Friday, 18 April 2014

Tic tac toe - made from the new square sentiment dies - an idea from Doda

I I made this little game using Tonic's  new square sentiment dies to make the board for the tic tac toe game and also to decorate the lid of the box. I glued about 4 die-cuts of fairly sturdy card together to make the base for the little board for my game. The counters are made from those glass nuggets you get for flower arranging onto the base of which I have glued x s and o s that I printed onto brown card with my computer and cut with a small circle punch. 
This would make a nice little handmade gift item that you could even personalise with clever use of photographs for the counters, or even on the squares for the board.

There are just so many different ways you can use your Tonic dies aren't there!
Have some fun with yours!

Hope you enjoy a lovely sunny holiday weekend.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Tea Party card - a Tutorial from Ruth

Lots of you will probably have got your new dies in the post this week so here's a little tutorial to give you some inspiration on ways to use them.

For this card I have used:
Ivory linen card (Papermill)
Trimcraft First Editions Blank Canvas 8x8 paper pad
Glitter glue
Self adhesive pearl
Ink pad 
Tacky glue

To create the card base with both dies from the Tea Party die set you will need to pass the double thickness card through your machine a couple of times. I have used my Xcut Xpress for diecutting.

1. Score and fold an A4 sheet of card in half.

2. Place the outer die from the Tea Party set on top so that the top cutting edge is just above the fold of the card - and tape down in place.
2b. This is how it should look from the other side.
Pass through your die cutting machine.
3. You will have a plain card at this stage.

4. Tape the patterned die from the Tea Party set on to the top of the card and pass through your die cutting machine.

 5.This will not cut though both pieces of card perfectly at this stage but  you will need to open it and remove any loose pieces so that they do not become "embossed" onto your card.

6. Open the card and tape the back part onto the die and pass through your machine again to remove all the pieces from the back of the card.

 Card base.

7. Using the correct size from the Circle layering dies (I have numbered mine with a permanent marker and this is then No. 8) cut out a circle of patterned paper.

 8. Cut out the Pour Me die from ivory card.

9. Glue this on top of the patterned paper circle.

 10 .Cut out two teapots  - one from ivory card and the other from patterned paper - saving all the "bits".

 11. Ink the edges of the teapot.

12.  Glue this on top of the other diecut as shown.

 13. Now glue the little pieces from the patterned paper teapot in place and decorate the rest of the card with a bow, pearl and glitter glue.
(You can save the other little pieces and make a "reverse" teapot with them - ie a patterned teapot with ivory details.)

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A decoupaged tea tray using Tonic's gorgeous tea Party dies. - an idea from Doda

I bought a plain wooden tray , painted the edges and jazzed up the base with some pretty scrapbooking paper and Tonic's delightful dies.

Before adhering my die cut images on to my tray , I ran them through the die cutting machine between two pieces of card so that they would be nice and flat to stick on.

Wouldn't this make a lovely gift ! You could personalise however you choose.

I'm sure you can't wait to start playing with your tea party dies.

Have a lovely Spring day !

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A recipe book from a photo album - an idea from Doda

I bought a cheap photo album and recovered and embellished it using Tonic's Tea Party dies. It works out great for using as the kind of recipe book you can add to over time and the plastic pockets will help to keep your recipes clean.

I've used the teapot and teacup on the front, and on the back I have used the pocket watch. I added a chain to the watch by punching a strip with the loopy lace geared punch and then snipping away parts to turn it into a chain.

I'm sure that you know that die-cut pieces have a right side and a wrong side, so I am going to share with you a little tip that dawned on me after I had created quite a few decoupage pieces. This will be very useful to you I am sure. If you want to reverse a die cut image to use for decoupage and therefore cut it back to front from your paper, once you have cut your image, place it  between two pieces of card and run it through your die cutting machine to flatten it.
It's such a simple thing, but I wish it had dawned on me earlier!!! If you are going to decoupage any die cut image, it is best for it to be as flat as possible, so do this and you will find it flattens the paper perfectly for Mod Podging  it onto your item, and also means you can flip images if you want them to be in the other direction, thus increasing your options.

I used some Pick of the bunch clear stamps to decorate the recipes inside my book.

This one went off to be used on Create and Craft, so I think I'll need to make myself one of these as well - you should see my current recipe folder!

Have a lovely day

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Anyone for Coffee? - a post from Dips

Well, there's now very much a certain type of card that you can expect from me for any new Tonic launch - this is most definitely a Dips' Filigree Delight!
Card Recipe:
Tools: Indulgence Tea Party Square Base Die, Round Window Pour Me Die, Vintage Frame Tag Die
Paper and Card: Linen card, Stardream

Such an effective but simple card to make. For my filigree card base I used the new Indulgence Tea Party Square Base Die following my Filigree Card Base Tutorial. Then, I added the Tea Pot and coordinating mat from the Pour Me dies.  , The sentiment was printed out on my computer.

Watch the lovely Jodie Johnson launch these dies on Create and Craft on Thursday 10th April at 8pm.

Friday, 11 April 2014

New Tonic Studios release - Tea Party dies - a post from Ruth

Time for tea! Aren't the new Tea Party dies beautiful and so versatile? You can use them for so many different occasions...........

tea gift box - an idea from Doda

Hi. Have you got your dies ordered yet? I know you're going to have an absolute ball decorating cards,
 gifts and all manner of things with yours. I upcycled a biscuit container to create this little tea gift box. It is perfect for round tea bags. It's great the way the whole look of the teapot changes depending on what your paper choices are. I know you are going to have so much fun playing with your new dies !
Catch Jodie on Create and Craft TV today at 2,6 and 11pm. I know you'll be inspired!

Catch you later