|Bright and summery is what the doctor ordered this time!|
I feel pretty secure in my assumption that something other than Christmas will be welcome now? Anything which reminds us of excess, no matter how family orientated and nobly Dickensian is probably right off limits. Here in Britain, we are facing another January of pretty much unrelieved grey and I think that nature has provided East Anglia with a bit of steady drizzle too so not really going out weather.
Well the good news is that it is time for Tonic Craft Kit #17 and if you have yours in front of you, this is the only indoor activity that you need!
It is bright, it is clean and clear of colour and just the zippity doodah that you need on a cold grey winter's day.
|A jewel box of treasures I tell you!|
The curators of these lovely kits really know that they are doing too. Inside the box are papers, inks, dies and stamps. there is a pen and some nifty tools and the colours are not ones that you might go for yourself. I adore the watermelon rainbow with coral pink (next year's Pantone colour if the year is Living Coral so we are ahead already). Then there is a piece of glitter card in such a vibrant green that it is calling out to be put aside for St Patrick.
|The textures and colours are special this time!|
Well I will let you explore yourself and let's get on to seeing what I came up with this time.....
|Loving the possibilities!|
This kit is all about the spring frame die and actually, it is quite versatile. So, with that in mind, let's take a card....
|Texture drives this one.|
I really like the look of tone on tone and there are two pieces of coral paper in the kit. It turns out that they are perfect for layering. I used a 6" sq. card blank and matted with the Lime Light pearlescent card.
|The point of texture like this is to get up close and personal.|
Onto that went a die cut of the spring frame using the Weave Textured card in coral pink. I highlighted here and there with my finger dipped in custard cream Embossing Powder.
I finished with the sentiment, also die cut with white card and pearlescent card, slightly offset to give a drop shadow effect.
|As most often with my cards, some stitching happened around the edge.|
Next one was the same idea, also tone on tone but this time white and turquoise.
Time for a shaker card too. The mat is a Mirror Card in silky sky (turquoise) and it is more satin than mirror to me. But it is beautiful and pairs beautifully with white for a cool and crisp look.
|Even though it is white on white, everything can be seen perfectly.|
Lots of white and a sprinkling of silver was the order of the day for this one. There are some amazing glitters and pretties in the Nuvo range just crying out for use in a shaker card.
|Load it with glitter and pretties - you have a lovely large window.|
I softly blended the three inks onto white card and then die cut the mat and glued some acetate to the back.
|White pairs perfectly with those fresh colours.|
The trim was white again and this time, I went for gold and white glitters.
|This one might be my favourite!|
I could not resist using the spring frame die just one more time though.
|I don't always manage a simple card!|
This time, I cut a section to fit across the bottom of the buttermilk yellow Weave Textures card stock. The little Glitter Drop makes lovely centres too.
I stamped the bee in black ink and then die cut him and coloured him with the yellow ink pad.
|The effect is so fresh!|
There had to be some stitching too. And I used a scrap of the mirror card for the die cut sentiment.
I know that I said about St Patrick's day for the green glitter card but I couldn't wait that long!
More bees and more stitching finishes it off beautifully. To make this glitter card embellishment, simply cut a piece of card to fit the bottom of your card and then freehand cut a lazy curve.
|I used some glitter drops on the bee's wings.|
|No waste here!|
This set of card and tag uses an inlaid technique which is really easy. And then it uses the extra words to make the tag. To make the inlaid sentiments, cut the word carefully and (this is an important bit) keep all of the little cutout bits from the letters. Then cut the word again from a different colour, glue it into the space neatly and add the little pieces back.
|Simplicity allows the beautiful paper to chine.|
I cut some small daisies with a flower punch and made the centres with glitter drops. that left me without leaves. The large daisy on the spring frame has petals which look like leaves though - I cut some using the scraps of Lime Light pearlescent card stock and glued them around the flowers.
Hey presto! Leaves!
It is always great fun to look at your kit and try to think of other ways to use the contents. You can cut the die cut sentiments up for example and, as you have seen here, a die can be used whole or in part. You can also fussy cut the flowers and use them singly. A die makes a great stencil too. I didn't use this option but I am thinking about a card made using the die as a stencil and the brush in the kit plus the embossing powders.
|All very different but coordinated.|
Now before I go, I have some news....this may well be the last blog post that I write from England. My family and I have decided to move back to Australia. We came from there originally as regular readers will know and it was always my dream to live in more northerly climes. It has been a great eight and a half years but we are not sure what is going to happen next here so it is time for us to go home.
But never fear, I shall continue doing what I do from there! Thank you for being so supportive. It means the world to me.