Saturday, 29 November 2014

Canvas Cameo using Tonic Studios Ascot Pillowbox and Lych Gate Wish Die Sets

Hi Everyone

Hope you are having a fantastic weekend.  Tonight MJ has an easy to do canvas project for you to have a look at.  She loves these new dies and has lots of ideas of things you can do with them.
This canvas is such an easy project so is great for beginners too.

MJ has used an 8” x 8” box canvas.  She cut the border insert die from mirri card and used this as a stencil with Grungepaste to create textured borders top and bottom of piece and dried with a heat tool.  Then she painted the canvas all over with a chalk finish acrylic paint, once that was dry MJ used the Forever Moments Large Crackle Base coat as per instructions.  Then added the Crackle Top Coat and left to dry.  MJ added Gilding Paste across the raised areas.  She added a little script stamp using Tree Branch Archival Ink.

Next MJ cut the silhouetted ladies head from black card, stuck this to an oval of cream card and using Vintage Photo Distress Ink coloured all over and left to dry.  Then using Versamark Ink and Ultra High Gloss embossing powder she heat embossed over all the surface of the piece.  Leave to cool and then bend to form cracks to age it.  Next it was layered into another coloured oval shape.

MJ next stuck lace and ribbon across front of canvas, added ribbon tails to rear of cameo piece and glued to the centre front, adding a matching bow to finish.

We told you it was easy to do!

What Was Used

Tonic Studios Millinery Shop Die Set  – Ascot Pillowbox 15e
Tonic Studios Verso Strip Die Set - Lych Gate Wish 65e
Forever Moments Antique Crackle Base Coat 31e
Forever Moments Antique Crackle Top Coat 32e
Forever Moments Gilding Paste - Gold Leaf 37e
8” x 8” Box Canvas
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Paint – Irish Cream
PaperArtsy Grungepaste
Coredinations Card Stock
WOW Powders Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder

We hope you have been inspired.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Tonic Beautiful Buckle Die Set – New Release – Sneak Peek


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MJ is back with a Sneak  Peek tonight of one of the new releases from Tonic Studios.  She choose to use the Beautiful Buckle with a twist!  Not a card this time but a Bracelet Cuff.

As soon as MJ saw this die set she thought it looked like a bracelet or a gorgeous watch strap so she got straight to it with this simple project idea for you.

Beautiful Buckle Nov 14 1


Having recently done this painting technique with her classes MJ decided that it would fit what she had in mind perfectly.  So she gathered together her gesso, inks, paints and glue, put her pinny on and began.

Using the Beautiful Buckle die set MJ cut the inner part of the die from Grunge Paper and then cut the outer edges with the strip die.  Then she cut another band just using the outer strip die.  She gave these pieces a light coat of Vintage Photo Distress Ink and dried.  On reverse of plain piece paint with the Precious Metal Colour paint as this acts as a sealant.  Now she added some random streaks of Gilding Blush – Gold Leaf.  Applied on top of the wax was a light blue wash of colour. Leave to dry.  Using gesso and blue distress ink take a stippling brush and go over some of the areas removing any excess with a dry kitchen towel.  Once dry buff the pieces to bring out the shine.


Beautiful Buckle Nov 14 2


Glue fancy cut-out section onto top of plain under section.  Cut to size required to fit wrist.  Add a hitch fastener to one end of bracelet and cut a small slit on the other end so that the fastener will fit through to secure.  Decorate to suit.  Enjoy!

What Was Used

Tonic Studios Verso Beautiful Buckle Strip Die Set

Tonic Studios Forever Moments Gilding Blush – Gold Leaf

Tonic Studios Forever Moments Creative Storage Adhesive

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungepaper

White Gesso

Viva Precious Metal Colour – Mother of Pearl

Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo

Tim Holtz Hitch Fasteners


We hope you have been inspired.

Don’t forget to pop over to the Tonic Blog to see more inspiration from the team.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Tonic Studios – Verona Creative Storage Project



Hi Everyone

Today’s project from MJ is from the Forever Moments range by Tonic Studios and she has loved doing it!

Verona 2 Nov 14

You get the complete kit to make your Verona Unit including pictorial instructions which make it so easy to put together and the Creative Storage Adhesive – a good quality glue with a grab fast action.

Once MJ had built the unit and the drawers (which are part of the kit) it was time to play and decorate it.  She used the Decorative Paper Pack – Forever Vintage which contains 20 unique double-sided 150gsm papers.  There are so many designs to choose from she was stuck as to which ones to go for.  After thinking about it for lots of minutes (!) MJ decided to go along the masculine route choosing the gorgeous clocks and keys designs.

First she painted the Verona in Olive Green acrylic paint from the Nuvo Collection.  She applied 2 –3 coats leaving each layer to dry in between.  She then painted the inside and outsides of all drawers.  Once all the paint was dry MJ cut and layered the Vintage design papers onto the project using the Pure Matt Adhesive from the Forever Moments range.

Next was the handles.  She loves these so much as they are simply attached with brads.  The handles are solid metal and are a good weight – very good quality.  MJ used two sets of the Bureau Handles.  Then she added some metal embellishments from her stash and added gold highlights on all edges of the Verona unit using the Gilding Blush in Gold Leaf.


Verona 1 Nov 14

And there you have it – MJ can’t wait to get hold of another one and try a different look!


What Was Used

Verona Creative Storage Project

Forever Vintage Decorative Paper Pack

Pure Adhesive – Matt

Nuvo Acrylic Collection – Olive Green

Forever Moments Gilding Blush – Gold Leaf

Forever Moments Bureau Handle 4 Set


We hope you have been inspired.

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Paper Artsy - Playing with Darcy’s Heart


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Isn’t it chilly here in the UK tonight – Gritters out and everything!   Brrrrrrr….lol

Today MJ has been having some messy fun with Paper Artsy Eclectica Stamps using Darcy’s Hearts.  They are fabulous!


PA - Darcy Heart 1


MJ fancied a play this evening whilst hubby was watching all the footy so it was an allowed crafting session be it only a short


PA - Darcy Heart 1


She worked on the background first by layering a few of the Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics.  Once she was happy with the colour MJ chose a stencil to work with and used a darker colour of paint, applying through the stencil with a piece of cut and dry foam.  Dried it with heat tool, replaced stencil but moved slightly to one side to create the shadow effect and sponged through some white paint.  When this was dry she lightly sanded it to blend the colours.


PA - Darcy Heart 1


This is Darcy’s Heart (aint it gorgeous!).  MJ stamped it using Versafine Ink and heat set ready paint.  Coloured to suit, white highlights were added together with script and wording stamped images.  The script image was over-stamped with white paint to knock it back a little.  All she needs to do now is make it into a finished project (one

MJ Used

Paper Artsy – Eclectica by Darcy – EDY01

Paper Artsy – Hot Picks – HP1303EZ

Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics – Snowflake, Limelight, Orchid, Sherbet, Claret, Antarctic and Inky Pool

Imagination Crafts 6” x 6” Stencil Template – Time and Motion


We hope you have been inspired.


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Monday, 3 November 2014

Crafting Musketeers Challenge #19 – Anything but a Card


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MJ can honestly say that these challenges come around so quickly because she looks forward to them so much and we hope you do too.

This month’s sponsors are Delicious Doodles and the challenge is Anything But a Card.  That’s it. So you have lots of crafting scope so why not go for it!  Use your imagination and get creative!

New Shop Header

The prize will be some images from the sponsor

MJ chose to do a Christmas Decoration using the beautiful Mistletoe Kisses image.  What’s not to like she is fabulous.


Nov 2 Challenge 2014 Mistletoe Kiss ABAC


She is coloured using Spectrum Noir Pens and Pencils.  The Frame and Snowflakes were cut using a Cameo Silhouette.


Nov 2 Challenge 2014 Mistletoe Kiss ABAC


MJ Used

Mistletoe Kisses Image

Neenah Card – printed at draft quality

Spectrum Noir Pens and Pencils

Skin: FS2, FS3, TN2 and EB2, FS8, 009, 004, 003

Hair – TN2, TN4, EB4 and EB8, 095, 091, 089

Lips – CR6 and DR4

Mistletoe – CG2, CG1, DG2, 058, 056

Cameo Silhouette

Snowfall Acetate


This is MJ’s take on the challenge what will yours be? 

The challenge this month will end on 28th November at 8pm

If you don't have your own blog , don't worry ,  remember we have a Facebook Page for you to post your entry onto.

See The Crafting Musketeers blog for challenge rules and lots of inspiration from the Design Teams. 

See you there.

We hope you have been inspired.

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1st Sneak Peek – NEW – Bebunni Floral from Crafters Companion – 10th November 2014


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MJ has been loving making her samples for the launch of the NEW Bebunni Floral CD together with 8 new Stamp sets and gorgeous new dies too! 

So here is her 1st sneak peek of the new Crafters Companion UK 4 Day Deal starting on the 10th November on Create and Craft TV.

So let’s take at look at the first card from MJ.


BBF oct 14 - Box Easel


What a wonderful gift this would make filled with choccies or little nice smelling tea lights.  They would surely feel loved.  So easy to make as it is all on the Bebunni Floral CD.  Take a look in the Shaped Cards section.


MJ Used

Bebunni Floral CD – Shaped Cards D2, Design Sets D1, Coordinating Papers D1

Centura Pearl Hint of Silver Card and Brights

Bebunni Floral Collection Die – Cabbage Rose

The Big Score Board

Collall 3D Glue Gel/All Purpose Glue and Tacky Glue

Mini Handles – Tim Holtz


The shows are gonna be amazing as I have seen what the other Design Team members have made to inspire you….wooo hooo!  Must watch it myself as they are fantastic.

We hope you have been inspired.

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