Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Mandy Taylor - Sneak Peek - Brand New from Tonic - Dimensions Sweet Treat Collection

Hi Everyone

How exciting to have moved to Tonic's New Home over on Hochanda!!  So many new and exciting releases for you on this launch week! 

Tune in tonight, Thursday 30th March at 8pm for Tonic Studios Hochanda TV  debut and the exclusive Launch of the brand new Dimensions Sweet Treat Collection - The Cake Slice Box, The Triangle Aspect Box and Cupcake and Treat box.

Join Jodie Johnson as she demonstrates these beautiful easy to assemble boxes. Perfect for creating favour boxes, decorations and place settings.

Watch on Freeview 85 // SKY 663 // Freesat 817 // Online in ...HD at // Tonic Studios Facebook and YouTube Channel //

So here is my first project for you and I hope you like it :)  It makes a fab Easter project.  Add a rabbit buildable die for a little fun.

What I Used

Tonic Studios Dimensions Triangle Aspect Box
Tonic Studios Shadow Box Creation Die Set – 1635E
Tonic Studios Three Shadowbox Insert Die Set – 1637E
Tonic Studios Beautiful Blooms Sunburst Gazania – 1288E
Tonic Studios Beautiful Blooms – Gerbera Daisy – 1287E
Tonic Studios Dimensions – Window Box – Entangled Terrace – 1563E

What I Did
  • Die cut six orange triangle aspect box pieces.  Each box needs two.  Fold and glue together.  Cut four detailed panels for each box and glue into position.  Cut three sets of leaves from green card using the Beautiful Blooms Die sets, plus a small flower.  Punch a hole in centre of flower, poke leaves through holes.  Bend the bottom tip and glue under the flower.  Add this to the top of each box on one side of flap only.
  • Die cut two shadow boxes in brown.  Fold and glue one box together (long sides first).
  • Take the second die cut piece and using a small square die, cut three evenly spaced apertures.  then fold and glue box together.
  • Cut two pieces of brown card the length and height of the box and two pieces the width and height of the box. 
  • Glue the long panels to the long sides of aperture box shadow part facing upwards,  Turnover and glue the second box to the panels with the shadow part of box facing up.  Add the shorter panels to each end.
  • Cut the detailed frame from insert set plus a plain frame.,  Glue together and add to top edge of aperture shadow box .  Decorate outside of box using the detailed dies from the Bendy Card set and the beautiful blooms. 
  • When all finished sit the carrot boxes into the apertures to stand up.

We hope you have been inspired.

Popping By

Edna Taylor - Have a Brilliant Birthday

 Hi again. Goodness me, two posts in a day, I must be feeling better. LOL

I have bought a lot of Woodware stamps recently and this is one I received yesterday called Perfect Petals.

I found them at Maximum Crafts at a very reasonable price and no P & P! 
The service is excellent and I can't praise Maxine highly enough.

I stamped the image in two opposite corners and fussy cut the single flower from the extra stamp in the set.
It comes complete with the greeting which is clear and stamps beautifully.

I can see me cutting out the words separately to use as a long sentiment another time. 

I've used a host of colouring pens and pencils for this one so I'll just list them here -
Prisma Pencils - Marine green, Steel, Indigo blue
Tonic Nuvo Brush Script markers -  128, 129, 130, 132, 135, 137
Tonic Nuvo alcohol marker  #413

I've painted the petals with the Glitter gloss pen but it doesn't show up in the pics I'm afraid. Take it from me it twinkles! 

I've splattered some of the inks onto the finished card to break down some of the white space and placed the greeting on a strip of card across the centre to connect the two decorative panels. 

Thank you for joining me today.

Have a lovely Mother's Day if you are still fortunate enough to have a Mum to celebrate with. My own dear mum passed away in 1980 leaving a huge gap in our lives and I still miss her.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Karen Rowland - Win and Tonic Challenge March 2017 - Mother's Day Shadow Box

Morning Crafters,

I can only apologise for my busy, busy life and being unable to get around to this until now....

Here's my DT Entry for the Win and Tonic Challenge

I used the Tonic Studios Shadow Box Creation Die Set - 1635E which I cut in Lilac Pearlescent Card, I cut the outer frame from the 'Four Of Us' Insert Die Set - 1638E in a darker shade of Pearlescent Purple.  I used some pretty floral paper from my stash as a backing plate then cut some of the Rococo Die and Stamp Set Laura Butterflies and added the Nuvo Aquaflow Glitter Gloss Pen - 888N to them, just for a little Sparkle.  I also used the Affections 'On Mother's Day' Insert die set - 478E which is a very old one but you may find it around and about :/  I added some ribbon through the shadowbox hanger and for a bow, also topping that with a lace bow and pearl embellishment.  A very simple make but I think you'll agree an impressive one :)

 So post your cards here at the Win and Tonic blog for a chance to win :)

OK so what’s on for this month? 

Well we thought that this month we would have another
Anything Goes
challenge, seeing as we haven’t had one for a while.

So this means that you are free to make whatever you want, and as long as it has something ‘Tonic’ on it, then it will be fine.

Now of course, we have a prize up for grabs and this month it is a set of the wonderful Essentials Buildables dies -
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Is this not the most FABULOUS prize, and hugest of thanks to the wonderful people at Tonic Studios for their sponsorship and support.

Happy Crafting Everyone

Karen xx 

Edna Taylor - Lyon MDF unit and Graphic 45

Good morning and welcome to the blog today.

You may remember the fabulous MDF storage units that Tonic Studios produced a while back. Well I had one I wanted to decorate and of course I hunted out suitable G45 papers to do it.

I've used papers from the Couture and Artisan collections and added embellishments I found in the Works - lovely swirls that just needed painting, I didn't want anything too fussy. 

I've used the matching die set from Tonic for the drawer fronts and the little pull handles that also came out at the same time as the units. 
I first of all glued the unit together and then I painted the whole unit and drawers inside and out with Tonic's Black acrylic paint.
I sealed and covered the grey board sections, adhered them to the constructed unit and when all the glue was dried I finished it off with a coat of PVA matt adhesive throughout. 

The units do take a bit of time to complete but a lot of it is literally waiting for paint to dry. 😃

I lined the drawers to match the decorative paper on the back of the unit.

Side and back of unit

I made a gift tag to match.

I loved putting this unit together. It makes a nice change from card making plus I get to use my all time favourite papers. 

Thank you for calling in today.

Have a good one! 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Dawny P - Old Meets New

Hello lovely crafty friends.
Today’s card is a mixture of old and new and this is just one of the many reasons I <3 using Tonic dies. They work together so well.
So …


… this is what I did.
I used the Tonic Studios - Dimensions - Window Box - Tangled Terrace set but rather than make a window box, I used the outside edge as a border die.
It’s such a pretty die and if you add a little drop of Tonic Studios Nuvo crystal drop collection - Gloss White, it looks like you’ve punched a hole along the scallops.
I really like how it looks : )
Look at that embossed detail on the border edges – that was just one pass and I didn’t even have to use the embossing mat.
So that’s the new and now for a walk down memory lane.
For the old I used Sew Pretty – Cherish The Moment Frame die set  - the largest outside edge – and I embossed it with the embossing folder from Tonic Studios - Idyllics Die & Emboss Set - Blossoms & Battens.
The sentiment is Tonic Studios Miniature Moments Die Thinking of You which I drop-shadowed using  Tonic Craft Perfect cardstock in white and Kraft
So that’s my card and I hope you like the mixture of old and new.
Thank you for stopping by today and crafty hugs to all xx

Doda Smith - Paper Butterfly Brooches

Paper Butterfly Brooches

Glancing at these brooches you wouldn't have guessed they have been  made from paper would you? Well, thin card to be precise. Here's a little view of the backs so you can see that they are indeed brooches. I have die cut some felt to cover over the brooch pins and make them look neat and nicely finished. Not that I am OCD or anything. ;-)

Each brooch has been made from glueing together 8 die cuts. (using Tonic Studios Rococo butterfly die from their die and stamp set). You'd be amazed at how sturdy a brooch this makes.

Do you like the effect on this one? Very pearly isn't it. It's been made using Nuvo pearl drops.
My 10 year old daughter had the absolutely brilliant idea to make "butterfly prints" with a selection of the Nuvo drops. The effect was so lovely that I knew it would be perfect for paper jewellery.

This one was made using the glitter drops and also the black crystal drops. Once this was dried I applied a glaze of jewel drops to the whole area. Having tested this out on larger areas before I knew that as it is  not designed for large areas it tends to crack and so it produces a wonderful interesting patina for jewellery.

I am considering adding another level to these brooches with some polymer clay words, but I have a few things in progress on my desk just now so that will have to wait until I make space for some clay time.

Here are some of our butterfly prints made with the drops. You can see which ones I chose to use for these brooches. And the scrap around the die cut areas did not go to waste either as I made use of a butterfly punch.

Just wait until you see what I made with a few of these. 
Are you going to give this a try?

Have a lovely day!

Victoria Dalziel - With Love

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to my blog .Today I am sharing with you a new launch from Tonic Studios with the Rococo City Scenes and today's card features the Paris die Set. All available  on a 4 day deal from create and craft.
Dies used to create this are :-
Rococo  City Scenes- Paris
 Heart layering die set
Leaves from beautiful blooms
Ross made from a Tonic flower punch
Butterfly from  Flora frames die set
Large Layering Bow
Attraction upper case - Alphabet die set

The card was created making a large tag shaped blank using craft card and scoring on the back part of the card to create a hinge, for decorative purposes I attached a large eyelet and threaded ribbon through  I distressed the background and used some decorative papers and also distressed and inked the edges and then attached some lace to the bottom of the topper. Then I placed the eiffel tower which I cut out 6 times and added silver nuvo mousse to make it look like a metal embellishment to the heart and highlighted the heart with a white gel pen and added nuvo sea shell drops . I then punched out 6 flowers from a Tonic punches and pinched each one to create roses glued together using a Tonic glue gun which makes putting them together so much easier.
I then used the tails from the large layering bows and used this for the Alphabet and to finished the card I added a couple of butterflies and a decorative bow.

Thank you for popping by today and hope to see you again very soon.