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.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Heading home

I'm heading home after a great day in Newbridge where I was demoing in the Art and Hobby Shop in the White Water shopping centre. A big thanks to all who came. We were a bit noisy but no one seemed to mind!
I hope you all enjoyed joining in and trying new folds etc I always love to see the expressions when we all have our heads down and tongues out to help concentrate; )
Only I could manage to get lost in the toilets!  Thanks a lot Margaret, for your clear directions. ..."Sure you'll find your own  way out"      lol!!
Hope to see you all again soon:)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Art and Hobby, Newbridge demo on Saturday (22nd November)

Just a little reminder that I'll be demoing at Art & Hobby Newbridge on Saturday (22nd November) from 11.00am - 4.00pm if any of you are free.I'll be using some Trimcraft Christmas ranges along with other papers etc and Promarkers. See you there:)

Monday, 17 November 2014

I "Love" turquoise

My favourite colour again! From what I've been hearing over the last few days at the show - I'm not the only one who loves turquoise.
I've used The new Tonic Studios Believe/ Love Frames Topper die set, part of the Thank You Topper die set, Sweeping Pampas and Small Lacy Bows along with paper from the 8x8  Neroli pad by Trimcraft and card from Papermill - a perfect combination :)
I'm off now to catch up after a busy few days at the show.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Kings Hall show - thanks

I'm not long home after demoing at the King's Hall, Belfast for 3 days at the Craft Show. It's always a great feeling to be working so close to home where I get to meet up with all the "locals". A very big thanks to all who came a long and especially to those who kept me "fed and watered" over the days of the show! Thanks to Karen Donnelly for the scrummy home baked banana loaf!
I was demoing on the Crafty Devils stand and was delighted to see the lovely Katie Skilton working opposite me with Craft Habitat - we were able to keep an eye on eachother over the aisle!
We had a lovely catch up this evening in Carrickfergus and then a whistle stop tour of Belfast before Katie flies off  home tomorrow.

Titanic Centre, Belfast

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Good morning :) I've made a card for those of you who bought the Tonic Studios Pick of the Week in the last couple of days - it's a quick and easy make and would look just as well as a door plaque. Hope you like it :)

I've used the Flora Frames Topper die set with "R" from the DuoCap Initials-Pretoria set on topper made from the "I miss you" topper die set.
The paper is Dovecraft Krafty Christmas and the card is Buff and Mocha Brown from Papermill.


Monday, 10 November 2014

Kings Hall - Thurs to Saturday this week

Well, I'll be a bit closer to home this weekend - I'll be at the Kings Hall, Belfast demoing lots of lovely Tonic Studios dies with Crafty Devils Papercraft. I'll be in good company, too, as David is coming along with me to help out - I love it when that happens :)
The show is open from Thursday to Saturday and I will be there all three days - right at the front door in my usual spot! See you there :)

Happy Birthday "Deer" Brother

This card was for my brother's birthday and I hope he doesn't mind me sharing it here (Do you, Robert?)
I've used coordinating papers from the Trimcraft Boho Chic collection - I've had these for a little while but love to look at them and don't really like to cut them up (some of you will understand this problem!).
I stamped the Stag  (Dovecraft) with Bark Versamark ink and layered onto Mocha Brown card from Papermill. I also used the same card for Tonic Studios Scalloped Circle diecut, Brother sentiment diecut and the matting. 

A remake..

 This is a remake of one of the cards I made at Paperworks on Saturday - the photo of the original didn't come out well. I've also added the swirls etc which were in my box.
This has got to be my favourite colour combination - pity the light's not great this morning either :(

Close up of the Mr & Mrs die set used in two layers with the Frond Finesse dies at the top and bottom.

Thanks for coming - demo at Paperworks on Saturday

 Thanks so much to everyone who came along to my demo at Paperworks on was one of those days when I think I was going by the calendar rather than the clock! Anyhow, I was engrossed and enjoying myself and I hope you were too :)
These are just a few photos of some of the cards I made at the demo - as usual I was talking so much I forgot to take them all (I know several of those who were there took photos of them so maybe I'll see them around). 
This is a slider card made using the absolutely gorgeous combination of Trimcraft Bella Rose papers with the Tonic Studios First Dance die and Love Arch border punch.

I made this from a 12 x 12 paper from the Vintage Noel paper pad (lush!!!) and Tonic Studios Chic Antique Oval die with a Mannequin die two Frond Finesse swirls and  Poinsettia from the Punch and Stamp set.

Inside the card

Later today I'll be recreating at least one of the others which I didn't get a good photo of - it was one of my favourites.

See you later :)

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Christ the Saviour is born

 I love Christmas - special family times, presents, carols...and even the turkey but I just thought I'd make a card to say what's it's really all about - hope you like it.

I've used white hammered card, post box red and forest green card from Papermill for the card base, punched and die cut parts.
The beautiful patterned paper is First Edition Vintage Noel by Trimcraft.
I've made the borders with the Tonic Studios Regal Strip Intrica punch.The background die is Dragonfly Delight with an extra layered rectangle.
The flower was made with the Clematis, Lily Poinsettia Punch and Stamp set and I've added tiny leaves from the Royal Fern die set.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Demo at Paperworks, Dungannon on Saturday 8th Nov

 Good morning :) I've been making a lot of Christmas card samples lately for my demos and it's really nice to be doing this baby card for a little change. I've used the Tonic Studios New Baby sentiment die, Love Arch border punchCarnation Punch and Stamp set and Frond Finesse Swirl die along with Trimcraft's beautiful First Edition "It's A Girl" papers - it's one of the samples for Paperworks, Dungannon where I'll be demoing on Saturday (8th Nov)  - there will, of course, be lots of Christmas crafting too!!

Monday, 3 November 2014

Home, unpacked and ready to roll again!

Well, I'm back home after a couple of lovely days at the RDS in Dublin with Sara and Ciaran from Cregal Art (Galway). It was a great show and there was such a buzz about the stand. So many of you called by to say hello ( and buy from the stand) and it made me feel so much at home. 
Sara and Ciaran  were a treat to work with - so happy and welcoming (to the customers as well as to me!) and I'm sure they will see lots of new customers making their way to the shop in Galway before too long!
I was very busy and didn't get a chance to have a walk round the show but didn't even miss it as I had so many friends from all over Ireland coming to the stand.
I hope you all enjoyed it  - I know I did! It was great craic!!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

RDS - tomorrow and Saturday

Who's coming to the Knitting and Stitching Show at the RDS in Dublin?
It's not all Knitting and Stitching....there will be lots of papercrafts too :)
The doors opened this morning at 10.00am!
I'm packing up today to come down in the morning and will be there tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday.

Come and say "Hello" - I'll be demoing Promarkers and Trimcraft papers with Cregal Art - can't wait!!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Beach themed Scrapbook page

One more make today - a scrapbook page with the new Tonic Studios Mystic Vine dies which are the Pick of the Day on Create & Craft TV today. They reminded me of waves so I used them with the new Trimcraft Sail Away papers.
Even though I say it myself - don't David and Andrew look so cute? Just as well they won't see this!!

Demo at Paperworks, Linen Green, Dungannon - Saturday 8th November

 I've managed to get a little bit ahead of myself for a change! I'm sure it won't last long but I'm enjoying it while it lasts!
This is one of my samples for my demo at Paperworks, Linen Green, Dungannon where I'll be using lots of lovely Tonic Studios dies and punches along with Trimcraft Christmas ranges and Promarkers...with a little bit of Decomache thrown in for good measure :)
It's always a busy day and I'm really looking forward to it - hope to see some of you there :)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Santoro Mirabelle Butterfly

 This is a "fold flat" card made with Trimcraft "It's A Girl" 8x8 papers layered onto Dovecraft Premium A4 Glitter card, Santoro Mirabelle Butterfly stamp coloured with Promarkers.

 Close up photo to show the colours I've used on the stamped image.
HAIR - Ivory, Pastel Beige and Sandstone (with an Ultra Fine nib)
SKIN -  Almond, Dusky Pink
DRESS -  Pale Pink, Rose Pink
HEARTS - Bright Green, Forest Green.
I've also used Pale Pink on the wings and then covered them with Dovecraft Glitter Glue - Crystal.
I've added a touch of Crystal Glitter Glue to the hearts as well to match the Glitter Card.

The flower is made from scrunched up circles of the It's A Girl paper with a Dovecraft Back to Basics IV ribbon and brad.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Colouring faces with Promarkers

There are many different combinations of Promarkers that can be used to colour faces. Here are some of my favourites.I've added a step by step tutorial with one of the combinations but the basic idea is the same for all  - start with the lightest shade, add deeper shades and then blend them together with the first colour you used ie the lightest shade again.

 Almond, Sunkised Pink, Baby Pink Face
1. Stamp the image and colour the face with Almond Promarker.
2. Add shading with the Sunkissed Pink.

3. Colour the cheeks with Baby Pink

4. Now go over the whole face again in small circular motions with the Almond Promarker.

5. Add Baby Pink to the lips and do not blend again.

Carnlough by the sea!..lots of photos

 My last card reminded me that I 'd taken some photos at Carnlough a few weeks ago one afternoon when we just stopped everything and headed to the sea! I love the beach - not for lying on and sunbathing! I just love the sound of the sea on the pebbles :)

 Big kid!!

 What did we feed him on? Making me feel small!!!

 That's better!