April Challenge

The April Challenge is now up and running! Create a card or paper craft project using any Beccy's Place image and upload your creation before midnight on the 30th of April (AEST). Click here for all the details on how to enter.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Christmas Cards

These are my efforts for the May challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round. I love the idea of getting all my cards made early and ready (hopefully) to send well before the Christmas rush hits!



The gorgeous Christmas baubles on my first card are Nestabilities that I cut and embossed from cold cardstock. The stamped sentiment in the large bauble and the holly leaves and berries are stamps by Heartfelt Creations.

Great Ideas

Thanks for the great ideas everyone. There were a few suggestions that I thought were probably more techniques for embellishing or decorating cards rather than a card foundation, so I've left those off this list but hope to get to them another time. Also, I've noticed that some cards have more than one name, so I'll list them under both as I come across them (eg: wobble cards are also known as rocker cards, flip flop cards are also swing card, etc.).

These are the ideas I'm going to add, along with the people who first suggested them:

CardArTart - never ending card

mforquer - double side step card

Jacee - centre step card

CraftyGirl - funky fold card, tilt card, exploding card, pyramid fold card, s-fold card, diamond fold card, triangle tri-fold card, double slider card, slider window card, trellis card, magic window card, flip flop card, pop-up twirl card, free standing pop-up card, double diamond card, double tri-shutter card

Jessica - hidden message card

Theresa F - secret message card, venetian blind card

Dragon Design

My very talented 12 year old daughter wanted to share her dragon design with you all. She has a gift for drawing and particularly loves to draw pictures of dragons and other fantasy creatures. We both hope that you are able to use her design in your papercraft projects and would love to see photos of what you create.

Copyright M. Muir 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

A - Z of Folded Cards

I've decided to put together a list of different card folding techniques, and then slowly work through the list to produce instructions and examples on how to go about making each card. I've come up with a pretty good list of cards so far, but I need your help in finishing it off. If you can think of other types of folds that aren't mentioned below, please let me know and I'll add them. I'm not looking for techniques, such as embossing or stamping, but actual folds or types of cards. Let's see what we can put together!


A
Accordian Card
A-Frame Card
Altered Gatefold Card
Aperture Card I
Aperture Card II
Aperture Card III

B
Bendy Card
Book Box Card
Box Card
Boxed Cards

C
Cascade Card
Castle Fold Card
Centre Step Card
Circle Card
Circle Side Step Card
Criss Cross Card

D
Diagonal Double Pocket Card
Diagonal Tri-fold Card
Diaper Fold Pouch
Diamond Fold Card
Diorama Card
Double Diamond Fold Card
Double Gatefold Card
Double Display Card
Double Side Step Card
Double Slider Card
Double Tent Card
Double Shutter Card
Dutch Fold Card

E
Easel Box Card
Easel Card
Easel Card, Triple
Easel Card, Twisted
Exploding Card

F
Flip Flop Card / Swing Card
Folded Handbag Card
Four Step Card
Free Standing Pop-Up Card

G
Gap Card
Gatefold Card
Gatefold Card, Altered
Gatefold Card, Double
Gatefold Window Card

H
Handbag Card, Folded

I

J
Joy Fold Card

K
Kinetic Card

L
Lattice Card / Trellis Card

M
Magic Window Card

N
Napkin Fold Card
Never Ending Card

O
Oval Side Step Card
Over the Edge Card / Tent Topper Card

P
Peek-A-Boo Card
Pocket Card
Pop-Up Book Card
Pop-Up Card
Pop-Up Shadow Box Card
Pop-Up Twirl Card
Pop-Up Card, Free Standing
Pyramid Fold Card

Q

R
Rocker Card / Wobble Card

S
Secret Message Card
Serviette Fold Card
S-Fold Card
Shadow Box Card
Shaker Card
Shaped Cards
Shutter Card, Double
Side Step Card
Side Step Card, Double
Slider Card
Slider Card, Double
Slider Window Card
Spinner Card
Spiral Pop-Up Card
Spring Card
Spring Diamond Card
Squash Book Card
Stair Step Fold
Star Fold Card
Suspension Card
Swing Card / Flip Flop Card

T
Teardrop Card - Double Gatefold
Teardrop Card - Trifold
Telescoping Cards
Tent Card
Tent Card, Double
Tent Topper Card / Over the Edge Card
Theatre Card
Tilt Card
Treat Box Card
Trellis Card / Lattice Card
Triangle Tri-Fold Card
Triple Easel Card
Tri-Shutter Card
T-Slide Card
Tunnel Cards
Twisted Easel Card

U

V
Venetian Blind Card

W
Waterfall Card
Window Card
Wiper Card
Wobble Card / Rocker Card

X

Y

Z
Z-fold Card

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Technique Class - Lynn's Flowers

Last year I had the pleasure of going along to a stamping workshop at the house of a lovely lady named Lynn... Hi Lynn! While we were there she kindly showed us a technique that she had been taught that involved breaking down the fibres in Bazzil cardstock so that it split into layers. Although she learned it from someone else, who probably learned it from someone else and so on, I'm going to call them Lynn's flowers since she is the lady who taught me the basic idea.

Now, you may remember the basket tutorial I posted back in April which featured several handmade flowers placed at the base of the basket handle for decoration. These are the flowers I am going to show you today using Lynn's technique.


Requirements:
3 different sized flowers cut from Bazzil cardstock (Other brands of cardstock may also work
Large stylus (The rounded end of a pen would also work fine)
Piece of foam, such as an old mouse pad
Piercing Tool
Matching brad


1. Cut out three nesting (increasing in size) flowers from Bazzil cardstock. They can be any shape and have any kind of petals.


2. Place one of the flowers on the foam mat and rub each petal vigorously with a large stylus. You will notice the petals become softer and more flexible and eventually the cardboard will start to fray and split.




3. Gently pull each petal apart, leaving the flower intact in the centre. Repeat for all three flowers.



4. Lay the flowers one on top of the other with the smallest flower at the top and the largest flower at the bottom. Poke a hole through the centre of all three flowers using your piercing tool.


5. Push the brad through the hole and open the split pin at the back to hold all three flowers together.


6. I generally spend a little more time at this point distressing the edges of the petals a little more. Try rolling the edges between your fingers, adding little tears here and there or drag out your inks and stains to add some colour. Have fun!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Quote from Gail...

Gail left this great little poem in the comments section of the last post I made to go along with the tissue / pocket cards. Thank you Gail, I'm going to add the quote on the inside of my cards!!


Got the sniffles?
Want to sneeze?
Use this handkerchief
If you please

A Few Cards

I made each of these cards with inspiration from my online card group, Cardcamp. These two tissue cards are based on a great card by one of the lovely card artists over there, Deloris. I just loved the idea of a placing a tissue on a Get Well card... why haven't I ever thought of that before??


This card was made for our weekly Case Card challenge. I painted the ferns with distress inks, scanned and printed a couple of them, then layered little squares on top of a complete image.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Textured Card

I'm very excited about an upcoming Shoe Box swap taking place at my cardmaking group. For those who have never been involved in one, a Shoe Box swap is basically where participants come up with a card design, put together kits, place everything in a box and then the boxes are handed around the table for each participant to make one of what's inside. Anyway, I'm doing this white on white card using lots of different textures and a stamped sentiment (I think it's a Stamping Up one). The pearls and the ribbon appear a little yellow in the pictures, but I think it's my lack of photography skills that caused it!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pirate Girl

Free Printable #148
As you can see, I have posted two images of the pirate girl. The first one is my original hand-drawing that is scanned and uploaded, which is what I normally post. The second image has been retraced in a drawing program before being uploaded. I'm really interested to know what you all think about the difference between the two... which is easier to use, etc.

Copyright Beccy Muir 2011


Monday, May 16, 2011

First Mate

Free Printable #147
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Friday, May 13, 2011

Treasure Chest

Free Printable #146
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pirate Captain

Free Printable #145
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Card Headers

Free Printable #144



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Monday, May 9, 2011

Jolly Roger

Free Printable #143

I've been feeling a wee touch piratey lately so decided to design some new images for you to use. I hope you'll find this latest series of designs useful for kid's cards, invitations and other swashbuckling projects.


Copyright Beccy Muir 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

Christmas Lantern

Free Printable #142

This is the image I used for the cards in my previous post, which I coloured with distress inks and a water brush. I added a nice glow around the outside of the lantern glass with some yellow ink that fades out softly giving the appearance of a slow burning flame.

Copyright Beccy Muir 2011