Tuesday 31 May 2016

Love Heart for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps

I've another Leonie make to show you today, using the 'Off She Flew' stamp set

First I stamped the stitchy heart onto red georgette fabric, then turned it over and ironed onto a used tumble drier sheet with interfacing in between.

I stitched over the stitch marks with some silver thread and then cut the heart out.

To make the background I dabbed worn lipstick distress ink onto my craft mat and spritzed it with water before dragging a piece of Sheena's Stamping Card through it.
When it was dry I stamped some of the solid hearts all over with the same ink and then flicked a little rich gold paint at it.

At this point I glued the card onto an MDF heart with Mod Podge and cut off the excess.

To make the border I stamped the tip of the solid heart all the way around the edge using Versamark ink and then sprinkled on'Classic Pewter' embossing powder. I also used the same powder to do the sentiment.

To finish off I added a button and some red organza ribbon.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Simon Says Stamp (Mon)Monochrome
Craft Rocket Challenges #16 Monochrome
Sweet Stamps Technique Challenge Anything but a card
 Crafting from the Heart #114 Anything Goes (Always)
We Love 2 Create #11 Anything Mixed Media Goes
A Vintage Journey - Sew Special (include fabric)
Sweet Stampin Embossing (and stamping) 

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Sunday 29 May 2016

Lily's New Home for Polkadoodles

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Celebrations for Polkadoodles' 7th birthday continue, and today it's my turn to use a digi that has been put together by one of my team mates

As this anniversary is normally called the "7 year itch", the Polka Doodles team have embraced the prickly feeling by scratching that itch and mixing/scratching up some new images ... get the pun? Corny we know but the team have had great fun. So to embrace the “itchy scratch” the Polka Doodles team have thrown caution to the wind and “scratched up” a different kind of birthday celebration.

The birthday celebrations are running for 2 weeks and each day someone from the Polka Doodles team will be sharing their “mixed/scratched up” image. It’s been all hush hush and secret squirrel too as no one knows who has been busy creating what and when they will be revealing their image... so the Polka Doodles team get to join in the fun too. To add an extra layer of itchy fun, everyone has also been colouring up the new “scratched/mixed up” images, (still not knowing who designed them) and they will be sharing via their blogs and on FaceBook.

We really have scratched things up ... new merged images, no one knows who created what and no one knows when they’ll be sharing them ...!
Please do take the opportunity to visit the Polka Doodles team and see their new digi images because you will find a discount code (or two) along your way that you can use in the Polka Doodles shop.

For my card I have been given a great image which is a mash up of Lily Love Bug Heart Balloon and a mushroom house from the Cherryblossom Lane CD

 I printed the image onto white card and also a spotty paper from the Pretty Tuff CD so I could paper-piece the roofs. The version on white card has been coloured in with Promarkers and a few Graph'Its
Mushroom House: Satin, Putty, Tawny Owl, Khaki, Umber, Ice Grey 1&2
Ladybird: Poppy, 9506
Hair & Skin: 3255, 3290, 4115, 4155

I have added flowers from the Magic Garden CD and lettering cut with an X-Cut alphabet die

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Paper Shelter Challenge #250 Make it digital
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog #279 Anything Goes
My Time to Craft #322 'Paper Piecing!'
I love Promarkers #309 Anything Goes
Unicorn Challenge #9 Spotty Dotty!

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Friday 27 May 2016

Cake Mountain for Polkadoodles

Hello lovely peeps

It's challenge reminder time at Polkadoodles and as we are celebrating our 7th Birthday at the moment the theme this fortnight is 'Birthday Celebrations'

For my inspiration card I've chosen the digi stamp Birthday Rock Cake from the Sticks and Bones CD

I coloured her in with Promarkers and Graph'Its and then fussy-cut around her.
Hair: 3210, 3245, 3250
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4170
Eyes: Meadow Green
Hat: Ice Grey 1-4 and Pastel Beige
Dress: 1210, 1230, 1270
Cake: 3110, 2130, 5210, Tulip Yellow

My cake mountain is hand-drawn onto one of the Animal Print papers that I thought looked a bit like currants :)  I inked the edges with distress ink and then added some hand-doodled icing (I just drew large versions of the icing swirls from the small cake)

 The grass is cut from one of the lovely Texture papers on the CD using a Die-sire Icicle die and the background paper & sentiment are also from the CD. The flowers were cut from white card coloured with Graph'It marker 5210 using a Papermania punch and I drew on the stems with a black fineliner pen.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Glitter n Sparkle #189 Anything Goes
 Crafting from the Heart #113 Anything Goes (Always)
Paper Shelter Challenge #250 Make it digital
Star Stampz Challenge  Hand coloured image

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday 26 May 2016

Princess for Sugar Nellie

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you are well

It's time for a new challenge at the Sugar Nellie blog and as usual it is 'Anything Goes' (so long as you use a Sugar Nellie image)

I have used 'Princess' which is one of the retiring digi stamps.
She's coloured in with a combination of Promarkers and Graph'Its
Dress: Budding Rose, Ice Grey 1, 5210, blender
Skin: 4115, 4155, 4170
Hair: 3210, 3245, 3250

The sentiment and papers are from Lili of the Valley but both retired.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Addicted to Stamps #127 Lace and Pearls
The Craft Barn 2 Different papers
Passion For Promarkers Challenge #347–Ribbon and/or lace 
I love Promarkers #309 Anything Goes
 Melonheadz Friends Challenge Ribbon, lace or twine
Crafting for all Seasons  #127 Make it girly

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Sunday 22 May 2016

Off She Flew for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps, hope you are well.

Welcome to my two new followers, I'm thrilled to have you :)

Today's card is using stamps from 3 of Leonie's new stamp sets.


First I made my own ink spritzer by colouring a piece of kitchen towel with a Spectrum Aqua pen and placing it into a spritzer bottle with water (a brilliant tip I got from the colourist Sarah Hurley). I think for this card I used 'Evergreen'.

I put a Clarity seedheads stencil on top of a piece of Sheena's white stamping card, spritzed through it then removed the stencil & dried the card with a heat gun.

Next I stamped parts of the 'Flights of Fancy Background' and some butterflies from 'Flight to Freedom' onto tissue paper with black archival ink.

I glued the tissue paper onto my background with Mod Podge and doodled some lines around the edges

Next I stamped up one of the fab sentiments from the 'Off she flew' set onto white card. I wanted to have the lines separated but there is not a lot of space in between the lines on the stamp, so I inked up the sentiment one line at a time by covering the other lines with post-it notes. After stamping one line I cleaned & dried the stamp before inking up the next one.

Once that was done I coloured in a Gorjuss stamp called 'My Own Universe' with Graph-It markers

I stamped butterfly wings onto vellum and attached them to the back of the cut-out image.

I added some Crystal Glamour Dust to her wings for a little touch of bling

The finished piece was then mounted onto a 7x7 white card blank

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Crafty Sentiment Designs - Something with Wings
Creative Moments #93 Anything Goes w/optional twist Black, white & 1 colour
Country View Crafts' Challenge Use a Stencil
Little Claire's #69 Butterflies
Penny Black and More Anything Goes with Stamping
A Beautiful Mess #2 Anything Goes (Always)
 Glitter n Sparkle #189 Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters No designer paper
Creatalicious Challenges #91 - Anything Goes with optional no design paper

Stamping Sensations  Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Katrina x

Thursday 19 May 2016

Whale canvas for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps, I hope you have been enjoying Leonie's shows today on Hochanda. There have been some fabulous techniques and demos. If you have missed any you can catch up for 7 days on Hochanda's website.

Before I get onto my canvas I'd like to say 'welcome' to another new follower (yes, another one since this morning's post, how exciting is that?). While I'm at it I'd like to say 'Thank You' to all my followers for supporting me and leaving such lovely comments, it's means such a lot to me.

Anyway, enough mushy stuff - you want to see my canvas.

 To start off my scene I painted a 6x6 canvas (from Clarity) with chalk paints. These are verrrrryy expensive paints (not!). They are 50p clearance testers from Wickes DIY store :D

I also painted some of Sheena's stamping card for layering up later on.

Next I stamped the wings from the 'Kaleidoscope Dreams' set with Versamark just under the water line and sprinkled on Classic Pewter embossing powder from Stamp n Stuff. I rubbed off the powder from the part where the wings join so it looks more like a whale's tail

After heat setting this I sprinkled on some Chunky White Deep Impressions embossing enamel from Stampendous. I used a low speed heat gun (it looks like a hairdryer) from about 10-12 inches to melt the granules so they did not fly off the canvas.

Next I brayered some white acrylic paint onto a teflon mat and used this as the 'ink pad' for the cloud and seagull stamps. I filled in the clouds a little with more white and also coloured in the wings/tail.

I added a bit of definition to the seagulls with the fine tip of a black spectrum aqua pen and also filled in the tips and centre of the tail with the brush end.

 I embossed one of the painted pieces of card I made earlier with the Wood Grain folder from Crafters Companion and cut along one of the contours to give it a more natural shape.

After adding a bit more Chunky White embossing enamel this was then glued on to the bottom half of the canvas to give the impression of waves.

I added a second wave layer for extra dimension and then mounted the whole thing onto an 8x8 canvas before attaching tiny shells around the edge with Glossy Accents

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Shopping Our Stash #252 - Sounds of the Sea (shells from stash)
Tuesday Throwdown #294 Embossing
 We Love 2 Create #10 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Crafting for all Seasons  #126 Add Some Embossing
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Creative Artiste Challenge #14 "Anything Goes"
Sparkles Forum Challenges # 80 Animal Magic
Creative Fingers #109 Anything Goes (always)

Don't forget my teamies JaneElaine and Nick will have some more samples to show you and Leonie will be posting more inspiration on her blog too.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you'll drop in again soon :)
Katrina x

The Birds for Leonie

Hello lovely peeps and thank you for visiting today, it's means a lot to me.
First off I'd like to welcome my new follower, I'm thrilled to have you here :)

I've got another sample to show you from Leonie's launch show last night.
This time I've used the bird stamp from the Just Be set

To make my background I scribbled Bud Green, Sunflower and Rose Pink Spectrum Aqua pens onto watercolour card, spritzed it with water and dried with a heat gun.

Then I stamped the bird with black archival ink, covering with post-it masks as I went

Once I had covered my piece of card I coloured a few of the birds in with the same pens.

It just needed trimming down a little then to fit into my frame.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
613 Avenue Create  #176 Anything goes
Colour Your World with Lacy Sunshine Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends  #34 Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread #15 Anything Goes (Always)
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes

My lovely teamies JaneElaine and Nick have some more samples to show you over on their blogs today too and Leonie has more TV shows at 9, 12, 4 and 7 o'clock.

I'll be back again later with one more Leonie make, I hope you can visit again,
Katrina x

Wednesday 18 May 2016

With all your Heart for Leonie

Good evening lovely peeps.

Leonie is launching her new stamps this evening on Hochanda TV and they are all gorgeous. I anticipate another sell-out (possibly before the end of the first hour). 

This is my favourite card out of all the ones I made and I was chuffed to bits to find out that it features on the packaging. How fab is that? What a huge honour.

So, here's a little bit about how I made it.  All the stamps I've used are in the Flight to Freedom set.

I wanted a colourful inky background so I dug out my mini Distress Inks (spiced marmalade, mustard seed, worn lipstick) and some glossy card.
To start off I stamped the smallest butterfly all over my card with Versamark ink. I then dabbed my 3 ink pads randomly around my craft mat, spritzed them with water and dragged the card through it to transfer the colour.

Hmm, OK but a teensy bit abstract and I don't like the way the colour has pooled.
So I grabbed a fresh piece of glossy card, spritzed some more water onto my mat and dragged the card through (no butterflies this time)

Much happier with the second one, so I stamped a few hearts along the bottom with worn lipstick and then stamped the sentiment on using Timber Brown Stazon

Next I stamped some butterflies onto super smooth 120gsm paper with Cocoa Memento ink and cut them out.

I've mounted the card panel onto dark brown paper and then onto a 7x7 card and (after 30 minutes arranging and re-arranging, lol) I glued the butterflies on top.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:-
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Love to Scrap  #78 Anything Goes
 The Crafty Addicts #15 Anything Goes/Add a Sentiment
Sisterhood of Crafters No designer paper
Creatalicious Challenges #91 - Anything Goes with optional no design paper
Little Claire's #69 Butterflies
Penny Black and More  Anything Goes with Stamping
Stamping Sensations  Anything Goes
Open-Minded Challenges #5 Favourite technique (making inky/spritzed backgrounds)

613 Avenue Create  #176 Anything goes
 Fab 'n' Funky #305 - No Designer Papers
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog #278 Anything Goes

Thank you so much for popping by today. I'll be back tomorrow with another of the samples I made with this set. Leonie has more shows at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm on Hochanda, and my teamies have some fab samples to show you on their blogs.

Katrina x