Thursday, 21 March 2019

Spring is bursting out!



It was amazing today to see creation bursting in to Spring! It's such a privilege to watch and enjoy.
Oxford Island today













Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Happy 70th Birthday


Good morning.I think I need a big tidy up of my craft room before I can make anything else today so here's one I made earlier.
I used Trimcraft's Gardenia papers and a mixture of First Edition dies. It's not always easy to make a card for a man 

Monday, 18 March 2019

Birthday wishes - bridge fold card



Hello  I see a little bit of sunshine out there today so looking forward to a bit of fresh air. 
This is a birthday card I made with the Dovecraft "Fairy Tales" collection from Trimcraft a week or so ago. Yes, it does fold flat for postage


Friday, 15 March 2019

Browns Bay and Portmuck, Co. Antrim

 Browns Bay beach on a very cold and windy March day. I didn't stay too long!


 If you know this area you will probably know the donkey too as he's been there for years!

 A quick photo call!
I'm loaded with the cold and wrapped up so well that I could hardly move.

 Portmuck







Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine - issue 194 April 2019



The latest issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine (issue 194 April) has arrived in the post and is getting the "once over" 
I have 4 cards in the Quick Cards section this month and I'm sure you'll love all the beautiful spring craft ideas in this issue. You just have to see the free gift - isn't it beautiful?




Tonic Studios Craft Kit 20 inspiration

 Hello from a very blowy Northern Ireland!
I have made a little cracker shaped gift box using Tonic Studios Craft Kit 20 and posted a tutorial on YouTube (link below)




Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Marbling Paint - blowing petals


 Just trying out a few different techniques with Folk Art Marbling Paint from Plaid Crafts. I used the red and blue together to create the purple, then blew it roughly into petal shapes and added some Gold Mega Glitter



Monday, 11 March 2019

Easter ring - tutorial. YouTube tutorial


I've painted some polystyrene eggs and added them to a ring as a decoration for Easter.
See bottom of post for link to YouTube tutorial.

 You will need:
Paper Raffia (Art no. 503222
Polystyrene ring (outer size 21.5cm Art no. 54318)
Plaid Folk Art Chalk Paint - Bavarian, Glacier and Lilac
Folk Art Multi Surface paint - Bark brown
Sequin ribbon  - PU APLR
Wooden Mushrooms - Art no. 56519
White Glitter Foam Clay
Polystyrene eggs
Flax twine
Mixed feathers Art no. 51661/1
Dovecraft wooden craft sticks
Hot glue gun
Tacky Glue

 1. Wrap the wreath in raffia and add a length of sequin ribbon. Secure at the back with hot glue.

2.  Push the eggs onto the wooden craft sticks and paint with the chalk paint.

3. Add speckles with the Bark Brown

 4. Tie together with twine and glue to the ring.

 5. Add a twine bow and glue the wooden mushrooms to the centre of the ring.

 6.  Glue short pieces of twine below the mushrooms . Add dots of white foam clay to the tops of the mushrooms. Then paint another 3 eggs as before and glue to the opposite side of the wreath.


7. Add a double twine loop at the top for hanging.





Saturday, 9 March 2019

What's on your craft desk today?

 Missy is soaking up the rays today from the "comfort" of my craft desk. I don't really know why she finds the Super Trimmer such a good pillow! Anyhow, she looks really cute but I'm trying to work around her as I don't have the heart to disturb her. One lucky cat! She arrived at the right door!