Thursday, 17 August 2017

Win and Tonic…Christmas is coming - Keren Baker

Hi! Hope you’re ok?! Without wanting to scare anyone – I’m popping on a Christmas card as that’s the theme at Win and Tonic challenge.

You’re probably wondering what that is? It’s Tonic Studio’s challenge blog. They have a monthly topic and always a really decent Tonic prize. This month is ‘Christmas is coming’- so something festive. I’ve created a Christmas card using all non-seasonal products.

So- I’ve firstly used Bunched Bouquet ‘Autumnal Sprig Set 1’ for the wispy leaves and then Bunched Bouquet Traditional Spray stamp set for the leaves.

The hanging bough is created by die cutting the Trailing Blossom die set in brown cardstock. Then die cut a circle out of a Patterned Panels Deco Diamond 1331E and colour the leaves with Nuvo Aqua Flow pens.


Add a little glitter paper top to the ‘bauble’ and you’re done. I’m going to try and get hold of some of the newer Tonic Christmas ranges- as they’re so versatile.

Do join in with the challenge-as long as it has something tonic on the card, you’re able to enter. It starts today and get your card onto the linky before the 13th of Sept.

See you soon,

Keren xx

(I’ve added a pinnable long pin for Pinterest just below)

Autumnal Leaf Shaker Card - Christine Smith

This weeks Blog Tonic post is a really simple and pretty quick shaker card, using Nuvo Mousse to create an ombre background, then die-cutting the maple leaf die from the top section, adding acetate behind, then adding on the inside vein pieces of the leaf to complete the image :D I also tried something new in this video, applying Aqua Shimmer Pen onto an embossing folder with some Cut N Dry Foam, simply to get some random sparkle on the plain white card blank, I think it worked quite well, obviously the impression isn't perfect, and it's pretty subtle, but when it catches the light it just adds some interest to the plain white card :D Hope you liked this shaker :D 

Tonic products used in this video :D
Autumn Die Collection - September Harvest
Mixed Edge Layering Rectangle Dies
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Citrus Green, Orange Blush and Pink Flambe
Retro Fern 8x8 Embossing Folder
Acetate (packaging from a Tonic die set :D)
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive 

Other products used :D 
Avery Elle Sentimental Stamp Set

To see the process behind this card, please watch my YouTube video below, or over on my channel CRaFTi PoTeNTiAl :D 



Tonnes more photos below :D 









Win & Tonic - Jingle Bell Rock - Louise Sims


Another new challenge over at 'Win & Tonic' this month and the theme this month is 'Christmas'. The Tonic DT would love it if you popped over and join in the fun with us especially as the prize on offer this month is ...


Dimensions - Christmas Cracker Treat Box Die Set
For my card, I wanted to create a card but use non-Christmas dies for the main focal point. My starting point was the Sentiments Three set - which have a fab selection of Christmas phrases - I was drawn to 'Jingle Bells' and instantly thought 'music', so without further ado, off I went to grab my music themed dies. This is what I came up with ...



I created a very soft background using Nuvo embellishment mousses in Pacific Teal & Aquamarine, firstly dry brushing the colours on to my card blank and then by spritzing/flicking the same colours.


I die cut the sentiment 3 times and layered together to create a deeper/dimensional cut. I spritzed it with the same mousse colours, then with water and using a wet wipe, dabbed the colour. I was really pleased with how it created a great mottled effect.



For the guitar, I cut the design once in white but only embossed the design on kraft card. I 'moussed' both and then layered one on top of the other cutting out the now layered electric guitar. behind the guitar I placed a white snowflake to act as a contrast.


I also die cut the Perfect harmony die and as with the other die cuts, 'moussed' it. This was then put behind the guitar and snowflake. Before stamping the 'ROCK' (Block Capitals alphabet stamps), I did a trial run of where all the different elements would look best on my card blank. Once happy, I stamped the additional word, embossing in Serenity Blue.



Apologies for the poor photos ... however hard I tried, I just could get a clear image so had to walk away before I had severe words with my camera 😉

Hope to see you over at Win & Tonic even if it is really a little too early for Christmas projects ...,

Lou
x x x

Win and Tonic August Challenge - Ruth Hamilton



So it's time for another challenge over at the Win and Tonic Monthly Challenge Blog - and of course you can enter to be in with a chance of winning a fabulous prize. Just follow the link to the Challenge Blog to see all the details :)
This is my card for the "Christmas is Coming" theme and I've used the Tonic Studios Navy Dazzle Pearlised card and Freshwater Pearls Handcrafted Cotton Paper for the background. On top I've used the Mixed Edge Ovals Layering Basics Die Set, Reindeer Family Trio and A Very Merry Christmas dies. 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

August Win & Tonic Challenge - Just Me And My Cardboard - Jennifer Kray

Hey hey hey - it's time for another Win & Tonic Challenge! And I've been messy and festive. 

The August challenge is so cool! The theme is something festive and automatically makes me think metallic. I'd just received some AMAZING Nuvo Embellishment Mousse and was perfect for this project. 

Prize
The winner is selected randomly so everyone has a chance of winning! And what will you win? Only the BRAND NEW Dimensions - Christmas Cracker Treat Box Die Set! 

Theme
Something Festive: you are free to make whatever you want, and as long as it has something ‘Tonic’ on it and has a festive feel you are eligible to enter as many times as you want. 

How to enter
At the bottom of the Win and Tonic blog post you will see this button. 

There is a Facebook Group you can join and simply upload your entries there. They will then be added to the competition. 


You can enter as many times as you want but please note we only accept NEW CARDS - we don’t allow backlinking. 

Inspiration
There is fabulous inspiration on the Win & Tonic Page from some very talented ladies so be sure to check it out - and enter. 

My Project - Cardboard! 
I've been saving it up and today decided it was time to give it a whirl and design some Christmas home decor. I love how it turned out and the photos don't capture the full beauty of the metallic finish from the Nuvo Mousse. I hope you like it and it really was super easy to make! 

Tonic Materials:
Star Layering Die Set

Other Materials
Thick Corrugated Cardboard
Art Basics White Gesso
Acrylic Paint Thinner (you could also use water)
Palette Knife
Rubbing Alcohol 
Golden Regular Gel Matte 
Jute Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Paint brush
Mini Foam Pads
Jute Ribbon
Heat Gun

TOP TIP
When using the mousse, do not use your fingers or water. Instead, wipe a palette knife with rubbing alcohol to remove the amount of mousse you need. Also, substitute water for acrylic paint thinner.
I use rubbing alcohol and a palette knife to ensure bacteria doesn't get into my pot of Nuvo mousse which may create mould. The same goes for sticking your finger into the pot of mousse. 
Of course you can use boiled cool water but in my opinion acrylic paint thinner reacts better - it has an oilier finish and you also don't have to worry about any bacterial contamination.

Step 1
Using a guillotine, cut out any size cardboard you want your project to be (mine was A2). Gently tear away some of the top layer so you have the corrugated layer visible. Gesso. 

Step 2Rub your palette knife with rubbing alcohol to ensure there is no bacteria on the knife. 

Use the clean knife to remove some of the mousse and place onto a glass mat
Now using your fingers or a sponge cover your cardboard with mousse. It dries pretty fast but give it a quick blast with your heat gun if you don't want to wait. I used all 4 colours listed above in various layers. The more layers I added, the more 'metallic' it looked.
Step 3
Trim a piece of mixed media (or stamping) card about half an inch smaller than your cardboard as you want a sizeable border. 
Ink up the Hedgerow stamp (or any script stamp you have) with Nuvo Acorn Brown Ink Pad (which is waterproof and awesome!) and stamp in a pattern which will allow the script to be visible once your cardboard star is adhered. 

Step 4
Let the ink dry for a minute or two or give it a quick blast with your heat gun. 
Using the leftover mousse(s) you used earlier and should still be on your glass mat put in a few drops of acylic paint thinner. Now I know a lot of people use water but in my opinion the paint thinner reacts better - it has an oilier finish and you also don't have to worry about any bacterial contamination. Once you have a nice consistency, pick some up on a paint brush and flick onto your card. The take the end of a pencil and dip it into your mousse and add a few marks for some added interest. 
Step 5
Let dry naturally as you don't want your heat gun to bubble your mousse. This should only take about 5 minutes. Whilst you're waiting for the mousse to dry, cut out your Seasons Greetings Sentiment 8 times, 4 white, 2 brown, 2 black. Adhere one black and brown together, with a very minimal shadow - repeat so you have two. Take two white sentiments and adhere together, repeat. Now using your Mousse, create an ombre effect on both white sentiments. You need to make sure each layer is dry before adding another otherwise it will all blend into one colour. Using your darker sentiments, adhere - giving a shadow effect. 
Adhere your largest star and sentiment to the card. For all cardboard, I used gel medium, for the sentiment I used Deluxe adhesive. 
Attach a small jute twine bow to the top of your star
Step 6
The card needed more texture but I didn't want to busy the background so decided to cut out 2 more stars to sit on top of the largest star. I used the same process with the mousse, drying, layering more mousse until the right colour was achieved.
It was still missing something so dug out a sheet of copper metal and die cut 2 small stars. I attached these with gel medium to the smallest star for added depth. For me, it's the little details which really make a project. 
Step 7
Taking Black Ash Embellishment Mousse, I went around the very edges with a mini foam pad - this really brought the whole thing to life and made it pop. This close up really shows the depth and colours used. 
Step 8
The other 2 stars were adhered with gel medium and the edges lightly distressed with Black Ash Embellishment Mousse. 
Step 9
Finally, some jute ribbon was adhered to the back of the cardboard with hot glue and another piece of cardboard adhered with gel medium. This isn't essential but I wanted to cover my back as this is being posted to someone. 

And voila! You have a gorgeous metallic Christmas decor piece. It was so easy to make and it looks absolutely stunning in real life. 



I really hope you like this project of mine and I highly recommend this Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - it's absolutely amazing. 
I was also surprised how well the cardboard worked and will be using it on a few more projects to see what happens....


Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer

Friday, 11 August 2017

Easy Backgrounds With Nuvo Pens - Bibi Cameron


Simon Says Stamp goodies landed at my  door a couple of days ago and and I got busy. They  are part of  the new release called Back to School,  Encouraging Words  filled with beautiful school themed stamps and dies 

Check out the full release here!

With the stamps and dies in my hands I started thinking about the things I could create with them. Hmmm..   Yesterday was  my 5th Anniversary and we had  plans with the family. I couldn't escape to my craft room and make something quickly... I'm never quick at crafting !

Then miraculously I saw a video on instagram with a colourful rainbow background and a rocket !! YAY that's was  the perfect source of inspiration.

  Below are screenshots of the video.


So  I made super quick and easy  rainbow cards using: Space Journey and Trickle Breeze

The sentiment is from Seeing Stars Stamp Set which is just perfect to be used with these dies and believe me I tried to colour the die cuts  in many different ways.

 I even made planets with fun effects using Brusho Pigments but  things were not  really working  as I expected, so I decided to  leave all the die cuts in  white.



 I used Nuvo Creative Pens to apply  colours to the backgrounds as shown  in the video  below and I also give some extra ideas there so feel free to have a look and let me know what you think.





I'm loving the versatility of the Nuvo Creative Pens and Simon Says Stamp tools... Look at that little rocket!!




 If you like these kind of backgrounds have a look at  another simple card background made using markers  here

If you want to share your projects using products from this release  on social media please use the hashtags #sssencouragingwords #simonsaysstamp and if you want to share projects with me please tag me @bibicameron


PIN ME




That's all for today... I really hope you enjoyed the project today and video.  

Please do not hesitate in ask any question or leave a comment I would love to hear from you.

x
Bibi

Happy First Birthday Prim - Christine Smith

A cute critter filled card for my God Daughter's First Birthday!! Cannot believe the cutest tiny human in the world is now a whole year old!! Where does the time go!?! :D As well as using Lawn Fawn stamps on this card, I also used a tonne of different Tonic products from the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to Glimmer Paste :D All the critters I've used on this card are either relevant to me, or Prim's parents :D I knew I had to use the striking Chevron Number One Tonic Die for her card, and I thought why not modify the Enjoy Today die to just be Today to go with it perfectly :D I attempted a Distress Crayon Resist in the background using Embellishment Mousse, and it wasn't very noticeable so I added some Glimmer Paste stenciling too :D Hope you like the card Prim and her parents loved it :D :D :D 

Tonic products used in this video :D
Chevron Number 1 Die 
Enjoy Today Sentiment Die
Falling Diamonds 6x6 Stencil
Beautiful Bokeh 6x6 Stencil
Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Peony Pink and Orange Blush
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Funky Tape Runner 

Other products used :D
Lawn Fawn Stamp 

To see the process behind this card, please watch my YouTube video below, or over on my channel CRaFTi PoTeNTiAl :D 



Lots more photos below :D