Tuesday, 27 November 2012

MFP Blog Hop Day #1 Big City

November Blog Hop!

This Month's New Stamp Releases:
Big City Featured November 27 (Thats Today!)
Amaryllis Definition Featured November 28
Mountain Selections Featured November 29
Just a Note Featured November 30

Please hop along with us!  You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets!  Just comment on the following blogs (including this one) each day for more chances to win!    You do NOT have to comment on all the blogs each day as the  names are drawn randomly.  All four winners will be announced on December 1, 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 November 30, 2012

The holidays are right around the corner and now is the time to get your shopping done.  Why not avoid the crows and shop online with Mark's Finest Papers?  There are some great deals to be had!

Every Month there is a special extra stamp set released along with the main four.  The extra stamp set we have for you this month is called “Winter Scenes”.

I am so in love with all of the sets this month.  Yesterday I told you that "Winter Scenes" is my favourite this month,  but today's set is definitely my second favourite.  Its called "Big City".

I love the two city-scapes and the word collage.  Here is what I came up with for my first project:

After I chose which stamp I wanted to use I found patterned papers and card stock.  I cut everything down, inked the edges and assembled the main panel with some twine and added it to the card base.  

The city was heat embossed on cream, and the sentiment was heat embossed on a patterned scrap   After inking and distressing the edges I added the image with foam squares over the twine, and the sentiment over the image.  Some self-adhesive pearls finished the card front off.

For the centre of the card I matted a piece of inked cream with another pattern, then a medallion was cut from a piece leftover from the front.  The sentiment was cut in half and adhered to opposite corners.

I love how this card turned out and I think it would be a great card to give someone before their first trip to a big city.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  1. Fussy and Fancy Friday - Feeling Blue
  2. Deep Ocean - Pastel Colours
  3. Catered Crop - Silver or Gold
  4. Songbird Challenges - Deeper Shade of Blue

My second card was created to show on the main blog today:

This was a quick and fun one.  I started by cutting and scoring my card base.  I first stamped the word collage in middle of the card front with black, removing the ink from one word and adding red ink with a water based marker before stamping.  I then continued to stamp the word collage in black until the entire card front was covered.

I then stamped the modern city images in black on white, then fussy cut them out.  The image was added with foam squares at the bottom of the card.

I then stamped the remaining sentiments on white strips in red.  After cutting the ends diagonally I added them to the card with more foam squares.  Lastly I added some red rhinestones to emphasize the sentiment  and to add colour to the buildings.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  1. Allsorts - Bring on the Bling
  2. Pile it On - Anything but a Christmas Card

I love this set, so perfectly suited to both clean and simple, and shabby chic projects.  But this isn't the only amazing set this month, why not go to Mark's Finest Papers store and have a closer look at what is being offered this month.

Oh, and this is a blog hop after all so don't forget to check out what the rest of the DT has come up with!  And the main blog has lots of inspiration as well.  Happy hopping!

Here are the supplies I used on my cards:

Card #1:

Card Stock:  Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla, My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Nutmeg.

Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers Big City

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown, Versamark Watermark Ink.

Embossing Powder:  Stampin' Up!  Gold

Embellishments:  May Arts Jute Twine, Stampin' Up! Basic Jewels Pearls, My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Tape.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam squares.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart scoring board, Ranger Blending Tool, Tonic paper distresser, craft knife (for placing pearls).

Card #2:

Card Stock:  Gina K Designs Pure White

Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers Big City

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Stampin' Up! Real Red.

Marker:  Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Real Red.

Embellishments:  Scrappin' Supplies rhinestones.

Adhesive:  Foam squares.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart scoring board, craft knife (for placing rhinestones).


  1. Great cards - love all the special touches!

  2. Love your choice of papers on the first card -- and the creativity of your second. Good job all around!

  3. Two really outstanding cards, Cathy! Lovely colors and papers on the first and a big wow with the red bling for the second!!

  4. two fabulous cards. I always forget to get out my ep's and I have a draw full of them so maybe I will.
    stamping sue

  5. Cathy these are just gorgeous and so beautifully crafted. Love how everything work so well together. Wishing you a wonderful Tuesday.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  6. Beautiful cards... Love the one you have entered into Fussy & Fancy challenge.. Gorgeous embossing & design.. Thank you for joining us this week... May x x

  7. Hey, Cathy! Love both your cards. That gold embossing is so pretty. And the splashes of red on the 2nd card are perfect! :) Janis

  8. Your cards are gorgeous!!! Your 1st one is amazing with an incredible inside!!!!! Great look you made with the sentiments!!!!

  9. I love both of your cards. I love how the embossed city looks, and I love the little touches of red bling on the second one.

  10. The gold EP and that paper on the first card works!!

  11. Cathy, your cards are all spectacular. My favorite is the red and black one. That is a color combo I use often.

  12. Cathy,
    Both of your cards are so wonderful!! I love them both - awesome layouts too!

  13. Wow Cathy beautiful cards well done .
    Thank you so much for joining us for “A Deeper Shade of Blue ” at
    The Songbird Challenge and GOOD LUCK .
    Hugs Elaine

  14. Both of your cards Cathy are beautiful - I like the first one with the embossing - it looks like a die cut to me! You did a great job! Enjoy your week and thanks for the hop - Gail

  15. These are both really fun! I love the classic black, white and red color combination that you used perfectly! Your gold embossed cityscape is quite elegant as well!

  16. I love the embossing and the bling!!! Nice cards.

  17. Great cards. Like the black and white with all the dimension and bling.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net

  18. Cathy--you knocked both of these cards OUT OF THE PARK!!!! All I can say is WOW!!!! TFS

  19. Great cards. I love the red and white one is great.

  20. Wow two great cards! If anyone has shown how great this set is is you! I love the added blick on the red and black card! Both cards are amazing!

  21. Wow! Love the color combo on the first card & the red bling was the perfect touch on the second. Great cards!

  22. Great cards! I like the embossing and papers on the first one.

  23. Cute cards; I especially like the second one--love how you used the red "city" - very creative. Thanks for sharing

  24. I love the different ways you came up with to use the images.

  25. Lovely cards! Love the golden city!

  26. Gorgeous card!!! Thank you for joining us at songbird challenge!!
    Big hug Sophie


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