Tonic Studios January Designer’s Choice

Hi! Hope you’re doing ok.

Today the latest Tonic Studio Designer’s Choice is out called ‘Just For You Tri-fold’ and it’s a very clever set of dies to make a tri-folded card!

Its a really clever set and I’ve just added some Aquaflow markers to add an ombré effect. I’ve made a video here showing you the extra dies and how to create this card.

If you fancy creating with these, the price has been lowered to £19.99 / $19.99 and if you click these affiliate links it will take you to the

U.K. site and

U.S. site to get your mitts on them !

( these affiliate links earn me a little but at no extra cost to you).

I’ve also used AquaFlow pens and some Craft Perfect cardstock. The actual card is pretty easy to make and the dies make quick work of it; no measuring needed!

Parts of the dies do partial cutting so you can lift the images up to create even more dimension.

Do visit the Tonic Facebook group to see what the other designers have come up with. If you visit their YouTube channel, you’ll find plenty of other ideas too!

See you soon!

Keren x

January 17, 2020 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Clearly Besotted January Release Day!

Hey! It’s Release Day!

I’m so glad you’ve loved all the sneak peeks so far ! I’m doing the Viking Pooches one last time! It’s a super simple card using the Cloudy Days Stencil too. He’s a hungry guy chasing his dinner in the sky!!

I was a bit hungry colouring this in. I absolutely love a roast – and particularly chicken! I went pink for the clouds- it’s sunset and it’s supper time!!

I love the sentiments too. The font is fab with these! Loving the minimal look ( plus it’s less to colour too 😂).

All images are coloured with Nuvo Alcohol markers. There’s not a tonne more to say about this card as it’s just simply done. There is however plenty of time to peruse the latest sets and stencils!!

All sets and stencils are available from 8pm GMT tonight on the Clearly Besotted store and Simon Says Stamp,

but whilst you wait, do pop over to the Clearly Besotted Blog then go and see Michelle for her usual fab round-up.

See you very soon, and thanks for all your lovely comments this month. I do enjoy reading them all!

Keren x

January 6, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted Teasers Day 4

Hello, good morning or evening, depending on when you’re visiting!

It’s Day 4 already of the Clearly Besotted Teasers and we have seen some wonderful projects already from the team.

Today I am showing you ‘Viking Pooches’! The Vikings were known for being fierce and brave and somewhat fearless.

This little chappy looks less fearless, and rather more adorable. Dogs have such characterful faces and this guy is rather happy with his bone collection!

I’ve used the same stencil as yesterday; ‘History Has It’ but using the wreath instead. Using two different ink colours makes the foliage come alive.

I’ve kept the colouring and card fairly simple- just using Nuvo Alcohol markers. I do love the sentiments from this set; I have plenty of people I could send this one to!

I wanted him to hold a bone like a regal Viking so snippet into his body to insert it. I can assure you that it wasn’t painful, and he looks quite royal as a result!

We’ve got loads more inspiration with these wonderful new sets. Take a peek at the Clearly Besotted Blog then pop over to see Michelle too!

Tomorrow it’s release day, so I’ll be back with one more project and a reminder of how you can get your mitts on these fabulous sets!

See you then,

Keren x

January 5, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Clearly Besotted January Teasers Day 3

Well hey again!

I do hope you’re enjoying all of these teasers. We all have fun visiting each other’s blogs from the team as none of us have seen what the other teamies have created!

Today I’m revisiting ‘Egyptian Felines’, because, well…just because I’m allowed and the sets are just a whole bundle of fun.

Isn’t she utterly adorable!

I decided to use a couple of the new stencils out this month; ‘History Has It’ which boasts 4 different images just perfect from creating scenes. I used the pyramids to make an easy backdrop. The second stencil I’ve used to create the fireworks is called ‘City Scene’ and has a city outline and fab fireworks. It just makes it so quick and easy. If you’ve never used stencils before, you just need some inkpads ( I’ve used a mix of dye, Distress inks and Distress Oxides).

You can see the fireworks and they take seconds to do…literally! I’ve added some gold gel pen for the sparkles and explosions.

You can see the pyramids here too. They were very quickly done. I could probably have done to spend a bit more time on them- but finished is better than perfect…right?!

Being time poor, I also cheated on the background and foreground. I rarely use patterned paper and am determined to use more of it up. I’m not hoarding it intentionally- I just never get around to using it!

I hope you’ve loved the sets so far.

Don’t forget to hop over to the Clearly Besotted Blog, Michelle and Lisa too

I’ll see you tomorrow for a look at some majestic pooches!


January 4, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

Clearly Besotted January Teasers Day 2

Hello lovely blog friends. Hope you’re day is going well. I’m off to the dentist later ( shudder), so I’ll do the nice stuff first!

Today’s set that I’m showing is ‘Roman Hippos’. As soon as I saw it, it said to me ‘theatre’!!

I imagined a hippotastic Shakespearean rendition of Julius Caesar.

Cue left; the less than graceful hippos bound in and deliver a hip-sterical performance.

The conquering h-‘ip’-ero brandished his sword and took out the painted Roman cardboard ruins with one deft blow. He narrowly missed Caesar which was fortunate as he’d bought his genuine replica sword from home for ‘authenticity’ and it was pretty sharp which Harriet the director had discovered whilst trimming Caesar’s laurel headdress. She even had a Mr Bump plaster covering the gash to prove it!

The crowd were wow’ed by the amateur dramatics even if most of the entertainment was a result of mistakes. You had to admit that Brutus getting his shield stuck in the curtain whilst it was being closed at the end of that act was funny. Seeing Brutus running behind the shield chasing the curtain was pretty amusing and even Harriet chuckled when Caesar muttered the infamous ‘Et tooo Broody’.

The curtains were made just by colouring in with alcohol markers and then trimming it out and adding 3D foam pads. Has anyone noticed my wrong way around sky?!

There’s still more fabulousness from the Clearly Besotted Blog, Lisa & Michelle.

See you tomorrow for a revisit of the Egyptian Felines!

Keren x

January 3, 2020 at 8:00 am 6 comments

Clearly Besotted January Teasers Day 1

Hello everyone!

How was your Christmas break? Happy New Year to you too! You might have noticed that the timing is a little different; we are just doing the January release a little later. So, from today through to the 5th we’ll do teasers, and then on January 6th it’s Release Day.

Today I am using a really brilliant new set called ‘Egyptian Feline’. I haven’t begun to use all of the images and there are many patterns you can create with some of the jewels. I had visions of a magical evening with a flying carpet. The pyramid scene is also part of the set but I’ve added in the sentiment from another new set called ‘Says It All’.

I wanted the pyramids to look like they were rising from behind the desert, so I just cut a wavy line and pushed the coloured pyramids up from behind it. The little feline is sat atop her magic cushion that was easy to make look as if magic dust were following it by using white gel pen (where would we be without a white gel pen!)

I gave her an extra set of eyelashes- well, a girl can enhance her natural Egyptian beauty right? I added a little extra white dot in her eyes for a mischievous sparkle.

You can see my dodgy white embossed sentiment. I’ve been rather time-poor ( can’t imagine why 😉), so had to leave it as is, and not repeat and improve.

I’m rather hoping that this new year might afford me a little more time, but then pigs might fly too!

Speaking of flying pigs, or rather cats, I thought this card was spot on as I watched the new Aladdin on New Year’s Eve. I don’t think it was a patch on the original but certainly this little feline wouldn’t have seemed out of place!

I’d better head off now, I’ll leave you with a clue to tomorrow’s project…’Et tu Brute?’!!

 As usual we have awesome projects from the Clearly Besotted Blog, Michelle and Lisa so grab your nearest flying Persian carpet and swish your way over!

See you tomorrow!

Keren x

January 2, 2020 at 8:00 am 4 comments

More is more with PaperArtsy!

Hello everyone! Knowing me as some of you do, I’m not known for excess in projects. I have gone a little over the top…probably too much!

Please pop over to the PaperArtsy blog and see!!

Keren x

December 16, 2019 at 7:26 pm 1 comment

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