Saturday, 15 July 2017

Win & Tonic Challenge - July


It's time for another Win & Tonic Challenge. The July challenge is REALLY exciting for a couple reasons. One - the theme is anything goes! As long as there is something Tonic on your project then you can enter it. And two - the prize is the AMAZING Cathedral Box Die Collection. The winner is selected randomly so everyone has a chance of winning! 

Anything Goes: you are free to make whatever you want, and as long as it has something ‘Tonic’ on it

How to enter
At the bottom of the Win and Tonic blog post you will see this button.  

There is a Facebook Group you can join and simply upload your entries there. They will then be added to the competition. 

You can enter as many times as you want but please do make it's a NEW CARD as we don’t allow backlinking. 

Tonic Cathedral Box Collection - this is the BRAND NEW Cathedral Box! 

There is also fabulous inspiration on the Win & Tonic Page from all the other wonderful ladies so be sure to check it out - and enter. 

Inspiration 1:
My first project is using the cathedral box, which is the prize this month!. Isn't it stunning? I added the Tonic ATC as gift tag - it works perfectly, don't you think? 

Inspiration 2:
My second project fits the bill of anything goes. Using Black and Grey Nuvo Products for a masculine card. 

Oh I really hope you enter as the prize is super amazing! If you want to see how
I made the inky card there are blog posts from me on this technique here and here

Good luck! 
Lots of love and hugs

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Smoosh Me Blue

Hello and good morning
Carrying on with my smooshing technique, this is Part 2. Now that I've gotten to grips with the basics, which you can see here, and after watching Julie Hickey in action 
here, I was ready for some more cardmaking. 
Tonic Studios Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad, Black Shadow
Distress inks -Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Shabby Shutters, Black Soot, Abandoned Coral
Oxide inks - Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Worn Lipstick
Thick Watercolour Card 300gsm
Craft Perfect, Black Card
Craftwork Cards 6x6 cardblanks cut down to A2 size - 5.5" x 4.25"
Craftwork Cards Candi Fix
Craftwork Cards Alphabet Stamp Set (LOVE THIS)
Tonic Studios and Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Triangular Paper Clip
12x12 multi stencil - no idea who makes it
Card 1
I grabbed my stencil and smooshed it into my inks, then placed it on my piece of watercolour card (5.25" x 4")and repeated this several times with different designs and colours. Don't you think the effect is cool?

I tried and repeated several times, and mat and layered onto a piece of A2 black cardstock using candi fix for dimension. 

Using another piece of watercolour card, I popped it into my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform using the Alphabet Stamps from Craftwork Card and the Hybrid ink, Black Shadow - from Tonic Studios. I then coloured in the lettering with distress inks, made a small banner tail and used a really cool triangular paper clip to hold the sentiment in place.  

Card 2
More stencil and smooshing but this time I went in with my fingers through the stencil to blend the image and inks together. Again, it is an A2 card and the same mat and layer as above applies. I only stencilled twice here, first with Broken China and then with worn lipstick. I used Abandoned Coral straight from the ink pad and onto my fingers through the stencil in a few areas. 
I stamped the image again and coloured in, placing the strip across the design of the card. 

Card 3
No stencils here, just smooshing from my glass matt. I left the ink quite thick and added just a little water. I then picked up most of it with a scrap piece of paper until it started to get blotty (is that even a word? haha).

I repeated this several times until I had built up some nice depth. The sentiment is again stamped on to watercolour card and laid across the front. 

I adore these cards and they are going to three very special peope who will appreciate the sentiment. 
meraki [may-rah-kee] - to put your soul into something, to put a little bit of yourself into it; create with passion and love
I've really enjoyed  myself these past few days making 2 sets of cards in different colourways. You can see my first blog post here
Thank you for taking the time to come visit my blog. 
Happy Crafting
Jennifer xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Smooshing Technique - three of a kind

Morning everyone :)

I needed some time out and what better way than to sit at my desk and try a new technique.

My friend Julie Hickey recently made a video showing a 'how to' smoosh with Craftwork Cards products and you can see it
here. I was inspired to make something after watching Julie in action and knew this would be my next project - so thank you Julie for inspiring me! x

Tonic Studios Nuvo Hybrid Ink Pad, Black Shadow
Ranger White Glacier White Pigment
Distress inks - Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral

Oxide inks - Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick
Nuvo Crystal Drops, English Mustard
Thick Watercolour Card 300gsm
Craft Perfect, Black Card
Craftwork Cards 6x6 cardblanks cut down to A2 size - 5.5" x 4.25"
Craftwork Cards Candi Fix
Craftwork Cards Alphabet Stamp Set 
Tonic Studios and Tim Holtz Stamp Platform. 
Card 1
I started bright and made three different cards in the same colourway. 
This was my first smooshing attempt, just like Julie shows us how to do it in the video and boy is it vibrant! 
A little too vibrant for me so I dug out one of my 12x12 multi stencils and inked through it with Ranger Glacial White Pigment Ink Pad for a very subtle contrast.
I was much happier with it now and didn't think a sentiment was needed. I may add one later but think it's beautiful on its own. 
Card 2
Deeper colour on my second card. Again I used the same stencil sheet but this time used the Fossilized Amber with my fingers through the stencil. 
This definitely needs a topper and sentiment but that's for another day. 
Card 3
My third card for this colourway set was more controlled with the inks I picked up as I wanted to leave some white space. 
For my final card I added a sentiment, using the Tonic Studios Hybrid Black Shadow Ink Pad and mydelicious Craftwork Cards Alphabet Stamps. The card was finished off using a  Copic 0.3 Multiliner to make a border and Nuvo English Mustard Crystal Drops.
Watercolour card can be tricky to stamp on and so I used my new Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform which gives perfect results every time. 
I chose the word kalon for my card today as it means beauty - inside and out. You are my passion, my love, my kalon. Isn't that a beautiful sentiment for someone you love?! I'm a little nervous to share these as I hope Julie thinks I've done her video justice.
I've made another set I'll share tomorrow in a blue colourway and can't wait to share them! 
Until then - lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Oh Santa, not in July!

Crikey it's HOT tonight! The later it get the hotter it feels.

Today I'm sharing just a few of the samples I made with the Tonic Studios Christmas Buildables. These dies' are adorable but you'll not be making any quick cards with these suckers as they take patience to construct but they're worth it! We've kept them very simple and only used the elements within the set as they are so cute you don't need anything fancy with them.

I love this script font as it looks like it's been hand written. I used the blue and purple Aquaflow pens for a simple splatter background, along with Craft Perfect Paper and Black Nuvo Drops to finish the card.
There's also this sweet little reindeer. I added some Glimmer Paste though a stencil to give the impression of falling snow. I didn't want to take away from the reindeer image so decided to stick with the white background, which gives a very subtle effect.
Now we're looking at some of the pieces for Mr & Mrs Claus. Don't be fooled into thinking this is an easy make - it isn't. But it's relaxing and fun. So I set about cutting out all the pieces I needed with a few practice pieces for colour variation etc.
This is actually the finished card and is what I imagined the pair to be like in July. I used the beard for her hair to achieve a beehive look. She certainly looks shocked by what she's hearing! 
Although the card clearly says Jingle Bells - what Mr Claus actually said was a little different....
That's it from me, I hope you like these Buildables and don't forget to share your Tonic makes #showtonic so they can be seen on the live shows, Friday 4pm with Ali, Owain and Dan. 

See you soon
Lots of love and hugs
Jennifer xx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A Trio of Trios

As it's mid year, that can only mean one thing for papercrafters...Christmas! With that in mind, I'd like to share with you a trio of cards made with the new Tonic Rococo Plus - Christmas Trio Die Sets.
I love the simplicity of these designs but you can also created fabulously elaborate cards with them if you want. 

Tonic Materials:
Tangerine Die Cutting Machine 138E
Rococo Plus Christmas Trio Reindeer Family 1779E
Majestic Gold Pearlescent Card A4 250gsm - 9500E 
Blushing Pink Pearlescent Card A4 250GSM - 9503E
Bright White A4 216GSM - 9016E
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Pale Gold - 676N
Craft Guillotine 12 Inch - 152E
Nuvo - Deluxe Adhesive - 200N
Circle Layering Die Set - 481E
Tonic Merry Christmas Sentiment Die Set 1
Tonic Merry Christmas Sentiment Die Set 1

Other Materials: 
Black Smooth Card

Foam pads and taps
Craftwork Cards Sophisticate USB
Sequins from Lucy's Shop 

Today I focused on clean, simple designs.
My colourway is black, white and gold. Card 1 focuses on this beautiful sentiment.  I cut it out five times in white and adhered parts of them around the card for some added depth. I then cut black and used dimensional foam to lift up the white layer and place the sentiment in the centre. Simple and effective. 
My second card is a lovely shaker card using two monotone paper designs, a gorgeous Christmas sentiment and a lovely little reindeer. I've also used the Craftwork Cards new Sophisticate USB monochrome collection. Super fun card and dead easy to make! 
My third card is a simple black card. If you look closely, you can see 12 black reindeer I cut out to make a subtle background. I also used another stunning sentiment from the new collection and a slightly different designed reindeer to the one above. A added Pale Gold Nuvo Drops to finish. 
Well, that was a quick and easy blog post from me today! I really enjoyed stripping away the layers and concentrating on simpler designs. Not sure if I nailed it but you've got to have a go :) 

Lot of love and hugs

Jennifer xx

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