Monday, 23 October 2017

A card for the Sheena's Inkettes challenge last month......


Good morning to you!

Today is a scheduled post as I am on holiday down in my beloved Cornwall.

This is a card that I made to support Alison for last month's Sheena's Inkettes Facebook challenge of bright backgrounds and silhouettes.

Just HAD TO use my favourite Sheena stencil of all time (It's a Dogs Life) because of my own two beautiful Golden Retrievers.  So, I made this in to a sort of Cornwall scene if you will.  The beautiful sunset with my boys playing by the water as they do!

The sky has been created using Sheena's new sparkle pens (they really are fantastic colours) and I have cut the vegetation believe it or not from the vegetables and herbs from Sheena's die collections!!!!! - Where there's a will and all that!!!

All the rest of the stamps are also Sheena's.

Hope you like this one - I love it (but that's because it's got "my boys" on it of course!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Oooh.... are you scared............?


Good morning!

Here I am with the second of my Halloween makes for you - this time, again using the new Visible Image stencil "Skull Shadow" accompanied by all Visible Image stamps.

Now, this one I was very pleased with as I wanted to give a relief to the skull without the use of texture paste and I think I nailed it!!!!  This image is completely flat to the touch apart from the texture sand that is dotted around the edges.

OK, how did I get there?  Again, this is using the gelli plate.  Firstly I rolled some ink on to the plate with my brayer, then laid the stencil on the top.  I wiped away most of the ink that was laying around the exposed bits on the gelli plate (this of course, left the ink underneath the stencil only).  So, I lifted the stencil off and could just about see the outline of the skull so placed down my card stock and rubbed the back and lifted - with me so far?  I then dotted the sand texture paste around the card stock and allowed to thoroughly dry.  So, at this point it was looking rather messy but I hung in there and carried on!!!  So, black gesso was then painted all around the background of the skull and over the sand texture paste and again, allowed to dry.  Some gilding wax was rubbed to show the relief and some white gesso was painted in to the eye socket and nose which importantly gave that skull more depth.

Added some Visible Image stamps and the sentiment "Immortal".

There, hope I haven't frightened you off!!!!!

Great use of the gelli plate when wanting texture and depth.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Leanne xxx

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

and on the Ink Art Designs Facebook page:-




Friday, 20 October 2017

The last of my samples for Sheena Douglass and her new sparkle pens and sketchy stamps.....



Good morning!

Here are the last two samples that I made for Sheena's launch of her new sketchy stamps and sparkle pens on Hochanda a couple of weeks or so ago.

The first one I have used her new sparkle pens and have blended those down to make that lovely sky and the second one I have used the sparkle pens and diluted them slightly to paint in the scene with them. I particularly like the second one as it's an all on one layer card.

Hope you've liked seeing this collection over the past three weeks.  Over the next month, on Fridays, I shall share with you my makes for the new Stacey Barras circus stamps from Crafters Companion - you'll like those, nice and bright and cheerful!!!

In between the Fridays, I shall be posting lots of other makes that I have done so that you can try and keep up with me!!!!! - It's quite a journey at the moment and it's at quite a pace too!!!! Do keep up!!!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Mid month reminder for Close to Nature at Penny Black and More challenges.......



Good morning!!!

Well here I am with your mid month reminder for our current challenge of Close to Nature over at Penny Black and More challenges.

Here I have used the following Penny Black stamps and stencil:-

30-419 "happy wishes" - having used just the word "friends"
25-019 "leaf frolic" stencil
30-068 "trims" - leaf flourishes and bally flowers
30-417 "delicate silhouettes" - black and white flowers
40-137 "brick wall"
40-099 "soft wings"

For the background I have used distress ink and I have coloured the butterfly with diluted aqua markers, finishing off the butterfly with glossy accents (seen on the second photograph).

Don't forget that there are prizes to be won so pop on over to Penny Black and More challenges - there's still plenty of time to enter this months challenge;


Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx


Monday, 16 October 2017

Visible Image playtime! .....


Morning!!

This is a make that I've done between art calls using the Visible Image Jellyfish set (Dare To Swim).

Had lots of fun with this one using lots of inks!!!!  I have doubled stamped the jellyfish "tails" to give you the feeling of movement through the water.

Lots of masking was involved with this one, note the extra white bubbles that have been stamped on and the white fish in the top left hand corner.  I particularly like the netting stamps and all of the weeds on this one that I've used too.

A busy card with lots going on!

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Trying out the new Visible Image Stencils..........


Morning folks!

Well, Halloween is fast approaching so that means that I will be posting a couple of "spooky" makes leading up to it!

I had great fun experimenting with two of the new Visible Image stencils (Fibres and Skull Shadow) on this one accompanied by Visible Image stamps.

I have achieved the effect of the bone on the skull using my gelli plate and have ghosted in part of the face of the skull (that isn't on the stencil) to form a "full head".

It was quite hard to get the effect of the light lighting up the eye socket on the photo but I think I've got enough here for you!  I have painted the eye socket with Pebeo iridescent gold paint to give me that beautiful shine.

The back layer of moths is the waste from cutting out the stamped moth and using that waste as a stencil.

There, a glimmer of light in the skull!

Happy with this one and great fun!

Hope you like it too, it's amazing the different effects you can achieve with your gelli plate.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

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

and on the Ink Art Designs Facebook page:-


Friday, 13 October 2017

Two samples for Hochanda with Sheena's new sparkle pens and sketchy stamps.........



Good morning!!

Today I'm sharing two more samples that I made for Sheena Douglass for her recent Hochanda shows  launching her new sparkle pens and sketchy stamps.

Lots of ink has been thrown at these two!  The first one I tried to give the perspective of peering through in to the scene and double stamped the sprigs around the outside of the "hole", added the beautiful butterfly to add depth to the art work.

The second one is using the same butterfly as in the first piece but having left one of them completely uncoloured.  

Hope you like these, thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Rubber Dance colour challenge entry..........


Good morning folks!

I've created this card for the current Rubber Dance colour challenge of blue, burnt sienna and grey.

Having used all Rubber Dance stamps I started with the hand anatomy stamp, reversed it with a media plate and covered both hands with masking fluid.

I used my gelli plate for the background and then stamped on the flowers and foliage. Coloured in with a mixure of aqua markers and illustrator markers.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment and mounted that and stamped and cut the butterflies and coloured those in too.

I wanted this to look as though the hands were letting go of the beautiful butterflies (I guess they could also be reaching out to the butterflies and flowers too!).

Hope you like what I've done with this challenge colour choice,





Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

I shall enter this in to the current Rubber Dance colour challenge:-

and in to the Ink Art Designs Facebook October Challenge:-




Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Katie's birthday cards...........



Good morning!

I'm sharing a couple of personal makes this morning - the two cards that I made for my daughter Katie's 17th birthday mid August.

Katie was a very lucky girl and received her first car for her birthday and yes, from the first card there, you guessed it, it was a little black mini with black wheels!!!!

The second make is the card that I made for her sister to give to her.

Both full of colour - the way that Katie's likes it!!!

She seemed very pleased with them anyway and two lovely cards to keep I think.

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xxx

Monday, 9 October 2017

Positive Mind...........


Good morning folks!

Well, I need to take a spoonful of my own medicine with this one I think - I've just been over ran with being so very busy over the last week or two that I think I need to keep my own mind in that "positive mind, positive vibes and positive life" status!!!!!

This was a quick make that I did between art calls and thinking positive as I always try to do, I came up with this design! Wouldn't it be nice to be laying on that hammock in the garden with nothing to do but read that book!!! Pitty the weather is turning now leaving the Summer behind us and bringing on the Autumn which in itself, brings us the beautiful colours that no other season can compare with.

Some Rubber Dance stamps have been used here along with Stamp Addicts and some Sue Wilson ivy dies.

Love a bright background and a silhouette!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Leanne xxx


Friday, 6 October 2017

Hochanda samples for Sheena Douglass....



Good morning!

I'm sharing a further two samples that I made for Sheena's launch of her new sparkle pens and sketchy stamps recently on Hochanda.

I loved working with these colours and the stamps are a joy to work with too (The new sparkle pen colours have been chosen particularly by Sheena as her favourites to work with - that's why she put her name on the box!!!).

I'll share the rest with you on Fridays over the next couple of weeks.

Have a lovely weekend,

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Have a Wonderful Day.....


Good morning!

I'm sharing a card today that I made for a friend of my daughters - (he's a farmer!).

I have used lots of Sheena Douglass stamps on this one.

A lovely "washy" sky and distress ink lower half, colouring in the scarecrow in detail with diluted distress inks and leaving some of the flowers pretty much uncoloured to bring them right to the forefront.

Be sure to pop back on Friday and I'll be sharing some of my Sheena Douglass design team samples with you....

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

It's "Close to Nature" at Penny Black and More Challenges.......


Good morning!

Here is my inspiration for you as we go into October with our new challenge at Penny Black and More which is "Close to Nature".

Don't forget we have prizes to be won!!

Here I have used the following Penny Black stamps:-

30-284 "sprigs"
30-417 "delicate silhouettes" - "With Love"
40-544 "poetic" - leaf
40-137 "brick wall"
30-419 "happy wishes" - sentiment at the bottom.

I used diluted distress inks and distress oxides for the leaf.

Nothing gets us back to nature more than the leaves falling and the beautiful colours that surround us as Autumn arrives.

Do come over and join us for this months challenge of Back to Nature:-


Good Luck everyone!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx


Friday, 29 September 2017

Sketchy Stamps for Sheena Douglass on Hochanda......



Good morning!

I'm sharing the first of four posts that you will see over the next few weeks that are my samples that were made for Sheena's shows on Hochanda with her new sketchy stamps.

These have been coloured with Sheena's new sparkle pens which were also launched on these shows.

I think that they are beautiful stamps and the brightness of the sparkle pens in so intense.

Hope you like these two and look out for more coming soon!!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Five Christmas cards for September!!!




Good morning!!!

Here I am as promised every month with my five Christmas cards for this month!!! - Oh it's all going so well!!!

 I've popped them in three photo's so that you can see that each one is slightly different to the next one.

So, I have used the lovely Poinsettia by Woodware for these cards and the Seasons Greetings sentiment is also from that same set.  The Wishing you A Magical Christmas is from Stamps by Chloe.

I have stamped each flower with a perfect medium ink pad and heat embossed with white powder. I also used the same technique for all the sentiments.

These took me a little longer than usual for batch making as they have been painted in with lovely bright Brusho's and finished off in the centres with aqua markers applied undiluted.  The backgrounds have been done by masking off each flower first with masking fluid (this took a while!) and then mixing a couple of Distress Oxides and adding some filler stamps and stencils.  A tiny touch of white pen and I was done!

There you go! Month nine - mission complete - I'm nearly there with my news years resolution!!!

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



Monday, 25 September 2017

Happy Anniversary Husband!


Good morning!

I'm sharing the card that I made for my husband James for our 23rd wedding anniversary which was on the 10th of this month.

With a distress ink background I faux bleached out the sun/moon and some clouds and added the hills with some torn paper.

The stamp is a marvellous one from Stamp Addicts and I've added some die cuts of foliage (Ivy - Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions) and I've stamped some extra toadstools.

I thought that this was exactly where James would like to be, asleep in a place with such a view!!!

Well, he liked it and that made it all worthwhile!!!

Hope you like it too!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xxx

Friday, 22 September 2017

Final Lot Christmas Cards for Donna Ratcliff on Hochanda.......



Good morning!!

Here are the last of the Christmas cards that I made for the launch of Donna Ratcliffs Christmas cards  for Hochanda.

The first one I adore, I just love the "grungyness" of this one - it turned out so vintage looking and was perfect with the stag.

The second one was using the little cottage stamp set so I put it inside a bauble and added snowtex and glitter (not seen very well on this photo I'm afraid).

These stamps were a sell out on the shows so obviously other people like them as much as I do!!!

Hope you've enjoyed seeing what I did with them.

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx

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