Sunday, 30 June 2013

Gone Fishing...a card for a guy

Here's a great masculine card from Alison...over to you, Alison...

I`ve made a few Men`s cards lately. Here`s another one.
I`ve used the Tonic Simplicity punches again. I find them so easy to use and the designs are beautiful. I`ve used the Celtic Strip behind the image and on the bottom of the easel card. The rosette was made using the Scalloped Diamond Border. The image is a stamp from Forever Friends and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley. The large fish could possibly be an Inkadinkado image.

Alison xx

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Butterfly Tree

Today's card may look a little familiar as it is a revamp of a card I did for my sneak peak of the new Tonic Studios Verso Dies.  The card was perfectly fine, (you can see it here) but I'd made it very quickly for the launch, and felt it needed something more. So, I did some titivating using the Tonic Studios Butterfly Border punch, and transformed into a Butterfly Tree.

Card Recipe: Tools: Tonic Studios Gothic Border Verso Die Set, Tonic Studios Gothic Border Punch, Tonic Studios Butterfly Srip Punch, Grand Calibur
Stamp: Kanban Spring Trees & Butterflies
Colouring Mediums: 
Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink , Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink Pad
Paper & Card: Tonic Studios, Stardream, Textured Pearl
Embellishments: Rhinestone Crystals, Glitter

To turn my ordinary stamped tree into a wonderful Butterfly Tree, I took a selection of card offcuts in a variety of colours.  Then I applied double-sided adhesive and covered them with transparent glitter.  I used the Butterfly Strip Border to punch out a kaleidoscope of tiny butterflies.  The butterflies are  normally the waste from punching out the Butterfly Border Strip but these tiny flights of fancy were the perfect size to transform my stamped tree into a Butterfly Tree.  
For a little difference, instead of mounting my stamped image proud of the card front, I actually inset it by raising the surrounding layer on foam pads, and the new Tonic Studios Verso Dies are perfect for this technique.  I think it gives an interesting dimension to the card.

There are more details on how I made this card over on my blog DipsDesigns - A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies, do take a look.

Thanks for popping by to see me today - you are always welcome - and I always look forward to reading any comments you may leave.  Have a great weekend.


Friday, 28 June 2013

A bit of bling

Christmas again! 
I have used the card behind the Tonic Studios Gothic Border Square die cut and let it shine through. I also used it to make Poinsettias with the Clematis, Lily and Poinsettia Punch and Stamp set.

You can see the card on Papermill Direct's offer page HERE

Have a lovely weekend :)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

A Wedding card from Craig

This wedding card has been made using the brand new tonic Poinsettia die along with other tonic dies and punches. 

Tonic products:

  •  Bouquet boutique poinsettia die - 245E.
  •  Delicate lattice ovals die set - 366E.
  •  Vine border punch - 945E.
  •  Tonic funky glue pen - 421E.

Additional products:
 Silver memento dew drop ink pad. (For edge of petals)
 Kanban celebration romance A5 card flourish - CON9074.
 Natural felt background card - 900322.
 Bazzill basics ruby red textured card & textured cream card.
 Silver Mirri card.
 35mm silver edged white organza ribbon. 
 40mm white organza ribbon. 
 Ruby red fabric roses. 
 5mm white pearl gems. 
 X2 Silver wedding bands.
 White & silver beads.
 Silver thread.
 Ivory card candi - craft work cards.
 Stix2 foam pads.
 Stix2 double sided tape. 


Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Summer wreath

 Good morning...... I've been busy making all sorts of things as well as cards for the last couple of weeks and thought I'd share this wreath today. Turquoise is my favourite colour but I don't usually team it with yellow but keep seeing lots of buttercups around at the moment and they gave me this idea. All the flowers are made using Tonic Studios Punch and Stamp sets.
I've used the Peruvian Lily, Evening Primrose and Corncockle set for the turquoise flowers ( with the sepal shape from the same set for the tiny yellow flowers) and the Carnation, Sweet William and Peony set for the bigger yellow and white flowers.

Have a lovely day :)

Monday, 24 June 2013


I thought I'd do another little bit of scrapbooking...I'm beginning to like this idea :)

First of all I hunted through my vast array of albums to find suitable photos and came up with these two. I love these photos of David and Andrew when they were little  - they are 21 and 19 now :(   . Like me, they love animals and were always found in our garden. Sally, the goat, belonged to a very dear friend but little Thumper in the 2nd photo was a very much loved family pet for almost 8 years. He had his own state of the art hutch which was inside our summer house and the door was open all day long so he could run around the garden and go inside if he liked.

  I'm really loving this self adhesive cork and I've punched it with the Tonic Studios Delicate Lattice border punch and also die cut the Trellis Wall die with it.

Remember, you don't have to make the named flowers, just use your imagination with the punches and stamps in each set and see what you come up with..
The ivy at the top of the page is from the Window Basket die and the butterflies are the Multi Detail and Classic butterfly punches.

A couple of cards today..

Good morning... I've had a really busy couple of weeks and have lots of papercraft samples to share with you as a result :) - here's the first - it's been "hanging around in the wings" for a little while to let the Christmas dies take centre stage.
I've been getting a lot of enquiries about the embossing folder I've used (it's a favourite so you'll see s a lot of it!) ..It is Cabaret by Couture Creations.
The silver diecut is Branches from the Bird on a Branch  range and the flowers are made with the Clematis, Lily,Poinsettia Punch and Stamp set.

Please feel free to have a look at the original post on my personal blog..A Passion for Cards :)

Card 2..

I've gone a little darker today for a change.. using my favourite colour (turquoise) along with brown. The main flower is the Corncockle but instead of colouring it lilac as it should be, I've used turquoise Distress inks on the petal edges.

I've used the beautiful new Tonic Studios Verso die (Diamond lattice) and have used the matching border punch on the corners. Then I got doing what I love best,making paper flowers :)
These are made with the Tonic Studios punch and Stamp set (Peruvian Lily, Evening Primrose and Corncockle) with a few mini daisies and a Multi Detail Butterfly as well.

You can see the original post on my own blog along with lots of other ideas and tips....check out the pages at the top of my blog.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Felt Christmas Star

A quick project -this sweet little Christmas Star made in felt and beaded with crystals and a pearl.

To make this, I cut 2 hearts from lilac wool felt using the Decorative Star die then trimmed off the tabs.  I stitched on glass beads and a white pearl.  Using a blancket stitch, I joined the two pieces together and stuffed the ornament with cotton wool.

Hope you enjoy, and have a great weekend.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Bouquet Boutique, poinsettia die...a birthday card from Craig

One show left today on Create and Craft with Jodie at 9pm...have you been tempted yet?

Although this die is a Christmas poinsettia die, I have used it in a different way by using my own chosen card stock and making it into a birthday card. Hopefully this shows that you don't just have to use certain dies for certain occasions. 

Tonic products:

  •  Delicate lattice ovals die set - 366E.
  •  Delicate lattice border punch - 939E.
  •  Bouquet boutique poinsettia die - 245E.
  •  Tonic funky glue pen - 421E.

 Additional products:
  Kanban mechanica paper pad (3 different sheets).
 Kanban sentiment.
 Black card - Bazzill Basics.
 13mm black satin ribbon - American crafts. 
 Stix2 large 3D foam pads.
 Stix2 double sized tape. 

Craig xx

More creative crackers and a little history lesson...the origin of the Christmas Cracker....

These pretty crackers have been made by Craig using Tonic Studios new Cracker die and coordinating die pad. These dies and papers are an absolute breeze to use and you'll soon be making crackers for every occasion, not just Christmas.

Watch Jodies cracking demos on Create and Craft today, 21st June at 7pm and 9pm.

I thought you might enjoy learning about the origins of the Christmas Cracker....

Crackers were invented by a London confectioner by the name of Tom Smith.
In 1840 whilst holidaying in France,Tom was impressed by the French bon-bon.  At this time in England sweets were sold loose from the trays they were made in, but this French Bon Bon  was wrapped in a twist of waxed paper. This was much more hygienic, and quite a novelty so Tom brought the idea back with him to England. He marketed his bon-bons just in time for Christmas, and they were an instant success. However, after Christmas Tom needed to make something more novel to boost wavering sales

Tom had heard about the Chinese Fortune Crackers which contained a message on a piece of paper, and he had the simple idea of double wrapping his sweets; first with waxed paper, then placing inside a motto and wrapping the lot with a plain outer wrapper. The mottos he used were love verses and sayings, and his sweets were a great favourite with the ladies of the day. 
Soon his competitors cottoned on to his idea and he needed to find another novelty to bring in the sales. 

Tom had the notion to include a small charm or trinket and he put this with the wrapped sweet and the motto inside a small tube and then wrapped the whole thing in the outer wrapper.  It was a great success and the “Christmas Bonbonne ~complete with surprise” -was born!

Tom wasn't content to leave it at that, he wanted to make his bonbons even more special. Legend has it that he hit on his next idea from hearing a crackling log fire. It took a couple of years, but Tom finally perfected a safe means of making this crack by using saltpetre pasted between two thin strips of card  

In 1860 Tom Smith’s “Bangs of Expectation” were created; the forerunner of our modern cracker. Originally they were named  “Cosaques” after the cracking of the whips of the Cossack horsemen as they rode through Paris during the Franco-Prussian Wars. Later, paper hats were added as a part of the fancy dress popular at Twelfth Night parties. Eventually, the name was changed to become the crackers we know today. 

But don't be thinking that Crackers are just for Christmas. Nowadays they can be used for celebrating any event you like. With the ability to make your own custom crackers, you can decorate them for birthdays, weddings, baby showers, valentines, and any other event you can think of.

Fill your crackers with personal gifts, sweets, or even little love mottos ;-)

Cracker snaps (the paper bit that makes the sound) can easily be bought on Ebay to add that Bang to your cracker. (Because the cracker pads are made from excellent cardstock, you might want to use Tonic Studio's perforating tool along one side of your cracker to make it pop a little easier)

I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about the humble cracker. 
But don't delay, order yours today before they sell out!! 

(Mmmm, I fancy a French bonbon now!)


You'd be crackers to miss out on these dies....Watch Create and Craft TV at 7pm and 9pm tonight...

Here's a lovely crisp white cracker and star made by Alison using our fabby new dies. 
Over to you, Alison...

No I`ve not gone crackers, pardon the pun, but there`s nothing like being prepared. Create & Craft and Ideal World are presenting Christmas crafts throughout today. Tonic Studios is no exception. The guys at Tonic have come up with some fabulous dies to use to decorate your home as well as your cards over the Christmas time.

I`ve been playing with the Cracker die and the decorative star die. Don`t think of them just for Christmas, the crackers and stars can be used for Birthdays, Baby showers, Halloween and Weddings to name but a few. You can hide goodies in both of them.

Catch Jodie on Create and Craft at 7pm & 9pm

I`ve added the Cuttlebug Christmas embossing folders to the cracker and topped both of them off with a snowflake from the Tonic Simplicity punch range and some ribbon & gems.

Hope you love both the new dies as much as I do.

Alison xx

Cracker name placecard settings from Craig

Have you been watching Jodie? Got your order in yet?  
Better hurry before we're all sold out. 

Don't forget, Jodies on again at 7pm and 9pm on Create and Craft today, Friday 21st June. 

Here's a clever idea for the festive table from Craig...

This project is name placement holders for the Christmas table so everyone knows where they are sitting. All is hand made from the crackers to the tags. The name cards just pop in & out for ease of storage. I will write up the step by step process ASAP & blog it.

Tonic products:
  •  Christmas cracker & sentiments cutting die set - 375E.
  •  Tonic funky glue pen - 421E.

Additional products:
 Red mirri card.
 Gold mirri card.
 Kanban Kraft stripes background card - 900730.
 Kanban spots & stripes foiled background card - 900732.
 Marianne snowflake dies (3 pack).
 Mirri red card candi - craft work cards. 
 Red spider web. 

Bouquet Boutique... poinsettia card from Craig

This card uses the brand new poinsettia dies that Jodie is launching 12 noon today, Friday 21st June on Ideal World. 

Tonic products:
  •  Sentiment from Christmas cracker & sentiment cutting die set - 375E.
  •  Bouquet boutique poinsettia die - 245E.
  •  Bouquet boutique poinsettia die pad - 645E.
  •  Tonic funky glue pen - 421E

Addition products:
 Kanban silver foiled poinsettia background card.
 Silver mirri card.
 White spider web.
 Red morning dew drops.
 25mm red organza ribbon.
 White snowflake card candi - craftwork card.
 Stix2 double sized tape. 

Show reminder...
  • Ideal World 12pm
  • Create and Craft 7pm
  • Create and craft 9pm

Another Tonic Sneak Peek - Star Die on a Card

Tonic Dies are always so versatile and this card is made by adapting the die-cuts made from the new Star Box Die launching on Ideal World on Friday.

Although I wanted to use the die-cuts on a card rather than as a 3D box, I still wanted them to have dimension.  If you'd like the details on how I did this, pop over to my blog DipsDesigns for my step-by-step tutorial on using the Christmas Star Die as a fancy folded star as well as the Christmas Star Box including a downloadable PDF sheet of instructions.

Don't forget to tune into Ideal World on Friday at midday and Create and Craft at 7pm and then again at 9pm to see these dies and more! More details at Tonic Studios.

It's a cracker - from Craig

These crackers are made using a brand new cracker die set that Jodie will be launching on today on Ideal World at 12pm.

It does exactly as it says & looks - make your own unique & personal Christmas Crackers for the holiday season. 
You do not have to just use the Christmas cracker die pad.
Use any paper/card you would like to match your seasonal colour theme. 
Tonic products used:
  •  Christmas cracker & sentiment cutting die set - 375E.
  •  Christmas cracker die pad - 377E.
  •  Celtic border punch.
Additional products used:
Aqua satin 5mm ribbon - Hobbycraft.
Stix2 double sided tape.


P.S. Just another quick reminder about our shows today with Jodie...

  • Ideal World 12pm

  • Create and Craft 7pm
  • Create and craft 9pm

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Christmas in June!

Christmas in June!!..well, it is on Create and Craft tomorrow!
I think you're going to love the gorgeous new dies and paper from Tonic Studios.

The top card shows the Poinsettia die and die pad along with one of the Christmas greeting dies from the Christmas cracker die. It makes it so easy to make a quick but striking Christmas card.

Below you can see a little cracker made with the cracker die - all the hard work done for you! I have used the die on the premarked paper and just added two little bows. The pretty little star is another of the new dies and can have a little opening to pop a little treat in....

Sneak Peak - Tonic Studios Star Box & Christmas Cracker Dies!

At Tonic Studios Towers, it's Christmas!  Why's that - because Tonic Studios are launching a brand new range of Christmas Dies, want to have a peek?

The Christmas Cracker Die is so useful, as it also comes with 3 fabulous Festive phrases dies - brilliant for all your Christmas projects. I've used the Merry Christmas phrase (separated) on the cracker .  I've also teamed this cracker die with two other Tonic Studio products, the obvious one is the new Gothic border punch, but can you guess how I made the base of the bauble topper?  I used the bird cage door from the Bird Cage Die.

On my own blog,, I have a step-by-step tutorial on extending the Christmas Cracker die to make slightly larger Crackers, do pop over for a look and a downloadable PDF. 

I have so many ideas of how to use this three-dimensional Star Box ornament die. The die itself comes with coordinating medallion dies, which can be used with the star box or separately.  I also have a step-by-step tutorial on the Christmas Star Box.

If you would like the instructions on how I made the toppers for the cracker and star box, then pop over to my blog DipsDesigns for more details.

And don't forget to tune into Ideal World on Friday at midday and 7pm and Create and Craft on Saturday at 5pm to see these dies and more! More details at Tonic Studios.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Watch the birdy - a Birthday card from Craig

Here's a stunning red and black birthday card from Craig

Tonic Studio items used -

  •  Floral punch.
  •  Watch the birdie 8x8 paper pack.
  •  Bird on a branch dies.
  •  Die from butterfly beautiful bumper topper set.
Additions -
 Bazzill basics red textured card
 Bazzill basics black textured card.
 American crafts red Satin ribbon. 
 Red gems - 3mm. 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

A beautiful bag from Alison

I`ve been playing with the Tonic Simplicity punches and this is what I`ve come up with.

The basket is made from a 12 x 12 sheet of card. The edging strips on the basket are punched using the Tonic Doily border punch. The handle is edged with the Tonic Victorian border punch.

The smaller flowers are made using the Petal Pairs Petite 1 punch and the larger flowers are made using the Petal Pairs set 2 punch.

I`ve stamped some leaves from the Tonic Birds on a Branch set 1, and embossed them in copper. Added a ribbon & a bow and there you have it one pretty basket - well I think so anyway, lol.

I`ve been out and abouting this week doing a demo in Hobbycraft in Cardiff last Saturday, where I met some lovely ladies and gentlemen. I will be in Swansea Hobbycraft this Wednesday from 11am - 3pm. If you`re free I`d love to have some company.

Will be back soon with some more gorgeous Tonic designs.

Alison xx

Monday, 17 June 2013

Birds and Verso

Now that I've started making cards with my Verso die and matching punch it's hard to stop, especially when I have the Tonic Studios Birds on a Branch paper and metal embellishments sitting on my worktop too. I love how these can make gorgeous cards in no time at all. I've added a fine line of glitter around the aperture and the outside of the diecut just to define the edges. A tidy little bow across the punched border - that's all there is to it...

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Show Me Your Poker Face!

Here's another card using Tonic Dies in a less obvious way.  This time I've taken the Love Birds Die from the Birds on a Branch Die Range, but I've cut away the Love Birds to leave a gorgeous die-cut heart as the perfect embellishment to this cheeky Poker Face card. 

Card Recipe: 
Tools: Tonic Studios Love Birds & Scrolls Die Set, Tonic Studios Doily Strip Punch

Stamp: Crafter's Companion Frou Frou Poker Face
Colouring Mediums: Memento Black Ink Pad, Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad, Promarker Pens
Paper & Card: HOTP, Neenah, Stardream, Kanban, Linen
Embellishments: Double Satin Ribbon, Glossy Accents, Kanban die cuts, Bramwells Crafter's Cord

I printed the birthday sentiment and the Oscar Wilde quote out from my computer, and mounted the former onto the Scroll die cut from the Tonic Love Birds & Scrolls Die, and the latter onto one of the card die cuts from my Kanban playing cards topper sheet.
I also used the versatile Love Birds Die Set for the scalloped heart tucked behind the main image.  After I had die cut it from red linen cardstock, I used my craft knife to trim away the love birds to reveal a lovely heart.  You may just be able to see that I accented the embossed heart at the top with glossy accents.

You can see that I used the Doily Strip punch to create a decorative border on my mats.

If you'd like more detailed information on how I created the stamped topper, then do pop over to my Blog, DipsDesigns, for an explanation.

Thanks for visiting the Tonic Blog today - you are always welcome - and I'd love to read any comments you may have on this cheeky little card!

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 13 June 2013

Twisted easel

Hi, another card with the gorgeous new Tonic Studios Verso die and matching border punch. It's the  Diamond Swing set again but used in a different way. I've cut out the shapes and mounted them on a twisted easel card. The beautiful Birds on a Branch paper had a big floral corner so I decoupaged the corner of a 2nd sheet over the top and added glitter round the edges for definition. The little bird is from the bird embellishment set and is a lovely finishing touch.

New Baby Card

Isn't that lovely birdhouse paper so cute? It made the perfect backdrop for a new baby card I was making. It's from the Watch the Birdy Tonic Studios paper pack. You get 54 x 8 by 8 inch sheets of adorable designs. It's available on Create and Craft TV at the moment. Why not watch Jodie today to see more Tonic products and get ideas and inspiration for your cardmaking. She is on again at 2pm if you missed the 9am slot.

The other Tonic products I used in this card were the birdhouse die and the Simplicity geared birdy punch. The vintage image of the pram and the paper behind that were cut out with the new gothic verso dies. They have been so incredibly popular, but if you missed out , don't forget to follow us on Facebook to be the first to know when they are back in stock.
The little tag on the pram handle is from the Butterflies Beautiful tags and toppers set. It's such a handy tag die, I use it so much!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Quick and Easy

 I know these beautiful Verso dies and punches sold out yesterday but I couldn't resist showing you this card  - just to whet your appetite while you wait for their next airing!
This was unbelievably quick and easy to make - with the addition of a little Tonic bird embellishment in the centre..