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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

MFP September Blog Hop - Day1 - 23/09/14

Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

September Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured Sept.23 - Hot Air Balloon 
Featured Sept. 24 - Witchie

 Featured Sept. 25 - Chrysanthemum
Featured Sept. 26 - Nutcrackers

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win! (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly!) All six winners will be announced on 
Sept. 27, 2014 on the Mark's Finest Papers blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment, the more chances you have to win and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) 
The deadline for 
commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday Sept. 26, 2014

My cards today are simple but hopefully nice enough to inspire you. 
On the first one I stamped and embossed the two balloons and then coloured with Copics. I sponged the sky and then stamped the sentiments.  This has already hit the mail!
My second card features our local lavender field.  I don't think I would ever see a hot air balloon over the field though as we are quite near both Gatwick and Heathrow flight paths - with the fragrance of lavender filling my head can dream though ! 
I used a photo I had taken and then printed it out on some plain card.  I chose balloon colours to go with the rows of lavender and grass between.  Three varieties of lavender are grown there at
Mayfield Lavender each summer and children are encouraged to collect the beetles that destroy the crop in jam jars! 


Here's the Design Team:

Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

FOSTV141 - Another Circular Card

The FOSTV141 challenge for circular cards is still open and I decided to make another one today. 

This is one of my family Christmas cards.  I used a sentiment from MFP stamped in gold ink and then embossed in gold and the rest of the elements were die cut.  The Poinsettias and their leaves were die cut from the same card stock and then colour was added to the leaves with distressed ink.  The other pine branches were cut from some scraps of mirror card.

The challenge does not close until next Sunday so you still have time to play along.  Marks Finest Papers blog hop is this week so please come back on Tuesday.  Have a great week.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

October Christmas Cards

Today I am sharing a few more of the Christmas cards that I have made for my CCC14 compliment for October.

The first two use a sweet little Sarah Kay shepherd image, coloured  with Prismacolor pencils and Copics respectively.  The blue background was created with Pan Pastels.

The second two cards use one of the little Penny Black hedgehogs.  Again Prismacolor pencils and Copics were used on the respective cards and Pan Pastels used on the background.

I have a good selection of Christmas cards now but I do still need the special family ones.  Hope you are making progress with your cards. Have a great week. 

Monday, 15 September 2014

FOSTV141 - Circular Card

The current challenge at Friends of Speedy TV is Circular cards.  The challenge runs until Sunday 28th so allows plenty of time to play.  You can find the challenge as FOSTV141

I used flowers on my card, as did many of my team mates, and also some paper that is sparkly and very pretty.  My stamps are flowers from last month's release and the set is called Hydrangea.

There is a prize up for grabs with the challenge and the set being given to one lucky participant is called Out on the Town
Please join us in the challenge -we would love to see your creations.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Brown, Blue and White

The Penny Black challenge for the month of September and the High Hopes challenge closing on Monday 15th both have the colours Brown, Blue and White as their challenge.

My cards are very different - serene countryside to crazy snowman.

First up is my Penny Black card - a simple country scene on a winter's day.  Simple sponging and stamping with rounded corners.

My second card is for the High Hopes challenge. I used the cowboy image from High Hopes with some western additions from Waltzingmouse stamps.  A Spellbinders embossing folder was used to create the wood-grain background.  Copics were used for colouring.

New Kitties

Two sweet little girls I tutor are getting kittens this weekend.  They are to be called Elsa and Olaf after characters in Frozen.  Apparently they are both black and white.  I am sure I will meet them soon.

I made this quick card for them using a cat stamp I have had for ages.  I think it is a Clarity stamp. 

The cat names were created with Just Rite letters.

Have a good weekend

Friday, 12 September 2014

Miko Master

My nephew starts a new job on Monday and "I won't be driving a car like that!".  Yes that was what he said when I presented him with this good luck card.  Seriously though he was chuffed with the card even if the car was an old classic and not something "cool".

He will be working for Miko coffee and will be doing quite a bit of driving in London and the South East, hopefully not with a coffee cup this big on the roof.

All the stamps are from Marks Finest Papers

Good luck Ryan - hope it works out well for you.