Sunday, 28 December 2014

How to buy clear stamps and digi images.

I have designed a range of floral clear stamps called Pick of the Bunch which have been manufactured by Tonic Studios. There are 9 sets of stamps in the range. There are also 6 beautiful dies which coordinate with the stamps..You can view the range of stamps HERE and the dies HERE - . The newest additions to the Pick of the Bunch range are the Punch and Stamp sets which make beautiful realistic looking paper flowers...more to follow soon :)

As you can see from the posts on this blog,I draw my own images for cards. Some of them are available to buy as digi images and these can be viewed on A Passion for Stamps

To buy the DIGI IMAGES simply use the "ADD TO CART" button. When you have paid I will send the chosen digi images to you as a zipped file as soon as possible.
If you have any problems with this send an email, to and I will get in touch to help asap.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Demo at Art and Hobby, Swords, Dublin tomorrow (23rd Aug)

Just a reminder that I'll be demoing Trimcraft It's a Boy?Girl, Forget Me Not, Santoro, Promarkers and Decomache tomorrow from 11.00am till 4.00pm in The Art & Hobby Shop Swords - I'd love to see any of you who are free 


Not really my usual style of card but I quite like the distressed look now and then. The best part is using the little Tim Holtz distressing tool :)
I've used some hearts cut with the Tonic Studios Indulgence Affections dies with an added Intrica Butterfly and Fanciful Flourish 

I bought the tassel trim in the haberdashery department of Dunelm Mill.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Rococo Christmas Tree card

 Good morning.....just a quick card today to show how you can use the lovely new Tonic Studios Rococo Christmas Tree die to make a Clean and Simple card for Christmas. I think it's ideal for times when you have lots of cards to make in a short space of time..
I've added a Poinsettia made with the Tonic Studios Clematis, Lily, Poinsettia Punch and Stamp set  - also from Tonic Studios and some tiny gems.
I've used white linen, forest green, ruby red and daffodil yellow card from Papermill.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Demo at Art & Hobby, Swords Aug 23rd

I'll be demoing Trimcraft It's a Boy/Girl, Forget Me Not, Santoro, Decomache and Promarkers next Saturday, August 23rd in Art and Hobby, Swords and would love to see some of you there. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

It's a Girl - Trimcraft First Editions

 I've made another scrapbook page using the Trimcraft First Editions "It's a Girl" 12 x 12 paper pad...and a lovely photo of my great niece, Eva.

 Most of the elements on the page are made from the 6x6 and 12x12 pages but I've added some Dovecrafts Forget Me Not and Back to Basics embellishments as well.
 The fabric button in the centre of the flower is from the Trimcraft Santoro range.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Jonny and Lucy's wedding photos

I've just been reminded to post these photos of my nephew's wedding.
Jonny and Lucy were married in Belfast on Saturday - a lovely day for a lovely couple!


 David, Jonny and Andrew

 David, Jonny and moi.


 Andrew and Andrea
Ernie and Evelyn


 Kaya and Lori


 Jonny and Lucy

Andrew and David

Ruth and Ruth!

Rococo Poinsettia Strip die card

 Just reminding you that the Tonic Studios Pick of the Day has a few more shows still going on today-

 Ideal World -  4pm. 7pm.

Create and Craft -. 5pm. 

I've used the gorgeous new Rococo Poinsettia Strip die along with the letters from the Christmas Wishes header fold die for this card - and coloured the Poinsettia with Promarkers.

How to make the Winter Woodland aperture card

I made this card earlier using the Trimcraft Winter Collection and 
am following that up with a step by step tutorial showing how I made it.

What you'll need:
Trimcraft Winter Woodland 6x6 paper pad
Trimcraft Winter Woodland 6x6 cards and envelopes
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Ric Rac
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Adhesive Toppers  - Sentiments
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Dies 
Dovecraft Super Value Crafters Glue
Dovecraft Glitter Glue - Crystal

white card 
brown card
double sided tape
masking tape
brown ink

die cutting machine

How to make it

 1. Cut two pieces of white card measuring 1.75cm x 14.5cm and attach inside the card to each side of the circle aperture with double sided tape. This is to strengthen the sides before creating a "tent" shaped card.

 2. Cut another piece of white card measuring the same width as the aperture card and 6cm wide. Score this at 1cm, 3cm and 5cm and fold "mountain and valley" style as shown.

3. Attach this piece to the inside back of the aperture card with double sided tape.

 4. Trim a piece of snowflake patterned paper from the 6x6 pad to 14.5cm x 14.5cm and attach to the back of the card with double sided tape.

 5. Place the tree die on the brown card, facing downwards, and secure with masking tape.

6. Pass the card and die through your diecutting machine. I'm using the XCut Xpress here so I have the die facing upwards under the card.

7. Remove the diecut from the die and cut two more the same. You'll need 3 trees for this card.

 8. Trim the bottom of the tree slightly and glue to the inside of the card.

 9. Glue the ric rac around the outside edge of the aperture.

 10. Trim the other two trees  and glue to the card with the bottom of each inside the card and the top outside. Add Dovecraft Glitter Glue to the tree tops and some dots to the blue paper.

 11. Add a little brown ink to the surface of the envelope die with a brayer -  NB.this is optional but it emphasizes the debossing on the diecut.

 12. Remove the diecut and fold into the envelope shape.

13. Add the envelope to the bottom left of the card with 3D foam pads and attach a Season's Greetings Adhesive Topper to the top right.
Finally, attach the bottom extra flap of card to the card front with double sided tape.

Warmest Wishes - from Trimcraft

This is a card I made with some of the Winter Woodland range from Trimcraft.
I've used one of the 6x6 aperture cards  and attached paper from the 6x6 pad inside. I used a little piece of folded card to make this into a "tent " card and added some ric rac, an adhesive sticker and Dovecraft glitter glue.
I used the Winter Woodland dies to make 3 trees and the little envelope.

Winter Wishes

Good morning.....Just a reminder that the brand new Tonic Studios Christmas header dies, bauble dies and Christmas Rococo dies are Pick of the Day on Create and Craft today..
You can see the shows on both Ideal World and Create and Craft at these times...

Ideal World - 8am. 10am. 1pm. 4pm. 7pm.

Create and Craft - 12pm. 3pm. 5pm. 

I've used 2 dies from the Christmas Wishes Header Fold Die Set along with the Rococo Beautiful Bow die on this tent card.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Scrapbook page - Grace Taylor papers and more - TUTORIAL

 I've used a selection of papers from the Grace Taylor "Springtime Posy" 12 x 12 pad to create this scrapbook page featuring a photo of my maternal grandmother. I liked the way the retro style papers could begiven an "aged" look by spattering them with ink.

Here's what you'll need:
Grace Taylor - Springtime Posy 100 sheet paper Kit
Dovecraft Super Value Crafters Glue
Dovecraft Double Sided Tape
Dovecraft Forget Me Not Paper Blossoms and Leaves
Dovecraft Forget Me Not Glitter Stickers - Tools
Dovecraft Forget Me Not - Buttons
Dovecraft Forget Me Not Raffia
Dovecraft Glitter Glue - Crystal
Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink - Titanium White
Derwent Inktense Blocks
Derwent Artbar Spritzer
Derwent Inktense Block Grate and Shake
Lefranc & Bourgeois stencil  - IVY
Reeves Modeling Paste 
Reeves Artists Painting Knife
Dovecraft Clear Stamp  - Spiral Butterfly
white card
Acrylic block
Dovecraft Adhesive Gemstones

Here's how I made it 

1. Select these papers from your paper pad.

 2. Cut strips from the patterned paper to various lengths but each measuring 5cm wide. Trim the ends so that the left side is 3cm longer than the right side. Attach these strips to the page with double sided tape  - overlapping each but aligning them with the top of the page.

 3. Cut a strip of the leaf patterned paper to fit across the top of the page and 5cm wide. Cut a strip of the darker patterned paper also to fit across the page but 6cm wide. Layer these as shown and attach across the page with double sided tape.

 4. Prepare the photo for the page by matting it onto white card, stippling some white ink around the edges and smudging it with your finger.

 5. Drop some white ink onto an acrylic block and dip a small lid into it to use as  a "stamp"  - I've used the lid from the Derwent Artbar Spritzer.

6. Randomly spatter some ink onto the page from a small paintbrush/toothbrush and stamp some circles from the Spritzer lid.

7. Make a customised spray for your page by grating some of the Derwent blocks (1200 and 1800) with the Derwent Grate and Shake into the Spritzer along with a few drops of Liquitex white ink and a little water.

8. Randomly spray this onto your page.

9. Use the same spray to customize one of the yellow Forget Me Not Paper Blossoms - and set aside.

 10. Attach the photo to the page with Double sided tape and mask off with a piece of card. Attach the stencil over the top, positioning the ivy where you want it.

 11.  Mix some grated Derwent Intense blocks (same as before) with Reeves Modeling paste.

 12. Spread it over the area of the stencil you have selected....and remove carefully.

 13. Add glitter to random leaves and stems.

14. Add the flowers with buttons in the centre.Then stipple with white ink. Glue raffia behind the flowers and add some cut out leaves from the leaf patterned page. Add a "seed packet" from the Glitter Sticker sheet.

 15. Add a few gems.

 16. Rub the two Inktense blocks across the stamp and spritz with water.

17. Stamp onto white card, cut out and glue to the page.