Heartfelt Hugs

Hi all. Vera here. Hope you started 2022 in a wonderful way. I basically fell asleep before midnight, but hey, I considered having a good night sleep as a good way to start the day/year. Hah!

Even though right now is winter, I figure we couldn’t go wrong with floral card. That goes for all season, right?

For my card today, I used the lovely Heartfelt Blossoms set. I first ink blending Tourmaline on a piece of cardstock panel. I could use colored cardstock, but I really want this particular color background and decided to go with ink blending. Once done, I stamped and heat embossed the image off to the right side of the panel with Versamark ink and white embossing powder. Next, I stamped the same image again, die cut with coordinating Heartfelt Blossoms die and colored it with Copic markers.

I colored the white area around the flowers with Copic marker as well to make it blend better with the background. Once I am done with the coloring, I trimmed the panel to remove the dark edges and adhere it to the card base. Next, I adhere the colored blossoms with foam adhesive and trim the parts that sticking out. Turned out I am not too happy with the pink flower coloring once I adhere it, so I keep working on it till I achieved the look that I want. Finally, stamped the sentiment on a strip of cardstock and add to the card. Finished by adding some Dew Drop Clear Enamel Dots.

I am loving this color combination and I hope you enjoy today’s card as well. Stay tune for our anniversary release that’s coming this week. All I can say, lots of pretty sets coming. Thank you all for stopping by here and may your week starts off wonderfully. Cheers….

Have A Wonderful Day

Hi all. Vera here today, posting the last post for 2021. Let’s end the year with some beauty, shall we?

For today, I decided to play with older sets as I want to show them some love. 🙂

To start with, I ink blending Cali Blu, Matcha, Lemon Drop, Coralline and Dolled Up on a panel of cardstock. Once I am happy with the blending, I trim the panel smaller. Next I used an old Peony cling background set that I believed already discontinued. But, pretty much you could use any of The Ton cling background set. I laid the panel next to the stamp, so I can kind of estimate where to lay each color. To keep the color soft, once I dab the ink, I dab the blender brush on top of it to pick some of the extra ink. Laid the panel on top of the cling stamp. Apology in advance that the pic below came out blurry. When I looked on my phone at first it look clear, only when I upload it to my computer that I realized it’s blurry, but this is the only pic I have before I put the card together.

Next, I stamped and die cut the flowers from Today’s Cosmos and Delightful Wildflower. With the colorful background, I keep these flower and leaves just the way they are, no colored. Sometime less is more. To finish, I used one of the sentiment from Easy Expressions and add some Dew Drop Clear Enamel Dots.

I am really happy with the way this card turned out. I guess rainbow colors always make me happy. Well peeps, that’s all from me today as we close out 2021. My wish for you may 2022 be filled with rainbows and may it brings you good health, prosperity and joy. Have a blessed year, everyone. Cheers….

Christmas Poinsettias

Hi all. Only 2 more days till Christmas! Of course, for today’s card I feel to be appropriate I should make a Christmas cards. Definitely too late to send it out, but I’d consider this early start to next year stash. 🙂 After looking through my collection, I decided to play with the gorgeous & classy Boundless Poinsettias.

To start, I made the background using Quilted A2 Coverplate die. I adhere this directly on the card base after trimming it slightly smaller. For the poinsettias I used Arctic Sky, Cali Blue and Periwinkle. Now, sometimes I got lazy in actually washing my stamp. I was originally planning on making turquoise poinsettias instead of blue & changed my mind. However, I just wiped the second layer stamp of the poinsettias and that’s why my second layer looks more turquoise than blue because it has left over residue. And, it came out pretty, so I don’t see any reason to start over and just continued layering the 3rd layer with Periwinkle. For the leaves I used Honey Dew and Meadow.

Now, since I grew up in tropic country, I thought it would be cool to mix it up a bit by adding some Multi Monsteras to the bouquet to add a hint of tropical atmosphere to the card. Adhere all the parts to the card. To add extra interest, I decided to add frame to the card to really make the middle part of the bouquet poop more. I used one of the cut out frame from the many frames that I got from using Rectangle A2 Frames Slim Border die. Add some enamel dot stickers and Merry Christmas sentiment from Winter Foliage set stamped with Hot Tourmaline ink. Of course, any Christmas card could use a little sparkle to make it more festive, right? So, I finish by adding ice stickles to the center of the flowers. Let dry and that’s it.

There you go. Last Christmas card for 2021 from my end. I hope you enjoy today’s card. And, to all of you who celebrate Christmas I wish you all a joyful and blessed Christmas. This year been crazy and to many may have been a tough year, and I wish you all peace and may we all be able to find joy in the small things like simply being with the your loved ones. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone. Let’s remember the reason for the season and be kind to one another. Cheers…

Butterfly Hugs

Hi all. Vera here today. Since I’ve been doing lots of Christmas cards lately, I wanted to take a little break and create non Christmas card. And, I turned to one of my all time favorite set from The Ton, this gorgeous butterfly set called Transformation.

To start, I stamped and heat embossed the butterfly with Rose Gold embossing powder on a piece of watercolor cardstock. Die cut the image using Transformation coordinating dies. Once that done, I watercolor it and let it dry. While waiting for it to dry, I worked on the greeneries for the background. From a piece of watercolor cardstock I die cut Foliage Border and colored them. Once dry, I trim the border leaving only the leaves. Because I trim the border all the leaves came out loose and I simply adhere them directly to the card base.

Next, I adhere the butterfly to the card with foam adhesive. For the sentiment, I used one of the sentiment from Heartfelt Blossoms, trim it and adhere to the card. To finish, I add some Pixie Pink Sparkling Clear sequins and some enamel drops to the berries.

I love the way this card turned out and I hope you enjoy it as well. That’s all from me today peeps. For those who celebrate it, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving week. Whether you celebrate it with family or friends or strangers, I hope it’s a good one and be filled with gratitude. Big hugs.

Warm Wishes Poinsettias

Hi all. Happy Monday. Vera here today to bring you Christmas inspiration on behalf of The Ton.

For my card, I decided to play with Jolly Border. Originally I was going to go with traditional color, but as usual I ended up going the other direction. Obviously, this set can be used to decorate an envelope, but I want to use it on a card. Simply stamped the image with The Ton Caviar ink and then colored it with Copic marker. Once that done, trim the panel slightly smaller than the card base and adhere to the card.

Next, I stamped the single Poinsettia that’s also part of the Jolly Border set. Die cut, color and adhere it to the card with foam adhesive. Next, I stamped the sentiment from Styled Christmas Sentiments set with Stormy Sea ink pad and die cut the sentiment with coordinating dies. I also use foam adhesive to adhere the sentiment. Finally, to finish I add some Pixie Pink Sparkling Clear Sequins.

I love the way this card turned out and I hope you love it, too. I am pretty happy with the amount of Christmas cards that I have finished for this year. For once, I am ahead of the game. Well peeps, that’s all from me today. May your week starts off wonderfully. Cheers….

Pastel Fall Card

Hi peeps. How’s it going? Vera here today. I decided to take a little break from making Christmas cards and do a fall card instead. After all, I do need to show some love to previously released sets.:)

Lately I really been into pastel color fall card, so that’s what I did with today’s card. I just love using non traditional colors when it comes to making seasonal theme cards. To start, I stamp and heat embossed Autumn Sweater set with white embossing powder. Once that done, I inked each stripe with various color ink pads. From top to bottom the color I used are Bubblegum, Lemon Drop, Peach Blossom, Honey Dew, Soft Garden and Bright Fern. I trimmed the panel once I am done with the ink blending and then adhere it to the card base.

Next, I stamped and colored the image from Autumn Coloring Bits and die cut it with coordinating dies. I choose to use soft coloring . This is just my comfort zone whenever I am short on time. Work been super crazy for me, so I am forced to craft at last minute. And for me soft coloring just so much easier than coloring with bolder colors. Arranged all the parts on the card. To finish, I stamped a sentiment from Heartfelt Blossoms.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. I hope you enjoy today’s card and hopefully inspire you to use non traditional color as well. That’s what I love about being creative, that there’s really no right or wrong way to use color. Just because it’s fall card, not necessarily means you can only use green, orange, yellow and brown. Besides it makes creating more fun in my humble opinion. That’s all the time I have. I hope your week starts off beautifully. Cheers….

Poinsettia Ornaments

Hi there. Vera here today to start your week with a Christmas inspiration. Just in case you start to work on your Christmas card stash. 🙂

For this card, I started by die-cutting the background. Creating a tone on tone background is one of my favorite way to create a subtle background that wouldn’t compete with the main image. Here, I used the Convention Coverplate die. Adhere the die cut piece to the card base. Next, stamped and heat embossed all three circles from Confetti Shapes Circle set with silver embossing powder and die cut them using Confetti Shapes Circle coordinating dies. Ink blend with various blue ink pads from The Ton collection. I say this, because here, I was too lazy to clean up my brushes before I started the ink blending and I just mix and match the blues anyway. Adhere all circles to card base, die cut the ornament top and add to the ornament. For the line, I just cut a strip of silver pearl paper. Next, I stamped and heat embossed the Poinsettias and berries from Jolly Border set. Colored them with Copic and add to the ornament.

To finish, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from This Year set. Here, I did trim the sentiment as I also want to show you how you can get more out of your stamp. Just by doing a little trimming you can get a whole different sentiment or look from your set. Nifty, right? So, how many Christmas cards do you usually make each year? Do you have to make a lot or just a little?

Well, whether you have to make a bunch or just a little, I hope you enjoy today’s inspiration. Remember all the new sets can be pre-ordered now and will be shipping on 9/22. Thank you all for stopping by here and I wish you all a good week.

Green & Pinks Poinsettias

Hi all. Happy Labor Day. Vera here today. With Christmas about 4 months away, I started working on my Christmas card stash. The new release from The Ton this month definitely helped me in get going.

For my 1st card, I used the gorgeous Boundless Poinsettias set. Now & then I do love using non traditional color for my Christmas card. That’s what happen with today’s card. Here for the poinsettia I used Matcha, Evergreen & Bright Fern. Then for the leaves I used Crystal Pewter & Smoky Quartz. Once the stamping done, die cut the bouquet using the coordinating Boundless Poinsettias die.

Trim a panel of white cardstock slightly smaller than the green card base and adhere to the base. Add a strip of stripe patterned paper and then adhere the poinsettias using foam adhesive. Then for the sentiment I used Styled Christmas Sentiments which I stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also adhere this with foam adhesive and finished by adding some Mojito Sparkling Clear Sequins.

Since this past weekend, I was on a roll, I ended up making 2 cards.

For my 2nd card, I used combination of Dashing Poinsettias and Pleasing Poinsettias. For the Dashing Poinsettias I used Whisper Pink, Bubblegum & Dolled Up ink. For the Pleasing Poinsettias I used Bubblegum, Dolled Up & Pink Derby ink. Die cut all the pieces using the coordinating dies.

To put the card together, I trim a panel of white cardstock slightly smaller than the pink cardstock. Then, I die cut a panel of white cardstock with one of the coverplate from Gingham Plaid Layering Coverplate die set. I feel like the die cut plaid helped making the background not so plain. Before adhering the Poinsettias I die cut some extra filler using Mini Sprigs Coverplate. Arrange all the pieces and adhere to card. For the sentiment, like before I used Styled Christmas Sentiments set. Finished by adding enamel drops to the center of the Poinsettias.

Well peeps, there you go, 2 Christmas cards that hopefully inspire you to start working on your stack of Christmas cards as well. If you’re in the US, I hope you get to enjoy some time off and get some crafting time in. Have a wonderful day!!

Just Saying Hi

Hi all. Vera here. I have to admit that I often struggling in making fall cards. I guess because I love lots of colors that I often find yellow and orange combo just not as fascinating. Don’t get me wrong, I love those colors in nature, but on card, that’s not my preference. Well, till I learn to let myself go outside the box. Who said fall colors can only be yellow, orange and green right? I think a pop of teal or even pink make fall cards more fun.

For my card today, I used the new Autumn Coloring Bits. All the images are stamped at once, then you just colored them and die cut them all at once. Time saver!! And, then let the fun begin. With just one stamping you end up with enough images to play with. You can use all of them at once or just a few. I used almost all of them on my card.

Before adhering any of them, I ink blend Meadow ink pad on the bottom part of the card. Then start arranging all the pieces. I adhere some directly to the card and some with foam adhesive. I love having different depth of layers on my card.

Once I finished adhering all the pieces, I simply finished by stamping the label sentiment from Regal Rose set. I let the burst of color on the bottom take center stage and keep the rest white space.

I love the way this card turned out. I have found a pop of teal on fall card make fall card prettier. That’s all from me today peeps. Hope you enjoy today’s card. Have a beautiful day! Cheers….

Pop-up Butterflies

Hi all. Vera here. Ever since I started making cards, there’s one image that I have loved to play with since the very beginning. Butterflies! I love butterflies. They’re delicate and brings so much beauty to this world. So, for today’s card I am using a couple of The Ton butterflies set.

For the front of my card I used Monarch Butterfly Coverplate dies.

I started by die cutting the framed butterfly and then ink blend Cobalt Breeze and Azurite on it. I love doing ink blending because you can get different hues from the same ink pad simply by varying your pressure and the number of ink layering. Once I am happy with the color, I put it aside and did ink splatter on a piece of white cardstock. Let the splatter dry and then layered it with the framed butterfly. Trim as needed and adhere the panel to the card base.

Now, time to work on the surprise inside. When I saw Effie coming out with this brilliant Majestic Monarch Pop Up dies I got so excited! To this day, I don’t know how she figured out the engineering for all The Ton pop up dies. They’re simply unique, smart and one of a kind. I won’t try to explain the step by step to use this dies as I found the best way is to watch Effie’s tutorial HERE. I stamped and colored all the butterflies and then worked on putting the pop-up mechanism together. And, the result…. voila!

How fun is it to get a card with a burst of butterflies when you open it? I keep playing with it and even hubby was commenting on how fancy the card looks!

So, do you love pop up cards? Or have you tried to make pop up cards? Well peeps, that’s all from me today. Hope you’re having a good week and may your up coming weekend be a fun one. Cheers…