Monday, 22 May 2017

Creative People Colour Outside The Lines...............


Good morning!

This is the first opportunity I've had on the blog to properly show you the new distress oxide ink pads AND THEY ARE AMAZING!!!!!  Must admit, pushed the boat out and bought the whole 12 pad set and have had loads of inky fun!

The key to working with the oxide pads is to use water, the oxide effect only comes out with the use of water.  The other major factor with these ink pads is that they layer on top of each other WITHOUT BLENDING so you can layer with one colour, you must dry that layer before adding the next but when you do, it just sits on top of the previous colour so unlike the usual distress inks, they do not form "mud" when layered on top of each other.  So remember, stamp on to your craft mat, spray with water, swoosh your card in to the ink, begin to dry with your heat tool and spray again with water as you do.  When dry, repeat the process with a different colour! See it all transform in front of your eyes, it's brilliant for us inky messy crafters!!!! You can also use them to stamp with brilliantly.

Here I have had a play with the distress oxide ink pads.  The background has had several colours used and then I even stamped a lace pattern with the oxide ink too.

The main focal image is from the Beautiful You stamp set from Stampin Up and the sentiment has been stamped from a Visible Image set and cut up and placed around the artwork.

I think you can see that I had such fun making a mess / I mean getting nice and inky with this one!!!!

Hope you have enjoyed your visit today,

Thanks for stopping by,

Leanne xx

Friday, 19 May 2017

The World Is Full Of Beauty When The Heart Is Full Of Love............


Good morning!

Well, here is a scene and a half for you this morning!  I fancied having a go for a couple of current challenges both themed around fantasy but fantasy and fairies aren't really my thing!!!  I hope that you like watching how I interpret the different themes for the challenges, I do hope that I inspire you to have your take on them too and have a go!!????

Right, took plenty of photo's along the way with this one, lots of different stages to deal with and I must confess, I did have to plan this one out a bit before I got going.  I knew what I wanted to achieve but had to do some thinking before I put stamp to card stock!  Right, hop on board, let's take our journey this morning:-


OK, I did this quick sketch of what I wanted to achieve in the late of an evening - I even made a note at the top look - as I didn't have a butterfly made by Lavinia Stamps (but I had a fairy that had a good set of wings on her to make one out of!!!!!!).  

So, you can imagine now, it's the next morning, I went in to my craft room, sat at the craft desk, saw this drawing and thought "oh my, where was my mind when I did this!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - I soon came back to where I had left off the evening before and the creative juices were flowing once more! Note the numbers on the sketchy drawings - this is of course, the rough order in which I need to stamp in - a good tip!


OK, I made a start, stamped the poppy on the right first in red and green archival.  Stamped the toadstools next and immediately masked them off, then the bridge (I went off piste here a bit in the order of doing things - but that's ok).  Masked everything over with Pebeo drawing gum.


I wanted this piece of artwork to look like it was two doors opening on what was my vision of a fantasy land so I had to angle the doors of course so I just masked off the top and bottom of the stamp before adding the ink pad. With me so far?


Those side doors are now down in red archival ink.


Doors masked with drawing gum.  I then set on to the sky.  This I have done with the new distress oxides.  I then used a moon mask and gently sponged some white gesso through it to form that moon.


Woohooo! That's put my mark on it!!!  Got out those delicious Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and went for it!  I wanted some wonderful, fantasy colours to be seen. I also stamped the trees in behind the bridge. The sentiment was added at this stage too.


Right, where am I, oh yes! The masking fluid has been rubbed away from everywhere here (see the lovely little trees are now BEHIND the bridge.


Out came the Polychromo's and I shaded in the bridge, the water, the toadstools, the vines on the doors and a bit more on the poppy head.  I masked the sentiment just with a piece of paper and stamped the falling vines straight across there.  The fairies have been stamped on to tissue paper (gift tissue) and backed with double sided adhesive paper so that they effectively became stickers for me. I have some lovely little silver scissor embellishments here at home so I used some wire cutters to cut off the finger holes - I have used those as door handles for the fairies here.  Glossy Accents has been added to the toadstools, the river and the fairy wings. Further poppies were stamped down at the front. some dark distress ink was applied around the edges to draw you further in to the picture.


Now, had to make a butterfly!  For the Lavinia Stamp challenge I need to use just Lavinia Stamps so this fairy was needed for her wings!!!  Out came the brayer to reverse one set of wings and bingo! - the job was done!


The butterfly was coloured in using the Polychromos  and the rest of that little pair of scissors (having chopped the finger holes off!) was added as the butterfly body! Well, it's a fantasy land, nothing is real is it?.....................or is it???????????????

I hope you've enjoyed your journey today, there was lots to do on this one, it's very busy, very full of things to look at - those fairies are welcoming you in to their world.............I'd like to go, if only for a day....... wouldn't you?

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

Lavinia Stamps "Make Your Own Vision" - my vision of a land of fantasy:-

Stamping Sensations "Butterflies, Fairies and Fantasy":-

























Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Ring a ring O'Roses..............


Good morning!

Here is my mid week post and it's an entry that I've prepared for the current Allsorts Challenge of "Ring a ring O'Roses"

I have taken some photo's along the way so lets see how I get there with this one.

As with all of my artwork, I have a good think about it before I get going and I wanted to put the history and a feeling for the nostalgia in to this piece.  We must remember that many relate this nursery rhyme to the great plague where Ring a ring O'Roses was thought to represent the rosy rash caused by the plague and the pockets full of posies were thought to be posies of herbs carried to hide the terrible smells.  A tissue,  a tissue we all fall down was of course part of the dreadful symptoms and the falling was the inevitable if you caught the plague.  The circle of children playing and dancing round in a ring to the nursery rhyme holds special memories for most of us I'm sure!   This wasn't just a nursery rhyme, this nursery rhyme had a reason and a meaning, caused great upset and trauma yet gave so many children such fun - a strange thought isn't it when you think about it...... Well, although a bit of a sad origin, it is also a much loved and well recognised nursery rhyme to all of us so lets see how I saw it in my mind on a piece of artwork.


So, I set sail with an idea in my mind!  I have started with a lovely piece of sheet music (paper) and stamped out my rose which is a Kaisercraft one.  I have used two tones of archival ink as at this stage on the stamp - wasn't 100% sure of the mediums that were to be used and archival will take most things thrown at it! I very quickly clear embossed over the top before the ink dried.


OK, I've used some ink sprays here, a couple of Imagination crafts mix media sprays and a Creative Expressions one too.
 The paper buckled a little which of course it will but I knew that it was going over a canvas so that didn't worry me at this stage.
I added a little touch of gold gilding wax over the embossing powder to just highlight the roses a little and over stamped some of the roses in black to crisp them up a bit.



Here I have used matt Mod Podge over the front of the canvas and the back of the music paper and laid the canvas on the back of the artwork.  I then went around the back of the canvas edges (having cut across the corners with scissors) and the edges of the paper with the Mod Podge and folded the edges in to neaten.


Neat and tidy and nice and thick on the canvas now with no wrinkles. Allow to dry - doesn't take long.


Here a sentiment has been added that I thought appropriate "Cherish the times we spend together" also from Kaisercraft and I have used some Clarity Stamp wee folk (a little girl and a little boy) to stamp the ring of children.  This was completed by stamping a girl and boy on to tissue paper and reversing them to form the "ring".
I then highlighted the children with a white pen.



So here we are! I mounted the covered canvas on to a piece of plain card stock to pop it from the rest of the card.  (I also added some embossing powder to the roses on the canvas at this stage too). That went on to a layer of sheet music that I had distressed with scissors and stained with  distress ink and that went on to the main card which had been stamped with the same rose, coloured with distress ink and a distress oxide ink.  I used a Sheena Douglass stencil at the top "Remember When" and I have used Clarity Stamp alphabet to stamp out Ring a ring O'Roses at the bottom.

I was pleased with this, It was exactly what I was aiming for, the reminiscence of a wonderful nursery rhyme, the children playing and the history that so many fell to this dreaded disease.

Has this brought back memories of dancing in a ring and falling down?  Do you "remember when".

I would like to enter this in to the Allsorts challenge of "Ring o ring O'Roses":-

Allsorts are celebrating their 8th birthday this Saturday so don't forget to pop on over to check out whats happening there this coming Saturday!



Hope you enjoyed your journey with me today, thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xxx
















Monday, 15 May 2017

Winner of Sheena's Ink-ettes silhouette challenge!


Good morning!

Just thought I'd share some good news with you all - On Sunday morning my card, (featured on this blog on Wednesday 10th May), won the Sheena's Ink-ettes Facebook challenge of Silhouettes and backgrounds - and I'm thrilled to bits!

Sheena Douglass products have long been a favourite of mine and how wonderful to have won this challenge using lots of them.

I'm even more happy because I loved this piece of artwork as it looks so like "my boys" - my two Golden Retrievers Bobbi and Lucky.

I would like to thank all the team for choosing my artwork as the winner - I'm really grateful.



Good morning everyone! Time to announce the winner of the Inky Inkette Challenge for Silhouette/Background! Thankyou to everyone who entered and believe me when I say this was no easy task with so many fantastic entries to choose from, the talent in this group is just amazing! Leanne C Harris your card was chosen as the winner! Fantastic card and a well deserved winner. We just love how you captured the playfulness of the 2 dogs and your background is ace! Congratulations! :) xx Over to Jo Oliverfor the next challenge! I cant seem to tag Leanne in this message but hope someone can :) xx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

It's Going To Be Wild at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this month!!!!!!


Good morning!

It's a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this month the new theme is Sandras' choice of "Let's Go Wild!".

http://www.fashionablestampingchallenges.com/2017/05/14/challenge-123-lets-go-wild/


I chose to follow this theme with an African night sky and bring in the wild theme as the wild animals in the wild - loved it!

You will notice the fabulous gentle sparkle that is on this card, that's because it started life with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.  I have blended the sparkle pens down the page blending from a blue, to a purple to an orange and then back out at the bottom with a brown.

I then popped on a horizon with some distress ink and a piece of paper and then lifted out the colour for the moon with water and a paper towel.

The animals were stamped on (all Inkylicious) and highlighted with a white pen to show a reflection of that big moon on them. The Foliage at the front is a stamp by Graphic 45 and the stencil work at the top is a Sheena Douglass stencil.


Popped this on for you, to show you the lovely sparkle that is there from the sparkle pens.


Mat and layered in black and white.

I do hope that this has given you some inspiration to have a go at our new challenge this month.  PLEASE REMEMBER THAT WE ARE A STAMPING CHALLENGE AND THAT THE MAIN FOCUS ON YOUR ARTWORK MUST BE A STAMPED IMAGE - NO DIGITAL IMAGES PLEASE.


Come on folks - "Let's go Wild"!!!!!!




Thanks for stopping by,
Leanne x




Friday, 12 May 2017

Love Makes The Wildest Spirit Tame.............


Good morning!

Well here we are with a card that I've made for the current Cards in Envy challenge of "Motherly Love".

Having had Mother's Day here in the UK back in March I chose to put a twist on this theme and use a wonderful Imagination Crafts art stamp of a Mummy elephant with her two babies - well, it's Motherly Love isn't it?!!!!

I started with a blank piece of watercolour card and swept some of the new distress oxides (diluted) across and down the page.  This gave me a nice, calm colour on which to build my elephants colours on to.

I then stamped the main image with perfect medium and heat embossed with black detail embossing powder.

I then used distress oxide ink (again, diluted) to paint in what I needed on the elephants to give them some depth and shadow.

The hills were produced from torn copy paper and a couple of Momento inks and the sun was lifted out with water, as too, were the clouds.

The foliage was stamped in one of the Momento inks at the front (Bee Crafty) and the bird was added at the top and shaded in and the sentiment stamped ( both Pollyanna Pickering).

Mat and layered. 

I would like to enter this in to the current Cards in Envy challenge "Motherly Love":-

Thanks for stopping by today,
Leanne x






Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dance Like Nobody's Watching for De Stempelwinkel......


Good morning!

Well, it's an extra treat for you this week (that's four posts this week and there will be one at the weekend too!!!! - phew!!!!!).

I have been playing with my stamps by De Stempelwinkel - lovely company and good quality stamps that get your imagination going.  I have made this card for their current challenge of Bright Blue.

I have taken some photo's so lets see how I got there shall we -


OK, this card started life as a piece of smooth Sheena stamping card and I have dabbed on three colours of acrylic paint using a damp baby wipe allowing each colour to dry before adding the next one.


Now, those of you that follow me closely will know that I'm going through a "bubble phase" at the moment!!!! Oh boy, it's so fun and soooo messy!!!!!  Here I have blown my bubbles in a bowl with dark blue drawing ink and caught them on the card and left them to dry - really dreamy!!!!  I then stamped my sentiment which wasn't as easy as it looks because this sentiment actually runs the length of another De Stempelwinkel stamp that I have and is attached to a a girl dancing and listening to music!  I had to very carefully ink the sentiment only and hope for the best - I did well and got it right! I also added some very large bubbles using an old pot lid just dipped in to the bubble solution.



At this point, I have enhanced the large bubbles with some of the drawing ink, a charcoal pencil and then topped with Glossy Accents with some chunky glitter (the card will buckle a bit at this stage but panic not, it sorts itself out in the end).  I also stamped some small flowers that De Stempelwinkel sent me as a small free offering with my order which was very kind of them so I thought that I should put it to good use!

My image of the dancer was also stamped in blue versafine ink for a nice, crisp oily surface and I clear embossed over the top to seal that.

Almost there!


I have added a reversed image of the stamp here.  This is done by stamping the image on to tissue paper (gift tissue) and turning it over to reverse it.

Mat and layered in white and blue and I have blended the actual card to take the starkness of the white away by blending with distress ink around the edges.

Hope you liked our journey today, thanks for stopping by,
Leanne xx

I would like to enter this in to De Stempelwinkel challenge of "Bright Blue":-