Friday, 12 April 2013

A Girly Card In Peaches & Greens .....and some news that's a real tonic!

I have some news which I'm very thrilled about.  Last week I was contacted by the great craft tool specialists, Tonic Studios, and asked if I would showcase some of their products.  The answer to that would be a resounding "Yes!", they produce fantastic crafting tools and accessories, which are a pleasure to use.

So this week's card is my first project using some of the lovely Tonic Studios tools, and is a very girly card in peaches and greens, especially for the new Make It Girly challenge over at an Oldie But A Goodie Challenge, I hope you'll pop over and join in too!

Card Recipe:
Stamp: Crafter’s Companion
Colouring Mediums: Memento London Fog, Promarker Pens
Paper & Card: Tonic Studios Butterflies Beautiful, Silver texture card from stash
Tools: Spellbinders, Grand Calibur, Tonic Studios:- Daisy Circle Die, Large Butterfly Gift Tag, Petal Pairs Box Set 1, Simplicity Daisy Border 2 Punch, Simplicity Butterfly Strip Punch
Embellishments: Seam Binding, hand-made beaded Hat Pins, crystals, pearls, felt

To make this card, I punched a decorative edge using Simplicity Daisy Border 2 Punch along the short edge of my base card. I then punched a co-ordinating strip from the double-sided patterned Tonic Studios Butterflies Beautiful casrdstock stack and adhered it to the base. I layered the reverse of the Butterflies Beautiful patterned card onto a mat of silver textured card, and stitched this to the decorative front, before embellishing with flatback pearls and seam binding.

If you like the hatpins, take a look at my Creating Hatpins Tutorial, they are so easy to make, but be warned, creating pretty hatpins can become addictive!





The main image is a new Crafter’s Companion Frou Frou Girls stamp and I coloured this by matching my Pro-Marker colours to the colours in my patterned cardstock. I added 3D gloss to the table top.

For me, the test of a good die is whether it can handle fabric as well as cardstock. The Daisy Circle die cut my peach coloured felt like a dream and it retained all the detail including the tiny little punched holes. I was even able to use the “bits” by adding the some of the tiny punched out daisies as accents to the finished card.


I also used the gorgeous Large Butterfly Gift Tag. The base layer is cut from the co-ordinating cardstock blanks that come with the die, which I’ve coloured with Pro-markers. I then cut the Butterfly element again in patterned cardstock, snipped this out of the tag, layered this on and added some lovely crystals..

I do like to add flowers as a finishing touch to my cards, and this time I was able to co-ordinate with the patterned cardstock by using Tonic’s Petal Pairs Box Set 1. My flowers were created using 3 layers in alternating colours of the double-sided cardstock.

My border was created using Simplicity Butterfly Strip Punch.  It can be tricky sticking down a detailed cut-out border such as this one, but it was so easy using Scrapbook Adhesive 12" sheets.


I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Crafters Companion - Flowers
CountryViewCrafts - Butterflies
Pretty Little Ribbon - Spring is in the Air
Simply Create Too - Use Your Stash

Hope you like this; please do leave a comment, I love to read them! Pin It Now!

37 comments:

  1. WOW!! This is stunning. I love the colours and such fabulous detailing. Congratulations on being asked by Tonic Studios to showcase their products. Your design is really inspiring.
    I hope you have a good weekend
    Sue xx

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  2. Lovely card and well done with Tonic Studios.

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  3. Wonderful card! Beautiful soft colors! Great details! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

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  4. Beautiful!! Thanks for playing along with us at DCD!! Lee-Ann :)

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  5. Totally gorgeous card and congratulations on your fab news and post x

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  6. Congrats from dc blog hop! Stunning card, I love the image. Xx

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  7. Beautiful card...such pretty colours...Conratulations on your DT post...Joolsx

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  8. Stunning card, love how you've used those border dies

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  9. Beautiful lacy embellies. Thanks for sharing with us at CCT.x

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  10. Gorgeous card, beautiful colours and image

    Lorna xx

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  11. lovely card
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

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  12. Fab news! I love tonic stuff. You'll have a great time playing!! Beautiful card too. I love the step by step pictures xx

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  13. fabulous, love the colour combo!
    Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!
    have a great weekend, Debxx

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  14. beautiful!!! Thank you for linking up with us for the linky party at http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/


    Robin
    http://cutonedesignsbyrobin.blogspot.com/

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  15. Beautifull card. Lovely image. Love the butterfly, its gorgeous with those rhinestones.
    Thank you for joining us at Fab'n'Funky.

    Huggsss,Angelique
    EngelDesignsScrap

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  16. beautiful lovely detail x

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  17. Congratulations on teaming up with Tonic Studios and on making such a fab card, the colours are so pretty and all the lacy details

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  18. Beautiful card Dips, love the design and colours. Congratulations on showcasing Tonic Studio's fab punches and dies. Tinaxx

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  19. Your card is very lovely with all those pretty details and a really lovely image!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this fortnight at Simply Create Too.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Hugs Mian
    Simply Create Too Design Team Member
    http://mianspysselhorna.blogspot.com

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  20. fab card, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

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  21. What a fab opportunity! and so much fun with all the tonic stuff! Really like the card and the border details x

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  22. Beautiful feminine card and congratulations with the Tonic tools
    carol x

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  23. Thank you so much for joining out 48th Challenge 'Show Us Your Ribbons' over on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog.
    Love all the border details and the tonic butterfly punch details. The colours are lovely and subtle. The image is cute and I love all the embellishments and attention to detail.
    Thank you so much for joining us this week and I hope you will join us for more of our future challenges.

    Hugs Lisa xxxxx LEJ DT Member

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  24. wow well done dips what an honour eh ?? hope you have fun playing with your new tonic stuffs ... thank you so much for visiting my blog ... have a great week ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  25. Gorgeous card Dips :-)the image is lovely and all the details are fabulous :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Papertake Weekly Challenge
    luv
    Lols x x x

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  26. Love your borders and the stickpins. The colour matching is wonderful, fab card! Maddy x

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  27. Love your card. This is beautiful. THanks for joining this week at DCD!
    Anita
    DT DCD

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  28. Very beautiful card. I love the soft pinks and grays with these fabulous die cuts.

    Thanks for joining us at the Fab'n'Funky Challenge, Pat K x

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  29. Fabulous card, loving the punches especially the flowers.
    Hugs Sue W.

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  30. oooow i love love love this , the punches and the butterfly is yummy . Thank you for joining over at LEJ Designs . hugs Seema LEJ DT Member

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  31. Gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Diva's
    Hugs
    Jayne

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  32. Beautiful and very elegant card. Love punches you use on it and sweet image.
    Hugs,
    Natali

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  33. Such a pretty card. Gorgeous colours.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Joanna Sheen Challenge. Good luck.
    xx

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  34. Beautiful card Dips, love the colours, Frou Frou image and the embellishments are so pretty, thank you for playing along with us at Crafters Companion Challenge and good luck. Hugz, Lorraine xx

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  35. Really super soft colours and a very delicate butterfly thanks for joining us at countryviewcrafts challenge trace x

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