Thursday, 25 October 2012

Cracked Squares - MFP Blog Hop Day 3

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October Blog Hop!


This Month's New Stamp Set Releases
Christmas Selections - Featured October 23
Poinsettia Blooms - Featured October 24
Cracked Hello - Featured October 25 (That's today!)
On the Fly - Featured October 26


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 October 27, 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 on Friday October 26, 2012.


Today's stamp set is called "Cracked Hello"  and I have to say that I think it is my favourite!  I love this background stamp, so fun!  Here is what I came up with:


I started by stamping the cracked texture with brown ink on kraft.   I had to be creative because I don't have a block big enough for such a big stamp so I actually used one of my Cuttlebug plates, lol. I trimmed the image into squares and inked each one.  I stamped before trimming to make sure the pattern was straight on my squares.  I chose some coordinating papers from a 6x6 My Mind's Eye pad, and inked everything with light brown.  The yellow piece was adhered directly to the kraft card base, and some coordinating washi tape added over that.  The smaller panel was foam taped over the washi tape, then the squares were foam taped on the smaller panel.  I rotated the pattern on some of the squares for interest.


I stamped the sentiment on more pattern, banner cut the ends, and inked it with more light brown.  this was foam taped over the squares.  Of course I couldn't be finished, lol, so I added some glitter pen to the sentiment, and some rhinestones.  I added the rhinestones in what I thought was a random manner but they almost look like a pattern.  I think its because I added two gems in each spot.  I like how it turned out. :)


For the center of the card I inked some kraft and matted it with another yellow tone pattern, and this panel was adhered over more washi tape that had been added to the card base.  I decided last minute to add some squares leftover from the front.  I really like how it turned out!

This is a great stamp set!  The sentiments are great for any holiday, and you can use the big stamp as a traditional background stamp, or you can cut it up into pieces like I did to use as a focal point, or to use as embellishments.  I love sets that are really versatile and can be used throughout the year!  :)

Don't forget to hop along to the rest of the DT members and see what lovely projects they've all come up with.  And there is a ton more inspiration back at the main blog.  Also, the hop isn't done yet - there is one more day left so don't forget to come by tomorrow!


I used the following supplies for my card:

Card Stock:  Neenah Desert Storm, My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Citron.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers Cracked Hello

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Chestnut Roan, Creamy Brown.

Embellishments:  Scrappin' Supplies rhinestones, My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Washi Tape.

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

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart Score Board, Ranger Blending Tool.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  1. My Mind's Eye October Challenge - Use Your Stamps
  2. Songbird Challenges - Build Me Up Buttercup
  3. Daring Cardmakers - Don't Worry Be Happy


28 comments:

Ravengirl said...

What a cool take on this set! I adore your squares. Now, it is my turn to be jealous! Wish I had thought of that!

Vicky Gould said...

That is one great layout....love this card!

loulou said...

I love the versatility of this background stamp too. Your card is such an elegant design and looks so beautiful. I had to have a little laugh about the cuttlebug plate being used for the stamp, mine are so bent I would have to rock them back and forth to get the image on the paper. cheers Linda

Gail said...

Cathy - oh, oh, oh! Lovely, lovely! Those squares are a great idea! What a beautiful card - thank you for sharing! Have a great week! http://ilikepaper01.blogspot.com/

Pam said...

Love your card!! Nice dimension!
Pam

stamping sue said...

So creative on how you changed around the background image into smaller versions of it.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Kate said...

Great card, love the sentiment.

** kate **

Pam said...

What a lovely layout!

Jane said...

Love your cracked squares!!! Cute card...

kurtskd said...

I am beginning to appreciate the versatility of this set! Nice work!

Winnie and Patty said...

very cute card Cathy! TFS

Angela Crafty Spot said...

I love your card!! Very cute!
Angela

Yvonne Morentin said...

the cracked is awesome. new follower.
adventureofthecreativemind.blogspot.com

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Wow not that's a great ideal to do panels. And it has a woodland feel to it. Great JOB!!! HUGS AJ-

Gez said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining the latest dare this week over at the Daring Cardmakers. Gez

Debbie Moran said...

Great card. I love the puzzle pieces.

Angie said...

Cathy, this is so lovely! I love your design and the pretty gemstones add the perfect accent!!!

Janine said...

Great idea and lovely result. You are so good at writing all the details too!

Kathy Bradley said...

Cathy,
Very pretty card. I really like the smaller panels and I especially like it stamped on Kraft!

Elaine said...

Hi Kathy , great idea and a fab sentiment too well done. Thank you so much for joining us at
The Songbird Challenge
this time Hugs Elaine

Lynne said...

Wonderful style, liked it a lot.

Sue D said...

Great layout and I like the addition of the rhinestones.

Jo4Him said...

What a great and different way to use the cracked bg stamp-great job. Love how this turned out. TFS

Golda said...

What a fun way to work with the images. Love the rhinestones on there, too.

Sandy (Cheesy) said...

Fun way to use the stamp. Love it. Also like how you show the inside of your cards.

Zora said...

Love your ide, it's à pretty Card.

MariLynn said...

Beautiful card. I love how you used the cracked background. Loved seeing the inside of your card too!

Pat Garvin said...

Love love love the squares.