Monday, 24 October 2016

Demo at Donegal Stationery, Letterkenny on Sat 29th October

Just a little reminder that I''ll be demoing at Donegal Stationery in Letterkenny on Saturday (29th October) - this is one of the cards I'll be making using Trimcraft's Christmas Promise papers and Nativity dies. Hoping to see some of you there :)

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Dovecraft Couture du Jour card - Trimcraft

 Good morning, this is another of the Couture du Jour cards I made a few weeks ago. You can see from the photos below that it's a "tube" type card which folds flat for postage. I've used the 8x8 decoupage pad, 8x8 papers, dies, pearls and buttons. I know lots of friends who will love this new collection :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Quick and simple Christmas card - Tonic Studios

It's always good to be able to make a few quick cards in the run up to Christmas and they don't come much simpler than this. I used the Tonic Studios 8x8 Simple Stripes embossing folder ( you can emboss the whole 8x8 piece of card, cut it into strips and make several from the one piece), Fern Leaf die, White Poinsettia, Key Lime Jewel Drops and Ruby Slippers Crystal Drops

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness month - please take a minute to read

As it's breast cancer awareness month, I'd like to gently remind you to think about having yourself checked out. As you've probably gathered, I don't post much of my personal life on here - just some family photos and demo things. I don't talk much about this outside my family and close friends but I think most of you are aware that I wasn't well last year and had to take some time out.
The short story is that when the appointment came to go for a mammogram, I was too busy and was going to cancel as I had no symptoms whatsoever. However, David persuaded me to make the time and go along. It came as a complete shock to be called back and told that I had indeed got breast cancer. This post is not about me - it's for your benefit. I'm not looking for sympathy or pats on the back, I just want to make more women aware. The outcome so far is that I had surgery to remove the cancer in July 2015 and a course of radiotherapy throughout October last year. As you can see I'm now out and about demoing again even though I've been taking on less travelling because of the fatigue - but it could have been so different if I'd cancelled that appointment.
I thank God every day for the the care I received from everyone involved along the way.
Please think about making an appointment :)

Monday, 17 October 2016

Big 50 - Tonic Studios card

 Hi :) I made a card for a friend who has just turned 50. I used the Tonic Studios Kings Cross die set but only used the front part and added it to the card with 3D foam squares. The background dies are from  the Swirling Frame set. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Win and Tonic October challenge

Time for another challenge at the Win and Tonic Challenge Blog.
This month it's another easy one - Anything goes!

On my Design Team card I've used Tonic Studios Oval Layering dies, Rococo Celebration Lucky Horseshoe (bow) and Birthday Bundle dies (bunting and cupcake).

Make sure you pop over to the W&T blog to see the other cards and then join in as you could win the lovely prize....

Friday, 14 October 2016

Dovecraft "Couture du Jour" card tutorial - Trimcraft

The Dovecraft "Couture du Jour" collection by Trimcraft consists of patterned papers in 3 sizes and lots of gorgeous embellishments which coordinate with the colours and images. It's a really "girly" collection and is perfect for your stylish female friends!

I've shown the steps below in making this card and I hope you'll try it for yourself :)

You will need:
 Dovecraft Couture du Jour 6x6 paper pack
 Dovecraft Couture du Jour 8x8 Glittered Decoupage pad
 Dovecraft Couture du Jour Cutting dies
 Dovecraft Couture du Jour Adhesive Pearls
 Dovecraft Couture du Jour Plastic Buttons

Dovecraft Premium A4 white card
double sided tape
Dovecraft Crafts Glue
Dovecraft 3D foam squares
die cutting machine

How to make it:
1. Score an A4 piece of white card at 7.5cm and 15cm along the long side and fold as shown. Cut off on the shorter side at 15cm. 

2. Cut the patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad to the sizes shown in the photo above.

3.  Layer and attach the pieces to  the card as shown using double sided tape.

4. Snip off the piece of card above the top fold. Then cut a strip 1.5cm wide from this piece.

5. Glue the bottom 5.5cm of the long piece to  the centre of the bottom of the card and fold  the other piece over the top of the card.

6. Glue the small strip to the back of the card so  that the flap which folds over the top fits inside it.

7. Make up the decoupage image using 3D foam squares between each layer and glue to  the centre of the card.

8. Die cut the mannequin, "with love" and the butterfly from white card and glue to the card as shown. Die cut the butterfly from green paper and glue the centre to  the top of the white butterfly. Add a pearl in the centre.
Glue 3 buttons to the bottom right of the centre panel.

Folk Art Painted Finish - Rust - by Plaid

I just thought I'd show you some tags which I decorated with Plaid Chalk Paint, Mod Melts and Rust Finish. I love the texture of the Rust Finish and have been using it in different projects. The tags are part of a canvas which I made but I'll show the whole canvas later :)

Demo at Donegal Stationery, Letterkenny on October 29th

 My next demo is at Donegal Stationery, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal on October 29th and I'll be using the beautiful new Dovecraft Couture du Jour collection from Trimcraft as well as lots of Christmas bits and pieces and also some Plaid Mod Podge Sheer Paints etc.
I've been up there lots of times before and always look forward to seeing the Donegal folks again :)
I hope some of you can join me there.
 A little bit of origami  - couldn't resist it!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Afternoon at Castlewellan, Co. Down

 A wee trip to Castlewellan this afternoon for a long walk around the lake. A beautiful autumn afternoon :)

Some of the birds - boy, were they noisy!


The Mourne Mountains

Best Wishes - Tonic Studios Glimmer Paste

Good morning :) I have another card with Tonic Studios Glimmer Paste today. I've blended two colours again - this time Peridot Green and Tanzanite Lavender along with the Splayed Feathers stencil. 
I've also used parts of the Pine Leaf die in behind the Best Wishes

and some Glitter Drops on the leaves

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Thinking of You - Tonic Studios Glimmer Paste

 Hello:)  I hope you're feeling a lot warmer than I am today. The sun is shining but I'm shivering - Autumn is really here.
My card today is made with the Tonic Studios Seamless Circle stencil, Blue Topaz and Pink Opal Glimmer Pastes blended together, The effect is really sparkly as you can see in the close up below.

Monday, 10 October 2016

One more idea with Mod Podge Sheer Colours

 I've just been trying out another way of using the Mod Podge Sheer Colours - it does a great job of colouring silver glitter to whatever colour you want and it still has the same beautiful sparkle.
I've used each of the six colours on the Dovecraft Jigsaw dies to show the effect.

I've also added this to the bottom of the other post I did about Mod Podge Sheer Colours so  that everything is together in one place :)

Demo last Saturday at Art and Hobby, Drogheda - thanks :)

Julie, Kian and Robert
Thanks to Valerie, Jeanette and Donna for looking after me on Saturday while I was demoing lots of Trimcraft Christmas ranges at the Art and Hobby Shop, Drogheda on Saturday and to all who came along through the day. I was hoping that Julie would bring along the two boys so was delighted to meet little 5 week old Kian for the first time :). Don't the boys (big brother, Robert too) look so cute!!

It was another of those days when there was a real mix of craft expertise - always so good to have a couple of complete beginners among the more experienced crafters as it does no harm to go back to basics for a while too.  

Just a couple of photos below of some of the ladies who came along - I was so happy to see everyone, but just didn't think to take photos earlier as I was engrossed.

Catherine, Helen and Corina

Christine and Alison

Alison and Christine (sorry it's just the back of your heads  :(  )

Jeanette and Donna

Mod Podge Sheer Paint (blue) with Extreme Glitter on top. I've used the Trimcraft Build a Scene dies inside.