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.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

New Rococo dies by Tonic Studios

 I'm sure there aren't many ladies who don't love a nice pair of heels...Well, here's a good excuse to add to your collection! Ok, so you can't actually wear them but just think how much use you'd get out of them!
I've been busy looking through my own shoes and sandals to see what would look well made out of card, so you'll be seeing more of these in the next days :)
This is, of course, the new Sassy Heels Rococo die by Tonic Studios - and the others in the Rococo collection are equally as gorgeous!

I have used the Daisy Lace Square die as a base on the twisted easel card and used the coordinating corner dies to make the "stopper". The ivory base was embossed with the Amelia embossing folder.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Threaded Scallop Circle layering dies - new from Tonic Studios

Last card from me today!
Here's another staple die set to add to your collection - the new Threaded Scallop Circle Layering dies  - which work perfectly with the original Circle layering dies. They look great used just as they are but you have also the option of adding twine, embroidery thread or fine ribbon through the holes.
These will be released on Ideal World tomorrow at 9.00pm along with some beautiful Christmas dies.

I've used my Crab Apple Blossom digi image from A Passion for Stamps and coloured it with Promarkers.
The paper is Family Ties by Trimcraft.

Delicate Heart - Rococo die

This is the beautiful little Delicate Heart Rococo die used on top of the Swirly Frame die.
I've added two Intrica Butterflies and the Just for You sentiment die a long with a Daisy Lace border. 

Heels - Rococo Die

This gorgeous strappy shoe die is so ornate in itself that it doesn't need much added to the card but since I have a pair of turquoise shoes with gold heels and an embossing folder to match (!) I cut out the heel in gold and added it on top.
The Sassy Heels die is one of the new Tonic Studios Rococo dies.
The little Emily corner die and the gold Frond Finesse swirls look like they were made to match :)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Charlotte Cameo Rococo die with Royal Frame die

Another Rococo die card - the next show on Create and Craft with these new dies is at 6.00pm.
The Charlotte Cameo die has already sold out on it's own but, so far, you can still buy it as part of the set.

 I love the way so many of the Tonic Studios dies work together! This has got to be my favourite combination at the moment -the Charlotte Cameo die on top of a layered rectangle on a Royal Frame die cut.
I punched the lovely border with the Wild Vine Intrica deep edge border punch.

Umbrella half cut card - Rococo die

Here's another card with the Tonic Studios "Weekender" - there is a show on at the moment :)
This lovely little Rococo Umbrella die cut fits perfectly inside the Looking Glass die cut.
I've made a half cut card so that the umbrella sits up above the fold line.
I punched a border with the gorgeous Intrica Twined Lily border punch and added two double Intrica Butterflies.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Charlotte Cameo and Umbrella Rococo dies

Another of the beautiful new Rococo dies from Tonic Studios!
These will be launched on Create and Craft this evening in a 2 hour show starting at 6.00pm.

For this card I've cut out the centre of the Charlotte Cameo die and cut off the end of the Umbrella die before placing them both on top of a Love Arch die cut...they are both just the right size to do this.
I made the little matching flowers with a punch from the Rose, Pansy Punch and Stamp set and punched a border with the Dotty border punch.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Christmas in July at Papermill

It's time for Christmas in July at Papermill!
We know how organised most crafters are so this week we have an offer on card that you can use to get a head start on your Christmas cards.

Post Box Red and Forest Green with 15% off
Small Box (approximately 80 Sheets) only £5.73
Mid Box (approximately 260 Sheets) only £17.00

I've used Papermill white hammered card to make the card base then coloured the Christmas Candle digi image from A Passion for Stamps with Promarkers.
I layered the image onto Tonic Studios Oval Layering dies and matted onto a Forest Green Tea Party Square base die cut.
The "O Holy Night" was cut with the Tonic Studios Christmas Sentiment set 2 die.

Sassy Heels and Delicate Fan - Rococo dies Twisted easel card

The gorgeous new Rococo dies by Tonic Studios will be released at 6.00pm on Create and Craft - in a 2 hour long show!
With such  beautifully ornate dies there is really not much you need to add to make elegant looking cards.
I've used the Twined Lily die set to frame the shoe on a twisted easel card and used the Delicate Fan die as the "stop" on the base. Because the dies are fine I didn't use 3D foam pads. Instead I left a little edge of the fan unstuck to prop the top part up.
I have embossed the black base with the Amelia Embossing folder but it's not showing up very well in the photos.
This is the pair of my shoes which gave me the idea for using these colours ;)

Heart gatefold card

Looks like a gorgeous day out there. Let's hope the bugs have all gone or I'll be staying indoors all day. I got badly bitten at a BBQ on Saturday and took some kind of reaction. Strange how it was Monday before it got so bad :(  - anyhow it's on the mend now :)

...and on to today's card.
Lots of hearts on this one :)  I made an "off centre" gatefold card with overlapping hearts cut with the Tonic Studios Affections "First Crush" dies and added a Butterfly border along the wider edge.
The paper is Tonic Studios Birds on a Branch and I've added some Copper Stickles to match the hearts on the paper.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Just for you Heart Easel card

There's something about the way an easel card sits up that makes it look so good - but I'm not no sure everyone who gets one in the post knows exactly what to do with one!
Anyhow...I made this one with the Tonic Studios Affections Square Vine base dies and added Just for You in the centre. I've used the Intrica Romantic Vine deep edge border punch along the base and added some Intrica Butterflies and Fanciful Flourish die cuts.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Teacher's Thank You card

The Design Team at Papermill have been busy making cards and gifts for teachers this week and this is my offering.
I used white linen, black and post box red card  - all from Papermill 
The card was cut with the Tonic Studios Thank You sentiment die set and I added the black layer behind to look like a blackboard. The little apple is a mini punched heart which I trimmed to look like an apple.
I have diecut the Just a Note to Say twice to add a shadow .

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Snoozing Santa Twisted easel card from the Trimcraft Goody Bag

Snoozing Santa Twisted easel card from the Trimcraft Goody Bag.

Instructions for making this Christmas card from the Trimcraft Goody bag.

You'll need;
Special Delivery Brown striped paper 
Special Delivery Patchwork paper
Special Delivery Snoozing Santa decoupage
Special Delivery Glitter Stickers
Back to Basics Christmas Modern Paper Blossoms
 Merry Magic shaped buttons
Back to Basics Christmas Modern Premium Gemstones

1. Take a 15cm x 15cm square card and score from the bottom left to the top right corners.

2. Cover the bottom triangle with a piece of brown striped paper

3. Make up the Snoozing Santa decoupage adding each layer with 3D foam pads. Take care to snip off any "pips" from the shapes to give a well finished look.

4. Attach this to the piece of brown striped paper with double sided tape - ensuring that the top left of the decoupage shape is not glued down.

When the front is folded up the top left half of the decoupage will sit up.

5. Cut a piece of patchwork paper measuring 14.5cm x 14.5cm and attach to the inside of the card with double sided tape.

6. Layer 2 large red flowers and 2 medium green flowers and add a red flower shaped button on top.

7. Add the big flower to the corner of the patchwork paper with 3D foam pads to act as a stopper for the easel. 
Add a Christmas present sticker to the corner of the brown striped paper overlapping the decoupage slightly.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Cardmaking and Papercraft - August issue

The August issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine has just arrived in the shops. For this month's commission I was asked to make a set of bookplates using dies and stamps so I've made six different ones - mostly floral (!) You can see them on p77. Hope you like them :)

I've been rushing around all weekend so I'm hoping to have a good read of the mag later as there are lots of great ideas inside and the photography is always tops!

New Tonic Studios Intrica dies - Wild Vine

Tonic Studios are releasing some gorgeous new Intrica dies and punches on Ideal World tomorrow. This is the  Wild Vine die set used around an aperture cut with the layering circles set.The new designs work really well with lots of the existing sets like the layering sets I have used here.

Look out for more posts with lots of ideas using these beautiful new designs :)

Friday, 4 July 2014

David's graduation today

Just a few pics of David's graduation today at Queen's University, Belfast.
All the hard work paid off - First Class Honours in Computer Science  - Congratulations, David!!

Brothers :)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Papermill offer card - ivory lightly embossed card

Hi :) It's time for another great offer from Papermill.
This week you can buy a Small box(approx 80 sheets)of A4 Ivory Lightly embossed card (230gsm) for £5.00
or a Midi box (approx 260 sheets) for £13.50
It's a beautiful shade of ivory and the texture is quite subtle - perfect for diecutting and using with embossing folders.
I've used Papermill Raspberry Pink for layering the Tonic Studios Amelia embossed layer and I've added a Tonic Studios Happy Birthday Pansy Toper Die cut and sentiment on top.

Close up to show the texture

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Mr & Mrs

 I've just "parted with" this card so I hope the "new owners" don't mind me posting it here......anyhow, it's a wedding card made with the dies from the Tonic Studios Ornate Elegance Header die set with the Mr and Mrs die in the centre and Frond Finesse flourishes round the outside.

 The beautiful paper is from the 6x6 Bella Rose paper pad by Trimcraft.

I added the patterned heart inside to show through the aperture.

I printed the sentiment on the same card ( white hammered from Papermill ) and attached it to the back of the card.