Thursday, 8 October 2015

Today Is All about You - Edna

 Hi, good morning and welcome to the blog today.

I'm sharing my last sample from the Simply Screens die collections today and I've chosen the Clematis Vine die set for this one.

It's all about layering today and I had a lot of fun with this version of layers.
Tonic Products used - Simply Screens Clematis Vine die set
Essentials 'With Love' frames
Today is all about you sentiment die and stamp set
Memento Gift of Love frames
Pearl white and Caribbean Ocean Crystal drops
Metallic gloss card stock
Essentials Brilliant Blues, Monochrome and Gracious Greys card stock collections.

I've 3D'd the layered panel for some dimension and finished off with an organza triple bow.
I loved the way the crystal drops matched the card stock. They really are little gems to have in your stash.

Thank you for joining me today.

It's your Big Day.... - Jo

It's your Big Day....

Evening all.... 

Phew - bed at last! It feels like a very long day today, I don't know why.... started off by visiting a special friend this morning, going to get a Gratitude Journal - more on that another day! Coming home to take receipt of a VERY special gift from my buddy Cheryl which had been sent home via the hubby's!  It's funny really how you come across people in life and immediately have that familiarity with... that's me and Cheryl. We've only known each other for a very short while, and our paths crossed via a cup of coffee being had in Barnsley and Create and Craft in Peterborough! Very wierd - both husbands knew each other from work, but we had never spoke! Now it's like we are very much alike - too similar in alot of ways it's scary!!!

Anyway..... What has your day been like?

I thought I would just pop along and show you two more of my Chalkboard cards. I am so glad that you've all been enjoying looking through the gallery on the Tonic Gold site, checking out everyone's cards - and there are some corkers on there too!

But I think the Chalkboard is my current favourite... I love the frames and the way they come with the sentiments that mix and match. This one is the 'It's your Big Day' set of frames and stamps, but as you can see, I've just changed the sentiments in the centre. 

I cut some of the card using the outside edge only, and left some card with the design only, then played with arranged the layout until I was happy with the layers then stuck it all together. 

Being a stamper and a colourererer.... lol.... I thoroughly enjoyed creating this little card below. 

I decided to use some of the Tonic background papers to match in with the colours I had used on the stamped image - a download from the Tiddly Inks website... love it!! 

The wording was taken from the inside part of the die set, cut from different colours then layered up and paper pieced accordingly. The topper I coloured was cut from oval layering dies and placed into the centre of the chalkboard frame. 

It's a perfect fit as you can see, so even if Chalkboard is not your style, there are elements of the sets that you can use to coordinate with your existing crafting arsenal. 

I hope that you like today's selection of cards.... Back to share more inspiration soon! 

until then... 
Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Silver Gilt Decorative Box - Doda

I've used Tonic Studios pretty paper to decorate a papier mache box blank.For the lid,  I've used Tonic's oval layering dies to cut 2 layers of card. I embossed the top layer then used a gilding glue size which I bought from Ebay to gild the card with their Nuvo silver gilding flakes. I then used the same glue to gild one of Tonics little cameos to decorate the top of the box. 

Around the rim of the lid, I put a strip of double sided sticky tape and stuck gilding flakes onto that for a nice neat edge. I 'll need to find (or make) some treasure to put into my little box now.

Well, it's been absolutely perfect weather today....for crafting!! Hope the sunshine comes back soon.

Live the Life - Edna

Hello, welcome to the blog and thank you to my new followers, you are most welcome.

Today I've used the Simply Screens Moroccan Mosaic die and edges to form a border on the card.

Other Tonic Products used - 
Felicity die and Juliet stamp butterflies coloured with Tonic Nuvo pens
Live the Life ... Frame Sentiment die set
Apple Green and Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Crystal drops
Green cardstock from the Essentials Gentle Greens collection
Black cs from the Monochrome collection

The decorative screen die was cut into the card stock and backed with black. The green strip was cut out of the card using the scallop edge from the set and slightly offset to provide a little more depth.

Thank you for joining me today.

Have a good one!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Chalk Dust... - Jo

What is it about chalk that makes me think of school?

I know that these days they have all the hi-tech stuff like whiteboards and such, but for me, school will always be about having things written on a proper blackboard with chalks of varying colours - and even having a blackboard rubber aimed at the head by a very grumpy Geography teacher!! If I'm honest, it was much better than being called an empty weetabix box... lol. Those were the days eh?!

Anyway.... onto today's post... and yes, you guessed it, I am going to share a couple of makes from the Chalkboard dies from Tonic.

I've decided to show you two ways to use the frames.

The first card that I want to show you is using the stamps and frames that come within the range. This one is called Special Occasion, and you will recieve the outside and inner designs, a lovely lattice insert and also the matching set of three stamps and the outside of the stamp which you can use to create a frame or just simply for placement of the stamps.

All of the stamps within the sets coordinate with each other and you can play to create multiples of different sentiments!

As you can see, I cut mine from black cardstock, then the inner section was stamp and heat embossed in white powder. I then took a white pencil and went around the outside of the wording to create a shadow... like the chalk had smudged ... and finished it off by colouring parts with coloured pencils.

Now... on the card below, I left it a bit more cute... and did what I love... came back to the stamping and used the dies as a frame to sit my Magnolia stamp in.

I chose Tonic paper and cardstock to layer and decorate, and the frame of the little Bumble was cut using the inner part of the die set.

I had to hold the die in place to draw around the edge where it met the feet, so that I could cut around them with a pair of scissors. This made them dangle on the outside of the frame so it looked like he was sat on it.

Little bumble (as I like to call this stamp) was coloured with the Tonic Nuvo pens, but I added a little bit of prisma pencil to the hair to give it a little extra oomph!

Glitter was sprinkled onto the wings to add a finishing bit of sparkle. And then I completed the card using a few dots of Card Candi from Craftwork cards on the corners.

Nice and simple... but this could easily have been a decoupage or other stamped image... the frames are so multifunctional and useful - and also very pretty!!

I will be back shortly to show you another couple of makes.... with a different frame set too!

Until next time. xxxx

Simply Screens - Honeycomb and Moroccan Style - Edna

Hello and welcome to the blog today.

I have two more samples from the POTW Tonic Studios launch of the Simply Screens dies to share today.

I've gone for blue tones for these cards both from the Essentials Brilliant Blues card stock collection.

Tonic Products used - 
Honeycomb Simply Screens die set
Amelia embossing folder
Sentiment - Pansy topper die set
Flora Frames topper die set - flower
Essentials With Love backing plates
French navy Crystal drops
Nuvo diamond glitter has been applied to the sentiment and the backing panel 

The centre panel is cut into the card stock and backed with blue.
The side panels are cut out of the card stock, trimmed to give a narrow border and applied to the front of the card. 
I've finished the card with a double satin bow, a flower from the Flora Frames die set and two crystal beaded pins.

Tonic products used - 
Moroccan Mosaic Simply Screens die set
Rococo Snowflake die
Yuletide Greetings Christmas die set
Nuvo diamond glitter
Pearl Crystal drops

I've applied lots of diamond glitter to the snowflake, drops and greeting but it's difficult to see in the photograph. I cut the die cut panel at 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" then cut it down to 7 x 7" to fit the front of the card.
The base card is 8 x 8" to give you an idea of scale.

Thank you for calling in today.
Have a good day! 

Monday, 5 October 2015

Believe in Christmas ... - Lou

I have notebooks everywhere for different things as am a bit of a notebook nerd ... love a good notebook ... however I am also a memory stick junkie too! I though I had better go through them just to check what I had on them and try and find a way to sort through all the files, photos, crafting stuff etc and came across a set of photos for several Tonic Studio projects I had made for the Exquisite Stamp launch.
Here's one of the cards I made ...

I have used the Elegance stamp from the Tonic Studios Exquisite range, coloured with Nuvo Creative pens and embellished with Nuvo Crystal drops and glitter.

Skin: 473, 475 and 449
Dress: 379, 381 and 489
I used one of the garden header dies to create my floral border, colouring them to look similar to poinsettias.

Leave & vines: 415 and 417
Flowers: 379 and 381
I adore the "believe" sentiment from the "Believe/Love topper"die set and thought it suited this image brilliantly. It has been layered on to black card with a lickle gold heart.

I layered the beautiful lady on to layers of ribbon and lace, finished with a sentiment strip. A few extra hearts finished off the card and a matted "noel" sentiment.

A quick(ish) card to make and want to try this design again but maybe in blue ... another thing to add to my crafting "to do" list.
Well the new week has started and I am busy, busy, busy today. Already tired just thinking about it ...! Have a wonderful Monday everyone,