Friday, 21 July 2017

Fair Dames collection - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon and welcome to my blog, Today I wanted to share a collection of cards i created for Tonic Studios Fair Dames die sets which launched on Hochanda just a few of days ago.
These Die sets just make any card or project so elegant and are great fun to create with.

Fair Dames-Stylish Anastasia 
Celtic Dreams Die Set
Square layering and scalloped layering Die sets

Fair Dames - Elegant Emma
Bowscale layering die set
Sew pretty Die Set
Ada-Lace Border die set

Fair Dames- Stylish Anastasia 
Venetian Lace layering Die Set
Verdi's Vase -Flourish die
Tiny flowers from the Entwined Trellis die set - Bellus Buttercup

Fair Dames- Grace
English Picnic layering die set 
Leaf from shadow box die set 
Flowers- Tonic flower punch

Fair Dames - Stylish Anastasia 
Geometric layering Die Set

Fair Dames- Elegant Emma 
Ribbon & Bow Die Set
Best friends Sentiment Die

Fair Dames - grace 
Ornate Frame Die Set



Fair Dames - Grace 
Swirling Frame Die Set 
Seasons greetings sentiment

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Win and Tonic Challenge: Oxidized Copper Guilding - Sonja Gortzak-Hughes



It's time again for a new challenge over at the Win and Tonic Blog. There is another fabulous prize made available by Tonic Studios so I do encourage you to check it out and join in the fun or even just check it out to get inspired to make something:


This month's topic is "Anythig Goes" which means you can make any card ot project you like as long as it has at least 1 Tonic product on it. So this is the perfect month for me to show you a project I have been wanting to make for ages and finally had time and space for last month:



I am so happy with how this turned out!

Here's how to make it yourself:

1. Get your supplies together:



- Cardstock
- Liquid Glue: I used the large size Nuvo Glue Pen
- Stencil: I used a Tim Holz "Crackle" stencil
- Nuvo Guilding Flakes in Sunkissed Copper
- Embossing Folder: I used a retired Stampin' Up! folder called Alphabet Press
- Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Aquamarine
- Typewriter Die and stamp set by Joy Crafts
- Stiff brush or sponge
- Wet wipes



2. Start by dabbing the glue onto the cardstock through the stencil. It doesn't have to be perfect but you should get a few good sized spots to have a good look later on.

Set to the side to dry up a but until the glue is dry and tacky. Wipe the glue of your stencil and die cut the typewriter while the cardstock dries.


3. Carefully open your pot of Guilding Flakes and gently put down large pieces all over the card.

4. When you have it all covered use the stiff brush to brush the excess flakes off (you can collect them in tub to use on other projects).


5. Place the guilded card in an embossing die and run it through a die cutting machine.

6. Time to add the embellishment mousse. Take a small amount out of the pot and put on your craft mat. Using you finger gently swipe it over the raised areas. Less is more here!

7. Final thing now is to assemble your card. I used some black cardstock as a base and layered copper cardstock behind the guilded front.


8. Add the typewriter and you're done!

Hope you all liked this result and will give it a try. I'd love to see what you make. You can upload your creation to the Win and Tonic Facebook page and be in for a chance to win some fab Tonic goodies!

Have fun!

xx Sonja

Distress Oxide and Nuvo Mousse Birthday Wishes - Christine Smith

A quick birthday card experimenting with Distress Oxide, Nuvo Mousse, Glimmer Paste and the gorgeous honeycomb stencil from the Apple Blossom Magazine and Kit Honey Bee Collection that just came out :D I really love the cute little set of dies that comes in this kit too :D and they work great with other dies you already have in your stash too! I used this Apple Blossom Dandelion Border die I got a while ago from CraftStash as my starting point and built my design from there using the free dies :D Hope you liked today's quick card :D :D :D 

Main products used in this video :D
Distress Oxide - Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Broken China
Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Cornflower Blue, Aquamarine and Royal Aubergine
Tonic Nuvo Glitter Paste - Moonstone
Apple Blossom Dandelion Border Die

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



A few more photos below :D 






Thursday, 20 July 2017

Meow You Doin' Tonic? - Christine Smith


A cute 'Meow You Doin'?' card I made for one of the lovely editors I work with, Natalie :D I just got this gorgeous Meow You Doin' stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and I knew she had a couple of cute kitties, so I just had to colour them like hers, and make a card for her :D I also used lots of Tonic products to create my background and focal strip, and I even used my wonderful Nuvo Creative pens to colour in the cute kitties, building up the dark tones using the selection of grey tones in the range :D :D :D Hope you liked today's Blog Tonic card and video :D 

Tonic products used in this video :D
Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Amethyst Purple 
Tonic 6x6 Beautiful Bokeh Stencil
Framed Screens Background Dies Zig Zag and Floral Motif
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Royal Aubergine 
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Sweet Lilac
Nuvo Creative Pens - Stormy Greys, Depth and Shadow and Rosy Pinks 
Tonic Scissors
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Funky Tape Runner

Other products used :D
Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin'? Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Bannertastic Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Ink Ink Cubes - Manatee, Fresh Lavender and Sugarplum

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



Loads more photos below :D :D :D 









Fair Dames - Stylish Anastasia - Edna Taylor

Good morning and welcome to the blog today.

I have another of the Fair Dames to share with you and this one (ssshh! don't tell anyone is my favourite of the collection). LOL




Tonic products used - 
Stylish Anastasia Fair Dames collection
Framed Screen die set - Stripes and Crosses (I've used the fallout for the tiny flowers)
Ribbon and Bow Layering die set for card base and layers
Arboreal Dream foliage
Craft Perfect - Raspberry, Pink Chiffon, Pearlised White
Patterned paper from the Romantic Cottage collection for the die cut frame
Nuvo Rhubarb Crumble Crystal drops
Nuvo White Gloss Crystal drops 
Tiny butterfly from an older Tonic punch


Anastasia is effortlessly stylish and don't forget each lady comes with a beautiful sentiment.

Check out the Tonic blog for links to all the Social media sites, the DT blogs and all kinds of inspiration.

Thank you for joining me today.


Elegant Emma - Victoria Dalziel

Good morning everyone ,Sharing another card with you today from Tonic Studios Fair Dames and today's card is from Elegant Emma Die Set

Materials used :-
Fair Dames - Elegant Emma Die Set
Greek Temple Layering Die Set
Swirling Frame die set
Papers from stash
Satin & organza ribbon
Silk Rose bud embellishment
Craft perfect card stock
300 GSM base card stock
Nuvo Crystal drops -Rhubarb 


The card is 8"x8" and the card blank and layers are all made from the Greek Temple die set.
To create the base you need to cut 2 pieces of card the same size and the back panel you need to put a score line in and that's going to be your hinge for the front panel.
the paper pad I had in my stash a beautiful frame which I thought went very well with the die.
For this card you need to die cut Elegant Emma out in white craft perfect card stock and then carefully cut her from the frame as you don't need the frame for this card,she is then glued flat onto cream craft perfect card stock.
You now need to find an off cut /scrap of pale pink card stock and cut the die out again but only make sure your card is big enough just to cut the dress out you will then add the pink elements to the die cut using wet glue ,top tip tweezers are ideal for paper piecing as there can be some very small pieces, then again repeat the process with pattern paper and finish the dress .you need repeat this process with all the different colours until she is complete then place the die cut onto your card with 3D foam pads.
To make the sentiment you need to cut twice in deep red and pale pink and glue together with wet glue but slightly off set them to create shadow and dimension these are then glued flat to the centre of the Swirling Frame die as a Plaque then finish with a beautiful bow and rose embellishment. 

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She's Got Style - Edna Taylor

Good morning. Welcome to the blog today.

I have another of the very stylish Fair Dames cards to share today with the ever stylish Anastasia.

I've gone for a more shabby chic feel with this one. Hope you enjoy it. 


Tonic products used -
Fair Dames Stylish Anastasia
Twisting Veranda layering dies
Evelyn lace border
Nuvo Ivory Seashell Crystal drops
Nuvo Alcohol pens - 475, 449





A close up of the main paper pieced image.

I've used Craft & You 'Vintage Time' designer papers for the mats and layers.


Thank you for joining me today.
Have a great day!