Thursday, 20 February 2020

Demo - Jervis St, Dublin, Sat 29th Feb

A couple of hens which will be coming to the Art and Hobby Shop,Jervis St, Dublin with me on Feb 29th  I'll be demoing the Pébéo products used on these 🐔


If you'd like to keep up with Nicco, you can see lots of photos on his new Instagram page -
I take lots of photos as you know(!)..some because he's just so cute and some because I love drawing from them, so I thought it would be a good idea to have them all in one place so others who love dogs too could have a look now and then. At the moment I'm just getting up to date over there with photos from when he came to live with us.

Bloom and Wonder Aperture Pocket Card - Trimcraft

 Another pocket card I made with the beautiful new Bloom and Wonder papers from Trimcraft. I used 2 Dovecraft 5x7 oval window cards together for the base. I'm loving these florals 

With Love - Bloom and Wonder (Trimcraft)

This is another card I made with the new Trimcraft Bloom and Wonder papers. I've added some elements which I cut from the pads along with some Dovecraft stickers and ribbon. The colours and patterns of these paper pads combine traditional florals seamlessly with modern patterns.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Some Demo Dates

I have some demo dates coming up if any of you are free :)

Art & Hobby Shop, Jervis Street, Dublin, Sat Feb 29th 11-4
Art & Hobby Shop,Swords Sat March 21st 11-4
Art & Hobby Shop,Liffey Valley, Sat April 18th 11-4
Really looking forward to seeing some of you if you are able to come along on any of these dates.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Bloom and Wonder - Aperture and Insert card tutorial (Trimcraft)

I've used a Dovecraft 5x7 window card and added an pocket with a pull out insert with the new Trimcraft First Edition "Bloom & Wonder" paper pads from Trimcraft. These papers have modern florals and some coordinating toppers. I have added a couple of Dovecraft Butterfly Stickers and ribbon with some Simply Creative pearls to finish off.

You will need:
Trimcraft First Edition "Bloom and Wonder" 8x8 paper pad
white card
Dovecraft 5x7 window card DCCE011
Dovecraft Rainbow Ribbon DCBS202
Dovecraft Butterfly Sticker Book DCSTB001
Simply Creative 6mm silver pearls

 To make the card and insert

 1. Cut a piece of patterned paper measuring 12cm x 17cm and glue to the front of the card.

2. Open the card and use a craft knife to follow the line of the aperture and remove the circle of patterned paper.

 3. The front will now look like this.

 4. Cut a piece of white card measuring 12cm x 17cm and a piece of patterned paper measuring 11.5cm x 16.5cm. Glue the paper onto the card.

 5. Add hi tack tape down both sides and the bottom on the back.

 6. Punch/ die cut a semi circle from the centre at the top and then adhere the pocket to the inside of the card.

7. Cut a piece of white card measuring 9.5cm x 14cm and glue a piece of patterned paper measuring 9cm x 13.5cm on top. Punch a hole and add ribbon at the top. Add a fine black line around the paper.

8. On the reverse side of the insert, draw a fine black line around the edges and add a butterfly sticker at the bottom right.

 9. Cut out the LOVE topper from the paper pad and glue to the inside pocket, in the centre of the aperture. Add 2 butterflies from the sticker book at the top and cut a moth from the paper pad. Gently shape the wings with a bone folder and glue the centre of the moth to the card. Add a little foam tape under each wing to help keep their shape.

 10. Wrap a 15cm length of ribbon around a 12.5cm x2cm piece of patterned paper and glue to the bottom of the card. Tie a small length of ribbon in a knot to the strip of ribbon.
Add silver pearls to the foliage.

 10. Add detail with a fine liner pen around the aperture and the patterned paper.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

One sheet easel card - Trimcraft's Free Spirit

The Free Spirit paper pads from Trimcraft are available in 3 different sizes - 6x6, 8x8 and 12x12 . The patterns, colours and finishes on the papers are very luxurious, with golds, teals and purples. Some of the papers are glittered and look amazing!
I've made a "one sheet" easel card and hope you will give it a try too :)

You will need: 
Dovecraft A4 Heavyweight white card
Trimcraft First Edition "Free Spirit" 8x8 paper pad
Dovecraft A4 Tropical Card Pack DCBS206
Dovecraft Gold Glitter Glue
Dovecraft Rainbow Ribbon DCBS 202
Simply Creative 6mm adhesive pearls
Dot & Dab Foam Tape
Dot & Dab hi tack tape
Dot & Dab Tacky Glue

To make it:
 1. Take an A4 piece of white card and score it at 9cm , 18cm and 27cm on the long side.

 2. Attach foam tape along the inside of the end folded piece.

 3. Fold the narrow piece back onto the card and this becomes the stopper for the easel.

 4. Cut the following pieces of card - white card - 14.5cm x 11cm
                                                       metallic card - 20.5cm x 2.25cm
                                                                             - 20.5cm x 8.5cm
                                                                             - 14cm x 10.5cm
                                                   patterned paper - 20cm x 1.75cm
                                                                             - 20cm x 8cm
                                                                             - 13.5cm x 10cm
 5. Glue the pieces together as shown above.

 6. Cut a piece of white card measuring 7.5cm x 7cm and a piece of metallic card measuring 8cm x 7.5cm. Cut an elephant from the paper pad. Glue the white card onto the metallic card and attach the elephant with foam tape.

 7. Add a length of ribbon across the top of the elephant panel and secure at the back with hi tack tape. Add glue on the back, leaving a little space free from glue at the bottom,
 and attach to  the card.

8. Add a little length of ribbon on the left and tie in a knot.

 9. Cut 3 strips of patterned paper measuring 1.5cm x 3cm, cut tails at the ends and glue up in below the elephant panel. Add gold glitter glue around the points and pearls on top.

 10. Cut 3 feathers from the paper pad and glue at the bottom right of the elephant panel.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Double envelope with cards YouTube tutorial (Trimcraft)

Good morning:)
I've just posted a video on my YouTube channel showing how I made this double envelope with cards inside using the brand new Dovecraft "Paper Posies" collection from Trimcraft.
I also give a little run through the collection as I know you'll want to see all the beautiful bits and bobs.
Thanks again to everyone who has subscribed to my channel  I'm getting more used to "talking to myself" now so hopefully you'll be seeing more videos from now on 
The video link is below.

YouTube video

Thursday, 16 January 2020

Paint pouring flowers (and using the excess paint)

I've posted a video showing how I painted this canvas (with a paint pour) and also how I used the excess paint to make a card. If you're like me and don't like waste, you might like to try this idea. The link to the video is below :)

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Dovecraft Premium Adhesive Glitter Card

 I've been using the Dovecraft A5 Premium Adhesive Glitter Card!! So many ideas! I cut it with the Bee themed dies and it cut and adhered to the little bottle like a dream🐝
This card can be cut with scissors, dies and on all major electronic cutting machines.