Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Beautiful Blooming Blossom Arch Tutorial

Hi Everyone
Today we have a great project for you from Debbie (it's her turn at
It's a fantastic tutorial so let's get on and show you :)
Blossom Arch

This was so much fun starting with the blossom & seeing what developed.
Starting with a MDF trellis arch from Anna Marie Designs, paint with gesso as a base for a coat of Snowflake colour Fresco paint from PaperArtsy. For the base of the trellis I coloured the Snowflake paint with a little Peeled Paint Distress Ink to give the impression of grass as you would have in a garden.
The Cherry Blossom is made from the Cherry Blossom die set (1006) from Elizabeth Crafts Design’s Susan’s Garden range. Google Elizabeth Crafts Designs & select their You Tube Channel & scroll down to the Susan’s Garden section &  watch the video tutorial for the cherry blossom.  Debbie made two branches of blossoms. To colour tip the stamen a Spectrum Noir pen BP6 from the pinks set was used.

The ivy was cut from the Sue Wilson Trailing Ivy die set (CED1423). A big “thank you” to John Lockwood for the technique for colouring the card to give you  a realistic looking coloured ivy. Take a piece of white card & 3 or 4 different coloured green Distress inks – the less they seem to co-ordinate the better. Using Cut’N’Dry foam blend patches of all the green inks on to the card. It will look like a piece of camouflage – you will probably think it looks awful – Debbie did. BUT, the magic happens when you then cut your trailing ivy out.  Each one will pick up little sections of the different colour greens & it will look great. The key thing to remember is to make your inked piece of card dark enough to give you a realistic tone for the ivy.
Using Cosmic Shimmer glue stick your ivy in a pleasing arrangement over the top half of the trellis.
As the cherry blossom branch will be interesting & uneven shapes it is better to use Collal 3D glue gel to stick that over the ivy.
To give the illusion of a crazy paving footpath running through the arch the Pebbles die (1026) from Elizabeth Crafts Designs was used. It was cut twice, once from a light grey card stock & once from a dark grey & the light grey outline was used & in filled with the darker grey cobbles. Cut to size & stick to the base under the arch using Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear glue.
The statue (Marianne Designs CR1301) was cut twice from the dark grey PaperMillDirect card & highlighted using a silver gilding wax to make it look metallic. Make a small tube from cardstock & after having gently curved the statue die-cuts stick around the back & front of the tube to make a standing statue. Make an inch & half square box out of the same dark grey card as a base for the statue. Embellish each side of the box with pieces cut from the grey card using any small die (probably from the centre of a set that you thought you would never use!) Stick the statue to the base using the Collal 3D glue gel & the base to the trellis base with Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue.
The topiary sets were cut using Marianne Designs CR1303. Cut 6 pots from a fuchsia pink  card (PaperMillDirect was used here). The rest of the topiary plants were coloured to suit the look Debbie wanted. You will need to cut 10 stems & colour them brown (a Spectrum Noir pen from the browns set was used for this). To get the realistic looking colour for the topiary foliage Debbie coloured a piece of plain white card with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink using the direct to paper technique. Once the ink is dry,  cut out 2 x pyramid foliage & 4 each of the more rounded foliage. While each piece is still in the die colour through the die using an Ink Duster brush and Forest Moss Distress ink. Remove the die-cut from the die & lightly ink dust over the whole surface with the Forest Moss Distress Ink & then finish each piece by colouring more heavily on the right hand side to give the appearance of shaping. Stick a stem piece to each of the pots & add a 2nd piece to 4 of the stems to give the height needed for the duo topiary. Cut 5mm foam pads down to stick the foliage to the stems as this give much more dimension to the topiary. The 2 pyramid topiary were fixed to the trellis arch using 2mm foam pads. To make the duo topiary stand further forward Debbie built little collums of stacked foam pads to give the desired distance from the trellis.
 And that’s all there is to it!!!!
 We hope you have been inspired.
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Friday, 26 June 2015

Tonic Art Deco and Chocolate Baroque Stamps – a Winning Combination


Hi Everyone

MJ is back from holibobs and is striving to get stuff done which includes catching up on her blogging!  So here goes….

Today MJ has created a vibrant card project to inspire you she hopes.  She has used gorgeous Distress Ink colours of Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Shabby Shutters. 


Choc Baroque and Tonic drop down card


MJ started by creating a base gatefold card from a piece of 12” x 6” white card.She then mat and layered both inside and outside of the side panels.   Next she created a second card for the inside by cutting a piece of card at 11 7/8” x 5 7/8”.  Folded it in half and then created a pop out step which was 2” wide by 1” deep i the centre of the fold.  Bent it over to create crease lines.  Then she went onto create the inside scenes with her Chocolate Baroque stamp collection.  Once dry she glued it in position so that the inside card falls down when opening the card. Added decorated side panels to match. 


Choc Bar and Tonic 3


MJ then die cut a greeting panel and a border strips using Tonic Studios die sets.  She then used ribbon as a tie for the card gluing the ribbon under the front borders to finish.


Choc Bar and Tonic 2


What Was Used

Tonic Studios Art Deco Collectable Die Set – 183E

Tonic Studios Deco Oval Trellis Base Die Set -

Chocoalte Baroque Stamps – Terrific Treescapes – CBCL0009

Chocolate Baroque Stamps – Loving Sentiments – UA5GW0258

Chocolate Baroque Stamps – Landscape Edges – CBCL0033

Crealies Stencils – No.19 Circles and No. 18 Sunrays


We hope you have been nspired.



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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Fairy Elegance with Tonic Studios


Hi Everyone

Everywhere is bursting with colour getting ready for the summer so MJ thought that is what she would do too using soft oranges and yellows.

We hope you like it so here is how MJ made it for you.


Fairy Elegance 11.06.15


  1. Make a base card using 2 pieces of A4 card to measure 8 1/2” x 7 1/2”.
  2. Mat a piece of orange card measuring 8 3/8” x 7 3/8” onto card front.
  3. Mat a piece of pretty paper on card front measuring 7 1/4” x 8 1/4”.
  4. Using the Art Nouveau Layering Set, cut the largest outer frame in orange.
  5. Then using the largest verso part cut into yellow card and then place the outer frame on and cut out.  Glue onto large orange piece.
  6. Using the next size down repeat cutting an outer orange piece and then use the pretty paper to cut verso part as above.  Glue the paper to the orange base.
  7. Cut out Fairy Lily in a pale peachy tone card twice. Cut from below her waist and the straight part of her legs.  On the second fairy we just need the straight leg part.  Glue the leg pieces across each other as in picture.
  8. Cut out 5 x Star Trail to use as her skirt, some flowers and butterflies together with a sentiment.
  9. Glue large oval piece to front of card.  Then using foam pads add the top oval layer.
  10. Arrange and glue skirt pieces to fairy body and stick to top oval layer.  Adhere legs under skirt bottom.  Add butterflies and flowers.

Fairy Elegance 11.06.15

11.  Using Nuvo Crystal Drops add your design around the edges and to corners of card.

12.  To finish add the greeting.

What Was Used

Tonic Studios Art Nouveau Layering Set – 207E

Tonic Studios Rococo Star Trail – 1007E

Tonic Studios Rococo Fairy Lily – 1001E

Tonic Studios Delicate Daisy Entwined Trellis - 768E

Tonic Studios Plush Peony Entwined Trellis - 769E

Tonic Studios Friends are Forever Die and Stamp Set – 1037E

Tonic Studios – Various Butterflies

Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Collection 12” x  12” – HCDP1 247

We hope you have been inspired.




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