Wednesday, 8 June 2016

More stuff!!!!

Hi crafters...I've done some tutorials....they're still sitting on my phone...hopefully I'll find time to share them with you!! Eeek.

Today is a very busy day. I have my normal let Leonie loose show at 2-4 today, see pic attached for a sample of some of the beautiful products:

Then later this evening I launch my first range of dies!! Exciting. Scary. 

Right, not long till my show - hope you can join me.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Marianne die project

Evening crafters. I've remembered to take photos whilst prepping for my Let Leonie Loose show using the beautiful Marianne dies. 

First, I made the stand, by cutting the die 3 times:

As they are symmetrical they stick together easily and make a strong stand

Next I cut the oval - once with the centre in place, and then removing the centre to leave an ornate frame:

I actually cut the full oval twice - but forgot to take a photo of that one!!

I glued the frame to the full oval using 3D foam pads, and then started to fill the frame with the Marianne swirl and floral dies


I attached a ribbon and lace at the top, and also attached the full frame to the back in order to make a shaped card.

I really enjoyed working with these dies - makes a change to go home with clean hands :)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

One Day Special TONIGHT!!'s come round so quickly, but this evening I have my second range of products being launched on Hochanda. We go live at 8pm...and I'm excited and a squidgy bit nervous!

This second range is completely different from the first collection. These stamps have been inspired by the sense of freedom I've felt, new beginnings, and new adventures. I do hope you like them. 

I need to say a massive thank you to my wonderful design team, Jane, Katrina, Elaine and Nick. You are fantastic....THANK YOU

I'll share the teams work over the next few's a couple of mine as a little teaser 😊

Let Leonie loose - stampbord

Morning crafters

I've been meaning to post on my blog, but time has run away with me as usual!

Last weeks LLL show id picked some cool stamps and stencils to work with the indigo blu - together with stampbord. If you haven't tried stampbord yet, give it a go. It's a cool product. It has a lovely smooth surface, beautiful for stamping on - but there's so many possibilities.

I wanted to run through a simple wall hanging for you.

I started with 3 pieces of the stampbord, distress inks and a pocky tool. I put holes in the stampbord with the tool, but a crop a dile works really well

Using the inks and cut n dry, blend the ink onto the bords

The ink blends easily. Now, using a permanent ink pad, stamp the floral stamp on two of your bords, I wanted the image to sit at the top of one bord, and the bottom of the next

I added some extra texture with a stencil and the distress ink, and popped them into position so I can see how they will sit when complete

I then stamped the sentiment image on the 3rd bord

I wanted the middle section to have a glazed finish, so covered the whole piece with versamark and clear UTEE.

Glue them together, making sure the bord with the holes is at the top. I used cosmic shimmer glue to stick them. To finish I added white highlights with the scraper tool, by simply scratching off the ink and taking it back to the white of the bord. 

I then added a wire handle to hang my piece

Kinda happy with it!!

Okay, let's get cracking on today's show 😀

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Let Leonie loose - hot off the press

Good morning crafters, I hope you are well.

Not long before we return to freeview - phew. I know a lot of you have struggled to tune in, so it'll be good all round!

Yesterday was another LLL show, using some more stunning kits from hot off the press. I adore their stuff. The colours, designs, quality. It's all a joy to work with. Just in case you missed the show I decided to share a few samples here, and of course you can still grab the show on catch up via your computer.

This was using one of the cool peel offs in one of the kits. Peel offs arnt as popular as they used to be, but there are so many ways we can use them. For this card, I removed some of the adhesive and stuck it to my card. Using paint, I stippled over the top. When I was happy, I lifted away the peel off (which I then popped to the side to use later). The image looks really cool - and because these were 3 different peel offs, it allows me to build up different pictures.

I then peeled back the top protective sheet from a piece of double sided adhesive, and attached my peel off to it. Replace the protective sheet, and carefully cut out the peel off. 

Peel off the back of the adhesive short and attach to a piece of card. Now cover the sticky peel off with gilding flakes. Remove the excess - this does look really cool. For even more drama, use alcohol inks over the top!! 

Cool arnt they!

These are the ones I did on the show, using butterfly peel offs

Next week I'm back with my very own range of stamps and masks, so I'll share lots of different techniques then :)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hochanda schedule

Whilst I remembered, I thought I'd pop on my schedule for this week:

10am - weekday wonder sizzix
12pm - ODS
3pm - some lovely colouring :)
6pm - add some sparkle 

11am - sizzix weekday wonder
2pm - sizzix
8pm - ODS launch!!

9am - ODS
2pm and 3pm - let me loose :)
7pm - ODS

11am - creativ
2pm - creativ
5pm - nesting templates

Looking forward to a busy week - see you tomorrow :)

Thursday, 21 April 2016

More ideas for mask stamping

Hi again crafters. I hope my post finds you well.

I'm pleased to hear people are receiving their orders - and it's brilliant seeing some of the work you are producing! It's so exciting. 

Today I thought I would share the technique where I used the stamps to add the design inside the stencil. I really like this - and the smaller designs are absolutely perfect to show even in the relatively detailed word stencil.

First, I started with a blank piece of card:

Using the repositionable adhesive, stick the stencil in place

Start to build up your design, this time we are working in the space in the stencil. Take care not to stamp in any of the other stencils - cover them with card if necessary 

I completed my design, and then used my little filler in stamps for any areas that I had missed

I love it when the stencil is removed and the image pops. Doesn't it look cool!

Next, cover the image with the matching mask.

The mask will allow you to work over the image, without any contamination 

I must admit, I preferred it left black and white!! But it was worth showing the alternative way of working :)