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…

Hugs & Miss You

Hi all. Vera here. I’ve been enjoying creating with the sets from The Ton recent summer release, that I actually ended up finishing a couple cards for today’s post. My 1st card is showcasing the Courtyard Stairs Cling Background set.

This courtyard background kind of surprise me. At first, I am not really sure about this set as it’s what I conside as serious looking set. LOL, it’s most likely just me, but I was a bit intimidated by this. But, once I played with it, I got very excited. I guess, as I built up the scene, the more I like this set and am just thrilled with the result. I first stamp the image on a piece of watercolor cardstock. Then colored the scene. Next, I stamped the Petite Planters set, colored and die cut it with coordinating Petite Planters dies. Arrange all the planters and adhere them to the background. Finished by adding sentiment from Cascade Bits and some sequins.

For my next card, I go all tropic and create this card that reminds me of our last trip to Akumal, Mexico. The resort where we stayed has a bunch of these kind of greeneries throughout the resort.

Here I used the gel press to create the background. I swipe Bright Fern, EvergreenSoft Garden and Lemon Yellow on the gel plate. Then laid the Refreshing Evergreen stamp on top of the gel plate, lift up and laid the cardstock panel on top of the gel plate. Quickest way to create a fun background in my opinion. Trim the panel and adhere to card base. Next, stamped one of the pot from Plentiful Planters and the leafy green from Lush Plants set. Die cut usingthe coordinating dies, colored and then adhered to the card with foam adhesive. For the sentiment I used the label sentiment from Regal Rose set. Finished by adding some enamel drops.

There you go peeps, a couple cards for this hot summer day. I hope you enjoy today’s cards and may your week been a good one and continue to be so. Have a wonderful day, peeps. Cheers.

Heartfelt Blossoms

Hi all. Happy Monday. Vera here to start this week with a floral inspiration on behalf of The Ton. I just realized that I haven’t played with the gorgeous Heartfelt Blossoms set and of course, I just have to create something with it.

To start, I stamped the bouquet on a piece of watercolor cardstock and heat embossed it with rose gold embossing powder. Then I watercolor the image with Karin markers. Let dry and then die cut the image with Heartfelt Blossoms Coordinating Die.

Next, I work on the background. I used the middle dies from Gingham Plaid Layering Coverplate set. Adhere the cut out to the card base and then then cut out flower piece on top of it. Stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and adhere with foam adhesive. Finish by adding some enamel drops.

I’ve been getting into gardening lately and I guess that new hobby has inspired me in making this card. Every week, I eagerly waiting to see which plants will have blooms and every time I see new bloom I get so excited. Quite a few of them are thriving and I feel like I pass that excitement to this card. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoy making it.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. May your week starts off wonderfully. Cheers…..

Soft Peony Love

Hi there crafty peeps. Happy Fri-yay!! Vera here today. Hope your week been going good. I am definitely ready for the weekend. Some of my girlfriends been getting me into gardening and I am slowly, cautiously trying it out as I don’t normally has much luck with growing plants. Meanwhile, while my small garden started, I can always day dream with The Ton floral sets.

I love, love, love the new Peony Print Layering Stencils. They’re just so pretty & fun to play with.

The stencils are so easy to use. I simply used them on a piece of white cardstock. For this card, I run the panel through the die cut machine. Lave everything together. Don’t pop out the cut piece. Keeping the pieces intact helps with the ink blending, keeping the delicate pieces in place. I started by doing the flower layers and continue to the leaves layers. For the large flowers, I used Soft Amethyst & Iris Blooms. For the small flowers I use Orchid Crush & Grand Fucshia. For the leaves I used Matcha & Meadow.

Once I am done with all the ink blending, then I removed the cut out pieces. Adhere them to the card base. For the sentiment I used Jumbo Sentiments. Stamped and heat embossed the word Love on a piece of vellum, die cut with the coordinating dies and adhere to card base.

Finished by stamping and die cutting the word you, also from Jumbo Sentiments set. I just love the soft coloring of this card. Just typing this post and looking at this card, makes me want to play with this set again. Yep, that’s how much I love this set. Stay tune! I do share more of my works on Instagram, so if you’re incline to do so, you can follow me HERE.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. I wish you all a great weekend and hope you get to do whatever brings you joy. Have a great day everyone.


Bonny Blooms & Carnation

Hi all. Vera here to bring you fresh inspiration to start your week. I always enjoy making cads with flower image and of course as usual The Ton new release has plenty of gorgeous sets to play with. For today, I have a couple cards to share. First up, I am showcasing the pretty Bonny Blooms set.

What a gorgeous set, right? I simply stamped the flower and color the image with Copic. Trim the panel a bit and adhere to the card base.

For the sentiment, I used one of the sentiment from Easy Expression and finish by adding some enamel dots.

With fabulous release, I definitely can’t just post 1 card, right? For my second card, I combine Gingham Plaid Layering Dies with Grouped Fresh Carnations.

I started by die cutting all 3 layer of the plaid then did some ink blending on all of them. Of course, as usual, I go for the soft color combination. Adhere all the layers and add to the card base. Nest, stamp, heat embossed, color & die cut the flower from Grouped Fresh Carnations. Adhere to card with foam adhesive. Finish by adding sentiment from Easy Expression and some enamel dots.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. Hope you enjoy today’s projects and hope it inspire you to create as well. Cheers!

Birthday Magnolias

Hi all. Vera here today. After experiencing my coldest winter by far in Houston a couple weeks ago, I am ready for the pretty spring weather and all the pretty flowers the season brings. This tropical girl definitely not made for below freeing temperature.

For this card, I started by stamping the flowers from Magnificent Magnolias set with Caviar ink pad. Then colored them all with Copic markers.

Once done, I die- cut all the pieces. I cut a strip of patterned paper and adhere it to the bottom of the card base. Arrange all the flowers and adhere to card base. For the sentiment, I decided to combine sentiment from Peony Laurel and from Grouped Fresh Peonies. I find combining sentiment from different sets is a great way to get more out of your stamp sets.

Looking at this card, I sure wish our magnolia tree will make it. Most of our plants didn’t make it through the one week of freezing temp. Anyhoo… I hope you enjoy today’s card and may your Friday be a good one and you have a great start to the weekend. Cheers…

Sending Roses Love

Hi all. Vera here. Happy Wednesday. Since we’ve been dealing with cold weather, I figure we are all looking forwardto beautiful spring weather, thus the inspiration for my card today.

I sure do love playing with layered dies, especially when they’re gorgeous like this Radiant Roses Layering dies. I start by making the background using Grid A2 Coverplate die. I carefully remove it from the die cut plate (this way most of the cutout squares are still intact and I don’t have to put each single one back). Add adhesive to the whole card base and adhere the grid panel.

Next, die cut all the roses pieces from watercolor cardstock and watercolored each layer darker to create depth.

Next, I put all the pieces together.

Next, I work on the sentiment. I die cut the word love using Skinny Alphas Coverplate die. Colored it with Copic since I don’t have dark gray cardstock. Adhere to card. Then, I stamped the word sending from Dream Peony and add it to the card to finish it.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. Hope this card help brightens your day. Stay warm and I wish you all a beautiful day. Cheers.