Monday, May 21

The New Girls

Working with the "new girls" is so much fun! Today I decided to make them speckled hens by adding dots of white pen over the black and grey marker. Each chook is then fussy cut and adhered to the card with foam tape.

Saturday, May 19

Spring Chickens

These ladies are having a bit of a natter in the barnyard!

Thursday, May 17

New Release: Spring Chickens

These plucky ladies are the queens of the barnyard and certainly know how to strut their stuff. Perfect for gracing the cards of good friends and fun-loving family members, they're sure to get a chuckle or two at the next birthday gathering.

Spring Chickens
digital stamp set

My designers have created some chuckle-worthy projects to help inspire you...

Wednesday, May 16


I use markers on white card stock to get a perfect match when I don't have any card stock in the colour I need. It's a good idea to cut it to size first so you don't waste time and ink on areas that you're just going to cut away.

Tuesday, May 15


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Monday, May 14

A Note of Thanks

I created my "glass jar" by adding a layer of glossy accents over the top of the coloured layer. It doesn't take long to dry and gives a beautiful shiny finish... it's also one of my favourite glues.

Saturday, May 12

No-Line Colouring

No-line colouring is a simple technique that involves stamping your image with a light coloured ink before colouring. It gives the impression that the work has been hand-drawn.

Thursday, May 10

New Release: Blooming Tools

I know lots of people who would love to receive a big bunch of tools for their birthday or other special occasion. D.I.Y. is everywhere and doing your own renovations and upgrades is definitely the in thing. So of course we need some stamps for that!
Most of the sentiments in this set have been designed for the fabulous guys in your life - sons, uncles, dads, grandfathers - but there are a couple of general sentiments for creating cards and paper craft projects for everyone who loves to swing a hammer.

clear stamp set

And while we're on the subject of D.I.Y. check out these projects by my designers...

Tuesday, May 8


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Monday, May 7

Tutorial: Undertones

When I colour a group of items, such as these three roses, I often like to distinguish between them without making them completely different colours. I want to end up with three red roses, but I want them to be subtly different. One way to do this is by adding undertones.

An undertone is simply a base colour that is laid down, before you start colouring, to give a different tone to the end product. You can vary the "temperature" of your image by using "cool" or "warm" undertones... blues and purples are usually "cool", while reds and yellows are generally "warm".

Start by adding three undertone colours to the roses - red, peach and yellow. When using pencils, make sure you use a light touch when adding your layers or the pigment won't lay down evenly.

Now I colour over the top with the same red pencil. You can see the tone still showing through the pigment. As I add layers of colour, the different tones will become more subtle.

Even though I have ended up with three red roses, you can still see a subtle difference, particularly with the front rose which has definite yellow tones.

You can use the same technique for foliage too. In this case, I'm adding a bright yellow green to the new growth and the leaves that are positioned in the front of the image. Light, bright colours appear to come forward, while dark colours recede.

After adding a layer of the same green to all the leaves, you can still see the bright areas where I added the undertone colour. Notice how those areas catch your eye?

This technique works with most colouring mediums, including pencils, paint and markers. (Watercolours are a little different given their unique qualities.) As always, practice makes perfect... and it's always fun to play!

Photographs and written instructions are copyright Beccy Muir.
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Saturday, May 5

Nancy's Garden

This is another page from my hand-stamped catalogue. It's great to have all the images in one place... sure makes crafting a lot quicker and easier!

Thursday, May 3

May New Releases

We've got tools, chooks, cakes, fair rides, birthday wishes, thank you greetings and lots more in this month's stamp release... it's definitely a mixed bag of stampy goodness! You'll find a brand new clear stamp set, two new digital stamp sets and one clear to digital release when you pop over to the online store.

Spring Chickens
digital stamp set

Ferris Wheel
digital stamp set

Just Desserts
digital stamp set