Thursday, February 22

Catalogue Page

Another page from my hand-coloured catalogue, this time using the new Waratah clear stamps. Did you know these amazing flowers also come in pink, white and yellow? And they look just as stunning as the gorgeous red variety.



Wednesday, February 21

Decorated Watering Can

I've had this wonderful watering can for quite a while and decided it would look great decorated with a big red bow... which in turn, works perfectly with a fabulous red waratah image. I added a few good coats of outdoor varnish to protect it as much as possible from water damage, but I'm not too concerned as it's really meant to be decorative.



Tuesday, February 20

See You at the Show


Waratah Cards

A couple of cards I created using the new Waratah stamp set. I definitely think I'll be using these flowers for some Aussie themed Christmas cards this year, the colours are perfect.



Monday, February 19

New Release: Waratah

Waratahs are striking Australian native flowers that are most commonly a deep, rich red in colour. They look gorgeous on birthday and greeting cards, but because of their festive colours, they also make wonderful Aussie themed Christmas cards. What a great all-rounder!

Waratah
clear stamp set


Anesha and Carla have created some
fabulous cards to help get you inspired...



Sunday, February 18

Waratah Collection

Petra has created four beautiful projects with the Waratah clear stamp set.
She will retire from our design team at the end of the month.


Wednesday, February 14

Arctic Fox

This is my favourite of the two images in the Hello Foxy set... it looks as though this little vixen is contemplating her place in the cosmos.



Tuesday, February 13

Hello Foxy by Petra

One of the last cards created by Petra for our February release.
She will retire from our design team at the end of the month.



Monday, February 12

Fabulous

This guy is totally handsome... and he looks as if he knows it too!



Saturday, February 10

New Release: Hello Foxy

With their handsome faces and gorgeous lush tails, these little foxes would look fabulous on greeting cards, album pages and paper craft projects. You could even print them on fabric for a wonderful personalised carry bag or t-shirt. The digital set features two black and white line drawings for you to colour, as well as four coordinating sentiments and two full colour images for quick and easy crafting.

Hello Foxy
digital stamp set


This set is also available in rubber from
New   Hello Foxy Rubber Stamp Set [00-882P5]

My designers have created some gorgeous projects using the Hello Foxy set of digital stamps. Don't forget to stop by their blogs for even more inspiration!






Friday, February 9

Goodbye and Thank You

Petra Raams
After many years on my design team, the fabulously talented Petra Raams has decided it's time to retire. You can still check out all her fabulous creations along with some new crafting adventures, over on her personal blog.
Thank you for all the years of inspiration Petra, and best of luck for the future, we know you'll have great success in your new activities!

Thursday, February 8

Tutorial: Marbling

I first tried marbling as a young child way back in primary school. From memory, we used a basin of water with oil based colours that floated on the surface of the liquid. A good friend of mine showed me the technique again a few years ago, although this time we used shaving cream instead of water and distress inks instead of the oil based colours. I had yet another go sometime last year when a lovely lady from my stamping group ran a tutorial. Now it's time for you to have a go...

1. You'll need a large, high sided basin (I'm using a tinfoil baking tray), a can of inexpensive shaving foam, water based inks and LOTS of things to clean up with!

2. Add a generous layer of shaving foam to the basin. Use a knife or paddlepop stick to get it relatively even and level.

3. Choose some water based inks that coordinate nicely - I used Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters and Pine Needles distress ink refills.

4. Use a toothpick or skewer to drag the colour around. You can drag random patterns like I did, or go for something a little more symmetrical.

5. Lay your card stock directly into the shaving foam to pick up the colours.

6. Use a paper towel to wipe away the excess shaving foam and you have a cool marbled piece of card stock. You can keep making impressions for as long as there's colour in the basin.

7. Now have a go with some other colours and patterns.

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