Monday, 20 February 2017

Octagons & Betty’s Balloon


Hello there crafty friends and I’m back with another card which I made using the brilliant Tonic Studios Octagon Laying Die Set.


This time I used it to create an aperture and frame and ..


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… this is what I did.

I also used the ballon from Tonic Studios - Essentials Buildables - Betty Bunny.
It’s a really good size so that you can make a nice feature from it.


So Betty is for life, not just for Easter. 


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The aperture was cut using the second largest die, and the frame was made using the second largest and largest dies. And the sentiment  was made on my pc.



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   I hope you like my card and thank you for stopping by today.

Crafty hugs,

Dawny xx


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Nifty and Thrifty : )


Hello crafty friends and I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend.

I thought I’d have a play with the Tonic Studios Octagon Laying Die Sets today and …



… this is what I did.

It’s a very simple, quick and easy card to make – it’s also really versatile so you could use it for lots of occasions. And it’s really light on your stash as well.

I used the fabulous ..

… Octagon Layering Set.

If you haven't got these in your stash then I think you may be missing out on a real treat.

There’s so many things you can do with them and over the next few days I'll share a few more cards I made with them. Because there are little notches half way along each flat side of the dies, it makes lining up an absolute breeze.

Such a simple little thing but it’s so useful I think.


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I do like black and white.

These scraps happened to be from the same pad – just corners really left over from other projects.  But just grab what you’ve got in the bottom of your bit box and have a go and see what you come up with.


The sentiment was done on the computer and I added some faux stitching with a fine liner pen.

I hope you like my card and thank you for stopping by today, and I’ll be back soon with another card made using this die set.

Enjoy the rest of your day and crafty hugs to all xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Krafty Crafty

Ohh blimey, it’s been a while hasn’t it.
A lot has happened since I was last on here and I won’t bore you with any of it apart from moving house which has put the kibosh on my lovely old craft room.

I now have a teeny tiny one, cry muchly.

But enough of all that - let’s have a bit of krafty crafty shall we.

So my card today is for this month’s Win & Tonic February Challenge which is a Take Your Pick, and one of the options is to use Kraft. Well I didn’t have to think twice about this one because I LOVE the stuff, especially Tonic Studio’s Kraft Perfect cardstock


… this is what I did.

Now I have to apologise for the not so good pics here.
My old light box (cheap as chips from Maplins) seems to have gone awol during the move so I had to use the £70+ one off of the internet and I do not like it at all.

But you can see what I’ve done.

So I used one of my fave Tonic sets here and that is the  Tonic English Picnic Large Layering Dies.
It is such a pretty set and I think it looks quite nifty with the Kraft.

I was thinking as I looked at these pics that when I come to do the insert, I will use the dies again on that.



The sentiment is made from one of the new alphabet die sets – this one is Essential Attraction Simple Type, Lower Case.
Aren’t these fab?
Especially when you have family with not so run of the mill names like I have.



A little bit of bloomage, leafage and a sparkler made from hot glue and some Nuvo Spiced Apricot glitter .

The bloom and leaf are made from Tonic Studios Beautiful Blooms - Sunburst Gazania



So that’s my card for today and I hope you like it.
I will be back a lot sooner than I was last time, for sure.

Take care and hope everybody is well.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Second Win & Tonic Challenge


Good morning lovely crafty friends and hope everybody is OK today. It’s time for the second Win & Tonic Monthly Challenge – that’s come around very quickly!!

We have a Take Your Pick theme this month and you can read all about it on the challenge page. We’ve also set up a Facebook page for anybody who is struggling to add their cards so that they can go and leave them there for us to pick up and add for them.

So what did I do then?


I did this and I chose the colour option and combined it with the product option, so it’s an orange card with flowers : )

I used the Pavillion Shutter Die to cut across a piece of patterned paper then I stuck the two halves onto a strip pf white card before layering on to orange card. 

It’s a different way to use this and I quite like the effect.
This all then went on an 8x8 card blank.

The flower was made with some Beautiful Blooms dies and I layered them and chopped them up.


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Gorgeous, and soooo versatile.

As always we have a fabulous prize which has been donated by Tonic studios and this month it is a


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.. fantastic Gold Toy Box.

So if you want to join us and be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, please visit the challenge page. We’d love to see you over there. There’s also some beautiful work by the DT girls – as always so inspirational.


So that’s it for today.
Take care and crafty hugs to all xxx

Sunday, 15 May 2016

And We’re Off : )


Good morning and a very happy Sunday to everybody.

Today is a special day because it is the very first Win & Tonic Monthly Challenge.
Yes we are finally up and running, yayyy.

Our first theme is …

Anything Goes

… so a nice easy start.
There’s a fantastic prize up for grabs and some beautiful work from the DT girls so do check it out if you have a sec.

So what did I do then?

I did this.

It uses the gorgeous Twisted Veranda die set which is actually part of the giveaway. 
What I like about this set is that it has a lovely contemporary feel to it, but is classic at the same time.


The sentiment is Congratulations from the Tonic Studios Mini Moments release …

… and I cut three of them, stuck them together then bent it slightly so that it had a slight bevel.
Then I  stuck it down onto the card with my hot glue gun.



The slats in these dies are perfect for threading your ribbon through.
I made a sparkler to pop onto the top of the bow using Deep Pink Nuvo Glitter and a blob of glue from the glue gun.



And that’s my card done.
A really easy and simple one to make and by changing the sentiment and even the colours, you could pretty much adapt this for any occasion.

Please do check out the challenge.
It runs for a whole month and you can enter as many times as you want, as long as you have a new card for each entry.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and crafty hugs to all xxx

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Baby Bunting : )


Good morning crafty peeps and thank you for stopping by today.

I’ve got another baby card to share and it’s this one ….



… here.

I wanted it to look like a chest of drawers so I used an outside edge from Topnote Trellis to cut the ‘legs’on the left hand side then made little drawers.

I think it helps to ink the edges on something like this, even though I don’t usually do it.



The bunting is cut from the Rococo Petite Baby Balloons die and stuck together.




And the main element is the little cutie from Adorable Elephants.
The little hearts and clouds are cut from the Rococo Baby Nursery Mobile die and the sentiment is the Miniature Moments – New Baby.




And that’s the card done.

I hope you like it and if your dies have arrived, I hope you’re having as much fun with them as I did.
Have a lovely day and crafty hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Baby Blues


Good morning crafty friends and I hope that you are well today.

Have you been watching the baby dies shows? Aren’t they the sweetest ever?
I’ll share the cards I made for the show with you over the next few days and hope you like them.

So here’s the first – I really love this colour palette.



I used the Baby Rococo Petite – Rocking Horse and cut it several times before sticking it onto several layers cut from the Tonic Sew Pretty - Have a Beautiful Day Circle Frame Die set.
Hope you can see it in the picture here ….



… and here.




The sentiment is made from the ‘negative’ of the Rococo Petite Baby Balloons and Miniature Moments – New Baby dies. They are far too nice to throw away!!


I also used some of the dies from the Card Blank Layering – Harrop set.
They are awesome

So that’s the first card to share and I’ll be back tomorrow with another one.
Until then, thank you for stopping by, enjoy your day and crafty hugs to all.

Dawny P xx