Hetty & Harry Hippo – One Die / Two Different Looks

I love all the Wild Buildables Collection of animal dies but I think the Hippo is my favorite. I wanted to show the versatility these dies offer by creating 2 cards with the same die sets. There are so many fun combinations if you use a little imagination.


Here is what you will need to create the cards above:


I don’t always know what the end result will be when I start creating my projects. I started by cutting all the main elements in dark gray and then again in light gray so I could mix them and create opposite colored animals. Tonic-Hetty-Hippo2

Cut eyelashes, eyes and flower centers in black and your choice of flower colors.


Cut another foot, arm and nostril in each color and 2 teeth in white.

Cut another body piece in patterned paper to use as a dress.

Use Foam Adhesive to add dimension to nose and feet.


TIP: Use the foot and hand dies as stencils to apply a little ink for “fingernail polish” and Hetty’s other accents.


Cut the extra pieces needed again to assemble Harry.

TIP: Cut another eyelash to use for hair and 2 extra nostrils and flower stem for a pair of glasses.


It’s hard to believe that these are the same die. A few Nuvo Crystal Drops are a great accent for Harry.


I hope you enjoyed my take on the Wild Buildables Hetty/Harry Hippo Die Set.  Happy crafting!



Thank You Card Ensemble

Hello friends!  It’s Debbie here today to share with you a fun Thank You card ensemble.  I don’t know about you but Thank You Cards are always in demand at my house.  So when I start making one thank you card, I think it’s best to make a whole stack to keep on hand!  Here are my thank you cards.


Supplies Used:


  1. To begin this project, cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″.   Fold this in half to create the card base.  Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4″.
  2. Cut a piece of rose cardstock to 4 x 5 1/4.  Position the Rose Garden Invite Insert Set inside the Cherish the Moment die.


  3. Using the Tangerine Machine, die cut the rose cardstock.  Apply this die cut to the white cardstock panel using the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.thank-you-4
  4. Tie ribbon around this panel.
  5. Cut a small panel of white cardstock and stamp the rose images from the Bunched Bouquet-Modern Buttonhole Stamp set.  Stamp the “thank you” sentiment from the Best Friends Forever Whimsical Frames Set.  Adhere the panel into place.
  6. Adhere this panel onto the card base.
  7. Add some pearl accents using the Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops.


It’s easy to create 4 cards just like this one so you will have plenty of Thank You cards for a few weeks!

Thanks for stopping by today!



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!








Holly Wreath & Santa Christmas Card – Heidi Blankenship

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today and I have a beautiful vintage style Christmas card to share with you.  This card is filled with layers, texture and lots of sparkle.



I used the 1383E Rococo Holly Bouquet Die to create the beautiful holly wreath, cutting two wreaths from green cardstock and then inking both of them with peeled paint and gathered twigs distress inks.

I used 419E Craft Tacky Glue 120ml to adhere the two die cuts.  I offset and layered the wreaths for a fuller looking wreath.

Next I used the NUVO 203N Glue Pen Medium and applied glue to both of the wreaths, adding NUVO 717N Pure Sheen Glitter – Green Meadow to the wreath.

To finish the wreath I added NUVO 752N Glitter Drops – Ruby Slippers to look like little holly berries.

While I was waiting for the crystal drops to dry on the wreath, I used the 1454E Circle Layering Basic Die Set to cut out a piece of Graphic 45 paper with an image of Santa Claus.

Once the crystal drops were dry, I adhered the circle die cut behind the wreath.


Since I knew the top half of my card was going to be ivory I wanted to add some something to fill in the space, but I didn’t want it to be too busy and take anything away from the wreath.  So I die cut another wreath and then I cut the wreath in to four pieces.  I applied NUVO  203N Glue Pen Medium to the backside of the die cut and set aside to dry.


I used my 160E Tim Holtz 8.5 inch Trimmer to cut a piece ivory cardstock to a 5-1/4 x 5-1/4 in. square.  Then I cut a piece of Graphic 45 St. Nicholas pattern paper to 5-1/4 x 3 in. and used the 422E Funky Tape Runner to adhere the two pieces together with the pattern paper on the bottom half.

Next I inked the edges with antique linen and vintage photo distress inks.  I placed a piece of blue painters tape on the top edge of the pattern paper.  I placed the four pieces from the holly wreath on top of the ivory cardstock.  If 203N Glue Pen Medium is applied to paper and left to dry it will be slightly tacky and hold the holly pieces in place, allowing the holly pieces will act as a mask.  I used a pallet knife to apply NUVO 953N Glimmer Paste – Moonstone on to the top half of the card.


I used a tweezers to lift and remove the holly piece.  Instead of tossing the holly pieces I set them aside to dry and I can use them on another project.  Carefully remove the painters tape.  I have found if you pull the tape back over on itself it is easier to remove and there is less of a chance to rip the paper.


Here is a close up of the glimmer paste.  Can you see the holly pattern?  This is a great way to use die cuts with glimmer paste and add some sparkle and texture to your projects.


Here is a close up of the wreath with the Santa image.  To finish off the card I added some vintage crochet trim, a seam binding bow, vintage gold thread and a couple of jingle bells.


I also added a sentiment from the same Graphic 45 paper collection to the bottom of the card and added a layer of red cardstock.  Then everything was adhered to a 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 in. square top folding red card base.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card share and tutorial.  Thanks so much for stopping by the Tonic blog today!

Happy Holidays!

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1383E Rococo Holly Bouquet Die
1454E Circle Layering Basic Die Set
717N Pure Sheen Glitter – Green Meadow
752N Glitter Drops – Ruby Slippers
953N Glimmer Paste – Moonstone
203N Glue Pen Medium
Tonic Adhesive
422E Funky Tape Runner
419E Craft Tacky Glue 120ml
160E Tim Holtz 8.5 inch Trimmer
138E Tangerine Die Cutting & Embossing Machine


Joy to the World Tent Gift Bag – Heidi Blankenship

Hello everyone!  Heidi, here today and I have a pretty little gift bag to share with you.  I love the tent gift bags!  They are so quick and easy to create and they are perfect for chocolates, a small gift or a gift card.


I chose to decorative my gift bag for Christmas but you could use these for all kinds of occasions–other holidays, birthdays, baby showers, and weddings just to name a few.  The base of my gift bag was cut from ivory cardstock and then I inked the edges with antique linen distress ink.  Next, I used a bone folder and folded and creased all of the areas on the bag.  I used 419E Craft Tacky Glue 120ml to assemble the gift bag.


To create the accent pieces for the gift bag I die cut one scalloped rectangle from ivory cardstock, one scalloped rectangle with the decorative insert from kraft cardstock and then the small oval and small label from ivory cardstock.  For the solid scalloped rectangle I applied some 419E Craft Tacky Glue 120ml and then added 550N Sparkle Dust – Hollywood Red.  The sparkle dust is so ultra fine and it feels like velvet on paper.  For the kraft scalloped and decorative rectangle I inked the edges with vintage photo distress ink and then I layered the kraft piece on to of the red glitter piece.  I used 419E Craft Tacky Glue 120ml to adhere the two die cuts.  Next I inked the edges of the small oval and label with vintage photo distress ink.  I used some foam squares to adhere the oval piece to the center of the decorative rectangle and then adhered everything to the front of the gift bag.  I layered three wood veneer snowflakes to the center of the oval.  To give the snowflakes some sparkle I added 953N Glimmer Paste – Moonstone and 675N Crystal Drops – Ivory Seashell.  I stamped a sentiment on to the small label shape and punched a hole to make a tag.  The sentiment is from the stamp simply clear stamps Merry Christmas set.  I used versamark ink to stamp the sentiment and then added 596N Glitter Embossing Powder – Gold Enchantment.  I love all of the sparkle in this embossing powder!  I also added another tiny wood veneer snowflake to the tag.


The holly leaves were made using the 1383E Rococo Holly Bouquet Die.  These are actually some leftover pieces from another project where I used the holly leaves as a mask with some of the glimmer paste.  So the leaves already had some of the 953N Glimmer Paste – Moonstone on them and I just sniped a few leaves to create some small clusters in each corner of the gift bag.  Then I added some 675N Crystal Drops – Ivory Seashell to look like berries.


To finish off the gift bag I added some may arts red sheer ruffled edge ribbon and gold metallic string along with the tiny tag.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  Thanks so much for stopping by the Tonic Blog!

Happy Holidays!

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Tonic Studio Supplies
623E Indulgence Keepsake Tent Gift Bag Die Set
1383E Rococo Holly Bouquet Die
550N Sparkle Dust – Hollywood Red
953N Glimmer Paste – Moonstone
675N Crystal Drops – Ivory Seashell
596N Glitter Embossing Powder – Gold Enchantment
Tonic Adhesive
419E Craft Tacky Glue 120ml
160E Tim Holtz 8.5 Trimmer
138E Tangerine Die Cutting & Embossing Machine


Birthday Wishes Card – Marisa Job

Hello Friends! Marisa here with another Birthday card using several Square Layering die sets. I love to work with Tonic’s layering die sets, they are so versatile and the possibilities are endless.








  1. Create a 6” x 6” card base from natural white cardstock. Die cut a smaller panel using Scalloped Square Layering Die Set – 482E from kraft cardstock, glue to card with Funky Glue Pen – 421E.
  2. Die cut 9 squares using the third smallest die from Square Layering Basics Die Set – 1452E using designer cardstock.
  3. Die cut 9 squares using the third smallest die from Scalloped Square Layering Basics Die Set – 1453E using kraft cardstock. Glue squares together and then adhere to card base.img_0528-1
  4. Die cut sentiment with Miniature Moments – Birthday Wishes – 1243E from kraft cardstock. Adhere to center of card.
  5. Die cut multiple flowers with Entwining Trellis- Plush Peony Die Set – 769E from designer cardstock, shape flowers with Floral Crafters Tool Set – 380-266E.
  6. Die cut leaves with Arboreal Dream Die Set – 656E from green cardstock. Arrange flowers and leaves on card as pictured. Embellish flowers and leaves with Nuvo Crystal Drops and Nuvo Glimmer. Make a bow with twine and glue under flower.


Tonic Studios Supplies:


Other Supplies: Designer Cardstock of your choice, Kraft Cardstock, Natural White Cardstock, twine.


Have a great day!




Give Thanks Burlap Canvas – Heidi Blankenship


Give thanks is such a simple statement but it can have so many different meanings to each of us.  Big or small, we should always remember the things we are thankful for, but especially on Thanksgiving.  I thought this give thanks canvas would be a perfect DIY home decor piece for a side table.


To start, I used the Nuvo large glue pen to apply adhesive to the leaves.  Then I sprinkled on some of the Nuvo pure sheen glitter spiced aprioct and set the leaves aside to dry.


Next, I used the Nuvo large glue pen again and applied the adhesive to the berries.  Then I sprinkled on some of the Nuvo pure sheen glitter light gold and set the berries aside to dry.


While I was waiting for the leaves and berries to dry, I started to prep the burlap canvas.  I inked the outside edges of the canvas with a black ink pad.  Then, I used the Nuvo large glue pen to apply adhesive around the top edges of the canvas.  Next, I applied Nuvo Gilding Flakes 850N Radiant Gold on top of the adhesive.  I set the canvas aside to let the ink and adhesive dry. Once everything was dry on the canvas I used a sponge with a scrubbie edge to remove the excess gilding flakes and put them back in the container.


I used both the duocap initials pretoria A-N die set and  duocap initials pretoria O-Z die set to die cut all of the letters.  I die cut the letters twice using black cardstock and pattern paper.


Here is a close up of the letters.  I really like both of these die sets because they can be used a few different ways.


I used craft tacky glue to adhere the letters to the burlap canvas.


Next, I added some metallic copper ribbon to the top corner and along the bottom of the canvas.  Then, I used hot glue to adhere the leaves and berries creating a pretty cluster in the top and bottom corners.


Here is a close up of the bottom corner.


I really like how the canvas came together with just a few dies cuts and some glitter.


For a finishing touch I added some Nuvo glitter drops golden sunset by the clusters of leaves and on the letters.


The finished canvas is 5 x 7.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tonic Supplies
608E DuoCap Initials Pretoria A-N die set
609E DuoCap Initials Pretoria O-Z die set
Nuvo Gilding Flakes 850N Radiant Gold
Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter 727N Spiced Aprioct (leaves)
Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter 707N Light Gold (berries)
Nuvo Glitter Drops 757N Golden Sunset
419E Craft Tacky Glue 120ml
160E Tim Holtz 8″ Guillotine/Trimmer
107E Tim Holtz Titanium Shear 9.5″
147E Tangerine Machine and Bag Set
Nuvo 204N Large Glue Pen

Other Supplies
5 x 7 Burlap Canvas
Tuxedo Black Ink
Black Cardstock
Echo Park – I love family 6 x 6 pattern paper
May Arts Metallic Copper Ribbon
Silk Leaves
Hot Glue