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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

A look in to my horticultural side........


Hi there,

Well, thought that as this is my personal blog, I should start to share some personal things about myself as well as my creative and crafting life!

So, let me introduce you to "Eric" my Monstera (swiss cheese plant/tree!).  He lives in my orangery here at home and stands at almost 8 feet tall.  The second photograph shows you that he has reached maturity and is about to flower (there are actually two flowers forming, the other one is just to the left of that big one but much smaller at the moment). It is very rare to have a swiss cheese plant flower indoors so he is very much enjoying life.  The flowers do bare fruit which takes about 12-14 months to ripen and tastes a little bit like a pineapple crossed with a banana ......not sure that I'll be eating it!!!!! Look at all those aerial roots that he is putting out, when these grow down to the pot, I poke them back in to the pot to suck up further nutrients from the soil.

As well as an orchid collector, I am also a collector of African Violets too (named varieties) so here are a couple of my very young plants flowering for the first time - here we have "Ian Fun" and "The Shining Bell" - both are small plants but are a delight to have around the house.  You will notice the plastic pot underneath that top photograph, this is because I use a wicking system for watering my AV's so that is the reservoir pot!

Hope you enjoyed a little trip down personal alley today, I think it's nice to share my other interests as I have sooooo many!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

A masculine make .....


Hi there!

Hope you are all keeping well. 

I'm sharing a creation that I made this week for an elderly gentleman.  I found a lovely tutorial on the Lavinia facebook page and although quite a simple make, I thought "that's perfect!" so I had a go!  I've used my Daniel Smith watercolours to paint the background in and the lovely Lavinia stamp Pheasant on a Fence.  The grasses are also a recent stamp released by Lavinia too called Orchard Grass. The world is full of beauty are words by Lavinia and the happy birthday is an old stamp from my stash. I darkened the edges with distress oxide black ink. A simple make but such a striking image, that's all it needs!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxxxx

Monday, 19 April 2021

Fearless Tiger for Visable Image......


Hi there!

Today I'm sharing a sample that I've made using my Visible Image Fearless Tiger stamp set.

I wanted the tiger to be coming out at you from that backgound so I started with an ink sprayed background (one that I had created some time ago - I tend to have a background making session every once in a while!). I then stamped the Fearless Tiger with my Wow embossing pad and added clear embossing powder and then heated it.

The next step was to highlight that tiger and to do this I used a white Polychromo pencil with a touch of a grey and black pencil too. The tigers eyes were coloured using teal and blue Polychromo pencils.  I added a touch of the pink Polychromo to the mouth. There are also some light touches with a white pen too.

To the background I added some Izink white pigment ink to the Strobes stencil and finished around the edge using one of the stamps from the Grunge Tones set with Chipped Sapphire distress ink and black Versafine Clair.

A great effect, just take your time and the tiger comes out at you!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Mid month reminder for We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge - Springtime.....



I'm here with my mid month reminder for the We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge and this months theme is "Springtime".

Well, it wouldn't be Spring without snowdrops would it!

So here I've used Chocolate Baroques stamp sets Spring is in the Air and Essence of Nature

The background I have produced with my Distress Inks, Polychromo pencils and some white paint and the snowdrops themselves I used the Polychromos again with some white paint.

I had a particular friend in mind when I made this card so it soon went off in to the post and was very gratefully received - well, a Springtime card is best received in the Spring after all!!!! 

Please do come and join us over at We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxxx

Sunday, 4 April 2021

New theme at We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge - Springtime.....


Hi there!

Here I am with the sample that I've made for the new theme over at We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge which for this month is "Springtime".

For this card, I used Chocolate Baroque stamp sets Essence of Nature and Just Butterflies

The background was created using Stormy Sky and Peeled Paint Distress Inks and the grasses at the bottom (which are actually the top of one of the trees from this set) are stamped in Versafine Claire Green Oasis.

I popped a few Nuvo Drops in white on the tree for a little bit of blossom.

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We look forward to seeing your entries!

Thanks for stopping by,



Thursday, 18 March 2021

Mid month reminder for We Love Chocolate Baroque "I Love......."


Hi folks!

Here is my mid month reminder for the We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge for our theme this month which is "I Love.......".

This time, I'm showing you that I love nature, flowers and the tones of blue and brown together.

As with my sample at the beginning of the month, I have again used Chocolate Baroque's Glorious stamp set.

The background of this creation started with blue and brown brushos ( well, that's another love of mine isn't it - anything inky, painty or what I can get myself in to a mess with!!!!). After thoroughly drying off that background I stamped the beautiful flower and coloured it in using my Sentimentally Yours brush pens. Highlighted with a white pen and splattered with white and blue splashes.  Mounted it up using co-ordinating coloured cardstock.

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If I had to actually list what I love in my crafty world I think I'd be here for hours, the list would include, rubber stamping, inks, messy backgrounds, anything at all to do with nature and flowers, animals, pyrography, sewing and of course my love of Daniel Smith watercolour paints that I use in my paintings - you see? I've only just touched the surface!!!!!

See you on the first Sunday of April for a new theme!

Thanks for stopping by,



Sunday, 7 March 2021

New theme at We Love Chocolate Baroque "I Love......."


Hi there,

Well, March is here AND SPRING IS ON IT'S WAY YAY!!!!!!!!

It's a new theme over at We Love Chocolate Baroque and this month's new theme is "I Love...." so for this theme I've chosen two things that I particularly love, pyrography (or wood burning) and nature.

Here I have created a sample using a bamboo coaster and I've used Chocolate Baroque's Glorious set.

The sentiment comes in the same set too.

Firstly I stamped out the image and then I have used my pyrography tools to burn over those images and the sentiment.  Finishing it off by shading it in with my alcohol pens and a white posca pen.  I have popped a hard floor varnish over the top to give it some protection too.

Please do come over and join us at 

We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge

and share what it is that you love in your crafting world.

Thanks for stopping by