Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Mandala Moments - It's love....

What is love?

Love is...colouring and stamping my new Tonic Studios Mandala Moments stamps, using the 'LOVE' and the 'IS' stamps and die sets, AND...the ladybird!

The ladybird? Can't you see it? I used it as a background stamp on the base heart layer, which I watercolour washed with a little of the pale blue from the fabulous Nuvo Brush Script pens. 

The same pens that I watercolour washed the 'Love is...' and then went back and coloured in detail with the fine brush tip. You don't need to colour everything - only two pens were used with this card, but there is so much that you can do with these, toning and shading them. 

Catch Hels Sheridan demonstrating these fabulous pens and stamps on Create and Craft on Tuesday 29th November 

Mandala Moments - It's in the words

Saying it with words this week, Tonic Studios' latest launch is a set of mandala inspired words that make up special sentiments, plus three gorgeous stamps, the mandala flower, the ladybird and the dragonfly. Every stamp has an accompanying die, giving a professional finish to your design. I really liked that. As much as I LOVE cutting, you can just tell when a die has made all the difference. 

The first card I'm sharing has been coloured in, as also brand new out today are the Nuvo Brush Script pens. They have a really fine brush nib for detail but then brush...like a paint brush! They can be watered down to make gorgeous tones, just scribble onto a glass mat or acrylic block and add water, you can use it like paint

Using three colours, I filled in a stamped 'HUGS' making sure there was no white to be seen. This is where the fine-tipped pens come into their own. You can literally do a dot smaller than a pin-head. Start with the lightest colour, take your time, and enjoy colouring...it's so relaxing! 

To mount this card, I diecut the HUGS and positioned it diagonally across a Tonic layered heart, in turn mounted onto an Amber Yellow Craft Perfect circle, onto black. The back card, Coral Pink, is slightly smaller than A6, and I stamped LOVE twice, with Archival Ink for a bold print.

Decorated with a flower and swirl from Beautiful Blooms, I coloured through the black outline to match the HUGS.

Contemporary and funky, I hope you enjoy Hels' shows with this fabulous new launch!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Marmalade's World - meet the characters

Here are all four characters from Tonic Studios' brand new product launch - Marmalade's World:


and Heffi

See the full product range here, on Tonic Studios' home page. Catch the shows on Create and Craft on 26th November to see fabulous ideas from the whole Design Team with these super cute stamps and dies, demonstrated by the incredibly talented Hels Sheridan.

Happy Crafting!
Nicky x

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Meet Minnie

Here's Minnie, from Tonic Studios' new release of stamps and accompanying dies, Marmalade's World. Paper pieced with Tonic's own patterned paper and coloured with Nuvo pens, the extra additions of the bag, the flowers and bow, coloured and die cut, make life very simple indeed. She's layered up onto a card base made from Venetian Lace on a 14.5cm square card blank.I've used Nuvo pens to colour her features, and the pretty bouquet, bow and bag too. The papers are all from Tonic's Midsummer Mornings premium paper pack. Details of the whole range of Marmalade's World can be found here!

Presented by the very talented Hels Sheridan, the shows are on Create and Craft today (Saturday) at 1pm and 5pm. Catch them - or catch up! 

Marmalade's World - Tonic Studios new release!

So here we go with my first 'official' work for Tonic Studios, and my cards' debut today, preparing for the release of a cute and gorgeous set of stamps and dies, and introducing some lovely little characters. first of all - meet Marmalade!
A beautiful little bear with a host of stories to tell, he could be used on baby cards as well as occasions for whenever a hug is needed.
This card was assembled using Tonic Layered Ovals and the brand new 1348e Marmalade stamp, onto kraft card. Couloured with distress ink and a bit of simple decoupage on his feet to lift him off the page, and make the card balance too!

  Saturday,on Create and Craft, the shows are on at 1pm and 5pm, presented by the amazing and talented Hels Sheridan! 

For more information and to see the full product range available, go to the Tonic Studios home page!

Happy Crafting! Enjoy the shows,
Nicky x

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Just Hit Play - Visible Image

Taking a trip down memory lane - one of my all-time favourite Visible Image stamps - Just Hit Play, which features not one but TWO incredibly detailed cassette tapes - anyone older than 30 will probaly still have boxes full, just like me, stashed away - I can never part with mine, even though, sniff, I can't play them! But check out the tiny cassette that comes with the set!
I've used it several times, just stamped in Wild Honey and Wilted Violet, on a background of yellow and purple Brusho paints, shaken and spritzed. And the tangled tape! Genuine excitement at Mark Alexander's unique ability to create art out of the strangest of objects. 
The cassette - stamped and heat embossed black powder on white card BUT then do the same again onto heat resistant acetate and you get your clear middle - it makes all the difference and an authentic little trip down memory lane. 

But as usual it's Helen's words that just get me - Don't look back - there's no time - hit the Play button and enjoy life and all the creativity that's around us!

Click these links to get to the Visible Image shop, The Visible Image facebook page, the facebook group where you can share your makes and get inspiration, and of course the blog, where Helen and Mark showcase their talented Design Team and tempt you with special offers and gorgeous stamps!

 Happy Crafting!
Nicky xx

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Stamp Its! Distress Its! Reveal Its!

It's been a fantastic week with Craftwork cards' new release of Stamp It II collection, two stunning sets of pre-coloured distressed matts, and a fascinating and innovative product called Reveal Its. For any stamper or ink lover, who enjoys the freedom and creativity that this type of crafting can bring, these kits are a must! 

It was easy to prepare lots of sample cards for the launch, here are a few that I thoroughly enjoyed creating:
Straight from the die-cut flower papers - I just popped out and arranged what I wanted. I used a stamp or two to decorate the oval, and a white pen to finish

On this one I cut out the heart shape from the matt (and used it on another card). I stamped in black onto pre-cut flowers and leaves and made a background with a black swirl and leaf. Easy peasy!

Two stamps and a sentiment. I made flower heads by stamping and then masking the leaf die, and then I drew stems on the kraft card. Quick additions of a few different leaves and this card was as good as done. Sometimes simple is beautiful. So hard for me to stop, but I'm so glad I did!

White stamping and embossing, and a gentle rub of ink to make the flowers, on a clean and simple gatefold card. I love the colour inside the card.

Pinks to finish - on a pre-coloured matt which already had the lovely scalloped circle shape, I die-cut a circle and filled it in with some acetate that I'd stamped and heat embossed with a delicate pink powder. I also stamped the white leaves onto heat resistant acetate, so that when cut out, they would 'float'. White embossing on colour is just one of the most pleasant experiences a crafter could have - I'd recommend it to EVERYBODY!

Hope you're inspired and keep checking back for more ideas and inspiration from me,on the Craftwork Cards Blog, and on the Pinterest page. Visit their online shop for more products from this incredibly cool range!

Happy Crafting
Nicky x


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Feeling Christmassy with Visible Image

Are you in the mood for Christmas cards yet? 
Two cards to share today, playing with stamps and words from Visible Image.
For the two cards I used the following stamp sets:

 My background for the white trees card was achieved through blending and spritzing distress inks on a glass mat and then placing white card over it. Simple ripping and tearing achieved the subtle depth of the landscape.
My white sparkly trees were all stamped and embossed onto heat-resistant acetate, which I then loosely cut out - therefore I could have a play with my landscape and perspective. 

I was desperate to play with the words as soon as I got them, I have a life-long fascination with fonts and this script deserves to be more than just a sentiment, so I incorporated it into the design of the card, top and bottom. Just the one snowflake on this card, however....
...I put quite a few on this one! A mixture of the gorgeous script and the awesome snowflakes, one of which I used my pretty glitter purple embossing powder on, as a highlight. I think the message is clear, would you agree?!

Click these links to get to the Visible Image shop, The Visible Image facebook page, the facebook group where you can share your makes and get inspiration, and of course the blog, where Helen and Mark showcase their talented Design Team and tempt you with special offers and gorgeous stamps!

Crack on with those Christmas cards!

Nicky x

Friday, 4 November 2016

Let's call this one a Criss-Cross card!

Hello crafters, today I'd like to share a card I made for my niece, inspired by the very popular envelope style of card making, with the diagonal criss-cross feature making them stand out as just that little bit different. There are many variations of this style of card, this is one I've come up with where the criss-cross is stuck down, therefore creating a pocket for a tag and message ( I love tags at the moment!) and a special extra something .

The tag in the front has room for a little extra in the pocket...


You can read step-by-step instructions on how I made this card, click on the Craftwork Cards Blog where I shared a full tutorial!  

Oh and this card, here - I used the spare diagonal cuts to make a 'Nicky quickie' 6x6 card ready to go!


Thanks for stopping by!
Nicky xx