Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Simple Christmas - Marks Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 2

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October Blog Hop!

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


Such a pretty set!  I love that big poinsettia so that is the stamp I started with.  I decided to go with another clean and simple design to let the image stand for itself.  Here is my card:

I decided to build up the image to turn it into a large embellishment, so I started by stamping the flower three times with red pigment ink, then embossed with clear powder.  I trimmed each image out, making sure each level of the flower was slightly smaller.  The cut out pieces were layered with foam tape.  I chose card stock to coordinate, trimmed it down and decided to dry emboss the background with my Cuttlebug.

Once the sentiment was stamped, trimmed and matted, I matted the embossed piece with kraft and added ribbon.  Once the panel was adhered to the card base, then I added a big bow.  The flower and the sentiment was adhered with more foam squares.

The center of the card was decorated with a smaller panel consisting of a heat embossed piece matted with kraft.  

This image is so great because you can use it on a simple card like the one above, or it would work on an elaborately decorated card.  The entire set is great for all kinds of Christmas projects and I love sets that have a bunch of sentiments to choose from!

Don't forget to hop along with us as the projects the rest of the DT have created are lovely as always. There is more inspiration to be had back at the main blog also, and why not check out the Mark's Finest Papers store while you're at it, in addition to this lovely set they have a ton of supplies for all of your holiday card making!

 I used the following supplies to make my card:

Card Stock:  Gina K Designs Pure Ivory, Neenah Desert Storm, Stampin' Up!  Very Vanilla.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers Poinsetta Blooms

Ink: American Crafts Red Pigment Ink, Martha Stewart Embossing Powder Clear Gloss.

Embellishments:  Red grossgrain ribbon from stash, Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam squares.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart Score Board, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Paperlace II embossing folder set

I would like to enter into the following challenges:
  1. Charisma Cardz - Clean and Simple
  2. Christmas Card Challenges - Bows
  3. Pile it On - Any Holiday


  1. Very pretty - we had similar ideas - but I went for gold ink and powder

  2. Pretty monochromatic card, Cathy!

  3. Beautiful card in red/white/gold! Very elegant!!!

  4. What a gorgeous CAS design. Love the simple and elegant colour combination. cheers Linda

  5. simple and elegant works for me.
    stamping sue

  6. Lovely CAS card!!! Love the embossed Poinsettia!!

  7. The red & white looks wonderful.

  8. Very nice! I always love embossing!

  9. Cathy--this is beautiful! I love the way you did the poinsettia! TFS

  10. Cathy - i like just white cards - embossing is lovely and the poinsettia is beautiful on your card! Great job - thanks for sharing! Have a great week!

  11. Very very pretty card!!! Love it!!!

  12. Cathy,
    What a beautiful and elegant card. I love the layered poinsettia and bow against the pretty EF - wow!

  13. This is an elegant yet simple card. White and red are perfectly elegant.

  14. This is really a wow! Love it stamped it red. Who knew?!

  15. Such lovely, great clean and simple cards! HUGS AJ-

  16. Gorgeous card, perfect colours and layout, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz, hugs, Sarah x

  17. Great work! I love the layered look and even more I love the simple embossed poinsettia!

  18. Very elegant card; love the CAS. TFS

  19. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week for the Pile It On "Holiday and Holiday Challenge” with us! Just loved your card, and hope to see you back here next week!

    PIO DT
    Jenn Zeeb

  20. This is gorgeous. I love the embossing and the poinsettias. Thanks for linking up again this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

  21. Love the embossing and the poinsettia.

  22. Simply elegant! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Christmas Card Challenges!

  23. great the embossing
    thanks for joining us this week for our holiday challenge at Pile it on - i hope to see you again this week! Kimberly DT


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