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Robin Red Breast

Hope you like this cheeky robin red breast card. I made it for the Win & Tonic October Challenge, using the fantastic Tonic Studios Bramble Die Set, recently launched on Hochanda.

I had pre-ordered this die set from Craft Stash, so when it came I simply couldn’t wait to get started.

I cut the wreath using a piece of heavyweight green cardstock that I’ve had in my stash for ages. I thought it looked stunning just as it was, but I felt it might look even better with some of the woven branches picked out in a solid colour.

I had some Papermania textured card stock that I wanted to use, but I only had small pieces. So began a labour of love, taking tiny scraps of card and cutting individual pieces using the main die.

I think it might be easier to cut two wreaths out and use the ‘cut-outs’ to fill in the wreath outline, and it would certainly save time if you wanted to make two cards using contrasting colours.

I used a couple of glue pens to adhere the wreath, a Zig wide nib and a Stix2 rolling ball tip.

I picked out a few other details such as putting a tiny black eye on the robin using a dot cutout from the brambles, as well as raising the robin using 3D glue pads.

Just to finish off, I popped some green gems onto the extra branch as berries. The greeting inside is cut from Tonic Studios Christmas Wreath die set I bought last year.

I’m really pleased with the way this festive Yule card turned out – it made me feel quite Christmassy!

What do you think? Are the rest of you happy crafters getting into the festive swing yet?

Big crafty hugs – Sandie xx


Sizzling Summer is finally here – if only I was on Tonic Island!

Yes, the sun is shining and the temperatures are soaring, and those of us still in Blighty are sizzling hot and wondering why the weather always leaves us unprepared, come rain, hail or heatwave!

If only I was on Tonic Island, sipping a cool cocktail and listening to the sound of the surf, instead of land locked here in the mid country, enjoying the dubious pleasures of our unpredictable and unreliable climate.

Tonic Island
A postcard from ‘Tonic Island’

But speaking of Tonic Island and all things related to my favourite purveyor of crafty treasures Tonic Studios , leads me on to … *drumroll* … I WON the Win & Tonic Challenge for May!  Cool, huh? Check out my fantastic prize here.

So right now, I want to send a huge thank you to the team who runs the fabulous Win & Tonic, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should head on over and maybe play along, its lots of fun to join in.

I love this month’s challenge, which is: Colour – hot colours, Technique –  anything goes, Product – any flower dies or punches, Theme – a card for a girlie or lady (my favourite cards to make!) 

So to get started, I took a basic yellow card, which I think looks pretty summery. The textured card stock I chose to cut my shapes from is shocking pink – and you can’t get much hotter than that!

I wanted to try one of my fabulous prize dies, so I chose Flora. I wanted to use all of the cut pieces, so I made a pocket using the lacy cut-out.

Just so you know, this die was a dream to use, and only required one pass through my Big Shot. There were four in the Essentials Collection that I won: Ada, Constance, Evelyn and Flora. They are all gorgeously lacy and ultra feminine and cut through card stock supremely well.

Next, I stuck the ‘negative’ cut of the die to the top part of my card. I wanted to use all of the pieces I had cut, and I had one little trim left. On my desk I found a small trim left from when I tried out Evelyn, and I’d cut it in sizzling orange cardstock – how ‘hot’ is shocking pink and vibrant orange? I stuck my trim down and placed the small pink trim over the top – voila!

June Entry 2A

I really wanted to cut a flower out, so using some thinner card stock I cut 6 layers of flower shapes in two sizes. I punched a hole in the middle of each and smudged the edges using a red ink pad. Then I spritzed them with water and scrunched them up! Oh, how satisfying that was!

When my petals were dry, I joined them together with a red brad and placed them slightly off the corner of the card. Almost done, but not quite.

June Entry 2B

I cut a journal card from hot pink and yellow and layered on a sentiment from the latest Tonic Design Collection. I cut a tag using the free die and stuck it to the journal card. Using the free embossing folder I made a Happy Birthday panel and popped it onto the back of my journal tag.

Now I’m done! Best of all, I have a bright glamorous friend who will love to receive my sizzling hot summer birthday card!

What do you think guys?

Big crafty hugs – Sandie xx



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

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