Sunday, February 19

New Release: Irish Blessings

The new Irish Blessings set is all about luck and the occasional shenanigans! Perfect for St. Patrick's Day greetings, good luck cards, or just to let someone know you're thinking of them and hoping for the best.

Irish Blessings

My designers have created a fabulous range of cards and projects using the new set. Please remember to visit their blogs for more inspiration and ideas as well as links to their other social media platforms. There's lots to see!

Anesha created this fabulous wall hanging.

Karin's blue and green themed card.

Judy used the horseshoes to make a good luck card. 

AJ created these two cards with watercolour backgrounds. 

Carla added fabulous four leaf clovers to her card.

Check out the fabulous background paper on Petra's card.

Petra also created this gorgeous card featuring lots of stitching.

Friday, February 17

Mission: Possible

For the past 16 years I've been a member of a lovely craft group in my town, which you might have heard me mention before. We make and sell hand crafts at our much-loved little cottage in the centre of town, but we also go on outings, have lessons, attend craft fairs and generally misbehave... errr, I mean have fun in a responsible manner.

One of the things we try to do regularly is crafting for a cause, which is basically making useful things for people in need. We're fortunate to have a truly amazing, and fully volunteer-run, service called "Mission Possible" close by, who coordinate, gather and distribute crafts to local nursing homes, charities, hospitals, health centres and children's organisations, and they always have requests coming in for everything from tactile mats to IV bag holders. Our craft group started sewing, knitting and constructing items for them last year and I wanted to share our latest projects with you.

These drawstring bags are for folks who need to make a quick, unplanned trip to the hospital. They'll be filled with toiletries, underwear and little essentials to make their stay a bit more comfortable.

I call these "hospital dolls", although I'm sure they have a better name. They are simple, human shaped dolls that doctors use when explaining medical procedures to children. The doctor draws on the doll with marker to show the child what will be happening, and then the child gets to keep it.

Here's a link to the Mission Possible Facebook page for anyone who is interested:

And a link to the Craft Cottage Facebook page:

Wednesday, February 15

Smooth Seas Cards

I think I've decided on my favourite stamp from the new "Smooth Seas" set... can you guess what it is? I have a feeling I'll be inking this guy up on a regular basis, he's fun to colour and pretty easy to layer.

I used a masking technique to get two seahorses swimming side by side.

White pencil on "pool" coloured card stock. I even stamped in the same shade.

The "bubbles" are drops of glossy accents.

Monday, February 13

Tutorial: Waterfall Cards

Looking to add a bit of pizzazz to your next card-making project? Well, look no further! This card has the wow-factor, is interactive and you don't need to be a rocket scientist to put it together. Now that's my kind of card!

1. Gather together the supplies for your card. You'll need:
  • a card blank measuring 41/4" x 6"
  • one 2" x 9" piece of cardstock
  • four 2" squares, stamped and coloured
  • four 21/4" squares of coloured card or paper to mat the stamped images
  • two pieces of patterned paper - 4" x 53/4" and 4" x 11/4"
  • piece of ribbon or string for pull tag
  • an eyelet, staple or other way to secure the ribbon
  • adhesives and cutting tools 

2. Place the 2" x 9" strip of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 2", 21/2", 3" and 31/2". Fold along each score line. 

3. If you're adding an eyelet to your pull tag, do it now. It is placed on the bottom of the strip of card stock you just scored, furthest away from the folds. 

4. Use glue or double sided tape to adhere the 4" x 53/4" piece of patterned paper to the front of your card blank. You should end up with a small border all around the card. 

5. Place a strip of double sided tape or a thin line of glue on either end of the 4" x 11/4" strip of patterned paper, making sure none of it is applied to the centre. Adhere it across the card front, 2" from the bottom of the card blank.

6. Slide the strip of card stock under the strip of patterned paper so that the folded score lines are at the top and the eyelet (if added) is at the bottom. 

7. Apply some glue or double sided tape to the centre of the strip of patterned paper. The adhesive should be no wider than the strip of card stock. 

8. Secure the strip of card stock to the strip of patterned paper. Be sure to line up the edges and make sure everything is centred before you secure it permanently. This strip is the basis for the interactive component of the card. (note: the strip of card stock should be able to slide up and down behind the patterned paper when pulled by the eyelet end)

9. If desired, stamp a sentiment on the bottom of the strip of card stock. 

10. Now it's time to add the images to your card. Begin with the bottom image, which is the one that will appear last when the card is activated. Apply glue to the first section of the strip of card stock, between the end and the first score line. The hash lines, in the photo below, indicate the area where adhesive should be applied. 

11. Secure the first image onto the adhesive, keeping the top of the mat just below the first score line and centring the image over the strip of card stock. 

12. Now apply adhesive in the next section, between the first and second score line, and add the second stamped image. 

13. Apply adhesive to the area between the second and third score line and attach the third image. 

14. Apply adhesive to the area between the third and fourth score lines and secure the fourth image, which will be the top image on your card. Be careful not to secure the last image too high on the card stock or the strip won't move. You should be able to see the last score line easily.

15. Attach the string through the eyelet (or the ribbon with a staple, etc.) and you're done!

Now you can gently pull on the string and watch the images flip by!

Photographs and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir
All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 12

New Release: Smooth Seas

This new clear stamp set is ideal for creating masculine themed cards, and perfect for anyone who loves the ocean. You can mix and match the images with the sentiment stamps to create cards and projects for lots of different occasions.

Smooth Seas
Clear Stamp Set

Carla, Anesha and Petra have come up with some amazing projects with these stamps. Check out their fabulous backgrounds, awesome colouring and wonderful scene construction right here... and don't forget to visit their blogs for more information and loads of inspiration!

Carla created these two stunning cards using all the images from the set.
She coloured, fussy cut and arranged the images to build these wonderful seascapes.

Petra was super inspired by this set and ended up designing four awesome cards, each using a different image from the set. 

Anesha has wowed us with this beautiful ceramic project featuring the seagull image from the set. What a great gift for someone who loves the sea or lives by the ocean.

Saturday, February 11

Traditional Colours

Today's peacock is in much more familiar colours than yesterday's version. Although it's a little hard to see, I added clear Wink of Stella to his body for some extra glitz and glamour.

Friday, February 10

Negative Colouring

I started out by printing the peacock image from the "True Beauty" digital stamp set onto a piece of dark blue card stock, and then colouring with white pencil. I really enjoyed working on all the layers of feathers in his tail, and it was surprisingly quick to do. The trickiest part was the bird's eye... the first one I coloured (and binned!) had a strange cock-eyed look to it because I got the highlight and shine in the wrong place. I could tell right away that it wasn't right, so at least I didn't waste time colouring all the feathers only to realise my mistake.

Wednesday, February 8

February Bargains

Love is in the air at Beccy's Place this month, with great deals on these five sets that celebrate all the special people in your life. Create fabulous cards for friends, partners, children and family, and don't forget all those other people who bring happiness to your life, like your gym instructor, dentist... or perhaps your favourite local barista! 
(clear stamp set)

(digital stamp set)

(digital stamp set)

(digital stamp set)

(digital stamp set)