Friday, 28 April 2017


Good morning!

Another card made for a family member today - this time my niece Lili.  Lili dances in many competitions so this card is just perfect!

OK, we start our journey today at this point.  I have used my gelli plate to give me the lovely flash of brightness on the background here.  The brayer comes in to it's own with the gelli plate and results can be stunning.  So, I've used raisin Adirondack ink here with Adirondack lemonade on the gelli plate with Sheena stamping card.  Then it was Visible Image stamps once again that took over - one of their new sets that I was bought for my birthday in February (Perform).  So I've continued to stamp in the same Adirondack Raisin ink that I've used on that background.  I stamped the image of the ballerina, then a stamp which I have to admit is my all time favourite stamp - the girls face from Tim Holtz classic favorites by Stampers Anonymous.  Then I added a couple of Visible Image flowers to keep it pretty.

Then I got going on that tutu! I started with some glue and glitter, then added some black glass beads - it just got bigger and bigger!!!!! Some silver glass beads went on there too!

The sentiments are from the same Visible Image stamp set.

Some white highlighting on the ballerina, some sparkle overlay pen on the flowers and I was done.

Mat and layered.

I am quite satisfied that my niece will like this one.

Hope you do too! Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Bright Copper Kettles and Warm Woollen Mittens for Fashionable Stamping Challenges.......

Good morning!

Busy busy busy here making inspirational pieces for our current theme over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges of "The Sound of Music" or "Your Favourite Things".

This first piece was great fun, although at first it doesn't look like it's a very busy card, it's when you see the stamped out die cuts on that background that you see the work that has gone in to this one.

I started here by sponging on some orange and yellow distress inks and splattering some water off of my fingers on there and dabbing off to remove some colour (like dribbles or spillages typically from cups, kettles and teapots!).  I didn't have a cup or teapot stamp so my brain had to get thinking here.  I did have two dies by Tonic though, one a cup and one a teapot so I cut those out of funky foam, attached to an acrylic block and stamped away in the orange colour!!! If you then look closely, you will see that those little shrink plastic tea cups are the same stamped image on to shrink plastic, cut out and heated to make them much smaller.

The Kettles were stamped direct on to the card and on to clear acetate (so that I could reverse two of them).  I coloured the kettles in Indigoblu luscious powder to give me that perfect copper colour and shine.

The sentiment has been die cut from a Sue Wilson alphabet and placed to look like the words are pouring from the kettles.

How is that for improvising!

This time it's a simple tag with the only mittens stamps I own (which came on a sheet free with a magazine).

This was simply done using a distress ink background and stamping the mittens.  I drew cords on the mittens as I always used to put my daughters mittens on elastic that I threaded through their coat so that they didn't lose them - do you remember those days??!!!
Some white embossed snowflakes and a sentiment of warm wishes.
I added some nice lace and ribbon for a tassel to the tag - perfect for Christmas.

Now you can have a go too and join us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges for our current theme of "The Sound of Music" or "My favourite Things"!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you've enjoyed your visit,
Leanne xx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Five Christmas cards for April............

Good morning!

Well, as promised here are my five Christmas cards made in April for my new years resolution of five Christmas cards a month for 2017!

These are a little different but hey, that's me right? I like to be a little different in what I do and bring you.

OK, as usual, they are a batch make all similar but not identical so I've taken some photo's to break them up a bit for you.

All of the cards have been made in a similar way so I'll talk you through this one, the others have been done similarly using slightly different colours etc.

I started off with Sheena Stamping card and I have had some fun using spray inks on the background.  I have stamped my Santa on each card and the lovely wording from "Twas the night before Christmas".  Some cards were stamped and embossed with Merry Christmas as well.

Now, I had to make Father Christmas the magical man that he is so I have used some Indigoblu super thick slap it on on his beards and have pressed in some super chunky glitter all around the beards and his hairline - that looks better!!!!!

The mat behind has been silver embossed with snow flakes on some and simply stamped with blue on others.

This card had some die cuts added, others have been finished with different pens to outline.

A bit of a break from the "traditional" style of Christmas card but I like to be different!

There, month four, mission complete!

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xx

Monday, 24 April 2017

Dance like no one's watching.............

Good morning!

Well, this one is a bit different for me in both it's colour scheme and the mediums used!

I had fun with this one as I made it for the Cards in Envy current challenge of "Pretty Pastels".  Not always an easy challenge but it's great when you get it right!!!

OK, I took one photo along the way (sorry, I get so engrossed with what I'm doing I usually forget to take the photo's and indeed, lose the phone under all the chaos on the table!!!!).

So, this piece of artwork started out as a piece of Sheena Stamping card and a piece of lace.  I then pushed some Pan Pastels through the lace to try and pick up the pattern.  Not an easy technique and not a very clean one either!!!  Didn't know if this was going to work but hey presto - I got a pretty cool result!  I knew that it would be a really soft effect with the Pan Pastels but I was convinced that the pretty pastel colours and the actual pastels themselves would work ok. I had to seal this at that point with some Pebeo Fixatif spray and allowed to quickly dry.

Right, so having got the background where I wanted it I brought in this brilliant stamp by De Stempelwinkel.  I have used perfect medium to stamp the image out with and then using an extremely light brush, dusted some of the Pan Pastels over the stamped image to make the pastels stick to it varying the colours as I went.  

The rest of the stamps used are from the Born To Perform stamp set by Visible Image and I have done exactly the same, stamped with perfect medium and dusted with the Pan Pastels.  I then sprayed the Pebeo Fixitif spray to seal the whole piece.

Mat and layered in two matching pastel colours.

That's pretty and it's in pastels - both in colour and medium!!!

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

Cards in Envy - Pretty Pastels:-

Craft Stamper - Anything Goes:-

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today and I've inspired you to have a experiment with Pan Pastels.

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Brown Paper Packages tied with Strings and Whiskers on Kittens for Fashionable Stamping Challenges.....

 Good morning!

Here I am with two inspirational pieces for our current theme over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges of "The Sound of Music" or "Your Favourite Things".

This first piece came to mind very quickly as I am a lover of brown paper at Christmastime, especially with nice bright red ribbon and perhaps a few fir cones on the top and some berries. So brown paper packages just shouted Christmas to me!  I've stamped some lovely spruce branches (Stamps by Chloe) in green and then overlaid those with some further spruce branches which have been embossed in white. The brown parcels were stamped (these were a freebee from a magazine) and then I tied the little string bows and attached all the strings to the parcels.  These parcels were simply painted in with diluted distress ink.  The background has been done using the new Tim Holtz distress oxide inks. The sentiment is also from Stamps by Chloe.

That's another Christmas card done and perfect for our theme this month!

Isn't this little puss adorable?  Here we are with my piece for "Whiskers on kittens" and you could join in with any kitten or cat stamp that you have at home or even just your favourite stamp!

I firstly stamped my kitten (which is an old wooden mounted stamp and the maker has actually rubbed off of the wooden block so I'm unsure of it's maker).

This background started off with brushos and I softened the edges with some distress ink.

I found the lovely little kitten toys on one of Sheena Douglass's stamp sets and they went perfectly with this little kitten stamp. I painted those in with diluted distress inks.

Finally I just popped a ledge in to make it look like the kitten was resting on something and poking the toy over the top.

This sentiment WHICH I LOVE is another from the Sheena Douglass stamp set.

Hope this has given you some inspiration for our current theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenges, remember, if you haven't got a stamp to match the theme exactly, it's wide open for you to use a favourite stamp or to stamp something that's your favourite thing!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Friday, 21 April 2017

Life Looks Beautiful On You.............

Good morning!

This morning I'm sharing a make that I have very recently done for the Rubber Dance challenge of black and white plus one other colour.

I have to confess that I don't have any Rubber Dance stamps so I'm joining in with a variety of stamps and keeping to the colour theme.

OK, this piece started life as a plain white piece of Sheena stamping card and I stamped the eyes first (Visible Image).  I sort of have an idea of where I'm going when I start a project but very often just go with the flow and see where my mind takes me and that's exactly what happened with this piece!  

I then covered the eyes and the eyebrows with some Pebeo drawing gum so that they stayed white no matter what I decided to do!

I sprayed some Mix Media Ink Spray in black (Imagination Crafts) around the edges of the face and allowed to dry off.

The branches around this piece of artwork were to make those eyes look like they were peeping through them and these are branches from two half tree stamps by Lavinia Stamps. I have also added some nice cracking effects from the Create It stamp set at Visible Image - there are also some falling leaves down the nose that are also from that same set at Visible Image.  

This idea came about because here in the UK the trees are bursting now with all their leaves and waking up for the summertime.

The nose needed some definition and this was simply done using black soot distress ink on a smoothie and swept down until I was happy with the result.

The lips are also Visible Image and the leaves that are scattered around and in some cases cut out and 3D'd on there are from the green man stamp set at Lavinia Stamps.

All the drawing gum was rubbed off to reveal nice white eyes and the sentiment was applied (Stampin Up).  

The only thing left to do was to add the one colour that I was allowed and that was to the eyes which is a lovely piercing deep blue which was a Spectrum Aqua marker.

Mat and layered in black and white.

I was pleased with this one, never that easy to keep to two colours and give it depth.

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

Rubber Dance "Black and White plus one other colour":-

Craft Stamper "Anything Goes":-

I hope you enjoyed your visit today,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Good morning!

Well, how's this for a bit of drama!  I thought I'd make a piece of artwork for the current Artistic Stamper challenge of "backgrounds".  I knew that I needed the card to focus on the background but needed to add a touch of something to tie it all together so this is what I came up with! This got my mind thinking of woodlands and the little people that make it their home so this piece was all about the woodland and it's contents really.

I have taken some photo's along the way so lets take our journey and see how I got there:-

Right, I started off with a piece of Sheena Stamping card and chose three colours of Brushos and spritzed them on that background.  I then laid down the circle mask (this is of course to be where I have done the picture of the stag) and then the woodland trees stencil over the top (both Clarity Stamp) secured with stencil tape to form a hinge for me.  I have then started to bring in some distress ink from the right hand side.

With the distress ink now finished I removed the stencils but I could still see the Brushos through that ink so I decided to emboss in black to make those trees a complete silhouette.

OK, so here you can see my change of plan, I relaid the stencil back on top of the trees and pressed some perfect medium (a sticky ink pad) through the stencil, removed the stencil and then covered with black embossing powder and heated.  The coverage wasn't great but I liked the effect that I got and it was exactly what I was looking for.  I have also began to work on the picture that went along with the woodland in my mind.  The stamps are all Clarity Stamp and I have used a small moon mask on there too.  I have highlighted the pinkness in the sky with some Rosy Cheeks Artistry Ink.

Here I have emphasised the circle further with some black soot distress ink. Added the sentiment "Magical" (also Clarity Stamp) because that's what I think that woodland animals are.

Mat and layered black and white.

I thought that this was a rather dramatic background - but that's what it was supposed to be! I was really pleased with this.

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne xx

I would like to enter this in to the Artistic Stamper challenge "Backgrounds":-

Craft Stamper Challenge "Anything Goes":-