Sending Love & Healing

Hi there lovely peeps. How’s it going? Vera here today for a mid week inspiration from The Ton.

As I have mention previously, I am currently watercolor obsessed. Granted, I am no where close to the amazing watercolor artist out there, but for I sure am having fun practicing.

For today, I am playing with the beautiful Coming Up Dahlias set.

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I started by stamping the flower with very light color ink. Then I watercolor the image with Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor. What I notice is I tend to do watercolor using wet on dry technique. The color doesn’t bleed as much and you can see the color transition more. I am only recently really getting into watercolor & still on my way to really find my style.

Once I am happy with the coloring, I then enhance the flowers outline with just slightly damp watercolor brush. Adhere the panel to the card base. For the sentiment, I used Brushed Hugs set and stamp & heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of black cardstock.

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I can’t resist adding a little butterfly from Beautiful Butterflies 1 to complete the card and of course, my favorite embellishment, some Mixed Dew Drops.

So, which way is your preferred way to color flowers? Copic, watercolor or colored pencil? I love using both, Copic & watercolor. But, for now I am leaning toward watercolor. All I can say is that I am so glad that The Ton has so many gorgeous flower sets for me to practice on.

Well peeps, I hope you enjoy today’s inspiration and may your week be a fabulous one. Cheers…..

Vera

Unicorn Love

Hi peeps! How’s it going? Vera here today bringing you Friday inspiration from The Ton.

I spent my 4th of July stamping & coloring since it was a rainy day in Houston. What better way spending rainy day than stamping & coloring, right? Well, that and snuggling with my pups & reading, of course. 🙂

Anyway, I decided to give some love to Lavish Donuts & Unicorns Bundle set, since it’s been a while since I play with this set. And, here’s the result:

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I really, really love the way this card turned out. This purple, blue & green color combo is so pretty.

Now, a lot of time when I make my card, I create at random. Sometime, I have plan and sometime I don’t. Or I have plan and then deviate from that plan. Hah!

So, for this card, I started by stamping & heat embossing the ears and the unicorn horn with copper embossing powder. Then, in all honesty, I messed up my card along the way (that’s what happened when you don’t pay attention that there’s ink on your finger and you touch the card you’re working on). I don’t like to waste, so I just die cut the ears & horn using Lavish Unicorn Ears & Horn Bundle dies and adhere it to a new panel.

Stamp & die cut the flowers (love, love the combination of Soft Amethyst & Orchid Crush) and adhere to the card with foam adhesive. Stamped the eyes and the sentiment (I used the I Love You from Coming Up Daisies set) with Caviar ink. Added a bit of eye shadow to the eyelashes with Copic and then add some shimmer to it. After all, unicorn is all glitter and rainbow, right? 😉

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Now, this is what happened when you didn’t plan well. After I was done, I looked at the card & thought, oh darn it, the card would look better with some sprinkles from Toned Squares. I can’t remove the horn & the ears since they’re already glued down. So, I decided to strategically cover some area and try to stamped the Toned Squares without messing up the card. Some of the ink didn’t stamp perfectly as I was too nervous when I press down the stamp. No worries, that’s where Copic come handy. I simply fill in the square areas with it. 🙂

I made this card just for my niece who’s been in my mind lately. She’s going through some stuff & I simply want to let her know that I love her & think the world of her. She’s my sunshine & my unicorn. 🙂

Well peeps, that’s all from me on this fine Friday. May your Friday be a great one (after all it’s almost weekend!!). Cheers….

Vera

Shimmery Rainbow Hello

Hi peeps! How’s it going? Vera here. As promised, I m back with another fun project to share with you on this fine Monday.

The moment I saw the Geo Mountain Coverplates, I was like I must have this collection! Granted, my arm got quite an exercise running the dies (I know, I know I still have the old school Cuttlebug, haven’t upgrade to the fancy machine, yet), but oh it’s so worth it!

Here’s the proof. 🙂

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For this card I used the Geo Mountain Coverplate B. I could layer the pieces with the other plates, but after seeing this, I decided to keep the layer simple and stick to just this 1 layer. Next, I work on watercoloring the background. Once it dry, I adhere the die cut piece to the watercolor background & adhere them to the card base.

For the sentiment part, I combined a couple of the adhesive glitter paper with the hello from Bold General Greeting Word dies set. Adhere to the center of the card.
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Then, I reached for an oldie but a goodies sets, the Mini Wild Floral set & dies and Pragmatic Wreath set & dies). I inked the leaves with Blue Diamond and the flower with Peach Blossom. Added some shadow to the images with Copic and then arrange them on the card & voila…. a shimmery hello card that I sure hope will delight anyone who receive it.

Well peeps, I hope you have a gorgeous Memorial Day and let us remember the reason for this day, to honor all who serves in the military. To those who serve, thank you to you & your family for all that you do, for your sacrifices, your bravery. Have a blessed Memorial Day everyone.

Vera

Blooming Peony Hello

Hi peeps! How’s it going? Vera here today. I recently went on a trip to Portugal to meet with my family from Indonesia and I was away for about 10 days. I just came back, so I am still trying to get back into the swing of thing.

Making this card was literally my first time back in the craft room after the trip. It’s amazing that even a few days off can make me feel slightly rusty. But, hey, when you get to works with beautiful stamp it does help to get the mojo going.

I decided to play with Blooming Peony Garden Cling Background.

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I stamped the image directly on the card panel using Hollywood Star. I did use Misti to do this so I can repeat the process a couple times as I really want to get the solid area covered well.

Once I am happy with the stamp result, I added shadow to the image using Copic markers. Light pink on the flower and light blue on the leaves. Then, I die cut the word “hello” using Bold General Greeting Word Plate Dies. Make sure you keep all the pieces as you could use them to make 2 cards that way. I just keep the pieces in a ziploc to keep them all together.

Before adhering the panel to the card base, I adhere Silver Adhesive Glitter Paper for border and on the area where the word hello is. I kind of just eyeing it and make sure my silver piece is big enough to cover the hello opening. Then simply adhere the panel and for extra oomph, I covered the whole panel with shimmer marker. Here’s a close up look that show the pretty shimmer on the card. On my computer screen, I feel like the shimmer does show,  but not as brilliant as on my I-phone. If you follow me on Instagram (my account is under the name wirianta), you could see the card in more close up & really see the shimmer.
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Working with the large flower cling background set (and you know The Ton has a bunch of them) is great to do set a you can just stamp them in various colors and easily make a fun set of boom card. Well peeps, I hope you enjoy today’s post and that’s all from me for now. I’ll be back with more beauties on Monday, so stay tune! I wish you all a great Memorial Day weekend. Have a great day, y’all!

Jigsaw Hearts & A Thank You

Hi peeps! How are y’all doing? Vera here today. Being in Texas I sure been enjoying the nice, spring weather. And, yes, with last Sunday time spring forward, all is well in my world. I love having more daylights. It makes me happy. And, my puppies enjoying it, too. They get to play on the backyard more.

Speaking about puppies…, I actually made 2 cards featuring puppies! I am a doggy lover at heart and when I saw the new Heart Jigsaw Dies (Stitched Version), I just know I want to mix it with Love & A Dog.

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For this card, I first colored a cardstock panel with distress ink and flicked some water on it to create some pattern. Then I run the Heart Jigsaw dies over it and adhere to the card base. Then I stamped and die cut the dog and adhere to card with pop dots. Added a strip of patterned paper and stamped the sentiment from Perfect Fit Sentiment. Finished by adding Pink Sugar Sparkling Clear Sequin, Bermuda Blue Sequin and Glass Slipper Sequin.

 

On to the next card. This time I play with Heart Jigsaw Dies (Cut Version)  Same step, except this one I just colored the panel with one color. I feel like this second card has more modern feeling. Maybe because of the navy stripe on the bottom.

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Now, since I was on a card making mode, I decided to switch direction & made a more serious looking card. Hah, whenever I do non cutesy or sweet card, I always call it serious looking card.

Besides dogs, I love birds. Well, really I love animal in general. Anyway, I wanted to play with The Ton Winter Cardinal  and its coordinating dies set? Well, I decided to color it with a bit more springy color. I added some shades to the bird with Copic and once I am happy with the coloring then I adhere the bird to the card base that I already covered with patterned paper.

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I finished the card by stamping the thank you sentiment from Occasion Confetti set.

I know, I know, I am a bit all over the place with my cards for today’s post, but hey, that’s how I work. I just follow my gut and create however I feel. Even if the cards not related in theme, I still want to share it. 🙂

Well peeps, that’s all for today. 3 cards in 1 post is quite an achievement for me. Hope you enjoy the cards and thank you for stopping by here. Don’t forget we also have our March challenge going on and you have till the end of the month to play along. Check out the challenge detail and enter your project HERE.

Trio of Cards

Hi peeps! How’s it going? Vera here today to bring you some fun, crafty projects for this weekend.

I am an over achiever today… hah… because I actually have 3 cards to share with you. Let’ get on with it, shall we? For my first card, I used the new Geometric Circles Cover Plate to cut out the background out of gold pearl paper.

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How gorgeous is this geometric pattern? I think it’s stunning and made such an elegant background. To soften the look I combine it with a set from previous release, the Fresh Cut Carnations stamp along with its coordinating diesAfter I layered the flowers on the card, then I stamped the thinking of you sentiment from Penned Sentiments set. Finished by adding some sequins from Mint Sugar Couture Mix.

The next couple cards I totally went pastel, cause I am ready for spring!! I had lots of fun watercoloring this card, using the gorgeous 2 Piece Foliage Coverplate Die.

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I die cut this piece out of watercolor cardstock and did loose watercoloring on it. Once it dry, I adhere it to  the card base and finish it by stamping the sentiment from Large Peony 4 set and adhere some mix size dew drops.

Now, my last but not least card is a bit more brighter, using Best Day Ever Floral Coverplate die.

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When I saw this dies, I was like oohh, ahh…., cause it’s just beautiful!! Just like the previous card, I die cut this out of watercolor cardstock and just watercolor the flowers and the leaves and leave the sentiment clean. I added an extra sentiment from Penned Sentiments set (I edit the sentiment by cutting out the scripty happy birthday part).

There you go, 3 cards using the latest 3 new dies from The Ton. I hope you like them and hopefully get you inspired. Don’t forget, The Ton also have monthly challenge and you still have a few more days to join our February challenge. Hope you can join us. That’s all from me  today and may you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Cheers….

Vera New

Holiday Ornaments

Hi everyone! How’s it going? Vera here today. This past week been quite a whirlwind as this is the last week of Caring Hearts Card Drive (The Ton is one of the generous sponsor for the card drive). Let just say, every night after work, I sleep, eat, breath cards.

As of last night I have unpacked about 15,912 cards. Yep, my dining room been taken over by cards.

Anyway, since I am surrounded by Christmas cards, of course for today I also have to go with Christmas theme. Using the beautiful Holiday Ornaments set I made 2 cards that I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy making them.

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For this first card, I simply stamped the ornaments in various colors and then covered them with Sparkle Noir sparkle marker. Finished by stamped the sentiment & adding some sequins from Blue Ice Couture mix.

Next I went with watercolor.

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I just love this color combo! I first watercolor the card panel and then let it dry. Once it dry, I stamped and heat embossed the ornaments and hand drawn the lines with glitter pen. For the embellishment, just like t he first card, I used Blue Ice Couture mix.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. May your Friday be a fabulous one. Cheers….

Vera New

 

 

Trio of Cards

Hi peeps! How’ thing going? Vera here today. Right after hurricane Harvey, I managed to get out of Houston for a bit to meet up with my whole family. I haven’t seen  my brothers for 3 years, so this was a big deal for me.

Anyway, after a few weeks of no crafting, I am back in full swing and I actually have 3 cards to share with you today. Booyah! 😉

First up is this magnolia beauty featuring the Magnolia Fields Cling Background stamp.

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I start by stamping the image to a card panel and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then add some coloring with Copic markers. Once that done I adhere the panel to  the card base and add the sentiment from Occasion Confetti set and hat embossed it with the Rose Gold embossing powder.

Then I stamped, colored the bicycle and the flowers from Beautiful Day Bicycle set and die-cut it using its matching dies. I really love the way this card turned out and yes, I have a friend in mind to whom  this card will go to.

Next, I played with the new Waterfall set.

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On a piece of cardstock panel, I stamped the waterfall image and the sentiment. Adhere the panel to the card base. Then I realized that this waterfall scene is perfect to combine with the majestic Eagle set. Having the Eagle matching dies definitely help making this card in a jiffy. Now, I have a masculine card handy (which is very rare for me).

And, last but not least, I played with City Girls: Book Life stamp & its coordinating dies.

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I stamped and colored the girl with the book image first, die-cut it and then adhere directly to the card base. Oh and I kind of guessing where I want the sentiment and stamped that before I glued down the image. I also popped the book for extra dimension. Once that done, I stamped the Anemone Cluster Mini image, colored and die-cut it using the Anemone Mini Cluster dies. Adhere the image with pop-dots. And, voila, I am done.

So, there you go. 3 cards from me today that I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy making them. That’s all from me today. I have my mom in town staying with me for a while, so I am treasuring my moment with her. May your Friday  be a fabulous one. Cheers…

Vera New

 

Peony Terrace

Hi Peeps! How’s it going? Vera here today to starts off the week at The Ton blog.

During the release week, I made a card where I stamped on patterned paper and I received quite a few comments on it where people mentioned what a neat idea that is. So, I thought for my card today, I want to show another stamping on patterned paper technique.
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When stamping on patterned paper, it’s important to keep in mind the pattern on the patterned paper itself. You don’t want to use patterned paper that has busy pattern here your stamp image would be lost among the pattern. And, you also want to consider the theme of the card.

For my card, I am using the beautiful Peony Terrace Cling Background stamp. And, since I plan on making sympathy card, I chose words pattern paper, so the flowers would stand out against the word pattern and it also convey the feeling of calmness.

I simply heat embossed the image with white embossing powder and then adding some colors with Copic markers to accentuate the flowers more.

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Once that done, I adhere the panel to the card base and added sentiment from Basic Labels set. Finished by adding a couple Seaglass Blue Dew Drops. I am really loving the way this dew drop looks on this card. The color simply match the mood of the card.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. I hope you enjoy today’s card and thank you so much for stopping by here. May your week starts off wonderfully.

Vera New

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:

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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.

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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