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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)

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!





Thursday, 31 July 2014

Christmas Show Card Samples - One day at a time - Day 2!

Good Afternoon Everyone

As promised, here's the second 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 7" Card, in lovely Green Tones :-)

Vintage Christmas 8x8 Paper Pad (sold out in 2 days! now back in stock) :-)
Christmas Sentiments Collection Stamps
Bundled Sage Distress Ink Pad
A4 Lattice Heart Embossing Folder
Acrylic Circle (the one I used on air)
Stardust Stickles
Spellbinders Marvellous Squares Dies


I'm not sure if you can see from the photograph, but i've used the Stardust Stickles on the hearts on the embossed border and randomly around the lovely swirly stars on the background paper,.. they just add that extra 'something'!

Hope you like this card, I love green!

Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Christmas Show Card Samples - One day at a time!


Good Afternoon Everyone

What a wonderful day I had at Create & Craft yesterday!
I'm so pleased you all love my new Christmas Stamps and Vintage Christmas Paper Pad :-)
So, a big thank you from me! I can't wait to see what fabulous cards you all come up with using the stamps and papers :-)

Over the next 3 or 4 days, I'm going to pop one of my sample cards from my shows on here and let you know what I used, I'm more than happy to share my ideas with you and flattered if you copy!

So, here's card no.1,.. a lovely 8x8 in lilac and purple shades.

Here's what I used: (I've linked them all to the relevant section of my website, in case you need to purchase any of the items :-) 

Acrylic Circle (you may have seen me using this on air)




Hope you like it!

Happy Crafting!






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 :-)