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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Two Fat Pages with Alice and Queen of Hearts Grunge Collage from LeighSBDesigns

How I do love these grunge collages with Alice and the Queen of Hearts!  This morning I featured a notebook I made using them plus the Grunge Card Suite set you can get for free if you buy both Alice and the Queen!  Now I am showing you two fat pages I made with these same digital images!  And I can't forget to remind you that this weekend is a fun weekend for us at Markers! Paper! Digis! Facebook Group as LeighSBDesigns is the sponsor for the weekend!  Fun Stuff!!!

My background papers are made when I finish a painting and have paint left on my palette!  I just grab a paper and my brayer (bought on super sale don't know how I lived without it! lol) and scrap the paint up with a palette knife and plop on my paper then brayer it out until I like it!  I used some of Tim Holtz's ChitChat words and brass clip with a paperclip to compliment the background.  The two cards (yes, the diamond was partying under the bed but I sent Yosh under there to get it for me!) were watercolored in with the circle tool from my Gelato set made circles from watercolors and mixed media opaque and transparent colors.

Again, paint from my palette smashed about with my brayer with some black lace layered under the heart card and spade all made as above.  I added some little gold medallions my mom gave me a box of 500 given to her by her best friend!  So much of my stash has my mom written all over it because she always was on the market to buy or score me craft supplies and she always shared :)

The FREEBIE Wonderland Grunge Set can be found HERE and includes the Queen and Alice with the Grunge Card Suite included for free!  You can purchase the Grunge Card Suite alone HERE.

Stop by this weekend and say hi and LIKE Markers! Paper! Digis! and see what goodies we all have up sharing plus I hear of a 30% off coupon good for this weekend at the LeighSBDesigns Etsy Store!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sunshine in Her Hair by LeighSBDesigns!

This digital image has about the most beautiful face I have seen on any!  You can see the sweetness yet joking side of this glowing young lady!  I made a small hanging tag for this weekend as LeighSBDesigns sponsors Markers! Paper! Digis!   Exciting for us and for you all we hope, too!  So on to the finished make of Sunshine in Her Hair!

Sunshine in Her Hair Hanging Tag

Tomorrow you will hear about how I make my background papers, however, this one is just a tad different as I didn't brayer my left over palette paint but used a huge brush to make huge red and orange poppies with green leaves and other colors smushed around!  I took yellow watercolors and dotted around the image and added some bronze bling to the corners.  She is colored with Prisma colored pencils and since she is holding the sunshine her personality pours out; I gave her pink hair my favorite color hair to color :)

Please come by and like Markers! Paper! Digis! and see our makes new and old  plus a 30% discount coupon has been mentioned from LeighSBDesigns fabulous Etsy Store!

LeighSBDesigns Sponsor Day at Markers! Paper! Digis! Today!!

So cool to have a sponsor day with Markers! Paper! Digis! featuring our LeighSBDesigns by Leigh for the day!  And she has given us a dilly of a fabulous set to work with for this wonderful time!  We have the Alice Grunge Collage and Queen of Hearts Grunge Collage digital images  with the Grunge Card Suits set that will come as a freebie when you order Alice and the Queen!  I used all sorts of mixed media paints, waterpaints, opaque acrylics, transparent, acrylics, everything I could throw at mine to make a book to hold papers for sketches for my acrylic paintings!  

Some ribbons and a bit of bling and matching clips for front and back!

The back with the lovely UGH Queen!

Supposed to be a quartet but that pesky diamond has slipped off for some partying!  But the Grunge Card Suits set sprayed with tea spray by Heidi Swapp and all holding a page with little brass clips by Tim Holtz.

Please come by and like Markers! Paper! Digis! and see our makes new and old from LeighSBDesigns fabulous Etsy Store!

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

Leigh SB Designs
Dream In Darkness
Nan (You are Here!)
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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!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

It's June and Time for All Things Great and Small

I so love Teri's images at Delicious Doodles!  So much talent and so many gorgeous really gorgeous images!  I colored this one up for the June challenge with Prisma colored pencils.  I then painted some paper purple and green and make some water plants and cut and curl around a pencil.  Then some die cut doillies!

A few sea beads and she is set to have fun with her friends!  Marina the image is a delight to color!

I hope you come join our challenge at Delicious Doodles for June with the theme of All Things Great and Small!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Revisiting Japan!

I was so excited to see Neko the whimsical Japanese cat as a new image by LeighSBDesigns!  I wanted to use some of my gorgeous photos from Japan in November last year and this worked out so well I thought!

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers and scanned into the computer then some magical thingy cut it out for me and I was able to pull it into my picture from Japan!  Magic I tell ya!  I added Japan 2016 with Neko for a nice feeling :)

Please check out the Etsy Store of LeighSBDesigns as new designs are coming and each is more fantastic than the last I do believe!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Oddleigh Lizard Boy Joins the Family at LeighSBDesigns!

What fun is this one!  I love this guy!  And he loves bugs and spiders which will be coming up next!  He is the Whimsical Oddleigh Lizard Boy with Spider at the LeighSBDesigns Etsy Store!  I colored him up with Prisma colored pencils and added some watercolors for a background for him to have a colorful home!

You are missing a treat if you don't run to the store and have a look see!  As a new image is released it is discounted until the next one is released!  Such fun and odd and whimsical images our Leigh has created and at such a fast pace!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Boston Terrier Jack in the Box! by LeighSBDesigns!

I was smiling so big when I saw this little guy!  So fun yet so much details!  I knew at once that I was going to be scrumping up a LeighSBDesigns image just a wee bit!  I wanted him to be jumping as much as he could!  His name in the LeighSBDesigns Etsy Store is Boston Terrier Jack in a Box so grab him while he is on sale!

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut; gluing the box down and pop dotting his upper parts after folding the lines of his pop up mechanism.

Keep checking the LeighSBDesigns Etsy Store in case you miss one of these lovelies!  I am having so much fun with them!

Friday, May 5, 2017

New Release at LeighSBDesigns....Vampire Cat!

Still on my search for the Egyptian tresure/doom but a little time off to relax with the zentangle Vampire Cat!  He is telling the world that he is a bit different....maybe likes a little nibble or two but he is a proud vampire cat!  How awesome to feel that good about  yourself!  LeighSBDesigns Etsy store will be having new releases every three days good at a reduced price until the next one comes out!  I assure you these are fantatic, imaginative digital designs that are a breath of fresh air for colorist!

I used an acrylic background with bokeh effects on it and Holt's Chit Chat Pack.

The link for this beauty will pop up here tomorrow and not feeling too well I wanted to get this posted now as it is already tomorrow at my house :)

May's Challenge Starts at Dragons Lair Designs!

Hi Dragonettes!  Just a short post to get us all ready for the May challenge at Dragons Lair Designs where the theme is Anything Goes with an optional twist of fashion!  Fun one this month!  I am doing a digital page as I am having back issues plus love playing with the kits digitally sooo much!  Here is my summer is already here in south Mississippi layout with a couple who have clothes on (fashion) but they are in silhouette so I will let our Challenge Leader, Susan, determine what category mine falls into! :)

Do come join the challenge!  A prize and lots of inspiration and nothing easier than Anything Goes, right?  Oh, my lady has a hat on!  Definitely fashion LOL

Now that you have had a look at this inspiration blog post why don't you visit some of the other areas in the Dragons Lair Designs family of sites:

We'd love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using any DLD items.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sin City Stamps Blog Hop through the 9th Continues!

Just another reminder about the Sin City Stamps Blog Hop going on since the 3rd and through the 9th!  The Inspiration Team Blog has links to there blogs and visit them and before you go leave some love for them for a chance for prizes!

From the Sin City Stamps set Anime Fairies and Baby Dragons Fantasy set but don't worry my captured fairy only has a lock for decoration!  She comes and goes and she pleases :)  Oh and big note you cannot rush dry Peobo paints hence the odd sea shell in her home!

Don't forget to hop!

Check out all of the fun sets available at Sin City Stamps! And don't forget to join the Facebook Fan Page for challenges and more!

Twin Mermaids My First Double Canvas Painting!

The Art Sherpa, the fabtastic Cinnamon Cooney, has made me such a happy camper!  I have wanted to paint since I can remember and was going to college when I graduated high school a year early to study art.  But love changed that plan and I married my love of my life a year after graduating never regretting a moment of it!  Now as life has thrown quiet a few darts at me and dealing with them has been such a challenge, painting is my happy place!  And the Art Sherpa has led me to acrylic painting through her tutorials in real time and I am painting one or more painting on most days!  Today I painted the twin mermaids on double canvases and I am in love with it!  A few more tweaks and dots and it will be ready to varnish!

Thanks Cinnamon and Jon for being such awesome, positive influences on my life and so many others!  This canvas has many wishes under the paint and I am now finding I can't start painting without putting in the wishes!

You can find all or some of the Art Sherpa in the links below:
Pinterest (traceables found there also)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blog Hop at Sin City Stamps May 3rd -9th!

Just another reminder about the blog hop at Sin City Stamps Inspiration Team Blog going through today until the 9th!  I have already hopped and saw plenty of inspiration!

More from the Angel of Time rubber set!  I like to call this Back to the Future for some reason....haven't watched the movies in years but vaguely remember a train in one?  Anyway I painted the stamped image with Chinese water paints and added some glitter I found in my mom's ceramic stuff she had given me.  Spritzed with some tea spray and attached to a cream sheet with the Roman numerals also included in the set stamped randomly.  Also LOVE the "Inked by:" stamp in the same set that I used in the corner!  A paper rose with numbers and letters on it and it was done.

Don't forget to go to the Sin City Stamps Inspiration Team Blog and go to each blog and leave some love in your comment on their blogs!  They worked hard and deserve a pat on the back!

Check out all of the fun sets available at Sin City Stamps! And don't forget to join the Facebook Fan Page for challenges and more!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Horus the Egyptian Cat by LeighSBDesigns Leads Me Toward Another Clue!

As you may know, we on the LeighSBDesign design team have been taking a little walk on the old Egyptian side with its wise and revered cats starting with Cleo.  Cleo's eyes seemed to be telling me she had something of value to share with me.  On my trip looking for clues came up with "walk like and Egyptian" nothing else.  I did not despair just decided to bide my time and see what else came along.  Well, Horus came up or rather clues to where he might be.  And being the excellent clue hunter than I am, I found him!  Or rather his image on an old, frail piece of parchment curled with age bearing his likeness and the words "walk like an Egyptian"!  Now that is two of the same clues one might think or could it be just the insistence that that is the clue and to somehow follow it to what treasures/riches/despair? might lay?  Anyway, here is the scroll I so carefully excavated!

Horus the Egyptian Cat can be found at the Etsy store of LeighSBDesigns along with all of her new releases which are all amazing!  More coming every 3 days so don't forget to keep checking!  And join and like our Facebook Fan Group for some freebies in the photo album section!  Make sure to post your creations to inspire us!

A Little Bit Late Like a Night Owl?

At the Dragons Lair Designs Facebook Fan Page we have a coloring contest where you can request a free digital image and if you color it and put it in the album you can get the image for the next month free again!  And for our loyalty points, if you color and blog your project you get two points!

Yoo Hoo the Owl  the mixed matched eyed little guy says "Don't Worry, Be Happy!" so I agree with him!  Why not?

Now that you have had a look at this inspiration blog post why don't you visit some of the other areas in the Dragons Lair Designs family of sites:

We'd love to have you join us in our Fan Group and post up some pictures of any creations you make using any DLD items.

Sin City Stamps Blog Hop May 3rd!

Make sure you make time tomorrow to check out the fabulous Blog Hop over at Sin City Stamps Inspiration Team where it starts!  Lots of inspiration and fabulous stamps to put on your wish list or toss in your shopping basket!

This awesome set Angel of Time is one of my favorites!  I stamped the image and framed it then stamped and embossed in black the angel and pop dotted her on top of the glass.  The black frame, image and sentiment were all sponged with golden acrylic paint.  The sentiment is also black embossed and layered on some soft pink flowered paper.

Make sure to visit all of the blogs and leave a comment and some love tomorrow or today according to where you live!

Check out all of the fun sets available at Sin City Stamps! And don't forget to join the Facebook Fan Page for challenges and more!