Friday, 23 March 2018

Decorative Bags - Edna Taylor

Hello and welcome to the blog today.

It's time for the launch of the prettiest dimensional bag dies on the planet.
Join Jodie today on Hochanda as she demos and shares the beautiful makes from the team.

There are so many gorgeous options to decorate with these dies but I'm sharing one that is just plain today.

These are so easily put together, all the score lines are in place and all you need is a roll of high tack tape or glue and you are all set.

This is the Tonic Crochet Lace gift bag die set and it is sumptuous in it's detail.

Tonic Crochet Lace Gift Bag Die Set-943711

I chose a 260gsm weight card for the base of the bag and picked some of the gorgeous designer paper from my stash to make a very feminine version. With the addition of some yummy lace and a pearl 'ribbon' it was very quickly put together.
The tags and sentiment come with the die set that also contains a Congratulations banner and Happy Mother's Day tag.

You can really make these bags your own with your choice of colour and embellishments. 

Catch up with the launch again at 3.00 pm and 9.00 pm today.

Thank you for calling in. See you soon!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

For you - Decorative Edge Dies - Victoria Dalziel

Goods afternoon everyone, Tonic Studios have a brand new launch this evening on Hochanda at 6pm with the decorative Edges die sets ,there are 3 die sets in this collection and if you like detailed and lacy then you will luv these dies ,todays card i am sharing is the Edwardian flower and its beautiful there are so many ways to use these dies and if you hop over to Tonic Studios FB page or blog you will be able to see all the beautiful samples from the DT.

Materials used :-
Edwardian Flower decorative edge die set
For you sentiment
Wings and things Monarch & Princess wings set 
White 280 gsm card stock 
Craft perfect ocean blue card stock 
Craft perfect Silver glitter card
Wide chiffon ribbon
Nuvo Crystal drops - Caribbean Ocean
Nuvo Crystal glitter drops Aquatic Mist

The card is made from A4 card stock scoring the card in half to create an A5 card blank then score the back of the card in half again the front of the card has the outer edge die placed down the edge of the card and die cut this gives you the shape of the die to the edge of the card blank you then need to cut the backing with the craft perfect Ocean Blue card stock and then repeat with white card stock but add the detail die and die cut. This is then all glued flat and then it lines up with the outer edge your created on the card blank. Then add the sentiment to the centre ,now die cut two butterflies from the wings and things collection cut the detail in Ocean Blue CP card stock and then glue flat with wet glue to glitter card this needs to be held in place for a min or so so the glue grabs to the glitter, then shape the wings with your fingers and just add a small amount of glue to the middle of each butterfly and place on the card,each butterfly has Caribbean Ocean Nuvo Crystal drops added to the centre of the bodies and then Crystal glitter drops Aquatic Mist are added to the die cut in various places. The rest of the card is Mat & layers with a decorative strip of ribbon and a bow added.

Thank you for joining me today, be sure to pop back soon as I have more samples to share with you over the next couple of days xx.

Decorative Edge Die - Edwardian Flower - Edna Taylor

Hello and welcome to the blog today.
I have a card to share using one of the new Decorative Edge dies launched by Tonic at 6.00pm on Hochanda.

Tonic Products used - 
Decorative Edge - Edwardian Flower Edge die
Craft Perfect - Red Chilli. Bright White, Ocean Blue
Tiny bow from Rococo Celebration Horseshoe die set
Mini Moments Sentiments
Nuvo Crystal drops - White Gloss

 You will need a piece of card stock that measures 8 x 12" flat.
Using the cutting edge of the die with the score line at the top I cut my card at 3", 4" and 10" giving me a swing card portion at the front and a fancy edge at the back.

Don't forget to join Jodie on Hochanda for great demos and inspiration from the team. 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Alcohol Markers On Die Cuts Boho Beautiful Die Collection - Bibi Cameron

In rare occasions, I have been able to find supplies that take me out of the ordinary or out of my comfort zone and that's pretty much how I felt when I had the chance to try the new die collection by Tonic Studios called: Boho Beauty, launched last month here in the UK.

All I have to say is that I love them and I wanted to share with you the samples I made for Tonic's Tv Shows.

All the cards below measures around 6.5"x 6.5" inches.

There are 4 dies sets in this collection, each includes 5 - 6 individual dies :

Tonic Boho Ava
I'm preparing a video to show you the dies and the card samples it will be available soon on my Youtube Channel Here! so make sure to subscribe to be notified when new videos are posted :)

Ok... I did what I like the most and I started by coloring the die cuts with Nuvo Alcohol Markers. This was rather easy and enjoyable.

By the way, the Nuvo Alcohol Markers ( Creative Pens) are extremly easy to use, they blend nicely, the price is great and the colours are stunning. 

I was inspired by Bohemian and Pop Art. There are lots of pictures on the Internet with striking backgrounds as well but I defo wanted my projects to be clean and simple as I also wanted the die cuts to be the main focus of my projects.

For the card below I use white smooth cardstock and I colored the large die cut with Nuvo Alcohol markers. The flowers on her hair were made with pink , blue and mint cardstock colours.

I love her blue hair and her stunning afro style!

I have to admit that "Camelia" is my fav die in the collection. I love it! There is an ethical element in this die set and you can add different skin tones to the images to create cool ethnic cards which a lot character too.

For the card below I also used "Camelia" but I die cut her out of craftperfect black mirror cardstock . This is a very quick and easy project with minimum effort. isn't she gorgeous?

I also wanted to create a minimalist project using "Jasmine" so I made the box below.

For the box toper I die cut the silhouette out of 300grams white and grey cardsrtock and I inlaid the grey die cut on the negative space of the white piece of cardstock .

I used silver glitter paper to die cut some of the flowers in her head.

Below a card I put together very quickly, only using black cardstock. I'm not kidding it took me 2 minutes to make it as I just wanted to know how the ide cuts look in black.

It also gives me this idea to create invitations or cards for teenagers. My oldest daughter said this one was her favorite die set a it soooo arty and modern!

The stamped sentiments are from Clearly Bissoted stamp sets: Lovely Lilies , Friends Forever , Pretty Pansies. I absolutely adore Cleary Bessoted Stamps and I know I need to put my hands on them soon to show you how beautiful they are.
That's all for today. I hope you like the cards and the supplies

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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Happy Birthday - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone it feels ages since I last blogged but not that long ago I have been busy prepping for future launches Wow!! Is all I can say at the moment but boy your all in for a treat I can tell you that much.
Today I am sharing a card with you stamped and then coloured with Tonic Studios Brand new colours of Nuvo Alcohol pens which are launching at 6pm this evening with Paula on Hochanda.. The blend between each set is simply fabulous there are 9 sets of pens each set containg 3 pens in the most beautiful colours.The pens are designed to fit comfortably in your hand you can see the colour shade on the wider part of the pen at the side and also the lid, you have a chisel end for colouring larger spaces and then I finer end for more detail colouring.  I was lucky to get to play with these pens and I didn't want to stop it has definitely ignited colouring again .

Materials used:-
Swirling frame
Lace borders
Craft perfect Bright White
Craft perfect super smooth 
Nuvo Black hybrid ink pad
Tim Holtz stamping platform
Brand new Nuvo Alchol pens
Happy Birthday sentiment stamp from Kit 1
"It girl" stamp sets
Dark peach card stock
Light peach card stock 
Lime green card stock

The card base is created die cutting two base panels the same size and then putting a score line across the back of the card this will give you a tab to adhere the front of the card then with the green layer you want to cut the plain panel out first and then die cut the detail out and place this onto your card base with wet glue ,you need to cut a plain panel for the centre in craft perfect Bright White card stock and glue this flat to the card.
Then die cut the lace border in a dark peach and then again in a light peach card stock they are glued together with wet glue slightly off setting to create depth and dimension this is then glued flat to the card.
Now die cut the plain panel from the super smooth card for stamping and then with a pencil draw around the outer edge of the die onto the darker peach card this will give you a very slight border around the edge.
Now place the die cut topper into your stamping platform and place the stamp where you would like it to be stamped and bring down the platform lid make sure you have the stamp on the right side then take the black hybrid ink to your stamp gently tapping until the surface of the stamp is covered and then stamp the image onto the card don't worry if you missed a bit just ink the stamp again and repeat now your ready to colour your image.
I am no way a professional colourist but I do love colouring I tend to lay my lightest colour down first then add the darkest shade to where the stamp indicates the colour would be darker then I go in with the mid tone and gently blend the dark line out and then go back in with the lightest shade and bled the mid tone line out you can always go back and add more colour but if you go in heavy handed you don't get the same end all takes practice and I have a lot to learn myself .
This is why I luv these packs as you have 3 different colours of their own but they all blend together to get that beautiful blended result.
Once you are happy with your coloured topper place it on the dark peach layer and place onto the card with foam pads.
The shoes were then coloured the same way and cut out free hand and added to the corner of the card.
To finish the card a decorative peach bow was added using a hot glue gun and a flower embellishment.
Don't forget Hochanda 6pm this evening with Paula

Until next time xx

Thursday, 8 March 2018

I'm Tuned In To You - Lou Sims

I had a real blast creating my musical card with the new Spanish Guitar die, as I decided to get a little bit messy with the background ...

I wanted to create a washed background using my Nuvo Aqua Flow pens and after doing so, felt it was a little too vibrant and just didn't go with the idea I had floating around in my head. Rather than bin and start again, out came a Tonic stencil, (Fancy Fretwork), to add some random texture - using Nuvo Peony Pink embellishment mousse - which then added that pretty vibe I was after. Rather than waste the mousse, (which was left over on the stencil), I spritzed, removing this excess on to a piece of Craft Perfect super smooth white card.

The flourish details on the corners of the back ground have been made by cutting the 'Xylophone Swish' die in half, adding to the edges so that the flourish pieces are the main focus. 

I cut the outline of the 'Spanish Guitar' die out of white card, coloured with Nuvo gilding flakes in gold & copper. I repeated the process but cutting the design from my 'spritzed, left-over mousse' background. After adding the gilded outline layer to the backing piece, I then paper pieced the guitar using the 'spritzed, left-over mousse' background - oh my, I do hope that makes sense!

Before adding my guitar to my card, I die cut one of the beautiful corners - Moroccan Orchard - adding to the lower corner, placing the decorated guitar on the top. As a finishing touch, I added two butterflies to balance my design - Wings & Things, Monarch & Princess Wings dies

Oh my the decisions I faffed with over the sentiment was probably on the extreme side. I stamped a sentiment but it didn't fit well, subsequently die cutting a sentiment which didn't go with the overall feel of my card and was about to give up with any sentiment at all, when I remembered I had alphabet dies, so could create my own - which I did using the Welsh Gold Craft Perfect glitter card. 

It was great fun mixing the messy bits with the traditional card making process and something I think I must do more of. Do you have a favourite way to create backgrounds? Please share your ideas as I love how crafters inspire each other to continue all our crafty journeys.

x x x

Inspiration Gatefold Card Using Craft Kit 7 - Ruth Hamilton

 This is a gatefold card which I made using some of the elements inside Tonic Studios' Craft Kit 7 and I have posted photos of the steps in making it below.

I have also used a few things which are not included eg black ink, white card, tacky glue, 3D foam squares and a Nuvo Brush Script Pen (138)

How to make it:
1. Cut a piece of white card to 20cm x 13.5cm and score at 1cm and 19cm. Using the die shown, cut out 2 white shapes and 2 embossed pink shapes.

2. Glue the pink embossed card pieces to the white shapes and glue the edges to the 1cm folded edges of the card base.

3. Use the 2 dies shown on white card to create the patterned pieces and glue to the front of the card.

4. Stamp the image with black ink onto white card (I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform)

5. Use the outer "square" die shape to cut around the stamped image, then colour with the Nuvo Markers included in the kit. Use the green Glitter Marker on the large leaves and colour the narrow leaves with the green Brush Script pen. 
Use the two dies shown above to cut out the two shapes from the embossed pink card. Set the patterned die cut aside to use later.

 6. Die cut the green background shape and use both dies to create the pink frame and the decorative shape. (This second pink decorative shape is not needed on this card but can be used on another project.

7. Glue the pink frame shapes to the green background shape and the stamped image, then attach the stamped one on top of the other as shown with 3D foam squares.

 8. Apply glue to the back of the left side and stick this down to the front left of the card.

Inside the card
Glue one of the pink decorative die cuts from step 5 to the inside of the card.