Saturday, 25 October 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas Wreath - an idea from Karen



Good Morning, following on from the Tonic Studios Forever Memories Take Off Deal on Create and Craft, I've decided to show you what I did with my Twelve Days of Christmas pack of printed papers.  They are fantastic quality and worthy of showing off :)

To make the wreath I bought a 35cm polystyrene ring from my local craft shop.  I cut strips of paper 4cm wide but found I needed a longer length than just A4 so I cut a strip in half and stuck it on to the end, making sure the pattern was following in the right direction.


I inked the edges of my strips using my Aged Photograph Distress Ink pad by Tim Holtz and stuck double sided tape along each long side and added some small strips to one end.  I used thirty strips of paper all together and looped these one by one around the ring slightly overlapping, sticking them together as accurately as possible and making sure all my joins for making up the extra length were at the back.

I trimmed the ends into a dovetail and using a sponge, inked those too, just to match.


I die cut some flowers using the Oriental Lily die set, inked the petal edges, curled them with a scissors and stuck them onto a punched circle with some silicone glue for dimension.  For the centres, I punched the stamens from the Peruvian Lily, Evening Primrose and Corncockle Punch and Stamp set and curled them in on themselves with an embossing tool and foam mat.  Before sticking these in place I die cut some Sweeping Pampas elements and stuck those underneath.


After trying several failed attempts with different ribbons, I settled on the Tonic Studios Large Lacy Bow for the top as nothing else looked right, all my ribbons seemed to be the wrong shade.

I glued some ribbon to the back to hang but I think I'm going to invest in a Wreath Hanger as I'd hate for this to fall after all the work that's gone into it, it is only paper after all and would probably damage quite easily so I'm going to err on the side of caution with this.

I hope you like it and that it inspires you to be creative with whats left of your paper packs.

Karen x

Friday, 24 October 2014

Bit of bling - card from RUTH

 Good morning  - it's a dull day here in my part of Co. Antrim so I thought I'd brighten things up a little with a bit of bling! This is a really quick and easy Christmas card, just the type of card you'll want to make when you have a whole heap of them to do! I've done a little bit of mixing and matching....using the Tonic Studios Royal Frame (and Butterfly Insert )die  for the outside and adding a diecut made with the Multi sided Lantern Box insert in the centre.
I've used Trimcraft First Editions Gilded Winter paper as a background and Dovecraft Gold Glitter card to matt and layer.


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Special Friend - a card from Edna


Hello and welcome to the blog today.
Thank you for taking the time to call in. :)

I needed to make a card for a friend so what better than my Tonic Idyllics for the job!

I've used an 8 x 8" card base and the Idyllic's Jasmine Dream and embossing folder set.
I think this has to be my favourite.


Card base - Craft UK 8 x 8" card (Joanna Sheen)
Pale green card stock - Adorable Scorable - Hunkydory
Tonic Idyllic's - Jasmine Dream
Rococo Umbrella die
Petal pairs punches for the flowers
Butterfly from the Fae Trellis Topper die set

I love the embossing with the folders in these sets. It's so deep and crisp and give a beautiful result.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Neapolitan Butterfly Birthday - a card from Karen


Just a quickie today, in my favourite Neapolitan ice cream colours.

I'm sure you don't need me to talk you through this one so I'll briefly tell you what dies I used where.

I started with a square chocolate brown card blank, layered with baby pink and vanilla which was textured with the Amelia embossing folder.

I added the filigree semi circle from the Butterfly Princess Semi Die set and layered the 'tail' from the Large Lacy Bows Die set to which I added the Birthday cut from the Happy Birthday in the Everyday Sentiments set.

I die cut one of the Arboreal Dreams in brown for the bottom corner just to have something for the butterfly to sit on.  The butterflies were cut from the Layering Butterflies Papillion Pair Die set.

My card was finished with a cream satin ribbon and a hand tied bow to match along with a few little pink pearls on the butterfly bodies.

Hope you like it,
Karen x

Monday, 20 October 2014

Poinsettias Galore! from RUTH

 Good morning! I've a card full of Poinsettias to share with you this morning. 
I have die cut two Tonic Studios Poinsettia Wreaths, coloured parts of them with Promarkers and glued them to the centre of the card. The die at the side is one from the Celebration Seasons Header die set and I've added a Gothic punched border down the edge of the "fold back".
All the paper and gems used are from the Trimcraft Back to Basics Christmas Traditional collection and the white linen card is from Papermill.


You can see more of my creations on my blog  -  A Passion for Cards.

Ruth :)

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Gallant Gate elegant card - a post from Edna


Goodmorning ! I've another card to show you from the latest launch of Idyllic and Strip dies that was going down a storm on Create and Craft this week.
It's another easy to make one but I think it has a lot of potential for many occasions.

Tonic - Gallant Gate Strip die
Rococo Bow
Antique gold card stock and matching paper - Anna Marie Designs
Pearls from my stash



I've made the insert to match the card - I think this colour way just says wedding invitation! :) A change of colour would make it a birthday/anniversary/thinking of you card and it's quick to make too. 

I die cut the bow several times to give it depth and dimension. 

I cut this one across the machine rather than lengthways because of the width of the open card. It did take a couple of goes to get it all cut out but I think it was worth it.
I cut the edge of the insert and matched it up to the edge of the card then folded it so that it would match exactly.
The narrow decorative strip is from the Gallant Gate die set. This one is so very versatile with five dies in the set and any number of ways of combining them. You will be spoilt for choice!

Hope you enjoy the shows today.

Have a super weekend !

Friday, 17 October 2014

Winter Wishes Baubles - a card from Karen


Today's card is made using the Rococo Bauble die and The Winter Wishes from the Christmas Wishes header fold die set.  I wanted to use pearlescent card for this so I had to cut my own 8" x 8" card blank again but this time after cutting an A4 sheet down to 8" in width I only made a pencil line there the 8" length score line would be as I didn't want a score line spoiling the centre of my header die cut.  I also cut a separate 8" x 8" piece for the back of my card which obviously doesn't get stuck on until the header has been cut out.

To cut the header die, I lined up the little notches in the bottom of the shape die centrally on my 8" pencil line, I taped this down and ran it through the cutting machine.  Next was the pattern part of the die, I lined this up, taped it down well and because its cutting in pretty much the centre of the board then it does take a few passes and possibly a few shims to get a nice clean cut but persevere because it really is worth it.  Once I was happy with my header die cut, I placed the card back on my score board and scored the two sides.  I covered the small back flap with double sided tape and stuck my card back in place.

I cut a layer of silver glitter card and a layer of white pearlescent card for the top layer which I stuck in place with silicone glue as I was sticking to glitter card.  I die cut three white baubles and three silver glitter circles and glued these together, added three strips of thin ribbon to my card where I wanted the baubles to hang and stuck them in place with 3d foam.  I hand tied three bows out of wide ribbon and glued these to the tops of the baubles.

I hope you like it,
Karen x