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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

CCC13 - Christmas in July - Rocker Cards

Yesterday in the Marks Finest Papers Christmas in July everyone made cute little rocker cards.  As I still had to make my 13 cards for CCC13 for July I set about them today.  Half were coloured with Copics and the other half with Prismacolor pencils.  I am not good at repeating a design but today I made them all roughly the same. I used the Poinsettia set for both the image and the sentiment.

Here is the group shot and yes I did use a variety of blues for the card bases.


Here is one of the cards



These rocker cards are something a little different so I am glad I gave them a try.

Monday, 29 July 2013

FOSTV83 - CAS

Today's challenge at Friends of Speedy TV is to make a CAS card - Clean and Simple.  Now occasionally I find this easy but this one was a challenge.



I wanted to make a card for Dave for our Anniversary (yesterday) and I was trying to capture "our song" "You're in my heart" by Rod Stewart.  All I managed was the YOU firmly printed on the heart from the Love, Love, Love stamp set.  I used Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles and a simple piece of blue ribbon (blue for his football team) fastened into a masculine brad.  The card base was embossed with a Spellbinders folder. I used the VLVJul2013 Week 2 sketch.

The chorus of the song for those of you who don't know it goes like this
You're in my heart, you're in my soul
You'll be my breath should I grow old
You are my lover, you're my best friend
You're in my soul

Still appropriate after 34 years of marriage!  We took a trip to Littlehampton, walked by the sea, got sprinkled with rain a couple of times and had romantic fish and chips out of the paper sitting on a bench looking out over the river.

The inside of the card uses another set (Ivy and Blossoms) and looks like this

Wishing you all a very simple but special week. Hope you get to play the FOSTV challenge - challenge 83 from this page.
Janine

Christmas in July Blog Hop - Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of our Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Monday July 29, 2013

HO,HO, HO!! WELCOME TO MARK'S FINEST PAPERS, a Heinrich Co's CHRISTMAS IN JULY BLOG HOP!  DURING THIS FUN CHRISTMAS HOP, MANY OF THE CHRISTMAS SETS IN MARK'S FINEST PAPERS, a Heinrich Co.'s ON-LINE SHOP WILL BE FEATURED BY MFP'S VARIOUS DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS.  WE HOPE YOU CAN FOLLOW ALONG WITH US ON THE HOP  - AND MAYBE GET A JUMP START ON SOME OF THOSE CHRISTMAS CARDS AND PROJECTS!


 
Today's special blog hop creations we have created is a Wine Tote
You can find a tutorial for this creation here 




Here is my version of the tote which I have used to hold some nice handcream.  I have used the MFP set called Winter Scenes with added snow!


I have zoomed in a little closer so you can see the image which I stamped onto some DP and then coloured and added snow!



Hop with us for a chance to win this fabulous stamp set
 THE WINNER CHOSEN AT THE END OF THE HOP WILL BE RECEIVING THIS AWESOME CHRISTMAS/WINTER STAMP SET!!


 

Thanks for Joining us today, be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day 2 of our Christmas in July blog hop.

Monday, 22 July 2013

FOSTV82 - No Designer Paper

A new week, still sunny and hot here in the UK but with thunderstorms on the way!  The grass could really do with some rain - the only green bits are the weeds! 
My craft space is feeling a little neglected right now but with this heat and lacking mojo then I think it understands!!!  I do need to get back in there soon though.

The challenge this week at Friends of Speedy TV is to make a card (or other project) without using any designer paper.  My card just uses plain cardstock with the rose bud from Love Remains and a sentiment from the Lily of the Valley set.  Copics were used for colouring.


Please play along with our challenge - we love seeing your entries and there is always a prize up for grabs.  The challenge can be found over at Speedy TV on the Friends of Speedy TV challenge page - you will need to look out for challenge 82.

Have a great week everyone.

Monday, 15 July 2013

FOSTV81 - Summer Fun

It is a new week and the sun is still shining so it is time for an appropriate challenge at Friends of Speedy TV - this week the challenge is Summer Fun.

I had some fun making this card and also some frustration - several attempts hit the bin!

Mixed Media is very popular right now so I tried to have a go with what I had on hand and am entering this into this weeks JUGS challenge.

The attempts with masking tape were binned and I don't have anything else like that to try so I just used distress inks (sea and sky), acrylic paint (fluffy white clouds), stencil with a spray ink (palm silhouette), ric-rac ribbon (sea edge) and some glitter (sand).  The stamps I used are from the Marks Finest Papers set called I Need a Vacation.  I think there are many people who would agree with that sentiment particularly all those teachers finishing this Friday.


Here is a close up of my card - acrylic paint clouds, stencilled palm tree behind the stamped one and ric rac edged sea.


Please play along with our Summer Fun challenge - you can find it here and the prize for one particpant this week is a cute little tree set called Tree Selections.

Have a great week.
Janine

Friday, 12 July 2013

July Blog Hop Day 4 - Presents


July Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured July 9th - Lotus Blossoms
Featured July 10th - Shello

Featured July 11th - Be Virtuous
 
Featured July 12th - Presents

My cards using today's set all use sketches from Sketch Challenges on Splitcoast. Three more Christmas cards for my collection.  All images are coloured with Copics.  On the 2nd card I have replaced the cardinal with a poinsettia from the set called Christmas Selections as cardinals are not a bird associated with Christmas in the UK (we don't get them here) and people would wonder what it was doing on a parcel!  I have also used the same set on my last card.
Don't forget to check out the last day's post by the rest of the team and hope you have enjoyed this week's hop.

Using SC435

Using SC437

Using SC422

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 four winners will be announced on July 13, 2013 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 11PM EST on Friday July 12, 2013.



 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Dino News"



 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Dragonflies"  



Thursday, 11 July 2013

Jul Blog Hop Day 3 - Be Virtuous


July Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured July 9th - Lotus Blossoms
Featured July 10th - Shello

Featured July 11th - Be Virtuous


My cards today using Be Virtuous also feature Lotus Blossoms too (from earlier in the week) - how well those sets work together.  I cut the Kimono and the tea kettle using my Cricut.  On the first card I have used gold embossing powder and gilding flakes.


Using SC439

Featured July 12th - Presents

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 four winners will be announced on July 13, 2013 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 11PM EST on Friday July 12, 2013.



 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Dino News"



 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Dragonflies" 


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

July Blog Hop Day 2 - Shello


July Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured July 9th - Lotus Blossoms
Featured July 10th - Shello
I have to confess I struggled with this one this month so apologies.  My card uses the seaweed and sentiment from the set with the Angel fish from Oh Crab.  I also used the leaves from Be Virtuous which is featured tomorrow.  Don't forget to check out the rest of the team for real inspiration!

 

Featured July 11th - Be Virtuous
 
Featured July 12th - Presents

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 four winners will be announced on July 13, 2013 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 11PM EST on Friday July 12, 2013.



 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Dino News"



 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Dragonflies"



Tuesday, 9 July 2013

July Blog Hop Day 1 - Lotus Blossoms


July Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured July 9th - Lotus Blossoms
Today's set was right up my street so I played around and created several cards.  I could have kept on but then you would have had nothing to view the rest of the week.  It will appear again soon though for sure.

My first card is actually featured on the MFP Blog but I couldn't resist posting it here too - you should see how much it shimmers in real life.  I used gold embossing powder and then H20s to colour the lotus blossoms on the fan which was cut with the Cricut.  I used this month's mini set Dragonflies on this card too (but they are hard to see in the photo).


My second card is very simple using Memento inks. dies, flowers and a tag with the Happy Birthday message.
 

Card 3 uses the yin-yang symbol cut with my cricut and then embossed with a lotus flower.  The LOVE sentiment is from the set and the Happy Anniversary is from the Celebrate Big stamp set.  The red paper was embossed before adding it to the card base.


My last cut also uses the Cricut for the bridge, flowers from the set coloured with Copics and embellished with Star Dust stickles.  The stripes on the edge are done with fine glitter on double sided clear tape - how messy was that! I did not add a sentiment so I have choices about how I use it.

Thank you for visiting, please check out the rest of the teams posts and don't forget to come back again.

Featured July 10th - Shello

Featured July 11th - Be Virtuous
 
Featured July 12th - Presents

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 four winners will be announced on July 13, 2013 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 11PM EST on Friday July 12, 2013.



 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Dino News"

 
 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Dragonflies"    

Monday, 8 July 2013

FOSTV80 - Monochromatic Cards

Hello - sorry to be late posting today.  Many of you know I am looking for a new job well today I had to go to the Job Centre so this morning I have been rather pre-occupied.  I am looking for a morning role so I can do Maths Tutoring in the late afternoon and evenings.  Somehow I will need to slot my card making in there too!

This week is a busy week for Marks Finest Papers.  It is blog hop week as well as our normal challenges.  Friends of Speedy TV have quite a "soothing challenge" this week - Monochromatic cards.

I have two cards to show you today. 

The first one in shades of brown uses Marsh Silhouettes and the new dragonfly mini set being launched this week.  The sentiment is from Hum Along.


My second card with a more wintry feel uses Tree GreetingsWinter Scenes and for the sentiment from Ice and Snow.

I hope you all have a good week and find time to play along with our challenge which can be found here.  There is a prize up for grabs called From The Woods

July Blog Hop Preview Day


July Blog Hop starts tomorrow! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are
  • Featured July 9th - Lotus Blossoms
  • Featured July 10th - Shello
  • Featured July 11th - Be Virtuous 
  • Featured July 12th - Presents

Please hop along with us from tomorrow! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the blogs (don't forget this one), each day for more chances to win!

 

 The special stamp set we have for you this month is: "Dino News"

 



Here is my card made with Dino News using sketch SC438


 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is "Dragonflies"
                                                      
 


 Here are my cards using Dragonflies.  The first card really shows off the open weave dragonflies simply stamped and then stamped cut out and layered.  H20s were used to add sheen. The 2nd card uses Marsh Silhouettes and a couple of dragonfly silhouettes.


Thanks for looking in today - please come back for the hop tomorrow.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Speedy Fox and Friends - Purple

Purple is a colour I love to play with so when I saw this week's Speedy Fox and Friends challenge was to use purple I had to play along.  I tried to keep my card simple and used acrylic blocks to create my background and then stamped over them - the purples are all Memento inks and the grass image is from the set called Buffalo Spring, the butterfly is from Scenic Selections and the sentiment is from Daffodil Greetings. The card base is an off white pearlescent colour.




Monday, 1 July 2013

Friends of Speedy TV - Challenge 79 - 4th July

Well another new week and a new month and if you are an American a good celebration this week with all the 4th July activities.  I think the Canadians are also celebrating today - Happy Canada Day.

The challenge over at FOSTV is make a 4th July card and this one is already on its way across "the pond" to friends in the USA.  Look out for challenge 79 on the page if you want to play along too.  We have two new team members who have recently joined Trudy and Ginny - make sure you check out their cards too.

I have used a recently released Marks Finest Paper set called Be Proud for this card and the image is coloured with Copics.  The border was cut with a punch from Tonic.  It cuts well but I struggle lining this one up for the first couple of cuts.  The ribbon was from my stash and the blue background paper is from Stampin Up.

 
Thanks for looking and have a great week and
Happy Independence Day for the 4th to those from the USA.