Tuesday, 15 January 2013

MFP Blog Hop Day #1 Fantastic Dogs

Welcome to Mark's Finest Papers January Blog Hop!

 This Month’s New Stamp Set Releases Are:
Fantastic Dogs Featured January 15 (Thats today!)
No Sour Grapes Featured January 16
In My Den Featured January 17
Love, Love, Love Featured January 18

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 January 19, 2013 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.  Comments on the MFP count twice!)  The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST (12AM ATL) on Friday January 18, 2013.

Happy New Year!!!  Welcome to the first blog hop of 2013!  We are so excited to share the great stamp sets we are releasing this month and in the months to come!

The mini stamp set we have for you this month is called “Not so Ugly”.

The special extra stamp set we have for you this month is called “Oh Baby”.

Today's set is a cute one called "Fantastic Dogs".

This set was really fun to work with and I've come up with two cards to share.  Here is the first:

I love those floppy ears!  I started by stamping on water colour paper and water colouring with water based markers.  I then chose papers, and inked the edges of the image to coordinate.

I trimmed the patterns down, inked the edges and adhered the main panel together.  I added ribbon, adhered the panel to the card base and added the image with foam tape.

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of cream banner cut and inked with grey.  It was also foam taped to the card front.

If you follow my blog at all you know I love rhinestones and I did not skip them with this card.  Lots of rhinestones for lots of sparkle!  

As I've been doing with most of my cards lately I left the centre without sentiment so that I can use it for any holiday  A sentiment can always be added later.   I love how this card turned out, the argyle and the damask prints are so pretty together.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
  1. Pause Dream Enjoy - Use Ribbon
  2. Partytime Tuesday -  Sparkle, Glitter, and Shine

My second card is a bit more simple:

I water coloured the image in the same manner as with the first card, but that's pretty much where the similarities end.  I chose a kraft card base and dry embossed a kraft panel.  After inking and distressing the edges I added some twill tape and foam taped the panel to the card base.

Once I inked the edges of the image to coordinate with the kraft paper, and then I stamped the word collage stamp and the sentiment on cream card stock.  I trimmed them both out and inked the edges with more creamy brown.

I adhered the word collage directly to the card base and layered the sentiment and image with more foam tape.  Some twine knots finished the card off.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
  1. Paper Playtime - Pets
  2. One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes

I love this stamp set, it's really cute and the images are fun to colour.  But this isn't the only great set this month, why not check out the Mark's Finest Papers store to see their wide selection of stamps, including the ones from this month.  Before you do that though, don't forget to hop along to the rest of the DT and see what great projects they have to show you:

I used the following supplies with my cards:

Card #1

Card Stock:    Gina K Designs Onyx Black, Authentique Blissful 6x6 paper pad, Stampin' Up!  Watercolour paper, Very Vanilla.

Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers Fantastic Dogs

Ink:  Staz On Jet Black, Stampin' Up! Going Grey, Versafine Onyx Black.

Markers:  Stampin' Up! Soft Suede, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel.

Embellishments:  May Arts Seam Binding, Recollections Rhinestones

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam tape, glue dots.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart scoring board, Ranger Blending tool, waterbrush.

Card #2

Card Stock:  Stampin' Up! Watercolour paper, Very Vanilla, Neenah Desert Storm

Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers Fantastic Dogs

Ink:  Staz On Jet Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Colourbox Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown

Markers:  Stampin' Up!  Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip.

Embellishments:  Stampin' Up!  Twill Tape, May Arts Jute Twine.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam tape, glue dots.

Embossing Folder:  Sizzix Tim Holtz Checkerboard.

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart scoring board, Tonic distressing tool, Ranger Blending Tool, Cuttlebug.


  1. Great cards, great tutorial - too much fun!!!!

  2. Two really cute cards! In fact everyone of them you have done are so darn cute!!!

  3. Cathy, your work is simply awesome! I always love visiting here.

  4. Great cards, so sweet and cute. Great coloring.

  5. Gorgeous cards, so very cute., love the embossed back ground. Mary L Schreiber

  6. Awesome cards, Kathy. Nice job with the bling and I like the twill ribbon and embossing on the second one.

  7. Great cards, Kathy. Thanks for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

  8. Sweet cards! Love the DP on your first and the dry embossing on your second and love the design!!! Great way to show off the "word" stamp.

  9. Cathy,
    Both cards are so wonderful! The first card is very pretty and elegant and the puppy looks quite happy and regal. Your second card is lovely as well - and I like the cluster of sentiments.

  10. Two very nice cards, Cathy! I'm making a guess that your Cocker Spaniel is a girl -- her card is quite feminine-looking (and my personal favorite today).

  11. Your cards so cute!

  12. Cathy--both of these cards are so very cute! Love them both! TFS

  13. Love the color scheme of the first card.

  14. What cute card! I love the dp in the first card!

  15. both cards are good! I really like the first one in the grey and yellow color scheme.
    stamping sue

  16. How super cute!! Love them both. Thank you so very much for playing with us at Paper Playtime!!!! :)

  17. Gorgeous cards, the colour combination of yellow and grey and the bling on the first is very elegant. But I also love the neutrals, texture and raw twill on the second. cheers Linda

  18. Great cards--I like the paper choice on the first and the embossed background on the second.

  19. Cute cards! I like the patterned paper you chose and how you worked the word collage block in.

  20. So cute. I like how you have the text block peeking out behind the dog on the second card. Your coloring on both cards was awesome!


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