Friday, 24 April 2015

Beautiful Butterflies

Who doesn't love butterflies. These are the new butterfly stamps that come with the set of three dies of which I have only used one on this occasion. The dies and stamps are interchangeable which means you have so many options. They are so pretty!
I have a feeling that these will sell out quickly when they are launched on Create and Craft TV this weekend.
May your garden be full of butterflies and blossoms.



Brown paper packages tied up with string...


These latest dies from Tonic are a few of my favourite things. Hearts and butterflies...dies and stamps. Gorgeous! I had to try the stamps out right away, and made this pretty wrapping paper and coordinating gift tag. I love how one of the heart dies has little holes all around, perfect for stitching.

Doesn't it look adorabubble.
I can't show you what's in the package just now. But I'll show you when it's been gifted.

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Monday, 20 April 2015

Holidays are over

Sigh ! It's back to routine after a lovely holiday. Time to catch up on all that needs doing. This photo was taken at a very tranquil local spot called Lily Loch. We will need to go back there in a while and see if there are actually any Lilies there. There were none visible while we visited, perhaps they are still dormant.
But the reflections on the water were beautiful and rejuvenating.
And it was a delight to see the blossoms on the trees and hear the gentle hum of the bees.

Ah well....time to work my way through my long "To Do " list now. :-)

Have a lovely day.


Friday, 17 April 2015

Tonic Studios Camelia Layering Die



This is a lovely set of layering dies to play with. So many things I could make with these. Here I've just made a simple little card for a friend - and a little gift tag to coordinate. These dies are part of the latest launch on Create and Craft TV.


Have a lovely day.


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New Baby Card - Memory clay

The sweet little flowers on this new baby card have been made with Tonic Studios Forever Moments memory clay and their new flower moulds. I've been having fun making lots of flowers and have another project coming up with them shortly.
The clay is amazingly light weight and so it is perfect for making card embellishments.
I love the Nuvo crystal drops which make the little pearls too. So easy to use.

Hope you are having a lovely day. It's much colder this week. It's still school holidays up here in the Highlands, so we will enjoy it regardless of the weather. :-)

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Friday, 3 April 2015

A Touch of Tartan


This is the last of the MDF units which I decorated for one of the most recent shows on Create and Craft TV. This is Tonic Studios Lyon unit, and I decided to go a bit patriotic on this one. OK, so there is more than a touch of tartan here. I had quite a job finding tartan papers, but I think it was worth it in the end. This little unit would be perfect for a gentleman's accessories. (Or for Bay City Roller fan memorabilia!)


The drawers were just begging to be lined in clashing tartans.


Time for my next project now....I'm going to be playing with paper clay.

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Have a lovely day
Bye for now.





Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Italianate cabinet...with mahogany effect.


 This is another of the units I recently decorated for Tonic Studios. This is their Verona unit. I chose to create a mahogany wood effect  for this unit using their Nuvo Acrylic Paints and Matt medium.
The base coat is Walnut brown. I applied two coats of this. Then I mixed up a glaze for the top coat . I used 5 teaspoons of  Burnt Umber, 5 teaspoons of matt medium and a half teaspoon of Black. I then brushed it with a large flat brush to create my woodgrained effect.


 I think it turned out quite effective. The die cuts on the top were cut from thin card painted in the same way and then the whole lot was varnished together with a gloss varnish.


 I laid out card cut to the size of the drawer fronts onto the design I had printed for the front of the drawers so that I could lay the design over the whole frontage.


 I think the crackle glaze looks amazing on this.


 And to think it started out as an MDF blank. It's amazing what you can do with paint, paper, glue and varnish isn't it!

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