Monday, 12 March 2018

Mother's Day - Just the Tonic

Hi there,

I hope you all treated your Mums yesterday... or were treated by your children if you have them.

I really wanted to knock the ball out of the park this year and the Tonic Memory Book dies really enabled me to do this.

I used lots of embellishments and also some dies from Subscription Kit #7

Of course a little Nuvo got included and I made the box to hold it.

Here are a few pictures!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

That was the year that was!

Oh yes - and what a 12 months... 2 carpal tunnel surgeries, bulging discs with severe sciatica, Chris working away and to top it off one of my poor kitties has had some sort of accident and may lose a leg.

Sometimes I envy people who have a 'faith' to turn to in times of crisis. My husband is amazing and supportive luckily. But what also really give me a lift, a sense of not being alone, reassuring and motivational support are the on-line communities I belong to.

The two main Facebook pages I follow have been Tonic Studios (Craft Products) and Kit and Clowder (Colouring Community). I have had a lot of support from everyone and it has made a huge difference! So a big Thank You! to everyone on those pages.

Those of you who craft will recognise the benefits of being able to immerse yourself in creating and of course I've been doing that!

Here is a card I made with the new Tonic Studio's Memory Book Creator die bundle. Now the image doesn't do it justice! As this card is 8in x 8in! I know!

It's for my niece to give one of her friends!  Isn't it stunning?

See all the gorgeous confetti inside? That is the Tonic Nuvo confetti found in the packs of 4. I just love them and if I were a fortune teller I would be seeing lots of shaker cards in my future! Oh and LOTS of glitter.

Thanks so much for continuing to visit my blog. I know I don't post as regularly these days, but as you saw above... Life's been a bit rubbish and I'm just determined to stay positive!

OH and I forgot to mention - I've been smoke free for nearly 5 months!

Dixon also says Hi!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Just the Tonic...

Well - I've discovered Tonic Studios' products in a big way! I'm absolutely loving the Nuvo drops and the monthly craft kits are basically craft porn in a box!

So now my doses of bliss and crafting happiness are split through the month! Tonic Craft Kit the first week of the month, followed on the 15th by my Kit and Clowder colouring class.

This week I used the die set from the craft kit with one of the images I coloured, just to make a bit of something colourful to brighten up the dreary wet January days.

I'm sorry the picture quality isn't great but that's the problem with glass. Can you see where I've used the Nuvo drops?

I'm going to blog a whole lot more now and will share my colouring and crafting with you - hope 2018 is looking fabulous for you so far! I'm waiting for my next colouring class with bated breath! 24 hours to go! Eeek

Monday, 25 December 2017

Happy Christmas 2017!

Gosh has it really been that long since my last post?

Here's Blaze opening his Christmas presents!

Hope you have a fabulous day and lots of love from us to you and yours!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

November Class - Christmas Gifts

Hi there,

The clocks went back yesterday so it'll be dark an hour earlier but just now the sun is streaming through the window.

I'm biting the bullet and going to run a class in November. I only have about 8 spaces left available and we're making some fabulous Gift Wrapping!

Were going to make a super little gift card holder.

A sweet little Pillow Box - Ideal for small items of jewellery or something else for a stocking.

And finally this fun hexagonal box... just crying out for some sweet treats!

If you think you might like to come along I have 3 dates available. The 13th, 20th or the 27th of November. Give me a call to book or pop me an email! The details are in the header above.

Can you believe Christmas is only a few weeks away now! How did that happen?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


I can't believe it's nearly a month since I posted!

Still suffering with my back but this week I did manage to make a start on a markers class with Kit and Clowder.

Unfortunately I wasn't happy with the results and here is why!

I had opted to use some 'cheaper' card stock that someone suggested might be suitable for markers, but unfortunately, this months' class was quite detailed and I noticed the markers were bleeding. You can see here, where these were supposed to be fine lines... easily achievable with Copics with practice.

You can see the 'spread' of the ink.

There are a number of things to take from this...

  • It is important to always buy the 'tools' most suited to the job in hand
  • Cutting corners to save money isn't always cost effective
  • Be patient, improvement comes with practice and that includes making mistakes
  • Trust in the advice of the experts - that's why they're experts.

It is important too to look at the positives! 

  • I have learnt an important lesson
  • I will have the opportunity to improve my colouring even further with the extra practice
  • No practice is ever wasted
  • I have been able to 'recycle' my penguins and made 3 awesome cards!

I'm entering these in the Whimsy challenge!

That's me for today! Happy crafting! xxx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Aaaand - Back in the room!

I need to be more positive, so I'm going to make one brief mention about my back problem... Yes it hurts... still! It's curbing my activity as I can't sit down, the Chiro is costing me a fortune I'm lucky I have a few bits I have had on my hard drive for a while to share.

I'm going to try and blog more! I've been back from holiday for a week - it was hot... I was prone and I wish I was still there. Even if I did spend most of it flat on my back!

Today I have a video tutorial for you. Please let me know if there is anything you would like a video for - just add a comment on this post and if it's possible I'll do it for you!

This is a little shaker card I made and I know they're quite popular... this is a Christmas design but you can substitute any of the stamps! And the paper!

Here's the tutorial! Enjoy! And I'll be back soon! xxx