Wednesday, 16 January 2013

MFP Blog Hop Day #2 No Sour Grapes

Welcome to Mark's Finest Papers January Blog Hop!

 This Month’s New Stamp Set Releases Are:
Fantastic Dogs Featured January 15
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”.

This next set is great for any occasion.  It would be great for making cards for those wine lovers in your life, and I think it would be lovely to make a card to go along with a bottle of wine as a gift.  Or, if you make your own wine the set could be used to make some pretty labels. The set is called "No Sour Grapes".

I have two more cards to share with you today.  This is my first one:

This time I started with the patterned paper, I'm not sure who the manufacturer is but I love the huge postmarks.  Once the main panel was trimmed I chose another pattern to mat, and some purple as a card base.

I stamped the image with Versafine on the main panel and heat embossed with clear powder.  I thne highlighted the grapes and leaves with white gel pen.  I find this helps the image to stand out from the background.  

Once the patterned pieces were adhered together I added washi tape, twine, and a banner cut sentiment.  The panel was adhered to the card front.

For the centre of the card I inked a piece of the same pattern used as the mat on the card front, and added some smaller pieces of washi tape.  A sentiment will be added once I decide on a recipient.

Here is my second card:

Again I hauled out my water brush and took to water colouring this image with water based markers.  This image is a lot more detailed than the ones I usually use, so I had fun with this one.  I really like how it turned out.  The image, by the way, is stamped in Staz On on water colour paper.  Once dry I distressed the edges a bit and inked them.

After colouring the image I chose some patterned papers to coordinate and a purple card base.  I adhered the patterns and added twine and ribbon to the panel. 

I stamped the sentiment on a patterned scrap from the same paper pack and adhered it and the image with foam tape.  I added a bow to the ribbon and some rhinestones.

For the centre.  I stamped the sentiment on some inked cream, and adhered it to some coordinating patterned papers from the same paper pack.  This My Mind's Eye paper pack is one of my favourites and I really love how it works with the stamps.

I think that if you are a person who likes to entertain with friends, or have any loved ones who are wine drinkers, this is a great set to have in your stash to make gifts and thank you cards with.  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:

These are the supplies I've used to create my cards:

Card #1

Card Stock:  Stampin' Up!  Rich Razzleberry, My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Saffron, unknown 12x12 sheet.

Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers No Sour Grapes.

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown, Versafine Onyx Black.

Embossing Powder:  Martha Stewart Clear Gloss

Embellishments:  May Arts Jute Twine, My Mind's Eye Indie Chic washi tape,  Recollections rhinestones, Sakura Gelly Roll pen white.

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam tape, glue dots

Tools: Bone folder, paper trimmer, scissors, Martha Stewart scoring board, heat tool.

Card #2

Card Stock:  Stampin' Up!  Rich Razzleberry, Watercolour paper, My Mind's Eye Indie Chic Saffron.

Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers No Sour Grapes.

Ink:  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Creamy Brown, Stampin' Up! Going Grey, Versafine Onyx Black, 
Staz On Jet Black.

Markers:  Stampin' Up! Close to Cocoa, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie.

Embellishments:  Ribbon from Stash, Recollections Rhinestones

Adhesive:  Scotch ATG, foam tape, glue dots

Tools:  Paper trimmer, bone folder, scissors, Martha Stewart scoring board, water brush, Ranger Blending Tool, Tonic Distressing tool.


  1. Love both of these; especially love the vintage feel of the second card.

  2. Cathy - great cards - you take so much time and trouble explaining the details I am impressed.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous cards. I love your totally different approaches to colouring the images on the two cards and how stunning they both came out. cheers Linda

  4. Two beautiful cards, but the vintage feel of the second one is really fantastic.

  5. Beautifully detailed work. I love the twine on both cards.

  6. Wow these are soooo beautiful!!! Love the twine on both!!!

  7. Gorgeous cards! Love your washi!!!! Gorgeous 2nd card! Love the choice of DP with the stamp!

  8. Your cards are so pretty, I really like the first one with the postmarked paper.

  9. Two delightful cards! Great DP on both!

  10. Cathy,
    I really love how you used Washi tape on the card - I am still a stranger to Washi tape, but will have to try it out. The twine looks awesome - the first card is beautiful. Your second card has lovely DP for the BG and, again, the use of twine looks wonderful for this lovely card!!

  11. Very nicely created, the use of twine on both cards!!!

  12. Both of your cards are so pretty! I especially like the colors in the 2nd one!

  13. Such wonderful work! I love visiting your blog. I always go away inspired!

  14. Cathy--two wonderful cards!!! I especially love the bottom one with the twine! Great job with both of them! TFS

  15. Beautiful cards; beautiful colors.

  16. Your cards are so beautiful!

  17. Fabulous cards. Amazing coloring.

  18. Very pretty cards. I especially love the tape and layout of your first card. I never would have thought to use dp with that big post mark. If I had that paper, it probably would just sit in a drawer. I love how it looks on your card! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Great card. I just picked up a 4 packs of washie with 2 in each. Love how you used your washie. And the string on your last card is perfect. TFS AJ-


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