Sunday, 27 November 2016

Bereavement Cards - The Elephant In The Room...

If someone says you have too many dies, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. 

Speaking of dies, I've recently acquired a haul of Tonic Sentiment Dies and goodness they are useful! I've been crafitng just over a year now, and I don't think I've ever seen more than a couple bereavement cards in craft groups which got me thinking...

why are bereavement cards the elephant in the room?

Brits love talking about cups of tea, puddings, what they're having for lunch and England winning the 1966 World Cup. They enthusiastically discuss the weather and some nutter called Guy Fawkes! They LOVE to tell you all the bargains they found...oooh ah, Margaret, I was in shop today and picked up 2 kilo of apples for 50p! 
Now Iris, that's nothin... our Michael went to butchers last Sunday and picked up 3 pork chops, a small loaf. 2 slightly burnt pasties and a pickled egg for 34p. You can't beat a bit of a bargain, now can ya?
While you're up dear, put the kettle on. It looks like it's going to rain so best get the bread puddin in the oven. And so on and so forth.

Even worse are mothers discussing Charlie's chunky vomit, the colour of poop and the consistency of baby bogies. 

But when it comes to bereavement cards...nothing.  

Why shouldn't we showcase them? I put in as much care and detail in my sympathy cards as I do any other cards, so let's start celebrating ALL handmade cards.   

Yea, so I'm probably breaking some silent crafting code but here are four sympathy cards lovingly made today. And now when asked, I'll have a few set aside which hold the same importance as any other cards in my stash. 

Tonic Materials: 
Heartfely Sympathy Sentiment Die

Thinking of You Sentiment DIe
Beautiful Blooms Dies (various) 
Craft Perfect Sparking Star Flower
Glue Pen
Celtic Dream Layering Die Set

Other Materials:
Papermill Direct black/white card
Crafters Companion Deep Purple Cetura Pearl
Craftwork Cards Purple Vellum
Craftwork Cards Candi
Sizzix Flower & Butterfly Die
Gems, ribbon
We R Memory Keepers Next Generation Geometric Embossing Folder
Elmers No Wrinkle Rubber Cement Glue

First up was this cool geo embossing folder which showcased the Tonic sentiment perfectly and adds dimension and interest without being tacky. I matt and layered a few times, as well as on the inside of the card, which finishes the card perfectly and ensures the weight is distributed evenly. I added one mini butterfly on the front of the card and two on the inside bottom corners for balance. 

Deep Purple Centura Pearl Card was used for the next card. I layered up the Tonic sentiment a couple times and used the inner flower to cut into the card base. I then cut out another Beautiful Bloom in Deep Purple and layered it over the card base cut out. It was still missing something so added a Tonic Craft Perfect Sparkling Star Flower but swapped the gold stamen for a white Craftwork Cards Candi and popped more Candi in each corner. I then lined the inside of the card with the lush Craftwork Cards thick purple vellum. A final touch was one of the swirls from the Beautiful Blooms in white and deep purple a couple times and layered them up.  

For my third card I cut the front of the card base so it measured 4" wide but left the back at 5.8". I then cut out one of the Tonic Beautiful Blooms inside of the flower onto black card stock three times and placed it on the inside of the card. As the front of the card base had been cut, you can see the blooms perfectly. I think this effect is really lovely and shall be using it more often. I used the Tonic Heartfelt Sypathy Die Cut again and also a Sizzix flowery/leaft die and some gems to finish. 

Slightly different view, isn't it lovely?

And finally I made one with a little more detail but still easily fits into a 6x6 envelope as there is minimal dimension. I used dark maroon and ivory card, Celtic Dream Layering Die Set  and  the Thinking of You Sentiment from Tonic. Also used as a gem, some ribbon and a little flower die to complete this card. 

I absolutely adore the Tonic Beautiful Blooms Die Sets - there are shedloads of them and can be used for practically any occasion. You can buy them here
Tonic Miniature Moments Heartfelt Sypathy Die is here
Tonic Miniature Moments Thinking Of You Die is here
The Celtic Dream Layering Die Set is here

I wonder how many of you agree with me regarding bereavement cards and wonder if we'll ever see them 'out there' in the virtual arena?

Have a great day! 

Jennifer x 


Saturday, 26 November 2016

With Tonic It's a Beautiful Day!

I don't know about you, but I'm thrilled it's finally the weekend! And what better sentiment to use on a few cards than 'Have a Beautiful Day' by Tonic Studios.

I often send my friends little notes to say I am thinking about them or a quick hello and tonight was the perfect time to make up a small batch. This was the first chance I had to clear my desk in about a week and bust out my new 'Have a Beautiful Day' Tonic Studios Die Set, which, by the way, is absolutely STUNNING! Three cards for you today... 

Tonic Products Used
Have a Beautiful Day Die Set you can buy here
Star Layering Die Set you can buy here
Petunia Trellis Die Set you can buy here

I found this great neon cardstock recently and it was perfect for my new Tonic dies! My first card was designed using the Have a Beautiful Day sentiment which was layered with white/neon pink, and the Petunia Trellis die set. The neon pink card which sits behind the petunia really makes the flower pop. The addition of a few small circle dies and neon pink gems was all I added to complete the card.

Anoter view of the Petunia Trellis card. 

The second card was designed using the complete Have a Beautiful Day Die Set, as well as neon orange card, gems and ribbon. Here's a close up of the lush glitter drops, neon paper and orange ribbon. 

Complete view of the card. 

And finally, a large 6.25" tag card with the Have a Beautiful Day sentiment, Star Layering Die Set with neon yellow card and glitter drops some lime green ribbon and white card stock completes my happy,  vibrant trio of cards today.

Front view of this large tag card. The inside is latered ready for a personal message, layered neon and white. 

Lots of clean white space this time, but still effective - don't you think?

I hope you've enjoyed these Tonic cards as much as I have. My next Tonic blog is something of an elephant on the room and will be published Sunday as I have more time to craft this weekend. Yay me! haha

Have a great weekend and I hope to see you soon, 

Jennifer x 


Sunday, 13 November 2016

If it's G(45)& T(onic), make mine a double!

If anyone tells you they don't like Gin & Tonic, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. 

Speaking of gin and tonic, today I'm sharing a few of my most recent creations using - G45 Artisan papers and Tonic dies. 

I bought the G45 Artisan collection earlier this year and felt it was time to crack it open and see what all the fuss was about.

Products used:
Tonic Layering Die Set - Swirling Frame
Tonic Beautiful Blooms Die Set 
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
Graphic 45 - Artisan Collection
Honey Doo Crafts - Sticky Glue
twine; string pearls; clear gems; hot glue

Some close up detail. 

 The matching box, which is decorated and lined. ready to post. 

The card and matching box using Graphic 45 Artisan Collection, and Tonic Layering Die Set - Swirling Frame. 

And here is the finished design. This is going to a wonderful friend, as a thank you to her. 

I've also designed a Birthday card & box for my niece, which I hope she likes. It did take a few hours to complete but I was happy to spend the time making something pretty neat for her. The card is fairly simple - layered up Ribbon and Bow Dies, then die cut a shedload of beautiful blooms, printed off one of my own fonts and stuck it all together. 

The box is constructed and then covered using the Artisan Papers and Tonic sentiment topper, which I cut up and separated into individual words. I layered up the papers and used Distress Ink - Black Soot around all the edges to close in the box. 

Products used:
Tonic Essential Card Pack - Monochrome 
Tonic Layering Die Set - Ribbon and Bow
Tonic Beautiful Blooms Die Set
Tonic Loving Birthday Topper Pack
Nuvo Jewel Drops
Graphic 45 - Artisan Collection
Distress Ink - Black Soot
Honey Doo Crafts - Sticky Glue
twine; ribbon; stamen; natural fibers; hot glue

Large Easel Card completed design.

A photo of the box on its own. 

 A close up of some of the detail on the card - the stamen, twine and natural fibers. 

 A close up of the stamen and all the flower layering - A LOT of layers. 

Another close up of the Nuvo Jewel Drops and Natural Fibers. 

 And here is the finished card with accompanying Box. 

I've REALLY enjoyed using these papers and dies over the weekend. 

Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops are here
All of the Tonic Essential Die sets are here
Tonic Essential Card Pack - Monochrome is here

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog and looking at my newest designs. Have a great week ahead and I'll be back in a couple days sharing some more fun and funky designs. 

Jennifer x