I decided to create a pretty shaped card today, using some of the large dies in my collection. They are easy to create as long as you remember not to cut through the spine of the card... what you see here is version two. I was daydreaming while making the first version of the card, and now have two pretty die-cut mats to use at a later date!
Saturday, April 22
I was so excited to see a pair of these gorgeous little wrens flittering around our property late last year. The bright blue plumage of the little male stood out in stark contrast to the dull greens of the scrub, while the female blended in to her surroundings almost perfectly. I haven't seen them for quite some time, but I'm hoping they have set up a nesting site somewhere close... I'd love to see them with a little clutch of babies.
Superb Fairy Wren
Digital Stamp Set
Despite my designers being unfamiliar with this little bird, they've still done a brilliant job creating their cards and projects. You can check out their colouring below, and then pop over to their blogs for more information and loads of inspiring projects.
Petra created this absolutely beautiful card.
Here's what she wrote about colouring the image:
I coloured it with pencils, it took me a really long time because I did not just want to colour it in. I made a thousand little strokes with my pencils to achieve feathers that look almost real.
AJ coloured the image with watercolours for this beautiful effect.
Carla used both images in the set to create this little bush scene.
Anesha made two fabulous cards using both images from the set.
Karin's card features pretty shades of blue and green.
Judy decided on a yellow background to contrast beautifully with the little wren.
Thursday, April 20
Wednesday, April 19
I had originally coloured this gift stack in a purple, silver and white colour scheme as an example for a wedding... but since I don't have any weddings on the horizon I thought I'd re-purpose it as a pretty birthday card.
Stamps: Celebrations by Beccy's Place
Tuesday, April 18
Saturday, April 15
I think this is easily my favourite stamp set from the April release. I mostly like it because of how versatile it is... the gifts can be coloured up for any occasion where presents are given or exchanged. It has you covered for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, Valentine's day, Mother's and Father's day... and that's just off the top of my head!
Clear Stamp Set
Anesha, Carla and Petra have some created some wonderful projects using the images and sentiments from the new set. The next Beccy's Place newsletter will feature a template for Carla's fabulous pop up card as well as lots of inspiration for all the new releases this month.
A fun, mug-shaped card from Anesha...
as well as a pop and twist card...
and also a pretty birthday card.
Carla's card features a fabulous pop-up centre...
She also used one of the sentiments with some strips of
pretty paper to create a CAS style card.
Petra made these two gorgeous cards,
one in blue and one in pink.
Wednesday, April 12
Okay, these cards are so easy to make that if you blink, you'll miss it!
Basically, it's a standard card with the front cut slightly shorter so you can add a little piece of card stock to act as a "latch" to keep it closed. That's really all there is to it... easy right?
1. Start with a card blank. The size really doesn't matter, but for those who are interested I used a piece of A5 folded in half, which makes a card that's about 6" x 4" when closed.
2. Cut a vertical strip 1" wide from the right hand side of the card front. Again, the size of the piece you remove doesn't really matter, you can adjust it for the particular design you'd like to make.
3. Place the card vertically on your score pad with the fold against the left hand side.
4. Score 3 or 4 lines on the back piece of the card, starting as close as you can to the front edge that you just cut. (See the photos below.) The score lines are to give the card some flexibility - DO NOT FOLD ALONG THE SCORE LINES.
5. Now decorate the card front however you like. I used some patterned paper, rhinestones and an image.
6. Now it's time to create your "latch". I find a circle shape works best, but you can really do just about any shape you like. Maybe a little fussy cut flower or a cute animal image? I kept it simple by printing a sentiment and cutting it out with a circle punch.
7. The "latch" attaches with a piece of foam tape to the back of the card. Place the tape to the right of the score lines and then secure the "latch" over the top.
8. As you can see, the score lines give the card stock enough flexibility to bend when opening and closing the card, plus there's the added benefit of being visible from both the front and the inside of the card!
Happy crafting everyone!
Photos and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.
All rights reserved.
Monday, April 10
How "in the moment" does Nell look in this image? Not worried about who's watching, whether or not she's doing the moves correctly, or even thinking about how much cellulite is on her thighs! Ahhh... the freedom of being fabulous!
Stamps: Dancing Queen by Beccy's Place
Saturday, April 8
This digital stamp set is all about living your life and forgetting your age! Perfect for all those fabulous friends who know how to kick up their heels and live in the moment. The set contains two black and white line drawings and five matching sentiments, as well as two full colour images for quick card making.
As always, my designers have done a fabulous job creating cards with the new set. I think they really enjoyed these images and had a fun time putting their projects together. Don't forget to visit their blogs directly to see what other creations they've been making!
Friday, April 7
On special this month:
Specials available until the 30th of April 2017 (AEST)
Wednesday, April 5
During the recent flood here in our little town, we were cut off by flood water and lost power for several days. This provided the perfect opportunity to sit at my desk and create a little album using some pretty papers by Kaisercraft.