Monday, December 18

Frosty Joy

I thought I'd use this month's freebie to make a card in traditional Christmas colours. The ribbon was meant to give the illusion of a Christmas gift... not sure if I nailed that though, it probably needs a big bow.


Sunday, December 17

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Michael Powell is one of my favourite stamp artists, I love the little scenes he designs. This stamp is one of my favourites, I think it looks lovely and peaceful and I can just imagine Santa and his sleigh flying across that night sky.


Friday, December 15

Warm Brandy Custard

It doesn't come much more traditional than plum pudding with warm brandy custard. Yum!


Stamps: Sugar & Spice

Thursday, December 14

Tutorial: U-Fold Cards

U-fold cards are fairly simple to make and can be decorated in lots of really fun and interesting ways. While researching, I came across cards made to look like kitchens, dressing tables and even a woodworking bench! The "U" section in the centre allows for some great 3D embellishing and this is where your creativity really gets to shine.


1. Start with a piece of card stock measuring 6" x 10".


2. Score at 11/2", 3", 7" and 81/2". The measurements I've used will give you a card measuring 6" tall x 7" long when folded.


3. Fold along the score lines beginning with a mountain fold, then a valley fold, another valley fold and ending with a mountain fold.


4. If desired, you can add some patterned paper and stamps at this point. Once you add the bottom panel it will be a lot more difficult to add embellishments to the background.


5. Cut a piece of card stock measuring 2" x 7". If desired, use a pair of scissors or a border punch to give a decorative edge. Since I'm creating a snow scene, I decided to cut a couple of snow banks.
Apply glue or double sided tape to the back of the last 11/2" of the card stock as shown in the photo below.


6. Secure the card stock to the bottom of one end of your card. Stand the card upright to make aligning the bottom easier - you want it to be flush with the bottom edge of your card.


7. Now repeat with the other end of the card stock strip to complete base of your U-Fold card. You can embellish as desired or continue on to create a card similar to mine.


8. To decorate, you'll need two strips of card stock measuring 3/4" x 7". I used a snowflake border punch to give them some added interest. You'll also need another bottom strip of card stock, the same size and shape as the first, a reel of thread, a coloured and fussy cut image, some little punched snowflakes and some very strong, fast drying glue.


9. Attach the punched card stock strip to the top of the card is the same manner as you did the bottom. Apply a strip of double sided tape at the top of the card over the punched card stock, and another strip at the bottom of the card. These will hold your thread in place.


10. Cut several lengths of thread approximately 6" long. Press them onto the strip of double sided tape at the top of the card. When they're in place, apply another strip of double sided tape over the top. Don't space the threads evenly, the design will look better if they are different distances from each other.


11. Now secure them at the bottom in the same way. I applied a piece of sticky tape across the threads to make them extra secure.


12. Now add the extra strips of card stock over the top and bottom pieces so that the threads are secured between and you can no longer see the tape.


13. Here comes the fiddly bit.... Using strong, fast drying glue, fix the little snowflakes to the twine in random places. You'll need two snowflakes in each position so that the thread is sandwiched between. I used some pointy tweezers to help place each one.


14. All that's left now is to add your image, sentiment and any extra embellishments you'd like. Have fun!

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

Stamps: Snow Drifters

Tuesday, December 12

Snow Drifters

This is another page from the clear stamp catalogue I'm making. Having all my images stamped and coloured in one little book sure makes designing cards easier. I wish I'd thought of doing this years ago!



Stamps: Snow Drifters

Sunday, December 10

Gingerbread Wagon

I don't really need any more Christmas cards, but I'm still feeling super inspired after last month's challenge... plus I love colouring these little gingerbread men. Even if I don't use it, there's always next year!


Friday, December 8

Magnolia Mini Album

Generally I like to have some tags and embellishments poking out the top and sides of my mini albums, but I decided to keep this one streamlined. Each page is folded to create a pocket that contains a large, decorated tag. I decorated the front cover with a coloured and fussy cut Magnolia stamp, a die cut title, ribbon and a doily.


Stamps: Magnolias

Wednesday, December 6

A Fair Dinkum Christmas

Haven't most of us been in this position before? It's all about keeping cool, looking cute and making sure you can snap a selfie!



Tuesday, December 5

Christmas Bells

Now Available as Digital Stamps
These two popular Christmas designs, previously sold only as a clear stamp set, are now available as digis. Pick them up in store now for some last minute Christmas crafting!

Silver Bells
digital stamp set


Golden Bell
digital stamp set

Monday, December 4

The Grand Prize Winners

Thank you so much to all those who participated in last month's challenge, what a fantastic event! We had a total of 743 entries, which was a staggering increase of 321 cards over last year's challenge. That's definitely worth a "WOOHOO"!!

Thanks also for all the friendly, encouraging and funny comments that were posted on my blog. It was particularly nice to see how many of you were visiting other blogs to leave feedback as well... we really have a lovely and supportive online community.

Now, without further ado, the five overall winners who were randomly selected by the InLinkz  challenge tool....

Congratulations!
Gail Scott
Kathy Asper
Mies Strootman
Stamping Kitty
Petra (PST)

You've each won a $50.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Please email me at beccysplace@bigpond.com to claim your prize!

Sunday, December 3

Holiday Canister

I have quite a collection of items in my stash that are waiting to be altered or upcycled, including this fabulous canister that was given to me several years ago by a friend. It's decorated with the little images from the Sugar & Spice clear stamp set, along with some patterned paper and twine. Now I just have to decided whether to fill it with Christmas cookies or rum balls. Decisions, decisions...


Stamps: Sugar & Spice

Saturday, December 2

December Challenge

Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog and submit a direct link below. The challenge runs from now until midnight on the 31st of December 2017 (AEST).


PLEASE READ THE CONDITIONS CAREFULLY
BEFORE ENTERING THE CHALLENGE

  • Your project must be created during the month of December 2017 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. You DO NOT have to use the design on your project, but you MUST use a Beccy's Place image, either free or purchased, to be eligible for prizes.
  • 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 randomly 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.
  • Beccy's Place designers may enter the monthly challenge but are not eligible to win prizes.

Friday, December 1

Comment Winner - Day 30

Congratulations NanaConnie!
Your comment has won you a $5.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Please email me at beccysplace@bigpond.com to claim your prize.


What a fun month, Beccy! I'm going to miss digging into my stash of your images every day but for today, I've combined three separate images from my collection and one of your sentiments which I dearly love. See you at the next challenge. Merry Christmas to you and yours. :-D

Challenge Closing Soon!

This year I've decided to leave the challenge open for an extra 24 hours so you can get those last cards and project submitted. But you'd better hurry! At time of post there was only 14 hours to go.

Good Luck!

Thursday, November 30

Comment Winner - Day 29

Congratulations Colinda!
Your comment has won you a $5.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Please email me at beccysplace@bigpond.com to claim your prize.


Ohh, such a little cutie!!!Couldn't think of something with a Z. So funny the snoring suggestion hihihi.
It's my first year so I let myself be surprised tomorrow. As it's almost night in Holland I'm off zzzzzzzee ya

Day 30 - Do What You Love

And here we are again, at the end of another Month of Holiday Cards challenge, hopefully with a nice stack of holiday cards ready to send out to family and friends, or at the very least, feeling creatively inspired by what you've seen and read during the month.
Today I challenge you to create a holiday card with the papers, colours, images and techniques that you love using.


YOUR TURN: Do what you love.
Click on the link to add a photo of your creation: 


Wednesday, November 29

Race Winners

The last race for this year's Month of Holiday Cards
challenge has been run and we have our ten winners.

Congratulations
Annie (654)
Tracy (655)
Suze (656)
Marianne (658)
Jackie (659)
Dagmar (660)
Mies (661)
Aunty Sue (662)
Swissie (663)
Petra (664)

You've each won a $10.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Please email me at beccysplace@bigpond.com to claim your prize!

Comment Winner - Day 28

Congratulations Megan!
Your comment has won you a $5.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Please email me at beccysplace@bigpond.com to claim your prize.


Hi Beccy, a very Cool Yule! card, love the colours and the cute gingerbread house, you even managed to get some 'Yarn' on your card, well okay it is really twine, but worth a shot... have a good one... Megan

Day 29 - "Z"

Z is for Z-fold card, and the end of the alphabet! Woohoo! That means there's just one more day in this year's Month of Holiday Cards Challenge, can you guess what the prompt is going to be? If you've played along in previous years, I'm sure you'll remember...


YOUR TURN: Create a holiday card using the letter "Z" as your prompt.
Click on the link to add a photo of your creation:

INSPIRATION WORDS:
Z-fold, Z-box fold, zentagle, zzzzz (as in snoring)

Stamps: Snow Angels

Tuesday, November 28

The Final Race

With just over two days of our challenge left,
I figured there was time to squeeze in one last race!

The next ten people to upload a card to the Month of Holiday Cards Challenge will win a $10.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place. You can upload as many cards or projects as you like, but you can only collect one prize until all ten have been won.

Our starting point is card #654

Ready...

Set...

Go!

Comment Winner - Day 27

Congratulations Petra!
Your comment has won you a $5.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Please email me at beccysplace@bigpond.com to claim your prize.



Is it just me or do you also get hungry when you see these stamps? The set is gorgeous and I love the cards from the team. Thanks for the inspiration.

Day 28 - "Y"

These last few letters are definitely giving the old grey matter a serious workout! For today's letter "Y" challenge I decided to go with the word "yuletide".


YOUR TURN: Create a card using the letter "Y" as your prompt.
Click on the link to add a photo of your creation: 

INSPIRATION WORDS:
Yule, yuletide, yule log, yellow, yo-yo spinner cards

Stamps: Gingerbread

Monday, November 27

Comment Winner - Day 26

Congratulations Marianne!
Your comment has won you a $5.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Please email me at beccysplace@bigpond.com to claim your prize.


Wonderfully white and wintry, Beccy. Your embossed tree reminds me of a very CAS baby card I made many years ago, using one of those old-fashioned metal embossing plates (featuring tiny baby feet) and a light box.

Day 27 - "X"

I'm curious to see what everyone does for today's letter prompt... "X" is definitely a challenge! Happily, I found a nice new packet of X-Press It blending card in my stash.


YOUR TURN: Create a holiday card using the letter "X" as your prompt.

INSPIRATION WORDS:
X-Press It blending card, Xmas, xyron
(let me know if you can think of any others)

Sunday, November 26

Comment Winner - Day 25

Congratulations TracyM!
Your comment has won you a $5.00AU store credit at Beccy's Place.
Please email me at beccysplace@bigpond.com to claim your prize.


DELIGHTFUL images, sentiments and cards to INSPIRE!
... sadly they remind me of my one (and only) time ice skating, where my battered and bruised body spent most of the time flat on the ice :)

New Release: Sugar and Spice

If snowmen are my favourite Christmastime characters, then gingerbread men are a very close second. They look cute and smell wonderful, and dare I say it, they taste even better! This new set contains three gingerbread characters and five coordinating sentiments. Shipping is free to Australia and New Zealand, and just $2.00AU to anywhere else in the world.



My designers have created some wonderful projects with this new set. Check out the different ways they have interpreted the images, the colouring and techniques are fabulous!

Three cards from Petra


Two cards and a wall hanging by Anesha

Two cards from Carla