Monday 30 April 2018

Tonic Studios - Craft Kit 9 Inspiration - Deco Gift Bag Kit

 This is a little inspiration for those who have bought Tonic Studios Craft Kit 9 - it will be arriving with you soon :)
The kit contains dies which make up the cute little gift bag but when I looked at the shape of the front panel it reminded me of a top/T shirt so I made a card with this as the centrepiece.

I made a matching card and gift bag from the papers and dies in the kit.
The items which I used which are not included in the kit are white card, twine and Tonic Studios Decorative Vanity Layering Die set.

How to make it:
 1. Using the front panel outline die, cut one shape from gold card and one from maroon card. Then use the smaller side panel outline die to cut two gold shapes and two maroon shapes.

 2. Use the matching detail dies to cut out the pattern in the three maroon shapes.

 3. Glue the maroon die cuts directly on top of the gold ones. Then snip off the opposite corners of the side shapes as shown above.

 4. Glue the side panels in behind the front panel so that they look like sleeves. Add a sequin to the centre and Crystal Drops to the centres of the flowers (these are also contained in the kit).

5. To make the card I scored and folded an A4 piece of white card in half, then added 3 layers of card/ paper contained in the kit. Use two of the dies from the Decorative Vanity Layering die set as a background for the "top" . Die cut the "For You" from the kit in gold card, then glue onto maroon card and cut around the outside. Glue above the centre panel. Die cut 4 little flowers from the kit and glue two to  the top right and 2 to the bottom left.

 6. To make the bag die cut 2 of the outline shapes from maroon card. Cut off the little tab on the top from one of them. Die cut the front panel outline shape twice from the gold floral embossed paper and glue to the front and back. Use the little "slit" die on the back to create a slit for the tab to go into. Assemble the gift bag by firstly gluing the side strip of of one to the side of the other. Then repeat on the other side. Tuck the bottom pieces in and glue neatly in place.

7. To make the tag - Die cut the tag shape from gold card, then draw around the outside of the same die on maroon card and cut out. Glue the gold piece on top of the maroon piece. Die cut the small tag shape from white card and glue on top of the gold piece.

8. Attach the tag to the handle of the bag with a length of twine.

Saturday 28 April 2018

Napoleon's Nose, Cave Hill, Belfast

I don't have any recent photos of our trips out to share at the moment so here's one taken just down the road from home. We can see the Cave Hill from our back garden and it's beautiful no matter what the weather is like but today we went down and sat in the sun for a short time :)

Wild and Free - bookmark pocket card with Dovecraft "Lost and Found" collection

 Good morning. This is another card I made with the Dovecraft "Lost and Found" collection from Trimcraft. I scored and folded part of the front back, then trimmed to make a pocket for a matching bookmark.
I've used lots of the different embellishments in the collection - paper, stamp, buttons, wooden peg, wooden frame, gems, sentiment sticker, dies, puffy sticker and twins with a little Dovecraft Crystal Glitter Glue (as always!)

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Perfect Allusion papers from Trimcraft

I just found some photos of cards which I made a while ago and never posted photos. This is one of them - made with Trimcraft's Perfect Allusion papers and Woodland themed dies

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Lost and Found Double Z fold card tutorial - Trimcraft

Good morning :) I'm really enjoying creating with the new Dovecraft "Lost and Found" collection and hope you are too! I have another card to share today using lots of the papers and embellishments. I think it could probably be called a Double Z Fold. All the steps in making this are found below. I hope you enjoy trying it out :)

You will need:
A4 white card Luxury Heavyweight card
Dovecraft "Lost and Found" 8x8 paper pack 
Dovecraft "Lost and Found" washi tape
Dovecraft "Lost and Found" steel dies
Dovecraft "Lost and Found" wooden frames
Dovecraft "Lost and Found" wooden shapes
Dovecraft "Lost and Found" gems
Dovecraft "Lost and Found" twine

black card 
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
die cutting machine

How to make it:
 1. Score an A4 piece of white card at 5cm and 10cm from each side.

 2. Cut 2 pieces of white card measuring 19.75cm x 6cm and score at 10cm and 15cm. Turn one upside down as shown.

 3. Cut pieces of patterned paper  - checked (4.5cm x 20.5cm) , spotty (4.5cm x 20.5cm) and tree (9.5cm x 20.5cm) and glue to the card as shown.

4. Cut 2 pieces of spotty paper measuring 4.5cm x 5.5cm and 1 measuring 9cm x 5.5cm and glue to the folded strips.

5. On the 10cm length, only add glue to the outside half and add glue to the outside 5cm length. Attach to the top of the card. Reverse and repeat with the other strip, gluing it to the bottom of the card.

6. Attach as shown.

7. Add washi tape along the top and bottom. Glue a hexagonal wooden frame in the centre, die cut a white hexagonal forest scene and glue into the centre of the frame. Die cut the other shapes from black card and glue in place as shown.

8. Glue wooden arrows to the sides. Add a sentiment topper to the frame with a Happy Camper Puffy Sticker below. Add gems to the die cuts and arrows. Tie a little twine bow and glue to the top of the compass.

Monday 23 April 2018

Let's Celebrate "Party" card with surprise inside - Trimcraft

Good morning, I have another card which I made earlier using Trimcraft's new "Let's Celebrate" papers with some of the new First Edition dies. It's a "happy" kind of paper :) with lots of quirky images and bright colours.
I used the heart balloon die from the Love Themed die set FEDIE239 and also the Alphabet
Tile die set FEDIE238 with lots of Simply Creative 3mm pearls and Dovecraft Crystal Glitter Glue.

Friday 20 April 2018

Happy Everything - Twisted easel card TUTORIAL to match Dovecraft planner and bookmark

 I've been enjoying the gorgeous Dovecraft planners with all the beautiful coordinating embellishments, but as a cardmaker, I couldn't resist making a card with some of the new Let's Celebrate papers and the planner embellishments to match.

You will need:
Dovecraft 6x6 white card
Trimcraft First Edition "Let's Celebrate" paper pad
Dovecraft Printed Pegs DCACC006
Dovecraft Wooden Toppers and Gems DCACC009
Dovecraft Photo Corners DCACC007
Dovecraft Washi Tape DCACC003
white card
Docecraft Crafters glue

How to make it:

 1. Open, then score and fold the front of a 6x6 white card from top left to bottom right as shown above.

 2. Cut a piece of green patterned paper to 14.5cm x 14.5cm and glue to  the inside of the card.

 3. Layer a triangle cut from a 13cm square of hooray paper onto a triangle cut from a 14cm square of green patterned paper and glue to the bottom half of the card front.

4. Cut 2 pieces of  white card and 2 pieces of patterned paper to the measurements shown and cut out a dog from the paper pad.

 5. Use the white card pieces as the bottom layers and add the patterned layers on top,then glue the dog in the centre. Add photo corners to both panels.|Fold the card front in half and glue the whole panel (by the bottom right only) to the folded part so that the top half is not attached. 

6. Add a wooden peg top the top of the dog panel . Fold the front back to where it sits up well and add a wooden flower as the "stopper". Add a length of washi tape down the right hand side of the base of the card.

You can also make a bookmark to match using a tassel at the bottom :)

Thank You - Tonic Studios Floral Favour Octagon Layering die set

Hello :) A quick Thank You card using the Tonic Studios Floral Favour Octagon die set, and Thank You Mini Moments die with Brown Kraft Card and Cornflower Blue Craft Perfect card

Thursday 19 April 2018

Dovecraft "Lost and Found" Collection - Trimcraft

 Good morning :) This is one of the cards I made using the fabulous new Dovecraft collection "Lost and Found" by Trimcraft. The papers are all in natural colours and the embellishments are amazing! Keep an eye out for more as I'll be posting photos of the others I made soon. If you are one of my Irish friends, this collection will be in a shop near you very soon :). I'm looking forward to seeing what you make with it :)

Friday 13 April 2018

Let's Celebrate - Pop Up Diorama card tutorial (Trimcraft)

The gorgeous new "Let's Celebrate" papers from Trimcraft have something about them that makes me want to make cards with a surprise inside them! This time I've made a pop up diorama card with a little panda trimmed from the pad inside the aperture. This card folds flat for posting

You will need:
Dovecraft A4 Luxury Heavyweight white card
Trimcraft First Edition "Let's Celebrate" paper pads (8 x 8 and 12 x 12 )
Dovecraft Crafters Glue
Dovecraft Washi tape DCACC003
Trimcraft First Edition Love Themed dies FEDIE239
Simply Creative Jewels and Hearts

die cutting machine

How to make it:

 1. Fold and score an A4 piece of white card in the centre and at 1cm from the right side.

 2. Take another piece of white card measuring 15.5cm x 21cm and score at 1cm from each side on the 15.5cm length. Cut a piece of green patterned paper and glue on top. Cut o rectangular aperture 7.5cm x 9.5cm at 4cm from the top of the card. Keep the piece of white card which is left for step 5

 3.Cut around one of the pandas on the paper pad in a rectangle measuring 8cm x 10cm and glue onto a piece of heart patterned paper measuring 9cm x 11cm. Glue this to the inside of the card behind  the aperture in the top piece.

 4. Glue along the 1cm folds and adhere together as shown. The left side should be glued directly to the front of the card, just beside the score line and the right side should be glued to the inside of the 1cm fold on the back of the card.

 5. Cut out cones and a cupcake from the paper pad and glue along the bottom of the  aperture. Glue a 13cm x 20.5cm piece of "present" patterned paper to the inside left of the card. Glue the piece of white card from step 2 onto the left side with a cone and cupcake cut from the paper pad on top.

 6. Glue a 14cm x 20.5cm piece of green patterned paper to the front of the card. Glue a 7.5cm x 15cm piece of balloon paper to the left side os a 10cm x 16cm piece of striped paper. Add a strip of washi tape down the right side

 7. Glue a 6cm x 8cm rectangle of panda paper to a 6.5cm x 8.5cm rectangle of white card.

 8. Glue the panda panel to the washi taped panel and glue to the front of the card.Die cut the heart balloon from white card, glue this to the right side of the panda panel with a little striped heart die cut on top. Add a line of glitter glue around the outside and a heart gem in the centre. Add jewels to the balloons.

 9. Front

10. Inside