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Friday, 29 December 2017

Sheena Douglass Sketchy Stamp Samples for Hochanda TV.

Good morning folks!!!

Well, I do hope that you've had a lovely Christmas and the new year will soon be upon us.

Well, it has become very clear to me that with the rate of production for the TV shows over the past few months, I have been unable to keep up with the blogging of my creations (having far too much fun and creating far too many projects!!!!).  So I have come to the conclusion that instead of trying to share individual makes with you, I shall, through 2018, when I have been busy working for TV schedules, be sharing whole collections with you! Now there's a treat for you and it will make it a bit easier for me!!!!  Of course, when I have made individual projects for myself, they will be shared in the usual way in-between my collections. My production has far outweighed my blogging!!!! Oh dear!!!!

So, today I am sharing my makes from Sheena's new sketchy stamps that were filmed a few weeks back.  Now these were an absolute dream to work with, extremely forgiving as being "sketchy", the very nature of the word means that you can produce whatever you like with that sketchy feel very very easily!  All of these creations were produced using the new Spectrum Aqua colourtint pencils which are water soluble pencils and lend themselves beautifully to these projects.  Of course, any water soluble pencils that you have will work equally as well but I particularly liked the stunning colours that were in these pencil sets.

By drawing directly on to your rubber stamp and spritzing with water you can even stamp with them! - This I have done with the lovely owl and then I worked to enhance his features further.

Lets take a look -


The beautiful poppy has been enhanced with a touch of white acrylic paint.
What a stunner of a stamp!

Beautiful foxgloves, all together as they naturally grow.

Being close to Remembrance Sunday at the time this one just had to be done!

A simple daisy rotated.

Mr fox coming through!

Mr Hare peeking through the cabbages (other Sheena vegetable stamps).

Hows that on black card using the colourtint pencils!

and finally Mr Hare stamped with the pencils and colour washed in.

I was delighted to have a play with this set, (hence so many samples I think!).

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today.

While I have the opportunity, may I wish all my loyal followers, a very Happy New Year, it's been a fantastic year for me and my crafting journey so let's see where 2018 takes us!

Happy New Year my friends!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxxx

Sunday, 24 December 2017

All is Calm, All is Bright - Merry Christmas my friends!

Good morning!

From my family here at home to you, my crafting family all over the world.

May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and happy new year!

My very best wishes for all of your crafting journeys in 2018.

Leanne xxxxx

Thursday, 21 December 2017

My Soul Is In The Sky..............

Good morning!

I'm sharing a creation that I made for inspiration for the Sheena's Inkettes challenge this month of "all creatures great and small".

I have used my favourite stamp - the Eagle - from the Call of the Wild set and the foliage and twigs are stamps from the very recent set of fairy stamps by Donna Ratcliffe. I have also die cut some of the feathers from the Call of the Wild set too.

I started this one by using my Vintage Hues sparkle pens to create that big swirl of a background and dried it with my heat tool.  Then the eagle went on and I have lifted a little bit of colour back out of him.  I then added a couple of different tones to the feathers and added colour to the beak and eye area and finished with a touch of white pen to enhance.  When I was happy with the eagle, I added the foliage and lifted colour from those leaves too. Added the sentiment with gold embossing powder and mat and layered up popping some feathers between the mats.

Great fun and very messy fingers as always!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxxxx

Monday, 18 December 2017

Mid month reminder at Penny Black and More for our theme "Clean and Simple" ....

Good morning!

Well, here we are, it's nearly Christmas and it's our mid month reminder over at Penny Black and More challenges for our theme this month of "Clean and Simple".

Here I have a clean and simple offering for you using Penny Black stamps 30-419 Happy Wishes, 30-417 Delicate Silhouettes, 30-068 Trims and 40-546 Dancing Daisies.

Again, this is not my usual style (I like to fill a page with ink and paint!!!!) but admit to enjoying this challenge very much!

Stamped with aqua markers and blended out with some distress inks on the backgrounds.

You've got until the end of the month to come over and join us at Penny Black and More:

Don't forget there are prizes to be won!!!

Happy Christmas to all our followers at Penny Black and More challenges and indeed to all of my loyal followers here on my blog!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Monday, 11 December 2017

Baby It's Cold Outside..........brrrrrr

Morning folks! Hope you are keeping warm?

Well thought I'd pop a post on today and it just had to be something icy didn't it? So here is a card that I recently made for my daughters Christmas fair (I've called it The Ice Queen).  Completed in distress inks using the brilliant face it stamp set and the face mask and stencil set from Visible Image.

We've had quite a dumping of snow here and it's frozen overnight so I'm staying put today until it's all gone!!!! Living out here in the middle of the countryside is perfect in the Spring and Summer but the winter brings it's challenges - particularly when it's half a mile to the road from the house!

The boys are loving it!

Keep warm my friends and stay safe on those roads....

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxxxx

Monday, 4 December 2017

Published piece for the October 2017 Craft Stamper Magazine .....

Good morning!

A short post today to share my artwork that was published in the October 2017 edition of Craft Stamper for their Ready, Set, Stamp article with the theme - An Abundance of Nature.

With the light coming through those trees and all the little animals and insects, I was happy that I had captured the abundance of nature!

Hope you saw it in the magazine and if you didn't, hope you like what you see now!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx

Sunday, 3 December 2017

It's a new challenge at Penny Black and More - "Clean and Simple"!

Good morning folks!

It's the first Sunday of December so it's a new challenge over at Penny Black and More and this month the new theme is "Clean and Simple"!

Now, this is a challenge for me as you all know, I'm an inky, painty kinda girl!!!! So keeping it clean and keeping it simple is a challenge in itself!!!!

For this inspirational piece of art work I've used Penny Black stamps 40-099 Wings and 30-419 Happy Wishes.

Keeping it as simple as I could, I embossed the butterfly with white embossing powder first on to watercolour card stock and then literally splashed some ink around and blew some of it with a straw to spread it around leaving lots of white space.

I do hope that you will come over and visit us at Penny Black and More, there are prizes to be had and it's a wonderful theme, especially for Christmas cards as you can leave lots of white space as the snow!!!

Check out the fabulous inspiration from the design team too.

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Friday, 1 December 2017

Two samples for Sheena Douglass.............

Morning folks!

I'm sharing today, the first of some of the samples that I did using some of Sheena Douglass stamps that can also be used on fabrics. These stamps have been used on the messenger bags and rucksacks that were shown on Hochanda last month and I shall be sharing the fabric panels for a rucksack, painted by myself with these stamps shortly with you.

These samples are "extras" if you like to show you that the stamps can not only be used on fabric, but in the usual way on our canvases and card stocks too.

The first one is a beautiful bright butterfly set against that muted background.  The beautiful rose stamp and buds have been used on this background.  The large butterfly has also been covered in glossy accents.

The second one is a much more toned down card! In pale shades using the sixties flowers and butterflies from these sets.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

My last two Call of the Wild samples for Sheena Douglass.....

Good morning!!

I've got the last of my Call of the Wild samples for your today that I made for Sheena Douglass last month.

What fun I've had playing with the new stamps and dies in this collection.

The first one is a monochrome card in lovely blacks and greys - gives such a powerful impression of the wolf don't you think? and the second one is a much warmer toned card using Sheena's new sparkle pens and Illustrator markers from Crafters Companion.

I do hope that you've enjoyed seeing my samples from this collection over the past few weeks - they were a real joy to use.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Monday, 27 November 2017

That's it!!!! Five Christmas cards for November and my New Years Resolution is complete!!!!!

Good morning!!

Well, I'm thrilled to bits to be able to share these five Christmas cards for November with you and completing my New Years Resolution this year!!!  Five Christmas cards a month makes that 55 cards made - I'm very happy with that!!! (Don't make the five in December as I'm obviously busy writing and sending them then!!!).

These for this month are not that dissimilar to last month in that they are the same angel image from Visible Image.  I have totally changed the colour scheme (last months were pink) and I love the cool blue and icy feeling that these ones give off.

So that's me done for 2017, bring on January 2018 and I'll try and give it another go throughout next year!!

Month 11 and New Years Resolution 2017


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you've enjoyed watching me throughout the year building my 2017 Christmas collection.

Leanne xxx

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.