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Doda Smith - Paper Butterfly Brooches

Paper Butterfly Brooches


Glancing at these brooches you wouldn't have guessed they have been  made from paper would you? Well, thin card to be precise. Here's a little view of the backs so you can see that they are indeed brooches. I have die cut some felt to cover over the brooch pins and make them look neat and nicely finished. Not that I am OCD or anything. ;-)


Each brooch has been made from...
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Doda Smith - Books and Boxes


I have been trying out a few things lately and been creating some boxes and decorated notebooks to stock up in my Folksy shop which hasn't been active for some time. I am still working on a few ideas and haven't uploaded very much as yet, but here are some of the things I have been playing with.

This is a little wooden box I have painted in an Oriental style. I had great fun with gilding flakes and...
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Doda Smith - Pearly Pink Valentine Heart Box Tutorial



It's time for a little tutorial using some wonderful Tonic Studios products. Create this decorated heart gift box and make someones day with this special little trinket box made with love...

First you will need a little paper mache box to decorate, just like this one, plus a sheet of smooth white card for painting and die cutting. (A little suggestion - when choosing your papier mache box, always...
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Doda Smith - White on White Birthday Card



Hello. Hope you are having a good day. Another card today.  I am quite partial to making white on white cards with a gentle touch of ink just to highlight the edges. I think they can be really effective and it shows what can be done with only one shade of cardstock and Tonic Studios Dies.





Here I have used dies from September Harvest, Pinecone Season and Sunray Scene from Tonic's Faith collection. I...
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Doda Smith - A Birthday Banner


Hello everyone. And a very Happy 2017 to you all. I hope this is a wonderful year for you.
We've had a good holiday with family visiting which has been wonderful, then I came down with a nasty cough virus which has not been so good. I finally got some sleep last night so am now posting about this cute little birthday banner I rustled up for my daughters friend .

I used lovely Tonic Studios...
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Make Your Presents Felt - Doda Smith


I was keen to test how the Tonic Tangerine Die Cutting machine handles felt. I was impressed. It cuts through it like butter. The felt I like to use is a wool mix felt, not too thick. I used the Kings Cross Case die to get the general shape for this bag. I trimmed off the flaps that are there for gluing and used blanket stitch instead to make this mini tote bag which is just the right size for a...
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A Little Notebook - Doda Smith


A decorated notebook makes a lovely small gift item and is a fun way to use your Tonic dies and embossing folders to create something special.

I was delighted when I saw that the Tonic Studios Kings Cross Case die included these little corner pieces as they make perfect book corners. The little label from the same set is so cute too. It works so well on a notebook.

I cut the Fallen leaves design...
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A Little Project with Die Cutting T-Shirt Vinyl - Doda Smith


Hello Tonic Studios fans. You haven't heard much from me lately because I've been settling into my new home and been very busy gardening and other projects around the house. However, it was time for a little Tonic creativity. We have three lots of french doors in our new home, and they currently have bunches of keys with our home builders key ring attached. None too pretty. It was time to make...
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Relaxation - Colouring in with Tonic Studios - Doda


Colouring in is all the rage just now, and it is perfect for relaxing and de-stressing. I've been enjoying having a play with Tonic Studios new Nuvo range of colouring pens.


What better to colour in than Tonic Studios stamps. The lady is from one of their latest sets of stamps, and the lilies are from the Pick of the Bunch range of stamps Tonic brought out some time ago drawn by Ruth Hamilton. The...
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