Saturday, 6 February 2016

11 days to go - and its challenge time

Morning crafters, I made sure I did an early post today, as its challenge time, so this will allow more people to join in - than when I do a silly midnight post!

If you haven't heard of my little challenge as yet, it's easy. Basically I ask everyone to give me 3 things they'd like me to craft with. This could be anything. Literally. I'll attempt to source it, or use a good alternative if I haven't got the specific ingredient. The person will be picked at random, and then they will win the finished piece (as long as they contact me with their name and address).

So, comment on this post with your challenge, and let's see what I manage to come up with.

When I do a challenge, I always re-visit an old creation of mine, today is one I made whilst I was demonstrating at ally pally, for creative expressions. I am really looking forward to being able to get out and demonstrate again. It's something I had done for such a long spell in my career, and something I was allowed to continue, initially, when I joined C&c. I really missed it when I was forced to stop - I think it's important to get out from behind the tv screen and actually do some crafting! In my opinion it helps prove to people that I'm not just saying i love everything for the tv and to get a sale, but i actually do love pretty much everything!! 

Creative expressions are a great team, we always had a laugh, and they always had so many amazing products for me to play with. Who's going to be at the next ally pally? So excited.

This little bird is one of Wendi vecchi' designs - as are the stamps I've used to create the background. I used Eco paints to add colour, and then texture paste to add a little dimension. I really like this piece - and she will now join the goodies I will be giving away at the end of the crafty countdown. 

Okay folks, get you comments in :)


Sharon Richardson said...

loving how varied you projects are - loving all of them - missing you on TV - hope your in your new job you'll be bringing us lots of interesting things - I especially like mixed media and getting my hands painty and inky so hope to see some of that

Myra said...

That is one cute little bird!! I love his eye and curly lashes!
I didn't realise that I had won the challenge ! I know my name was picked out but I thought that just meant you made what I suggested!
Sorry Leonie, complete misunderstanding! Will email you ASAP .
This challenge - blackboard paint, glass and beads.
Many thanks - the days are going down fast! Xxxx

Bryan Evans said...

Hi Leonie
1. Matchbox
2. Metallic paints
3. Texture paste.

Good luck

diana dean said...

I love seeing your makes, I suggest twigs, shrink plastic and angel fibres, can't wait to see you back on the t.v. can I make a suggestion to what you do with your makes at the end of your challenge you sell them to your admirers of your work for Sands.It has affected many of us.

Shirley said...

Hi Leonie

How about

● one used teabag, any flavour such as fruit, empty packet too
● typeface stamps (mixed?) &
● Ranger Perfect Pearls?

Enjoy the rest of today. So looking forward to hearing the nature of your new role!

Sarah (Debbie) said...

1 Spritz ink
2 Cushion
3 Embroidery thread

Loving your creativity now you are free

Big hugs ❤️❤️

nancy foster said...

I am going to be as random as possible with my
1. Empty tissue box
2. Acetate
3. Glitter

Would love to win one of your creations, I still have the artist trading card you put in a parcel of things I bought from you on eBay!

Pam said...

I'm new to your blog and think it's great, thanks.
My suggestions are coins, flowers and something gold

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Leonie, just love your bird's expression! Thought I'd move away from "messy" this time and suggest plastic canvas, braid of any kind and beads of any kind. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Jackie x

Shirley said...

Hi Leonie

How about

● one used teabag, any flavour such as fruit, empty packet too
● typeface stamps (mixed?) &
● Ranger Perfect Pearls?

Enjoy the rest of today. So looking forward to hearing the nature of your new role!

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Leonie, I love, love, love, this Birdie, and her eyelashes are fab-u-lous !!!
I can't believe it 11 days, 'tempus fugit' and all that !!
My three things are - Vellum - Metallic paints/pens - Texture paste.
Enjoy your weekend, I love this Bird.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Josephine Nairn said...

Have fun can't wait to see you on TV again big hugs xxjo

MFM said...

Just love your bird.
My 3 items for your challenge,
pins, leather and hessian.

Amanda E said...

Bottle tops, rafia and glass paint.
I love the challenges - I shall 'pinch' some of the ideas when I want a quick start.
Thank you
Amanda E

cardmakerkb said...

Hi Leonie. I am loving your designs especially the altered art. It's amazing what a few random articles and gesso can make, I too seem to be addicted to Pebeo gilding wax and a little does go a long way.
My items for your next challenge are

A wine bottle (empty of course)
Tin foil
Alcohol inks.

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous I do love birds and this is fabulous, love the beautiful papers.
1. Trees
2. Metallic Inks
3. Kraft Card

Linda xxx

Lea Brawn said...

Wow absolutely fabulous x

Maureen Killen said...

Hello Leonie,
Love today's bird. I like getting messy, so my three things are:-
Embossing paste
alcohol inks

Maureen xx

julie_woolston said...

Gorgeous bird Leonie my three things are-

Glass Jar/Bottle
Texture paste

Hugs Julie xxx

Claire said...

So enjoying your blogs my 3 things are bubble wrap, gesso and MDF

Margaret said...

Love the bird's eye lashes!

Black card, acetate and anything silver. Mxx

janet said...

My challenge items - tumble drier sheet (used or unused); a charity or freebie card coaster; mica powder.

I think the bird is so tweet!

Anonymous said...

Love your bird my 3 things are melt pot buttons and mount board x

Anonymous said...

Love your bird my 3 things are melt pot buttons and mount board x Sharon Edwards

Sue Balawajder said...

Really love the cute birdie,would love eyelashes like that :0)
3things are:- paper mache figure, gilding flakes and metal charms.
Still counting the days down.

Carol S. said...

Love the sweet bird, eyelashes are to die for!!
My 3 items are:
Plaster of paris (on gauze) an empty drinks bottle(drink alcohol first!) a piece of wire.

Jackie S * said...

Loved your demos with the eco paints and really miss them, loved your lickle creations. I can picture the scene if you joined Creative expressions and join in their takeover weekends on Hochanda! Jackie - Highlands x

Jackie S * said...

Forgot my 3 items
Eco paints
Any sort of frame
Jackie - highlands x

Sammiella Lidbury-Pearce said...

Hi leonie, love your blog and miss you on the telly box. My challenge for you would be 1. Animal stamp 2. Gilding flakes 3. Kraft card
X Sam X

karenlotty said...

The bird is so cute Oooh what to pick Sime great ideas already So my choices are
Texture paste

karenlotty said...

Umm Penny's just dropped Have you used Serif for your Header to your blog?

hollyberry said...

Gorgeous little bird with amazing eyelashes!
For the challenge- candle(or some wax from one),wire,mica.

CraftySuetoo said...

Hi Leonie. I've been loving your posts but this is my first comment - sorry! I'm really looking forward to finding out what your new venture will be, I hope whatever it is it means that we'll be able to see you crafting again.
My suggestions for a project are: bubblewrap, wool and glitter. Have fun, whatever you choose. Sue XXX

carol edwards said...

Hi Leoni lovely craft bird with eyelashes!!! Beautiful. Think my guess with Creative Expressions is coming true. For my challenge.
Stamp board
Angelina fibres.

Heather Treble said...

Hi Leonie,
Love the little birdie and so enjoying your posts and looking forward to seeing you doing some demos. My challenge items are ribbon, texture paste and embossing powder. It's actually a great idea for people to give these challenges as it makes us think of using different things too.
Thanks for sharing,

Delia said...

Hello, there -I've just had your blog recommended by my husband so have been catching up! We both enjoyed watching you on That TV Channel and are really looking forward to your new venture. Well done indeed for keeping this countdown going and for sharing so much with us all. Delia x

suebow said...

Firstly Leonie it is not long to go is it .Whatever it is you are going to do you are going to be be just amazing . Just keep on being your daft , mad crazy lovely self .

I would love you to use a piece of metal , gilding wax and vintage music paper . The reason I have chosen the metal and gilding wax is because I would like to use it and would love some help and I love crafting with Vintage music .

Have a lovely Sunday

Sue Bowen

Anne said...

This is so cute, Leonie.

Anne (Northampton)

Ruth Kidd said...

Really enjoying the blog countdown and all of the projects. It will be great to see you back on our screens - scary how quickly six months can pass!

My project suggestions are:
- scraper foil
- gilding wax
- acetate


raineysheep said...

Hi Leonie
Happy Sunday !
Can't wait to have you back on TV but meanwhile living the blog, really like this little bird, my suggestions are:-
1. Empty can or tin
2. Felt
3. Textured paste
Good Luck x

Sue MacFall said...

It will be lovely to see you on TV again - have missed you.
What about using
texture paste

Hope all is going well for you.
Sue Mac

Anonymous said...

Old music score, Jesso and glossy accents, can't wait to see you soon.

Teejay Turner-Archer said...

Hi Leonie, my suggestions, mask, texture paste and wood but not MDF

keep on being yourself in all creations and all ventures

Teejay x

Nessie said...

So cute! Love the eyelashes on the bird...

Can I suggest:

Bigz die
Pages from old books/old music sheets

Love from Nessie

Patricia Youdell said...

Hi Leonie
Can't wait to see you on air again
My challenge is:-
Empty clear plastic waterbottle
Glitter glue
Surgical gauze

Pat x

Ann said...

Hi Leonie

I am so excited for you continue to enjoy your crafting you are brilliant

and so talented.

My challenge is


Frantage goodies ie chunks of mica/flakes chunky powder etc etc

Net ribbon

Hugs Annx

Lyse said...

Hi Leonie
I'm enjoying your countdown very much. Are you still looking for design team members? I'm very interested if you are. I challenge you to use a tin can, prom Poms and pipe cleaners

Best wishes
Lyse xxx

ginny c said...

Great bird, my 3
1.melt Pot
2.chalk Paints

Jenny Nadershahi said...

Loving your work Leonie, I do have a go at this altered art/mixed media, but they never look any where near your crafty creations. Hurry up and start your classes please. I saw where your friend Adam has settled! Hmmmm! I wonder?

Anyway my three things are:
Sticky backed plastic
Sea shells and ...

Jenny - Peterborough

Karen Petitt said...

Pasta, gesso and wood/mdf/chipboard!
I love what you have created and have really enjoyed seeing your beautiful projects. Just hoping we get to see you and what you love to do more often Karen x

Tracy Welham said...

Love the detail on this. Creative Blessings, Tracy x