Monday, October 28

New Release: Pumpkin Patch Set

Can you believe it's almost Hallowe'en?  Where did October go?  Where did the year go for that matter?  I always think of the last three months as the business end of the year when all the good stuff happens - the kids are counting down the school year, Christmas is just around the corner and family and friends get together more often.  It also means things are generally crazy around here... but I wouldn't have it any other way!
 
Today I'm releasing this new pumpkin set that includes both black and white line drawings and pre-coloured images for quickie cards.  Take a look at the cute cards and projects my designers have created with this set, they're definitely a talented bunch!
 

Christine's card (front and inside)

Monika's tea light holder (day and night)

Monika's Card

Karin's Card (front and inside)

Aurore's Card

Cynthia's Card

Wednesday, October 23

A Month Of Holiday Cards

Starts November 1st
Be Inspired ~ Share Your Creations ~ Win Prizes
Join me in November for a month of Holiday card ideas, inspiration and fun.

Thursday, October 17

Behind The Scenes

I was chatting to one of my friends the other day about the card-folding tutorials I post on my blog.  After seeing the state of my desk, she was curious to learn how the "paper chaos" came together to form a coherent, step-by-step guide.  Since I've always enjoyed having a peek behind the scenes I decided to share some of the process... sans the chaos!
 



 
As you can see, there's lots of printer paper, pencil lines, scribbles and cutting... not to mention rubbing out, throwing away, the odd tantrum and coffee!

Monday, October 14

New Release: Candy Corn Set

One of my card making friends loves to make Hallowe'en cards for her grandchildren, but doesn't like the images to be too scary... so what could be better than some deliciously spooky candy corn?!
 

Aurore's Card

Monika's Creations

Christine's Card

Karin's Project

Cynthia's Creations

Tuesday, October 8

Tutorial: Gap Cards

Gap cards are great fun to make and can be created for practically any occasion.  The idea is to cut a section out of the front of your card, a gap, and then bridge that gap with letters that make up your sentiment... clever huh!?  And with the huge range of alphabet embellishments available on the market you don't need to have a die cutting machine nor do you have to spend hours fussing cutting with a pair of scissors.
 
 
1.  Start with a card blank and some letters.  Your card can fold horizontally or vertically depending on how many letters you wish to fit on the front.

2.  Determine how much of a gap you want to make.  You need to keep in mind that the gap should be less than the height of your shortest letter or else the word won't be able to span the distance.  As you can see in the photo below, my shortest letter is a little less than 1" in height, therefore I am going to make my gap about 3/4" wide.

3.  Cut out the section of card to create your gap.  I made the bottom piece 1" wide, which was a good size for decorating and for providing stability to the finished project.

4.  Make sure your letters fit nicely across the gap, then set them aside while you decorate the card base.

5.  I used some pretty patterned paper on the 1" strip at the bottom and also on the top part of the card.  I always like to cut my patterned paper slightly smaller than the area I'm adhering it to so that I get a nice little border.

6.  Use some low-tack tape to secure the 1" strip in place on your card.  Make sure it lines up perfectly with the sides and bottom of the card back.

7.  Use a pair of tweezers and some strong glue to adhere each letter across the gap.  Remember to only apply glue to the parts of the letters that are going to be stuck down or else you may end up gluing your card shut!  Now be patient and let the glue dry completely before you start to add your decorations... I know it's hard to resist, but it's important that the bond is nice and strong.

8.  Okay, now it's time to gussy things up with all those pretty embellishments and gorgeous images.  Have fun!
 
Photos and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir 2013.
Stamped image by Flourishes.

Sunday, October 6

Snow One Like You Winners

If you left a post on one of my designers or guest designers blogs during our recent Snow One Like You combined blog hop, then you automatically went into the draw to win one of three digital stamp sets.

 
Congratulations to our three random winners!
Anita Meijer
Brenda Trimmer
Shelly Schmidt
Please contact me at beccymuir@yahoo.com for details on how to claim your prize.

Tuesday, October 1

New Release: Snow One Like You

Today we've teamed up with Sparkle N Sprinkle for the release of the new "Snow One Like You" set of images.  The girls over at SNS have been working with the rubber stamp version while my lovely new team has used the digital set that contains a couple of additional images.  There are so many inspirational projects for you to look at today, plus a few chances to win the set... so grab yourself a cuppa, take the phone of the hook and come surf the net with us!
 
 
 
 
I'm going to take this opportunity to introduce you to the work of my lovely new Designers.  They have been working with the set for the last week and have come up with some wonderful creations for you to look at.  Please visit their blogs, leave a comment on their snowman cards and automatically go in the running to win one of three "Snow One Like You" digital sets that we're giving away.  The more comments you leave, the more chance you have of winning!

Monika Schurle

Aurore's Card

Christine Larose

Karin van Damme

My Guest Designers have also created some wonderful cards for you to look at, and yep, leaving comments on their blogs will help increase your chances of winning one of the sets!

Cynthia Margaron
(October Guest Designer)

Ema M.
(November Guest Designer)

Donna Rinckel
(December Guest Designer)

Angela Westland
(January Guest Designer)

NanaConnie
(February Guest Designer)

Charlene Mitchell
(March Guest Designer)

October Challenge

Create a card or project 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 October 2013 (AEST).
 
Your project must be created during the month of October 2013.  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 either three digital images of their choice or one full digital set from my online store.  Good luck! 
 
Look out for the Pumpkin Patch set later in the month!