Friday, 11 October 2019

Christmas Gift Bags - Trimcraft

 Good morning 
This is a couple of Dovecraft Gift Bags which I decorated with Trimcraft White Christmas paper pads and lots of Simply Creative embellishments.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Believe in Magic Aperture tent card - Trimcraft

 Isn't the First Edition "Believe in Magic" paper pad from Trimcraft beautiful! I cut some of the papers up and made a little winter woodland scene on an aperture tent card. I love those Simply Creative Christmas Lights

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Decorating a Dovecraft Gift Bag for Christmas - YouTube video

 Hello again! I have finally edited a video which I made a while ago showing how to decorate this Dovecraft gift bag for Christmas. 
I think I've fallen for those polar bears in a big way! lol

You can see the video here - 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

White Christmas Wiper Card Tutorial

This is a Christmas version of some "Wiper" cards which I have seen on Pinterest etc. It folds flat but when you open it, the square at the top left pops up with the With Love greeting on it.
I've used the First Edition "White Christmas" paper from Trimcraft with some Dovecraft and Simply Creative embellishments.

You will need the following
Dovecraft A4 Luxury Heavyweight Card
Trimcraft First Edition "White Christmas" 8x8 paper pad
Dot & Dab Tacky Glue
Dot & Dab Double Sided Tape
Simply Creative Wooden Christmas Trees
Simply Creative Silver Metallic Snowflakes
Simply Creative dies - Let it Snow SCDIE124x19
                                  - With Love SCDIE 117x19
Simply Creative Snowflake Sequins
Dovecraft Gold Glitter Glue

How to Make it
1. Cut 2 pieces of white card measuring 21cm x 15cm and score each piece at 3.5cm and 7cm from opposite ends on the long side.

 2. Score and fold as shown.

 3. Cut a rectangle of card measuring 3.25cm x 6.5cm. Score and fold in half lengthways. Then score and fold the bottom half diagonally from the centre fold to the bottom right, as shown. Add glue to the part with the star in the photo.

 4. Glue this piece to the part shown above.

 5. Add double sided tape down both of the outside edges.

 6. Attach the back of the card directly on top of the piece below.

 7. it will look like this from above.

 8. Cut 2 pieces of gold patterned paper measuring 3cm x 14.5cm and another measuring 13.5cm x 14.5cm. Cut a piece of stag patterned paper measuring 12.5cm x 13.5cm.

                                     9. Glue these pieces in place and then glue a 3cm x 3cm piece of gold                                                       patterned paper to the little part which protrudes at the top.

 10. Layer a 7cm x 9.5cm rectangle of striped paper onto an 8cm x 10.5cm of checked paper and glue to the card front at an angle.

 11. Glue two wooden Christmas trees to the panel and cover one with silver glitter glue and the other with gold glitter glue. Glue a large silver metallic snowflake at the top right. Die cut the Let it Snow twice - once from white card and again from patterned paper. Offset the white sentiment onto the paper one and glue to the top left. Die cut the With Love from white card and glue to the "wiper" at the top.

12. Add a fine line of gold glitter glue around the striped paper and some snowflake sequins randomly over the card.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Demo, Mandel's Art Shop, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Next stop, Mandel's Art Shop Castlebar, Co. Mayo!
I'm busy sorting out all my demo prep at the moment for Saturday (5th October) and can't wait to see Nora again!
So...I'll be demoing Promarkers (amongst other things!) on Saturday and this is what happens when I start to look at the appear on my sketch pad lol
I forget everything when I'm playing with these pens!

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Demo at Hillmount Garden Centre, Belfast. Sat 28th Sept

 I'm really enjoying creating backgrounds with Shimmer Powder to use along with patterned paper and dies. This is one of the cards I'll be making at my demo on Saturday in HILLMOUNT, Belfast. Everything is from Tonic Studios.
(demo times 11.00am - 4.00pm)

Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine Nov 2019 (issue 201)

This is one of my cards in the November issue (201) of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine. This edition should be in your local newsagents within the next couple of days. Not only is it full of amazing card ideas and instructions but it also has a super free gift of a set of Nutcracker stamps with a pack of card and toppers.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Tonic Studios Craft Kit 26

Craft Kit 26 is called "Making Spirits Bright" and has lots of dies, stamps, papers and embellishments which can be used to make Christmas cards with baubles and banners.
The papers and card range from ice blue to deep blue with plenty of texture and shine.
I've shown what's in the box and also how to make a dimensional card. I've also added photos of another simple card using the same kit. I've used several of the elements from the kit and also some white card and 2 dies from the Stitched Dot Square Layering Die Set (2380e)
I hope you enjoy it - and of course, please "like" the video and subscribe to my channel to see more.
The kits are available from Tonic Studios either on subscription or as a single purchase and you can find the details here -

Thanks for watching :) 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

How to make a Pop up easel card with Trimcraft's Winter Rose papers

I have seen some cards with a similar shape and wanted to recreate one with a Christmas theme so  I used the gorgeous new "Winter Rose" papers from Trimcraft .

You'll need:
Trimcraft FE Winter Rose 12 x 12 paper pad Trimcraft FE Traditional Christmas dies FEDIE256x18 Simply Creative Gold Skinny Tinsel Simply Creative Snowflake Sequins( sorry they are in the wrong packet in the photo!) Simply Creative Decorative Clear Tape SCTOP069x19 Simply Creative Wreath die Dot & Dab Tacky Glue Dot & Dab Foam Tape white card die cutting machine

How to make it:
1. Score and fold a 12 x 12 sheet of double sided paper into quarters. Then score and fold the top two quarters diagonally as shown. Cut a 14cm square of patterned paper and cut diagonally in half. Glue each half onto the top folded sections of the card.
Make a slit from the centre of the card to the bottom edge.

2. To make the little easel part - 
Cut a piece of white card measuring 20cm x 10cm and fold in half on the long side . Then score and fold the front in half to create the easel part.

3. Cut paper to the sizes shown - 
1 plain piece 9.5cm x 9.5cm and another 9cm x 9xm.
1 patterned piece 8cm x 8cm and another 8cm x 2cm
Cut a piece of white card measuring 8.5cm x 2.5cm

4. Die cut the wreath and greeting from white card and fussy cut 2 stags' heads from the paper pad.

5. Glue the base of the little easel diagonally onto the left side of the paper as shown and cover the base with the 9.5cm square of plain paper. Layer the patterned strip onto the white strip and add to the card with foam tape.

6. Layer the pieces as shown and glue on the die cuts.

7. Glue the stags' heads below the top fold as shown.

8. Cut out a pheasant from  the pad and glue below the easel. Add some snowflakes to teh patterned paper.

9. Add a strip of washi tape above the centre fold of the card and another short strip across the easel stopper, on top of the patterned paper.

10. Cut a strip of white card measuring 29.5cm x 6cm and fold in half. Cut 2 pieces of plain paper measuring 14.25cm x 5.5cm and 2 pieces of patterned paper measuring 13.75cm x 5cm. Glue the patterned paper onto the plain paper and attach to each side of the fold of the white card. Punch two circles of paper.

11. Punch a hole at each end. Thread a length of skinny tinsel through each ole, glue at the back and cover the glued end with a punched circle of patterned paper.

You can see a video on how to make the card here -