Saturday, 16 December 2017

Corners - Edna Taylor

Good morning. Welcome to a new week on the blog.
Today I'm sharing a card made for the latest Tonic launch on Hochanda.
The show starts at 11.00 am and features the beautiful and versatile new range of corner dies.

Today I am using the Exquisite Nook corner die set.
This comes with an outline die that you can use as a separate element to back the ornate and decorative corner.

I used the whole corner on the top of the card and a part of it to add interest to the sentiment and extend the design to the bottom of the card.

Tonic Products used - 
Exquisite Nook corner die set
Miniature Moments Happy Anniversary sentiment 
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Bright Gold
Craft Perfect - Bright white, Jet Black, Golden Satin

The finished card is 7 x 7 3/4"

The decorative die cuts out of the card so I used it to cut through both black and white layers and inset one I had cut in black into the aperture.
I backed this panel with the sumptuous Golden Satin card stock.
The sentiments and additional decorative corner were shadowed with gold.

Here is the whole collection with three large corners and two smaller ones.

Don't forget to catch the shows today for fab demos and lots of inspiration from the team.
Hochanda 11.00 am, 3.00 pm and 9.00 pm

Thank you for calling in. 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Romanesque Bracket - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone,hope you are all keeping warm with this snow we have had over the last few days.
Today I am sharing a brand new launch with you from Tonic Studios with the beautiful Corner die sets,there are 5 sets in the complete collection all with 2x dies in each set a detail die and also a backing plate.
The card I am sharing with you today is the Romanesque Bracket corner die set.

Materials used :-
Corner die set-up Romanesque Bracket 
Beautiful day sentiment - sew pretty
White 300gsm base card stock
Craft perfect pistachio green
Craft perfect Bright white
Craft perfect pink Blossom
Crystal drops - forest green
Tim Holtz distress- ink Spun Sugar
Wide pink organza ribbon

The card base is 8" x 8" with mat & layering, you then need to cut 4 of the backing die from the Romanesque Bracket corner set in pistachio green craft perfect and then die cut 4 of the detail die in Bright White craft perfect card stock these clue flat using Nuvo deluxe glue you then need to cut the detail out in pink craft perfect card but just use your scraps as you only need to cut the flourish bits to paper piece back into the die cut using wet glue.
The 4 corners are then added to the card base with 3D foam pads
Now cut the centre die out in craft perfect Pink Blossom and Bright White and with a blending sponge slightly distress with Tim Holtz spun Sugar which is a very pale pink distress ink then add the Have a beautiful day which is from the sew pretty range of dies and this needs to be die cut in silver Mirror craft perfect and also Pink craft perfect.
To finish the card a pink organza bow was added and a large Nuvo Crystal drop,to make the larger Crystal drop I used a piece of double sided sticky sheet the bit you throw away and placed a large drop on to the sheet and left to dry over night and then placed a little hot glue onto the reverse and stuck to the bow then finished the card by adding a few drops to the flourish detail of the die set.

Thank you for visiting my blog today
Be sure to click on Tonic Studios blog, link can be found on the right hand side of my blog to see all the samples for the shows and you will also see the Tonic Studios DT & links to there blogs

Thank You - Claire Rhodes-Brandon

Yikes, I'm scaring myself, two blog posts in one day 😳 😉 (edit - this was written yesterday but I forgot to publish, ha, I knew I was overdoing it 🙃)
Here's another card made using the Floral Affections, this time a Thank You card using the Thank You Blossom die set. This is such a lovely useful sentiment. I've used another of the gorgeous speciality papers from Tonic - Duck Egg, and good old Craft Perfect textured card in Mauve Purple which is a really pretty shade. The sentiment is cut from Honey Gold Satin mirror card which I confess to using a lot!

Using Index Dies to create my card base - Louise Sims

Another post from me sharing today a card created using the Index Dies, Family Sentiment dies and the Banner dies & stamp sets. I have used the 'Vines & Moments Index Card' set to create my card base using the decorative tab die.

Starting with a piece of card, I decided where I would like my first tab, die cut and then cut away the excess. I then folded the card to create my base. Next using Craft Perfect Peacock Feathers speciality card, I created another layer using the same die. Finally I repeated for a third time using decorative papers. I layered each up to give the 'tabbed' look.

On the final layer, I used the sentiment ' for a special someone' from 'Hooray Banner die & stamp set', stamping over the backing paper with Acorn Brown Nuvo Hybrid ink. Next I added the bird topper ready for embellishing. The 'Sister in law' has been cut from the Craft Perfect Peacock Feather and placed on the topper. The backing panel from the in-law die set has been cut from decorative paper to act/appear like a hinge on the card.

Using the same sentiment, I stamped this on to the die cut 'Hooray' banner with the same ink. I cut a further 2 banners layering these underneath to make the banner wider and also to make the sentiment stand out further, placed at the bottom of my topper. A few crystal drops added and also to the flowers.

The flowers (Apple Blossom dies from Beautiful Blooms collection) have been cut from co-ordinating card and also the matching backing papers. The leaves are from the Bunched Bouquet stamp set and they have also been stamped on to the same card & paper. As a final finishing touch, I have added some Nuvo twine in French Blue.

Have to say that these dies are so versatile and made even more so because of the 'in-law', 'grand' and 'step' dies. Opens up a huge way to personalise your cards, presents, tags etc.

Well that's 2 posts completed and a few more yet to share. However before doing that, I might just have to over ride the heating ...,

x x x

Floral Affections Todays The Day - Edna Taylor

Good morning and welcome to the weekend on the blog.

I have another of my sample cards to share with you today using the gorgeous Floral Affections collection.

Tonic products used - 
Floral Affections - Today Bouquet die set
Lace border - Flora
Craft Perfect - Bright white, Jet Black
Speciality paper - Salmon Harlequin

The card base is 6 1/2" x 7 3/4"

I cut the white layer to 6 x 71/4" and die cut the plain aperture using the large plain edged die from the Thank you Blossom set. 
This layer was 3D'd to the backing piece with two layers of foam.
The smaller decorative heart was cut with the Today Bouquet dies and centred in the aperture. 
The sentiment plaque was then die cut and 3D'd with foam tape to create another dimension and give the card more interest. 
I cut the lace border down to fit and attached it to the bottom of the white layer to hopefully add a little bit of drama. 

Thank you for joining me today.
I hope you have managed to catch up on the inspiration from the team on FB, the Tonic Blog or the DT blogs.
Links to all the social media sites and the blogs can be found on the main Tonic blog

Have a great weekend. x 

Floral Affections Tonic Christmas Wishes - Christine Smith

A jammed packed Christmas card for my Mum! She adored the floral affections dies, with the concept of standing the heart on the easel, so I just had to use the stunning dies to create her Christmas card!! :D I went a little OTT with all the embellishments, throwing Nuvo mouse, pure sheen glitter, gems, patterned paper and metallic card at it, but I really love how it turned out, and Mum loves it too :D I used a mixture of older Tonic dies too, and that gorgeous intricate snowflake is from the Mr and Mrs Claus Buildables (which will hopefully be featuring in my Christmas Day video :D) And I had to use some of the Lawn Fawn Knit Picky papers for the layers as my Mum is obsessed with knitting! I don't think she's capable of watching telly unless she has a her knitting needles in her hands lol :D Anyway, hope you liked the card!!! I've actually remembered to use my Snow titles in the video too hehehe :D 

Main Tonic products used :D 

My Essential Products :D 

If any items are out of stock on CraftStash, make sure to add your e-mail to the in stock notification of that product so that CraftStash know you're interested! :D

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 

Here's looking at you Grand Father - Louise Sims

Well I am again way behind in sharing my projects from the recent Tonic Studio launches and need to get organised, so today I have decided to share all my projects from the recent Family Sentiments launch ... do not panic, I'll separate the posts otherwise it would be photo overload!

The first project I am going to share is one where I have used the Craft perfect project acetate. If you haven't had the chance to use the acetate before, I can heartily recommend it as the well known phrase goes "it does what is says on the tin" - well packet in this instance 😏

Some acetates are flimsy and you find yourself using copious layers to help your project stay 'afloat' - yep, pun intended - but not the Craft Perfect acetate. It is indeed construction weight and I had to pass it through my machine twice to get a crisp cut. After creating my circles for the base card, I joined them at the top however on the front layer added holes using my cropadile. Using the Nuvo Twine in French Blue, I loosely threaded around to create the look of the rope you use on buoys.

Next using the 'Congrats Banner', (which I cut 4 times), I layered together to create my lifebuoy. In the gaps I have used Nuvo Twine in Chilli Red to create the two colours you often see. I have deliberately kept the folds to add depth. This was then added to my card front. Now the fun part, the decorating ...

I die cut the 'Father' sentiment 3 times, layering on top of each other: covered with Empire Blue Nuvo Hybrid ink, embossed with Nuvo clear detail powder and then added a subtle white shadow. This was placed on top of one of the stamped images.

The 'Here's to you' sentiment is also from the 'Congrats Banner Die & Stamp set' but I thought it would look great cut out and mounted to a pair of stamped sun glasses.

The 'Grand' is from the Family Sentiments collection and comes with it's own mount. It has been cut in co-ordinating colours. All the stamped images have been stamped using Metro Grey hybrid ink and coloured with my Nuvo Aqua Flow pens.

I have a video coming out shortly showing how to create the lifebuoy using the banner dies, so watch this space. Whilst the videoing bit wasn't tricky, the editing part, not so ...!

Have a great day everyone and wrap up warm as it's freezing out there,

x x x