Monday, 18 September 2017

"Peace and Joy" - Mid month reminder at Penny Black and More Challenges....

Good morning!

Here I am with my inspiration for the mid month reminder at Penny Black and More Challenges.

Our current theme for this month is "Get Ready for Christmas".

Here I have used the stamps 3024F - Xmas Spirit (sentiment) and the Peace and Joy sentiment, the stag and the trees all come from the Penny Black stamp set 30-261 - Natures Friends.

I have highlight the stag with a little bit of white pen and the rest of the card has been produced with Distress Inks and Archival Ink.  A little texture paste was added to the trees to give a look of a little bit of snow drooping on the branches.

Do come and join us at Penny Black and More Challenges:-

There are prizes to be had!!!!

We look forward to seeing your entries - good luck!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx

Friday, 15 September 2017

More Christmas Cards for Donna Ratcliff on Hochanda.......

Good morning!!

I am popping on my Hochanda makes every Friday - seems to be working well on the blog so I'll keep going!!!!

Here we have the lovely Poinsettia stamp set at the top - you know me, can't do a traditional red Poinsettia - have to be a bit different so I went for pink!  You can buy beautiful pink ones these days and also a lovely off white, almost cream one too - I managed to keep one going for almost three years but then it decided to die on me (I'm not too good at keeping Poinsettias!!).

This first one has been stamped and masked off with masking fluid.  Then dragged through some Oxide Inks, the masking fluid rubbed away and then coloured in with the Distress Oxides.

The second one here has been stamped first with Father Christmas and masked off.  The background has been put on using Distress Inks, the masking fluid removed and Father Christmas coloured in with diluted Aqua Markers.  The Santa Stop Here signs have been cut out and attached.

Hope you like what you see,
Had fun making these - my fingers told me so when I saw the colour of them!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Exam success for Katie!!

Good morning!!

I thought I'd share the card that I made for my daughter Katie for passing all of her GCSE's last month. (She actually got 1 x A, 7 x B's and 1 x C) - a great achievement for Katie so well done honey bun!!!!!

So, I made this card to congratulate her.  Using Penny Black slapstick cling stamp Dancing Daisies I have water coloured the image in after stamping with aqua markers.

A lovely "washy" background too.

I hope that you like this quick share, I was pleased with how it came out and the outstanding quality of these stamps is very clear indeed when you use them.

Well done Katie, Love you loads!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx

Monday, 11 September 2017

More Donna Ratcliff Stamps for Hochanda................

Good morning!!

Here are another two samples that I made for Donna Ratcliffs Christmas stamps launch last week on Hochanda.

The top one is that BEAUTIFUL stag again, this time stamped first and then masked with masking fluid.  Then the trees were stamped in the background.  Some old book page cuttings were attached and then I painted the background in using Distress Inks. Rubbed off the masking fluid and painted in the stag to tone in with the general colours.

The second one is a bit of fun really!!!  One of the stamp sets in this launch has two lovely Robins in it.  I have actually used the same Robin and reversed it(and the hat) to give the other one a pal!!!  I've used the branch from the same stamp set to form the nest and have attached two stockings, again from the same stamp set to the nest with one of the Robins offering the other a small piece of holly.

A sparkle pen background, edged with Distress Ink.

Rather sweet don't you think??!!!

Hope you like them,
Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx

Saturday, 9 September 2017

You can never have too many butterflies!!!!!!

Good morning!!

I'm "between art calls" right now so I've taken the opportunity to create two pieces for two different challenges while I can!!!!

The first one is for the Stamping Sensations colour Challenge"-

I have a new item in my stash - Crackle Accents!!! So I've used that on my inky background here.  I have used inks from my Artistry Ink pad selection.  The butterfly is a beautiful one by Penny Black.

My second offering is for the Butterfly Challenge:-

This has been created using a huuuuuuuge butterfly by Chocolate Baroque and all the silhouetted ones are also a further set by Chocolate Baroque along with the sentiment.  The silhouette butterflies stamped out looking rather distressed and I loved the effect of this so didn't even attempt to cover the patches and went with it!!!  It was diluted Brushos this time to get the intense indigo colours on water colour card stock over white embossing so I hope I've got everything on there for this challenge!!!!

Hope you like both of these pieces,
Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx

I will enter these in to the Stamping Sensations Challenge and the Butterfly Challenge on the links quoted within this post.

Friday, 8 September 2017

Donna Ratcliff stamps for Hochanda............

Good morning!!

Here I am with a couple of cards that were made for Hochanda to launch the new Crafters Companion Christmas stamps by Donna Ratcliff.

The first one uses the new Distress Oxide colours on the background.  I felt that the stag was so impressive that I left it completely uncoloured against that bold background.

The second one is a very inky (very me) background, again using Distress Oxides for the background with multiple stamping of the tree stamps in the set.  The little animals aren't where they are supposed to appear - I cut them off of where they should be when I cut up the rubber stamps as I wanted them to be placed in different places! The circles are a classic of mine - old bottle lids! - to enhance the background - nice and inky!!!

I'll be sharing my makes for this set of stamps over the next couple of weeks with you.

Have a lovely weekend,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Creativity is sharing your soul with the world..........

Good morning!!

I have created this piece of artwork to support my dear friend Dot Leathbridge at Ink Art Designs in Australia and her new Facebook challenge:

You can use any of your Visible Image, Stampendous, Lavinia Stamp or Kaisercraft stamps or mix them up if you wish!!!  Check out her September challenge!!!

I will also share this with my friends over at the Visible Image Facebook group too.

Using Distress Oxides and Distress Inks I have coloured in the Face It! stamp here and using Distress Ink I have used it as a water colour to get the light right on the face.

I hope you like what you see, leave me a comment as I love to read them.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xx

I would like to enter this in to the Ink Art Designs September Challenge:

and the Visible Image monthly show and tell album:

and the Visible Image monthly theme challenge - distressed:

Monday, 4 September 2017

"Dream Together" for Rubber Dance.............

Good morning!!

Wow, I've been so very busy with my design team work recently so I thought it was about time that I supported my favourite stamp companies and their challenges while I'm in the lull between art calls.

I've created this card for the Rubber Dance colour challenge of cream, yellow and pink

I have used the Mama Owl and the Snazzy Squirrel stamp sets along with the Dream sentiment - I had to add "together" by hand as I wanted this to be suitable for an anniversary card, or engagement or even just a card of love - where two people become one.

I have reversed the tree from the Snazzy Squirrel set to give me the opposite branch to sit the second owl on and I have completely removed the squirrel from the branch and of course, replaced it with the owls!

Easier to show you!:-

 See, the squirrel went and the owls appeared!!!

When I had finished with the stamping, I masked off a large heart over the two owls and created my background using Distress Oxides - Antique Linen, Fossilised Amber and Candied Apple. I then removed the heart mask and just tinted the heart with a very small amount of the Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink.

Added some further stamping from the Mama Owl filler stamps and some black and white leaves and acorns - just because the squirrel isn't there doesn't mean that the owls can't sit in his tree!!!!

Added the sentiment and mat and layered in white and black.

I thought this was very sweet and the stamps are beautiful to use.

I hope you like it!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Leanne xx

I will be entering this in to the Rubber Dance colour challenge - cream, yellow and pink:-

Sunday, 3 September 2017

New Challenge at Penny Black and More - Get Ready For Christmas!

Good morning!

Here I am with an inspirational piece for our new challenge starting today over at Penny Black and More "Get Ready for Christmas".

I have used distress inks for my background and the Penny Black stamp set 30-260 On The Town and Penny Black 3024F is the sentiment stamp.

I have popped a glow shadow on the walking couple so that it looks like the light is reflecting on them from the street lamps.

Do come and join us over at Penny Black and More - there are prizes to be won!! - but please do remember that the main focal point of your design must be a hand stamped image NO DIGITAL IMAGES.

Have fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Friday, 1 September 2017

I've Been Published in Craft Stamper!!!!

Good morning!!

As Craft Stamper magazine goes on public sale today I thought I'd share a sneaky peek of my artwork that is appearing in it this month.  This is in the Abundance of Nature section of the magazine.  I'll share a full photograph of it next month with you.

I can however share a full shot of my artwork that appeared in Craft Stamper magazine in July (the August issue) in the Deckchairs by the Sea section.

I had real fun playing with Powertex and sand!!!

If you saw it in the magazine, hope you liked it and if you didn't, I'm pleased that you have had the opportunity to take a look at my work on here.

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy your copy of Craft Stamper magazine this month!

Leanne xxx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Mockingbird Hill for Sheena Douglass.................

Good morning!

Today I'm sharing a card that I made for Sheena Douglass's recent Mockingbird Hill collection show.

I was so thrilled to see my card on the television for the first time and shown too!!!!

This one is made from the "Our House" set which is a stamp (a huuuuuge stamp) and very large matching die.

I have coloured the house with Aqua Markers used as water colours (diluted on my glass mat) and the back ground was done using distress ink for the hills and the trees have been stamped with several colours of Aqua Markers direct to stamp.

A few painted on sprigs of grass and a smokey chimney and I was done!

I thought this had an old farmhouse feel to it (well, that was what I was trying to achieve anyway!!!).

Thanks for stopping by today,

I love to read your comments, it's nice to know what others think of your work and makes it all worthwhile!

Leanne xx

Friday, 25 August 2017

Five Christmas cards for August!!!!

Good morning!

Here I am with my offering of my five Christmas cards for August!

I've taken some photo's of them in pairs and closer for you:

This a layering technique that I saw on the television a few weeks ago and thought it was really nice especially when you use a tree stamp as it can make one tree stamp turn in to a complete forest!!

On to a distress ink background I started to stamp my first trees ( I think this is a Clarity Stamp tree) in a very pale colour, I almost couldn't see them on the paper.  I then went on with a slightly darker blue, a third darker blue and then one in a bold colour which I covered in clear embossing powder too so that it stood out from all the rest.

Added some snowflakes and the sentiments.

Didn't take that long to produce these and I loved it as it was so inky!!!

So, new years resolution - month 8 mission complete!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xx

Monday, 21 August 2017

A Little Wish...............

Good morning!! Well this is rather jolly don't you think!!!

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new set of stamps from Polkadoodles and I got in to a right inky finger mess making this one!!!!

This card started as a piece of watercolour card stock which I used Spectrum Noir Vintage Hues sparkle pens to blend the background with.  I then took the colour back out of the flowers just using water and coloured the images in more vibrantly with the same set of sparkle pens.

I have used some acrylic paint on a roller to go around the edges and finished off by highlighting here and there with a white pen.

Mat and layered on black and a white layer that I coloured in using the same colour sparkle pen as I had used on this design.

Very messy on the fingers but great fun!
Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xx

Friday, 18 August 2017

Good Friends Are Hard To Find, Harder To Leave And Impossible To Forget......mid month reminder at Penny Black and More.........

Hi there!  It's mid month reminder day over at Penny Black and more for our challenge this month which is "All Creatures Great and Small".

Here is my piece of inspiration, I have used Penny Black 30-419 Happy Wishes for the sentiment, 30-261 Natures Friends and 40-356 Woodland Wonder (the trees and bushes at the edges).

I was pleased with this one as it looks so peaceful - I want to be there!!!!  

The trees and bushes at the sides I have double stamped and just slightly off set with two different colours to give them depth and movement.

Hope you like all the lovely little creatures both great and small......

Come along and join us at Penny Black and more challenges
there are prizes to be had for the winner!!!!!!

Please remember that the main focal image of your design must be a hand stamped image, no digi images please.

Thanks for stopping by, good luck!
Leanne xx

Monday, 14 August 2017

Remember the past, Live for today, Dream of tomorrow........

Hi there, well, this one's a bit striking don't you think?!!!!!  I love it!!!!!

OK, where on earth did I start with this one, oh yes, with an old dictionary page, a very old dictionary page - rather tatty and fusty!!!!

The first thing that I did was to blend some Spectrum Noir sparkle pens down the page (I've used the vintage hues set here) so I went from a rustic red, through an olive green down to a biscuit colour and dried it with a heat tool.

I then stamped Buddha in black versafine and clear embossed over the top.

Having stamped the image again on a masking sheet and cut around it, I covered Buddha with the masking piece.

I then stamped lots of falling leaves around the head and stamped the sentiment at the bottom in versafine ink.  A stencil has been used with some gesso for the white leaves that you see behind Buddha.

Removed the masking sheet from the face and darkened the edges with fired brick distress oxide ink. The edges of the page were already torn and tatty so I wasn't worried about making this worse when I darkened the edges with my blending tool - it just added to the effect!!!

Attached to a black mat.

I thought that the image popped rather well and although I wanted to "lose" a lot of the dictionary page around the main image, it has remained well on the face.

Hope you like this one, a bit different!
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Friday, 11 August 2017

A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy FOREVER.....

Morning folks!!!

I've done this card for inspiration on the Sheena's Ink-ettes Facebook page (a group page for everything Sheena Douglass) for this months challenge of "birds".

The background is a distress oxide one which was followed by some of Sheena's stencils, some hand doodling and if you look more closely some stencilling with feathers (from my cockatoo - Daisy) - DON'T PANIC, SHE WASN'T HARMED TO PRODUCE THIS CARD!!!!  I simply collect the larger feathers from the bottom of her cage when I clean her, disinfect them and away I go - free feathers!!!!

Lots of Sheena's stamps on here and the leaves at the front are one of her stencils which I have inked and cut around.

I finished off with a couple of Daisy's feathers that I spritzed with ink and attached for a more "bird like" feel.

The Hibiscus flowers have been finished off with a clear overlay sparkle pen which is pretty near impossible to pick up on camera but I've had a go for you 

Mat and layered on deep plum, white and black card stock.

If you would like to join the Sheena's Ink-ettes Facebook page, just click the request to join and we'll let you in and you can catch up with all things Sheena!!!

Oh, and say hi to Daisy!!!


Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxxxxx

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

"Queen Bee"......

Good morning!

I've had a play for the new challenge over at Cards in Envy - their new challenge is insects or bugs so here I am with bees!!!!

I have used a selection of the stamps in the Craft Consortium Tell The Bees set and a honeycomb pattern stencil which I have used gesso through. The queen bee has been stamped, cut out and stuck back on to give her a tiny bit of depth along with her friend to her right.

You will also notice slight hints of a crackle stamp in the background (Chocolate Baroque) and I finished a few of the honeycombs off with a slight touch of Imagination Crafts starlights.

This was quite fun to make and notice how I have moved some of the bee stamps to try and make it look like the wings are moving and fluttering so fast like little bees wings do!

Do go over and join them at Cards in Envy, remember that the card that you produce must be flat enough to fit in an envy envelope.

Hope you like this card,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Sunday, 6 August 2017

New Challenge at Penny Black and More - All Creatures Great and Small........

Good morning!

It's a new challenge over at Penny Black and More today and the new theme is " All Creatures Great and Small".  Do go over and check it out, there are prizes to be had too!!!

My design for this challenge has been made using the Penny Black 40-312 Sunny Pair, the sentiment is the 30-419 Happy Wishes set, the beautiful butterfly is the 40-099 Soft Wings and the floral background border is 40-100 Fanciful.

I started with a piece of Sheena Stamping Card and painted it with black gesso.  I then popped a layer of weathered wood on there (letting each layer dry completely in between).  When this was dry I painted on two lovely shades of purple and very light blue chalk paint and watched it crack before my eyes!!!!  Sealed then with Decoart Matte Medium. This formed my background and I was ready to start!

I stamped the Sunny Pair first with black versafine and topped it with clear embossing powder to set it. I've painted in the lovely sunflowers with some acrylics. The floral border was then stamped at the edges, just lightly so that you could see that it is there but subtly in the background.

The butterfly was stamped on to sheet music and stiffened by backing it onto very thick black card stock - I glued the sheet music to the black card with Americana Decoupage glue. Cut out the butterfly and painted it lightly with the same chalk paints but this time diluted down a touch.

The sentiment of Happy Happy Wishes was stamped with the Versafine ink and set with clear embossing powder.

Mat and layered on to a lovely periwinkle that I found, white and black.

I enjoyed making this one and I just love the quality of the stamps!!

I hope that you will join us at Penny Black and More this month and good luck!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Friday, 4 August 2017

Imagine & Believe......... and some amazing news!!!!

Good morning!!!

A quick share with you this morning, this was a bit of fun that I was having using my inks.

A complete mix of stamps on here but I achieved what I was aiming for  - GHOSTS!!!!!

I wanted the whole piece to centre around the ghost ship so the pirate had to look like he was a ghost and the skulls had to look spooky too!!!

Lots of loose ink on this one, a great make for masculine card, plenty to look at and let your imagination run wild!!!

I also have some amazing news to share with you - I have been invited to join the Sheena Douglass Design Team!!!!!!! Imagine the pace my heart was going at when I received an email asking for a conference call to be arranged!  - and then the hour wait for the call!!!!! It was a long hour I can tell you!!!!

This will be so exciting and I'm sure it will keep me very busy.  I am looking forward to my new challenge very much and hoping that you will all share the new journey with me.

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Hello there! - Guest Designer for Rubber Dance Stamps!!!!

Good morning to you! Hope you're having a good week?

I was chosen as the DT's pick last month over at Rubber Dance Challenges and was very kindly asked by Susanne to be their Guest Designer for the start of their new colour challenge today which is  a photo inspiration and colour challenge of green, rust and magenta.

Please join us at Rubber Dance challenges for your chance to win some fantastic Rubber Dance stamps! - I did it, and I won - so you can too!!!!!

OK, this is the piece of artwork that I came up with for my Guest Designer spot.  I had great fun with this one and the quality of the rubber stamps is superb.

I have used the "Hello There" stamp set and I have used the giraffe head three times (in line with the photo inspiration of the challenge), I have placed them at the same height and placing as the three closed water lilies on the photograph.

I stamped the giraffe head in black onyx versafine and then covered them in drawing gum to protect them while I made my usual inky mess!!!!

The basis of the background is distress stains (rusty hinge and peeled paint) which I have diluted on to my glass mat and swiped the card through.  

I have then used a combination of Rubber Dance stamps from the Antique Botanicals set behind the giraffes.  These were stamped in coffee and fern green Archival inks, versafine imperial purple and have been coloured in using distress inks and a white pen.

I have also used a stencil with distress oxide (wilted violet) on there too.

Three flowers from the Antique Botanicals were stamped and cut out, coloured in and placed at the front to give me some depth.

 A bit of doodling with a fine black pen and matt and layered on white and deep plum card stock - I have smudged some wilted violet distress ink on to the white layer.

I hope that you like what I've produced for Rubber Dance - I adore their stamp range and often join in with their challenges - why don't you give it a go - you could win yourself some Rubber Dance stamps and produce lovely pieces of artwork too!!!!

Good luck!!!

I would like to express my thanks for the entire Rubber Dance team for choosing me as their pick last month, to Susanne and Bibi partularly for being so helpful.

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Saturday, 29 July 2017

young MIND, wild HEART, free SOUL...........

Good morning!! Hope you've got off to a good start this weekend?

I had a play with my Visible Image stamps this week and my new John Lockwood media plates so I'm sharing my make with you today.

Working straight on to Sheena Stamping card I stamped the central oval using my oval media plate which I had inked up with broken china and faded jeans distress oxide inks.

I then stamped the ballerina from the Visible Image Born To Perform set in to the centre of the oval in cornflower blue archival ink with a touch of broken china distress oxide down the side.

Having got my main focal image sorted, I covered the oval with a piece of masking sheet and dusted the background with ordinary broken china distress ink but only dusted half way down the page so that the bottom half was a tad lighter than the top. When I was happy with this I just brushed more ink outwards off of the oval to darken the edges a little bit.

With the mask still in place, I have stamped the large feather from the Visible Image angels are near set and the small feather and birds from the Visible Image free your imagination set.  

I removed the mask and stamped the sentiment straight over the top, this is the Visible Image free soul stamp.

Darkened the edges with distress ink and mat and layered in white and black and I have just touched the white mat with a little bit of the distress ink.

Hope you like this one,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

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

Friday, 28 July 2017

Five Christmas Cards for July!

Good morning to you!

Well, here I am as promised with my offering of five Christmas cards for July.

In line with my new years resolution - I am producing five Christmas cards a month!

This time I've chosen this lovely stamp from Crafty Individuals (Winter Wonderland).

I have taken some photographs in pairs so that you can see that each one is a little different in colour and design:-

I have stamped the main image first and then covered it with a piece of masking sheet and then gone to town with distress oxides around the edges - each one having used slightly different colours.

These were coloured in using diluted distress inks and I have added fluffy stuff to a couple of them too.

Matt and layered using matching colours to the artwork and some mirri card on three of them.

There, month 7, mission complete!!!! (I'm building up a nice stash of Christmas cards now!!).

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

You can't make a rainbow without a little rain..........

Good morning!

Had a bit of fun with a new stamp that I've bought from Inkylicious called Banksy-Nola.

This was great fun to make as you all know my love for inks! The card wasn't the only thing that looked like a rainbow after this one I can tell you - you should have seen my fingers!!!!

Started off with a distress ink background and I made a few runs in that and allowed to dry naturally.

I then got the rainbow going with distress inks and added the sunshine (well, there wouldn't be a rainbow without a little rain or sunshine!).

Nola was stamped in versafine black and clear embossed.

The hills were put on with a stencil and I added the Inkylicious trees and old fence.

I then put the front hill in being careful as I wanted it to look like the rain was flowing over that hill in front of her - I think I got this result rather well, I was happy with that and added a couple of grasses at her feet.

Some Designs by Ryn raindrops were stamped around her.

Mat and layered in white and blue.

Happy with that!

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

Monday, 24 July 2017

Especially For You.........

Good morning!

Well, as you can see, I went for lovely pale pinks and a wonderful main stamp from Bee Crafty here. I have made this more feminine by adding some fine lace;

So here is my start;

and here is how I envisaged the lace being put through the stamped image - I have cut out where I wanted the lace to be.

Here I have added some musical notes to tie in with the lady playing the violin.

I attached just a simple doily to the back (I had blended some pink ink over it).

Bring it all together and this is what we've got! Two butterflies have been 3'd and that lace makes for a lovely feminine lady.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne x