What's New

My Brand New Sentimentally Yours 'Christmas Holly Collection' of stamps, paper and insert pads and 6 brand new Cosmic Shimmer colours will be released on July 13th 2015

Monday, 6 July 2015

Decadent Wine,... With Love...

Good Morning Everyone

It's Monday!

Which means it's a brand new week and I have a brand new card to give away!

I love my range of Ink Misters and love that you can take a plain ole piece of cardstock and make it priddy with just a teeny bit of ink from the misters,.. I also love that you can die cut your favourite embellishments in the exact same colour!

It's also a bit of a bonus for me as I create the colours I want and then Creative Expressions develop the lovely products for me in completely co-ordinating colours,.. for a co-ordination freak like me, it's perfect!

It's something I've always wanted to do,.. reduce the stress for us crafters and maximise crafting time,.. no more searching for different products in colours that may or may not match,.. mine do!

Anyhoo,.. here's this weeks giveaway card... it's a big one,.. 18cm x 24cm to be precise!

This is what I used 
(as always, the list is also a link to the product on my website, just in case you 'need' to purchase any of the items I've used :-)

Coconut White Foundations Cardstock
Tartan Trellis A4 Embossing Folder
Decadent Wine Complete Cosmic Shimmer Kit
Sentimentally Yours Scribbled Frame Sentiments Stamps
Sentimentally Yours Rose Montage Stamps
Aged Mahogany Distress Ink Pad
Bundled Sage Distress Ink Pad
Dies by Sue Wilson Gemini PYXIS Die
Dies by Sue Wilson Austrian Collection - Innsbruck
Dies by Sue Wilson Austrian Collection - Salzburg
Dies by Sue Wilson - Finishing Touches - Faux Quilled Blooms

And here's what I did

I trimmed 2 pieces of Coconut White cardstock to 18cm x 24cm and on one of them I scored down 2.5cm on the short side (this just creates a 'fold' so the card stands)
Layer 1 is 17.5 x 23.5cm and this was embossed with the lovely (one of my faves) Tartan Trellis Embossing folder in my Grand Calibur, the edges were inked using the Aged Mahogany Distress Ink Pad.

I cut two pieces of card using the Pyxis die, both pieces are 17.5 cm wide and they were trimmed so that one overlaps the other slightly.
The larger of the two was given the Decadent Wine Ink Mister treatment (as was the waste bit from this piece, which was used at the top of my card)
The smaller piece was stamped on the bottom corners with one of the roses from my Rose Montage stamps, 2 in first generation and 1 second generation in the centre, Leaves were stamped either side using second generation Bundled Sage.
These pieces were then stuck to the bottom of the embossed piece with Cosmic Shimmer glue, as was the waste piece that was ink misted and then this lot was stuck to the card itself with Cosmic Shimmer glue.

I added the peals using the Decadent Wine Pearl PVA Glue and set this all to one side to dry.

In the meantime, I die cut the layers from the Innsbruck and Salzburg dies from Coconut White Foundations Cardstock, the bottom (full) layer from each set was ink misted and the smaller oval on top was given a stamped edge using the beautiful Rose Montage stamps (top tip - do the leaves first), you can see that I did the same on the oval, 2 first generation and 1 second generation. Stamping my montage stamps 'off the edge' of toppers really makes the topper priddy :-) I stamped my new Scribbled Frame Sentiment into the centre using the Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.
All these layers are on foam tape for definition.

I used some of the ink misted cardstock that was left and die cut 2 butterflies, placing one either side of my toppers.

As a finishing touch, I die cut 3 flowers from the Faux Quilled Blooms in the same size and some leaves.
These were stuck onto the card using Cosmic Shimmer Glue and I added a large pearl using the Decadent Wine PVA Glue,.. brilliant that we can make these any size!!

Finally, I added one of my signature triple upside bows (link to my YouTube Video showing you how to make them) using some co-ordinating seam binding ribbon and the extra tails, with a lovely heart dazzler in the centre (use Cosmic Shimmer glue for sticking the dazzlers too, sticks like a dream onto seam binding!)

Anyhoo, I hope you like this card,.. I really enjoyed making it (so much so, I'm re-creating it as a Christmas card with my new stamps as we type,.. well, I will be finishing it once I've finished this post lol)

To be in with a chance of winning this card, simply leave a comment (you must be following my Blog too) and the winner will be chosen at random next Monday (13th) morning.

Don't forget I will be at Summer Crafting in Doncaster this weekend!!
My stand is D13, hope to see some of you there!!

Good Luck!

Happy Crafting!

And the winner of the Chic Aubergine card is.....

Good Morning Everyone

Again, thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my cards (and Barbs'),..
I appreciate you taking the time out :-)

The winner of my Chic Aubergine card is....


Bridget, can you please email me your address to phill@honeypotcrafts.co.uk and I'll sign the card and get it posted off to you...

Look out for this little lovely (not that's it little, it's an 8x8!) coming through your letterbox!

It's Monday morning, so that means there will be a brand new card giveaway shortly!

Keep an eye on my Blog,.. the card will be on shortly!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 3 July 2015

And the winner of the Decadent Denim card is....

Good Morning Everyone

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my Blog,..

The winner of my Decadent Denim card is.....

Angela Allen!!

Angela, can you please email me your address etc to phill@honeypotcrafts.co.uk and I'll sign the card and get it posted to you!

This little (well, it's an 8x8) lovely will be on its' way to you soon!

Remember everyone -
There is still another one of my cards up for grabs and the winner for this one will be drawn next Monday (6th) at 9am
Just make sure you are following my Blog and leave a comment on the card post :-)

Here's your link to the post with the card on my Blog:-

Chic Aubergine Card Giveaway

And just to remind you,.. this is the card :-)

Good Luck!

Happy Crafting!

A4 White & Silver Embossed Wedding Card

Good Morning Everyone,

Todays card is a Wedding Day Card in White and Silver Embossed  A4 format.

I have had lots of 'likes' and comments on this both on my Facebook page and at Phill's Shows.
I hope you all like it too.

Products Used (which are links to the items on Phill's Website too)

Plain White Cardstock
Decadent Damask Occasions Stamps
Decadent Damask Corners Stamps
Sentimentally Yours Lacy Rectangles
Sue Wilson Camellia Open Petals
Sue Wilson Camellia Complete Petals
Cosmic Shimmer Silver Embossing Powder
Seam Binding
Dazzlers & Stick Pins
Crystal Stickles
Sue Wilson Heart Lattice Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Flutters Die

For the Base
1x A3 Plain White Card Stock folded in half (21 x 29.5)
Then cut 2 layers - first layer 20.5 x 29
second layer 20 x 28.5
Cut 2 strips for centre panel 6.5 x 28.5 and 4.5 x 28.5

Matt and Layer

The first layer I left plain.
Second layer I stamped the corners and heat embossed, then used the embossing folder. Add both layers to the card.
For the centre panel I used one of the long stamps and heat embossed along the edges. The second strip I put through the embossing folder.

Focal Point
Using a plain piece of card, stamp and heat emboss using the rectangle stamp, then cut this out. Cut a rectangle using the die, then stamp sentiment and heat emboss. These are then added to the card using pads to give dimension.


I cut a large amount of flowers using offcuts of white card and moulded these before gluing together.
Once dry I added twinkles around the edges of the petals
and a gem to the centre.
The butterfly I layered and added twinkles.

Finally to finish the card I made a bow using Seam Binding (no prizes for guessing who taught me lol) and added a gem and stick pins.


Happy Crafting ......


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My First Post on Phill's Blog

Hello Crafters

I'm Barbara Sherwood known to my friends as Barb. Phill has asked if I would help out with keeping his blog up to date, as you all know he struggles with time, so I'll be sharing some of the cards I have made for his TV shows.

This will allow Phill more time to design and produce lots of new and exciting products for us all to enjoy, but he will still be posting on his Blog as often as he can.

I go to Phills' workshops in his shop every Thursday and have learned so much from him, you'll probably recognise some of his style in my own work :-)

Some of you will have hopefully seen my card samples on his Create & Craft shows, and many of you will also have seen me on his stand at Craft Shows.

I hope you will all join me on my new crafting journey (blogging is all new to me)

Well that's enough about me ..........
The card for today is one of my favourites..........

Products used (which are links to the items on Phills' website too) :-)

White Cardstock
Cosmic Shimmer Ink Mister  Chic Grey-Blue
Cosmic Shimmer P.V.A. glue Chic Grey-Blue
Cosmic Shimmer Twinkles Chic Grey-Blue 
Creative Expressions Snakeskin Embossing Folder
Sue Wilson Californian Collection Decorative Frames Set B
Sue Wilson Fern Trio Dies
Spellbinder Blooms 4 Dies
Creative Expression Dazzlers & Pins
Sentimentally Yours Chic Floral Paper Pad
Sentimentally Yours Chic Floral Birthday Verses Stamps A5
Distress Ink Pad

This is an A4 card
I started by cutting 2 layers for the base. The first layer being plain white card stock which I sprayed lightly with Mister Spray. The second layer is Chic Floral Paper, the top half floral with the bottom half reversed and embossed. I then put a divider by using a strip of Crochet Ribbon across the join.

Next I cut the dies, I used the two largest dies from Set B and the 2 largest  dies from Set A

Taking the largest die from Set B I used P.V.A.around the edges. The largest die from Set A I decorated with Twinkles.
The next layer which is the second largest from Set B I left plain. The top layer is the second size down from Set A which I stamped with the Birthday Verse.

I cut several flowers out using off cuts of plain card and off cuts from the paper pad. (nothing goes to waste) I then moulded these until I was happy with the shape, then added a gem to the centre, and leaves either side.
Finally I added a couple of stick pins to the top of the sentiment.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Black & White Best Wishes - with a new Scribbled Corner Stamp too!

Good Afternoon Everyone

I hope you're enjoying the lovely weather!

OK, so, I'm a little more than excited about the release of my brand new Scribbled Corner Stamps and Scribbled Frame Stamps,..
The Scribbled Sentiments stamps have been so popular and I have wanted to do corner sentiment stamps for ages,.. the Scribbled is a perfect style for this!

There are three new releases in the Scribbled range, Scribbled Corner Sentiments 'Everyday', Scribbled Corner Sentiments 'Occasions' and Scribbled Frame Sentiments,..

The Scribbled Frame Sentiments are amazing, there are two Scribbled frames, one that the sentiments actually 'attach' to the sides when you stamp them and the other enables you to create longer borders to sit your sentiments into!

Anyhoo, enough rattling on, they are available now on my website here:- New Scribbled Sentiment Stamps
(note that the stamps are listed alphabetically, so just scroll down until you find them)

Onto the card I made....
This is an A4 sized card and I wanted to show how the Scribbled Corner Stamps work effortlessly with the Scribbled Frame Stamps..especially as the frame sentiments are cutey, smaller ones :-)

This is what I used (and they are links to my website for you to go and purchase if you need to) :-)

Sentimentally Yours Scribbled Corner Sentiment Stamps 'Occasions'
Sentimentally Yours Scribbled Frame Sentiments
A4 Swirling Hearts Embossing Folder
Dies By Sue Wilson Portuguese Collection - Porto
Dies By Sue Wilson - Perfect Peony
Dies By Sue Wilson - Maidenhair Fern
Dies By Sue Wilson Portuguese Collection - Corner, Border & Tag
Cosmic Shimmer White Pearl PVA Glue
Creative Expressions Heart Dazzlers

This is really quite a straight forward card :-)

There are a few layers of matting and layering in alternate black and white, the largest white layer has been pierced all the way around and this, along with the slightly larger black layer have been stuck onto the card with Cosmic Shimmer glue (flat)

There are actually two white layers on the top, the top one has been die cut with the Portuguese border die, at an angle, to give me the shaped edge, this was them embossed with the pretty Swirling Hearts embossing folder.

I die cut an extra border in black card and this slotted into the space left on the shaped edge of the white piece (I attached it with cosmic shimmer glue on the very edges - patience required!) ha ha

The two black diagonal pieces were actually waste from my matting & layering so I put them to good use :-)

I stamped my fabulous Scribbled Corner Sentiment onto the next white layer and then attached to top white layer with foam tape, this was then stuck to the next black layer with Cosmic Shimmer Glue and then the whole caboodle was stuck onto the white pierced layer with foam tape.
** If you want your corner sentiments the 'right way up', stamp them in any top corner **

At this stage, I added the white pearls with the Cosmic Shimmer Pearl PVA glue and set aside to dry (we've all done that haven't we?.. accidentally put something on the top of still drying pearl pva!)

I love Sues' Portuguese collection,.. the border is amazing, the topper dies are lovely, with great variation too!

Anyhoo, you can see that I cut the two layers of the die in white and then the base layer die in black. I stuck the white, patterned layers onto the plain black layers and, using my quickie glue pen, filled in the gaps with glue, then dunked it into my iridescent glitter station (it's a fabulous effect on any colour cardstock) The centre of the dies is a pretty little circle and it's the perfect size for me to stamp my new Scribbled Frame Sentiments! The edges were then glued (pva for definition) and dunked into glitter.

Lastly, I die cut hundreds (it felt like it!) of the Peony flower die in black and white card,.. to create the shape I have, I literally just 'pinched' the petals in the middle and pushed down the centre with my flower shaping tool. Some had a pearl inside, some had the glitter inside,.. the bigger black flowers have either a stripe of glitter (I used my pva glue) or the edges glittered,.. it all adds interest :-)
I finished off my glittering two of the maidenhair ferns tat I die cut in white cardstock and poPped them under the flowers at the top :-)

Hope you like it,.. sadly, I won't be giving this card away as, well, it weighes a tonne! ha ha, but I'd still like to read your comments (nice ones anyway) lol

Thanks so much for dropping by,.. I hope I've given you a little inspiration :-)

Now go and get those Scribbled Corner Sentiment Stamps before they sell out :-)

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Chic Aubergine and,... plain cream cardstock!

Good Morning Everyone

So, I've gone from hardly ever posting on my Blog, to Blog 'mania' ha ha, but I am determined to make use of this Blog to show you all I've been up to, all I'm up to and the occasional sneaky peek into what I have coming for you :-)

With this in mind, and with me having so many things on the go all at once, I have to be realistic,.. I needed help,.. and I knew just who to ask,..

I asked Barb, who is a friend of mine who helps make some of the lovely samples you have seen on my Create & Craft shows and at the Craft shows around the country,.. some of you will have met Barb too, as she helps on my stand at the shows... naturally, she's had amazing teaching (from me ha ha), but she has an incredible eye for detail, colour and a love of all the products I bring to you.

Barb will post on my Blog a couple of times a week, showcasing either one of her samples that she's made for me using my products or one of my cards from my workshops in my shop.

Her first post will be this Wednesday so please be gentle with her :-)

Now, are you ready for this,.. I am already giving away the Decadent Denim version of the card I made in 3 colourways on Friday, (remember to go and comment on that post to be in with a chance), but how about this,.. I promised I'd start this Monday with a giveaway card each week and here it is,.. that's two chances this week to win one of my cards,.. as usual, you need to be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post and I will notify the winner via the Blog next Monday (when the new giveaway starts) :-)

This is what I used: (with links to the products on my www for you)
Chic Aubergine Ink Mister
Chic Aubergine Twinkles
Chic Aubergine PVA Glue
Sentimentally Yours Baroque Sentiments Stamps
Sentimentally Yours Vintage Sheet Music Background Stamp
Dies by Sue Wilson Camellia Complete Petals
Fine Finials A4 Embossing Folder
Spellbinder Border Dies

This is an 8x8 card, made from lots of plain cream cardstock!

I created two layers for the background of the card, the largest was misted with the Chic Aubergine Ink Mister and the second was stamped with the Vintage Sheet Music stamp in Dusty Concorde distress ink (it's a good match for the aubergine)

The top three layers were cut from cream cardstock, the top one having the die cut border, at an angle and the top edge finished with some Chic Aubergine Twinkles, the next layer was embossed with the beautiful new Fine Finials embossing folder, the third layer was left cream, but the edges were inked with the Dusty Concorde to give it some definition.

These top 3 layers are on foam tape, for dimension, the Vintage Sheet Music stamped layer is also on foam tape for extra height and the edges have been given the Chic Aubergine Twinkles treatment! (this won't be a cheap one to post! ha ha) and the ink misted layer is on flat with cosmic shimmer glue.

The flowers have been cut from the Camellia dies in cream cardstock and I did use a small woodware punch for the 'in between' sizes,.. I stamped the Vintage Sheet Music Stamp onto a couple of the flowers with the Dusty Concorde distress ink.

The two ovals are woodware punches, the largest was ink misted and the top one stamped with the Baroque Sentiments Stamps (one of my favourite sets!)
The two ovals are on foam tape and the flowers stuck with cosmic shimmer glue in (as close as I could get it) opposite formations of each other, all finished of in the centre with the Chic Aubergine Twinkles.

Last, but not least, just two pearls in the bottom corners using the Chic Aubergine PVA glue.

I love the Chic Aubergine range, it's a really beautiful shade and looks amazing on white and cream cardstock alike.

Anyhoo, enough rattling on!

Good Luck!

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Craftathons are back!!

Good Afternoon Everyone

I have no idea where the sunshine went, but it certainly isn't here in Nottingham at the moment!

That said, it's given me an opportunity to catch up on things so,..

I'm so, so excited to tell you that (by persistent nagging), my Craftathons are back!

Craftathons are my all day workshops, now held in a brand new venue (5 mins from my shop), with loads of space, room to park and even space for me to set up a stand like I do at the craft shows :-)

It's probably easier to show you the flyer:--- here you go...
(click the picture to make it big enough to read)

I can tell you that only half of the spaces are left already, so if you want to join us, for what will, undoubtedly be, a fab day of crafting, tea (or coffee or juice lol) and fun, you need to be quick'ish :-)

I can't wait!

Hope to see some of you there!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Part 2 of ... It all starts with plain white cardstock!

Good Evening Everyone

Remember the post I did a few days ago, where I showed you the 2 versions of the cards I made, all from plain white cardstock,.. 1 with my Chic Pumpkin Range of Cosmic Shimmer Products and the other with my Decadent Bamboo range of Cosmic Shimmer Products?..

Well, I told you I'd done a third version in Decadent Denim, but I had to leave it at the shop as the pearl PVA glue hadn't dried,... here it is!

This is the first ever card that I will give away from my Blog (copying my partners in craft, Julia Watts & Sue Wilson) lol, and I will do this every week, but it will start again next Monday, and be every Monday thereafter,..

I'll draw a name at random on Friday, next week (4th July) for someone to win this Decadent Denim version of my card and I will notify you via a post on the Blog.

Simply leave a comment below (all nice, of course) lol

(you must also be a follower of my Blog to be eligible)(if you are not sure how to do this, just click the 'Join This Site' button, which is on the right side of the Blog page, about halfway down)

Anyhoo,.. here are the photos of the Decadent Denim version of my card,.. hope you like it :-)

I know I like a card if I have taken the time to replicate it in three colourways! ha ha

Happy Crafting and Good Luck!!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Introducing...... 'Staged Sentiments'.....

Good Morning Everyone

I have some very exciting news for you...

My brand new product has now been 'officially' released!!

Staged Sentiments in mdf by Phill Martin

These are beautifully detailed, intricate, delicate laser cut mdf sentiments that slot into an oval base (the stage) so they stand upright.

Featuring a row of hearts on the base of the sentiment and 3 hearts within the sentiment itself, for that co-ordinated look :-)

I've designed these (as you would expect from me) to be detailed, in proportion and to be easy to post,.. they will fit into an A4 padded envelope, if you wish to send them as gifts etc, (just remember not to stick the sentiment into the base, so it stays flat, then the recipient can do that when they get it)

I am so excited about these and, if you've been to any of the big craft shows this year, you will have seen my samples in 'real life' and had to endure listening to me enthuse about them! ha ha

So easy to decorate too!,.. you can use all your favourite techniques to decorate them,.. inks, paints, crackle paints, gilding wax, gilding flakes,.. the list goes on and on...!

On the samples below, I have used Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Paint (for the base layer), Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Paint (for the top layer) and decorated with Creative Expressions Self Adhesive Pearl Strips (around the stage), then finished off by die cutting loads of flowers using the scraps of papers I have from my Decadent Damask and Chic Floral 8x8 Paper Pads...

I must say a special thank you to my sister, Mill (long story, but her real name is Karen) and my Aunty Sue (her real name is, er.... Aunty Sue) lol :-) who have helped make some of the samples below..

Dream Staged Sentiment 
Inspire Staged Sentiment
Special Couple Staged Sentiment
Happy Birthday Staged Sentiment
Create Staged Sentiment
Craft Staged Sentiment
Home Staged Sentiment
Love Staged Sentiment
Mr & Mr Staged Sentiment
Mrs & Mrs Staged Sentiment
Family Staged Sentiment
Mr & Mrs Staged Sentiment

Most of my Staged Sentiments are available now on my website here: Staged Sentiments in mdf by Phill Martin

Anyhoo, I really hope you like this fabulous new product,.. makes a great gift, makes a great piece of home decor for yourself and they really are something special :-) and, more to the point, they are designed with crafters in mind, so easy to do, fun to decorate and add your own style and finishing touches :-)

Remember: you can 'Pin' any of these photos to your own Pinterest Boards (or Facebook etc),.. just hover your mouse over the photo's and it gives you little buttons with various options of places to share the photos etc 

Happy Crafting!