Friday 28 June 2013

A little bit of bling..offer at Papermill

Christmas again! This week's special offer at Papermill Direct is shiny red card so I made a Christmas sample card this time. The offer is 50 A4 sheets of shiny red card (300gsm) for £4.00 and you can see it HERE. At 300gsm this is really good quality card and holds it shape well even when moulded as you can see on the petals.
I have used the card behind the Tonic Studios Gothic Border Square die cut and let it shine through. I also used it to make Poinsettias with the Clematis, Lily and Poinsettia Punch and Stamp set.

Have a lovely weekend :)

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Summer wreath

 Good morning...... I've been busy making all sorts of things as well as cards for the last couple of weeks and thought I'd share this wreath today. Turquoise is my favourite colour but I don't usually team it with yellow but keep seeing lots of buttercups around at the moment and they gave me this idea. All the flowers are made using Tonic Studios Punch and Stamp sets.
I've used the Peruvian Lily, Evening Primrose and Corncockle set for the turquoise flowers ( with the sepal shape from the same set for the tiny yellow flowers) and the Carnation, Sweet William and Peony set for the bigger yellow and white flowers.

Have a lovely day :)

Monday 24 June 2013


I thought I'd do another little bit of scrapbooking...I'm beginning to like this idea :)

First of all I hunted through my vast array of albums to find suitable photos and came up with these two. I love these photos of David and Andrew when they were little  - they are 21 and 19 now :(   . Like me, they love animals and were always found in our garden. Sally, the goat, belonged to a very dear friend but little Thumper in the 2nd photo was a very much loved family pet for almost 8 years. He had his own state of the art hutch which was inside our summer house and the door was open all day long so he could run around the garden and go inside if he liked.

  I'm really loving this self adhesive cork and I've punched it with the Tonic Studios Delicate Lattice border punch and also die cut the Trellis Wall die with it.

Remember, you don't have to make the named flowers, just use your imagination with the punches and stamps in each set and see what you come up with..
The ivy at the top of the page is from the Window Basket die and the butterflies are the Multi Detail and Classic butterfly punches.

Thursday 20 June 2013

New Tonic Studios Christmas release

Christmas in June!!..well, it is on Create and Craft tomorrow!
I think you're going to love the gorgeous new dies and paper from Tonic Studios.

The top card shows the Poinsettia die and die pad along with one of the Christmas greeting dies from the Christmas cracker die. It makes it so easy to make a quick but striking Christmas card.

Below you can see a little cracker made with the cracker die - all the hard work done for you! I have used the die on the premarked paper and just added two little bows. The pretty little star is another of the new dies and can have a little opening to pop a little treat in....

Another great offer at Papermill

This week's special offer at Papermill is an A4 small box of Ivory Flax Embossed card (300gsm)  £5.00
Each box contains approximately 80 A4 sheets of premium quality card and for only £5.00

You can see the offers HERE...

The texture is too beautiful to cover up on this card so I have tried to show as much as possible on the actual card and the embossed part.

I've been getting a lot of enquiries about the embossing folder I've used (it's a favourite so you'll see s a lot of it!) ..It is Cabaret by Couture Creations.
The silver diecut is Branches from the Bird on a Branch  range and the flowers are made with the Clematis, Lily,Poinsettia Punch and Stamp set.

Monday 17 June 2013

Birds and Verso

Now that I've started making cards with my Verso die and matching punch it's hard to stop, especially when I have the Tonic Studios Birds on a Branch paper and metal embellishments sitting on my worktop too. I love how these can make gorgeous cards in no time at all. I've added a fine line of glitter around the aperture and the outside of the diecut just to define the edges. A tidy little bow across the punched border - that's all there is to it...

Sunday 16 June 2013

Stamping Sensations Mid month post

Good morning. It's my turn to do the mid month card for the Stamping Sensations challenge blog..and as it's Summer Flowers, it's right up my street! I just love flowers (summer or otherwise) so I don't need any excuse to add then to my cards.
I've used the beautiful new Tonic Studios Verso die (Diamond lattice) and have used the matching border punch on the corners. Then I got doing what I love best,making paper flowers :)

Thursday 13 June 2013

Twisted easel

Hi, another card with the gorgeous new Tonic Studios Verso die and matching border punch. It's the  Diamond Swing set again but used in a different way. I've cut out the shapes and mounted them on a twisted easel card. The beautiful Birds on a Branch paper had a big floral corner so I decoupaged the corner of a 2nd sheet over the top and added glitter round the edges for definition. The little bird is from the bird embellishment set and is a lovely finishing touch.

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Quick and Easy..

 I know these beautiful Verso dies and punches sold out yesterday but I couldn't resist showing you this card  - just to whet your appetite while you wait for their next airing!

This was unbelievably quick and easy to make - with the addition of a little Tonic bird embellishment in the centre..

Monday 10 June 2013

Thanks to Bernie and staff at Donegal Stationery

A big Thanks to Bernie and staff who made it such a lovely day at Donegal Stationery on Saturday....I really enjoyed a warm welcome (in every sense!). I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did. As usual I got very engrossed and excited and completely forgot to take photos until it was almost too late and folk had left. Anyhow, thanks to all who came and made it a great day!

Marlene and Kevin

Me(!) on a very steep street.. :)

David came with me and had a lovely time in Letterkenny while I was busy then we drove to Dunfanaghy for a meal before heading slooowly and very reluctantly home. Such a beautiful part of the country.

Tonic Studios New Verso dies and matching border punches!

Have you heard about the gorgeous new Verso dies and matching border punches from Tonic Studios?
They are on Create and Craft today...
This card is showing the Delicate Lattice border punch - stunning!!

Friday 7 June 2013

Charcoal grey card on offer at the Papermill!

Another great offer to share with you...
Charcoal grey card from  Papermill Direct 
You can see the offer page HERE
300gsm Charcoal Grey Card Card - from £4.00 -
This card is available in both A4 boxes and A3 boxes (approximately 76 sheets in each sized box)

Don't forget that you will get notified of any future offers straight to your inbox if you sign up for the newsletter here..

The Porsche is a digi image from A Passion for Stamps and the border punch is Tonic Studios Scalloped Arc and I 've used a hole punch to make the holes along the black edges.

Thursday 6 June 2013

Demo at Donegal Stationery on Saturday

Hi.....hope it's sunny where you are - it's a real scorcher here today :)
I'm really looking forward to my demo at Donegal Stationery in Letterkenny on Saturday and would love to see some of you there.
I'll be demoing lots of Tonic punches, dies and stamps as well as the new Butterfly papers.
This is a few of the things I've made to share with you there :)
Ruth x

Tuesday 4 June 2013

Stamping Sensations DT card


It's that time again - time for another challenge at Stamping Sensations and this time the theme is Summer Flowers. That's just the type of challenge I like!
The other ladies on the DT have made gorgeous floral creations so do nip over and check them out. There is  a great prize as always..
from Heartfelt Creations

For this card I have used Tonic Studios Butterflies Beautiful 8x8 paper pad with white and purple grape cardstock from Papermill Direct.
I used the Trellis Wall die from Tonic Studios to create the aperture in the white cardstock - I just elongated it and used the "waste". Then I added a Maria die cut with a flower and a bud made from the leaf punch from the Tonic Studios Punch and Stamp set (Carnation, Sweet William and Peony) . The double strips at the bottom are from the Butterfly strip punch and I used three of the tiny "waste" butterflies to add to the top of the card.

Monday 3 June 2013

Birdie bookmark

Using Tonic Studios dies with Papermill Teal card.

When I got hold of these gorgeous tag dies and bird stamps I thought I'd like to make a little bookmark.
I cut out the larger one and embossed it and then placed the smaller die at the top and cut it out  - but
not the whole way. I left the top part attached so that it could be slipped over the page to keep the place.
I then stamped, coloured (with Promarkers, of course!) and glittered 3 of the birds before cutting them out and gluing to the bookmark. - Don't forget to only stick the bottom half of the middle bird :)