Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dawmy P - Nifty & Thrifty : )

Hello crafty friends and I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend.

I thought I’d have a play with the Tonic Studios Octagon Laying Die Sets today and …
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… this is what I did.
It’s a very simple, quick and easy card to make – it’s also really versatile so you could use it for lots of occasions.
And it’s really light on your stash as well.
I used the fabulous ..
… Octagon Layering Set and you can get this from Crafty Devils  - you’ll find it right here .
If you haven't got these in your stash then I think you may be missing out on a real treat.

There’s so many things you can do with them and over the next few days I'll share a few more cards I made with them. Because there are little notches half way along each flat side of the dies, it makes lining up an absolute breeze.

Such a simple little thing but it’s so useful I think.

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I do like black and white.

These scraps happened to be from the same pad – First Edition Black Out.
I had little more than corners really left over from other projects. 
But I’m sure any bits and bobs you’ve got tucked away would work as well.
It would even look nice in plain cardstock.

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The sentiment was done on the computer and I added some faux stitching with a fine liner pen.
I hope you like my card and thank you for stopping by today, and I’ll be back soon with another card made using this die set.
Enjoy the rest of your day and crafty hugs to all xx

Dawny P - Getting a Bit Krafty :)

Ohh blimey, it’s been a while hasn’t it. 

A lot has happened since I was last on here and I won’t bore you with any of it apart from moving house which has put the kibosh on my lovely old craft room.

I now have a teeny tiny one, cry muchly.
But enough of all that - let’s have a bit of krafty crafty shall we.
So my card today is for this month’s Win & Tonic February Challenge which is a Take Your Pick, and one of the options is to use Kraft. Well I didn’t have to think twice about this one because I LOVE the stuff.


… this is what I did.

Now I have to apologise for the crappy pics here.
My old light box (cheap as chips from Maplins) seems to have gone awol during the move so I had to use the £70+ one off of the internet and I do not like it at all.

But you can see what I’ve done.
So I used one of my fave Tonic sets here and that is the Tonic English Picnic Large Layering Dies

It is such a pretty set and I think it looks quite nifty with the Kraft.
I was thinking as I looked at these pics that when I come to do the insert, I will use the dies again on that.

The sentiment is made from one of the new alphabet die sets – this one is Essential Attraction Simple Type, Lower Case.
Aren’t these fab?
Especially when you have family with not so run of the mill names like I have.

A little bit of bloomage, leafage and a sparkler made from hot glue and some Nuvo Spiced Apricot glitter.
The bloom and leaf are made from Tonic Studios Beautiful Blooms - Sunburst Gazania

So that’s my card for today and I hope you like it.
I will be back a lot sooner than I was last time, for sure.

Take care and hope everybody is well.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Nicky Gilburt - Win and Tonic February 2017

Here is my card for a teensy bit of inspiration for the February Win and Tonic Challenge

The themes for February are:

Colour - kraft plus anything
Technique -  bling it up. Add glitters, glitter drops, anything sparkly
Product - free choice so any Tonic product is fine
Theme - happy anything ie birthday, anniversary or just be happy

I think that this time I managed to include everything!
This is a type of easel card, made with two card blanks, one Kraft, one white.
Once I had diecut my aperture through the kraft card, as shown here,
I attached it to a white card blank and added my embellishments

The dies used in this project were:
Butterfly Circle Doily
Royal Fern
Rococo Happy Anniversary
Small Lacy Bows
A very old but lovely Tonic butterfly whose name escapes me!

 I was able to build up the layers on the inside with Sticky Pads

I used the bow as a stopper for the easel part of the card, and trimmed off about 5cms of the base card in front of it

And to finish it off...some bling of course!

I hope this card inspires you to join us over on this month's Win and Tonic Challenge on the blog. Click here to pop across for more DT inspiration and to join in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize from Tonic Studios!

Happy Crafting! 
Nicky x

Victoria Dalziel - 2 Today!

Good afternoon everyone!

A card to share with you today that was launched recently for Tonic Studios using the Alphabet die sets and the Hexagons and Octagons, have to say I love these shapes!

The card is 7"x7" and is an aperture card

Materials used:-
Alphabet die set - Attraction simple type  Lower case- 1681E
Alphabet die set - Attraction Simple type - upper case - 1682E
Octagon basic layering die set- 1522E
Marmalade's World stamp set  Henri & Heffi - 1347E
Marmalade's world Stamp set -Accessory Set - 1353E
Garland Fayre die set- 1266E
Oval basic layering die set - 1456E

The Marmalade world stamps are coloured with the Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens and a water brush.

Thank you for taking a peek today at my blog

Until next time 

Claire Rhodes-Brandon - One hexagon die-cut...

Monday, 20 February 2017

Lou Sims - To my wonderful Wife ...

There's a new monthly challenge beginning over on the Win & Tonic Challenge blog and you can choose from four different themes ... all themes very achievable and ... there is a wonderful prize too! 

I have gone for the following themes:
Colour = kraft plus anything
Products = any (I used a wide range of Tonic Studio products)
Theme = happy anything

So here's what I came up with for this months challenge ...

I began by stamping out my images and embossing with Nuvo white embossing powder. All the images were then coloured with Nuvo Aquaflow pens and I carried on colour to create the background too.

Using the Affections base Heart Vines dies, I only cut away the outer edges and then added the painted topper to the card front, cutting away one edge, (on the card base), to keep the heart shape.

I also used the same dies to decorate the inside of my card. I also stamped around the edges, embossed and water coloured the images.

I thoroughly enjoyed making my card and must admit, will try this technique again but with other shaped dies I have in my collection ... ooohhhh, the results are endless.

Need to catch up with my blog as it has been a bit neglected recently due to illness (mine) and various family events etc, so watch this space as I do have quite a few things to share with you.

Hope to see you over at the challenge this month and can't wait to see what you create,

x x x


Karen Rowland - Tonic Studios Windsor Simple Type Alphabet and Hexagon Layering Dies - Home Card

Hello again :) I wanted to share another of the cards I made for the Tonic Studios Alphabet and Layering Die Launch on Create and Craft.

I made a base card using the Ribbon and Bow Layering Die set - 1461E, by cutting two of the largest outer edge dies, scoring one and gluing together up to the score line.  I covered the front with some old Basic Gray Aged and Confused patterned paper cut with the same die, then added a frame using the two largest outside edges which I then added some texture to with an old Tonic Studios A4 Amelia Embossing Folder, I distressed this with some Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - 802N.  I made some banners out of the Hexagon Layering Die Set - 1521E which I scored and glued to some bakers twine also coloured with the mousse, I distressed to edges to match the frame and added the letters HOME to each one cut from the Windsor Upper case Alphabet Die - 1688E.  I cut a few of the Rococo Petite Acorn Swirl Die - 178E, colouring one completely in gold mousse but just highlighting the others through the die with an inking brush.  I added the Rococo Quaint Birdhouse - 1292E and made some quick flowers out of some of the small hexagons by cutting them in a spiral towards the centre and rolling them from the outside with a quilling tool, securing them with some hot glue.  I also added some Nuvo Pale Gold Crystal Drops to Finish.

Thanks for popping by,
Happy Crafting

Karen xx