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!

Foil In-Laid Petal Cut Peonies

Hello! It’s LauraJane, Hope your weekend was fabulous!

Today I have a card that uses the In-Laid die cut technique with the Petal Cut Peonies Standalone Dies. The task could be pretty challenging without the help of a household product, Press’n Seal. Here is a card I made previously with regular colored cardstock. For today, I’m using  Adhesive Foiled Papers.

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The Process:

 

  • Moving on to the peonies,I started out by cutting two large blooms from Petal Cut Peonies Standalone Dies on Adhesive Foil Paper – Purple .Very carefully, with the paper cuts still in the metal dies, I firmly pressed plastic PRESS’n SEAL over the entire bloom backing. Gently pulling the die out of the metal and flipped it over, leaving the whole die cut on the PRESS’n SEAL.
  • Repeat this entire step with Adhesive Foil Paper – Light Pink  (Now I have Four cut peonies, two in Purple, and Two in Light pink)
  • Next, I peel off the outline of one bloom from the PRESS’n SEAL, leaving some of the inner cuts on the plastic, a small stylus can be used to help push the inner cuts from the outline.
  • Now place the outline cut on the card front and piece, or In-lay, the smaller inner cuts back inside the outline using the lighter or darker foil paper for contrast. The adhesive foil makes it a clean and simple task to stick everything together:))
  • I also cut the leaves from Adhesive Foil Paper – Apple Green  and Mint .
  • Layer the greenery around the blooms. Remember, the adhesive Foil Paper makes this SUPER easy!IMG_1170
  • I ended up stamping a repeat of a smaller sentiment in the same ink as the polka-dots after quickly masking off the area..
  •  I Embossed the main sentiment from Graceful Rose in Liquid Platinum on vellum.

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I encourage you to give this In-Laid die cut technique a try! It is well worth the effort.

LauraJane:)

You’re Amazing and Fabulous!

Good morning and happy Wednesday! Keeway here today 🙂 .. I’m finally here to share with you my debut post! It was definitely tough to follow the talented Eunji, Vera, and Emily, but as last on board I hope not to dissapoint!

Today I have two cards to share with you –each with a little different flavor. The first card I have for you is one featuring one of The Ton’s beautiful flower stamps, Mini Wild Florals. These flowers are so fun to stamp, and absolutely perfect for layering and arranging into beautiful shapes.

I chose to stamp leaves with turquoise green and grass green colors, arranging them around the card in random fashion. I then heat embossed the outline of the flowers with silver embossing powder on a separate piece of watercolor paper, and colored them in with zig clean color brushes. I fussy cut them out so that I can layer them on top of the leaves in a circular fashion.

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I then die cut 2 circles, a larger circle on vellum, and a smaller circle on a light grey cardstock, and embossed the “You’re amazing” sentiment from Friggin Fablous stamp set. I added a few more flowers around the sentiment and lastly glued on some 6mm Fairy Pink Sparkling Clear Sequins, to add a bit of light sparkle without overpowering the beautiful flowers.

I added the finished piece to a light pink card stock and intentionally allowed for a small pink border to complete the card. The bright colored flowers just makes me happy!

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The next card I have for you is one featuring the Panda Can’t Even. When I saw this stamp set I knew I just had to do something cute!

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I used the stars in the Friggin Fabulous set to create the red star sunglasses for the panda, which is embossed in red glitter embossing powder. I used the same powder for the ‘fabulous’ sentiment from the Friggin Fabulous set and used a label maker for the ‘you’re’ to add a little balance to the card. I also used the remaining pandas and stars from the Panda Can’t Even set to create my own background on the red cardstock.

I die cut a star out of the red background I made to create the shaker portion of the card. I used the Flamenco Sunset Couture Mix for the sequins, with its gorgeous gold, red, yellow, and little black stars. I absolutely love the colors! Putting it all together, you have a fun and fabulous shaker card!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and thank you for dropping by!

-Keeway

New Design Team Members

Hi everyone, Effie here today!  I am so happy to announce that we’ve added four new talented members to our design team.  You may have seen some of their amazing work in the blogosphere or social media.  If you haven’t make sure you stalk check their blogs/IG feeds/etc. for some serious crafty eye candy.

EMILY MIDGETT

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I’ve been following Emily’s work for a while now and her cards are just beautiful!  Her work with florals and color are just jaw dropping.  STUNNING (all caps and emphasis added) might be the more appropriate term to describe the papercrafts created by Emily.  Her instagram feed is peppered with gorgeous projects and even her unfinished work and sneak peeks cause me to fall out of my chair.

Emily also won our first ever Challenge (WCMD Challenge).  When I made the decision to grow my team, choosing Emily was a no brainer and a must.  To catch more of her beautiful projects, check out her blog at Sixth Street Sundries.

EUNJI JUNG

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I discovered Eunji (or you may know her as Eunjoa which is her crafty pseudonym) on Instagram a while back and just totally fell for her ethereal style.  She has a way of transforming her stamps with her coloring techniques that make you want to stare at her project for much longer than necessary (at least that is the effect that her cards have on me!).  When I saw this card (below), I had to do a double take because I am pretty quick in recognizing my designs on projects right away.

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For this card, it took me longer to realize that those were some Wild Peonies her hair!  Gorgeous, right?  You can find Eunji’s blog and more crafty goodness here.

KEEWAY TSAO

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I discovered Keeway (who can also be found under Kiwi Concepts) on Instagram with her penguin zombie card (below).

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Look at those brains! I own this penguin stamp set and would never in a million years have thought to zombify the penguins this way. They have patches and exposed brains – how genius is this? I’ve been asking my current DT members for a zombified fox ever since I saw Keeway’s card (my plea has been answered as of yesterday – thanks, Mayline!! 🙂 ).

I can’t wait to see what Keeway will create using our stamps! You can also find her work here on her blog.

VERA YATES

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Last, but certainly not least, is Vera!  If you don’t know who she is, you are living under a crafty rock.  She needs no introduction because she is a bit of a paper crafting rockstar.

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Here is a card she made using our Wild Peonies.  Vera’s color choice, floral composition and inlaid die cutting are so on point!  You can find her blog here and if you want to see more cards and photos of her adorable dogs, her Instagram can be found here.

We are beyond excited to add these four lovely ladies to our team!  We can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the coming weeks with their posts.  Since our team  is growing, we’ll be alternating posts between our 7 fabulous members.

So please join me in welcoming our new Ton DT family!!

-Effie

Another Pair

Hello, it’s Rubeena here, excited because I’ll be posting here every Wednesday for The Ton! Today’s card features Shoe Wardrobe Lined. One of my favorite crafters Kathy at The Daily Marker is starting a 30-day coloring challenge today, and I have accepted the challenge as well! I decided to get out some of my Copic markers and color in the shoes from this amazingly unique shoe set.

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This photo was an inspiration for this card:
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This is my card:

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This card was not difficult but it did take me some time due to the coloring. I started with size A2 white cardstock that I die-cut using the largest die from Mama Elephant’s Peek a Frame Creative Cuts. I die cut out a smaller rectangle from the center, stamped the shoe shelves in Versamark, and heat embossed them in white. The MISTI helped me to align everything properly! This is the first time I’ve taken the tool out since I received it weeks ago and feel it’s so worth it.

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I stamped different pairs of shoes over the shelves using Memento Tuxedo Black ink since it’s safe to use with Copic markers. The Copic colors used were completely random, and some of the pairs of shoes were finished off with Zig Wink of Stella Brush in Clear Glitter.

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The sentiment was stamped with Versamark on the bottom middle part of the A2 layer I had cut out earlier. It was heat embossed in black. This layer was added to the card base using foam tape and the inner layer was glued without foam tape so it looks like it’s a shelf inside. I felt that it would be best not to add any other embellishments! What do you think?

Thanks for visiting! Tomorrow we’ll have our new DT member Jess share even more creativity with you, and I’ll be back next Wednesday with another card for you. Have a great day!

New DT Member: Jess!!

It is my pleasure to announce our new Design Team member, Jess!  We’re so excited to have her on our team!  We’re huge fans of her cards and style (and she’s super nice also)!  Today, we’re having Jess post on our blog.  The card she created is just so cool and so beautiful.  

Hi there!  Jessica here and I am thrilled, absolutely THRILLED, to be joining the Design Team for The Ton!

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I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with my incredibly supportive husband, two feisty senior shelties, a stubborn tortoiseshell kitten, and a no-nonsense Dutch bunny.  I am a professional musician by day: teaching harp and piano lessons, directing a church choir, freelancing for weddings and other events…and a crafter by night!  I’ve been making cards since I was a kid but I’ve only recently been able to really devote time and space to crafting when my husband and I built our first home in 2013.  I love creating personal cards for my friends and family and I can often be found stamping a couple images or embossing a sentiment in-between lessons and gigs!  When I’m not working or crafting I also enjoy cooking, photography, and DIY home projects.  For all that fun stuff (plus cards, of course) please visit me at my blog, All the Sparkle!

I discovered Effie and her company only a little over a week ago but I immediately fell in love with her stamp designs and couture sequin mixes!  I ordered the Round Diamonds stamp set and created a shaker card with the Strawberries and Cream couture sequin mix which I shared on my blog last week! For my first official post I knew I wanted to go in a slightly different direction…and here’s what I came up with!

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I thought the beautiful diamond stamp would be a perfect fit for the most iconic jewelry box in the world!  Technically, of course, the lid is wrong…but you get the idea, right? 😉  I thought this would make be a fun and elegant engagement card!

Sapphires are my favorite gemstones so I decided to use the stamp set to create a gorgeous platinum sapphire ring!  I started off by coloring a piece of Neenah Solar White card stock with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.  Then I inked the first layer of the stamp with Versamark and then Studio Calico Color Theory ink in Deja Blue.  For the second layer I used the 2nd generation stamping of the same ink for a slightly lighter shade.  The third layer was stamped with Delicata pigment ink in Silver Shimmer.  After all three layers were stamped I heat-embossed the diamond with Hero Arts clear embossing powder.  Then I used two circle dies to cut the ring shape from Ranger silver foil.  I fussy cut the diamond and adhered it to the ring with foam mounting tape.

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Then I started working on the jewelry box!  I used a new die from Neat and Tangled to create the box from Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue card stock.  I took a little square of white tissue paper and glued it into the box to create the wrapping paper for the ring.  I also took scraps of ivory ribbon and used glue dots to attach it to the box.  I cut the ends of the ribbon into a fishtail shape to make the ribbon look more finished.  Once that was complete, I nestled the ring into the box and used a little piece of foam mounting tape to secure the bottom of the ring inside the box!

Next, I inked the sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Sending and Wishing stamp set with Versamark and the same Deja Blue ink.  Then I stamped it on the bottom right corner of a top-folding A2 card base of Neenah Solar White card stock and heat-embossed the sentiment with Hero Arts clear embossing powder.  I die-cut the word Wishing from silver glitter paper and adhered it above the rest of the sentiment.  Then I glued the box slightly off-center on the card with Ranger Multi-Medium Matte.  I put two small pieces of foam mounting tape under the front flaps of the box so they’d have a little dimension.  To finish the card I glued a sprinkling of Silver Metallic and Glass Slippers sequins in various sizes across the front of the card with Ranger Multi-Medium Matte.  I love that Effie offers some of her sequins in mixed sizes…they’re the perfect touch to finish a card with a little sparkle!

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So that’s it! I hope my card inspires you to use her stamps in your creations and I look forward to working with Effie and Rubeena on the Design Team!

-Jess