Monday, 1 September 2014

Donut Know How You Do It!

Today's the big day… it's STAMPTEMBER. Hooray. Lots of fun to be had with Simon Says Stamp this month, including an AWESOME release of stamps, dies, stencils and lots more.
One of my favourites from this release is the cool I Love Donuts stamp set. It's just too cute. So I just had to make a card with it STRAIGHT AWAY… 
I have included a little photo tutorial below showing how I created my little wiggle eyed donuts. I had a "Eureka" moment when it came to making the tiny mouths… check it out below.
Donut Card by Lucy Abrams 
My donuts have a shiny and glittery glaze. Gotta love sparkly donuts. Especially ones with wiggle eyes :)
Donut Card 2 by Lucy Abrams 
So, to make my little donut friends, here's what I did…
Stamp the donut on Simon Says Stamp's Khaki cardstock. (Once I'd assembled my donuts, I decided they needed some extra colour, so I coloured them with Copic E35).
Donut Tutorial 1 by Lucy Abrams 
Stamp the donut again on some Cotton Candy card stock. Add Glossy Accents to the icing then a tiny sprinkling of Star Dust glitter.
Donut Tutorial 2 by Lucy Abrams 
Cut the donuts out and stick the icing to the base.
Now onto the little faces. My eureka moment happened while I was trying to work out how to add a tiny mouth. I have a TON of old alphabet stickers, and I thought that maybe I could cut up a letter into a smile. While I was looking at the stickers, I realised that the middle of the letter E would make the perfect little smiley face. Hooray for using up old supplies. :) So I just coloured it in with a Sharpie and voila!
Donut Tutorial 5 by Lucy Abrams 
I adhered the eyes to the donut with Multi Matte Medium. I was not convinced it was going to stick - the glitter seemed like a pretty tough surface to work with - but Jennifer McGuire said it was the best, and she was right. (She's always right). :) 
Donut Tutorial 3 by Lucy Abrams 
And here are my little guys, all smiley and happy. :)
Donut Tutorial 6 by Lucy Abrams
Right, that's all for today, but make sure you head over to Simon Says Stamp and check out all the amazing new products on offer.
And come back tomorrow for some hopping fun!!!
Have a great day.

Monday, 25 August 2014

A2Z Scrapbooking Digital Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts and A2Z Scrapbooking Blog Hop.
Hero Arts are happy to announce that A2Z Scrapbooking is now their new digital retailer, and they will soon be offering all Hero's digital kits, cut files and printables. Yay. And in honour of this happy event, girls from Hero and A2Z have teamed up to participate in a big digi hop. And there's a giveaway too - but more on that later!
I have a card over at Hero Arts, the first stop on the hop, so head over there to start from the beginning if you have not already.
And I have another card here too, along with a step by step tutorial sharing a fun digital technique.
 For this card, I used a stamp from the City Adventures digikit to create my skyline and a stamp from The Firmament kit for my sentiment.
Bright World by Lucy Abrams
Printing digital stamps onto textured card stock really enhances a flat card like this… and a few die cut glittery stars and some stitching add a little extra dimension too. :)
Bright World 2 by Lucy Abrams
Creating this ombre effect is fun, and pretty easy. (I was originally inspired by THIS very useful video tutorial by the talented Shanna Noel)
First, open the SkylineBlack.png stamp in Photoshop.
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Next, create a new layer.
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Select the brush tool in the left hand column. Then change the brush to a 300px soft brush, using the drop down box in the top left.
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Next, change the colour of the brush using the little colour box in the bottom of the left column. I chose a royal blue to start with.
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Then add a wash of colour in a diagonal line over the skyline. Make sure you are working on the new blank layer and not the original layer. 
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One you have a broad stripe, change the colour.  I did this by altering the H option in the Colour Picker box. I just moved it down a few degrees each time.
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Add a second strip in the second colour.
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Keep altering the colour, making sure your changes each time are subtle and blend well with the previous colour.
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Once finished it looks a mess. :)
Go to layer, and then Create Clipping Mask.
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And as if by magic, this happens. Awesome, right!!!
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This is such a fun way to create a different look with digital stamps. I hope you have a go!
A2Z Scrapbooking are generously offering a $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter. The prize winner will be randomly selected from all comments received on all the blogs on the hop. Leave your comment here by Sunday August 31st and check out the A2Z blog on 3rd September to see if you have won. :)

Right, now it's time to hop on.
Next up it's
Chitra Nair
If you get lost, a full list of blogs is available on the Hero Arts blog.
Happy hopping.

Sunday, 24 August 2014


Today I have a card over on the Simon Says Stamp blog. It features Hero Arts, watercolours and glitter. What a happy combination. :)
Here's a sneak to whet your appetite…
Head on over to Simon Says Stamp's blog see my card in full. :)
And have a very happy Sunday.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

You're Fantastic

I have a third card for you today that I made with the newest card kit from Simon Says Stamp
Today's card has a few additions, namely their Petite Butterflies dies (adore this set), the gorgeous Clustered Leaves die, and Avery Elle's Gift Tags dies.
You're Fantastic by Lucy Abrams
The polka dot paper looks delicious with the addition of Calico Shine ink splatters. And I misted the tag too.
You're Fantastic - 2 by Lucy Abrams
So there you have it - three cards made to highlight the gorgeous papers in the kit. And I've barely even touched the surface. I've said it before, but these kits really are amazing value. :)
OK - I'll be back soon.
Bye for now.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Oh, Hello There!

I'm back with a second card created with Simon Says Stamp's September card kit. I am continuing my theme of playing with the patterned paper in the kit, and today's card really does feature the paper. This sheet of paper needed nothing adding. It's just so cute! I love those animals, and that balloon
oh hello there by Lucy Abrams
I simply added a stamped sentiment and some stitching. A less than 5 minute card! I really love patterned paper…
oh hello there - 2 by Lucy Abrams
One more card to share with this kit - I'll be back very soon. :)