Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WINTER WISHES BY CRAFTS 2 CELEBRATE

Check out these beautiful cards created by design team at Crafts 2 Celebrate, using my digistamps Christmas Glitter Shoujo, Christmas Poinsettia Shoujo and Star Wand!

Their challenge #3 is themed 'Winter Wishes'! Winner of the challenge will win 3 digistamps from me, so if you'd like a chance at winning 3 luscious stamps, join the challenge at Crafts 2 Celebrate now!


By Lisa
By Manuela
By Mel

By Teighan

By Lady

By Catherine

By Irene
By Valou

Saturday, December 27, 2014

80s POP FASHION DIGITAL STAMPS!

80s in the City
https://www.etsy.com/listing/213643299/

I am so much in the mood for cute dolls that I came up with a set of fashion digital stamps earlier in the month, they double as colouring pages too! They are based on what I recall back from the crazy 80s. 

Back then the barbie dolls came with a fashion catalogue promoting their various dolls and I liked to copy the dresses! That was how '80s in the City' came about, polka dotted layered miniskirts and the side ponytail!
80s Lipstick
https://www.etsy.com/listing/214534527/

'80s Lipstick' is inspired by Japanese fashion colouring books and their doll Jenny, in particular.

80s Soda
https://www.etsy.com/listing/213875508/

'80s Soda' is a bit Strawberry Switchblade style with the kitsch and layering.

The set of 3 is available for $10
https://www.etsy.com/listing/214899083/
Here's wishing everyone a Happy New 2015 to come!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BABY THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT JENNY DOLL


Oh yes finally here! I purchased the Baby, The Stars Shine Bright Jenny doll from Ebay and it came in time for Christmas! It took 2 weeks for it to arrive in Singapore from Japan. This is a collaboration with Takara Tomy x Baby, The Stars Shine Bright; a Japanese sweet lolita clothing brand. It was released mid-June 2014, retailing at 2,800 yen.





Off from the plastic sleeve photo. The box was slightly dinged from being shipped in an envelope with lots of bubble wrap but that is ok, as I was meaning to take her out from the box. As always I carefully undid the tape and wires. Baby The Stars Shine Bright Jenny comes with a pair of shoes and lace wristies. Unfortunately she does not come with a doll stand. That is quite a pet peeve as older Jennys had stands.


Once released, her hair is a matted mess! I saw from other photos of products and had worried about it and was right. It is so totally not like the advert they used:


She had hair falling out as I was separating the curls (gently), this was under half of what came out and I haven't even touched her hair yet. I didn't use a comb, just my fingers to gently spread out the hair so be warned.


However, she does have the cutest shoes! The heels are heart shaped, and her ring and earrings are also heart shaped in the same colour. They fit her feet with her socks just fine, although the socks tend to bunch up at the ankles as it is not really stocking material but like a tricot knit fabric.

I wish I had better colours in the photo but this is what she roughly looks like, with brown eyes, rose pink lips under the glare of the afternoon sun!

She can stand on her own but will need some trial and error to balance her weight out, and since she is wearing heels she isn't very steady and is best left leaning against the wall. I prefer to have a doll stand included, so if Takara Tomy can bring that back, pretty please? Or at least allow her legs to bend at the knees, older Jenny dolls could snap at the knees, so this is rather annoying since the balance is even harder now. She has one bent fixed leg like she is walking.


The articulation in the hips allows her to spread her legs lengthwise a bit, she can also do the normal splits. She looks better with the dainty closed legs. Her arms are bendable at the elbows but not much, so the range is quite limited to the standard lolita model pose. Her head can tilt left and right.

Her headband has an elastic band underneath. A little bit of shorter hair goes in the front! One side is straying in the other direction so I'd need to do some serious styling later, also I don't know if I like that her hair is so fluffy and curly all over with one particular ugly long curl at the bottom. It does have its own charm but I've always liked neatly curled hair - you know, like in that promo they showed??

The main dress is velcroed at the back, the pink and white are one whole piece, it'll be nice if it was a separate pinafore but that would cost more money to produce I guess. It appears to be a cotton-polyester blend or maybe cotton. The candy pink fabric (sorry for the bluish tint) is thin twill fabric, with strawberries, floral prints and the Baby's logo. The lace is generic and inexpensive type.

So that sums up my review of the Baby's Jenny doll, I recommend it if you don't mind the curly floofy hair, she is pretty cute as is, and will be hanging around my work desk for now. Also I think I might fix her hair and tame it somewhat so she can model other lolita clothes!

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Edit: I fixed her hair to make it more organised and she looks much better! Using my fingers, I grouped small bunches together and twirled them in the right direction. I have further rearranged the curls after these latest photos to make it more evenly spaced so she is very pretty now! A lot more hair came out and I trimmed the stray flyaways in her hair fringe.




Have a very blessed Christmas folks!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

NATURE TOTS PIXIE DIGITAL STAMPS

On a Mushroom
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/211954108/
Just finished three cute pixie or fairy digital stamps from my Nature Tot series. The common theme is mushroom and toadstools, maybe one day I'll give them a back story! Hope you like them, they are available as instant downloads in my Etsy shop.


Toadstool Hat
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/212250171/


Gatherer Pixie
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/212982085/

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BUD FRESH CHINESE FLORIDA WATER



Curiosity got the best of me when I saw this obscure Chinese Florida Water called Bud Fresh Florida Water 《昕蕾花露香水》 going for S$2.00 (about US$1.60). I have been wanting to get the classic Two Girls brand Florida Water but this was cheap and just... there.

Florida Water is an American cologne water, with a sweet orange, spice and floral scent, created in the 1800s by Robert I. Murray. Florida Water from China was created since the early 1900s, with Two Girls brand (Hong Kong) being the most famous. You can read more about Florida Water here

The liquid is emerald green, which is a little uncommon. I always thought it was green glass. It contains alcohol, perfume, water and colouring, CI19140 is a synthetic lemon yellow and CI42090 is a synthetic brilliant blue.

The packaging: See the floral image rolling towards the right? Yea it's pixelated...! They probably stole it off the internet, and the chinese-style water lily with western-style floral painting... no comment lol.



The scent: I find it strange, at my first whiff was it reminded me of a sweet smelling Johnson's baby shampoo with a chemical undertone (on my hands, not from the bottle). From the bottle the alcohol and chemical-ish smell is pretty strong. Also maybe baby powder with a chemical undertone. Also reminds me of medicine, or the smell from a clinic trying to mask the medicine smells. It says 'high quality aromatic materials', which could be anything!

I'm not quite used to it but will give it one good point: when I left my room and came back the lingering odour (the milder the scent the better) was a bit like the Sam Fong powder. I asked my mom to sniff it slightly and she actually liked it for some reason. Oh well. It is too sickly sweet for me and my choice of scents are usually pure florals... since this has alcohol in it I might use it to clean my toilet floors and counter-tops instead.

With my curiosity is now piqued, my mission is to try out the other Florida Water on the market, both Chinese and western. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ORIGINAL ART BLANK CARDS SCRATCHBOARD

I have been playing with some scratchboard and they are pretty fun! The only downside is once you make a mistake it's permanently there. I made nine cards so far in my spare time, and these are something unique other than the usual greeting cards (and monochrome scratchboards) and exclusive creation by Lemon Shortbread. They are available in packs of 3 as a trial run in my Etsy shop. Great as signage and for kids to play too!
I like drawing trees. Rainbow trees!
And flowers! Lots of shoujo style flowers.
Set A
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/211501631/

Set B
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/211500319/
Set C
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/211653297/

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FREE DIGI STAMP - CHRISTMAS CANDY CANES

A freebie Christmas candy canes graphic or digital stamp for your crafting needs! It is 4.8 inches in 300dpi, jpeg format. Get the high res image here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B91RHpzGLjXocC1MSkk0ajZGRjg/view?usp=sharing
Christmas sales and decor seem to be going up much earlier this year! Hope you will find this graphic useful, if you shrink it, it can be used as an accent.

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- For personal use only, commercial use is not allowed.
- Please keep the signature on the image.
- A link-back or credit is much appreciated if you are posting your crafts online.
- If you want to share or blog about this, please do not place the full-sized image for download on your site or on Pinterest, instead link to this page.
-  Please do not share the image off-site, but direct your friends, followers or team to download from here.
- Please grab yours while the freebie is available. Once it is gone, please do not share it, it's yours to keep and yours only! I will put an expired notice on each freebie that has ended its run.

If you see a notice that there are too many users downloading the image today, keep trying! Google has a daily limit set that I have no control over.

Feel free to share your crafts with Lemon Shortbread digi stamps on my Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/lemonshortbreadart
You can also leave a comment here and I will check your creations out!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NEW PET COLLAR SHOP - MANGO MINX

I'm plugging my new shop with a close friend from my fashion school days! Introducing Mango Minx - luxury handmade pet collars! Tentatively we only have dog collars but we will soon do cat collars too. We also do customised work. Do check us out at http://mangominx.com/

The chihuahua above is a quickie to show how the collar would look like on a model, I might come up with a more legit promo lol.

Below is the current collection we have, with 2 more coming up. We have been working on the designs on-off for months, and pretty picky about the designs and findings. We like sparkly things so each collar has some sort of rhinestone or crystal elements in it. Join us on our Facebook page for updates and pet-related jokes, videos and memes: https://www.facebook.com/mangominx/


Gothic Victorian Dog Collar

Regal Soldier Dog Collar

Beary Kawaii Dog Collar
Flamenco Passion Dog Collar

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WINTER SHOUJO DIGITAL STAMPS

Newly released Winter Shoujo series digital stamps, they can also double as colouring pages as they are large enough and will print out beautifully, 7" to 8" height each. Hope you like them! I was deciding if I should make them victorian-ish shoujo or modern shoujo fashion, and ended up somewhere midway.

As you guessed, I will be coming up with the other seasons as they arrive. The set is cheaper at $10, should you like to purchase them individually they are $4 each.

"Snow in my Palm Shoujo"
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/209820858/

"Winter Cardigan Shoujo"
https://www.etsy.com/listing/210529213/

"Winter Muff Shoujo"
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/210116641/

"Winter Shoujo Set"
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/210534074/