27 May 2011

Daring Cardmakers Passion for Fashion


So here's my first go at playing along with DCMers as a DT member! I'm really excited to be part of the team and looking forward to making some new bloggy friends so hi if you've never popped in here before! I'm Leo, short for Leonora but everyone calls me Leo and it's way easier to type too ;-).
I've got a bunch of leftover fabric bits and pieces on my desk this week so I grabbed  some of those to make an embellishment with stitching it together with my sewing machine. I used some paper off cuts in the background and to make the shoes with just sketching them out onto paper and cutting them out. I popped some PVA glue over the tops of them to make them a bit more substantial as embellies. The flower I made with rolled tissue paper and glued it to another paper flower before adding it to the card. The title bit I cut out of some patterned paper, I think it was a Jenni Bowlin one - it was just a little off cut but it had the  'fashion' word on it so I had to use it and just chopped out the word, added it to a label and then just popped the rest of the off cut of the paper underneath.
xx Leo

26 May 2011

Create 10 Embellishments

Are you coming along to play with Create 10 Embellishments? Classes kick off tomorrow over on CraftyTemplates. I've really enjoyed making my book, {sneak peek bellow}. We're looking at loads of different ideas for embellishing and most of the ideas make use of leftovers and small bits and pieces, which I love because I love to make use of every little scrap :)
xx Leo

18 May 2011


So here's my workdesk today.

I had a little tidy up because my space was getting a bit too cluttered with random bits. When I collected together these 'random bits' and sorted out the junk I found I had quite a lot of cool 'desk treasure'.

Have you ever gone treasure hunting on your craft desk/workspace, what have you found? lol
Find more desks over on Julia's blog, http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/
xx Leo

17 May 2011

Daring Cardmakers - The Darling 'bugs' of May

Here's my go at this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge, The Darling 'bugs' of May. The challenge is to make a card with some kind of bug on it.
I set out to make a hello/thank you card to pop in a guest designer package I've put together for Julie so it had to be something fun and quirky too. So putting the two ideas together hello card and bugs I thought of how spiders pop out, (seemingly from nowhere, how do they do that?) to say hello. Well, they don't say hello but you know what I mean right? lol.
I made the spider from fabric and stitched on the details then I had a look around my desk for stuff to use in the background and grabbed a few bits, I thought the crocheted doily looked kind of like a web....
Then I just kept adding more bits of ribbon and paper stitching them on with my sewing machine.
Pop onto the Daring Cardmakers blog to see the other fun cards & join in, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com/
xx Leo

11 May 2011

Daring Cardmakers - The Flowers For May

Here's my go at this weeks Daring Cardmakers challenge. The challenge this weeks is to make a card inspired by the flowers of the month of May the Hawthorn and the Lily of the Valley.
I know both flowers are white so I had in mind a white based card right away. I made some Hawthorn inspired blossoms just using white card and some buttons. I cut the petals out of card then folded them around my fingers to give them some shape. Then for the centers I threaded some embroidery floss through the button holes and coloured the ends with a sharpie.

 Check out the cool cards & have a go over on the daring cardmakers blog, http://daringcardmakers.blogspot.com/2011/05/flowers-for-may.html

xx Leo

1 May 2011

Downtown Tea Party Sneaks!

I'm working on some layout ideas today using the upcoming 'Downtown Tea Party' Quirky Kit.

I was just popping this one aside while it dried and took a quick snap. I've been experimenting with paints and spray mists.
I used a bit of crochet doily as a mask. I used white as a base on this one then used Candy Pink Cosmic Shimmer and it made it much more opaque but still translucent, love it!
Defo calls for more paint/mist experimenting I think.

xx Leo