Wednesday, 28 June 2017

By moonlight bright, On a secret night..............


Good morning!

I have been having so much fun just recently jumping from one style of stamp maker to another - and I love them all!!!!  It's nice to try different styles don't you think?

Here is my offering for the June Lavinia Stamps challenge of "A Hidden Fairy".

I had to get my head around this one as masking was involved and I needed it in a certain order!

Firstly I stamped the little fairy acorn house in black archival and I knew that I was going to stick a further image of it straight over the top so I then stamped the two fairy wings on top of it and then masked the fairy wings

The next step was to stamp the trees four times in total across the page in watering can archival. Then it was The Green Man / woodland king that was stamped on and just his eyes were masked over.

The background was then put on with diluted Spectrum Aqua Markers (I've been having lots of fun with these pens lately, they are so versatile, they really are). The moon was added and shaded in a bit with some hickory smoke distress ink and the flowers and grasses stamped down at the front with the sentiment.

Masking fluid was all rubbed away.

The fairy wings were shaded in with the hickory smoke distress ink, the woodland kings eyes were shaded in too.

Finally I stamped the acorn house on a separate piece of Sheena stamping card, shaded it in with the same aqua markers that had been used across this project, cut it out and attached it to the card, now leaving those wings looking like they are tucked in behind it.

Mat and layered in white and burgundy card stock.



There, I wanted this to be a woodland scene with The Green Man overlooking the goings on, incharge of his woodland.

Oh, nearly forgot, I added the little mouse stamp too!!!  He looks curious doesn't he? - What's that fairy doing hidden behind the acorn house? - Perhaps she's just simply doing that...hiding!?

Hope you like what you've seen today,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne x

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

Lavinia Stamps Facebook challenge - " A Hidden Fairy":-

The Artistic Stamper - "Winged Things":-








Monday, 26 June 2017

A Love of the Sea...........


Good morning!

Well, I'm off on my hollybobs very soon and if this doesn't put me in the mood, nothing will!!!!!

I've had another play with the free stamps that came with Creative Stamping magazine AND I LOVED IT!!!!

This card started with me stamping the lighthouse island, unusually for me I masked it off using a post it note.  I worked on the sky next by stamping the clouds with gesso and allowing it to dry.  Have you guessed what I did the clouds with yet?????????  Shall I show you?????


Yes! The large heart from this Leonie Pujol stamp set!!!!

When the gesso was dry I could paint over the top of them with some diluted distress inks and then I added some fluffy stuff around the tops - can you see, they are the tops of the hearts!!!!

The sun was added using a mask and the yellow went on with a makeup sponge.

The waves were stamped in front of the light house, the sea painted in and then the waves highlighted with a white pen.

The rock on the right doesn't exist!  That's me with a piece of torn paper and a smoothie and some distress ink! - but it gave my lovely seagull somewhere to rest didn't it?

The boat was stamped and if you look closely I have added some hearts down the side of the boat too (these were from another Leonie Pujol stamp set).


The heart shaped rope is another stamp in this free set which has been shaded in with distress ink and cut out.  

The blue mat was stamped with lots of lovely hearts and The Love of the Sea stamped with my Clarity alphabet - this did come out a bit wonky but I liked it so I stuck with it!!! - The sea is a wonky place you know!!!!

Finally I stamped the sentiment of Let Your Dreams Set Sail.

Black mats in-between.

There, Cornwall here I come! Can you sense my love of the sea? I tell you, it's not as big as my two Goldren Retrievers' love of the sea!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne x

I would like to enter this in to the Country View Challenge of "Hearts":-

Craft Stamper June Take It Make It Challenge:-












Saturday, 24 June 2017

Learn from the past, Live for the good times, Hope for the future.................with Visible Image.


Good morning!

I've been trying to have a play with my new Visible Image stamps a little bit each week and this week I've concentrated on the open door stamp from the Ahead of our Time set.

The background here has been produced with the use of distress inks with a splash or two of Creative Expressions Pixie Powders.

I then stamped the bowler hat man in the centre with versafine black onyx and two images of the unwinding clock.

Now, with all the dreadful goings on here in the UK over recent weeks and months I thought I would work with a little bit of hope on this make.  I stamped "past" and "future" from the Ahead of our Time set and "Good Times" in the middle from the Visible Image No Regrets set.

Three opening doors were then stamped individually on to some white card stock and I produced three panels to fit inside the doors which I coloured with distress inks.  I used the birds from the Ahead of our Time set and stamped on each panel "Learn", "Live" and "Hope" from the Visible Image Time after Time set.  The panels were then glued on to the doors and the doors glued on to the card above the relevant sentiment.

My intention all along was to produce a card to reflect on recent tragedies here in the uk -



We "learn" from the past, we "live" for the good times and we all "hope" and pray for the future and for all the families that have been so dreadfully effected.

I hope that you like this piece of artwork,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

I shall share this make on the Visible Image Facebook page and enter this piece in to the Stamps and Stencils current challenge of "Words With Meaning":-
http://stampsandstencils.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/words-with-meaning.html


Friday, 23 June 2017

"Pack Up Your Troubles"...........(in your old kit bag and smile, smile smile!)........


Good morning!

Here is the other make that I made for Father's Day (you'll find the card from myself to my husband James on Wednesdays post) - this time it's the card that I made for my children to give to Dad last Sunday (Father's Day).

Now, James is super keen on militaria and the history of WWI and WWII and he loved this card!

I have made this card from the stamps in the Creative Expressions set "Pack Up Your Troubles".

I started off with a distress ink background and have added a Chocolate Baroque crackle effect stamp all over it - had to stamp it a few times to cover the area as the card is larger than the stamp!

I then stamped the soldier, then all the medals,  the plane was next and is a second generation stamp to put it nicely in to the background.  The sentiment was stamped on and finally "Blighty" twice, nice and pale on that background too.

Mat and layered in black and white.

James was quite impressed with this one and was more intrigued as to how I'd got hold of such brilliant stamps! - They are out there and available from Creative Expressions!


Hope you like this one and thank you for stopping by today,
Leanne xx










Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Happy Father's Day Husband...........


Good morning!

I'm sharing a make with you today that I made for my husband James for last Sunday (Father's Day).

James has a love of old American trucks (but he was quick to point out that this is a right hand drive truck????😕!!!!!). - I never noticed when I was working with it???!!!!!

Although this looks layered, this card is indeed a one layer card (all on one piece of card stock and mat and layered at the end of the make).

I started by stamping the lovely truck (Darkroom Door) and I have coloured that in with diluted distress inks. When I was happy with this middle section and it was completely dry, I masked it off with a masking sheet and then worked on the background with distress oxides.

This card is a perfect example for you to see the transparency of distress inks compared to the opaqueness of distress oxides, you can really nicely see the difference between the two - ( and how nicely they work together on a project).

I removed the masking sheet from the truck section and stamped my sentiment and "Husband" on there.


Mat and layered in black and white.

James loved it (even though he did notice it was a right hand drive truck!!!!).

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






Monday, 19 June 2017

You only live Once, make it Count............



Good morning!

Well this one is certainly looking at you isn't it!!!!!

This card started life as a square of black card (unusual for me).  Of course, I only have one eye on the Vision Inkognito stamp set so I went about reversing it with the use of my brayer so that I got two eyes!  The eye was reversed using perfect medium and the usual stamp stamped with the perfect medium too and then clear embossed.  I then stamped all the little cogs all over the black card in perfect medium as well and clear embossed those too.

I then used some Distress Oxides to put that lovely smokey background on.

If you look closely I have also stamped very finely with the cracked stamp that is also in that Visible Image stamp set (Time After Time set).  

Some gold gilding wax was gently rubbed over those embossed cogs to make them shine.

I stamped the sentiment on to a further piece of black card and embossed that in white and edged with the gold gilding wax and attached to the card at this stage.

The small clock face was stamped and gold embossed on top of this sentiment panel and then some of the small cogs that had been stamped out and embossed in gold and cut out were applied to the card too.

The eyes were highlighted with a white pen and then the large clock was stamped with the two wings (in the same stamp set), cut out and attached using a double layer of black foam tape to give it good dimension.

Mat and layered using white, gold and black card stock.




Happy with that! - You should see the state of my hands, - black, gold gilding wax and covered in glue - nothing strange there then!!!!!

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today,
Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne x

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

Try It On Tuesday - Steampunk/Mechanical:-






Saturday, 17 June 2017

From The Past..........To The Future with Visible Image........


Good morning!

I'm sharing a make that I had great fun with using the new Ahead Of Our Time stamp set at Visible Image.

I have taken some photo's along the way for you to see how it came together gradually.


The masked image of the black hat man. (At this stage I had coloured the other side of the card stock with distress oxides - hence the nice big splodge at the top! - I wasn't worried about this as I knew it wouldn't be there when I had finished!


Distress inks added and the inner part of the black hat man now stamped up and shaded.


Nothing like ripping up your artwork!!!!


Tumbling figures stamped and set with clear embossing powder.  I then fussy cut them out.


Mat and layered in black and white and all elements attached.

Hope you've enjoyed your visit today and that I've inspired you with further ideas of how you can use your Visible Image Stamps!

Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx