Pawesome!

 

Excited to share the latest addition to my #etsy shop: Border Collie ‘pawesome’ pop art print…

 

This new print is available in five colours and can be personalised with your own words. Ships free to the UK 🐶 #housewarming #bordercolliegift #bordercollie https://etsy.me/2N50YYX

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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).

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!

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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. 💓💓💓

Dog model search

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💖The LEAPUP search for dog models begins over on Facebook today!!! I’m looking for FOUR 🐶🐶🐶🐶 new dog models to inspire part of my new pop art collection 💖

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💖 For a chance for your dog to be featured in my SPRING 2018 doggie pop art COLLECTION:

1.Go to my facebook page (@LEAPUP1)

2. Post a photo of your dog that best shows your dogs’ character and personality 🐶

3. Tell us his/her name 🐶

4. Write five words best describing his/her strongest personality traits 💖


5. If you haven’t already don’t forget to like my facebook page! 🐶 (@LEAPUP1)

6. Feel free to tag your dog loving friends to help share this opportunity! 💖

7. One selected model will be announced from entries every Monday for the next four weeks, finishing Monday 20th December 2017 💖

model🐶 Four dogs will be chosen by Leanne Warren of LEAPUP to feature in the next collection, each model will receive a free art print of their dog from the spring 2018 collection. 🐶

PLEASE ONLY POST YOUR ENTRY TO THE ORIGINAL POST ON THE LEAPUP PAGE OTHERWISE YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE COUNTED

 

 

model compPlease note: Successful dog owners will be notified on Facebook. Only one photo entry will be accepted per dog. Multiple entries of the same dog will be disqualified. LEAPUP’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. You must own copyright of any photographs you post, please do not post photographs taken by professional photographers unless you expressly have copyright permission to use the photograph for this purpose. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, seekingdogs3Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.

ALOHA!

Gorgeous Bracken the Springer Spaniel is feeling those chilled summer vibes. This is the latest giclee print from my new August 2017 collection. Can you tell I’m in need of a holiday? 🌴

 

#ColourMyEveryDay

Firstly, apologies, I’m real behind with LEAPUP blogs, lots has been happening but I ‘m not going to fit all my updates in here as there’s far too much to tell you. So, I thought instead I would post and say how much fun I’m having over on my Instagram account @LEAPUP

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I’ve joined in with an Instagram challenge called #CoulourMyEveryDay by @adventuresandteaparties. Each day you have to post a colourful picture along that day’s theme or prompt. Having never joined in with anything like this before I have to say I’m so glad I did. Firstly I’ve ‘insta-met’ lots of other like minded creatives which has been fabulous.

[Here’s some of my new ‘insta-pals’ Instagram accounts that are worth checking out out if you get the chance…

If you know anyone who is getting married check out these AMAZING handmade flowers, it’s suuuuch a beautiful account and Helen’s a fellow Folksy seller @paperbeacompany

If, like me, you LOVE all things retro these two accounts are worth checking out (warning though, some of the things for sale might be just to cute and kitsch to resist)  @planet_utopia and @yayretro

Also, not forgetting @pippaquigley25  who has the most amazing wardrobe, I’m in awe (mainly because if I’m not at work I’m in my PJs) but wow to own a wardrobe that gorgeous and colourful would be awesome and check our her gorgeous wedding dress that she embellished herself!]

This challenge has also really helped me feel a little bit more inspired and creative, I’ve been thinking a little  bit more about colours and the prompt each day has meant I’ve been posting a more diverse range of images,  which I think adds much more interest to my account. I’ve started thinking more about moving images, I’ve started using Boomerang (still getting the hang of it) and I’ve made some stop motion videos, so yes the creative ‘sparks’ are really going at the moment! Yay!

 

My first stop motion effort… (press play to watch)

 

Second attempt… (press play to watch)

Today’s video… (press play to watch)

You can tell how much fun I’ve had by the mess on my desk… lots!

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Now I’ve hit day eleven I’m feeling confident that I’ll be able to keep it up until the end of the challenge, so watch this space. The challenge is still going on until the end of the month so come and join in, it’s lots of fun! Come on over to Instagram and say hi! @LEAPUP

Yay!

Yay!!! Very happy that my print arrived safely in Michigan and hurray… 5 star feedback for my customised print.

My little King Charles Oscar print was turned into a personalised ‘big brother’ print to be given as a gift. Very happy that it made it all the way unharmed and so pleased to get lovely feedback too 🙂

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Mission complete!

 

Very excited that my studio is finally complete! It’s taken all winter to do, fitting DIY around jobs and commitments has felt like a never ending chore but I’m soooo happy that we’ve put the effort in and it’s finally done – hurray!!!

So, this weekend has been all about finally getting in there, using the bright light and gorgeous white space to start trialling some new product photography… it’s been lots of fun. 😄 Everything I’ve read about starting a small business has said that product photography is key but to be honest I’ve found juggling so many things at once it’s never top of my to-do list.

I have to admit that product photography hasn’t been something that I’ve put a great deal of time or effort into but I’m now realising that yes I have a lot to learn and it’s a steep learning curve but it seems like it could be an incredibly rewarding outlet for my creativity too!

I’ve made it my goal this year to improve these skills and try to showcase my dog art and Etsy shop in a better light… so I’ll be keeping you posted on progress.

After my busy weekend of styling and snapping it’s now time for a cuppa. ❤

 

 

All about the sass!


My new ‘Sassy beagle‘ print comes in four different colourways… choose between warm grey, mellow blue, bright turquoise or hot pink with neon coral. ❤🐶❤

This print would make a great gift for anyone who loves beagles, who wants to add to their contemporary home decor, or to anyone who wants an original piece of signed dog artwork.

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All you need is woof!

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A new range of postcards are now uploaded to my Etsy shop, inspired by my love for my pooches, Sophia the black Lab and Oscar the King Charles. The postcards can be used as classic stationary but they also make lovely mini-prints to hang on the wall. There are currently four designs available:

  • ‘All you need is woof’
  • ‘A house is not a home without a dog’
  • ‘Dog hair? Don’t care!’; and
  • ‘Life is better with a dog’

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I currently have three different colourways available:

  • Pink and hazelnut
  • Green and neon coral
  • Blue and yellow

Available to buy now from my Etsy shop

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