Tuesday, 3 December 2013

MFP December Blog Hop Part #1 Day #1 - Lots of Words


Mark's Finest Papers December Preview, Week 1

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are


 Featured December 3 Lots of Words
Featured December 4 Mini Swallowtail
Featured December 5 Butterfly Essence

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 three winners will be announced on Dec. 14, 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 Dec.. 13, 2013.

Welcome to the first part of the December Mark's Finest Papers blog hop!  I'll explain a little more what's happening later, but first lets get to the stamps and cards!

Today's stamp set is called "Lots of Words" and is the extra set not included in the main four you can purchase as a bundle:


This is a really pretty set that I made two completely different cards for:




For this one I knew I wanted to make a birthday card, and something about that polka dot patterned paper that makes me think about birthday sprinkles.  I based the rest of the card around that idea, and coloured the butterfly to coordinate.






For the second card I also made a birthday card but I decided to make something very CAS.  I started on the card front with an attempt to make a one layer card but I can rarely resist adding something to make a bow and some gemstones.  A little trick to make sure your twine or ribbon doesn't move on your card front, if you look closely I knotched out the sides of the card using a hole punch and only punching half of the hole on the edge of the card.  It works perfectly for bakers twine! 

Thats it for my cards today.  Just to explain a bit about what we are doing this month, instead of having one long blog hop, we've decided to break the team into two, and spread the hop over two weeks. This week the first half of the design team will focus on the first half of the stamps, and the second half of the team will focus on the second half of the stamps next week on December 10, 11, and 12.  Those of us not participating in the hop will be making cards to showcase on the main blog.  So in addition to hopping along, make sure you have a look at the Mark's Finest Papers blog to ensure you don't miss out on any inspiration opportunties!  :)


Here are the design team members hopping this week:

Guest Designer - Kelli Jo
Patty
Cathy C  (Thats me!)

See you tomorrow!

24 comments:

wannabcre8tive said...

So pretty, I especially like the kraft card with the white embossing. Very classy.

Janine said...

Very nice cards - the white with sparkle is very pretty.

terrie said...

Your butterfly turned out really nice, perfect for your card...
well done on both of your cards

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Cathy both of your cards are beautiful. I love the last one with all the kraft color but then I love the one with color. Great Job on both cards. AJ-

Pat said...

Very bright and cheerful.

Winnie and Patty said...

Cathy--both of these cards are lovely!!! I really like how you colored the butterfly! TFS

kReN said...

Oh so pretty! Hard to choose a favorite because both are wonderful!

Thrifty Stamper said...

Both cards are very beautiful. I have tried to go the simple route and I don't get the beautiful results that you do. You are a wonderful stamper!

stamping sue said...

two different cards but both fantastic.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

Jane said...

I love both cards!!! Very pretty!

Kathy Bradley said...

Cathy,
Wow, two beautiful cards. The colors on the butterfly are awesome. And, I especially love the kraft/white card!

Pam said...

Your first card is unusual and beautiful. Love the colors on the bf. The second card is spectacular in the kraft and white!

Stampsnob said...


The first card is so fresh and clean I especially like the color of the second card Good job.......Lis

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like how you cut out the Butterfly.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

MariLynn said...

The rainbow colored butterfly is really pretty, however, I think your white flowers on the kraft is elegant and beautiful.

Georgei said...

Beautiful cards that you did
Thank for showing

Scrappin' Diva said...

Great cards! Love the butterfly on the first card and the CAS look of the second.

Anne said...

Such a contrast between these two! Brilliant! Both are superb!

loulou said...

Beautiful cards. I like how you carried the colours of your polkadot paper into the butterfly on the first. Your second card is total CAS magnificence.

Jean Bullock said...

I am always amazed when the same stamp can be used so versatilely. Great job on both cards.

Gail said...

Super sweet cards!

Sue D said...

Very sweet Hello cards.

Michelle N. said...

Beautiful cards-I love the inside decorations you do!

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Both cards are so elegant and fabulously done.