Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Maria Sabina - Easy Christmas Cards

Hello there,

How's everything?  We had some pretty rough storms in Romania, but luckily my loved ones are all safe. You never know what to expect from the Mother Nature.

I know it is only autumn, but the autumn vibes made me create some simple and easy Christmas cards, using supplies from Tonic Studios. They have some lovely Christmas dies and now they do a monthly kit, which is so much fun. 

I have a video tutorial on how to make these simple, yet adorable cards on my Youtube channel.
If you have these dies or you plan to get them, you can use some nice felt to create beautiful ornaments for your Christmas decor. They are really cute!

I hope you enjoy these two cards and if you have questions, please let me know in the comments below. Have a lovely day! 


Nicky Gilburt - Beautiful Brambles

Here is a card I made for the launch of Tonic Studios Beautiful Bramble Frames collection. Using the Emperor's Wreath, named after the beautiful butterfly that features, this die set also incorporates a fabulous rolled flower complete with stamens, which can be colored, then rolled up and you have a complete flower at your disposal.

Tonic fans will recognize the background dies and the dies behind the sentiment, the Victorian layering dies from just the other week, such a huge hit and so useful in the creation of bespoke card blanks and mats and layers.

Although there is a distinct autumnal theme to these dies, I decided to do something in pink and black, just because I love these colors of Craft Perfect card together.

I die-cut the wreath in black and glued it down onto my white matt. Then I used the three shades of green alcohol markers from my Nuvo creative pen set. I added light and shade around the wreath, then got my pinks out and colored in the butterfly and flowers with the cerise pen.

Then I re-cut just the butterfly section just in black and stuck it down over some spare pink. A top tip is to leave the antennae of the butterfly overhanging the edge of the card so you don't have to worry about chopping them off as you cut around!
Before sticking it down over the base butterfly I added a bit of color to the wings. 
You can also see here how I colored the stamens of my flowers with black Nuvo marker pen, a gentle touch on both sides, and they really stand out.

A final touch was a drop-shadowed sentiment from another recent collection, the Mini-Moments sentiment dies, and a few pink pearls to fill the corners.

I'm sure you'll agree it's a beautiful collection, I shall share my other samples and the different techniques used to make them, over the next few days.

Happy crafting!
Nicky x

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Nicky Gilburt - Best Witches from Tonic Studios

Here is a card that I made with the fabulous Witchy Bits dies from Tonic Studios Halloween Rococo range, they are such fun! 
All of the shapes are die-cut from black Craft Perfect card, but the real fun part came when I got my Nuvo Embellishment Mousses out, and added colour to each one. I used:

Gunmetal Grey
Indian Gold
Burnished Bronze

They really pick out the detail in the die-cutting and the embossing! Imagine what this card would look like if all the black was...just black?!

The frame of the card is from the Swirling Frame layering die set, I cut it out in black and added gold mousse to that too, in fact I added embellishment mousse wherever I could, I was having so much fun.

The spider, the web, and the Best Witches sentiment are all part of the fantastic Halloween collection too, you just have to have them all!!! Look closely and you'll see how I 'silvered' the spider's web, and 'bronzed' the spider too.

For the background in the frame I simply cut a layered frame panel in white and used my purple and black Distress Oxides to layer up a bit of colour and shade. There is even embellishment mousse on there too, I sponged through the Tonic Essentials Beautiful Bokeh stencil to add a bit of bling to the background. 

I'm totally in love with the Halloween collection, I'm looking forward to a bit of Halloween home decor next month! 

Happy crafting
Nicky x

Lou Sims - A saxophone solo of 'Oh Holy Night'...

I wish I could have soft saxophone music playing in the background to introduce my card and set the 'mood' but hey ho, we will all have to pretend. A while back I created a set of Christmas cards using non-Christmas dies and this is the 3rd in the set. You can find my other cards HERE and HERE.

The colour scheme for my card was inspired by the colour and texture of the NEW Craft perfect card - recently released by Tonic Studios on Hochanda - called Cinnamon Silk.

I covered a 7"x7" white card blank with Cinnamon Silk card, lightly darkening the edges with Nuvo Hybrid Ink - Black Shadow. The Saxophone player has been cut once in white and then embossed only in kraft card. I added the white outline to the embossed detail and then cut out the whole image. Using Indian Gold & Burnished Bronze mousses, I added colour to the edges. The extra shadow was created using Nuvo Hybrid Ink, Black Shadow.

Next I cut a selection of both music and star die cuts using white & cinnamon silk card. Each die cut had the edges coloured - same a saxophone player - and then I began deciding where they would go.

I began by creating a matt panel, sticking the snowflakes to the back, gluing this panel to my card front. Before sticking the saxophone player down, I had a 'light bulb' moment and glued the perfect harmony die cut down first, layering the saxophone player with 3D foam).

I double layered or shadowed the 'O Holy Night' sentiment and added it to the card front, slightly overlapping it on the saxophone. Next, the real faffing part ... adding the 'extras' ... in this case other die cuts. Now for me, this part can take as long as making the main card. I'm getting better at controlling all the 'stuff', 'froo froo' and 'just in case' I now add but it's not easy. You should see my desk as I put a selection of this & that out to see if it will work ... so time consuming and 9 times out of 10, unnecessary. At least I'm recognising this and hopefully, might cure myself, although it will be a long struggle (lol).

Am really pleased with myself at the mo, as for once, I am amassing a collection of Christmas cards and might just be ready, (you never know, fingers crossed and all that). Bella if you read this, you'd be proud of me as it was your advice of small batch making that has pushed to be a wee bit more organised.

Right gotta go and apologise to the ever so lovely Dawny P as my card is late for the "Win & Tonic" challenge this month ... catch you all later,

x x x
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Edna Taylor - A Place for Beautiful Things

Good morning. Welcome to the blog today.

I have an octagon medium box to share today using Tonic Studio's latest die sets - Kaleidoscope box.

I kept this one very simple but I think it's really pretty too.
The flowers are from the die set and the foliage is a golden oldie from Tonic called Royal Fern that you may already have in your stash. 

I love the sentiment that comes with the die set and this would make a great gift for a special friend to hold all those precious memories throughout the year.

I have what I call my 'Joy' box and pop things into it that have lovely memories attached. A theatre ticket, a photograph, a receipt, a program from my daughter's graduation. All sorts of things. There's even a gold crown (paper of course) from KFC that the boy's had from a visit we had there when they were a lot smaller. Anything that brings a smile and a wonderful lift if you are having a bit of a rough day. 

Tonic Sewing Forever Octagon Kaleidoscope Box  14 Dies-365180

Tonic Beautiful Things Kaleidoscope Box Insert Set   7 Dies-153633

Thank you for joining me today.
I hope you are having a good weekend getting ready for the fuss and business of a new week.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Birthday Wishes Tonic September Craft Kit - Christine Smith

A really autumnal feeling wreath birthday card using the fabulous September edition of the Tonic Craft Kit :D This is such a fab way to try out a whole load of different Tonic products! It gives you a taster of their Nuvo Crystal Drops and phenomenal Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, as well as showing you the superb quality of their dies and stamps too, and giving you a sample pack of a variety of the different card and paper they manufacture so that you can really work out what you like (the stain card is sooo gorgeous!!) :D But most importantly you get a brilliant selection of goodies that all coordinate together and enable you to make stunning autumnal card designs with ease :D This is the first video I'm sharing using the fab kit, I have another filmed for next week too, and I'm hoping to get a couple more done too :D Once you start creating with this kit, it's very difficult to stop, as you keep thinking up new ideas :D :D Hope you liked today's card and video for my weekly Blog Tonic post :D 

Main Tonic products used :D
- The Exclusive Autumnal Wreath Die Set
- The Exclusive Hattie Hedgehog Stamp Set

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 

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Deathly fun with dies - Nicky Gilburt

Tonic Studios launch their Halloween dies today (Friday 8th September) giving crafters plenty of time for some fearsome fun. This cool haunted house die fits the Cupcake Box perfectly , so I made.....

a tealight holder!
I used red vellum for the sides and cut my haunted houses directly out of the core shape for the cupcake holder. I used the dripping skulls to add some ghoulish fun to the open sides so that the light shines through their eyes.
Finally I adapted the top of the cupcake case by squaring it off using another of the fabulous dies in the collection - the Booogie Nights, which allowed me to make a fastner for the top so that you can get in and out to switch your battery operated tealight on and off! 

And here it is, in a darkened room: 
Enough to send shivers down your spine?
At least this one won't mysteriously blow out...or will it?!
Enjoy Paula's Hochanda shows and look out for these fun and freaky dies available in retailers very soon!!! 

PS Arachnophobes DO NOT BUY!!!!!