Friday, 30 November 2012

MFP Blog Hop Day #4 Just a Note

November Blog Hop!

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

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”.

Today's set is called "Just a Note".

Background stamps are great to have in your stash because they are so versatile  and this music sheet stamp is no exception. I showed you this card the other day, and I still have more!  Here is my first project:

I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a cream or white card so I decided to do both.  I started with the flowers.  I've never made flowers like this before, and they were super easy.  

I started by stamping a sheet of white and cream, and die cutting three larger circles from each.  I inked the circles, then cut each one into a spiral.  

I wrapped each spiral, starting with the outside end, around my craft pick. 

I secured my flower by gluing the bottom to the inside end of the spiral.  Once dry I inked the rest of the edges of the flower, and added a rhinestone to the centre of each one.

Once my flowers were done I constructed the rest of each card. I cut card bases, and matching panels.  I dry embossed the panels with an embossing folder, inked the edges and added some ribbon.  I adhered the panels to the card bases with foam squares.

I stamped the sentiments on banner strips that were also inked, and adhered those with foam squares to the front.

The centres were kept simple with a sentiment and a few music notes.

These cards are the same, but the sentiments are different.  I wanted to make one a birthday card, so I used sentiments from an old MFP set called "Today, Tomorrow, and Always" on the white one.  The cream card I turned into a note card by using sentiments from the "Just a Note" set.

I would like to enter these cards into the following challenges: 
  1. Pile it On - Anything but a Christmas Card
  2. Party Time Tuesday - Anything goes
  3. Simon Says - Anything Goes

I had a similar dilemma when I made my next pojects:

I knew I wanted to make some rosettes, and I couldn't decide on white or cream so as with my previous card, I made one of each.  I started by cutting two strips of each colour 1.75" by 11", and scored each strip at 0.5".  After accordian folding each strip, I glued the ends of them together - each rosette consists of two strips.  Once glued together I secured the rosettes with circles that had been die cut, heat embossed, and inked.  

The white one I decided to turn into a Christmas ornament. I simply punched a hole in the top and added some rhinestones to the image.  I may make a few more to put on my tree. :)

I was originally going to turn the second rosette into a Christmas ornament as well, but I decided to put it on a card instead.  I cut a kraft card base, and a matching panel that I dry embossed with my Cuttlebug.    I added ribbon to the panel and foam taped it to the card base.

Lastly I added a sentiment from "Winter Scenes" that was heat embossed on a leftover scrap of the stamped paper, and some rhinestones.

The centre was decorated with a stamped and inked piece of kraft matted with more music note paper.

I would like to enter the rosette card into the following challenges;
  1. Creative Card Challenges - Christmas
  2. Charisma Cardz Challenges - Christmas with a twist - no red green or gold.

As you can see I love this stamp set!  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 projects:

Spiral Flower cards:

Card Stock: Gina K Designs  Pure White, Pure Ivory, Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, Neenah Solar White.

Stamps:  Marks Finest Papers Just a Note, Winter Scenes

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan

Embellishments: Scrappin' Supplies Rhinestones, ribbon fromstash.

Adhesive:  Foam squares, Scotch Quick Dry, glue dots.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart scoring board, Ranger Blending Tool, We R Memory Keepers Brad Setter (pick end), Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Lifestyle Crafts Bloom embossing folder set.

Rosette ornament and card:

Card Stock:  Neenah Desert storm, Solar White, Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla.

Stamps:   Marks Finest Papers Just a Note, Today Tomorrow and Always.

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

Embossing Powder:  Stampin' Up!  Silver

Embellishments:  Scrappin' Supplies Rhinestones, American Crafts Premium Satin Ribbon, May Arts Curly Ribbon.

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

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart scoring board, Ranger Blending Tool, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Cuttlebug Graces Frame Embossing Folder 


  1. Fantastic projects! I love your paper flowers!

  2. Cathy--your cards and projects are sooooo pretty! I love the spiral flowers! TFS

  3. Your card is just gorgeous! Very elegant, and I love the POP of color from the ribbon! :) Thanks for playing along in the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xo

  4. Oh my!!! What gorgeous projects! never thought to stamp and then die cut roses with the backgound.

  5. Cathy - what can one say? Great projects and ways of using this set - you really did have your creative head firmly in place!

  6. I love all of your ideas. I want this stamp.

  7. Awesome projects. Good job on those rolled flowers and rosettes!

  8. Love the flowers and the Rosettes, the cards are just lovely-just my kind of cards!!!

  9. WOW! what can I say but all your projects and cards are fantastic!
    stamping sue

  10. Love all your projects. They just popped out at me from the thumbnails over at SCS.

  11. Kathy, really magnificent work. I would love you to teach me how to make those beautiful spiral flowers.

  12. Very very pretty!!! Great flowers too.

  13. Great job . Love the flowers love the pinwheels and love the effort you put into your beautiful blog.Lis

  14. Wow Cathy, you have been busy. I love the little music note roses with the rhinestone centers. So pretty! I thought they were my favorite project so far this hop, then I saw your rosettes. Fantastic job showcasing this set.

  15. Fabulous rosettes and flowers and projects using this set.

  16. A+++++++....WOW, gorgeous projects!!!

  17. I love the different ways you used the music paper! Such a creative mind you have.

  18. wow stunning projects and gorgeous cards you have made.

    greetings karin

  19. Such fabulous projects today! I really like your rolled flowers and the gorgeous rosettes you made as well!

  20. Cathy - wow wow! Lovely projects -I like them all but especially the rosettes! What a lovely way to use the stamp set - thanks for sharing your creations -This is a great music set! I can see many possibilities. I have enjoyed the hop and looking at all of your lovely projects with the new stamps - thank you for being part of the hop and have a great week! Gail

  21. WOW!!! Love how you used that stamp. Those rosettes are just gorgeous!

  22. Lovely creations-very creative, especially the rolled roses. Thanks for sharing

  23. Beautiful card and projects. Love the rolled roses and accordian flowers. Thank You

  24. I seriously have to try making flowers like this!!!!! Yours are GORGEOUS!!! I love how they were made with the stamped music score!!! Awesome cards!

  25. So pretty! Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this challenge.

    Lisa xox

  26. oh, all the problems those pesky colors make for us, white or cream?, taupe or khaki? Honestly, what's a stamper to do? Well I'm glad you took the high road and made both. those roses are great and that musical paper stamp is wonderful, I may have to go shopping.
    thanks for sharing all you beautiful creations with us at Pile It On.

  27. Gorgeous card! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Charisma Cardz Challenge and good luck!



  28. Beautiful creations, thanks for playing with Charisma.
    xx Vee

  29. A brilliant creation! Thanks for joining in this week over at Charisma Cardz! xxx

  30. LOVE IT ALL!!!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Charisma!!!

  31. Really elegant with the rosette - like it!

    Thank you for joining us at Creative Stamp Friends :)



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