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Welcome to my lil crafty place! I'm Phill, and crafting is what I do every day. I'm a freelance craft designer and demonstrator and I have my own craft shop, Honeypot Crafts. You will see me quite often as a guest presenter on Create & Craft, showing you all the latest lovely new crafty products! I created this page, so I could share with you, what I do in my busy crafting life and hopefully provide you with some hints and tips and a sprinkle of inspiration along my journey :o)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A little bit 'Decadent' :-)

Good Afternoon Everyone

Well, I've just spent a hectic 3 days at the NEC for our trade show, with the rest of the Creative Expressions team,.. launching all our brand new products (exciting times!), it's so nice to get to spend time with everyone as usually it's a phone call, text or an email!
And, of course, we are never at Create & Craft at the same time so no chance to catch up in the green room...

It's also been lovely meeting and chatting with all the craft shop owners who stock my products.

Here we all are :-)

So, with all the 'newness' in mind,.. I wanted to tell you about my next shows on Create & Craft, which are next Tuesday, 24th February at 10am and 3pm, where I will be launching my new range of Cosmic Shimmer products, in 6 brand new colours, which I have called 'Decadent', with more products added to the line up,.. one of which is our brand new blending ink, called colour cloud, and (as you'd expect from me), it will be available in my 6 new colours,.. I absolutely love this product and I can't wait to show you!!!

There will also be 9 brand new Decadent Damask sets of stamps, a brand new co-ordinating 8x8 paper pad and a brand new addition to the paper pad range (can't wait to show you this too!)

I don't want to say too much as it will spoil the excitement for showing you on TV next week, but I will tell you the new colours, which are:

Decadent Teal
Decadent Oak
Decadent Grape
Decadent Wine
Decadent Denim
Decadent Bamboo

These new colours are very different from the Graceful Collection and I love them!!

Anyhoo,.. I've rattle on long enough! So, here's a big card I made using some of the Decadent Teal products and one of the sentiment stamps from the Decadent Damask range :-)

Hope you like it..

See you on C & C next Tuesday,..

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Graceful Mustard... Just For You! :-)

Good Afternoon Everyone

It's a lovely, sunny, Sunday afternoon so I thought I would share this lovely, sunny card with you :-)
This is the card we did at my workshops this week,.. it was also re-created in other colours from my Graceful collection of Cosmic Shimmer products by some of the class and, I have to say, they all looked equally beautiful!

What I Used:
A4 White Cardstock
My Graceful Mustard Ink Mister
My Graceful Mustard Pearl PVA
My Graceful Mustard Mica Powder
Sentimentally Yours Baroque Sentiments Stamps
Sentimentally Yours Leafy Background Stamp
Sea Garden A4 Embossing Folder by Sue Wilson
Scandinavian Collection Corner, Border & Tag Die Set by Sue Wilson
Large, Big and Super Daisy Punches by Woodware
Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Star Twinkles

The card was created using 1 sheet of A4, cut in half, scored at 2.5cm and glued at the top, using the fold as a guide,.. this is one of my favourite shapes as you can add the little fancy decoration above the score line :-)

The top half of the main part was misted (lightly) with the mustard mister, left to dry and then embossed with the beautiful Sea Garden embossing folder... it creates a lovely, tonal effect and the embossing brings some texture.

The bottom half was stamped using my Leafy Background stamp, the 'ink' was created using a few mists from the mustard ink mister, then a tiny amount of the mustard mica powder mixed into the ink, this gives you a beautiful, pearlescent, mustard 'ink' that you can apply direct to the stamp with a piece of cut and dry foam. (you can't tell from the photo, but the pattern is pearlescent when the light catches it)
I also used the 'ink' that was left on the foam to finish off the very edge of the top of the card too :-)

The flowers were created using the varying sizes of daisy punches, some misted with the mustard
mister, some left white,.. each was finished with a good squeeze of the mustard pearl pva glue, which, once it dries, gives you a really pretty centre to your flowers,.. in (as you'd expect from me) a completely co-ordinated colour scheme :-)

The sentiment was stamped in black soot distress ink (must have!) using my Baroque Sentiments Stamps and by masking off the detailed designs on the stamp with removable tape.
Anyhoo,.. I hope you like it,..
If you have any of my Graceful Cosmic Shimmer products, have a go at this card,.. :-)

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014


Good Morning Everyone

It's a little nippy outside so, I've made myself a cuppa and thought I'd show you one of my sample cards that I made using my latest range of stamps and cosmic shimmer products in more detail.

Ingredient List (with links to go get them from my wesbite :-)
8x8 Card Blank
Graceful Butterflies & Dragonflies 8x8 Paper Pad
Graceful Mint Embossing Powder
Graceful Mint Twinkles
Graceful Mint Pearl PVA Glue
Elegant Milestone Birthdays Stamps
More Scribbled Sentiments Stamps
A4 Climbing Vines Embossing Folder
Dies by Sue Wilson French Collection - Provence
Dies by Sue Wilson Finishing Touches - Delicate Daisies (Full Petals)

This is quite an easy card to put together,.. there are just lots of components to create before assembly, but, the pleasure is in the creation of the components and then, when you see it all together, you think,... yep,.. it was worth it! lol

8x8 cards are a great size to work with,.. plenty of space to decorate without being overpowering and not too expensive to post (if you use the right adhesives!.. I try to stick to Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue and foam pads where possible as some of the glue gels can be heavy if you use lots on your card)

I started, as I always do, by deciding which colour scheme I wanted, with 6 lovely new colours in my Cosmic Shimmer range, that wasn't as easy as I thought! I opted for the Graceful Mint :-)

I die cut several of the delicate daisies from the reverse of a couple of sheets of the mint papers from the Graceful Butterflies & Dragonflies paper pad, ensuring I got two different shades of mint. The tips of some of the flowers were then pushed onto my perfect medium pad, then embossed with the Graceful Mint Lustre Embossing Powder. I didn't pay much attention to how neat they were, as the overall effect was to be random, but how lovely does the pearlescent finish of the embossing powder look on those petals? It was worth the time!

I then cut a piece of white card to 16cm x 16cm and cut an aperture in the centre, the 'frame' was then embossed with the beautiful Climbing Vines embossing folder.

I cut one of the plain shapes from the Provence dies, stamped the sentiment from the Elegany Milestone Birthdays Stamps (black soot distress ink) and then decorated the top, bottom and corners with the Graceful Mint Pearl PVA Glue and put this to one side to allow them to dry.

I created two smaller layers than the card, one with a sheet from the Graceful Butterflies & Dragonflies paper pad and one from plain white card.
I stamped the sentiment from the More Scribbled Sentiments Stamps on all four sides and added a cheeky '50' in each corner lol
The two layers were then stuck onto my card blank.

I cut another piece of paper from the pad, the beautiful lacy mint one, to 16cm x 16cm then, using foam pads, I stuck this together with the embossed frame,.. this is a great way to create interest to frames/apertures too,.. the pretty paper makes a lovely backdrop to the frame. This was then stuck onto the centre of the card.

Now, the fun (and easiest) part, the assembly!
Once the frame and layers are on your card, it really is just a matter of popping the die cut shape with the sentiment onto some foam pads and putting it in the centre of the frame (make sure your pearls have dried, we don't want flat pearls lol)
Then, just arrange your flowers as you wish, I used Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic glue to fix them as it dries quickly and doesn't leave a mess!
The centre of the smaller flowers was then filled with the Graceful Mint Twinkles and the larger ones had a mini dazzler :-)

It probably took me about an hour to do this card, the embossing of the flower petals takes a while to do, but the lustre and pearly finish create a beautiful effect once it's all together.

Anyhoo, I hope you like this card,.. why not try it in one of the other lovely colours in the paper pad and co-ordinating Cosmic Shimmer products :-)

All the goodies I've used are available on my website, just use the links on the ingredient list to take you there and if you treat yourself to one of the paper pads and you'd like me to sign it for you, just email me, I'm happy to! :-)

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

I'm feeling....... good! :-)

Good Afternoon Everyone,..

OK, I'm the worst blogger ever! lol

It's only because I'm busy designing new crafty loveliness for you :-)

I have to just say thank you to you all too,.. my latest range of Stamps, Paper Pad and Cosmic Shimmer products have been flying off shelves everywhere, to the point that even I have struggled to keep my stock maintained in my own shop! lol

If you've bought your goodies already, I hope you have been making fabulous things with them!

My aim is to bring you great quality products that work well on their own, together, or with all the crafty stash you already have,..

This is why I always give you the Cosmic Shimmer Range in co-ordinating colours to the paper pads,.. and stamp sets that work well on their own or when combined with others (like the Elegant Alphabet & Numbers set,.. perfect on its' own or with the Scribbled Sentiments as it's the same font!) the hard work is done, which means you get to have the fun part, creating great cards and crafty projects without worrying about matching colours and products etc

If you haven't seen the latest range yet (or treated yourself to any), here are a couple of photos with links to the relevant section on my website for you to get them :-)

The Stamps

The Paper Pad & Cosmic Shimmer Range

Anyhoo, enough rattling on,..

I wanted to give you something,.. a freebie,.. a 'Thank You' of sorts, for all your support and for trusting me and my designs enough to spend your hard earned crafty cash on them!

So, here's a lovely 8x8 paper, designed by myself,.. it was meant to be a part of the new Graceful Butterflies & Dragonflies Paper Pad that I launched a few weeks ago, but I decided on a softer colour scheme... but, I also love monochrome so didn't want to waste it!
Feel free to save this paper, print it and use it as much as you want (all I ask is that you don't sell is as a printed sheet and please tell people it's my design (if they ask!)

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Time for a cuppa anyone?

Good Afternoon Everyone,..

Now I'm on a Blog Roll (so to speak), I thought I'd share one last sneaky peek of one of my card samples for my shows on Create & Craft tomorrow :-)

It's another biggy! 21cm x 15.5cm :-)

If you know me, you will know that this is the perfect card for me,.. there are tea bags, tea cups and more on here!

This is one of my brand new stamp sets, aptly named 'Time For A Cuppa' and it's a montage set,.. I adore the montage sets because there is so much you can do with them!
Of course, I 'had' to create a background stamp to go with this set too, so I could get my fave tea brand on it :-) lol

I think there is something that just about every tea or coffee lover will like about these stamps!

Anyhoo, here it was I used:-

White cardstock (lots of!)
Creative Expressions A4 Sea Garden Embossing Folder
Sue Wilson Californian Collection Dies (Hollywood and Frames Set A)
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink Pad
Sentimentally Yours Time For A Cuppa Montage Stamps
Sentimentally Yours Tea & Coffee Background Stamp
Sentimentally Yours Baroque Sentiments 2 Stamps
Cosmic Shimmer White Pearl PVA Glue
Cosmic Shimmer Choco Brown Pearl PVA Glue
Square Dazzler
Brown Seam Binding Ribbon
Couple of Pearl Hatpins

Remember, my show times are 8am and 3pm tomorrow.

You can pre order all of my new stamps sets and most of the goodies I have chosen to go with them on my show directly from my website here

Hope you like it, I love this card :-)

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Twice in a week !!

Good Afternoon Everyone

Now, I promised I'd be a better Blogger, so, here's the second post this week,.. whoo hoo! lol

This is another of my sample cards for my shows on Create & Craft next Tuesday,.. and another big one! 21cm x 17cm..

This is what I used:
Creative Expressions A4 Sea Garden Embossing Folder
Cosmic Shimmer Olympic God Pearl PVA
Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28 Dies
Spellbinders Labels 28 Dies
A4 Adhesive Sheets
Cosmic Shimmer Gemstones Gilding Flakes
Rusty Hinge Distress Ink Pad
Sentimentally Yours Baroque Sentiments 2 Stamps (On air next Tuesday)
Seam Binding Ribbon

I loved making this card and love how easy the adhesive sheets make using the gilding flakes (no glue required!, saves getting in a sticky mess! lol)

To create the 'frame' in the centre, I just stuck a piece of card (A5 was big enough) to an adhesive sheet the same size, then used the two largest labels 28 dies, one inside the other and die cut using my Grand Calibur... you then have two die cut pieces, the 'frame' and the bit inside to use later on, all you need to do then is peel the backing off and you have a sticky die cut frame,.. perfect for gilding flakes, micro beads, polished silk glitter etc..

If you remember, my Baroque Sentiment Stamps have the beautiful fleur de lis banners above and below the actual sentiment,.. this is the same in set 2 (the set I used here), but I masked the banners off with removable tape as I only wanted the words,.. I love that we can do this, it makes the stamps work so much more for us :-)

If you have a go and recreating this card, remember to do all the pva pearl parts first, then you can put those bits to one side to dry whilst you get on with the rest of the card :-)

PS - Don't panic, I did distress the edge of the bottom two white layers with the rusty hinge distress ink,.. just by dragging the edge of the card on the ink pad,.. it gives a much more subtle finish, but does tone the card all together.

Anyhoo, enough rattling on,.. let me know what you think,..

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

I know,.. I know.... I'm a terrible Blogger!, But......

Good Afternoon Everyone

I know,... I've been a terrible Blogger of late,... rest assured, my mate, Julia Watts, reprimanded me severely at Ally Pally last weekend :-)

In my defense, I have been rather busy with designing new stamps,.. and more!

I also have been working hard with Creative Expressions to bring you my own range of co-ordinating Cosmic Shimmer products to go with my Vintage Christmas Paper Pad,..

In early October, you will be able to get Ink Misters, Pearl PVA Glues, Polished Silk Glitters, Gilding Wax, Mica Powders, Twinkles (sparkly glue!) all in perfectly co-ordinating colours,..

Creative Expressions and I have worked so hard to get the colours perfect!, you know I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to matching colours and I wanted the same for all of you too, so you don't have to 'make do' and spend hours searching for products to go with everything!

These new products will (hopefully!) be launching on my 11th October shows on Create & Craft and, yes, I'm a tad excited! lol

Anyhoo, because I've been a naughty Blogger, I'm going to give you a sneaky peek photo of one of my card samples for my shows on Create and Craft next Tuesday, 30th September 8am and 3pm

This is a big card! 21cm x 15.5cm

To make this card, I used.. quite a bit lol

Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28
Spellbinders Labels 28
Couture Creation Dragonfly Die
Creative Expressions A4 Quilted Flower Embossing Folder
Creative Expressions Micro Glass Beads
Cosmic Shimmer Aurora Twinkles
Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink Pads
Cosmic Shimmer Teal Sky Pearl PVA Glue
Sentimentally Yours Dragonfly Montage Stamps (NEW)
Sentimentally Yours Dragonfly Retreat Background Stamp (NEW)
Sentimentally Yours Scribbled Sentiments (NEW)
Lots of white cardstock lol

Happy Crafting!
(Promise I'll be a better Blogger! lol)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Christmas Show Card Samples - One day at a time - Day 5!

Good Morning Everyone

It's a bit of a breezy day here in Nottingham!, but the sun is shining so it's ok :-)

I've got lot's to do between today and tomorrow!

I'm back on Create & Craft on Tuesday at 8am and 2pm, with 'Best Sellers' shows,.. this is a great way for me to bring back some of the stamps we've had on previously, that sold out so quickly I didn't get chance to demo them properly!
It's also a great opportunity for you to grab them whilst they are back :-)

It's also the Great British Craft Festival at Stoneleigh Park in Warwick next weekend, so I'm restocking and making sure I have lot's of lovely stamps and my new Vintage Christmas Paper Pad ready for you!
If last years event is anything to go by, this year will be even better!

I'm on stand A2 'Sentimentally Yours Stamps by Phill Martin' and I will have my sister (Karen) and my friends Lorraine and Tanya helping me out,.. my Auntie Sue will also be helping me on the Sunday so I'm really looking forward to a busy weekend!

Anyway,.. we are on day 5 (already!) of my Christmas Show Card Samples - One day at a time posts,.. I hope you're not bored with them and you are getting some ideas on how to use my new Christmas stamps and papers :-)

So, here is card no.5, a lovely 8x8 card in beautiful deep red tones..

As always, I've popped a list of what I used with links to them on my www if you 'need' to purchase them :-)

8x8 Vintage Christmas Premium Paper Pad
Christmas Sentiments Stamps
Marvellous Squares Dies
Layered Poinsettia Dies
Stardust Stickles
Red Dazzlers
Aged Mahogany Distress Ink Pad
A4 Quilted Flower Embossing Folder

One of the things I love most about my new Vintage Christmas Paper Pad is that it works so well with the distress inks (anybody would think I planned that!) lol

Aged Mahogany and Festive Berries Distress Ink Pads are perfect for the red toned papers!

I hope you like this card,.. It's one of my faves, the detail of the Quilted Flower Embossing Folder really stands out 'in real life'.

Anyhoo, off to get some work done!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Christmas Show Card Samples - One day at a time - Day 4!

Good Morning Everyone

What torrential rain we had here last night! I hope that's not the end of our lovely sunny weather!

We are on Day 4 of my Christmas Show Card Samples!

As promised, here's the fourth card, with a little list of what I used and a link to my www for you to go and get them, should you feel the crafty need!) :-)

This is an 8" x 6" Card, in lovely shades of lilac and purple  :-)

Here's what I used:

Regency Snowflakes Stamps (not many left in stock!)
Christmas Verse Stamps (not many left in stock)

I love lilacs and purples on Christmas cards,.. they work so well with just plain ole white card and a bit of glitter!

The combination of the two styles of snowflake stamps work so well together,.. similar shape, with one being lacy and the other solid... lovely!

Hope you like it :-)

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 1 August 2014

Christmas Show Card Samples - One day at a time - Day 3!

Good Morning Everyone

As promised, here's the third sample card from my Christmas Shows, with a little list of what I used and a link to my www for you to go and get them, should you feel the crafty need!) :-)

This is an 8" x 8" Card, in lovely shades of blue  :-)

Festive Borders Stamps
Vintage Christmas 8x8 Paper Pad
Create a Flake 3 Dies
Christmas Sentiments Stamps (I have a limited stock of these left)
Snowflake Montage Stamps (I have a limited stock of these left)
A4 Lattice Heart Embossing Folder
Faded Jeans Distress Ink Pad
Marvelous Squares Dies

Hope you like it!

Happy Crafting!