Tuesday, 29 July 2014

It's Hunkydory......

Morning all.... 

Where does the time go?? It seems to be whizzing so quickly through this year, it will soon be time to put my Santa Countdown on my ol' blog.... 

This week saw me make a big change to my crafty life. I have given up Docrafts, and my last demonstration for them will be at Doncaster this Sunday. It was a decision I came to after alot of thinking and wondering (as you do!) and everything considered, decided it was for the best. 

It has given me lots more free time to play work with my Tonic dies too... so much fun ahead and more cuddles with my Jodie... what more could I ask for?! Tonic as a whole are a fantastic set of folks to work with and I couldn't have been made to feel more welcome and part of the team by Jodie. Love that girl!

This week saw me up at Hunkydory in Preston demonstrating for Tonic, and featured mainly the Beautiful Bramble, Vine and Twine dies... aren't they beautiful?! So this morning I thought I would share a little bit of inspiration from the demo and put a few cards up. These were quick demo's but I hope you like them. 

This card above features embossing folders, dies and the lovely sentiment dies that came out a while ago. Quite a simple card, but I used a pink and grey colour combination which I love. 

This is the Beautiful Bramble... love it! So fine and elegant. I have drop shadowed the die cut and added some mirror card behind it. I used a little decoupage for the centre, but this can be anything you wish. 

The vine oval is just great to give your cards a different look. You can see how the Twine corners work perfectly at the sides of the shape. The little flowers were punched, shaped and inked from the Tonic punches. 

And finally, a little Twisted Twine card. Simply cut and mounted onto a layer of snowy blue background paper and a little topper that I found in my stash last week. Love the Great Tit... one of my favourite birds. So pretty. 

I hope you like my little selection of projects for today... Onto today's To Do list now, and samples need making, things need doing and cleaning .... well, I think that can wait for a few hours. 

Happy Crafting all!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Cricut meets Tonic!

Isn't it funny... when you start playing with things in the craft room, how one thing tend to lead to another!

I absolutely love the new sentiment panels from Tonic, and the matching dies, so this was my starting point. I was playing around with the new Christmas ones and layering them up. I did a shadowing with a piece of pink cardstock and then decided to keep the background quite simple. 

Looking through my cartridges for the Cricut the other day, I saw this shape on my Christmas one. I also had some cricut markers that I've had for a while, so thought I would give them a go. 

The marker I chose was a brown colour, and I scaled up the image to draw around 5 inches. I love the fact you can watercolour over the drawn image too... so I used a distress marker to add a pink shade to the image. 

I added some liquid pearls to the design too, and edged it with a little bit of glitter to add some bling. 

And look at the sentiment... isn't the font just awesome! I love these panels. 

The panel itself is white based, which means that you can colour it, ink it, spritz it - generally, do what you want to it colourwise. I chose to edge it with a little bit of gold ink to shade it to the cream of the Centura pearl that I'd used to draw the image onto. 

And that is my post for today. I loved making this card. I loved getting creative with the cricut even more.... technology isn't really my strong point (unless it comes to photoshop and photo editing! lol) so I really feel like I've achieved a little bit of success with this card. 

I hope you like it too... how do you mix your crafting stash? Let me know... I'd love to hear about your 'cross-purposing'!

Until next time... happy Crafting xxxxx
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