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":-

Monday, 17 April 2017

May all your dreams come true.........

Good morning!

This card has been created for the current Chocolate Baroque colour swatch challenge - it was a beautiful colour choice this time.

I've taken some photo's for this one so lets take a journey and see how I got there.....

Oooh lots of lovely inkiness!  It was a mixture of distress inks and adirondak on here.  Blended them together and then stamped some flower images on there just with water (not easy to see I admit) and then also splattered some water on there too and lifted off the colour.

OK, here comes the stamping! So I've used the Chocolate Baroque flowers and coloured them in using my Polychromo pencils.  I must say, this took a while but it was sooooo relaxing.  I then highlighted some areas with the white polychromo pencil.

So on the final card you can see that I have added further flowers, again coloured those in and highlighted with the white pencil and added a background stamp and the word "Art". On the actual card I have stamped the sentiment also from Chocolate Baroque.

I enjoyed making this one purely down to the quietness of just sitting down, colouring in and drifting off to that place where we all go when our minds switch off a bit - have you ever been there - it's really nice!

I would like to enter this in to the Chocolate Baroque colour swatch challenge:-

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

Friday, 14 April 2017

The world is full of beauty.....Fantasy and flowers at Cards in Envy.......

Good morning!

I was really pleased how this artwork photographed! Just how it looks here in front of me at home - bright and beautiful!

I produced this piece for my entry in to one of my absolute favourite challenges - Cards in Envy and their current challenge "Fantasy and Flowers".  

Lets talk you through exactly how I got there.....

I started with a new favourite card stock Bockingford hot pressed card.  The background was first and that was produced with Pebeo Deco Creme paints starting with the lovely pink at the top and blending down with the lavender and then the mine grey.  I then painted on the moon simply with some gesso. I knew that the background had to be kept quite plain due to the drama that I wanted to stamp on to it!

All the stamps used here are from Lavinia Stamps (Queen of fantasy stamping in my view) and the flowers are from Visible Image.

The fairy was first to be stamped on there in order for me to see where the rest of the artwork was going.  I have used versafine black onyx to give me that crisp black image.

I then stamped the lovely trees and some of the flowers directly on to that background but also stamped some of them on to a separate piece of card stock, cut around them and coloured them with alcohol pens.  I added the little inquisitive mice and some dragonflies to add to the feel of everything.

Having coloured in the flowers on the background I then stuck the brightly coloured ones over the top to give depth to where she is walking.

I finally stamped the sentiment (again, Lavinia Stamps) and mat and layered.

How nice to be walking through the flowers with what seems to be, not a care in the world....

I would like to enter this in to the Cards in Envy challenge "Fantasy and Flowers" :-

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

New Challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.......

Good morning!

Well, it's a new challenge today over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and the new challenge is my choice this time which is from one of my favourite films - The Sound Of Music.  You have the choice to follow the first verse from the theme song:-

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things 

Or you can just go with "my favourite things"! - perfect!

I have gone with the choice of Raindrops on Roses!

I have used my favourite rose stamp - the everyday rose by Sheena Douglass. First by stamping the rose and masking with masking fluid and then stencilling all around it with different stencils and distress ink.

I used a mixture of Spectrum Aqua markers and diluted Distress Inks to colour my rose and it's leaves.

The magic had to come when I put those raindrops on the rose!  I have used Glossy Accents for most of the raindrops, there is also some glitter on some of them and I have ringed round a couple with a white pen to highlight. I also added a couple of rather large raindrops on to that background again with the Glossy Accents.

Here is a view taken from the side to see that texture that the droplets have on the petals.

Hope you can join in with this very happy and pleasant theme this month - PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE MAIN FOCAL POINT OF YOUR ARTWORK MUST BE SEEN TO BE RUBBER STAMPING.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the challenge!

Leanne xx

Friday, 7 April 2017

Close Your Eyes.............Make a Wish.

Good morning!

It's another Visible Image card today - I've been having a good play recently with the new February release stamps (I had a nice pile of them for my birthday!).

This background started life as a distress ink background but then I added some pixie powders to give it a shimmer around the edge and spritzed with water.  Knowing I needed to keep that central area "open", I stencilled with some distress ink around the edge and sponged some Imagination Crafts Starlights gold on there too.

Then the face went on, I chose the closed eyes from the Face It set by Visible Image because I knew the sentiment that I wanted to use from the Own It Visible Image set.  I stamped with black Archival ink for both the face and the sentiments.  I lined the eye lids with the gold Starlights and then added some circles of Glossy Accents that when dry, I dotted more of the Starlights on to. To finish off and get everything in balance I stamped some falling leaves on the forehead with the same distress ink - these are from the Create It Visible Image stamp set.

A dusting of distress ink around the outer edge, mat and layered.

This would make a great card for a female of any age.

Hope you like todays creation and thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx