Monday, 12 September 2016

Design Team.....Welcome the new members

Good morning lovely crafters, I hope my post finds you well and full of glitter or paint!
Now, it's that time already when I need to introduce my brand new design team members.  My original plan was to rotate my Design Team after 6 months....but I just couldn't do it.  My design team have been so amazing, I didn't want to loose them.  So instead, the wonderful Crafters Companion have agreed I can have more members!  Hooray.

I'm therefore very very pleased to introduce the brand new team to you.  First of all, please meet the lovely Diane

Brilliant photo Diane, I figure you are going to fit in very well :)

I asked Diane to answer a few questions for me, so we can get to know her better:

I have always crafted, first as a little girl converting boxes for my dolls to live in and spending many rainy afternoons on the original form of scrapbooking (cutting stuff up and sticking it into a large sugar paper album with ridiculous unusable "gloy glue" ...remember the horrible rubber tipped glue we used to have to put up with) to approx 20 years ago when my brother bought me a box of watercolour paints for Christmas. I didn't really know how to paint so I just practiced painting miniature trees. With some birthdays looming, I decided to cut the trees up and make some little cards, then I discovered you could get peel offs to add messages to the cards....
then I discovered you could buy rubber stamps to add messages and images.......soon my little bag of craft stuff turned into a crate of stuff which turned into a desk of stuff .....and now I have a craft 
room room which is still not big enough!! The addiction is now incurable.

Mmmmmm now the tricky questions 

Fave crafts....
Love ALL things papercraft...3d decoupage a slight exception as I am a bit of a maverick with scissors (if you like images with heads/bits/chunks missing I'm your woman for the job) But particularly passionate about economical crafting i.e. recycling, upcycling where possible. Love 
using my craft stuff combined with everyday stuff. (Ha ha ....loved your latest challenge....eggshells!?!) oh and my new fave thing is creative gift wrapping! Giving up on buying lots of different wrapping paper .......this year it's only brown wrapping paper and whatever I 
can do to it with my craft stuff. 

Most Rewarding thing ....
Well I do love the pure escapism, totally self indulgent, "just for me" time but even better is sharing crafting. Love seeing the joy and self achievement people have once they have had a go at making something ....if only more people would join the crafty brigade....the world would seriously be a better place! (Perhaps we could sit a few world leaders down with some paper, paint and sticky stuff....although sharp scissors might not be a good idea). 

Selling craft stuff....
Yes, used to sell cards at one or two outlets best sellers used to be in a pub!! Landlady kept a basket on the bar, apparently it saved a lot of marriages...equivalent to garage forecourt flowers but hopefully a little bit more thoughtful as I liked to make some of them a bit special. Sadly the most successful sellers on mass were very simple novelty based cards, not so much fun to make, have made special commissions for people but actually always worried that I didn't meet expectations when I was asked for those.Also did a couple of commissions for magazines. 

Favourite craft tool....
oh that's mean ... like asking "which one is your favourite child".....If the chips were down, couldn't live without my paper trimmer I said, rubbish with scissors can't cut a straight line for toffee.

Thank you Diane.  Look out for Diane's work soon to be seen on Hochanda.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Entwined die collection

Good evening crafters.

My poor blog. I've been so busy I've neglected it completely!!

Well, I'm going to try and get some posts done regularly - let's see how I get on.

Today I wanted to share a quick card using my brand new entwined Christmas die collection. The dies I have used for this card are the Christmas tree base die and the frost die.

This is the card I have made:

I started by using my snowflake stamps and a versamark pad to create a stamped background. I then edged my card with cosmic shimmer glue and white embossing powder. When you melt the powder you get a lovely bumpy texture

I created a green background with distress ink, and then used the base Christmas die to cut a tree. Use white card to cut the base tree again, and then glue the White tree over the top of the green, leaving a little border to create a drop shadow effect 

I then cut the frost out of blue card which I covered with versamark ink and embossed using kalidescope embossing powder

Now, entwine the layers together. This is so easy. Simply lie the base on top of the frost die cut, and bring some of the swirls round to the front. I use 200gsm + card, which is substantial enough to entwine without ripping 

Now mat and layer your base card

And finally use my stamps to create your sentiment, and use 3D gel to attach it to your card 

Friday, 1 July 2016

Embossing folders and stamps

Morning crafters...following the launch of my embossing folders and stamps, I thought I'd share some finished samples from the wonderful design team - who've done an amazing job again, a big thank you to Nick, Katrina, Jane and Elaine 😊

Also, to show how the folders work beautifully in the aperture created with the entwined heart dies...hope you like them. See you all ar 9am

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Entwined die collection

Good morning crafters

Sorry...I drafted this ages ago and then forgot to post it!!

Last week was a great - and very busy - week!! My one day special showed the launch of my first set of my entwined collection. This was an idea I had some time ago - so to see it come to life is really exciting! I thought I'd do a little tutorial to give you an idea of how the dies work..or my thought process at any rate!

First I cut the base die out - leaving space around the card to use it as an aperture, and then used the scroll design to do the same, in a contrasting colour

I cut out lots of the entwined element to go with my base die

Using the base die cut, entwine it into the fancy aperture, and then, using 3D foam, glue the base die aperture over the fancy aperture:

Start to entwine the swirls into the heart 

Stamp your background with one of my swirl stamps and emboss in white. Then stamp and emboss a sentiment to hang in the heart aperture.

I'm looking forward to my next launch this evening, where I'll bring more lovely stamps and embossing folders which will co-ordinate with the dies 😊

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 😊