Saturday, 17 February 2018

A few photos taken at Crawfordsburn Country Park, Co. Down this evening

 On the path from Crawfordsburn to Helen's Bay, Co. Down

This area is totally covered with bluebells in May time but I can't recall being there when the daffodils are out in full bloom. I don't think I'll make it back on time this year either :(

Friday, 16 February 2018

Birds on the Fence - Trimcraft

Today's birds are die cuts which I made with the Trimcraft Bird Themed dies and paper from the new Perfect Allusions paper pad. I made the fence from strips of the paper and added some silver Simply Creative pearls. The flowers are cut from the paper pad and I've added some other die cuts using the First Edition Nature Themed and Decorative dies.
The gems in the centres of the flowers are Simply Creative Gold 3mm and 6mm (also from Trimcraft)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine - issue 180 (March)

The newest edition of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine(March issue 180) has just been delivered so you'll be able to buy it in your local stationery store very soon. 
My commission for this month was 5 cards and a tag using Tonic Studios' Embossing Folder and dies sets and , as always, I love how they have been photographed for the magazine.
There are so many gorgeous projects in this issue it's hard to know where to start - Simonne Clay's beautiful vellum creations, Clare Buswell's cute quilling, Sue Hughes' fantastic accordion book ..and lots more. There's also a super free gift of gorgeous Art Deco papers and toppers 

Friday, 9 February 2018

Today is the Day - Tonic Studios

Hi again :)
I'm doing my best to catch up with some things and need to post photos of some of the cards I made. This is one I made with the "Today Bouquet" dies (7 in the set) from Tonic Studios and I used the largest die from the "All you Need, Jigsaw Die set" for the background. The flowers are made with the "Emperor's Wreath" die set.
The papers are Paradise Crush from Trimcraft 

Ava (Boho Beautiful) from Tonic Studios

Hi, this is one of the cards I made with Tonic Studios' Boho Beautiful dies. I've used "Ava" and have also used the Victorian Frame Layering die set for the background and corners.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Perfect Allusion from Trimcraft

Good morning :)
This is another card I made using the new Perfect Allusion papers from Trimcraft. I used some of the Trimcraft Nature Themed dies as they complement the papers so well. 
I've also added some Simply Creative pearls and Glitter Stickers. I made the little wooden gate in the centre with mini lolly pop sticks and added 3mm silver pearls (Simply Creative again )

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Acetate window easel card tutorial - Trimcraft's Beyond the Shore

I've used the Beyond the Shore papers from Trimcraft to make a little easel card and added some acetate to the centre to create a sea scene.

You will need:
Dovecraft 6x6 square white card
Dovecraft Colours 6x6 Paper Pack
Dovecraft A4 Acetate
Trimcraft First Edition "Beyond the Shore" 8x8 paper pad
Trimcraft First Edition Frame dies - FEDIE211
Trimcraft First Edition Interchangeable Die Cut Plaques - FEDIE214
Trimcraft First Edition Build a Scene dies  - FEDIE098
Simply Creative 3mm Rainbow Pearls
Simply Creative 3mm Silver Gems
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
Double sided tape
3D foam squares
Die cutting machine.

How to make it:
 1. Start with a 6x6 white card. Score and fold the front in half as shown. Mark at 5cm from each side at the fold and cut this section out of the front half.

 2. Take a piece of acetate measuring 9cm x 9cm and score so that it is the same height as the aperture. Attach to the inside of the aperture with double sided tape.

 3. Cut another piece of acetate measuring 5cm x 7cm and score at 1cm on the 7cm length. Add double sided tape to the scored part. Cut out two mermaids from the paper pad and glue to the acetate. Add 3mm aqua pearls. 

 4. Attach the mermaids on acetate to the inside of the card, directly at the score line, with the double sided tape.

 5. Glue a 14.5cm x 7cm piece of sea patterned paper to the inside of the card, just below the aperture. Glue a 14cm x 14cm piece of wave patterned paper to a 14.5cm x 14.5cm piece of turquoise paper and attach to the inside of the card with double sided tape.

6. Glue a 4cm x 6.5cm piece of patterned paper to a 4.5cm x 7cm piece of turquoise paper and glue to the right side of the acetate panel. Repeat on the left side. 
Die cut waves from the Build a Scene die set and glue behind the acetate.
Die cut the triple frame and glue onto a piece of turquoise paper.Attach to the wave patterned paper with 3D foam squares at 2.25cm from the bottom of the card.

7. Die cut the "Special Day" from  the Plaque die set, glue onto turquoise paper and attach to the centre of the triple frame with 3D foam squares. Cut out two shells from the paper pad and glue one to the frame on each side of the Special Day. Add 3mm silver gems in the centres. Fussy cut a piece of purple patterned paper to fit across the bottom of the card and glue in place.

Perfect Allusion - new from Trimcraft

This is another new paper pad coming from Trimcraft with beautiful, deep, natural colours and patterns. I've added some Simply Creative Gold Glitter around the outside and used dies from the Bird Themed, Nature and Decorative die sets. 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Hey Baby! from Trimcraft

 This is a little preview of a beautiful new release coming soon from Trimcraft. It's called "Hey Baby" and consists of 6x6, 8x8 and 12x12 paper pads along with an 8x8 decoupage pad.
I've used the 8x8 paper pad, decoupage pad as well as First Edition dies and buttons, gems and bows from the Simply Creative range.

 The little tags are on a sheet inside the paper pads.

It's hard to believe that I knit this little cardigan about 27 years ago and it was worn by both of our sons!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Trying out my Edding pens

A little freehand practice with some brilliant Edding pens I was sent to try out. I I used the "colourpen brush" markers with the 0.3mm Fineliner pens. 
I need a lot more practice but am happy with this for a start :)

Friday, 26 January 2018

Oxford Island, Lough Neagh, Co. Armagh for a second visit this week

 Because the weather was pretty grim when we visited Oxford Island on Tuesday, we decided to go back again today. It was still a bit dull but what a beautiful place! We had lunch in the Discovery Centre and the gentleman at the desk in the centre pointed out all the best places to see. 
This wooden pier out into Lough Neagh is just behind the cafe.

 We took plenty of birdseed and the birds didn't waste any time in taking it :)

 Kinnego Marina