Wednesday, 14 August 2013

MFP Blog Hop Day #2 - Joyous Season

Mark's Finest Papers August Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured August 13th - Pocket Watches
Featured August 14th - Joyous Season
Featured August 15th - Country Charm 
Featured August 16th - Wealthy Fish

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 August 17, 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 10 PM EST on Friday August 16, 2013.




 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:
"Lucky You"




 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is
"Take Time Mini"
                                                      



Today's set, called "Joyus Season" is really lovely:


While lovely, at first I wasn't sure what to do with this set.  When that happens sometimes the best thing to do is just to jump in and hope for the best! Its fun to do that every now and then anyway.  :)  I ended up making one more involved card and one quick card.











With the first card I played with a few techniques includng watercolouring and fussy cutting.  Even so, I decided to keep things tonal with a pop of red.  Something about kraft and dark red on a Christmas card that is so pretty!  With the second card I went with more colour and pattern.  It turned out to be a quick card, so it would be great for reproducing, but it is still really pretty.  I love how both of these turned out!

I hope you enjoyed my cards, but the fun is not over!  You can visit Mark's Finest Papers store to purchase these sets along with lots of other wonderful sets.  Or, if you need some inspiration the DT list is below!  This is a blog hop after all and talented Toni is next on the list!  Or if you've started here click below to go back to the beginning.

21 comments:

Janine said...

Gorgeous cards. The kraft works so well for the first card.

Tamara D said...

TFS! Your cards are both beautiful. The first one is my favorite!

Winnie and Patty said...

Oh Cathy--these cards are beautiful! Love them both! TFS

Jane said...

Two very pretty and creative cards!!! I am a big fan of kraft and red. I love that you used them both together. The ribbon is perfect and the pins are an added bonus. Lovely work.

Angie said...

Cathy These are stunning!!! I will definitely use this set similarly in future. I LOVE that you have just a bit of red and the rest neutral on your first card! Gorgeous!!! your second is lovely CAS!

Pat Garvin said...

They both look wonderful

Lois said...

Lots of cutting on your first card -- and the results are lovely. I like the bow/pin treatment on your second one. Beautiful cards!

stamping sue said...

The kraft cardstock with the pops of red are perfect. like the dimension of the deer and bird on your card.
Embossing is always a big hit during the holiday card giving time.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Oh Cathy, I really LOVE that first card- the texture looks amazing!

Mary Ann said...

Both are Very Pretty!Love the embossing!!!

Kathy Bradley said...

Cathy,
Two lovely cards! I really like what you've done with the trees on your first card. And, your second card is pretty and elegant - awesome embossing.

wannabcre8tive said...

Your cards are very pretty. I like how you cut the trees out on the first one.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like your cutting tecxhnique for the tree background & the embossing.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

MariLynn said...

Awesome job with all that fussy cutting.It looks amazing. I love the cas look of your second card. Very elegant.

Ravengirl said...

Gorgeous work Cathy! The fussy cutting of the deer scene is beautiful! It gives me an idea for a shower card I need!

Sue D said...

Both cards are fabulous!

Carmen Mitchell said...

This set is a must have for me... LOVE it!

Anne said...

Really, really lovely cards!

Thrifty Stamper said...

These two are beautiful! I love the silver embossing!

Beth F. said...

The kraft on your first card is the perfect touch! Great job on both cards.
Beth's Beauties

Jo4Him said...

Great cards; thanks for sharing