See Purple Cows on Scrapbook Soup

Julie and Paula at Scrapbook Soup Tomorrow–Friday, February 28, 2014, the Scrapbook Soup episode with the Laminated Ancestor Cards featured will be airing on the Scrapbook Soup website.

This project is perfect for a rainy/snowy day–and great for young and old alike!

laminated Ancestor Cards

Small cards with information strips on the back and corresponding photos on the front

Memory making laminator project
I stuck mine on a ring and keep it on my coffee table

Check out the Step by Step Instructions here and don’t forget to check out the video!

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Laminator Glitter Hearts

A little laminator Love!

laminated-hearts-hangingSo I wanted to add a little valentine love and use up some glitter and this is what emerged!  I started with Purple Cows Hot Pockets and Laminator, Spray temporary adhesive, glitter, Purple Cows Laminator, Tim Holtz Shears, a tagging gun, ribbon and some Sharpies.

laminated-Hearts-SuppliesFirst you need to laminate some hot pockets with glitter sprinkled inside.  I opened up the pockets, sprayed them with a shot of temporary adhesive spray and sprinkled the glitter.  (On a few I used the Clearsnap smooch spritz, but I learned that you have to give this plenty of time to dry before closing the pocket or the liquid will seep out onto your laminator rollers–kinda messy!) Close the pockets and send through the heated laminator on top of a plain sheet of paper.  If you try to laminate this without the extra paper, you risk having the glitter sheet get wrapped around the laminator rollers!

Laminated pocket with glitterNow using the sharpie, trace a heart shape.  Place the glitter sheet with the traced hearts into a new laminator pocket and using the carrier paper again, send the sheets through the laminator again.

Traced Hearts on glitter laminated sheetNow you can cut these out and punch a small hole in one of the upper curves or centered on the heart.  Now for the epiphany!!!  I wanted to attach these hearts to a ribbon for a garland, but I didn’t want to tie them on individually:  Enter the tag gun.  I recently purchased one of these for attaching some sequins to a tablecloth (best $15 I ever spent).  It worked like a charm and the long tags went well with the clear hearts to make them look almost like they were floating in air.tag gun for garland making

laminated-hearts-attachmentFinished Garland

laminated-heart-garland-flatHappy Laminator Love Day!!


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Save 50% on nearly every product in our web store AND get free shipping!

It’s a great chance to pick up some of the Tonic Studios Simplicity Punches.  Great for card making and for gift giving.  Sale ends 12/6/2013.


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Merry and Bright Holiday Cards

More great projects from The Robins Nest design team.  Today’s cards come from Dawn Barrett and feature the Tonic Studios Simplicity Doily Strip Punch.

Doily Strip Ornament CardDoily Strip Holiday Card I love the way the strip punches are used on these cards–and punched out of glitter paper=brilliant!!!  Click here for the original post!

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Stunning Winter Layout

The designers over at  The Robin’s Nest  have been playing around with the coordinating Tonic Simplicity Punches and Dies.  Today’s gorgeous layout comes from Marilla Lopes.

Tonic Border Punch and Die LayoutIn addition to the beautiful papers from The Robin’s Nest, she used the Tonic Studios Simplicity Daisy Strip Punch and Daisy 2 Square and Circle Dies.  She also used some plaster which give it such fantastic texture!  Click here for the original post.

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A Quick and Easy Ornament

Quick and Easy Wood OrnamentThis is a really simple, but fun and easy ornament to make using a wood heart and Purple Cows Encaustic Tools and Paints. (Available at JoAnn’s Stores)
I started with the plain ornament and chose two coordinating printed papers.

Ornament step 1

Next I traced shape of the heart onto each of the paper.  (If the shape is not symetrical like this heart, be sure to flip it over to get the right shape for the other side)

Tracing the shape on printed paperUsing clear encaustic medium and the Melt Craft Iron with the mini iron tip, I placed the printed paper heart on top of the wood and dripped some wax in the center.Dripping wax on ornament before spreadingNext I spread the medium covering and permeating the paper, which sealed the paper to the wood.  Repeat for the other side of the heart.  Next I used the stylus/pen tip and added wax embellishment to the floral side by choosing similiar color paints and tracing the paper design. (I told you it was easy) Iphone4-029To finish up I added some gold encaustic paint to the edges with the brush tip.  On the chevron side I did a zig zag outline and some dots with the stylus tip to create a border.Iphone4-031The hole was punched using my Cropadile.  Add a piece of ribbon and – Voila!–

quick and easy ornament!!

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Encaustic Painted Cards en Masse

For our fabulous encaustic displays for JoAnn’s we created a whole bunch of cards made using the tools and supplies featured.  We started with David Tutera Cards and Core’dinations shaped tags.

Blue-Encaustic-CardsEncaustic Paint colors used:  Dark Blue, Blizzard Sky and Gold.



(Is it possible to enjoy the project without getting it all over your fingers?)


Added some gilded burlap, an encaustic enhanced paper rose, CraftGeek wire shapes and ribbon.

Encaustic Flower CardVoila!  Check your JoAnn’s store to see if one of these projects is displayed on the Create with Wax Endcap.



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Encaustics at JoAnn’s

Encaustic-Endcap-at-JoAnn'sHave you seen this display in your local JoAnn’s Store?  There are about 200 stores nationwide that have it.  It’s the perfect spot to grab everything you need to get started with Encaustics in your mixed media work.

Encaustic Quick Start Guide

Encaustic artwork is a fun medium and great for creating gifts — perfect for the upcoming season– so check it out now and get warm for the holidays!Have you started to experiment with wax?  We want to see your projects and feature your art on our site.  Leave us a comment or send me an email


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The Queen Bee of Cards

Die Cut with a Simple Bee StampRuth Hamilton, designer for Tonic Studios UK created this fantastic card to highlight a simple bee stamp.  I love the way she used the Celtic Circle Die to create a frame as the focal point for the stamped bee.  She also used the Daisy 2 Border punch for the black floral embellishment on the card.  What a fun color pop– I love it all!

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More Medallions and a Tail Spin

Daisy 2 Border Punch MedallionsI’m still experimenting with the Tonic Border Punches and creating medallions.  I am particularly thinking about ways to use these for the upcoming holidays–for decorating and for gift giving.  IMG_2362This one was created with a strip of paper that was punched down both long edges, then laminated (because I LOVE to laminate!) and cut out using the Sizzle Craft Iron (because it was super fast to trace the edge of the punch design with the hot tool and melt away the excess laminate).  I glued the short edges together and used a metal jewelry loop to thread through the holes of the design to pull the medallion together.  Interesting finished piece.

IMG_2363This one was just the punched strip, folded and held with a glued button in the center.  Super easy.

I also did a bigger version and just as I was trying to get an image of it, the tail spin began.  Lula wants to helpLula (short for Cholula), my daughter’s one year old short hair cat decided she needed to help.  From there, it was all downhill!!

The crafting tail of LuLaDon’t mess with this kitty and her tail. . .




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Easy Medallions with Border Punches

So I’ve been playing around with the idea of making some medallions and decided my Tonic border punches would be perfect!!  They are great because the design increments are the perfect width for the accordion folding.
Diamond Scallop Border Punch MedallionsTo create these big medallions I used two 2.5″ x 12″ strips of double sided card stock.  After punching the design along one edge, I ran it through my corrugator so it would be easier to accordion fold. I then inked and sprayed it with metallic spritz and while it was still damp I folded it and used a binder clip to hold it in place while it dried.  This made the folds really crisp.

Diamond border Punch tools To finish the medallion I glued 2 short edges together at each end (creatingn one large loop) overlapping the pattern, then glued those “seams” over a piece of floral wire so I can use them in an arrangement later.

Border MedallionsNow–Any ideas what I should put in the center??

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Cards with Borders and More

Daffodil cardI found this great site today with TONS of fun ideas for using the Tonic Studios Simplicity Border and Strip Punches to make cards.  Scroll down the page and you will find a variety of cards with links to their individual tutorials. There is even a great step by step explanation of lining up your border and strip punches at the beginning.  Enjoy!

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