Tuesday, May 23

Forever and Always

I wanted to create a CAS style card with a single, long stemmed flower as the focal point. The single rose from the "With All My Heart" stamp set was perfect, except that the stem wasn't quite as long as I wanted. To add a bit extra, I stamped the image, except for the very tip of the stem, which I kept free of ink, then used a pen to add a couple of lines until I got the size I was after.

Stamps: With All My Heart by Beccy's Place

Monday, May 22

I Like Candy...

I'm still enjoying the new Candy Shoppe digital stamp set, it's been quite a walk down memory lane for me. I remember these big lolly pops from days spent at the local fair or, if we were really lucky, a trip to the Brisbane Ekka!

Stamps: Candy Shoppe digital stamp set by Beccy's Place

Sunday, May 21

Gumball Machine

Remember the old gumball machines that used to be on the counter of nearly every corner store you went into? Waiting to see what colour was going to come out after you turned the handle was always nerve wracking. I was ever hopeful for an orange or red one and always disappointed when a green or purple one came out instead. Most times I was able to swap with one of my brothers, other times I just had to grin and bear it. The flavour only lasted for a couple of minutes anyway, so it wasn't long before you were chewing on a tasteless, sticky wad! Ahhhh, the good ol' days.

Stamps: Candy Shoppe by Beccy's Place

Saturday, May 20

New Release: Candy Shoppe

When I was a kid, my sister and brothers and I would walk to the corner store, pocket money in hand, to buy individual pieces of candy... or what we call "lollies" here in Australia. Just $1.00 would get you a white paper bag full of all kinds of sugary treats! The best part was being able to choose your favourites from the individual jars and boxes that lined the shelves. These days, I have only seen lollies sold like this in those old-timey shops you find in tourist destinations. It sure makes me feel nostalgic... not to mention old!

Candy Shoppe
Digital Stamp set

My designers have some sweet offerings to share with you, using the new set.

Judy's Card

Karin's Card

AJ's Card

Carla's Card

Petra's Card

Anesha's Card

Wednesday, May 17

By The Sea

One of my brothers loves the sea. I think he should have been a commercial fisherman or a pilot on a large ship or any other job that puts him in the vicinity of the ocean. Even though he doesn't really enjoy recreational swimming, he loves everything else about the water, particularly fishing and boating. I had him firmly in mind when designing the Smooth Seas clear stamp set, which means, like it or not, he'll be receiving lots of cards with a beach theme!

Stamps: Smooth Seas by Beccy's Place

Monday, May 15

Signature Bear

Here in Australia, and probably in many other parts of the world too, it's common to have an item that is passed around at a party or celebration that can be signed by the guests. "Signature Bears" are one such item, and can be decorated with veils for weddings, party hats for 21st birthdays or mortar boards for graduations... like this little guy.

The Final Roll Call digital stamp set includes this bonus coloured image. The little signature bear comes complete with messages of congratulations and encouragement.

Final Roll Call
Digital Stamp Set

Saturday, May 13

New Release: Final Roll Call

Here's a set for all the graduates in your life. From grade school through to post graduate studies, our grads deserve a resounding ovation for years of dedicated work and commitment to learning... even those who weren't too keen on attending!

Final Roll Call
Digital Stamp Set

My designers have created these fabulous cards and projects with the new Final Roll Call set...

Karen's Card

Two projects from Anesha

Carla's Creation

Petra's Card

AJ's Project

Judy's Creation

Thursday, May 11

Just Desserts

It has been grey and overcast here for the past couple of days, so I'm in the mood for nice bright, happy colours. I've used one of my favourite clear stamp sets to create this card as well as all my water colour pencils, which are still scattered over my desk!

Wednesday, May 10

Freesias in Watercolour

My watercolour pencils and brushes were sitting out on my desk after I went hunting for something yesterday. Naturally, that meant I needed to have a little play before I put them away again. The result is a couple of water coloured freesia cards.

Monday, May 8


I used one of the stamps from the Doris & Daphne set and added a muddy puddle with a black fine point pen. The result? One very happy and very fine little pig.

Saturday, May 6

New Release: Doris & Daphne

My friend Pete has two pet pigs, named Bubble & Squeak, that she absolutely adores. She assures me that they're as smart as dogs and as loving as human toddlers, and I imagine they're probably just as messy! Every time I see Pete, she has a new story to tell me about her pigs and the adventures they get up to with her great Dane called Marvin. They are the inspiration for this latest set of stamps...

Doris & Daphne
clear stamp set

Carla, Anesha and Petra have put together some fabulous cards and projects using the Doris & Daphne clear stamp set, which you can check out below...

Two cute cards from Carla

Anesha created two fabulous cards, a plaque and an awesome sunglasses case.

Two cards from Petra... check out those googly eyes!

Friday, May 5

Tutorial: Double Z Fold Cards

My friend, Doreen, suggested I write a tutorial for creating a double Z fold card after finding a beautiful example online. They are one of those great cards that gives you a lot of bang for your buck... my favourite kind!... and can be made quickly and in whatever size you need. Like all the best folds, these cards fold flat to fit into a standard sized envelope. What's not to love?!

1. Start with a piece of card stock measuring 11" x 4" and a second coordinating piece measuring 11" x 2". Place the larger piece horizontally on your scoreboard and score at 23/4" and 51/2".

2. Make a mountain fold on the first score line and a valley fold on the second score line so that you have a basic z-fold card.

3. Now repeat the scoring and folding on the second piece of card stock, using the same measurements and folds. 

4. Flip the smaller piece of card stock over so that the long section is on top and the folded sections are underneath and at the right hand side. The smaller piece should fit over the top of the larger piece, as in the photo below.

5. Add some patterned paper to the different sections of the card if desired. I also added a stamped sentiment in the middle of the smaller piece of card stock, which will only be visible when the card is opened. Make sure you have the two sections facing the correct way before you add your papers and embellishments. 

6. Now it's time to attach the small piece to the large piece. Turn the smaller piece of card stock over so that the long section is still on the left hand side. Apply adhesive to the left half only of the long section. See the photo below where I've marked the position of the adhesive with pencil lines.

7. Flip it back over and secure it to the left hand side of the larger piece of card stock. I placed mine about 1/2" up from the bottom, but you can position it wherever it works best for your design.

8. Now we will secure the other side of the card. Add adhesive to the back of the small piece of card stock, between the last score line and the right hand edge.

9. Secure the last section of the small piece of card stock to the card base, 1/2" from the bottom and flush with the right hand edge. You've now finished the basic card.

10. Time to decorate! I used a stamped, coloured and fussy cut image as well as a sentiment stamp on the front of my card. As you can see, all of the different elements are also visible when the card is open. Happy crafting!

Stamps: Celebrations by Beccy's Place

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