Monday, 28 December 2015

How to buy digi images.


DIGI IMAGES..
As you can see from the posts on this blog,I draw my own images for some of my cards. Some of these 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 hamiltonarch@btinternet.com and I will get in touch to help asap.

Friday, 6 March 2015

New Back to Basics collections from Dovecraft (Trimcraft)

 There are three gorgeous new Back to Basics collections from Dovecraft and I've been having some fun making samples with them:)
The top cards use the Bright Spark set and I've also used Trimcraft First Edition does - Tea Party, Border, Doilies and Tags.
 This is made with the Pretty in Pink set - and some dies from the Sewing die set.

These are made with the True Blue set...also the Vintage Gentleman die set and Border dies.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Transformation with Plaid Chalk Paint



I've already been painting all sorts of things with the wonderful Folk Art Home Decor paint from Plaid eg wooden plaques, canvas, wooden boxes etc but really wanted to upcycle something bigger.
When I remembered that this old writing bureau was in the roofspace of our garage gathering dust I knew it was just the thing to try next.

One of the advantages of this paint is that there is absolutely no preparation necessary apart from the removal of the dust - and this is best done using glass cleaner.



 1. Once the dust was removed from the surface it was a simple matter of applying the first coat of paint.....straight over the dark wood and gloss varnish. I have used the Sheepskin coloured paint for the main body of the bureau.



 2. The paint is also able to be used straight over metal so the little decorative lock and handles got the same treatment as the wood!
This is how they looked after looked after one coat.


 3. I chose my favourite colour to paint the drawer fronts - Grotto. Again this was applied straight over the varnished wood.


 4. I gave the bureau a second coat of paint as I wanted a thicker coverage (unlike some of the wooden plaques and frames which I've done and been happy with one coat).


 5.The Plaid "Leaf Variety" stencil was used to add leaves to the top part and then down over the drawers. I stencilled with Grotto, Turkish Tile and Sheepskin paint.



6. After 24 hours the paint was ready to have the Clear Wax applied to protect the surface. I applied this with a brush, allowed it to dry for 24 hours and buffed it to a soft sheen with a lint free cloth.


 7. I painted the inside to match.


8. The finished project!



Hands On Trade Event - photos of the day

Yesterday morning I was back at a table learning again - and having great fun into the bargain!
I was at a Trade Day in the City West Hotel run by Hills Art learning about and trying out lots of new products which should soon be "in a shop near you!"

If you're a crafter or artist from Ireland you'll probably recognise lots of people in the photos below as they are mostly shop owners or managers of art and craft shops from all over the country together in one place to get all the latest product info. The buzz was great and the products got a fantastic reception.
The owners and staff of Hills Art put a lot of hard work into planning this event every year for their customers and the whole day was a real credit to them. A substantial amount of information was passed on with a lot of fun incorporated too.
In the afternoon (after a lovely lunch - thanks so much Laurence and Ross) I was demoing and showing lots of pre prepared samples of the fantastic Chalk Paint by Plaid and beautiful new ranges from Trimcraft.
If you have a craft or art business in Ireland you should really check Hills Art out. Their product range is incredible and matched only by the efficiency and helpfulness of the staff.

My head is still buzzing and full of figures about composition, consistency, coverage, finishes etc.
I'm totally smitten by the chalk paint and I reckon that everyone else who had a chance to try it out yesterday felt the same!

 Sarah and David

 Mark and Joanna

 Nicola, Lisa and Katie

 Lisa, Katie and Bernie

 Miriam (11 weeks to go and looking great!) and Steph

 Enda - my 1st class "minder" for the last couple of days :)

 Narinda

 Marie and Pat

 Majella and Gerry

Dave and Peter from Derwent  - a great double act :)

 Dermot Kavanagh - who gave a superb demonstration on watercolours and Canson paper.



Monday, 2 March 2015

Cracking on with the Plaid chalk paint

This poor thing has been gathering dust and spiders in our garage roofspace for years. I always knew I would want to "do something with it" and now the time has come.

I've given it a makeover with Plaid Chalk paint and am really happy with how it has turned out!
I'll be uploading some of the steps in the process in a few days' time.

This morning :(

 Well, we didn't have breakfast outside this morning!

That was a bit unexpected to say the least and I hope it clears up today as I'm off to Dublin in the morning for a couple of days' work and don't fancy the roads when they are covered in snow :(





Some cards from Saturday's demo

 Excuses again - I'm useless at taking photos in shops! I never know how to get the lighting right so usually end up not taking any. However, I have a few from Saturday's demo at Crafty Copy, Larne  and at least you can see what they "kind of" looked like!
The top card is one of the quickest cards I've ever made but I gather that we all need a quick card at times! It's made with the gorgeous Belle and Boo collection from Trimcraft.

The paper on this card is from the Tiny Tatty Teddy Boy collection by Trimcraft and the dies are "Sewing Collection" also from Trimcraft.
I mostly used the Belle and Boo and Sweet Paris collections.

 ...and as you can see, we had some lovely Tonic Studios dies in the demo as well :) 

Friday, 27 February 2015

New Tonic launch - Celtic Dream die set

Good morning - today sees the launch of the beautifully ornate new "Collectable" dies from Tonic Studios..the one I've used on this card is called Celtic Dream.
There are 3 new sets and this one has 10 dies in the pack (I've used 7 of them on  this card).
You can see them on Create and Craft today at 12.00 noon with further shows at 3.00pm and 5.00pm.
I know lots of you will also be very happy to know that there will also be new A4 die storage on the show!
I've used white hammered and pale turquoise card from Papermill as it cuts perfectly with the dies and looks great!




Bye for now :)

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Crafty Copy, Larne demo on Saturday - Tonic and Trimcraft

I'm really delighted to tell you that Crafty Copy, Larne, will be stocking a range of Tonic Studios' beautiful dies,embossing folders and punches. I'll be there on Saturday for my first demo with them and will be combining the Tonic range with the super cute Belle and Boo collection from Trimcraft.
There will also be some Indulgence Affections and Silhouette dies (perfect for wedding stationery), Rococo does and lots more - along with the popular Sweet Paris, Belle and Boo, Tiny Tatty Teddy collections from Trimcraft. I'll also have lots of samples with me to show different ways of using the products. Hope to see some of you there :)

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Belle and Boo Reverse Canvas project

 The cute Belle and Boo collection from Trimcraft is super for making cards etc but I've used the inside (reverse) of a canvas to make a little decoupage picture frame.

What you will need
Trimcraft Belle and Boo 8x8 papers
Trimcraft Belle and Boo 8x8 Decoupage Pad
Trimcraft Belle and Boo Bunting and Jute
Trimcraft Belle and Boo Plastic buttons
Trimcraft Belle and Boo Grosgrain ribon
Trimcraft Belle and Boo Steel dies

20cm x 20cm canvas 
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
3D Foam squares
masking tape
white card
die cutting machine

How to make one

 1. Using the back of the canvas, add strips of masking tape over the staples - it doesn't matter what colour the tape is as this will be covered.


 2. Cut a piece of patterned paper to fit inside the recess of the canvas (13cm x 13cm) and 4 strips of paper for the sides (2.5cm x 13cm)


 3. Attach the square of paper to the back of the canvas and the strips to the inside edges  - bringing them up over the sides.


4. Cut 4 strips of striped paper (4.5cm x 20cm) and glue around the frame as shown. You could also mitre the corners if preferred.

5. Make up the decoupage and glue to the inside of the canvas...keeping some of the little chicks aside. Add the bunting across the top of the "frame"

6. Cut out the border die from the set in white card, glue along the bottom of the frame and attach a grosgrain ribbon. Add the extra little chicks to the background.

7. Cut out two more white borders and glue to the sides of the frame.
Add buttons on top and add two buttons to the bunting.