Thursday, 3 September 2015

Ink Smooshed Bears

I'm back with my second Clearly Besotted Stamps September teaser cards. And today I am showcasing Arctic Animals, another adorable animal set that will be available to purchase on release day - 5th September.  To make this card, I first did some ink smooshing (inspired by the incredible Laura Bassen). I've been wanting to try this technique for AGES but was afraid… needless to say, it was so much fun, and easier than I had thought it would be. I used some Salty Ocean Distress Ink, pressing it onto some acetate and adding Calico Shine Mister Hueys before pressing it onto some watercolour paper. I added a few droplets of water and flicked some ink onto it too for extra detail.
Love love LOVE the fact that there are mirror image bears in this set. Aren't they cute? I just added some colour to their cheeks and noses, and they were good to go. The sentiment is also from the set.
Ink Smooshed Bears by Lucy Abrams for Clearly Besotted
The Calico Shine adds just a touch of sparkle as do the sequins from my Blue Topaz Shaker Selection.
Ink Smooshed Bears 2 by Lucy Abrams for Clearly Besotted
More to share tomorrow!
Bye for now.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Blog Hop. You should have arrived from Nichol Magouirk's awesome blog (wow she's amazing). If not, head to the Simon blog to start at the beginning.
September is a month of mixed feelings for me. The end of the summer is always sad… I love Spring and Summer, and am already missing the long light evenings and pretty flowers… Plus this year, my little Lily starts morning school, so it's an especially nerve wracking time. BUT… there is one thing that is sure to lift me out of my September gloom, and that is STAMPtember. Thank goodness for Heidi and the Simon Says Stamp team!! They make the start of Autumn much happier for me every single year. 
For those of you who do not know, STAMPtember is a month long celebration of papercrafting and stamping that includes awesome new products, fun collaborations, giveaways, sales and blog hops. And the new products this STAMPtember are FANTASTIC. I was so happy to see so many awesome dies… perfect for SHAKER CARDS! Yay!!
So I have two shaker cards to share with you today.
First up, a card featuring the Birthday Frame die. I decided to go outside my colour comfort zone with this one… purple!!! To create the shaker frame, I first inked up some patterned paper from American Crafts Southern Wedding pad with Wisteria ink - the paper had this textured look to it, and the result it really pretty. I trimmed this down to the size of the frame, and used the rest for my die cut 'girl'. The frame was cut from some neutral paper from the pad. I stitched some acetate into place behind the window, then added foam adhesive around the edge of the frame. I piled up a load of sequins from my Delphinium Shaker Selection onto the Wisteria paper, then adhered the frame on top. I stamped a couple of branches from the new Oh Happy Day stamp set with Wisteria Ink onto the same neutral paper as the frame, then die cut with the matching dies. I tucked them into the frame, added the 'girl' with more foam tape, then adhered the frame to more Southern Wedding patterned paper.
Birthday Girl by Lucy Abrams for Simon Says Stamp 
I think Simon's Wisteria Ink and my Delphinium Shaker Selection are a great match. :)
Birthday Girl 2 by Lucy Abrams for Simon Says Stamp
And my second card today features the fab Large Party Die. Isn't it a fun die? I kept this one super simple. I cut the circle from some cute Echo Park paper, then again from Slate Grey cardstock. I stitched the Slate circle inside the patterned paper circle, then added acetate behind the window. I added my Frosted Cupcake Shaker Selection, though I removed the brown sequins to make sure the word Party really stood out against the pink.
PArty Shaker by Lucy Abrams for Simon Says Stamp 
Phew… that stitching took a while. :) I am out of practice with zig zag stitching. :)
Party Shaker 2 by Lucy Abrams for Simon Says Stamp
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I created with this awesome new release! There will be many more cards to follow made with these products. I love them. :)

Generous as ever, Heidi is offering prizes on every stop of the hop. Leave a comment here to be in with a chance of winning one of the not-yet-revealed surprise collaboration stamp sets for STAMPtember. How awesome is that? Winners will be drawn on Monday 7th September and contacted by the kind folk at Simon Says Stamp.

Right, it's time to hop on. Next up, it's:
Have a fun hop!

(P.S. This is my second post for today. I posted the first of my Clearly Besotted Stamps teaser cards earlier!)

Baby Rudolphs

The time has come for me to share my Clearly Besotted Stamps September teaser cards with you… and wow… it's such an awesome release this month (again). Stephanie has already shared some sneak peeks over on her blog, and today I am showing you stamps from two of the new sets. As always, the stamps will be available to purchase on 5th September.
These adorable little deer appear in a set called Woodland Kisses. This is definitely a new favourite… you know I am a sucker for animal stamps. :) It's not actually a Christmas themed set, but I decided to combine the deer with a Christmas sentiment from the new Little Things set and turn them into a pair of baby Rudolphs. :)
Baby Rudolph by Lucy Abrams for Clearly Besotted
I just did some soft watercolouring with my Gansai Tambi set then added a couple of Hero Arts pearls and some wiggle eyes. So simple. And easy to mass produce if that's how you roll at Christmas.
Baby Rudolph 2 by Lucy Abrams for Clearly Besotted
I have lots more teaser cards to share this week. I hope you will join me. :)
AND, I'll be back later today as part of the Simon Says Stamp Blog Hop. Busy week this one!!!
Bye for now.

Friday, 28 August 2015

New Colours

Hello, and happy Friday.
Today I have added four new colours of Sparkly Shaker Selection to my shop. Two citrus tones, and two limited edition, Lucy's Shop exclusive, Halloween selections.
First up, a citrus explosion:
Lemon Sherbet
Lime Cordial

And next, my Halloween mixes. These two mixes will only be available to purchase in my shop.
Trick or Treat
So very excited to have new colours. I hope you like them.

Thursday, 27 August 2015


Today I have another card to share with you created with the stunning acetate cards by PinkFresh Studios found in Simon Says Stamp's lovely September Card Kit. I stitched two of them together and left an opening, added some tiny sequins and hearts, then stitched up the gap. I used Simon's new Painted Enjoy die and some Slate card to create a focal point for the card, then added a little sentiment strip to the side using a message from Happy and Smile.
Enjoy… by Lucy Abrams
These acetate cards are stunning… such a fab kit this month. Oh, and that background paper is from THIS pad. Love it.
Enjoy by Lucy Abrams
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Have a fun day.