Monday, 2 March 2015

Read, Eat, Sleep

Hello.
This month I am guest designing for Clearly Besotted again. Lucky me, right?? :)
Today I am sharing the first of my sneaks at the new stamp and die sets that the lovely ladies at Clearly Besotted will be releasing. All products will be available for purchase on the 5th March.
Today, it's all about the cute Bookworm Additions mini set with coordinating die.
Ok, I confess, I google imaged bookworms. Yes, I know they are fictional creations, but I wanted to see what colour they were supposed to be. (I like to get things right - ex-teacher syndrome.) And it seemed that green was the norm. So, I spent a good hour or so trying to create a green card. And I failed spectacularly.
So, I went with pink. Worms are pink, right???? Well, my bookworm is not only pink, but dotty and glittery too. Yay! The 'read, eat, sleep' message comes from the Bookworm Additions set too, then I added a birthday message from the fun Laugh Out Loud set that was released last month
Read, Eat, Sleep by Lucy Abrams
But this card has a surprise. The little clothespin holds the tag in place, but once it's removed, it becomes a bookmark. I stamped the sentiment again underneath so the card still looks the same when the bookmark has been removed.
Read, Eat, Sleep 2 by Lucy Abrams
That's all for today. Remember, all the new products will be available to buy on 5th March. I'll be back tomorrow with my second sneak… see you then.
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Friday, 27 February 2015

Sparkle Slippers

Today I have a card featuring a couple of products from Simon Says Stamp's new Hop To It collection. I thought the cute slippers from the Slumber Party set would look cute on a Get Well Soon card. So, I stamped them on some Pebbles papers, paper pieced them together, and added some Star Dust Stickles to the hearts for a bit of sparkle. The sentiment is from the new Hand Lettered Encouragement set
Feel Better by Lucy Abrams
That gorgeous pink heart paper is from Echo Park's new Bundle of Joy pad, and I added a vellum covered strip of Pebbles paper at the side. Love how the vellum adds texture. And I am officially addicted to Lawn Fawn's Sparkle Cord! Apologies in advance for the overuse of this product in the coming months. ;)
Feel Better 2 by Lucy Abrams OK - I'm off.
Have a great day! And happy weekend. (Yay!)
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Easter Blessings

Hello!
Today I have a super shimmery card for you! I wanted to try out the white pearly watercolour from my new Gansai Tambi watercolour set and chose the beautiful new Artful Flowers from Simon Says Stamp as my test case. :)
After stamping and embossing in white, I painted them heavily with the pearl paint then dried with a heat gun. Then I added the yellow centres. I added a sentiment from the Rejoice set and a tiny heart, which I stamped and embossed on vellum for added softness. Finally I stitched the vellum panel to some paper from American Crafts' Serendipity pad.
Easter Blessings by Lucy Abrams
When it catches the light, the shimmer is really beautiful.
Easter Blessings 2 by Lucy Abrams
And at a different angle...
Easter Blessings 3 by Lucy Abrams
The Gansai Tambi watercolours are certainly the best I've ever tried in terms of rich intensity of colour. And the addition of shimmery and metallic colours too is fantastic!
I am working on a review of all my different watercolours… it will follow soon, I promise. ;)
OK - I hope you have a lovely day.
Bye!
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Monday, 23 February 2015

Sweet Baby Boy

Hello, and happy Monday to you. I hope you had a good weekend. 
Today I have a baby boy shaker card to share with you, created with lots of Simon Says Stamp products, gorgeous Pebbles Special Delivery papers (oh how I love those tiny stars… and that blue.), and my own silver Sparkly Shaker Selection, available to buy HERE in my shop.
This card has quite a few stages, so I've included step-by-step instructions below, in case you are interested. :)
Simon's gorgeous Stitched Square and Stitched Circle dies make creating this type of shaker card so easy. The stitched edges add so much visual interest, and the bonus is the left over circle which also has a stitched edge. Perfect for use on another project. And that peek-a-boo bear? I love him. The sentiment was created by combining stamps from THIS and THIS set (and yes, I did a bit of stamp surgery to get my 'Sweet'). ;)
Sweet Baby Boy by Lucy Abrams
Seriously, the combination of these patterned papers makes me giddy. While I was watching my little one fall asleep last night, I was dreaming up the perfect paper pad… and all of these patterns featured heavily! And all that shimmer… makes me very happy. 
Sweet Baby Boy 2 by Lucy Abrams
Seriously, I am not sure I could have used more of my favourite products on one card!

------------------INSTRUCTIONS------------------
1. Die cut a Stitched Square from the polka dot paper.
2. Die cut a Stitched Circle from the square. (I used the largest square die, and the 2nd largest circle die by the way.) 
3. Cover a square notecard with checked paper.
4. Trim the star paper down to just smaller than the square die cut and adhere it to the card.
5. Line the die cut paper over the card and use it as a guide to stamp the sentiment.
6. Back the die cut circle with acetate then surround it with foam adhesive.
7. Create a pile of sequins and beads on the card then adhere the die cut square on top.
8. Stamp a bear on heart patterned paper and cut it out.
9. Tuck the bear into the die cut circle on top of the acetate and adhere in place.

Have a great day.
Bye.
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Friday, 20 February 2015

Bear Hugz

Hi!
Today I am participating in the Simon Says Stamp Hop To It Blog Hop.
You should have arrive from the blog of incredible Nichol Magourik. If not, head to the Simon blog to start at the beginning.
The new release is adorable, and top of my love list is this cute bunny and bear stamp from the Abby's Spring Showers set. I really wanted to make these guys the star of the show, so I simply stamped them on some patterned papers, cut them out, and adhered them to a notecard which I had inked with the new Grid Stencil using Sea Glass Ink and a Mini Round Ink Blending Tool. (seriously - I find these SO much easier to use than the rectangle ones…) 
The sentiment is also from the Abby's Showers set. Cute! Bear Hugz by Lucy Abrams
Aren't Shari's illustrations just the sweetest EVER??
The papers I used are from Pebbles' Special Delivery Girl pad. And I'm just going to add that for the first time EVER, I have just ordered a duplicate of this pad. Usually I am bored of a pad by the time I've almost finished it, but not with this one. I have never loved a pad so much… and this heart paper just kills me. I have run out of so many of the patterns and NEED more. Love love love.
Bear Hugz 2 by Lucy Abrams
-------------------GIVEAWAY-------------------
As always, the generous folk at Simon Says Stamp are giving away a prize pack on EVERY stop on the hop. Leave a comment here by 23rd February to be in with a chance of winning.

Finally, it's time to hop on to the awesome Kathy Racoosin's blog 
Be prepared for something amazing!!

Thanks for dropping by. Bye for now and have an a amazing weekend.

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