Sunday, December 8

Karin's Critters

Karin has created two fabulous cards using images from the new Odd Bods set of digital stamps. The first is a comical Christmas card with the little mouse and his attempt to decorate for the holidays. Karin altered a bauble image to look as though it cracked open like an egg. The expression on the mouse's face really says it all.

Her second card uses lots of bright and happy colours, fabulous textures and interesting shapes. What a great birthday card this would make for someone special.

Friday, December 6

Tutorial: Secret Message Cards

An innocent looking gatefold card with a pretty woven centre... but when you know the trick,
you can discover the hidden secrets of the fabulous Secret Message Card!

1. You'll need one piece of card stock measuring 6" x 8" and two pieces measuring 6" x 2".

2. Place the 6" x 8" piece of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 2", 4" and 6".

3. Fold back and forth along each score line so that you have plenty of movement in each fold.

4. Fold in half along the 4" score line.

5. Using a trimmer or craft knife and ruler, cut horizontally from the centre fold to the score line in 11/2" increments, ensuring you cut through both layers of card stock. Your cuts will measure 11/2", 3" and 41/2" from the top of the card.

6. Open the card. The cuts you made should be evenly spaced in the centre section, as in the photo below.

7. The two 6" x 2" pieces of card stock are woven through the cuts in the centre of the card. I found it necessary to slice off a tiny slither from the long edge of each piece so they would fit comfortably side by side.

8. Fold the card along each vertical fold line as shown in the photos below. Use a bone folder to reinforce the creases.

9. The mechanism works by squeezing the centre section together and then separating the two sides. See the photo sequence below.

10. This is the location for your secret message! I have stamped sentiments on each of the "hidden" squares. You could add a little picture or flat embellishment if you prefer.

11. When the centre is closed again, the words disappear like magic! It's fun to watch people try to figure out how it works and what became of the words they just saw.

12. Decorate the front of the card as desired. I added an image and sentiment as well as some patterned paper and hand doodling for a border.

13. Below is a back view of the card, as you can see, the sentiment is not visible from either side until the centre mechanism is folded correctly.

Photographs and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir
All rights reserved


Wednesday, December 4

Cocktails with Carla

It's happy hour at Carla's place today with mojitos for all!
Carla has created an absolutely fabulous project that would make a fantastic birthday card for a cocktail loving friend, a cruise ship aficionado or someone who just loves to party! Her mojito inspired creation comes complete with straw, a decoration for the glass and a fabulous recipe for a delicious and refreshing evening tipple.

Carla has very kindly included a translation of the recipe into English for those of us who'd like to follow along at home:
7 fresh mint leaves
1 half lime
Cane sugar

Place a quarter of a lime, 4 mint leaves and 1 tablespoon of cane sugar in a mortar and grind with a pestle until the juice has mixed with the sugar. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Fill the glass three-quarters with crushed ice and add the rest of the lime and mint leaves. Pour over 50 ml of rum and add soda water.

Not only has Carla shared her fabulous cocktail recipe, but she has also given us these fabulous templates so we can recreate her project!

Head over to Carla's blog for more fabulous inspiration:

December Challenge

Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog or other hosted site, and submit a direct link below. The challenge runs from now until midnight on the 31st of December 2019 (AEST).

To keep things interesting, I'll be adding an additional optional element to the monthly challenges. For December, we're looking for fancy card folds! No standard squares or rectangles this month... we want pop-ups, pop-outs, flips, twists, shakers, or whatever exciting fold piques your interest! As always, keep in mind that the additional challenge is just an optional extra!


  • Entries that don't meet the conditions will be deleted from the challenge.
  • Your project must be created during the month of Decmber 2019 and entered into the challenge during the active challenge period. Due to an automated system, late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Each month I will include a re-mastered digital image from my library of freebies as well as a bonus challenge, such as a card sketch, bingo grid, etc. You DO NOT have to use the image or bonus challenge on your project, but you MUST use a Beccy's Place image, either free or purchased, to be eligible for entry.
  • You can enter as many times as you like and you can submit your card to any other challenge you wish.
  • At the end of the month three winners will be chosen to receive a $20.00AU store credit for any digital stamps at Beccy's Place. To redeem the store credit, winners must have a Beccy's Place customer account. (Please note, you do not need an account to enter the challenge. It is acceptable to create an account in the event that you win. Accounts can be closed at any time.)
  • Store credit won during any Beccy's Place challenge is only redeemable for digital stamps.
  • Entries can be uploaded to the challenge from any hosted site including blogs, online galleries, Google photos, etc. If you do not have access to a hosted site, please feel free to email your photos to me and I will add them from the Beccy's Place Guest blog.
  • Beccy's Place designers may enter the monthly challenge but are not eligible to win prizes.

Tuesday, December 3

December New Releases

With New Year's just around the corner, you're going to want some fun and fancy cocktails to share with your besties.  Girls' Night is all about pretty drinks and fun adventures!

Girls' Night
clear stamps

Girls' Night
digital stamps

Odd Bods is a digital set that contains two coloured options for each character along with the standard black and white line drawing... and oddly enough, the extra coloured images are already included and don't cost anything more!

Odd Bods
digital stamps

Monday, December 2

What A Month!!!

We have officially reached the end of the November 2019 Month of Holiday Cards Challenge...
and what a month it was!

Projects entered: 1166
Prizes won: 166
Total links clicked: 2612
Participants: 64

I would like to extend a sincere and hearty thank you to each and every person who uploaded a card to the challenge, stopped by to leave a comment or simply spent some time viewing the wonderful projects that were created. Without you there would be no challenge at all. It has been my absolute pleasure to visit the blogs and web pages of all the cards submitted to the challenge. Sadly, I can't always leave a comment due to site rules, but I do enjoy looking!

My final task is to announce the three monthly winners of the challenge.
A big congratulations to:
KT Fit Kitty
Mary Draper
Crafty Suze
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.

Done But Not Quite Over...

There were so many fabulous entries in the Month of Holiday Cards challenge that I thought we should give out a few more prizes before we officially wrap things up. 

Congratulations to:
June F.
Grietje's Kaartenhoekje
Gail Knapton
Barbara G.
Debi B.
Margreet B.
Carole J.
Conny H.
Annie H.
Janice M.
Suzana Miu
Suzanne H.
Tracy M.
And a special last entry in award to:

If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $10.00AU credit very soon.
If not, please email me at to claim your prize.

Sunday, December 1

Comment Winner - Day Thirty

Congratulations Marleen!
Your comment has won you a $5.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $5.00AU credit very soon.
If not, please email me at to claim your prize.

Wat heb ik weer genoten van je prachtige challenge en al de mooie kaartjes die je zelf als voorbeeld gaf. Ik denk dat iedereen die met je meedeed er hetzelfde over denkt dan ik want al die geplaatste kaartjes zijn met liefde voor onze hobby gemaakt dat zie je.
groetjes en Prettige feestdagen.

MarleenNovember 30, 2019 at 6:56 PM
I enjoyed your wonderful challenge and all the beautiful cards that you gave as an example. I think everyone who participated with you thinks the same way than I do because all those placed cards are made with love for our hobby, you see that.
greetings and happy holidays.

Saturday, November 30

Saturday Weekly Winners!

The final Saturday of our challenge has arrived and we have three more winners...
Congratulations to
Taty, Anet and Megan J.
If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $10.00AU credit very soon.
If not, please email me at to claim your prize.

Comment Winner - Day Twenty-Nine

Congratulations Suzanne H!
Your comment has won you a $5.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $5.00AU credit very soon.
If not, please email me at to claim your prize.

I echo everyone else's sentiments. Your card is lovely, your generosity is overwhelming, the kindness of the other crafters is heart-warming. Overall, being part of this challenge is good for my soul.

Day 30 - Do What You Love

We've come to the end of another Month of Holiday Cards Challenge and, as always, today's prompt is to create something that you love. Use all your favourite embellishments, techniques, stamps, papers and colours to make a card or papercraft project that brings you joy.

YOUR TURN: Create a card or papercraft project that brings you joy.
Click the link below to add a photo of your project to the challenge:


Friday, November 29

Ready, Set, Go!

With just one day to go, it's time to get the lead out!!
The next ten people to upload a card to the Month of Holiday Cards Challenge will win a $10.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place. You can upload as many cards or projects as you like, but you can only collect one prize until all ten have been won.

Our starting point is card #1049