get well soon

A family friend of ours recently had cataract surgery.  She’s one of the sweetest, kindest people on the planet, so, when she started referring to herself as a pirate, I could only laugh at that image.  Her pillaging and plundering – she’d honestly be the most giving pirate on the high seas – more of a Robin Hood and less of a Blackbeard.

While knowing she was dealing with this, resting and healing, I wanted to send her a little pick me up to let her know that we were thinking of her.  And, of course, honor that little bit of pirate hidden well below her loving surface…


How to put it together:

  1. Add embossing ink to the raised side of the embossing folder.                        
  2. Insert your card base and run through the tangerine.
  3. Add embossing powder, remove excess, and heat set.                                   
  4. Quickly wipe off embossing folder with wet wipe to remove ink.
  5. Cut out parts for the fox. Use washi tape, if you want, to hold the tail embossing die in place.   
  6. Use adhesive and build your fox.                                                                     
  7. Attach the fox to the card front.  Using the paw die, I cut an extra piece to create the eye patch.  I then drew on the lines for the string.
  8. Adhere a second card to the back so that you can cleanly write a message – the back will be debossed from the envelope, making it difficult to write.
  9. Add your sentiment with stickers.                                                                     
  10. Trim paper to fit inside the envelope to match the card and to add a bit of fun to the interior of the envelope. 
  11. Adhere the top portion, tucking in the bottom portion only, allowing for movement when opening and closing the envelope.

All that was left to do was add a sentiment to our favorite foxy pirate, wishing her well, and dropping this little card into the mail.

I hope she enjoys getting it as much as I enjoyed making it!  The Frankie Fox die is just too cute!


Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

We know that a lot of you have been wondering about the launch of the new Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.  We wanted to share a little info with you about what has been happening. Please see our official statement below.


Our Winners!!!

Thank you to all of you that entered our Tim Holtz snips giveaway!  Below are the winners!


Please email me: stephenie(at)tonic-studios.com with your shipping info and I will send them out next week!


Showing you the love…

As some of you know, we just got back a few weeks ago from CHA – the Craft and Hobby Association’s annual trade show.

While we were there, the fab Tim Holtz was nice enough to sign several pairs of his new 5″ mini snips for booth goers.  We were thrilled to have him take part and those that attended were thrilled as well.

Those of you left at home, however, were not as happy…  until now!


Our Valentine’s gift to you is the chance to win one of 6 pairs of signed mini snips from Tim Holtz!

All you have to do is check out our Rafllecopter giveaway to get yourself entered to win!

Good luck!


Watercolor Hanukkah Card

Hanukkah is just around the corner and there is something so beautiful in the color combos of blue and silver that just speaks to me.  Knowing that people will be gather for 8 nights, lighting candles, eating, and sharing time together means that holiday travel between homes will be happening and it is the perfect opportunity to create a little card for the host or hostess of one of these evenings.  This card is simple, yet an elegant one for sharing.


Here’s what you will need:

Putting this together goes pretty quick.

Put a little dollop of each of the mousse colors onto the glass mat to use it as a mixing palette.


Take the water and dilute down the mousse to create a “watercolor” paint with it.  The mousse is a water-based product and works well for this.  The colors blend well together and do create a lovely shimmery result when you put it on the paper.


Allow that to dry.


Then, resting your hand on the scratch paper so that you don’t smudge the paint, carefully draw out your letters.  (If you aren’t comfortable with hand-lettering, you can print it out on the computer ahead of time and paint over the letters)


Using your glue pen, trace your letters and then add your gilding flakes.  Now, I used the medium pen which might have been too big for the ‘happy” portion – but I still like it. Allow the glue to dry.


Using a dry brush, dust off the excess flakes, saving them for later use.


Outline the letters how you like to with the black pen if you want.

Add a piece of ribbon to create a bow on the painted piece, adhering it with the tape runner.  Then, adhere the square to the front of the card base.


Using the crystal drops, add some final dimension to the project.  Allow them to dry.



All that is left is to visit friends and family, bringing a card, some challah, and light the candles!

Happy Hanukkah!








Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!



Thank you to ALL of you for your participation in our Favorite Things giveaways!

We were so thrilled that so many of you took part!

So, here is the final, full list of winners for all of the days that we had.  If you are one of the winners, please contact stephenie(at)tonic-studios.com

Congrats to:

  • For Stephenie’s Favorite Things – Jane Luxem
  • For Heidi’s Favorite Things – Melinda Miller
  • For Karen’s Favorite Things – Yvonne O’Connor
  • For Terri’s Favorite Things – Beth Williams
  • For Smitha’s Favorite Things – Samantha Houp
  • For Debbie’s Favorite Things – Barb Macaskill
  • For Marisa’s Favorite Things – Palma Lindsay
  • For Sheri’s Favorite Things – Denise Bryant

So excited for all of you and enjoy your week!