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 :)

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Hochanda - back on freeview

I thought I'd share this, for those of you who have been missing us :)

Not sure it was a holiday....more like a long walk with a stone in the shoe! However, we're coming back earlier than expected, which is amazing!!! Phew 

Stamp and mask tutorial

Good morning crafters. Stunning morning walk today, look at this

I adore a misty morning, still water and that big wonderful sun. Add 3 happy dogs to the mix, and we have a very peaceful yet inspirational start to the day. It makes your soul smile.

Now, a massive thank you for everyone who watched, emailed and actually liked my first product launch. I'm both thrilled and utterly relieved. I had no idea how it would be received - so imagine my delight when the stamps sold out twice!! Phew.

I demoed using mdf, but thought I'd pop a tutorial here for you as well.

We begin, with a heart

I used white gesso, and then added ink. I used the crafters companion repositionable adhesive to stick the mask down

I then started pattern building. Allow the stamps to "fall" off the end of the mdf piece

I worked down the left hand side first with the swirls, and then started bringing the design into the centre

I love using the line stamp on the edge of the mask, it looks so effective

I then brought in the open hearts, extending the design to the right of the mdf, and up to the top 

The branch is a great stamp to fill a space, whilst actually allowing lots of the base colour to show 

When the design was complete, I blasted the piece with my heat gun to seal the ink, and then covered with versamark.
I added clear UTEE and melted. I added 3 layers of UTEE.

I completed the piece with a little acrylic paint and a piece of white ribbon at the top.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Pattern building - this is how!!

Eeeeekkk....thank you to everyone who has tuned in to the ODS shows, I'm so chuft my first range has gone down so well. Phew.

As promised, I'm going to do posts to show different ways of using the stamps and stencils, and to give you an idea of the concept.

So, here's where we start:

I spray the mask with low tack adhesive - this is from crafters companion. This is then stuck to the card, I'm using Sheena's stamping card.

Next, ink over the top of the mask. Use any ink. It doesn't matter if you haven't mastered blending - this technique is really forgiving.

Start to build your pattern. I love this. I think about where I want my images. So, above, I have clustered my flowers together, with a couple of random ones. Israel over the masks - this will emphasis the white space when we remove the mask.

I've added the second stamp. I love this as even though it's just a swirl pattern, it still looks quite organic used with the flower. I've angled it so it's shooting out from the mask, and I've used the mask so I do not see the end of the stamp.

Next I've added just a crew hearts. This stamp is a droplet design, which I've stamped so they are coming from the mask or one of the tendrils

Next, quite a geometric design. This stamp sits inside itself really well - just change the angle to create different patterns. Bear in mind the mask will be removed, so you will not see the whole stamped image

Swirls. This is a good fill in stamp, and everyone needs a swirl in their life!

Next I've stamped just one heart, and a couple of leaves. These are now filling in spaces and extending the image - and are great finishing touches

The best bit - remove the mask. See how the white space now pops and the word is accented with your wonderful pattern! And everytime it can be different!

To finish, I've just coloured in a little. You can get carried away, but I was happy with just the little sparkle :)

I hope you love this as much as I do.

Monday, 18 April 2016


Gosh. Here we go!! Another new adventure - this year is already proving to be thrilling, and we have only got to April! 

As a lot of you know, I've been a crafter basically, forever. I crafted as a child, and continued whilst employed in "proper" jobs. Finally I took the plunge to give up the proper jobs and try my hand at making a living doing what I loved. I've been very lucky indeed, and have taken one stepping stone after another to find myself working for Hochanda, a brilliant, brand new tv channel dedicated to all things craft, hobby and arts. They have given me the freedom to actually be creative again- and to top it all off, I'm being supported by one of the biggest names in the industry, crafters companion! That's pretty good for a northern lass who just liked messing with fimo!

As a crafter its natural to be constantly bombarded with ideas, what ifs, and "that would be ace!"....these ideas have ranged from different techniques to products I'd actually like to design, produce and ultimately work with. To find I am now in the position where I'm launching my first range of products is amazing! It's a dream turned into reality - even more so as I've got the help, support and knowledge from the brilliant crafters companion team!

Now, I don't just get ideas, I get obsessed with stuff. I had the concept for my first range some time ago, and figured it could be brilliant. When it was delivered, the actual stamps I had drawn and the masks I had written - I couldn't wait to put those thoughts and ideas into practice. It was a good job it worked, as I had a week to get the finished samples done for the pressure!

The concept is pretty easy. I love pattern building. Stamps. Masks. Stencils. Ink. Colouring. It's all those things. I love the whole mindfulness concept, and getting lost in the moment, and us crafters don't need to be told - we know we loose days, not hours, in our craft room. I have designed masks that you glue in place. Ink round your mask, and then start to build your design with the little intricate stamps. Each time it can be different. The variations achievable are immense. Stamp directly over your mask. I do love this process. It's wonderful seeing the pattern build, and seeing the stamps work together so well. The best bit however, is removing rhe mask. The white space jumps out at you, making the whole piece come together. And now you have a beautiful design you can spend time colouring with your favourite pens, pencils - sparkle pens....lots of glitter :)

That's the concept, but of course there are so many ways you can use the kits, and my design team have sent some incredible finished samples, which I will share with you.

I will share lots of photos from my finished samples as well, and this will give you a guide as to some of the patterns you can create.

I hope you will be able to join me this evening for the 8pm launch!!