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Monday, 28 April 2014

High Hopes - for Katie

A High Hopes card to wish Katie well for her driving lessons and for getting a car so she can take young Bradley to school.  A really good reason to get that test done and behind you!


The car is coloured with Copics and paper pieced.

Thanks for looking.

FOSTV122 - Use Vellum

It's Monday again - where is this year going?  It is May this week - yikes!

Today is a special day - my sister Angela's birthday - Happy Birthday sis!


At FOSTV this week we are using Vellum.  Now you can certainly go for more vellum than I did - all I could find were a few scraps in my scrap tray.  The little butterfly is stamped onto vellum as is the sentiment.



Please play along with our challenge and have a great week.  There is a prize for one entrant.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Floating - VLVApr Week1 and Penny Black Cat

I wanted to join this month's Penny Black challenge to include a dog or cat on your card.  I am a "doggy person" but I do like the Penny Black cats so that is what I ended up with on my card. 

I used another VLV sketch and colour scheme.  The flower is dark grey but it actually looks black.  I photographed it from a variety of angles but it still looked darker than it really is.  The image, from one of the clear sets, is coloured with pencils.



Hope your weekend does not float by too quickly.

VLVApr2014 Butterflies


The inspiration picture and sketch from VLVApr2014 Week 3 led to this card below.  It wasn't where I was originally going but the lettering on the wall reminded me of wings.  The colours are inspired by the photo too, but using the papers I had to hand.  That background is dark BLUE.

Here are the inspiration and sketch

 



 
 
The butterfly and banner dies are from Spellbinders and the sentiment is from Marks Finest Papers.

Birthday Sack

I used VLV April Week 2 sketch to decorate this sack, deviating from the sketch a little to keep in with the waves theme.  All the blue card was from my scraps tray - yeah!

I wanted to recycle the tissue and cellophane from my Easter flowers but sticking / stitching the layers wasn't quite as straightforward as I hoped and in all my efforts I forgot to stamp my greeting until it was assembled which made this less accurate.  Hey we live and learn!
Images are from Verve and colouring was done with Copics.  I used some nice sparkly embossing powder from Stampendous on the stamped wave.


The sack contains a small gift as part of my sister's Birthday present.
Thanks for looking - enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

April 24th - Easter Goodies



Welcome to our Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop! We'll be featuring many of our older but still fabulous stamp sets during the hop!

Each day we will have a tutorial and samples for your inspiration.


Follow along from April 22-24 for your chance to win the Oldie But Good  Stamp set of YOUR CHOICE. One winner will be chosen. Just leave a comment. Each day you can leave a comment on each blog to increase your chance of winning!

April 22- Flowers With Watercolors
April 23-Stand By Your Man Explosion Card
April 24-Holidays Candy Holder

Sample by Vickie



I took the opportunity to make a bag to hold some lovely Cadbury's mini crème eggs.  I pulled out the Daffodil Greetings and He is Risen sets and then realised I had no paper bags to decorate other than some large brown coloured ones which were far too big.  I therefore resorted to making a version with some DP which started as 6" by 12".  The chocolate inside was the main concern for this recipient!!!


Thanks for looking. Please hop to these designer's blogs:

Sandy
Janine (that's me!) 

Monday, 21 April 2014

FOSTV121 - Waterfall Card

I am never too sure about making fancy fold cards as sometimes I have a nightmare but our challenge this week is Waterfall cards so I took the 'bull by the horns' and made this one which I actually quite like.  It uses a selection of Marks Finest Papers butterflies
 
 
We would love you to join in our challenge and make your own waterfall card - the challenge can be found here and there is a prize for one lucky participant.
 
 




Friday, 18 April 2014

April Blog Hop - Camellia plus!



Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

April Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are
 

 Featured April 15 - Paper Doll Frances 
Bundle Up & Her Majesty
Featured April 16 - Out of Time Mini 

 Featured April 17 - Lanterns
Featured April 18 - Camellia
 
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 
April 19, 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 April 18, 2014
Here's the Design Team:

Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

Sorry this is a long post in terms of photos today but I hope you enjoy looking through them and maybe get inspired.  Camellia is a gorgeous set.

On Monday I made a purple and white card that features a purple camellia - you might like to check that one out too. 

Tent card using sketch SC476 as my base


 
All the following photos show my note card holder and the note cards that go inside it.  Some are made with this months sets but other are using other oriental sets in the MFP collection.  The front and back are just decorated with papers / dies
 
The holder with some paper and an MFP sentiment
 
The holder with a die cut poppy on the back
 
 
The holder opened up
 
 
First 3 note cards
 
Second 3 note cards
 

Using Dogwood Blossoms


 
 



Using Lotus Blossoms






Using Lanterns
 
Using Asian Delights









Come on back next month for more creativity and don't forget all our other Marks Finest Papers challenges.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

April Blog Hop - Lanterns


Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

April Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are
 
 Featured April 15 - Paper Doll Frances 
Bundle Up & Her Majesty
Featured April 16 - Out of Time Mini 
Featured April 17 - Lanterns
Featured April 18 - Camellia
 
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 
April 19, 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 April 18, 2014


This first card is part of a note card set - please come back tomorrow to see the lot.
 
 This card uses some oriental paper, a lovely decorative border punch and 2 sizes of lantern from the set embossed with pewter embossing powder.  Your next stop is Shirley.


Here's the Design Team:

Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.  I have lots to share tomorrow.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

April Blog Hop - Out of time


Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

April Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 
 Featured  April 15 - Paper Doll Frances
Bundle Up & Her Majesty
Featured April 16 - Out of Time Mini 

 Featured April 17 - Lanterns
Featured April 18 - Camellia
 
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 
April 19, 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 April18, 2014




 
Here's the Design Team:

Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.