Monday, 5 March 2018

Update on David

As many of you know, David was diagnosed with bowel cancer a few weeks ago.It has been an anxious time but David is finally having his surgery today. We'd really appreciate your prayers for him and the family and also for the two surgeons who are operating. I took this photo yesterday after he was admitted to hospital as he looked so calm and peaceful. He said it was because he knew so many people were praying for him and wanted me to thank everyone.
It's a big operation and he will take some time to recover. In the meantime, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Thanks so much x

Thursday, 1 March 2018

The Glens of Antrim

 These are a few photos I took recently in the Glens of Antrim, near Cushendall, Co. Antrim. I'm sure it looks different now that more snow has come.



There's something about the moss on stone walls that really appeals to me :)

Sister - Tonic Studios

Hello from a very cold Co. Antrim :)
My card today was made with paper which was a free gift in a recent issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine and all the dies I've used are from Tonic Studios - Moroaccan Orchard Corner dieThank You Blossom dieSister and Beethoven's Rhythm Flourish. The little bird is from the Hello Sailor die set.
Stay warm :)

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

How to make a ZFold slit card - Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" by Trimcraft

This is a Zfold slit card which I made using the beautiful Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" collection from Trimcraft. All the step by step instructions and measurements are below.

You will need:
Dovecraft A4 Luxury Heavyweight Card
Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" 12 x 12 paper pack
Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" Paper Doily
Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" Accordion Sticker
Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" Puffy Sticker
Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" Mini Wooden Pegs
Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" Adhesive Pearls
Dovecraft "Nature's Grace" Washi Tape
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
Dovecraft 3D foam squares

How to make it:
1. Take an A4 piece of white card, score and fold in half (valley fold) on the long side to create a base card. Then score and fold the front in half (mountain fold) as shown. Measure up 6cm from the bottom of the card and make a 15cm slit which is 7.5cm on each side of the centre fold.

2. Cut pieces of grey patterned paper measuring 7cm x 20.5cm, 7cm x 14.5cm, 7cm x 5.5cm. Then cut another piece measuring 14.5cm x 20.5cm  and measure up 6cm from the bottom left and 7.5cm in from the side - cut this part out. Glue these pieces to the base card.

3. Cut a piece of floral paper measuring 6.5cm x 20cm and glue to the left panel.
Cut a piece of mustard patterned paper measuring 6.5cm x 14cm and glue to the centre top panel.
Cut a piece of bird patterned paper measuring 6.5cm x 5cm and glue below the mustard patterned panel.

4. Add a strip of bird patterned washi tape along the top of the right hand panel and a small strip along the bottom as shown. Glue a doily to the top right. Remove the button from an accordion sticker and glue the sticker to the centre of the doily. Add a bird puffy sticker on top and a grey mini peg at the top. Cut 2 tails of rose patterned ribbon and glue to the doily, below the accordion sticker.

5. Add mini bunting to the front panel of the card as shown, using 3D foam squares. Add pearls on top.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Inspiration gatefold card using Tonic Studios' Craft Kit 7

 This is a gatefold card which I made using some of the elements inside Tonic Studios' Craft Kit 7 and I have posted photos of the steps in making it below.

I have also used a few things which are not included eg black ink, white card, tacky glue, 3D foam squares and a Nuvo Brush Script Pen (138)

How to make it:
1. Cut a piece of white card to 20cm x 13.5cm and score at 1cm and 19cm. Using the die shown, cut out 2 white shapes and 2 embossed pink shapes.

2. Glue the pink embossed card pieces to the white shapes and glue the edges to the 1cm folded edges of the card base.

3. Use the 2 dies shown on white card to create the patterned pieces and glue to the front of the card.

4. Stamp the image with black ink onto white card (I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform)

5. Use the outer "square" die shape to cut around the stamped image, then colour with the Nuvo Markers included in the kit. Use the green Glitter Marker on the large leaves and colour the narrow leaves with the green Brush Script pen. 
Use the two dies shown above to cut out the two shapes from the embossed pink card. Set the patterned die cut aside to use later.

 6. Die cut the green background shape and use both dies to create the pink frame and the decorative shape. (This second pink decorative shape is not needed on this card but can be used on another project.

7. Glue the pink frame shapes to the green background shape and the stamped image, then attach the stamped one on top of the other as shown with 3D foam squares.

 8. Apply glue to the back of the left side and stick this down to the front left of the card.

Inside the card
Glue one of the pink decorative die cuts from step 5 to the inside of the card.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Nature's Grace Z Fold card (Dovecraft Premium)

 Hello again :)
I absolutely love this Dovecraft Premium collection from Trimcraft with the pretty birds and flowers. I've used the Glitter Stickers, buttons, accordion stickers, pearls doilies, 8x8 paper, Puffy Stickers and the cutest washi tape ever :) all from the collection.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Beyond the Shore V fold card - Trimcraft

 Good morning :)
This is another card I made with Trimcraft's "Beyond the Shore" papers and First Edition dies. I used  Frames and Nesting Doily dies with shells cut from the paper pad and also some Simply Creative Mini Bows and Pearls

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 :(