Friday, September 30

Love Bear

Originally Designed: September 2011
Remastered: January 2021
Original artwork by Beccy Muir, all rights reserved. Images are for personal use and must not be copied, swapped, shared, resold or mass produced without the express written permission of the artist.

Thursday, September 29


Free Printable #174

I used this image on a card I made back in August, but there are lots of beautiful magnolia images on the web if you need some help with colouring.

copyright Beccy Muir 2011

Monday, September 26

Altered Oil Lamp

Recently I was looking at a post by Ingvild Bolme (if you don't know her work then do yourself a favour and drop by her blog!). She decorated a lovely glass bottle with alcohol inks, various trinkets, flowers and chipboard, which provided me with the inspiration to try something similar...

Now I happen to have a small collection of lovely old oil and kerosene lamps collected from various second-hand and antique shops over the years. They really aren't worth much in terms of dollar value, but I like them and enjoy displaying them in my home. Anyway, this one little lamp caught my attention as the perfect item to alter and I decided to take some step-by-step photos to show how easy the process really is.

Friday, September 23

Tutorial - Joy Fold Card

Joy Fold cards are basically two cards rolled into one. You can get some really great results using a variety of contrasting papers on the different panels of the card and you can also experiment with shape, size and fold placement for unique looks.

White cardstock 41/4" x 10"
White cardstock 3" x 8"
Patterned paper 4" x 33/4"
Patterned paper 4" x 53/4"
Patterned paper 33/4" x 23/4"
Choice of embellishments

1. Start with the 41/4" x 10" piece of cardstock. Measure 6" from one of the short sides, score and fold. You should now have a folded card that has a back measuring 41/4" x 6" and a front measuring 41/4" x 4".

2. Fold the 3" x 8" piece of cardstock in half to make a folded card measuring 3" x 4".

3. Adhere the 4" x 53/4" patterned paper to the inside of the larger card leaving a small border as shown in the picture below.

4. Adhere the small 3" x 4" folded card to the inside of the larger card. Centre it over the patterned paper and make sure it opens from the left hand side as shown below.

5. Adhere the 4" x 33/4" piece of patterned paper to the front flap of the large card.

6. Fold the front flap of the small card over the front flap of the large card. Adhere the 33/4" x 23/4" piece of patterned paper to the front flap of the small card.
7. Now add the embellishments and you're done!

Sunday, September 18

September Christmas Cards

More cards for my ever expanding Christmas card stash. Although I haven't counted, by playing along at CCAYR each month I will now have a minimum of 54 cards! Not too shabby for the middle of September.

The image on these cards is another old rubber stamp I pulled out from the bottom of my collection. I think I would have bought it about 12 years ago, which makes it perfect for the September challenge of using only old stash you've had for at least a year.

Friday, September 16

Tulip Card

I made this card for a kit swap we currently have running over at Card Camp. The image is an old rubber stamp I've had in my stash for years, and I mean YEARS! I've always loved it but for some reason haven't given it as much use as I should have...

Wednesday, September 14

Embroidered Cats

There's nary a skerrick of paper to be found in today's post... just kitties as far as the eye can see! These little ladies and gents are made out of felt and pretty fabric that I stitched, stuffed and then embroidered.

Wednesday, September 7

A Generous Gift...

Jennie, a lovely and generous friend, sent me this wonderful iris stamp set (by Heartfelt Creations) all the way from the U.S. I had a great time stamping and colouring the image and then putting it together with some cardstock and ribbon to create this nice, clean and simple card.

Tuesday, September 6

Heart Blessings

I'm feeling rather girly lately and have broken out all the more feminine papers and embellishments I have in my hoard of treasures. I also found this wonderful title on one of my cricut cartridges, Lyrical Letters I think it was, and thought how nice it would be on a little album using my favourite colour combination of pink, green and white.

Friday, September 2

Tutorial - Rocker Cards

Today I'm going to show you the most basic type of rocker card... just a single cut and you are done! The idea of the rocker card is to make a card that rocks from side to side when you stand it up by shaping the bottom edge. Once you understand this basic principle you can go on to make a much more involved card with shaped cardstock, embellishments, weighted ends or even moveable parts!

1. Start with a standard card blank, mine measures a little over 6" x 8" but you could use just about any size you like.

2. Fold the card piece in half as if you were making a regular card. Turn it to a landscape orientation (long ways) with the open edges facing you. With the card folded, use your favourite tool to cut a section from the opening edge of the card leaving an even curve.

3. When you stand your cut card blank on it's opening edges it should rock when touched.

4. Decorate as desired and you are done. How easy is that?!