Saturday, April 30

Jackie Trinder

After many wonderful years, and hundreds of inspiring projects, the time has come for Jackie to retire from our design team. She'll be spending more time with her family, including a lovely, new grandbaby who will be arriving in June! It has been an absolute pleasure to know her and to work with her and everyone here at Beccy's Place extends our sincere thanks and best wishes for the future.
Jackie, thank you so very much  xxx

Friday, April 29


You'll find lots of great bargains during our annual stock reduction sale, with discounts on select clear stamps and retiring digital stamp sets.

The sale ends on the 30th of April 2022 or once stock sells out.

Thursday, April 28

Selected, retired digital stamps at an incredibly low price for just 48 hours.
No rainchecks. No repeats.

Retail Therapy
digital stamp set

Tuesday, April 26

Loads of Christmas Fun

A little red tractor pulling a little green wagon filled to the brim with candy and baubles is probably something you'd only see at the North Pole. I imagine Santa has need of all sorts of vehicles to transport the toys, decorations and wrapping from place to place, not to mention his workforce!


Monday, April 25

Sunday, April 24

Christmas With Carla!

Carla has used the images from the Tractor Pull set to create four fantastically, festive Christmas cards that are sure to delight members of her family. She has mixed and matched various holiday themed papers with red and green cardstock for a traditional Christmas colour scheme.

Here's a close up of one of the images she coloured using polychromo pencils:

Friday, April 22

Jackie's Final Cards

I'm sad to announce that these are the final cards from our much-loved designer, Jackie Trinder. She will be retiring at the end of the month to spend more time with her family, including a lovely new grandbaby who will be arriving very soon!

Jackie has used three of the sea turtles from the Reef Travellers set to create these inspirational cards, perfect as gifts of encouragement or friendship. She has continued with the under-the-sea theme by mixing and matching cardstock and beautiful patterned paper that works perfectly with the images and sentiments.

Don't forget to stop by Jackie's blog for more of her beautiful work, and to become a follower of her posts.

Wednesday, April 20

Everything Papercraft - Folded Cards

The most popular method of folding a card is, of course, simply folding your cardstock in half to create either a side or bottom opening card. Although this will probably remain the most popular of folds, there is a plethora of ways to make different shaped cards by simply altering the position and direction of your folds and the size of your card blank.

Next time you're online do a little research into the many different methods of card folding. Search for tri-fold cards, shutter cards, wiper cards, easel cards, triptych cards, pyramid cards, folded star cards, pocket and double pocket cards, envelope cards, origami cards, pop-up and 3D cards, necktie cards... the list is endless! Don't forget the library of card folds we have on this blog too, maybe consider working through the list to find something you haven't tried before.

Tuesday, April 19

Card Collection

Karin has done an awesome job mixing and matching the different images from the Tractor Pull set to create this collection of great cards. The first is perfect for a birthday, with lots of bright colours, balloons and festive wrapped gifts. Her second card is for Christmas and features a trailer loaded with candy canes and shiny baubles for the tree, and her final card is to congratulate someone on a job well done, a special milestone or big life event.

Sunday, April 17

Tutorial - Watercolour Pencils

Watercolour pencils are a versatile medium that can be used on just about any paper surface. Although you'll get the best results from watercolour paper, you can achieve interesting effects from other types of surfaces as well. Today I've used plain cardstock as my base, which results in a more textured effect since the water and pigment doesn't move as much before soaking in to the fibres.

I started by colouring some "sand" at the bottom of my image with a light brown pencil, adding a little more pigment to the areas closest to the coral.

In the shadowy areas, I added a layer of dark blue, followed by a small amount of black. Although the pigment will be a lot lighter once water is added, you still want to be a little reserved with the black. It's a lot easier to add more later than to try removing it if it's too dark.

Add water to activate the pigment. Since I'm not using watercolour paper I have to take care not to overwork the image or I'll end up with tearing and pilling on the surface. I also have to keep in mind that it dries a lot faster and will "grab" the paper quicker resulting in a more textured look.

Next, I added a layer of light blue over the remainder of the image, including the coral, the turtles and the little fish. Make sure you extend the colour beyond the border of your image so you end up with nice smooth edges once you've trimmed away the excess.

I added some dark blue to the areas around the coral and under the fish and turtles, followed by a little bit of black in the darkest areas. I also added some bright green into the water around the animals. It adds a bit of light to the image as well as a nice contrast to all the blue.

I used a variety of different colours for the corals and plant life, tending toward the cooler spectrum.

I added shading with the dark blue and black pencils. Using the same colour on different parts of the image helps to bring everything together, while also helping to shape and contrast the different areas of each item. For example, without a little shading the purple coral would just be a large purple blob with little shape. The blue pencil adds contrast, or difference, to help shape the image. Using the same blue on the other plants and corals not only shapes each individual item, it also connects all the items resulting in a more cohesive image.

I coloured the turtles with three different browns, keeping the bottom of their shells fairly light. More blue and black pencil was added for the shadows.

Once the image was completely coloured and dry, I decided which areas needed more shading. For more intense colour, you can pick up the pigment directly from the pencil with your water brush, which is how I added the darkest of the shadows beneath the coral.

The final step was to add some Wink of Stella to each of the little fish so they "flash" when they catch the light.

Both sets are available in either digital or clear stamp format.