Tuesday, November 25, 2014

MFP November Blog Hop Day 1: Java Time

Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

November Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured Nov. 25

Java Time

Featured Nov. 26
Crisp Winter

 Featured Nov. 27
Ice Skating

Featured Nov. 28
Vintage Fashion

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 
Nov. 29, 2014 on the MFP Stamp Shop 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 Nov. 28, 2014

Here's the Design Team:

I love this new Java Time set - here is a card I made with it:
Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Cute Snowman

Have you ever finished a project and then realized that you forgot a key point or requirement?  Well this week's Squigglefly challenge is You're a Dear - use a dear sentiment or a deer.  I finished my card, uploaded it and then looked at everyone else's cards.  They all had deers and dear sentiments and mine had neither.  Had to go back and add a little IO deer to the bg - looks like of funny back there, but I am going to give this one to my Hubby and this weekend was the start of when you can hunt deer in AL with regular guns so it is appropriate for him as he is in deer hunting mode now - he probably even dreams about them!  My image is by Cheryl Grant Alger and is called Star Bright Star Light - the sentiment is by Charlene Mitchell

Come join in the challenge fun!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Warrior Projects

I was able to do a lot of crafting this weekend!  My favorite kind of weekend!  I also got to spend time with my youngest daughter going to more junk/repurposed stores which we both love. Hope you got to do some fun things too this weekend.

I have seen so many great tags lately so I decided to make one for the newest ODBD challenge (ODBDSLC218) which is to make something using 4 letters from the word "Blessings."  I used the following letters:
  • B - Blue, Branch Punch, Bow, Blessings Sentiment
  • L - Leaves
  • E - Embossing
  • S - Sentiment and Straw
  • S - Sanding and Sponging
  • I - Ink
  • N - Nestabilities
  • G - Glue (lots of it to keep that flower and twine and straw in place)

I used a sentiment from the ODBD Blessing set (a Birthday present from a sweet friend).  I am tying this tag to a candleholder to give as a hostess gift this week.  I love how it came out.

On SCS, I recommended the Inspiration Site for the Inspiration Challenge this weekend and got to play guest hostess. The site is the fun antique/repurposed item store we visited last week:  Resurrect Antiques.  Here are the cards I made for that challenge:

The above card was made using the Create a Pine Bough set from MFP and I made my rolled roses using some notebook paper my daughter wrote a rough draft a paper on.  I took the paper and coated it with a mixture of glue, TH fired brick ink, and water.  After it dried, I ran it through an embossing folder and then cut the circles I used to make the flowers.  The glue technique qualified this for a few MIX challenges on SCS too.

This card was based on a great chalkboard sign from the site - I thought it would make a great get well card.  The image is from Sassy Cheryl and is called Good Company (available at Squigglefly).

I couldn't resist playing in the SCS Mix challenge this week which was all about feathers.  I had been wanting to play with the SU! Four Feathers set I bought a few months ago.

I water-colored my bg, leaves, and feathers.  I dry embossed the bg and wet embossed the feathers ad leaves with Stampendous Frantage embossing powder.  After stamping the feathers, I cut them and distressed them.  The sentiment is from SU!   I gave this to a sweet friend who invited me to her retirement dinner last night. I sure hope she liked it.

Then I made a card for the Featured Stamper challenge on SCS today. The FS is Cheryl l Rowley and she has a great gallery at SCS.  I cased THIS card - I changed Cheryl's leaves to winter leaves and added some ice crystals. 

I am going to give this to another friend who is retiring (he invited me to his retirement dinner tomorrow night). 


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Flowers and the Good Word!

Hello friends, I have been having a great time this weekend.  I visited one of my favorite stores in the world yesterday, Resurrect Antiques.  They have fun and quirky antiques like old bins out of textile mills, lot of old signs, old buttons, and they have lots of fun new stuff like candles, jellies, and crafts.  It is a 1 1/2 drive for us, but we love to go and then stop to eat somewhere fun on the way back.  I also had some time to make some fun cards I can share with you. 

I cased my friend Audrie (girlgeek101) at SCS  (click HERE to see the card I cased).  Audrie is the Featured Stamper on SCS this week - congrats my friend.  I am entering this card in the current ODBD challenge - Holiday- it ends today so if you want to participate too, you need to hurry. I used the OBDB Christmas Verses stamp.

I also had time to participate in the SCS Inspiration Challenge which is to be inspired by the Harry and David site.  I was inspired by THIS picture.

I used the Hydrangea and Hot Air Balloons stamp sets from MFP for this one.

Thanks for visiting! 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chandelier Inspired Card

This week's MFPSpeedyTV Inspiration Challenge pics are wonderful again!!!

I love all of them and could have gone with any one of the 50 ideas they inspired in my mind!  I needed a birthday card for my Pop so I went a little more masculine (hence the colors, textures, and camo paper).  He loved it! 
I used MFP's Oh Beans and Hot Air Balloons sets.  Hope you have time to come play with us in the next two weeks - we would really love to see how these pictures inspire you too.

Monday, November 10, 2014

An Auburn Wreath

Living in Alabama, you must chose whether you are an Auburn fan or an Alabama fan.  It doesn't matter if you are not from Alabama or you have another team you support, you have to pick one or the other so you have something to tell everyone who asks you.  I have lived here for 26 years and I have to say that I can't pick - I like them both.  I really do! 

The Squigglefly challenge this week is to make a Christmas card and you get a "bonus" if you make it with non-traditional colors.  Since I was watching the Auburn game when I colored up this lovely Large Holly Wreath with Bow by Pam Lehto, I decided to color it Auburn colors.  I will be sending it to one of my many Auburn fans. 

Hope you have a chance to join in the challenge with us this week!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Birthday Blog Candy Winners

Thanks for all the Birthday Well Wishes! The RNG picked number 2 and number 3.

So Carol L and Benzi won the giveaway! Carol I am sending you the new Owls set and the Hydrangea set (click on the names to see the sets). Brenda, I am sending you the new Polka Dot Country and the Chrysanthemum set (click the names to see the sets).

Thanks again for all the well wishes! Hugz!