Hugs For You

Hi peeps! Happy Monday! Can you believe it that we’re already in the last week of March? Time sure flies isn’t it?

Well, before we fly through this week, I am here today to bring you a creative inspiration from The Ton.

My crafty friends and I try to get together once a month and this past weekend was our monthly meeting. It was fun as everyone were so buzzing with creativity. It never fails to get my creativity going on full blast.

One of the card I worked on was this card.

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Seriously, this Peony Laurel set is one of my favorite. I stamped, colored & die cut the flower. On this card, I really didn’t have any plan on what I am going to do. I often just started with a favorite set & go from there.

Once I finished the flower, I was debating on what next & remember I have this Holiday Chic Tag dies that hasn’t got that much love. So, I decided to use it to ground my sentiment. Die cut the tag & colored it with various ink then die cut the word Hugs using one of the word dies from Peony Laurel coordinating dies set.
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Adhere the flower & the tag to the panel & adhere them to the card base. Then, stamped the other sentiments.

I can’t help but have to use the birdies from Nesting Peonies set. Did I ever tell you how much I love birdies? I love them! 🙂 Oh yes, I also added a little strip of stripes on the bottom. I think it add the perfect finishing touch to this card, so it’s not too plain.

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Well peeps, that’ all from me today. Hope you enjoy today’s card & may your week tarts off wonderfully. Cheers….

Vera

Wildflowers Washi Tape

Hi peeps! Yay for Friday. Vera here to bring some more washi tape inspiration. What can I say, I just love playing with them. Who doesn’t love playing with pretty things, right?

Today I am showcasing Wildflowers washi tape.

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For my 1st card, I adhere the washi tape to a piece of soft green cardstock. The beauty of washi tape, you can change its look by the base color you used. Then I die cut the wishes sentiment on the panel using Bold General Greeting Word Plate diesThen, die cut the sweet sentiment from Sweetheart World Plate dies set. Adhere panel to the crd base.

Die cut the wishes sentiment 3 more times from white cardstock to layer the sentiment to make it stand out from the rest of the panel. Die cut sweet sentiment again from gold foil cardstock and adhere to the card. Finish by stamping, heat embossed & die cut a butterfly using Beautiful Butterflies 1 set (adhere it with foam adhesive).

Now, on to the 2nd card. I was inspired by Effie’s card during the release (you can see the post  HERE)

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I adhere the washi tape to a piece of  cardstockand then fussy cut it. Before adhering it to the card base, I blended some Rose Quartz ink to the card base. Then I partially ink up the Mini Hearts Cling Background stamp and stamped the corner of the card for a bit of accent. Adhere the cut out, stamp the sentiment from Dearest Peony set and finished by adding some Rose Champagne Sparkle sequins mix.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. It’s been a pretty crazy hectic week for me, so I sure am looking forward to a quiet weekend to just chill with the doggies. Hope you enjoy today’s inspiration. Have a fabulous weekend everyone! Cheerrrssss……

Cosmo Beauty

Hi peeps! How’ it going? Vera here today.

I have to say that I really can’t complain about Houston winter. Our winter is very mild compare to so many other part of the country. I appreciate the cold moment we have since it’s rare.

And, the good thing about winter, that  means more time inside the house = more crafting time. Hah!

For today, I play with the beautiful Today’s Cosmos stamp & dies set.

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This is how my mind been working overtime lately. I started the card with the intention of doing watercolor. I stamped & heat embossed the flowers on a piece of watercolor cardstock and then proceed to color them with Copic markers.

Yep, I completely forgot my original plan. As soon as I finished coloring, I was like why this cardstock felt different? Then it dawned on me, duh…. I supposed to watercolor these. Oh well, I am not one to waste material, especially when I already colored it. Part of getting old or just brain working over time? 😉

Before I adhere the flowers, I stamped the white cardstock panel with Peony Close Up Cling background stamp. Subtle but enough to add a bit of interest to the card.

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I adhere the flowers with foam adhesive and curl the edge of the flowers for added interest. Also for the center of the yellow flowers I dotted some Nuvo liquid enamel. Finished by stamping the sentiment.

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. Hope you enjoy today’s card. I have quite a few ideas swirling in my head right now & this weekend I am planning a crafting get together with some friends, so hoping that my mojo cooperate & stay active as I am hoping to get quite a few cards done. See you again next Tuesday. Cheers…

Vera

Birthday Lanterns

Hi peeps. Vera here today with a weekend inspiration from The Ton.

I got to say that from the recent new release, the Special Day Lanterns is one of my favorite. I actually finished today’s cards a couple weeks ago, because I just wanted to keep playing with it.

First, up is this pink card.

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For this card, I started by stamping the lantern with Caviar ink pad on a panel of white cardstock. Then I stamped all the other images using Peach Blossom, Hollywood Star, Soft Garnet, Lemon Drop & Arctic Sky.

After stamping all  the images, I felt it was a bit flat & I always like extra dimension, so I stamped & die-cut one of the lantern using the coordinating Special Days Lantern dies set and adhere it to the panel with foam adhesive. Somehow this little change make the card more fun in my opinion.

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For the sentiment, I used the birthday sentiment from Toned Squares set. After making sure I am happy with the way it looks, I trimmed the panel and adhere it to the card base. Finish by adding some sequins mix from Pink Diamond Couture Mix.

Now, funny story on the next card. It supposed to be my original card for this post. I almost done with it and decided I messed it up when I added the border on the bottom & I wasn’t too happy with the color combo. So, I was going to throw it away. I started the pink card and change the color theme, the whole nine yard.

Well, cleaning up the table & about to toss this card, looking at it again, I ended up changing my mind, thinking that’s it’s not bad after all. So, I finished it & here it is.

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Pretty much, same step as the pink card. This card is a tall card though, measured 3″ x 6.5″ . For the bottom border I partial stamp the frame from Pretty Mail set. Seriousy, when I first stamped it, I was like, darn it I went too far. The card now looks to busy. A couple hours later, I think differently. Hah!

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I finished this card by adding some mixed size dew drops. And the sentiment is from Dearest Peony set.

So, does that ever happen to you? Where you’re going to trash a project & decided to continue & keep it after all? Part of it starts because I am big time into recycling & not being wasteful. So, that part of me, guilt trip myself for throwing good piece of cardstock & force me to really look at it & see if I can save it. I have to say at the end it turned out pretty good after all.

Well peeps, that’s all from me & my method of madness for today. I hope you enjoy today’s projects. Thank you for swinging by here and may your Thursday be an awesome one. Cheers….

Vera

You Are Amazing

Hi peeps! How’s it going? For those of you that celebrate Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with your loved ones. Hubby and I just had a quiet one with just us and the the puppies. This is literally our first Christmas being home and not going anywhere and it’s actually pretty nice & relaxing to stay in our pjs all day long. 🙂

Anyway, with long weekend, that means time in the craft room. I love The Ton large flower sets, and this Gardenia Wishes is no exception. As usual, I decided to try out unusual color combo. I want to combine soft coloring with bold sentiment.

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To start, I stamped the flower with Caviar ink, die cut it and then color it with Copic markers.

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Then put it aside and I work on the card base. For the sentiment I used the Seriously Amazing Sentiments set and stamped it with Italian Denim ink. I love, love the modern look of this set.
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Once I am done with the sentiment, I arranged the flowers on the card and adhere it with adhesive foam. If you look at this flower on the set, you might notice that it looked slightly different on my card. I trimmed the leaves on the right side and tuck them in on the top left and right of the leaf cluster.

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Finished by adding some mixed size dew drops. And, that’s it. I think this card would be great encouragement card for anyone who could use a cheer or a lifting up message. I for one, love reminding my friends that they’re amazing just the way they are. I think it’s important for us to lift each other up, be kind to one another, don’t you agree?

Well peeps, thank you for all your support for The Ton throughout 2018. We’re looking forward to sharing more awesome sets with you in 2019!! I wish you all a great New Year and may 2019 be a year filled with blessings and good health for all. Cheers….

Vera

Christmas Poinsettia

Hi peeps! Vera here today. Only 6 more days till Christmas! And, yes, yours truly is still working on her Christmas cards. Hah… I am a firm believer in that better late than never in this case.  😉

Anyway, for today, I decided to play with the beautiful Coming Up Poinsettia set.

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I ink up the gradient background by using masking tape to cover the border. Once that done, I stamped, heat embossed the poinsettia with Rose Gold embossing powder on a piece of watercolor cardstock. Then I went to town watercolor this beauty. Let dry.

Now, when I am stress out sometime I feel the need to do fussy cutting and that’s what I did here. I don’t know what is it about fussy cutting that help me in calming down my stress or frustration. It’s like cheap therapy. Hah!!

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Once that done, I layer the panel on dark green cardstock and adhere the poinsettia with foam adhesive. Follow by stamping the Merry Christmas sentiment from Good Tidings Cluster set on a strip of cardstock and again adhere to the card with foam adhesive. I just like layering this way. Finish by adding some mix size dew drops.

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This color combo not quite the standard Christmas color, but  not too far off, either in my opinion. Ahh, the beauty of art and crafting,right? You can use whatever colors that make you happy. Try out new combo, just have fun!

Well peeps, that’s all from me today. Hope you enjoy today’s inspiration and if you’re behind like me on your Christmas cards, just keep chugging along. 😉 Cheers……

Vera

 

Cheerful Holiday Season

Hi peeps! Vera here. Usually Thanksgiving morning is not too hectic in our household,  so I’ll most likely be spending it crafting. For me, Thanksgiving kind of mark the day that I better get my Christmas card making in high gear. With that in mind (since I am behind), today I make a fun shaker Christmas card using the fabulous Wonderland Print sets to get my pile going.

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Seriously, if you’re doing a one layer card for mass production, this is the set. You can literally complete a bunch of card with this set in just an hour. However for today’s post I want to make shaker card since I haven’t done one for a while.

I started by stamping the poinsettia frame using Hollywood Star, Soft Garden and Bright Fern. Then I die cut it using the matching Wonderland Print dies. Before I adhere the acetate, I lightly marked the opening area with pencil on a piece of white cardstock.

Trim the white cardstock slightly smaller than the frame and adhere it to the card base. Next, stamp the flamingo from Darling Flamingos set & die cut it. Since this set is not really for Christmas, I decided to free hand draw the Santa’s hat, color it with Copic, trim it and add it to the flamingo. Before adhering it to the panel, I kind of estimate where it’s going to go to make sure there’s enough space for the sentiment. To be safe, I stamped the sentiment (from Coming Up Poinsettias set) & then adhere the flamingo.
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Add a piece of acetate to the back of the frame and then add foam tape all around. Carefully sprinkle the gorgeous Frosted Spearmint Couture Mix to the center of the card and then laid the frame on top of it and that’s it!

I think opening a shaker card gives you an extra delight, don’t  you think? Well peeps, you probably have tons of activity going on for today, so that’s all from me today. Hope you like it and on behalf of The Ton, we wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. May you have a lovely time with your loved ones. Cheerssss….

Vera

Sending Gardenia Love & Hugs

Hi everyone. Vera here today bringing you a floral inspiration on behalf of The Ton.

I am so in love with the beautiful Gardenia Wishes set and for today card I want to share how I used this set to fill a whole card front.

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To start I stamped the image on top left corner and bottom right corner of the panel. Colored with Copic markers. Once that done, I die cut the word love and hugs from Peony Laurel dies set directly on the panel.

 

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I want to make the word popped up a bit, so I die cut the words three more times to create a thick layers.

Now, if you see my panel above, you see I didn’t color the area in between the flowers. Well, after I adhere the panel to the card base, I was adding some shading around the flower and ended up coloring the whole area with super soft green (G0000 in case you’re wondering and G00).

To finish, I stamped the word “SENDING” & “AND” and also added some mixed size dew drops.
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Well, I hope you enjoy today’s inspiration. I am scheduling this post in advance as on this date I am scheduled to be in Singapore and seeing my niece for the first time since she was diagnosed with leukemia. Thank God that she’s been responding well to the chemo, but I personally been struggling with the feeling of helplessness of not being able to  be with my family during this time.

So, this short trip means a lot to me. Just to be able to hug her, hug my mom and my brothers. I’ll be back on the States in a few days and sure appreciate any prayers you could send to my niece & for safe trip back for me & hubby. 🙂

That’s all from me today. May your mid week be a wonderful one. Cheers….

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