Friday, 15 November 2013

MFP Blog Hop Day #4 - Chill in the Air

Mark's Finest Papers November Blog Hop!

This month's new stamp set releases are
November 12 - Tigers
November 13 - Duck Hunting
November 14 - Out on the Town
November 15 - Chill in the Air

Please hop along with us!  You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets!  Just comment on the folowing 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 as the names are drawn randomly.   All four winners will be announced on November 16, 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 blog count twice!)  The deadline for commenting is 10 PM EST on Friday November 15, 2013.

The special stamp set we have for you this month is called "Calendar"

The mini stamp set we have for you is called "Mini New Year"

Today's set is called "Chill in the Air".

I can't tell  you how much I love this set!  I love trees, especially trees in winter.  As a result I was inspired to make three cards for this set, all holiday themed.  

First of all, I apologize for the blurryness of image of the inside of the card. I usually take multiple photos of each angle, but when I flipped it to the inside the card wouldn't stay up so I snapped one picture as quickly as I could before it fell again.  I didn't realize it was so blurry until I went to edit the pictures.  Oh well, I think you get the idea! I used sentiments from "All is Calm".

I love embossing on velum, and its hard to see but to make the branches look more snowy I added some white gel pen highlights.  I lalso ove the little bit of glitz the shiney snowflakes add, they look black in some shots because I was wearing black when I took the pictures, but they are actually mirror-like silver.  They were a fun dollar store find!  :)

For this card I decided to take advantage of some patterned paper from my favourite Fancy Pants 6x6 pad, using the mittens image that looks almost paper-pieced.  Don't you love when your patterned paper does all of the work for you?  I used sentiments from today's set on the outside, and then the "Happy Holiday's" sentiment on the inside from "All is Calm".

I think this one is my favourite of the trio, I used all of my favourite things when making it!  Embossing on vellum, distressing, lots of rhinestones, snowflakes, and another sentiment from what has become my favourite Christmas set, "All is Calm".  (By the way, I think "All is Calm" is the perfect complement for "Chill in the Air".  If you don't already have this set you may want to add it to your cart when purchasing this month's stamps).

I also love how my snowflake embellishment turned out.  The curly ribbon was added to the card first through two holes punched in the top layer.  The snowflake covers up the holes.  I then added some platinum and silver pigment inks to a wooden snowflake, then added some clear embossing powder before the ink dried which was blasted with the heat gun. It gives an icy effect!  The wooden snowflake was layered with a silver snowflake and a big rhinestone.  The whole thing was glued over the ribbon. 

I hope you have enjoyed my creations, but the fun is not over!  If you started here the hop list is below so you can start from the beginning.  Or, if you've been hopping along talented Toni is next on the list!  

Once you are done hopping you should really visit Mark's Finest Papers Store where you can find all of the lovely stamps we've been showcasing. They also have lots of supplies to supliment your crafty creations!  

Here's the Design Team:
Guest Designer - Kelli Jo


AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Wow so many pretty creations. I would have to say the last one is my fav. I love that add snow to your brach.

Janine said...

Beautiful cards - love the dimension you have achieved - that last one is my favourite too.

Winnie and Patty said...

Just lovely Cathy! TFS

kReN said...

Excellent projects! Each one is stunning!
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Anne said...

Wonderful techniques and designs, stunning cards!

loulou said...

Beautiful cards. I love the embossing on vellum what a gorgeous technique.

Carole Robb Bisson said...

The cards are beyond lovely, they are all outstanding. I may prefer the third one because I like bling so much. I also love embossing on vellum and your white gel snow on the first card is so showy. Carole

Pam said...

You are quite the busy crafter, Cathy! Simply gorgeous creations. I love your snowflake embellishment!!!!

Georgei said...

Wow there a lot of pretty cards
They are all well done
Thank for showing

wannabcre8tive said...

Gorgeous cards. The one with the bling is my favorite.

Jane said...

Absolutely my favorites so far!!! I love the last card too!!! Beautifully done.

stamping sue said...

Cathy! you out did yourself with your three cards. each one is better than the last.
stamping sue

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Pretty. Like your use of vellum. Your creations are nicely created.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Gail said...

These creations are so beautiful!

MariLynn said...

OOOH, love the embossed vellum. Such pretty cards.

Kathy Bradley said...

All very pretty cards, Cathy, but the one with the sparklies is gorgeous and elegant - and it's like bits of ice!

Pat G said...

Great job.

Jo4Him said...

Awesome cards; think #3 is my fav too! Love all the details. Thanks for sharing

Sue D said...

wonderful cards with this set!

Renee Collier said...

Wow! You went all out! Everything is beautiful.

Amy E said...

Hi Cathy! I'm sorry I'm late in hopping this week but wanted to stop by and tell you that I just finished checking out all your hop projects. You did a lot of!!! The calendar cards were so cute and I LOVE the way you used the image stamp from the New Year's set on the inside of the card...that's such a great effect! The Tiger card is striking! The washi tape you used was perfect! The embossing folder for your duck card was perfect too! And I'm with you...I just don't get that Duck Dynasty show! Haha!
I LOVE your ladies set and the technique with masking and spraying you used...I'll have to try that! And all the different ways you used the Chill In the Air set? WOW! That was my favorite of the new release! The last card with the embossing on the vellum is striking! I love the black tree and the sparkley bling!! Beautiful job!

Amy E.

Ravengirl said...

Love these beautiful winter cards! For winter cards, there is a large degree of warmth to them.