Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Copper gilding flakes to accent a card

Hello. I've been having a play with Tonic Studios new gilding flakes to add a touch of glam to my latest card. I used their glue pen to draw along the chevrons and give the glam girl a trendy copper handbag. Copper is so in right now, I have been seeing it everywhere. I might need to gild some home decor items. Watch this space ;-)

I cut the butterfly from fun foam. It adds a bit of depth and it looks surprisingly classy- (for those of you who never know what to do with your kids fun foam collection)

Don't forget to check out the rest of my blog for more crafting ideas and inspiration.
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Monday, 28 September 2015

Under Wraps

Last week I finally finished a pressie for a very lovely young couple....I was commissioned by my daughter to make this so the gift is from her. Alas I cannot reveal what it is yet, so I'll have to keep it under wraps. Talking of wraps, the wrapping paper was made using Tonic Studios Clarice Alphabet dies which I cut into fun foam and then stuck the fun foam with double sided sticky tape onto a piece of acrylic. You have to remember to stick your letters back to front so that they will print the right way round. Such a fun way to make a stamp. You could make a stamp to say anything you wanted. Just another fun way to use Tonic's dies.

Have a lovely day

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Paper Pieced Patchwork stool

I used Tonic Studios latest Patchwork papers to decorate this cute little stool for my little girl. The stool itself was a pine flatpack I had bought from Lidls some while ago. I had something Tonic in mind for it. First I painted it with chalk paint, then set to work decorating it with the lovely papers. As you can see it also makes a handy table for Esther the ragdoll to place her cup of tea.

Using the die from the Patchwork Perfection – Square Stitch Die & Emboss Set  meant I didn't need to worry about making sure I had cut the squares to the right size as they fit perfectly together. As you can see I also used the new alphabet dies to personalise this for my little girl.

Better get the kettle on.  Marissa the mermaid has dropped in for a cup of seaweed tea. 

Have a lovely day.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Rennie Mackintosh suncatcher card

This card has been made using a die from the latest Vineyard Squares die set from Tonic. This one reminds me of Rennie Mackintosh stained glass and so, using vellum, I backed the die cut. I then used my Nuvo pens to colour the vellum creating a stained glass effect.

I have placed a battery operated light behind it here, but as it was daylight you don't get the full effect, but as you can just about see, the card has a translucent window. You could also make suncatchers to put in your window with this method. Why not make a greetings card that can be used afterwards in the recipients window.
Hope that gives you some ideas. Don't forget to check out the rest of my blog for more ideas.

Have a lovely day.

patchwork perfection

This is a new range from Tonic Studios designed to mimic the age old pastime of patchworking, There is a delightful Quilted Quarters paper collection and a lovely range of dies. My favourite is the sewing themed square stitch die and emboss set which I have used in this card. I've also used one of Tonic's stamps which I have coloured with their wonderful Nuvo pens and then fussy cut her dress from one of Tonic's pretty papers. 
The sentiment is from their Quilted Quarters paper pack.
I love anything with a sewing theme, don't you?
I'll be back soon with another card made from this new range.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

A summery card

I'm not quite ready for autumn yet although there is definitely a chill in the air now. However, in the Highlands the sun is shining today, so I've made a happy little card with some of Tonics cheery new papers.
I've been having great fun making flower centres using one of the punch and stamp punches and thier Nuvo crystal drops. Don't these make cute little flower centres with a bit of dimension?

I hope I brought you a little sunshine, even if it is raining where you are.

White walls

They've started the harling on our house now. They have completed this side first so they can take the scaffold down and make a start on the garage. Can't wait to see the garage going up!

Hopefully more progress soon.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Tonic Studios Woodland Walk Paper Pack

Tonic Studios have recently brought out some gorgeous paper packs. The papers I've feature on this card are all from one pack in particular - woodland walks. You can see how they all coordinate so well together. I used a tonic die to cut the hexagons. ( Indulgence Thins – My Gift To You Tag and Base Die ) The dragonfly is the small rococo dragonfly...I thought you might find him on your woodland walk!
And I doodled the stitching with a Tonic Nuvo pen of course !

The other paper packs are all equally lovely. Not sure which one to try next ! 
Have a lovely day !

Friday, 4 September 2015

Fancy Filigree Card

This lovely filigree die is from one of Tonic Studios more recent die sets - Festive Flurry – 1095E
Instead of using the snowflakes that come with it, I have added flowers from the Entwining Trellis Die Set – Bellus Buttercup – 767e. I love how all Tonic Products work so well together. BTW, this all cut like a dream on my orange machine, (Tonic Studios Tangerine die cutting machine)

For the centre of the flowers, I used the smallest of the snowflakes and at the very tips of them,  I added some Crystal Drops in Carnation pink for a touch of dimension.

I cannot wait to get my gluey little paws on the latest Tonic Alphabet dies, they look absolutely gorgeous and I am sure they will be a big hit. To be kept up to date with all things Tonic, make sure you follow their Facebook Page. For more ideas on things to make, grab a cuppa, and have a look around my blog.

Thanks for visiting  today.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

We have blocks

Although they have been busy working on the inside of our new house, there has not been much progress to see on the outside, so we are delighted to finally see blockwork appearing on the house. Once they have completed this, they will start on the garage. Excited to see some more progress...feels like it has been a long wait.

Hope you have a lovely day