The Ton's 4th Anniversary Blog Hop - Day 1

January 5, 2019


Happy Saturday, crafty friends! Today I am excited to be part of The Ton's 4th Anniversary celebration!
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The Ton is celebrating 4 years this month and Effie has introduced 9 new designs for this release. There are some free gifts with purchase promotions ongoing. Head over to The Ton Stamps' blog for more details.

This is the first of 4 days of blog hops, full of amazing designers! You are going to see the 9 new sets in action over these 4 days, and I must say...it was SO hard to pick the sets I wanted to showcase. They are all so amazing! Be sure to check them all out over at The Ton!

I will give you all the blog hop & giveaway info at the end of my post, but how about we get to my cards first? I ended up picking Coming Up Peonies and Special Day Lanterns as my selections. The reason behind that? Weddings. Lol! I photograph weddings part-time, and I've seen lanterns like this on many occasions...and I LOVE them. Peonies are also my favorite flower, and I just love when I see them in bridal bouquets. These two stamp sets just seemed like a perfect fit for me.

I used the same Catherine Pooler inks for both the watercolor on the peonies card, and the layered stamping of the lantern card. I used the following colors (linked below to Ellen Hutson. You can also get them directly at Catherine Pooler as well): It's A Girl, Bellini, Coral Cabana, Green Tea & Eucalyptus. For my embossing powders, I used Brutus Monroe Gilded and Avery Elle Rose Gold. These are probably my two favorite embossing powders, and you will notice that I use them quite often if you frequent my blog.


To start the peony card, I heat embossed the floral image to Arches watercolor paper in Gilded embossing powder. This paper is quite textured, so I always stamp to it using my MISTI so that I can stamp a few impressions. Then I proceeded to watercolor the floral image with the inks above, drying with my heat tool occasionally before adding more layers. Once it looked how I wanted, I dried it completely, then added some splatters here & there with the leftover inks.

Next I mounted it to the front of a berry colored A2 card base with a full sheet of foam adhesive. I stamped the sentiment in onyx black Versafine to pink cardstock, then trimmed down to a thin strip. I layered it to the bottom of the card with a thin strip of foam tape, then accented the front of the card with sequins. To finish, I brushed the petals with my Midas Touch Tonic Aqua Shimmer pen.

For the lantern card, I started by heat embossing the lantern pieces in Gilded. Then I heat embossed the candle in Rose Gold. Then I stamped the candle flame in Catherine Pooler Tiara & Sauna inks. Then I stamped the floral layers to the top of the lantern in the colors I mentioned towards the beginning of the post. Finally, I stamped part of the sentiment in onyx black Versafine, and the word Congratulations was heat embossed in Rose Gold.

With all the stamping done, I decided I wanted the candle to glow a little bit. So I used one of my smaller Picket Fence life changing brushes to blend some scattered straw distress inks around the flame. I am still figuring these brushes out a bit, and I made a bit of a mistake on the right side of the lantern. After all of that stamping & heat embossing, I didn't really want to start over again. I went ahead and mounted the stamped panel to a cashmere A2 card base with foam adhesive. Then I tied a double bow from May Arts ivory burlap twine, and adhered it over top of my mistake.

Then I accented the card with my signature iridescent jewels, adding some of them over my mistake as well...and now you would never know I did anything wrong. Mistakes are bound to happen, and sometimes they are so bad that you do have to start over. It happens to all of us! But I always try to find a way to salvage it, especially after I had already put so much work into it! To finish the card, I added some shimmer to the florals with my Midas Touch shimmer pen.

Those are my cards for The Ton's 4th Anniversary! I hope that you enjoyed them! Before I get to the rest of the info you need, I did want to invite you to hang out with me on my social media channels if you don't already.

 
I would love to be crafty friends! Okay, now let's get to the rest of this blog hop info you need!

GIVEAWAYS
There are also giveaways everyday on these mini hops! Win a stamp of choice from The Ton's new release. To enter, leave a comment on each blog each day. Effie will choose one winner per day (4 winners total) and announce the winners on The Ton's blog by January 12. The comment period for these giveaways will close on January 11 at 7pm EST.

BLOG HOP LINK LIST - DAY 1
  1. The Ton
  2. Amy Tsuruta
  3. Renee Day
  4. Lea Lawson
  5. Janette Kausen
  6. Vera Yates
  7. Jana Millen
  8. Laurel Beard
I hope that you have a really great time hopping along and seeing all of the amazing inspiration. I know that I can't wait to grab a cup of coffee and hop along myself!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

SUPPLY LIST
For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below. {Includes affiliate linking where possible - this allows small compensation for me at no cost to you. Never fear - I will only ever link to products that I truly love & use!}

82 comments

  1. So beautiful, Lea. I'm loving the (Pantone color of the Year-Living Coral) look you have going here!

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  2. Beautiful!!! I love the new peony stamp!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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  3. Your cards are absolutely stunning!

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  4. So beautiful! I am loving these colors!

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  5. The colors and embossing are so elegant and stunning!

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  6. Wow, your cards are completely gorgeous!! I'm always inspired by your work, Lea!

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  7. Beautiful cards and I'm loving the soft, warm coral colors

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  8. Beautiful cards! The peonies are gorgeous.

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  9. Oh these cards are so soft and beautiful. I love this lantern stamp set and you have done it perfectly. I love the colors you used, so amazing.

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  10. Love the hanging candle holders.
    There are so many metal-look
    options for them. The flowers
    are gorgeous. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Wow! Your cards are absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Beautiful cards! I love that lantern set!

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  13. Both of these cards are just gorgeous but the one with the candle has won my heart!!!

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  14. Gorgeous cards!! LOVE the peonies!!

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  15. The beautiful coral colors and gold really make these images stand out. I’m over the moon about those lanterns.

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  16. Gorgeous cards and a scrumptious color combo! Beautiful details and coloring!

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  17. Your cards are just gorgeous!! Loving the new The Ton stamps!

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  18. wow, these are stunning! Love the gorgeous colours, and these jewels are to die for!

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  19. When I saw the lantern stamps, I could really vision why I would want to use them. But, seeing your card enlightened (no pun intended) me.

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  20. Beautiful cards - the coral is gorgeous

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  21. I like your colors! And the lantern card is SO pretty. I didn't realize the largest lantern would be such a centerpiece - you've showcased it so well here. Nobody can see that mistake!!

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  22. Oh my gosh--the card is gorgeous. I love that you are using the colour of 2019 to touch up the flowers. BRAVO!

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  23. Lea, your water coloring is GORGEOUS! I LOVE that color of peach/paton, whatever you call it! I hear it is THE COLOR now! LOL Your cards are GORGEOUS! I LOVE the new release!!! The flowers are ALWAYS a PLUS for me, & the lanterns are SO UNIQUE! A GORGEOUS JOB!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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  24. Beautiful cards Lea and I love love the coral color and the beautiful lanterns. Gorgeous job!

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  25. Oh my gosh.. Your cards are stunning. I love the colors and all the details. I love flowers and to water color them would be so much fun. so many color options. Great stamps. Thanks for sharing..

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  26. I love your watercoloring with Catherine's inks!! It's gorgeous. I love the new Pantone color chosen for this year and you captured the essence perfectly!! Stunning cards!!

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  27. OMG! What awesome cards you made. Great job they are so adorable.
    natgodfrey4@gmail.com

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  28. This is a gorgeous stamp. And even prettier embossed in gold.

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  29. Your cards are beautiful -- the colors are gorgeous. I love the awesome florals in this release.

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  30. Your cards are absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the colors and the layout! Peonies are one of my favorite flowers as well!

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  31. Gorgeous cards! I love that you did the vase, I really wanted to see what that one looked like colored and on a card and it's beautiful! Thanks for the great inspiration!

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  32. Oh I love them both. My first visit and I'm glad to be here. I am also visiting The Ton for my first time. What great products. I especially love that beautiful lantern. Thanks for sharing these.

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  33. Beautiful cards! Those irredecent jewels add a nice touch. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. It’s not a mistake...it’s a happy accident! And both of your cards are amazing!

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  35. Gorgeous! I love the lantern one especially! Great save too.

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  36. Oh Lea both cards are gorgeous, I love this release so much! Your Lantern card is exquisite, I love the rose gold candle and your "cover up" bow and jewels just add to the beauty. Thanks for sharing both cards and the always amazing inspiration.
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  37. WOW Lea, these are BOTH STUNNING! Oh my goodness your colouring is amazing as are the colours you chose for both images. The Peonies are truly stunning and the lantern is beautifully done as well!

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  38. Your cards are beautiful. I love the color choices and the lantern one is awesome with the bling.

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  39. Your cards are stunning, Lea...love the colors and embellishments you've used. tfs

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  40. Two gorgeous cards!! I really love the lantern set and the card you created with it is just so beautiful!

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  41. Wow your lantern card is stunning.

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  42. That rose gold embossing power is my new favorite, I love the lantern card, simply divine

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  43. I truly appreciate all the work that goes into your well designed cards!

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  44. Your cards are gorgeous! Love. Love. Love. When I first saw the lantern set, I was nice, but not interested. BUT the way you have it showcased, wow! Love it now!

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  45. Always love seeing your beautiful art. The Ton cards are amazing.

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  46. Peonies are 1 of my favourite flowers too along with the rose gold embossing powder. Divine inspiration. THANKYOU for sharing. Xxxx

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  47. Lea, Your colour choices are beautiful and water colouring to match. Fabulous cards.
    Another awesome release from The Ton.
    Thank you for sharing!
    T x

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  48. Wow! I just love these stunning cards! These new images are so beautiful and these cards showcase them perfectly. So delicate and feminine! Thanks so much for your wonderful inspirations!

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  49. Gorgeous gorgeous colors - love the cards and love your work...

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  50. Beautiful, bold, and perfectly feminine. Fabulous cards!

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  51. love both of your cards - just stunning:)

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  52. What beautiful work. I want the stamps.

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  53. Love that you used the color of the year!

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  54. I love the softness of this card. So pretty! Love the colors, the coloring, and the stamps!

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  55. These are so pretty. I really like the lantern card. It's such a pretty image.

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  56. Both cards are absolutely fabulous, Lea! Your coloring is spot on & I love the warm colors you chose.

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  57. Beautiful cards! The colors on the peonies are stunning! I am going to have to try this color combo.

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  58. These are GORGEOUS!!! I especially love the peonies card!!

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  59. Wonderful cards! I love the super beautiful flowers and all the gold! :)

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  60. This color is absolutely gorgeous! It is so perfect for spring, and your card is so beautiful and bright!

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  61. Your cards are stunning! The colors are perfect on both cards and they have such a soft and magical feel about them. Beautiful! Beautiful!!! Beautiful!!!!

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  62. Those flowers are beautiful! I love your color choices there. TFS!

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  63. Love all your work... and the coral color is gorgeous!

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  64. Beautiful coloring on all your cards! Love the coming up stamp.

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  65. Wow, gorgeous! I just love the color combination with the gold.

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  66. Beautiful cards, such pretty colour combination.

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  67. loving those cards, especially the lantern card

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  68. Absolutely love your flowers! Stunning cards.

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  69. Beautiful cards!! Your flowers are just gorgeous!!

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  70. Wow! Your cards are really beautiful. And your color choices are amazing! Thanks for sharing these.

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  71. woowwwww I really love your coloring of the Flower
    too much adorable
    Wonderful adorable Cards you made
    the other one sweet Card but I am in love with your Flower Card
    hugs
    Monika

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  72. Very beautiful card. The coloring is great.

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