Thursday, 22 June 2017

Birthday Wishes

Back to my shabby cards with this one today, not my usual colour combo but I absolutely love it!

I made the flowers from Foamiran using my Peony Flower Die set as well as a Rosy Dot set for the little flowers and a set of daisies.  I really do love making my own flowers, they’re so very easy to make and don’t take long either.


I stamped around the edges of the layer with the In Stitches set.  I made a bit of a whoopsie when heat embossing the stenciled bird cage, I didn’t realise the stitching stamp ink hadn’t dried so it caught some of the white embossing powder.  I LOVE it!  That sure was a happy accident Smile


I finished off with a sentiment from the Lovely Lavender stamp set.

The bird cage mask is from Imagination and the paper and little clear glass beads are from 13@rts

Monday, 19 June 2017

Foamiran Flower Workshop with Love to Craft and Create

I went down to Nottingham on Saturday to take part in the workshop put on by the lovely Monika from Love to Craft and Create.  Ewa Constancja delivered the most amazing workshops, and I'm still pinching myself that I managed to get a place on both workshops (even though I still have blistered fingers from manipulating the foam lol)

Saturday truly was the best day ever, I learned techniques and tips that even if I sat and watched You Tube videos for 100 years I would never ever have picked up the knowledge Ewa shared with us.  A huge thanks to Ewa and also to Monika who ran around after us as well as translating from Polish to English - you are both total superstars!!

Here's what I made from the morning class.  My mind was blown at just how much I achieved in a day. 

Monika is going to be arranging more workshops - I told her to book me on them regardless of what the workshop entails.  It was just that good and worth every penny and every mile I travelled to get there and back (320 miles actually)

Friday, 16 June 2017

Puppy and present

Five cards in three days – I need to go lie down in a dark room lol.  This is my last card for the week, showcasing the sper cute Puppy and Present which is part of the Whimsy Stamps June release along with another of the fab sentiments from the Polka Dot Fun stamp set.

I’m still crazy for all things Foamiran so I made the flowers … the large flower is made using the Peony Flower Die Set that was released last month.


Love this little puppy, and went for a vintagey colour scheme for this one.

Copic colours used:
Puppy – W5, E43, 42, 41, 40, W0, W00
Present & Balloon- BG75, 73, 70; R85, 81; RV000


A closer look at the flowers, along with the Peony Flower die I used a daisy set and a Rosy Dot set.


Have a fab weekend.  I’m off down to Nottingham for a Foamiran Flower Course organised by Love to Craft and Create via their Facebook group Foamiran Flowers & Tips and I’m. SOOO. Darn. Excited!!!

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Whimsy Stamps release–day 2

I’ve two more cards featuring products from this month’s Whimsy Stamps release.
First up is a *couch* pink card for a change …. not!  The stamp set I used for the sentiment is Thank You Friend, which I;ve teamed with some Foamiran flowers made using the Peony Flower die set that was released last month as well as another daisy.


Gotta love me some pink prettiness.


My second card I’ve made using the Paws to Remember stamp set.  I’m not a fan of making sympathy cards – I live in denial!!  They just don’t sit right with me so I made a thank you shaker card instead.  I love when a stamp set is versatile enough that it can be used for more than it was designed for.  The sentiment is also from the Thank You Friend set.


I’ve another card tomorrow, and yep … it’s got a touch of pink on it! 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Life’s a Beach–Whimsy Stamps June Release

The Whimsy Stamps June 2017 release party has started over on the Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group. Pop across to join in with games, fun, and a chance to win Whimsy prizes too.

We are releasing new red rubber images, clear stamp sets and dies.  Everything is available here, so do pop across to see all of the new stamping goodness.

I've two cards to share today showcasing some of the delectable new goodies - one for the boys and of course one soft and girly (gotta have my pink and flowers lol)


I’ve made a fun card for the boys using the fabulous new Life’s a Beach stamp set from the new release – more penguin goodness, and the sentiments that come with the set are pretty special too!!  

I dug out another My Mind’s Eye pad, these are so perfect for summery boys cards I think.  And there’s not a flower in sight!  I finished off the card with a little handmade pinwheel instead and added some It’s a Party Enamel Dots and machine stitching together with the fence die and circle frame for some added interest (gotta make up for the flower withdrawals lol)

The copic colours I used on this cutie are
Penguin: C9, 7, 5, 3, 1, 0, 00; YR24, 21, 31, 30; R20, 30
Scarf: R46, 27, 14,12
Skateboard: BG75, 72, 70


My second card is a bit on the different side (for me at least) in that I made my own background paper using distress inks and the fab Polka Dot Fun clear stamp set, and this is another card I loved making and was delighted with the result.  

I heat embossed the polka dots then rubbed over different coloured distress inks using ink dusters and whilst I had the embossing powder out I heat embossed a butterfly from the Lovely Lavender stamp set.  I finished the card off with some handmade Foamiran flowers using the Peony Flower die set as well as some other flower dies I have in my stash.  

I used the Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles for the stamped layer and the sentiment is the Happy Sayings die and stamp sets.


Love how the daisy turned out – this was done using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die.


I'll be back tomorrow with two more cards.

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Penguin Flies

I love love LOVE these little penguins drawn by Crissy Armnstrong, and I love that you can get them from Whimsy Stamps in both rubber and digital (tho what’s in rubber is different to the selection in digital format ….. so double the cuteness!)  Today’s card features Penguin Flies and just released just this week!  The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday to You stamp set.


I used copic markers to colour up the image.
Penguin: C9, 7, 5, 3, 1, 0, 00; YR24, 21, 31, 30; R20, 30
Balloons: R24, 22, 20, 00, 000; BG75, 75, 70


The papers are from an older My Mind’s Eye pad


Love the bright summery colours of the papers, they fitted with the cute little image so well


June’s Customer Appreciation Stamp set from Whimsy is this fab clear set.  Pop across here to check out the deets.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sleeping Cutie

It’s been a while since I coloured up one of these little Wee cuties.  This is Sleeping Cutie, from the newest Whimsy Stamps release.  I’ve also used the Peony flower die set to make the large foamiran flowers.   The sentiment is from the Friendly Flowers sentiment set.  The star nestled beind the sentiment is from the Pierced Stars die set.

Bev Rochester Whimsy Wee Sleeping Cutie & Peony Die

Love making these foamiran flowers, they are so very addictive.

Bev Rochester Whimsy Wee Sleeping Cutie & Peony Die3

The papers are from a First Edition pad, I think they fit so perfect with the sweet stamped image.

Bev Rochester Whimsy Wee Sleeping Cutie & Peony Die2

Back soon with another flower making video Smile

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Mini Roses from Foamiran Tutorial

Shoo!  It's taken me a while to get my act together but at last I've managed to get a video uploaded on my You Tube Channel showing how I make these little roses using the Peony Flower die set that I designed for Whimsy Stamps (link below)

I have a few more videos planned in the coming weeks using this die set as well as others.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Kittens and Foamiran Flowers

I just love the little animals that Whimsy Stamps do.  I’ve coloured up Kitten Flowers from the new release – too stinkin’ cute!  The flowers are all made from Foamiran using my Peony flower dies that I designed.  I love that I can get so many different looking flowers from just the one die set. 
Ive also used the Furever Friends die set (the paw print heart and also the sentiment on the little tag) and added one of my favourite sentiments from the Handmade From Me stamp set


I coloured the image with copics, then decided I wanted more of a “furry” look so just used a white Prismacolor pencil and stroked some fur onto the kitty.  Love how this turned out Smile

Copic colours used:
Kitty: C5, 3, 1, 0, 00, R20, R00
Aqua: BG13, 11, 10, 000
Pink: R85, 81, RV000
Greem: YG67, G43, 40


A closer look at the flowers, I used all three sizes in the die set as well as the leaves (which are cut from pearlescent green card).  The flowers started life out as white foamiran which I coloured with a pigment and chalk inks.


You can see the depth of the flowers better in the picture below.


The sentiment fitted perfect on the tag


Last one, promise!  I have a flower making (using my Peony dies and foamiran) video to upload to my You Tube Channel this weekend, I’ll pop a post on here with the link when it’s live.

Have a fantabulous weekend Smile

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Dies Winners

Two winners to announce tonight ....

First up - the winner of the Fur Ever Friends die set is

And the winner of the Peony Flower die set is

Congratulations ladies, please email me with your addresses so I can post your prizes off to you.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Peony Dies - UK stockist

Just a quick post to let the UK peeps know that the Whimsy Stamps Peony Die set is now up on Noor Design's website here - Peony Flower Die

Happy Birthday

I’m. So. Excited!!  Here’s the set of Peony flower dies I designed for Whimsy Stamps that are now released!!  I’m giving a set away so scroll down to the bottom of the post.


And heres the card I made to show using only the dies from this set to make three different types of flowers.

Bev Rochester Whimsy Happy Birthday to You & Peony Die

The flowers are made from white Foamiran which, once coloured with pigment/chalk inks and gently heated made for such a pretty display.  The leaves are also from the die set and are cut from patterened paper.

Bev Rochester Whimsy Happy Birthday to You & Peony Die1

I’ve used the sentiment from the new Happy Birthday to You stamp set.

Bev Rochester Whimsy Happy Birthday to You & Peony Die2

Love these flowers so so hard ♥

Bev Rochester Whimsy Happy Birthday to You & Peony Die3

Okay, so to enter the draw for the prize, just leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner on Sunday.  Entry is open to all.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Whimsy Stamps May Release–day 2

I’m back with two cards featuring stamps from the Whimsy Stamps  May release.  I don’t think I’ve seen stamps specifically aimed at sympathy cards for the loss of a pet, these are very different from the run of the mill.

I kept the cards simple, although I did manage to sneak flowers on the first one!  I used the Rainbow Bridge stamp set for this card.


The focal point was really easy to create, I stamped the bridge onto watercolour paper with Weathered Wood distress ink then lightly spread the colour with a damp paintbrush to give a watercolour effect.  I added some grass detail using a distress ink marker.


My second card is a total and unashamed case of a few cards and ideas I saw on Pinterest.  I’ve used the Fur Ever In Our Hearts stamp set for this one.


I glittered the layers of the wings with Distress Glitter.  The bone tag is a template I got off the internet, I painted that and the heart with silver paint and once try stamped on them with Stazon ink.


Pop back tomorrow for another card featuring the Peony Die Set that I designed.  I’ll be doing a give away for that die set tomorrow as well.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

World’s Best Husband and 1 of 2 give aways this week

The Whimsy Stamps May 2017 release party has started over on the Whimsy Stamps and Inspirations Facebook group. Pop across to join in with games, fun, and a chance to win Whimsy prizes too.

We are releasing new red rubber images, clear stamp sets and dies.  Everything is available here, so do pop across to see all of the new stamping goodness.

I have two die sets to give away this week, the first one is a doggy themed one so scroll down to the end of the post to see the set.  To enter (open to all), just leave a comment and I will draw a winner on Friday.


My card today is male themed – I shy away from making cards for blokes, I need my flowers lol.  But I had such fun with this one, I love a challenge!  I think for me, the secret to blokey cards seeing as I can’t overload on the flowers is to use layers to add interest, which I did with this card.  I started off by stamping the stitched border from the In Stitches stamp set around the bottom layer of paper, then added the wire effect stamp from the Lovely Lavender stamp set.  I then layered up a banner with a strip of measuring tape ribbon wrapped around.  I hit up the stitching stamp again on this layer.  I thn stamped the sentiment from the new For the Men stamp set, and finished off with some stars die cut from the Pierced Stars die set.  A few screw brads and a little fob watch and job done.


And here’s a pic of the first give away of the week

fur ever friends dies gradient

As I said, just leave a comment to be in the draw.

Back tomorrow with more new release cards.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Celebrate and a sneak peek at a die set I designed for Whimsy Stamps

I decided to go with a bit of a mixed media look on this week’s card.  Stamping and stencilling really made this gorgeous paper by 13@rts pop.  I stamped the grungy circles from the Whimsy Stamps Vintage Backgrounds set then stamped around the edges with  the straight stitch stamp from the In Stitches set.  The sentiment is die cut from the Word Die Set – Smiles, Happy and Celebrate using a gun metal mirri card.


I made the Foamiran flowers and added touches of Distress Glitter to the edges.  I designed this die set which comprises of 3 layers of the peony flower and the leaf spray that I’ve used on this card, except for the small white flowers that are from a different die set. 

The Peony die set is being released next week.  I’ve had quite the play with it and managed to make quite a few different flowers from just the one set, so watch this space for lots more Foamiran flowers in the coming week, as well as a giveaway of this set to one of my visitors next week.


The mask that I used on this card is also by 13@rts.  Love the grid pattern.


The butterfly is from a sheet that I got from the Range.  IIRC is’t by Anitas.


The doily die is one I picked up from eBay.
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