Friday, 20 January 2017

Blackout and aperture panel cards


I've posted a photo of one of these cards before with a square aperture so I'm just showing you a variation. Here's a  LINK to a tutorial for a similar card.
I've used Trimcraft's Blackout papers, Panel die, Tea Party dies and Bunting dies.





Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Storyteller papers with Puffy Paint dots - Trimcraft

 Hello again - I made this card this morning with the Trimcraft First Edition "Storyteller" papers and did a little bit of paper distressing with the edge of my scissors.
The papers are really vibrant colours and I had the perfect matching 6x6 card from a new set of 24 Dovecraft cards and envelopes called "Mash-Up".
The dies I used are Trimcraft Clocks and Screens with a Dovecraft Dragonfly in the centre. I've added some texture paste with Dovecraft Glass paint on top around some of the edges but the main texture comes from dots of Dovecraft Puffy Paint placed randomly across the card.
The Puffy Paint comes in 8 different colours and is applied to the project directly from the fine nozzle. On this card I squeezed some out onto  my work surface and used a spatula and stencil - then I used my heat tool to give it the puffy effect (good fun!)
I've also used some Dovecraft Crystal Glitter Glue around the edges and on the clocks.


Monday, 16 January 2017

Folk Art Rust Painted Finish from Plaid

Hi, here's another sample I made with the Folk Art Rust Finishes from Plaid. 
I painted the hearts with Grotto and Rich Black Chalk Paint (also from Plaid) and then applied both the light and dark Rust Finishes on top.



Win & Tonic January Challenge



 Happy New Year to all the  Win & Tonic fans! It's time for the January challenge where the themes are - 
                             Colour -  open so please feel free to use any colour/s you want
Technique - layering - very easy
Product – strip or border dies
Theme – love and marriage

Take your pick and join in to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize.
You can see the challenge details HERE, along with the prize and all the other DT cards for this month.

For my card this month I've used Cassandra's Garden Flip Flop dies, Lovebird and Heart Insert dies and swirls from the Sunburst Gazania die set along with White Blizzard Glitter Drops.


Friday, 13 January 2017

Filling boxes

We've been trying to sort out some old things which need stored away. We've been putting lots of cassettes in boxes but there's not as much room as we thought!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Bunting Gatefold card - Trimcraft


 It's the Trimcraft Bunting dies again! This time I've used them on a gatefold card along with the Screen dies and Storyteller papers. The buttons are from the Simply Creative range.

I've used the large bunting dies on the inside with the "Love You" from the Sweets die set. This patterned panel lifts up to reveal the part were you write on the card.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Twist and Pop card with cats


Another Twist and Pop card, this time with the beautiful new Storyteller papers, Screen and Cat dies from Trimcraft. The papers at the front of the pad are so thick that they make fantastic cards in themselves so I've used the red floral one as the outside of my card.
Now I think I'll have to stop making this shape of card for a while as I seem to have made so many now.
Aren't those little cats so cute?

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Mr& Mrs - Tonic Studios wedding card

 This is another card I made a few weeks ago - a wedding card made with Tonic Studios dies. I've used the Budding Vine Patterned Panel die set, Mr & Mrs, Wedding Car and Eastern Oyster dies with a little White Blizzard Glitter Drops.


Heart and Glimmer Paste card - Tonic Studios

 Back to crafting after a break for Christmas :)
This is actually one I made just before Christmas with the Tonic Studios Traditional Heart Layering Basics dies to create a heart frame and I added a flower made with the Woodland Aster dies.
The background is the Fancy Fretwork stencil with different colours of Glimmer Paste and I've added a few Crystal Drops to finish.


Thursday, 29 December 2016

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast


This is another of those places which we frequently pass but have not stopped at for many years. It's a really imposing building and the grounds are beautifully kept.

We'll have to come back soon and have a look around inside as we've never been in there yet. This photo is not even centred properly because I caught sight of the magnificent St. Bernard (bottom photo) coming across the road and lost concentration!




Lord Carson



 Reconciliation statue


The Gleaner

I just can't pass a dog!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Scrabo Tower, Newtownards, Co. Down

 Meet Trixie :) I just can't resist a cute little dog when I'm out for a walk and  they don't come much cuter than Trixie with her gorgeous red collar and cosy jumper!
 We went for a walk up the hill to Scrabo Tower, just outside Newtownards in Co. Down this afternoon and the scenery was beautiful. 




 You can see how tall the tower really is when you see the person standing at the bottom left.


 We stood for a while at the top watching the little planes taking off and landing at Newtownards airport.


 Trixie's owners pointed out Islandhill in the photo above as another good place for a walk. By the time we finished admiring the view up at Scrabo and got to Islandhill we decided to leave  the walk to another day - hopefully soon, as it looked lovely.


View from the carpark at Islandhill.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Titanic Centre, Belfast and the Nomadic

We took the day off a couple of weeks ago as it was David's birthday and finally made it to the Titanic Centre in Belfast!I meet people every couple of weeks from all over Ireland and beyond who have all visited this centre and were amazed that I'd never been, even though It's only about 15 minutes from home. As many of you know, David and I were working together in Belfast for quite a bit of the time when the centre was being built and passed the site twice a day. I used to say that I'd be in there as soon as it opened! Then, it was just so busy that we thought we'd wait till the crowds died down - well, that's almost 5 years ago and we only made it this month!! 
When it got the award for being the world's best tourist attraction earlier this month we decided we;d go for David's birthday :) We had a lovely day :)
The photo above shows the cranes of Harland and Wolff (and for the crafters among you - that's the Titanic Exhibition Centre to the left, where the craft shows, among other things, are now held)

 With the birthday boy :)

Andrew -who treated us to a lovely turkey dinner before the Titanic tour :)


 There's just so much history (including so much of the history of Belfast which is so relevant to my family) captured inside this building that it's difficult to take it in in one day - that's why it was dark when we came out! Now we'll definitely have to go back to have a second helping. My photos do not in any way do this place justice.




When we lwft the Titanic building we also had a tour of the Nomadic which is docked on the Lagan.

The Nomadic