Thursday, 5 December 2013

MFP December Blog Hop Part #1, Day #3 - Butterfly Essense

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 is the first of our main four, and is called "Butterfly Essence".

I have to admit that while I like the occasional butterfly, I'm not as big a fan as some people I know. So when I saw this set I at first had no idea what I was going to do.  As it turns out I came up with some of my favourite cards this month.

I started by stamping and embossing the large image, then adding a hint of colour by lightly shading with some pastel pencil crayons.  I then added some glitter gel pen to a few of the butteflies.  I trimmed three sides of the image to the size I wanted and fussy cut the top edge before assembing everything together.  I ended up with a fun note card where I can stamp the inside later if I want or just write a sentiment.  

I love white embossed on velum so I started with that and built the card around that.  I was able to pop up the velum by adding pop dots under the image, sometimes trimming them to size.  From the front you can't even tell!  

I also decorated the inside but you can unfortuantely see a bit of an error I made. I've been using a Tombow vellum adhesive tape runner which I find works really well, accept I don't usually use such dark card stock with it and didn't realize the adhesive would show.  Oh well, live and learn!  Its still pretty.  :)

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
Cathy C  (Thats me!)

See you at the Mark's Finest Papers blog on December 10th for the start of part #2! :)


  1. Wow these are pretty. I love love your frist card but then I love love your second card. Great job on both of your cards. I should use my vellum more. AJ-

  2. 2 lovely cards - quite different but really nice

  3. Gorgeous cards. Great design and I love that white embossing on the vellum.

  4. Both of your cards are really nice but when I saw the second one embossed all in white I said WOW...
    well done on both of them

  5. Cathy, your cards are beautiful. I love the one with the corrugated card board butterfly. That was an excellent idea.

  6. Wow they are all very beautiful
    Very pretty color that you use

  7. Two well done and embossed cards! I don't emboss much lately but this big butterfly background really lends itself to embossing.
    stamping sue

  8. Love, love these! Will definitely have to scraplift. LOL.

  9. Like both styles. The Kraft crimped Butterfly is a wonderful addition to the cut out stamped Butterflies. The vellum embossing has a pretty silhouette look to it.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  10. Well you did and excellent job with this stamp....Lis

  11. Both cards have a modern flavor. I love them both! I can't choose a favorite. I do especially like the second one, where you used the image as a background!

  12. That crimped butterfly die cut looks great over the bigger butterfly background. You clever girl! TFS!

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  13. Cathy,
    Awesome and beautiful. My favorite detail is the cardboard butterfly on the first card!

  14. Cathy--these cards are so pretty!!! TFS

  15. Both cards are lovely. I like the idea of cutting it out along the top edge.

  16. Both cards are beautiful. Love the heat embossing you did. Very effective.

  17. Kathy -these cards are super! Great job

  18. Great cards. I like the embossing.

  19. Great embossing-love the coloring and corrugated butterfly on the first one, but white on Kraft is elegant!

  20. Beauiful creations! Very inspirational!

  21. What a gorgeous dimensional card. love it. need I say more :)


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