New Design Team Members

Hello and welcome back to our blog! Today’s post is a special one because we are announcing the addition of three new wonderfully talented members to our team! Please join me in welcoming:

Janette Kausen

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Hello, Hello! I am Janette Kausen, I am the wife of my high school sweetheart and the mother of 4 amazing daughters (2 in elementary, 2 in college). We raise our family in the citrus rich community of Exeter, California. We grow oranges, almonds, cherries, grapefruit and recently added persimmons to our commodities. You may have even had our locally grown goodness at your grocer or even at your table. I am an old soul with a Type A personality. Crafting allows me to decompress from the stresses of everyday life. I find my Creative Bliss in being a Paper Crafter, Stamper, Copic & Watercolor Lover, Quilter, Aspiring Modern Calligrapher and overall ProCraftinator! I am so honored to be a part of the talented Ton team. If you’ve followed me for long you know what a huge fan I am! You can follow my blog here.

Here are some of Janette’s wonderful Ton creations:

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Lisa Harrolle

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Hi everyone!  My name is Lisa Harrolle.  I’ve been married to a great guy for almost 30 years and we raised three wonderful young women together.  I’m a mid-western girl, born and raised in Illinois.  I’m self employed and work from home so most days will find me sneaking off to my craft room for a little card making fun.    I started paper crafting back in 2004 when scrapbooking won my heart.  I didn’t really start making cards until a few years ago when I discovered the wonderful non profit organization Operation Write Home who supplied handmade cards to service members overseas.  Making over 100 cards in just a couple months really gets you hooked!   While stamping is a passion of mine, it’s dies that are my true addiction.  I love working with my die cutting machine and building layers onto my cards and I’ve never met a coordinating die set I didn’t need.
I’m so honored to be a member of  The Ton’s design team.  These talented ladies inspire me every day with their creations and I hope I can add a little inspiration to the mix too.   You can find my blog here.
Here are some of Lisa’s gorgeous Ton creations:
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Brenda Noelke
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Hello everyone!! My name is Brenda. I live in a small town in MO. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Doug, for almost 20 years (in April)! We have two fur babies, Bailey & Sidney, both golden retrievers!! I must have been a dog in a former life, because I LOVE all dogs. Doug & I own & operate a two-truck, monster truck racing business (he drives, I don’t…wink), which involves a lot of travel on the weekends, putting on shows around the country. I have always had a creative side, especially a love for coloring. I even won a coloring contest when I was in grade school & won several tickets to Six Flags. During high school & college I airbrushed T-shirts at Six Flags. I became involved in papercrafting through scrapbooking, which I did for several years. The last couple of years I have become addicted to card making. I LOVE coloring flowers with all different mediums, including inks, Copic markers, watercolor, Zig watercolor markers, colored pencils, etc. Clean and simple cards that let the stamped image shine are my favorite, that’s why I love The Ton stamps…they are so beautiful!!! I am soooooo excited to be joining this team of talented artists at The Ton!!! My blog can be found here (bear with me, as I am new to this blogging thing), but Instagram is my jam (@mypapercutcreations).
Here are some of Brenda’s stunning Ton creations:
Please join me in welcoming Janette, Lisa and Brenda to our team! We can’t wait to see all the inspiration from these talented ladies!
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WE HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR THE MARCH CHALLENGE AT THE TON’S CHALLENGE BLOG!

THE THEME FOR MARCH IS “LUCKY

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 There is a $50 Gift card that will go to the winning entry!

2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Hi everyone!   It’s TaeEun here with a very special post. We are so excited to join the super fun 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  The Ton is proud to be a super sponsor and flash sponsor for this hop. You can link up your newly created coffee, tea, and/or cocoa projects with Spring theme for a chance to win many prizes, including three (3) $10 gift certificates to The Ton!

This hop runs from Friday, March 24 – Friday, March 31. Winners will be announced on Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog on Sunday, April 2nd. See all the details HERE.

I made a card using our Tea Party stamp set as main element and added a bouquet of roses using small rose image included in the Scripty Alpha Lower stamp set to give the card a fresh and warm feeling of the Spring 🙂 .

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As I wanted water color the images, I used Bristol smooth paper. I stamped the tea cup set on the right with polka dot first in embossing ink and heat embossed them using Rose Gold embossing powder. After masking the first set, I stemped the mirror image of the cup on the left using the Mirror stamp. I used for this a black pigment ink so that I could heat emboss the cup in Rose Gold as well. I heat embossed the rose pattern on the second cup in rose gold. I masked the cup, then stamped and heat embossed the saucer.

To create the rose bouquet in the vase I used several stamp sets. The vase is from Lone Poppy, stamped in Crystal Pewter. The roses are from the Scripty Alpha Lower stamp set. I stamped three roses, two in Coralline Hybrid and one in Vanilla Frosted Cupcake (I stamped it without cleaning the stamp after using it with Coralline, so that it looks yellow-orange.). To stamp the stems and leaves I masked the roses. I borrowed the stem from Fresh Cut Garden Roses, stamped using Soft Garden and Bright Fern. The leaves are from the Wild Peonies stamp set.

After done with stamping, I colored the image using Zig brush markers and blended Coralline Hybrid and Vanilla Frosted Cupcake on the bottom part of the card. The sentiment is from the Caffeine Crush set. I stamped it in Noir on some white cardstock and again in embossing ink to clear heat emboss it. I cut it in a fishtail banner and matted it with a orange strip I made by blending Coralline Hybrid.

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To assemble the card I cut the front panel using the biggest Double Stitched Rectangle die. To trim the left edge I positioned the die slightly to the right and cut the panel again. I added a strip of rose gold glitter tape on the left edge of the card base and glued the panel flat on it. The sentiment was foam mounted. I finished off the card by adding a few sequins from Flamenco Sunset, I Dream in Peach, Cinderella’s Ride Couture Mix and Glass Slippers sequins mix.

I hope you enjoyed my card today. Don’t forget to hop over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog with a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa ready in your hand 🙂 , as there are so many other participants playing along in this hop.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Hopping!

Hugs,

TaeEun

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer: Amy Kolling

Hi everyone!  Amy Kolling here for my second guest post this month.  Spring is definitely here where I live so bringing out all the flowers I have from The Ton, Fresh Cut Tulips was at the top of my list!
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This is a wonderful layering stamp set that just gets more beautiful as you stamp the layers!  I started with a trimmed down white panel where I began stamping my tulips in yellow, pink, and berry colors of ink from my stash.  The back of the stamp set packaging gives you a helpful guide to follow when stamping the various layers.  I masked off the middle flower to stamp the ones on either side.  The stems were stamped in shades of green and really made the tulips come to life!
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For a sentiment, I decided to go bold and black because I really wanted it to stand out from the tulips.  My sentiment, from Thanks a Bunch, was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I layered my tulip panel onto some Stone cardstock instead of white that I would normally do.  Just give the layer a different look!  For embellishments, I added a variety of clear sequins with Multi Matte Medium.
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Thanks so much for joining me here today!

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Hello friends^^Eunji here.Today  I am making a floral card using our new Floral Border Coordinating Die.This single die will cut out the inner negative space of our Floral Border image. It is so useful.Then let’s start!!

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I started heat embossing with clear embossing powder with Floral Border Cling Background stamp on 4*6 inch watercolor card stock.And colored using Dr.Ph.Martin & Holbein drawing ink.After it dried cutting out the inner negative space with Floral Border Coordinating Die.Next step is stamping a the girl image stamp from City Girls: Retail Therapy stamp set on watercolor paper and coloring is watercolor paint then fussy cut leaving thin white border.I stamped sentiment stamp on watercolor paper with Noir ink.(which Bokeh Burst – Heart)And I put up paper piece on the card panel.First floral border inner negative space paper piece adhered to the black card stock on white card panel with tape.Next added flora border with foam tape.And I attach a sentiment and girl paper piece to the floral border with foam tape.I drew the shinny image on black card stock with white pen.Lastly added some sequins.I using our Soft Mint Gelato Couture Mix.

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Thank you for stopping by and see you soon~

 

HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR THE MARCH CHALLENGE AT THE TON’S CHALLENGE BLOG!

THE THEME FOR MARCH IS “LUCKY

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 There is a $50 Gift card that will go to the winning entry!

 

Here is how to play:

To participate in our challenge, create a paper crafting project based on the theme “Lucky”.

  1. You must use a Ton product as the main focal point of your card or tag.
  2. Display the cue word/inspiration photo on your blog post and include a link to this challenge in the body of your post.
  3. There is no limit to the number of projects you wish to enter into the challenge.
  4. The winning project will be chosen based upon detail, composition and aesthetics.
  5. Enter your card by March 31, 2017 by 12:55pm EST.

PLEASE VISIT THE TON’S CHALLENGE BLOG FOR MORE INFO.

 

 

 

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You Make Me Happy

Hi peeps. Vera here. What attracted me to The Ton on the first place is their flower sets. I think The Ton have some of the most beautiful flower sets that’s available out there. And, one of my favorite is this Sending Peonies set.

And, let me just say that when Effie told us that she’s coming out with coordinating dies for the set, I squealed with delight. I’ve been wanting to use this set to create a card where the flowers actually hanging out of the card, just like my card today.

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I make the card base skinnier than usual card size, so it can still fit on standard size envelope. Stamped and heat embossed the peonies with glittery gold embossing powder and then I colored it watercolor marker. Once that done, I die cut the image and adhere it to the card base.

I think by making the flower hanging out of the card base create a more fun visual interest. then, I thought it was a bit too plain, so I added a butterfly from Beautiful Butterflies 1 (cut with its coordinating dies). The sentiment is from Got You set.

I still feel something missing once I did all of this, so to tie all the design together, I decided to add a little bit more details with random stenciling. Then, I am happy with the result. Sometime it’s a balance of deciding when to add and when to stop.

Here’s a close up look of the flowers. Those glitters really shiny, right?!
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I hope you love this card as much as I love making it. That’s all from me today. Thank you for stopping by here and don’t forget to play along with our current March challenge. You can find all the info and enter the challenge HERE.

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Cheers….. 🙂

Vera

Poppy Bouquet

Hello, everyone! It’s Jenny here and I’m taking over the blog today with this beautiful bouquet of layer stamped poppies using our Fresh Cut Poppy stamp set and the new Coordinating Die. I know there are some of you out there intimidated by layer stamping, but this set is very easy to layer. I used both Misti stamping tool and just ordinary acrylic blocks to stamp the images, and I absolutely had no issues.

Let’s take a look at the card!

 

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Here’s how I created this card!

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  • Then I stamped the Stripe Addict Cling Background stamp on the smooth white cardstock in our Lofty Mint and Bright Emerald Dye ink to create the background panel. I used rock-and-roll technique to darken the bottom right corner just a bit. I cut this panel down to 4×5.5″ panel.
  • I die cut the base using the coordinating die and colored in our Bright Emerald and Hot Tourmaline dye ink using the sponge daubers. I added some interest by applying shimmer pen all over the vase.
  • On a white A2 card base, I adhered the Silver Glitter tape, and the background panel on top. Then I arranged all the dye cut images on the card, some using 3M foam tape to create bit of dimension.
  • I stamped the sentiment from the Fresh Cut Poppies Coordinating Outlines stamp set on the black cardstock in Versamark and heat embossed in white. I trimmed it down and adhered it on the card with the foam tape.
  • I finished the card off by adding some Glass Slippers sequins and Clear Dew Drops. I also added some white dots and highlights with white gel pen.

 

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Also…

Hope you join us for the March challenge at The Ton’s CHALLENGE BLOG!

The theme for March is “Lucky

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 There is a $50 Gift card that will go to the winning entry!

 

Here is how to play:

To participate in our challenge, create a paper crafting project based on the theme “Lucky”.

  1. You must use a Ton product as the main focal point of your card or tag.
  2. Display the cue word/inspiration photo on your blog post and include a link to this challenge in the body of your post.
  3. There is no limit to the number of projects you wish to enter into the challenge.
  4. The winning project will be chosen based upon detail, composition and aesthetics.
  5. Enter your card by March 31, 2017 by 12:55pm EST.

Please visit The Ton’s CHALLENGE BLOG for more info.



 

That’s it from me today! Thank you for stopping by and hope you enjoyed the card! Have an amazing day! Happy crafting!

hugs,

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Lucky

Good morning! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Emily here with you today to share a couple of cards that don’t remotely go together… but let’s just not think about that, okay? Ha!

My first card is one that definitely takes me out of my comfort zone, but I’ve been really trying to step outside my normal completely flowery and girly comfort zone to create something different, perhaps even a bit masculine (for me, at least). Enter Dog Life!

I started by stamping the pups from Dog Life with some waterproof black ink, then die-cutting them with their coordinating dies. I colored them with Zigs and set them aside. (the tri-colored pup was not supposed to be tri-colored, but he was the victim of an attack of the three year old who loves to get in mommy’s craft supplies…. oy. Necessity is the mother of invention, yes?)  Next, I stamped a charcoal gray A2 panel using Minor Stripes and Caviar ink, then die cut a window with the Stitched Rectangle dies. I heat embossed the sentiment from Friend Defined in white embossing powder at the bottom of the striped panel. The final step was to stamp the pretty background from Scenes: Fountain Terrace using Crystal Pewter ink on a white A2 card base. The charcoal frame was popped up and the puppers adhered to the card front. Pretty simple, but definitely stretched my creative boundaries! Haha!

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This next project is definitely more my normal speed. I have been trying to play along with The Daily Marker challenge every day, and this background was one of my projects from earlier this week. I stamped the Morning Glory Border in a pale gray ink, then used my Zig markers to watercolor the pretty blooms using the no-line coloring technique. (I found it funny that Laura Jane and I were doing essentially the same color scheme and technique on the same background this week! Great minds think alike!)

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After I had colored the blooms to my satisfaction, I used the beautiful Brushed You stamp set to create an ombre die cut. After die-cutting the large “you” using the new coordinating dies, I arranged my stamp and die cut in my MISTI. I chose Plum Wine and Grape Crush to coordinate with the colors on my border. I stamped the Grape Crush first on the bottom portion of the stamp, using a fine microfiber cloth to dab some of the ink away towards where it would fade into the other color. I stamped it and repeated the process a few more times to ensure good coverage. Then I did the same thing on the top of the stamp with the Plum Wine, again using the microfiber cloth to dab away some of the ink so there wouldn’t be a harsh line. I also added a dark purple die cut “you” as a shadow layer for the stamped die cut. After that, I simply stamped the coordinating greeting from Brushed You and added a few Glass Slippers sequins.

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Have you entered your “lucky” project into The Ton’s Challenge Blog this month? The theme is LUCKY! you have until the end of the month to get your project in to be eligible for a $50 gift certificate to The Ton!

 

Let’s Celebrate You

Hi peeps!! How are you all doing? Vera here today. Hope those of you that lives up North is  staying warm. As a tropical girl, I can’t imagine bracing the kind of cold from winter storm. Although, I think the snowy landscapes are very pretty, I like to enjoy them from afar.

Here on my neck of the wood, we’re enjoying a spring kind of weather. And, that means, time for flowers! Hah! Like I need excuse to make floral card, right?

For today, I play with Thoughtful Poppies. I kind of waited last minute to make this card as I was waiting for this set coordinating dies to arrive. It arrived yesterday. Cutting it close, didn’t I? 😉

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But…. it’s so worth it!! I’ve been wanting to do partial die-cut technique with this set and I just love the way it turned out.

I first stamped and heat embossed the poppies image with white embossing powder. Then, I did the partial diecut by marking on the panel where I want it to stop cutting and line up those marks to the edge of the cutting plate. Once that done, I cut the straight line with my trimmer. Color the image with Spectrum Noir watercolor markers and the shimmer markers.

The sentiment is from Lucky Tulip. Also, for extra glitz, I added a couple strip of silver glitter paper. Here’s a close up of the poppies.

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I am so excited over all the dies that been added to the store. Have you checked them out? I think dies make such a big difference in extending a stamp value. A much as I love fussy cutting, dies help me in cutting down the time to finish my project.

Anyway, that’s all from me today. And, don’t forget to play along with our March challenge. This month is “Lucky” and you have till the end of the month to play along. So, join us and may your day be an awesome one. Cheers….

Vera

Hello Spring

Hello friends, it start to get warm in my town and feel like spring start. That is why my card is very spring feeling and I love how it turns out. This card I used Cherry Blossom Garden Cling Background stamp, Hello Hummingbird stamp & Coordinating Die, and Basic Labels stamp.
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To start off I used Cherry Blossom Garden Cling Background stamp with Versamark Ink on watercolor paper. And then I heat embossed using our Rose Gold Embossing Powder. After that I colored the images using watercolor paint.

 

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Next, I stamped the humming bird image from the Hello humming bird stamp set with our Couture Color inks ( Bright Emerald Dye, Azurite DyeWarm Hazelnut DyeFound Topaz DyeHollywood Star DyeCosmopolitan PinkHybrid, and Noir Dye ink) on white cardstock.  I then used Coordinating Die to cut the bird. And I used same die to cut black craft foam. Then I glued them together. Set aside.

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Next I stamped the label stamps from our Basic Labels stamp set in our Noir Dye Ink on separate cardstock. Then I fussy cut the labels. Lastly everything I adhered them on the background paper.

 

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HOPE YOU JOIN US FOR THE MARCH CHALLENGE AT THE TON’S CHALLENGE BLOG!

THE THEME FOR MARCH IS “LUCKY

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 There is a $50 Gift card that will go to the winning entry!

Thank you for stopping by

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Dahlia Close Up

Hello and happy Friday, everyone! It’s TaeEun here today with two cards made using Dahlia Close Up cling stamp. I’ve been seeing many fabulous creations using this stamp on social media and I love this stamp set too like you all 🙂 !

On the first card I used the Dahlia Close Up as the background for my main actress from Born Classy stamp set and on the second card I took the big dahlia as my main image.

This is my first card!

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To start off I stamped the Dahlia Close Up in embossing ink on a glossy cardstock and heat embossed it in silver. I dripped pink alcohol inks on it (I used Raspberry, Flamingo, Shell pink and blending solution), to move the ink I tilted the paper or blew through a straw. After done with coloring I went with a silver gel pen over the image lines to cover the ink on the heat embossing. The lady from Born Classy was stamped in Cavier hybrid ink on some white cardstock and colored with Copics. I then fussy cut the lady. I cut the image along the waist line as I wanted the background to peek through the vellum gown. I stamped the lady and the over layer of the gown on a vellum. I then fussy cut the gown part only to glue them on the lady after I silver heat embossed the sparkle.

I added a strip of thin Black Glitter Tape on the right edge of my card base, glued the colored panel with dahlia flat on it and added the lady. I gave her a glass of champagne with lots of glitter and shine of clear glitter pen and clear Pico Embellisher.

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The sentiment is from Born Classy stamp set as well. I stamped it in Noir on some white cardstock and heat embossed it clear. I cut it in a banner, layered with a cardstock covered with black Glitter Tape and foam mounted it on the card. To finish off I scattered a few tiny flowers from Candy cane Garden and Cotton Candy Puff Couture Mixes.

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My second card was started with a trial to color silver heat embossed Dahlia Close Up on a black cardstock using Pearl colors. I used red violet and blue pearl. After coloring I cut the panel with my cutting machine using a cutting file I made for the shape as shown in the picture and foam mounted it on my card base. On the card base I splattered the same pearl colors and black ink. I made one more cutting file with similar wavy line for the sentiment, cut it from a clear acetate sheet and silver heat embossed the sentiment from The New Pretty on it. I added silver line on the edge using Sharpie pen and glued it on the card.

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The sequins I used are from Garden at Dusk, Midnight Frost Couture Mixes and Glass Slippers sequins. I added three Silver Dew Drops and finished off the card.

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The Ton Challenge

The cue word for the March Challenge at The Ton Challenge blog is LUCKY!  One winner will get $50 gift certificate to our Shop. On The Ton Challenge blog you can get some awesome inspiration from our fabulous DT members and all the details about the challenge! Hope to see your creations in the gallery !

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That’s it from my side today!  Thank you so much for visiting our blog and I hope I could inspire you with my cards today.

Have a happy crafty day!

Hugs,

TaeEun