Tuesday, April 26, 2016

SPD Tuesday Inspiration

Last week started with me being under the weather and it ended in such high note. I went to a craft retreat from Thursday to Sunday and came home to having my mom visiting me all the way from Indonesia. The trip was good for my soul. To be among girls that gets you, that share your interest and simply fun to be with is priceless. Then, get to be with my mom again... that was simply an awesome week.

I am still recovering from not being well, followed with partying too hard (LOL, if you can consider crafting and chatting to the wee hours as partying hard, haha!!). My last night at the retreat, I stayed up all night long!! Seriously, no sleep AT ALL. Not because I want to, but I had a 6AM flight to catch. And, now I am paying for it.

Anyhoo.... today I have this cutie duck card as part of assignment for SugarPea Designs.




Check out SPD Blog for more fun inspiration from the SPD ducklings. Well, that's all from me today peeps. While my mom's here, my blogging mot likely will be spotty as I want to spend as much time with her as possible. But, I'll be popping in here and there. Enjoy your week.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Duckiessss....

Hi peeps. Sorry, I am feeling a bit under the weather and I completely spaced out on scheduling this post. Better late than never, right? Super short, though.

The SugarPea Designs team has created some fun project for your inspiration today. Here's my card featuring my favorite set the Quackers.



And, here's a close up of the card. Love that ducky booties! 




Check out what my team mates has created for today's inspiration HERE. That's all from me. Like I said, super short. ;)

Friday, April 15, 2016

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 5

Hi peeps! The day we have all been waiting for is finally here! Do you have your shopping list ready? Tonight at 6PM EST will be your chance to be one of the FIRST to get to play with all of the amazing paper crafting goodness that SugarPea Designs are offering up this month!!! But while we wait for those hours to tick by we have a little more to share with you today.

If you happened to have missed any of our Sweet Peek Week Introductions click here. Today, we're introducing Talk Is ChicChatterbox Sentiments, SugarCut - Chatterbox Journal Card!

Well, I am still obsessed with the duckies, so for my card today, I combined the duck with a sentiment from Talk Is Chic st. Now, how dapper is my ducky with its sweet bow tie (the bow tie is from previously released Hot Diggity Dog set)??




Place an order* of $60 or more (excluding discounts and shipping) and you will receive Talk Is Chic  FREE! Please note that this stamp set will not be available for purchase in the store until our next bi-monthly release in June! That’s right! You will receive a this FREE stamp set a full 2 months in advance of its release in the SugarPea Designs Store!

*This Sweet Incentive promotion begins tomorrow (11/15/16) at 6PM EST and will not be applied to any orders placed prior to this time. It is not necessary to add the Sweet Incentive promotional item to your cart or enter a coupon code, it will be automatically included on all qualifying orders! Click HERE for more details.

Would you like to win the Talk Is Chic stamp set? All you need to do is leave a comment here and on SugarPea Designs Blog.
Our team has come up with amazing inspiration for you! So grab a cuppa and join us! Visit each of our designers blogs to leave a comment for another entry to win Talk Is Chic set! All winners during our Spring Product Release will be announced on SPD blog on Sunday, April 17th. So you still have a few more days to comment!

We’d love to hear what you think about the products that we have showcased today and what is on your shopping list!




Thursday, April 14, 2016

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 4

We're almost there! Day 4 of SugarPea Designs release week. Just one more day and you can get all the fun sets you've been seeing this week. 

Now, today set is my FAVORITE. And, you can guess why?! Because it's a super cute ducky set!! I have a soft spot for duckies. They're just too cute & makes me happy just looking at their smiley face. Here's my card featuring the Quackers set.




I made a card like a few years back and I just love coloring one of the duck in various happy colors. Who says you have to be like everyone else, right? LOL, this duck makes me think of myself when I highlighted part of my hair in blue or purple or pink.Just have fun with colors!




Here's a close up of the cutie pies. One that  makes me giggle every time, is the diving duck, with its butt sticking up! You can see it in the set preview below. You see what I mean. ;)

GIVEAWAY

Now, I know you would you like to win the Quackers stamp set, right? All you need to do is leave a comment on the SugarPea Designs blog telling us who or what QUACKS you up the most. It's that easy! You have all week to comment! Winners during our April Product Release will be announced on Sunday, April 24th.

The sweet peas has some amazing creative inspiration for you using the products featured here today. You 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 today's giveaway prize. Come back tomorrow for the final sets reveal!



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 3

Hi peeps and we continue to day 3 of SugarPea Designs release week. Today set is fun & definitely on trend. Introducing Pineapple Paradise & coordinating SugarCuts die.




I love SugarPea open dies design as it allows me to stamp the image first and then cut the image using the dies perfectly. What do you think of the font on the Aloha sentiment? I think it's fun and would be perfect to use for my Hawaii vacation pages.


GIVEAWAY
Would you like to win the Pineapple Paradise stamp set? All you need to do is leave a comment on the SugarPea Designs blog telling us where you find your paradise! It's that easy! You have all week to comment! Winners during our April Product Release will be announced on Sunday, April 24th.

As you know, our team has some amazing creative inspiration for you using the products featured here today. You 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 today's giveaway prize.





Tuesday, April 12, 2016

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek 2

Hi peeps and welcome to day 2 of SugarPea Designs sweet peek week.Today, we're excited to be sharing two new products that are part of our SugarPlum Collection illustrated by our own, Chaitali Narla.

Introducing Funky Wreath - Spring Addition stamp and SugarCut die set. I used the mini blooms on this stamp set to create this sweet spring card.




I added some detail on the leaves using Copic marker. I just thought it would make it a bit more interesting. The sentiment is from Whatever The Weather set that we introduced yesterday. With our open dies, it definitely make it so much easier to line up the image & get that perfect cut.

GIVEAWAY

Would you like to win the Funky Wreath - Spring Addition stamp set? All you need to do is leave a comment on the SugarPea Designs blog telling us what your favorite flower is! It's that easy! You have all week to comment! Winners during our April Product Release will be announced on Sunday, April 24th.

The team has created some fun projects using the products featured here today. You can visit each of our designers blogs below for details on their projects & be sure to leave a sweet comment for on each blog for an extra entry to win today's giveaway prize. You can find all the team links HERE.





Monday, April 11, 2016

SugarPea Designs Sweet Peek Day 1


Hi peeps and welcome to SugarPea Designs sweet release week. Today, we start with sharing three new products that are part of our Sweet Chic Collection illustrated by Simonne Clay. And, we're excited to share our 1st patterned paper collection. Introducing: Whatever The Weather Patterned Paper Collection, SugarPea exclusive heavyweight cardstock paper pads measure 4.25" x 5.50".

This pad was designed to make A2 card making quick and easy, but can be also used on any of your paper crafting projects. It has 20 sheet paper pads include 2 each of 10 different designs.

Here's my card using one of the patterned paper.




I simply cut a slit on one of the cloud, so I can tuck in the sun that was die cut from Whatever The Weather Sugar Cut set and then stamp the sentiment on a piece of cardstock. The rainbow stripes also from the paper pad collection.


GIVEAWAY
Would you like to win the Whatever The Weather stamp set? All you need to do is leave a comment the SugarPea Designs blog telling us how you like to spend a rainy afternoon! It's THAT easy! You have all week to comment! Winners during our April Product Release will be announced on Sunday, April 24th.

The team has created some fun inspiration for you using the products featured here today. You can visit each of our designers blogs below for details on their projects & be sure to leave a sweet comment for an extra entry to win today's giveaway prize. You can find all the links HERE. Good luck!








Sunday, April 10, 2016

Celebrating Parents Blog Hop Winner

Hi peeps. Quick post to announce the winner from Altenew Celebrating Parents Blog Hop. Without further the delay, the winner of $30 gc to Altenew store is:


Congratulations, Monica Dockery. Please email winner@altenew.com with the subject line Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop Winners from Vera's blog, and they will set you up with the gift card code.

Thank you to all who participates in the hop and to those who send in their cards!! Have a blessed Sunday, everyone.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Ton Spring Release Blog Hop



Hi everyone and welcome to The Ton Spring Release Blog Hop! Throughout the week, we have shown you many cool projects to showcase our latest beautiful and fun sets. Well, the waiting period is over, my friend. Today, you'll be able to order all the fabulous sets you've seen.

What better way to celebrate than with a blog hop, right? The team along with some guest designers have created some fabulous projects to show the versatility of the new sets. So, grab your favorite drink and enjoy some eye candy for your inspiration.

For the hop, I made a couple cards. Of course, for one of them, I have to go with my favorite flower border set. The Floral Border Cling Background totally makes my heart sing from the moment I start coloring it.




In case you missed it, on day 3 of the release post, HERE, I made an aqua version of this card. Again, I used my ZIG markers to color the flowers. I also used some Copic markers to add details to the solid flower. The sentiment is from Brushed Hello set. Finished the card with some sprinkling of Yellow Belly sequins.

Next, I made a sweet card  to showcase the fun Doughnut Party Cling Background. This background set actually kind of took me by surprise. I thought they're cute then I start playing with it and it really sneak up on me. I love the various shape of doughnut on this set and I had a blast in trying to make the doughnut look real!




And, how adorable is this bear? In case you wonder why the expression on the sitting bear looks different that the one on the set, I simply erase the eye and nose part before stamping the bear. Then I simply stamped the other eye & nose that's included on the Honey Bear set to get the expression that I want.

Now, the giveaway detail. We're giving away three $25 gift codes as blog hop prizes. Winners will be chosen randomly from the comments left on all the blogs. To qualify for this giveaway you must leave a comment on each stop on the blog hop. The comment period will close on Wednesday, April 13 at 11:59pm. Winners will be announce shortly thereafter.

Here's a complete list of the hop participants. Enjoy and thank you so much for all your support for The Ton. Happy Friday!!

Vera Yates <--- you are here

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Ton Spring Release Day 4

On to day 4 of The Ton spring release. I can honestly say this release is beyond my expectation. There's just so much awesomeness. When I saw today's sets, the first thought that cross my  mind was oh my goodness, how freakin' awesome are these sets. Second, men, this sets will sell like hot cake.

First  up, is this card I made using Flaming Print Cling Background. I mean, come on... how fun and cute is this set?




With fun background like this, you could create a super CAS card in a jiffy. I think the card is both fun & modern, don't you think? I just  let the pink flamingos shine!

Next is a set that is just too fun to pass. The Doughnut Party Cling Background along with the Doughnut Bar set is perfect for all kind of occasions. You could use them for birthday or thinking of you or just to say hello or to let your peep know that you love them more than doughnut! Hah.




I stamped the doughnut background on a piece of watercolor cardstock and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Then added some watercolors (I used Spectrum Noir Watercolor Markers), let dry and adhere to the card base. The cute puppy is from Love and A Dog set from the previous release. And, with so many cute doughnuts to play with, you could have lots of fun choosing & coloring them. I finished the colored doughnut with some clear glaze to make it shiny like a real one.

Are you hungry, yet? Make sure you check out The Ton blog for more eye candies from the DT. And, don't forget to enter our giveaway. Leave a comment on The Ton blog post (and the other Release posts from this week – four altogether) to enter our Daily Release Giveaway! We are giving away four $15 gift codes to our shop. You can increase your chances of winning by leaving additional comments on the design team member blogs. The comment period for the Daily Release Giveaway will end on Sunday, April 10 at 11:59pm and winners will be announced thereafter.

Come back tomorrow and join us for the Spring Release Blog Hop!



  

  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Ton Spring Release Day 3

Two days down, three more to go including today. Like I promised, The Ton have more amazing sets to introduce.

Now, the 1st set that I want to show you is truly awesome. I was tossing a bunch of ideas to Effie and when I saw what she came up with, I literally gasped in awe. Peeps, without further delay, the here's the beautiful Floral Border Cling Background




How gorgeous is this set? This one is definitely my MUST HAVE!! To create this card, I used my oldie but goody ZIG marker. When I said oldie, I am not  kidding. Most of my ZIG markers are from 1998! I got them from my very 1st scrapbook convention. I used them mostly for journaling in my scrapbook back in the days and they are still juicy.

Anyway, back to the card. I did use my Misty to do this card. Just in case, some area needed to be recolored. I simply  brushed the markers over the image in various colors. For the solid part, I dab the ink pad directly to the stamp.

This image is so pretty, you really don't need much afterward. I simply add the sentiment from the new Bokeh Burst Heart and finished with some Bermuda Blue sequin.

On to the next card. The Ton is coming out with 3 bokeh sets. I think they're simply brilliant. 




For this card, I used Bokeh Burst Heart and Bokeh Burst Round set. I love the bokeh effect. It's perfect to create color gradient. You can bet that I'll be using the bokeh sets quite a bit down the road. And, as you may guess, yes, I finished with sequins (Fairy Pink Sparkling Clear). Sorry peeps, I am addicted to sequins.

Well, that's all from me for today's sneak peek. Hope you enjoy today's sneak peek. And, don't forget to enter our giveaway!! Make sure to leave a comment on The Ton blog post (and the other Release posts from this week – four altogether) to enter our Daily Release Giveaway! We are giving away four $15 gift codes to our shop. You can increase your chances of winning by leaving additional comments on the design team member blogs. The comment period for the Daily Release Giveaway will end on Sunday, April 10 at 11:59pm and winners will be announced thereafter.

Here's a complete list of the DT blog:
Ruby
Jessica
Mayline
Emily
Vera
Keeway
Eunji

See you again tomorrow for some super fun sets!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Ton Spring Release Day 2

Day 2 of The Ton spring release! Today's sets are among my favorite. But, then again, I also love the set that we're going to show tomorrow. There's just that many fabulous sets with this release.

Let's get on with it, shall we? First up is this card featuring Sending Peonies set.



I was going for no line coloring, but my skill in coloring flowers in this technique is far from adequate. So, I call this, semi line coloring. Hah! Isn't this set is just gorgeous? I can see myself playing a lot with this set. Of course, I can't call it finish, without sprinkling some sequins (from Soft Mint Gelato Couture Mix).

Continuing with my obsession with peonies, on to the 2nd card using Happiest of Peonies set.




If my 1st card, all soft, for the 2nd one I want to go with bold. I just love how the blue just popped against the white background amid the peach & purple peonies. Add some sequins in matching Midnight Blue color. Then, I feel the card need some glitter, so I add a strip of Silver adhesive glitter paper on the bottom of the card panel.

Seriously, playing with this set, kind of creating your own adult coloring page. Good therapy to calm the mind. ;)

Make sure you head on to The Ton Blog to see more amazing inspiration using our new products.

DAILY RELEASE GIVEAWAY: Make sure to leave a comment on this post to enter our Daily Release Giveaway! We are giving away four $15 gift codes to The Ton shop. To qualify for the Daily Release Giveaway you must leave a comment on The Ton blog & increase your chances of winning by leaving additional comments on the design team member blogs. The comment period for the Daily Release Giveaway will end on Sunday, April 10 at 11:59pm and winners will be announced thereafter.

Here's a complete list of the DT blog:
Ruby
Jessica
Mayline
Emily
Vera
Keeway
Eunji
Good luck and see you tomorrow for more goodness. :)

You're A Cute-a-saurus

Hi peeps! I am popping in to share a fun card I made for SugarPea Designs. This time, I am using the sweet dinosaur from Prehistoric Pals stamp set along with  Woodgrain Journal CardPrehistoric Pals dies.




Sometime, I do get stuck to where I feel I need to color certain thing in certain colors. I have to remind myself that sometime it's okay to color outside the line, it's okay to use colors that one not normally used to color certain critter. In this case, the dinosaur. For the longest time, I keep thinking I can only color it in green.

But, you know what, that's the beauty of art. Of card making. Or creating in general. You could color things whichever way you want. It's all about having fun. Yellow dino, why not, right? Well, that's my deep thinking for today. LOL. Be color happy, even if it goes against what normal.

Want some more fun eye candy? Check out SugarPea Designs blog. Cheers!!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Altenew - Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop

** For The Ton Stamps Spring Release Sneak Peek Day 1 please scroll down**



Hi and welcome to Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Altenew Blog. I am honored to join Altenew on this card drive hop. When Altenew planning this card drive, they reach out to me since the goal of his card drive is just like my Caring Hearts Card Drive. But instead of collecting holiday cards, Celebrating Parents Card Drive goal is to send cards for the elderly that lives in nursing homes or shelters to let them know they’re not forgotten. What a great cause, right?

You can check out all the details about the card drive HERE. I hope you will join us and send in some Mother's Day ad Father's Day cards.

For this card drive, Altenew is releasing a special collection of 3 new stamp sets (Best Dad, Best Mom and Penned Rose) which would be perfect for creating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards. They are available in the store starting today. These stamp sets were designed especially for the Celebrating Parents Card Drive and 20% of the profits earned by Father’s Day will be donated.

I made a couple cards for this hop. First up is this soft beauty using the new Best Mom set.




In person, this card has a very pretty shimmer to it since I used Spectrum Noir Shimmer on all the flowers and leaves. Here's a close up look that showed some of the shimmer.




Next is a Father's Day card that I made using Ori KamiInvisible Alpha set. I can't believe how long this alpha set been sitting in my drawer. I bought them with the intend to use them on my scrapbook page, but I haven't get to my scrapbook page, yet, so it's been sitting there waiting to be used. And boy, it is fabulous!




Altenew is collecting the cards till April 26, 2016. So, you still have plenty of time to join. Let's make this card drive a successful one. Thank you for your support and thank you for stopping by here. From here, your next stop is Svitlana Shayevich blog.



  



Of course, no hop is complete without prizes. There are TWO $50 gift certificates up for grabs. Winners will be picked randomly from the comments left on the Altenew blog by Thursday April 8th, and we’ll announce two winners on Sunday, April 10.

Also, on my end, I am giving away a $30 gift certificate to Altenew store. Simply leave a comment here and I'll announce the winners here on 4/10/2016. Good luck and happy hoping!


Vera Yates <-- you are here

The Ton Spring Release Day 1



Hi peeps! I am so excited to finally be able to share the new sets from The Ton. We have quite a big line up of fabulous sets for our spring release that I am sure you will love.

Seriously, I thing that I notice in working with The Ton, how Effie (the owner of The Ton) can turn our ideas into amazing sets. We give her suggestion and she makes it happen. And the final result is simply stunning. I love new release time as it feels like Christmas, excitement up in the air.

One of my FAVORITE set from this release is the Hello Hummingbird set. If you have followed my blog for a while, you know I love working with pretty bird stamp. And, this beauty is simply gorgeous. And, even better, because of the layering, the color combination you could do with this bird is endless!




There are 4 layers to this hummingbird plus the neck detail layer. For my card I did the 1st layer in yellow, 2nd layer in green, 3rd in aqua and 4th in slightly darker aqua. For the sentiment, I used another new set called Basic Labels (stamped in Orchid Crush) and Basic Sentiment (stamped in Iris Blooms). Pretty much with these 2 sentiment sets, you'll have sentiment for all kind of occasions.

Here's a pic of the bird from different angle:





Peeps, this is just day 1!! Are you excited, yet? I promise, we have more beauty coming.

Now, for extra fun. How about some giveaways? We have a daily release giveaway. A $15 gift code to the store. To qualify for the daily giveaway you must leave a comment on The Ton's blog and to increase your chances of winning you can leave a comment on the design team blogs. The comment period for the daily release giveaway will end on Sunday, April 10 at 11:59pm.

Here's a look into the sets that are being introduced today. Check out The Ton Blog for more inspirations! Come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks! See you then.


  

  

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