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Friday, February 16, 2018

MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP Day 5 Finale: "Portraits in a Locket" altered art by Leigh!

Howzit Creative Friends!
Welcome to the finale of LeighSBDesigns 1st 
Blog Hop❤️
 Firstly I'd like to express my sorrow over the terrible Florida shootings, I'm sending my love, thoughts and prayers to everyone involved❤️

We're now on the last day of our fabulous 5 day blog hop!  A big THANK YOU and round of applause to everyone for an amazing show of Dark Valentines and to everyone who hopped and left love for everyone!  Your wonderful comments are very much appreciated😘

Everyone playing has had a fabulous time so let's make it a date shall we!  See you for My Dark Valentine Blog Hop 2019, mark your calendars so you don't forget!  All the deets will be available 24/7 on the MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP page!  Woohoo😜
The fun isn't over until 5 to midnight tonight though!  You can still get in a project or 2 before the deadlline and if you haven't had chance to hop yet then you have until Feb 20th to do your rounds and leave lots of love on all the entries!  I will announce the prize winners soon after so don't stray far and miss it😋

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the wonderful inspiration we share here and have become a follower!  I will be continuing the love fest until the end of Feb with DT showcase posts featuring all the wonderful projects Val shared on her own blog for the hop and fabulous projects to share by Nan that you haven't seen yet plus there's new tutorials coming😀  There will be a new release in March so keep your eyes peeled for that and then our next big event will be in April to celebrate LeighSBDesigns first birthday🎉  Can you believe it will be one year already so get ready to put your party hats on, Woohoo🎉

In the middle of all this excitement I need to do a massive spring clean of my studio and will be purging lots of rubber and anything else I can bare to part with!  I'll be listing everything here on my Leigh's Studio Spring Clean Sales page and I have created a Facebook group for it too so you might want to join that if you'd like instant notifications when I add stuff!

If you are just joining us for the first time today then here's the scoop!  We've been celebrating Valentine's Day in style with a 5 day progressive blog hop but we've gone DARK and TWISTY and the creepier the better!  Our holiday of love has a very dark past with an assortment of sinister origins which I mentioned in my Day 1 post HERE!  Hop over for a read and then embrace your dark side, enjoy the show and join in too!  The Blog Hop Roll is at the bottom of this post and also up on the hop page, just click on each thumbnail in the Inlinkz collection to hop and leave your love for each blogger.❤️

 Want to play too?
It is super easy to participate!  Think dark romance, gothic romance, bloody Valentine or go even kinkier if you so desire, all dark art is welcome!  Link up before 5 to midnight tonight!
 You can use images from any company and even old projects are welcome as long as you re-blog them in new posts and include a link to this blog, all the hop details and Blog Hop Roll!  
 Be nice and play fair by hopping and commenting too!

Everything you need to know plus instructions on how to add the Blog Hop Roll to your posts is provided on the MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP page

There's PRIZES up for grabs plus a FREEBIE!
If you haven't snagged the freebie yet then hurry coz it vanishes after midnight tonight!
See the Day 1 post for details and grab the freebie😋

Day 5
"Portraits in a Locket"
altered art by Leigh

For today's finale I'm sharing an amazing discovery that was made in the Oddleighverse!

An antique locket was discovered in Oddleigh Poe's old home in Baltimore and inside a tinted portrait photo was found of Poe and a mystery lady.  They look like they were so much in love and such a quaint sentiment is inscribed down the center...."You Stole my Heart"....awww, at least Oddleigh Poe seemed happy during these mystery years❤️

 Featured today are Poe from the Oddleigh Poe and Raven Set and Oddleigh Cherished Heart set with her Heart border.  Poe is holding a Gothic Rose, the background is the Scratched Hearts collage and the sentiment is from the Dark Sentiments 1 set

I altered a large wooden heart and to give the illusion that it's a little jewelry locket I added an over sized gold chain.

The Oddleighs, Gothic Rose and the sentiment are coloured with Copics.  The Scratch Hearts background is coloured with Derwent pastels blended with a Dove Blender pen.  The collaged panel, which I did in Photoshop and printed onto Neenah cardstock, was adhered to the wooden heart after I stained it with Black Soot Distress Stain.  I applied Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges to blend the panel into the wood.  The coloured panel was then sealed first with a matte varnish and then aged with brown antiquing varnish.

Tim Holtz Distress Paint clear Rock Candy was applied to the edges and the resulting cracks enhanced with gold rub on cream to give the effect that the vintage photo is cracking and peeling.  I then embellished the heart point with a single Tim Holtz Idea-ology resin red rose.  In the photo below you can see the wooden heart also has distressed gold leaf sides. 

The Oddleigh Poe and lil miss Oddleigh Cherished Heart are on FLASH SALE until midnight tonight plus the entire Dark Valentine Collection including the cute Teddy Wreath and Love text release sale ends at midnight tonight too so dash on over to LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique!

There's also 2 Bundles to help you save $$$ if you can't decide which Dark Valentine digis you want.  The bundles are not included in the release sale as they're discounted already and available 24/7.  I hope you see something you love and use it to play in the hop😋
Check out my launch video and see the release post HERE!

Click on the following pix to go shopping for the images used on today's project!

Thanks for stopping by to see my project today!
Happy hopping!



  1. OMG!!! This is sooo sweet! They make the cutest couple EVER and I adore how you've antiqued it all. What a brilliant make! Love, love, LOVE! xxD

  2. Oh how they both go well together and love the story! Fabulous embellishments.

  3. Ooooh - so cool. This is fabulous. These Oddleigh bods are starting to grow on me :-D xx

  4. OH WOW!!! That is an amazing piece of art. Thank you for hosting this wonderful adventure :D XXX


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