Hoppy Spring!

Hoppy Spring

I made this happy Hoppy Spring greeting card for the Anything Goes Challenge over at Win & Tonic.

Isn’t this fun? I always celebrate the coming of spring, and I really wanted to make my grandchildren a fun, happy spring card.

I saw this cute bunny die on the front of Papercrafter Magazine, so of course I bought it and then I couldn’t wait to try it out.

For my card, I cut a scalloped square from bright orange and blue card stock, using one of my favourite Tonic die sets, the Harrop Layering Blanks. I cut a pretty floral border and stuck it across the bottom.

I used some panels from Tonic Studios’ Die-Crystal Carousel Box to create the little die, then drew in the tail using a metallic marker pen. I

I created a little greeting on my pc, using word art, and layered it over a Tonic banner die cut.

I love the way the bunnies are literally hopping with joy as the kite flies overhead!  I think my grandies will love it! What do you think?

Hoppy Spring dear Crafty friends

Big hugs – Sandie x



Why is it so hard to make cards for guys?

Male Card March 24Anyone else have this trouble?

I’m a girly girl. I love hearts and flowers. I buy shoes, more than I need. French perfume? Yes please. Shopping? Till I drop! Another handbag? Bring it on! Ask me to make a card for a guy? Whaaa? I have no clue.

So, I had to make a card for a man, because I resolved not to buy any cards this year! Clearly didn’t think that one through.

But it turns out, I’m pretty pleased with what I made. In fact, I was so pleased, I entered it into the Win & Tonic Challenge. If you’ve never been over, check it out guys. Its a lot of fun and the prizes donated by Tonic Studios are simply fabulous!

Kraft card seemed a good start. Then I chose some paper from a gorjus paper pack that looked masculine to my eye – not a trace of pink in the pack.  My Tonic Harrop Card Blanks dies came out again and I cut a base layer out of some brown stripe. Then I used one of the dies from Tonic’s Delicate Drape to cut a panel to layer on top.

I cut some tags to layer in the centre, and the top repeated the base layer, with the stripe in the other direction. I embossed this with  Just For You.

Male Card Cropped
Tonic Emboss Die from Delicate Drape Set

Finally I used some brads I had for scrapbooking. I thought they looked great incorporated into my card, so I’ll be using more of my scrapping stash from now on.

Inside I’m going to put another panel and pop a gift voucher inside.

Way to go me – I managed a boy’s card! Now, where’s my pink paper stash? 😉

Big crafy hugs – Sandie

Die Cutting Anarchy

Bird CardOK, not so much anarchy, just a bit of thinking outside the box. Literally.

I decided I just didn’t want all of my die cut image on my small greeting card. So I cut it off. I like the half off the page look when I’m scrapbooking, so why not when I’m card making?

So I took my die cut off the top of the page and cut it carefully with my paper trimmer. I smudged the edge with a well worn ink pad, to give it a bit of finish.

Then I did the same with two of my bird die cuts, and placed them off the vertical line to add interest. The other bird I left intact, but edged the top off the page, after carefully making certain it would still fit in the envelope!

I made the extra long banner by cutting the die off the edge of the cutting sandwich. Its a technique I saw someone else doing. I am not so good at it yet, but I’ll improve, I’m sure!

I used some three dimensional fabric paint to trim the filigree fence. It will take hours to dry, but its pretty. Note to self: get some Tonic Nuvo Drops, they make a nice drop shape. 

The dies I used are all by Tonic Studios: Tangled Terrace, Garland Terrace and Beautiful Banner. I entered this card into the challenge over at Win & Tonic. Check it out!

Have fun today

Big crafty hugs – Sandie x


Anything Goes at Win & Tonic!


Anything Goes at Win & Tonic

Hi crafty friends. This month’s challenge over at Win & Tonic is Anything Goes. As long as you use something by the fabulous Tonic Studios you can enter it in the challenge. As you know, I love all things Tonic so it wasn’t difficult to get going. Here’s three cards I made for the challenge.

I started off  using my favourite Kraft Card bases. These are 5″ square cards, and the Kraft has a very pleasing diagonal stripe that gives them a textured appearance.

In each I have used my favourite Tonic Studios dies to produce a card suitable for any occasion. These cards are for my box, so I’ve left the greeting open, to be added and personalised at a later date.


In this card, I used the Harrop Layering Card Blanks die set to cut the base layer. Its one of those die sets that every die cutting aficionado should have as its so versatile that you will use it time and again.

The filigree bird is from an X-cut set – its very pretty isn’t it? I’ve also cut some banners and used some stamps from the Tonic Studios Design Collection.


I kept the second card really simple, because I wanted to showcase my First Edition Storyteller Paper pack. Isn’t it gorgeous? Its so sparkly and has a lovely vibe that reminds me of the beautiful Indian saris. Very pretty, I’m going to be using this one a lot.

I decorated my card with panels cut using Garland Terrace by Tonic, another favourite die set. I edged the card with using a well worn ink pad of faded pink, to finish it off.


For my final card, I created a card that would be suitable for a child.

The First Edition paper features cute giraffes and elephants, dinosaurs and strange little birds, so it has a real sense of fun and mischief. But I would use it for an adult too – why should kids have all the fun?

The Flip Flop cut out is Tonic’s Balstrade in Bloom. Its such a pretty die set, I just couldn’t resist buying it.

These 3 cards were incredibly easy to make. I hope they inspire you.

Big crafty hugs – Sandie x

It’s your baby shower!

It’s your baby shower!

I loved making this card! I used a First Edition paper stack, Animal Antics, because the colours are so vibrant. I bought it for scrapbooking ages ago, but its too much fun to keep for just one purpose. Filled with giraffes and elephants and cute little birds, the palette of  bright yellow and turquoise is good for both little boys and little girls.

I cut my card using the Sizzix Fancy Frame Flip Its die set by Stephanie Barnard, one of my favourite designers. I pasted two cards together to form a double flip flop, a trick I learned from one of Stephanie Barnard’s youtube vides. It gives extra strength to the card base and twice the fun.

I cut the bunnies from a Sizzix Easter die set, they are so cute aren’t they?

I used some Tonic dies from my Garland Terrace Mini Indulgence die set, to layer up the flip flop panels.

I cut out tiny squares to make the little building bricks that spell out shower and inked them up at the edges to emphasise the 3 dimensional aspect of them.

I really liked this card when it was done, so I hope the recipient enjoys it as much as I did making it!

Crafty Hugs – Sandie x


Spectrum Noir – Darkly Beautiful

I am having a love affair with Spectrum Noir. It may not last, but for the moment my passion is quite intense.

It began with infatuation. At my local craft store I would gaze adoringly at the loveliness that is the Spectrum Noir Colorista range: alcohol markers and wax pencils specifically intended for the adult colouring market. I have flirted with this colouring craze, always putting it aside for other crafting opportunities. And so, I would leave the craft store with something else in my shopping bag, usually a die or two, or some new paper block.

On Saturday all that changed, when my husband treated me to the Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencils and a couple of the dark colouring pads that accompany them.

Spectrum Noir Tag
My first attempt with Spectrum Noir pencils on Colorista Dark Tag

Oh the joy of that first soft, stroke of lustrous loveliness. The depth of colour, subtle yet luminous. Like butterflies, those first strokes touched the page and my love was born.

Like I say, it may not last. I’m fickle with my crafting. Nonetheless I shall enjoy this affair, whatever it may be. And when all those deliciously dark pages are covered in shimmering colour, I shall layer them onto paper-crafting projects and enjoy the memory of them all over again.

Crafty Hugs – Sandie x

Take One Bargain Store Gift Bag …

… and some imagination, add a few crafty bits and you’ve got yourself a designer gift bag for next to nothing.

I bought this Kraft Bag to put some valentine’s gifts in, so I wanted it to look special.

In my stash I found a piece of card with tiny hearts on it, so I cut a piece to put on the front of the bag. Using the dies from the Tonic Design Collection, I cut some panels in red and layered them on top, then stuck the layers to the gift bag using Stix2 double sided tape.I cut a red heart using one of the hearts from Tonic’s Something Special die set, and cut a sentiment from the Design Collection Magazine to go on top.

Tonic Dies used to create Kraft gift tag

The gift tag with the bag was a bit naff, so I created a Kraft gift label to match the bag. The ‘A Gift’ sentiment was cut from Tonic’s Treasured Token envelope die. Its such a cute die set and creates an envelope to fit business card size. It comes with 8 dies, including the sentiments A Gift, For You and RSVP.

Finally, I replaced the ribbon handles with string, which I thought made the whole effect look a lot more polished.

What do you think?

Crafty Hugs – Sandie x