Spring Layout | Love You

Spring is in the air! The blossoms opening up, the sweet scents of the season to come, and a promise of a fresh start are just some of the reasons this can be a favorite season! Let’s celebrate, and get creating!

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 12.jpg

Supplies used:

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 15.jpg

To begin, choose your stencil and embellishment mousse.

You will then layer on your embellishment mousse in the desired areas. Then, allow to dry, or use your heat tool to speed up the drying time.

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 1.jpg

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 2.jpg

Next, you will choose your patterned paper to make the delicate heart die. Your Tim Holtz snips will come in handy, to poke out the little pieces from this intricate type of die cut!

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 6.jpg

Add your deluxe adhesive to the delicate heart, and adhere to doily.  Then, adhere your doily to your paper, overlapping the embellishment mousse.

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 8.jpg

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 13.jpg

Next, you will create the heart die cut.  This die cut was borrowed, and you can make one and then have an original to trace, as this project shows.

You will then use your paper distresser along the edges of the heart.  EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 7.jpg

After you choose your embossing powder, you will create your sentiment Love You More next.

Using a scallop circle punch, you will punch out a 3″ scallop circle from white cardstock.

Stamp the image with versamark ink.

Add your embossing powder over your stamped image.  Tap off the excess powder.

Use your embossing gun or heat tool to allow your embossing powder to set.

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 4.jpg

Ink your edges with any distress ink you desire.

Add your glitter accents adhesive to the outside edges.

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 5.jpg

Your cute little banner comes next!

Choose any four of the banners from the Tonic decorative banners die cut set.

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 9.jpg

You will create two sets of those four banner die cuts.

Apply the deluxe adhesive to the decorative side of your banner pieces.

EYamabe.TonicSpringLayout - 10.jpg

Lastly, you will add some Nuvo Crystal drops to the tops of your decorative banners, and voila!  Your beautiful spring layout is here!

Thank you for stopping by and making Tonic a part of your creative day!





Mixed Media Bookmarks for Planners

I am making some Mixed Media Bookmarks today to use in your planner, reading or just to mark your page in your journal. These bookmarks can be customized to say whatever you need!


Supplies used:

I used the Simple Screens Starry Starry Night die to cut out three negative spaces on a blue sheet of cardstock. There are a lot of little tiny pieces that are cut with this die, so be sure to have you Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick on hand!


Using the V trimmer, I trimmed around the die cuts, making them more of a bookmark shape.


Next, I adhered another piece of cardstock beneath the die cut and also glued in a tassel on the top. I wanted a tone on tone look and went with two similar shades of blue here, but you could use a contrasting color of cardstock beneath for a much bolder look.


To bring in a mixed media element and also a subtle shine, I added a thin layer of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Aquamarine onto a small part of the bookmark. You want to make sure you apply a super thin layer, because we are not really looking to add bulk or dimension to the bookmark, just some soft texture.


Before the mousse dries, I trimmed and added a a little twine and a few sticker words onto the mousse and pressed down firmly.


After the mousse dried, which takes about 5 minutes of less since it’s a thin layer here, I added a few different Nuvo crystal drops around the bookmark in the center of each small star.


And that’s it! I now have a set of pretty bookmarks, ready to use! I love the details on these bookmarks are they are bound to make you smile every time you use it.




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!






New Year’s Eve Ensemble


Are you getting together with friends and family to celebrate the New Year?  If so I have a few projects to share with you that are quick and easy to create and will add a personal touch.

These are the supplies needed to create all of the projects.


I used the 1064E bottle wrap keepsake thin insert die set to cut three pieces of black cardstock for the bottle wrap.


Next, I added red line tape to the long tabs on the left side of the die cuts.  I like to use a really strong adhesive when I am creating three dimensional projects.  I also folded the pieces on all of the score lines.  The die creates all of the score lines so it’s a very easy die cut to work with.


Here is a look at all of the die cut pieces put together.  I just have to adhere the last tab and then the bottle wrap will take its shape.


I used the large scalloped rectangle and the decorative insert in the same die set to cut a decorative gold mirror piece for the outside of the box.


I used the large Nuvo glue pen to add adhesive to the back of the gold mirror decorative die and added that to the top of the deep rose large scalloped edge rectangle die.


Here is a look at the die cuts layered together and added to the bottle wrap.


I wanted the word celebrate to stand out a little more so I added Nuvo crystal glaze to all of the letters and then I added some Nuvo sparkle dust – snow glow


To create the tag for the wine bottle wrap I used the number dies from the Advent Treat Squeeze Box Die Set and the Star Layering Die Set.


I die cut a black star and a deep rose star and layered the two pieces using craft tacky glue. Then I added the gold mirror numbers to the layered stars.  I used the smaller gold mirror stars to decorate the sided of the wine bottle wrap.


Here is a look at the finished wine bottle wrap and the star tag.


Adding the sparkle dust really makes the word celebrate pop.


Here is a close up of the star 2017 tag.  I punched a small hole in the tag and used some ivory and gold edge ribbon to tie up the wine bottle wrap and add the tag.


Next, I embossed some napkins.  This is so fun, quick, and easy to do.  Just emboss the napkin like you would a piece of paper.  Solid colored napkins work the best for embossing.  I used the modern chevron 8 x 8 embossing folder to emboss all of the napkins.


Here is a close up to see the great embossing detail on the napkin.


For my third project I created a fun treat box using the pillow box & sentiments/tag die set. I die cut the box from black cardstock and using gold mirror cardstock for the sentiment.  This is another die that created all of the score lines for you.  To assemble the box I added red line tape to the sided and lined out the edges of the paper and score lines.  This box goes together very easily.


To finish off the pillow box I added dots of the Nuvo glitter drops – honey gold to the front of the box.  I punched a small hole in the word party.  Then, I added some ribbon and tied on the word party and added a box. These boxes would be great to add some candy or maybe some confetti.


The the last project I made some wine glass charms.  These really come in handy if you are having several guests so people don’t get their glasses mixed up.  I used the star layering die set to cut a few black stars.  Then, I used the Rococo mini wreath decoration die set to cut some of the smaller shaped with gold mirror cardstock.  I used the craft tacky glue to layered and adhere the die cut pieces.  I punched a small hole in the stars, added a gold jump ring and then tied a piece of metallic gold string onto each heart.  The charms can be tied on to the stem of the wine glasses.


The wine glass charms look great on the glasses.


I hope you enjoyed all of the New Year’s Eve projects.  They are quick and easy to make. You could use them for a celebration at your own house or they would be great for gift giving, especially the wine bottle wraps.

I hope you all have a very Happy and Safe New Year’s Eve!  Here’s to 2017!!

Happy crafting,

heidi logo 2


Christmas Village of Gingerbread Houses – Karen Hasheck


Merry Christmas everyone! Today I am sharing a set of three gingerbread houses I created with the versatile Gingerbread House Die Set.  In this die set you get 18 dies that allow you to create many different 3D gingerbread houses and you can customize them with the various decorative dies including two gingerbread men and a Christmas tree. The die set is also Verso meaning you can either cut the beautiful intricate designs for the windows, doors and roof in the house or cut them separately.  The boxes can open from the top or the bottom so they are perfect for giving small gifts like gift cards or candy.

Supplies needed:


I created a gumdrop candy gingerbread house using pastel colors, glitter and the new Nuvo Jewel Drops. I die cut the base out of pink cardstock and cut the white scalloped sides without all the optional intricate openings. I embossed “siding” on the house using the Simple Stripes Embossing Folder. I die cut a cute little gingerbread man and a Christmas tree and decorated them with glitter drops and the new Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents.


The gumdrop roof and candies on the side of the house were easy to make using the new Nuvo Jewel Drops. These drops dry translucent and much lighter than the other drops in the Nuvo line.  I die cut the roof pieces out of white cardstock and glued them together. I also punched some white circles and die cut a star from the Mini Wreath Decorations Die Set. Then I simply applied the strawberry, lime, periwinkle, sea breeze and orange jewel drops to the roof and candy pieces and while the Jewel Drops were still wet, sprinkled on Nuvo’s white Snow Glow Sparkle Dust fine glitter. The gumdrops look good enough to nibble on.



My next two gingerbread houses were created in more traditional Christmas colors.  On the red, green and white house, I chose to die cut all the intricate side and roof pieces out of white cardstock and layered them on red and green with decorations die cut from the Mini Wreath Decorations Set. Of course I added red, green and gold Crystal Drops for the perfect finishing touch.  I chose to add the roof top piece on one of the houses and added a red chimney on the red and silver house. The variety of options in this die set is simply amazing! I embossed the roof of the red and silver house with Tonic’s Modern Chevron Embossing Folder. I added some silver snowflakes (using Tonic’s silver mirror card), and snow icicles and snow piles using Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents.


The red and silver house is unique in that I die cut one of the intricate window side dies directly into the red house so we can see into the inside of the house. I added a layer of silver mirror card to the opposite side of the inside to enhance the glow of the tea light. I tried putting the tea light in from the typical bottom opening of the gingerbread house but did not have any success turning it on and getting it to stay upright.



After checking videos and tips from bloggers in the UK, I tried leaving one half of the roof unglued and weighted the open half of the roof with a piece of chipboard. I attached magnets to the two roof pieces so that the roof stayed down when closed. I clicked on the tea light and set it inside the house, then closed the roof resulting in a glowing lighted gingerbread house.


I had so much fun creating a variety of gingerbread houses and the friends who received them as gifts loved the uniqueness of each one. Next I am going to try some houses for other seasons and holidays as the options are endless!

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!




My Favorite Things – Smitha

Today our newest design team member, Smitha Katti, shares 5 of her favorite Tonic products!

Leave a comment by 11:59 CST tonight for your chance to win these fabulous supplies!


Hello everyone!

Here are my favorites:

I hope that you love these as much as I do…  These are basics, but they can have a major impact on any project.  Sometimes the simplest of products can create the most amazing results!



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”!

gbh-ornament-4  gbh-ornament-5

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!