Thursday 31 January 2013


I did not make this myself - just had to share!!
I just couldn't resist showing you the beautiful orchid which the very clever Brenda made using the Orchid digi image (from A Passion for Stamps) and some petals from the Rose, Pansy, Camelia, Gardenia Punch and Stamp set by Tonic Studios! I'm off to try it now....

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Some more of my cards in Cardmaking and Papercraft mag

 ...And now for something a little bit different!
I made some "music themed " cards for this month's Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine - you'll have to buy the magazine to see how to make them!!

 Guitar card

 Keyboard card

Turntable card

A little bit different from my usual cards but I really enjoyed making these. Hope you like!

Monday 28 January 2013

A bit of inking

Hi.I hope it's drier and warmer wherever you are... :(

 I don't usually do too much inking on my cards but I tried a little on this one because I thought it suited the image and paper. The image is from the Peony set from the Tonic Studios Pick of the Bunch collection. This is just the bud but the pack also contains full flowers and leaves etc. To tie in with the Peony theme, I've also used the Peony Window die and added some sponged ink to the edges and the embossed flowers at the corners. The ivy leaves peeping out from behind the gingham paper are some of the other stamps in the same Peony set.

Friday 25 January 2013

Wishing you sunshine...

The snow is melting and it's raining today so I thought I'd share a bright, sunny card - Sunflowers, made with my one of new Punch and Stamp sets - Clematis, Lily, Poinsettia (by Tonic Studios)- just to show you that you can make many, many more types of flowers from each set. All you need is a little imagination!
I've twisted each petal quickly with reverse tweezers and added an embossed circle to the centre.
The greeting in the centre was cut with the Tonic Studios Daisy 2 Circle die and I've used the matching Daisy 2 border punch down the edges.

I know that lots of you have now got your Punch and Stamp sets delivered, don't be shy, let's see what you're making with them!

Saturday 19 January 2013

Punch and Stamp sets on C&C today

Good morning, hope you're enjoying the snow! Just a reminder about my new designs for Tonic Studios on Create and Craft today. The next show with the Punch and Stamp sets is at 12.00 noon.

Thursday 17 January 2013

Create and Craft on Saturday

This is a little preview of what you'll see on Create and Craft on Saturday at 9.00am and 12.00. These are some of the samples I made with the new Tonic Studios Punch and Stamp sets.

Monday 14 January 2013

Some of the achievable flowers...

Above...from the Lily, Clematis, Poinsettia Punch and Stamp set

On Create and Craft live from CHA, USA at 7.00pm tonight

Rose book card

Another card made with the new release of Tonic Studios Punch and Stamp set (Rose, Pansy, Camelia, Gardenia)

You can see another Create and Craft show live from CHA, USA featuring these tonight at 7.00pm.

Sunday 13 January 2013

Tonic launch at CHA

Here are some of the cards which I made for today's Tonic Studios launch at CHA using my new Punch and Stamp sets. There are repeats tonight and tomorrow and another live show at 7.00pm tomorrow on Create and Craft ...plenty more inspiration to come :)

A little bit about the new sets - 
I spent a long time in the summer dismantling (for want of a better word!) flowers and comparing petal shapes so that I could come up with a very simple set of punches with coordinating stamps which could be used together to make an array of realistic looking flowers ranging from quite flat to completely 3 Dimensional and also from beginner level to advanced. My initial flowers from the sets were meant to be realistic  - as named on the boxes - Rose, Camelia, Gardenia and Pansy ; and Clematis, Lily and Poinsettia. However, they can make wonderful flowers too when used with old book pages, music sheets, parchment, patterned paper and plain cardstock with glitter, ink etc. I've come up with lots more ideas for the same punches and stamps than the ones in the instruction sheets inside the boxes so keep an eye on here and you'll find more ideas.

Friday 11 January 2013

New Tonic Launch!!

Ok, I can't show photos just yet (even though I'd love to!!) but I'm delighted to be able to tell you about the release of my newest designs for Tonic Studios  - another addition to the Pick of the Bunch range

Below is the link to the Create and Craft schedule for the 1st show and I do hope you really like the new Punch and Stamp sets I've designed. You can make so many different projects with them....and there's more to follow!!

Join us for our Tonic Studio World Launch of Punch and Stamp brought to you exclusively from the USA.

live from CHA in the USA

Sunday 13th January...5.00pm
Monday 14th January... 12.00am
Monday 14th January ..6.00pm
Mon 14th January ......7.00pm
Tuesday 15th January ...12.00am

Ruth :)

Thursday 10 January 2013

Fuchsia in Domed Window die and CREATE AND CRAFT NEWS

Thanks for all your good wishes! My eye surgery went well but I can only use the computer for short bursts so this will be quick.

For this card I stamped one of the Pick of the Bunch Fuchsia stamps onto white card, then die cut it with the Domed Window die, coloured with Promarkers (Aqua, Duck Egg, Turquoise,Cinnamon and Cocoa) and then embossed it. After that I raised the 4 square pieces onto 3D foam square from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  and mounted the whole thing onto a Tonic Studios Doily Square die cut.

The embossing folder is Tied Together by Creative Expressions .

The little panel down the side was punched with the Tonic Studios Daisy Border2 punch and I've added some embroidery thread around the edge and a length of ribbon and bow.

For the first time ever, Create and Craft will be doing live broadcasts form CHA in California this weekend ....and Tonic Studios will be taking part!!

Tune in on
Sunday 13th January...5.00pm 
Mon 14th January ......7.00pm

to see some lovely new Tonic Designs -have a look and let me know what you think!!

Sunday 6 January 2013

My cards in Crafts Beautiful - Feb issue

Just a quick last post before my eye op to let you see the cards I made for the February issue of Crafts Beautiful which is out now. They feature Spring flowers and I have supplied templates for downloading of the flowers on the cards. 
Must go now as I have so much to clear up so I can have a day or two to recover. "See" you soon :)

Friday 4 January 2013

Red Peonies and Gingham

Happy New Year to one and all!!

 I've been missing for a while as my mother has been ill and was in hospital followed by a short stay in a nursing home. Thankfully she is now home again but very weak.  
So...this is "one I made earlier" in true Blue Peter style! It's actually one of the sample cards I made for Create and Craft when my window dies were released by Tonic Studios.
This one is the Peony window used with the coordinating Clear Stamp Die Toppers which I've coloured with Promarkers. The border punch is the Daisy Border 2 and my favourite Multi Detail Butterfly is up there at the top if the card.

I may be missing again for a short time as I'm going to hospital on Monday for an operation on my eye. I've been wanting this for a looong time and am really looking forward to the results!!
I suppose it's only right that I should take a minute to warn you all.....I damaged my right eye badly a long time ago with the cardboard label on a sweater which I was trying on to buy. As I pulled off the sweater the label tore my cornea very badly and I have had terrible problems ever since. Don't say you weren't warned!!

See you soon :)