Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tonic Studios on Hochanda...

So this starts tomorrow...

And for full details on what shows are when, check out this video with Jodie Johnson, Crafty Owain and myself going through everything.


Friday, 10 February 2017

Tonic Studios | Gift Box Paper Decoration

Valentine's Day is around the corner, so what better than make a plain giftbox to look stunning with some die cut elements.

I used the Vibrant Damask Patterned Panels, Sent with Love and Sunburst Ganazia dies from Tonic Studios.
I die cut twice the Damask vertically,  linking the pattern on the short edge to create a continuous pattern. then I glued the top and bottom to the edge of the lid to crete an arch effect.

Of course I added some Nuvo Glitter drops, these in Pink Champagne and Honey Gold.

Finally I added the sentiment using the Sent with Love.

Pink, white and black. Pretty!

Monday, 30 January 2017

Tonic Studios | Home card using Patterned Panels dies

Today, just a simple card I made using the Budding Vine and the Floral Blooms Patterned Panels from Tonic Studios.

I used the Floral Blooms outside die - a tiny scalloped rectangle - to create the base. Die cut two identical pieces and then i took one and score on the short side about 1cm or 1/2" from the top.

On the second panel, I die cut the bottom to create an inverted V shape using the same die.

I used Distress ink to colour the background and the Budding Vine and then i trimmed it a bit to be more like an organic shape of vine detail. The heart is die cut out of vellum paper twice and layers together with bakers twine, and the sentiment die cut out of black card using the Home Together set.

Those patterned panels are so versatile!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

It's been a while...

A few months, more than a few actually. You know, I make all those plans of being a blogger and then I get busy with real life and put blogging aside. I won't promise I will be blogging more this year. But we will see! 
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For now, I wanted to share some of my favourite projects and highlights from last year.

I guess at the top of the list it has to be my third book, Paper Pom Poms!

It was a challenge, as a book always is, but I was so very pleased with it! I loved the process of working with my published Carlton Books and working with the superb stylist Isabel de Cordoba.

Working with Tonic Studios is brilliant. I love their products and the team.

There are have been some changes recently, but I hope to keep inspiring everyone with the projects 

Simplicity itself, but still one of my favourites using a a branch die from the Autumn Leaves collection.

The embellishing mousses from Tonic and their Nuvo Drops are part of my day to day crafting. Love them!

And the flower dies were awesome to create simple, traditional flowers.

And then there were the Glimmer Pastes... never thought I would love working with glitter so much. Absolutely love the stuff.

And while I very rarely use purple, this mosaic technique is one of my favourites and love the results! I used a thin width of washi tape to create those areas.

Another highlight, was teaching at the Surrey All Counties Challenge retreat organised by Johns Bloodsworth in aid of the Mind. Where I taught how to make pom pom, flowers and a mosaic card.

We had a blast in the all day workshops.

And with my fellow tutors and great friends. Leonie Pujol, myself, Jenny Mayes (Hobby Art stamps), John Bloodworth and Julie Hickey.

Another highlight was an amazing solo road trip to Edinburgh and back in August. Driving up East - Lincoln, Hull, Scarborough, York Moors, Durham, Bamburg Castle, Dunbar... - and driving down west - Gretna Green, Carlisle, Keswick, Lake District, Kendal, Lancaster, Blackpool... Britain is such an amazing ad beautiful country. Loved it!

And then there was Create and Craft USA that kept me so busy for so many months...
Unfortunately the year ended with the closure of the Create and Craft USA studios in Feltham, so that means that we had to say bye to some awesome colleagues.

The amazing hosts: Jinger Adams, Andy Hodgson, Kristine Mckey, Alex Hayden, Paul Becque, Mark Stewart, Aly Bockler, Libby Lloyd and Jane Monzures. Going to miss working with them!

We had awesome times, like when we had to evacuate the building two Saturday's in a row (both times when I was on air or about to go on air). Once due to a water leak the other a fire alarm.

We had brilliant times with these people, made new friends and I am just a bit sad that I wont get to work anymore with many of them. But here is hoping that our paths will soon cross with most of them!

And 2017 already looks like its going to be good... if a little busy with many projects.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Tonic Studios | Maple Leaf

Today at 1pm and 3pm EST I will be on Create and Craft USA showing off the wonderful Autumn Leaves collection from Tonic Studios.

You can make simple cards or very elaborate projects. Its really up to you!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Tonic Studios | Santa's Sleigh and Reindeer

It was a while ago that I created this project.

I used:

I simply die cut twelve reindeers and twelve sleighs. Then I glue six together and another set of six, that made them thick enough to stand up. I die cut the reindeer a couple of times more using a light shade of brown and an darker one, o the lighter one I trimmed the antlers and then coloured the embossed areas with distress inks. To add a bit of sparkle, I used the Nuvo Glitter Drops in Orange Soda and Honey Gold.

To join the Reindeers and make them stand up, I simply used a piece of card and made two score lines at about 4cm from each other. then I used the area on the small side of to attach it to each of the Reindeers.

I followed a similar pattern for the Sleigh, but this time I made the piece of card that holds the sleigh sides a bit longer (though scored at cm so the width is the same as in the reindeers) so that I could put a chocolate inside!

Finally I glued a length of Bakers Twine to the reindeers and knotted the end on to the sleigh.

I hope you like it!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Workshops! In November in aid of Mind with John Bloodworth

I love teaching, but lately I have been a tad busy with the Tonic Shows and my latest book. So when John Bloodworth, the Gentleman Crafter, contacted me to ask if would be able to teach some workshops as part of his All Counties Craft Challenge in aid of Mind, I jumped out at the chance. Such a great cause!

The workshops are going to take place on the 18th to the 19th of November and it is a three day event at The Manor House Hotel in Godalming

Look at the place!

At my workshop you will be using the Tonic Studios die range as well as Nuvo products to create several projects including a card, a wreath and another project.

But there is more, John of course will be teaching a workshop as will Leonie Pujol, Jenny Mayes from Hobby Art, Sarah Milshop from Beads Direct and Dean Wilson!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Paper Pom Poms! My new book

I am so pleased to have my latest (third) paper crafting book out now!

It was a challenge at times but I am very proud of it!

Paula Pascual Paper Pom Poms Book Bouquet

And a couple of my favourite projects from the book:

Paula Pascual Paper Pom Poms Book Topiary

(These two photos were taken with my iPhone, in the book they are better photos and of course step by step instructions with step photos.)

Available now from all book stores like:

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Win and Tonic | Black and White with colour challenge

 So the challenge this month over at Win and Tonic is Black and White with a hint of colour. As soon as I heard that option I decided to make a set of cards for men.

I used one set of dies from Tonic Studios:

For this card, I used the the larger geometric envelope liner/decorator die from the Delicate Embrace Die. I took a landscape A6 card and place the larger die parallel to the edge of the scored line, secured with low tack tape and then die cut. Did the same on the opposite side.
Using the verso outer liner die I die cut two pieces out of the soft black paper and attached them to the inside.
Then stamped the large circle and then layered on top a piece of ribbon and a In Circle message.

Using the same die but placing it on the right edge of the card. And the black paper is attached to the inside of the card.

For this one I used the smaller geometric triangle die.

Once I die cut it, I trimmed the ribbon and then I attached the message.

And then I just went ahead  and place it bottom right corner with a stamped sentiment just over.

And then using the smaller die parallel to the bottom.

And there they all are, ready to be sent!

Quick and easy masculine cards.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Tonic Studios | Snowflake Acetate Card with Nuvo Glitter Dros

Today its an exciting day! I shall be in Create And Craft UK for the first time introducing the new Nuvo Glitter Drops from Tonic Studios at 8am, 1pm and 6pm.
If you have been following me on social Media or in the blog, you will know that I have been guest presenting (or demonstrating) Tonic products on Create and Craft USA since March. I am loving it! But I am very nervous about demonstrating for the UK!

So I thought I would share one of the projects I am hopefully demonstrate on air. I thought I would share a simple card made with circles and a large Snowflake embellished with the fabulous Nuvo Glitter Drops!

This is an acetate card, finished card 5" x 5". I used extra thick or construction acetate that you can get here from Stix2 or from Hunkydory.

The Tonic dies I used are:

The Nuvo Glitter Drops is a medium that allows you to create perfect gems with encapsulated glitter. You can make them tiny or really large, and they are self levelling so they crete the perfect 3D domes every time.
I used two new colours here, the Sunlit Meadow - a lovely apple green - and Aquatic Mist - a gorgeous mid aqua blue.

I hope you like the card and will tune in to see the demos!
(You can also catch up on the Create and Craft website here.)
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