Monday, September 30, 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Honey Bee Stamps - Pumpkin Patch Fall Card

Hello everyone! Please join me over on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog today where I'm sharing more details on how I created this fun fall scene featuring a custom built pumpkin scarecrow. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sunny Studio - 4th Birthday Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to today's fun blog hop! We are celebrating Sunny Studio's birthday and upcoming Holiday Release. The official holiday release date is on September 27th, but in honor of their 4th birthday, the new products are available as a PRE-ORDER now.

You can find all the new release products through this link -->SS Holiday Release 

Make sure to leave a comment below because one winner from every blog on hop will receive a $25 gift code to the Sunny Studio Shop.  You have through Friday September 27th. The winners will be announced October 1st on the Sunny Studio Blog and the gift codes will be sent via email. 

Your next stop on the hop is Vanessa Menhorn
**the full hop order is listed at the end of this post**

I'm showcasing two new stamp sets from Sunny Studio today.  My card features some fun snowmen images from the Feeling Frosty stamp set and a large sentiment from the Season's Greetings stamp set

I Copic colored the images and used the coordinating Feeling Frosty dies to cut them out.  Next I created an ink blended A2 sized background panel using Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks.  I generously splattered the background with thinned white acrylic paint.

I white heat embossed the "Season's Greetings" towards the top of the background panel.  I then arranged the snowmen scene horizontally across the bottom half of the card.  I stamped a second sentiment which is included in the Feeling Frosty stamp set.  

For some extra detail to the card, I added a few die cut snowflakes and stars.  I used one of the new dies - Snowflake Circle Frame - there's a die in this set that cuts all the snowflakes and little bits in one pass.   

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to visit all the blogs along the hop and leave a comment to win a $25 gift code. 

Leanne West<--you are here

Friday, September 20, 2019

Hello Bluebird - Little Haunters Halloween Tags

Hello friends! Join me over on the Hello Bluebird Blog today.  I'm sharing how easy it was to make these fun Halloween tags featuring the adorable trick-or-treaters from Little Haunters

Friday, September 13, 2019

Hello Bluebird - September Release Preview Day 4

It'a release day for Hello Bluebird! You'll find all the new goodies in the Hello Bluebird shop at 7 pm MST.  I have one more card to share as part of the final day of previews.  The style of this card is a little different for me but I loved playing around with the new Fall Leaves dies and super cute little critters in Fall Banner Buddies

First let's talk about how amazing those leaf dies are!  These are two part dies so you can layer the vein detail overtop the leaf.  I used the ink smooshing technique to color a large piece of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I used several colors of Distress Oxide ink (see photo below).  I just smoosh the ink pads onto a craft mat and spritz with water.  I then smoosh the card stock onto the wet ink and dry.  I repeat the process many times until there are visible layers of color.  Then I die cut the leaves and veins from the custom colored Bristol panel.  I think this method results in very realistic looking leaves.

My card is A2 size and I simply arranged the leaves around the entire card front towards the outer edges.  Next I white heat embossed the greeting onto a die cut Kraft tag.  The greeting is from the new Banner Blessings sentiment set and the tag die can be found in the Gallery Frame #4 set.  

I picked out a few images from the Fall Banner Buddies stamp set to create a little vignette on another tag die cut.  I used a light hand to blend some Forest Moss Distress Oxide ink onto the tag. I then adhered my Copic colored images with dimensional foam squares.  As a little extra embellishment, I added some Orange Soda Glitter Nuvo Drops and three stamped hearts.  And to finish off the card I tied baker's twine bows onto the tags. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Honey Bee Stamps - The Name's Jack Halloween Cards

Happy Thursday everyone! Please join me over on the Honey Bee Stamps blog where I'm sharing more about how to make these super fun but quick and easy Halloween cards.  The cute ghosts and jack-o-lanterns were created with The Name's Jack Honey Cuts.  I've also included all the details for the ink blended backgrounds. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Hello Bluebird - September Release Preview Day 2 - Tabitha

Welcome to day 2 of previews for Hello Bluebird's September release.  Today I'm featuring an absolutely adorable Halloween set called Tabitha.  This 4x6" set is full of cute and whimsical images including a sweet little witch. 

***Be sure to visit the Hello Bluebird Blog to see more inspiration from the design team and comment to be entered in the giveaway for a $50 gift card to the Hello Bluebird shop***

I stamped out and Copic colored almost all of the images in this set to create my scene.  One thing to note is the die that cuts out the witches hat does cut an opening to allow the hat to be placed on the witch.  

I started with an A2 sized card base and then added a ink blended background panel trimmed smaller to allow a white border to show.  The ink blend for the background is a combination of Mermaid Lagoon, Forest Moss, and a little bit of Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink. 

I then added a die cut tree to the left side of the scene.  This tree is part of the new Oak Tree Scene die. You can build a complete scene using all the pieces, however I just used the tree for this card. I die cut the tree from white card stock and then blended a couple different brown inks over it to create a custom color.

Next I added the black zig zag edged frame and arranged the images into the scene.  Some images are adhered flat and some are popped up with dimensional foam squares. To complete the card, I made skinny sentiment strips using the sentiments included in the Tabitha set.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hello Bluebird - September Release Preview Day 1 - Pumpkin Time

Hello crafty friends! I'm so excited to finally start sharing what I have been working on using the September release from Hello Bluebird.  This month's release has all the autumn vibes along with lots of cute critters for scene building on cards.  

The card I'm sharing today features the new Pumpkin Time stamp set.  It's a 4x6" set and is packed with the perfect sentiments and quotes to complete any fall card.

I have used all the images in the set to create a fun fall scene on my card.  
Mr. Fox is gathering up his pumpkin crop with a tiny helper.  

This slimline design measures 3.5" tall by 7.5" long.  It is slightly shorter than my usual slimline cards because I really didn't need as much length for the scene. 

I used a combo of Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink for the sky color.  A combo of Bundled Sage and Mowed Lawn Oxide Inks were used for the grass borders. I generously splattered the entire background with thinned orange acrylic paint. 

I stamped and Copic colored all the images in the set.  I stamped eight of the single pumpkin image to create the pile of pumpkins.  My go to Copic combo for pumpkins is YR21, YR12, YR14, and YR18.  I start by putting down the lightest color, YR21, over the entire pumpkin.  I then take the three darker colors to add shading.  I use YR18 sparingly since it's pretty dark.  After that I go over the entire pumpkin again with the YR21 to blend out any harsh lines.  

For the perfect fox color combo, I used E13, E15, and E17. I use the same method as I explained above for the pumpkins.  I always go from lightest to darkest and finish with an over all sweep of the lightest for blending.  The card stock I used for my Copic coloring is Neenah Solar White Super Smooth 80lb.  I have found this card stock to allow for excellent blending of the Copics which I think is key for beautiful colored images every time. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I will have a new card to share everyday leading up to the launch of the September release which will be available for purchase in the Hello Bluebird shop on the 13th at 7pm MST.  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Reverse Confetti - September Release Blog Hop

Hello everyone! I'm joining the Confetti Crew and guests for another fabulous release blog hop.  You can find the entire September Release here. I instantly fell in love the fall themed stamp sets in this release and have made two cards to share with you today. 

Your next stop on the hop is Amy Tsuruta's blog. The full blog hop line up is listed below... you don't want to miss any of the beautiful projects that everyone has made for today's hop. 

The first card I'm sharing features the gorgeous images from With A Thankful Heart. It was the name of this set that inspired my card design.  I wanted to combine die cut hearts with the large pumpkin image to fill the space across a slimline format.

I used the smaller die in the Patterned Hearts Confetti Cuts to cut out three hearts from white card stock.  I then used a variety of orange and red inks to create a custom color blend on the hearts.  I Copic colored the the pumpkin and three floral clusters then cut them out with the coordinating With A Thankful Heart Confetti Cuts

I prepared a slimline card base, that measures 3.5" wide by 8.5" long, by lightly ink blending some Bundled Sage Oxide ink along the bottom half.  I splattered it with dark brown paint and added heat embossing to the edge with Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder. 

I added the hearts, small floral cluster, and pumpkin across the length of the card front.  I stamped the greeting from With A Thankful Heart onto a die cut banner shape to adhere right over the middle of the pumpkin.  Lastly I added some Crystal Nuvo drops for embellishment. 

For my second card, I used the super cute Halloween Gnomes stamp set to create a fun scene for another slimline design.  The images in this set make it easy to build a complete scene. I used every image in the set (some more than once) except for the Wizard gnome. I really wanted to include him because he's so adorable, but I ran out room. 

I started by creating a Distress Oxide ink blended background - Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire for the sky and Forest Moss for the ground.  I then used a little Black Soot around the edges to darken it a bit. I also splattered the entire background with thinned black paint.

I Copic colored all the images and used the coordinating Halloween Gnomes Confetti Cuts to cut them out.  I was able to fill the slimline space very easily with all the images to create a fun Halloween scene. I was mindful of how I arranged them so I would have room to add a sentiment strip at the top of the scene towards the right side of the card.  I combined two sentiments from the Halloween Gnomes set to build my custom greeting.

Leanne West<---you are here

Honey Bee Stamps - Slimline Valentine's Card

Hello Friends! Please join me over on the Honey Bee Stamps Blog today.  I'm sharing all details for this Bee Mine Valentine's Day C...