Blue Laurel.

Blue Laurel.

Hello there!
Thursday’s blog is always Blue, so here is a young lady called Laurel.

I know she looks as if she’s running for her life! She is a great source of amusement at work in the picking department. Whenever you mention Laurel, all the guys throw their arms in the air!
I think she is excellent actually! (Apart from the fact that I drew her!), She is ideal for highlighting something. You just position the Sentiment or gift or point of interest exactly where her hands are!
In this case, I used the Laurel Hedge to make a pouch, to house a couple of tickets for a garden show. I know; at this time of year Marks & Spencers Gift Vouchers might be more welcome!
Anyway, here goes.
I used
Theuva Card A5
Laurel, Laurel Hedge and Mask Kit (Special Blog-Price)
Promarkers
Stamp Laurel the Girl and Laurel the Hedge on Theuva card, using Black Adirondack. 
The reason for Adirondack Dye ink instead of Archival permanent ink is that we are colouring in with Promarkers. 

And here they are! Notice that the laurel hedge tessellates; it slots into itself left and right, so there is no gap. Great for backgrounds. And healthy hedges…

This takes a little while…

Stamp Laurel the lady onto a panel of Theuva Card. 
Use the mask to cover her up while you do the background.

So now you should have 2 Lady Laurels stamped; 
one on the panel, and one to cut out and layer up.
Colour in the Hat, head, legs and arms on the one underneath the panel, and the dress on the upper layer. 
In other words, just the bits you can see.  

If we get in close, you can see here that the dress is layered up over the top of the Laurel hedge panel.

Think of a sandwich:
Lady Laurel with background first.
Laurel Hedge panel next.
Lady Laurel’s dress next. And yes, we do cut off her head!
And arms and legs! Ouch!!

So now let’s think about the sleeve, or pouch. 
Very simple rule: DON’T glue that area down!
Makes a lovely gift-card. 
Even a couple of £10 notes would look good. The right colour, too.

What’s this?
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! 

3 tenners….

 So you can see here how Lady Laurel is drawing the eye to the gift voucher. 

Here is a card made by one of the Clarity Design Team. 
Unfortunately, there is no name on the back, so whoever made this card – hands up please!!

I had to laugh when I first saw this artwork, because it looks like she wants to strangle him!
Or eat him!
Anyway,
have a lovely day,
much love

42 thoughts on “Blue Laurel.

  1. Love the idea of making a gift card. I could have done with something like this For the gift card I bought for my Dad at Christmas. obviously not this stamp but would have found something a bit more suitable. In fact if you are looking for new ideas I would love some stamps with transport from the age of steam, please.

  2. Good morning,
    I think the tesslelation stamp is brilliant, math in stamping is so much fun. The gift card is very cool and a fun idea,. Guess I need that stamp… Thanks for the idea. Cheers

  3. Hi Barb, your card is lovely, love the colours you used. Can I have the one with the tenners in please, need to cover my purchases. Love the one from the design team member too. Bx

  4. Maybe you could do a stamp to go with her so where her arms stretch out you could have the words "Ta Dar" (have to say it fast) Ok maybe not!! I did a little poem about Laurel's twin I had forgotten about that, "Come to me now my lover boy and let me fill your days, with love and laughter and plenty of Joy, till we go our parting ways! Because it does look like she is grabbing him. Anyway I love your card and yes the £10 do match the dress???? You need to get out more. xxx

  5. Ditto all the comments about the card! My favourite image, however, is the one of the guys 'n' gals in the picking department throwing their arms in the air at the very mention of her name!! Fellow nutters like me! xx

  6. Hi Barbara. Beautiful card and stamps. Love the pouch, will be borrowing that idea. Laurel does look like she is going to throttle her man doesn't she : ) Take care

  7. Hi Barbara-love this!
    I have a laurel of my own -my sister calls her the "bendy lady"!
    I have used her holding flowers , pointing to sentiments etc-so useful.
    I will now use her like this!
    Whenever I use her I just smile .
    I love the thought of all your team throwing their arms up in the air- something we should all do I reckon on a regular basis!
    So – with my arms in position-
    Here's to Laurel and here's to you Barbara for designing such a wonderfully unique stamp,
    XxxxxRuth

  8. Lovely idea for gift card always nice to present them in a special way. Not too early for garden vouchers, gives us something to look forward to, warmer weather for a start, bitterly cold today.
    Would love to see those lads throwing arms in air, shows they probably enjoying job. Another beautiful stamp today, you just don't make it easy for us Barbara, want everything!! Lynne xx

  9. I really like these stamps and this idea is a great way of presenting vouchers, tickets or gift cards. Like others the image of your team raising their arms every time laurel is mentioned is very amusing. Thanks for a great blog xx

  10. Everybody say Hey and wave your arms like you just don't care yay ! Your staff sound barmy, love it.

    Lovely artwork, I have these stamps yes! No where are they lol, must go, and tidy the stash 😉 xx

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