Monday, 21 May 2018

Have a Magical Birthday with Nuvo Shimmer Powders - Lou Sims

Well spring is definitely taking it's time to arrive as we have another grey wet day here but I'm hoping the old adage 'April showers bring May flowers' might herald the blue skies and sun to arrive with us all sooner, rather than later.

Over on Hochanda, Tonic Studios 1st Anniversary event is in full swing and Paula Pascal has been demoing the wonderful new Nuvo Shimmer Powders and boy oh boy, they are jam packed full of colour. For my next project, I used the shimmer powders with the Modern Buttonhole stamps - from Bunched Bouquet collection.

I began by embossing the stamps with Nuvo hybrid clear ink and clear embossing powder, randomly. Next using a waterbrush, I coloured the images with water, tapped some of the Cherry Burst powder on to the larger flower designs, spritzed them with water and the colour filled the design spreading outwards. Next with the Solar Flare, I repeated the same process and let the colour also flow.

Next the main background. Again with the waterbrush I began by colouring, (with water), area by area but before moving on, I covered the wet area with Green Parade, spritzed with water and let the colour flow. Repeated the process until the whole background was completed.

On another piece of watercolour card, I re-stamped the flowers, coloured the same way and cut them out. The leaves were stamped firstly with Dried Oregano and then over stamped with Lime Burst to add extra depth. Again cut out ready for layering. The sentiment is from the Dressables Extras stamp set, stamped on a strip of the same watercolour card, mounted with 3D foam.

The flowers were then layered to form a bunch. Surprised myself with this card as normally I faff with embellishments and then, if in doubt, add oodles but this is a relatively CAS design for me. I wonder if I can keep this trend up? What do you think?

x x x

Happy Birthday - Ruth Hamilton

A birthday card made with Tonic Studios' Circle Lily Die set from the recent Floral Aperture collection, with Elaborate Edge Corners and an older happy Birthday die (also from Tonic Studios).
I love how the white on white looks like embossing :)

Happy Anniversary - Edna Taylor

Good morning and welcome to the blog today.

I have another of the fabulous Pretty Posies to share today.

Tonic products used:-

Hey Blossom Pretty Posies die set
Victorian frame layering dies
Mini Moments Sentiment die
Craft Perfect - Bright white, Glazed Chestnut
Craft Perfect Heavy weight Acetate
CP Speciality card stock - Umber Etching
Nuvo Cosmic Brown Embellishment mousse
Nuvo Crystal drops - Gloss White, Copper Penny
Golden years Confetti - Ice white circles, Rose Gold Sequins

I've made a shaker card with the die set this time.
The floral background layer was cut in white card stock and I've applied some Cosmic Brown embellishment mousse, slightly watered down and sponged on to give a lovely sheen.
I've glued the sentiment to a spare piece of acetate and cut round it to give it some stability.

Thank you for joining me today.
Have a super Friday!

Mixed Media Trio with Tonic Craft Kit 10 - Christine Smith

A mixed media trio of card using the newest Tonic Craft Kit, Kit #10 :D This kit has a gorgeous verso alphabet frame die set with lots of other extras too, including three sizes of gorgeous stitched banner dies :D And a whole alphabet too, and it even has duplicate letters in it that are fancy with a swirl flourish on them, they look fab mixed in with the regular font :D :D :D Also included is a bottle of Atlantis Burst Shimmer Powder and Atlantic Drift Glitter Accents, I've focused on these two products in these three cards, showing how to brush on the Shimmer Powder in conjunction with the Nuvo Clear Mark Ink Pad, and I also showed how to make the dies from the kit into stencils and use them with the Glitter Accents to create a cool glittery frame, and also to create your own glitter alphabet too!! And they're really tactile as well :D :D Hope you enjoyed the video :D
Main Tonic products used :D Tonic Craft Kit #10- Atlantis Burst Nuvo Shimmer Powder- Atlantic Drift Nuvo Glitter Accents- Nuvo Light Mist Spray Bottle Nuvo Clear Mark Ink PadTonic Tangerine Die-Cutting MachineTonic Easy Clean MatTonic Mixed Edged Oval Die Set 
Check out my own range of products exclusive to CraftStash :D :D :D 
My Essential Products :D Tonic A3 Glass Cutting MatCosmic Shimmer GlueWoodware Fine Tip BottlesSpellbinders Platinum Die-Cutting Machine White A6 Card Blanks Little 8" Tonic Guillotine Big 12" Tonic GuillotineTim Holtz Mini Snips  Tiny Tonic Scissors (no serration) Tonic Funky Tape Runner White Card Double Sided Tape Ranger Mini Ink Blending ToolVersaFine Onyx Black Ink PadAnita's 3D Clear Gloss Tonic Aqua Shimmer Sparkle Pen 
If any items are out of stock on CraftStash, make sure to add your e-mail to the in stock notification of that product so that CraftStash know you're interested! :D
To see the process behind this trio of mixed media cards, please watch my YouTube video below, or over on my channel CRaFTi PoTeNTiAl :D

Lots more photos below :D 

Friday, 18 May 2018

Happy Birthday with Tonic Craft Kit 10 - Christine Smith

A simple more masculine looking card using the gorgeous Verso Alphabet Frame die from the latest Tonic Craft Kit, Kit #10 :D This kit is right up my street, I love the modern look of the mixed alphabet dies, and the funky alphabet frame too, and the two little background stamps you get included are fab too! Here I used the Birthday one with clear embossing powder to give a subtle background, but there are tonnes of possibilities :D I think I always say this, but these kits are such a fab way to try out loads of Tonic products, as you instantly get a selection of their paper and card, rather than having to buy a whole pack of one type, you get the mini Crystal Drops, so you can give them a try if you haven't before (I have to say they're extremely addictive!!) You get the exclusive Die and Stamp sets and you also get tools and Nuvo products too so you can have a play and see what you like :D :D This card was leaning more towards clean and simple, but tomorrow's trio of cards go to town using the amazing Nuvo Shimmer Powder and Glitter Accents :D :D :D 

Main Tonic products used :D 
- Craft Perfect Silky Sky Mirror Card
Tonic Tangerine Die-Cutting Machine

Check out my own range of products exclusive to CraftStash :D :D :D 

My Essential Products :D 

If any items are out of stock on CraftStash, make sure to add your e-mail to the in stock notification of that product so that CraftStash know you're interested! :D

To see the process behind this card, please watch my YouTube video below, or over on my channel CRaFTi PoTeNTiAl :D

Lots more photos below :D 

I Don't Be-Leaf It! - Jennifer Kray


Hi everyone! The sun is shining bright today in Cornwall and that makes me happy! It's a busy time at the moment for crafting and I have multiple launches on my desk that require my attention - just wait until you see what's coming out! 

But until then I'd love to share with you a couple projects I made using the new Gorgeous Mandala Stamp Set and Glitter Markers - from Nuvo by Tonic Studios. Tonic Studios Materials Used

Nuvo Glitter Markers NEW Strawberry Bonbon, Athenian Blue, Wild Lavender, Urban Graphite, Morning Moss, Iced Americano
Nuvo Glitter Markers OTHER Ember Glow (just for her hair)
Gorgeous Mandala Stamp Set (the heads)
Nuvo Paintbrushes
Bevelled Diamond Stencil
Nuvo Ink Pad Acorn Brown & Black Shadow
Nuvo Fine Detail Embossing Powder Copper Blush (only available in the US)
Tim Holtz Stamping Platform
Jet Black Craft Perfect Cardstock
Funky Glue PVA Adhesive
Craft Perfect Foam Pads
Other Materials

Goldline Watercolour card (amazing value for money!)
Copper Mini Hanging Photo Fram
Golden Gel Medium
Jofy 29 Paperartsy (just the little tree)
Faber-Castell Artist Pen
A lot of you know my by now and so it won't surprise you that I've added a background made with stencils, texture paste and glitter markers. I started by adding some texture paste through the bevelled diamond stencil. 
And then went in with Morning Moss and Iced Americano Glitter Markers to make the background. 
Repeat adding colour several times until you acquire a nice rich blend. Add the same colours to a little tree. Originally I had drawn one but I can get carried away with doodling my own designs so instead I dug out this stamp by Paperartsy, which is perfect for my little man. 
I stamped one of the leaves and thought it looked like a face! 
Which is where the idea come from...I wanted to make a comic but that is not something you can prep for TV so I had to make do with creating a card. So many ideas from one single leaf...I just doodled around the leaf stamp with my Faber-Castell Artist Pen to create these super cute leafy characters! 
And here is my little man. You can see that all I've used are the glitter markers. I find him so cute and fun! Can you see that lush background peeking out?
The overall size of the card is 5x7. I used part of the 'YOU ARE A LIMITED EDITION' stamp from the same stamp set - which is awesome! I inked up the edges with black shadow to make the top panel pop a little. 
I couldn't stop there and decided to use my little lady as well. The colours blend really well which is how I managed to get her hair and dress. 
Heat emboss the limited edition sentiment and 8 of the same leaves you used for her beautiful little head. Then add strawberry bonbon glitter marker to them and pop inside your mini photo frame! Use some gel medium to stick her on the front to ensure she is permanent. She is so sassy! 
And that's a few of my little leaf people! They are definitely limited editions :D
Did you know I have a YouTube Channel? Mind you it's brand new and there is only 1 video so far, but you have to start somewhere, right? I'll be sharing another video later this week and I would love it if you wanted to subscribe! 
I'll see you in a few days and until next time, lots of love and hugs. 
Jennifer xx