Thursday, 19 October 2017

Hexagon Box - Tonic Studios

 It's a bit dreary outside today so I'm keeping busy with lots of crafting. This is a little box made with the Secret Spring Hexagon Kaleidoscope Box & Lid Base die set and the Simple Things Kaleidoscope Box Insert Panel die set. There are multiple dies in each set to create numerous different panel designs and these also work with larger die sets in the collection but I've kept mine quite simple and it still looks good :)


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Belfast Castle today

 David and I were working almost beside Belfast Castle today so we nipped in for a quick lunch. The grounds of the castle are beautiful in any kind of weather but the light today after yesterday's storm was just wonderful. The view across Belfast Lough from here is spectacular but we didn't have time to enjoy it much today - maybe next time :)













Demo it the Art and Hobby Shop, Jervis Street, Dublin - Sat 21st Oct

I'll be back demoing in the Art and Hobby Shop , Jervis Street, Dublin on Saturday (21st October) and I'll be making lots of Christmas cards etc with the beautiful papers and dies from Trimcraft.
I had a great day there several weeks ago and am looking forward to this week's visit :)
Demo times are 11.00am - 4.00pm

Monday, 16 October 2017

October on the Win and Tonic monthly challenge blog

The months are definitely flying! I can hardly believe it's time for another challenge from Tonic Studios. You'll find all the details HERE of how you can enter the October challenge to be in with a chance of winning a set of Christmas Buildables dies!

On my card this time I've used The Briar PatchEnjoyPinecone SeasonSeptember Harvest dies and lots of different colours of Nuvo Drops. 
Isn't the little field mouse cute?






Saturday, 14 October 2017

Demo today (Art and Hobby Shop, Drogheda)

 Ann and Alison
These are some of the lovely ladies who joined me today at the Art and Hobby Shop, Drogheda.
Thanks so much for coming along and also to Janette, Valerie, Donna and Lorraine from the shop :)

 Christine, Julie and Ann



 Anita and Deirdre


 We had Kian for a short time this afternoon. Robert was around too but I didn't catch him for a photo :)
Donna and Janette

Cards from today's demo (Art and Hobby Shop, Drogheda)

These are the cards I made at today's demo in the Art and Hobby Shop, Drogheda with the Trimcraft Christmas collections.











 Very blurred but I think you can get the idea :)

Friday, 13 October 2017

Demo tomorrow (Sat 14th Oct) at the Art & Hobby Shop, Drogheda

I'm all packed up now for my demo tomorrow at the Art & Hobby Shop, Drogheda. Looking forward to see some of you and showing you some more Trimcraft Christmas ideas :)

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Bee Happy - card tutorial Trimcraft

Bee Happy :) the new Dovecraft Premium collection from Trimcraft has beautiful foiled paper designs and lots of different coordinating embellishments. You can see below how to make this card using some of them.
I'm not sure who came up with this card shape in the first place but I've seen variations on Pinterest with different shaped dies.

You will need;
Dovecraft Premium "Bee Happy" 8x8 paper pad
Dovecraft Premium "Bee Happy" steel dies
Dovecraft Premium "Bee Happy" Puffy Stickers
Dovecraft Premium "Bee Happy" Photo Frames
Dovecraft Premium "Bee Happy" Cotton Ribbon
Dovecraft Premium "Bee Happy" Washi Tape
Dovecraft Polka Dot Embossed 6x6 card and envelope
Trimcraft First Edition Frame dies FEDIE211
double sided tape
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
white card

die cutting machine

How to make it:
 1. Cut a piece of gold foiled bee paper to 8.5cm x 9cm and glue the photo frame on top. Glue to the centre of the card.

 2. Cut a 9.5cm piece of ribbon with a tail and attach to the bottom of the frame with double sided tape.Die cut the honeycomb in white card and glue to the bottom left,. Add a heart Puffy Sticker to the centre and a Bee Puffy Sticker to the top right.

 3. Cut 2 pieces of pale green patterned paper (14.5cm x 14.5cm) and glue to both sides of the inside of the card. Cut a 29.5cm x 2cm strip of white card. Fold in the centre and then fold each side into the centre as shown.

 4. Add honeycomb washi tape across the strip and glue to the centre of the card making sure to only attach the two outside quarters.

 5. Die cut 4 frames in peach paper and cut a piece of 4 different patterned papers and white card each measuring 6cm x 6.5cm.

 6. Glue the patterned paper to the white card and then glue the frames on top. Glue the centres of these to a folded part of the strip with washi tape on top.

 7. Die cut the 4 shapes above from white card and gold patterned paper.

 8. Offset the gold paper die cuts on top of the white die cuts and glue one to the centre of each of the frames.

9. To finish, add a length of gold honeycomb washi tape along each side of the card front to create a frame.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Afternoon off - Whitehead

 It's not often that all four of us are free at the same time so we made the most of it this afternoon.
The boys treated us to a carvery lunch and later to hot chocolate and ice cream :)
In between we had a lovely walk along the path at Whitehead towards Blackhead Lighthouse.


 I just got up from taking this photo when a rat ran across the path from one side to the other


 Blackhead Lighthouse

 Carvery lunch at the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus

Hot chocolate at t he Rhinka, Islandmagee