Thursday, 30 October 2014

Mystic Vine dies - Scrapbook page from RUTH

 Are you liking the new Tonic Studios Pick of the Day dies?
When I saw this Mystic Vine set it reminded me of waves so I used it ion a scrapbook page of our two sons (many moons ago) on the beach..

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Delicate bow - a card from Doda

Here's a simple Tonicful card. I've used the new Tonic Studios Delicate Bow die set, the green paper is from the 12 days of Christmas set, the embossing folder is also's a really gorgeous design isn't it? The sentiment is also from Tonic.

I know there are lots of you out there who just can't resist all Tonic has to's not all works so well together.

Don't miss out on the pick of the day deal.

Create and Craft TV  5 and 8pm
Ideal World TV  4 and 7pm

More from our bloggers coming up very this space.

Wonderful Wife - a card idea from Edna

Hello.  Thank you for calling in today.

I've another card for you from the new release of the latest Tonic dies.
This one is called Trailing Blossom.

Tonic - Floral die - Trailing Blossom
Layering butterflies
Sentiment - Partners sentiments

I have inlaid the design into the card and backed it with a co-ordinating card stock giving the three colour effect.

The butterflies and the sentiment were triple embossed using clear embossing powder which helps to give them a very sturdy feel and a wonderful gleam.
I used crystal glitter on the butterflies on the final embossing, as the powder melts and is very hot and sticky it takes the glitter beautifully. 

I added some gems here and there to finish the card and rounded the corners with my WeRMKeepers corner chomper.  

Hopefully this is something a little different and can be adapted to lots of the die cut shapes that you may have in your collection.

Have a great day 
Don't forget to watch...

Create and Craft TV  3, 5 and 8pm
Ideal World TV  4 and 7pm

New Royal Fern greetings card - a post from Doda

I've used the reverse cut of the new Royal Fern die cut here just for fun. I think this will be a set I will get a lot of use out of. The selection of fronds will make a fabulous addition to a whole number of projects. The olive green polka dot paper you see here is from the new 12 days of Christmas Tonic paper range.

Don't miss Jodie on the shows today...

Create and Craft TV 12, 3, 5 and 8pm
Ideal World TV 1, 4 and 7pm

Have a lovely day

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Florals and releases - a card from Edna

I've a wee sneak peek from tonight's Tonic Studio launch on Ideal World.
It's a POTD and there are some gorgeous dies in the release -
wonderful floral swirls and more delectable bows.

I've used the Dainty bow set for this card with the Amelia embossing folder and one of the decorative strip dies from the Gallant Gate collection.
The sentiment is from the Idyllic Delicate Drape embossing and die set

I made the card base with a sheet of A4 black card and layered the embossed sheet over that leaving a small border all the way round. I think it gives the card a little extra impact.
The antique gold card is from Anna Marie designs.
The focal point of the card was made using two of the Dainty bows tail dies that I cut down the centre and slightly extended. I then layered the others bows on top for lots of dimension.
I didn't have black paper for the inside of the bows so I used my black card stock. I found if I slightly curled each layer and then glued them together that they formed the bow without any crumpling. It's recommended to use a lighter weight paper if you are lining the bows but just take it gently and the card stock works very well too. :) 

I cut the border and curved the edges to make a banner type effect, added the debossed sentiment and some pearls to finish the card.

I hope you enjoy this one today.

Don't forget to join Jodie on Ideal World on Tuesday 28th October at 9.00pm and then on Create and Craft on Wednesday for the big reveal! 

Here's a taster for you!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Two cards with Tonic's new strip dies - a post from Edna

Good morning. Welcome to the blog today .Thank you for taking the time to visit, it's lovely to have your company.

I have two similar cards today using the new Tonic Strip Dies.
I have used them cut outside the card and inside the card to form decorative bands - just great if you need a card in a hurry. 

Tonic - Royal Shrub Strip die set; Trellis circle die set
Sentiment - Papertrey Ink

I've cut two complete borders out of white card stock and edged the purple pearlescent card with the same edge die I've used on the strips. 
The little border on the bottom of the card is also cut with the same edge.
I just love that centre die from the Circle Trellis set - perfect for a wee sentiment!

On my second card the strips have been cut out of the pink card stock layer leaving the design in the card. I've overlaid this onto my base card.
I've created a decorative bow on the top using the banner dies from the large lacy bow set.
The bottom of the card has been embossed using the Garland Fancy set and I've used one of the sentiments from this set to finish the card. 

Tonic - Clematis Climber strip die set; Large lacy bow set; Garland Fancy die and embossing set

Thank you for calling in. Have a great day!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas Wreath - an idea from Karen

Good Morning, following on from the Tonic Studios Forever Memories Take Off Deal on Create and Craft, I've decided to show you what I did with my Twelve Days of Christmas pack of printed papers.  They are fantastic quality and worthy of showing off :)

To make the wreath I bought a 35cm polystyrene ring from my local craft shop.  I cut strips of paper 4cm wide but found I needed a longer length than just A4 so I cut a strip in half and stuck it on to the end, making sure the pattern was following in the right direction.

I inked the edges of my strips using my Aged Photograph Distress Ink pad by Tim Holtz and stuck double sided tape along each long side and added some small strips to one end.  I used thirty strips of paper all together and looped these one by one around the ring slightly overlapping, sticking them together as accurately as possible and making sure all my joins for making up the extra length were at the back.

I trimmed the ends into a dovetail and using a sponge, inked those too, just to match.

I die cut some flowers using the Oriental Lily die set, inked the petal edges, curled them with a scissors and stuck them onto a punched circle with some silicone glue for dimension.  For the centres, I punched the stamens from the Peruvian Lily, Evening Primrose and Corncockle Punch and Stamp set and curled them in on themselves with an embossing tool and foam mat.  Before sticking these in place I die cut some Sweeping Pampas elements and stuck those underneath.

After trying several failed attempts with different ribbons, I settled on the Tonic Studios Large Lacy Bow for the top as nothing else looked right, all my ribbons seemed to be the wrong shade.

I glued some ribbon to the back to hang but I think I'm going to invest in a Wreath Hanger as I'd hate for this to fall after all the work that's gone into it, it is only paper after all and would probably damage quite easily so I'm going to err on the side of caution with this.

I hope you like it and that it inspires you to be creative with whats left of your paper packs.

Karen x