Quick & Easy Shamrock Pin


One of the more favorite holidays around our house is St. Patrick’s Day.  We usually all get together and I cook up a big dinner of Corned Beef & Cabbage with all the side dishes.  I think we probably just like the excuse of being together so that’s ok!

Every year, I always search for something green to wear.  Green is just not my favorite color for clothing.  So I had a piece of green felt that I found in my stash and I decided that a Shamrock pin would be the thing to make.

To create this project you will need:

This project is very simple!  Here is how it’s made!



  1. Die cut the black cardstock using the scalloped circles die.
  2. Die cut the white cardstock using the circles die plus use the pinhole layering basics die to add interest around the edges of the die cut.
  3. Adhere the white and black circle together and add an adhesive pin back
  4. Die cut green felt using the Tangerine Machine and the smallest die in the Traditional Hearts die set.
  5. Use the 5″ snips to cut a small stem for your shamrock
  6. Using the funky glue, glue the hearts and stem into place onto the pin.
  7. Using the computer and a printer, print out the sentiment onto white cardstock.
  8. Trim the sentiment using the 8″ trimmer and cut end in a banner.
  9. Adhere to pin back
  10. Add Nuvo Sunlit Meadows Glitter Drops around the outside of each heart.
  11. Wear the pin for St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy all the kisses!!


Thanks for stopping by today!



Love U Card


Hello Tonic Fans!  It’s time to think of love and chocolate. Well what I mean is it’s almost time for Valentine’s Day!

So with that in mind, I created this fun card using some fun supplies from Tonic Studios.



The finished card measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.  I cut the black cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11″, scored it at 5 1/2″ and folded it in half to create the base.  The red layer is cut to 3 3/4 x 5″. The white layer was cut to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4″.  Now it’s time to stamp, color and die cut the Mandala Moments Love Stamp & Die.

So you stamp the Love stamp onto white cardstock using Jet Black Staz-on ink.  Color with the Red Nuvo Brush Script pen.  Create a template for the Love die so you can easily line up your die and cut the sentiment.  Run the die thru the Tangerine machine and remove it from the die.


Stamp the Mandala Moments You stamp onto black cardstock using embossing ink. Sprinkle with Nuvo Glacier White Embossing powder and heat set.  Then you will die cut with the matching die.  Trim the “U” off to use that portion on the card.


Run the white panel thru the Tangerine using the Modern Chevron embossing folder.  Be sure to use the correct plate when using an embossing folder.


Here is my assembled card panel.  I like to tie the ribbon on this way so that it doesn’t show inside the card!  Here is another look at the complete card!


I think this is a perfect card for that someone special in your life!  I bet it will even earn you some chocolate!  LOL

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!




True Love Card

Hello friends!  Can you believe it is almost Valentine’s Day?  I know I can’t, but after creating about a million Christmas cards, it was fantastic to create something different.  Today I have a short tutorial showing you how to create a fun Valentine’s Day card using some Nuvo Sparkle Dust!

These are the supplies I used to create my card:


Create the base of your card from white cardstock by cutting the cardstock to 4 1/4 x 11″.

Score it at 5 1/2″ and fold.  Then cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″.

Cut another piece of white cardstock to 3 3/4 x 5″.

Adhere the smaller white layer onto the black layer.

Now it’s time to cut the banners.

Cut a strip of the patterned paper to 1 1/2″.  Using a ruler, mark the middle point and draw a 1/2″ line.

Use the 5″ snips to cut from the edge up to the top of your pencil mark.

Do that on the other side so that you cut out a triangle at the bottom of your patterned paper.  Use the triangle that you cut out to cut the other strip of patterned paper.

Adhere these banner strips onto the front of the card.

To create the glittery heart, adhere a piece of Stick-It adhesive sheet to the front of a piece of white cardstock.

Die cut this with one of the heart dies from the Traditional Heart Layering Basics Die Set.  Since the Stick-it Adhesive is on the front, it will be easy to apply the Sparkle Dust.

Remove the release sheet from the front of the heart to expose the adhesive.

Place the heart in a coffee filter and sprinkle on the Nuvo Rose Quartz Sparkle Dust and tap off the excess.

Then use the coffee filter to put the extra sparkle dust back in the post.

Apply 3d foam squares onto the back of the heart and adhere it into place.

Use the Super Trimmer to cut a strip of the patterned paper so that you can use this as the sentiment for your card.

Apply some Funky glue to the back of the strip and place it on your card using the tweezers.  That will allow you not to get your fingers all gooey with glue!

Tie the ribbon into a bow at the top of the card panel and adhere the panel to the white cardstock base to finish.

I love how much sparkle you get with this lovely Rose Quartz Sparkle Dust.  I hope I have sparked your creativity so you can create some Valentine’s Day cards!






Love Garland


Hello friends!  I love to decorate the house for each holiday, but I refuse to pay a lot of money for the decorations.  I needed a little something for Valentine’s Day and knew that I could come up with something from my stash! And, sure enough, I did!

Supplies Used for this project:

To begin this project, I created the music pages flowers.  They are super easy and fun to create!  I created my own shimmer spray from the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to add that extra something to these flowers.

Fill the mini mister up with water and pour the water into a small bowl.  That way you have just enough shimmer spray to fill your mister.  Then add a bit of the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to the water and stir it until it’s all dissolved.  Pour this back into your mister.

Die cut about 5 to 6 layers of hymnal pages using the die from the Mandala Moments Flower Stamp & Die Set.  I die cut that many at one time and just left them all together.

Punch a hole in the middle of the stack and add the brad.  Once you add the brad, you can start misting your stack and scrunching up the layers.  Do that for all the layers and when it’s all dry, you will have an awesome flower!

Then I created some glitter paper using the Glitter Noir embossing powder.

Take a strip of white cardstock and ink it up all over with an embossing ink pad.  I used a Versamark ink pad.

Sprinkle the Glitter Noir embossing powder all over the paper and heat set it.  Once this is heat set, you may need to add another layer of embossing powder.  Because I used black, I didn’t really need another layer.

Now it is time to die cut the letters I need for my banner.

I found the letters – LOVE – in the Pretoria DuoCaps sets.  Using the Tangerine, die cut the letters.

Then die cut the garland using the Garland Fayre die set.  I only wanted to use the one shape, so I die cut this 4 times.  *** TIP: Don’t throw away the extras!  Keep them with your die set.  You might need them for a fast project another time.

Layer the red and white die cuts together, punch a small hole on each side of the garland, and thread the twine thru.

Adhere the letters to the garland with the Funky Glue Pen.

Now it’s time to make the heart garland that hangs down from the hanger.

Die cut the hearts using the Traditional Heart Layering Basics die – #2 in the set (remember #1 is the smallest).  You need 2 of the same color hearts for each.  I spaced them out about 1/2″ apart.

Leave about 2″ on the top and put one heart upside down, then glue the same color heart over it with the twine going down the middle.  Each strand of twine has 5 different colored hearts in an Ombre-style.

Put everything together onto the hanger using a hot glue gun.

Add the small love sentiment using a label maker.



Such a fun project to make with things I had around the house.  I have been hoarding that vintage hangar for a long time!  It was fun to finally put to use, creating a festive and lovely little garland.




My New Year’s Eve Table

At our house, we welcome a new year with a fancy dinner.  This year, our kids will be off doing there own thing.  So I invited another couple we have been friends with for over 30 years.  I wanted the table to look great but didn’t want to spend a bunch.  So  I challenged myself to only spend $10 on the table decorations. I decided on these Tonic Studios supplies:

I decided a trip to the dollar store would be a good idea.  Here is what I found……


I already had the bottle of wine and the mirror.  So I spent $6 at the Dollar Store for 3 battery-operated candles, 2 glass vases and 1 black plastic tablecloth. To get started, I decided to alter the battery-operated candles with some glitter.


I used the Funky Glue, a brush and Nuvo Pure Sheen Rose Gold Glitter.


I used a paint brush to apply the glue to the bottom half of my candle and then sprinkled on the glitter and shook of the excess.


While these dried, I got busy with the glass vases.

I used the Funky Glue Pen, paint brush, clean glass vase and Nuvo Radiant Gold Gilding Flakes.

First I applied the glue just around the edge of the vase.  Don’t worry if it’s not a straight line or anything…..that just makes it look even better.

Then using my fingers, I applied the gilding flakes.  Don’t try to brush off the excess until the glue is very dry.

Once the glue was dry, I used a soft brush to brush off any excess gilding flakes.  If there was a spot that didn’t get covered, I just applied more glue and the flakes.


While my candles and vases were drying, I die cut some gold mirror cardstock using the Star Layering Die set  and Build a Wreath Star Bauble die.

Then I printed out a menu for our fancy dinner!

I printed the menu onto some vanilla cardstock.   I am using the Cockle Shell Layering Basics Die Set for all three layers of my menu.

Using the Scotch Removal Tape, I position the die onto my menu.  Then I ran it thru my Tangerine Die Cutting Machine.  I used the 2 larger sizes to die cut the gold mirror cardstock and the black cardstock.

I used the Funky Tape Runner to adhere all my layers together.  Now I have everything ready to decorate and set my fancy table.


Here is my fancy table…..

I used an upside down wine glass to place one of the glitter candles in the middle of the mirror.  I added some pine cone ornaments from my Christmas tree in the vases and scattered the gold stars all over.



I got out my mother’s china for this special occasion.   Remember if you don’t use your special stuff…….it never gets used!

I love how this turned out and I think our guests will love this special dinner, too!  I hope you will have a wonderful time celebrating the new year!








Our Man Jackson Layout

One thing I love to do is to scrapbook.  I might not always take the time to create a layout, but when I do, I really love to use all kinds of techniques and different products.  For this layout of my great nephew, Jackson, I used fun foam to create a stamp so that I could heat emboss on the base layer of my layout.

Here are the supplies I used to create my layout:

To begin, die cut the Winter Snowflake die from the fun foam.  Add just a dot of the glue pen to the middle of the fun foam and adhere it to the acrylic block.  That will keep the “stamp” onto the block until you are done stamping with it!


Ink up the fun foam stamp with embossing ink and stamp all over the gray cardstock and sprinkle on the Shimmering Pearl embossing powder.  After you tap off the excess powder, use your Heat Tool to emboss the snowflakes.


Using 3 different patterns of paper, I die cut some of the decorative bunting die set.  Using my tiny hole punch, I punched holes in each side of the bunting pieces and threaded twine thru the holes.  I also added just a thin strip of glitter paper into place so that it would look like my bunting was hanging from something.  Here is my bunting with some 3d foam squares.  You can see the shimmering snowflakes, too!


Here is my completed layout.  I used the DuoCap Initials – Pretoria die sets for his name and the title.  The great thing about these dies sets are you can use them two ways…..just the decorative outside or the plain inside letter!  I added some of the extra bunting pieces behind the two rectangle- shaped pictures.  I used the Mixed Edge Oval Layering Basics dies to die cut a mat and small picture.  Here is a closer look..



I think we can all agree that my great nephew, Jackson, is quite the man!  Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to give the fun foam stamp technique a try!






Gingerbread House Ornament

Hello!  Today I want to share with you how to create some super cute  ornaments using the Gingerbread House dies set.  This die set contains 18 dies to use in creating your Gingerbread House Ornament.  Check it out!


Supplies Used:


To start, I chose the dies I wanted to use for my ornaments.  You will need to die cut two of everything except the chimney piece and the roof eave.



Here are my pieces……two doors, two windows, two solid red roof pieces, two white decorative roof pieces plus two pieces of each base construction pieces.  Do you see the chimney and roof eave?  Only need one of each of those.


Before assembling my house, I want to cut out the windows on all four sides.  So using my Tim Holtz Retractable Craft pick and a small piercing pad, I poked holes in the same spot the die cut holes.


Then using my Tim Holtz 5 inch Snips, I cut on the outsides of the holes to create openings for my windows.  Make sure to do this for both of the “doors”!

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Now to cut the opening for the windows, make sure you have the decorative die in the right place.  Make sure that your house walls are going the right way, too.  You want the tab at the top of your ornament!


Punch the holes inside the open window and cut it out, just like you did for the doors.


Now you need to apply adhesive tape onto the flaps as shown in this picture below.  Prefold the score lines too.


Now adhere the house together as shown.  Be sure to match up the score lines because the top with the flaps creates the roof and the bottom portion creates the bottom of the box!


Before you assemble, adhere the detailed die cuts into place as shown.


Now start assembling your house.  Take the liner off the adhesive tape and adhere the top flaps into place to create the roof.


Fold the two small flaps on the bottom in (just like if you were assembling a box) and fold in one of the flaps like I have it below.  Now use your snips to cut off this extra flap!


Now you can adhere the roof pieces into place and if you want you can add the chimney.  Here is one of the houses I created hanging from my tree.  I placed a battery operated votive inside.


For the house below, I cut a small hole in the bottom of my house and put one of the lights from my tree inside.  This worked really well to keep the house in place on my tree and you don’t need the little flaps on top of the roof, if you don’t want them.


Creating these ornaments are really fun!  There are so many variations you can come up with!  I am making a few more of these to give to the ladies in my book club for a Christmas present.  I think they will love it!