March Challenge

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Scrap Card #11

I seem to have quite a few blue backgrounds in the stack of scrap bases I made at the start of the year, which is fine with me as I love working with blue.  Today I teamed my background with some white embellishments and a wonderful stamp from Stampin' Up that I coloured with distress inks and a water pen.  There is a matching die for the stamp, but I find it just as easy to cut around it with a small pair of scissors.
 
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Scrap Card #10

I feel as though I've reached a milestone today with ten cards under my belt.  This is probably the most successful I've ever been with a New Year's Resolution... if only it worked for giving up chocolate!

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Release: Egg Collection Set

A simple, colourful set for all your Easter card-making.
 

Ilaria's gorgeous exploding box card
 
Christine's funky and fabulous card
 
Two beautiful, soft cards from Gail
 
A happy, colourful card from Renee
 
Susan's gorgeous Easter creation

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tutorial: Double Side Step Cards

Side step cards are fabulous display cards that can be made in a wonderful array of sizes and shapes depending on your needs.  They are perfect for creating three dimensional scenes and can stand alone when open to show off all your hard work.  Today I'm going to show you how to create a double side step card, which in this case means a panel on either side of the "steps".  Alternatively, you could make your card with "steps" on either side of a central panel... it's up to you.
 
 
1.  Start with a 12" x 6" piece of cardstock.  Cut 3" from one end leaving a piece of cardstock that measures 9" x 6".  Reserve the small piece you cut off.

 
2.  Use the template below to mark, cut and score your 9" x 6" cardstock.
 
 
3.  Fold along each of the score lines until you end up with "steps" in the centre of your card.  Now you have your double side step card base ready to decorate.
 
 
4.  The small piece of cardstock you removed in the first step fits perfectly onto the back "step" of the card and can be used to hold an image or sentiment.

 
5.  I decorated my card with die cut trees and flowers on the front panels, a little white picket fence on the middle panel, and a sentiment on the back panel.
 
 
Photos and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.  All rights reserved.

Monday, March 16, 2015

New Release: Old Well Set

I am extra pleased to show you the beautiful cards my designers made with the Old Well set this month, their cards are absolutely gorgeous.  I really love the variety of colouring they used to change the look of the image from something soft and pretty to something a little more masculine.  I'm sure you'll find their work as inspiring as I did.
 
Old Well Set
 
Susan's Card
 
Renee's Card
 
Gail's Card
 
Ilaria's Card
 
Christine's Card

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Scrap Card #9

My ninth scrap card is all about the colour blue!  To create the floral centre, I stamped the image twice and coloured with distress markers and a water pen.  I used a small pair of scissors and a craft knife to fussy cut around the flowers and leaves, then layered everything together with foam tape for a three dimensional look.
 
 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March New Releases

This month's new sets have a spring flavour with a little twist of Easter.  Each set is available for immediate download from my digital store and include coloured as well as line drawn images and all the sentiments you see below.
My designers have come up with some gorgeous projects using these new images, which I'll share with you over the next couple of weeks. 
 
Old Well Set
 

Egg Collection Set


The Sleepover

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February Challenge Winners

Congratulations to Margaret, Teresa, and Anesha!
You are the randomly chosen winners of the February challenge.
Please visit my online store and select either a full digital stamp set or three
individual images.  Email your choice to me at beccymuir@yahoo.com.

March Challenge

Create a card using any Beccy's Place digital image, free or purchased, 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 March 2015 (AEST).
 
Your project must be created during the month of March 2015.  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 random winners will be chosen to receive their choice of either a full set of digital stamps or three individual digital images from my online store.
 

Want to join the challenge but don't have a blog?  No worries!
Email a photo of your card or project to me at beccymuir@yahoo.com and I will post it on my Guest Blog and link it to the challenge for you.
 
 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scrap Card #8

I printed out some old freebies from my blog... I'm not really sure if they're sunflowers or gerberas, but they worked great against my scrappy yellow background.  After fussy cutting around them, I used a combination of glue and foam tape to adhere them along the edge of my card.
 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Scrap Card #7

I started with a green and brown scrap base today, which led me to think of trees, forests and scenery... the perfect foundation for some gorgeous Stampscapes stamps!  I finished off my card with some little Tim Holtz alphas and a double knot of hemp twine.
 
 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tutorial: Bendy Cards

Bendy cards are fabulous display cards that are perfect for creating three dimensional scenes.  The sides of the card bend inwards allowing it to stand up on it's own and creating tiers that can be individually decorated.   The finished card can also fold down flat for normal postage!  There are hundreds of beautiful examples on the internet, so when you get the chance, I thoroughly recommend doing a Google or Pinterest search to get some ideas and inspiration.
 
 
1. Start with a piece of cardstock measuring 12" x 6".  Score and fold at 4" and again at 8" to create a trifold card. 
 

2.  Measure and mark 3" from the bottom of the left hand panel.  Use scissors or a craft knife to cut away the top section as shown in the photo below.  Measure and mark 11/2" from the bottom of the right hand panel, and again, cut away the top section.
 
 
3. Flip the card over.  Use a pencil to draw a 1/4" border beside the outer edge of both the left and right panels (see photo below).  Now measure and mark a 1" reserve in the centre of each border - these reserves will become the tabs that hold the panels in place.

 
4.  Use a small pair of scissors to trim away the excess cardstock leaving just the 1" tabs.

 
5.  Flip your card back over again.  It should now resemble the photo shown below.
 
 
6.  Use a pencil to draw a vertical line on the centre panel, 1/2" from the right hand side.

 
7.  Now bend the left hand panel so that the tab edge is flush with the vertical line you just drew on the centre panel.  Make sure the bottom edges of both the left and centre panels are flush.  Use your pencil to mark the position of the tab, as shown below.

 
8.  Use a craft knife to cut a slit along the vertical line, between the two tab marks you added in the previous step.  (I removed a thin piece of cardstock by cutting two parallel slits very close together).

 
9.  The tab on the left hand panel should fit nicely into the slit you just cut.  As you can see below, the panel now has a bend in it.

 
10.  Open out the card again and flip it over.  Use a pencil to draw a vertical line on larger panel (which is now on the right hand side), 1" from the fold line.  See the photos below.

 
11.  Flip the card back over again.  Fold the larger panel, which is again on the left hand side, into the middle.  You should be able to see the vertical line you drew in the previous step.

 
12.  Now bend the smaller right hand panel so that the tab edge is flush with the vertical line.  Make sure the bottom edges of the panels are flush.  Use your pencil to mark the position of the tab, as shown below.
 
 
13.  Use a craft knife to cut a slit in the same manner as you did in step eight.

 
14.  Starting with the left hand side, place the tabs into the slits.  You have just created a bendy card!

 
15.  Now it's time to decorate.  Here's what I did...

I used the card blank as a template to mark the centre slit on a piece of X-Press It cardstock measuring 6" x 4".  (To make this piece of card fit comfortably in the centre of my bendy card I removed a sliver from one side).

Next, I stamped and coloured some flowers and a sentiment on the X-Press It cardstock.  I also stamped, coloured and fussy cut some butterflies.

I adhered my decorated cardstock to the centre panel of the card blank, making sure I lined up the slits carefully.

Using some small, sharp scissors, I fussy cut around the top edge of the image leaving a small white border.

I drew some wavy lines along the tops of the two panels...

... then cut along each line for a softer effect.

I added another sentiment to the smaller panel and then adhered my butterflies with some strong glue.  Done!
 
Stamps by Flourishes, Kaisercraft and various others
Photographs and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.  All rights reserved.