Friday, August 31, 2018

Tonic Craft Kit #12 (August)

Hello! Hello! Hello!

I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am to be able to craft again. My room is finally done and I can get back to creating. I'm so excited! I'll be sharing a craft room tour with you very soon.

Today I'm sharing the Tonic Craft Kit. I first learned about the kit from Vicky Papaioannou on You Tube and I fell in love as soon as I saw it. I had so much fun making the 3 cards below and I still have lots of supplies left over to make even more.
I'm fairly new to Tonic products, and what I've seen so far and have tried out with this kit has me in love.

While I was waiting for my countertops to arrive, I did a quick video with a look at the kit as well as 3 cards I made using the kit. You can find links to the subscriptions below the video as well as links to items in the kit that are not exclusive products.

Watch Below | Watch on You Tube


Here are some photos of my finished cards. I still have plenty of supplies left to make more cards. 

For this card I really wanted to test out the Vintage Drops. I'm loving these. There is still a slight shine, but it's not like the crystal drops at all. Slightly more matted. 

Of course I needed to make a shaker card. It's also my fist time using a blister package for making the shaker section of the card. It was so easy to use. I'm also loving the Copper Blush Embossing Powder. I've already ordered myself a full size :)

The two sections that I die cut for the shaker made an easy embellishment for my next card. I pulled some Kraft cardstock out of my collection and used some strips of the gold glitter paper on the side. Adding the twine gave it more of a fall feel. 

Well that's all I have for today. 
Just a reminder, if you are participating in the weekly Linkup Party! it ends tonight at 11:59 EST. 
Have a great weekend and see you back here soon. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Linkup Party #3: Anything Goes Challenge

I'm so excited!!! Today's the counters are coming. I can finally get back to crafting and participating in the Linkup Parties. 

Now for today's challenge! It's an Anything Goes challenge. Make anything you'd like; a card, a tag, a scrapbook layout, an altered item. Anything...Have fun and create!

 If you are new to LinkUp Party, you can find all the details HERE.

Let's see what you create this week.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying these as much as I am.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

LinkUp Party #2 RoundUp

Hi Everyone,
Before we announce the selection for this week's Link Party, I just want to say how much I'm enjoying seeing your projects. I noticed you are visiting the blogs and leaving comments on each other's posts. You are doing just what I hoped these parties would do; give us a reason to make something fun, motivate each other, and (my favorite) create a way for us all to connect. I truly love that we're all getting to know each other. In the next week or two I'm going to setup a Facebook group just for our Linkup Parties group. Stay tuned.

I loved all the projects posted for Make Motivate Connect. I knew this week was going to be a real challenge, and you all did great.

I'm finding it really hard to pick one as my favorite for the week. UGH! I don't like this part of the party! So here it goes:
Charlene from SouthJerseyGirl Blog. She's been a long-time follower of my blog and I love how she incorporated the colors. Thanks Char for sharing you fabulous card.

Visit Charlene's blog at SouthJerseyGirl

I've added Charlene's card to our Pinterest Board.

Thanks again for participating and I can't wait to see what you do for tomorrow's challenge.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Make~Motivate~Connect Linkup Party #2

Welcome to week #2 in the Make~Motivate~Connect Linkup Party.
I was browsing through some old project photos and came across a card I made for my sister's birthday a few years ago and I loved the colors. Inspired by this card, I decided to make today's Linkup a color challenge. Make a card using orange, yellow, pink, and, if you'd like, you can add a 4th color.
You can see my original blog post for this card HERE.

If you're new to the Make~Motivate~Connect Linkup Party...we're posting a new challenge every Monday that you can participate in, by completing the challenge, posting your finished project on your blog, and linking your blog below. You can find all the details HERE.

I can't wait to see your photos. Get Ready! Get Set! Create...
Link your photo for this week's challenge below.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

LinkUp Party #1 Round-Up

Hi Everyone,
Thank you to all who participated in our first Make~Motivate~Connect Linkup Party! I really enjoyed your photos and seeing your craft spaces.

It's so hard to pick favorites, especially as I love all of your spaces. SOOOO
I'm linking all of you to today's post as my favorites.

Here's everyone's blog/Instagram info.

Heidi's Craftroom: So organized and I love all the white and light teals colors.

Yvette's space. That wall color is so yummy and her stamps are lookin' amazing!

I love Trena's desk. I would sit there all day and look out those windows.

Andrea's Space is so cozy. I love her stamp storage.

If you haven't visited their blogs yet, please do and share some love on their craft rooms. Here is the link to this past week's linkup. 

and visit the Pinterest Board for the Make~Motivate~Connect LinkUp!

Thanks all for participating and I can't wait to see what you post for tomorrow's challenge.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Make~Motivate~Connect Link Party #1

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to our first ever Linkup Party! I can't wait to connect with you and see what you share.

If you missed my post yesterday with how the Linkup Party works, you can click HERE or visit the link at the top of the blog.

As you know I'm working on my craft room, and I can't create anything. Since this has been my main focus the past few weeks and you've seen my room a million times. I thought it would be fun to see your craft space this time. Who doesn't love craft room photos/tours?

So your challenge this week is to take a photo of your space, post it on your blog and share it below.

I can't wait to see what you share.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Make~Motivate~Connect! Coming Tomorrow

Hi Everyone, 
I'm really excited to announce a new series on my blog called Make~Motivate~Connect! A place for us to Make stuff, Motivate each other, and Connect!

What will we be doing? We'll be posting a new topic every Monday for you to complete. You'll have until Friday evening to post and link your completed challenge here on this blog. Every Sunday I'll be posting my favorites for the week. This will include a link to your blog, and your project posted in a Pinterest Board specifically for the Make~Motivate~Connect series.

What is Make~Motivate~Connect?
  • It's a linkup party.
  • Something fun and inspiring.
  • A way for me to connect with you.
  • A way for you to share your blog.
  • A way for you to share your creations.

What are the Guidelines?
  • Post on your blog/Instagram your completed project/photo for the week.
  • Post your completed project/photo using the link for that week's Make~Motivate~ Connect post. 
  • Linking back to the party on your blog/Instagram account is always appreciated, but not required.
  • Use #MakeMotivateConnect on your social media posts. 
  • Follow me on social media.
  • If you'd like, you can add this button to your blog, but again it's not necessary to add, just much appreciated. 

Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

Here are instructions for connecting your photo:
Post on you blog or Instagram account your photo for the week.
On the post here on my blog for that week's challenge, link your photo using the linkup party link!
It looks like this....

Connect your photo by clicking on the Add Link button.
From your blog add the URL for the blog post that contains the photo. It will automatically fill in the caption using your blog post title. Then, add your email:

If you have more than one photo on your blog post, it will ask you to select the photo you wish to use as your thumbnail. 

Once you've selected your photos, accept terms/conditions and click save.

That's it. You're photo/blog is now connected. 

See you back here tomorrow for our first Make~Motivate~Connect post. 
Hope you will join me. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Ink Storage and Organization {Video}

Hi Everyone,
Today I'm sharing a video on how I store my ink pads and ink supplies. If you are interested, I've listed many of the items I used for storage below the video on this blog post.

I've been using the Stamp N' Storage units for my Stampin' Up! inks, because they fit in the Ikea system. They work great, but the ones I have don't work for smaller ink pads. I have found a way to work around that though. I show that in the video below.  Stamp N' Storage does offer other ink pad storage systems as well.

Organize More has some great ink storage units. I've had my original one for many years now and it's held up great. I can use it for Distress inks, Paper Trey Ink, Hero Arts and much more. I'm pretty sure at one time I had my Stampin' Up! inks in this until as well.  Organize More also has different units that fit in the Ikea System. You can see those HERE.

In the video you will hear me refer to myself as a lazy organizer. I really don't like taking the time when I get new products to make color swatches or repackage. If it's too much work to keep up-to-date I won't keep up with it. Am I the only one? I love to dig right in and play. I'm hoping this color chart will make me a little more willing to keep up with ink swatches. If you'd like to use my ink swatch, you can get it HERE. I hope you find it helpful.
Here is a photo of what mine looks like.

And now for the video:
Watch Below | Watch On You Tube


I hope you enjoyed the latest on my craft room organizing.
Stay Tuned. Next week I have something fun planned here on my blog.


Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cardstock Organization and Storage {Video}

Hi Everyone,
Today's we're talking cardstock organization and storage. This past week I've been knee deep in cardstock. It really is fun to organize and be reminded of what you have and what you really can't wait to play with.

My storage will be on the built-in bookcase that I've shown in previous room tours. The bottom shelf is the perfect height to keep cardstock nice and neat.

Many years ago I posted a video (HERE) of my desk at the time and talked about how I stored my cardstock in page protectors. That system worked great, but the protectors didn't hold up very well. Updating to the Job Ticket sleeves made a big difference.

I mention in the video that I really like the Staples brand of protectors; however, I did link to a less expensive version below.

Watch my updated cardstock storage video.

Watch Below | Watch on You Tube

Here are the items I'm using for storage:

Hope you enjoyed today's video and update. See you back here soon.