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.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Circle pop up sentiment card TUTORIAL

Hi, today I have another tutorial. This time I've used the Tonic Studios With Love Pop Up Sentiment die as the main feature in the centre of the card.

This is what you'll need:
Brown card 8x8
Patterned paper (First Editions Sweet Owl) 19.5cm x 19.5cm
Pink ribbon 
brown cardstock
white cardstock
pink ink pad 
Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue - pastel pink

Die cutting machine
Craft Knife
Masking tape
Hole punch
Tacky Glue
Double sided tape

1. Place the outer pop up sentiment die in the centre of the patterned paper and tape down. Pass through your die cutting machine.

2. It will look like this.

3. Place your ruler along the bottom of where the die cut is still attached to the paper and cut straight across.

4. Using both dies from the Looking Glass Oval die set cut out the shape from brown card.

5. Cut out the centre with the circle die from the With Love set.

6. Die cut the With Love from the brown card and cut another circle from white card.

7. Glue the brown part on top of the white circle.

8. Attach the patterned paper to the card blank with DST and glue the With Love circle in the centre.

9. Snip through the top centre of the Looking Glass oval and remove the tiny patterned piece shown.

10. With this little piece removed it will fit around the "flap" of the card as shown.

11. Punch a hole in the centre of the "tab"

12. Now add a piece of ribbon through the punched hole to act as a tab.
That's the "pop up" part finished and now you just need to decorate the rest of the card.
 You need to add a matching bow at the top of the "pop up" to cover the cut part of the Looking Glass die cut.

I have added a Happy Birthday sentiment across the centre, 4 Pansy Arch corners with Cosmic Shimmer dots and some flowers made with the Tonic Studios Carnation, Sweet William, Peony Punch and Stamp set.

I hope you enjoy trying this idea - see you soon :)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Belfast Castle this afternoon

A couple of hours with "the parents" was long enough for "the boys" so we dropped them off and decided to take a 5-10 minute trip down the road to Belfast Castle. No matter how many times I go there it always brings back so many childhood memories..
The present castle (there were 2 previous castles on the site) was completed in 1870 and the architecture is amazing. It sits 400 feet above sea level in the grounds of the Cavehill Country Park and has a fantastic view over Belfast Lough.
 As you can probably see there was a wedding party here so we walked quite a bit towards Napoleon's Nose and came back to take photos in the gardens when the bridal party had gone inside for their reception.

You can't miss all the references to the famous "Castle Cat"!

Belfast - St. George's Market

We didn't venture too far today because I had family commitments closer to home  but enjoyed a visit to St. George's Market, Belfast, this morning. There's a great buzz about the market and all that fish etc fascinates me!! What made it even nicer today was that our two sons even graced us with their presence....and that's a rare thing!

...and look who else we met (again) - Jennifer Shaw with all her beautiful handmade jewellery. (Cornucopia4u). We went to High school together.

Co. Armagh

We've taken a couple of days off to recharge our batteries and enjoy the good weather. I love our little country and take any opportunity I can get to travel around and explore. Yesterday it was Co. Armagh, orchard country. 
Of course, I had to drop in to Paperworks to see Heather and Mary on my way through - and that was the perfect excuse to have lunch in The Loft. If you've never been to the Linen Green in Dungannon you're missing a treat. I always enjoy my time demoing there and always join the very long queue for lunch at the Loft as it's well worth the indigestion when I rush back for the afternoon demo!
These photos were taken at Marlacoo Lake. It is idyllic and looks so peaceful - but you wouldn't believe how noisy the sheep and birds were!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Teapot filigree card Tutorial

Lots of you will probably have got your new dies in the post this week so here's a little tutorial to give you some inspiration on ways to use them.

For this card I have used:
Ivory linen card (Papermill)
Trimcraft First Editions Blank Canvas 8x8 paper pad
Glitter glue
Self adhesive pearl
Ink pad 
Tacky glue

To create the card base with both dies from the Tea Party die set you will need to pass the double thickness card through your machine a couple of times. I have used my Xcut Xpress for diecutting.

1. Score and fold an A4 sheet of card in half.

2. Place the outer die from the Tea Party set on top so that the top cutting edge is just above the fold of the card - and tape down in place.
2b. This is how it should look from the other side.
Pass through your die cutting machine.

3. You will have a plain card at this stage.

4. Tape the patterned die from the Tea Party set on to the top of the card and pass through your die cutting machine.

 5.This will not cut though both pieces of card perfectly at this stage but  you will need to open it and remove any loose pieces so that they do not become "embossed" onto your card.

6. Open the card and tape the back part onto the die and pass through your machine again to remove all the pieces from the back of the card.

 Card base.

7. Using the correct size from the Circle layering dies (I have numbered mine with a permanent marker and this is then No. 8) cut out a circle of patterned paper.

 8. Cut out the Pour Me die from ivory card.

9. Glue this on top of the patterned paper circle.

 10 .Cut out two teapots  - one from ivory card and the other from patterned paper - saving all the "bits".

 11. Ink the edges of the teapot.

12.  Glue this on top of the other diecut as shown.

 13. Now glue the little pieces from the patterned paper teapot in place and decorate the rest of the card with a bow, pearl and glitter glue.
(You can save the other little pieces and make a "reverse" teapot with them - ie a patterned teapot with ivory details.)