Sunday, 28 December 2014

How to buy digi images.

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.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Last day for voting

Just a little reminder that today is the last day for voting - and a big thanks to all who have a lready taken the time to do it :)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Happy Christmas Mum

 I've just realised it's only a week until Christmas! I'm so disorganised this year. The good thing about that is that I've missed out on the stress of it for the last few weeks:)
I feel a bit better now that I have actually made my mother's card! 
I've made a "bow" type card with gold card in the back to reflect a tealight candle - the battery type, of course, and not the real type that I actually used to get a better photo in daylight!!
I used the Tonic Studios Intrica Pelmet Bow punch for the borders, the Merry Christmas  sentiment die to create apertures for the light to shine through, the Rococo Delicate Heart die, the Mum die from the family member sentiment die set and the Rococo Poinsettia Strip

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Jan 2015 issue of Cardmaking and Papercraft

Issue 139 (January) of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine has just been delivered among my Christmas cards! As it's the January issue and you will probably be starting to make Valentine cards etc I have made 5 cards and a tag on the theme. You'll find them on pages 18 - 22. It's another one of those issues that I know I'll read over and over again - so many lovely ideas from so many different people!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Crawfordsburn and Belfast Christmas market

 Today was a chance to go at a slower pace for a change and we had a lovely turkey dinner here at the Crawfordsburn Inn.

 .....followed by a wander round Belfast and the Christmas market at the City Hall.

 You never know who you'll bump into! Big son on his way home after a "hard day at the office"!!

Happy Birthday, David!!

Happy Birthday to "My Perfect Husband!"  ......and he IS!!
We're both taking the day off to have a "dander" round Belfast - something we rarely do. We've even missed the Christmas continental market there for the last 3 years, so that's on the agenda today and perhaps even a turkey dinner somewhere before we come home. We enjoy the simple life lol!
Really looking forward to spending the day with the Birthday Boy!!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

How to make a "Penny Slider" card with Tiny Tatty Teddy train

I made this cute little card from the Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Boy range and used pennies with 3D foam squares so that the train moves back and forward along the card.

What you will need:
Dovecraft die cut scallop edges card (5x7)
Dovecraft A4 Premium colour card
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Boy 8x8 paper pad
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Boy Glitter Stickers
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Boy Accordion Stickers
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Boy Garland Flags
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Boy Adhesive Enamel Dots
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Boy Twine

4 pennies
3D foam squares
Dovecraft Double Sided foam tape
white card
double sided tape
1.5cm circle punch
craft knife

How to Make it:

1. Cut a piece of "star" paper from the 8x8 pad to measure 16.5cm x 11.5cm and layer onto green premium card, measuring 17cm x 12cm, with double sided tape. Attach this to the scalloped card front with double sided tape.

2. Cut a piece of striped paper measuring 17cm x 4.5cm and attach to a piece of green card, measuring 17.5cm x 5cm, with double sided tape. Punch a hole 1cm in from either end of this panel. Cut a channel between the holes with a craft knife making it a little narrower than the diameter of the circle as shown.

3. Place two pennies behind the channel and add 3 foam squares to each (in a row as shown).

4. Attach the top 2 pennies directly on top of the bottom pennies and add 3D foam squares on top.

5. Place the train Glitter sticker onto white card and carefully cut around the outside. Line the pennies up so that they fit behind the wheels of the train and so that they are not visible from the front - then attach the train on top.
Attach this panel to the card with double sided foam tape so that the pennies can move.

6. Add the "1" Glitter sticker to the right of the card with the "Choo Choo" sticker and an accordion sticker to the top left.

7. Trim one of the little sticks from the Garland Flags by about 1.5cm and glue to the back of the train behind the "driver". Glue a garland flag to the top and add 3 little Adhesive Enamel Dots.

You'll probably not want to part with this one - it's hard to stop moving the little train back and forth across the card!!

Quick and easy bookmarks - new Tonic Studios dies

When I was making the card with the Fancy Hat Box and With Love die set dies for the new Tonic release I noticed that the strip would make lovely quick and easy bookmarks - just the thing for slipping into an envelope with Christmas cards at this time of  the year.
There are, of course, lots of more elaborate items you can make with these dies but the simplicity of this one appeals to me!
Don't forget to catch the next shows at 12.00 noon and 3.00pm on Create and Craft.

I've made these with white linen, black smooth, teal and pale turquoise card from Papermill....and the ribbon is again from My Little Shop, Cambridge where I bought it while on holiday in the summer.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tiny Tatty Teddy Girl card template and instructions

Trimcraft have recently released the cute new Tiny Tatty Teddy papercraft collection which includes beautiful papers and lots of coordinating embellishments.
I've used several items in the range to make this card.

What you'll need:
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy 8x8 paper pad
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Girl/Roses Steel die
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Girl Felt Flowers and Hearts
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Girl Wooden Buttons
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy A6 embossing folder-Girl/ Roses
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Girl Plastic buttons
Trimcraft Tiny Tatty Teddy Girl Adhesive Pearls

A4 white card
Dovecraft A4 Premium Colour card
Dovecraft Super Value Crafts Glue
Double sided tape
Dovecraft 3D foam squares
Bakers Twine

Craft knife
Die cutting machine
Promarkers (Ice Grey 1, Powder Blue, Rose Pink)

How I made it:

1. I have drawn a template to show the measurements of this card and also where the cuts and fold are. I started with an A4 sheet of white card and trimmed the short side to 20cm.

2. Make 4 slits as shown with a craft knife. Then score and fold as shown on the template.

3. Cut the following from the deep pink card in the Premium card pack,
(3.5cm x 19.5cm ) x2
(2.5cm x 15.5cm) x2
(9.5cm x 13.5cm)x1
(10cm x 7.5cm) x1

4. Cut a panel of flowery paper measuring 9cm x 13cm, TWO strips of heart paper measuring 3cm x 19cm (remembering that these will be placed vertically) and TWO strips of number paper measuring 2cm x 15cm (remembering that these will be placed horizontally).

5. Emboss a piece of white card in the Roses embossing folder and trim to 7cm x 9.5cm. Attach this to the 10cm x 7.5cm piece of deep pink card with double sided tape.

6. Attach all the pieces of patterned paper to the corresponding layers of deep pink card with double sided tape and attach to the sides, top and centre of the card as shown. 

7.  Cut out the Tiny Tatty Teddy Girl, bow and tiny butterfly dies in an die cutting machine and colour with Promarkers.  Curl the bow and butterfly with a pair of scissors or bone folder to give dimension, then glue to the top of the Teddy's head with a tiny pearl in the centre.

8. Glue the die cut Teddy to the embossed panel and add this at an angle to the centre of the card.

9. Add 5 of the large pieces of bunting to the top of the card on 3D foam squares with a button in the centre of each. Thread twine through a wooden button to make a bow and add to the centre of a felt heart then glue to the bottom left of the centre panel.
Add 5 pearls to the bottom of the card, as shown.


Monday, 8 December 2014

New Tonic Studios release tomorrow

 Tonic Studios will be releasing gorgeous new die sets tomorrow again.There are more Rococo dies to add to your collection along with other nesting shapes and beautiful sentiments.
This is the Fancy Hat Box die in the centre of one of the With Love dies. The other dies I've used are also from the With Love set.
I've used my favourite Teal and white linen card combination from Papermilldirect to make the card.

I should say too, that I got the lovely teal gingham ribbon which matches so well with the teal card, from My Little Shop Cambridge in the summer when I was on holiday :)

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Last demo of the year......Art and Hobby, Drogheda today (lots of photos)

 Well, that's my last demo of the year over. I've just come home from a lovely day in Art and Hobby, Drogheda. As always, I spent the day with wonderful people who enjoy paper craft as much as I do. Thanks so much to all who came along. I covered a lot of ground today because I had so much fantastic stuff in my boxes to work with. 

Thanks for the Christmas cards and gifts ..I always treasure things which friends have put thought and time into making:)
I expected that I would be looking forward to working from home for a few weeks but already I know that I will really miss the buzz of being out and about meeting you all! 

Here are the cards I made today (I also did a bit of Decomache and Promarkers)

I made this card with the beautiful new Sail Away papers form Trimcraft.

The next three were made with Trimcraft Botanical Notes papers.
 I might just remake this one as it really did look much nicer IRL..

 The next pocket card and pyramid card were made with Dovecraft Back to Basics  - Traditional papers

This was made with Winter Woodland aperture card and papers