Friday, 22 July 2016

Plaid Ultra Dye wooden trinket box

 I've been experimenting with different paints, dyes, surfaces and finishes using some Plaid Crafts products to see what can be used together. This is a little wooden chest which I stained with the brand new Ultra Dye (Turquoise). The colours are really vibrant and can be used on wood, wicker etc but I've also done some experimenting on semi porous surfaces too and will post some photos soon.
I decorated this little chest with Mod Melt Flowers which I painted with Plaid Home Decor Chalk Paint.
The little gem hearts in the foreground were colourless but I painted them with the Plaid Sheer Colours and will also be adding them to another project soon.

I coated the top of the box with Mod Podge Extreme Glitter - I just love that stuff!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

How to make a diorama card using the Trimcraft Whiz Kids collection

I hope you enjoy this tutorial showing how to make a little diorama card which folds flat for postage but opens up to reveal a 3D effect inside.
I've used the new Whiz Kids collection by Trimcraft.

You will need:
Trimcraft Whiz Kids 6x6 papers
Trimcraft Whiz Kids 8x8 Glitter Decoupage pad
Trimcraft Whiz Kids Mini Bunting
Dovecraft A4 Premium white card
Trimcraft First Edition Scalloped Circle dies
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
Dovecraft 6x6 Colours Paper Pack
Simply Creative gems
3D foam squares
double sided tape
Die cutting machine

How to make it:
 1. Start with a 15cm square card  white card. Score and fold at 1cm from the right edge.

 2. Cut a piece of card measuring 15cm x 16cm, then score and fold at 1cm from each side on the 16cm length.

 3. Cut a piece of star paper to 14.5cm x 13.5cm and attach to the inside back of the card with double sided tape.

 4. Cut a piece of bunting paper to 13.25cm x 14.75cm and attach to the other piece of card with double sided tape.

 5. Tape the 10cm diameter scalloped circle die to the panel and pass through your die cutting machine.

 6. It should look like this when you remove the die.

 7. Put a strip of double sided tape on the back of the folded part of the card and attach the aperture panel to the card back.

8. Attach the other folded strip to the inside of the card as shown. Hold in this position and glue "Layer 2" of the decoupage into the centre. If you lay the card down flat before you adhere the  decoupage it will not be in the centre when the card is opened.

9. Add the next layers of decoupage with 3D foam squares.

10. Die cut a scalloped circle from bunting paper and glue to the inside left of the card. Add a smaller white scalloped circle die cut on top. Then glue the Just for You from the Decoupage sheet on top.

11. Cut a piece of Princess patterned paper to 14.5cm x 14.5cm and attach to the card front with double sided tape. 

12. Glue Layer 1 of the Decoupage to an 8cm x 12cm piece of dark pink paper and then glue this to an 8.5cm x 12.5cm piece of white card. Glue to the centre of the card front. Glue the "Birthday Princess" greeting to the top right.

 13. Add some bunting on 3D foam squares to the top left of the card. Add  gems to the centres of the bunting.

Top view

Blog stats again :)

Good morning :) and a BIG thank you to everyone who visited my blog yesterday. It's a personal milestone for me to have had over 2,000 visitors in one day. I'm very happy to see this as I have put a lot of hard work into building the blog up and maintaining it over the last 7 years.
It's only 8.50am and already 628 people have visited  - thank you sooo much :)

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Mr & Mrs - Trimcraft

 This is another card which I made for personal use - 2 in one week! 
I've used Trimcraft's First Edition Wedding, Scalloped Circle and  Nature dies along with some flowers which I made from Dovecraft Flower dies.
The paper is Bella Rose which I've had for a while but I just love it :)

Folk Art Milk Paint by Plaid

 When I looked at the beautiful little pots of Folk Art Milk Paint which I received yesterday, I knew I had something I wanted to upcycle using it. I had an old wooden egg box, which had seen better days, out among the geraniums and fuchsias in my summer house so I cleaned it up and got started.

I used Blue Belle Milk Paint on the exterior and Sheepskin Chalk Paint on the interior. 
The Milk Paint has a lovely flat finish (obviously without the limey effect of the Chalk Paint) and was very easy to apply.
I used the Milk Paint Brush to apply the Blue Belle and then used a finer brush to paint a simple little chicken at the top with Shaker Red and Farmhouse Ochre.

This is what the egg box looked like before I painted it.

I took the "before" photo on top of some lily leaves in my garden  - so here are the blooms as well :)

Monday, 18 July 2016

Folk At Milk Paint and Plaid Ultra Dye

I've just had a delivery of gorgeous new Milk Paint and Ultra Dyes from Plaid so I may be missing for a while :)
No doubt you'll be seeing some experiments with this after a while!

Goal! Whiz Kids by Trimcraft

Good morning :) If you have cards to make for kids (big or small, boy or girl!) you're going to love the new Whiz Kids range of papers and embellishments by Trimcraft. These should be available from your local Trimcraft supplier in the next few days.

I've used the 8x8 papers, 8x8 Glitter Decoupage pad, mini bunting and some new Dovecraft dies :)

Newcastle, Co. Down

Saturday was the last day of our week off so this time we packed up a picnic and headed off in the other direction - to Co. Down. The weather was fantastic so we just enjoyed the scenery at Newcastle
Bridge over the Shimna river, Newcastle, Co. Down

The Mourne Mountains 

Thought this looked like the ultimate selfie ball! That's the pair of us looking even more round than usual ;)

 Percy French - "Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea"

Old habits die hard :) I guess I've always had a fascination for collecting shells, glass etc and enjoying the different colours and textures :)

Friday, 15 July 2016

White Rocks (North Antrim coast)

 It wasn't the best weather today but we both had the day off and as soon as the rain cleared up this morning we made a quick picnic and headed off to the coast. It was dry for a while so we had a walk along the beach at the White Rocks but it was very windy - the sand was stinging the backs of my legs and my ears were full of sand when I got back to the car. But it was well worth it just for the view. I never tire of this part of the country.

There's something about the sound of waves - I could listen to the sea all day :)

Win & Tonic challenge

Hi, it's time for another challenge at the Win and Tonic challenge blog.

Thanks again to everybody who joined us last month.
Lots of you used the new Win & Tonic facebook page –  you can find it here …
... and we hope that it helped anybody who has been struggling to upload their cards.
In case you missed it last month, if you leave your cards on that FB page,
we will pick them up from there and add them onto here for you so that you are allocated a number
to add you into the random draw (we don’t want it public so you will have to join the group).
It saves you emailing the cards over etc etc so it does seem to help.

OK so what’s on for this month?  -  Well this month we have another
Take Your Pick
challenge, and in case you aren’t familiar with this, it’s ever so easy and here’s how it works.
There’s a list of options and you can choose any of the options.
You can also combine some of the options if you want to so.
There’s a colour option, a technique option, a product option and a theme option.

This time you have the choice of making a card from one of the following themes - 

Colour -  Black and white and ……. any other colour of your choice

Technique - Glue Gun stuff 

Product - A little Rococo

Theme - one for the girls this month 

On my card above I have used the new Candy Cane Frame Die Set 1371E from the Tonic Studios Christmas Frames die collection for the centre panel, with a little bow from the Mini Wreath Decorations set (1384e).

I've added some more little diecuts made with this set on the top panel and have added some Red Berry Gloss Crystal Drops.

On the "stopper" part of the card I've made a bow with the Ribbons and Bows die set (1092e)

The Prize this month is -
Miniature Moments dies :)

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Baby Boy - Tonic Studios

 Good afternoon :) It has all dried up here today and is even feeling a bit more like summer. All the heavy rain over the last days seems to have made the grass grow more quickly so I'll have to get the lawnmower out once the ground is dry enough.
Anyhow, I had a couple of cards to make this morning for my own use and I just realised that I actually don't make many at all for that so I scratched my head for a while before I came up with something.This one is for a good friend who has just become a granny to a gorgeous little boy.

I used some of Tonic Studios' Indulgence Affections dies along with the Adorable Elephants and Baby Balloons dies. I've also used the Congrats Miniature Moments die at the bottom.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Thanks for looking

 Taken at 11.50am :)

I just want to say a big thanks to all my new blog viewers. Over the last few weeks I've had quite a big increase in visitors from the USA and as most of you seem to come here via Pinterest I want to say how much I appreciate your visits and company.

Thanks :)

Sneak peak at some new Trimcraft Christmas papers

I couldn't resist sharing this sneak peak of some of the new Christmas papers which are coming soon from Trimcraft. This one is called Christmas Promise and the combination of greys, pinks and copper is magical :)

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Demo schedule update

I'll be demoing at Killusty Crafts on Saturday 20th August. I really enjoyed my last day there and met some lovely folks. I'll post more details soon but I hope some of you can make it on the day.
Thanks to Lorraine for your patience :)

I'll be adding more dates soon as I'm feeling much better now. 
Big thanks to everyone who has kept in touch.

Here's a link back to the last time I was there so you can see how it rolled :)