Friday, 28 November 2014

Jingle all the Way

Today I have a card for you that features a sweet Doodlebug sticker. Isn't this little reindeer cute? I added a big red gemstone for a shiny nose, a sentiment from THIS Hero Arts set, and patterned papers from THIS pad and THIS pad.
Jingle by Lucy Abrams
Just a tiny bit of stitching here - adds a homemade touch. :)
Jingle2 by Lucy Abrams
Hope you are enjoying your day.
I'll be back soon.
Bye for now.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Sparkle and Shine

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp Winter Twinkle Blog Hop. If you have not hopped from the start, head to the Simon blog HERE. :)
If you have just hopped from the lovely blog of my talented friend Kathy Racoosin, then welcome!! 
Today we are hopping along to celebrate the December Card Kit. It's such a fun kit, with an embossing theme. So, I've got a simple shaker card to share that features some embossing on the gorgeous silver card that comes in the kit.
Sparkle and shine by Lucy Abrams
I admit, I was a little skeptical about embossing on this surface (I am NOT an embossing expert…) thinking the ink might slip and slide on this shiny card… but how wrong I was. It stuck beautifully, and left a super crisp impression. 
Sparkle and Shine 2 by Lucy Abrams
As I mentioned, I do not consider myself to be an embossing expert… in fact, I am pretty lazy when it comes to embossing.
I remember the wonder of embossing for the first time… it was like magic. My sister (who lives in Canada) bought me a heat gun and together we tried it out. We were both pretty excited by the results, and she isn't even into paper crafting. :)
Today, I tend to use embossing most when working with watercolours - it's a great way to keep the paint in place and create lovely pools of paint (see this card HERE with a photo tutorial, THIS card which also has a tutorial, or this card HERE). I love that this kit gave me a kick up the butt to get my heat gun out to emboss a sentiment. I love the look and will certainly be trying it out again soon. :)

Simon Says Stamp is giving away a grab bag on every stop of the hop. The grab bag will be filled with lots of fun products to try. Leave a comment here (and on every stop) by 6.00pm EST on Saturday November 29th.

Right - time to hop on. Your next stop is my sweet friend:
Sarah Moerman
Bye for now.

Friday, 21 November 2014


Today I have a card for you created with Simon Says Stamp's gorgeous Holiday Ornaments die set. I cut two ornaments from rustic card and two from glitter card. I stitched the glittery ones together and stamped the sentiment on one of the rustic white ones.
More of that amazing Stitched frame die… I'm addicted.
Joy by Lucy Abrams 
The beautiful background paper is from Bo Bunny's Candy Cane Lane pad.
Joy2 by Lucy Abrams
Pink, gold and white is lovely for Christmas don't you think? 
Oh and see that pear in the top photo… I let my almost 3 year old choose an ornament from a shop the other day (and there were literally thousands to choose from) and she chose that. I'm so proud of her - she clearly has good taste. It's covered in tiny sequins and is really sparkly. (Wishing I'd bought more now!!)
Hope you are well. I'm busy Christmas shopping and planning. Love it. And our new kitchen will be finished today!! So happy about that. It looks so good. :)
Bye for now.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Joyful Tidings

Today I have a card over on the Hero Arts blog. It features the beautiful Peace Poinsettia stamp set. I painted the poinsettia with my new Peerless watercolours - I have been itching to try these out for ages, and they are truly delicious. I got the small set so I could test them, but they are fab. I recommend them.
Joyful Tidings by Lucy Abrams
After the paint was dry, I added a coating of Wink Of Stella too - there's a lovely subtle shimmer. And some gold thread and gold shimmer mist add a bit more. :)
Joyful Tidings 2 by Lucy Abrams
If you want full instructions on how to make this card, you can find them HERE.
Hope you are enjoying your week.
Bye for now.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Merry Christmas Shaker Card

Today I have a card featured over at A Blog Named Hero. They are hosting a month long Christmas celebration with lots of guest designers and prizes too.
To join in the celebrations, I thought I'd create a super sparkly shaker card filled with sequins.
To create my card, I used Hero Arts Fancy Cuts Christmas dies, cutting the words from some pretty Bo Bunny patterned paper which I had already die cut with my favourite stitched frame die. After backing this with some acetate, I filled the window with a ton of silver and clear sequins, then adhered it over some glitter paper. The result - a super sparkly interactive card that's perfect for a lover of shiny things. :)
Merry Christmas Shaker by Lucy Abrams
This was so quick and easy to create - you could definitely throw together a pile of these in an afternoon! And what a fun afternoon it would be. :)
Merry Christmas Shaker 2 by Lucy Abrams
Be sure to head on over to A Blog Named Hero to check out the prizes on offer from Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp and enter the giveaway.
Bye for now.
I've had a couple of people ask for more detailed instructions. Hope this makes it clearer:
Die cut a frame from the pink paper.
Die cut 'Merry Christmas' from the pink paper.
Stick acetate to the back of the pink paper.
Stick the little tiny pieces from the letters 'e' and 'a' onto the top of the acetate.
Turn the pink paper over onto your work surface.
Put foam tape on the back of the pink paper to create a window.
Put sequins into the window.
Stick the glitter card on top.
Does this help??