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

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