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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, 23 July 2014

Sentimentally Yours Christmas 2014...

Good Afternoon (nearly evening!)

OK, I've begged and pleaded and bribed and, eventually, got my own way!!
Creative Expressions have (to shut me up I think lol) said it's OK for me to put all my Christmas 2014 products onto my website for you to start buying now.. whoo hoo!!!!

I will make it live at 6:15pm tonight so you can go look (and buy!) 

You can also pre-order my BRAND NEW Christmas product (shipping will start next Wednesday for that, it's so new, I've only just managed to get mine in time for samples!!)

Hope you like everything :-)

My Christmas shows on Create and Craft are next Tuesday, 29th July at 10am and 3pm 

I'll be getting as many demos as I can in!



PS - There are some card samples on
my Pinterest boards - here  
my Sentimentally Yours Facebook page - here

Here's a quick one for you now :-) I will keep adding them too :-)



Thursday, 3 July 2014

Triple Bow (Upside down with extra tails!)

Good Morning Everyone



Just a quick post before I leave for the shop,... I promised a youtube video on my triple upside down bows and here it is :-)

My first ever youtube video (next time I know to have the ipad the other way around!!)



I've put it on here as some of you are not on Facebook or Twitter so you can watch it here :-)



Have fun, hope you like it!



I expect to see lots of triple upside down bows on your projects now :-)



Happy Crafting!

Phill

xx



Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Gilded Dragonfly Meadow

Good Afternoon Everyone

I know, I know,... it's been a while, but I have been really busy! 
Anyhoo, here's todays' post for you... this was a sample card I made for my last shows on Create & Craft, with one of my new stamps, Dragonfly Meadow..

I adore Dragonflies and, dare I say it, probably more than butterflies! (shocking!) lol

This is what I used:
Cream 8x8 Card Blank
Cream Card
Brown Card
Sentimentally Yours Dragonfly Meadow A5 Stamp Set
Cosmic Shimmer Gemstones Gilding Flakes
Cosmic Shimmer Flake & Glitter Glue
Brown Seam Binding Ribbon
Spellbinders Grand Ovals
Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Metal Button


This is what I did:
I won't rattle on about matting and layering as you can see what I did from the photo... 
The card blank was cut with the largest oval die through my Grand Calibur, making sure I overlapped the crease of the card and the bottom of the card to give me a fold and a flat bit so the card stood up! lol
I then did the second largest doe in brown card.
Then the third largest die is cream card and this is the one I used to gild onto.
I used the Cosmic Shimmer flake & Glitter Glue and applied it to my stamp using a piece of cut n dry foam,.. now, I have so many people ask me what the trick is with gilding flakes and it's simple really,... 
Don't use too much glue and don't apply loads of pressure when you stamp it (like you would do with inks)
I, literally, glue the stamp, then just put it onto the card, giving just a very light amount of pressure and remove it straight away.
Then, I just covered the glued impression with the gilding flakes and burnished them into the glue, rubbing off all the excess with my little scrubby sponge :-)
As you'd expect, there's a triple upside down bow made with the brown seam binding ribbon ;-)
The lovely sentiment is part of the Dragonfly Meadow set and I just stamped it onto some left over cream card and snipped the end with my scissors to give it the 'flag' look..I curled the sentiment with my bone folder and used wet glue to stick to the card.

TOP TIP - The cosmic shimmer flake and glitter glue is a little softer than most used for gilding, I would, however, clean the stamp straight away with warm soapy water (I just chucked mine in the sink lol and it washed up lovely)

You'll find most of the products I used on my show on my website here..

Hope you like it :-)

I love gilding flakes and love the overall simplicity and elegance of this card,.. the stamp is doing the hard work here (not me!) ha ha





Happy Crafting!



Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Create & Craft Shows...

Good Afternoon Everyone...

Just a quick post to remind you that I am back on Create & Craft tomorrow (Wednesday 28th) at 10am and 1pm with some brand new Sentimentally Yours Stamps!!

I'm so excited to be showing you these too, something a little different in one of the sets ;-)

Here's a few sneaky peeks of bits of sample cards I have made using the new stamps..










I will be making 2 cards per show on air so get the emails in for a chance to win one :-)

See you on your telly tomorrow!


Sunday, 11 May 2014

White & Cream (with a hint of distress ink) :-)

Good Afternoon Everyone

Forgive me Bloggers,.. it's been 3 days since my last post :-)

I've been busy with ordering extras for the Great British Craft Festival North in Bolton... it's only a couple of weeks away!
I will be doing the VIP workshops on the Friday (30th May) and will be having a stand with my Sentimentally Yours Stamps (and other goodies) on the Saturday and Sunday (31st May and 1st June)

I'm really looking forward to this show,.. it will be the first one I've done with my own range of products so be sure to come and say hello if you're there :-) (and buy my stamps, of course ha ha)

My sister and Aunty Sue have been down to the shop today, to help me with getting everything ready, although it seems there's more to do than we thought!

Anyway, this is another one of my sample cards from my shows on Create & Craft....

This is what I used:
White 8x8 Card Blank
Cream Card
White Card
Sentimentally Yours Circle Frame & Flourish Collection A5 Stamp Set
Creative Expressions A4 Quilted Flower Embossing Folder
White Seam Binding Ribbon
Self Adhesive White Pearls
Spellbinders Gold Majesty Circle Dies
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Small Dazzlers
Flower Embellishments 


This is what I did:
I won't rattle on about matting and layering as you can see what I did from the photo...
The second layer is cream card, with just the corners and centres pierced using my pokey tool.
The third layer is white card, this has been embossed using the Quilted Flower embossing folder through my Grand Calibur.
I then, very lightly, applied the antique linen distress ink over the embossed areas, using a piece of cut n dry foam.
The centre topper was creating using the Gold Majesty Circles dies, the bottom layer is plain cream card, the second layer is white card and this has (surprisingly) been distressed around the edges using the same distress ink.
The  bottom circle has been die cut in cream card.
I stamped the smaller of the 2 circle stamps from my Sentimentally Yours Circle Frame & Flourish Collection stamp set in the same distress ink, cut this out and stamped the sentiment within the guidelines that are on the circle stamp,.. remember, there are lot's of sentiments in the set to choose from, but on this card, I chose the Happy Anniversary for a change.
The circle was given the edge inking treatment using the distress ink and then glittered :-)
I've used foam pads to create different levels of height within the topper.
I finished off with my signature upside down triple bow in white seam binding ribbon, with e small dazzler in the centre.
2 small dazzlers either side of the sentiment circle add a touch of sparkle :-)
The 3 flowers at the bottom are bought ones (I know, I cheated!) lol, but the colour was perfect to go with the card so I couldn't resist!
You'll notice that I haven't glittered the flowers, just left them plain,.. this was intentional as there is glitter on every point on the embossed background... no OTT here ;-)
I love this card, it's a clean (ish), elegant card and the colours are lovely,.. 
TOP TIP - Try this card in other colour ways, but keep them light, like lilac or sky blue... the products are doing all the work and I just put it all together... easy peasy :-)

You'll find most of the products I used on my show on my website here.. 

You'll find the full range of Polished Silk Glitters here..



Hope you like it :-)



Thursday, 8 May 2014

Never give up....

Good Morning Everyone

It's a rainy, windy day (so far!) here in Nottingham,.. there'll be no sitting in the garden looking at my lovely new garden centre purchases today! lol

Anyway, this is another one of my sample cards from my shows on Create & Craft....

This is what I used:
Cream 8x8 Card Blank
Cream Card
Teal Card 
Sentimentally Yours Quotes of Inspiration Collection A5 Stamp Set
Creative Expressions A4 Cascading Hearts Embossing Folder
Teal Ribbon
Pearl Embellishment
Self Adhesive Pearls
Spellbinders Blooms Four Dies
Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals Dies
Spellbinders Les Papillions Two Dies
Broken China Distress Ink


This is what I did:
I won't rattle on about matting and layering as you can see what I did from the photo...
The second layer is teal card.
The third layer is cream card. I used the Grand Decorative Oval dies to create the centre aperture.
This layer was them embossed using the Cascading Hearts Embossing Folder through my Grand Calibur.
(this layer is on the card with 3d foam pads to give height and dimension) :-)
The centre topper was creating using a smaller die from the grand decorative labels, this meant I would be able to see more of the teal card behind,
I stamped one of the sentiments from my Sentimentally Yours Quotes of Inspiration set, using the broken china distress ink (The flourish in the centre is part of the sentiment,.. snazzy eh :-)
I then die cut lots of the flowers from the blooms four dies and then two butterflies in cream card.
The flowers are stunning aren't they, I love them, it's so easy to shape them like this, I just twisted the petals into themselves using my tweezers.
I've used full round pretend pearls in the centre of my flowers, but normal self adhesive ones would be ok :-)
I finished off with my signature upside down triple bow in teal ribbon.
Popped a pearl embellishment in the centre and job done.. easy peasy :-) 
TOP TIP - I've used cream linen card on my project, if you want to stamp onto linen card with distress inks, use the reverse side, it's smoother, but still has a little texture showing through and you'll get better stamping results

You'll find most of the products I used on my show on my website here.. 

You'll find the full range of Polished Silk Glitters here..



Hope you like it :-)



Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Just a note....

Good Morning Everyone

It's now stopped raining and the sun is shining! :-)

This is another one of my sample cards from my shows on Create & Craft....

This is what I used:
Kraft 8x8 Card Blank
Cream Card
Kraft Card 
Sentimentally Yours Circle Frame & Flourish Collection A5 Stamp Set
Sentimentally Yours Damask Background and Damask Borders & Icons A6 Stamp Sets
Cosmic Shimmer Ivory Pearl PVA
Medium Dazzlers
Sue Wilson A4 Quilted Flower Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Gold Labels Dies
Brown Ribbon


This is what I did:
I won't rattle on about matting and layering as you can see what I did from the photo...
The second layer is cream card and I have stamped a random (ish) pattern using the largest and smallest of the Damask Icon stamps,.. the smaller has been stamped as a second generation (lighter tone of the same ink)
The third layer is kraft card and I have used the Ivory Pearl pva to create faux pearls all the way around.
The fourth layer cream card and I have stamped the damask background stamp in the centres, just enough to show through the aperture :-).
The fifth layer is kraft card, embossed using the quilted flower embossing folder. I have also cut an aperture in this using the gold labels dies. (Aperture was cut first)
I then die cut a layer in kraft card and a layer in cream card, stamped the sentiment onto the cream card.
I also used autumn bronze gilding wax around the edges (gives a beautiful pearlescent sheen!)
All edges were distressed, apart from the actual card and the kraft and cream layer :-)
The layers are difficult to see on the photo, but I have created dimension using foam pads.
I finished off with my signature upside down triple bow in brown ribbon.
Popped a medium dazzler in the centre and job done.. easy peasy :-) 
TOP TIP - Save time and do the faux pearls with the pva beforehand, to give them time to set properly.

You'll find most of the products I used on my show on my website here.. 

You'll find the full range of Polished Silk Glitters here..



Hope you like it!



Monday, 5 May 2014

Believe in yourself......

Good Morning Everyone

This is another one of my sample cards from my shows on Create & Craft....
(Now, aren't you impressed,.... I've blogged for the last 5 days in a row!) lol

This is what I used:
Cream 8x8 Card Blank
Beige Card
Tan Card 
Sentimentally Yours Quotes of Inspiration Collection A5 Stamp Set
Cosmic Shimmer Gunmetal Polished Silk Glitter
Medium Dazzlers
Double Sided Adhesive Sheet
Spellbinders Radiant Rectangle Dies
Couture Creations Large Joes Garden Embossing Folder
Brown Ribbon
5mm Pearls


This is what I did:
I won't rattle on about matting and layering as you can see what I did from the photo...
The 8x8 card blank was trimmed to an 8x6.
The second layer is beige card.
The third layer is tan card.
The fourth layer is beige card and it was covered in the self adhesive sheet and dusted with the beautiful gunmetal polished silk glitter (my new fave glitter!!), this is a much softer glitter than those we usually see, still has sparkle, but understated and classy. 
This piece of glittered card was then embossed with the Joes Garden embossing folder... It looks amazing! and even better than the photo in 'real life'.
The embossed, glittered card, feels like velvet and none of the glitter rubs off!
I then die cut the centre frame and oval layers from the Radiant Rectangles die set, making sure I had a tan base layer and cream layers to go on top.
I stamped the sentiment onto cream card, using black memento ink, using te masking technique to cover the frame so I only got the words (see my previous posts on how to do this)
I made a border of the tan and beige card, then pierced the top and bottom of the tan border..
The die cut rectangles are on layers of foam pads, to add height and dimension.
I finished off my my signature upside down triple bow and tails :-) and a sparkly dazzler, with a few pearls on the edges of the border.
TOP TIP - You can make beautiful glittered layers and borders on your projects by using double sided tape, rather than doing a full top layer as I have. The glitter is super fine, like a powder, so it does go a long, long way!

The Quotes of Inspiration stamps are perfect for adding meaningful words to our projects,... I love words on cards, they make them (I think) so much more elegant :-)
And remember, you don't have to use them with the frames around them (see my previous posts on how to mask off the frames) 

You'll find most of the products I used on my show on my website here.. 

You'll find the full range of Polished Silk Glitters here..



Hope you like it!



Sunday, 4 May 2014

Always believe that something wonderful will happen....

Good Morning Everyone

This is another one of my sample cards from my shows on Create & Craft....

This is what I used:
Cream Card Blank
Cream Card (about 3 sheets!)
Iced Spruce Distress Ink Pad
Sentimentally Yours Quotes of Inspiration Collection A5 Stamp Set
Cosmic Shimmer Sahara Gold Polished Silk Glitter
Medium Dazzlers
Double Sided Adhesive Sheet
Spellbinders Radiant Rectangle Dies
Couture Creations Large Joes Garden Embossing Folder
That Special Touch Ivy Mask
Sage Ribbon 


This is what I did:
I won't rattle on about matting and layering as you can see what I did from the photo.
The second layer of cream card was covered in the self adhesive sheet and dusted with the beautiful sahara gold polished silk glitter (my new fave glitter!!), this is a much softer glitter than those we usually see, still has sparkle, but understated and classy.
On the third layer, I inked through the Ivy mask with the iced spruce distress ink to give it a lovely background. I then pierced the top and bottom sides of this layer (not all the way around) :-)
The fourth layer was cut to size to fit the embossing folder, then I did some very gentle distressing of the edges (ha ha) just to bring all the layers, so far, together.
I then die cut the centre frame and oval layers from the Radiant Rectangles die set, inked through the dies whilst they were still in place, with the iced spruce distress ink.
I stamped the sentiment onto cream card, using the iced spruce distress ink, and cut it out (made easy by the fact that I have left double borders on nearly all of my sentiment stamps!), I then used a quickie glue pen to add a border of the sahara gold glitter.
I made a border of the sage ribbon and stuck this through the middle of the embossed layer.
The first frame die cut is attached to the embossed layer flat, using cosmic shimmer glue, then the layers on top of this are all on 3d foam pads.
The sentiment is actually on a double layer of 2mm foam pads, giving it a 4mm height,.. this makes the focus of the card the words (when you see it in real life, it's really more obvious)
I finished off my my signature upside down triple bow and tails :-) 
TOP TIP - Save all your scraps of ribbon, they make perfect tails for your cards, without having to cut up more from a reel or full length :-)

The Quotes of Inspiration stamps are perfect for adding meaningful words to our projects,... I love words on cards, they make them (I think) so much more elegant :-)
And remember, you don't have to use them with the frames around them (see my previous posts on how to mask off the frames) 

You'll find most of the products I used on my show on my website here.. 



Hope you like this one - I love the colour scheme! 




Saturday, 3 May 2014

Delightful Damask ....

Good Morning Everyone

This is another one of my sample cards from my shows on Create & Craft and one of the demos I did...

This is what I used:
White 8x8 Card Blank
Black Card
White Card
Shaded Lilac Distress Ink Pad
Sentimentally Yours Circle Frames and Flourish Collection A5 Stamp Set
Sentimentally Yours Damask Borders & Icons A6 Stamp Set
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Glacier Ice
Black Sparklers
Spellbinders Die Gold Majesty Circles
White Pearls
Black Pearls
Lilac Ribbon 


This is what I did:
I won't rattle on about matting and layering as you can see what I did from the photo.
The second layer of white has an aperture cut from the frame of the Gold Majesty Circles, you'll notice this die leaves beautiful piercing detail around the aperture too.
The actual topper, created from the die, is done by sticking a piece of white card to some double sided adhesive sheet, then die cutting as one piece (using the frame and next layer of the die) then peel the backing off and burnish the glitter jewels into the sticky side... simple :-)
To get the distressed edges onto it (as I have) this needs to be done before applying to the adhesive sheet, all I did was put the outer frame die onto my white card, then ink inside it, removed the die, inked around the outside, then placed the card (face down) onto the adhesive sheet, lined the die up within the inked area and cut :-)
I stamped the larger of the two circle frames from the stamp set, cut it out and then stamped the sentiment from the same set into the middle. I then (painstakingly!) put alternate black and white pearls around the line that the circle stamp gives.
I then die cut the plain and decorative circle from the die set together and distressed the edges.
The background, with the aperture, was stamped with Shaded Lilac, the larger damask icon was stamped on directly, the smaller one was second generation stamping (ie, ink it up, stamp on some scrap paper, then onto the project)
I finished of with a lovely triple bow in the lilac ribbon and put a black sparkler onto the bow and top of the topper... a few black and white pearls around the corners finished the card off... job done!
TOP TIP - You can apply less distress ink to any stamp by using a piece of cut n dry foam, this saves the need to do second generation stamping, if you're not confident. :-)

The Damask Background Stamp and matching borders & icons are one of my faves, so many uses, so many different looks, from just two stamp sets! :-) Black & White projects look amazing with these stamps!

You'll find most of the products I used on my show on my website here.. 



Hope you like it!