Friday, 27 February 2015

Collectables Launch Day Celtic Die Set

Hello and welcome to another launch day :) 

Today I have chosen to share a card I made with the Celtic Dream Die Set from the new Collectables range.

I started off with an A5 ivory card blank that I embossed with the Martha Embossing Folder, I then used the Diamond Patchwork die out of the Celtic Dream set to create the main pattern layer out of the pink which I then hand cut along with a cream backing layer and a slightly larger kraft card layer.  Once these were stuck together I layered them onto my prepared card front with 3d foam.

The centre panel was cut by hand by tracing around the actual patchwork die.  The sentiment was also cut from the Celtic Dream set and drop shadowed.

The card was simply finished with some of the Nuvo Crystal Drops in Buttermilk and Bright Gold.

I hope you like it and you are enjoying the shows on Create and Craft through the coming week,

Karen x

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Another Selection Of Entwining Trellis Cards

My apologies again for abandoning my blog but I've had a really busy week with my daughters birthday preparations, had to make her card and her cake, 15 already, where does the time go!!

Here's a selection of cards using the Entwining Trellis dies as we have a new release again tomorrow and I still have these left to show :)  I'll just list the dies I've used for each card and if you would like any information on how any of the cards were made then I would be more than happy to explain.

Dies used:

Entwining Trellis Bellus Buttercup
With Love Essentials Die Set
Expressions Die Set

Dies used:

Entwining Trellis Delicate Daisy
Happy Birthday Pansy Topper Die Set

With Love Essentials Die Set
Amelia Embossing Folder

Dies used:

Entwining Trellis Plush Peony
Arboreal Dream Die Set
Thank You Inner Topper Die Set

 Dies used:
Entwining Trellis Radient Roselily
Martha Embossing Folder
Daisy Border Pattern Punch

I hope you like the cards :)

Karen x

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Plush Peony Flowers with Flora Frame and Sentiment Panel

A small 6" x 6" shop bought card blank today with a layer of deep pink and a layer of pearlescent pink paper embossed with the Rosalyn Embossing Folder.  A matching deep pink ribbon was added to the side before sticking this panel in place.  The Flora Frame was cut out of the matching deep pink card with a sentiment panel added.  Two of each of the flower sizes were cut from the Plush Peony Entwining Trellis Die set and shaped by lightly scoring the centre of each petal with a small embossing tool and shaping mat from the Floral Crafters Tool Kit, then flip them over,  curving both edges up of every petal.  Layer them together with a tiny dab of glue and add a small crystal to the centre.  Add a lovely hand tied bow and finish your card with a couple of crystals in the top corner.

I hope you like it,

Karen x

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Plush Peony Quilted Panel Card

As you should be aware, embossing a cutting die is one of my most favourite things to do.  I pretty much do this with every set of dies that is released and this set was no exception.

I made an ivory A5 card blank out of some really thick satin finish card, I layered some pearlescent lilac card over the top which I embossed with the Martha Embossing Folder, I added two die cut flourishes from the Trailing Blossom die set in a darker contrasting purple.  Out of the thick ivory card, I cut the outer edges of the Plush Peony Entwining Trellis die set before quilting it instead of cutting it out.   This is done by embossing the die cut with the die embossing plate and rubber mat rather than using the cutting plate.  This was layered onto the card front with 3d foam pads.  I cut out each of the flowers in both the dark purple and lilac, curving them lightly before layering together and sticking to the quilted panel.  I used a greeting from the Idyllics die set which I layered and stuck in place with 3d foam and added a small hand tied bow.  I finished this card off with some Nuvo Metallic Silver Lining Crystal Drops.

I hope you like it,

Karen x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Selection of Cards Using Entwining Trellis Die Collection

For today's Tonic Studios Design Team share I've chosen to show a few of the more simple cards that really don't need any explaining, I will give you all the details of the dies used and the card sizes so you have an idea of how to make them but if you need any more information, please don't hesitate to ask :)                                                                                                                                             

This is a little 6" x 6" scalloped card blank, I used:

Threaded Scallop Square Layering Die Set
Just For You Pansy Topper Die Set
From Me To You Topper Die Inner Set
Threaded Scallop Circle Layering Die Set
Family Members Sentiment Die Set 2
Radiant Roselily Entwining Trellis Die Set

A4 Card scored at DL line either side and Panel cut at very centre, dies used:

Bellus Buttercup Entwining Trellis Die Set
Delicate Daisy Entwining Trellis Die Set
Beautiful Butterflies Bumper Die and Topper set
Pillow Box and Sentiment Die Set
Dotty Border Simplicity Pattern Punch

A5 card with half the front cut off, dies used:

Delicate Daisy Entwining Trellis Die Set
Amelia Embossing Folder
Just For You Pansy Topper Die Set

A5 card blank, dies used:

Plush Peony Entwining Trellis Die Set
Pretoria Duocaps Initial A-N & O-Z Die Sets
Rococo Petite Die - Butterfly Sprig
Rococo Petite Die - Branwen Briar

I hope you like these cards,

Karen x

Friday, 13 February 2015

Plush Peony Trellis Panel With Love

For today's Tonic Studios DT card share I decided to share a different flower as I seem to have favoured the Bellus Buttercup.  Today I'm using the Plush Peony Entwining Trellis Die Set along with some older dies I had in my collection.

I started off by making my own 8" x 8" card blank out of a couple of sheets of cream pearlescent card which I then layered with a matt gold and a brown card.  My top layer was cream pearlescent again but before sticking this one in place I embossed it with the Amelia embossing folder.

I cut the trellis outer edges by selecting the die that would meet in the middle to take my panel out of my cardstock completely, I then cut this in brown as a backing piece, cutting the little swirls off the make it easier to line up.  I then cut the same panel in matt gold, cutting the pattern die out and then embossing it to raise the pattern in the leaves, I then stuck this in place with 3d foam pads.  I cut two of each size of flower, inked the edges with my Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad and an Inkylicious Ink Duster.  To shape the flowers I used the Floral Crafters Tool Kit, take the largest ball tool that will fit the petal,  turn each flower over on the mat and gently curve it, if you want more of a curve, keep coming down a size in the ball tools until you are happy with the result.  For these I stuck the two flowers of the same size together and glued each of them to their specific spot on the trellis.  I made the centres with my glue gun and the Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter in copper by squeezing a small amount of hot glue out in a 'jelly tot' size onto my glass mat and quickly covered in glitter, leave these to cool and using your Craft Pick gently ease them off and glue them into the centres of the flowers.

For my sentiment I cut the Indulgence Regal Frame outer edge in brown and matt gold, then cut the pattern into the matt gold layer and embossed it and layered these together.  I swapped the centre panel for the 'with love' panel from the Swirly Frame which I cut in cream pearlescent card and layered on top, I stuck this in place on my card front with 3d foam pads and added a double looped bow.  I finished off with a few tiny beads of Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bright Gold.

I hope you like this,

Karen x

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Bellus Buttercup Valentine Roses with Lacy Glittered Background

It's almost Valentines day so I thought I'd share this card I made using some of the new Tonic Studios flower dies that were in the POTD on Ideal World throughout the day yesterday.

I made a square card blank out of a sheet of black A4 card, I added a layer of red card cut with the largest Threading Scallop Layering die. 

For the glittered background I used a scrap of flowery lace that I had lying around, it's best not to use anything that you want to use for anything else as the glitter really sticks in the fibres as it is so fine.  I covered a piece of card larger than I wanted with double sided tape stuck really close together, you can't have any gaps.  Ideally you would use double sided sticky film but I didn't have any to hand so made do with what I had.  Take the covering off your tape/film and stick the lace down making sure all the sticky areas are covered, tip the glitter that you want as your background colour, in this case Charcoal Pure Sheen Glitter by Nuvo and rub this in with your finger tips.  Shake off the excess onto a piece of scrap paper and empty back into the bottle.  Now for the messy bit!  Peel the lace off (the glitter thats left kind of jumps off it!), add your second colour of glitter I used Ruby Red Pure Sheen Glitter and again, rub it in with your fingers, tip off the excess and put it back in the bottle.  Using one of the Layering Square dies, cut the appropriate size to fit inside your scalloped layer, cut and stick in place.

Die cut the Indulgence Affections First Crush outer edge die in black and red and cut the pattern into the red layer, repeat with the smaller layer gluing them together and layering the smaller on top of the larger with 3d foam pads but sticking it onto your glittered layer with either silicone glue or Pinflair glue as nothing else really sticks to glitter.

To make the roses, I cut all the flower dies apart from the largest one three times out of a thin card, curved the edge of my petals with my bone folder the placed them the right way up on my shaping mat from the Floral Crafters Tool Set and using one of the large embossing tools curled the petals up from the centre by embossing in circles.  The rest of the layers were shaped in the same way and stuck together with a wet glue before being stuck just under the heart with silicone/Pinflair Glue.

I hope you like this,

Karen x

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Heartfull of Flowers Entwining Trellis POTD

As Jodie made this one live on Ideal World this morning I thought I would share this card today.

I used an 8" x 8" shop bought card blank with a pink layer embossed with my favourite Amelia embossing folder with a nice deep pink ribbon along the bottom with a matching hand tied bow.

For the floral heart I cut the largest plain edged heart I could lay my hands on from the Indulgence Affections range and then I basically cut the smaller 5 petal flower from the Bellus Buttercup die set about 60 times for each card!! These were just stuck around the outer edge to begin with, then I started to work my way in, sticking the flowers slightly overlapping until I had no gaps left.  I used all the scraps out of my box, in different shades of pink, different textures and finishes, card and paper.  Once these were all stuck I squeezed a small amount of white Nuvo Crystal Drops into the centres and finished the flowers with a sprinkle of the Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter in Diamond.

I cut the Love wording out of the 'Love/Believe' Frames die set and stuck it in place on the top corner and in the opposite corner I finished the card off with a few clear gem stones.

I hope you like it.  Keep an eye out on Ideal World and Create and Craft throughout the day for all the demonstrations and inspiration.

Karen x

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Pride and Prejudice and Entwining Trellis POTD New Release

Hello again, another Tonic Studios release day is upon us bringing with it quite an array of cards from the whole of the design team.  Today I have chosen to show you one of my favourites that I made out of the Entwining Trellis release.  When I had the idea for this card I knew that I wanted to have a book page from Pride and Prejudice as my backing paper and also to cut my flowers out of and thought I would find one to print out online but after spending the best part of a morning searching I realised it was easier to sacrifice my copy which I've had for years, granted, it wasn't a first edition or anything, just a scruffy old paperback that had lovingly been and reread over and over, I have to admit to being a little saddened saying goodbye to my favourite book, I must remember to get myself another copy .

I made an 8" x 8" card blank buy trimming down a couple of A4 sheets of cream card and sticking them together.  I trimmed down my book page slightly and layered onto black card before cutting the cameo out of the Ascot Pillbox Millinery die set, two corners from the Emily Frame die set and the for you out of the Pillowbox die set.

I layered a thick black ribbon with a slightly thinner cream ribbon and stuck this down close to the edge of my card with a nice big hand tied bow in black.  I die cut the flowers out of the Bellus Buttercup die set and inked the edges very lightly with my Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad using an Ink Duster brush from Inkylicious.  I shaped the flowers from the back then flipped them over and pressed down lightly in the centres before gluing them together and adding a small pearl which I coloured black with my Copic marker pen.  Once dry, the flowers were glued along the ribbon, equally spaced.

I hope you like the card and you will tune in tonight at 9pm on Ideal World to watch the launch of this beautiful set of dies.

Karen xx

Monday, 9 February 2015

Assortment Of Cards - Deco Trellis And Sentiment Frames

Ok, first let me apologise for my interrupted blogging, real life has a way of catching up with you every now and again and your time doesn't actually seem to be your own! and back to the card sharing.  I have so many cards that have already been made that I haven't shared I really don't know which ones to post as I usually do a kind of mini tutorial with details on how I made each one but today I think I will share a few photos of the more simple cards from the last Tonic Studios die release.  I will list all of the dies I have used for each card but if you see something you would like me to explain in more details, please get in touch via the comment box and I will explain :)

 This is an 8" x 8" card using:

Diamond Trellis Idyllics Embossing Folder and Cutting Die Set

Sweeping Pampas Die Set

Simplicity Classics Flower Punch

Deco Oval Trellis Die Set

If Friends Were Flowers Sentiment Frame Die Set

8" x 8" card again using:

Mystic Vine Die Set

 Everyday Sentiments Die Set 1

If Friends Were Flowers Sentiment Frame Die Set

6" x 6" Card using:

Live The Life Sentiment Frame Die Set

I hope you like my cards, I tried to pick some that covered all levels of crafting, from just using one die set to combining a few of your die sets.

Karen x

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

I Miss You Deco Trellis

For today's Tonic Studios Design Team share, I've made an A5 portrait card blank with a top fold by folding a sheet of A3 card in half and then cutting it in half so you have two card blanks.  I cut my layers, matt silver and light pinky purple leaving a small border each time.  As I wanted to make my Topper Inner die cut out of the top layer, I placed my Deco Trellis die on and lined it up to where I wanted it on the finished card, I put the Inner Topper die in place and taped it down.  This was then put through the die cutter and stuck into position on top of the silver layer on your card front.

For the quilted Deco Trellis panel I cut the outer edge then instead of cutting the cutting die, I just embossed it, it gives a wonderful effect, finally I cut the centre panel of this out with the smaller outer edge die.  I mounted this on 3d foam and positioned it over my die cut message. 

I used the Small Lacy Bow dies and cut both sizes for my paper bow but used the tails from the Large Lacy Bow die set which I layered onto a matching thin silver strip of card which was stuck onto the bottom of the layered card.

The card was simply finished with some pretty lilac pearls top and bottom and one on the dot of the 'i'.

I hope you like it,

Karen x 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Quilted Deco Trellis Easel Card

As you may have guessed from previous posts I am a huge fan of embossing cutting dies instead of cutting them.  These Deco Trellis dies are perfect for this as they have that Verso edge die that allows you to cut out whatever you've embossed.

For this card I started off with a shop bought 6" x 6" scalloped edge card, I scored the back of the card and die cut the piece that my front panel was going to sit on, I then folded this and cut around it to save messing around with the die cut just in case I cut my card fold by mistake.

I die cut my outer edge onto a piece of copper satin finish card then added the texture by placing the pattern die in the die cutter with the embossing plates instead of the cutting plates.  I added a sentiment panel which I lightly inked on the edge before mounting on 3d foam and sticking centrally onto the Deco panel.  The panel was glued onto the card base matching the shape up exactly, I added a small section of cream card to the rear of the copper die cut that was exposed, just to neaten.  The flowers were cut from the additional die which came in the Flora Topper die set, they were cut twice and layered for each one before adding a pearl to the centre, these were glued in place around the sentiment panel.

The 'door stop' for the easel to stand up against was simply made from a layer of copper card and a layer of cream which had the corners rounded off and a die cut Happy Birthday from the Pansy Topper die set was added before mounting on 3d foam on the card base.  This was then finished off with just a few pearls.

I hope you like it,

Karen x