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My Mother My Friend Card

Hello friends!  I know it’s just a little early to be working on Mother’s Day cards, but with the winter weather rearing it’s ugly head, I thought it would help my spring fever to create a spring-type card!

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Tonic Studios Brush Script pens work great to watercolor images using a water pen and some watercolor paper.  To use these markers with the water pen, it works really great to color them onto a palette of some kind.  Here they are colored onto an acrylic block.

Supplies Used:

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By mixing the green and yellow colors together, you can achieve different shades of green for the image.

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After coloring the leaves, use the coral color directly onto the paper and then go back in using the water pen to blend the darker color into a lighter color.

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By stamping the flower image onto the 4 corners of watercolor paper, you can create your own patterned paper for this card.  Once the image panels are dry, you can use the Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die set to die cut them to the perfect sizes.

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Adding Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the flower image adds some dimension and shine.

Here is a closer look……

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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Love Mixed Media Layout

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My daughter is getting married in June and I wanted to create a scrapbook layout using one of the engagement pictures.  I wanted my layout to be fairly flat so that it could easily be displayed in a frame, but would still go into a scrapbook. Using Tonic Studios Embellishment Mousse, Nuvo Jewels drops and Tonic Studios dies helped me achieve the look I was hoping for!

Here are the supplies I used:

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  1.  Use the Super Trimmer to cut out the middle portion of the base patterned paper.  This is a great paper saving technique when there is limited patterned paper for your layout.

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2.  Distress and tear edges to create interest for the second layer of the layout.  Use a sponge dauber to apply Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse around the outside edges.

3.  Using the Failing Diamonds 6×6 Stencil and a palette knife, apply the Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse directly to the layout and allow to dry.

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4.  Die cut kraft cardstock using the Classic Quatrefoil Patterned Panels die.  Use the paper snips to trim the die cut to fit into the corners of the layout and adhere into place.

5.  Die cut the Sent with Love die from kraft cardstock.  Use the 5″ snips to cut off the “sent with” portion of the die so that it now only reads “love”. Use sponge to apply Fresh Copper Embellishment Mousse all over this die cut.

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6.  Free hand cut a heart from some matching patterned paper.  Sponge and distress edges to match the layout.  Adhere onto layout.

7.  Adhere the “love” sentiment die cut into place as shown.

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8.  Mat the picture onto a piece of the patterned paper that was saved from the base piece.  Adhere to the layout using foam tape.

9.  Cut flowers from the paper collection to add to the layout for added interest.

10.  Apply Rosewater Jewel Drops onto layout.

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Here is a closer look at my layout.

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Another look at the layout…….

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Have a great day!

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Quick & Easy Shamrock Pin

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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!!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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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:

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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!

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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……

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Merry & Bright Christmas Cards

Hello Friends!  It’s time to get serious about making Christmas cards!  So, I decided today that I was going to sit down and make some of the cards that I will send to friends and family this year.

Now one thing you should know about me – I get bored easily and don’t really like to make 40 of the same card.  So, with that in mind, I gathered some supplies and got busy!

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I decided that a 6×6 paper collection was the best way to go for these cards.  I could change the background papers, but since they all come from the same collection, the colors would match.  I also chose a new favorite of mine, the Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics Die set.  It’s easy to choose the rectangle and matching scalloped rectangle for matting.  I also cut the bases – A2 size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ – and the patterned paper ( 4 x 51/4″)  so that all I had to do was die cut and stamp!

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Here I am using my Tangerine die cutting machine to cut the scalloped and classic rectangles.

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Using a Versamark pad, I stamped the banner image onto white cardstock and sprinkled on Silver Moonlight Glitter Embossing powder.

***A long time ago, someone gave me this great heat embossing tip:  Wrap a magazine in tinfoil and place it on a clipboard.  That way, the heat from your embossing gun will radiate out and not warp the paper. ***

So I heat embossed the banners and hand cut them out.

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I did the same for the Christmas trees, but I stamped them on Vellum Cardstock.  I cut these trees out and then, using a Funky Glue pen, I glued them onto green patterned cardstock.

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I made sure to apply the glue under spots that I knew I would put some Glitter Drops so the glue wouldn’t show through.

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Now it’s time to start assembling the cards.  I glued together the scalloped and classic rectangles.

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Using 3d foam squares, I adhered the banners and trees into place.

See how the green patterned paper shows thru the vellum?

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I added some Nuvo Ruby Slippers Glitter Drops to the tree once everything was assembled.  Then I set the cards aside to dry.  Remember that Nuvo drops are self-leveling, which makes adding little drops easy!

Here are a couple of my completed cards.  I ended up making15 cards in about an hour!

Once you get everything cut, stamped and die cut, putting the cards together is a breeze.  Plus I really hate paying extra postage for my cards, so keeping them simple is the way to go!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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Tonic Supplies Used:

Other supplies:  Versamark Embossing Pad, Heat Gun, 3d foam squares; Holiday Trimmings 6×6″ paper pad (Penny Black); Kraft & White cardstock; Merry & Bright Clear Stamp set (Simon Says Stamp)

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Merry Christmas Sleigh Card

Hello Tonic fans!  Debbie Seyer here today to share a card I just created.  It’s October and to me that means it is time to start working on my Christmas cards.  If I make 5 cards a week until Thanksgiving, I will have half of my cards done.  That way I can take a little of the stress away by making the rest of my cards!  LOL

Here is my Sleigh card…..

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For my project today, I created a 5 1/4 x 5 1/4″ card using the 1015E Santa’s Sleigh die from Tonic Studios.  I love the embossed detail on this die.  I also added some flowers I die cut from the 770E Radiant Roselily die set and some holly leaves from the 138E Mini Wreath Decorations Die.  The brushed gold cardstock was from my stash.   I used the A4 Embossing Folder – Martha for the gold layer.    In the center of the flowers, I added some Golden Crystal Glimmer Paste.  Here is a closer look…..

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