Friday 31 August 2018

Thanks - Tonic Studios

A very quick card using Tonic Studios Devoted Doily and Sentiment Strip dies with some Moroccan Red Crystal Drops. It's so easy to make a card in a few minutes when you use the dies from one set, plus a sentiment :)

Watertown House, Silent Valley Reservoir, Co. Antrim

 I took these photos a few weeks ago of a little Watertown House which has been reassembled in the grounds of the Silent Valley Reservoir. This house was originally built in 1923 and was inhabited until 2006. 

Thursday 30 August 2018

Make a Wish - Trimcraft

 This is another card I made with the Dovecraft "Make a Wish" collection from Trimcraft. It's got a lovely cheerful feel to it and sure to make someone feel happy on their birthday 
My last birthday seems to have had an effect on my memory! I didn't realise I had an appointment today until Andrew reminded me very late last night/ early this morning. 
I used a strip of acetate to hold the decoupage in place on the aperture and have also used teh mini bunting, paper blossoms, glitter stickers, wooden shapes, doilies and some Simply Creative Pearls. As always, I finished of with Dovecraft Crystal Glitter Glue:)

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Fiesta Fever gate fold card with pocket insert - Trimcraft

The greens and blues of the Fiesta Fever paper pad look amazing together and I thought I'd make a card combining several of them together. I created a gate fold card with a pocket and insertand you can see how to make it below .

 You will need:
2 Dovecraft 6x6 Ribbon Edge Cards
Dovecraft Luxury Heavyweight card (white)
Trimcraft First Edition "Fiesta Fever"  8x8 paper pad
Trimcraft First Edition  Sentiment dies FEDIE269
Dovecraft Llama die - DCDIE115
Dovecraft Cactus die - DCDIE114
Simply Creative 3mm and 6mm pearls
Dot and Dab White Glue
Dot and Dab double sided tape
die cutting machine
2.5cm diameter circle punch

How to make it:
1. Take 2 ribbon edged cards, score and fold the front in half and turn one upside down. Punch a semicircle out of the top centre of one of the cards. Add double sided tape to the two sides and bottom of  the punched card and attach to the bottom card to form a pocket.

2. Attach 2 pieces of turquoise patterned paper measuring  5.25cm x 14.5cm onto 2 pieces of turquoise card measuring 5.7cm x 15cm with double sided tape and attach to both sides of the card.

3. Cut 2 strips of green patterned paper measuring 1cm x 15.25cm.and thread through the ribbon edges. Secure at the top and bottom (on the underside) with a dab of glue.

4. Cut 2 pieces of white card measuring 5.5cm x 8cm and 6.5cm x 9cm and a piece of green patterned paper measuring 6cm x 8.5cm . Attach on top of each other with the smallest on top. Die cut a blue llama. Cut a Yay! from the paper pad and punch a 2.5cm circle from turquoise pstterned paper and cut the top off.

5. Glue the punched circle to the llama's back and glue them to the layered panel.Glue the Yay to  the top of the panel. Cut a strip of striped paper measuring 5.5cm x 1.5cm and cut into fringes. Glue across the bottom of the panel. Add pearls and glue the llama panel at an angle to the front left of the card as shown. Die cut the Yay and Party from white and turquoise card, layer together as shown and glue to the top left and bottom right. Add pearls to the card front.

6. Cover the inside front of the pocket with green patterned paper. Attach a 15cm x 2.5cm strip of striped paper across the bottom of the pocket with double sided tape.- 1cm from the bottom.  Glue a 4cm x 5.5cm rectangle of green paper above the strip on the right side with a white die cut cactus on top. Cut some tiny flowers from the paper pad and glue to the cactus. Cut out "Let's Fiesta" from the paper pad and glue at an angle to the left side.

7. Make the insert by attaching an 11cm x 12.5cm piece of floral paper to an 11.5cm x 13cm piece of white card. Add a white semicircle to the left side with a turquoise die cut llama and a green die cut cactus on top. Glue "Live you Dreams" to the left side.

8. I covered the back with bunting patterned paper - this is optional, of course :)

Monday 27 August 2018

Curious cows

 We had an hour in the countryside this afternoon to get the air around us and I was amused by these cows!  Isn't it funny how cows all come towards you in a group and then back off together, then just keep on doing that as they get braver?
This was in  Ballyboley, Co. Antrim.

Friday 24 August 2018

It's the little things

A really quick and easy card made with the TonicStudios Twister Card Creator die set and DCWV Copper Luxury paper pad. These dies are soo easy to use!

My birthday!

It's my birthday today and it was such a lovely treat that David was feeling well enough to go out for lunch. He's had yet another infection and chemo has been stopped again but today he's feeling a little brighter - the best birthday present! :)

Make a Wish gatefold card Dovecraft (Trimcraft)

 This is one of the cards I made with the brand new Dovecraft "Make a Wish" from Trimcraft. I'm loving the ice cream sundaes and mini envelopes! 

Thursday 23 August 2018

Christmas Village Gatefold card tutorial - Trimcraft

 This is a double fronted gatefold card which I made using the Christmas Village papers and embellishments by Helz Cuppleditch for Trimcraft. You can see how to make it below :)

You will need:
Dovecraft A4 Luxury Heavyweight card (white)
Christmas Village 8x8 paper pack
Christmas Village 8x8 decoupage pad
Christmas Village Glitter Stickers
Christmas Village Adhesive Pearls
Christmas Village Bunting and Twine
Christmas Village Mini Envelopes
Christmas Village Lightbulb Charms
Dot and Dab double sided tape
Dot and Dab foam tape
Dot and Dab glue gun

How to make it:
 1. Score and fold an A4 sheet of white card at 7.5cm from each side on the long length, to make a gatefold card. Cut 2 pieces of white card measuring 8cm x 13cm and 8cm x 8cm score both of these pieces at 1.5cm on the 8cm length. 

 2. Attach these pieces to the back of the card with double sided tape.

3. Attach two pieces of greem snowflake patterned paper, measuring 20.5cm x 7cm to the card  and two pieces of navy patterned paper to the flaps ( 6cm x 12.5cm and 6cm x 7.5cm)

 4. Make up the Christmas Tree decoupage image from teh pad using the foam tape.Attach with double sided tape to a piece of white card measuring 9.5cm x 7.5cm. Attach by the bottom left corner to the top of the left flap, using double sided tape.

 5. Add stickers to the card as shown.

 6. Attach a 7.5cm x 3.5cm piece of heart patterned paper to an 8cm x 4cm piece of white card. Add a mini envelope on top Attach by the right hand side to the centre of the right front of the card, making sure it is hidden by the decoupage image when the card is closed.

7. Knot 3 lightbulb charms to a length of twine and attach to the top of the decoupage image using the hot glue gun. Add adhesive pearls to the Christmas Tree, snowman and Happy Christmas stickers.

Perfect Moments Pull Out bouquet tag tutorial - Trimcraft

This is a card which I made with the Trimcraft First Edition "Perfect Moments" paper pad and some new dies. All the instruction to make this are below - enjoy!

You will need:
Trimcraft First Edition "Perfect Moments" 8x8 paper pad
Dovecraft A4 Luxury Heavyweight white card
Trimcraft First Edition Sentiment dies - FEDIE269
Trimcraft First Edition Build a Unicorn dies - FEDIE274
Simply Creative 3mm and 6mm silver gems
Dot and Dab double sided tape
Dot and Dab Foam Tape
Dot and Dab Glue

How to make it:
 1. Score and fold an A4 piece of white card. Cut a piece of striped paper measuring 20.25cm x 14cm and a piece of patterned paper measuring 19.25cm x 13cm

2. Layer the papers and attach to the card with double sided tape. 
Cut a piece of music paper measuring 13.5 cm x 4.5cm and attach to a piece of  heart patterned paper measuring 14.5cm x 6cm. Attach to the card 4.5cm from the bottom.

 3. Cut 2 squares of white card measuring 8cm x 8cm. Score and fold in half diagonally. Cut a square of patterned paper measuring 7cm x 7cm and cut in half diagonally.

 4. Glue the paper to the card as shown.

 5. Slot the two pieces together to form a pocket and glue together.

 6. Place the pocket onto white card and draw around the outside long edges, flip over and repeat to get a diamond shape.

 7. Cut the tip off the bottom and cut 3.5cm off the top to form a tag shape as shown. Trim the outside edges so that the tag fits easily into the pocket.

 8. Glue the pocket to the front of the card.

 9. Die cut 6 large flowers, 6 small flowers, 2 solid leaves and 3 patterned leaves.

10. Using an embossing tool and mat, give the flowers some dimension. Glue the smaller flowers to the centre of the larger flowers with gems in the centres. Arrange on the top of the tag and glue in place.

 11. Die cut 2 of the large "unicorn ears" and one of each size of circle. Fold the "ears" back as shown and then assemble to create a bow. Attach to the pocket with Foam tape.

12. Die cut the Best Wishes from patterned paper and glue to the tag. Die cut the Happy Birthday from white card and patterned paper. Offset slightly and glue together. Glue to the pocket.

13. Glue some 3mm and 6mm gems to the card below the music patterned paper :)