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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Halloween 2018 Collection pre-release sneaky peek!

Howzit Creative Friends!
I’m so excited about my new Halloween collection that I just had to give you all a pre-release sneaky peek🎃

I’ve got cute, I’ve got scary, I’ve got sci-fi!
You’ll be frightfully delighted I’m sure!
Keep your eyeballs peeled!

Happy Creating!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

31 Days of Halloween: Call for Wicked Bloggers and Sinister Stalkers!

Howzit Creative Friends!
 Something wicked this way comes and you know what that means right, LeighSBDesigns annual 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop is just around the corner🎃
Share my 31 DOH badge in your blog sidebars and spread the word😈 

The love for Halloween is definitely still alive and kicking so how about you creep out and share your obsession for all things spooky with the rest of us?  
 The hop is tons of FUN and super easy going with NO sign-up required, it's totally up to you to show how devoted you are to this most spooktacular time of year👻

Play as a Wicked Blogger and submit new or old projects into the Blog Hop linky just once or all 31 days OR
 Be a Sinister Stalker and enjoy the show by hopping and leaving lots of love along the way!
All art welcome, creepy and cute, and projects using any stamp companies welcome too!
 I'm delighted to have fangtastic sponsors ready to hand out Halloween Treats!
Prize details and sponsors will be updated on the 31 DOH page over the next few weeks so stay tuned!
LeighSBDesigns Art Stamps
Stampendous Rubber Stamps
Ike's Art
Simply B Stamps
Kit and Clowder - online colouring classes 
   Click on over to my dedicated 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop page for more details on how to play and make sure you read over the Blog Hop Rules
Monsters ignoring the rules will be deleted from the blog hop linky party so you've been warned😈

💀LeighSBDesigns events are GDPR compliant, please read my PRIVACY POLICY  
Do you dare to share or are you going to hide in fear?  
Gather all your ghoulfriends and mansters and join the fun👻
See you Oct 1st😈
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tutorial Tuesdays: Winter Blooms Canvas by Val!

Howzit Creative Friends!
Can you believe we're now in September!?  Woohoo, Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means right...time to think about LeighSBDesigns annual 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop🎃  I'll be sending out a call for bloggers shortly but you can check out last year's hop HERE in the meanwhile and start getting ready, so stay tuned for that!
Edit:  31 DOH Blog Hop deets are HERE!

On to today's Tutorial Tuesday project by LeighSBDesigner Val featuring my Fall Roses which she's transformed into a fabulous wintery creation❄️

As usual, all featured digis are on FLASH SALE so snap up Fall Roses from now until midnight pacific on Thursday!

Hi everyone, I have a canvas tutorial for you today using the wonderful Fall Roses.  I love how this design can be used for all the seasons just by changing the colour scheme!



 To start I printed out the image 3 times.  I coloured them with Spectrum Noir, Colourista and Propmakers and then fussy cut out one entire image, adhered it to black cardstock and then fussy cut it out again leaving a narrow black border.


I coloured just the roses and some of the leaves on the other two images and fussy cut out only the sections I wanted to use.

For the base of my project I used an 8 x 10 inch canvas and created the speckled blue background with Nuance Powder which is similar to Pixi Powders and Brushos.  I spritzed the canvas with water then sprinkled the powder over the watered area, you can add more power and water as required.

 Leave the canvas to dry for awhile or zap it briefly with a heat tool to speed up the process.

Once the canvas was dry I coloured the sides of the canvas and edged the upper rim using the chisel nib of the Spectrum Noir TB4 marker.

 Adhere the main fussy cut image to the centre of the canvas using Mod Podge applied with a flat brush.

 Then layer up the main image by adding the fussy cut extra roses and leaves with 3D silicone glue to add wonderful dimension to the design. 

Then complete the piece by adhering the coloured cut outs from the 3rd image with Mod Podge to all 4 corners of the canvas to frame the center design.

 Your artwork is now ready to display on an easel or hang on the wall ;0)
I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and will give it a try!
Come and share your projects with us on LeighSBDesigns Facebook Fan Group!

flash sale ends at midnight pacific on Thursday!

Materials used:
8 x 10 inch Canvas
TB4 Spectrum Noir marker
Colourista pens: Leaf Green and Pale Mint
Pastel Beige Propmaker
Blue Nuance Powder
Smooth White Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Mod Podge
Flat Brush
3D Silicone glue

 Thanks for stopping by to see today's featured project!
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Labor Day Sale and Leigh's Studio clean out!

Howzit Creative Friends!
 Shop LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique Labor Day Sale!

Enjoy 20% off storewide (excluding bundles) through September 3rd, sale ends at midnight pacific!

Come and shop my personal stash!
I've been very busy re-organizing my studio for the last 3 months, threw out a lot, donated a lot of supplies and tools and now I'm grudgingly ready to part with a ton of rubber stamps from my personal stash collected over the last 20+ years.  I've got golden oldies and current stamps ranging from used, barely used and never used condition in need of adoption!

I've set up a Facebook Group where I will list goodies first and then I'll be cross posting on various sales sites too so for 1st dibs join my group!
I'm now sorting my stamps and will list whats up for grabs as I go!

Hope to see you shopping my LeighSBDesigns Labor Day Sale and my personal stash😋

 Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tutorial Tuesdays: Fall Roses Journal Page by Nan!

Howzit Creative Friends!
LeighSBDesigner Nan has a fabulous project for your Tutorial Tuesday inspiration today!
Get today's featured digi, Fall Roses, on FLASH SALE until midnight pacific on Thursday!

I’ve been at my studio re-organization and major clean out in earnest now for the last 3 months and I’m finally finished re-organizing and now I’m purging and I’m grudgingly going to part with a ton of rubber!  Come and join my Facebook Group to get first dibs on what’s up for grabs!
I’m going to start adding stuff this week🤪
See you there!

On to today’s tutorial...Enjoy😀

Hi Everyone, Nan here today with a project featuring the lovely Fall Roses released earlier this month!  I have colored it using so many different palettes and love each one better than the last!  I'm not really a card maker but love playing with inks and colors and textures and especially quotes to make art journal pages.  Some I plan on adding photos of my own but most can stand as just simple creations that make me smile!   This page started with, of course, the fabulous image and the quote.
I colored this version of the Fall Roses in deep oranges and reds.  I kept the colors going with some awesome brown, deep red, and orange falling leaves.  I colored all of the rose leaves using two shades of green.  I used my Soucolor Markers which for the money I must say I am enjoying them to bits!  For the background I chose a burlap textured piece of designer paper long lost and forgotten in my stash.  I cut it to fit my journal page and glued down.

Stenciling was next with some Distress Inks but the color just wouldn't pop so I went to a non-traditional papercrafting goodie of fabric paints in spray bottles!  Fun and oh so vibrant!  I took some bubble wrap, sequin waste and gold acrylic craft paint to make sure the background didn't compete with the image.  White tempura paint sponges through the sequin waste piece left some areas that when dried could be topped with Gelatos in red and orange.   A few spritz of Heidi Swapp's Tea Dye spray with some gorgeous shimmer and I had the background I wanted.  The burlap has an oh so autumn look to it and then the red, yellows, oranges, and gold of falling leaves.

Again, not wanting to loose all that fantastic detail in the Fall Roses image,  I left a good margin around the image when cutting it out. Then glued the image after inking with Distress Ink Mowed Lawn.

The last step was to add the quote!  I find it so satisfying to add a quote that matches my feelings for the image.  This one was spot on!  Lots of shimmer and shine makes for a happy page🍁
Flash Sale ends at midnight pacific on Thursday!

  Supplies used:
 Soucolor Markers for the roses:  4, 10, and 14
Fall leaves:  5, 93, and 24
 All rose leaves are:  48 and 175.
I also added 171 around the entire image so I could cheat on fussy cutting! 😉
Burlap textured designer paper
Fabric paints in spray bottles
bubble wrap
Punchinella aka sequin waste
Gold acrylic craft paint  
White tempura paint
 Red and Orange Gelatos
Heidi Swapp's Tea Dye spray
Mowed Lawn Distress Ink

Thanks for stopping by to see today's featured project!
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tutorial Tuesday: Fall Roses in Prismacolor pencils and Distress Oxides by Leigh!

Howzit Creative Friends!
For today's Tutorial Tuesday I'm sharing how I coloured up Fall Roses using Prismacolor pencils and created a background with Distress Oxides🍁
If you missed the release sale then you can add Fall Roses to your collection now while it's FLASH SALE until midnight pacific on Thursday August 23rd!

The way I coloured up my Fall Roses and created the background is actually pretty easy to do while giving you a dramatic finished piece suitable for framing or using on your projects.

Start out by creating the background using Distress Oxides, I picked 5 Oxides for my Fall/Autumn colour palette:  Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron and Bundled Sage. 

Smear the inks onto a craft sheet and spritz with water.  Lay an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of mixed media cardstock onto the inks and press and smear the inks around with your hands.  Lift up and dry with a heat tool and then randomly pick up the remaining excess ink droplets to add the extra mottled effect and heat set as you go.  You can even add more colours into the mottled look at this point too. 

Once the cardstock is completely dry size Fall Roses in your favourite software and print the design out directly onto the Distress Oxide background.  Colour the design with Prismacolor pencils in a traditional Fall/Autumn colour palette as well.  I used the same colour combo on the roses and maple leaves and then 2 different green combos on the rose and oak leaves.

 Prismacolor pencils used:
Canary Yellow, Yellowed Orange, Dark Umber, Limepeel, Chartreuse, Grass Green, Peacock Green and Crimson Lake.

I love how it turned out, the colours are so rich and beautiful!  I hope I've inspired you to get into the Fall spirit and colour up your own Fall Roses😉

FLASH SALE ends at midnight pacific on Thursday August 23rd!

Thanks for stopping by to see today's featured project!
Happy Creating!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Moments with Fall Roses - card by Nan!

Howzit Creative Friends!
Today I'm sharing a lovely floral themed card by LeighSBDesigner Nan featuring our newest release, Fall Roses!

Fall Roses is available at a special intro price until midnight PT on August 18.  I also have a wonderful Fall Roses Giveaway and a 25% off coupon going on this week over on the Kit and Clowder Facebook group!  The giveaway/coupon ends Aug 18th too so go HERE for more info!

I'm loving the shades of yellow and green with the splash of orange for the sentiment, so pretty!


Materials used:
Soucolor Markers:
41, 42, 44, 45, 24, 37, 38, 175, 59, 167
Tim Holtz Die Cut
Wild Honey Distress Ink
Tombow Adhesive
Thanks for stopping by to see today's featured project!
Happy Creating!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tutorial Tuesdays: Fall Roses Technique Folder project by Val S!

Hello Creative Friends!
It's Tuesday and LeighSBDesigner has a fabulous project for you featuring our newest release, Fall Roses!  If you missed the release news on Saturday then check out the post HERE, you don't want to miss it coz LeighSBDesigns currently has a Fall Roses Giveaway and a coupon code exclusively for Kit and Clowder members up for grabs!

Fall Roses is also available in LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique at a special intro price good through August 18, sale ends at midnight PT!

I now hand you over to Val!

Hi everyone, for today's tutorial I'm sharing the Technique Folder I made with the beautiful Fall Roses gracing the cover.
To start I printed out Fall Roses onto white mixed media cardstock and coloured it up using Hobby Art watercolour markers.  


I used 5 colours and created my own mixed blends by applying the tip of the lightest of each colour marker to the tip of each of the darkest colours and applied colour to the design.  If you haven't tried this technique before then don't worry it doesn't damage the markers in any way, the lightest markers return to their original colour as you colour.

I used bright yellow and combined it with beige and yellow green combined with a mid green.  I then used natural beige over the entire design, roses and leaves, to create seamless blends.

I then fussy cut out the design ready to decorate the cover of my folder. 

Now for the folder!
I used a sheet of corrugated card and cut it to measure 5.75" x 5.25".  Find the center of the panel and score 2 lines to create a spine 1.75" wide.

Then cut 2 pieces of patterned paper the same size as the folder covers and a piece for the spine.  

I had a little accident with some black gesso and ended up using a different coloured paper with the same pattern.

Then cut 2 panels and a spine from black cardstock for the inside of the covers.

Adhere the patterned papers and the black cardstock to the corrugated panel with your favourite adhesive.  I used Mod Podge.

Apply black and white polka dot washi tape to the spine folds and the folder edges.

Punch 2 holes into the spine and thread bakers twine through the holes.  

Create pages for the folder from white cardstock about 1/4" smaller than the folder cover.  Decide what you'd like to use your folder for and create pages from an assortment of papers and cardstocks.  Score and fold the page panels in half and then tuck them under the fiber inside the folder and tie a knot and a bow on the outside of the spine to secure the pages.

 Adhere the Fall Roses to the cover of the folder with your favourite adhesive and your folder is now finished and ready to use.  I'm using mine to store stamping techniques in, what will you use yours for?

Materials used
Hobby Art Watercolour Markers:
Mid Green, Yellow Green, Bright Yellow, Natural Beige and Beige
Patterned Paper
White mixed media cardstock
Corrugated cardstock
Black cardstock
White cardstock
Polka Dot Washi Tape
Mod Podge
Bakers Twine
Hole Punch

Thanks for stopping by to see today's featured project!
Happy Creating!
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