DARK VALENTINE COLLECTION!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Dark Valentine DT Showcase: Valentine card and gift tag by Nan!

Howzit Creative Friends!
Today I'm showcasing LeighSBDesigner Nan's brand new Valentine card and gift tag set featuring designs from the Dark Valentine Collection.

Today's featured digi stamps are now on FLASH SALE until midnight pacific tonight!


 Nan made this stunning card featuring the Distressed Heart Splatter and paired it up with the super versatile Scratch Hearts background and "Love Hurts" sentiment from the Dark Sentiments 2 set.  I love how she coloured the background and left the hearts white, it really makes them pop, and those red paint splatters, distressed grunge effects and the bat embellishment are the perfect touch.

Supplies used:
 Cardstock
Fired Brick and Black Soot Distress Inks
Spectrum Noir IG2, DR3
Red Acrylic Paint 
Plastic Bat with Gold Highlight
 
 
Nan then made a fun gift tag for her cute teddy using "Be Mine" from the Dark Sentiments 2 set and the LOVE text which is in the Valentine (Cute) section in the Etsy Boutique.

Supplies used:
 Cardstock
Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral, Black Soot
Hole punch
Heart Ribbon
Gold and White Gel pens
Teddy Bear
 
Click on the pix to go shopping!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/578295032/new-dark-sentiments-2-set-of-5?ref=shop_home_active_6
https://www.etsy.com/listing/592098365/new-love-text-digi-stamp-dark-valentine?ref=shop_home_active_2
https://www.etsy.com/listing/592093335/new-scratch-hearts-background-dark?ref=shop_home_active_2

Thanks for stopping by to see Nan's projects today!
Happy Stamping!
THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dark Valentine DT Showcase: Altered Distressed Heart by Val!

Hiya Creative Friends!
Today I'm showcasing this wicked cool altered paper mache heart LeighSBDesigner Val made for our MY DARK VALENTINE Blog Hop last week!  If you missed the fun then start your hopping HERE!


Val used the Distressed Heart Splatter and LOVE text from LeighSBDesigns Dark Valentine Collection to create this deliciously dark and decadent piece!  I love how all the shades of red contrast delightfully with the black heart!

Today's featured digi stamps are now on FLASH SALE until midnight pacific tonight!
Click on the pix to go shopping!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/578276112/new-distressed-splatter-heart-dark?ref=related-5
https://www.etsy.com/listing/592098365/new-love-text-digi-stamp-dark-valentine?ref=shop_home_active_2

Val used the following supplies to create this wonderful altered art piece!

Paper Mashe Heart
Fired Brick Distress Ink
Red Embossing Pen
Clear Embossing Powder
Red Silk Ribbon 
White Gel Pen
Black Sakura Pen
Black acrylic paint
 
Thanks for stopping by to see Val's project today!
 
Happy Stamping!
THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tutorial Tuesdays: Scratch Hearts and Distress Oxides Background - Valentine card by Leigh

Howzit Creative Friends!
It's time for a Tutorial Tuesday segment and today I'm going to show you how to make a quick and easy card with LeighSBDesigns Scratch Hearts background digi and Distress Oxides!  I made a cute Valentine card so you can see that the Scratch Hearts isn't just for your dark themed projects! 

Scratch Hearts is now on FLASH SALE and ends at midnight pacific Feb 21st!


I got the new 12 Distress Oxides for my birthday and couldn't resist playing around with 3 of the new colours to make an easy but effective background for my card.


I applied the oxides to a sheet of mixed media cardstock with foam ink applicators.   I started out with Tattered Rose at the bottom and randomly applied it while moving up, switched to Shaded Lilac and then finished with Blueprint Sketch.  I wanted to create the look of twinkling stars and a quick mist of water from a mini mister did the trick.  I let the water sit for a few seconds and then dabbed off the excess with paper towel.  I dried the cardstock with my heat tool and printed my Scratch Hearts collage background onto it.


I randomly applied clear Wink of Stella to some of the hearts for just a touch of magical sparkle.  It's hard to capture how pretty clear Wink of Stella is in photos but you can kind of see it in the photo above and below.


To allow the background to be the star of the show I chose a small cat rubber stamp to pair with it.  I inked up the cute Cat Balloon stamp by All Night Media with Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink onto a panel die cut out with a rectangle die.  I watercolour painted the background with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide and a paint brush.  Kitty was coloured with Copics in N0, 2, 4 and R20.  I hand wrote the sentiment on the balloon with a black Micron pen.  I completed the image by adding Viva Pearl magic transparent violet to the balloon.  This gives the balloon some dimension and a lovely violet pearlescent shimmer.


I then edged the stamped panel and the background panel with Black Soot Distress Ink, layered them onto red cardstock and trimmed leaving a 1/4" border.  I mounted the background onto a folded white card blank and attached the kitty panel to the front with pop dots for a touch of dimension.
 

Thanks for stopping by to see my project today!
Happy Stamping!
THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN

Friday, February 16, 2018

MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP Day 5 Finale: "Portraits in a Locket" altered art by Leigh!

Howzit Creative Friends!
Welcome to the finale of LeighSBDesigns 1st 
MY DARK VALENTINE
Blog Hop❤️
 Firstly I'd like to express my sorrow over the terrible Florida shootings, I'm sending my love, thoughts and prayers to everyone involved❤️

We're now on the last day of our fabulous 5 day blog hop!  A big THANK YOU and round of applause to everyone for an amazing show of Dark Valentines and to everyone who hopped and left love for everyone!  Your wonderful comments are very much appreciated😘

Everyone playing has had a fabulous time so let's make it a date shall we!  See you for My Dark Valentine Blog Hop 2019, mark your calendars so you don't forget!  All the deets will be available 24/7 on the MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP page!  Woohoo😜
The fun isn't over until 5 to midnight tonight though!  You can still get in a project or 2 before the deadlline and if you haven't had chance to hop yet then you have until Feb 20th to do your rounds and leave lots of love on all the entries!  I will announce the prize winners soon after so don't stray far and miss it😋

I hope you've enjoyed seeing the wonderful inspiration we share here and have become a follower!  I will be continuing the love fest until the end of Feb with DT showcase posts featuring all the wonderful projects Val shared on her own blog for the hop and fabulous projects to share by Nan that you haven't seen yet plus there's new tutorials coming😀  There will be a new release in March so keep your eyes peeled for that and then our next big event will be in April to celebrate LeighSBDesigns first birthday🎉  Can you believe it will be one year already so get ready to put your party hats on, Woohoo🎉

In the middle of all this excitement I need to do a massive spring clean of my studio and will be purging lots of rubber and anything else I can bare to part with!  I'll be listing everything here on my Leigh's Studio Spring Clean Sales page and I have created a Facebook group for it too so you might want to join that if you'd like instant notifications when I add stuff!

If you are just joining us for the first time today then here's the scoop!  We've been celebrating Valentine's Day in style with a 5 day progressive blog hop but we've gone DARK and TWISTY and the creepier the better!  Our holiday of love has a very dark past with an assortment of sinister origins which I mentioned in my Day 1 post HERE!  Hop over for a read and then embrace your dark side, enjoy the show and join in too!  The Blog Hop Roll is at the bottom of this post and also up on the hop page, just click on each thumbnail in the Inlinkz collection to hop and leave your love for each blogger.❤️

 Want to play too?
It is super easy to participate!  Think dark romance, gothic romance, bloody Valentine or go even kinkier if you so desire, all dark art is welcome!  Link up before 5 to midnight tonight!
 You can use images from any company and even old projects are welcome as long as you re-blog them in new posts and include a link to this blog, all the hop details and Blog Hop Roll!  
 Be nice and play fair by hopping and commenting too!

Everything you need to know plus instructions on how to add the Blog Hop Roll to your posts is provided on the MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP page

There's PRIZES up for grabs plus a FREEBIE!
If you haven't snagged the freebie yet then hurry coz it vanishes after midnight tonight!
See the Day 1 post for details and grab the freebie😋

Day 5
"Portraits in a Locket"
altered art by Leigh

For today's finale I'm sharing an amazing discovery that was made in the Oddleighverse!


An antique locket was discovered in Oddleigh Poe's old home in Baltimore and inside a tinted portrait photo was found of Poe and a mystery lady.  They look like they were so much in love and such a quaint sentiment is inscribed down the center...."You Stole my Heart"....awww, at least Oddleigh Poe seemed happy during these mystery years❤️


 Featured today are Poe from the Oddleigh Poe and Raven Set and Oddleigh Cherished Heart set with her Heart border.  Poe is holding a Gothic Rose, the background is the Scratched Hearts collage and the sentiment is from the Dark Sentiments 1 set


I altered a large wooden heart and to give the illusion that it's a little jewelry locket I added an over sized gold chain.


The Oddleighs, Gothic Rose and the sentiment are coloured with Copics.  The Scratch Hearts background is coloured with Derwent pastels blended with a Dove Blender pen.  The collaged panel, which I did in Photoshop and printed onto Neenah cardstock, was adhered to the wooden heart after I stained it with Black Soot Distress Stain.  I applied Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges to blend the panel into the wood.  The coloured panel was then sealed first with a matte varnish and then aged with brown antiquing varnish.


Tim Holtz Distress Paint clear Rock Candy was applied to the edges and the resulting cracks enhanced with gold rub on cream to give the effect that the vintage photo is cracking and peeling.  I then embellished the heart point with a single Tim Holtz Idea-ology resin red rose.  In the photo below you can see the wooden heart also has distressed gold leaf sides. 


The Oddleigh Poe and lil miss Oddleigh Cherished Heart are on FLASH SALE until midnight tonight plus the entire Dark Valentine Collection including the cute Teddy Wreath and Love text release sale ends at midnight tonight too so dash on over to LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique!

There's also 2 Bundles to help you save $$$ if you can't decide which Dark Valentine digis you want.  The bundles are not included in the release sale as they're discounted already and available 24/7.  I hope you see something you love and use it to play in the hop😋
Check out my launch video and see the release post HERE!


Click on the following pix to go shopping for the images used on today's project!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/572226840/new-oddleigh-poe-raven-quirky-caricature?ref=shop_home_active_8
https://www.etsy.com/listing/525672843/whimsical-oddleigh-cherished-heart?ref=shop_home_active_1
https://www.etsy.com/listing/592093335/new-scratch-hearts-background-dark?ref=shop_home_active_2
https://www.etsy.com/listing/592081131/new-gothic-rose-dark-valentine?ref=shop_home_active_5
https://www.etsy.com/listing/578293734/new-dark-sentiments-set-1-set-of-5?ref=shop_home_active_1

Thanks for stopping by to see my project today!
Happy hopping!

THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN

Thursday, February 15, 2018

MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP Day 4: "Dark Valentine" card by Nan!

Howzit Creative Friends!
Welcome to LeighSBDesigns 1st 
MY DARK VALENTINE
Blog Hop❤️
 Wowee, i'ts Day 4 already and what a fabulous showing of Dark Valentines we've seen so far!!!!  Thank you everyone for playing, hopping and commenting!  If you haven't had chance to hop yet then you will still have a few days afterwards to catch up but the sooner all the Bloggers hop and comment the sooner I can announce the prize winners😋

  Also, please remember to mention the Hop title and link back to this blog in ALL your posts in addition to including the Blog Hop Roll!  You may have noticed that if you play more than once the active Inlinkz thumbnails are only visible in your most recent post so anyone randomly just looking at your previous posts won't know what the hop is all about or where to go to play themselves if you don't mention all the info.  Once the Inlinkz closes then all the thumbnails magically re-appear in ALL of your posts.

 If you're just joining us for the first time today then here's the scoop!  We are celebrating Valentine's Day in style with a 5 day progressive blog hop but we're going DARK and TWISTY and the creepier the better!  Our holiday of love has a very dark past with an assortment of sinister origins which I mentioned in my Day 1 post HERE!  Hop over for a read and then embrace your dark side, enjoy the show and join in too!  The Blog Hop Roll is at the bottom of this post and also up on the hop page, just click on each thumbnail in the Inlinkz collection to hop and leave your love for each blogger.❤️

Want to play too?
It is super easy to participate!  Think dark romance, gothic romance, bloody Valentine or go even kinkier if you so desire, all dark art is welcome!  You can play every day or just one day and link up anytime during the 5 days with no need to sign-up!  You can use images from any company and even old projects are welcome as long as you re-blog them in new posts and include a link to this blog, all the hop details and Blog Hop Roll!  Be nice and play fair by hopping and commenting too!
Everything you need to know plus instructions on how to add the Blog Hop Roll to your posts is provided on the MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP page

There's PRIZES up for grabs plus a FREEBIE!
See the Day 1 post for details and grab the freebie😋

Day 4
"Dark Valentine"
card by Nan

Today I'm sharing a wicked cool card by LeighSBDesigner Nan featuring the Skull Roses Collage and My Dark Valentine from the Dark Sentiments 1 set.


Nan used the following supplies on this one:
Cardstock
Fired Brick and Black Soot Distress Inks
Spectrum Noir markers:  IG 2, DR 3, 4 and 6
Tim Holtz die cut Heart and Splatter
Skull and chain from her stash
Glue
Adhesive Tape

The DARK VALENTINE Collection is available at LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique with introductory prices good thru Feb 16!  There's also 2 Bundles to help you save $$$ if you can't decide which digis you want.  The bundles are not included in the release sale as they're discounted already and available 24/7.  I hope you see something you love and use it to play in the hop😋
Check out my launch video and see the release post HERE!


Click on the following pix to go shopping for the images used on today's project!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/592095493/new-skull-roses-collage-dark-valentine?ref=shop_home_active_2
https://www.etsy.com/listing/578293734/new-dark-sentiments-set-1-set-of-5?ref=shop_home_active_1

Thanks for stopping by to see Nan's project today!
Happy hopping, see you again tomorrow!

THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP Day 3 & Vampire's Day Soiree: "Love Hurts" card by Leigh

Howzit Creative Friends!
Happy DARK Valentine's Day❤️
We are celebrating Valentine's Day in style with a 5 day progressive blog hop but we're going DARK and TWISTY and the creepier the better!  Our holiday of love has a very dark past with an assortment of sinister origins which I mentioned in my Day 1 post HERE!  Hop over for a read and then embrace your dark side, enjoy the show and join in too!  The Blog Hop Roll is at the bottom of this post and also up on the hop page, just click on each thumbnail in the Inlinkz collection to hop and leave your love for each blogger.❤️

Want to play too?
It is super easy to participate!  Think dark romance, gothic romance, bloody Valentine or go even kinkier if you so desire, all dark art is welcome!  You can play every day or just one day and link up anytime during the 5 days with no need to sign-up!  You can use images from any company and even old projects are welcome as long as you re-blog them in new posts and include a link to this blog, all the hop details and Blog Hop Roll!  Be nice and play fair by hopping and commenting too!
Everything you need to know plus instructions on how to add the Blog Hop Roll to your posts is provided on the MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP page

There's PRIZES up for grabs plus a FREEBIE!
See the Day 1 post for details and grab the freebie😋

Day 3
"Love Hurts"
card by Leigh

Today is also the seventh annual Vampire's Day Soiree at Holly's Horrorland and I'm attending the soiree with this vampire themed card and one of my Vampire resin ball jointed dolls is presiding over the proceedings!

doll is an Iplehouse BJD Lisa the Addiction in grey skin
 My card today features Dark Handsome Stranger, Scratch Hearts background, Skull Roses collage, Distressed Splatter Heart and 3 dark sentiments:  "Love Hurts" from the Dark Sentiments 2 set, "Love Dwells" and "Love Explores the Shadows" from the Dark Sentiments 1 set.


 I transformed Dark Handsome Stranger into a vampire by adding a single fang and scrumptious red blood drips.  


 I went distressed grunge for this one and the mood for the front of the card expresses how scary love can be and the inside represents the warmth and security true love brings but can be riddled with thorns at the same time...hence the bed of skull roses.

 
Here's a look at my card in daylight!


 The front of the card is fussy cut along the right hand edge following the Distressed Heart Splatter and then edged with black Inkssentials Glossy Accents.   The Scratch Hearts are watercoloured with Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress Inks while leaving the sentiments white and black.  I also edged both the front and the inside of the card with Black Soot DI too.


The bed of Skull Roses, coloured with Copics, peeks out along the right side of the card and I added more black glossy accents along the edge to look like dark dripping blood.


Here's a closer look at the Vampire fang and blood which is done with Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops.  I coloured Dark Handsome Stranger with Copics.


The DARK VALENTINE Collection is available at LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique with introductory prices good thru Feb 16!  There's also 2 Bundles to help you save $$$ if you can't decide which digis you want.  The bundles are not included in the release sale as they're discounted already and available 24/7.  I hope you see something you love and use it to play in the hop😋
Check out my launch video and see the release post HERE!


Click on the following pix to go shopping for the images used on today's project!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/592087377/new-dark-handsome-stranger-dark?ref=shop_home_active_7
https://www.etsy.com/listing/578276112/new-distressed-splatter-heart-dark?ref=shop_home_active_7
https://www.etsy.com/listing/592095493/new-skull-roses-collage-dark-valentine?ref=shop_home_active_2
https://www.etsy.com/listing/592093335/new-scratch-hearts-background-dark?ref=shop_home_active_7https://www.etsy.com/listing/578293734/new-dark-sentiments-set-1-set-of-5?ref=shop_home_active_1
https://www.etsy.com/listing/578295032/new-dark-sentiments-2-set-of-5?ref=shop_home_active_6

Thanks for stopping by to see my project today!
Happy hopping, see you again tomorrow!

THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP Day 2: "Dark Valentine" Altered Box by Val!

Howzit Creative Friends!
Welcome to LeighSBDesigns first
MY DARK VALENTINE
Blog Hop❤️
We are celebrating Valentine's Day in style with a 5 day progressive blog hop but this isn't the usual lovey dovey take on the holiday, we're going DARK and TWISTY and the creepier the better!  Our holiday of love has a very dark past with an assortment of sinister origins which I mentioned in my Day 1 post HERE!  Hop over for a read and then embrace your dark side, enjoy the show and join in too!  The Blog Hop Roll is at the bottom of this post and also up on the hop page, just click on each thumbnail in the Inlinkz collection to hop and leave your love for each blogger.❤️

Want to play too?
It is super easy to participate!  Think dark romance, gothic romance, bloody Valentine or go even kinkier if you so desire, all dark art is welcome!  You can play every day or just one day and link up anytime during the 5 days with no need to sign-up!  You can use images from any company and even old projects are welcome as long as you re-blog them in new posts and include a link to this blog, all the hop details and Blog Hop Roll!  Be nice and play fair by hopping and commenting too!
Everything you need to know plus instructions on how to add the Blog Hop Roll to your posts is provided on the MY DARK VALENTINE BLOG HOP page

There's PRIZES up for grabs plus a FREEBIE!
See the Day 1 post for details and grab the freebie😋

Day 2
"Dark Valentine"
altered box by Val

LeighSBDesigner Val is sharing a fabulous altered box project today featuring images from my new Dark Valentine Collection❤️  Val used the Scratched Hearts and Skull Roses background collages to cover the entire box and then embellished with the Gothic Rose and the "My Dark Valentine" sentiment.


Val went with a classic red, black and white colour palette and coloured just a few of the hearts and roses and edged the lid rim to create a striking and bold effect. 


She used red and black embossing pens to colour and applied clear embossing powder to give those areas a wonderful mottled texture too.


Wooden beads coloured with black Sharpie used for the box feet are the perfect finishing touch.


The DARK VALENTINE Collection is available at LeighSBDesigns Etsy Boutique with introductory prices good thru Feb 16!  There's also 2 Bundles to help you save $$$ if you can't decide which digis you want.  The bundles are not included in the release sale as they're discounted already and available 24/7.  I hope you see something you love and use it to play in the hop😋
Check out my launch video and see the release post HERE!


Click on the following pix to go shopping for the images used on today's project!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/592095493/new-skull-roses-collage-dark-valentine?ref=shop_home_active_2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/592093335/new-scratch-hearts-background-dark?ref=shop_home_active_7

https://www.etsy.com/listing/592081131/new-gothic-rose-dark-valentine?ref=shop_home_active_5

https://www.etsy.com/listing/578293734/new-dark-sentiments-set-1-set-of-5?ref=shop_home_active_1

Thanks for stopping by to see Val's project today!
Happy hopping, see you again tomorrow!

THE SHARPIE DOMINO QUEEN
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