Wednesday, 26 September 2012

MFP September Stamp Release and Blog Hop Day #2 Going Batty

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Welcome to Mark's Finest Papers a Heinrich Company's 
September Blog Hop!

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are
Buried Treasure - Featured September 25
Going Batty - Featured September 26 (That's today!)
Autumn Splendor - Featured September 27
Tweet That - Featured September 28

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! Scroll to the bottom of the post to find the DT list.   (You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day!  The names are drawn randomly!)  All four winners will be announced on September 29, 2012  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 (12AM ATL) on Friday September 28, 2012.


Its day 2 of the blog hop and Halloween is right around the corner!  Today's set Going Batty has so many options for your Halloween projects with several cute images and lots of sentiments.  I already showed you a sneak peak from this set and today I have two more cards to show you.  Here is my card #1:

I had a fun time with this one, getting inky and messy!  I started with the background paper.  The original piece was white and I sprayed it with some Sherbet Mister Huey.  I used my hexagon mask and added some Inky Black Mister Huey - perfect for Halloween!  I wanted a bit of sparkle too so I added a bit of plum shimmer mist.  Its difficult to see in the picture but its there! 

Several months ago I made a big batch of homemade scrunchie flowers with white poster paper, and so I dyed two of these with the same inky black spray. I love this stuff! Once dry I added purple gemstones and a touch of silver pigment ink and set them aside.  I matted my background piece with distressed black, and added some pieces cut out from a sheet of Tim Holtz seasonal paper stash, then distressed with a distressing tool and some ink.  Burlap ribbon that had alreadly been spritzed with some black ink was layered over this, then some black seam binding then my black flowers.

The sentiment was stamped on white and coloured, then inked with light brown.  I added some glitter pen to the letters and the image,  then foam taped the piece over the ribbon. 

The final touches to the card front were some die cut bats that were inked with silver.  I added some tiny purple gemstones as eyes which makes for the perfect amount of creepiness!

I use an old boots-sized shoe box for misting, and there was a ton of ink at the bottom of the box once I misted the flowers from  the card front,  so in true Tim Holtz style I used a tag to soak all of the ink up.  Since I use shimmer mist so much in that box it actually transferred some to the tag, so the paper has a subtle shimmer that I love. I used part of the tag to mat a small piece of white. I inked the edges of the white with  the same puddle of leftover black spray, kind of scraping the edges along the inside of the box to make those scratches.  I added some spare bats, some glitter pen to make the letters stand out and the eyes glow and my card was finished!

I used the following products for this card:

Card Stock:  Stampin' Up!  Only Orange, Neena Solar White, Ranger #8 Manilla tag, Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Stash.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers Going Batty

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown, Brilliance Starlight Silver Pigment Ink.

Mists:  Mister Huey Sherbet, Inky Black.  Shimmerz Paints Spritz Plum Pudding.

Markers:  Bic Mark Its Cloud Nine Gray, Copic W3, Sakura Glitter Pen Clear Star.

Embellishments:  Really Reasonable Ribbon Burlap, May Arts Seam Binding, homemade flowers, Scrappin' Supplies gemstones.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry, foam squares.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Cuttlebug, Cottage Cuts Curly Bat Mini die, Tonic Tim Holtz distressing tool, Ranger Blending tool.

I would like to enter into the following challenges:
  1. Really Reasonable Ribbon - Autumn colours and ribbon.
  2. Songbird Challenges - Defying Gravity
  3. Charisma Cardz - Things with wings
  4. Hiding in My Craft Room - Halloween
  5. Stampin' for the Weekend - Feeling Floral
  6. The Pink Elephant - Chevron or Hexagon

For card #2 I came up with the following:

Isn't it purrrtty?  :)  You may have seen this card included with projects on the main blog.  I started with the image with this one, stamping and colouring on white, then using my blending tool to ink the background with gray.  I inked the edges with black, then matted with a distressed piece of black. 

The main panel was put together with some pieces of patterned paper, more distressed black card stock, and black seam binding.  I foam taped the image over the ribbon, and the main panel was adhered to a black card base.  I added glitter pen to the cat's eyes as an afterthought and they really look creepy!

The center was decorated with another inked piece of white, and I added a strip of witchy portraits from the left over patterned paper.  I stamped the broom and the sentiment, added some glitter pen and the card was complete.  :)

What a fun set this is!  I love Halloween and there are so many options with this set.  I still have some ideas left so I'm sure you'll see a few more stamps before the end of October rolls around. :)

I used the following products on my project:

Card Stock: Gina K Designs Onyx Black, Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers Going Batty

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up!  Going Gray

Markers:  Bic Mark Its Cloud Nine Gray, Tuxedo Black. Copic W3, YG03

Embellishments:  May Arts black Seam Binding, Sakura Glitter Pen.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam squares.

Tools: Paper trimmer, bone folder, Ranger blending tool, Tonic Tim Holtz distressing tool.

I am entering the following challenges:
  1. Twisted Tuesdays - Back to basics
  2. Deep Ocean Challenges - Use more than two colours  (black, white, orange, gray, and a hint of green)
  3. Everybody Art - Autumn
  4. Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes

So that's it for me, why not visit the rest of the DT and see what awesome projects they've come up with?  They are a talented bunch and you won't regret taking the time to visit each one!  While your at it why not visit Mark's Finest Papers store and have a look at what they offer.  They have so many great things I'm sure you'll 'go batty' with excitement!  :)


AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Congrats Cathy on making the team. I just know you will love the stamp as much as I do and your creation will sure be amazing. First lets just say I'm batty over your cards! They are truly beautiful. Love the ribbon flower and how Elegant and clean your last card looks like. TFS AJ-

Cathy Clouston said...

Thanks AJ! :)

Janine said...

Wow Cathy - you had fun with these - great projects!

Vicky Gould said...

Your cards sceam out "I love Halloween"....fabulous work, Cathy!!

Benzi said...

Burlap, scrunchy flowers, lots of fun embellishments for your cards. I agree, those purple eyes are pretty scary. You really did it big!

Lois said...

Your first card is very spooky with all the the bats and the black flowers.

Sarah Biswabic said...

What great cards! Spooky:)

Attegirl said...

LOVE your work... great cards, especially like the black paper flowers!

Pam said...

You must always have a bit of shine and shimmer on your skin:) I have to say to you again...welcome to the team. Your work is absolutely fabulous!

Pat Garvin said...

Love the purple bling eyes.

Jane said...

Two super scary cards!!! You did a fab job on both of these!!! Love your detail...

itzamitzi said...

The bat card is eerily beautiful... love the purple gems. And the kitty card is just too sweet. I like all the distressing you did.

wannabcre8tive said...

Awesome cards. I love the black flowers.

Kathy Bradley said...

You are coming up with awesome cards for your first hop! I love all the misting and those flowers are wonderful! I like your second card also - it's adorable with kitty!

Ravengirl said...

Awww, such inky good fun! I love the distressed and spooky look you were able to create!

Janis said...

Both of these are amazing! I love the black flowers and the pink eyes on the bats. :) Janis

Bonnie said...

Great cards! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous card, love your layout and colours, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz, hugs, Sarah x

Winnie and Patty said...

Oh Cathy--both of these cards are wonderful, but I must admit that I love the 2nd (bottom) card because I'm partial to kitties! TFS

Stampsnob said...

Love the errie black flowers.Lis

Jo4Him said...

Super cute cards; love all the details. Great job. TFS

Golda said...

Wow! I love the sparkle and the purple jewels on the first one! I like the sparkle on the second one, too. With such dark colors it really stands out.

Cindy H. said...

The tattered edges on the mats add to the spookiness.

sue w. said...

How fabulous is this Halloween card. I love the layout and super detail. Thanks for joining us at Songbird Challenges and good luck. Hope to see you for our next challenge.
Hugs Sue W.

phamil said...

Great cards and I especially LOVE the bats!!! Thanks for entering the RRR challenge!

MariLynn said...

Love how the eyes look!

loulou said...

Wow! Such stunning cards. I love the colours, all the distressing, those gorgeous flowers and that touch of bling. cheers Linda

Stacey Schafer said...

love these:) what great stamps!

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Fabulous Halloween cards!! Thanks so much for playing along with The Pink Elephant!!
Sheri-TPE DT

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065 said...

Great Halloween cards!

Thank you for participating in the Twisted Tuesday Challenge!

Patty Gorka said...

Super job on your Halloween cards! I love the hexagon mask on your first card. Thanks for playing along this week at Twisted Tuesday Challenges!

Jayne A said...

Gorgeous card.
Thanks for joining us this time at SFTW.