Thursday, 31 July 2014

butterfly notebook - header die idea from Doda


Here's a little idea using Tonic's header dies. I've used the Butterfly header die and made a little notebook with magnetic closure and a space for a pencil. I made mine from scratch, but if you shop around I am sure you can find a notebook you could cover in the same way, or you could cut one down to size to fit with the header dies. A little notebook would make a thoughtful little gift for someone special. And won't cost too much to pop in the post either. 


(I have to confess I am a bit of a stationery addict. There's nothing I like better than a new notebook or new writing or drawing implements. )

And as I am a bit of a card and paperholic too, making a new notebook all by myself really gives me a thrill! 
Have any of you ever made your own notebooks? 

Summer forgot about us in the Highlands today...hope it's back soon !
Happy crafting


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Delicate Fan, Rococo die - card from RUTH

 I've cut out the fan shape twice - once in white and once in black and layered them to give a shadowed effect.
This is matted on top of a layering circle die cut from Trimcraft  "Family Ties" paper and glued onto the centre of a card made with the Round Window Boudoir Square Base die
I've added Pansy Arch corner die cuts in two opposite corners.


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Rococo die card from RUTH



This Rococo Umbrella die is so delicate - it's more of a parasol, so I thought it would suit a little fringing along the edge and a tiny matching bow.
I've added it on top of a  two Delicate Lattice die cuts which I have layered onto a square embossed with the Amelia Embossing folder.


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Affections dies - brooch in box - Doda

Here's a post I found in drafts that I had forgotten to share with you. I made this brooch from layers of card cut with one of Tonic's Affections dies, then laminated together with Tonic's funky glue. The box lid also used the affections dies and is embossed with one of Tonic's embossing folders. The music is from an old tatty Gaelic songbook. Before sticking the top layer to the brooch base, I used  a few layers of clear embossing powder , then bent and cracked it to give it an aged look. The little swirl in pink is from Tonic too. It is cut it from the Emily frame die set. 

The wording was done on Tomato paste tube cut into strips and run through a Dymo lettering machine...then sanded to age the edges.
Really all you need to make a lovely gift, is some card,  your Tonic tools and a bit of imagination.
Let me know if any of you have ever used your Tonic tools to make some jewellery. I'd love to hear about it.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

From Dips - Two for the Price of One!

Gosh, isn't the new Tonic Studios new Intrica Daisy Lace Square as pretty as a Daisy?


Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Intrica Daisy Lace Square, Layering Scallop Circle Dies, Occasions Dies, Grand Calibur 
Paper and Card: Textured Card, Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Bo Bunny Brads 

To create this shapeed card, I trimmed a sheet of A4 to 15cm wide, then scored and folded it in half.  I then positioned the outer edge die so that the fold was below the top cutting edge of the die.  It took two passes (including 1 turn) through my Grand Calibur to cut both layers of card to create the base.  I then fully cut a single layer of contrasting card in white to layer over the top. 

This new Intrica Daisy Lace Square Die set works very well with the Occasions Set for special birthdays, but below the same card just using a computer generated sentiment die cut with the layering circles dies.  I like having a card design that I can adapt for more than one occasion (kind of Buy One, Get One Free), especially for those times when Mr Mojo goes walk about.  What about you?

PS - Apologies that I have been absent from the Tonic blog for a few weeks.  I am away with work at the moment and only have very limited Internet access.  I do know that I promised some tutorials on alternative uses for the Favour Box and I will be doing these in August when I'm back.  Bye for now!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Rococo Sassy Heels die - card from RUTH


 I'm sure there aren't many ladies who don't love a nice pair of heels...Well, here's a good excuse to add to your collection! Ok, so you can't actually wear them but just think how much use you'd get out of them!

This is, of course, the new Sassy Heels Rococo die by Tonic Studios - and the others in the Rococo collection are equally as gorgeous!


I have used the Daisy Lace Square die as a base on the twisted easel card and used the coordinating corner dies to make the "stopper". The ivory base was embossed with the Amelia embossing folder.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mr Tonic the square cracker box die snowman....an idea from Doda

Just the thing for a hot day - a snowman! I think my neighbours must think I'm a bit of a nutcase wandering around the garden taking photos of a paper snowman on a sunny summers day!
Mr Tonic soaking up the sun...he wasn't worried he was going to melt.
Mr Tonic the snowman was made using the square cracker box die and his hat was made with the squeeze box die. To make his head, I cut another cracker and then cut the central part down to a square shape and cut off the outer part too. I joined the flaps together at the top with a little square of card that was waste from the diecut. I glued the end of the inner cracker and then made small snips down the edges so that it would fit inside the outer square , I then stuck the outer cracker square shape on top of that to make the head.  To affix the twigs to the body, I first wrapped and glued a thin strip of card around the ends so that it would give me a surface to attach to the body. For his mouth, I used a black sharpie pen to colour some flatback pearls. For his carrot nose, I rolled a cone shape out of paper.

His scarf was a scrap of Deckchair fabric cut to size and then with a pin I frayed the ends to make the fringes.

If you make the base part of the snowman, and supplied some elements to stick on,  the kids could have fun making their own characters.

Well....stay cool ! Have a lovely day wherever you are.

Ruth will be along with a post for you later on today.