Weekend Blog Take-Over With Taheerah Atchia – Day 2!

Hi everyone, and happy Sunday! It’s Taheerah again and I’m back with Day 2 of my weekend take-over of The Ton’s blog! If you didn’t catch yesterday’s post then please do check it out!

The Ton Blog Take-Over - Taheerah Atchia

Today I’ve another couple of fun projects for you featuring several of the amazing stamp sets in The Ton’s line-up!

First up, an outside-the-box use of Pyrotechnics:

Happy Card

Fun, right?!

Happy Card - Detail

I used the largest dot image to create a fun background! And to add some interest, I created an irregular ‘polka dot’ pattern using the reverse of one of the tiny flower images in the Mini Wild Florals set! I love doing fun techniques with the backs of stamps!


My next project showcases all those amazing frames from the Vintage Frames set:

Shine Frames Card

I really love how this one turned out! I heat embossed several of the frames with gold embossing powder for an opulent feel!

Shine Frames Card - Detail

You might be able to tell that I love the colour combo of gold, pink and mint/green! I added some of the florals from Mini Wild Florals then watercoloured over some of the other frames. A partially inked sentiment from the Round Diamonds set completes the look!

I’ve absolutely loved being a Guest Designer for The Ton this weekend, and I hope you’ve felt the same! I want to thank Effie so much for having me! If you want to see more of my work please check out my blog, and please also leave a comment on this post! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Gala Invitation Couture Sequin Mix!

Hi, Jessica here with a card I created using the Round Diamonds Stamp Set.  I based the color scheme off of the gorgeous colors in the Gala Invitation Couture Sequin Mix!

The Ton Gala Invitation Couture Sequin Mix

I love the shades of coral along with the sparkly clear peachy color and the metallic gold!   Here’s what I came up with!

Jessica Frost-Ballas The Ton Round Diamonds Gala InvitationI started of by stamping the diamond shapes and the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat-embossing it with Hero Arts white embossing powder on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  Then I mixed Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon distress ink on a craft sheet to create a peachy color.  If you’re trying to recreate the color it’s approximately two smushes of ripe persimmon and one smush of picked raspberry…ha, I know, very technical.  I wet the paper thoroughly and then painted on the distress ink!  I let it dry on its own so the edges would be softer.  Once it was dry I went a little crazy… 😉

I started off by dripping water onto paper and then blotting it to create the lighter dots.  I also spritzed and dripped some Hero Arts gold spray onto the paper concentrating the larger spots in the bottom right of the card.  I spritzed on a little Tsukineko Shimmer spray; then I decided I wanted a little more color so I flicked on a little distress ink.   For this color it was more of an even mix of the picked raspberry and ripe persimmon.  I also wanted a little more gold…so I stamped the diamond outlines with versamark and heat-embossed them with Ranger Enchanted Gold embossing powder.  It’s a paler gold with a little bit of sparkle and was just what I was looking for!  Next, I glued on a sprinkling of Gala Invitation sequins!

Jessica Frost-Ballas The Ton Gala Invitation Round Diamonds

To finish the card I glued strips of gold glitter paper to the sides of a top-folding A2 card base made from Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Then I trimmed half an inch off the long sides of the watercolor piece and adhered it to the card front with foam mounting tape for a little more dimension.

I’m really pleased with the way it turned out and I hope you like it, too!  I love the way the white pops on the peach background and I love the sparkle from the sequins.  Thanks so much for visiting!


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!


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!

Jessica 1

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.

Jessica 3

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!

Jessica 2

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!


Re-Blog: Ruby’s Sparkle and Shine Post

Happy Monday Night, everyone!  Today we’re re-blogging Ruby’s amazing Sparkle and Shine blog post – sorry it’s a little late (been busy today). Ruby has two beautiful cards which she created with the Round Diamonds set. You can visit her blog to check out all her amazing cards. I’ll let her take it from here 😉

Good morning! I have a fabulous post today featuring stamps and sequins from The Ton! My project includes layered stamping from Round Diamonds. I would love for you to visit their blog, share with friends, and spread some love! Feel free to use the social media icons at the bottom of this entry to share/repost!  ♡ ♡


For my first card, I tried some masking with the gem outline stamps and did some watercoloring with Distress Inks in Pickled Raspberry, Mustard Seed, and Evergreen Bough on watercolor cardstock. I added a top layer using some Gansai Tambi watercolors. I added a bunch of splatters using the same Distress Ink colors and stamped “you are a rock” in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink since it is waterproof. Of course, I added matching color sequins to finish off the card. I finished it off with some Wink of Stella in clear!





Can you see the shine?



For my second card, I decided to tone it down and use neutral colors. I created a multiple circles shaker card filled with Shotgun Grayand black sequins. The gems were stamped using Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink in Charcoal and Ranger Archival Jet Black ink. I separated the “sparkle more & shine bright” sentiments and stamped them on opposite sides.


I finished it off with Glass Slippers sequins in different sizes and more Wink of Stella. It works so well with these gems since gems sparkle, right?! 🙂


You can find all the sequins here! There are so many different colors and sizes.

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