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I LOVED illustrating Otto the Labrador striking his ‘Gimme some knucks’ pose with his Dad, it’s getting printed onto a canvas as a birthday gift. I’m feeling really happy after receiving this awesome customer review from a customer in Texas yesterday, for a piece of my custom pet pop art. After a month of feeling a bit ‘meh’ I’m really happy to have received such lovely feedback, yay… a real pick me up and exactly what I needed!!!

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Following on from those positive vibes… I’ve also uploaded a NEW print to my Etsy shop today, something I started working on last summer as part of my ‘Pooch Paradise’ collection… just a few finishing touches completed and it’s now available in my Etsy shop to buy in A4 or A3. It has me thinking of summer holidays and basking in the sunshine… oooh if only!

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You can contact me here or across any of my online shops and social media with enquiries to purchase my pop art prints and custom pet portraits.

Back to work :)

 Happy New Year! 

 Today my shops have reopened after a fabulous Christmas break. I’m having a fab day too, with three five star reviews posted on my Etsy shop in the last 24 hours – a wonderful surprise and start to the new year – hurray! 

 I’m now starting work on an art piece for competition winner Stanley Baxter and the remaining competition winners, including the new designs for my Spring 2018 collection. I’ll give you a little work in progress update with how things are coming along next week 🙂

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 A huge thank you to everyone who has shared pics of your dogs with their competition prizes… I plan on posting them all in a little gallery on my blog so watch this space! 

 I’ve also just done a post office run so any competition winners still waiting for postcards should receive them tomorrow or Thursday at the latest. The Kasper cushion (one of the competition prizes) is now winging its way to Kasper 🙂 

 Finally for anyone who still has dog model aspirations for their pooch you can join my Dog Model Club where I will be periodically posting competition details and tips to improve your chances of being chosen, as well as special offers. My next search will be held late February/early March. 

 Thanks so much Leanne @ LEAPUP 

 (and of course woof and kisses from Oscar the Cav and Sophia the lab) 

Yappy New Year!

I just thought I would write a little happy New Year message to anyone who visits the blog.

I’ve had a wonderful Christmas at home, recharging batteries, over indulging and even playing with the pooches in pristine crunchy snow – hurray!

I hope you and your fur babies have had a lovely Christmas too.

Today though I’m starting to feel like it’s almost back to reality, so I have spent the day trying to get back into the idea that it’s almost time to start work again… I’ve spent a couple of hours completing the Design Trust’s  mini questionnaire of how to review your your business year. As a creative and highly self critical person it’s always easy to think I haven’t done enough, or to feel frustrated that I haven’t brought many of my ideas to fruition… but today was about taking an honest and measured approach, looking at what I have achieved and where I need to focus my efforts in 2018. The questionnaire left me feeling positive about my achievements in 2017 and well prepared for the year ahead.

I plan to celebrate how far my small business has come and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me… stockists, customers, pooches, teachers, followers, peers/fellow creatives, family and friends. I’ve feel very lucky to have so much support – thank you so much, I couldn’t have done it without you 🙂

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I’ll be back to work on the 2nd January with some gorgeous photos to share from winners of the Spring 2018 Model search and some exciting new stock to share with you.

All the very best and wishing you a pawesome, happy and healthy 2018 full of dog hair, wet noses and furry hugs!

Best wishes

Leanne @ LEAPUP (Sophia the lab and Oscar the Cav send woof and kisses too).

Drum roll please…

Here is the last winner of the Spring 2018 collection LEAPUP dog model search… beautiful Georgia (#310)… congratulations Georgia!

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Anyone who is interested in continuing to put your name forward can join my ‘Model Dog Club‘ Facebook group where I’ll be periodically looking for models for new collections and running special offers.

 Group members can occasionally post their fave photo of their dogs, I might be looking for particular poses, or themes I might be looking for rescue dogs or puppies, particular breeds etc… I’ll always let you know what I’m looking for. [PS I expect my next search to be early February and every two or three months after that] 

There are some tips on how to increase your chances of success in on the Club Facebook page.

 

  

Christmas is coming…

🎄🎄🎄 It’s your last chance to buy last minute gifts and prints for the dog lovers in your life. There is still time to get prints out in the post to UK customers (colours and words can be personalised) and postage is FREE to the UK. 🎄

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🎄Tomorrow evening (5PM GMT) I’ll be closing my LEAPUP shop for a break over Christmas and will be back in the New Year. Order book for commissions reopens on the 2nd January🎄🎄🎄

Also don’t forget the model search deadline is 3PM tomorrow and I’ll be announcing the last winner tomorrow night – eeeek exciting!

I’ll still be around on social media over Christmas and still have some prizes from the model competition to send out and will be working on some new designs over the Christmas holidays – so watch this space!

I also just wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who has supported my small business this year, I’m really excited to see what next year brings!

 

Postcard giveaway

It’s the last postcard giveaway and just over a day before the model search ends. Here are the latest postcard winners…

430 Alfie

001 Lola

451 Elmo

088 Caroline

487 Jarvis

Congratulations if you’re a winner! Please let me know your address by direct message on Facebook and what colour postcards you would like – yellow or pink 🙂

The final model picked for the new 2018 collection will be chosen on Wednesday – eeek exciting!

 

 

Model Search winners – week 3

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I’m thrilled to announce the next model in the LEAPUP spring 2018 collection model search is….. drum roll…. Ollie number 132. Congratulations!

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I have a couple of packs of ‘dog love’ postcards to giveaway and they will be going to…

#528 Louie

#301 Dash

#156 Bella

#261 Doodle

Congrats, if you message me your address I’ll get them in the post asap.

I am working like crazy to get the cushion/illustration & bandana giveaways finished (drawing and sewing a-go-go). I plan to get last week’s postcards for winners out in the post asap but I’m still waiting to hear from #188 Ruby Tuesday, Darcy #113, Duncan no #267 & Ollie #383 – please message me your addresses as soon as you get a moment.

Here are a couple of pics of postcard winners so far…

I’ll be announcing a couple more giveaway winners next Monday 18th December, you’ll need to know your entry number so make sure you know it! The model search officially closes on Wednesday 20th December when I’ll be announcing the final model winner so stay posted and good luck!

The Cav Collective Christmas Social

Sunday’s Cav Collective social… Christmas jumpers, wooly hats and gloves, freezing cold weather, a deep white frost and not forgetting the antlers… it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Thanks to Sharon for her warm welcome at Watergate cafe at the end of our walk – it was freezing (too cold for some of the youngsters who had to give the walk a miss and warm their cold hands and toes at the cafe). Yummy luxury marshmallow hot chocolate was just the medicine!

The next Cav Collective meet up will be Sunday 14th January 2018 setting off on our walk promptly @9.45 AM from the main car park and finishing at Watergate Cafe. Please check the weather and dress appropriately/wrap up warm if it’s another cold one!

Photographs by Leanne Warren.

Model search giveaway winners week 2

This week = a giveaway bonanza to celebrate reaching 1K likes on Facebook!

 It was really, really difficult choosing between all the pics entered into the model search – they are all so different but each and very one so beautiful. Thanks everyone for taking part and if you aren’t lucky enough to be a winner this time, there will be another model announced & a couple of giveaway prizes next Monday 11th December.

The winners are:

 The prize of a tailor made doggie bandana goes to:
#203 Bella
#421 Mr Kuma
#460 Jack
#199 Alfie

 A personalised cushion pet portrait goes to #09 Kasper 

 POSTCARD WINNERS – selected using a random number generator

#113 Darcey,

#188 Ruby Tuesday

#495 Winston

#044 Charlie

#267 Duncan No

#362 Luna

#383 Ollie 

Finally I’m really happy to announce that Sully (#422) will be the next model for the Spring 2018 collection. Many congratulations Sully 

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More Giveaway Winners

It was great to finally make some decisions, and here are the giveaway winners announced on Monday…

Stanley Baxter (entry 032) won a ‘drinking dogs’ collection pet portrait…

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Beautiful Ada (entry 409)  was chosen to be the first model of my ‘Spring 2018’ collection… check back in the New Year for new designs featuring Ada 🙂

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There were also six packs of postcards given away – one pack to handsome Hudson who was celebrating his 3rd birthday…

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And five extra winners of postcards that were all selected at random using a random number generator… congratulations to Penny (258), Beam (182), Family Wright (332) Darcy (221) and Oliver (041) who were all postcard winners :).

The next giveaway draw will be Monday 4th December so visit my facebook page and enter your doggie pics asap. I’ll be allocating entry numbers tomorrow if you want a chance to be in it to win it on Monday :). The competition ends on the 20th December 2017.

Thanks from Leanne @ LEAPUP (assisted by Sophia the Lab and Oscar the Cav) xx

 

Dog lover Christmas gift guide 2017

giftguideLRI’ve pulled together a Pinterest board of doggie gift ideas, which I’m still adding to in the build up to Christmas. For anyone like me who is a little bit dog crazy it could help with your Christmas shopping ideas (I’ve also included lots of lovely kitty cat ideas too)…

The gift guide includes ideas for dog cards & gift wrap, cat and dog stocking fillers, doggie tree decorations, dog themed gifts for him and her, doggie decor and more… so have a look and see if there is anything you can tick off your Christmas list while you support an indie business this Christmas! See the full gift guide on Pinterest here: Dog lover Christmas gift guide 2017

I’ve found lots of lovely makes and here are just a few of the highlights:

Firstly if you have a Fox Terrier you will probably want anything and everything by Forever Foxed (I’m a huge fan) including these gorgeous minimal designs…

The dog tags by Hooby Noo are awesome, gorgeous pops of colour, you can personalise with your own choice of colours, words, breeds and even markings! A fab stocking filler and come in a wide variety of dog breeds…

 

It wasn’t me Christmas card by Doodle Dog Ink on Folksy  – just because it’s very cool…

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I love anything and everything by Sweet William Designs who also stock a large variety of breeds and have some great dog gifts for men and fab Christmas tree decorations in multiple breeds…

Always be kind stocking filler pin by Cutie and the Feast  / The Black Dog Club. There are more lovely cat and dog pins to choose from in the shop. This pin is made as part of a campaign to support self care and well being. Really looking forward to see what other designs will be coming out from them.

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Dachshund duck egg cushion by Homemade with Love – cottage chic decor all handmade so if you have any special preferences I’m sure you could choose your own fabric combos and there are other colours available. I just love this dachshund fabric in duck egg blue – so pretty!

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Beagle lamp by artisan sellers Horton & Grimwood. I am certain that whatever your requirements are they will be able to come up with any breed you ask for, as they take custom orders. I’ve also seen a cat version they made which is also fabulous. This is the white version that I ordered for my office with turquoise cord – it is fabulous, I love it 🙂 and highly recommend these sellers for great customer service…

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Dachshund necklace by Barking Hen Jewellery. These are designed and made by hand and I’m pretty sure if you contact Tamara from Barking Hen Jewellery she will be able to come up with pieces especially for you and your dog’s breed.

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Boston Terrier fans might not be able to resist these gorgeous makes by MollyMoochins on Folksy… there are more cute designs in the shop.

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Crocheted Dog Baskets – by Pixies’ Magic Hook. You may not be able to order a custom basket this year as I know the shop is very busy and these gorgeous personalised baskets are very time consuming – so maybe need to start planning ahead to next Christmas for this one! How cute though???

I am also going to unashamedly plug my own makes. I offer a range of doggie prints that can be personalised with your own words and I also create commissions from portraits, typically in my modern pop/art style… I am shipping to the UK until the 20th December. Then I’ll be shutting the shop for Christmas. Unfortunately I can not guarantee prints in time for Christmas for international orders.

For cat lovers there are lots of goodies pinned in my guide including these gorgeous enamel pins by Laura Talanti – she has more gorgeous kitty cat goodies, perfect for stocking fillers and these cute paw print gloves by Bspoque.

All the items I’ve included are from artisans and small indie businesses who sell across online platforms, all these shops are working very hard this Christmas and I hope you can offer some support to them by having a browse before you resort to supermarket / corporate chains for your shopping.

It would be great if you could give a little bit of time to support indie businesses like me – I guarantee that the person does a little happy dance when they make that sale, having poured their love and energy into their makes – you don’t exactly get that at the checkout of corporate chains, and so many products that you buy are mass produced. So yes please shop small and support indie businesses this year!

Thank you and happy shopping!

Leanne @LEAPUP xx

Dog lover Christmas gift guide 2017

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💓💓💓 CONGRATULATIONS!!! 💓💓💓

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💓💓💓 Here is the next giveaway winner in our LEAPUP model search, chosen by nine year old Felix… Entry number 125 – Lily. Thank you so much Felix I couldn’t have made this impossible decision without you xx

Lily’s prize is a Christmas illustration featuring her pretty face. Another winner will be announced on Facebook tomorrow. 💓💓💓