Friday, 6 March 2015

Planner Love

So recently I caved in and bought myself a planner. I did not think I needed one, but just could not resist the cuteness of the Webster's Pages Color Crush Planners. And I have surprised myself, as I am using it all the time. 
Today, Simon Says Stamp are releasing a cute line of planner stamps and inks, and since they were kind enough to send them to me, I thought I'd share a few of the ways I have used them.
But first, let me just say that I am not yet a full on planner nerd. :) I really see my planner as a functional thing rather than a piece of art. I don't have enough time to decorate it and fill it with beautiful, fancy things. Any planner products I use need to be practical and easy to use.
So… the first thing I created was a set of mini post it notes for my planner dashboard. I had no idea what to do with the dashboard when I first saw it, and actually just moved it to the back of my planner. I thought it was time to find a purpose for it, and the stamps from the Plan On It set were just perfect - such a clear and clean font for easy reading. I stamped the words with Smoke ink and the bullet points with Cotton Candy ink - both from the Peace Hybrid Ink Cube set.
I really love the little heart shaped bullet points which are from the Life Planning set - OK, so they are pretty and cute, but they are still practial. :)
Planner 2
I'm keeping my dashboard clipped in to the current date now so it's always there to jot things down as I remember them when I am planning.
Next, I created some little inked post it style strips to add social events to my planner. These were so quick to make you could create a ton in no time at all. All I did, was tear off some strips of masking tape, adhere them to some scrap paper, then apply ink with the new hybrid ink cubes.
I left them to dry for several hours so the ink smoothed nicely, and then they were ready to be used. And the best thing - they are removable, so I can move them from week to week. These blue ones are created with Malibu and Audrey Blue inks from the Zen cube set.Planner4
And finally, I thought I'd show you the new Hybrid Ink Cubes and how they compare to Simon's regular dye ink. These hybrid inks have been specially designed for use with planners to reduce bleed through thinner papers.
Here's a side by side comparison of a few colours which I stamped on a sheet of paper from my planner:
As you can see, the quality is very similar. When I first stamped them, the hybrid inks looked quite grainy, but just like the dye inks, the hybrid inks look smoother after some time. And the lighter colours of the inks do not bleed through the paper at all, even though the paper on my planner is very thin - I am using pencil in my planner for this reason as all the pens I have tried have bled through terribly - so I was surprised (and very pleased) by this. The hybrid inks make stamping in my planner a possibility. Woo hoo. And the light greys and pinks don't show through the paper at all.
Here's a comparison of the same inks on some Neenah cardstock:
You can see that although they are not quite as smooth as the dye inks, they are still awesome, and give a lovely result. In fact, my sweet and talented friend Debby Hughes shared a stamped card with these inks yesterday. Check it out HERE to see how well they work.
All we need now is for Simon to release their dye inks in cube size. I don't know about you, but I just love ink cubes… they are there best! I always reach for my Hero Arts and Ranger cubes before the large ink pads, and they are so much easier to store too. Space is (very) limited in my house.
OK - so that's it for today. Head over to Simon Says Stamp and check out all the new release products - there are three stamp sets, a couple of dies and four sets of ink cubes in really lovely colour combinations.
Enjoy!! And thanks for stopping by.
And if you have not yet been converted and are not interested in planner stuff, check back tomorrow for a card! :)
Happy Friday.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Happy Anniversary

Today is the day… all the new Clearly Besotted products are now available at Simon Says Stamp, and will be released at 10pm GMT tonight in the UK at Clearly Besotted.
So I have a final card to share with you, and it's made with the Mr and Mrs set. This set is truly elegant - lovely curly branches and leaves, and stylish mixed font sentiments.
I stamped everything on some Allison Kreft patterned paper, added some sequins, then stitched it to a card covered in some paper from Pebbles' Homemade pad
Happy Anniversary by Lucy Abrams
Such a simple card, but I love the look of crisp black stamping on patterned paper. The sequins are layered - black underneath and clear on top.
Happy Anniversary 2 by Lucy Abrams
My favourite black inks are Simon Says Stamp's Premium Black Dye Ink and Hero Arts Black Dye Ink. I know lots of people like Versafine for sentiments etc, but I often struggle to get a clean impression with it. Both Simon's and Hero Arts' black inks work for me every time. I love them. Oh, and this card was stamped with Simon's ink
So that's it - my guest design time is over… boo hoo.
Thanks so much to Stephanie for having me. I've loved playing along with teaser time this month. Stephanie - you ROCK.
And be sure to check out the full release tonight at 10pm GMT over at Clearly Besotted.
Bye for now.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Sweet Bunny Shaker Card

Hello. I'm back with my second post for today. To see my Day 3 Clearly Besotted sneak card, click HERE or scroll down.
Today I am up on the Hero Arts blog with a cute shaker card created with their adorable Bunnies Silhouette cut files. I cut the bunny from some yummy new Lawn Fawn Let's Polka paper, then layered it over some Pebbles paper and stamped my sentiment which is from the new Stamp Your Own Fruit set
Sweet Bunny by Lucy Abrams
The shaker is filled with a combination of my shaker selections in Iridescent White and Star Shine.
Sweet Bunny 2 by Lucy Abrams
Oh, and I stole a pom pom from my daughter's craft supply box. Luckily, she loved the card so she didn't mind. :) To make it lie flat on the card, I just trimmed the back until it was flat.
If you want to see full instructions on how I made this card, head over HERE to check it out.
Hope you have a great day.
Bye! And thanks so much for stopping by.

New Home Shaker

I'm back with another Clearly Besotted Stamps sneak peek for you. Today I am featuring the So Tweet  mini stamp set and coordinating dies.
I decided to create a shaker card using the birdhouse die. I cut a tag from some Pebbles paper, then cut the birdhouse from the tag. I added the sentiment then filled the shaker with some of my Gold Dust Sparkly Shaker Selection. I die cut a pair of birds from gold glitter card to complete the tag.
New Home by Lucy Abrams
Pink and gold is always a winning combination if you ask me. :)
New Home 2 by Lucy Abrams
I'll be back later today with a Hero Arts card… I hope you can join me again then! (Two posts in one day… that's unheard of for me!)
Bye for now.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Wonderful Mother

I am back with my second sneak peek at the new Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets. The set I chose to showcase today is called Just Darling. And it is beautiful. Lovely images, and sweet sentiments to match.
I decided to create some pink irises. Not sure how realistic they are, but as my mother's favourite colour is pink, it seemed fitting. :) I watercolured them with my Gansai Tambi watercolours, mixing together a red shade with some pearly white. The base is some Fog card stock from Simon Says Stamp, and I added a strip of Pebbles paper and some gorgeous Moonshine sequins.
Wonderful mother by Lucy Abrams
Lots of sparkle on this card. Love it.
Wonderful mother 2 by Lucy Abrams
That's all for today. Bye for now. X