Saturday, May 21

Colourful Creations


Don't you just love the bright colours Judy has used on these swim rings?! I particularly like the red and blue one she's given the grumpy guy floating around while on vacation. She has added a fantastic cloud filled sky complete with a bright shining sun, and gentle waves that are sure to rock a smile back on the old fella's face.


Thursday, May 19

Birthday Hit

Despite the sombre expression on this guy's face, you just know that when the time comes he's going to crash those cymbals like there's no tomorrow! I gave the cymbals a metallic look by filling them in with a gold pen, keeping the strokes rounded to follow the shape. The rest of the image was coloured with Prismacolor pencils.


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Tuesday, May 17

Everything Papercraft - Fabric


Fabric is a versatile and widely available item that can add both colour and texture to handmade cards. It comes in an endless array of patterns including holidays and celebrations, food, florals, children’s prints, animals, and so on. Most fabrics are easy to work with and can be glued, stitched or pierced to hold them in place.
Fabric can be used as a background by applying an adhesive, such as PVA, directly to the fabric and then laying it over a card front and smoothing out any air pockets, or it can be used in smaller pieces to embellish a larger design. Strips of fabric can replace ribbons, lace and pieces of patterned paper, and can be tied into decorative knots and bows.
It's also possible to stamp on fabric, which is great for making personalised t-shirts, bags or other items, or just to add a little more interest to your fabric embellishments. Here's a TUTORIAL.

Monday, May 16

Old Hound Dog


Kathy has created this cute card using the hound dog from the All That Jazz set of digital stamps as well as two of the sentiments - one for the front and one to decorate the middle. She has included a description of her card below.


I love how you colored the pup on this digi. So, I used the precolored version, adding a few shadows and highlights. I also attempted to add a bit of woodgrain texture to the base by sketching a wood pattern with a fine line tan maker, then adding some highlights with a white colored pencil to provide a light sheen. (I am not musically inclined- just ask my husband who has requested that I not sing in his presence- so I didn’t even recognize this instrument. My hubby identified it as a Bass or a Cello. So I did a it of research and learned a lot of neat things, including that this is a Bass, and plus found a photo that guided my coloring of it HERE 

Saturday, May 14

A Fun Collection


Anesha has used all three images from the Floating By set of stamps to create a fun collection of cards that would be ideal for summer birthdays, vacation notes or just to send someone a smile. Her bright colour palettes and cute die cut embellishments add even more cheer to these projects. Don't forget to head over to her personal blog for even more inspiration!


Thursday, May 12

Let It All Hang Out

I won't mention where the inspiration for this fellow came from, but let's just say that the belly squeeze is a well-known phenomenon in my family!


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Tuesday, May 10

Hot Tip Tuesday


Finding Inspiration
Everyone has an item or two (or more!) that they struggle to use in their crafting. Perhaps it's a stamp, an embellishment or a book of patterned paper. One way to help kick start the creative process is to do an internet search for the specific item you have, rather than a general search. For example, don't just look for "hand-stamped cards", instead, search for "seahorse cards" or use the name of the book of papers or the brand of the embellishment. A lot of businesses have galleries and blogs to show customers how their products can be used and you'll often pick up helpful hints and tips.

Sunday, May 8

All That Jazz


Things are rockin' at Judy's place, and the proof is in these fabulous cards featuring jazzy tunes and sheet music as well as two of the funky musicians from the All That Jazz set of digital stamps! She has created two masculine cards using kraft cardstock and checked patterned paper that would be perfect for birthdays or words of encouragement.

Friday, May 6

Let's Go!

I wanted to get a sense of movement in this card, as though the characters are actually floating from one side to the other, bobbing along with the current. Stamping the first image slightly off the edge and then adding extra "waves" to the right-hand side of all the characters gives that directionality and sense of movement. I coloured everything first and then used both white and black pens to add in the additional lines.


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Wednesday, May 4

Kathy's Old Geezer


Kathy always writes entertaining descriptions for her cards and projects, and this month she has kindly allowed me to use her own words to describe this fabulous card! Enjoy.


I had a box of decorated card fronts and envelopes in my stash and this one reminded me of an ebbing ocean scene. So I made it into that! I used just the front of the card, cutting it at the fold, and tearing it along the lower “foamy ocean edge.” I also tore fluffy clouds from scraps of white cardstock, and adhered them onto cloudy sky patterned paper to create the horizon. A little work with a light grey marker and my trusty white gel pen adds ripples to the water around the old geezer! (Oh, and I colored his nose with white and pale aqua to make is looks like he is wearing “Blue Lizard” sunscreen… in honor of all my Australian friends!)



Monday, May 2

April Winners

Congratulations to the March Challenge Winners!
Suze, Cass and Teresa H.
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 beccy@beccysplace.com to claim your prize.

Sunday, May 1

New Releases


New Stamps and Cutting Dies for May

All That Jazz
digital stamps


Floating By
digital stamps


Floating By
clear stamps


Floating By
cutting dies