Peonies Birthday Shaker Card

Good morning and happy Easter! Vera here to share a fun shaker card. I am so into shaker card at the moment. Especially with having several fabulous couture mix from The Ton. They are simply so pretty and I couldn’t resist playing with them.

Here’s a look at the card:

I start with a panel that I trimmed slightly smaller than the card base. Then using my mini MISTI (which is available at The Ton shop under boutique) and the MISTI Creative Corner I draw the gray stripes using the wide end of my Copic.

Once that done, I die cut the rectangle opening using Modern Labels Coordinating Dies, adhere the acetate piece and stamped the sentiment from Modern Labels. I love all the beautiful sentiment on this set.

For the shaker, I used the Disco Spring Couture Mix and added a little bit of Periwinkle Seed Beads and Fairy Pink Sparkling sequins.

For the flower, I used Peony Cluster Mini. For now, this set is not available for purchase till May 2015. But, you will get it for free with any purchase of $150 and more. I didn’t get a chance to play with it during the release week, and been itching to play with it, because it is a pretty awesome set.

I stamped the image twice, heat embossed them with Rose Gold embossing powder and then color them with Copic. Then die cut them using the coordinating dies and adhere them to the front of the shaker opening.

I hope you find this card as fun and enjoy it as much as I enjoy making it. Well, peeps, that’s all from me today. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend and if you celebrate Easter, happy Easter and may you have a blessed one. Till next time….

Vera New

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.

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?!

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.

Cheers….. 🙂


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? 😉

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.

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….


A Million Thanks

Hi peeps! How’s it going at  your corner of the world? Vera here today. I am currently enjoying the mild winter weather in the South. Seriously, we were celebrating Christmas in short sleeve T-shirt because it was so warm.

Now that the festivity has passed and time for setting up new year’s resolution. One of my new year’s resolution is to be better at mailing out my handmade cards. I think snail mail is a dying art and it’s important to keep it alive. Like, by actually mailing out thank you card. I tend to just email people a thank you note, but the actual card would be more awesome, right?

So, with that in mind, I start to build up my thank you card stash. Start with this beauty from Always Cherry Blossoms set.

I first use my Silhouette to cut the curved panel. My poor Silhouette, I used to use it all the time when I used to submit for publication and now it’s been sitting quietly on my desk for a while and only been used now & then. Hah… I actually used it this time just to make sure it’s still working!

Then, I stamped the cherry blossoms branch on the card panel a few times, varying the angle to get different look and colored them with Copic marker. Before adhering the panel to  the card base, I stamped the sentiment which I got from Happiest Peonies set.

Adhere panel with foam tape and add some mixed size dew drops. I really love the fun detail this dew  drop embellishment add to a card. The mix size is definitely the way to go in my book. I always love mixing size. On the flowers itself, I added some liquid enamel for extra texture.

Well peeps, there you have it. A clean but elegant thank you card. I hope you like the card and with that I also want to thank you for all your support for The Ton in 2016. It’s been a pleasure for me bringing ideas for you through The Ton. Thank you for stopping by here and here’s to a fabulous 2017!


Mistletoe Kisses

Hi peeps. Vera here today for hump day take over on The Ton blog. Only 4 more days till Christmas! Hah…. I haven’t even get my presents wrapped. And…. yep, still need to clean my house, too, to get it ready for Christmas dinner.

Anyhoo…. house cleaning can wait, right? When there’s card making to be done, we need to get the priority right. Hah! 😉 Just kidding. I am just procrastinating at starting the cleaning chore.

Instead, I played and made this fun card.

I stamped and heat embossed the Poinsettia Garden Background on a piece of watercolor cardstock, then colored it with ZIG Kuretake watercolor brush. Love their brilliant colors. Once that done, I trimmed the panel and put it aside.

Next, I stamped Minor Stripes Background directly on the card base using versamark. I wanted to add pattern without overwhelming the whole design. So, subtle pattern is the way to go. Then, I adhere the poinsettia panel on the card base and stamped  the mistletoe sentiment from Mistletoe Kisses vertically on the side of the panel. I used misty here, so I can re-stamped the sentiment a couple times to get the white ink to really show up.

And, I am really into playing with liquid enamel, right now. So, I added some liquid enamel to make my card for extra texture and also to make it more festive.

Actually, this is the 1st year in a while where I am actually short of Christmas cards. So, yep, this one being used right away.

I hope you enjoy today’s inspiration and I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas. May your Christmas be merry & joyful. Hugs to you all!



Happiness Is A Warm Puppy

Hi peeps! How’s it going? Vera here. Am so happy it’s Friday.  Today, I have a set of mini cards to share with you that I hope you’ll love as much as I do.

Here’s a look of the trio mini card that I made using  Dog Life  with its coordinating dies, and Love And A Dog.

Now, those that  knows me, know that I am a big time Pug lover. So, when Effie showed me this puggy drawing while she’s working on the set, I literally squealed with joy. And, I also love unicorn, so what better way than combine both of my love, right? Here comes….Pugnicorn!!

Oh yeah, the Pugnicorn rainbow horn is also shimmer with pretty glitter. After all they’re magical creature. 😉 The pretty sequins here is Bellini sequins.

Next, a Frank Sinatra pug. LOL, I don’t now, the hat just make me think of Frank Sinatra. On this card, I used Yellow Belly sequins.

Last, but no least is this super snazzy pug. Isn’t he looks so stylish with its top hat and tie?? The Rock The Boat Blue sequins are the perfect complement to bring more happy color to this card, don’t you think?

I love making mini cards. Sometime, when I don’t feel like I have much mojo, the small space make it workable & open my mind. It’s a trick that works well for me. I hope these cards make you smile. That’s all from me today and may your weekend starts off wonderfully!!

Merry & Bright

Hi peeps. Vera here. Well, look at that, we’re already in the middle of the week. I don’t know about you, but I like Wednesday as it means I am only two days away from the weekend. 🙂

I am still growing my Christmas card stash, so… on to more Christmas card from me. This time, I used Fresh Cut Poinsettia (Coord. Outlines) set. And, am so excited that I finally have the Fresh Cut Poinsettia Coordinating Dies. As much as I love fussy cutting, having the dies definitely help. Especially when you’re short on time.
For this card, I decided to give my ol’ but goody vellum stash some playing time. The vellum just give you a different look and texture that I do enjoy from time to time.

I first stamp and heat embossed all the images on vellum, then color them on the back side with Copic marker. To add some glamorous touch, I used the beautiful Adhesive Glitter Paper Gold. Seriously, this adhesive paper is perfect for adding pretty, fancy glitter without all the mess.

For finishing touch I stamped sentiment from Mistletoe Kisses set and added texture using liquid enamel around the card. Clean, simple, yet it let the flower shine & take the center stage.

That’s all from me today. Enjoy your day and have a fab day! Cheers…

From Our Family To Yours

Good morning, lovely peeps. Vera here today to start off the week here.

So, I’ve been playing quit a bit with Fresh Cut Poinsettias and usually I go with the non-traditional color, but today I chose a color that much closer to the traditional poinsettia color. It’s not quite red, but more in pinky tone. 🙂


I am mixing it with Outlines Holiday Cones with sentiment from Mistletoe Kisses set.

I first stamped the poinsettia and then masked it before stamping the leaves and the pine cones, which I color with Copic. For the poinsettia I used Rose Quartz, Hollywood Stars and Cosmopolitan Pink. I cut an opening for the candle, by cutting around the top part of the poinsettia. Then I stamped the candle, fussy cut it and insert it on the slit opening.

Come to think of it, I could just leave the masking on the poinsettia and stamped the candle, but I like adding depth and texture to my card. Also, since I love shimmer, I brushed the poinsettia with shimmer marker. Here’s a closer look to show the pretty shimmer.

Oh, the pretty strip of glitter is the pink glitter tape from the Sampler Pack. I sure do love this glitter tape, since it allowed me to add glitter without the mess.

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

Epitome of Grace

Hi there. Vera here today for the midweek take over of the Ton blog.

I’ve been away for a much needed vacation time with hubby to Portland, Oregon and it really took me a while to get back on the swing of creating. As always, when I am stuck I reached for my favorite sets.

This time, I went for the beautiful Lucky Tulip, inspired by my recent visit to Portland Rose Garden. Granted, it was rose garden, but for my card, I was feeling the tulip. Hah!

I first stamped the tulip directly on the card panel, then stamped the image again on a piece of scrap paper to use it for masking. Placing the mask on the first bloom, I stamped the tulip once again, then I went to town coloring with copic markers.

On the card base, I adhere a strip of the thin gold glitter tape on the bottom. Once that done, I trimmed the card panel and adhere it to  the card base. Finished with sentiment from Graceful Rose and some sprinkle of the beautiful Fairy Pink Sparkling Clear sequins.

CAS card tend to make my heart happy, just like this card. I hope you like it, too. That’s all from me today. It’s a short take over. Hah. Hope you have a fabulous hump day! Cheers…




Lovely Peony Bloom

Hi there lovely peeps. How’s thing going? Vera here today.

For today, I sure would like to wish you all a lovely day. To convey my message, I played with Peony Garden Cling Background and made this card.

I venture out and played with some unusual color combo. I used Cali Blue, Caribbean Turquoise, Bright Emerald, and Miami Cool ink pad to color the flowers. I wouldn’t say that this is my typical color combo and honestly it took me a while to decide whether I like it or not. Yes, it finally grew on me, although I wouldn’t say this is something that I’d do often. It is unique though, at least for me.

I dabbed the ink pad directly on the cling background stamp. I simply wiped the area where I don’t want the color and even if there’s some overlap that’s okay. That’s the beauty of using various color on one piece of stamp. Once that done, I trimmed the panel in angle and finish the card by stamping the sentiment from Graceful Rose and of course, I couldn’t do without sprinkling some Bermuda Blue sequins and Soft Mint Gelato Couture Mix.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. Hope my card inspire you to try out new color combination that you normally wouldn’t consider. Thank you so much for stopping by here and we appreciate all your support for The Ton. Enjoy your Friday!