Sunday, 23 November 2014

Verona sewing cabinet - a post from Alison

I must apologise for ignoring my blogging friends. I don't know where this year has gone, I seem to have blinked and missed it.

I haven't been idle though, I've been making loads of samples for the Tonic shows, doing workshops at home and also at the NEC Hobbycrafts show. Had a wonderful time meeting all the Tonic fans.

Tonic has launched a new range called Forever Moments. The next launch in this range is the Verona box, you can catch Jodie demoing it on Create and Craft today, Sunday 23rd November at 11am, 2pm and  7pm . This is my version of the box

I wanted to add some fabric to the box, so I covered the drawer fronts and padded the sides and top pelmet piece. I thoroughly enjoy making them, hope you will too.


see Alison's original post on her blog here.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Forever Moments Verona Unit - Edna's cabinet

Hello and welcome to the blog.
Don't forget to watch the stunning Forever Moments MDF units from Tonic - on Create and Craft tonight at 8pm.

If you liked the Tivoli unit you are going to love the Verona.
It is a beautiful piece and has a gorgeous layout that you can vary to suit your needs.
I loved the size of the drawers - so useful for so many little treasures.

Tonic - 
Verona MDF unit
Christmas papers
Trailing Blossom Floral die
Avante Deco drawer die set
Nuvo Gold metallic and olive green paint 
Forever Moments Matt adhesive for sealing the unit

Hearty paper clay for the bows
Katy Sue Bow Trio moulds, Oval Cameo and Frame 2
Gathered twig distress ink
Pearls from stash

A sideways view

The drawers without the die cut decoration have been crackled with Forever Moments Crackle base and Vintage Crackle top coat. When they had 'crackled' I rubbed over the surface with gathered twigs distress ink to show up the cracks a little more. 

For the die cut decoration on the other drawers I have used chipboard painted with the Nuvo Gold paint and triple embossed with clear embossing powder. As a bonus the embossing discoloured slightly here and there and gave me the perfect aged look without any more techniques being needed. I did rub over the surface with some black soot distress ink but it wasn't really necessary. 

I'm sure you will agree it is a beautifully decorative piece - I can't wait to make one with some of the new vintage papers also being launched today.

Don't forget to tune in for lots more ideas!

Have a great day.


Verona Tea chest - an idea from Karen

I'm not one for 'messy' crafts like paints and whatnot but when the guys at Tonic Studios asked me if I'd like to have a go at decorating one of the promotional units for the Forever Memories Range, I thought, why not? :)

Here's my take on the Verona Unit, I decorated it as a Tea Chest

I used the papers from the Vintage set which is available today, Avante! Drawer Front Dies, Nuvo Paints and Gilding Wax.  I added little teacups to the fronts of the some of the drawers which I also gilded.

I hope you like this.  Look out for Jodie on Create and Craft today at 6 and 8 pm

Karen x

See Karen's original post on her blog here.

The new Verona unit - an oriental cabinet from Doda

Did you see Create and Craft this morning for the launch of the new Verona unit? Weren't all the design team busy ! Such a wonderful variety of ways to decorate these fabulous units.

 I've chosen to create an oriental cabinet out of mine, but they are so versatile and can be decorated any way you like. I have used authentic screen printed Japanese papers for the front of the small drawers, and the fern paper I made by creating a stencil from Tonic dies.

I have used Tonic's 2 part crackle glaze on top of the stencilling to give a lovely effect.The cracks have been highlighted with Tonic's gilding wax.
As you can see, I added a few hidden surprises. Little decoupaged butterflies inside the drawers. The smaller drawers were lined with more Japanese paper.

The little tassel handles I made from cotton yarn, and threaded them through Oriental coin embellishments. The fans on the side and top have been cut with Tonic dies, the rococo on the side and the Indulgence soiree ornate fan on the top piece.

So as I say, so many ways you can decorate these! I wonder how you will decorate yours!

Have a lovely day

See my original post on my blog here.

Friday, 21 November 2014

My first Tivoli Advent calendar - a post from Edna

Hello and welcome to the blog today.
I'm so excited and tickled pink at completing my first Tivoli advent calendar from Tonic Studios.

I've wanted something like this for ages!
It's a beautifully crafted and sturdy piece of furniture and it looks great!
I've taken several pictures of it from different angles to give you a good idea of the finished article and I must say that everyone who has seen it has loved it.

The carcass is really easy to assemble, the gorgeous Nuvo Paints have brilliant coverage and the accompanying dies make it so easy to decorate those little drawers too.
It is a very satisfying project to do and it's a gorgeous decorative item that will come out year after year.

Filling the little drawers is fun too. I've chosen some yummy Elizabeth Shaw choccies for mine - pity I can't actually eat any of them! 

My attempt at a decoration resulted from a lovely visit to the local nursery with a good friend and we had a great time searching out all the elements. The only things I already had in my stash were the jute and ribbons but with a little patience and a lot of hot glue it came together and I'm really chuffed with myself. :)

Every part of the unit is covered with matching chipboard pieces provided in your kit. I've glued the paper onto the chipboard, painted the edges with the gold Nuvo paint and adhered them to the carcass.
The paint goes on like a dream and you can apply as many coats as you like - I've just done two for mine.
The glue for assembling the unit comes in the kit.
Extras I have used are the Nuvo paints in red and gold
Tonic Christmas papers
Forever Moments pure matt adhesive to seal the unit
Gold matt card stock for the back plates and numbers on the drawers
Gathered twigs distress ink
Assorted embellishments
Oh! and scrummy chocolates too :) 

I hope you enjoy this one today. I know two little boys who can't wait to start their advent calendar!

Edna x

See Edna's original blogpost here.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Monochromatic I Miss You - a card from Karen

A simple monochromatic sample card for you today from the batch that went to Create and Craft for last weeks Tonic Studios Pick of the Week.

An A5 black card blank with a white layer which had one of the dies from the Ornate Elegance Header Fold dies cut into the bottom with a couple of embossed lines above it.  The I Miss You Inner Topper Die was cut into a white piece of card with a black layer cut for beneath it.  A small length of ribbon was wrapped around a longer length and tied in a knot.  This was then stuck in place on the white layer.  Stick the White layer in place, add 3d foam pads on the I Miss You topper and stick over the ribbon.  Die cut the 'Love' sentiment from the Love/Believe Topper Die set, glue this to the bass of the card and finish off with a few pearls, not forgetting one to dot the 'I' :)
I hope you like this simple card.

Karen x

See Karen's original post on her blog here. 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Diamond front card - a post from Edna

Good morning and welcome to the blog.
I have a diamond front card for today's share using one of the gorgeous new Tonic topper die sets.

Tonic - Believe/Love topper die set, Royal Shrub strip die
Sentiment from Tonic's Celebration topper collection
Alchemy pearlescent card stock 
Ribbon and gems from stash
White hammer card stock from Papermill

A sideways view to show the dimension on this card fold.
The bonus is that it folds down to fit a DL envelope.

You can find the template for this fold HERE if you are not already familiar with it.

Thank you for joining me I hope you have a lovely relaxing day.

Edna x

You can find Edna's original post on her blog here.