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My Brand New Sentimentally Yours 2017 Chalkboard Collection is now available at www.honeypotcrafts.co.uk!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Distress Oxides and Splatterlicious Stamps

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made at our regular workshops.

This card was made using Phill's 'Splatterlicious' Stamp Collection with the Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pads.

We have also used Sue Wilson Dies; Succulent Garden and Bold Scrolled Vine.

The colour on the main sample card is Iced Spruce with Broken China.  The Stamps used are; Splatterlicious 'A5 Inspirational Sentiments', 'Large Rectangle Frame and 'A5 Textures'.  As always we've included cards made using different colours and stamps. (all these cards have been made by crafters at our workshops!)

Stage 1 - Cut all the layers and die cuts needed to make your card in Bright White card.

  • Base Card -19cm x 16.5cm
  • 1st Layer (inked) - 18.5cm x 16cm
  • 2nd Layer (stamped) - 17cm x 14.5cm
  • 3rd Layer (white) - 14cm x 11.5cm
  • 4th Layer (inked) - 12cm x 9.5cm
  • 5th Layer is the stamped rectangle frame cut out

Stage 2 - Choose your two coordinating Distress Oxide Colours. There are so many gorgeous colours that blend and stamp beautifully!  Using a Smoothie apply your chosen colours to the edges of the layers as in the photo.  Here with have inked Layer 1 and 4 and used the opposite colour in opposite corners.

Stage 3 - Stamp your chosen pattern onto the 2nd Layer.  Here our crafter has used a single stamp from the 'A5 Textures Stamp Set' and repeated the image around the edges.  The Rubber background stamps also work really well on this layer!


Stage 4 - Colour the flower petals in the two coordinating colours.   Shape your flowers as you wish, assemble them and leave to dry. Add colour to the Bold Scrolled Vine leaves if you wish.

Stage 5 - Stamp the Large Rectangle Frame onto a scrap piece of bright white card and cut.  Here our crafter has used both Distress Oxide Ink colours, which gives a stunning finish!

Stage 6 - Stamp your chosen sentiment into the middle of the Large Rectangle Frame.  (You could also use a banner across the frame)


Stage 7 - Assemble all the layers, using foam tape where you wish to lift the layers.   Place your leaves and flowers where you wish and add some bling!

The Full Card



Here is what our crafter used with links to the website......

 Other Colour samples.....

Walnut Stain and Spiced Marmalade

Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet

Iced Spruce and Spiced Marmalade

Peeled Paint and Fossilized aAmber

Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet with a banner

Remember - we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style! :-)
can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)









Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Stencils with Ink Mister & Texture Paste

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made during our in-store workshops.

This card was made using Phill's new A5 Stencils with his gorgeous 'Carnival Colours' (texture paste,  ink mister, colour cloud and gilding polish)

We also used Sue Wilson dies; Succulent Garden and Orange Blossom Leaves.

The colour on the main sample card is Tangy Tangerine and the stencils used are Grungy Dots and Birthday Sentiments. As always we've included examples made using the other Carnival Colours and stencils.  (all these cards have been made by crafters at our workshops)

Stage 1 - Cut out the card layers needed for the card (and die cuts) in bright white and black foundation card.  Although, we have done a square card these stencils work well with A5 cards too!

Card layers are:

  • Base Card - 17cm x 17cm
  • 1st layer in black - 16.5cm x 16.5cm
  • 2nd layer in white - 16cm x 16cm
  • 3rd layer in black - 13.5cm x 13.5cm
  • 4th layer in white - 13cm x 13xm
  • Banner black is 3cm x 12cm
  • Banner white is 2.5cm x 12
Stage 2 - Ink Mist the smallest white layer (13cm x 13cm).  To get this graduated look, we ink misted the card from the side. By turning the box on it's side and aiming the spray at the very front edge of the card only. It will not take long for this to dry, but if you want to speed it up use a heat tool!


Stage 3 - Texture Paste onto the Ink Mist layer.  This needs time to dry, so best to leave for about 1 hour.  Choose your A5 stencil and place over the Ink Mist layer about 3/4 way across from the heavy inked side.  Hold in place with Scotch Removable Tape on all sides. Using a spatula apply the Sparkle Texture Paste through the stencil with long strokes until all the gaps are filled.  Make sure you don't use lots of small strokes (like buttering bread) as this can cause the paste to seep under the gaps.   Scrape off any excess paste and put back in tub.


Stage 4 - Texture Paste your Sentiment Banner.  Choose your sentiment and then place stencil over banner layer and hold in place with Scotch Removable Tape as before.  Make sure you tape over any exposed lettering of other sentiments.  This really will not take much Sparkle Texture Paste. 


Stage 5 - Colour your flowers!  You can choose to colour your flowers with so many of the Carnival Colour products.  On our main card the flowers have been coloured with Tangy Tangerine Colour Cloud and then Ink Misted with Precious Metals New Gold to add extra sparkle!  We have also used the Tangy Tangerine Gilding Polish on some of the flowers for a lovely, pearly finish.  Shape your flowers as you wish and then stick together.




Stage 5 - When all the layers are dry, you can start assembling your card.  Use foam tape to left layers where you wish and add glitter jewels for extra bling!

The Full Card


Close Up


Here is what our crafter used, with links to the website......


Other colour samples.....

Lime Burst and Floraganxa stencil

Purple Paradise and Star Grid stencil

Lush Pink and Floraganza stencil

Sunshine Yellow and Barcodes stencil
Electric Blue and Doodle Hearts stencil 








































































































A5 Portrait in Sunshine Yellow and Butterfly Cascade stencil

Remember - we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style! :-)

Happy Crafting!
PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Festive Berries in Rich Red and Cream

Hello Crafters

I know, I know - don't fall off your chair as it's me doing the Blog post :-)

My brand new Festive Berries Collection is on my website and available to order right now!

I posted a photo of this card I made using my new collection on my Facebook page and have had so many people ask me what I used, I thought it was easier to do a Blog post, so, here I am,... sat with a cuppa, writing a post for you...

What I used (with links to the products on my www if we have them)
Sentimentally Yours Rambling Branch Background Stamp
Sentimentally Yours Fancy Frame Stamp
Sentimentally Yours Festive Berries Mini Sentiments Stamps
8x8 Cream Card Blank
Rich Red Foundations Card
Cream Card
Creative Expressions Twisting Holly Embossing Folder
Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink Pad
Dies by Sue Wilson: Poinsettia Additions
Dies by Sue Wilson: Holly Sprays
Dies by Sue Wilson: Noelle Frame
Cosmic Shimmer Detail Clear Embossing Powder


The Fired Brick Distress Oxide is the perfect shade to compliment the Rich Red Card,.. add to that, the fact that you can emboss on top of Distress Oxides, I think they are brill!
I have used Detail Clear Embossing Powder on top of the Fancy Frame stamp and it gives it a lovely glossy finish (not sure you can make it out on the photo)

The Festive Berries Collection of stamps is so intricately detailed, from tiny pine cones, holly leaves and fir branches, to tiny berries...

They stamp beautifully with ink pads and embossing powders too...

I'm not going to bore you with how I made the card, as you can see where I have matted and layered, stamped etc,..

I will tell you that I have designed some of these stamps to work in harmony with some of Sue's new Christmas Dies,.. the Noelle die, for example, will cut out my Fancy Frame stamps, leaving you a lovely, neat border :-)

I adore detail in my stamps, in fact, I push the limits to what a clear stamp can do every time I design stamps,.. as, for me, it's all in the detail and this is why I love stamps!
Hopefully, you can see the detail in these gorgeous festive Berries Mini Sentiments (I have embossed this the same way as the frame too!),.. lovely! and, more importantly, they will all fit within the frame,..

Finishing touches that don't overpower your sentiment are key for me, you know I love flowers and any kind of decoration on my cards, but, always, the words are the most imoprtant part,.. this is why I make our own cards (for fun and to say something to those who matter to me, even if I'm rubbish at posting them ha ha),.. the decoration should be drawing attention to the sentiment, not taking over (hopefully I have managed this ha ha)

Anyhoo, hope you like the card and the new Festive Berries Collection,.. I'll be launching the complete collection on TV on July 25th

Pop on over to my website to see the whole collection :-)
(ssshh there's a time limited cheeky 20% off the RRP on these stamps, be quick)

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 29 June 2017

Stencils and Chalk Cloud

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made during our 'Make & Take' workshops at the Create It Events Show in Telford in June.

The whole project was completed in under an hour!

This card was made using Phill's new A5 Stencils and the gorgeous new product 'Chalk Cloud'.  If you haven't used these yet, you will love them! Our crafters at Telford couldn't get enough of them!

We also used Sue Wilson dies; Orange Blossom Complete Petals, Whimsical Leaves Magical Butterflies and Grace.

The colours on the main sample card are Cozy Clay and Gentle Lavender.  The stencils used are Butterfly Cascade and Birthday.  We have included other samples made with other colours/stencils.
(all these cards have been made by crafters at our workshop)

Stage 1 - Cut out all the card layers and die cut shapes needed.  This card is A4 folded in half and then trimmed to 21cm x 14cm to make the layering easy to work out!  The first layer is 20.5cm x 13.5cm and the second layer is 19.5cm x 12.5cm.

Stage 2 - Choose your two co-ordinating colours! The great thing we found about the Chalk Cloud was that all the colours went with each other, so it didn't matter which two our crafters chose!  Apply one of the Chalk Cloud colours to the first layer just around the edges with a Smoothie using circular actions.  Use this same colour on the lacy topper of the Grace die and also lightly on the Whimsical Leaves die.  Here our crafter has used Cosy Clay as the background colour and Gentle Lavender as the additional colour.

Stage 3 - Choose your stencil background for your card.  Here our crafter has used the Butterfly Cascade stencil.  Place your background stencil over the next card layer and tape down the edges just a little with Scotch Tape to keep it place.  Use your two chosen colours with a smoothie to stencil the design onto the layer.

Stage 4 - Choose your stencil sentiment for your card.   Here our crafter has used the 'Just For You' sentiment for the Birthday stencil. Place your background stencil over the plain oval topper from the Grace die and tape down the edges just a little with Scotch Tape to keep it place.  Make sure you also tape over any other parts of the stencil that might be exposed!!! Use your two chosen colours (or one colour if you wish) with a smoothie to stencil the design onto the topper.

Stage 5 - Lay out the 4 Orange Blossom Petals largest (1) to smallest (4).  Use a smoothie to colour petals 1 and 3 in one colour and then petals 2 and 4 in the other colour.  (You could also use both colours on all the petals).   Shape the petals as you wish.

Stage 6 - Assemble all your layers and die cuts pieces and add some bling!

The Full Card


Close up of petals



Close up of topper


Here is what our crafter used with link to the www.....



Other samples

Sweet Apple & Terracotta
Gentle Lavender & Princess Pink

























Enchanted Blossom and Sweet Apple

Remember - we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style! :-)

Happy Crafting!
PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)












Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Stained Glass Die with Pixie Powders

Hello Crafters!

Here is a card made at our workshops.  The painting takes about 45 minutes, but the assembly is very quick! It is simple, but effective!

This card is a sample made using Sue Wilson's new Stained Glass Dies, with Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders. We have also used Sues Tropical Hibiscus Die, Sweet William Die, Stitched Lattice Frame and Whimsical Leaves Die.

The colours used on the main sample card are Midnight Blue, Teal Wash and Candy Pink, but as always we've included samples made by our crafters in other colours.

Stage 1 -  Cut out all the necessary die cuts and card layers. Here we have used the Stitched Lattice Frame as our starting point for working out all the other sizes.  We wanted to frame the Butterfly Stained Glass Die inside the Stitched Frame, so this layer is 9cm by 12cm.  You could of course make the outer frame of the Stained Glass much larger.  We have also cut a piece of white card 9cm x 12cm to create the background layer for the Stained Glass Die to stick to.

Stage 2 - On this sample card we have created a Pixie Powder background using three different colours tapped onto the white layer and then misted with water.  To soften the intensity of the colours, we blotted the card with kitchen towel and then dried with a heat gun.  We have also used Pixie Powders on the small centre pieces of the flowers to add interest.  These are part of the Sweet William die.







On our other samples our crafters have actually painted ALL the individual segments of the stained Glass Die using Pixie Powders. Firstly, stick the black Stained Glass Die Cut onto the white layer. Then you have to tap out some Pixie Powder onto a blending mat and use water brush to pick up the powder and paint the segments.

Stage 3 - When the Pixie Powder Layer is dry, carefully glue the Black Stained Glass layer onto it.  On our sample card the outer segments of the image have been painted with Pixie Powders to make the image stand out more.

Stage 4 - Shape the black Tropical Hibiscus Flowers with a shaping tool and layer together with the Sweet William centres.  Leave to dry.

Stage 5 - Layer up the card.  Here we have lifted the first black layer with foam tape and stuck the next white layer flat to this.  We have then lifted the Black Stitched Lattice Frame with foam tape.  The Stained Glass Die is actually stuck flat onto the white background.

Stage 6 - Assemble all the flowers and Whimsical Leaves.  Glitter as you wish!


The Full Card



 Here is what we used, with links to the www.....


Other Samples

























Remember - we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style! :-)

Happy Crafting!
PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)




Monday, 17 April 2017

Pixie Powder Card

Hello Crafters!

Here is a card made at our workshops.

This card is a sample made using Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, Sentimentally Yours Stamps 'Chalkboard Collection', Background Stamps and various Montage Stamps, Sue Wilson dies 'Cascading Butterflies', Archival Inks.

The colours used on the main sample card are Aubergine Dream, Pale Olive and White Pearl, but as always we've included samples made by our crafters in other colours.

Stage 1 - Cut out the card layers to your chosen size that you will mat/layer.  This card is slightly bigger than DL size.

Stage 2 - Cut out of the dies - We have used Cascading Butterflies, but the Magical Butterflies would also work well.

Stage 3 - Choose your Pixie Powder colours for the card.  We have used 3 colours, but you could use 2 colours or a random pattern.  Using a water colour brush thoroughly wet the middle section of the top layer until you can see the water glistening.   Then tap the Pixie Powders gently onto the wet section of the card in your chosen pattern.  Here we did the middle section first, then the outer sections and then went over the whole section with white pearl.  You may need to use a Misting Bottle if you want the colours to merge more, but use sparingly, so the colours don't run too much! Use a heat tool to thoroughly dry the card.  This may take a little time, so be patient!  Keep flat until later.



Stage 4 - To colour the sentiment topper you have 2 choices..... You can either wet the edges with the water colour brush, tap the powder on and dry as before.  Or you can stamp the sentiment first and then add the colour after.  If stamping first be sure to use a permanent ink such as Archival or Staz On.  We have used Chalkboard Essentials 'Inspirational Words'



Stage 5 - Add some Pixie Powder colour to your Cascading Butterfly die cuts.  Here we tapped the powder on first and then used a Misting Bottle to wet the powders. Dry thoroughly.

Stage 6 - Choose the background and Montage Stamps that you wish to use to decorate the card layer.  Here we have used the following; Crackled Background, Vintage Script, Butterfly Elegance Icons.    On this card we used Archival Jet Black and literally just pressed the corners of the background stamp into the ink pad.



Stage 7 - Assemble all the layers and use Double Sided Foam Tape where you wish.  Add the Butterflies.


The Full Card



Here is what we used, with links to the www.....



Other Samples






























































Remember - we are more than happy for you to replicate our cards in your own style! :-)

Happy Crafting!











PS - Don't forget to 'like' Phill's Facebook page and follow him on Twitter to keep in touch, you can also find him on Pinterest and Instagram for ideas and inspiration :-)

(Links below)