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

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)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Texture Paste & Mask Card

Hello crafters!

Here is an 8 x 8 card made during our card-making workshops.

This card is a sample made using Cosmic Shimmer Texture Paste and Gilding Wax in Phill Martin Colours 'Frosted Collection',  Sentimentally Yours Stamps 'Baroque Collection', That Special Touch Masks, Distress Inks, Sue Wilson Dies and Creative Expressions A4 Embossing Folders.

The colours used on the main sample are Phill's Cosmic Shimmer colours in Frosted Mink, but as always we've included samples made in other colours.

Stage 1 - cut out all the die cut shapes needed for the card.  Here we have used Maggie from the Frames & Tags Collection and Majestic Monarch.

Stage 2 - cut out the layers needed for your card. Emboss one layer in your chosen pattern.  Here we have used Fine Finials.

Stage 3 - select your colour! (the best bit) and your mask.  Here we have used Frosted Mink and Leaf Print.    Use a spray adhesive to stick your mask to the top white layer (we usually make this layer just a little bigger than the mask)

Stage 4 - using a palette knife apply the Pearl & Sparkle texture paste through the mask to create your preferred pattern.  Here we applied the Sparkle diagonally across the middle and then the Pearl diagonally onto the outer parts, overlapping the two a little.  Carefully, peel back the mask from the card layer and wash the mask in soapy in water.

TIP - Use long strokes with the palette knife and in the same direction; avoid lots of little strokes as this causes the paste to seep under the mask.  Leave to dry - which might take up to 1 hour depending on the temperature! We put ours near the radiators to speed up the drying process.

Stage 5 - use the gilding wax to cover the solid frame from the Maggie die, the edges of the back layer and also the butterflies.  Here we chose to cut down one of the butterflies to create a different shape.



Stage 6 -  use a coordinating Distress Ink pad  to stamp your chosen sentiment onto the top circle shape from the Maggie die.  Here we have used the Mini Baroque Everyday Sentiments.


Stage 7 - when the texture paste layer is dry assemble all the layers using double sided foam tape where you like and add your lovely butterflies and some Glitter Jewels!

 The Full Card



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



Frosted Aqua




















Frosted Heather





















Frosted Jade/Blossom




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)



Thursday, 16 March 2017

Distress Inks - Water Misting

Hello crafters!

Sorry, it's been a while since our last post; we've been busy with the Trade Show, Craftathon & Great Create!

Hopefully, we are back on track...

Here is a 7 x 7 card made during our workshops.

This card is a sample made using Creative Expressions 'Stamps to Die For', with Phill's Sentimentally Yours Stamps and Paper Pads and Distress Inks misted with water. As usual, we've used some of Sue Wilson's dies.

The colours used on the main sample card are Stormy Sky and Victorian Velvet, but as always we've included samples made with other colours.

Stage 1 - Cut out die cut shapes needed for the card.  Here we have used Orange Blossom Complete Petals & Delicate Fronds.  (We cut out the Topper Die after we stamped the decorative frame... unless you're brave enough!!!!)

Stage 2 - Select your background paper and coordinating Distress Ink Pads.  Here we have used the Decadent Damask Paper Pad (Denim) with Stormy Sky & Victorian Velvet.

Stage 3 - Cut the background layer in white card 16 x 16 and use a Smoothie to blend the colour around the edges of the layer.  Cut the background paper 15 x 15 and layer together on the card blank.

Stage 4 - Use a water colour brush to paint the Orange Blossom Petals, starting with the middle colour and then overlapping the outer colour a little.  To do this we stamped the ink pad onto a blending mat and picked the ink up with the brush. (Don't worry if the colour looks dark as spraying with a lot of water will blend and soften the look)  When all the petals are coloured lay them out on a piece of kitchen roll.  Spray the petals with a water mister until the colours start to bleed.  (It may take more water than you think, so start with 5-6 sprays and check as you go).  Leave these to dry naturally for at least 30 minutes before you use the heat tool if you get bored waiting!


Stage 5- Select your Stamps To Die For decorative frame.  Here we have used the Baroque Blossom to coordinate with the Damask Paper Pad.   We have inked the stamp with the TWO distress inks, ensuring we have overlapped the colours slightly.  Then we have very lightly misted water over the stamp, just 2 or 3 sprays; enough to leave tiny water drops on the ink.  Stamp the image, holding the stamp in place for about 10 seconds to allow the colour to sink in.  Let the image dry.


Stage 6 - When the decorative frame stamp is dry use the coordinating die to cut out the shape.  Here we have used the Seychelles Die. Don't forget the little sentiment topper, which needs stamping with a small sentiment from either the Blossom or Timeless Collection.

Stage 7 - Shape your flowers, assemble all the layers and add some bling!

The Full Card




Here is a list of what we used with links to the www......


Peeled Paint/Picked Raspberries





















Faded Jeans/Walnut Stain




















Faded Jeans/Dusty Concord






















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, 18 January 2017

Baroque Collection - Distress Ink with Embossing Folder


Hello crafters!

Here is a 7x7 card made at our workshops recently.

This card is a sample made using the Sentimentally Yours 'Baroque Stamp Collection', Sue Wilson Pacific Ocean Die 'Bora Bora' and Distress Inks with Embossing Folders.

The colour we have used on the main sample card is peeled paint, but as always we have included other samples made with different colours.

Stage 1 - cut out all the die cuts shapes needed for the card.  Here we have used 'Bora Bora' for the main centre piece, Perfect Peony Complete Petals and Delicate Fronds.

Stage 2 - cut out the layers needed for the card.  For the embossed layer we used a piece of card larger than needed and trimmed it down after to make sure it was the correct size.  We did this as we used the Gemini Machine to ensure we got a really deep embossed finish, as we wanted to ink over the pattern.  If we had cut the layer the correct size to start with, sometimes it can shrink when put through an embossing machine.

Stage 3 - we inked all the layers and die cut shapes using distress inks and smoothies.  Remember, you only need to colour the bits you will actually see; so don't colour all the card and save time!  It's worth practising with the distress inks first to gauge how much colour you want to add.  You can always add more, but you cannot take away!

Stage 4 - we used a 'Speedball Brayer' to apply the distress inks over the embossing folder pattern.  Load up the brayer with a good amount of ink and then lightly roll over the raised embossed pattern.  You will need to apply the ink a few times and in different directions to get an even coverage.

Stage 5 -  stamp your chosen Sentiment; here we have used 'Baroque Mini Sentiments'.  Then shape your flowers, assemble all the layers and add some bling!

Here is the list of what we used with links to the www:



The Full Card


Close Up












Close Up













Different Colour Samples


Peacock Feathers

Squeezed Lemonade

Iced Spruce

Victorian Velvet

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)