Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Bibi Cameron - Zen Floral Heat Embossed Gold Heart

Happy Sunday everyone,  I hope you had a great weekend!  The Scottish Highlands had a couple of hot sunny days last week and my family and I  were exploring some beaches on the west coast.  We visited Achmelvich Beach and I shared a wee video on Instagram here. You would never think you could find places like that in the north of the UK.

So every Sunday  it's my turn to share a bit of Honey Bee Stamps inspiration and for today I made a very easy card using  Zen Floral stamp Set, Bee- You-Tiful  Stamp Set  and "Wonderful" Honey Cut die.

I also  have been  trying  the new Nuvo detail embossing powders by Tonic Studios (not yet released) and I'm loving them.   The images from Zen Floral Stamp set   are  small  and despite them having fine lines and a lot of detail the embossing powders still reveal every intricacy  offering  real image definition.

How I do it?

I inlaid the word "wonderful"  into the heart die cut ( This means that I cut the heart using the "wonderful" word die  and stuck another die cut in the negative space created by the word die), then I felt it needed a bit more of dimension  and I cut the word again from  Honey Gold Satin Effect - Craft Perfect Mirror Card and I glued on top. 

It is incredible how versatile these craft supplies are.  Below another 2 projects I made with same supplies. Click on the pictures to see more...

That's all for today...

I really hope you enjoyed my project. If you would like to place an order for any of the products used or any other craft supply simply click on any of the images below to go direct to  online shops 24/7. Affiliate links apply. I get a small commission when you buy through these links at no extra cost to you. 
Thanks for your support.

Lou Sims - Beauty in Words ...

Summer holidays have begun and so the endless rain starts ... why I act surprised, I don't know. Now the holidays are here I can catch up with my crafting and blogging, as life became a wee bit more hectic the last 6 weeks of term.

Back at the beginning of July, Tonic Studios released 2 new alphabet stamps and a set of coordinating frames on Hochanda. I wanted to do something a little different with the alphabet stamps and decided to make a mixed media inspired piece ...

I began by creating the background using the Block Capital stamps in a random pattern with clear ink and then embossed with white. Using the Evergreen Fern Aqua Flow pen on my glass mat, I swooshed the card through it. Next with a spritzer, I further spread the colour out, blotting every now and then with a piece of kitchen towel.

I stuck the panel down to another piece of card and realised that I didn't like the colour of the card I had chosen! Luckily had a quick 'light bulb' moment and using gilding glue, added a border of gilding flakes in silver and gold. Now happy with the result, I mounted both layers on to a piece of black card.

On a piece of red and green card, I again stamped the alphabet but embossed with clear powder. The petals for the flower were made using the heart die from the 'Make-a-Shaker card' set and leaves from Layered Clouds die set. Everything was layered and finished with black glitter and a silver button.

The sentiment was stamped on to black card, embossed in white, again using the Block Capital stamp set. Words were then added to the panel. As a finishing touch, the smallest butterflies from the Layering Butterfly die set were added ... after they had been gilded a little.

Something a little different and wanted to show how the alphabets could be used differently and also how you can change the use of a die - hope I succeeded?

x x x

Products & links:


Artisitic Inspiration - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - lots of layers
Stamping Sensations - anything with flowers
My time to craft - in the garden
Crafting with friends - anything goes
Creative Artiste - anything mixed media

Friday, 21 July 2017

Fair Dames collection - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon and welcome to my blog, Today I wanted to share a collection of cards i created for Tonic Studios Fair Dames die sets which launched on Hochanda just a few of days ago.
These Die sets just make any card or project so elegant and are great fun to create with.

Fair Dames-Stylish Anastasia 
Celtic Dreams Die Set
Square layering and scalloped layering Die sets

Fair Dames - Elegant Emma
Bowscale layering die set
Sew pretty Die Set
Ada-Lace Border die set

Fair Dames- Stylish Anastasia 
Venetian Lace layering Die Set
Verdi's Vase -Flourish die
Tiny flowers from the Entwined Trellis die set - Bellus Buttercup

Fair Dames- Grace
English Picnic layering die set 
Leaf from shadow box die set 
Flowers- Tonic flower punch

Fair Dames - Stylish Anastasia 
Geometric layering Die Set

Fair Dames- Elegant Emma 
Ribbon & Bow Die Set
Best friends Sentiment Die

Fair Dames - grace 
Ornate Frame Die Set

Fair Dames - Grace 
Swirling Frame Die Set 
Seasons greetings sentiment

Thank you for joining me today

Win and Tonic Challenge: Oxidized Copper Guilding - Sonja Gortzak-Hughes

It's time again for a new challenge over at the Win and Tonic Blog. There is another fabulous prize made available by Tonic Studios so I do encourage you to check it out and join in the fun or even just check it out to get inspired to make something:

This month's topic is "Anythig Goes" which means you can make any card ot project you like as long as it has at least 1 Tonic product on it. So this is the perfect month for me to show you a project I have been wanting to make for ages and finally had time and space for last month:

I am so happy with how this turned out!

Here's how to make it yourself:

1. Get your supplies together:

- Cardstock
- Liquid Glue: I used the large size Nuvo Glue Pen
- Stencil: I used a Tim Holz "Crackle" stencil
- Nuvo Guilding Flakes in Sunkissed Copper
- Embossing Folder: I used a retired Stampin' Up! folder called Alphabet Press
- Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Aquamarine
- Typewriter Die and stamp set by Joy Crafts
- Stiff brush or sponge
- Wet wipes

2. Start by dabbing the glue onto the cardstock through the stencil. It doesn't have to be perfect but you should get a few good sized spots to have a good look later on.

Set to the side to dry up a but until the glue is dry and tacky. Wipe the glue of your stencil and die cut the typewriter while the cardstock dries.

3. Carefully open your pot of Guilding Flakes and gently put down large pieces all over the card.

4. When you have it all covered use the stiff brush to brush the excess flakes off (you can collect them in tub to use on other projects).

5. Place the guilded card in an embossing die and run it through a die cutting machine.

6. Time to add the embellishment mousse. Take a small amount out of the pot and put on your craft mat. Using you finger gently swipe it over the raised areas. Less is more here!

7. Final thing now is to assemble your card. I used some black cardstock as a base and layered copper cardstock behind the guilded front.

8. Add the typewriter and you're done!

Hope you all liked this result and will give it a try. I'd love to see what you make. You can upload your creation to the Win and Tonic Facebook page and be in for a chance to win some fab Tonic goodies!

Have fun!

xx Sonja

Distress Oxide and Nuvo Mousse Birthday Wishes - Christine Smith

A quick birthday card experimenting with Distress Oxide, Nuvo Mousse, Glimmer Paste and the gorgeous honeycomb stencil from the Apple Blossom Magazine and Kit Honey Bee Collection that just came out :D I really love the cute little set of dies that comes in this kit too :D and they work great with other dies you already have in your stash too! I used this Apple Blossom Dandelion Border die I got a while ago from CraftStash as my starting point and built my design from there using the free dies :D Hope you liked today's quick card :D :D :D 

Main products used in this video :D
Distress Oxide - Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Broken China
Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Cornflower Blue, Aquamarine and Royal Aubergine
Tonic Nuvo Glitter Paste - Moonstone
Apple Blossom Dandelion Border Die

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

A few more photos below :D 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Meow You Doin' Tonic? - Christine Smith

A cute 'Meow You Doin'?' card I made for one of the lovely editors I work with, Natalie :D I just got this gorgeous Meow You Doin' stamp set from Lawn Fawn, and I knew she had a couple of cute kitties, so I just had to colour them like hers, and make a card for her :D I also used lots of Tonic products to create my background and focal strip, and I even used my wonderful Nuvo Creative pens to colour in the cute kitties, building up the dark tones using the selection of grey tones in the range :D :D :D Hope you liked today's Blog Tonic card and video :D 

Tonic products used in this video :D
Nuvo Glimmer Paste - Amethyst Purple 
Tonic 6x6 Beautiful Bokeh Stencil
Framed Screens Background Dies Zig Zag and Floral Motif
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Royal Aubergine 
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Sweet Lilac
Nuvo Creative Pens - Stormy Greys, Depth and Shadow and Rosy Pinks 
Tonic Scissors
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Funky Tape Runner

Other products used :D
Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin'? Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Bannertastic Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Ink Ink Cubes - Manatee, Fresh Lavender and Sugarplum

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

Loads more photos below :D :D :D