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Friday, 16 February 2018

Sing Your Own Song

Good morning everyone, welcome to my blog, this morning I am sharing a card created for Tonic Studios Rococo plus music die sets that were launched on Hochanda last night ,lots of shows scheduled today with Jodie,so lots of inspiration and beautiful samples from the team.


The card base and layers are cut from the Victorian Layering die set ,musical note paper from my stash of papers .
The microphone  die has a backing die as these die sets are the Rococo plus which gives you 2x dies to each set this backing layer was die cut in Nuvo Black gloss craft perfect mirror card and then the detail die was die cut in craft perfect silver Mirror card and glued flat to the backing die make sure you only add a small amount of glue as the mirror card will get messy and Mark where the excess glue is, you then need to cut the detail die again in the silver satin craft perfect and then bit by bit paper piece the microphone this is then added to the card with 3D foam pads and then placed on the card.
The card is then embellished a little further by adding a beautiful musical note from a previous music die set from Tonic and a stamped sentiment from my own stash and then finish the card with Nuvo red berry Crystal drops.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog today 
Until next time xx

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Music & Laughter

Good afternoon everyone, Well a brand new  Tonic Studio's  Launch tonight at 6pm on Hochanda with the Rococo plus music die sets, these dies are a must. There are 6 sets in this launch and also an  embossing folder so a really good set.
To create this card you need an 8x8 card blank in cream  and Tonic Studios Jigsaw die set and stamps, also music notes from an older music collection from Tonic and then the brand new Violin.
The new Music  release from Tonic is Rococo Plus which gives you the detail die but also the backing plate die which is fantastic as you don't need to cut anything with scissors the die does everything and makes life alot easier.
The jigsaw was created using pattern papers and inking the edges with Tim Holtz vintage photo distressed ink and making a frame around all 4 sides slotting the pieces together and stamping different pieces with music &  laughter with Nuvo black ink pad.  leaving the middle cream to show the violin in the centre.
The violin was cut in  Craft perfect Kraft card and then paper pieced placed on the backing die which is cut from Dark brown and gold mirror craft perfect  placed on the card with 3D foam pads then finished adding the musical notes from a previous rococo music die set.


Thank you for joining me today.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Hello Sailor & Singing in the rain

Good morning everyone, well the pin ups have certainly been busy and I am not surprised as they really do make a fabulous project come to life.Today I am sharing Hello Sailor and singing in the rain.
The card is 8x8 with mat and layers using navy craft perfect and some woodgrain paper.
The ring was created using the basic layering circles and cutting the largest circle first and then putting the smaller circle in the centre to make the ring this was done in white card stock and again in cornflower blue craft perfect card you then cut the cornflower blue ring into 4 sections free hand with scissors ,two of these sections are glued to the white ring using wet glue.now using Nuvo bakers twine wrap each section where there is a join of the card and  stick down on the reverse with a little hot glue.
Hello Sailor is cut in white for the backing and then the detail die is cut in grey craft perfect and then paper pieced in navy and red chilli craft perfect ,her face and hair are coloured with the Nuvo Alcohol pens and then she is placed onto the ring the ring is placed onto the card with 3D foam pads the hello sailor sentiment has been made up using the same colours as your lady and then the card is finished with placing 3 white Crystal drops to the ring each side and then red Crystal drops to the opposite corner of your card.

Singing in the rain what a fabulous character and so iconic,the card base is cut from black 300gsm using the bowscale die set and just adding layers to the card in red chilli craft perfect Bright White craft perfect and Black craft perfect really frames the character and makes it pop with colour.
The Kraft card to look like sand was torn across the top from a scrap of card then cut the bottom edge with the same base die set so you have the same finish following through your card being that layer I cut a pale sky blue layer card from my stash.
The character was then die cut onto white card for the backing and then the detail cut with black craft perfect stuck down with Nuvo deluxe wet glue then the character was coloured using the Nuvo Alcohol pens and added  shade here and there and blending the colours out,the card was then finished off by adding the matching sentiment and adding  the rain drops in blue and then going over the top of the sentiment and train drops with the shimmer Aqua flow pen.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Hello Sailor

Good morning and welcome to my blog, today I am sharing a brand new Launch from Tonic Studios which are called pin ups and will be launching on Hochanda at 6pm this evening.
There are 3 different pin up girls die sets one is Hello Sailor which is fabulous I have to say and then singing in the rain which is such an iconic figure she reminds me of Marilyn Monroe and then  Time to drink Champagne  all from a bygone era they remind me of tattoo art back in the  gulf war  the military aircraft had pin ups painted on the body of the aircraft although those images were a bit more revealing. I luv that these die sets are a bit different I can imagine having lots of fun creating a card or project with these images and using speech bubbles for a bit of added humour.
These  die sets are fabulous to paper piece or get your alcohol  markers out or pencils and colour the images they then look like a stamped images.
The card is A5 tent fold card with mat and layers in navy blue  craft perfect and chilli red craft perfect card stock,the sky blue card is from my stash of card stock . Well when I saw this image I knew I had to find a ship it just had to be done but no ship die so I got the pencil and rubber out and drew what I wanted and then cut it all out free hand, I did use a border die from  clematis climber strip  for the waves cut in French blue craft perfect card stock ,the hello sailor is cut in navy craft perfect and then  the backing die which is the outside edge die in white card stock and then she was paper pieced but adding the navy card back into the die cut. where the white areas of  her boots ,shorts and gloves I have slightly shaded with a pale blue Alcohol  pen just to add a bit of definition  and then coloured her face and hair also with Alcohol  pens. I then placed a small piece of red card stock just to where her belt is on the die and ran that through the Tangerine no need to cut the whole die out for a little piece. She was then placed on the card with 3D foam pads.
The set comes with the hello sailor banner and seagulls so the outer edge of the banner was cut in white and then the detail in Navy card stock and then filled some areas with red card stock, the seagulls were cut in white and then a little grey ink was added  to the centre of the birds.


I think I might make this card again for my dad's birthday I think it would be well received.

Until next time




Saturday, 3 February 2018

Travels & Memories

Good morning everyone, weekend Yay!! Raining here in Cheshire this morning but a good day for crafting,this morning I would like to share a Memory Maker Album from Tonic Studios I was lucky enough to create 2x albums for the launch if you scroll further down to the larger album I created there are step by step pictures on how to construct the albums,today's album is a medium size case with the largest pages and I went with a travel theme using all the Tonic Studios Rococo Travel Die & Stamp sets for decoration and some travel papers from my stash.







All card stock used is craft perfect apart from the main album which is a 300gsm card as the album will be taking some weight when finished. 
This album could be the places you have visited on your travels,tickets and bits you have collected on your journey ,a special trip, Gap year travelling with friends ,anything you like.

Can not wait to see what you all create when these die sets start to arrive on your door step.
Have a great weekend everyone



Until next time xx


Friday, 2 February 2018

Just to say

Good morning everyone, well not long to wait until Tonic Studios Launch of the Memory Book Keeper Die Sets ,launching this morning at 10am on Hochanda, last night I shared a step by step tutorial with you on how the albums go together  so this morning I would like to share a card I created with the die sets.
The very second I saw these die sets my mind went into overdrive and they screamed at me to create a book on an easel so I went with it .
The book was created using the Memory book Keeper Die set and also the Floral Affections die set with the easel die,also the flowers are from Kit 5 and the sentiment just to say from our collection of fabulous  sentiments.
The book was created by cutting the second largest die in the set in white base card stock something that will hold it's shape 300gsm card was used for this card.
The next layer down with the beautiful lacy edge was cut in Craft perfect Kraft card stock, to shape the pages i used an empty tin foil roll but could easily use the edge of your desk or a rolling pin just to give the book real shape.
You then need to cut a smaller page in white put all the pieces  of card on a score board and make a centre spine for your book.
Stick the two largest layers together using red liner tape or wet glue like the deluxe adhesive and then wrap a length of ribbon around the spine of the smallest layer and stick this to the book.
The flowers are cut from Kit 5 in Bright White craft perfect card stock and then coloured with spun sugar Distress ink then shaped with a ball tool onto a sponge mat the leaves are cut from pistachio  craft perfect then the edges of the pages were distressed with vintage photo distressed inks and the flowers were arranged on the opposite page you need to cut the sentiment in craft perfect Harvest Gold Mirror Card and Craft perfect Black glue together slightly off set to create a shadow effect then to finish add a matching tipple bow and add a button for embellishment.
The easel was cut in 300gsm white card and the detail added in craft perfect  Kraft card from the Floral Affections die set collection.


This is the die set that created the book

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Treasured memories

Good evening everyone , Sharing a brand new launch from Tonic Studios , join Jodie at 10am on Hochanda for the fabulous memory Book Maker  die sets these are fantastic dies for your album and card making  so easy to make and great fun to decorate .below I will share some photos of step by step of how I put together the largest album in the set with 6 pages now it's up to you how large you want the album or how many pages you want so the spine is left completely up to you to accommodate  your pages, so let's begin.
This is the largest die set for the albums decorated with all Tonic Studio die set with a love theme and with papers from my stash all card stock used to decorate is craft perfect Bright White and Raspberry and also craft perfect gold mirror card. The base of the album and pages are made from white 300gsm card stock.





This is the cover of the album you need 4 of these two for the outside and then two for the inside to cover up the join of the spine,  this is optional I just like it neat on both sides

Now for this album I have cut 6 pages the pages to the album only cut to 3 sides so make sure you cut them with a length of card at the none cut end as you will need to place a couple of score lines now the best way to do this is line the inside page up to the outer cover then on the edge of the album cover place your first score line , then put a second score line in at 1/2" and then trim the excess card off ,you need to do this on all your pages .


As you can see here  the score lines are in place and the excess card removed.




This is the spine this depends on how many pages you wish to put into your album for this album the card for the  spine measures 5 1/8" x 4 1/2" this has a 1" score line each edge which gives you a spine measuring 2 1/2" 

These are the two outside covers attached to the spine

Now this is the inside finished off by covering the hinge marks by adding an extra layer of the covers this also adds strength to your album as they do get weighty with all the embellishments.


These are what your two pages will look like once your score lines are in place .

The 1/2" tabs glue one on top of the other so you now have 2x pages stuck together with a spine.


This is what 2x pages look like glued together ready to glue into your album try and space them 1/4" apart this gives you room to embellish your pages. 

Now glue the pages to your spine using Nuvo  deluxe Adhesive

This is the first page glued in place and it all lines up just perfectly.


Now you can see 6x pages stuck to the 2 1/2" spine allowing a 1/4" inch spacing inbetween 2x pages.

Now it's time to decorate and have fun









The blank spaces are where I would add a photo

Add little messages on your tags or a special location that means a lot to the person you have made it for to treasure special moments that won't get forgotten.




As you can see the albums were decorated with Tonic Studios dies from Wills Hand to kit 5 Flowers and sweet nothings die sets using tags and mini envelope to add cute little messages .
This could be an album of when you first met or the love of your family but so many ideas the list is endless but a real keepsake to be treasured for many yrs to come.
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