Tuesday 29 June 2021

Die Cutting Essentials Magazine issue 78

My copy of Die Cutting Essentials issue 78 arrived in the post yesterday and it's full of amazing craft projects! There's a set of free layering petal dies which would normally be used to make beautiful flowers etc. My makes for this issue are using the same dies to make "masculine" cards so I have used them differently. It's always good to see how they actually look in print! I made all the backgrounds with Tonic Studios' Shimmer Powders :)

Creative Stamping Issue 97

Hello :)

My copy of issue 97 of Creative Stamping has just been delivered :) so that also means it's on sale now and you can pick up your copy in your local newsagent's!
There's a beautiful set of stamps and a matching embossing folder. My commission in this mag is a set of aperture cards featuring the stamps. Can't wait to get a really good read of this later as there are some wonderful cards by some of my favourite crafters in there!

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Showcase Dies from Tonic Studios - Fanciful Floral Frame Creator Die Set (affiliate)


Hello:) The brand new Showcase dies from Tonic Studios have just been released today., This set is called the Fanciful Floral Frame Creator. These are my affiliate links to the websites where you can checkout/buy them

UK- https://bit.ly/3gJWKrd

USA - https://bit.ly/35MGJKR

You can also check out my video on my YouTube channel here

I loved making cards with these and I hope you enjoy watching along. I thought they were ideal for making an easel card and I show you how to make the one on the photo :)

This is the contents of the set 

Don't forget to subscribe to my channel if you enjoy the video :)
Thanks so much for watching :)

Sunday 20 June 2021

Tonic Studios Craft Kit - Serendipitous Purse Box (affiliate)


The Tonic Studios Craft Kits have had a makeover! There is a new box and new packaging for the Craft Perfect and Nuvo products and you can have a little look on my video here - 

They will no longer be numbered and this one is called the Serendipitous Purse Box!
These are my affiliate links to the kits - 

In the kit you will get the following

The dies can be used to create a purse shaped box with a top opening and you can see how to make this in my video too but in this blog post I am going to show you how to adapt the basic shape to create a larger box with no divider and two openings :)

How to make it - 
1. Die cut 4 of the main die shape from white card.

2. Trim the speciality paper around the plain die shape and cut out 4 times. NB, it's best not to run the full sheet through the die cutting machine as it will slightly flatten the embossed pattern.

3. Glue the paper onto the 4 white die cuts.

4. Trim the bottoms off 2 of the pieces.

5. Trim off the corners shown in the photo.

6. Glue the flaps under the new shortened pieces.

7. Add hi tack tape to the parts shown in the photo.

8. Attach together as shown.

9. Attach the other sides to create the box.

10. Top view. 

11. Die cut 8 small pieces to decorate the edges of the box - not including the large rectangle- and glue in place,

12. Cut 2 pieces of the rose foiled card measuring 2cm x 13.3cm and score at 5cm from each end. Glue over the top edge of the box covering the join.

13. Repeat with the bottom of the box.

14.  Die cut 2 white ovals and decorate with roses cut from the rose foiled card. Attach to the centres of the joining strip with 3D foam pads.

15. Add ribbon ties to the side openings.

Thursday 17 June 2021

Tonic Studios Designer's Choice - Corsage and Carnations (affiliate)


Hi :) I have the Corsage and Carnations die set from Tonic Studios to show you today. It's the newest in the Designer's Choice collection. You can check it out on the Tonic websites through my affiliate links here - UK - https://bit.ly/3iOvSaX USA - https://bit.ly/3gB6rXE

You can also see my YouTube video here - 

In this video I show you through the die set and then how to make 2 different cards using it. In the first card I show you how to use the dies to create a background and in the second I make a little pocket with a circle tag on the front. Along with the die set I have also used the following Tonic Studios products -
 Craft Perfect Speciality Embossed card - Denim Ripple and Miami Mint 
Craft Perfect Bright White 5x7 and 6x6 cards 
Craft Perfect Bright White Smooth Card 300gsm 
Tonic Studios Mini Sentiment Die Set - Happy Birthday (4238e) 
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Neptune 
I hope you enjoy the video and that it gives you some ideas for using your dies. Please don't forget to "like" the video and subscribe to my channel and I hope to see you soon again :) Thanks so much for watching. Please stay safe and well :)

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Plant Seeds of Hope - from Brenda (#ad)

Isn't this just stunning!

The lovely Brenda Weatherill from Floral Fantasies Blog made this beautiful card using my Rose Bud digi image from Ruth Hamilton Design

I love the way she has used the same image as I did in my last post here but made a totally different card.
Thanks so much!

Colouring the Rose Bud Digi Image from Ruth Hamilton Design with Nuvo Alcohol Markers (#ad)

In this short video I show you how I coloured the Rose Bud digi image from my Summer Flowers collection with alcohol markers from Tonic Studios. You can buy the image from https://ruthhamiltondesign.com/
This image, along with the others on the website can be coloured with a wide variety of mediums - watercolour, alcohol ink, distress ink, pencils etc. Maybe you haven't tried downloading and colouring digital images with alcohol markers before - in that case I hope this inspires you to give it a go :). Roses are really beautiful colours in real life but why not experiment with your own combinations?
I hope you enjoy watching and I'd love you to visit my website and subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more colouring videos which are coming very soon :)
Thanks so much for watching :)
Here are my affiliate links to the Tonic website where you can buy the markers


Monday 14 June 2021

Baby Girl Shoes Digi image from Ruth Hamilton Design (affiliate)

Good morning :)

I was busy editing videos etc on Saturday and uploading them to YT.

This is the link to one of them showing some colouring with alcohol markers and some paper piecing with the Baby Girl Shoes digi image from my website

I'd love you to have a look at the digi images on my website and then have a look at the video if you have time. (Don't forget to subscribe to my channel too, if you enjoy watching :) )

This is really simple. Alcohol markers give translucent layers of ink, so a second layer on top makes the colour deeper :) For those of you who like the idea of paper piecing but have never tried it, I have a quick run through that too.

You can use a variety of colouring mediums of these images but in this video I have used Nuvo Alcohol Markers from Tonic Studios.
These are my affiliate links to the markers -
UK - https://bit.ly/2PcBaRd USA - https://bit.ly/3tUWbhY Link to disclosure - https://apassionforcards.blogspot.com/p/how-it-works.html

Friday 11 June 2021

Father's Day card with Bon Voyage papers from Trimcraft #ad

Hello :) I have just published a video on my YouTube channel showing you through this beautiful new paper pad from Trimcraft and how to make a couple of cards with it.
It's called Bon Voyage - we can still dream

I think these papers are just perfect for Father's Day cards!
You know I'd rather be in a shop or somewhere with you showing you this up close but just have a look at the video and imagine.....

Some of the other Trimcraft [products I used along with the papers.