Maple Leaf Shaker Closure

Good Morning,

Today I am sharing a quick video of a Maple Leaf Shaker closure I made for a gate-closing mini album.  This is one time where taking longer to finish a project worked out in my favor. I like how the shaker adds a little-unexpected fun but still conveys the fall theme of this album.

The Maple Leaf Shaker was part of my most recent Tonic Studio’s craft kit.  You can read my “fangirl” post here My New Favorite Craft Kit – Tonic Studios 

All the product in the video came from the most recent craft kit except for the Mirror card and the Green sequins, those were in the previous month kit. The mirror card goes through the die cutter beautiful capturing every detail a die has to offer without damaging the finish. I did put it through the Sizzix a couple of times just because it is so thick, but it cuts clean. The mirror card is a new way for me to add a little shine to a project without having to break out the glitter.

Below is the quick video!

On a side note, I am still getting over my shyness with being on video and the mechanics of it all.  At least I finally figured out how to not have the tripod in the shot!

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

My New Favorite Craft Kit – Tonic Studios

One of the reasons I started my blog was to be able to “geek” out about products I enjoy using or new things happening in the creative world! But I got a little nervous when the majority of the blogs were project based. I love seeing projects, but sometimes I just want to chat, share and hear about your experiences with products.  I don’t have a close friend who is into crafting, so I had hoped to build a friendly community that would understand my need to talk and share about these things! But I got nervous about it, held back and it hampered my posting.

However, as I turn another year older and finish another craft room move in the house along with a reorganization; I realize I was putting a limitation on myself which affected my blogging and crafting joy! Maybe my posts are read by only a few but, at least I will be able to get out all my excitement over the things in paper crafting that brought me joy.

In 2016, Tonic crossed my radar at an expo class that allowed us to try out Tonic’s new mousse and crystal drops. Instant love!  I started collecting Nuvo Drops like an obsessed fan.


As I worked on a  mini album that was fall themed, I came across Nuvo’s Autumn colored glitter with enticing names such as one yummy one “spiced apricot.” Besides the color depth, I was taken with the packaging. Who doesn’t like a big jewel cap on a glittery bottle? Right?


Then, this past spring, a video of Tonic’s craft kits popped up in my suggested videos. The reveal videos were addicting each one chock full of goodies to complete a project. I am not big on craft kits, but this was too good to pass up for roughly $40.  I had missed some good ones, so Number 9 was not escaping my clutches.  I signed up and waited the full month with the patience of a kid waiting for Christmas to arrive!

When the kit came, I felt as though I had stumbled onto a craft secret. It was generous with all sorts of items designed specifically for the kit. Intricate die sets with matching stamps. Beautifully designed papers with embossing, mirror finish and matching heavyweight cardstock. It also had surprise gifts plus sample sizes of new colors not yet released in crystal drops, mousse, glitter paste, glitter, and sequins.   I have to say I sat with my coffee just looking at everything and enjoying all the colors and packaging. I know I am probably a little wacky!


I have never had a Tonic Studio die set, I found myself taken with the layers included along with the detail cuts.

New holiday-themed dies excellent for borders on mini albums as well as cards.

The first kit had approx. 12 dies to create a little-handled gift bag. A stamp sets to go with the die set project. Then all the embellishments added to finish the project is unmatched in my opinion. Everything goes together so well and with options! Options people, very important!

In addition to all this, their customer service is staffed with thoughtful, positive people who genuinely listen to help solve the problem in your favor. I happened to order as they were experiencing crazy growth launching the USA website. But between website questions and their Facebook page, I felt heard and helped!

If you are interested, They are based in the UK but ship all over, make sure to click on the USA if you are in the states. They have a facility in California that handles the USA shipping!

Thanks for letting me share about my new favorite kit and company. I would love to hear from anyone who is getting Tonic Kits or has a favorite Tonic product to share about. It is always nice to know I am not the only one!

I am still finishing my 3rd craft room move but hoping I can dig in and complete the projects of each kit and then have something to post in the next week.

Until next time…

Chipboard Frame with Mini Book


It has been a while, so much going on with the family these days, but finally, summer is here! A lit bit slower pace and fewer commitments, hopefully, I can get more crafting done!

I am sharing a frame with a little mini book I made for my local scrapbook store. I was tasked to come up with a project using Photoplay’s “We Bought a Zoo”.  My little guy was the inspiration for this one as he likes to have pictures in his room when we do special days like the zoo and aquarium. I am still enamored with interactive projects, so I couldn’t just make a frame with one flip and a picture. What fun is that?

Paper Inspiration came from the plaid paper with the oranges, blues, and greens. I cut two pieces of chipboard one at 6×8 and one at 5.5x 7.5 (plaid paper). Orignal I was going to do the cut apart as a flip and be done…..but, it never works out that way for me. I guess I just don’t know when to stop!

Here is a photo of the front:


This front of the mini book is a 4×6 cut apart found in the collection. The corners sport some little beads from a jar of embellishments I bought years ago. I love when I can use up some old stash!

Opening up the book, I used two tabs from the sticker sheet to create a place to pull the page open. It is magnetically closed.fullsizeoutput_311

A photo a little smaller than 4×6 if you want a mat can go on the left. On the right is a belly band that opens to reveal a tag and another spot for a photo.

fullsizeoutput_313The printed paper hides a pocket for another tag that can hold two (front and back) 4×4 size photos. In the original design process, this would be it, but something happens when I start putting things together, and I can’t stop adding more… fullsizeoutput_308So when you close up the book and open it to the right, you will see these two pages. The frame on the right will hold a 2 x 3 picture. Again the white paper hides a pocket at the top for another square tag. The page on the left contains two ATC size tags and hidden cut-a-part from the collection which has a spot for a picture.  That was as far as I could go without it getting too bulky and falling over.

The back has a chipboard stand that I engineered with a collapsible piece inside for stability. fullsizeoutput_309 As much as I love paper crafting, there is a joy in figuring out the construction process and engineering a fix for these projects.

Below are some detail shots of the tags. I just recently bought the new Graphic 45 steel dies. I have the long one with the ATC tag and the square one. I was itching to use them so it may have influenced me a bit.

The gray ones are the ATC size, and the brown polka dots are the square die. I still have not used them on the actual graphic 45 tags but love the sizing for just a paper tag.

This project lends to any paper you like, I was assigned the Photoplay Collection by the store. If you are interested in doing this project you will need the following:

  • Chipboard
  • A pattern Paper collection you like and hopefully one with 4×6 “cut- a-parts”. Again this was made with Photoplay’s “We Bought a Zoo.”
  • For the base color cardstock, I used a full 12×12 and a partial second.
  • Matching die cuts or sticker sheets to make life easier
  • tags either by die cut or by hand
  • ribbon: I used seam binding for the large tags and a zebra or print for the smaller ones.
  • Twine for the smaller pieces on the tag.
  • two pieces of cardstock or pattern paper for the back and hinge stand.

I have been considering doing videos so if you would be interested in seeing a tutorial on this leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by,

Until next time……






A box​ full of Doggie Cuteness – Digital Stamps

Good Morning,

Being apart of this Design Team for If you give a Crafter a Cookie is stretching my crafting into the coloring area. This is a huge for me as growing up I was always told I didn’t color right. I either didn’t color in the right direction or within the lines or the right color, this created a bit of confidence issue throughout my life.

However a few years ago Copic Markers enter my life, and things began to change. These amazing marker’s ink would flow out smooth, filling an image with color almost flawlessly when dried. However even with this, when I started with this Design Team, I still wanted to shy away from anything colored. While I have improved, I am still on the low of “novice.”  I promised to push myself and the adorable digital stamp being offered by Imagine that Digistampsto us was just too cute to pass up.


In fact, they have a lot of large variety of super cute Digital Stamps. It is worth the perusal.

To make this card, I used the “print and cut” feature of my silhouette cameo to isolate the circle image with the text.

The box with the dog image I also isolated the image from the surrounding white space and border. Once I was able to do that I printed it. Then I created a mirrored outline of the image. Due to the size of the image, I couldn’t weld it together and cut it as one piece. I did create a hinge piece, welded it to the outline side of the card and created a “scor” line by using a dashed line. Once cut it was easy to fold and attach the two pieces at the box edge.

To color the image I used Copic Markers:

  • 110 Black
  • E21 Baby Skin Pink
  • E13 Light Suntan
  • E29 Burnt Umber
  • B29 Ultramarine
  • C6 Cool Grey
  • R29 Lipstick Red.

I also had some “Ice Stickles” it has larger glitter flakes in it, to add some sparkle.

As you can see I still have a ways to go with my coloring. But, I hope by sharing my novice skills, it inspires anyone else who feels they can’t do it, to try it.

If you have any questions on how I did this with the Cameo or just want to comment (but please be gentle about the coloring) please see the box below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…


Make Music for Challenge Blog (

Good Morning,

I  have been working with a challenge blog If You Give a crafter a Cookie…. as part of their Design Team since January.  Using beautiful photos of decorated cookies (Pintrest) as the theme/ inspiration for a two week challenge. This week it is music. all I wanted to do was eat the beautiful delicious looking cookies. I started three different projects for this and finally went with a basic card with a cut on my new Cameo 3.  However I would encourage everyone to hop over to the page as there was some cute cards created by the rest of the Design Team, plus knowing the talents of all of you, you should enter. There is a digi prize being offered by the sponser Sasayaki Glitter.

Here is my very basic card using some Bo bunny Double Dot cardstock, a little touch of Nuvo crystal drops, a Martha Stewart corner punch and my new Cameo.


Hope to see you on the challenge blog!

Untile next time………

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