Tuesday, 20 January 2015

If Friends Were Flowers… – Tonic Studios NEW Releases



Hi Everyone

MJ got home from work tonight and got making this quick project for you using some of the NEW releases from Tonic Studios.  She’s mightily impressed with the new Frame sets.  As you expect from Tonic they are beautifully detailed which all comes out in the cut.

So here’s MJ’s offering tonight….xx


If Flowers Were Friends - Jan 15 

She has used elements from 4 different sets from the new dies to build her card front.  A simple straight forward card.

If Flowers Were Friends - Jan 15


What Was Used

Tonic Studios Deco Oval Trellis Base Die Set – 506E

Tonic Studios Live The Life You Imagined Sentiment Frame Set – 26E

Tonic Studios Reach For The Stars Sentiment Frame Set – 27E

Tonic Studios If Friends Were Flowers Sentiment Frame Set – 25E

TonicStudios Funky Glue

Core’dination Card

Wild Orchid Flowers


Sorry it’s such a quick one today!

We hope you have been inspired.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Cameo Pillow–Another project using the New Releases


Hi Everyone

MJ has had another productive evening using her play things from Tonic Studios…she is in love with them! 

This will only be a short post as it is fast approaching the bewitching hour and MJ needs her beauty sleep…lol

Tonight she has made this gorgeous little pillow project using a selection of die sets including the new ‘Just for You’ Essentials Die Set.  There are so many dies in each of the sets.  In this one set alone you have 12 dies to choose from….amazing!

So here is tonight’s offering from MJ…..

She has chosen soft gold shades to keep it vintage looking.  It is shaped like a ring cushion with border die cuts added together with matching corners to make them join up.


Cameo 2 - Jan 15


For the centre panel MJ used a Decorative Envelope set and the cameo is cut from the NEW Harriet and Helena Header Fold Die Set. 


Cameo 2 - Jan 15


What Was Used

Tonic Studios Just For You Essentials Die Set – 189E

Tonic Studios Header Fold Die Set Harriet & Helena – 57E

Tonic Studios Indulgence Decorative Envelope Die Set 1 – 443E

Tonic Studios Mixed Oval Layering Die Set – 485E

Core’dinations Gemstone Card – Opal


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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Classic Cameos and Thinking of You – Tonic Studios Newest Release


Hi Everyone

Snow has been and gone with us and was replaced with lots of thunder and flashing lights but at least it’s not snow..phew!!

MJ has been wrapped up all warm and cosy in her craft hovel creating a quick little project for you with a couple of the fabulous new releases from Tonic Studios launched this week live from California (lucky them we say!).

MJ has worked with elements of the ‘Thinking of You’ Die Set together with the ‘Cameo Creative Classic Cameos Set 1.  She says it each time but this is a fantastic collection with such value built into the sets with the amount of dies you get in one set!

To start this card she took a 6” square card base.  Embossed a piece of Co-ordinations card and inked over lightly using a Distress Ink to pick up detail and soften the colour.  Then MJ took some vintage pink toned ribbon, tied it in the centre to create the dip, and then wrapped it across the front of the embossed card before gluing to front.


Cameo 1 - Jan 15


Next she die cut the border from the ‘Thinking of You ‘ set together with a matching corner.  Also cut 3 sprigs from the ‘Royal Fern’ die set and 2 ovals using the basic set.  Layered the ovals together, added sprigs. 


Cameo 1 - Jan 15


MJ had to alter the colour of the cameo from it’s rich tan colour to a burgundy tone to match her card stock.  She did this by painting with some acrylic paint.  When dry it was added to oval plaque.  Using glue gel the cameo panel was added on top of the ribbon and left to dry. 

Cameo 1 - Jan 15


To finish the card MJ added the border, corners and pearls.  Voila! Done.


What MJ Used

Tonic Studios Thinking of You Die Set – 191E

Tonic Studios Royal Fern Die Set – 657E

Tonic Studios Mixed Oval Layering Die Set – 485E

Tonic Studio Cameo Creative Classic Cameos Set 1 –51E

Tonic Studios Funky Glue – 420E

Embossalicious 8” x 8” Folder – Regal Swirl

Co-ordinations Card

Distress Ink – Victorian Velvet


Watch out for more projects that MJ will be sharing with over the next few days.

We hope you have been inspired.

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

The TWEEDIES are ready to launch today!


Hi Everyone

It’s that time when Crafters Companion bring you another great collection called ‘The Tweedies’.  If you loved ‘Halcyon Days’ then you will love the quirky designs that you will find on this CD.  It’s full of gorgeous papers with all types of stitchery designs in lots of different formats.  You get toppers, shaped cards, embellishments, sentiments only to name a few.  There is something to suite everyone for all occasions.

MJ has a small collection of samples to show you today ahead of the show.  So here we go!

This first easel card is made using one of the Frame Card designs on the CD together with some toning design papers.  To finish the card she chose to use the layered bows sprayed with Spray and Sparkle Iridescent,  border and sentiments sheets together with a handful of Die’Sire Quilled Flowers.


Tweedies Jan 2015 1


Here is another version using a Frame Card…


Tweedies Jan 2015 2


Let’s move onto the MJ’s next card for you.

This project is made using the Interlocking Card from the Shaped Cards section of the CD but making it into a box lid.  She also printed some lovely design papers to match.  The border used is from the Bebunni range of dies and is called Cottage Lace.


Tweedies Jan 2015 4


Another project to tempt you? Okay then ….Next!

This card was made using a twisted easel card base and just one set of card companions from the CD.  All MJ did was cut out all the elements at first and then played with the positioning.  She still has loads left for another project.


Tweedies Jan 2015 5


Well that’s it for today.  Don’t forget to tune in to watch the show with Fiona Clayton later on.  She has lots of ideas to share with you. 


tweedies schedu;le


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Sunday, 4 January 2015

Crafting Musketeers January 2015 Challenge #21 – Hats and Valentines

Hi Everyone

MJ here, get ready to enter this month’s fabulous challenge. This month’s challenge features ‘Hats and Valentines’. This month has been sponsored by Lacy Sunshine Digis and the prize is to win some digi images.

Here is a little about them.

" Lacy Sunshine Stamps offers beautiful and imaginative digital stamps for all your paper crafting needs. All images from Lacy Sunshine are hand drawn and designed by Heather Valentin , a professional artist, muralist and illustrator. "
We were lucky enough to be able to use some of Heather's images for our inspiration and here is my take on this month’s challenge for you.

I have used the Valentine Image from the Lacy Sunshine collection of Digi images and think she is so cute.  I enjoyed colouring her in with my pens and pencils.

I wanted to have frilled ribbon on the card to reflect the ruffles on her skirt and a glazed heart to match the ones on her hat. 
She is a lovely size to practice your colouring on as there is a lot of space to work with.

What Was Used
Lacy Sunshine Digi – Valentine
8” x 8” White Card Blank
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms Collection – Papers
Neenah Card – White
Spellbinders Die Set – Lacy Ovals
Tonic Studios Dies – Acorn Swirl – 178E
Tonic Studios Die – Just Because Sentiment Set – 369E
Joy! Craft Die – Lattice Heart
Copic Pens and Spectrum Noir Pencils
Skin – E000, 00, 11 and 21/004, 089, 005
Hair – E11, 21, 31, 25 and 37/095, 091, 117
Dress – R22, 29 and 17/033, 027, 024, 117
Rangers Crackle Accents – on heart
This is my take on the challenge what will yours be?
The challenge this month will end on 29th January at 8pm.  Good Luck!
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. 

We hope you have been inspired. 

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