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.)

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Tonic Studios | Floral Blooms Frame

Sometimes just a bit of home decor with a photo is just the thing to make. 

Tonic Beautiful Blooms - Woodland Aster 1285E - USA | UK

Tonic Patterned Panels Die Set - Classic Quatrefoil - USA | UK

Tonic Beautiful Blooms - Gerbera Daisy 1287E - USA | UK
Tonic Sew Pretty Zip & Button 1229E  USA | UK
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Aquamarine 807N - USA | UK

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Cosmic Brown 810N - USA | UK

The leaves and button have been coloured from white paper like I showed in this tutorial.

To paint the frame (directly on to naked wood) I used a dry brush and painted with Aquamarine - USA | UK - embellishment mousse. To add a bit of a distress look I used my finger and used the Cosmic Brown 810N - USA | UK - as a gilding wax around some of the areas.
Any questions, please leave them on the comments!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Tonic Studios | Friends are Forever Card

Work is getting in the way of writing this posts. So i will fast! Any questions please use the comments and I will try to answer then.

Tonic Beautiful Blooms - Magnolia Flora 1289E - USA | UK
Tonic Beautiful Blooms - Sunburst Gazania 1288E USA | UK

Tonic Patterned Panels Die Set - Sunflower Array USA | UK
Tonic Indulgence Die and Stamp Frames Set - Friends are Forever - USA | UK

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Peony Pink 800N USA | UK

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Lemon Sorbet 805N USA | UK
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Lilac Lavender 801N USA | UK

I die cut the front of the card using Sunflower Array USA | UK. Using the Big Shot Plus it took me three passes, depending on which machine you have it may take less runs through.

I die cut the message (Friends are Forever UK), the flower (Magnolia - USA | UK) and the scroll (Gazania USA | UK) and inked them using distress inks. Then I layered them and glue them to the card.

The inside is a background sprayed with a homemade pearlescent spray using the gorgeous Mousses USA. (I simply dilute in water a small amount in a pot and then transfer it to a Mini Mister.) Then I die cut it using the outer die from the Sunflower Array USA | UK

Simple again, but just my cup of tea!
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 3 June 2016

Tonic Studios | Patterned Panels for home decor

Just a quick post today. I have shared these photos over on Instagram and Facebook, and I thought it would be nice to explain a bit more about them.

Basically once I got the Patterned Panel dies from Tonic, I thought Home Decor! 

Tonic Patterned Panels Die Set - Deco Diamond - USA | UK
Tonic Patterned Panels Die Set - Sunflower Array USA | UK

I used metallic paper to die cut the Sunflower Array for the lamp and Diamond Deco for the battery operated tea light lantern.

The principle is the same in both. You need to die cut the pattern repeatedly across the legnth of your paper. Both Patterned Panels are perfectly seamless once die cut, the only thing you need to do is place the die overlapping the design already die cut and you will feel how it locks in to place. (For a video tutorial, check out Jo Austin's here on her blog.)

Then just glue them together at the end to create a circular lantern. For the lamp, I needed two A4 as it was wider diameter. 

I love how they look in my house beside the Beautiful Blooms bouquet.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Tonic Studios | Patterned Panels using the positive and negative

Today is the turn of a more subdued card than the previous two using the Patterned panels.
This one featured the  Budding Vine - USA | UK and also some Distress Inks.

I used:

Tonic Patterned Panels Die Set - Budding Vine - USA | UK
Tonic Sew Pretty Zips and Buttons Die and Deboss 10 Piece Set - USA | UK
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Lemon Sorbet 805N USA | UK

Distress Inks: Hickory Smoke and Black Soot

Soft Kabuki brush  from the Pound or Dollar store 

I took a plain european A6 folded card and placed the die at an angle and secured it with low tack tape. I run it through my die cutting machine a couple of times to make sure that it had die cut well. this is the positive effect with the die cutting.

Using a soft kabuki make up brush (I get mine from the Pound shop) I brushed Hickory Smoke all over. Then I created a pearlescent mister diluting a bit of the Embellishment Mousse in Lemon Sorbet in water and then fill a Mini Mister bottle with it. I sprayed gently over the card to give a subtle pearl spots effect.

Then I die cut two layers of Post-it Super Sticky Removable Label  and used them as masks on the card. I then used Black Soot distress ink pad and a kabuky make up brush to create a darker grey, once I was happy with the shade, I lifted the mask and the effect was created. And that is the negative effect using die cutting.

I placed a piece of vellum behind the cover and two pieces of different colours paper inside to create a subtle contrast.

Finally, I die cut a circle and the button, attached bakers twine and layered with a message.

I will be the first that says the obvious. And that is that the sentiment is too faint. But after deliberating for a while I decided that the star of the card is the background so I settled for this subtle message.

I hope you like this positive and negative effect with the patterned panels!

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Tonic Studios | Patterned Panels Distress Inks background

Well, I did say I love those Tonic Patterned Panels and Beautiful Blooms, didn't I? Well this one - the Floral Blooms - was crying out to be on top of a distressed inks background.

I used:
Tonic Patterned Panels Die Set - Floral Blooms USA | UK
Tonic Patterned Panels Die Set - Budding Vine - USA | UK
Tonic Beautiful Blooms - Sunburst Gazania 1288E USA | UK
Tonic Beautiful Blooms - Gerbera Daisy 1287E - USA | UK
Tonic Entwining Trellis Die Set – Delicate Daisy – UK

Distress inks in Mustard Seed, carved Pumpkin and Candied Apple.

To create the background I die cut three bases of the card first using the warm grey card twice using the outer die from the Budding Vine. - USA | UK Then I scored one of them at about 1cm from the short edge and use that area created to attach it to the back of the identical die cut panel. 

I then took the spare panel and inked all though making sure there was some areas more yellow, others more orange and some red ones as well. Once I was happy, I spray it with water to create the subtle bleach effect that distress inks will give you.
Then I attached it to the to the front of the card. (You could make it as the front if you don't get ink all over the back of the distressed as I tend to do.)

Then I die cut the floral pattern USA | UK - out of white card and then after the outer die using the same one (Budding Vine) as before. (I find it easier this way round as it is more difficult to keep the inner die in position even with tape if first die cut the outer edge.) 

To create the flower, I die cut six Gerberas USA | UK - using good quality paper. Then using a combination of inks I coloured them. (You can see it step by step here.) Then I I shaped them using a soft foam mat and the large ball tool. I attached them all together and in the centre I placed two die cut Daisies from the Trellis set UK and a circle.
Finally I die cut the leaves - from the Gazania set USA | UK - and layered them up and attach it all to the front of the card.

I left it without a message, I will either add one just before sending or leave it without it.

And there it is. Gorgeous floral blooms that will brighten anyone's day!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Tonic Studios | Damask patterned panel and floral friends card

Today I am sharing a card to celebrate friends. I let you on a "secret". I love my friends! And I loved making this card. It featured some of my most favourite dies from the recent releases from Tonic, the Panel Dies and the Beautiful Blooms, plus that gorgeous sentiment!

I used:
Tonic Patterned Panels Die - Vibrant Damask - USA | UK
Tonic Patterned Panels Die Set - Classic Quatrefoil - USA | UK
Tonic Beautiful Blooms - Sunburst Gazania 1288E USA | UK
Tonic Rococo Die and Stamp Set Hearts - Vine, Floral and Paisley - USA | UK
Tonic Rococo Die and Stamp Set Heart - Vine USA | UK
Tonic Indulgence Die & Stamp Set – Friends Are Forever - USA | UK
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Ebony Black - USA | UK

Card in warm grey, soft green, hot, mid and soft pink, black.

I die cut the base of the card first using the warm grey card twice using the outer die from the Classic Quatrefoil. Then I scored one of them at about 1cm from the top and use that top area to attach it to the back of the identical die cut panel.
Then I die cut the damask pattern out of light green card and then after the outer die using the same one (Quatrefoil) as before. I find it easier this way round as it is more difficult to keep the inner die in position even with tape if first die cut the outer edge. 

I die cut all the other elements using the different die sets, shaped a bit the flowers, layered them up and then attach the sentiment. Finally, a bit of Crystal Drops in Ebony Black for the centre of the flowers. Simple but quite strong combo!

And, by the way, all the Patterned panels will fit nicely on a American A2 envelope or European C6 envelope (for A6 cards).

Anyway, I hope you like it!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Tonic Studios | Sunburst Gazania Love Card

Another card using the Bautiful Blooms Gazania from Tonic Studios Beautiful Blooms - USA | UK.

I used:

Beautiful Blooms - Sunburst Gazania 1288E USA | UK
Beautiful Blooms - Gerbera Daisy 1287E - USA | UK
Beautiful Blooms - Apple Blossom 1290E USA | UK
Simply Screens - Clematis Vines - USA | UK
Miniature Sentiments - Sent with Love 1254E USA | UK
Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss - Bubblegum 672N -  USA | UK

And coral, light coral and green paper; and white and black card.

I die cut first the screen, then the edge (also from the same Simply screens die set) and then place the paper inside the card.
Then, I die cut all the different elements and layered them on the front.
The sentiment says Sent with Love, but i trimmed the Sent With to make the sentiment fit in better on the card.

Finally I added the button and the Nuvo Crystal Drops in the centre of the panels.

I hope you like it!

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tonic Studios | Sweet Melia Hello Card

I really do love these flower dies from the Tonic Studios Beautiful blooms collection.
This one is. Similar version to the one I made for the Win and Tonic blog, but I changed a couple of things.

I used:

Beautiful Blooms - Sweet Melia 1286E USA | UK
Beautiful Blooms - Woodland Aster 1285E - USA | UK
Trellis Circle Base Die set 489e - USA | UK

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Black Ash 811N USA | UK
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Spring Green 808N USA | UK
Nuvo Crystal Drops - English Mustard  685N USA | UK
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Rhubarb Crumble 679N USA | UK

Sentiment Stamp: Big Sentiments, PICSA6068 Paula Pascual for Sweet Dixie

Yupo paper 110gsm

The first thing I did was to create a template using the circle Trellis using Yupo paper. Its a synthetic paper that is thin enough to be die cut - though it will depend on the die cutting machine and the intricacy of the die. Then I used the Nuvo Black Ash Mousse to colour through using a cosmetic sponge dabbing through the stencil on to the card. I trim the piece of card to fit in the font of the card.

I used the green mousse to colour the base card, I added the die cut flowers and the swirl.
For the centre of the flower I used the Rhubarb Crumble crystal drop and then while still wet I added a dot with English Mustard.

Finally I stamped the sentiment with black ink. 

I hope you like it!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Tonic Studios | Win & Tonic Gazania Card

Today is the first day of Win and ToniI c blog! It is a challenge blog that every month will have  have a prize given by Tonic Studios. Wether you are UK based or not, you can participate. To read more about it and participate click here.

How exciting!

For this first challenge, we have a Anything goes theme, so I thought I would share this card in which I use several sets of Tonic dies as well as the gorgeous Embellishment Mousses. The full tutorial is at the bottom of the post.

I used from Tonic Studios:

Beautiful Blooms - Sunburst Gazania 1288E USA | UK
Beautiful Blooms - Magnolia Flora 1289E - USA | UK
Beautiful Blooms - Woodland Aster 1285E - USA | UK
Trellis Circle Base Die set 489e - USA | UK
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Black Ash 811N USA | UK
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Spring Green 808N USA UK
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse - Peony Pink 800N USA UK

Sentiment Stamp: Big Sentiments, PICSA6068 Paula Pascual for Sweet Dixie

Plus Card in white, hot pink and green and glues.

Here is how I made it:

First I die cut the Trellis Circle Base Die - USA | UK - positioning it hanging out of the card. I almost always secure my dies with low tack tape, and for this one its essential.

Scotch Removable Magic tape is the low tack tape I have been using for over the last twelve years. Its the only one that has never let me down.
I run it through my die cutting machine - as it is an A6 folded card - it will fit through any standard 6" wide machine.

And this is one of the tricks I have been using lately to remove all the bits, a humble lint roller that I get from H&M for under a pound. This will also pick up all the paper crushing thin lines that you get when die cutting. 

(This is because when die cutting you actually don't cut but rather crush the paper or card, hence you create a the tiny sliver of paper that is just under the "blade" which is hard to remove in some cases. The Lint roller removes them really nicely.)

Using the middle circle die from the trellis set to create a mask. I used a full adhesive sticky noteThen using thin washi tape I masked all four sides to create a thin white edge all around.

Then using a foam pad and applicator I applied Mousse Spring Green USA | UK - dabbing the mousse to create texture.

Once dry, I removed first the tape revealing the white edge, and then the sticky note.

I die cut the centre of the circle using the smallest circle die on the Trellis set.

Then I die cut two white Sunburst Gazanias USA | UK using white card using both dies the outer and inner one to create the intricate detail on them. I Also die cut a solid pink one.
I trimmed one of the white ones as the picture shows.

I layered one of the white ones on to the pink one, and then using the Mousse Peony Pink USA | UK - I dry brushed the trimmed flower. Then I glue it on top of the full one.

I completely changed the colour of a die cut (medium Trellis circle) using the Black Ash  mousse USA | UK.

I stamped the message - Big Sentiments - with Versafine and die cut it using the Advent Drawer Deco Die set – UK.

Finally I added some swirls from other two sets of Beautiful Blooms, Magnolia Flora 1289E - USA | UK and Woodland Aster - USA | UK.

And what about another version? With a bit more pink, like this...

I used for this one:

Beautiful Blooms - Sunburst Gazania 1288E USA | UK
Beautiful Blooms - Apple Blossom 1290E USA | UK
Trellis Square Base Die set 488e USA | UK
Miniature Sentiments - Sent with Love 1254E USA | UK

I hope you like them!

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