Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Just flitting by....

This card uses the new Fanciful Flutter keepsake die from Tonic Studios. Perfect for any occasion. Here I have used some shiny pink cardstock to show off the lovely detail on this diecut. To see more of Tonic's lovely products pop over to Blog Tonic.

We're still waiting on news about our homesale...waiting is hard. We can't start packing our stuff until we get a firm offer, so we carry on as before until such times as we do.

I'm busy working on a canvas at the moment...something different for a wee change. Time to go get painty!

Have a lovely day

Doda
xxx



Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Semi circle dies from Tonic Studios.



These Indulgence semi dies from Tonic are lovely! I took a regular 6 by 6 inch card blank and scored each side in half to create this card with a centre pop out area that will still fold flat for posting. The centre pop out was a separate 6x6 piece, scored and diecut. There is an inner pop up as well, so it is quite a dimentional card.
If you'd like to see what the card looks like when it is folded for posting, pop over to Blog Tonic for a little more detail.

Bye for now

Doda
xxx

Dragonflies


Isn't this a lovely diecut to use on a card! It's one of the latest releases from Tonic Studios. For more details drop over Blog Tonic for a closer look.

We're still waiting on news from our Estate Agent.  These things can take time!
Trying hard to be patient!

Catch you later

Doda
xxx



Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hello !

Wax battery operated candle decorated with dies from one of Tonic Studios latest range. - Rococo dies.
I realise I have been missing in action from my blog lately...sorry about that!
Life has been even more ridiculously busy than usual. This last few weeks in particular. One thing that has been happening here is that after several years of trying to sell out home, we were suddenly inundated with viewers. This of course meant lots of trying to keep the place looking immaculate...not easy when you are a crafter ! The result of all these viewers? Well, I don't want to count my chickens as yet, and so let's just say I am more hopeful than ever that we will sell our home. But I won't get excited until the fat lady sings...and boy...will I sing!

Home decor frame featuring Rococo heart die from Tonic Studios
So, in the meantime, we have things to sort out...like surveyors, and such. Plus when you have a lively 8 year old on school holidays, that's enough to keep you busy.

Then my older daughter is moving away in August...to further her photography studies. I can't even bring myself to think about that too much at the moment!

a little plaque featuring the Rococo umbrella die from Tonic
On top of that my son has now moved far away...as I say, there has been much happening lately.

I will try and catch up with my craft posts...I know I've missed a few!

Thanks for reading!
Have a lovely day

Doda

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Tonic's Latest Goodies.

Hi ! Are you having a lovely Midsummer? The sun is shining here today in the Highlands but I haven't had a minute to be out in it yet. I am off out to spray varnish something, and then I am going to get on with some card making.

These cute little mini gift bags were made with one of the latest dies out from Tonic Studios. This is for a little tent gift bag. It comes with a flap, but for these little bags I cut off the flap and added handles. The die set even comes with a little die for cutting precise holes where you need them. I think this is one of my favourites.

More of Tonic's latest products can be found on Create and Craft TV today (24th June) at 6 and 11pm.

OK..on with my tasks for the day!

Doda
xxx

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Top ho


Just stopping by with a quick card to let you know that there are some lovely new topper die cuts and die sets launching on Create and Craft today Thursdsay 12th of June at 6pm.

Laters !

Doda
xxx

Review of Thermomorph


I was asked to do this review by Rizzi at ThermomorphThermomorph is made out of polymorph granules which are like small white pellets. When you put them in hot water they become malleable in around 5 minutes and then set rock hard at room temperature in around 10 minutes

I had actually heard of this product before and had wondered whether or not I would find it useful for my crafting, so I was delighted to be able to try it out for myself and see. 



The jar instructions show that you don't need much in the way of equipment. Just a jug or bowl for the hot water and some tongs to lift the thermomorph out of the water.


After a couple of minutes, the thermomorph did exactly what the jar said...clumped together and went clear. At this point we removed it from the water.  Here was where I discovered that it is not advisable to use plastic tongs as the Thermomorph tried it's very best to bond with them !
I would recommend metal or silicone.

There was another bit of advice missing from the jar...and it never occured to me that it could have the potential to be a sticky product....if placed on the wrong type of surface....

Don't use Thermomorph anywhere near your favourite PVC covered cotton tablecloth ! Unfortunately the Thermomorph bonded rather spectacularly with it. The next half hour was spent trying to rescue my tablecloth ! I used a hair dryer...an iron...wax paper...a scraper...but alas...the tablecloth will never be quite the same ! :-(


So...moving on...out came the silicon mat that we use for pastry making. This seemed to work just fine. Here are my little girls hands squidging the plastic. Her hands didn't stay still long enough for a decent picture - sorry!


We found that the Thermomorph does not stay soft and malleable for long enough to do any kind of satisfying sculpture. Perhaps in a warmer climate it might stay workable for longer.  We did however manage successfully to use the plastic in silicon moulds with success . This would be good for making embellishments for cardmaking etc.


 It is also quite good for making a mould and seemed to pick up all the detail from this fridge magnet. So I am thinking it will be quite good for making moulds to use when I do Polymer clay work. In fact, I am quite looking forward to trying it out with the clay.


One jar of this product is going to go a long way, so I am sure I will bring it out again sometime.

I was a bit upset about my tablecloth, but these things happen! I should have used more logic !

You can buy thermomorph at amazon here

For more info you can go to the Thermomorph website here


Have a lovely evening


Doda
xxx