Monday, 11 June 2018


This is a card I made a few weeks ago with the Dovecraft "Lost and Found" collection from Trimcraft. I just love it when the papers have so many different coordinating embellishments to use  - dies, washi tape, twine, puffy stickers, buttons, wooden frames, sentiment stickers, wooden shapes, gems etc :)

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Brown's Bay, Co. Antrim on a June evening

 Some photos taken on a short trip to Brown's Bay last evening just as the sun was going down :)

Friday, 8 June 2018

Tonic Studios Craft Kit 10 Inspiration

Most of the subscribers to the Tonic Craft Kits should have received their kits by now so I've made a few things to give you some inspiration :)
I love this one as it's got my favourite colours inside!
I've used the Ocean Blue card, Cosmic Copper card, dies, stamp, Shimmer Powder, Mist Spray Bottle and Crystal Drops. I have also used a few thing which are not in the kit - white card, flower dies 9from 2204e), Butterfly die (1933e) and New York Landmark dies (1629e)

 The steps to make this card are all further down in this post:)

Tutorial card

How to make it:
 1. Gently tap some Shimmer Powder onto the card. NB Do not squeeze the bottle as it takes very little of this powder to create the effect!

 2. Lightly spray some water onto the powder. I let some pool in the centre to create an area of solid colour.

 3. Leave to dry or use a heat tool.

 4. Trim to fit the card front (13.5cm square) and use the remaining card to cut 3 of the banner shapes.

 5. Attach the banners to the card with 3D foam squares.

 6. Cut a 14cm square of Ocean Blue card  to go behind the patterned card.

 7. Glue the patterned card onto the Ocean Blue card and attach to the card front.

 8. Die cut  THANKS from Ocean Blue card and glue to the centre banner shape.

 9. Die cut a narrow banner from Ocean Blue card and glue to the banner on the right. Add some random dots of Ripened Pumpkin Crustal Drops.

10. Die cut 2 flowers from the Oval Pansy Die set 2204e, shape with an embossing tool and add a Crystal Drop in the centre.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine - issue 184, July 2018

 My copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine (Issue 184 July '18) has just been delivered so it will be available to buy in your local newsagent in the next few days 
As always,it's jam packed with brilliant ideas and I can't wait to stop and have a good read 
My commission this month is a Masterclass on making a flip-book album and I used the fab Memory Book dies from Tonic Studios with the gorgeous "Sweet Nothings" paper pad from Trimcraft.
When I was asked to do this commission I wasn't too sure about using our own photos but it came just as David was preparing to have major surgery and I actually found it very therapeutic to do this. David helped me to choose the photos from the thousands which we have taken together over the last 30 years. The album was for our 30th wedding anniversary which took place last year 

Friday, 1 June 2018

edding metallic markers

A couple of cards using edding Metallic markers. The metallic element really pops on the black background :)

 The paper is from the Trimcraft First Edition "Hey Baby" pad and the dies are from  the New Home die set - also from Trimcraft .

 I die cut the house and key from black card and coloured them with the Metallic Markers.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Some more of my creations with edding markers

Two more things before I get back to the serious business of making Christmas cards...
I painted the daisies on the front of the key cabinet with edding markers for glass and added a Dovecraft watering can die cut with Simply Creative gem water drops.
The shells are quickly and roughly painted with edding Porcelain brushmarkers 

edding Porcelain Brushmarkers

 I painted this mug and plate last night with the edding Porcelain Brushmarkers  For anyone just thinking about trying this, the Porcelain Brushmarkers have the advantage of being fully "removable" from your project by simply wiping off while wet or washing with warm water. The paint becomes permanent when it is baked in the oven. 

Thursday, 24 May 2018

edding Textile Pens and Markers

 Today I've been trying out edding pens (4600) and markers (4500) on a reusable fabric bag. I used a stencil from Plaid and added a few little extra details. It's my first attempt at using these and right away I'm really impressed at how good the coverage is and how they don't bleed. 

I ironed the fabric before I used it.

After putting a piece of card behind the area to be stencilled (so that the markers do not go through to the second layer of fabric)I drew the outline from the stencil with the textile pens.

I used the markers for the larger areas.