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Christmas December Daily (pp1-2)

Hi friends!  The Christmas season has begun, and this year I'm making a December Daily to go along with celebrations and memory making! I used my Tonic Craft Kit #15 for this quick and easy project. This allowed me to cut out all of the pages I intend to use, as well as all of the journaling cards in one day! Easy Peasy! I began with the Authentique Colorful Christmas Collection, and some adorable dies from my stash. My cover has a cut-out from the collection, and I layered it onto a snowflake frame, as well as a photo mat die, and then embellished it with a gingerbread man, Vintage Christmas lights, and sequined tulle.

The Red Cardinal has a huge significance for me, so I incorporated him onto my cover. I wanted him to look extra special, so I spruced him up using red and black ink, as well as glossy accents.  For my first page, I began with a little Gingerbread couple sticker from the collection. This is neatly tucked into a small envelope I created using the WeRMemory keepers m…
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Tonic Studios Winter Buddies

Hi friends,
Today I'm sharing some fun and easy embellishments made with the Tonic Studios Winter Buddies. These have been around for some time, but this was my first time playing with them, and I had lots of fun creating different versions of these little personalities!
Here you can see I made a Snow girl, and I used Nuvo Glitter Pen on the pompom decorating her hat. To mkake the hat, I simply inverted the same piece I used to cut the scarf! Genius right? I also adhered heart-shaped sequins to her scarf, to make her extra sparkly!
Here comes the rest of the gang!
The boys get to play along, and just check out the laces on the penguins shoes!!!

For this little girly penguin, I even added a bit of yarn around her scarf, and it added a completely different look! Her earmuffs and her skates are holographic also!
As you can see, these are tons of fun, and you can truly personalize them to fit your liking.
I hope that this serves as inspiration for how you can use the same dies to come…

Cards using Tonic Studios Craft Kit #15

Hi friends,
I hope today find you well! I am sharing a few cards made with my Tonic Studios Craft Kit #15. Let's just say I wanted to get my feet wet with this kit, and I decided to incorporate some of the lovely dies into some much needed cards.

Here is a peek at most of the items I used on this card! WOW! It looks like a lot, but this is because I LOVE to use what I have. The image of the little nurse has been in my stash for YEARS! 
There are several layers on the front and inside of this card. For the background, I selected a soft green and blue card that I distressed and inked on the edges. On top of that, I used Kraft card that I cut using the book cover die, and also inked to make sure it had the same look throughout. I used some lovely stamps that I colored using Nuvo Alcohol markers, and even added some earrings with Nuvo Jewel Drops. This added a delicate shine to my stamped image.  The sentiment is a partial Biblical verse from American Crafts, which I also love to inc…

Christmas Centerpieces

Hi friends,  This post is regarding some handmade flowers, and what I used them for. I have been playing around with my Cricut and Cameo machines, and stretching myself to see what I can accomplish. Today, I am sharing one of my latest projects with Home Decor. I used my Cricut to design these poinsettias, (not a Cricut file) and decided to use creams and golds. Each flower is hand colored, embellished with ink, enamels, and chunky glitter. I loved making them, and they added the perfect touch to this vase. 
To make the entire ensemble coordinate, I also etched several leaf designs unto the glass. This took an ordinary piece, and made it look luxurious!
Here is a better view of the etching on the glass. It takes patience, but the results are stunning!!
For my other designs, I used my Cameo. I must say, these flowers were a bit more work....a LOT more work. (not a Cameo file). I am so very happy with the results however, as I had to really challenge myself, and the results were exactl…

Fall Thank you Card and Sunflower Basket

Hi friends,
Today I'm sharing a beautiful Fall-themed thank you card made with several dies from my stash.
This little card will accompany a small sunflower basket, and will make a perfect little gift presentation.
To make this card, I used the z-fold style to incorporate all of the beautiful elements...

Here you can see that not only the card topper is embellished, but also the smaller "hinge" panel, and the hidden background panel. I used a card die from C.C. Designs to put it together easily, and also used an embossing folder from Richard Garay for the beautiful sweater-like texture.

To help the textured stand out, and give this card a fall-work look, I used Ranger Oxide inks on all embossed surfaces and edges...
You can see the layering, and the sentiment is also layered multiple times for added dimension!
Here is the pretty little basket that will go along with this card...
I love the versatility of this type of gift set! Any fall occasion would look spectacular w…

Masculine Cards in Fall Colors

Hi friends, One of the greatest challenges people ask me about is: "How to make masculine themed cards?" Well, I have to confess that I absolutely love creating masculine cards, so I have gathered some quick tips fror you that might help! I like to follow basic rules of design, but above all, I love to add texture!!  These are created using Graphic45 papers, with rich yet subtle colors... My recommendation is that you look at the papers as if you were selecting an outfit for the "Man in your life"...all kidding aside, this works! Above, you see I selected a "pin-stripe shirt" base paper, followed by a music sheet embossed "tie". A black "slacks" paper is embossed in wood grain, and the olive green burlap ribbon could very well be a belt. Now do you see it?

Then it's time to accessorize!  I topped this card with two elements that had to convey my message. This card is for a pastor and worship leader, so the microphone and Bible wer…

Swan Mini Album using Tonic Studios Keepsake Dies and Maggie Holmes' "Gather"

Hi friends, Today I am sharing a mini album I made using One of my new favorite Die sets, as well as one of my new favorite paper lines! I am not one to follow trends of any nature, but Tonic Studios has made me fall over myself in this category more than once! Recently, I added the Keepsake Memory Dieset to my collection, as one of my favorite ways to share my love of paper arts is to make Mini Albums. I love the flexibility that this die set allows me to create a book as serious, or as whimsical as I like!! The cover give the introduction. I love the story of the ugly duckling emerging as a beautiful Swan, so I created this beautiful embellishment to top the lovely paper using my Cameo. It has pretty pearls in soft colors, a bit of enamel and glitter to make it shine, and it's adorned with a crepe rosette, an acrylic flower, and a white feather. I'm already swooning!! To close the book, I added a precious soft pink ribbon that I finished off with silver gems.
Once you open …