Saturday, 20 May 2017

Stamped Around the World BLOG HOP - Gilded Card Creation

Morning everyone, one of our wonderful blog contributors Maria Sabina has started a Stamped around the World Blog Hop and in support we're donating a Tonic Studios Nuvo prize bundle to the winner, here's a little about it from Maria....

"The aim of the ‘’Stamped Around the World’ Blog Hop" is to bring a smile and to make people feel a bit special by writing a few positive words. Not only that the card is handmade and gets to travel to so many countries and to so many people, but a part of you will travel too. It is important to put technology aside sometimes and go back to the old days when words were really appreciated by writing a letter or a note."

We love the idea so we're donating a Tonic Studios Nuvo prize bundle to the winner, and all you have to do to take part is leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win the bundle, with the winner to be announced on the Lollyrot Scrapbooking Blog here on May 27th :)

Here's a video of a Gilded Card we put together on Tonic Live using our Gilding Flakes and Stamps, we hope you enjoy :)

You can find more information on the blog hop here, but from us good luck and happy hopping :)

Bloggers list:

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Win & Tonic May Challenge Inspiration (Mixed Media Tag) - Jennifer Kray

                                                               Hello, hello, hello

This weekend has been an interesting one for me so took the opportunity to sit at my desk and get down and dirty with some Nuvo products to create a mixed media tag.

I've been meaning to make something for a lovely friend for ages but time is always on the side of procrastination ;)

I've taken the opportunity to use the next Win & Tonic challenge theme(s), get my finger out and make something lovely. 

I was delighted to see 'using dies as stencils' as a theme this month. In true Jen style, I faffed around for about two hours but there is a lot of drying time, some of it needed to be air dried so as not to bubble the mousse. 

The finished tag is large - 7" x 3.5" and I hope you like it.

There are four elements to April's Challenge and you may use one, all or a mixture of the four. 

This month the choices are:

Colour - neutrals i.e. creams, taupes etc.
Technique -  stenciling with your dies
Product -  any Nuvo product
Theme - open theme so any occasion

There is some fabulous inspiration on the Win & Tonic Page. I do hope you enter - the winner is selected randomly and you can enter as many times as you like as long as you use at least one of the themes and something Tonic on your project. 

The prizes are always amazing and this month is no exception with it being the ENTIRE set of the new Essentials Lace Dies. 

Here's one of the cards I designed using the Essentials Lace Dies. Aren't they fabulous?! If you look closely you can see that the entire card blank has a small lacy border I cut out and attached for some delicate detail. 
But now for my mixed media tag details: 

Tonic Studios Materials
Verso Corner Die, Butterfly Purse, 411E (used as a stencil)

Other Materials: 
Mixed Media Paper
Emboss Pen - Clear
Momento Desert Sand 
Wire, various
Cheese Cloth
Modelling Paste
Mulberry Paper
Mini Belt Buckle
Mini Glass Vial
Old broken Earring
Fiskars 0.25-inch Circle Hand Punches

The Project: Mixed Media Tag
Theme: All 

1. To make the tag I used two pieces of mixed media card and cut out a piece 3.5" x 7", snipping the corners at the top to make the tag shape and then using a hand punch to make the hole at the top. I then repeated the process on some cardboard to sandwich between the two pieces of mixed media card. The back is gently decorated and there is a personal message for a lovely lady on it. 

2. Transfer a couple images or words from the Forever Moments transfer pack onto your tag front.

3. Die cut the geometrical shaped envelope corner die to use as a stencil.

4. Mix modelling paste and some of the brown and black aqua flow pens until you have the desired colour.

5. Use the coloured modelling paste and die stencil in random places on your tag. Allow to dry or heat set.

6. Use Momento Desert Sand ink heavily around the edges, bringing it into the tag for definition. 

7. Pop some Burnished Bronze Nuvo Mousse to darken the corners and to add further depth.

8. Using your stencil again but this time using Mother of Pearl Nuvo Mousse randomly around your tag. Allow to dry.

9. Very gently go over a few of your stencilled pieces with an emboss pen and then use Gold embossing powder. You might need to do this a few times.

10. Go in with your Mousse to complete the highlights and shading you require. Allow to dry.

Your die cut stencilled background is now complete. 

Sometimes choosing what we put on tags leaves me scratching my head so just grabbed some ribbon, tulle, cheese cloth and lace and applied Nuvo Mousse to them. In my junk drawer/treasure chest, I found a broken earring, a mini buckle, a small vial and some wire. Then I added a few Tonic butterflies and a sentiment. I had no paper flowers left and the dies I had just didn't fit so hand cut some rough rose layers on mulberry paper and hoped for the best. 

I then used a Nuvo pen and very gently head embossed the petals in gold and finished with glitter. I’m thinking I can get away with it as a shabby rose…

I had such a good time making this tag and although I’ve only ever made a few mixed media pieces, I absolutely loved the process. By the end my hands were covered in dried mousse and they were more like ‘The Things’ hands out of fantastic 4 but nothing a bit of soap and water couldn't fix. 

Even a broken earring has a place in mixed media. 

I really hope you enter this months competition and full details can be found here
That's all from me today - over and out! 
Lots of love

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Music of Love... - Lou Sims

It's another new challenge over on the "Win & Tonic" blog and this months prize is the fabulous Essential Lace Dies. There are 4 different themes to choose from and you can do all of them on your project or alternatively, just one. I've gone for three out of the four ...

Colour - neutrals ie creams, taupes etc
Product - any Nuvo product  
Theme - open theme so any occasion

I previously made a card using the guitar and music notes (see HERE) and knew I wanted to use the same items again for this months challenge card. Here's what I came up with ...

I began by creating my background using one of the strip dies to make a panel and I have softly coloured it with Nuvo aquaflow (soft pink) and brush script pens (   ). Next came layering all the different die cut and stamped elements.

I stamped the delicate detail stamps with    aquaflow pen and whilst wet, added some clear embossing powder. These were then watercoloured (again with the aquaflows) and cut out. I have gone for a soft neutral colour palate. Before placing them, I used the music score die cut as my placement point and began adding the flowers. 

The guitar was then added and as a finishing point, some extra vine leaves added. The leaves are a great way of hiding 3D foam pads and also any gaps. I have also used the same aquaflow pens to colour tint the guitar and make it merge with the foliage.

The sentiments are from the Whimiscal stamp sets, stamped with    aquaflow pen finished with some Nuvo drops. I do love this layout (even if I say so myself) and already have another colour way on the go as well as making a male themed card (minus the flowers) ... so watch this space ...

Monday and the weather is suitably naff but I have high hopes that it will brighten up which makes the week appear to go so much quicker.

Have a great day and don't forget to pop over to the "Win & Tonic" blog to check out the other fabulous projects,

x x x

Monday, 15 May 2017

Harry Hedgehog - Ruth Hamilton

Here's another card I made a while ago with the Tonic Studios Harry Hedgehog die from the Buildables die sets. I used t he Greek Temple dies for the background and lots of Crystal Drops.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Nicky Gilburt ATCs - Yes please!

If you're a fan of Tonic Studios you will surely have picked up on the buzz over their new ATC dies, showcased on Hochanda this weekend. 

What a lot of fun you can have with something so small!

Here are a few of my samples, showing the versatility of these little sets, 3.5x2.5 inches to be precise. The same size as a playing card.

A matching trio in red, black and gold, a classic combination. You might recognise elements from the Whimsical Frames, another recent release, and perfect, stamped and embossed, on these little cards.

I decided to try for a shaker ATC with this design, cutting a piece of acetate to place behind the window, and seeking out my sequins! 

Simple and stylish, I stamped with a Tonic Sentimental Strip stamp, It's your Special Day, and used a heart die to pick out some detail. Gorgeous Cobalt Blue Craft Perfect satin card complimented the concept.

My city trio, with the travel dies, I tried to incorporate something from each country, hence the blue-white-red of the tricolore, the famous London Bridge, and the unmistakeable landmarks of New York. Lots of fun, this trio!

Perhaps my favourite? I made a long ticket tape out of the 'A Note to Say' die, well, for long - three cuts isn't exactly an arduous task! But it worked really well with the 'hello' die (my favourite component of the whole set!) 

But these don't just have to be ATCs - build them up on cards-
With this one I used the Delicate Detail stamps and Distress Oxides inks

The fabulous Tonic layering stars die made this card to show off this funky little ATC

I found this zig zag paper in a Tonic paper pad, so the colour scheme was easy, especially given the range of colours in the Tonic Craft Perfect cardstock selection, all of which I have used here making these ATCs and cards!

Love this little dog from the Marmelade and Friends collection of stamps, very cute indeed! I picked colours that matched with the backing paper I found and created this quick and easy notelet card.

Not even a card...

Four ACTs hinged together and an easy base in the bottom, et voila! A tealight holder (artificial candle of course!) 
No end to the opportunities with these little ATCs - I think they are fab! 

Thanks for reading, I'd love to know your thoughts on ATCs, leave me a comment to let me know!

Happy crafting

Victoria Dalziel - Me to You

Good morning everyone , well the sun is definitely  out in Cheshire today doesn't it put a spring in your step,Hope everyone managed to watch Jodie at 10 am on Hochanda be sure to stay tuned through the weekend as we have Jodie with the ATC launch and Dawny is on also with some stamping / colouring shows so lots to watch from Tonic this weekend.
Me to you ATC

Me to you ATC made into a topper for a card

Thank you for taking a look at my blog this morning 

Until next time 

Victoria Dalziel - Sent with Love

Good morning everyone, well where did that weekend go ,it flew  but I did have lots of fun making ATC's for swaps so that's probably why time flew I was having so much fun playing oh and Colouring our Dawny was on Hochanda at the weekend with our Nuvo Alcohol  pens the techniques were awesome so I just had to have a play.

This morning I have a card I made with the ATC's to share with you .

Die sst used:- me to you ATC
Geometric layering die set
Card blank is 7"x7" 

The little pocket that the tag sits in measures :-

9"x 4  1/2" and you score at 3" ,6", then score length ways 1/2" cut the tabs off on the left and right and just leave a tab in the bottom middle section this will form  the pocket then with a circle hole punch or a circle layering die make a hole at the top of the pocket this will help you slide the tag in and out then decorate the front of the pocket with the me to you ATC in co-ordinating colours to your card, then make your tag with the Sent with love ATC and again matching colours.

Thank you for popping by today

Until next time