Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Fluttering by.....

Howdy all....

I hope you are all doing okay this week.... isn't the weather amazing at the moment? However, I can't believe that I've been reading it's going to get snow up in the hills??!!

Whilst I've been away this past week at the Craft show in Shepton Mallet - we've been doing workshops there -  Jodie has been slaving away bringing lots of lovely stuff to your screens. We started off with the Craftinator - the layering dies and shutter dies, and also the Weekender - Tonic's new Rococo stamps and die sets.

This is the card that I wanted to show you today.... and it uses a little bit of the both of the shows.

The main part of the card was embossed with an Idyllics folder, but you could also opt to leave the background nice and plain - there is alot of detail went into the card, so I'm sure a plain background would be just fine 'n' dandy!

The other elements of the card are the central Boudoir Square base from the Indulgence collection and the VERY lovely lacey circles that have just been released.

The circles were cut from the smaller sizes of the set, so they fit perfectly into the Square base. The little daisy was from the Entwined Trellis dies, and I cut the layers from cardstock and also from felt so that there was a little texture coming into the card.

Now these adorable little butterflies, which is my main element of the card, were cut from our Weekender dies. They were the Rococo stamp and die sets, although I just chose to use the dies for these. You could of course stamp and emboss before using your outside edge to release the image.

I added a little pearl drop to the centre of the daisy, and also along the body of the butterflies. A small amount of sparkle was then added onto the pearl drop to finish.

I have provided a little shopping list below, should you want to get anything I've used...

Shopping List 

Cardstock available from PayPerBox Ltd
Tonic Indulgence Elegant Soiree Window - Boudoir Square base - 455e
Tonic Idyllics Embossing folder and die set - Garland Fancy - 22e
Tonic Entwining Trellis Die set - Delicate Daisy - 768e
Tonic Celtic Dream Layering die set - 209e
Tonic Rococo Die and stamp set - Felicity Butterfly - 1040e
Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops - Pearl White - 651n
Tonic Nuvo Glitter collection - Diamond - 705n

Friday, 24 April 2015

Shutter Die inspiration......

Hi all....
As promised, here is my little post to share a project with the shutter dies....
I have used them in the centre of the card to create an insert, and just added some plainer decoration to the front of the card.

 The lovely shapes that you have in the centre panels are from the extra sections you get with your dies. You also get some fabulous instructions with them too, to create a selection of different types of effects.
I have kept mine quite simple on this card to show the basic type of fold you can do.
I'm sure you will be checking out the Tonic Gold website to get more ideas and inspiration for these dies... I'm sure I will. xxxx

Thursday, 23 April 2015

On a jolly.......

 Hi everyone....
I'm back after a busy week or so to share a little post with you all....
This week has seen me over in Belfast, but unfortunately not much scenery photographs to take there, but here in Shepton Mallet is a different matter!
Somerset is a beautiful county, full of interesting things to see, least of all the wonder that is the Cheddar Gorge. I visited it many years ago and decided as we were so near to it at the Showground here, I would have a little girly road trip with Sharon, my Tonic Workshop buddie, to revisit and grab a bite to eat.
You can see from the pictures just how beautiful it is.... simply stunning. What a view! They seem to grow up into the air for miles. It is just breathtaking!
We drove upto the top of the Gorge, then turned round and drove back down. We drove slowly, stopping on the way down in the parking areas to grab a few pictures as we went. And to talk to the little sheep... it was important to talk to the sheep!

Isn't it amazing? And the best bit?? There was a little pub / restaurant at the bottom of the Gorge that sells wonderful food... so evening meal was sorted too.
I then put the postcode to our accommodation back into the sat nav, and it took us back up the Gorge and through the little lanes back to Wincanton, which is near where are stopping.... **happy sigh** 
That's all for now..... I will be back tomorrow with a little project for you from this weeks Craftinator shows... hope you've been watching to see the dies in action. There are so many possibilities with them.
Until then..... happy Crafting! xxxx


Monday, 20 April 2015

A little inspiration.....

Morning all..... 

I'm just about recovered now from my busy work schedule, and I'm pleased to say that Jodie is now on the mend, and up and running. So, I can get back to sharing a few little bits and bobs with you all.

This last week has seen me fly over to Belfast with the Tonic Workshops to bring you the opportunity to create a great project, which I will share after this next weeks workshops in Shepton Mallett. The workshops are a fantastic way of having a go at using the Tonic dies, and even better, trying out the new Tonic Tangerine machine - it's fantastic!!

But, as you may have seen over the past few days, Create and Craft have had the Tonic Craftinator. This weeks Tonic release is a new three dimensional die, the Shutter card die. And this is my post for today.... 

There are a few different ones to choose from, but my favourite has to be the one I've used below - Liberty. 

As you can see, even though these are shutter dies, you can use various elements of them to create a standard flat type card. No dimension needed. So, don't feel scared of them. There are full instructions on how to create the shutter style if that's what you'd like to do, but you have options!

The centre panel of the card is a mix of new and old. I have used the newer Elegant Oval to create the outer white frame, and paired it up with the Oval Trellis to give a detailed pattern for my topper. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed playing working with this set, and I am sure you will enjoy seeing all the other inspiration posts that are on the Tonic Gold website and also the Tonic Blog

Shopping List 

Tonic Indulgence Shutter die - Liberty 1027e
Tonic Layering Die - Elegant Oval 527e
Tonic Deco Oval Trellis Base  506e
cardstock - from  Payperbox
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