paints on all of these panels and it's a fine, dark grey denim fabric being used.

The challenge this time was to paint six panels of a rucksack that was to be stitched in to the bag after I had done my art work - showing how Sheena Douglass's stamps not only work superbly for normal paper crafting but how they can be used for fabric painting too.

So today I'm showing you all six fabric panels that I completed and although it is much more time consuming than obviously painting straight on to card stock or paper, it is very satisfying and relaxing once you get going.

There is lots of masking on some of these and that was done by using normal copy paper sprayed with a tiny bit of stick and spray (or you could use any repositionable spray glue).

I finished each piece with some brushed effects to help lift those images off of the fabric a bit.

Here is the finished sewn bag!!!! Rather blew me away when I saw it all sewn together !!

Hope you like this today, something a little different for you but still with my love of rubber stamping!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Monday, 6 November 2017

New launch of steampunk stamps for Donna Ratcliff on Hochanda...........

Good morning!!

Today I'm sharing the first of my samples that were made for the launch of Donna Ratcliff's new steampunk collection for Crafters Companion.

I just adore steampunk and how you can mix it all up with as bright or as grungey colours as you want to!

The first sample here has been created on black card stock using distress oxide inks (they show up brilliantly on black card stock) and the butterfly has been covered in gilding flakes and coloured in with the Colorista metallic pencils. Lots of cogs cut in black card stock again and this time covered in a fine layer of gilding wax.

The second sample has again been coloured in with metallic pencils and I have coloured in a page from the Colorista pencil pad and used that as my back mat on this one.  Lots of die cut cogs too!

A super collection of rubber stamps, easily fitting for a man as well as a woman - I like stamps that are so versatile!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like these as much as I do!

Leanne xxx

I will share this with my friends over on the Allsorts challenge - Blue and Brown this week.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

New Challenge at Penny Black and More - Flower Power and Guest Designer for Stamping Sensations one layer Christmas card.....

Good morning folks!

Here I am with my inspiration for our new challenge over at Penny Black and More and this month the new theme is "Flower Power!".

What a cracking theme, lots of choices for you on this one and Penny Black do some awesome floral stamps and stencils too.

I've used Penny Black stamps 30-284 Sprigs and 40-545 Lustrous.

This one has been stamped with aqua markers and then blended out and finally when I was happy, spritzed with water for that final "bleed".

Remember, there are prizes to be had so come over and check out our challenge:

I was also so very pleased to be picked as the winner of last months Colour Challenge at Stamping Sensations and Brenda has kindly asked me to be their Guest Designer for this month for their new challenge of a one layer Christmas card.

I've worked on a DL card here (unusual for me) as I felt that this scene was best suited to this shape of card.  I've recently bought this new stamp and was so wanting to use it so this was the perfect opportunity!  This stamp in the Pine Tree by Paper Rose (Australia).  A beautiful stamp that gives such a crisp image every time.  So, I have started by blending the background with some distress ink leaving a slightly lighter part in the middle.  Then, starting from the back and working forwards, I've used distress ink so that you could hardly see the trees at the time of stamping (believe it or not, the forest appears when the trees at the front go on!)  Then I've stamped in much bolder, clearer colour with Archival Fern Green and Versafine Spanish Moss.  I have glittered the tree that stands alone with some Sparkelicious Crystallina glitter by Chloe (did struggle to get that to show on the photo).  The little snowflakes are actually from a free set with Creative Stamping magazine!

There, all on one layer, no matting or layering - just straight on to the card, fun to do and messy on the fingers (just how I like it!!!!!!),

Do hope that you can not only join in with Penny Black and More challenges but with Stamping Sensations too!

Good luck!!!

Leanne xxx

Friday, 3 November 2017

Sheena Douglass's Call of the Wild samples...........

Good morning!!

I just couldn't wait to start putting these on to my blog!!  Look at the skies sparkle on these Call of the Wild samples!!!!

Two further samples from Sheena Douglass's Call of the Wild collection for you today.  The top one is my totem pole!!  I have reversed the eagles head against the original one and cut them out and the main pole has been done by stamping the main body of the flying eagle (seen on the second sample) with a head at both ends - see it?

The second sample is of the beautiful dream catcher and on here I have added some natural feathers.

Lots of use of sparkle pens on these samples, I love it but you should see my fingers when I've finished!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today, look out for some more stunning samples from this collection coming on here soon....

Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Two more samples for Stacey Barras and Crafters Companion.....


Here are a further two samples that I made for Stacey Barras's new circus stamps for Crafters Companion.

Isn't that elephant adorable?  The first creation is one using distress oxides.  I have coloured the elephant in alcohol pens and finished it off with some felt curtains.

The second one is of course the beautiful big top and this time (instead of being really bright like my last sample of it on Friday 27th Oct) I have muted it down a bit, keeping it all toned with blues.  Finished off with a little glossy accents on those flags at the top.

Hope you like these,

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

My inspiration for the Halloween Sheena's Inkettes challenge.....

Morning folks! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!

I'm sharing with you today, my inspirational piece that I made to support Nicole Bretherick for her Inkette challenge this month of "Halloween".

This one probably looks more complicated that it actually is, it took a while due to waiting for bits to dry but it's quite simple when you break it down!

The first thing that I did was to stamp the central skulls from Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy What Lies Beneath stamp set - cool isn't it!  I then masked it off with masking fluid.

The next step was to pop some gesso on to my glass mat, and pop that top left hand corner down in to it (making sure that I didn't go over board because I knew that I was going to turn it in to a spooky moon).  I allowed the gesso to dry and then placed a round stencil over the gesso area and blacked it in to form my round moon shape - am I making sense??!!!. I then placed a paper mask over the moon to cover than while I worked elsewhere.

The skull on the right was then stamped (he's from the What Lies Beneath set too) and I masked him off with masking fluid as well.

The spooky house was stamped next, right over the top of the skulls, the single skull and a tiny bit of the moon - this is from Sheena's Douglass's A Little Bit Sketchy Spooky Mansion stamp set.


The next bit was a little "experimental" if you will!  I have used one of Sheena's Day of the Dead embossing folders to emboss those clouds at the top and the lightening strike.  Once I was happy, I darkened the clouds with Memento black ink and tinted in the sky with a mixure of Adirondack inks - I think the pinks and purples worked well here with a little bit of slate colour.

The lightening strike has been foiled to make it more dramatic.

OK, once all stamping was done, the sky filled in, I rubbed away all the masking fluid and lifted the one covering the moon.  Painted everything in with aqua markers.

Added a couple of big crows from the The Country Life set from Sheena's Perfect Partners range - one is stamped on and the one on the right is cut out and applied.

Finally I added some branches from the Little Bit Scenic Silhouette Country Lane set - it's a tree but I've just used the branches!

There you go, something spooky for you this Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx

Monday, 30 October 2017

Call of the Wild launch samples for Sheena Douglass..............

Good morning folks!!!

Well, these samples (and the whole collection really) should have recognition on their own really but if I did that I would be blogging every single day and you'd struggle to keep up with me - even more than perhaps you do already!!!!


The boundaries of use for these products is absolutely endless, I loved playing with these and given more time, I could have doubled my samples for this collection!!

The first card here is Mother Nature herself and I have used the feather die and the cactus flower die not hat one too.  The second one is a mixture of a few of the stamps in the collection with the dream catcher die backed on to black card to pop it from the images.  I love the monochromatic look of this one.

I will be sharing the rest of this collections samples over the coming weeks so you are in for a real treat!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Lavinia Stamps Halloween make ............

Good morning folks!!

Back from my hollybobs now so here is a share of a card that I've made for the Lavinia Stamps challenge this month of "Halloween".

Lots of Lavinia stamps used on this one including Willow the Witch.

I shall also be sharing this with my friends over at Ink Art Designs on their facebook challenge.

Oooooh, getting all spooky!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxxx

Friday, 27 October 2017

Two samples for Stacey Barras circus stamps for Crafters Companion.....

Good morning!

Third scheduled post this week due to my holiday.

Here I've got two samples that I made for the launch of Stacey Barras's circus stamps for Crafter Companion on Hochanda.

These are lovely vintage circus stamps and can easily be used with the brightest of inks and pens.

I loved playing with these stamps and Stacey deserves credit for such beautiful images.

Hope you like these and I'll continue to share my collection of samples from this launch over the next couple of weeks or so....

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Five Christmas cards for October and we are nearly there with the New Years Resolution!!!!

Good morning to you!

Another scheduled post as I am now half way through my week down in Cornwall.

This time I'm sharing my five Christmas cards for October - woohooo - I'm nearly there with my New Years Resolution of five cards a month!!!!!!!!

This card has been primarily made using stamps from Visible Image - another of my favourite stamp brands.  Stamping in Distress Oxide and just touching the side of the inked stamp with the Distress Oxide Black Soot it has emphasised the angel beautifully.

Some Visible Image snowflakes and some mirror card and I was done - have to keep them relatively simple with batch making but I liked the femininity of these and they will be perfect for girls and ladies where traditional cards would seem a little old fashioned - don't you think?

Join me towards the end of November when I shall post my final set of five cards completing my New Years Resolution for 2017 (I hope!!!).

Hope you like these,

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Monday, 23 October 2017

A card for the Sheena's Inkettes challenge last month......

Good morning to you!

Today is a scheduled post as I am on holiday down in my beloved Cornwall.

This is a card that I made to support Alison for last month's Sheena's Inkettes Facebook challenge of bright backgrounds and silhouettes.

Just HAD TO use my favourite Sheena stencil of all time (It's a Dogs Life) because of my own two beautiful Golden Retrievers.  So, I made this in to a sort of Cornwall scene if you will.  The beautiful sunset with my boys playing by the water as they do!

The sky has been created using Sheena's new sparkle pens (they really are fantastic colours) and I have cut the vegetation believe it or not from the vegetables and herbs from Sheena's die collections!!!!! - Where there's a will and all that!!!

All the rest of the stamps are also Sheena's.

Hope you like this one - I love it (but that's because it's got "my boys" on it of course!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Oooh.... are you scared............?

Good morning!

Here I am with the second of my Halloween makes for you - this time, again using the new Visible Image stencil "Skull Shadow" accompanied by all Visible Image stamps.

Now, this one I was very pleased with as I wanted to give a relief to the skull without the use of texture paste and I think I nailed it!!!!  This image is completely flat to the touch apart from the texture sand that is dotted around the edges.

OK, how did I get there?  Again, this is using the gelli plate.  Firstly I rolled some ink on to the plate with my brayer, then laid the stencil on the top.  I wiped away most of the ink that was laying around the exposed bits on the gelli plate (this of course, left the ink underneath the stencil only).  So, I lifted the stencil off and could just about see the outline of the skull so placed down my card stock and rubbed the back and lifted - with me so far?  I then dotted the sand texture paste around the card stock and allowed to thoroughly dry.  So, at this point it was looking rather messy but I hung in there and carried on!!!  So, black gesso was then painted all around the background of the skull and over the sand texture paste and again, allowed to dry.  Some gilding wax was rubbed to show the relief and some white gesso was painted in to the eye socket and nose which importantly gave that skull more depth.

Added some Visible Image stamps and the sentiment "Immortal".

There, hope I haven't frightened you off!!!!!

Great use of the gelli plate when wanting texture and depth.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Leanne xxx

I shall share this with my friends over on the Visible Image Facebook page:-

and on the Ink Art Designs Facebook page:-

Friday, 20 October 2017

The last of my samples for Sheena Douglass and her new sparkle pens and sketchy stamps.....

Good morning!

Here are the last two samples that I made for Sheena's launch of her new sketchy stamps and sparkle pens on Hochanda a couple of weeks or so ago.

The first one I have used her new sparkle pens and have blended those down to make that lovely sky and the second one I have used the sparkle pens and diluted them slightly to paint in the scene with them. I particularly like the second one as it's an all on one layer card.

Hope you've liked seeing this collection over the past three weeks.  Over the next month, on Fridays, I shall share with you my makes for the new Stacey Barras circus stamps from Crafters Companion - you'll like those, nice and bright and cheerful!!!

In between the Fridays, I shall be posting lots of other makes that I have done so that you can try and keep up with me!!!!! - It's quite a journey at the moment and it's at quite a pace too!!!! Do keep up!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Mid month reminder for Close to Nature at Penny Black and More challenges.......

Good morning!!!

Well here I am with your mid month reminder for our current challenge of Close to Nature over at Penny Black and More challenges.

Here I have used the following Penny Black stamps and stencil:-

30-419 "happy wishes" - having used just the word "friends"
25-019 "leaf frolic" stencil
30-068 "trims" - leaf flourishes and bally flowers
30-417 "delicate silhouettes" - black and white flowers
40-137 "brick wall"
40-099 "soft wings"

For the background I have used distress ink and I have coloured the butterfly with diluted aqua markers, finishing off the butterfly with glossy accents (seen on the second photograph).

Don't forget that there are prizes to be won so pop on over to Penny Black and More challenges - there's still plenty of time to enter this months challenge;

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Visible Image playtime! .....


This is a make that I've done between art calls using the Visible Image Jellyfish set (Dare To Swim).

Had lots of fun with this one using lots of inks!!!!  I have doubled stamped the jellyfish "tails" to give you the feeling of movement through the water.

Lots of masking was involved with this one, note the extra white bubbles that have been stamped on and the white fish in the top left hand corner.  I particularly like the netting stamps and all of the weeds on this one that I've used too.

A busy card with lots going on!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx