Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Happy Anniversary - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone, I'm on a roll today trying to get my blog up to date, it has been so busy here recently, anyway I have a card to share with you from the fabulous Tonic Studios My Moments die sets.

Very simple card to create for an Anniversary card it could be a Ruby Anniversary card with these colours but the Months of the yr really do let you personalise your projects as you can see on this card the waste from the dies has also be used as embellishments the little silver corners are the waste from the large lock,the tiny little hearts at the point of the larger hearts are from the waste from the heart lock it really is worth looking at the waste that comes out of your dies as there really isn't much to put in the bin when you have a good look.

Catch you all soon 

Until next time 

Christmas Dies But Not On A Christmas Card - Lou Sims

Oh my what a few hours! In the time that it's taken me to type this post, I think here in Ireland we've had every season thrown at us in a very short space of time ... blue skies, sunshine & heat to torrential rain, winds & rapid temperature drops back to blue skies & sunshine. I'd settle for the dry bit just for now ...

I thought I'd share a card made using the Delicate Detail stamps stamped and coloured with my Nuvo Aqua Flow pens.

I always sketch out my ideas now before making as was finding that I'd suddenly be struck with inspiration but when I had time to make, the brilliant idea had vanished in the ether ...! For this card, I wanted to create a wreath effect but didn't want to use a circle as my guide. Whilst looking through my Tonic dies, I struck upon the Mistletoe Wreath die set and it was my crafty eureka moment. I cut out the wreath part (leaving it inside my card) and the die leaves a rectangular space in the sentiment which was perfect for stamping my sentiment.

Using Indigo Dawn & Evergreen Fern Aqua Flow pens, I stamped the Floral Flourish stamp three times, and whilst the ink was still wet, water coloured my images. These in turn were cut out. Next I stamped just the flower design multiple times (with Indigo Dawn) and again while the ink was wet, coloured. These too were cut out ready for my wreath to be assembled. Before adding all my elements I stamped the sentiment - Delicate Detail Simple Sentiments stamp set - in Metro grey hybrid ink.

Before assembling my wreath, I stamped the Vine Flourish (multiple times) with Fresh Green Aqua Flow pen, colouring images whilst ink was still wet. The heart elements on the stamp were coloured with Indigo Dawn. These again were cut out. Finally all my stamped and coloured images could be added to the Mistletoe Wreath. As a finishing touch, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Violet Galaxy and Sweet lilac.

I do love finishing different uses for my dies and where possible make them all year round and not just pigeon hole them for certain times of the year. Do you do that too and if so, which dies have you found more than one seasonal use for?

Right, off to pack a mini case to cover all the seasons of the day and get ready for a day out. Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing,

x x x

Monday, 21 August 2017

And The Jukebox Played... - Lou Sims

My recent make for the 'Win & Tonic' challenge was inspired by the Jingle Bells sentiment die especially as the song then kept bouncing around in my brain ...

Jingle bell, jingle bell
Jingle bell rock
Jingle bell swing
And jingle bells ring
Snowin' and blowin'
Up bushels of fun
Now the jingle hop has begun
I wanted to use the sentiment with non-Christmas dies, so I dug out my musical dies and had a 'play'. My first card used the electrical guitar (see HERE) and this time I've played with the juke box ...

Again I created my background using Nuvo embellishment mousse in Peony Pink & Citrus Green, dry brushing the colours and then spritzing the colours. Next I die cut the juke box in white but only embossed the die on to kraft card. I coloured both the white & kraft die cut the same as my background, layering one on top of the other and then cutting away the excess kraft card.

The sentiment 'Jingle Bells' was cut 3 times and layered on top of each other to create greater depth. It too was coloured the same as my background. The perfect harmony die was cut in white and again, coloured the same way. However the winter snowflake I just cut in white - once - to act as a contrast. The snowflake was then cut in half and mounted either side of the juke box.

Now the 'fail' bit ... I stamped 'ROCK' again but embossed the stamped sentiment in Ballerina Pink embossing powder ... epic fail ...! Why? The colour blends too greatly in to the background so you can't see it but hey ho, lesson learnt. 

If you get the chance, pop over to the 'Win & Tonic' challenge blog and see the fabulous projects the Tonic DT have made all Christmas inspired. They is also a 'cracking' present on offer too ...

Lazy Sunday morning here but need to pick up a bit of speed now as off out to lunch. Thanks for popping over and have a great day doing whatever makes you happy,

x x x 

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Diary - Claire Rhodes-Brandon

The Key To My Heart - Victoria Dalziel

Good morning everyone ,hope you have all had a smashing weekend, it's been a busy week here as I decided to have a huge clear out in my craft room well what a huge job it turned into all to make space for a new desk arriving on the 30th ,so much stuff that I have collected over the yrs anyway I decided to sell some and the rest will go to the charity shop but boy it feels good to get more organised that's for sure.
I have also been busy with prep this weekend so have made a mess already but today I would like to share a bit of a mixed media project I made using Tonic Studios My Moments die sets Hinges & Locks.

The heart was cut using the affections die set and you need to cut 4 of the hearts in a thick ish card stock 300gsm was used for this the top layer was ran through an embossing folder then glued flat to the other hearts it's has a really good feel of chipboard ,then using a whole punch punch a hole at the top to thread ribbon through to hang it up and some satin co ordinating ribbon .

The next step was adding a mix of colours of nuvo mousse rub the mousse into the heart until your happy with the look then using some pink nuvo Mousse in a spritzing bottle I gently spritzed the heart and gently dried it with a heat gun. Next I used a stencil and using the nuvo Glimmer paste in emerald green just added a bit of design here and there and left it to dry naturally which took 5 mins.
Next cut the rococo keys and just snip one out with scissors you need to cut 3 of these and stick them together and also do the same with the sentiment and like before added the nuvo mousse these were then stuck down with deluxe nuvo glue and then to add the my Moments lock the base of the lock was cut in black card stock next layer was also black edged with a little silver nuvo mousse and then the top layer in silver mirri card this was then stick to the heart ,just a nice little gift or wall hanging for your home .

I am very new to mixed media myself but just wanted to have a go, now I have, I will definitely be having another bash at something else. 

Until next time 

New Baby Keepsake - Claire Rhodes-Brandon

I’m a little late in posting as yesterday Tonic Studios launched their brand new My Moments die collection. The collection consists of Hinges, Locks, Months and Suffixes. They’re perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking, as well as for adding embellishments and features to your 3D projects.

The Months and Suffixes are a great addition to your craft stash with 16 dies included (12 months and 4 suffixes), these will be so useful all year round.

For my first project, I used one of the months of the year for a baby's name, creating a keepsake using the Index Box die set also from Tonic. I've also used one of the hinges as a background/hanger for my panels. 
There are more shows over the weekend so be sure to tune in to see demos and some clever inspiration from the DT.

Friday, 18 August 2017

My Moments Hinged Box - Victoria Dalziel

Good morning everyone and welcome to my blog today, Tonic Studios have a brand new launch My Moments which is a collection of Months of the yr Locks,& Hinges ideal for memory albums, scrapbooking and if you have the Tonic Oxford Box that would be a great addition but also in your card making and box making.

Today I am sharing a box I created using the Hinges and one of the locks which were cut from mirri card and then distressed with some gold bronze nuvo mousse to add that slight rustic look.

Flush fitting hinged box

How to make the box
Base card 11 3/4" , x 8 1/4"
Score long side at 2 3/4" , 5 1/2", 8 1/4" , 11" turn the card and score at 2 3/4", & 5 5/8"
Lid for the box
Card 11 3/4", x 6"
Score long side at 2 3/4",5 1/2", 8 1/4",11" flip card score at 1 5/8", & 3 1/4"
Insert of the box 
Card 11" x 7 1/4" Score at :-
2 5/8", 5 1/4", 7 7/8", 10 1/2" flip card and score at 3 5/8" 

When you have all the pieces of card scored you will see you have to snip from the bottom to the score lines to create the base and lids the insert just slides into the base, to create the hinge for the lid it's just a scrap of card scored in half and one side glues into the base of the box before you put the insert in then add the insert and then glue the other part of the hinge to the inside of the lid but if you didn't want a hinge lid just leave that part off. And then it's time to decorate the box with the Hinges & locks you can also add a sentiment et to the lid of the box to match the occasion, the Hinges were cut from black card stock and added gold Nuvo mousse to add a rustic old look.

Hope the measurements help if you need a hand just leave a message in the comments or contact me on FB and I will be happy to help
Have fun