Archive for September, 2011

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Thanks for stopping by to help us celebrate!

We are honored to be partnering with Operation Write Home to bring you some wonderful holiday card ideas.  Operation Write Home does amazing work helping our troops stay in touch with their loved ones.  If you’re not familiar with Operation Write Home – please stop by their website as soon as you have a chance and see all the great things they’re doing!

A huge thank you to all of our troops and their families!  

To my little brother Matthew – so happy you’re home safe!  Love, Missy


Here are just a few of our favorite holiday cards featuring Tonic punches.

We can’t wait to see what all of you come up with!  Feel free to post a comment with a link to your Tonic projects – we’d love to check them out!  One lucky winner will get a $50.00 prize pack filled with Tonic tools  – just for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Featuring: Tonic Scallop Edger

Featuring: Tonic Multi-Detail Window Punch

Featuring: Tonic Lace Edger & Tonic Multi-Detail Snowflake Flutter

Featuring: Tonic Multi-Detail Christmas Tree Flutter

Featuring: Tonic Mini Rotary Perforator

Featuring: Tonic Multi-Detail Snowman

Featuring: Tonic Ribblets Punch

Leave a comment about your favorite tonic punch, scissors, or tool – one lucky winner will receive a $50 prize package filled with Tonic products!

Thanks again for stopping by!


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First, a little bit about Operation Write Home, and the amazing work they do to help our troops stay in touch with their loved ones.

OWH Mission:

Supporting our nation’s armed forces
by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on,
as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.

This merry band of thousands of cardmakers is made up of Americans – and citizens of other nations too – who care about our military, and want to support them through creativity and encouragement. Crafters of all ages and levels of experience have participated since 2007…and are on the way to a landmark one MILLION cards!

Care packages filled with hundreds of handmade cards are sent to our contacts, restocking every 6-8 weeks, and are sent in time for the long journey back home to loved ones. Each box is packed with great care, alternating styles, colors, and cardmakers from all over the USA, creating “eye candy” for heroes who see only khaki around them. The topper on each box is a plastic bag filled with 20-30 letters from adults and children across the country, letters handed out especially to those in need of a positive word from the homefront.

Boxes are shipped through every week of the year, so join us anytime in sending your beautiful creations to help our heroes keep in touch with home!  Please visit the OWH “Get Involved” page to see how you can help.


Happy Birthday Operation Write Home!

Tonic Studios – Birthday Bash Blog Challenge


Create a Fall card featuring one of your favorite Tonic punches.  Feel free to use Tonic Border Punches, Edgers, Accents, DuoPunches, 2-in-1 Punches, Multi-Detail Lever Punches, whatever you’d like!  One lucky person who posts a link to their card will receive $50.00 worth of Tonic products!

Please post a link to your card in the comments section by October 15th to be entered into the drawing for the $50.00 Tonic prize package!  

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Tonic Edger Rosettes

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Wow, what fun it’s been making rosettes using some of the Tonic Edger punches (there are a few border punches tossed in too)!

Here’s a quick “how to” and tools list for the rosettes below.  I’m sure I’ll be making more very soon… holiday packaging, wreath decor, napkin rings, so many ideas!

Note – each rosette was created from Bazzill Kraft Cardstock.

  1. cut kraft cardstock to the desired width (2″ – 2 1/2″ works best)
  2. score at every 1/4″ all the way across (1/2″ for a wider petal)
  3. trim off one scored piece – you need an odd number of folds
  4. choose your punch and punch the length of your strip
  5. if you’re painting your rosette, you’ll want to do that now
  6. accordion fold on each scored line
  7. make sure you’re using a strong adhesive (I like to use hot glue), and glue the ends of the strip together to form a cylinder
  8. place cylinder scalloped edge down – gather the top edge together while gently pressing down to form your rosette
  9. using strong adhesive (again, I use hot glue), add glue to the center of your rosette and add a circle (1″ works well) to the center – flip it over, add a little more glue and another circle
  10. chalk, mist, decorate, be creative!

Note – if you’re doing  a layered rosette (with a layer of patterned paper on top) – you’ll do steps 1-4 separately and glue together before folding. 

See below for the tools and supplies I used for each of my rosettes.


You’ll need the Tonic Border System for all rosettes.

OneEdger 1 – Fancy #940, Flower Detail Punch #929, Ranger Paint Dabbers

TwoEdger 1 – Fancy #940, Ranger Paint Dabbers, Cosmo Cricket accents

ThreeEdger 5 – Doily #944, Ribbon Slits #877, circles, black chalk, flower

FourEdger 5 – Doily #944, Flower Detail Punch #929, patterned paper, brad

FiveEdger 2 – Scallop #941, Bazzill Flowers, antique brad, brown chalk

SixEdger 3 – Lace #942, Ranger Color Wash, circle punches, pearl brad

SevenEdger 3 – Lace #942, Ranger Black Paint Dabber, Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist – copper, circle punches, Halloween tag, My Mind’s Eye Haunted decorative brad, twine

EightEdger 5 – Doily #944, Butterfly Detail Punch #925, Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist – pearl, scallop circle, circle, rhinestones

Nine Sewing Holes #873, red chalk, blue button, twine

Ten Edger 4 – Fleur #943, Ranger Silver Paint Dabber, circles, pearl brad

Have fun!         ~ Missy

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