Monday, 3 August 2015

Tonic Studios Bottle Wrap Die - How illuminating! - Doda

I have made a decorative light by using Tonic Studios Bottle wrap die along with a clever usb rechargeable cork light gadget I got from
I washed out an empty wine bottle and used this for my light. To avoid the brightness at the top of the bottle where the bulb is, I made a little decorative collar for the bottle so that the light is more evenly diffused.
This is what it looks like in the daylight...
...and here is how it glows at night. The intricate details of the diecut are gorgeous!
Can you imagine a whole row of these...they would look beautiful! Of course if you use a clear glass or different coloured glass bottle the glow will be different. I need to try find some blue glass bottles...I love blue glass.

Don't forget to check out the rest of my blog for more ideas with Tonic Dies.

I hope you like this idea. Have a lovely day.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Let's Celebrate....- Jo Austin

Morning all.... I was about to say Good evening then, but realised I'm later than usual trying to post my project for today. The silly laptop decided it was going to be silly and not come onto my internet for some strange reason - Gremlins in the cables I guess! But here I am at last. 

How are you all anyways? 

Things over the last few days here have been nice and relaxing - a little bit of housework, a bit of hairdressing (doing the daughters hair! Some things you never forget as you get older!) and getting back to having chance to do a nice meal with lovely puds too! Lemon Meringue must be my favourite this week. Very tasty it was too!!!

I've also spent a little bit of time working with some nice Nuvo bits and bobs... more on that on a later post! So, all in all, I feel very relaxed and chilled. It's quite a nice feeling me thinks. 

Onto the project ... and today, I thought I would share a little mini wine box and a matching card that I made for the Pick of the Day shows this week. 

The mini wine box was made using the same dies as the usual standard sizes, but I only cut two sets to create a square, rather than three sets for the larger bottles. 

Once you have cut your base layers for the box, stick them together as usual, and place to one side to dry for a few minutes. Take your bottle (chocolates, smelly candles, socks) or whatever you want to put in there, and measure the height.

My bottle of wine was 12cm tall to the base of the neck area, so I placed the glued section onto my guillotine and measured 14cm on the main body of the box and trimmed any excess from across the centre. Rejoin with red super sticky tape, or a glue gun for extra strength.

Now, because your bottle has a join in the centre, you will need to create a smaller wrap to go around the outside, or simpy use ribbon and lace, which is what I opted to do. I then cut the lacy panels to fit on the outside, measuring, trimming and sticking together just like before.

The little flower on the front edge is a Craftwork Cards topper that I cut and layered after I had coloured it in. I added a sparkler to the centre of the flower to give it a little bling.

Here's the matching card -

Again, I started off by colouring the Craftwork card topper to match in with the flower on the box, then mounted it up onto the lime and orange - same colourway to match again.

The sentiment I decided to curve around the outside of the topper once it was in place, so I cut the Let's Celebrate from the Wine Bottle Wraps set of dies, once from lime green and once from orange then paper pieced them onto white cardstock. This was then all cut out, stuck together and attached to the card at the ends, giving it a slight curve as you go along.

Now... the beautiful topper....

Isn't it just beautiful? I love the quirkiness of these little flowers, and they were singing out for vibrant colours. Now, you can colour these in whatever colours you want, because all you get in the pack is a black and white outline. Good eh?

I added some orange Nuvo drops and a little irridescent glitter to the top to make a centre to the flower.

You can see how this card looks from above. Something a little bit different, but I think I quite like it.

I hope you do too.

Until next time,
Love Jo xx

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Bottle Wraps and a Card Today - Edna

Good morning.
I'm sharing the last of my samples from the POTD Tonic show today. 

I've used the gorgeous Bottle Wrap die set with the Celebrate and Cheers decorative panels. 
The Gift tag die is perfect for finishing off the gift box and don't forget that it also acts as the base for the bottle box. 

I've chosen black and a gorgeous deep red silk mirri card for this one. I've been hoarding this card for ages and didn't want to cut it up but I thought it would be perfect for a bottle of red wine and also looks quite masculine for those hard to buy for guys we all know. 

My second bottle uses papers from the new Christmas Wishes paper pad that teamed perfectly with teal card stock I had in my stash.
It makes a very bright and cheery gift box don't you think?

My card uses two of the Bottle wrap Indulgence Thins dies to make this very simple Christmas card.
I've used a Rococo poinsettia die for decoration, cut twice and decoupaged; glittered the Merry Christmas with the light gold Nuvo glitter and then added a few bright gold Crystal drops to finish. 
There are so many variations you could make, enjoy them when you receive them. 

Have a super day!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Bottle Wrap And Diamond Squeeze Box Pick Of The Day - Karen

Good afternoon, got a few more bits to share with you today made using the Bottle Wrap and Diamond Squeeze Box die sets.

A traditional Diamond Squeeze Box with the Duocap Numerals

An 8x8 Christmas card using the pattern dies out of the Diamond Squeeze Box die set and the Tag die from the Bottle Wrap

Also using the papers out of the new 8 x 8 paper pads.

Traditional Bottle Wrap with pleated Ribbon.

I hope you like what I've made with the dies and you will continue to watch the shows with Jodie throughout the day on Create and Craft and Ideal World.

Let's Wrap Things Up! - Edna

Hello and good morning!

Don't forget to join Jodie on Ideal World and Create and Craft for the Tonic POTD shows today.
I shared the squeeze box with you yesterday and now it's the turn of the Bottle wrap box die, but it's so much more than than.
Have you gorgeous smellies, home-baked goodies etc that you would like to make a decorative box for?
Look no further than this gorgeous set of dies.

For a special celebration I've gone with ivory and gold.

Tonic Bottle wrap
Tonic Indulgence Thins bottle wrap die set - Let's Celebrate
Champagne glasses from the Girls' Night Out sentiment dies
Labels from Just for You Essentials

This design is the other die from the Let's Celebrate die set - isn't it gorgeous? 
You will need to cut the base die three times to make a 'wine' bottle sized wrap. The gift tag die doubles up as a base for the bottle and I cut one for the base and one for the inside to give it more rigidity.

If you only want to cut two shapes you will end up with a tall square box like the one below.
I found it was just perfect for holding three Yankee votive candles. It's a perfect gift to show someone your appreciation and just say thank you.
The boxes can be altered in height by cutting them down to the size you require so making them ultra versatile.

If you want to go bigger you can cut the die four times, don't fold the score lines and keep the box square.
This one was perfect for holding some gorgeous chocolate biscuits. The ones I used were bought but if you make your own what a lovely thoughtful gift that would make for someone too. 

I've used one of the papers from the new paper pads 'Winter Wonderland' and some Crystal drops to decorate. 

There is much more inspiration on Tonic Gold, the Tonic blog and Tonic's FB page.
I hope you have as much fun making your boxes and cards as I did. :)

Have a great day! 

Cheers! - Jo

Good evening you lovely folks.... 

Sorry I haven't been around for a while this last week or so, things have been a bit manic - what with decorating, work, appointments, family time and a bit of 'us' time - time has just run away with me and it's been over a week since I came on here... I can't quite believe it! 

It has been nice though - we had a lovely meal out at the Hare and Tortoise near Rossington, Doncaster, and I can highly recommend it.... beautiful food and lovely staff. A definate to go again!

So.... onto tonights little project bundle and as you may guess, there's a new Pick of the Day on tonight being bought by Tonic Studios, and our lovely Jodie. I thought I would share with you a couple of my samples for the show which shows how you can use the dies for boxes and cards. 

This little card is DL in size, which is an A4 card scored at 10.5cm and folded then trimmed to create a tall card.

I cut the front of the card with the outer edge of one of the panel dies from the wine wrap and then cut out a sentiment - I chose Cheers - from white card. I layered this onto the back of the aperture and  stuck it in place. I had also inked the embossing and around the edges, but you can leave it plain if you wanted to.

The letters emboss so is perfect to give a little extra detail to your project, and the leafy swirls around the letters are just so pretty. I layered it up onto pearlescent tan cardstock, then mounted onto the card.  I chose a ribbon to match the tan in the layers.

My topper is so cute... I totally enjoyed colouring this little beauty. She is a digi stamp from Tiddlyinks. I thought she would make a great topper to say Cheers....

In addition to the card, I also used the same colourways to create a wine box with the same dies.

I kept it quite simple, cutting out the wording from the base colour cardstock and also white, and layered them up to give them a shadow effect. a simple ribbon layer and some pearly Nuvo drops in white finish the centre of the bottle. 

I hope you enjoy the rest of the shows tonight and tomorrow... I know I will. These are fantastic dies with so much potential!

Until next time..... xxxx


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Squeeze and Bottle Box Variations - Karen

Good afternoon, I hope you are looking forward to the release of the Christmas Box Dies on Ideal World this evening at 9pm. 

Today I have decided to share some of the 'variations' I made with these versatile dies.

Triangular Box Using Squeeze Box Die Set

Cut one whole squeeze box and glue on another half.  Cut a triangle for the base and thread ribbon through the holes at the top to close.

Open Top Gift Box/Vase with Squeeze Box Die Set

This just uses four complete Squeeze Box die cuts which have been folded along the triangular lines only.  The first two are glued together with the rounded tops forming the base and the actual base pieces cut off.  The second pair have the base pieces glued inside the box to add the next layer on.  I added one of the Layering Squares to neaten the base inside and out before decorating with the infill dies.
Basket using the Bottle Box Set

I trimmed the Bottle Box sections down before adding the base.  The top triangular sections were curled over and stuck in place with a tiny punched snowflake added.  I made the handle out of a strip of card die cut with the border pattern die out of the Celtic Dream Collectables Die Set.

Merry Christmas Toblerone Box

I used one whole Bottle Box section plus half of another Bottle Box section, making three sides.  I cut my decorative dies into the box, backed it for strength and cut another layer to add to the front (red) before gluing the box together and tying the top with ribbon.

I hope that my samples have given you some inspiration and that you will join Jodie for even more on Ideal World this evening at 9pm and 11pm and throughout tomorrow on both Ideal World and Create and Craft.