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The Ton Spring Release Blog Hop: Watercoloring and 2 videos and giveaway

WELCOME! Welcome to the Ton Spring Release Blog hop! The Ton has just released 20 stamp sets that are WOW! Think florals, layering stamps, label stamps, sentiments and DONUTS, NOM NOM NOM. Head on over to the shop HERE to check it out!  I made a bunch of cards and videos using this release and today I will be sharing two of them. More to come throughout the week! I also have videos to go along with each project! I hope you enjoy them! Now remember, this is a blog hop and with the blog hop comes prizes!!!!!! More on that at the end of this post!

For my first project, I thought I would do some soft watercoloring with this GORGEOUS stamp set called The Happies of Peonies. I love that cluster of peonies and leaves! Perfect for a lazy stamper like myself, lol!


I heat set them with my favorite white embossing powder and then watercolored them with the Gansai watercolors. I took advantage of the pearlescent white that comes in the set! Man does that leave a beautiful shine behind! I was thrilled when I found out they sell the individual colors so I can refill the ones I use most often. I added a strip of glitter tape from The Ton to add some sparkly color! I love their glitter tape comes with the adhesive already on it! SCORE! And I finished it off with some glass sequins.


You can watch the video here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD by clicking HERE!

My second card features the Floral Border Cling Background stamp set and the Hello Hummingbird set. The Floral Border stamp is gorgeous and again, I love it because its all one stamp!!! The Hummingbirde is a layering set and it is unlike anything I have ever seen before.   I colored  floral border image using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers after I heat embossed it with my favorite gold embossing powder (Brutus Monroe embossing powders rock my world) and used Julie’s Bristol paper. This Bristol paper and the Zig brush markers have the perfect marriage, lol!!!!!


If you look closely, I applied a wash of the Spectrum Noir Glitter pen over the bird! That baby really adds a TON of sparkle!


You can watch the video of this card right here on the card or over on my youtube channel in HD by clicking HERE:

There are 13 other hoppers on this blog hop and I can not wait to hop along with each of you to see what they have created. I am including the complete order in case anyone gets lost along the way!


  1. The Ton
  2. Ruby Naz
  3. Lisa Harrolle
  4. Jessica Frost-Ballas
  5. Virginia Lu
  6. Keeway Tsao
  7. Amy Tsuruta
  8. Emily Midgett
  9. Laura Sterckx
  10. Vera Yates
  11. Laurel Beard – YOU ARE HERE
  12. Eunji Jung
  13. Kymona Tracey
  14. Mayline Jung


There will be 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. 

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New products from the Ton used in todays cards:

Card #1 Soft Watercolored flowers goodies:

Card #2 Hummingbird Floral Card:

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  1. Debbi Vasel says:

    What gorgeousness! Those flowers with the brilliant colors and the gold.

  2. I LOVE all of the embossing! ?

  3. Christy Q says:

    Wow, stunning cards, Laurel!! The embossing really pops with the watercoloring. Never thought to use gold EP but it really really works!

  4. 2 beautiful cards, I love the first one with the soft colors and the glitter strip to the edge.

  5. Shirley says:

    Great videos and cards. Thanks for the information about paper with Zig water color pens. I’m not using pens (hard to work with) and will definitely try with different paper.

  6. Jane says:

    Lovely cards Laurel. Thanks!

  7. Betty says:

    your peonies are gorgeous in those soft colors!

  8. Janet Labadie says:

    Beautiful cards. Thanks for the fabulous video.

  9. Kathleen Caffey says:

    Georgeous, georgeous, georgeous..what else can I say.

  10. mjmarmo says:

    SO very pretty!

  11. Marci Snee says:

    Hi Laurel! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cards today! I always look forward to seeing what you’ve created! Both of these cards met my expectations and more….love those watercolors!

  12. Super GORGEOUS!
    Happy Friday!

  13. Thanks for the videos. Your cards are so beautiful.

  14. Seriously awesome and pretty stamps. Fun videos too!

  15. nurse6b says:

    Gorgeous Cards Laurel!! My must have list is so long!!

  16. Becca Yahrling says:

    Gorgeous cards. Love all the shine and sparkle. Very pretty.

  17. I love this gorgeous card! It has this pretty sheen to it! The colors are gorgeous too!
    Take Care!

  18. Cornelia (fun stamping) says:

    Pretty cards – especially the second one with the yummy gold embossing!

  19. Pam B says:

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing your techniques via video!

  20. Cathy Homan says:

    Gorgeous cards! I love the soft colors of the first card, and the bold coloring on the second card. Thank you for sharing.

  21. Lindsay weber says:

    Wow! Simply amazing! Thank you for the videos!!

  22. Marty Harris says:

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for using two different watercolors, so we can see the difference.

  23. Candace says:

    Gorgeous cards!

  24. Wow! Your cards are stunning!

  25. I love both soft and vibrant colors on both cards, Laurel. They are gorgeous!

  26. Amber McGary says:

    Beautiful colors! You give me the courage to try using softer colors-I also use bright colors all the time.

  27. These colors!!! so mesmerizing!!

  28. So, so beautiful, Laurel! Especially those flowers. Wow!

  29. 2 videos Laurel?? Holy cow, you’re rockin’ it! Your cards are absolutely stunning! I can’t even pick a favorite, they are both gorgeous in very different ways. The soft one is so peaceful but boy I can’t get enough of that lil’ hummingbird. You did an amazing job on these!

  30. Harriet says:

    Your floral border card, especially featuring the hummingbird is wonderful.

  31. Oh wow!!!! Love your creations!!!

  32. Anne-Marie says:

    Beautiful card. Loved the video! I’ve already put my order in for some of the stamps, can’t wait!

  33. Terri says:

    I am loving both cards but that one with the floral frame is rocking my world!!! I love the sparkle on the bird and those colors just make my heart sing!!! Beautiful work and amazing products.

  34. Absolutely gorgeous cards! Such beautiful sparkle!

  35. I loved both cards. The hummingbird is my favorite if I had to choose because I’ve always enjoyed them. Such beautiful flowers, just awesome!

  36. Maureen Reiss says:

    Wow!! Gorgeous cards!! Love all the shimmer and shine!!

  37. B MacNutt says:

    Your cards are beautiful! I especially love the hummingbird!

  38. SueC. says:

    Amazing cards, Laurel! Just beautiful!

  39. Beautiful work!

  40. Laurie says:

    Beautiful card! I can’t believe the floral border!! It’s amazing!

  41. Carla Hundley says:

    Oh both cards are so
    lovely and love the
    Carla from Utah

  42. Mary Wong says:

    Simply stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Donna says:

    You are a wonderful card maker and I love your videos. I usually have the same supplies you use so your cards are so doable for me. Great job!

  44. Andrea D. says:

    Your cards are so beautiful. Your colors choices are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Oliev says:

    Lovely cards:-)

  46. Teresa Godines says:

    Stunning cards. I was wowed by the soft colors and pearlesent colors but then I saw your second card using the bold colors. Love how you demonstrated the versatility of the set. TFS

  47. Ohh my!! Stunning cards!! Love them . 🙂

  48. Gorgeous cards! Beautiful rich gold and I love your watercoloring!

  49. These flowers are so pretty! Love these cards.

  50. Two incredibly stunning cards. Kudos.

  51. Cheryl says:

    I love both cards!! The peonies is beautiful!!

  52. Wardah says:

    Gorgeous cards 🙂

  53. love the coloring! the pearled look is da bomb diggity! (:

  54. What wonderful cards: a delicate and a vibrant one!

  55. Ericka Strange says:

    Beautiful cards. Love the soft shine of the watercolors in the flowers and then the sparkly hummingbird is gorgeous. Awesome job and thanks for sharing your techniques.

  56. Sandy N. says:

    Your cards are stunning. The pearlescent and glitter that you added to your cards gives them an extra pizzazz.

  57. Earline says:

    Love your cards I enjoy your videos thanks for them

  58. Whether is soft one or bold stunning colors, they are both beautiful!

  59. Denise Bryant says:

    Beautiful cards! Love that amazing peony card! Awesome colors! And your Floral Border card is gorgeous as well!

  60. Kara says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. What an amazing release!

  61. Megan Niergarth says:

    Fabulous glittery touches. I’d love to hear what you think of the SN glitter pens compared to Wink of Stella??

  62. Sue D says:

    Wow–these are gorgeous. Love the colors.

  63. Both cards are just absolutely gorgeous!!

  64. Deb Kerns says:

    love the watercolored soft pastels; the stamps are so pretty!

  65. Laura Jane says:

    Beautiful shimmer and gold on your blooms!

  66. Lanae F says:

    Oh my gosh, I am so in love with the soft watercoloring on the first card! Just beautiful!!

  67. Lee Owens says:

    Lovely work, your colors are just amazing ,

  68. lisascreativeniche says:

    These are stunning Laurel! Love all the shimmer and shine!!!

  69. Ruth Carnes says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love the soft shimmer of the peonies on your first card!

  70. Hi, your cards are to die for! thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  71. Love the cards.

  72. Leanne S says:

    Beautiful cards!!

  73. Beautiful cards, I always love your creation. Your coloring is amazing and its always an inspiration to look at

  74. Linda says:

    Two really beautiful cards Laurel. Love them both and thanks for doing videos on them

  75. Babs says:

    I love the combination of embossing and soft watercolor…and then the sparkly shine! Lovely peonies!

  76. Wonderful cards, Laurel. I especially love the soft look of your first card. Well done on restraining yourself and on adding sequins this time instead of splatters lol.

  77. Elise S. says:

    These are both incredibly beautiful! I love the soft colors you used for the first card and the shimmer is such a fabulous detail.

  78. mprantner says:

    Loving these new florals and the contrast between the soft and subtle first one and the bolder second.

  79. Christine M says:

    Beautiful!! Silly girl I love to hear you talk!!!!!!! Keeps me company.

  80. TracyM #6773 says:

    GORGEOUS cards Laurel!!!
    WOW – your peonies are STUNNING, so soft & shimmery, adding the touch of yellow at the very end was so brave (if it was me I would have wrecked it) and it finished it off PERFECTLY – LOVE IT ALL!!!
    LOVE your GLORIOUS golden embossing, FABULOUS flowers & colours, LOVE your BEAUTIFUL hummingbird & vellum sentiment panel too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your AWESOME watercolour INSPIRATION and videos, looking forward to seeing you ink up the hummingbird real soon 🙂

  81. The colors on the first card are so soft and pretty.
    Beautiful card.
    the hummingbird card is bright and colorful.
    it’s a wonderful card too.
    thanks for sharing.

  82. Love those peonies and how you used the iridescent Kurtake Ganzai color on them! Beautiful release of Spring!

  83. Jean Bullock says:

    Beautiful cards. Pinned them both to my Beautiful Cards board.

  84. Two fabulous cards!

  85. beautiful, thanks for the videos!

  86. beautiful watercoloring

  87. Laurel, I really think you did wonderful work with the flowers that you softened the colors. It is just gorgeous. I like your card with the humming bird on it too. TFS! 🙂

  88. Wow! Love those flowers!!

  89. Patt H. says:

    I really love the soft gorgeous colors & flowers on your first card & the gold embossing on the 2nd is so striking. Thanks for the great videos.

  90. Beautiful cards Laurel!! Love the embossing on both!! The gold on the second is lovely!!
    Moxie Craftie

  91. Ashlyn D'Aoust says:

    Love both card designs!

  92. maureenchandler says:

    Beautiful cards – thanks so much for the videos too!!

  93. laura mm says:

    Lovely cards! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  94. These are gorgeous Laurel!! I love your soft water colouring and all that gold with that vibrant colour is incredible!!

  95. Sandy D says:

    Gorgeous watercoloring – the cards are beautiful!

  96. D.Ann C says:

    They’re both lovely, but I’d totally flip out if that second card arrived in my mailbox!!!

  97. Both cards are gorgeous! Love your watercoloring and the video.

  98. So stunning! Love the vibrant colors on the second card!

  99. These are beautiful! I love how you were able to capture the soft water colors. I struggle with that as well. I am usually bold and bright! These stamp sets are so detailed. You really did them justice!

  100. Love that floral border stamp! It looks even more beautiful with that humming bird!

  101. The watercolor floral card is absolutely breathtaking! You deserve an A+! Thank you for sharing!

  102. LOVELY CARD the Ton has some fantastic stamps

  103. Angie Hall says:

    Laurel, both cards are dazzling. I’m like you when it comes to already composed floral stamps. Sure makes it easier. I use heat embossing lots too. Better to control the water coloring. Thanks

  104. What darling of a card! Perfectly! Great!

  105. Gorgeous watercolored background of flowers!

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