Thursday, 21 September 2017

Change in demo venue

Due to unforeseen circumstances, my demo at Mandel's Art Shop on Oct 14th is going to be rescheduled at a later date. I'll now be going to the Art & Hobby Shop, Drogheda on Oct 14th. I was looking forward to going to Castlebar but will be happy to go later and I'll let you know the new date when I know myself.
However, I do know some of you from Drogheda have been asking when I'm coming back your way - so I hope you're free then 

So my demo dates until the end of Oct are now -
Sat 23rd Sept - Craft Cabin, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan
Sat 30th Sept - Donegal Stationery, Letterkenny
Sat 14th Oct - Art & Hobby, Drogheda
Sat 21st Oct - Art & Hobby, Jervis Street, Dublin

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Demo at the Craft Cabin, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan on Saturday 23rd Sept

 Hi :) This is one of the cards I'll be demoing at the Craft Cabin in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan on Saturday. It's made with Dovecraft Premium "Time to Sparkle" paper, glitter card, First Edition die and Simply Crerative gems. I'll also be demoing Mod Melts from Plaid Crafts and lots of other crafty ideas so if you're free I'd love to see you there :)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Promarker doodling

 I always have my Promarkers close by - I just never seem to put them away as I'm always doodling with them. Yesterday I posted a quick photo on Facebook of a little floral heart which I drew while having lunch (see below) and this morning I wondered why I never seem to use my "doodles". I drew another floral heart and added some extra blong in the form of Simply Creative gems and out a double die cut form the Trimcraft Wedding themed die set in the centre.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Westport Co. Mayo

 Beautiful reflection of the flowers in the river at Westport.
We've been to Westport many times over the years and in all kinds of weather, but I think we got all kinds of weather in the one day this time. It was reasonably warm and bright while we were walking around the town but was really wet, windy and cold round at the harbour.

 Westport House

Achill Island and Newport, Co. Mayo

Mulranny - gateway to Achill

The weather was a bit wild but the scenery was spectacular in the dark skies and winds. It looked ideal for the surfers who were enjoying themselves  - I'd definitely like to go back and see this place in better weather too :)

 Path through the stones to the beach from the car park

 Keel Beach
 Wind and clouds!



Winter Wonderland Acetate Easel card tutorial

 The papers I have used on this card are Dovecraft Premium "Time to Sparkle " from Trimcraft and I reckon you can never have too much sparkle so I have also used glitter card, acetate and gems :)

To make this card you will need: 
Dovecraft 6x6 Polka Dot embossed card
Dovecraft Premium "Time to Sparkle" paper pad
Dovecraft Premium "Time to Sparkle" Dimensional Stickers
Dovecraft Premium "Time to Sparkle" Glitter Photo Corners
Dovecraft Christmas dies - "Snowflakes" and "Bauble Scene"
Dovecraft A4 acetate
Dovecraft Glitter card - gold
Simply Creative gems - silver and gold 3mm
Dovecraft double sided tape
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
Dovecraft 3D foam squares

How to make it:
 1. Measure in 5cm from each side on the front of the polka dot card and remove the centre piece. Reserve this piece for step 7.

 2. Add double sided tape to all edges of the backs of the polka dot panels. Cut a 15cm square of acetate and attach to the double sided tape.

 3. Score and fold across the centre of the card at 7.5cm.

 4. Attach a 14.75cm square of back patterned paper to the inside back of the card with double sided tape.

 5. Die cut the Bauble Scene from gold glitter card.

 6. Make a tiny slit in the centre of the folded line of the acetate, slip the top of the bauble die cut up through and tie a twine bow at the top. Glue the ends of the twine to the top of the card.

 7. Trim the piece which was cut from the centre of the card to 14cm x 5cm. Glue a 13.5cm x 4.5cm piece of gold glitter card on top and attach to the card at 2cm from the bottom edge with 3D foam squares on the top edge (facing the centre of the card) and double sided tape on the bottom edge.

 8. Attach Christmas Tree dimensional stickers to the polka dot side panels and the Winter Wonderland dimensional sticker to the centre of the easel stopper.

 9. Trim the excess paper from the glitter photo corners and add black ones to the top outside corners and the gold ones to the bottom inside corners of the card front. Die cut 4 snowflakes and glue to each side of the Winter Wonderland.Add silver gems in the centres of the snowflakes and gold gems on the Christmas trees.

To make a fairy house frame - Plaid Crafts

I've been having a play with some cute little Folk Art mini stencils from Plaid and have used them with some Folk Art Chalk Paint and Moss Painted Finishes to decorate a little box frame.

To make this you will need:
3D frame 17cm x 17cm Empress Tree
Folk Art Chalk Paint  - Oatmeal, Spanish Moss, Sheepskin, Victorian Lace, Imperial
Folk Art Painted Finishes - Concrete, Moss (light and dark in both)
Folk Art stencils - Garden (59794) and Fairy Signs (59813)
Set of battery lights (12)
Simply Creative "Go Wild" 12 x 12 paper pad
Simply Creative silver pearls (3mm and 6mm)
Dovecraft A4 acetate
cream card 
Craft knife
double sided tape
3D foam squares
PVA glue
Hot glue gun
Drill / tool to create hole in back of wooden frame

How to make it:
1. Using the Oatmeal paint on a sponge/stencil brush, stencil the fairy door onto the wood patterned paper from the Go Wild paper pad. Add some light concrete paint to the stones around the door and then add some detail on top with the dark concrete effect. Stencil the stones around the windows in the same way. Remove the window areas carefully with a craft knife.

2. Cut a piece of wood effect paper measuring 12.5cm x 14cm and set the door and windows on top. Mark where the window openings are and remove these from the paper with a craft knife.

3. Glue the windows in place and add the door with 3D foam squares.

4. Cut a piece of acetate to cover the back of the window and door openings and secure in place with double sided tape.

5. Paint the inside of the frame with Spanish Moss chalk paint and add some light and dark Moss painted finish detail. 
NB You can paint the back of the frame with the same paint at this stage if you want a dark inside (I have tried both of these and both work well).

6. Cut 2 strips of card measuring 13.5cm x 4cm. Score and fold down the centre and cut little V shaped pieces out along the length.

7. Drill a small hole in the centre at the bottom of the back of the frame ( wide enough to thread the lights through).Glue the card strips by one edge to the top and bottom of the inside of the frame as shown.

8. Thread the lights through the hole in the back of the frame and glue around the edge of the frame with a hot glue gun.

 9. Add the paper with the door and windows on top of the curved card with glue.Add detail around the door and windows with the light and dark moss painted finish.

10. Paint the outer frame with Sheepskin chalk paint, then stencil the flowers with Imperial and Victorian Lace chalk paint. Add detail around the frame with the light and dark moss painted finish.

11. Stencil the small sign and then the "Fairy Garden" onto wood effect paper and cut out. Roll a little cylinder of wood effect paper to create a post and glue to the back of the sign. Add some detail with the chalk paint and moss painted finish.

12. Add some pink and red detail to the moss. Glue the Fairy Garden sign to the bottom right of the frame and some silver pearls to the door knob and hinges.

13. Cut 5 pieces of cream card measuring 2cm x 1.5cm and cut a little V shapes out to create a bunting shape. Glue to the twine and glue across the top of the frame.