Thursday, 23 November 2017

Dots & Drops Layering Die Sets - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone,sharing 3 cards with you created with the Dots & Drops frames available on Hochanda .

Materials used :-
Base card stock 280/300 GSM white
Pale lillac/ blue card stock
Craft perfect Bright White
Classic Rose dots and drops die set
Tonic studios Thank you Stamp
Black nuvo ink pad
Acrylic block/ platform
Dazzling Blue Glitter drops

The card is A5 in size with mat & layering.
Cut the largest base die in the set in blue card stock then cut the same size in bright white craft perfect card stock and glue the two layers together with wet glue and do the same with the next size down in the set once the glue has dried cut the centre out of each frame.
Place the largest frame in the centre of the card and then apply foam pads to the reverse the two smaller frames are set to each side joining in the center, cut the small centre die out in a smooth white card stock and stamp the sentiment in black ink then place this sentiment in the centre with 3D foam pads.
With hot glue add a bow and then to the centre of the bow is a handmade flower using a tonic punch ,punch about 6 flowers and pinch each petal and shape with Tonic Studios foam pad for shaping flowers, off set each layer until your happy with the result then add to the bow with hot glue then carefully place the Dazzling Blue glitter drops where indicated on the die cut.

Materials used:-
Ribbon & Bows Layering die set 
Dots & Drops patterned Paisley die set
Beautiful blooms- leaves
Flowers from the Kaleidoscope box die set
Tonic Studios Stamp set
Nuvo Black ink pad
Acrylic block / stamping platform 
Craft perfect Bright White card stock
Craft perfect Pistachio card stock
Tim holtz spun sugar distressed ink pad
Nuvo crystal drops - Bubblegum
Decorative bow
The card base is created cutting two plain base die shapes and forming a hinge on the back panel of the card for the front to adhere to then cut the same die again in craft perfect Pistachio green and then add the detail then in the centre of that layer you need to cut the Paisley detail die into the card this glues flat with wet glue to the base card
Now cut the next layer in the Ribbon & Bow set and cut the larger detail out with the patterned Paisley die then add 3D foams to the reverse and place on the card then lastly adding the stamped greeting to the centre of the card.
The flowers are cut from the Kaleidoscope box and you need 3 flowers for each Bunched flower shaping on a sponge mat and adding Tim Holtz spun sugar to colour each petal with a Nuvo sponge applicator once they are shaped you can add these to the card with hot glue or nuvo deluxe adhesive then start adding the crystal bbubblegum drops to the card and finally add a decorative bow to finish.

Dots & Drops - Garden Gate die set
Bright White craft perfect card stock
Ocean blue -Craft perfect card stock
Essentials - Thank you Sentiment
White crystal drops
Crystal drops Caribbean Ocean
Decorative bow

The card is a 5" x 7 " card blank with mat & layers
You need to cut into the middle of the white mat layer in the second size down just using the detail Die. Now cut the largest die in the set in Ocean Blue craft perfect and also white craft perfect and cut the detail out of the ocean blue layer this is then glued flat to the white base and once dry cut the centre out to make a frame this is then added to the card using 3D foam pads now repeat the same with the smaller frame but cut the detail out of the white layer but turn the frame the opposite way.
Cut the Thank you Sentiment in Ocean Blue craft perfect and silver mirror card and slightly off set to create a slight shadow and glue flat to the centre of the base frame.
Now add the decorative bow & gem and to finish add the bright white crystal drops & Caribbean Ocean drops.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post today 

Until next time xx

Hibiscus Sunset - Victoria Dalziel

Good morningood everyone sharing a couple of cards with you today from Tonic Studios Silhouette Hibiscus Sunset Die set.

Materials used :-
Jet black craft perfect
Bright White craft perfect
Yellow craft perfect
Fuschia Pink craft perfect 
Water colour card
Black Base card stock 300gsm
Basic square layering die set
Nuvo Aqua Flow Pens
Nuvo Waterhouse
Nuvo Aqua shimmer pen
Bright white nuvo drops
Will's hand Dream
Silhouette - Hibiscus sunset die

The card was created with mat and layers and forming a frame to go around the main sunset die cut using the basic square layering die sets The card blank is 8x8 .
First cut the sunset die in black craft perfect and emboss as there is a beautiful floral detail to this die then glue this to the water colour card now with the Aqua flow pens I added the colour to a glass mat and picked up the colours with a water brush started the darker areas first gradually going to lighter shades and once finished added a little Nuvo Glimmer to certain areas.
The large flower bottom right I die cut the scene again and snipped out the flower with scissors and backed on another piece of water colour card and coloured with the Aqua flows as before then shaped the flower a little and placed back on the main die cut with foam pads just to add a little depth and dimension.
To finish the card Will's hand was die cut in Fuschia Pink craft perfect and white craft perfect and placed on the card and then the bright white nuvo drops were added 3 to the top and 3 to the bottom.

Material used :-
Black Base card stock 300gsm
Bright white craft perfect 
Jet black craft perfect
Double sided sticky sheets
Nuvo gold / copper guiding flakes
Nuvo gold Mousse
Sea shell nuvo drops copper nuvo drops
Jasmine sunset layering die
Layering die set
Silhouette Hibiscus Sunset Die set 

The card base was created cutting cutting two the same size and placing a score line across the back panel this created the hinge for the front panel to stick to so you can create shaped card bases then cut the next layers with the same die in white card stock to make a frame for the Hibiscus Sunset to sit.
Cut the Hibiscus Sunset out in black craft perfect and emboss the detail .
Now add a little gold Nuvo mousse to the raised embossed area within the die cut just apply this with your finger.
Now you will need to cut a piece of double sided sticky to the same size as your die cut peel one side of the backing off and with the gold flakes cover half of the sheet in a straight line then carefully rub the remaining flakes off and back in the pot then with the other half spread the copper flakes and again rub the excess off.
Now place the die cut on top with wet adhesive and place on the frame to the card.
Don't forget to keep the little bird when you cut the die as you can now add that back in at the end and then finish off adding the Nuvo drops to each side of the card.

Materials used :-
Silhouette Hibiscus Sunset Die set 
Square layering die sets
Will's hand enjoy
White base card stock
Cornflower blue Craft perfect
Bright White craft perfect
Pistachio green craft perfect
Orange craft perfect
6x6 inky background papers
Oyster grey craft prefect
Orange nuvo drops

The card is 8"x8" in white 300gsm card with mat and layers create a wide frame using the basic square layering die sets.
Choose a suitable inky background for this card I chose a paper pad from my stash that had different inky papers.
Then die cut the Silhouette Hibiscus Sunset in bright white craft perfect and apply wet glue to the reverse and stick down on top of the patterned paper then cut the detail Die out again in pistachio green and then paper piece the green foliage back into the scene and then cut the detail out in the orange craft perfect and again paper piece the flowers adding a little wet glue to the area you are placing the card back into the scene.
Die cut the bird in Oyster grey and place it back into the scene.
Finish the card by adding Will's hand enjoy with the case die cut in orange craft perfect and the top layer in orange craft perfect then finish the card adding pumpkin nuvo drops.

Thank you for visiting my blog today be sure to pop back later today as I have a brand new launch to share with you all xx

Drop and Dot Frames - Nicky Gilburt

I'm sharing a card made with the lovely Dot and Drop frames, new from Tonic Studios. These lovely frames come in a variety of styles, this card is made with the Patterned Paisley layering die set, with Jet Black and Polished Gold Craft Perfect Card. There's a piece of the new Craft Perfect construction weight acetate too, covering the front of this shaker card. 

The technique with this card was that I die-cut the centre out of the top black panel (where you can see the acetate) but I only EMBOSSED the outer frame of it, so when I ran it through my Tangerine on my green rubber mat combination, it just made an indentation to show me where to dot my drops. 

The stars of the show are the Nuvo drops though... in Pale Gold and Ebony Black, I dotted gold round the outside of the frame, over the tiny pinpricks made by the die, and then black over the dots on the gold frame, for a classy finish to this shiny card!

Finished off with the gorgeous 'birthday' die from the Will's Hand collection, and some large sequins and confetti, this was a really fun card to make. 
Enjoy the shows on Hochanda and check out the Tonic team blogs for more card inspiration!

Happy crafting
Nicky x

Friday, 17 November 2017

You Rock My World: A Mixed Media Rock And Roll Explosion - Sonja Gortzak Hughes

So, how's that for a title eh? Well it is not very far off though. The number of media I used on this card is quite astounding: Watercolour, Cosmic Shimmer Sprays, Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousses, Brushos, Distress Inks, Embossing Powders and probably some more I can't remember:-) Lots and lots of layers to create a one of a kind card for my husband of 10 years.

So here's how I did it:
Knowing I was going to use many different wet mediums I started with an A3 piece of cold pressed water colour paper. I had sprayed it with Cosmic Shimmer Mist and watered down Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousses to create a shimmery water resistent base. I then cut two A5 sized pieces out of the middle and washi taped them down to my glass craft mat.
And then I took out my little Oxo tin of Brushos...

Brushos are small tubs of pigment powder. First I wet the page using a spray bottle of water and then I sprinkeld the brushos on. I have pierced a few holes in the lids of mine so I can sprinkle them rather than tip them onto my page. A little goes a long way. After I put them on I sprayed some more water on thill the colours started to flow.

I made sure I got some very vibrant and full colour on my pages before I took out a heat gun to dry it. To make sure it fully dried I then put my craft mat with paper taped to it in my trusty cardboard box that I usually use for spraying in:-)

After they had dried you could see the Cosmic Shimmer and embellishment Mousse splatters coming through the brusho layer. Really cool!

Next up I put some "hidden symbols" in using stamps, clear embossing powders and a heat tool. I used a Marianne Designs stamp of some Amsterdam Canal Houses (where we met and got married) and my recent purchase: a stamp of Clevedon Pier (close to where we now live).

When the heat embossing was set I broke ot my Distress Inks in Pine Needle, Chipped Sapphire and finally Black Soot to start covering the bright colours and create a Galaxy look. If you look closely you can see the heat embossed images coming through:-)

I used the other piece to do some die cutting. I cut a bunch of Tonic Studios Dies: the Postal Type Lower Case Alphabet, the Rococo Music Electrical Guitar, Rococo Petite Musical Note and the Rococo Music Perfect Harmony. I also die cut theStampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles Die and a small X-Cut Geometric Heart

For some of them I used black glitter card to make them stand out.

I matted the numbers on some black glitter card as well so they would stand out against the colourful background better.

And then it was a matter of assembling all the pieces. I laid out several arrangements and took pictures on my smartphone of each one so I could see whoch I liked and then start glueing everything on using the picture as a guide.

This was the present I had gotten him: An aluminium guitar pick that says: "10 years later I still pick you" S ❤ C 26-10-07. I found the pick on Etsy: Savage Moons, and the jewellery box at a charity shop and they gave it to me for free:-)

My husband was really happy with his gift and his card. And that makes me happy:-)

I'll be posting again soon with my first Christmas card. Have you started on your christmas cards yet?



Autumnal Altered Clock - Jennifer Kray

Hello and happy Friday! I wasn't going to post this project as I had so many problems along the way. Whilst filming the video tutorial my tripod snapped and broke, sending my brand new Samsung S8 Edge phone tumbling down on my glass mat, effectively ending my video tutorial and breaking my phone. I felt so dejected the tutorial never happened and ended up throwing my project in my wardrobe. 

Whilst editing some photos recently, I came across part of the videos I started and some photo's I took of my altered clock - what the heck, let's blog it! 

Materials Used:
Stamps, Craft Perfect Paper, Dies, Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse, Woodland Aqua Flow Pens all from Craft Kit 01
Hot Glue Gun
White Gesso
Texture PasteStainless Steel Assemblage Clock

The Assemblage Clock

After taking the clock apart, I covered it with a few coats of gesso. Once dry I then added texture paste over the whole clock to give it a very rough appearance. And finally I covered it with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Indian Gold from the Craft Kit 01. I indulged and then also added Fresh Copper and Cosmic Brown. I just adore the texture and colours here - they look amazing with the naked eye.

You can see all the amazing texture created. 

You can see that I dry brushed some Gesso over the clock - just a tiny amount here and there. 

Here is the back panel which you can pull off if you're careful when paining to not cover the lip.

I say this a lot but I'm so impressed with the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - it's absolutely amazing

Assembling the Project

Die cut the leaves with the craft perfect paper in the kit (Fern Green and Copper) as well as the wreath but only use the leaves. 7
Stamp the large leaf image, the hedgehog and hat onto Super Smooth Card and then used the matching dies to cut out. 
Colour images with your Aqua Flow Pens from the kit or any pens you have. 
Assemble the leaves and stamped images inside your clock with a hot glue gun. 
It's hard to get the light inside but you can see all the layers and Fernando - the little hedgehog in his leafy den. 
Fernando looks well happy in his Autumnal bed of leaves. This may be a perfect spot for him to hibernate during the winter months.

You can see how well the colours blend together and look at the sweet little face! Isn't he adorable?!

I went for a bolder, darker Autumnal feel as this is meant to be a little den for Fernando and so isn't catching the light.
Fernando can be a little shy so it looks as if he's hiding from all of us.

A photo of the finished project

And here is a very short shot of the finished project. Gives you an idea of the size, which is just like a normal clock. 

And that's it from me today although I'll be back on Sunday with another fun project. 

Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Hooray - Twins - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone,welcome to my blog,today I am Sharing another creation with you from Tonic Studios Silhouette die sets and the card I am sharing is the Baby die set

Materials used :-
Silhouette- Babies,Bunting ,balloons & Bunny die set
Ribbon & Bows Layering die sets
Banner die sets 
Alphabet die sets
Pink craft perfect 
Blue craft perfect
White craft perfect
Pistachio craft perfect
Decorative mini buttons
Baby backing papers
White 300gsm base card stock
Simple type Attraction upper & lower case

The card base is created using the Ribbons and bows die set cutting two of the largest outer layers and scoring the back piece to create a hinge on the back part of the card this is then glued to the front panel giving you the beautiful shaped card base. You will need to cut the same size again in the pistachio craft perfect card and then add the next layer and add the detail to the die cut this is then added to the card front base.
To create the two baby grows you will need to cut the largest outer die in pink and one in blue,you will need to snip off the balloons each side then draw around the inner detail Die with a pencil on patterned baby themed papers and cut out free hand with scissors. This is then glued flat to the larger base so you have a lovely contrasting border around the patterned paper.
The baby grows then had mini decorative buttons applied with a hot glue gun.
Then the finishing touches were added using the Banner Die Set Hooray and then adding twins from the Alphabet die set - simple type attraction upper & lower case.
Absolutely adorable die sets perfect for card making ,scrapbooking, box making for baby gifts the list is endless.

Thank you for visiting my blog today be sure to pop back very soon I have loads more samples to share with you from these die sets. 

See you soon xx

Silhouettes - Babies, Bunting, Balloons and Bunnies - Edna Taylor

Hello and welcome to my second post of the day.

I've chosen the Babies, Bunting, Balloons and Bunnies die set for this thank you card. 

You can keep this one as full of detail as you like. I chose to remove all the detail to leave space for my thank you panel (computer generated) and used the balloon and the bunny rabbit to embellish the front.

The thank you was cut 6 times to make a sturdy stopper. 
I finished the card off with some tiny buttons from my stash and a bow and rolled flower.

Tonic products used - 
Baby Silhouette die
Easel Creator die set
Victorian Layering die set