Friday, 28 August 2015

The Wanderer Returns :)

Good morning crafty peeps and I hope you are all getting ready for the bank holiday : )

I thought I’d share a card today that I made using one of the brand new Tonic Studios birthday sentiment dies – I think these just fabulous.

So ….


.. here’s my card.
I used one of the Birthday Script dies and I think this set has to be a crafty stash staple because I can’t think of anybody that this wouldn't work for, male, female young or old.

I made the base using the outside edges from the largest Topnote Trellis die and the top element was cut from one of the Elegant Drape Idyllics dies which I then topped with the sentiment die. The little red star is the smallest from the Layering Star set.

See the red spotty paper? Well it isn’t paper at all – it’s actually red card with white die cut circles on it. The card I used is the new Tonic Essentials card and the red is from Heated Hues, the white from Monochrome  and the blue from Brilliant Blues. I am utterly smitten with this stuff – it’s amazing quality (you would expect nothing less) and the colours are fabulous.

Also, if you have the new Nuvo pens, the colours work perfectly with them. I LOVE it when it all coordinates.

Finally, the little black dots are Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black.

So that’s me done for today. Enjoy the long weekend, yayyy, and I’ll be back soon.

Crafty hugs,

Dawny xx

Friday, 3 July 2015

Fab Bags

Good morning crafty peeps and I hope that you are all OK today.

The cards I’m sharing today aren’t cards at all.
They are sweet bags which I made using the beautiful
Tonic Studios Chelsea Shoulder Bag die.

Now I can promise you that when your die arrives, you will not want to put it down, these are very VERY addictive.

Not only are they addictive to make but they are super easy to use and put together as well, and as you might expect, very versatile too.

So ….

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… this is the first one.

I actually used fabric to make this and it cuts like a dream.
What you need to do is get some iron on interfacing or bonder and iron it on the reverse of the fabric – don't use the steam setting on the iron – then you are just about good to go. Place the fabric side against your cutting plate and the die on top of the interfacing and run it through the machine.

I used the outside edges only here.
The fabric had different shades so I used the lighter shade for the flap and the darker for the body of the bag.

I cut the same outside edges using card and just stuck the fabric pieces on to them. It could not have been quicker to make.

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I used Velcro to fasten the bag and the clasp is just a button I found – I just cut the shank off and glued it on with a hot glue gun.

The second bag  …..

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… is this one here – very different but again it’s easy peasy.

This fabric is a very sheer and again I used the iron on backing. It gives a lighter look as you can see the backing through the fabric but I didn't mind at all.

This time, I used plain card for the sides and the corners and I covered them with some Nuvo Charcoal Glitter.

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Again I used Velcro to fasten and I added a button and a bit of white tulle which I got from The Ribbon Girl. Then to finish off, I went around the edges with some Nuvo Pearl White Crystal Drops.

I am sooo going to make some more of these.
Don't you think they would look fabulous as a holder for those little plastic gift cards you buy in the supermarkets? I hate just shoving them inside a card!!

So that’s today’s share and I hope you like them. I have made one using card which I’ll show you next time.

  Have a lovely day and a great weekend and crafty hugs to all xxx


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Shoes To DIE For : )

Hiya sweet peeps and hope everybody is OK -  wasn't it a hot one yesterday. Phew!!!!!

It’s a bit less humid this morning which is all good : )

The card I’m sharing today is another one from yesterday’s Tonic Studios POTD and this one features the GORGEOUS Rococo Lace Stiletto die. I would LOVE a pair of shoes like this but sadly I wouldn’t be able to walk in them : (

I’m a Cat Boots and Uggs sort of girlie!!!

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I cut the die out of black card and I embossed it – the detail is lost in these photos as the card is dark,  but the embossing is amazing.
Then I stuck them down onto red card and undercut them. I added some  Nuvo Ruby Red Glitter to the little flowers on the front and added a little gem.
Then I stuck a length of black ribbon to the back and glued it down onto the striped background, which is 1” strips of black and white card glued onto a scrap of white card then matted onto red card.

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Check out those heels – wow!!!

And I just printed out the sentiment – you can add anything you like.

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I finished it off with a red bow and black button and some contrasting Ebony Black and Pearl White Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Have a fabulous day and crafty hugs to everybody,

Dawny xxx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Hugga Mugga Doggie : )

Morning sweet peeps and ohhh what a lovely day it is here on Chester today.

NOT that I am seeing much of it because I am super busy with work etc, but at least it’s nice to look out of the window,  and I don't really do sitting in the sun any way lol!!

So today I have a card this week’s Papertake challenge which is

Take Your Pick

and I went for the sketch option and used ….

... this one here.

And this is what I did.

Do you like the sweet image?  It’s a bit of a sneakie peekie, and he is called

Mug of Tea

He is one of the new  Lili of The Valley release which will be out soon.

I coloured him with Copics – not too may used and he is very easy to colour as well – and these are the colours I used -

E35, E40, E42, E43,  R05, R17, R27, R59, W00, W1. W3

The papers which I LOVE are LOTV  Sunny Side Up, and the sentiment is from the Sentiments to Fit Scroll set.

Here’s a few pics -

A gorgeous double bow made with Black Seam Binding from The Ribbon Girl : )

Sorry about the pics today – we are taking up the floor in the conservatory which is where I do my photos usually,
so I had to go somewhere else  and the light isn't nearly as good. The last one is a bit blurry : (

Right, enjoy your day, whatever you're doing,  and I’ll see you soon as soon.

Hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Pretty Pink Heart


Good morning  peeps and I hope that you are having a lovely week so far.

It’s time to head on over to Papertake Weekly and this week our theme is

Ooh So Pretty

and we just want to to make something pretty or add something pretty to your work.

There’s a fab prize from
The Ribbon Girl as well so go and have a butchers if you get a sec xx

The card I’ve made today is a bit special because it’s actually for somebody – often my card aren’t, but this one is.

So ….


… here is is.

It’s another quick and simple card and I’ve used some gorgeous Tonic Studios Dies mixed with some Ribbon Girl pretties.

The older die is the Tonic Studios Affections Insert Die – On Mother’s Day – and I  just cut the largest inside edge  into a piece of white card which I then layered onto some pink before sticking to my card base.

I then used some of the Tonic Heart Stamp and Dies Sets and the pink heart in the centre is cut using the outside edge from the Paisley set, then I cut another one exactly the same in white and added the inside edge from the Floral set

I LOVE how all of these sets works so well together and they are available on pre-order from Crafty Devils .



A bit of pretty here.

I went around the edge with some Nuvo Pearl White Crystal Drops then added a sprinkling of Candy Pink Nuvo Glitter.
I also used the Nuvo Glue pens on part of the heart design and added a bit more there.


Once again I have used one of the tail parts of the Large Lacy Bow set to stamp my sentiment onto.

And WHAT a sentiment – this is from
Set 92 Birthdays & Best Wishes from Lili of The Valley  and it is fabulous value. You get 12 wavy sentiments for only £8. And there’s a cracking Christmas offer on right now as well – go and have a mooch because you snooze you lose peeps lol xx



A pretty little sparkly made with some hot glue and Candy Pink Glitter : )

And those gorgeous bows are made from 25mm Rose Pink No 57 Large Check Gingham ribbon and  9mm White/White Spot Organza ribbon, both of course from The Ribbon Girl.

So that’s my card for today and thank you for stopping by.
Have the fabbiest of days,  whatever you’re doing, and huggiest of  hugs to all,


Thursday, 11 June 2015

A Really Quick Card For All Occasions

Good evening peeps.
I’ve had a really busy day today between my day job and our baby chicks, so I’m a bit late putting this post on – but better late than never I suppose : )

I have another card to share using the awesomely versatile  Tonic Studios Topnote and Petunia Trellis die sets,

and …

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… it’s this one here.

This is such a simple, quick and easy card to put together and you could make this work for just about everything I reckon – even the sentiment is generic.

I made the base card using the largest outside edge from the Topnote set.
I cut 2 out, made a little fold across the top of 1 of them, added some tape then stuck them together.

Then I used the smallest inside edge from the Petunia Trellis set, taped it to the front of the card base then ran it through the machine. The beautiful pattern then remains in the card. I cut out the largest outside edge from black card and stuck that down behind the pattern. You could substitute this by adding an insert if you wanted.

Then just a circle cut from black card using the largest of the 2 Petunia circles and a white one cut from the smallest circle and these went into the centre using dimensionals. Then a little helping of Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops around the edge of the pattern – don’t you just love how they shine.

Finally a  little sentiment form my beloved Lili of The Valley  Sentiments to Fit Scroll set stamped onto a tail cut from the Tonic Large Lacy Bow set, a heart button and a beautimous double bow made from 25mm Black No 10 Small Check ribbon from The Ribbon Girl  and that, my sweet peeps, is that.

It probably took longer for me to type this out than to put the actual card together : )

Enjoy the rest of your day and make the most of  the sunshine because apparently it’s all going to change for the weekend, boooo hisss.

Why does it do that when most of us are off work?

And I heard the dreaded ‘f’ word mentioned on the weather as well.

Yes frost (what did you think I meant, naughty naughty!!).
AND I have put our hanging baskets out as well, and if you read my Facebook post today, you’ll know that I’ve had one disaster already with them.
Anyway, I thought we would be past that now.
Ricardo reckons it won’t happen and I hope he’s right!!! 

See you soon and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

And Something For The Girls : )


Howdy peeps and it’s another sunny morning here in Chester.
That’s 3 days in a row now!!!

So after the masculine card yesterday, I thought I’d even it up a bit and share one which is a bit more girlie, and ….


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… it’s this one here.

I made this card up when I was demoing at Bolton and I used creams and whites, and I was quite pleased how it turned out. So I made it up again using pinks : )

I used one of my fave EVER Tonic Studios Dies and this is the beautiful Deco Oval Trellis set.
The base card is an 8x8 and it’s cut  to just over 5 1/2” wide, and I added a pink mat using dimensional pads. Then I cut a slightly smaller piece in white and using the largest inside edge, I ran it through the machine, then stuck it down onto the pink mat, again using dimensionals.

Then I cut another piece from white card using both the outside and inside edges, added some Nuvo Diamond Glitter around the edge using a Nuvo Glue Pen, then I stuck it down onto the card, lining it up carefully with the pattern underneath.

Finally I cut another in pink from the smallest outside edge and added that, again using dimensionals.
LOVE the layers : )



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I made some little blooms using the flower elements from the Tonic Entwining Trellis Plush Peony Die set.

For the 2 largest flowers, I cut one in white and another from pink using the largest flower die, then I used tweezers to gently curl the edges back before running a ball tool over them to bring the petals up. Then I layered them together. I cut another in white using the second smallest flower and then ran the ball tool over it and then stuck it down.

I made one more using the second largest and the smallest flower dies, which I stuck down onto a bow I’d  made using Mermaid Pale Pink Sparkle Ribbon from The Ribbon Girl.


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Next I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Pearl White to the edge of the centre pink mat and also the centre of each bloom.


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Finally I cut a small oval using one of the elements from the Tonic Tent Gift Bag Die Set, stamped one of my beloved Lili of The Valley sentiments onto it then – it’s the Sentiments to Fit Scroll set -  stuck it down.

All the Tonic Studios products I’ve used here are available from Crafty Devils, as is the Papermania Capsule Wild Rose A4 cardstock.


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And that’s the card all done.

Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy the sunshine.

Huggiest of hugs to all xx

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

One For The Boys : )

Good morning lovely peeps and I hope that you are OK today.
It’s another sunny day here in Chester and it’s so nice to wake up to this rather than rain and wind, although I will be moaning when it gets too hot lol.

So it’s time to head on over to the Papertake Weekly challenge and this weeks our theme is

Something For The Boys

and as father’s day is looming, we hope you find lots of inspiration over there cos the team have been busy busy.

So what did I do?

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I did this : )

I made the base card using the largest outside edge from the new Tonic Studios Topnote Trellis set.
I cut 2 out, made a little fold across the top of 1 of them, added some tape then stuck them together.

I then added some of the gorgeous new Lili of The Valley Sunny Side Up papers  and these were literally some scraps I had left over from the 2 other cards I’ve shared on here recently. Waste not want not!!!

The centre panel is made using one of the centre dies from the Tonic Studios Garland Fancy Idyllics set from Crafty Devils and the sentiment is from another Idyllics set – Delicate Drape. The Garland Fancy set is on offer at Crafty Devils at the moment so if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s your chance : )

Here’s a coupe of pics ….

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Some beautiful Tonic Studios  Ebony Nuvo Crystal Drops ……

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…. some string, buttons and and lots of dimension, and it’s finished.

You could easily convert this into a girls card by swapping the papers, using ribbon rather than the string and using a different colour card for your base.

So that’s me done for and thank you for stopping by.

Have a lovely day and huggiest of hugs to all xx

Monday, 8 June 2015

A Brand New One


Good afternoon crafty peeps.
Have you been enjoying the
Tonic Studios shows on Create & Craft?

I thought I’d share one that I made that didn't make it down to Jodie in time but which uses the new dies from the shows, and …



…it’s this one here which uses that ever so gorgeous Petunia Trellis Die set.

I made the base using the larger outside edge and folded it in half so that the 2 petals were even across the bottom.
Then I added one of the elements from the Thinking Of You set before topping it off with  the smaller outside and inside edges from Petunia and the 2 small circles.


The flower was made using the larger of the small Petunia circles.
I just cut three of them cut one round off then joined then together to make as spiral shape before rolling up.
I ran a Nuvo Glue pen over it then sprinkled it with Diamond Nuvo Glitter.

Those pretty leaves are from the Flora Frames Topper Set – I use these loads because they are a nice size and really sweet I think.


A little tail from the Tonic Studios Large Lacy Bow Die Set - a perfect base for your stamped sentiments : )

This sentiment is from Lili of The Valley Sentiments to Fit Scroll set.

The card btw is Papermania Oyster Blush A4 card from Crafty Devils


And there’s my card all done.
I hope you like it and thank you for stopping by. 

Enjoy the rest of your day and crafty hugs to all xx

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Get Your Shades Out : )

Good morning crafty peeps and I hope that you are having a lovely sunny day today.

Talking of which, the card I’m sharing today is bright and sunny and zingy. I’ve used the new Petunia Trellis Die set and some Nuvo Diamond Glitter which is the Create & Craft POTW , but I do believe they may have sold out now.

So, let’s have a look at the card, and you may need your shades  ….

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… and here it is in all its funky glory : )

This is such an easy card to put together and there’s dimension in bucket loads here.
But if you’re not a fan or you are concerned about the posting then you could just make this flat.

The gorgeous bow is made from 16mm orange ruffle edged ribbon from The Ribbon Girl.

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So what I did was to cut the outside edge from lime green card and then I ran a Nuvo Glue Pen around the outer edge and added the Diamond glitter. The pen makes it really easy to get a nice even line. Then I cut the outside and inside edges from white card and I cut from one of the inner points into the centre and overlapped the petals. I put some silicone glue into the centre  and stuck down the orange and green centre circles from the set.

The rolled rose was made by cutting a circle in green then rolling it up.
I swiped the edges with the Nuvo Glue Pen and added a bit more Diamond Glitter for good measure.

You could use this for most occasions – you’d just need to change the colours and/or sentiment really.

I hope you like the card and thank you for stopping by today.

Enjoy your weekend and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Sunshine & Paper Strips

Good morning peeps and I hope that you are all OK today.
The sun is shining and there's blue sky - maybe it;s this heat wave we’ve been told about or maybe summer is on its way?

Well OK,  maybe the sunshine won't last but I've got a nice bright sunshine-y card to share today,
and .....'s this one here.

For this card I used the  Tonic Studios Deco Geometric Layering dies which are available from Crafty Devils
I LOVE the shape of these dies, I really do.

To get the striped effect, I cut 1" strips of paper and glued them down onto a piece of thin card stock, then once it was all dry, I die cut the shape using the second largest die in the set. The mat behind it was cut using the largest die.

It's a great way to use up those strips of patterned paper that we all have lying about our craft rooms (or is that just me??)

And the GORGEOUS papers are from the same pack that I used on yesterday’s card and they are
Lili of The Valley Sunny Side Up.

For the sentiment, I used the tail part of the Tonic Studios Large Lacy Bow set.
They are perfect for making fishtails to put your sentiments on.

.... see what I mean?

I  curved the tail so that it stood out on the card : )

So that's my card for today and I hope that you like it.

Enjoy your day whatever you are doing and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

You’re A Star

Hi there peeps – hope you are all OK today.

I’ve not posted for a while as I’ve had all sorts of stuff going on – none of it good really – but we are all OK now and it’s back to crafting again.

Before I get to the card, I just have to tell you that I have set up a brand new blog which is specifically for my Tonic Studios makes ( I’ll still be using this one as well) . But everything ‘Tonic’ will be put on there and all in one place so it will hopefully make things a lot easier to find. You can check it all out right here.

So the card I made here is for the challenge over at Papertake Weekly and we have our

Anything Goes

theme with the option of making something summery.

And …

.. this is what I did.

I used beautiful Tonic Studios Star Layering die set which is available from Crafty Devils and I created lots of dimension by scoring the stars from the tip of each point, right the way across to the other side and I did this on all 5 points, then I simply valley and mountain folded the creases.

The beautiful papers are Lili of The Valley Sunny Side Up and they will be available from this Saturday 6th June.


The white star background was made using the dies from the set as well. 
I used the 2 smallest dies and cut several out and then glued them randomly down onto a piece of card.

Then I ran a Nuvo Glue Pen around the outside of each star and sprinkled it with  Nuvo Pure Sheen Diamond Glitter.

Do you like the little sparkler?
I nicked this idea from Jodie so I can't take the credit, but what a fabulous idea.

She used the new Tonic glue gun and just put a blob onto a glass craft mat then covered it with glitter.
A few minutes later, you have a gorgeous little embellishment that has cost you next to nothing to make and looks lovely.

So that’s my card and thank you for stopping by today.
I hope you like the new blog and  that it makes life easier if you are just looking for the Tonic stuff.

Have a great day and hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Butterflies & Blooms

Hello peeps and I hope that you are having a lovely day today.
I’ve been having another play with the gorgeous stamps and die sets from
Tonic Studios and  ….

… this is what I did.

The set I used here is Felicity and  I used the outer edge to create the white underneath part and then both edges together to create the aqua top part. You can use these as the main focus of your card or as an embellishments as I’ve done here – they work equally beautifully for both.

I also made some flowers from the Entwining Trellis sets – soooo very easy to use.
They make your card really stand out I think, as you can use the same papers / colours so that everything matches.

The Nuvo Crystal Drops centre finishes them off a treat.

Here’s a list of products I used –

Studios Rococo Die & Stamp Set – Butterfly Felicity
Tonic Studios Entwining Trellis – Bellus Buttercup
Tonic Studios Delicate Daisy
Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops – Neptune
Papers – Up Up & Away, Lili of The Valley
Quote Stamp – Set 63 Quotables, Lili of The Valley
Pink Denim Ribbon - The Ribbon Girl
White Satin Ribbon – The Ribbon Girl

So that's my card for today. 
I hope that you like it and thanks for stopping by.

Crafty hugs xxx

Monday, 27 April 2015

Handbags At Dawny : )

Good morning and a very Happy Monday to everybody.

Did you see the weekender on Create and Craft?

It was the launch of the very gorgeous and extremely versatile  Tonic Studios  stamp and die sets,  and oh my these are pretty.

So what did I do then?

Well …..


I made a little handbag, or rather a gift bag.

The dies I used to create the actual bag are the Layering Geometric Dies. 
I cut 2 of  the largest from white card and 2 of the second largest from patterned paper for the mat, then I just sandwiched a little box between them.


The butterflies I used to create the decorations are these ….

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… aren't they beautiful?

I used the outside edge from Felicity and stamped it with the Laura stamp.
The beauty of these sets is that they mix and match so well so there are lots of combinations..

I stamped the image first using Crushed Olive then cut it out.
Then I painted on a bit more ink in a few places before adding some Nuvo Diamond  Glitter.


I die cut a heart aperture in the Layering Geometric die cut using the outside Paisley Heart edge  then cut another one in pink to sit inside it.
I find the best way to get them to sit snugly is to apply some DST across the back – you don't need to remove the backing tape – then just pop the other piece in and the tape holds it securely  in place.

The white inner detail is cut using the inner and outer edges from the Floral Hearts set.

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Again these mix and match so well.


The strap is made using the inside and scalloped outer edges from the Beautiful Buckle set.


So that’s my little project completed and I hope you like it.

Have a wonderful day and see you soon.

Hugs to all xxx