Friday 30 May 2014

A break!

Just taking a week off. 
But I'll be back very soon.
See you then.

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Starry Nights

For all my fellow digital stamp fans, I have great news… Hero Arts have just released a number of new digital kits, printables and cutting files to their digital collection.  Yesterday I had three cards featured on the Hero Arts blog using these kits… and I thought I'd share them here too. :)
First, a shaker card created with the Celestial Paper and The Firmament digikits. I also used a Stylish Star die to create the negative space for my shaker element. I filled it with my yummy Doodlebug sequins and chunky glitter (click here to see my independent product review of these awesome sequins).
Yummy yummy sequins…. oh how I love you.
Next, a card created with the Constellation Printable and The Zodiac and The Firmament digikits.
A super simple card - I added tiny sequins to the stars for some star shine. :)
And finally, a rainbow card - because I love rainbows. This one is created with the Rain or Shine kit. Lots more Doodlebug glitter here. :)
The background is splattered with Mister Huey's (of course!!)
I hope I've inspired you to go take a look at these fun kits. There are lots more too…
Have a great day.

Saturday 24 May 2014

Did you see...

You could get…
these very cool Maggie Holmes stickers,
One of my fave paper pads (50% off!)
Hope you are having a good weekend.

Thursday 22 May 2014


Just popping in today to share a Father's Day card I made for my two little girls to give my husband. I thought the little birds in Simon Says Stamp's We're Expecting set were perfect for Father's Day. The sentiment is from their Father's Day set.
And as my husband thinks a card is not a card unless it has wiggle eyes, I added some to my little birdies.
I hope he likes it. :)
Have a great day. It's wet and miserable here.
Bye for now.

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Lucy Recommends… Post 1

Hello, and welcome to my first 'Lucy Recommends...' post where I will share a closer look at a product that I have bought and love. I always enjoy seeing what other people are playing with, and often wish I could get a closer look at the product itself before committing to buying it… so I thought I'd try it out. If you like the post, please let me know and I might do another one in the future. And please note, the products I will share will be ones that I have personally selected and purchased -  these will not be sponsored posts.
Today, I decided to show you some sequins.
OK - I, like the rest of the crafting world it seems, am into sequins at the moment. And there are loads to choose from. Very recently I purchased Doodlebug's Rainbow Assortment Sequin pack.
 Before buying the product, I hesitated, as I wondered how many sequins I was actually getting for my money - the bottles are so tiny. And it's SO hard to judge a product by the picture on the shop website. But I took the plunge as I desperately wanted a rainbow selection, and I am VERY glad I did!
Each little bottle contains 6 different colours of sequin. So that's 72 different kinds of sequin in the selection. I was VERY impressed. Here you can see almost all of them in a bit more detail (they were hard to photograph, and some of them look a bit similar, but I assure you, all are different).
Some are clear and some are opaque. Some are iridescent.DSC_0007
Oh, and did I mention they are gorgeous. :)
I emptied out one little bottle to give you an idea of how many you get. And it's more than I imagined. In fact, they've crammed so many into the pot that I could not get them all back in again after taking this photo!!
And all those sequin centres… I will use them as glitter. Perfect for shaker cards. :)
All in all, I highly recommend this product. If you want to start a sequin collection, this is the perfect way to begin. This pack offers every colour you could ever want and will last ages. Plus, when the sequins are gone, you've got the cute little bottles left over to fill up with beads, glitter or even more sequins. Yay.
(These sequins are available HERE at Simon Says Stamp (for my US readers), or HERE at The Glitterpot (for my UK readers).
I've already made a card with these little beauties… watch out for it in the Hero Arts blog in a week or so. :)
So that's it. My first 'Lucy Recommends…' post.
Do let me know if you like / hate this kind of thing. :)
Have a happy day.

Monday 19 May 2014

Love You

Just popping in with another card created with Simon Says Stamp's June Card Kit. Such a simple one today…
I die cut the Tic Tac Toe Hearts die from the map paper in the kit, and again from a Post-It note. I used the negative of the Post-It die cut to place my hearts onto the white map paper (which is die cut with Hero Arts Frame die) before adhering them in place. The sentiment is stamped in Hero Arts Charcoal ink for a softer look.
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I love this map paper… such pretty colours.
Right. That's all from me today.
See you soon.

Friday 16 May 2014

Simon Says Stamp 'Pure Sunshine' Blog Hop

Hello, and welcome to Simon Says Stamp's Pure Sunshine Blog Hop. If you have arrived from Kathy Racoosin's gorgeous blog, I bet you have just been stunned by something AMAZING. (BTW, Kathy is not only unbelievably talented, but also one of the kindest, sweetest and most generous people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting).
If you have stumbled upon this hop, I recommend starting from the beginning HERE. :)

So… today sees the release of Simon Says Stamp's newest products. And they sent me some to play with. The adorable Balloons and Patterns Stencil Set contains 4 cute 3 x 3 stencils which can be layered over each other for some fun results!! For my card, I first inked the balloons with Hero Arts shadow Inks (Pale Tomato, Orange Soda and Lemon Yellow). Then I adhered the stripe stencil on top of the balloon stencil, and smeared over white embossing paste. Once I'd removed the stencils, I sprinkled the balloons with chunky Doodlebug glitter.
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Here you can see the stripes a bit mote clearly. Layerimng stencils is FUN!!!
Look HERE to see the release in full. It's another good one!!

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a goody bag to one commenter on every stop of the hop. Make sure you leave a comment here (and on all the stops) by 6pm EST on Thursday May 22nd to be in with the chance of winning. :)

Next up on the hop is one of my card making idols: