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.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Easons, Mullingar demo

This is one of several Trimcraft It's a Boy cards for my demo at Eason Mullingar on Saturday 20th September - just filling a box now...think I need bigger boxes!

Demo at Easons, Mullingar SATURDAY 20th Sept

After my demo in Salmons Department Store, Ballinasloe on FRIDAY 19th Sept I'll be going on to Eason Mullingar where I'll be demoing on STAURDAY 20th Sept. At Easons, Mullingar, I'll be demoing Trimcraft ForgetMeNot, La de Dah, It's a Boy/Girl,Promarkers, Decomache etc. If anyone is in the area and would like to call in to either of these places please come ahead - we'd love to see you:)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Demo at Salmons, Ballinasloe FRIDAY 19th September

I'll be demoing Trimcraft, Promarkers and some other bits and bobs on FRIDAY 19th September at Salmon's in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. It will be my first visit there and I'd love to see any of you from the area who can make it along. I'll be there from 11.00am till 4.00pm.

Mannequin card

 Hi...Here's a card I made last week using the mannequin die. I've made a little skirt from lace ribbon and glued it on top of a scalloped oval which I had embossed with the Roseanna embossing folder. The background was made with the Intrica Regal Strip punch and I've added a double Intrica butterfly on top.
The cream, kraft and white go really well together on a vintage style card :)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Trimcraft Back to Basics - Monochrome slider card instructions

I've used several elements from the Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome Colour Study range to make a slider card and I've taken photos of the steps to show how I made it.

You'll need:
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome 6x6 cards and envelopes
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome 6x6 Designer paper pack
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome Paper Lace Doilies
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome Paper Blossoms
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome Fabric Brads
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome Adhesive Toppers
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome Ribbon
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome Mini Satin Bows
Dovecraft Back to Basics Monochrome Premium Gemstones
Dovecraft Perma Fix Tape
Dovecraft Super Value Crafters Glue
 white card


                                                                     How to make it

1. Mark 2.5cm from the outside edge of the card, the whole way round to form an inner square. With the fold of the card to the left, score along the top line but cut the other three with a craft knife/ trimmer.Then score and fold 1cm up from the bottom of the flap.

2. Add a strip of Perma Fix tape down both sides and attach a 13cm square of patterned paper to the centre of the inside.

3. Make a "mountain" fold half way down the flap.
This is how it should look now form above.

4. Punch/ cut a semi circle out of the top centre of the card.

5. Attach a piece of card measuring 13cm x 12.5cm to the inside of the flap (along the folded part). This piece should now be level with the top of the card. Now attach the front of the card to the back with the Perma fix tape.

6. Attach a piece of patterned paper across the front of the flap with double sided tape and add an adhesive topper on top.

7. Take a black doily and cut out the centre as shown, then fold in and glue to a circle of card.
Follow the photos and make another layer with a grey doily, Glue the smaller grey layer on top of the black layer.

8. Add paper blossoms and a fabric brad on top to make a flower and glue it to the front of the card.

9. Punch a hole in the centre of the piece of white card at the top Add a length of ribbon to "pull" the slider open with and add a bow below the punched semicircle.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Big 50

Hello! This is one of those cards which incorporates several different Tonic Studios dies etc...
I used the Ornate Elegance Header fold die to form the top of the card, and cut out the pattern in the centre with the Pop up Sentiment die then added a small Threaded Scalloped Circle die cut with the Big 50 from the pop up Sentiment die set.
I cut a square out of the pink card with the square layering dies before I embossed it with the Amelia A4 embossing folder.
I made the two flowers with the Rose, Pansy Punch and Stamp set and then added a double Intrica Butterfly. 
A little spot or two of glitter and Liquid pearls and it's finished:)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Gift bag project from 12 x 12 paper - using Trimcraft Bella Rose papers

 This is a tutorial on how to make a little gift bag from 12 x 12 designer papers.

I've used the beautiful Trimcraft Bella Rose 12 x 12 paper pad.

You'll need;
Trimcraft Bella Rose 12 x 12 paper pad
Trimcraft Bella Rose 6x6 paper pad
Dovecraft Back to Basics 111 Paper Blossoms
Dovecraft Back to Basics 111 Shaped Buttons
Dovecraft  It's a Girl Ribbon
Dovecraft Perma Fix Tape
Dovecraft Super Value Crafters Glue

How to make it

 I made this template to show the score lines and cut lines.

1. Score and fold the piece of paper equally into three on all sides. Then cut off the corners from fold to fold.
This is the inside of the bag.

2.Score and fold from each corner of the centre square to the centre of each of the 4 outside edges as shown

3. On two opposite outside squares, find the centre point, score from this point to both corners of the centre square and also to the centre point on the outside edge of the same square.

4. Turn the "bag" over to expose the outside and add double sided tape as shown.

5. Use this tape to attach the sides of the bag together.


6. Cut a piece of paper from the 6x6 pad measuring 8cm x 9cm and score at 2.5cm on the 8cm side.

7. Add double sided tape to the inside narrow flap.

8. Attach to the top back of the bag.

9. Add a length of ribbon along the bottom of the flap with double sided tape , then glue flowers and button to the centre just below where the bottom of the flap would fit.

10. Make two holes 2cm in from the outside edge of the flap.

11. Thread a length of ribbon through the holes and glue the ends on the inside.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Tea Cup slider card

This is a version of the Teacup Slider card which I made at Craftworld, Belfast on Saturday when I was showing how the Trimcraft Christmas papers (Krafty Christmas) can be used for other things  - not just for Christmas cards.
I love the little Drink Me die from Tonic Studios and I've added some of the new Arboreal Dream die cuts with Trimcraft flowers.
I've added a little Baroque Border which moves back and forward with the slider part of the card.

I made the actual slider card from a Dovecraft 5x7 card blank.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Happy Birthday hearts

Have you got your sunglasses on?   This is BRIGHT!   This is another card showing the Tonic Studios Indulgence Affections dies and how they can be used together  - I've added an Intrica border along the edge. 

Have a sunny day!

Santoro Decomache Frame

This is one of my samples from Saturday - using two different Santoro Mirabelle Decomache papers along with lots of different embellishments from the range.
Thanks to everyone who came along to the demo - we covered a wide range of products and techniques and had lots of fun along the way :)

See you later with more.....:)

Friday, 5 September 2014

Blue heart easel card

This is a card I made a while ago as a sample for Create and Craft shows for Tonic Studios showing the Indulgence Affections dies making a heart easel card. I've added a "stopper" punched with the Intrica Regal Border punch and an Intrica Butterfly .

Have a lovely weekend :)

A couple of demo samples

I've been busy making samples for my demo at Craftworld, Belfast tomorrow - using Tonic Studios dies and punches along with Trimcraft cards, papers and embellishments.
Hoping to see some of you there :)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

New Tonic Studios embossing folders and die sets

 Good morning. The next show with the Tonic POW is at 11.00am on Create and Craft - you can see this beautiful embossing folder, flourish die set and lots more.....

This is the Victoria A4 embossing folder and it looks great when brushed lightly with Distress Ink.
The leaves are from the Arboreal Dream die set.

I made the big flower in the centre with the Peruvian Lily..Punch and Stamp set.

I've used Papermill Buff and Ivory linen card for this one :)

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sweeping Pampas die set from Tonic Studios

Good morning! If you haven't already seen the Tonic Studios Pick of the Week you might want to catch the next show on Create and Craft at 12.00 noon. There are beautiful new A4 embossing folders, bow dies and large flourish dies. 
I've used the Sweeping Pampas die (cut twice) to make a frame for this Christmas card...  enjoy!

Monday, 1 September 2014

Demo at Craftworld, Belfast on Saturday Sept 6th

Hi, Just a little reminder of the demo at Craftworld, Belfast on Saturday (6thSept) where I'll be using Tonic punches and dies along with Trimcraft ranges and Promarkers.
Hoping to see some of you there x.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Trimcraft Winter Woodland Reindeer card - complete card and Promarker TUTORIAL

I've made a card using the Trimcraft WinterWoodland collection which includes the Reindeer stamp - any excuse to get stamping and colouring! - and I've taken photos of all the steps involved in making it so you can try it for yourselves.

Here's what you'll need ;
Dovecraft 6x6  white Scallop edge card
Dovecraft Essentials 6x6 Colours paper pack
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Reindeer Stamp
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Fox Die set
Trimcraft Winter Woodland 6x6 paper pack
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Paper Blossoms
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Wooden Buttons
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Twine
Trimcraft Winter Woodland Adhesive Toppers
Dovecraft  Ruby Glitter Glue
Dovecraft Super Value Crafters Glue
Double sided tape

white card, green card

You'll need a diecutting machine to cut the holly garland

Colours of Promarkers you'll need...
Ivory, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Walnut, Yellow, Gold, Meadow Green, Forest Green, Berry Red, Ruby, Ice Grey 3, Blender.

How to make the card
Start by stamping and colouring the Reindeer
 1. Stamp your image onto white card. 

 2. Colour the areas shown with Ivory.

 3. Colour the rest of the reindeer with Sandstone - going over the ivory areas on the legs, face and underside slightly.

 4. Add some shading with Cinnamon.

 5. Now go over the whole reindeer with Sandstone again colouring with small circular motions.

 6. Go over the lightest parts again with Ivory - again using a circular motion.

 7. Add some Putty to the inner part of the ear.

8. Blend the Putty in with a layer of Ivory.

9. Colour the antlers with Walnut.

 10. Colour the other ear behind the antlers with Ivory.

11. Add shading with Sandstone.

 12. Add a little more shading with Cinnamon.

 13. Colour the scarf as shown with Meadow Green, Yellow and Berry Red.

 14. Add shading as shown with Forest Green, Gold and Ruby.

 15. Go over these areas again with Yellow and Meadow to blend together. You won't need to blend the Ruby.

16. Add some Ice Grey 3 to the edges of the "white"  area on the scarf.

17. Finish by going over the whole "white" area with Blender pen to create a muted shadow effect.

Now the card;
1. Die cut the Holly Garland from the Fox die set using green card.

2. Colour alternate holly leaves with Forest Green Promarker and add Dovecraft Ruby Glitter Glue to the berries. Set this aside to dry.

3. Trim a piece of 6x6 paper to 14cm x14cm and matt onto brown paper from the Dovecraft Colours pack (trimmed to 14.5cm x 14.5cm). Attach to the card front with double sided tape.
Matt the reindeer image onto brown paper and attach to the card front at an angle with double sided tape.

4. Layer some paper blossoms and add a wooden button with twine in the centre. Glue this to the bottom left of the stamped image.

5. Glue the die cut garland along the top of the image and add an adhesive topper beside the flower.