Thursday, 29 March 2018

Happy Easter

I did some crafting! At least half my craft supplies are still in boxes after our recent move but yesterday I finally found my inks and got straight into making some Easter cards before it's too late.

I used the Stampin' Up! Hello Easter stamp set to make that pretty folk art egg. Using my Tonic Studios Stamping Platform I got to restamp the photopolymer stamp a few times to get a nice deep colour. And then to repeat that 6 times so I had enough eggs to make 6 cards. 

Then I used card bases and assorted bits and pieces from the Stampin' Up! Perennial Birthdays Kit which comes in the cutest box with tabs that you can use to organise your birthday cards in by month:
That just makes my organizer heart so happy:-)

So tell me, do you make Easter Cards? Any other Easter crafts maybe?

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Friday, 10 November 2017

You Rock My World: A Mixed Media Rock And Roll Explosion

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 GuitarRococo Petite Musical Note and the Rococo Music Perfect Harmony. I also die cut the Stampin' 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?



Sunday, 15 October 2017

Win and Tonic: It's autumn!

One of this month's Win and Tonic themes is "Autumn colour" and as this is one of my favourite colour combinations it was easy to come up with a project:

I used a sketch I had found in Scrapbook and Cards magazine. I have a subscription to the paper version but you can read the electronic version online for free:-) It's full of card making and scrapbooking inspiration.

It was a pretty quick card to make so I actually made 2 in the same crafting session. I got to use a brand new Tonic product: Craft Perfect Striped Baker's Twine. This baker's twine will match the Craft Oerfect Cardstock and I used Espresso Brown on this card. I put some glue on the ends of the twin to keep them from unravelling.

For the finishing details I put little dots of Nuvo Drops on. These drops come in many colours and you can lots of different things with them but I use them mainly as a cost effective alternative to enamel dots:-)

For a chance of winning some great Tonic Crafty goodies head on over to the Win and Tonic blog and check out all the catergories you could enter in. Or just go and have a look for a lovely array of inspiration for your next crafting session.

Have fun!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Layering it up. Win and Tonic Challenge September 2017

Today I'd like to share with you a card I made for the new Win and Tonic challenge over at the blog. There are several choices to choose from and I choose the Technique Challenge which is all about adding dimension to your card. 

I used several techniques to add dimension to my card:

- Heat Embossing: I heat embossed the Tonic Studios Delicate Detail - Floral Flourish Stamp in white onto the card base. I also heat-embossed the "Happy" (Darkroom Doors - Whimsical Words) onto some vellum.
- Folding the Vellum over the card base was my second technique for adding dimension. Vellum can be tricky to adhere so I cut it a bit wider than my card and folded it behind the background panel to adhere.
- My third technique for adding dimension was to add some transparent Tonic Studios NUVO Jewel drops in Grey Mist (which dries clear, like water droplets). They really worked well with my water droplet background made with my new Tim Holz Distress Inks. 

So how do you like to add dimension to your projects? Let me know in the comments.

And be sure to head on over to the Win and Tonic Blog to see the other samples and why not add a card yourself and maybe you win some lovely Tonic Studios Goodies!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Win and Tonic Challenge: Oxidized Copper Guilding

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

Monday, 15 May 2017

Win and tonic Challenge May: Awesome Awesome Awesome

It's Win and Tonic time again peeps! And I am so excited about the Product Theme this month: Any Nuvo Product! Nuvo products are Tonic's colour media: markers, embossing powders, embellishment mousse and...glitter and glimmer!

I decided to have a play with the fabulous Glimmer Pastes. I die cut the Rococo Sneakers Die several times from white cardstock and stacked them on top of each other. Then I put some white cardstock behind it and carefully filled the empty space with Glimmer Paste in Pink Opal and Amethyst Purple. When that was dry I die cut one more sneaker from gold glitter paper and put it on top.

To make the actual card I used one of the Tonic Craft Perfect Foiled Card Blanks as a base and added a strip of turqoise dotted paper at the bottom. I die cut the word Awesome from the Miniature Moments - Awesome, Cool & Sweet die set and used a coloured in flower from the Delicate Detail Floral Flourish Stamp Set.

I hope you are inspired to make something too. Go and check out the Win and Tonic Blog to see what the other DT-members have made and what this month's price is:-)

This month these are you choices:

Colour - neutrals ie creams, taupes etc
Technique - stenciling with your dies
Product - any Nuvo product
Theme - open theme so any occasion
International Entries also qualify!

Happy Crafting!

Love,  Sonja

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Win & Tonic April Challenge: Stripe Inlay using the Best Friends die

Hello there!
I have some Spring inspiration for you and another change to win some fab Tonic Studios Goodies by taking part in the Tonic & Win Challenge this month.

The themes this month are:

Colour - think Spring, so anything pastel, greens, whatever makes you think of this season
Technique - make an Easter Treat box or bag or gift
Product – any basic shape die
Theme – open theme so any occasion
You can take one of the themes above and you need to use at least one Tonic Studios product. Make sure you have your entry posted by May 13th to be considered for a price. You can add it to the blog or post it on the Win & Tonic Monthly Challenge Facebook page.

I decided to go with the Spring Colours theme and made this Striped Cardstock Inlay card with the Tonic Studios Miniature Moments Best Friends die.

I learned this inlay technique from one of Jennifer McGuire's YouTube videos. I just used up some leftover cardstock in fresh spring colours and cut them into different size strips using my Tonic Studios 8" Guillotine. I then applied that to a piece of adhesive paper.

You can then die cut the sentiment, making sure you keep the inside bits of the letters. You die cut the sentiment one more time from regular white cardstock. You then adhere another piece of adhesive sheet right behind the die cut "window", this will allow you to put the white die cut into the striped piece. And then you can pop in the inner bits and pieces as well.

I then cut the who striped piece down a bit and matted on a piece of copper card. I adhered all that onto a white card blank.

Love how it turned out!

Hope you have fun in the challenge yourself. Make sure you check out all the other inspiration on the blog.