Friday, 12 December 2014

card and candles

One of Tonic Studios latest dies is this ornate comb. I had this pretty picture of a Japanese lady combing her hair, so have combined them in a card. Which reminds me, I must book a haircut ! :-)

I have also just made a batch of beeswax candles and now have them on sale at a local art gallery. Of course I used my Tonic Studios dies to make the pretty labels!

Time to go check that the log fire is still crackling away! Brrr, it's cold out there!
Have a lovely weekend. Stay safe!


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

What's in the box ? It' a little keepsake album

Here's what is inside the cute little oval gift box. I made a sweet little album with a message. The album features a wonderful variety of beautiful Victorian ladies.
It can be opened up in the box...

...or taken out the box completely. It was hard to show you how long it is, I have 16 photographs and two quotes.
"Be Yourself, an original is worth more than a copy", is my quote for the beginning of the album.

I would love to know each of these lovely ladies stories, wouldn't you? If only photographs could speak.

You could use this idea to make a little keepsake album with your own choice of photographs or quotes. I hope it has inspired you. For more ideas with the latest Tonic Studios products, pop on over to Blog Tonic.


Monday, 8 December 2014

A little box

Tonic Studios have done it again. Created some more beautiful dies to play with.
I decided to use these ones to make a pretty box. The box started life as one of those kraft paper coloured papier mache box blanks . You can buy them at Hobbycraft, and many other craft shops.
 I covered mine with pretty Tonic paper and decorated with the dies.
Inside is pretty too as I have lined it with more of the papers.
The little feet were made from some beads I had in my stash. I think it gives the box a cute quirky look.
...but you'll have to wait to see what I made to go in the box until my next post. 
To see more of Tonic Studios new releases, pop on over to Blog Tonic.

Stay warm and cosy wherever you are . 


Friday, 5 December 2014

Miss You

I can't wait until my older daughter comes home from college. I miss her...and not just because she bakes often ;-) The card above is made using some of the latest Tonic Studios dies.

I did a spot of baking myself yesterday - for my younger daughter's school fair. Nothing too challenging...cranberry rock buns. But they did make the place smell amazing!
We've been doing some more picking and choosing for the new house. I am excited that we have decided to go with air source heat pump for our heating - along with the multi fuel stove. No more oil! Yey!

Well...I must try and clear myself a workspace in the craftroom. I have a table and two desks in there and not one of them has any workspace left on it! Oops!

Have a lovely weekend.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Decorative storage box

I bought one of those kraft papier mache boxes to cover with the delightful Tonic Vintage papers. I then used Tonic's new Millinery dies to decorate the lid to make this useful and pretty box for storing ribbons in. I also used one of Tonic's gorgeous library handles on the box to add further vintage styling.

The label is black paper with white pencil writing for a chalkboard look.  I love these handles, they are so cute!
 I lined the box too. I can't help myself!

In other news, someone just gave me a colour laser printer to play with. I'm excited for all the possibilities ! 
Have a lovely creative day !
And a very happy thanksgiving to all my American friends.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Glass etch labelling

I said I'd be using those new Alphabet dies a lot. I've been doing a spot of glass etching with them here. I have used self adhesive vinyl and dies before to cut stencils for etching, but this time I also bought some transfer tape. This made the job a whole lot easier. You lay it on top of the vinyl that has been cut, so that once you peel off the self adhesive backing, it is easier to smoothly place your vinyl onto the glass that is to be etched.
I just use up any bits of vinyl I have left to do this. It doesn't matter what colour it is. This picture shows the letters being placed before I remove the transfer tape.
It is important to have a frame around the letters otherwise there would be no nice neat edge around the etching. You could alway use masking tape to make a frame around the letters.
The product I use is called Armour Etch but there are other similar etching creams on the market. Remember to follow all the safety instructions.
I'm delighted with the result. I think I may just have to do a few more labels on my jars now.
Have a lovely day


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Oriental cabinet

Introducing the new Tonic Studios Verona unit. I've chosen to create an oriental cabinet out of mine, but they are so versatile and can be decorated any way you like. I have used authentic screen printed Japanese papers for the front of the small drawers, and the fern paper I made by creating a stencil from Tonic dies.
I have used Tonic's 2 part crackle glaze on top of the stencilling to give a lovely effect.The cracks have been highlighted with Tonic's gilding wax.
As you can see, I added a few hidden surprises. Little decoupaged butterflies inside the drawers. The smaller drawers were lined with more Japanese paper.

The little tassel handles I made from cotton yarn, and threaded them through Oriental coin embellishments. The fans on the side and top have been cut with Tonic dies, the rococo on the side and the Indulgence soiree ornate fan on the top piece.

So as I say, so many ways you can decorate these!

Have a lovely day