Monday, 15 April 2013

MFP Blog Hop Day #1 - Columns & Topiaries


April Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured April 16
Columns & Topiaries

Featured April 17
Be a Showoff
 
Featured April 18

Honor & Glory
 
Featured April 19

Birds & Trees

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 April 20,2013 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 and comments on the MFP blog count twice!) The deadline for commenting is 11PM EST on Friday April 19,2013.



 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:
"Zoo Friends"



The mini stamp set we have for you this month is:
"You May Bow"
                                                         

Can you believe its April already?  Spring its on its way - rumoured to have been sited in other places, but somewhat elusive in my area as we just had a snow storm last weekend.  That said I am hopeful it will get here eventually and this set is helping me keep my hopes up, lol.


I've always loved topiaries.  So much so that I made topiary centre pieces for my wedding reception back in 2007 (I was going to share a picture with you but I couldn't find one! I know I have one somewhere but we weren't completely digital back then, lol).

I had a lot of fun playing with the images in this set and some patterned paper.  I came up with three cards, all the same layout but with different patterns. I used my Viva Pearl Pen to accent. Something about topiaries and pearls that just seem to go together!













I think this would make a pretty note card set, or they are pretty on their own.

I hope you enjoyed my cards, but don't stop here.  This is a blog hop after all, and all of the amazing design team members are listed below. Don't forget to visit them and let them know how much you enjoyed their hard work!

Please don't forget to visit the Mark's Finest Papers store! In addition to the lovely April sets you will find even more beautiful sets along with lots of quality card making supplies to add to your stash.  See you tomorrow :)

Pam 
Cathy C - you are here
Toni 

32 comments:

Kathy Bradley said...

Toni,
Wow - all three cards are beautiful!! And, the pearls look wonderful!

Ravengirl said...

The cracked glass technique looks awesome and the pearls are a beautiful accent!

Janine said...

Love your use of the cracked glass - you have made it work so well wit this set - great work as usual.

Vicky Gould said...

Three AWEsome cards...can't even pick one over the other!

kren said...

So many cards, all different, and all fabulous! TFS!

kren@
http://afourthlife.blogspot.com

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

These are beautiful cards, but I really think the first is my favorite! Lovely work!

Pat Garvin said...

Love the cracked glass. The colors on the first card are my favorite. Had to google pearl pen. Looks like something we must have.

stamping sue said...

you did a fabulous job with cracked glass technique. I never really got the hang of that technique maybe I should try it again.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Pam said...

Lovely work. The designer papers you chose are fabulous with this set. Great use of the twine, too.

Lois said...

Three very pretty cards. Your cracked glass focal images turned out so well. I never have much luck with that particular technique.

Jane said...

Cathy, all three cards are wonderful!!! Love your shabby look on them...

Adrienne Crist said...

All three cards are beautiful! You've done a great job showcasing this stamp.

wannabcre8tive said...

Beautiful cards, I love the cracked glass technique.

MariLynn said...

Beautiful cards. I especially love the first one. WOW. It is amazing. I love the butterflies and the cracked glass.

terrie said...

I like the soft touch of colors that you used on your cards...well done

Kim B said...

These are gorgeous! A beautiful set!

Pam said...

Wow, you were busy! Lovely cards!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Zora said...

They are so lovely.

Susan Kennedy said...

Beautiful!! Love the cracked look.. I love doing that.. I think it is a great technique! Beautiful!

marg0006 said...

The coloring is incredible. Such beautiful muted colors.

marg0006 at Verizon dot net

Winnie and Patty said...

Cathy--what beautiful cards!!! And I agree, the pearls go perfect with the topiaries! TFS

Karenladd said...

Oh my, I just love that beautiful vintage look of the topiary on your cards! Gorgeous!

Michelle N. said...

Wow-I love the cracked glass technique-but all the cards are just beautiful.

Kate said...

Gorgeous! Each one is stunning in it's own way.

SHartl said...

These are such beautiful cards! I love the texture and the twine additions!

Angie said...

Lovely cards! You do cracked glass so well! Love your torn edge too! You have me thinking now, Pearls and Topiaries! Next time I am going to add some Pearls!

Golda said...

I love how the papers you used really make the stamps stand out.

Rosy Newlun said...

Your card is just stunning. I love the techniques you used, and the background paper you chose!

AJ Scrapbooking & Cards said...

All of your cards are beautiful. Love the papers on each one. TFS AJ-

LindaS said...

Beautiful cards. You did an amazing job with this stamp.

mariko said...

Very pretty cards! I love how you used the twine bow in all of your cards! Really nice texture!

Cindy Groh said...

Both very pretty. Love the crackle look. Thank you for the inspiration.