Friday, 24 March 2017

Karen Rowland - Win and Tonic Challenge March 2017 - Mother's Day Shadow Box

Morning Crafters,

I can only apologise for my busy, busy life and being unable to get around to this until now....

Here's my DT Entry for the Win and Tonic Challenge

I used the Tonic Studios Shadow Box Creation Die Set - 1635E which I cut in Lilac Pearlescent Card, I cut the outer frame from the 'Four Of Us' Insert Die Set - 1638E in a darker shade of Pearlescent Purple.  I used some pretty floral paper from my stash as a backing plate then cut some of the Rococo Die and Stamp Set Laura Butterflies and added the Nuvo Aquaflow Glitter Gloss Pen - 888N to them, just for a little Sparkle.  I also used the Affections 'On Mother's Day' Insert die set - 478E which is a very old one but you may find it around and about :/  I added some ribbon through the shadowbox hanger and for a bow, also topping that with a lace bow and pearl embellishment.  A very simple make but I think you'll agree an impressive one :)

 So post your cards here at the Win and Tonic blog for a chance to win :)

OK so what’s on for this month? 

Well we thought that this month we would have another
Anything Goes
challenge, seeing as we haven’t had one for a while.

So this means that you are free to make whatever you want, and as long as it has something ‘Tonic’ on it, then it will be fine.

Now of course, we have a prize up for grabs and this month it is a set of the wonderful Essentials Buildables dies -
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Is this not the most FABULOUS prize, and hugest of thanks to the wonderful people at Tonic Studios for their sponsorship and support.

Happy Crafting Everyone

Karen xx 

Edna Taylor - Lyon MDF unit and Graphic 45

Good morning and welcome to the blog today.

You may remember the fabulous MDF storage units that Tonic Studios produced a while back. Well I had one I wanted to decorate and of course I hunted out suitable G45 papers to do it.

I've used papers from the Couture and Artisan collections and added embellishments I found in the Works - lovely swirls that just needed painting, I didn't want anything too fussy. 

I've used the matching die set from Tonic for the drawer fronts and the little pull handles that also came out at the same time as the units. 
I first of all glued the unit together and then I painted the whole unit and drawers inside and out with Tonic's Black acrylic paint.
I sealed and covered the grey board sections, adhered them to the constructed unit and when all the glue was dried I finished it off with a coat of PVA matt adhesive throughout. 

The units do take a bit of time to complete but a lot of it is literally waiting for paint to dry. 😃

I lined the drawers to match the decorative paper on the back of the unit.

Side and back of unit

I made a gift tag to match.

I loved putting this unit together. It makes a nice change from card making plus I get to use my all time favourite papers. 

Thank you for calling in today.

Have a good one! 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Dawny P - Old Meets New

Hello lovely crafty friends.
Today’s card is a mixture of old and new and this is just one of the many reasons I <3 using Tonic dies. They work together so well.
So …


… this is what I did.
I used the Tonic Studios - Dimensions - Window Box - Tangled Terrace set but rather than make a window box, I used the outside edge as a border die.
It’s such a pretty die and if you add a little drop of Tonic Studios Nuvo crystal drop collection - Gloss White, it looks like you’ve punched a hole along the scallops.
I really like how it looks : )
Look at that embossed detail on the border edges – that was just one pass and I didn’t even have to use the embossing mat.
So that’s the new and now for a walk down memory lane.
For the old I used Sew Pretty – Cherish The Moment Frame die set  - the largest outside edge – and I embossed it with the embossing folder from Tonic Studios - Idyllics Die & Emboss Set - Blossoms & Battens.
The sentiment is Tonic Studios Miniature Moments Die Thinking of You which I drop-shadowed using  Tonic Craft Perfect cardstock in white and Kraft
So that’s my card and I hope you like the mixture of old and new.
Thank you for stopping by today and crafty hugs to all xx

Doda Smith - Paper Butterfly Brooches

Paper Butterfly Brooches

Glancing at these brooches you wouldn't have guessed they have been  made from paper would you? Well, thin card to be precise. Here's a little view of the backs so you can see that they are indeed brooches. I have die cut some felt to cover over the brooch pins and make them look neat and nicely finished. Not that I am OCD or anything. ;-)

Each brooch has been made from glueing together 8 die cuts. (using Tonic Studios Rococo butterfly die from their die and stamp set). You'd be amazed at how sturdy a brooch this makes.

Do you like the effect on this one? Very pearly isn't it. It's been made using Nuvo pearl drops.
My 10 year old daughter had the absolutely brilliant idea to make "butterfly prints" with a selection of the Nuvo drops. The effect was so lovely that I knew it would be perfect for paper jewellery.

This one was made using the glitter drops and also the black crystal drops. Once this was dried I applied a glaze of jewel drops to the whole area. Having tested this out on larger areas before I knew that as it is  not designed for large areas it tends to crack and so it produces a wonderful interesting patina for jewellery.

I am considering adding another level to these brooches with some polymer clay words, but I have a few things in progress on my desk just now so that will have to wait until I make space for some clay time.

Here are some of our butterfly prints made with the drops. You can see which ones I chose to use for these brooches. And the scrap around the die cut areas did not go to waste either as I made use of a butterfly punch.

Just wait until you see what I made with a few of these. 
Are you going to give this a try?

Have a lovely day!

Victoria Dalziel - With Love

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to my blog .Today I am sharing with you a new launch from Tonic Studios with the Rococo City Scenes and today's card features the Paris die Set. All available  on a 4 day deal from create and craft.
Dies used to create this are :-
Rococo  City Scenes- Paris
 Heart layering die set
Leaves from beautiful blooms
Ross made from a Tonic flower punch
Butterfly from  Flora frames die set
Large Layering Bow
Attraction upper case - Alphabet die set

The card was created making a large tag shaped blank using craft card and scoring on the back part of the card to create a hinge, for decorative purposes I attached a large eyelet and threaded ribbon through  I distressed the background and used some decorative papers and also distressed and inked the edges and then attached some lace to the bottom of the topper. Then I placed the eiffel tower which I cut out 6 times and added silver nuvo mousse to make it look like a metal embellishment to the heart and highlighted the heart with a white gel pen and added nuvo sea shell drops . I then punched out 6 flowers from a Tonic punches and pinched each one to create roses glued together using a Tonic glue gun which makes putting them together so much easier.
I then used the tails from the large layering bows and used this for the Alphabet and to finished the card I added a couple of butterflies and a decorative bow.

Thank you for popping by today and hope to see you again very soon.

Mandy Taylor - Sneak Peek - NEW from Tonic Studios - Rococo City Scenes Die Sets

Sneak Peek - NEW from Tonic Studios - Rococo City Scenes Die Sets

Hello Everyone

I hope you can join Jodie Tonic Johnson on Create & Craft TV this Monday from 8am for Tonic Studios Brand New Rococo City Scenes together with Dot and Drop Die Sets and Glow in the Dark Drops.  A lot for you all in one set of shows!  Wow!

Introducing the brand new Rococo City Scene die sets and stamps, perfect for your travel based cards and projects.

• These dies are perfect centrepieces for jetsetters
• Featuring well known landmarks and features
• Highly Illustrated die sets that are perfect for focal points of card projects.

Today I am sharing a little Rococo City Scenes Die Set project and I have chosen the London Landmarks set to work with.  So let's have some fun..... :)

What I Used

Tonic Studios Rococo Travel Die Set - London Landmarks – 1628E
Tonic Studios Rococo Travel Die Set - City Skyline – 1631E
Tonic Studios Jetsetter Passport Stamp Sets
Tonic Studios Dimensions – Kings Cross – 765E
Tonic Studios Essential Card Pack – Gracious Grey 216GSM – 790E
Tonic Studio Funky Glue 29.5ml – 421E
Tonic Studios Tangerine Die Cutting Machine - 147E

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What I Did
  • Using the Kings Cross Bag die cut it twice in dark grey card.  Stamp the chosen images in black in onto bag pieces and assemble bag.  Line the inside top, base and sides with printed or stamped paper.  Add handle and embellishments to corners.
  • Die cut two cityscape pieces one in black and the other in dark grey.
  • Die cut Tower Bridge in mid grey, London eye and The Gherkin in pale grey and Big Ben in a stone colour.
  • Cut 5 strips of acetate at 3/8" wide by width of bag plus 1/4" tab at either end of this strip.
  • Tape the die cut pieces onto the acetate strips.
  • Next arrange and attach the strips into the bag base using DS tape on tabs.
  • Using the Jetsetter/Passport stamps, stamp chosen words and cut out.  Also stamp the plane in black, cut out and add to bag lid in background.
We hope you have been inspired.

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Mandy Taylor - Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios Brand New Dot and Drops Dies

Hi Everyone

Here's another Sneak Peek this time showcasing the Brand New Dot and Drop Dies.  I don't know about you but I find it hard to apply my dots with even gaps!  But these new dies are great to make this so easy and the designs are fabulous.  They surely will add that special professional looking finish to your projects.

Join Jodie Tonic Johnson on Create & Craft TV this Monday 20/3/17 8am.

What I Used

Tonic Studios Dot and Drop Dies
Tonic Studios Large Layering Die – Ornate Frame – 1111E
Tonic Studios Miniature Moments Die – Sent with Love – 1254E
Tonic Studios Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Melia – 1286E
Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops Collection – Ebony Black – 650n
Tonic Studios Tangerine Die cutting Machine - 147E
Tonic Studios Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive – 200N
Tonic Studios Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens – Autumn Woodland – 890N

What I Did
  • Create a 7" square black card blank layer with green card.  Next cut a square of scrapbook paper.
  • Use one of the dies to add dot impressions onto top scrapbook paper layer. 
  • Distress the edges of the papers with a thread cutter and then add a little Aqua flow Black ink using a piece of foam around the edges.
  • Cut two tag shapes using the smaller dies in the Ribbons and Bows Die Set.  Distress with the thread cutter and add ink around the edges.  Die cut the dot and drop placement into one tag.
  • Take Nuvo Black Gloss Drops and dot over all marked areas created by dies.  Leave to dry.
  • Once dots are dry mount the square onto card front and attach the tags.
  • Die cut a frame from green card using the Ornate Ovals dies and also a fancy frame in black card.  Add 3D foam pads to rear of layered frame and attach to card front.
  • Die cut the greeting from black and yellow card, shadow and add to card,
  • Die cut some flowers from yellow card and tone down with the Aquaflow pens.  Die cut the leaves and add some veins using a ball tool.
  • Build the flowers and add them to the card front to finish.

The unique Dot & Drop dies offer both a decorative design and a handy guideline for using your Crystal, Glitter, Jewel and Glow Drops. The beautiful swirling patterns, strips and corners provide accurate placement for these Nuvo products, transforming your creations into something special. By placing a drop on each deboss mark..., you can easily achieve a perfect finish to your card or paper craft project. Where there’s a dot, place a drop!

We hope you have been inspired.

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