Sunday, 4 October 2015

Birthday Penguin… and a bonus card!

I hope you are having a great weekend.
Today I am sharing my third teaser card for Clearly Besotted Stamps. This cute penguin is from One More Sleep, a Christmas set with adorable images. Again, I decided to make a non Christmas card with it, and paired it with a sentiment from the new Fancy Sayings set. Both sets will be available to buy tomorrow (5th October) at 10pm GMT. I created an ink smooshed background with my Gansai Tambi watercolours, then stamped the sentiment, added stitching and sequins from my Phosphorescence Shaker Selection, and my sweet watercoloured penguin. I added everything to a card created with some lovely Simon Says Stamp Mint cardstock.
Belated Birthday Wishes by Lucy Abrams
I just love animal stamps - and this little dude is definitely not just for Christmas.
Belated Birthday Wishes 2 by Lucy Abrams
While I was making this card, my daughter came to join me. She loves my Gansai Tambi set, and I let have a play. She stamped some trees from the One More Sleep set, then watercoloured them so beautifully and carefully. Rainbows are her preferred design style. Always. :)
Once dry, she added her own choice of embellishments, then wanted to stitch round the edges. She also adores playing with my sewing machine, and as she is such a good and careful girl, I am happy to let her experiment with lots of supervision. :) I helped her turn the corners, and she operated the pedal. The finished card is all her own work. I just trimmed it down and mounted it onto a white card base. Not bad work for a 3 3/4 year old I think - significantly better than my card!  (I am such a proud Mummy.)
Lily's Christmas Card
Although she loves to send her cards out to friends and family, I'm not actually sure we'll be sending this one… it might just have to go in a frame. I don't think I can part with it. :)
OK, I'll be back tomorrow with one more sneak peek for you before the new sets go live!
Hope you can join me then.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Layered Flower

Hello, and happy Saturday. Hooray for weekends. :)
Today I have my second Clearly Besotted Stamps teaser card to share with you. It features a gorgeous stamp from the Christmas Poinsettia set. (All new sets will be available to purchases from 10pm GMT on 5th October. I will update my links then.)
I love the graphic and symmetrical style of this flower - and decided to create a non Christmas card with it. I used some Echo Park papers in different shades to create a multi layered flower, adding some thread between two of the layers for texture and some pink seed beads to the top. The sentiment is from the new Fancy Sayings set - a new favourite for sure. :) I added everything to a die cut Stitched Oval, cut from some American Crafts bokeh effect paper.
Thinking of You Layered Flower by Lucy Abrams
It's been a while since I stamped on patterned paper… I love the look. :)
Thinking of You Layered Flower 2 by Lucy Abrams
Head to Stephanie's blog to find links to the rest of the DT. They are truly awesome. And have a FAB day…
I'll be back tomorrow with more!

Two announcements

First up, just letting you know that I now have a few different bags of seed beads available in my shop. Head HERE to see them.
Seed Beads announcement

And second, in honour of World Card Making Day, I'm offering a little one day only special offer:


Find all my Halloween goodies HERE. And remember to add the discount code at the checkout. :)
Bye for now.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Wobbly Reindeer

It's October (can you believe it…) And that means it's time for Clearly Besotted Stamps Teaser Time.
Today I am sharing a peek at a new set called Best Christmas. This is a very cute set, with adorable Christmas themed balloons, similar to the popular (and equally adorable) Best Birthday stamp set from a few months ago…  As with all the sets I will be sneaking over the coming days, this set will be available on release day, 5th October at 10pm GMT.
My card features the reindeer balloon. I created a line up of watercoloured reindeer, adding my Rudolph with a fun Action Wobble Spring. (If you have not seen these before, I've included a VERY short video below to illustrate how it works on the finished card.)
Wobbly Rudolph by Lucy Abrams
 I gave my reindeer lovely shiny Glossy Accents noses.
Wobbly Rudolph 2 by Lucy Abrams
And here's that Action Spring in action. :) This might just be Lily's favourite card EVER. :)
OK, that's it for today. But head over to Stephanie's blog and find links to the other DT projects.
I'll be back tomorrow with my second sneak.
Bye for now.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Thank You Sweetie!

Today's card features another fun Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember collaboration set. The set this time is by Waffle Flower stamps and is called 'How We Roll'.
One of the card makers I am inspired by most is Yoonsun Hur. She creates INCREDIBLE cards, working watercolour in ways I can only dream of. Recently, she has been creating cards with loose watercolouring and I am in love… (see the ones HERE and HERE for example! Amazing, right??!!) So, with her permission, I had a go at creating something in her style. 
To make my card, I first stamped the sweets randomly on some white watercolour paper, heat embossed with white embossing powder and heat set. Then I used my Gansai-Tambi watercolours to add colour - the colours in this set are wonderfully bright and bold - just the look I wanted for my sweeties. 
Once dry, I added droplets of water and splattered it with some of the shimmery watercolour paint. I die cut with a Stitched Rectangle then adhered to a panel of black card. Next, I stamped the sentiment onto some more watercolour paper then die cut with a smaller Stitched Rectangle. I added a thread bow and a purple sequin which are held in place with a wooden clothespin.
Thank You Sweetie by Lucy Abrams
Although I need a LOT of practice with this technique, it was really fun colouring outside the lines! 
Thgank You Sweetie 2 by Lucy Abrams
Huge thanks to Yoonsun for the daily inspiration and for allowing me to use her wonderful technique.
Check out the fab new stamp set HERE. Don't you just love the mixed font sentiments…
Bye for now.

New Colours

Today I have four new colours of Sparkly Shaker Selection available to purchase in my shop. There's a bit of a wintry / Christmassey theme going on…
Jack Frost 
Sleigh Ride2 
Check out the 'What's New' section of my shop, or try the 'Seasonal Products' page to see all my newly released products together.