Monday, December 17

New Release: Here Comes Christmas

Whether you're a twinkler or a wonderer of just what's happening, this fun and frivolous Christmas set is sure to bring a smile to your face. Perfect for holiday cards, tags and homemade wrapping paper, the set also comes with pre-coloured images for quick and easy makes.

Here Comes Christmas
digital stamp set

Saturday, December 15

Blessed Christmas

Another card with the Lamb of God stamp set, this time in lovely warm colours.

Stamps: Lamb of God

Wednesday, December 12

Glory to the Newborn King

I really don't need any more Christmas cards but I'm still feeling super inspired by all the fabulous entries from the November challenge. I keep returning to the gallery to look at all the wonderful cards... it's very easy to spend a lot of time there!

This little image is from the new Lamb of God clear stamp set, coloured with Prismacolor pencils on smooth card stock and layered on patterned paper. The star is punched from silver mirror card with a layer of dimensional magic for some extra shine.

Stamps: Lamb of God

Monday, December 10

New Release: Lamb of God

Our new Lamb of God images are the first designs that we're releasing as both clear and digital stamps. The digital version contains both black and white line drawings as well as full colour images for quick and easy crafting. Both sets include five mix and match sentiments to coordinate with the images.

Lamb of God
digital stamp set

My designers have created these fabulous projects using the new digital set...

Friday, December 7

Tutorial: Pyramid Cards

Pyramid cards are fabulous, free standing display cards that are relatively easy to make. With three sides to decorate, they would make perfect table centrepieces for any celebration. The card is held in place with a simple closure that keeps it standing, but it can easily be folded flat for postage.

1. Start with three 5" x 5" pieces of card stock. Score them diagonally from corner to corner and fold along the score lines.

2. Place one square in front of you with the score line running vertically. Place a second square along the score line of the first square and use a pencil to mark the bottom edge. This will act as a guide for placing adhesive.

3. Add double sided tape or glue to the marked square, making sure the adhesive does not go below the pencil marks you made in step two.

4. Remove the backing paper and secure the second square in place, keeping it slightly to the left of the score line.

5. Repeat with the third square so that you have all three connected.

6. Now you can fold them up to form the pyramid shape, and that's basically the card base finished.

7. Time to decorate! I used Christmas themed patterned paper and some mirror card to decorate the sides of my pyramid. You'll need three large triangles and three small ones.
I formed each large triangle by cutting mirror board squares measuring 43/4" then cutting them in half from corner to corner. The patterned paper layer is cut from 41/2" squares cut in half from corner to corner.
The small triangles were cut from mirror board squares measuring 13/4" then cut in half from corner to corner, and patterned paper squares measuring 11/2" cut in half from corner to corner.

8. Take care to layer the pieces in the correct places, particularly the small square on the far left hand side. Double check by folding the card into it's pyramid shape before you secure any of the triangles.

9. Now it's time to place the closure. We'll be using a large brad to hold the card in it's pyramid shape. Alternatively, try a large button or even a sentiment tag... anything that you can slide the side of the card behind.

10. Fold the card into it's pyramid shape. You want to place the closure (brad, button or other) just below the large triangle flap. I've marked the position with a tiny cross in the photo below. The brad will extend up to hold the top triangle in place.

11. Use a sharp tool to pierce a hole for your brad. If you're using a button or tag, make sure you keep the adhesive in the very centre so that the edges can still lift.

12. Secure the brad through the hole. Now you can slide the flap behind the brad to hold it in place and to keep your pyramid card standing.

13. Add any additional elements you like to the sides of your pyramid card. 

14. To fold it flat for postage, simply slide the triangle out from behind the brad and collapse the card.

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

Wednesday, December 5

Mini Album - "Our Story"

At the start of the year I resolved to make a mini album each month in an effort to reduce my enormous paper stash. I have to admit to being a little over-ambitious with my resolution... but I did manage to make a grand total of six. 
This last one has a wrap around cover that closes with a cute little latch. The papers are from a 12" x 12" pad of Tim Holtz designs that I've had in my collection for many years. I coordinated with various embellishments that I've also had stashed away for a very long time.

Sunday, December 2

November Monthly Winners

Congratulations to the final five random winners of the November challenge!

Tracy M.
Janice Melton
Sarah W.
Fit Kitty

You've each won a $20.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Feel free to spend it on any digital stamp sets you'd like.

What A Challenge!

The November Month of Holiday Cards Challenge is officially over, and what a challenge it was!
We SMASHED last year's record of 743 entries with a whopping 864 submissions!

It makes my heart happy to think of all those lovingly hand made cards, tags and gifts being distributed to friends and families all around the world. It has been a welcome pleasure to read the kind words you've left for me and for each other as we worked our way through the month. I believe it's those simple kindnesses that add up to make a positive difference in our world and it's one of the reasons I sincerely love our crafting community.

Thank you to each and every one of you!