Thursday, 18 April 2013

MFP Blog Hop Day #3 - Honor & Glory



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"
                                                         

Today's set is called "Honor & Glory" (you don't know how hard it is for me to spell honour without a 'u', lol).


I really like this set, I think it fills in some gaps in my stamp stash.  This set can be used for so many things.  Today I decided to make some square cards:







Similar to yesterday's cards I decided to heat emboss the image and colour with markers, but instead of water based markers I used my alcohol based ones.  This way I knew that the ink would dry fast and not smudge.  The only thing with using alcohol markers on embossing, is that the alcohol ink seems to slightly dissolve the surface of the embossing making it dull.  Its easy to bring the shine back by blasting the image with your heat gun once finished, but I wouldn't recommend using your expensive markers for this. I find that the marker tips seem to get a bit clogged and stop working smoothly.  Scribbling on a piece of scrap paper seems to fix this, but I only used my Bic markers.  I don't think I would risk the few Copics I have. 

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 

25 comments:

Janine said...

Very nice cards.

Lois said...

Two very nice CAS cards.

kren said...

Love that dramatic castle card! TFS!

terrie said...

Your texture background adds a real nice touch to both of your castle and dragon cards...well done

Pam said...

I just love that ef with the dragon and perfect one for the castle, too!

AJ Scrapbooking & Cards said...

Pretty cards. Like the embossing of each one. I have both of these folds and didnt even think to use them. TFS AJ-

Pat Garvin said...

Great backgrounds for both cards.

Jane said...

Love the embossing on both cards!!! Lovely work...

Cindy Groh said...

Love the embossing folder with the castle. That is a great use for that one. Beautiful cards.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Your dragon is so cute, and I really like how you did the castle!

Ravengirl said...

It looks like you added a bit of shimmer too! Love the squares, embossing and all!

Angie said...

Gorgeous Castle!!! Love the heat embossing, and I didn't know you could hit it again with the heat gun. Love your square cards with the textured backgrounds! Fabulous!

Pam said...

Great cards, love the embossing!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Golda said...

The look of the images over the embossing is great!

Michelle N. said...

Each textured background coordinates with the images so well-nice and simple wonderful cards!

Davi said...

GREAT cards Cathy...love the textures you used for each of them :)

stamping sue said...

small square cards come in handy for gift cards and yours will fit the bill.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

wannabcre8tive said...

Your cards are both very cute.

Kathy Bradley said...

Cathy,
Both cards are lovely. I really like your use of the EFs in the background - very nice!

MariLynn said...

Great cards. Your castle card is stunning.

Vicky Gould said...

Wonderful layout for both your cards!

Winnie and Patty said...

Cathy--two great cards! Especially love the first one with the bubble embossed background! TFS

mariko said...

Very cute cards! I really like the embossed backgrounds for each of them!

mariko said...

Very cute cards! I really like the embossed backgrounds for each of them!

marg0006 said...

I like the embossed black background It goes so well with the stamps.

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