Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Forever Dream Canvas Project - an idea from Mandy

Hi Everyone
I was tidying my craft hovel and basically, got bored of that!  So thought mmmmm new dies….mmmmmm let’s craft!  So I messed up my space again.  
It had not to be a long long project as OH would not have been happy, so a canvas it was.  This canvas took me almost 2 hours but that included all the die cutting too.
I have used some of the lovely Vintage Paper pack and a border punch to add some detail to edges here and there and then adhered it with some gel medium to cover the canvas front.  Once dried I added some paints.

The next task was the die-cutting.  Each element was cut out three times and glued together to form a chipboard like thickness.  I chose the Rococo Dragonfly Brooch, Butterfly Sprig, Delicate Dragonfly, Bunched Roses and the Inspirations Sentiments Dies.

All the pieces were distressed and stamped over with a script stamp in yellow to add warmth. These were then glued into place on the canvas.  Gilding waxes and Acrylic Glazes were added to both the elements and the canvas edges.  That was it finished.

Tonic Products used

Tonic Studios Forever Vintage Decorative Paper Pack – 663E
Tonic Studios Dotty Geared Border Punch -
Tonic Studios Rococo Bunched Roses Die – 77E
TonicStudios Rococo Delicate Dragonfly Die – 180E
Tonic Studios Rococo Butterfly Sprig Die – 177E
Tonic Studios Inspirations Sentiment Die Set – 367E
Tonic Studios Forever Moments Gilding Blush – Gold Leaf – 37E
Tonic Studio Forever Moments Creative Storage Adhesive

I hope you have been inspired

For a few more details about how Mandy made this canvas, 
see her original post on her blog here.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Happy Birthday, David! card from Ruth

Happy Birthday, David! I even managed to make him a card! I've used the Groom from the Tonic Studios Silhouette Scene dies, My Perfect Husband (and he IS!) from the Partner Sentiment die set and hearts from a couple of other sets.
We're both taking the day off to have a "dander" round the Belfast Continental Market at the City Hall.....and maybe a turkey dinner later.
Dies are the way to go if you want to make a statement on a card and not make it too fussy and over complicated!

See my original post on my blog here.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Rococo vintage comb - a card from Doda

As soon as I saw this beautiful ornate Rococo vintage comb die, I remembered I had a little image of a pretty japanese lady combing her hair, so I have combined the two to make this pink toned card to send to a dear friend.

Isn't the comb die lovely. It just lends itself to jewels and pearls.

Hope you have a lovely crafting day today.

See my original post on my blog here.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Live, Love, Life - a box card from Edna

Good morning and welcome to the blog today.
I have a card in a box to share today using Tonic Studios recently launched dies and their lovely Forever Vintage Paper pack.

Tonic - Expressions Sentiments, Rococo Petite Butterfly Sprig and Branwen Briar, Ulysses Butterfly Swirl

A sideways view

Thank you for calling in today.

Have a great day!

See Edna's original post on her blog here.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Cascading Card with Beautiful Buckle Strip Dies - an idea from Karen

I've been waiting for the perfect dies to come along for me to make a cascading card so I was thrilled when these Verso Strip Dies were designed as they are perfect for the card tops.  All it took was two sheets of A4 white pearlescent card and of course Tonic's beautiful dies. 

To find out exactly how I made this card pop over to my blog now for instructions.
I hope you like it. 

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A little keepsake album - an idea from Doda

Here's what is inside the cute little oval gift box I made. It's a sweet little album featuring beautiful old photographs of Victorian ladies.
It can be opened up in the box...

...or taken out the box completely. It was hard to show you how long it is, I have 16 photographs and two quotes, so that's 18 ovals altogether. The smaller aperture for the pictures was cut with a small oval die from the idyllics embossing folder and die, Jasmine Dream set that was released a while ago.
"Be Yourself, an original is worth more than a copy", is my quote for the beginning of the album.

I would love to know their stories, wouldn't you? If only photographs could speak.

You could use this idea to make a little baby album, or a romantic mini wedding album, or fill it with meaningful uplifting quotes as a special gift.

I hope this has given you some ideas.

See my original post on my blog here.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A duo of memories - ideas from Edna

Hello, welcome to the blog today.
I have another sample from the new Tonic Studios launch to show you.
The programmes are on Create and Craft and Ideal World. It's a Pick of the Day so don't miss it.  Do check the show schedule for details here. 

Tonic - Rococo - Perfume bottle, Hand mirror
Inspiration Sentiments
With Love Essentials set

I've quilted some Hunkydory black Adorable Scorable card stock onto the Perfume bottle for a bit of dimension.

My second card today shows how the edge of the Memories die can be used in a slightly different way - as a frame for your image, die cut, sentiment etc. 

Tonic - Memories - Inspiration Sentiments
Windsor Widebrim die set
Hunkydory Adorable Scorable card stock in black

The embellishment on the hat gives the card a little dimension and I've added a silver satin ribbon bow and large pearl to complete it. A few more pearls for balance and the card is finished. :)

Thank you for calling in today.
Have a good one - keep warm and cosy!

see Edna's original post on her blog here.