Saturday, 17 February 2018

Ava (Boho Beautiful) - Ruth Hamilton

Hi, this is one of the cards I made with Tonic Studios' Boho Beautiful dies. I've used "Ava" and have also used the Victorian Frame Layering die set for the background and corners.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Pin-Ups - Time to Drink Champagne - Jennifer Kray

Well hello there, and on a Sunday too! This is the last of my Pin-Ups from Tonic Studios, this time it's the 'Time to drink champagne and dance on the table' collection. These ladies are fun and sassy and I am sharing three cards today...
Card 1
Tonic Materials: 
Craft Perfect Twine
Other Materials:
300gsm Kraft Card
Stars and Striped Paper
Hole Punch

I love the Cathedral Box and as long as you have an A4 die cutting machine the base box only takes 1 sheet of A4 card and is a great size for a gift box! I simply cut the top layers out with Stars and Stripes paper and glitter card for a fun box. 

The die has been paper pieced except for her skin hair and drink which I coloured with alcohol markers and finished off with a bit of twine. The box is big enough to fill with a presents, lots of sweets or even a mini bottle of champagne or wine. 
Card 2 
Tonic Materials: 
Other Materials:
Polka Dot Paper
Hearts Paper
White Gen Pen

Cut out the card base with the pearlescent card and then your mat and layers using Craft Perfect Card and patterned papers. 

Cut out the wine bottle and remove the glasses and rub Black Ash Embellishment Mousse over the bottle before hot gluing it to a bow. 

Paper piece your lady, remembering to snip out some colour for her shoes. Glitter card looks amazing and really brings her to life. 

Card 3Tonic Materials: 
Other Materials
Prima Wood Stamp
Wilted Violet Distress Oxide

I wanted to make a background so dug out my only wooden stamp and used part of it for this technique. It literally took about 60 seconds to make this background for something a little different. 

Add ink only on the part of the stamp you want to use.

Stamp around the edges if you'll be mat and layering. 

If you need a full background then you can just add in the middle bit or work your way from top to bottom.

Die cut or cut card stock to the shape and size required. 

We've paper pieced again and I wanted to show you all the components there are. It looks fiddly but makes such a difference and really doesn't take that long. 

Die cut your mat and layers, add your background and Nuvo drops for a completed card.

That's it from me this week! 7 cards in 3 days is something. ;) I hope you've liked them and wonder - do you make simple stamped backgrounds like I do? I'd love it if you left me a comment and let me know what you think or how you use stamps for backgrounds.

Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Laughter is the Best Medicine - Christine Smith

An abstract Get Well Soon card :D I love this little stamp set with the Love & Laughter sentiment (mainly because the Laughter word has my smiley face in hehehe) but I thought why not team that with 'is the best medicine' to make a get well soon card :D :D :D I was also trying out a new colour scheme with this card (well one I haven't tried before) using rose gold with copper, and I really like the look :D :D This video was also the first one I filmed using my new Tonic Tangerine Die-Cutting Machine, and I have to say, it is a wonderfully powerful machine! I've called my Clementine :D She cuts perfectly, and I love the simplicity of the plates too, there's even one to use with an embossing folder! No more fussing around with shims of paper etc lol :D :D Anyway, hope you liked today's card and video :D 

Main Tonic products used :D
Retro Fern 8x8 Embossing Folder
Tonic Tangerine Die-Cutting Machine

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 

Today is the Day - Ruth Hamilton

Hi again :)
I'm doing my best to catch up with some things and need to post photos of some of the cards I made. This is one I made with the "Today Bouquet" dies (7 in the set) from Tonic Studios and I used the largest die from the "All you Need, Jigsaw Die set" for the background. The flowers are made with the "Emperor's Wreath" die set.
The papers are Paradise Crush from Trimcraft

Pin-Ups - Hello Sailor! - Jennifer Kray

Hello and welcome to my Saturday blog post. Today I'm sharing the awesome Hello Sailor from Tonic Studios.

Now, I have a lot of friends in the military and my baby sister is in the Navy so the image, for me, is one of strength and determination, fun and cheekiness. 

Here are two cards I'm sharing with you today. 
Card 1
Tonic Materials Used

Bakers Twine
Other MaterialRibbon
Patterned Papers

Paper piecing takes time but it's absolutely worth it as you get so much awesome detail. Here I've used white media card as the backing outline so you can use other mediums on it - like alcohol markers for her mouth and hair. 
Use the DL Layering Tag Dies to create a large tag card. The layers were a little far apart for my liking so I doubled up each layer to cover more of the card. 
Use a hole punch at the top of your tag and add ribbon and twine to hold the card together. Cut out the sentiment to complete your large tag, which I think is cute and fun!

Card 2

Tonic Materials Used
Star Layering Dies
Bakers Twine

Other MaterialsTim Holtz Stencil

Start off with an A2 card blank - 5.5 inches by 4.25 inches. 
spread your embellishment mousse through the stencil at opposite corners and allow to dry. 
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse works fabulously through stencils and it dries quickly. 
Paper piece your die. Take more care when gluing to glitter and use a strong PVA glue.
You can add some Alcohol markers to her hair, skin, cheek and lips for a realistic face.
Die cut the largest star with gold pearlescent card and your patterned paper. We want the star sturdy. Next cut out the largest star #1 and #3 with gold pearlescent card again but this time you're making a gold border to attach and where your die cut sailor girl will sit. 
Place your star in the centre of the card and your lady sitting on it, between the stencilled mousse for a great effect. 
Cut out the sentiment to finish. 
These two cards are relatively simple to make but oh such fun! Have a great weekend and I'll be back tomorrow with one more post. 

Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine - Ruth Hamilton

The newest edition of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine(March issue 180) has just been delivered so you'll be able to buy it in your local stationery store very soon. 
My commission for this month was 5 cards and a tag using Tonic Studios' Embossing Folder and dies sets and , as always, I love how they have been photographed for the magazine.
There are so many gorgeous projects in this issue it's hard to know where to start - Simonne Clay's beautiful vellum creations, Clare Buswell's cute quilling, Sue Hughes' fantastic accordion book ..and lots more. There's also a super free gift of gorgeous Art Deco papers and toppers :)

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Pin-Ups - Singing In The Rain - Jennifer Kray

Hi there and happy Friday! Been super busy these past two weeks and have a blog post to celebrate one of my all-time favourite new collections from Tonic Studios, the Pin-Ups. 

Many people will interpret this collection in different ways - for me it's about empowering strong, intelligent, beautiful, sassy women. I'll have a blog post for each of the women Friday to Sunday.

Singing In The Rain

Tonic Materials Used
A4 Watercolour Card (both)
Nuvo Blending Sponges (to make circle imprints, rain)
Nuvo Alcohol Markers Fair Skin Tones (for hair and skin, sun)

Nuvo Alcohol Markers Pinks (for sunkissed look on skin, sun)

Other Materials Used: 
Red & Black Polka Dot paper (rain)
300 gsm Cardbase (both)
Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock (sun)

I have two cards to share with you today - my rain and sun cards using the same dies. 

Card 1
Singing In The Rain started off with a watercolour rainy background on an A4 sheet of thick watercolour card, and edged with a Navy Alcohol Marker.

You can just see where I used some sponges to add a little interest with a few lighter circles. Also cut out the sentiment from black card and the same watercolour background. 

Cut out the outer shadow die from the same cardstock.
The reason for the matching outer layer on the pin up - well, I wanted to try and give the appearance that the card was, in fact, wet - and that the colour (rain) had run all down her. I finished by paper piecing a red and black polka dot swimming suit and umbrella. I felt apprehensive about this card but the more I see it, the happier I am - after all, I don't strive for perfection, only passion in what I do.

Card 2

Beach Fun started by creating a sand and sea background on thick watercolour card. I probably should have made a skyline and less sand, but hey ho, it still looks decent. Finish your background by adding some Indian Gold mousse around the edges for a little shimmer. 
Paper piece her mouth, bathing suit and umbrella with Pink Glitter Card and her skin with Neenah Kraft Cardstock. Use the Skin Tones to colour her hair and skin, and then use the pinks to give her a sunkissed look on her legs, cheeks and shoulders. Cut out another umbrella and decoupage up for a little depth to the card. 
Mount on cardstock to finish. 
And that's about all from me today. I really hope that you've enjoyed my contrasting cards and techniques shared today - I'd love to know what you think so leave me a comment and link to your blog.
Thanks so much and have a great Friday! 

Lots of love and hugs
Jen xx