Monday, 18 June 2018

Tonic Sparkle Stargazer Lillies - Christine Smith

Really enjoyed experimenting with my Copics the other day colouring in the stunning Lillies on this Tonic stamp set :D :DStargazer Lillies are my absolute fave, and they actually came out looking quite accurate hehehe I can't wait to try these is different colours using my Copics to get that really detailed shading using the flicking motion :D And I also want to try colouring them with the Nuvo Watercolour Pencils too, that would look wonderful :D :D 

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Happy Father’s Day! - Keren Baker

Happy Father’s Day to all of you that the day applies to! We sometimes forget about Dads but they do such a vital job and we often remember that their influence is so important when they’re not always there.

I have a really amazing Dad, a wonderful Father-in-law and a fabulous husband who’s a great Dad to our 5 kids. I wanted to make a card for him and was inspired seeing my lovely friend Jennifer Kray doing a Facebook live all about Nuvo Embellishment Mousses. Someone was asking about whether acetate and Nuvo mousse are a perfect partner- and why, yes they are! So I decided to get my mousses out ( which I have to admit often forgetting about) and created a card using a mash up of products. I rarely do cluster cards like this, so it made a lovely change.

I literally have thrown the whole kitchen sink at this card. I have the Pegworks die by Mama Elephant, the Letters For You Stamp set by Stampin’Up!..available here. I cut a die (which I can’t show you properly yet) for the tyre treads as a cardstock stencil to put the Nuvo Old Navy Mousse in. The Nuvo drops are in Dandelion Yellow and I absolutely love the new Neutrals Glitter Paper by Concord and 9th. The charcoal colour is nearly manly and I was amazed how well it went with the arrangement and reminded me of an asphalt road surface too!

You can see the benefit of using Mousse on acetate. It helps meld all the elements together because it’s clear and is a wonderful texture on your project. It’s easy to do, just be careful to fix your stencil carefully so it doesn’t slip on the non-porous surface of the acetate. You can have it either way too; another wonderful benefit of acetate!! The little tape measure ribbon is some older Docrafts product I’ve hoarded. I love how it gives a pop of colour into an otherwise monochrome combo. The papers are from Reverse Confetti Cheerful and Kind . The mini bulldog clip was a set I picked up cheaply – and are available all over the place!

Love the mix and match look. So easy to achieve; just cluster everything in one point on the card. It helps stop the card looking too cluttered- although there’s a bit too much stuff on for my liking!!

I’ll leave you with a funny email I received this morning.

Do you think I should email them and tell them? Jamie’s school whenever they send correspondence address it to Mr and Mr too. They’ve met me- I’m sure ( I hope!) it’s just a typo!

Hope you all have the loveliest of days!

Keren x

Friday, 15 June 2018

Keepsake Book Maker - Christmas Themed - Victoria Dalziel

Good morning everyone, just popping by to share the Memory Book 2 collection with you from Tonic Studios,also at the bottom of this blog post you will find a step by step slide show of me talking my way through a basic album ,you certainly love these albums and being a newbie to albums myself I am getting a bit addicted.
The first album I would like to share with you is Christmas themed I know Christmas, but thinking ahead what a fantastic way of keeping those treasured memories past or present for gifts or yourself to pass down through the family. I think it's so important to put photos in albums with as much journaling as you can ,my husband and I have many photos in our loft and nobody to ask who these picture's are as there are no dates or names on the back of the photos and all my husband's side have passed away so i think this is so important.

All the album is decorated with craft perfect card stock apart from the red base card which is fill a box and is 3oogsm so you can imagine this album is really sturdy as it's 600gsm when All the pieces are stuck together.
The decoration was snow flakes from Tonic Studios and the decorative papers are from every crafts a pound 6x6 paper pads.
This album has the two pages stuck back to back leaving a side pocket to add an extra page for a photo and journaling. 

Magnets for the album flaps are 10mm x 1mm and lots available from amazon & ebay.

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Below is a basic album slide show of putting one together,I hope this helps if you get stuck just leave a comment or message me on FB no problem.

Until next time 

Best Wishes Tonic Diamond Hybrid Inks - Christine Smith

A pair of really bright and vibrant cards using the fabulous Nuvo Diamond Hybrid Inks, I am loving the colours so much, and what amazing combinations you can create with them :D They also stamp amazingly too, and having the Tim Holtz travel stamping platform makes it even easier too :D AND there are 12 of them, so they fit perfectly in the mini ink pad storage tins from Ranger :D :D I used an older Altenew stamp set on these cards, one I treated myself to last Christmas, and I just love how it looks with these 4 colours :D Rubber Duck, Carrot Stick, Panama Rose and Spanish Sangria :D And I also used the Nuvo alcohol pens to colour in my sentiment, and the colours match perfectly too :D :D

I wanted to tone down the stark white background a little, so I added on some Pure Platinum Embellishment Mousse through a Tonic stencil in random areas just to add something into the white :D The die behind the aperture is actually the one that was exclusive to Hochanda when they brought out the newest issue of the Tonic Magazine :D To help the sentiment stand out from the card, I added a strip of ripped vellum behind it, I'm really loving this look recently, and it doesn't even matter if you rip it wonky, it still looks great :D :D Hope you liked the cards and video :D :D 

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Altenew Layered Laurel Stamp Set
Tonic Best Wishes Die

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Tonic Glitter Markers - Keren Baker

Hello! Hope you’re ok!
A little while back, Tonic launched some new glitter markers along with some new stamp sets. I got the Sparkle set along with 6 new colours.
I thought I’d show you some of the projects I created to give you some ideas on how to use them!
First up- as a background! I used the richness of the newer Tonic Alcohol markers to add colour to the stamped flowers and simply coloured in the rest of the image. Up close, it has a beautiful shimmer and helps the floral image really pop!
Next up, I stamped the small flower in the Laguna Bay Nuvo Hybrid ink which dries perfectly on vellum and added highlights to the flowers in the Glitter markers. I wrapped it around a simple box, adding a strip of white cardstock to bring the coloured vellum to life and finished with a sentiment coloured in with more Glitter marker!
This next example showcases the Glitter Markers in two ways; using it to watercolour an embossed sentiment and also to dot around the ‘Sparkle’ giving it emphasis. See how we’ve created an almost ombré effect simply by dragging a water brush up from the partially coloured letters. Super easy and really cool! Just dotting in different colours draws your attention to the main part of the card!
My next card used the glitter markers when they’ve had water added to them. Simply colour the stamp with glitter markers ( this was really easy using the Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamping platform) and then spritz with water and stamp! It gives a gorgeous soft effect and shimmers beautifully! I loved creating the accordion pleating which really makes the card stand out!     ( literally!!)
Lastly, I heat embossed with white embossing powder and coloured the stamped image with the Nuvo shimmer powders. This one is called Violet Brocade. I simply went over parts of the flowers once dried with the Glitter Markers and it glistens beautifully in the light!
I hope this gives you some ideas for how to use the Glitter Markers. They might seem like an ordinary pen on the outside, but inside, they have craft super powers!!
Take care and see you soon!
Keren x

Monday, 11 June 2018

Keepsake Book Maker Gilded Lily - Edna Taylor

Good morning and welcome to the weekend on the blog. 

I have the second of my Memory Books to share today.
I kept to a simple layout to encourage beginners to have a go. After you have seen what the dies can do there will be no stopping you and you can advance in placing multiple flip flops, inserts and tabbed tags etc wherever you like. 😃

I've made a smaller size album also to show just how versatile these dies are. You are not restricted to one size only and you can vary the size of page you put inside as well. Our first launch of layering dies will also work with this new set. 

I've used Graphic 45 'Gilded Lily' papers to decorate with ribbon and metallic corners for the closure. 

This shows the spine of the book with the brand new Memories die that everyone has been requesting. I've used the little photo corners accents that come with the photos and filmstrip accessory die set.

I've added magnets to hold the flap closed and used one of the fabulous tab dies as a convenient way to open and close it. 

I've added a wee concertina pocket to hold those precious little mementos you might have.

I've used these brads as a closure to tie the ribbon through. 

Here is a pic of the full set of dies available with this launch.

Check out the Tonic blog for lots more intricately designed albums and it's also where you will find links to social media sites and the DT blogs.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Craft Kit 10 Inspiration - Ruth Hamilton

Most of the subscribers to the Tonic Craft Kits should have received their kits by now so I've made a few things to give you some inspiration :)
I love this one as it's got my favourite colours inside!
I've used the Ocean Blue card, Cosmic Copper card, dies, stamp, Shimmer Powder, Mist Spray Bottle and Crystal Drops. I have also used a few thing which are not in the kit - white card, flower dies 9from 2204e), Butterfly die (1933e) and New York Landmark dies (1629e)

 The steps to make this card are all further down in this post:)

Tutorial card

How to make it:
 1. Gently tap some Shimmer Powder onto the card. NB Do not squeeze the bottle as it takes very little of this powder to create the effect!

 2. Lightly spray some water onto the powder. I let some pool in the centre to create an area of solid colour.

 3. Leave to dry or use a heat tool.

 4. Trim to fit the card front (13.5cm square) and use the remaining card to cut 3 of the banner shapes.

 5. Attach the banners to the card with 3D foam squares.

 6. Cut a 14cm square of Ocean Blue card  to go behind the patterned card.

 7. Glue the patterned card onto the Ocean Blue card and attach to the card front.

 8. Die cut  THANKS from Ocean Blue card and glue to the centre banner shape.

 9. Die cut a narrow banner from Ocean Blue card and glue to the banner on the right. Add some random dots of Ripened Pumpkin Crustal Drops.

10. Die cut 2 flowers from the Oval Pansy Die set 2204e, shape with an embossing tool and add a Crystal Drop in the centre.