Thursday, 8 December 2016

With Love on your Birthday - Claire Rhodes-Brandon

My card for this month's Die-cutting Essentials featuring the fab free gift from Tonic Studios, a gorgeous fancy tag die set. The magazine is available from most high street newsagents and supermarkets or from
I am delighted to have made the front cover :)
And here's the great free gift, well worth the cost of the magazine, not to mention all of the inspiration inside. Grab yourself a copy, you won't regret it :)

Monday, 5 December 2016

Love Life - Edna Taylor

Good afternoon and welcome to the blog today.

I have a final card to share from the recent Mandala Moments launch by Tonic Studios on Create & Craft.

Tonic products used -
Mandala Moments - Love, Dragonfly
Inspirations sentiment
Harrop Layering dies 
Ice White Pure Sheen glitter
Essentials Card Stock

I've added glitter to the dragonfly and Love and completely covered the Inspiration sentiment but it is difficult to pick it up in the photo.

I hope you are looking forward to playing with your new dies and stamps. I can't wait to see what you do with them. 😄 

Have a super weekend!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Love You - Edna Taylor

Good morning and welcome to the blog today.

We have a launch of Tonic Studios new stamp and die set - Mandala Moments on Create & Craft with the lovely Hels.
Join her for lots of fab demos and inspiration at 4.00, 6.00 and 10.00pm today.

Tonic Products used - 
Mandala Moments - Love, For and Dragonfly die and stamp sets
Craft Perfect Bright White card stock
White embossing powder
White gloss and Ebony Black Crystal drops

Thank you for joining me today.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Hello! - Edna Taylor

Good afternoon and welcome to the blog today.
Tune into C & C at 5.00pm for the launch of the Tonic Idyllics Black Friday deal. 
Jodie is back again at 9.00pm with lots more inspiration from the team. 

This is a really elegant collection of dies and matching embossing folders that will add beautiful detail to your cards.
The dies are Verso so that you can leave the design in the card or cut it out - you choose.

Tonic products used - 
Idyllics Filigree Affections die and embossing folder
Bowscale layering dies
Hello stamped sentiment
Swirling Frame layering dies (for sentiment plaque)

A pic to show the lovely deep emboss from the matching folder.

I'm sure you will have a lot of fun with these. Don't forget to tune in! 
For more inspiration and lots of ideas go to the Tonic blog where you will find links to social media and Pinterest etc. 

Thank you for joining me today.
Have a great weekend! 😊

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Make Your Presents Felt - Doda Smith

I was keen to test how the Tonic Tangerine Die Cutting machine handles felt. I was impressed. It cuts through it like butter. The felt I like to use is a wool mix felt, not too thick. I used the Kings Cross Case die to get the general shape for this bag. I trimmed off the flaps that are there for gluing and used blanket stitch instead to make this mini tote bag which is just the right size for a gift card.

The top flap of the bag I tucked in and used running stitch to hold down. The creases that are indented by the die make it easy to fold at the right places. I had fun embellishing the front of the bag with this little oak leaf design from the autumn leaves die sets.

I have a feeling this will become a handbag for my daughter's rag dolls.
Why not try cutting some felt with your dies. The Tonic Studios verso dies are perfect for this as you can use the outline dies to cut your felt.  I hope this gives you some ideas.

Have a lovely day

Monday, 21 November 2016

Fanciful Florals - Large Heart Corner - Edna Taylor

Good morning and welcome to the blog today.

I have another card to share from the current Weekender on Create & Craft using the fabulous Heart Corner die.

Tonic products used - 
Bowscale layering die set for card base
Venetian Lace layering die set
Fanciful Floral Large Heart Corner
Gloss White Crystal drops
Ice White Glitter
Aquatic Mist drops

A sideways view

A view to show the layering

It's a special day for me today as it's my birthday. I had a super evening out with my two daughters last night as is our tradition. Hubby takes care of the family meal and we will all be together to celebrate at our favourite Italian restaurant. I do like my food! :) 

I've been very spoiled - I could get used to it! LOL

Have a lovely day and thank you for joining me.


Friday, 18 November 2016

On Your Day - Claire Rhodes-Brandon

Tomorrow sees the launch of some more gorgeous dies from
Tonic Studios. The Fanciful Floral dies are so pretty, they include corners and strip dies that will be a great addition to your die collection.
For this card I’ve used Bountiful Bouquet to create a centre piece
for my card.
The first show is on Create & Craft at 9am with more shows throughout the weekend, hope you can catch some :)