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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Just Swan-dering How You're Doing? - and some exciting news, I'm joining the Penny Black and More Design Team!!!!!

Good morning!!!

Well, here I am sharing with you my first make with Penny Black stamps.

It's a new challenge over at Penny Black and More this month and that new challenge is "For The Boys".

There are some lovely prizes to be won this month and we are sponsored by Penny Black, Marianne Designs and Stamp Addicts.

Here I have used the beautiful swan stamp from the Animal Wisdom set (30-352) and the Sprigs set (30-284).

The swans were stamped first and then masked with drawing gum.  I then got the clouds going with some gesso and dried that with the heat tool.

The sky was brushed on with a Clarity Stamp brush and distress ink and the sea went on with an Inkylicious brush and then spritzed it to drag over for the water marks.

Popped the sun on with a mask, added the sentiment (also from the Animal Wisdom set) and then rubbed away the masking fluid.

Some shading was added to the swans with distress ink and their beaks were coloured in with an aqua marker.

Finally, I stamped some silhouetted sprigs to form bushes at the front and some draping down from above.

A lovely card for a boy or a man to ask how they are doing!

Mat and layered in white and black.

Do pop over and see us at the Penny Black and More challenge and remember, hand stamped focal images please - NO DIGI STAMPS.


I would like to add my thanks to the entire Penny Black and More design team for their wonderful welcoming comments, to Brenda for having the faith in me to join the team and to all my loyal followers for continuing to support me as you do - it makes it all worthwhile! xx

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx


  1. I will start by welcoming you to the team Leanne, I am so pleased you agreed to join us.

    You really have brought the Swans to life gracefully swimming towards the rising sun and your whole scene framed with the trailing vines.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    B x

  2. Congratulations on your new DT post, I know you'll do them proud. This card is so beautiful Leanne, I can almost feel the serenity. Wishing you a happy day. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  3. Welcome to the team again, so happy you have joined us!
    Loving your card, what a beautiful scene you created!

  4. Congratulations on your new DT post Leanne, I'm sure your be an asset to the team.
    This is a lovely card with a great quote.
    Hugs, Avril xx

  5. Hi Leanne,
    welcome again to the team, i am happy too! Really pretty card.
    X Daniela

  6. welcome to the team, leanne! such a beautiful and serene card topped off with a funny sentiment; i've not seen this stamp set before.

  7. Striking beautiful card, just like the swans at our lake.
    You are so welcomed to the team;-))m

  8. Beautiful work. Welcome to the team again and hope you are enjoying your break. Lynn x