Petra ends her time on our team with this fabulous "South of the Border" card.
Please join me in wishing Petra all the very best of luck with her crafting and plans for the future. Thank you for all your hard work and wonderful inspiration Petra, it's been a pleasure working with you.
I just love the sentiment "Relax... nothing is under control", especially when you team it with the little toucan who looks like he's decided to kick back, drink in hand, to watch it all unfold! Who hasn't felt like that at some point?!
Another page from my hand-coloured catalogue, this time using the new Waratah clear stamps. Did you know these amazing flowers also come in pink, white and yellow? And they look just as stunning as the gorgeous red variety.
I've had this wonderful watering can for quite a while and decided it would look great decorated with a big red bow... which in turn, works perfectly with a fabulous red waratah image. I added a few good coats of outdoor varnish to protect it as much as possible from water damage, but I'm not too concerned as it's really meant to be decorative.
Waratahs are striking Australian native flowers that are most commonly a deep, rich red in colour. They look gorgeous on birthday and greeting cards, but because of their festive colours, they also make wonderful Aussie themed Christmas cards. What a great all-rounder!
With their handsome faces and gorgeous lush tails, these little foxes would look fabulous on greeting cards, album pages and paper craft projects. You could even print them on fabric for a wonderful personalised carry bag or t-shirt. The digital set features two black and white line drawings for you to colour, as well as four coordinating sentiments and two full colour images for quick and easy crafting.
After many years on my design team, the fabulously talented Petra Raams has decided it's time to retire. You can still check out all her fabulous creations along with some new crafting adventures, over on her personal blog.
Thank you for all the years of inspiration Petra, and best of luck for the future, we know you'll have great success in your new activities!
I first tried marbling as a young child way back in primary school. From memory, we used a basin of water with oil based colours that floated on the surface of the liquid. A good friend of mine showed me the technique again a few years ago, although this time we used shaving cream instead of water and distress inks instead of the oil based colours. I had yet another go sometime last year when a lovely lady from my stamping group ran a tutorial. Now it's time for you to have a go...
1. You'll need a large, high sided basin (I'm using a tinfoil baking tray), a can of inexpensive shaving foam, water based inks and LOTS of things to clean up with!
2. Add a generous layer of shaving foam to the basin. Use a knife or paddlepop stick to get it relatively even and level.
3. Choose some water based inks that coordinate nicely - I used Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Pine Needles distress ink refills.
4. Use a toothpick or skewer to drag the colour around. You can drag random patterns like I did, or go for something a little more symmetrical.
5. Lay your card stock directly into the shaving foam to pick up the colours.
6. Use a paper towel to wipe away the excess shaving foam and you have a cool marbled piece of card stock. You can keep making impressions for as long as there's colour in the basin.
7. Now have a go with some other colours and patterns.
Photos and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.
"With All My Heart" is one of the clear stamp sets that was recently released in digital format. I stamped these images and all the sentiments in my homemade catalogue and coloured them with Prismacolor pencils. You can check out the time lapse over on Instagram.
I have a shamefully large stash of patterned papers that sit accusingly behind me while I craft. This year I resolved to put a dent in the pile by creating as many mini albums as I possibly can, most of which will end up on sale at our little craft cottage in the village where I live. I'm hoping to get one done a month, but given they each take a few days to make, I'm not sure I'll be able to complete twelve. I'm hoping my good intentions will count for something though!