Sunday, August 9, 2020

Caring Hearts Card Drive & Bring Smiles to Seniors

As many of you know, I started Caring Hearts Card Drive back in 2009 with the goal of sending out holiday card to the elderly that lives in nursing homes to let them know that they still matter & not forgotten.

Throughout the year, the card drives grow so much thanks to the support of generous card makers all over the world. I am proud and grateful that I was able to do it for 10 years in a row. 

As usual, around this time of the year, I started getting quite a few emails asking if I am hosting it again this year. This card drive is my labor of love and a cause that's really close to my heart as I dedicated it to my mom. After long thoughts and consideration, I have decided not to host it for this year. I need to take a break as I want to focus on my family time. This is not a decision that I make lightly. I don't want to disappoint the people that expecting our cards every year.

However, I am delighted to share that Ron Tyson from Bring Smiles to Seniors organization have contacted me and offer to take over and continue the effort. And, the good thing about Ron's organization, they have dedicated team of volunteers and they send the cards all throughout the year. Not just on holidays. So, you can send in your thinking of you cards or any extra cards you have to them any time. Yay!!

Here's a little bit about Bring Smiles to Seniors on their own words.

Bring Smiles to Seniors is in its 5th year of sending cards to senior communities all across the country. We work with schools, civic groups, individuals and companies to make and decorate greeting cards. These cards are then sent to nursing homes, assisted & independent living communities, seniors at home and those participating in elderly nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels. This year Bring Smiles to Seniors will be sending to our Caring Heart Senior Communities for us (my genuine thank you to Ron for this offer)

This organization is a 501(c)(3) non profit and sends to senior communities all throughout the year. They have sent over 106,000 cards so far in 2020. With seniors in isolation the need is great. They welcome holiday and every day cards, with messages or without, which can be sent to them at Bring Smiles to Seniors P.O. Box 226 Odessa, FL 33556. You can learn more about them on their website at, on their facebook page at or on instagram @bringsmilestoseniors. If you have questions you can email them at

Please feel free to share this info. I am hoping to host the card drive again in 2021. I am not sure. What I am sure is I am grateful for Bring Smiles to Seniors for their commitment & mission. Their offer brings me comfort knowing that the residents of nursing homes will continue to get cards, which I am sure during this current time are needed even more. 

Thank you all again for all your support this past 10 years. I hope you will continue sending in your cards by sending them to Bring Smiles to Seniors. Kindness matter and sharing handmade kindness definitely make a difference. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Hero Arts & Honey Bee Stamps Collaboration Blog Hop

Hi peeps. Welcome to Hero Arts & Honey Bee collaboration blog hop. Two awesome companies partnering up and collaborate to create this great set.

If you're following the hop, you should arrive here from Mindy Eggen blog. If not and you want to find the complete list of the hop participants please check out Hero Arts blog & Honey Bee Blog. I am your last stop for the hop. 

Now, let's get on to the card, shall we?

I think now, more than ever we need encouragement & show appreciation of the good people around us. I choose to use the sentiment you rock as I have someone in mind for this card.

Fun set, right? And, the variety of sentiments on this set... love! There's sentiment to cover encouragement, thank you, love, etc. 

To celebrate this collaboration, we are giving away TWO $50 shopping sprees during this hop - one to the Hero Arts store, and one to Honey Bee Stamps! Winners will be drawn from the comments left across the hop - comment on more blogs for more chances to win! Enter by Wednesday, July 15th at 11:59pm pacific, and the winners will be announced on the Hero Arts and Honey Bee Stamps blogs the following week.

Well peeps, that's all from me. Thank you for stopping by. Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Honey Bee Hello Summer Release Blog Hop

Hi all & welcome to day 2 of Honey Bee Hello Summer release blog hop. For complete list of the hop for day 1 please visit HERE.

Honey Bee is really rocking it with this summer release. And, one of my favorite set to play with from this release is the Birds of Paradise set The birds are fun & cute.

Here for my card, I paired the bird with the Hexagon Thin Frames dies. I die cut the thin frames on a piece of white cardstock and then colored them with Copic markers. Then, I simply having fun with the placement before finally adding the bird and the leaves. Finished by adding sentiment from Tropical Tweets set & Candlelight Confetti Mix.

I got into this design so much that I ended up making another card with same style, just different color & different bird. :)

Now, I know you have several blogs to check out, so I am keeping mine short & sweet. As always, Honey Bee is offering a $25 gift card for each hop day. Simply join the hop & comment along the way to enter. Winner will be announced on Honey Bee blog.

From here please hop on over to my talented teammate, Ilda Dias blog. For complete list of the hop participants, please go to Honey Bee Stamps Blog. Thank you all for stopping by here. We really appreciate all the support. Hugs.

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Ton Stamp July 2020 Release

Hi all and welcome to The Ton Stamp July 2020 release. We are releasing 9 new dies and they're a available in the store today.

Let's get on with the projects, shall we? For my 1st card, I am using Anemone Spray & the Tall & Skinny Alpha Coverplate.

For this card, I totally go for a clean & modern look. I just love the contrast of the black  outline with the white background and only add soft coloring to the flowers. Seriously you could go as simple or as fancy with this image. It's so pretty on its own. And, the tall & skinny dies definitely help to create the modern design.

For y next cad, I am using the gorgeous Lovely Dahlia Layering dies.

I really, really love The Ton layering dies. I am not saying this because I design for them, but because I really love them. I think Effie is pretty brilliant in her layering design. I die cut each layer from white cardstock and then I did ink blending using Iris BloomsViolet Fringe & Bright Fern.

To finish the card, I used sentiment from Easy Expressions set.

On to my next card, which is using one of my favorite flower, hibiscus. The Lovely Hibiscus Layering dies is simply beautiful and I just love it. 

For this one, I did ink blending using Soft Garnet, Coral CavernBright Fern. One of the reason I love using ink blending techniques for layered dies is because you can achieve so may different shade from using 1 color based on how much ink you put and the pressure you used. No need to cut layers from many different colored cardstock. This is just my preference. For the outline & sentiment I used metallic cardstock. Sentiment is from Many Sentiments Coverplate dies.

The team has created some amazing projects for this release. Please check out what the team has created & I hope you love this release as much as we do. Hugs....

The Ton Stamp
Vera Wirianta Yates
Olga Matyushevskaya
Tae-Eun Yoo
Brenda Novel Noelke
Anna Kutcenko

Monday, June 8, 2020

Butterfly Hugs

Hi all. I am popping in for a quick post. I know I haven't been posting regularly on my blog as I tend to just post on my Instagram account. But, I've been having so much fun playing with The Ton Monarch Butterfly Layering dies & am very excited with the way this one turned out. So, I just had to share here as well.

For the background, I die cut a couple square from watercolor cardtsock using Double Pierced Square Coverplate Die. Watercolor the pieces, let dry & adhere to the card base. For the butterrfly itself, I die cut the outline on glitter cardstock & adhere to the butterfly base & blend in some colors. Finished by adding a sentiment.

I have a couple more butterfly cards on the works and I'll be sharing those on The Ton blog tomorrow. All I can say, I am a bit obsessed with butterflies right now. :)

That's all for me for now. May your week starts off wonderfully. 

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Ton June Release

Hi all and welcome to The Ton June 2020 release. We have 9 amazing sets for this release and I have to say I think this is one of my favorite release from The Ton.

All the new products available right now at The Ton shop as this post goes live. Yay! Let's get on to the cards, shall we as I have quite a few to share. Did I tell you how much I love this month's release?

My 1st card is definitely my favorite that I made for this release, using Foliage Coverplate.

I die cut the foliage frame twice from a watercolor cardstock. I colored them with various blue & green watercolor. Once dry, I simply flip flop the frame when I layered them and adhere with foam adhesive. This end up quite a pretty thick card with all the layering. For the sentiment, I die cut the word love 3 times to layer using Skinny Mod Alpha Coverplate Die. Adhere to card then stamp the rest of the sentiment on a piece of cardstock. Finished by adding some enamel dots to the berries.

For my 2nd card, I used the Lovely Peony Layering Dies.

This dies set has 4 layers for the flower, but don't let it intimidate you. I simply did some ink blending with various ink color on a piece of white cardstock, die cut and piece all layers together. I prefer to do the layering this way instead of using colored cardstock, because the colors are more subtle. To add a bit of interest, instead of just adhering it directly to the card base, I die cut the square frames using Double Stitched Squared Coverplate dies and use it for super subtle background. Sentiment is from Layered Floral Alpha Stamp.

For my 3rd card, I used Poppy Wishes, 9x12in Grouped Layering Stamp with its coordinating dies. This one is one of those set that actually surprised me. I wasn't sure how much I really feel of this set, till I actually play with it. When the card came together, I was like oooh, this is a cool set.

I also used the Leafy Bits Coverplate dies on this card. I usually shy away from what I consider strong colors, but I really love the way this card turned out. It just look so cheerful.

And, last but not least, is another favorite card, using Swallowtail Layering Butterfly Dies & Many Sentiments dies. I love butterflies and when I opened my package and saw all the butterflies dies, I was like a kid at Christmas morning. The butterflies dies that being released today are simply gorgeous.

Using glitter paper for this butterfly is definitely a must try in my opinion. :) I adhered the cut out butterfly to a piece of cardstock, add the colors and then I die cut it with the outline dies. On hindsight, I should cut out the butterfly base first instead of doing it after. I didn't do that here, but, I still love the result.

Please check out what the team has created for this release. You will find more amazing inspiration from my talented teammates. Thank you all so much for stopping by here and may your week starts off wonderfully.

  1. you are here --> Vera Wirianta Yates <-- you are here

Friday, May 22, 2020

SugarPea Designs Release Day

Hi peeps. Yeay.... it's SugarPea Design new release day! Everything that we've been showcasing throughout the week is available in store today. What's on your wish list?

For today, I just have to share another project using the gorgeous Floral Envie set. What can I say? I love this set!

This time, I decided to try no line coloring. I usually shy away from no line coloring as I find it very challenging. But, I couldn't resist to try it with this beautiful wildflowers. I stamped the image twice with kraft ink pad and then colored them with Copic. That's pretty much it and finished by stamping the sentiment and the postage mark. Easy peasy.

I hope you love this new release as much as we do. Don't forget that we are giving away $50 to the shop. 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, May 25th. Make sure you stop by SugarPea Designs blog and leave a comment there and my teammates blog for extra chance. 

Well peeps, that's all from me today. Stay safe and let's be kind to each other. Have a blessed day all.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 4

Hi peeps. Welcome to day 4 of SugarPea Design sweet peek week. Tomorrow, everything we've shown you throughout this week will be available in the store. Yay!!

Last but not least, today we're introducing Floral EnvieHandwritten Letter set. You know how much I love playing with beautiful flower sets, right? So, today's set totally calling my name.

I simply love the look of these wildflowers tuck inside the envelope. Here, on my card, I start by stamping the Handwritten Letter on the card panel. Follow by the Floral Envie image adhere with foam adhesive. Finished by adding the die cut sentiment & some enamel drops.

Here's a peek at the sets that I used on my card.

Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our store? Leave a comment below 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, May 25th

Please stop by SugarPea Designs blog for all the release details. Our team has some amazing and creative inspiration for you. Please can visit each of our designers’ blogs below for details on their projects. And while you’re there be sure to leave a sweet comment for them, giving you an extra entry to win!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 3

We're almost there! Welcome to day 3 of SugarPea Design sweet peek week. Today, I am so delighted to introduce you to a set that totally make me gasp with delight when I saw it. Introducing Happy Little Trees! Ack... how cute is the name of this set?

I think most artist would know or have heard  of Bob Ross, right? I remembered watching some of Bob Ross painting video. He's tone always so soothing. But, apparently not everyone knows about him. Hubby gave me a blank look when I showed him the set and I was like, how could you grew up in the States and doesn't know Bob Ross? LOL, I ended up searching on youtube to show him who is Bob Ross.

Anyway, here's my card using this adorable set.

This card pretty simple. I keep the design clean with lots of white space and just let the image take center stage. For the sentiment, I combined the sentiment from Happy Thoughts with dies from Happy Word With Shadow set. For a little extra, I cut the word happy from metallic cardstock.

Here's a look at the sets I used today:


Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to SugarPea store? Leave a comment below 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 SugarPea Designs blog: Monday, May 25th

Please stop by SugarPea Designs blog for all the release details. And, my teammates have made some amazing projects, please visit each of my teammates’ blogs below for details on their projects. And while you’re there be sure to leave a sweet comment for them, giving you an extra entry to win! Thanks so much for stopping by here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 2

Hi peeps. How are you all doing? Welcome to day 2 of SugarPea Design sweet peek week.

Today, we have a super sweet set to introduce, called Cottontail Cuties. If you've been following my blog for a while, you know besides flower, I love cute critters sets. And,this one is simply sweet & adorable. SugarPea also coming out a very versatile stencil that I thought is just brilliant, the Outdoor Scene Builder stencil.

For my card, I started by stamping, die cutting and coloring the images from Cottontail Cuties set. Once that done, I put them aside and using Outdoor Scene Builder stencil the soft background on the card panel. I used the cloud and the grass side  of the stencil. I think soft coloring just came naturally for me. Besides, I want the critters to take center stage.

Adhere the card panel to the card base and arranged & adhere all the pieces together. Somehow this scene make me think of English country side. Maybe because I just finished watching Peter Rabbit?? Hah...

Anyhoo... here's a look at the stamp set & the stencil.


As always, with new release we also have giveaway. Would you like to win a $50 Gift Voucher to our store? Leave a comment below 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 SugarPea Designs blog: Monday, May 25th.

Make sure you stop by SugarPea Designs blog for all the new release details. Now, my SugarPea teammates have created some awesome projects using today's products. Please check out their blog & while you're there, please leave a comment as well for additional chance for the giveaway. Thank you so much for stopping by here & I hope you all stay safe & well. Cheers....


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