Thursday, April 15

Everything Papercraft - Iris Folding

Iris folding is a paper craft technique that is believed to have its origins in Holland sometime in the 1900s. It involves the arrangement of folded paper strips into spiral designs that resemble the iris diaphragm of a camera, which is where the name originated. The designs are decorative and generally used on card fronts or as embellishments for scrapbook and journal pages.

Traditionally, Dutch crafters sourced their papers from envelopes with pretty, patterned interiors, but these days, crafters use all sorts of light decorative paper, from origami sheets to upcycled coffee filters.

Iris folding patterns can be purchased on-line, in some specialty art stores or as published books. Many paper craft artists create their own unique designs.

There is often confusion between iris folding, which primarily focuses on the creation of an iris, and tea bag folding, which is more about pattern and symmetry. Both however, use similar types of folded paper with a similar technique for placement.

Image: Internet

Tuesday, April 13

Hot Tip Tuesday

Don't let this fabulous material end up in the bin! Harvest chipboard pieces from packaging, books and boxes and use the large, intact pieces to create mini album and journal covers. The smaller pieces are great for die cutting embellishments - providing the material isn't too thick - while the tiniest pieces of chipboard are an excellent alternative to foam tape. Just add glue and sandwich between the surface of your project and the embellishment or image you want to pop-up. It's inexpensive, does a great job, and best of all, reduces waste.

Monday, April 12

Easter With Deanne

I must apologise to you all, and especially to Deanne,
for forgetting to post her fabulous Easter card last month. 

As you can see, she has cleverly pieced the little scarf with the same paper that was used in the background of the card. By slightly offsetting the stripes and colours, it coordinates perfectly without getting lost. She also added some Glossy Accents to the bunny's glasses to give the impression of shiny glass lenses.
You can see more of Deanne's wonderful cards and papercraft projects by clicking the link below and heading over to her personal blog.

Tutorial - Lever Fold Card

This is one of those fabulous cards that gives you lots of bang for your buck! Although it looks somewhat complicated, and includes a clever lever action in the front, it's actually very easy to put together and folds nice and flat for postage. Yep, it's one of those great cards that really has it all!


1. To create a card the same size as I have, you'll need two pieces of card stock measuring 5" x 10". Place one of the pieces of card stock horizontally on your score board and score at 5". Fold the card along the score line to form the card blank.

2. Cut a 3" square window in the centre front of the card blank. The window will be 1" from the top, bottom and sides. Refer to the template above for correct placement. Set the card blank aside.

3. To create the inner piece, place the second piece of card stock horizontally on your cutting mat and make a 3" cut down the left hand side, starting 1" from the top and 1" from the side. The cut should stop 1" from the bottom. Turn the card 90 degrees and make a 11/2" cut starting from one end of the first cut line. It should stop at 21/2". Make another 11/2" cut from the other end of the first cut line, also stopping at 21/2". See the template above and the photos below for correct placement.

4. Place the inner piece horizontally on your score board with the cut end on the left hand side. Score at 21/2", starting from the top of the card and ending at the cut. Score another line at 21/2", this time starting from the bottom of the card and stopping at the bottom cut. Refer to the template for correct placement.

5. Fold along the score lines beginning with a valley fold, followed by a mountain fold and then another valley. See the image below.

6. Now it's time to join the card blank and the inner piece together to form the card base.

7. Fold the first section of the inner piece back and apply some liquid glue.

8. Open the card blank and place the inner piece over the top. Carefully line up all the edges and adhere the inner piece to the card blank. Allow to dry.

9. Fold back the other end of the inner piece and apply more liquid glue. Line up the edges and adhere in place to form the card base.

10. To decorate, close the card and work on the 3" square in the centre. This area is on the "lever" portion of the card and will be visible from both the inside and outside of the card. Take care not to place anything over the edges or you may obstruct the lever action.

Once you understand how the card works it's quite simple to alter the size to suit your needs. Just make sure the two pieces of card stock are the same size and that the measurements for the window in the card base are the same as the cuts for the inner piece.


Saturday, April 10

Judy's Projects

Judy is sharing two adorable cards she created with the My Mama set of digital stamps. Both images are beautifully coloured with Prismacolor pencils and then layered on pretty papers and card stock. She even created her own little floral embellishment by printing, colouring and fussy cutting the tiny flowers from one of the other images in the set. Cute!

Thursday, April 8

Tropical Sunset

The Tree Scapes images are perfect for creating beautiful backgrounds with your markers, inks and paints, but you can also print them on patterned paper or coloured card stock for quick and easy cards.

I created a video tutorial explaining how I coloured the sunset and created the little waves using my brush tip markers. Click on the link below to head over to my YouTube channel:



Tuesday, April 6

Karin's Cards

Karin has created two cute projects with the images from the new My Mama set of digital stamps. On her first project, the little bear peeps over the top of some pretty paper decorated with a beautiful punched and embossed card stock strip. Her second project is a lovely tag that will look fabulous decorating a beautifully wrapped gift or hanging from a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Saturday, April 3

Stock Reduction Sale

Our huge stock reduction SALE finishes at the end of this month!
All sets will be permanently retired from the store on the 30th of April.

Friday, April 2

March Winners

Congratulations to the March Challenge Winners!
Paperesse, Teresa H. and Lori M.
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 to claim your prize.

Thursday, April 1

New Releases

We have two new sets of digital stamps in the store this month - Tree Scapes, which is perfect for those who enjoy creating colourful backgrounds or have lots of fabulous patterned paper to print on, as well as My Mama, a tribute to all the sweet mothers and mother-figures in our lives. We also have a new die release, the long awaited Girls' Night set to accompany the clear stamps.

Tree Scapes
digital stamps

My Mama
digital stamps

Girls' Night 
cutting dies

April 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 30th of April 2021 (AEST).

To keep things interesting, I'll be adding an additional optional element to the monthly challenges, and this month we're focusing on flowers, plants and foliage. 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 April 2021 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.