Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Folk Art Extreme Glitter paint from Plaid

Another box of gorgeousness to try out. Glitter makes me so happy and Extreme Glitter makes me extremely happy! I can't wait to open these and try them out. Now, I wonder if anyone would notice if the laundry wasn't done....? Dust if you must, but I'd rather paint :)

Grand Plans papers from Trimcraft

 Hello again :) This is one of my sample cards showing the brand new First Edition "Grand Plans" papers from Trimcraft. There are lots of elements which can be cut out from the pads to create collages as I've done in the card above. I folded a piece of 12 x 12 paper to form a pinwheel envelope.

Inside the card

Some photos of the last few days' work

 Some of my samples of Trimcraft, Plaid and Promarkers


 with the lovely Lisa from Donegal Stationery, Letterkenny



 Tim Shaw - who demonstrated lots of Galleria mediums etc and taught us so much in the morning.

 I still need to unpack :(



Monday, 22 May 2017

Big 50!

 For someone having a special birthday today!


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Co. Down yesterday


 We're still doing our walks around the Co. Down coast whenever we get the chance and yesterday we went down to where we stopped the last time and ventured a bit further. As you can see from the sky, it was threatening to rain heavily so we didn't go as far as normal just in case.
The yellow irises looked beautiful against the dark background.

Right opposite Kilroot Power Station.


The hawthorn blossom scent filled the air



 Still some bluebells left 

 The Stena Line ferry heading  into Belfast harbour

 I always want to see what's around the next corner...

 I'm not sure what this is but a gentleman who was walking his dog said it was some kind of boundary marker on the edge of the Crawfordsburn Estate.




Friday, 19 May 2017

Plaid Barnwood Painted Finish

 The two part Barnwood effect gives a really authentic aged look to unfinished wooden objects.
The stain is added first, the the wax is applied, Once the wax has been painted on, the excess is wiped off with a cloth and the object is scraped with a stick/plastic card to give the barnwood look. 
I've used some mini Folk Art stencils from Plaid with Chalk Paint.


After I finished with the Barnwood effect, I added the light and dark Moss Painted Finish.

Lilac flower - one stroke painting

Another little bit of one stroke painting - I used Folk Art Acrylic Paint for the background and flowers and parts of two Folk Art stencils (from Plaid)

Perfectly Pink gatefold card


Good morning :) This is a card which I made using a Dovecraft Trifold card base and the new Perfectly Pink papers. The dies are Trimcraft Nesting Blooms, Sentiments and Tags. 

I've added some Simply Creative pearls on the front. and spread some confetti glitter glue over the large white bloom (with the confetti butterfly added to the inside)


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Getting rusty


These are some more of the things I've been painting with the fabulous Folk Art Rust Painted Finish from Plaid. I love both the colour and the texture - it's so realistic. I base painted the little wooden house and the wooden box with Folk Art Castle Chalk Paint and then added the dark and light rust finish on top. The banner,lettering and tools were cut out with Trimcraft dies.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Home Sweet Home

A little One Stroke painting on a heart plaque using Folk Art acrylic paint from Plaid. I used the Folk Art "Family" stencil at the top.
The little butterfly was cut out with a Dovecraft layering die.

Ideas for customising wedding stationery

 These are some ideas for weddings for those who want to customise their stationery or embellish ready made basic item to coordinate.
These are aperture cards which have been embellished with butterfly, heart and wedding cake die cuts, gems and pearls
See below.


 These cards and envelopes are trifold with extra paper inside to print on and the teardrop gems are included. The little favour box is ready to fold and has a single gem included for each box. I have added the heart gems on the front.
See below


 The little favour boxes are packed ready to fold and make up  - the ribbons are included. I have added heart gems. The place name cards have a little heart which folds up. This can be decorated in various ways. I've used heart gems and Dovecraft dies.
See below


These place name cards have had embellishments attached to the heart at the top.
See below


The two wedding cards have been decorated with heart shaped doilies, ribbon, pearls and butterfly die cuts. The large wooden heart has been painted on the inside with Folk Art "Sheepskin" Chalk Paint from Plaid and I used the same paint on the little wooden heart tag.
See below

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

How to make a wishing well using Folk Art Concrete and Moss Painted Finishes from Plaid Crafts


You'll probably have noticed by now that I love using the Folk Art Concrete and Moss Painted Finishes from Plaid. I have had this idea in the back of my mind for weeks and finally got it made. I hope you like it enough to try it for yourself :)

You will need:
A cylinder shaped container with lid (diam 7.5cm and at least 8cm tall)
Folk Art Chalk Paint  -Castle
Folk Art Concrete Painted Finishes - light and dark
Folk Art Moss Painted Finishes - light and dark
wood effect paper
 Dovecraft Natural Ink Pad
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
Dovecraft 3D foam squares
Dovecraft Premium Dyed Textured Cardstock
Dovecraft dies - Flowers and Leaves (DCDIE066)
Simply Creative Rainbow pearls - 3mm
brown card
hot glue gun

kebab stick/wooden skewer 30cm long
craft knife

1. Start with a long tube container. I've used a Pringles container but "other brands are available!"

 2. Trim the container to 7.5cm tall and paint both the exterior and interior with  "Castle" chalk paint.

 3. Paint "stones" around the container first with the dark Concrete paint and then add highlights with the light painted finish.

 4. Mark a 5cm diameter circle in the centre of the lid and cut out with a craft knife. Paint with the Castle chalk paint.

 5. Paint the lid with a stone effect using the two shades of the Concrete paint.

 6. Cut the skewer in half. Cut a 9cm square of paper and, starting in the corner, roll the paper tightly around the skewer and glue at the end. Make two of these.

 7. Paint both the skewer halves with dark Concrete Painted Finish.

 8. Cut a piece of card measuring 9cm x 12cm and fold in half. Cut 4 pieces of wood effect paper measuring 9cm x 4cm and ink around the edges.Glue the bottom one in place, then add the top one with glue along the top edge but 3D foam squares at the bottom. Repeat on the other side.

 9. Cut a strip of wood effect paper measuring 3cm x 9cm and fold in half along the length. Ink all edges and glue over the top of the roof.. Cut a 7cm x 7cm square of brown card and cut in half daigonally. Score at 1cm on both of the short sides on each piece. Make a cut as shown where the scores intersect and trim off the long edges. Glue the tabs together.

 10. Glue the triangles to the inside of the roof leaving a 5cm gap in between. Using a hot glue gun, glue the "poles" to the inside of the roof, then add a large blob of hot glue to the bottoms of the poles and glue to  the bottom of the wishing well.

11. Add areas of light and dark Moss Painted Finish to the wishing well.

12. Die cut lots of little flowers and leaves using the Dovecraft dies and glue to the well . Add 3mm pearls in the centres of the flowers.