Saturday, April 21

Also Pretty in Purple

Another card using the new Geums clear stamp set. I think the purple might look a little bit better than the pink... decisions, decisions.

Stamps: Geums

Thursday, April 19

Pretty in Pink

The first thing that caught my eye when I was looking at reference photos of geum flowers was the way the colours changed from the centre of the flower to the outer edges of the petals. I love flowers that have variegated colour markings and I'm always eager to try and replicate it with my markers, pencils or paints.

Stamps: Geums

Tuesday, April 17

New Release: Geums

These pretty Geum stamps are perfect for Mother's Day cards, birthdays or greeting cards for anyone with a green thumb. You can colour them to suit your recipient or coordinate them perfectly with your background papers and embellishments.

Remember, shipping is free to all Australian and New Zealand residents and only $2.00AU to anywhere else in the world!

Have a look at these wonderful cards created by Carla and Anesha...

Monday, April 16

Thanks Mum!

My Mum looked after our two pooches when we took a trip to Sydney recently. I thought it only fitting that they send her a card to say thanks for taking care of them both!

Stamps: Dog Tales

Saturday, April 14

Tutorial: Eclipse Cards

I received an email from one of my lovely readers, Kate, requesting a tutorial for an eclipse card. These retro cards have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity with lots of wonderful examples being posted on social media. It's a technique that can be done with any type of die, although most people are using large, individual letters to spell out a greeting. Today I'm going to show you the basic technique using a word die. You can have a flick through your own die library to find letters, words or shapes that you'd like to use, or perhaps even a large punch.

1. Start with a card blank and a topper in contrasting colours. Keep in mind that the colour of the card blank is what will show up beneath the die cut word.

2. Decorate your topper as desired, being careful not to use colours and patterns that are too bold. If the pattern is too busy or the colours too strong, you will lose the eclipse effect. (You can substitute patterned paper if you prefer, but again, make sure the pattern isn't too overpowering.)

3. Use a large die to cut a sentiment from the decorated panel. You could also use shape dies, individual letters or even large punches.

4. Remove the word from the panel and set aside, ensuring that the tiny pieces from the loops of the letters are also reserved.

5. Apply adhesive to the back of the decorated panel, centre it over the card blank, and press firmly into place. I prefer to use glue to ensure that I cover all the little curves and notches around the cut-out. Allow the adhesive to dry.

6. Flip the die cut word over so that the back is facing you. Apply glue with a fine tip applicator to all the tiny pieces that are in the loops of the letters. For example, inside the loop of the letter "e".

7. Press the whole word back into the cut out space and apply pressure to the little pieces where you applied adhesive.

8. Once dry, lift the word back out using a pair of tweezers. The small pieces in the loops of the letter should remain in place on the card - see photos below.

9. Apply small pieces of foam tape to the back of the die cut word - this is where you realise why it's necessary to use such big letters!

10. Remove the backing paper from the foam tape and position the word directly over the cut out. Press firmly into place.

11. If you have extra small pieces, such as the little dot over the letter "i", you can either apply some dimensional glue or a tiny piece of foam tape to secure it in place. If it's too fiddly, just glue it directly into the space.

And that's it, you're done!

Die: by Uniquely Creative

All photographs and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.
All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 12

First Day!

There's nothing that can really prepare you for that first, nerve racking day in a new job... but it sure does help knowing there are people out there who love and support you no matter how things go! So good luck to all those newbies out there, I hope your first days go well.

Tuesday, April 10

New Guest Designer

I'd like to introduce our lovely new Guest Designer,
Jackie Trinder
Jackie will be working with us over the next three months to help showcase all our newest releases. We're sure you'll find some inspiration and new ideas in the cards and projects she shares with us. Don't forget to pop over to Jackie's personal blog to check out even more of her fabulous work!

Jackie's first designer creation is this fabulous, colourful card.

New Release: First Day Jitters

At the end of this year our oldest child will graduate from University, our middle child will finish high school and our youngest will graduate from middle school. Of course, for every ending, there's always a new beginning, which is the inspiration for this latest digital set - First Day Jitters. Perfect for anyone starting a new job, attending their first day or school or setting out on a new life adventure.

First Day Jitters
digital stamps

My designers have been hard at work creating these fabulous
examples to help inspire your creativity...

Sunday, April 8

Love This Life

This is the third little album I've made this year, it's part of my attempt to reduce the amount of paper I've accumulated over the years. Creating one album a month should reduce my stash by a significant amount, or at least I hope it will. So far I haven't seen much of a dent, but with nine left to make I should be able to notice something by the end of the year... right?!

Friday, April 6


My stamp catalogue is coming along very nicely with another hand-coloured addition.  This time it's the Celebrations clear stamp set... one of my favourites because of it's versatility.

Stamps: Celebrations

Thursday, April 5

Headed for Greener Pastures

Don't forget our retirees.
They're headed to greener pastures at the end of this month,
so be sure to grab them for half price while you still can.

Tuesday, April 3

April New Releases

It's time for a fresh batch of delicious images from the Beccy's Place bakery!
Okay, maybe not a bakery, but definitely a warm place full of yummy treats and the occasional batch of fresh bickies... and a stamp set or two as well.

clear stamp set

Tea Time
digital stamp set

First Day Jitters
digital stamp set

Smooth Seas
digital stamp set