Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Ton February Release

Hi all. Welcome to The Ton February release. For this release, we have 8 new stamps and one stand alone alphabet die for this release! The new Release orders will begin shipping on 2/22/2020. And, there's special promotion as well. Received double rewards point on all orders placed from 2/13-2/14/2020.

Now, let's get on to the project, shall we? For my card, I am showcasing this gorgeous Peony Memories Cardmaking set along with Peony Memories Coordinating Die.

I went outside my comfort zone with this card. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I tend to work with soft colors. Well, this time, I challenged myself to create with bold colors. Boy, I can tell you, it took three tries. The first two I ended up trashing it. I almost gave up, but finally blue comes to the rescue.

The cool thing about this set is the fact that pretty much you can just stamp each layer all at once. Check out Effie's video HERE to see it in action. So, as far as stamping part, this all come together pretty quick. 

It's hard to see on the pic, but before I adhere all the flowers, I speckled the card with gold inks. then i arranged the flowers on the card base.

I finish the card by die-cutting the letters from Modern Alphas Coverplate Die from foil cardstock and add it to the card. So, there you go, my bold color card. I think my next card is going back to soft coloring. Hah!!

We're giving away one stamp set of choice from our February Release. To qualify, leave a comment on each blog (The Ton Stamps blog and each design team member linked in this post). Winner will be announced on The Ton blog.

Well peeps, that's all from me today. I am currently dealing with leak on my 2nd floor and we'll have to tear out and replace our hardwood floor. So, yep, it's a bit crazy at my end. While I am trying to stay sane, I hope you're loving & enjoying this new release. Cheers...

The Ton
Vera <-- you are here
Tae Eun

Friday, January 24, 2020

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 5

It's here!! Today is the day, peeps. It's release day at SugarPea Designs and last but not least we are introducing our Friendship Sentiments set, the matching Friendship Sentiments dies & the super cool Interlocking Circles dies (my favorite!!)

For my card, I die-cut the Interlocking Circles three times and layered them together. Colored it with various ink. Before adhering it to the card base, I used one of opening from the left over from die-cutting the Interlocking Circles over the card base and used it as a mask. On the opening, I layered the Geotrihex Stencil and colored over the stencil, matching the color on the circles. Once done, adhere the Interlocking Circles over the stenciled area.

Stamped and heat embossed sentiment from Friendship Sentiments set and adhere to the card with foam adhesive. Add a strip of patterned paper to the bottom of the card. I have to say, this is my favorite card that I made for this release. It scream clean and simple design without being boring. I just love the way the circles look against the white background.

Here's a look at today's sets:

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our store? Leave a comment on SugarPea Designs blog
for your chance to win. TWO lucky commenters will be randomly selected from the Sweet Peek Week comments to win a $50 Gift Voucher! Winners will be announced on our blog: Monday, January 27th.

Please check out what my teammates has created for this release. Below are the links for their blog. Leave a comment along the way for extra chance for the giveaway. Thank you for stopping by here! Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 4

Welcome to day 4 of SugarPea Desigs release week. We're almost there!! 1 more day and all  the new sets will be available for purchase in the shop. Today we are introducing Jukebox Jive stamp, Jukebox Jive diesRock N Roll Jukebox Dies (please note all links will go lives on release day, January 24, 2020).

I stamped, colored and die cut the jukebox before adhering it to the card base. Oh yes, I stamped the border directly on the car base to ground the jukebox. I had so much fun coloring this!! I know my color combo probably not your usual jukebox color, but I figure, hey why not? Go wild! And, I just love the way it seems to glow. Feel so 80s. Hah!! Plus the font on the sentiment??? LOVE!

Here's a look at the set:

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our store? Leave a comment on SugarPea Designs blog
for your chance to win. TWO lucky commenters will be randomly selected from the Sweet Peek Week comments to win a $50 Gift Voucher! Winners will be announced on our blog: Monday, January 27th.

Please check out what my teammates has created for this release. Below are the links for their blog. Leave a comment along the way for extra chance for the giveaway. Thank you for stopping by here! Cheers....

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Ton 5th Anniversary Release

Hi everyone and welcome to The Ton 5th anniversary release. I've been with The Ton for 4 years now and am still enjoying creating for them. I think when you love the products it shows. :)

As always, this release is filled with fun and pretty sets.  We are introducing 8 new designs and there's also a free GWP (gift with purchase). The free GWP for this release is our 3x4 XOXO Peony set. This set is free with a $50 purchase*. Or spend $75* and receive our XOXO Peony and 3x4 Chickadee Greetings stamp. 

Restrictions apply. GWP promo ends on 1/31/2020
Threshold amount is calculated before taxes and shipping. 
Must type GWP in order notes. Order must include a new Anniversary Release stamp
Does not apply to prior orders. No rainchecks

Let's get on to the card shall we? For my first card, I am showcasing the new Fill It In Sentiments set.

I think this sentiment set has such a clean & modern look to it. Here I paired it up with an older Fresh Cut Carnations set. I first stamped the sentiment and making sure I left enough space to stamp the flowers. Then, I simply stamped the flowers in various color, adhere the panel to the card base and finished with some sequins.

On to my 2nd card. On this one, I used the new layered Large Florals: Peony.

I have a weak spot for flowers. Pretty much whenever Effie show us new designs, I tend to immediately pick the flower sets. And, on this card, I was pretty darn excited when I started working on it, because I get to use a way older set that need some love. Yes, I haven't used the Pragmatic Wreath forever and when I was playing on the placement of the peony, I felt like I need something extra. And flipping through my stash, I was very happy when I saw that I can use part of the wreath on this card.

Would you like to win one of the new stamp? One winner will receive a stamp of choice from our new Anniversary 2020 Release. Simply leave a comment on our blog and team member blogs for a chance to win. Comment period closes on 1/27 at midnight EST. Winners will be announced on The Ton blog on January 30th.

Also join us on Instagram as we'll be having an Instagram hop on January 23 to 25th, 2020. That's all from me today and below are the links for my teammates. Have a blessed Wednesday. :)

The Ton Blog
Tae Eun
Vera <-- you are here

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 3

Hi all. It's day 3 of SugarPea Designs release week. We're half way there and today we're introducing Geotrihex stencilBamboo Garden diesPandamonium stamp & Pandamonium dies.

I saw panda and I squeal. Hah. I love panda! They're just so cute. This panda here chewing on a bamboo is one of  my favorite from this set and here on my card, I paired it with the beautiful Bamboo Garden dies. I don't know about you, but I think the Bamboo Garden dies is simply beautiful & look so classy.

Ready for a peek of this set cuteness? Here you go:

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our store? Leave a comment on SugarPea Designs blog
for your chance to win. TWO lucky commenters will be randomly selected from the Sweet Peek Week comments to win a $50 Gift Voucher! Winners will be announced on our blog: Monday, January 27th.

The team has worked hard for this release, please check out what my teammates has created. Below are the links for their blog. Leave a comment along the way for extra chance for the giveaway. Thank you for stopping by here! Cheers.....

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 2

Hi peeps and welcome to day 2 of SugarPea Designs sweet peek week. Today we are introducing Wheelie Amazing stamp set & Wheelie Amazing dies. All product links will go live on release day, January 24, 2020.

My favorite part of this set? The doggy on the basket of course!! Hah, my love for dogs tend to rule my heart. And, that wheeeee sentiment? LOVE!

I keep my scene simple and this card comes together in a snap as I used SugarPea patterned paper set (from previous release, Happy Camper set. And, psst, now is great time stock up on the paper pads as they're all on sale right now).

Here's a peek at the sets.

For this release, SugarPea is giving away two $50 gift certificate to the shop. Simply leave a comment on SugarPea Designs blog. And, the team has create many great projects for this release, so please stop by at each blog below for more inspiration. Want extra chance for the giveaway? Simply leave a comment on each stop.

Thank you for stopping by here and see you tomorrow with more fun sets.

Monday, January 20, 2020

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 1

Hi peeps!! Welcome to SugarPea Designs first release for 2020. We have lots of fun & cute sets line up for you, so please join us this week as we're sharing sweet peeks of the sets.

Please note that all the product links will go live on release day, Friday, January 24, 2020. For today, we are introducing Later Gator stamp set, Later Gator dies, Leaf Canopy Stencil and Laurel Leaves stencil.

For my card I used all of the 4 products. To start I die cut the panel using my favorite scallop frame die from Card Front Element Builder set. Then, I masked the edges and stencil the leaves, over lapping the stencils. Next, I stamped the alligator and the panda (psst... early sneak peek here), color and die cut them. Adhere to the panel with foam adhesive. Once all done, adhere the panel to card base.

Oh, in case you're wondering whymy alligator look slightly different than on the set, I draw the eyes myself, so it looks like he's looking and smiling at the panda. 

Here's a look at the new goodies.

Would you like to win gift certificate to the shop? Simply leave a comment on SugarPea Designs blog.

Now, the team has worked hard to create fun projects for this release, please check them out and of course, leave us some love, will you.  Each comment will give you extra chance for the giveaway. That's all from me today. Hope you enjoy today's project and may your week starts off wonderfully.

Tricia Barber
you are here --> Vera Yates <-- you are here

Monday, January 6, 2020

Honey Bee Mine Blog Hop

Hi everyone and welcome to day 1 of Honey Bee Stamps Bee Mine blog hop. We are having a 2 days hop, so tomorrow please check back on Honey Bee Stamps Blog as we'll have different line up for each day. For this release, Honey Bee has quite a few fun and adorable sets that I simply adore and I hope you'll love them, too.

Hopefully, you arrive here from Bobbi Lemanski blog, but in case you're missing any link, you can always start over at Honey Bee Stamps Blog.

I personally love the way my card turned out. Introducing Pierced XOXO Heart dies, Bad Influence & Sweet Treats stamp & dies set.

Actually, when I started this card, I have completely different idea. See, I started this card with the idea of doing rainbow hearts from Pierced XOXO Heart dies and really just use the hearts as the main focal point of my card. However after coloring the hearts & messing around with it, I just didn't quite feel it.

Then as I moved the hearts around, they get twisted and all, and I was like, oh hey, this is a fun look. Once that decided, everything else just fall into place quickly. Add the cute piggy and add some sweet treats as border to ground the piggy and tadaaa.... cute card done! Hah! Happy accident card.

Oh yes, I am also patting myself on the back on this card, because it's pretty rare where I used 3 sets on 1 card. I think I'll repeat this design again with different color and different critters, simply because I really love the way it look.

Of course, we have giveaway for this release. Honey Bee is offering a  $25 gift card for each day of the hop. Simply hop along and leave comment here and on each blog. Each comment count as one entry. So, the more place you leave comment on the higher your chance. :)

Well peeps, that's all from me today I hope you enjoy today's hop. I am the last stop on today's hop. Thank you so much for stopping by here and for joining the hop. May your week starts off wonderfully.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Season's Giving Blog Hop Winners

Hi all. Happy Sunday. I am popping in to announce the winners from Season's giving Blog Hop. Thank you to all who took the time to visit and left comments on my bog. I really appreciate you all. It warmed my heart to read all the random act of kindness that you all did for others. I firmly believe that we all could choose to be kind and do something nice for others in our own way. Simple gesture of kindness do make a difference.

Without further delay, here are the winners. Congratulations to:
Teresa Doyle : Winner of package 1 - SugarPead Designs package
Nancy K: Winner of package 2 - Mix Companies package

Edited: Since I didn't from Nancy K, today 1/9/2020 I picked a new winner for package 2: SHartl 

Winners, please email me at with your mailing address. You have 3 days to claim your prize. Congrats!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

Hi'ya everyone! Happy 2020!! I wish you all a very happy New Year and may this year be a blessed, fantastic year for all of us filled with good health, prosperity and many things that makes you happy.

Welcome to the 8th annual Seasons Givings Blog Hop. What's fun & unique about this hop is every single blog that participate has giveaways. So, grab your cup of coffee or tea and browse around. Stick around and you'll see my giveaways on the bottom of  my post. :) And, big thank you to my dear friend, Latisha Yoast who organize this hop.

2019 had been quite a year for me. Creativity wise, I continue designing for SugarPea Designs, The Ton Stamps & Honey Bee Designs. I love designing for these companies & am very blessed that I get to work with them. And, thanks to Sugarpea, I had my very first illustration being made into a stamp set. You can check it out HERE. Yay!! Now, I am totally slacking in my goal to practice more on my floral watercolor. Hoping that I get to do this more in 2020.  

Caring Hearts Card Drive reached 10 year milestone & had another successful year as we collected 33,345 cards and send to over 350 nursing homes throughout the US, Canada & Australia. To some people, delivering cards for Caring Hearts has become part of their family tradition & I am so honored and humble for this.

Personally, 2019 was quite a rocky year. Hubby and I went for a vacation in May and came home to news that rock our world. The moment we landed our phone was filled with messages. My MIL had cardiac arrest and was in the ICU. And after a month battle, she passed away. This was a shock for the whole family as she was healthy and just went in for knee surgery. Wasn't expecting any of this.

Great update on my niece, Shakira, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia back in 2018. She's been doing better. She's still going through treatment and we're optimistic that hopefully by mid 2020 she can finish her treatment. Her hair starts to grow back and she can't wait to have her long hair back. I love that she interact with me more and more, though. Every time we video call, I treasure these moments. And, I love that she has such a unique name for me. 

There are many other stuff going on as well, but hey that's life, right?

My plan for 2020? I have no major goal. I just want things to be normal, to be able to find gratitude every day. Learn something new whenever possible and just enjoy & continue loving on my family.

Now, as we started the new  year, I look back and want to share my favorite projects from 2019. Seems to me that I didn't craft as much as the previous years, but that's okay. I am trying to be better at balancing family time, work and crafting time. :) 


I love purging through my stash. I've been trying to be more selective in adding to my collection and try my hardest not to hoarding craft supplies because I have limited space. So, this past month I've been cleaning up my stash and I have 2 packages to give away. One is a SugarPea Designs package and the other one is a mix package. Granted the SugarPea ones been gently used, but as you can see they still look great and works great. 

To enter the giveaway, simply follow me on Instagram HERE and comment below that you've done so. If you're already a follower, thank you and you could just mention it. And, since I love doing random act of kindness, I'd love to know what random act of kindness have you done for others lately. I feel like we all can  use some good news. :)

SuagrPea Designs Package

Mix Companies Package

Well peeps, that's all from me today. As this post go up, I would be in Jakarta visiting my mom and enjoying some much needed family time. I will be back in the States on January 9, so please bear with me. I will announce the winners on January 5, 2020, but won't be able to ship them till I come back.  
Edited to add: my trip was cancelled as I got turned around when I was trying to check in for my flight. Apparently since my passport going to expire in less than 6 months I’d get denied entry. So, had to cancel my trip for another date. Saddened by this, then I found out Jakarta is experiencing one of the worst flooding in history. Maybe this is divine intervention. I am praying for everyone that got affected by this massive flooding.

Now, grab your favorite drink and hop along. Thank you for stopping by here and I wish you all the best for 2020. May the coming year brings you luck, joy, good health and prosperity. Cheers....

Queen & Company 
you are here --> Vera Yates <-- you are here


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