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

Playing amongst the presents - Louise Sims

I thought I'd share one of projects that I made for the recent Tonic Studios Festive Friend's launch on Hochanda using one of the cute cat images, placing him in one of the bauble blisters to create a shaker card.

I began by stamping the circle bauble and then cutting it our with the matching die. With the outer die only, I cut another panel on white stamping card. Carefully draw around the inner circle of your stamped bauble giving you now the correct placement for your stamping. Next stamp and colour the cat - I chose to work with my Brush Scripts. On a separate piece of card, stamp & colour the cat image which will be used to create a decoupage layer. The circle bauble was also coloured with Brush Scripts.

Before joining all the elements together, I added some sequins, placing them on top of the cat, then added the circle blister to form the shaker. Doesn't he look so cute hiding amongst the presents?

The leaves are created using the Delicate Detail Vine Flourish stamps, coloured with Brush Scripts and then cut out. They have been layered up to create the look of a full tree ... fingers crossed that they do. The lickle baubles are from the Rudolph Reindeer Buildables set and they were the 'left overs' from another project.

I do sooooo love the look of this card - which for me is nearly, not quite, verging on CAS styleeee - that I have several others prepped ready to make. I can't decide whether these should be 'hand out' cards or I should make boxes to put them in ... decision, decisions, decisions ...

How are your Christmas preparations going? I'm starting to worry about myself as I've now got several presents, half my cards made and starting to stock pile the 'booze'! This level of festive organisation is simply not heard of from me ... lol.


Anniversary Gifts - Victoria Dalziel

Good afternoon everyone, hope everyone is well and ready for the weekend, I have been playing with my blog the last few days and given it a bit of a face lift .Today I am sharing a card I created for a gift with a matching gift box all created with Tonic Studios Die Sets.

Materials used are :-
Victorian layering die sets 
Happy Anniversary Sentiments
Ocean blue craft perfect card stock 
Bright white craft perfect card stock
White 300gsm base card 
Craft perfect Silver mirror card
Pale mint card from my stash
Foamiran handmade flowers
Organza ribbon & gem embellishment
Tonic Studios Deluxe Glue

The box was created using Tonic Studios construction accitate and decorated with Tonic Studios- Tiara corner dies
300gsm white card stock 
Bright white craft perfect
Ocean Blue craft perfect
Tonic Studios Deluxe Glue

Tonic Studios Kaleidoscope die sets 
Craft perfect Bright White card stock 
Craft perfect Ocean Blue card stock
300gsm white base card
Silver mirror card
Tonic Studios -With love Sentiment
Nuvo glitter drops - aquatic Mist
Tonic Studios Deluxe Glue

The card is 8" x 8" using most of the Victorian Layers adding foam pads to different layers to get depth & dimension to the card and adding Happy Anniversary to the centre with a slight drop shadow, the flowers were created using Foamiran in white, coloured with Gelatos and a damp baby wipe and then using an iron to heat the Foamiran and then Twisting and shaping the petals until you happy with the shape then threaded the stamen embellishments through the middle of each flower and then using a hot glue gun place on the card.
The box is just slightly larger than 8" x 8" using a score board allow an extra 1" depth all the way around obviously the lid needs to be a fraction bigger than the base to achieve a nice flush finish you will need to cut the centre of the box out with a ruler and craft knife then using the construction accitate to cover the inside of the box using red liner tape .The box is then decorated in Tonic Studios -Tiara corner dies set die cutting two layers one in bright white craft perfect and one in Ocean Blue craft perfect card stock and slightly creating a drop shadow these are then placed on each corner with Tonic Studios Deluxe glue.

The Kaleidoscope box is the largest die sets in the set and the base of the box is made with 300gsm white card stock and all the decorative panels are created using the craft perfect Ocean Blue and Bright white craft perfect card stock.first of all you want to make the base up then cutting the side panels these are all glued together using wet deluxe glue as it allows a little wriggle time before its stuck for good absolutely perfect for Dimensional projects as well as card making.once all the side panels are glued together and dry you need to add a little glue to the inside of the base side panels and you want to bend the panel in on the crease like a half moon aline the crease from the side score lines to the base and then run your hand around the inside of the box .now your ready to create the lid so again like the base but this time where the glue flaps close flush like the base the lid you just want to glue just shy of the score line this allows your lid to be placed without struggling to fit it. Now it's up to you how you wish to decorate it,I have just chosen Ocean Blue and Bright white for this box and card but it could be for any occasion and colour you wish, I'm thinking this Kaleidoscope box would look stunning for Xmas with Tartan papers panels and then add a reindeer die flying around the box .
To finish the box I added the gorgeous rolled flowers cutting out 31 and using a quilting tool just rolled them up let them expand a little then with hot glue glued them shut and then glued them to the lid with more hot glue.

Thank you so much for joining me today apologies for a long post
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Until next time 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Stamping with gilding flakes - Louise Sims

Although I have had my Tonic Monthly card kit - 2nd to be released - a wee while, I have only recently had time to play with it properly. The kits come jam packed with goodies and there is oodles of crafty products to create with ...

 Tonic Craft Kit no.2

For my first project I have made a tag card using nearly everything in the kit on my project ...

I began by creating the tag shape layering several of the embossed card that is in the kit. Next using the dies, I created a succession of layers: some to create edging strips, one as a background panel and then the final to act as a frame.

I have stamped lots of the elements, using the glue pen supplied, and once tacky, adding gilding flakes to create my outlines. I have then coloured in the holly and berry elements - again using the Nuvo Creative pens supplied and the Nuvo Berry Red crystal drops. Some of the corners have been stamped directly on to the die cut panels and others cut out to create embellishments.

Using a piece of the red embossed card, I created a buckle effect through the gold frame. Next I added a poinsettia and several of the stamped embellishment elements. As a finishing touch I added some Craft Perfect twine and then threaded some of the smaller bauble elements on to it. These are created with the embellishment dies included in the kit.

To tie all the elements together I have added some green bakers twine, more stamped and coloured corners, plus oodles of the smaller die cuts in co-ordinating colours.

I must admit that I am 'chuffed to bits' with the stamping using the gilding flakes and will definitely be using this technique again. What's your favourite stamping technique? Please share as I do love to try out new ideas,