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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Simple and elegant cards using minimal materials

Hi all

Julie here today, and I hope you're all having a lovely weekend.

I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make simple cards which look really elegant, using very few materials, so they only cost a few pennies each to make.

If you're like me, you keep every scrap of paper and card, never throwing even the tiniest left-over pieces away because you may find a use for them one day.

In the case of the cards I'm sharing here, I used what was left of a sheet from a 12-inch paper pad, along with some spare pieces of black and white cardstock.

I took a 7 x 5 card blank and cut a piece of my patterned paper to fit allowing for a border all around of about 5mm. Once that was fixed in place I found a piece of black card and again cut that to allow around a 5mm border of the patterned paper showing.

Next, I took a piece of white card and cut it to allow a black border of around 5mm all around. Once that was fixed in place I cut a strip of the patterned paper which measured roughly half with width of the white card and fixed it in place.

To finish this card I punched a butterfly from the paper using my favourite Martha Stewart All Over The Page punch which I bought several years ago at a craft fair - I've used it countless times so it was a very good investment! Then I took two sentiment stamps and stamped them in black ink at the bottom of the white card, then fixed my butterfly just above.

You can see how cohesive a design it is because I've used the same paper on each layer and for the butterfly and I used black ink for the sentiments to tie in with the black card. It is a very elegant card design which you can re-produce for absolutely any occasion using whatever papers and card scraps you have lying around!

This second card is very similar to the first one, but you'll see I left a wider border of the bottom layer of patterned paper this time. I also placed the final strip of patterned paper to the right rather than the left. Again I punched a butterfly in the same paper, and I used a different sentiment, again in black ink. So elegant.

This last card is slightly different. I used a 6x6 square card with a linen texture and the section of paper from which I'd punched the two butterflies for the previous cards, which I cut to size to leave a wide black border on either side but no top or bottom border, and in fact the paper slightly overlaps top and bottom, which I like a lot. I then punched two more butterflies to fix over the top, so it almost looks like they are creating shadows on the card surface.

I finished this one with a very simple sentiment stamped in an ink colour to tie in with the paper on some white card which I layered onto a slightly larger strip of black card. I offset this to the right so it overlapped onto the black background.

So there you have three cards which I'm sure you'll agree are all lovely, and definitely won't break the bank. Cards like these can be made quite quickly for all kinds of occasions, and they are great to have in stock for those last minute "oops, almost forgot" moments too!

You can, of course, add more embellishments, such as ribbons or lace, gems or pearls and so on. I just wanted to share the simplicity of these cards and show that you don't always need to use lots of materials to achieve something very pleasing on the eye.

All those gorgeous papers you've been collecting and hoarding for years (you know you have!) or all those leftover pieces - this is just one idea for how to use at least some of them, although I know when you really love a paper, you don't want to use it at all!!!!

If you like this post, please leave a friendly comment, and I'll be back soon with more "thrifty" ideas for you!

Bye for now,
Julie x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

New products and re-stocks!

Hi everyone

A quick post to share our excitement! We now have DecoArt Neon Patio/Outdoor Paint in stock in handy 2oz bottles!

The paint is weather resistant and scuff resistant, very durable, and permanent. You can even take it one step further and add a top coat of weather-proof sealer/varnish to give a smooth, tough finish!

The colours are amazing - they really jump out at you - perfect for giving the nursery a make-over, a piece of furniture a facelift, or decorating some pots for your garden. Or how about a funky canvas for your studio? You don't have to only use them outside, they're just designed so that they can be!!!

There are five colours to choose from in the Neon range: pink, orange, yellow, green and blue. Just imagine the amazing effects you can achieve using these paints on masonry, concrete, wood, unglazed ceramics, paper, styrofoam and so many more surfaces, together with some awesome design detail using stamps and stencils! You have to get these!

Our selection of outdoor paints will grow over the next few months, so keep coming back to see what's new!

More new arrivals today are some gorgeous stencils with some amazing designs, perfect for home decor and mixed media projects alike. We have all four sets of DecoArt Urban Ink stencils. These come in packs of 2 stencils full of amazing imagery, messages and words in tattoo-inspired fonts and styles, for some truly unique pieces of art and home decor. Here are just 3 of the stencils - remember, these packs contain 2 stencils each and there are 4 different sets to collect, so that's a total of 8 awesome stencils!

We have also taken stock of some beautiful DecoArt Americana Decor stencils, sizes 8x8 and 12x12. The 8x8 packs contain two different stencils with some fab images which make them perfect for a wide variety of projects including use on fabrics.

Here are just a few of the new ones we have in stock:

Tie Dye 12 x 12

Posh Pineapple 12 x 12

Greek Key 12 x 12
Tropical 8x8 (2 pack)

Botanical 8x8 (2 pack)
There are lots more to choose from over at the shop so make sure you go over and check them out and treat yourself to these fabby new and on-trend designs!

We now have Andy Skinner stencils, DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream, Americana Acrylic Writers 2oz and DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish 4oz pots back in stock, although these are all selling fast again, so do pop over and replenish your supplies while stocks last!

We'll be back soon with some more exciting news about another new brand we're adding to our mixed media selection! Watch this space!

Bye for now,
Team Beebaab x

Monday, 12 June 2017

Dream Machine project inspiration

Hi everyone

We wanted to share this lovely project with you to provide you with some more creative inspiration.

This little project, as with those posted yesterday, uses very few products, but the result is something which brings a smile to the face of anyone who sees it.

Items available from our shop which were used in this piece are as follows:
- First Edition IndigoBlu Stamp - Camper Van
- distress inks and archival ink
- watercolour cardstock
- fine tipped paint brush
- self-adhesive foam squares
- glue
- scissors

Start by stamping the camper van image using archival ink onto the watercolour cardstock.

Using distress inks, water and a brush, paint all around the camper vans with a wash of colour of your choice, then paint all but one camper van grey. Paint the remaining camper van in bright colours to make it pop.

Stamp the image onto more watercolour cardstock and paint one camper van with the same bright colours. Fussy cut it out and adhere directly on top of the base layer van using adhesive foam squares to provide dimension.

Paint the mount with a wash of colour and allow to dry completely.

The two banners were computer generated and very easy to do. Just cut them out and fix them in place, one over the camper van image, fixed just on either end on the mount, and one at the bottom beneath the image.

Draw your hearts on white cardstock, cut them out and fix them in place.

This is such an easy and fun project and would make a really nice Father's Day gift too!

Bye for now,
Julie x

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Home Decor inspiration

Hi everyone

Julie here with a couple of pieces of home decor to inspire you to get creative.

I love creating little pieces of wall art and am always looking for ways to make something a little different from what you find in the shops. I had some small wooden box frames in my stash with a 4 inch centre section and had painted them white quite some time ago and decorated the fronts of the frames with some pretty mulberry paper flowers, but I wanted to put something in the centre and had been stumped until I suddenly had a little light bulb moment! The result? See for yourself .....

I painted some wooden hearts with white acrylic paint and once that was dry I stamped on my chosen image using black archival ink. Then I coloured various elements of each image using distress inks applied with a water brush, in tones to tie in with the colours of the flowers on the frames. They were simply finished with a few sequins, including one over the drilled hole at the top of the heart to hide it!

This is a really easy little weekend project using very few materials, but the end result is something very pretty and very different from anything in the shops. Now I just have to find a space for displaying them!

Here's a list of the products I used which can be found over at our shop:

wooden hearts
- black archival ink pad and distress inks
- mulberry paper flowers
- water brush
- stamps of your choosing - I used one called Floral Collage Timeless Floral by Imagination Crafts
- sequins

I hope these simple projects have inspired you to get creative!

Bye for now,
Julie x

More new products and a special offer!

Hi everyone

It's been a busy few weeks here at Beebaab Crafting Supplies, and we have more new products to tell you about!

We are delighted to announce that we now stock Visible Image stamps. These stamp sets are GORGEOUS! They are superior quality clear photopolymer stamps with strong imagery, lovely sentiments and inspirational words and best of all, they're made here in the UK! They are perfect for mixed media projects, home decor projects and papercrafting. Here are just a couple of their newest sets - check out that Dr Who-style time spiral!!! There are more to choose from at our shop so do pop over and fill your basket with these gorgeous goodies!

Shop Visible Image Stamps now!

We now stock gilding flakes and micro beads courtesy of Cosmic Shimmer and Creative Expressions, together with flake and glitter glue and strong acrylic glue. The glues come with slim nozzle caps for precise application on even the smallest and most delicate elements of your projects. Gilding flakes and micro beads can be used in all kinds of mixed media and home decor projects and the gilding flakes produce a fabulous foiled effect when used on cards! You can also use gilding flakes on double sided adhesive tape and sheets! At the moment we only have a small selection but this will grow as time goes by so do pop back regularly to see what's new!

Flake and Glitter Glue - perfect!

Gorgeous gilding flakes

Micro Beads for adding amazing textural detail to your projects
Shop here for micro beads.
Shop here for gilding flakes.

Our mixed media brush selection is FINALLY up and ready to go so you can pick out all those essential brushes for your mixed media and art projects. We have a good range of brushes including gold taklon, synthetic sable and white bristle, suitable for use with watercolours, acrylics and oil paints, at very good prices! We also stock decoupage brushes for use with decoupage papers and napkins and dusting brushes for use with embossing powders, water tank brushes and some sets of every day brushes suitable for children and adults alike.

Gold Taklon

White Bristle

Synthetic Sable

Shop here for brushes.

We also stock a wide variety of specialist mediums, gloss and matte varnishes and sealers, which can all be found here.

Lastly, we have a special offer running for the whole of June on Sweet Dixie products. We've slashed the prices on EVERYTHING Sweet Dixie by a massive 30%, so head on over and take advantage of this amazing offer while stocks last! Shop here for Sweet Dixie stamps, dies, stencils, papers and card packs.

Happy shopping and we'll be back soon with more exciting new products to tell you about!

Bye for now,
Team Beebaab

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Gorgeous new stamps and chipboards now in stock!

Hi there everyone

Just a quick post to let you all know that we now have in stock some brand new and totally gorgeous stamps designed by Lisa Horton for Creative Expressions, together with matching pop-ems chipboard shapes!

These sets follow an outdoors theme, covering everything from a barbecue, to flying a kite, to a hot air balloon ride, to surfing, and even a trip to a tropical island!

There are five gorgeous stamps sets, four sets of matching pop-ems chipboard shapes, and a background stamp, all ready to ship right now!

Stamps and matching chipboard shapes are hugely popular now, with some of the top designers in the craft world having their own signature collections.

Feast your eyes on this little lot!

What's not to like? We think they're fab and we know they're going to be a huge hit! And how about that hairy gnome character? Fun!

The chipboard shapes are designed to be slightly larger than the stamped images, so you have a nice clean border around every one. Paint them up with white acrylic paint, stamp the details on using archival ink, and then add whatever extra colours you want. Or do a mix of paint colours on your chipboard shape and stamp the detail on for a more random, but totally unique and quirky look. The chipboards can also be coloured with pigment inks and crayons. Layer them up for even more dimension, the creative possibilities are endless!

They are absolutely perfect for cards, home decor and mixed media projects and a definite must-have!

Hop over and grab yours today while stocks last!

See you there!

Team Beebaab

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Blooming Lovely Collection Inspiration - Spring has sprung home decor project

Hi everyone

Have you spotted the Dovecraft Blooming Lovely Collection in our shop? It's a beautiful collection in bright spring colours including painted wooden frames, pretty flowers, ribbon bows, stickers, papers and so much more. The collection is perfect for all kinds of papercrafts, journalling, scrapbooking, card making, and also lends itself to some pretty home decor projects.

Here's one such project to provide you with some inspiration.

This is a pretty 6x6 picture in a deep natural wood frame. What a lovely piece of spring home decor, don't you agree?

This pretty picture was created using two different papers from the 12x12 paper pack for the background, glued to a piece of 6x6 chipboard.

Onto this were added three of the pretty painted wooden frames, which had first had papers affixed to their backs to create three separate little images. Each frame was embellished in a different way.

The red frame was embellished with two cute white bunnies fussy cut from one of the papers and inked lightly around their edges to provide definition, they were then fixed in place using foam pads. We also added in a heart sticker above their heads because they appear to be about to kiss!

The lilac frame was embellished with two flowers from the flower pack and we also fussy cut three little butterflies from one of the papers and inked around the edges again for definition.

The blue frame was embellished with bees, again fussy cut from one of the papers and inked around the edges for definition.

Finishing touches were another bee and three stickers, one of which (top right) reads "spring has sprung".

This is such an easy home decor project that anyone can do so we hope you'll have a go!

Bye for now!