Friday, 26 May 2017

A Tonic Party - Crafty Potential

A fun magical card today using lots of Nuvo Embellishment mousse to create a nice scenic background :D I also used the Tonic Lets Party die in the foreground, then coloured the adorable MFT Magical Dragon stamps using my Nuvo Creative Pens (linked below :D) I had lots of fun making this card, creating the scene with lots of different dies, and adding the cute Magical Dragons characters!! That knight and princess just have to be on a wedding card at some point (maybe soon ;) lol) they're far tooo cute :D :D Top tip, the best way to get a nice even coverage of Nuvo Mousse on your die-cut pieces of card, is to apply it with Cut N Dry foam (link below) it goes on much smoother than just using your finger (as you can see in the video :D) Hope you enjoyed today's card :D 

Main products used in this video :D
Tonic Studios Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Cornflower Blue, Gunmetal Grey and Old Navy
Tonic Studios Creative Pens - Oranges, Browns, Yellows, Blues, Greys, Skin Tones, Pinks...
Tonic Studios Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Moonstone
Tonic Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Tonic Studios Little Orange Handled Scissors 
Tonic Studios - Lets Party Die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Border, Stitched Hillside Borders and Spring Showers Dies
Lawn Fawn Love You S'more Stamp Set
My Favorite Things Magical Dragons Stamp Set 

To see the process behind this card, please watch my YouTube video below, or over on my channel CRaFTi PoTeNTiAl :D

Lots more photos below :D 

Micro Nebula Watercolours - Jennifer Kray

Today's blog is a little different as this was part of Tonic's super fun live show they do on a Friday - and their first named theme for their Friday show which was 'space'. If you didn't see it - it was HILARIOUS! I've attached the video at the end of this blog post. 

I wasn't sure if Id have enough time to take part as I had an exam and a crazy work week but I sat down Thursday night and decided to dig out some Nuvo products and have a messy play. I started out using the Nuvo mousse but it just wan't vivid enough so cleaned up and started again. 

The set consists of 3 really cool cards. I've not added any additional embellishments or sentiments as it wasn't needed. Don't be afraid to make cards without sentiments - just do your own thing. 

If you want to create your own galaxy, it really is dead easy. Die cut a card base using an oval circle die as well as the a piece of watercolour card. Then use a mixture of Aqua Flow Pens, Kuretake Clean Colour Watercolour Pens and white acrylic fluid. Start by leaving a white space somewhere on your card and work outwards deepening the colours. There's really no pattern I followed other than light to dark. And practice moving the colours around on the watercolour card, drying then adding more detail if required. 
To make this cool green galaxy you'll need a simple white card base 5.5" x 4.25 and layer a piece of satin black inside and out 5.25" x 4". Die cut a circle and apply the same process as above. Finish off with a sprinkle of white acrylic fluid. 
To complete the trio, die cut 3 small but different size circles and again apply the same technique as above, choosing 3 different colours. Set aside to dry. Make sure your card is 100% dry before adding acrylic fluid as it will react with the wet paper and ruin your project (I did this twice and swore a lot before having to start over. If you think it's dry, wait another 15 mins.).
I wanted to add some texture to the card so used one of my stencils to make a background with Black Diamond Glimmer Paste. Leave to dry and then attach your micro nebula's to the front of the card. 
If you look closely you can see the awesome stencil effect with the glimmer paste.


You really must watch this show - and remember it's on every week at 4pm. You can join Tonic Studio's Official Group on Facebook here: Tonic Group

Keep your eyes out for the next theme but until then you can watch the shows every Friday at 4pm. As long as their something Tonic on the card and if you use #showtonic your card/project will be shown and admired on the live show!

Hope to see you there. 
Lots of love

Sparkle and Shine - Nicky Gilburt

I'm sharing one of my samples for Paula's fabulous Nuvo Monochromatic Bundles show, which was on Hochanda on Tuesday 9th May, so if you've missed them, you can find them on Rewind!

I played with the silver bundle which looks like this:

From left to right you have the amazing Sparkle Dust glitter, I don't think I've found one finer. Next we have the embossing powder, the Nuvo drops I love so much, then the Glimmer paste, perfect for applying through stencils for a strong glittery finish. Finally the Mousse, which I will confess is quite new for me, but I did love it and it was so incredibly easy to use. And of an undescribable squishy consistency. Gorgeous!

I also used the Tonic Studios layered star dies for this project, and long-time Tonic fans may recognise the Sparkle and Shine sentiment from the 'Girls' Night Out range. 

For the glittered card, I used the paste through the falling diamonds stencil and allowed it to dry a few hours. Then I cut my star shape and extra bits to fill the card. 

The stars - I covered a piece of white card in a double sided sticky sheet and cut a larger star. I removed the sticky backing and laid a smaller star over it, and applied glitter all round the edge. I did this in a couple of other places too - and on the small stars - that was fun! 

The sentiment - I started with white card, die-cut my words and rubbed the Nuvo Clear Mark pad over them before covering in silver embossing powder and heat embossing...twice! The lovely metallic finish is so cool!

Making sure I used every product, I rubbed mousse over some of the smaller die-cut stars, and got an instant transformation of a plain piece of card. 

With a bit of spare card it was only right to make a matching gift tag - and besides it gave me a chance to heat emboss a sentiment again...I need to remember to do this more often!

A fun challenge, but loving silver as much as I do, it was great to mix and match all the products together on the one project. 

Happy crafting!

Nicky x

DL Collection - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone, well I have been locked away in my craft room playing with lots of fantastic new goodies that will be coming your way very soon what a treat you are all in for is all I can say.

Today I am sharing with you a collection of DL cards made for the launch recently , playing catch -up a little bit so my apologies for not such a detailed post this time xx

Thank you for visiting my blog today 

Olivia Owl - Ruth Hamilton

This is another card which was tucked away in a box. I found some yesterday when I was looking for something else. This is Olivia Owl and I made the card with the Tonic Studios Buildables dies.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Stamped Around the World BLOG HOP - Gilded Card Creation

Morning everyone, one of our wonderful blog contributors Maria Sabina has started a Stamped around the World Blog Hop and in support we're donating a Tonic Studios Nuvo prize bundle to the winner, here's a little about it from Maria....

"The aim of the ‘’Stamped Around the World’ Blog Hop" is to bring a smile and to make people feel a bit special by writing a few positive words. Not only that the card is handmade and gets to travel to so many countries and to so many people, but a part of you will travel too. It is important to put technology aside sometimes and go back to the old days when words were really appreciated by writing a letter or a note."

We love the idea so we're donating a Tonic Studios Nuvo prize bundle to the winner, and all you have to do to take part is leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win the bundle, with the winner to be announced on the Lollyrot Scrapbooking Blog here on May 27th :)

Here's a video of a Gilded Card we put together on Tonic Live using our Gilding Flakes and Stamps, we hope you enjoy :)

You can find more information on the blog hop here, but from us good luck and happy hopping :)

Bloggers list:

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Win & Tonic May Challenge Inspiration (Mixed Media Tag) - Jennifer Kray

                                                               Hello, hello, hello

This weekend has been an interesting one for me so took the opportunity to sit at my desk and get down and dirty with some Nuvo products to create a mixed media tag.

I've been meaning to make something for a lovely friend for ages but time is always on the side of procrastination ;)

I've taken the opportunity to use the next Win & Tonic challenge theme(s), get my finger out and make something lovely. 

I was delighted to see 'using dies as stencils' as a theme this month. In true Jen style, I faffed around for about two hours but there is a lot of drying time, some of it needed to be air dried so as not to bubble the mousse. 

The finished tag is large - 7" x 3.5" and I hope you like it.

There are four elements to April's Challenge and you may use one, all or a mixture of the four. 

This month the choices are:

Colour - neutrals i.e. creams, taupes etc.
Technique -  stenciling with your dies
Product -  any Nuvo product
Theme - open theme so any occasion

There is some fabulous inspiration on the Win & Tonic Page. I do hope you enter - the winner is selected randomly and you can enter as many times as you like as long as you use at least one of the themes and something Tonic on your project. 

The prizes are always amazing and this month is no exception with it being the ENTIRE set of the new Essentials Lace Dies. 

Here's one of the cards I designed using the Essentials Lace Dies. Aren't they fabulous?! If you look closely you can see that the entire card blank has a small lacy border I cut out and attached for some delicate detail. 
But now for my mixed media tag details: 

Tonic Studios Materials
Verso Corner Die, Butterfly Purse, 411E (used as a stencil)

Other Materials: 
Mixed Media Paper
Emboss Pen - Clear
Momento Desert Sand 
Wire, various
Cheese Cloth
Modelling Paste
Mulberry Paper
Mini Belt Buckle
Mini Glass Vial
Old broken Earring
Fiskars 0.25-inch Circle Hand Punches

The Project: Mixed Media Tag
Theme: All 

1. To make the tag I used two pieces of mixed media card and cut out a piece 3.5" x 7", snipping the corners at the top to make the tag shape and then using a hand punch to make the hole at the top. I then repeated the process on some cardboard to sandwich between the two pieces of mixed media card. The back is gently decorated and there is a personal message for a lovely lady on it. 

2. Transfer a couple images or words from the Forever Moments transfer pack onto your tag front.

3. Die cut the geometrical shaped envelope corner die to use as a stencil.

4. Mix modelling paste and some of the brown and black aqua flow pens until you have the desired colour.

5. Use the coloured modelling paste and die stencil in random places on your tag. Allow to dry or heat set.

6. Use Momento Desert Sand ink heavily around the edges, bringing it into the tag for definition. 

7. Pop some Burnished Bronze Nuvo Mousse to darken the corners and to add further depth.

8. Using your stencil again but this time using Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse randomly around your tag. Allow to dry.

9. Very gently go over a few of your stencilled pieces with an emboss pen and then use Gold embossing powder. You might need to do this a few times.

10. Go in with your Mousse to complete the highlights and shading you require. Allow to dry.

Your die cut stencilled background is now complete. 

Sometimes choosing what we put on tags leaves me scratching my head so just grabbed some ribbon, tulle, cheese cloth and lace and applied Nuvo Mousse to them. In my junk drawer/treasure chest, I found a broken earring, a mini buckle, a small vial and some wire. Then I added a few Tonic butterflies and a sentiment. I had no paper flowers left and the dies I had just didn't fit so hand cut some rough rose layers on mulberry paper and hoped for the best. 

I then used a Nuvo pen and very gently head embossed the petals in gold and finished with glitter. I’m thinking I can get away with it as a shabby rose…

I had such a good time making this tag and although I’ve only ever made a few mixed media pieces, I absolutely loved the process. By the end my hands were covered in dried mousse and they were more like ‘The Things’ hands out of fantastic 4 but nothing a bit of soap and water couldn't fix. 

Even a broken earring has a place in mixed media. 

I really hope you enter this months competition and full details can be found here
That's all from me today - over and out! 
Lots of love