Monday, 16 January 2017

Memories are our own Time Machine............

Good morning!

I have made this card for a friends birthday next month - had a good play with another of Sheena Douglass' Time Traveller stamp collection.  Forgot to take photo's for this one so I'll explain how I got there.

Started off with a piece of watercolour paper and used Aqua Tints to lay down the background colour.  Stamped the Time Machine but wasn't happy with how much ink I got down on to the paper (it's harder to lay down the ink from the stamp on to watercolour paper, often because of texture and fibres in the paper).  So I knew I had to enhance the stamped image myself (which is great fun).  I have used a combination of Inktense watercolour pencils and Spectrum illustrator markers on the Time Machine.  I couldn't make my mind up if I wanted it travelling over water or clouds so I went for a water look but to me it could still be clouds!!!!?

Finished with a nice big stencil - a big whirl as it travels in time!

Mat and layered.

I think he'll like that!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xx

Friday, 13 January 2017

Take time for all things.........

Good morning!

Thanks for popping in.  I have been having a play with a new Sheena Douglass stamp from her Time Traveller collection.  A whopper of a stamp but stamps beautifully.  I've done a step by step on this one so shall we take a crafty journey today? - Come with me.....

I started with a watercolour block pad (love a professional pad where the edges of the paper are sealed - the paper can't move no matter how much water to throw at it!).  I pencilled in a 7 x 7 square - this just gives me a loose idea of where I am with my design.

OK, I got out my Aqua Tints this time, three colours and using plenty of water, blended them as I went down the page and allowed this to dry naturally so that I didn't lose any of the colour tones.

I then stamped my man using a rocker block (it's such a big stamp, I find a rocker block helps).  I then lifted some colour back off of his face with water.

So, using the same Aqua Tint colours as the background, I enhanced his features slightly, and his hair and brought in a little chalk paint to highlight his face.

I have now added some background detail with an Andy Skinner stencil and used the chalk paints to enhance a  leaf Clarity Stamp stencil. (If you are wondering what on earth is going on in the bottom right hand corner - this is simply where I've used the wet chalk paints on the watercolour paper as a palette but to avoid putting my arm in the wet paint, I simply cut it away! What you can see is a scrap piece of paper to stop me marking the rest of the watercolour pad beneath this one!).

There we go - finished with a Sheena Douglass die cut of a pocket watch and chain.

Mat and layered.

I wanted to bring his face right out of the page and I think I achieved this - pleased with this one!

I would like to enter this in to the Stamping Sensations challenge "Coffee and cream":-

Thanks for stopping by.

Leanne xx

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Let it snow.......

Good morning!!

Well, I don't think it hurts any of us to go a little bit out of our comfort zone occasionally and try something different that is not our "normal thing" and this was most certainly not my normal thing!!!!!

We know that I love ink, paints, stamping and splatter and this couldn't be further from it!!!

I saw this challenge over at Time Out Challenges with their theme of "Winter with a twist of white on white".  I could have just passed it by but something stayed in my mind and got me thinking about this one, perhaps because it's so far from what I normally do? I enjoy a challenge and I very much enjoy what I do so I thought, you know what, let's do it!  

Well, my usual stamping wasn't going to happen as I just couldn't think of how I could show anything up with the twist of white on white so I opted for die cutting.  You will see from the blog that die cutting does come in to my crafting but usually as an embellishment of some sort or another but this one had to be completely die cutting for me to stand a chance of seeing it on the camera!

So, a pretty straight forward line up really, I started by tearing two pieces of white card stock to layer right at the back to give a bit of depth. I then hand embossed some wavy lines to add a feature to the bottom of the card.  I tucked in the beautiful Christmas Tree (Tattered Lace) between the two layers.  I then cut the three lovely deer and snow flakes (all Sue Wilson Dies). So, once I had the dies all cut I knew I had to stamp the sentiment (the only form of colour that the challenge would allow) so that I knew where to build up from.  I then set about layering everything up with glue and 3D glue gel for dimension.

I added some glue here and there and covered with white glitter dust.

Matted and layered on three white mats.

What a pretty card, hey, that's a Christmas card done for next Christmas already - a great start!!!!

I would like to enter this in to the Time Out Challenges "Winter with a twist of white on white":-

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A Christmas Thank you.......

Good morning!!

Well, it's a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges today and our new theme is 
"Winter or Spring". Please remember that the main focal point of your artwork MUST BE A STAMPED IMAGE AND NOT A DIGITAL ONE.

I'm sending out my Christmas thank you's at the moment so I'm sharing this one with you today.  I took some photo's along the way so shall we take our usual journey?

Let me introduce you to "Angel" - another outstanding rubber stamp by Pollyanna Pickering. Here I have started with my usual piece of Sheena stamping card and stamped the image with Archival ink and masked over with masking fluid.

Ok, I have soaked the paper with water and added some black india drawing ink to form the sky and added some hills in the background. I then rubbed away the masking fluid.

Here I have stamped some tree tops (Inkylicious) in black and then restamped over the top with some white embossing powder.  I have painted in angel using Spectrum Aqua markers diluted as paints and I have added some white modelling paste to the branches.

What a beauty! I added some Diamond Ice crystals with some glue to all the branches for snow and printed my sentiment on to vellum.

Mat and layered.

Really pleased with this one, perfect for a wintry thank you.

Don't forget to have a go at our new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges "Winter or Spring" REMEMBER we must see the focal point of your project as rubber stamping - we love to see how creative you all are!

I would like to enter this in to the following challenges:-

Moving Along With The Times Challenge - "Something in the air":-

Artistic Stamper - Anything goes

Cards in Envy - Snow birds

Country View Challenges - Anything goes

That's Crafty - Anything Goes:-

Craft Stamper - Anything Goes:-

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Friday, 6 January 2017

Sometimes in the winds of change.................

Good morning!

Well, this card has been made from the heart really.  Tomorrow I shall close one of my businesses (a very large local pet shop) due to Pets At Home having moved in to the town last March where from it has been removing my customers ever since!  Not too much of a drama as I've obtained planning permission for a change of use so what was a lovely independent pet shop with full animal licence - it will now be flats! - Thats the local council for you!!!  So, after 30 years of trading in our family and although it is sad, I think I'm ready to let the hard work go now and take the rental income instead and so this card was made while I thought to the future really.  

I must admit, while my mind was a bit elsewhere, I did forget to take the photo's as I went along but I'll talk you through it as always.

I think you can see from this artwork (or at least I can) that my mind has been unsettled for a while as I had to make some rather large decisions.  The air is stormy, the colours quite dark and the sentiment was perfect.

I started with my usual piece of Sheena Stamping card which had been sprayed with some bister spray inks and left to dry.  I then turned the card until I could see how I could get my stamped images on there and looking right.  So I then stamped the man and the tree (both Clarity Stamp) in black Momento ink.  I grounded them both using a piece of torn paper and some sponged distress ink.  Using the same torn paper and distress ink I added the hill in the distance.  The clouds have been done by just smoothing over some gesso gently and then enhancing with a soft charcoal pencil.  The grasses at the front are from Inkylicious and I just had to ensure that they were leaning over in the same direction as the wind was blowing!  

The final touches are a few spots of water, just dripped from my fingertips and the colour removed with a piece of kitchen towel and the shadow put in with the charcoal pencil from the mans legs with some white pen to highlight around him and the tree.

A sad time for me and my staff at Pettifers Pet Shop in Rushden, Northants.  (I do have other businesses) - this was a much loved shop but too smaller fish to compete against the larger chain.  At least with the rental income from the completed flats, I won't have to get out of bed to earn the same income. - Do you sense bitterness? - yes, do you sense sadness? - yes, do we pick ourselves back up, brush ourselves down and carry on and make the best of what we have got - YES WE DO!!!!

"Sometimes in the winds of change - we do find our true direction",

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Are my family telling me something??!!!!...

Good morning!

A short extra post this week as I thought I'd share a couple of my Christmas presents from my husband and my children with you.  Oh no, it's not lovely new stamps, no, it's not beautiful stencils or paints or inks or card, it's a box of rubber gloves and a desktop Henry hoover!!!!!!!!!!!😂

Are they trying to tell me something????!!!!!!

OK, yes, my hands and fingers are usually different colours most days of the week and never a normal skin colour.  Yes, my desk is usually covered in embossing powder that you cannot see but can feel on all your card stock or rubbings from rubbing off masking fluid- so I guess I give them 10 out of 10 for trying to tidy me up?!!!

I must confess, they did treat me to some Powertex (SO I'M GOING TO GET SUPER MESSY!!!), stencils and stamps from Clarity Stamp and stencils from Sheena Douglass and 120 polychromo colouring pencils so I am really grateful for some super crafty goodies.......just have to try and find room to put them in the craft room now!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by, see you on Friday as usual.....
Leanne xx

Monday, 2 January 2017

A hook at one end, an optimist at the other.......

Good morning and Happy New Year to you!!!!

Well, as promised on Friday, here is the second of two pieces of artwork that were produced from pieces of card stock that had been used to clean off my brayer! The other piece is here on the blog post for last Friday.

OK, so we are now concentrating on the green and yellow brayer clean up card at the top here.

Once I've got my card and finished the artwork that I've been doing, I turn to the piece of card that I've used to clean off my brayer.   I love to turn it around and around and try and see what i can see in the ink - this is where you do need a bit of imagination but believe me, it's a challenge and it's great fun - especially as you carry on working with it.

So my journey with this piece found me starting with the image of water - I could see height on the right and perhaps water on the left - do you see it? It's really quite strange how one person sees one thing and someone sees something quite different!  I've tried this with my family and we all see totally different things!!!

OK, so I tore a piece of paper and sponged some black distress ink on to the right hand corner and I had a riverbank in my view.   From here, my mind did the rest!

This was so simple! I had to make that riverbank look more like one (and I think Ive done this using some Inkylicious stamps here) and with a moon, the water horizon line just enhanced a little bit and a man in his rowing boat - it just emerged off of the page!

Such a simple technique out of a piece of waste card - again, bouncing off of the back of another piece of artwork that I had done and just the cleaning off of my brayer!

Hope you've perhaps seen something new here  and if not, I really hope that you enjoy letting your eyes and your mind see what can come from a piece of brayered card stock!

A reminder of what we started with over the last two posts here on the blog. - I think it's amazing!

Ok - on a different note - 

Have you got a new years resolution?  I'm sticking with the same one that I had last year - so come on followers, we can do this, it's not hard and it gives you an excuse to get in that craft room and think of something festive and jolly once a month - FIVE CHRISTMAS CARDS A MONTH!!  I CHALLENGE YOU - I'll do it and once a month, I'll blog my five cards!  There a promise!!! So look out for my efforts appearing on here throughout 2017!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your new year celebrations. I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2017.

Leanne xxx