My Favorite Things – Karen

It’s day 3 of our Favorite Things Giveaway and we are sharing 5 of Karen’s favorites!

Leave a comment by 11:59 PM CST to be entered in a drawing for these five great picks.


Hello everyone!  Here are my top 5 Favorite Things from Tonic:

I chose the bokeh stencil because of how beautiful it looks with the Glitter Accents – it looks like snow!

Then, what is so great about this stencil is it can add such a nice bokeh effect on all different types of projects, depending on the color and medium you use with it.  It adds a lovely addition to any project you happen to be working on!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!



My Favorite Things – Heidi

Hi everyone!

Today we are sharing some of Heidi’s favorite things, plus a wonderful tip she has for creating your own shimmer mists using the Embellishment Mousse!

Be sure to leave a comment by 11:59 PM CST to be entered into a chance to win these 5 great products!


Hi everyone – Heidi here!

I am so excited to share my favorite things with all of you.  Here are my top 5:

Shimmer Mist with Embellishment Mousse


  • Nuvo Embellishment Mouse
  • palette knife or stir stick
  • small cup
  • mini mister or small spray bottle

Using the palette knife scoop out a small amount of Nuvo embellishment mousse and put it in a small cup.

Fill up the mini mister with water and then dump the water into the cup.  By filling up the mini mister with water first you will have exactly the right amount of water for the spray bottle.  Use the palette knife to mix the embellishment mousse with the water until the mouse is dissolved.  If you want more shimmer just add more of the embellishment mousse.



Pour the mixture into the mini mister.  Shake and spray for a beautiful shimmer on all of your paper crafting projects.


Wishing you all the best this holiday season!

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My Favorite Things – Stephenie

Happy Holidays everyone!

Today is the first day of our Favorite Things giveaway and here are 5 of my favorites from Tonic:


I love the new mini-snips from Tim Holtz – they are amazing for doing mico-cutting and super detailed bits, even on heavier materials.  They are my official top pick!

Next, I am obsessed anything that is Nuvo!  I have used a lot of glitters, pastes, glues, and drops in my day, but nothing beats these products!  The silver gilding flakes are light and airy – plus shiny and wonderful.  The embellishment mousse is beyond compare.  Then, the glue pens – ooohhhh…. They adhere so well!

Finally I chose the scalloped circle nesting dies – they are pretty, versatile, and oh so easy to use!

All of these items could be yours!

Leave a comment here on the blog and I will pick a winner from those that post by 11:59 CST tonight!

All winners will be announced at the end of the contest – and there will be one winner each day!

Happy Holidays!



A Few of Our Favorite Things – Contest!


There is something magical about this time of year…

The snow is on the ground, the music is playing, fires are roaring, hot chocolate flows freely, and people are crafting and creating.

We felt like this was the perfect time to do a little series of giveaways of some of our favorite things!

So, starting tomorrow, a designer will share 5 of their favorite Tonic products and you will have a chance to win that day’s items.

All you have to do is leave a comment here on the blog and we will draw a winner each night from those comments.

We hope you are having a wonderful wintertime!

Your Tonic Design Team!


Pom Pom and Nuvo Wreath

I am currently into the beautiful black and red buffalo check of the old log cabin days.  I have a messenger bag, a flannel shirt, and now several bits of holiday core that are all in that homey and comforting pattern.  It might even be a bit of an obsession, but who am I to self-diagnose.

Since a lot of my holiday decor is moving that way this year, I decided to create a fun little wreath using some Target dollar bin goodies to match!  Some yarn, some Nuvo glittey goodness, and a few hours of time all lead to a decorative and very textural result that is now hanging on the living room wall.


Supplies Needed:

Steps to put it together:

  •  Open up the two wooden pieces – the wreath frame and the “noel.”



  • Using the red glimmer paste, add a layer to both.  For the wreath, this provides a bit of coverage in case some of the frame peeks out when you add the pom poms.  For the “noel,” this creates a great base for the step that we will do to add extra sparkle and shine later.  Let them both dry.


  • While they are drying, you can start to create your pom poms, making your own templates.  I measured one out and then cut it to create a small pom pom.  You can cut varying sizes, however, to create big and small ones.  Once you create one, it is easy enough to create more. This one was 1 1/2 inches wide in total, with a 1/2 section cut out of the middle.




  • Now that your template is made, wrap your string around it.  Cut an extra piece and thread it through both ends.  Tie it tight, leaving extra length so that you can later tie it to the wreath base.  Slide it off of the form and then cut the loops and trim/shape your pom pom.


  • Now that “noel” is dry, we are going to use some tacky glue and glitter to add another level of sparkle!


  • Carefully apply the glue and then the glitter, recovering the entire form.  Shake off excess glitter, funneling the paper to return it to the bottle.  Put it aside to dry.





  • Begin tying the pom poms to the base – you can either thread them thru the holes provided and/or tie them around the outside.  Completely fill and cover the form.



  • Once the “noel” is dry, use some baker’s twine to carefully tie it onto the wreath.


I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season so far and that you are warm and cozy as we head into the thick of the fun!





YouTube Giveaway!

Our team from the UK is hosting a fantastic Advent giveaway on YouTube and it is open to everyone and we hope you will go check it out!  You will have the chance to win a variety of prizes, each and every day!

As the festive season begins, we have decided to make a competition to thank all of our Subscribers.

We will be picking a subscriber at random every day up to Christmas to win a Tonic goodie.

Make sure to check here everyday leading up to Christmas to see if you’ve won. It’s not too late to enter – all you have to do is hit the subscribe button to be entered!

Happy Holidays from the entire Tonic Team!


Christmas Gift Bag – Marisa Job

Hello crafty friends! Today I have a Christmas gift bag to share with you. You can buy a plain gift bag and then decorate it with Christmas designer cardstock, pretty die cuts and ribbons.

I absolutely love Tonic’s Round Bauble die – you can also use this die to make tags for presents or ornaments for your Christmas tree.


1. Create bag using Christmas designer cardstock. Die cut topper with Eastern Oyster Layering Basics Die Set – 1451E from red cardstock. Fold in half and attach to bag.

2. Die cut Round Bauble Die – 82E from red cardstock. Apply double-sided adhesive sheet to white cardstock. Die cut white circle with Circle Layering Basics Die Set – 1454E, layer circle behind red bauble and then cover sticky areas with Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter Diamond – 705N.


3. Punch 2 holes in the topper, run silk ribbon through the punched holes, and then make a bow. Tie one of the ribbons to bauble as pictured.


All that’s left to do is to fill it with a little holiday treasure!



Tonic Studios Supplies:
Round Bauble Die – 82E
Eastern Oyster Layering Basics Die Set – 1451E
Circle Layering Basics Die Set – 1454E
Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter Diamond – 705N
Funky Glue Pen – 421E
Tim Holtz Titanium Shear 9.5” – 819-107E
Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick – 372-256E
Tangerine Machine and Bag Set – 147E

Other Supplies: Maja Design Home for the Holidays paper collection, May Arts white silk ribbon, pearl, Scrapbook Adhesive double-sided adhesive sheet.

Have a great day!