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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Winter Wonderland Home Decor

Hello everyone

We have a home decor piece to share with you today, created using one of the new Woodware Christmas stamps by Francoise Read, called Winter Wonderland.

The products we used can be found in our shop - here's a list to help you:
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic - White
  • Woodware stamp - Winter Wonderland (FRS388)
  • Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Festive Set (662581) (for the snowflakes)
  • White opaque pen (we used Ranger Inkssentials White Pen 2 Pack)
  • DecoArt Snow-Tex (for a textured snow effect)
  • Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss - Frosty Sparkle
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Gold Rush
  • Black archival ink pad
  • Pumice Stone Distress Ink Pad
  • Dovecraft Foam Tape
Here are some step-by-steps if you would like to make this yourself.

  1. Take a piece of corrugated card (an old cardboard box flap would work) and carefully remove some of the top layer of paper to reveal the corrugated texture beneath. Leave the centre complete.
  2. Apply white acrylic paint to the centre and once dry add your sky colours using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Prussian Blue Hue, mixed with white acrylic to varying degrees to achieve the light to dark effect. Also, dry brush over the distressed areas with the white acrylic to just give it a dusting of colour. Leave it to dry.
  3. Take a piece of white card and repeat the painting. Leave it to dry or if you wish to speed up the process, use a heat tool.
  4. Next, take the Woodware stamp and stamp it onto your background using black archival ink.
  5. Using a white opaque pen, add "snow" to the snowflakes and flurries, the buildings and trees. Use some white acrylic paint to add "snow" to the ground - you could also use white texture paste for this if you wished, such as DecoArt SnowTex.
  6. Add some white paint splatters to the image and to your background card piece.
  7. The next step is to tear around the edges of your design - this will be fixed in place over your painted area on the cardboard base. To make the tearing easier and to minimise the risk of tearing your design, take a paint brush and dip the bristles in some cold water. Then draw a water line around your design where you want to tear it. While the watered area is still wet/damp, carefully tear around the design.
  8. Apply a little white acrylic paint around the edges using a finger tip, to give more definition.
  9. We wrapped fine gold thread around the cardboard base and fixed it to the back with strong double-sided tape but you don't have to do this.
  10. Fix the design to the cardboard base using foam tape.
  11. Next, take some card and either die-cut or punch out some snowflakes to decorate the design. Paint them with white acrylic paint and then remove some of the excess paint by dabbing with kitchen towelling. This leaves a slightly more worn appearance in keeping with the rest of the design.
  12. Fix the snowflakes in place using strong acrylic glue.
  13. Using some Frosty Sparkle Glitter Kiss, or similar product, add small amounts of sparkle to your project - we used it on the snowflakes and on the ground.
  14. Next, produce the sentiment for the bottom. For this we used a left over bit of the painted card which we stamped our sentiment onto and then we tore it around the edges and applied a little Pumice Stone Distress Ink for definition. This was fixed beneath the design using foam tape.
  15. Finally, we added some gold gilding wax around the edges of the design and to parts of the exposed corrugated card to tie in with the gold thread.

We hope this gives you some inspiration for your Christmas makes.

Back soon! x

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Mixed Media Christmas cards

Hi everyone

So, as many of you are already busy making your Christmas cards, we thought we'd share a few we made recently.

We used new 2019 Woodware Christmas stamps, Tim Holtz distress ink pads and Cosmic Shimmer spray misters to create some colourful, inky cards. They were super-easy to make and you can achieve a huge variety of backgrounds, and one thing's for sure, no two cards will be the same.

The first one was created by David at a recent retailer workshop with Francoise Read:

Using Cosmic Shimmer misters to add all the gorgeous colours to create the backgrounds and for colouring the ribbon, creates something quite unique and very pretty. The tree was stamped onto two inky backgrounds and then one was cut out and layered on top of the other using foam pads. This provides instant dimension. The torn green card, the framed sentiment at a jaunty angle and the white card base with a scattering of snowflakes in just one section, add another dimension and work a treat.

These next few were some we put together over a couple of hours in a play date of our own. We white and kraft card blanks and also made a couple of card blanks out of black card. We used distress ink pads to add colour to a craft sheet, spritzed them with water and then smooshed our card onto the watery ink. We dabbed off any excess with kitchen towelling and then dried the backgrounds with a heat tool before stamping our images using archival ink - Versafine Clair worked particularly well because it picks up all the fine detail beautifully.

Creating a second dove, layered on top of the background using foam pads,
adds extra dimension to this design

The larger circles were all layered up, fixed in place with foam pads,
for added dimension

The tree was stamped on another inky background piece, cut out and
fixed in place with foam pads

Using some dark colours in amongst the brighter ones gives this
card real impact

As above, darker tones in with light produces a different look to the card,
but no less impactful than the brighter designs above

We finished the cards off with glitter glue, Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss and clear adhesive gems for some added sparkle.

Head over to our shop to stock up on these gorgeous stamps, ink pads and misters, and have your own play date! We'd love to see what you create and you can share your creations on our Facebook page or via email to us.

Bye for now!

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Mixed Media ATC Box

Hi everyone

David recently had the opportunity to attend a retailer workshop with Andy Skinner and enjoyed playing with Andy's new mixed media collection. Here is what he made:

David painted a Creative Expressions MDF ATC Box with chalky finish paint and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics and once the paint was dry added some of Andy Skinner's transfers. He further embellished it with some chipboard cogs painted to give a rusting appearance.

He then had a play with Andy Skinner's Lava Paste and embossing powders and created some ATC rectangles with different effects and finishes. You can see one there inside the box!

All the products David used can be found in our shop.

It's always great to just play with new products to see what they can do, with no plan for what the end product might look like, or even any end product in mind at all. Everything can be used, if not at the given moment, then in a future project.

David thoroughly enjoyed his playtime using products he'd never used before and we think he did a fantastic job. What do you think? Why don't you have a go! You can always post what you make on our Facebook page or email photos to us - we'd love to see what you get up to with the things you buy from us!

Stay cool in this heatwave and we'll be back soon with some more inspiration for you.

Bye for now!

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Another birthday card to inspire you, and a handmade nature journal too!

Hi everyone

Today we'd like to share with you an 8x8 birthday card and a nature journal, both made using Craft Consortium's Riverbank collection. The papers in the collection are gorgeous, and the toppers allow you to create realistic river scenes.

For this card, you need an 8x8 card blank. Take one of the papers - we chose the one which looks like water - and use it as the base layer. Then cut out lots of the lovely toppers from the inside cover of the paper pad, using a craft knife and scissors with a small curved blade, and build up a pretty water scene complete with reeds, bullrushes, dragonfly and damselfly, an otter looking for a meal, a frog resting on a lily pad and a kingfisher watching over everyone, or any other combination you choose. Just lay out your scene, play around with it until you're happy, and then glue all the pieces in place. We love how this scene comes together so easily but with such impact.

Stamp the sentiment using any stamp of your choice - we chose a Ranger Letter It stamp set because the words are a lovely size - and stamp it with black archival ink onto white card. Cut the sentiment card to a pennant shape and apply Pumice Stone Distress Ink to tone it down.

Inside ....

.... Use a paper of your choice to cover both sides - you can see we chose one covered in fish! Then cut the centre sentiment shapes (we used Tim Holtz's die set Stacked Baroque). The word "celebrate" is again from a Ranger Letter It stamp set. Cut more toppers from the inside cover of the paper pad and add these to the centres. And finally add some decorative corners to finish.


And here's the front again - isn't it effective, and so dimensional?

Next is a handmade nature journal. You can make journal covers using dies - there are quite a few on the market, or you can go old school, like we did, and make one without using a die at all.

Take a piece of 2mm thick chipboard double the size of the journal you want to make and score it from top to bottom twice to create a 1-inch "spine" in the centre. Paint it with white acrylic paint on the inside and around the edges.

Cut a strip of paper to cover the outside of the spine and glue it in place, making sure it's long enough to continue up into the inside of the spine a little way. Tear strips of paper from a couple of sheets and ink the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to age them. Glue them randomly onto the front and back covers using clear drying glue and trim all the edges as necessary. Apply a thin coat of sealer on top to help protect the cover from wear and tear.

Cut a wider strip of another paper and turn this into a band for around the centre of the journal to hold it together when not in use, or you could use ribbon or an elastic band if you prefer. Make sure the band isn't too tight around the journal, or you won't be able to slide it on and off. Use strong double-sided tape to fix the two ends of the band together.

Decorate the front cover however you choose - we used more toppers from the Riverbank paper pad.

Punch a hole at each end of the spine.

Now for the inside.

Decorate the inside front and back covers with paper of your choice, we used the same paper as for the band.

Cut out lots more of the toppers from the inside cover of the paper pad.

Create slots and pockets (we used Tim Holtz's Stitched Slots and Gift Card Bag dies for these) using more papers, to hold all the toppers, and glue these to the front and back inside covers. Fill with your toppers. The idea behind this is that you can use a quickie glue pen to glue them to your journal pages when you spot any of these creatures or plants when out on your nature walks and then write notes alongside, such as where you were, date, etc., when you spotted them.

Finally, take some Baker's Twine or other strong thread and thread it through the holes. We added a Dragonfly charm from the Riverbank Collection to decorate the thread on the outside of the journal. Take sheets of your favourite art paper (be it watercolour, cartridge or something else) and cut them to the right size for your journal. Feed them through behind the Baker's Twine, and you're good to go!

We hope this inspires you to make something unique and special.

Bye for now!

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Birthday Card inspiration

Hello everyone

So, today I have an 8x8 birthday card to share with you which uses a number of products currently available in our shop.

Ingredients (all available in our shop):
Ranger Letter It stamp set Birthday
Sara Signature Parisian Collection paper pad
Sizzix Thinlits My Life Handmade Garden Florals (662514)
Sizzix Thinlits Butterflies by Sophie Guilar (662516)
Sizzix Thinlits Pretty Wreath by Pete Hughes (662575 - looks like we only have 1 of these left in stock - best grab it quick!)
Sizzix Thinlits Blossom Frame (662856)
Sizzix Bigz Opulent Vine (662505)
Sizzix Bigz Rustic Bouquet (662501)
Sweet Dixie Nesting Ovals (SDD164)
Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin collection die Mini Jardin Corners (CO725938)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick and Pumice Stone
Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink Pad
Acrylic block
Foam pads
Double-sided adhesive tape

  1. Cover the front of your card blank (I used an 8x8 size - tent fold (crease at the top, so it looks like a tent when it is standing up) with your chosen paper using double-sided adhesive tape, leaving a narrow border all round.
  2. Cut a rectangle of white card and, using a co-ordinating paper, cover that, again leaving a narrow border all round. Fix this at an angle on the card front.
  3. Fussy cut the leaves from the green sheet (which features a large image of a lady in a hat and dress) and glue this on the left to form a kind of border. Apply a little pumice stone ink around the edges for definition.
  4. Die-cut the pretty wreath out of black card and glue that in place.
  5. Die-cut the Opulent Vine twice from green paper from the paper pad. Apply a little pumice stone ink around the edges for definition.
  6. Die-cut the Rustic Bouquet flowers out of another co-ordinating sheet from the paper pad, ensuring you have enough petals to make two generous layered blooms.
  7. Using the distress inks, colour the backs of the flowers (these papers are single-sided so plain white on the reverse). Then layer up your blooms using half from the patterned side of the paper and half from the plain, inked side of the paper, to provide contrast and glue the layers together. Use a curling tool or anything with a round handle (I used the handle of my pokey tool) to curl the petals in a little to add shape.
  8. For the centres of the flowers, use the stamen die from the Thinlits Garden Florals set and die-cut twice from black card. Glue one into the centre of each flower and gently tease up the stamens to add shape.
  9. Glue the opulent vine leaves to the back of the flowers and then fix these in place on your card.
  10. Die-cut the butterfly from the Thinlits Garden Florals set once, and a smaller butterfly from the Thinlits Butterflies set, again using co-ordinating paper. Fix these in place and add a clear rhinestone (or two) to the bodies.
  11. Stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Letter It set using black archival ink onto white card and cut the card into a pennant shape. Ink around the edges a little and add three clear rhinestones. Fix this to the card front using foam pads.

Now for the inside of the card!

  1. Select a matching paper and fix to the inside, again leaving a narrow border.
  2. Die-cut the floral frame from one of the green papers using the Thinlits Blossom Frame die. Apply pumice stone ink around the edges for definition. Fix this to your card.
  3. Die-cut an oval from white card using the Sweet Dixie Nesting Ovals die set. It needs to be large enough to cover the central oval space in the blossom frame and to accommodate your chosen sentiment. Ink it around the edges with the Worn Lipstick distress ink.
  4. Stamp your sentiment using the jet black archival ink. I used a sentiment from the Ranger Letter It Birthday stamp set.
  5. Add two decorative corners using the Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin collection Mini Jardin Corners die and fix these in place at opposite corners as shown.
Now for the third panel. This is a bit more of a reflection of the design on the front of the card.

  1. Cover with the same paper as the other panels.
  2. Create a rectangle using white card covered with the same co-ordinating paper as used on the rectangle on the front of the card and fix this at an angle to the card base.
  3. Create a smaller version of the flower you used on the front, using the same steps as previously described.
  4. Cut a further two opulent vines. Ink them around the edges as before. Fix the flower and foliage to the bottom right corner of the rectangle.
  5. Add two decorative corners at opposite corners, as for panel 2.
So, that completes your two inside panels!

And that's it! Your card is complete!

Here are a few close-ups of some of the detail:


I hope you will have a go at this card, or something similar. I love how so many different products can be used together in one project, and that's what it's all about for me. It was a joy to work on and the finished card, well, let's just say I'm rather pleased with it!

Bye for now.
Julie x

Friday, 26 April 2019

Champagne Edger Die inspiration

Hi everyone

I just wanted to share a couple of cards I made using the Paper Cuts Champagne Edger die. For those who haven't heard of them, the Paper Cuts Edger dies cut intricate decorative edges into your cards, gift tags and gift boxes; they could also be used for home decor projects. There are some stunning designs and I love them! So far I've only had time to play with the Champagne Edger die and below I have provided brief step-by-steps for both cards.

In the first one I also used papers from the Sara Signature Parisian Collection paper pad. These are pretty papers in a variety of colours and designs. Some are quite obviously Paris-themed, but many are more generic and so can be used for a wide variety of projects.

So, quick step-by-steps:

  1. Decide how much of the front of your card you want to "lose". For example you could line this die up to cut as close to the right side of the card as you can, but I chose to take about a third of the front of my card out, so I lined up the die further over on the card. Remember to open your card out so that you only cut the design out of the front of the card.
  2. Pass this through your die-cutting machine - any machine with a 6-inch cutting platform should do the trick.
  3. Unless you've chosen a card the exact length of the die, you will then need to continue the cut at the top and bottom with a pair of scissors to give you a completely cut-out edge design.
  4. I wanted paper behind the design so that the card could have a central sentiment on the inside and also be written on without the writing showing through the cut-out design. So I chose a paper from the Parisian paper pad and glued it in place. These papers are single-sided, so white on the back. Then came the fiddly part - cutting out all those nooks and crannies around the paper cut edge. It took a while and a fair bit of patience and was quite tricky and I used both small bladed scissors and my craft knife for this job. Then I went around the areas where I'd still got little paper tags where I didn't want them with an emery board, and this smoothed them off quite nicely.
  5. I finished the front with a strip of matching paper on the left side and edged it with some pretty lace from my stash. Then I just added a few clear rhinestones to put the sparkle into the champagne!
  6. Inside, where I'd cut around all those fiddly shapes, I used Distress Ink Pad Worn Lipstick (this colour tied in nicely with the colours in the paper I'd chosen) to disguise any slightly rough bits, and it also made a nice feature of the design on the inside. You can just see it in the image below.
  7. I also added a further strip of the same paper on the inside left half, and added one of the stars which came from die-cutting the edger design.
  8. On the right side I used more of the same paper and added some decorative corners using the Couture Creations Le Petit Jardin Collection die set called Mini Jardin Corners.

The second card was slightly more time consuming because I wanted to use patterned paper all around the die-cut design and leave the card white on the inside.

  1. Take a square 6x6 card blank. Cover the front with your chosen paper - make sure you glue everywhere to stick it in place, otherwise when you cut out the design, half of the paper won't be stuck to the card! A spray adhesive would work well here but if using this, make sure you're in a well ventilated room and avoid inhaling it! I chose papers from the First Edition Black Out paper pad.
  2. Position the die so that it die-cuts right up to the right edge of the card front. Remember - when you run it through the die-cutting machine, open the card out so you only cut the front!
  3. You then need to die-cut the paper cuts design again, using plain white card.
  4. Now, this is where it gets fiddly! You now need to cut all around the champagne glasses and ribbon bow in the design, so that you are only left with that part of the design. it is time-consuming and you have to be careful where you cut so that you don't lose bits of the design in the process, but it is worth it! Once you have your cut-out champagne glasses and ribbon bow, glue them in place, lining them up carefully.
  5. To complete the front, I added a strip of white embossed card and some black organza ribbon and a stamped sentiment (Ranger Letter It stamps) which I cut into a pennant. Finish with some clear rhinestones for added sparkle!
  6. Inside I simply covered the right side of the card with the same white embossed card I'd used for the strip on the front. It's from a pack called Elegantly Embossed, which was produced by Craftwork Cards quite some time ago, but we do still have some in stock.

Well, that's all from me for now. I hope these two cards will inspire you to have a play with the Paper Cuts Edger dies and see how many different looks you can achieve.

See you soon!

Julie x

Thursday, 18 April 2019


Hi everyone

In case you're looking for a few bargains (and let's face it, who isn't?!), we have a big sale on in our shop right now! You can save up to 40% on some of your favourite products and brands, so head over and fill your baskets - guaranteed calorie free!!!

We are closed for the Easter break but all orders will be shipped from 23rd April (next Tuesday!).

Happy Easter!

Julie & the rest of the Beebaab team