Thursday, July 19

Octopus and Starfish

One of my brothers really loves the sea, so I made him this birthday card. What could be better than a seaside themed card to remind him how much he hates work and would rather be fishing?! Sorry Steve.

Tuesday, July 17

New Release: By The Seaside

A warm, sunny day by the seaside is like a little vacation from the stresses and routines of life. Most of us enjoy a day at the beach, exploring rock pools, building sandcastles and wading through the water.
Capture the spirit of the seaside with this set of clear stamps featuring three images and four coordinating sentiments. Perfect for masculine cards, Thank Yous, birthdays or just a quick card to let someone know you're thinking of them.

Carla and Anesha have created some fantastic cards and craft projects using the new set. Check out Anesha's fabulously bright coasters at the bottom of the post, and don't forget to visit their blogs for all the details!

Sunday, July 15

Tutorial: Flower Pot Pocket Card

This sweet card is in two pieces - a pocket, which resembles a little flower pot, and a tag that slides in and holds most of the embellishments. Great for birthdays, Mother's Day, or even Christmas, you can "fill" the pot with just about anything you like. It doesn't have to be flowers... perhaps candy canes, paint brushes or buttons instead.

1. To form the pot, start with a piece of card stock measuring 11" long x 4" wide.

2. Score and fold at 2" and 61/2". 

3. Use a decorative border punch along the short edge of the 2" section of card stock. Try to line the card stock up with the centre of the punch for a neater look.

4. Fold the bottom piece up but open the 2" section. Along the fold line, use a ruler and pencil to measure and mark 1/2" from either side. Draw a line from each mark to the 2" score line (refer to the picture below).

5. Use a trimmer or craft knife to cut along the lines. Remember that the card stock is folded in half so you are actually cutting through two pieces.

6. Fold down the 2" section of the card stock and then flip it over. Add small pieces of double sided tape to the inside of the pot and bring the two sections together. The adhesive will hold the sides closed creating a little "pocket".

7. Cut a piece of patterned paper no smaller than 41/4" wide x 43/4" long. This will decorate the front of your "pot".

8. Apply double sided tape to the pot, under the decorative edge, and fix the patterned paper over the top. You only need to add the paper up to the score line.

9. Flip the "pot" over. Use scissors or a craft knife to remove the excess patterned paper by following the edges of the card stock.

10. Turn the "pot" over again and lift the decorative edge as shown in the photo below. Apply a couple of small pieces of double sided tape and press the fold down. This will hold the "lip" of the "pot" in place.

11. To make the tag, you'll need one piece of card stock measuring 6" long x 3" wide and a second, smaller piece measuring 53/4" long x 23/4" wide.

12. Use double sided tape or glue to layer them together. If desired, stamp a sentiment on the tag toward the middle or bottom so that it doesn't show when the tag is placed inside the "pot".

13. Time to add the embellishments. I found it easiest to add the leaves and flowers while the tag was inside the "pot". Since my card is actually Christmas themed, I have added some large poinsettias that I cut from patterned paper. As mentioned earlier, you can add whatever embellishments best fit the theme of your card.

14. When you secure the flowers to your tag, make sure the petals can slide over the top of the "pot" by keeping the adhesive in the centre of the flower rather than the edges or tips of the petals. You can also add a flower to the "pot" for a fuller look.

Stamps: Snow Drifters

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

Saturday, July 14

Vacation Pics

We had a fabulous time vacationing with family on the beautiful island of Oahu. My mum-in-law celebrated a special birthday this year and wanted to mark it with a trip to one of the destinations on her wish list. Here's a small selection of photos from our holiday...

Thursday, July 12

Beautiful Day

I have a pad of gorgeous Oriental inspired papers in my stash, perfect for coordinating with the new Bonsai digital stamp set. I also found a great, bronze coloured charm that worked well with the theme.

Stamps: Bonsai

Tuesday, July 10

New Release: Bonsai

This new set features a graceful bonsai tree lovingly grown and tendered in a stone pot. The set contains both the black and white line drawing and a full colour image for quick and easy card-making. Combined with one of the coordinating sentiments, you can create cards for lots of different occasions.

digital stamps

My designers have been busy creating fabulous cards and projects with the new set. Check out their example cards below, and don't forget to stop by their personal blogs for even more photos and inspiration.

Monday, July 9

June Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the June Challenge Winners!
Gail, NanaConnie and Mia (CraftArtista)
You are the randomly chosen winners of last month's challenge.
If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $20.00AU credit very soon. If not, please email me at to claim your prize.

Saturday, July 7

Catalogue Page

I really enjoyed colouring the big octopus from the new By The Seaside set, and I think he would look great in greens and blues too.  If you're particularly keen, a blue ringed octopus would look fabulous with those gorgeous, if deadly, bright blue markings.

Thursday, July 5

A Colouring Project

I've used the last four frames from my stash for a seaside grouping. The top two images are from the Smooth Seas clear stamp set and the bottom two are from the new By The Seaside set. These frames, along with the flowers I did earlier, will hang in my booth at the next craft fair.

Smooth Seas and By The Seaside

Lovely Lilies (August release)
Spring Tulips