Monday, January 15

New Year Preparations

At the start of each new year I like to gather all my scissors, cutting mats and tools together and give them a good clean. It makes everything looks and feel nice and fresh and gets rid of any built up goo, ink stains and dirty marks. The other job I do, which I'm not quite as keen for, is to cut and fold a whole bunch of plain paper inserts for my cards. I'm always glad when that's over!

Are there any jobs that you like to tackle at the beginning of each year to prepare yourself or your craft area for twelve months of creativity?

Sunday, January 14

Tutorial: Decoder Cards

When I was a kid, cereal boxes would sometimes come with a hidden message or secret code on the back. All you need do was fish around amongst the cornflakes to find the "magic" glasses that would reveal all! Today I want to show you a technique that's basically the same idea... and just as much fun!

1. We'll start by creating the decoder window. You'll need a scrap of card stock that's about 21/2" x 5", a little bigger if you want a really large decoder window. Fold the card stock in half.

2. Use a punch or die to cut circles through both layers of card stock. Make sure you have at least a 1/2" border around the cut.

3. Using a larger circle punch or die (mine is 13/4"), line up the smaller hole so that it's in the very centre of the punch. HINT: Flip the punch over so that you can see where you're cutting.

4. Punch the card stock so that you now have two rings.

5. Use some glue or strong tape to sandwich a small piece of red or dark pink cellophane between the two rings. Trim the excess cellophane. 

6. I added an eyelet to the edge of my decoder window and to the top right hand corner of my card blank. I plan to attach the decoder window with a piece of twine.

7. You can decorate the card blank however you like, remembering to plan for a "secret message" somewhere in your design. I started by stamping the main image in the bottom left hand corner so I can add three hidden messages around him.

8. Use the smallest circle punch or die to create a template. You want your secret messages to be the same size or smaller than this window.

9. Using the template, draw a circle or circles in the position you want your secret message to be.

10. Stamp or write the secret message in light blue or green ink - the colour is important as it will show up once the decoder window is placed over the top. I used Tumbled Glass distress ink.

11. I want a garden theme for the front of my card, so I'm going to draw in some petals and leaves to create large, quirky flowers. You can use stamps, stickers or just leave them plain.

12. Using a red pen or red ink and a stamp, add a pattern over the top of each secret message making sure to completely cover them. It doesn't matter what sort of pattern you add, even doodling or scribbling will work.

13. Now finish your card with colours, stamps, embellishments, etc. The secret message will appear once the decoder window is held over the top. The red cellophane cancels out the red stamping or doodling to reveal the blue ink!

14. Finish by attaching the decoder window to your card with a piece of twine or ribbon, but make sure it's long enough to reach the farthest message. 

Aren't these fabulous?! I know a couple of little boys who are just going to love receiving birthday cards with hidden messages. In fact, I know a few "big" boys and girls who would enjoy this too!

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

Friday, January 12

My Neighbourhood Card

As soon as I finished designing the "My Neighbourhood" set I knew what kind of card I wanted to create. It features every element that's included in the collection along with one of the mix and match sentiments. Not long after I finished making it, my oldest child grabbed it to give to a friend for his birthday... luckily I had time to take a couple of photos!

Wednesday, January 10

New Release: My Neighbourhood

This is probably my favourite release for this month. I love the sketchy look of the images and the lovely bright colours, plus I think it will be useful for lots of occasions with a little tweak here and there. I'm planning to string some Christmas lights between the houses and add a little snow to the rooftops. Ooooh, and a little bride and groom outside the church would be cute too!

My Neighbourhood
digital stamp set

Check out the fabulous cards created by my designers!

Sunday, January 7

Recipe Book

After losing all my recipes from an app on my iPad that was no longer updating, I decided it was time to go "Old School" again. Luckily I still have copies of all the recipes I lost.

Stamps: Just Desserts

Friday, January 5

Just Desserts

Here's another page from the catalogue I'm creating. These stamps are from the Just Desserts clear stamp set and they've all been coloured with Prismacolor pencils. The notebook is just an ordinary sketch book available at your local art supply store and filled with cartridge paper.

Stamps: Just Desserts

Wednesday, January 3

January Releases

One of the biggest changes we're making at Beccy's Place this year is the release dates for our new stamps. Instead of every quarter, we'll now be releasing new images on the 3rd of EVERY month! No more waiting for new designs!

Check out what's new in the store this month...

Slugs & Snails
clear stamp set

My Neighbourhood
digital stamp set

Bear Hugs
digital stamp set

Monday, January 1

December Winners

Congratulations to the December Challenge Winners!

Colinda, Janice Melton and Gail Scott
You are the randomly chosen winners of last month's challenge.

If you already have a Beccy's Place store account, I'll be adding a $20.00AU credit very soon. If not, please email me at to claim your prize.

January Challenge

Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image, upload a photo of it to your blog or other hosted site, and submit a direct link below. The challenge runs from now until midnight on the 31st of January 2018 (AEST).




  • Your project must be created during the month of January 2018 and entered into the challenge during the active challenge period. Due to an automated system, late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Each month I will include a re-mastered digital image from my library of freebies. You DO NOT have to use the design on your project, but you MUST use a Beccy's Place image, either free or purchased, to be eligible for prizes.
  • 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 winners will be randomly chosen to receive a $20.00AU store credit for any digital stamps at Beccy's Place. To redeem the store credit, winners must have a Beccy's Place customer account. (Please note, you do not need an account to enter the challenge. It is acceptable to create an account in the event that you win. Accounts can be closed at any time.)
  • Store credit won during any Beccy's Place challenge is only redeemable for digital stamps.
  • Beccy's Place designers may enter the monthly challenge but are not eligible to win prizes.

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2018
May the New Year bring peace to our world,
happiness and prosperity to our children
and enough for each and every one of us.

Saturday, December 30

Year in Review

I would like to finish the year by sharing some of my favourite cards from 2017, and I'd like to invite you all to do the same on your own blog.  Post a link in the comments section below so we can come have a look at your year in review.