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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July with LeighSBDesigns New Releases!

I am not the only person who loves to OOO and AAAA at fireworks displays! LeighSBDesigns has created a friend for me to share fireworks with from now on! I embarrass my kids and anyone around me because I do it every single firework that is shot off!  I am warming up for my son's annual show for the 4th coming up on Thursday night as he has to work on the 4th :( but it will be awesome anyway!  This year I have Lil Miss Oddleigh July 4th to share in the ooo'ing and aaa'ing!  Yay!  So here is a warm up photo of some tests runs we did this weekend!

I colored her up in patriotic colors with my Spectrum Noir markers and scanned her into the computer to add to a digitally colored background and fireworks.  I honestly was not trying to be lazy but my neck problems have added a numb right thumb to my list of issues and fussy cutting..well, scissors in my hand cause an electric feeling shock when anything touches a spot on my thumb SO I had to leave my original plan of an acrylic painted sky and then my fireworks and Lil Miss Oddleigh 4th of July being added to it.  And believe it or not (if you know me you believe it! ) I just realized I could have done this same technique with my painted background :(  Oh well, another project for the 6th?  As Bob Ross always said a happy surprise instead of a sad mistake!

Check out the LeighSBDesigns Etsy Store for a discount (through 7/08/2017) on this fabulous digital image that includes:  a set of 4 images and comes with a cluster of bursting Fireworks and separate texts "oooooooo" and "aaaaaaaa". 

This is an instant downloadable digi stamp set in 300+ resolution and contains 8 separate digi images without watermarks. Each image is provided in 2 file formats, jpg & png files, and are ready for you to resize as needed, print and colour with your favorite mediums for cards, ATCs, journal pages and more!

How fabulous is this?  So much to use to play and create awesome projects to share and keep for yourself you will be so impressed!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monument Valley USA by LeighSBDesigns!

I am enjoying acrylic painting and watercolor painting (a little tricky for me still!) and this pen and ink drawing of Monument Valley USA by LeighSBDesigns was perfect for me to play with and use some digital play with it to keep from stressing my right hand.  I used watercolors, white acrylic paint, a white gel pen, and the stars from Lil Miss Oddleigh 4th of July.

I kept the painting strokes loose with the flag and fireworks as the main interests!  I am looking forward to being able to cut things out; I have some fabulous glitter paper that the fireworks will look so awesome made from!  But for now I will do things the way I can and not complain....well, not too much!

Check out the store, LeighSBDesigns Etsy, for all the total new releases and the recent ones that are discounted for a short while so grab 'em while on sale!

Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Smeared Ink Reunion Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Smeared Ink Reunion Blog Hop!  I got started in all this craziness at Smeared and Smudged's 31 Days of Halloween in 2013 (pretty sure about the year).  So once again we are going to do some hopping and leaving some love for the fabulous makes we see!

A fat page using a stamp from the ATC set from SI...not sure of the name but stamped her and colored her up in fire then made a background on a fat page with acrylic paints.  I drew a volcano and a tree that sadly has also met the same fate as our poor lady!  A few words to describe the situation and this fabulous mixed media acrylic flow translucent paint over the words then attached.  The bat in the smoke above the volcano comes from the SI set "A Little Bit Batty".

Since I had the ATC set out I decided to make what else?  An ATC!  I love this one with the faces silently screaming as if walled up or frozen in fear!  I used a mixed media piece of paper left over from mopping up my craft mat and added some words...scrabble fashion!

This set also comes with an ATC card back stamp to list your goodies and pertinent info and I sprayed it some of the golden spray that was mopped up on the front of the index card.

I hope you have enjoyed the blogs today now off to go and finish up!  And leave that love for them xx

Beside the Sea Challenge at Delicious Doodles for July!

We are Beside the Sea this month at Delicious Doodles for our monthly challenge!  I love the beach so a happy theme for me!  I just love the little Beautiful Swimming Seahorses digital image at Delicious Doodles!  I love them so much they went in a fish bowl on my table....with a little seahorse food to sprinkle in when they get hungry :)

I colored the image the rounded it to fit in my bowl that I had drawn on 9 x 12 canvas paper.  Then I colored the background and shelf with acrylic paints making some bokeh bubbles for fun!  I had colored the image a week ago and luckily I had an acrylic paint that just matched it to paint the inside of the bowl.  I ran my highlights over the image to merge them into the bowl.  A little bottle of Delicious Doodles Seahorse Food and it was done!  I plan on putting it in my art journal and using with my (hopefully) beach photos for this summer.

I hope you will join us for our challenge this month!  Can't wait to visit your blog and see what you come up with!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

#artifacts Journal Project of Seth Apter's

I signed on for the #artifacts journaling project for 2017 proposed by Seth Apter which much trepidation!  I am not known for my journaling skills but after a very emotionally draining 2016 thought that getting some things down on paper with art might help me on my way to healing.  So I am giving it a try although very far behind; I do enjoy the time I spend on it.  This month my page that spoke to me most was made with a pair of gorgeous rainbow eyes painted in acrylics on a canvas by the Art Sherpa on Youtube.  They seem to represent the tears of sadness and joy that have come my way in the last year and a half.

They also remind me of how people we know and strangers watch our journeys and make their own decisions about how we should and should not act.  This page seemed to sum it all up with a beautiful pair of eyes as the prize.  I used acrylic paints, stencils, washi stamp, die cuts and stamps.

I took this out of my 3 ring binder to photo it but it is now in place with my next favorite page that is a reminder of a cruise in February of 2016.  Watercolors and acrylic washes and layers.

And finishing up with another water motivated out little crab that octopus looks a bit hungry and already has a sticky tentacle on you!!  Watercolor paints, stencils and octopus die cut.

Hope you will join the quest plenty of time to catch up or start rules!  One of my favorite things about it!

That's it for June!  Have a great July and journal it :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Uh Oh! Oddleigh Mockingbird is Keeping LeighSBDesigns Awake Again!

The fantastic Leigh of LeighSBDesigns has had a little mockingbird problem for a couple of years now.  And this guy loves to keep her awake at night and has actually followed her during the day!  Yep, stalker mockinbird!  Well, meet Oddleigh Mockingbird, released with Lil Miss Oddleigh Dreaming of Sleep!

 He comes with 4 digis, a cluster of 2 stars, a pile of fallen Zzzzz's, floating Zzzzz's that are hollow so you can make them any colour you want plus the same Zzzzz's in solid black too.

Those darts will keep your eyes wide open until dawn as I know for a fact!  Sleep and I have a terrible relationship!  I colored him with Prisma colored pencils and then used acrylic paint in purple and blue to give him a dark of the night look.  The Z's are colored with Spectrum Noir markers with lines added with a white gel pen.  Also used the gel pen to add some twinkle stars.

Check out the store of LeighSBDesigns at Etsy and see all of her awesome images!  This wonderful fellow is on sale for a short while so run carefully don't walk to get him and all the images that come with him!

Meet a Very Sleepy Lil Miss Oddleigh Dreaming of Sleep from LeighSBDesigns!

YAWN!  Never has a digital image reminded me of myself as much as Lil Miss Oddleigh Dreaming of  Sleep by LeighSBDesigns!  This fabulous image comes with three digital images!  And my fondness for her is our shared lack of sleep!  Apparently we both suffer from horrible insomnia so I have found my mirror image :)

 She comes with 2 digis, a cluster of 4 stars and a thought bubble full of sleepy Zzzzzz's.

I colored her up with Prisma colored pencils and fussy cut leaving a small white line.  I used a piece of paper made for acrylic paints to paint a galaxy background (thanks Art Sherpa) and the zzz's bubble is Spectrum Noir markers with a Q-Tip dipped in alcohol to make some spots.  A white gell pen to make some really big sparkle stars and she is ready for a long night of no sleep!

I hope you will go by the fabulous shop of LeighSBDesigns at Etsy and check out all of the wonderfulness there and this beauty will be on sale for a short while so don't miss out!