Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hot Air Balloons - MFP Blog Hop Time

It's time for the September Blog Hop at Mark's Finest Papers! We are very excited about the new images!

Welcome to the Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company

September Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured Sept.23

Hot Air Balloon 

Featured Sept. 24

 Featured Sept. 25

Featured Sept. 26

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 six winners will be announced on 
Sept. 27, 2014 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 Sept. 26, 2014

Here's the Design Team:

The cards on the hop are wonderful so be sure and visit them all! I love the new Hot Air balloon image and have all kinds of ideas swirling around in my head. I was on a hot air balloon team in my 20's back when I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico (hot air balloon capital of the world and home to the International Balloon festival which is a total visual treat). Here is my card:

I sponged clouds on an old dictionary page (one with the definition of balloon on it) and glittered up my balloon with Stickles.

Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hydrangea Thank You

The current MFPSpeedyTV Inspiration Challenge for the next two weeks is all about the wonderful colors and landscape of Ruby Falls. I visited Ruby Falls for the first time this year and it was AMAZING! Here are the inspiration pictures:

Aren't they beautiful? Here is my card inspired by the first picture:

I used the MFP Hydrangea Set to make this card and my papers are from SU!, The Paper Studio, and Hampton Art. To color my individual flowers, I smeared a piece of aluminum foil with various shades of SU! and Tim Holtz Distress Inks which I sprayed with water. I then took each flower and pulled it through the colors. I let the flowers almost dry, and then I cut around each bloom part of the way to the middle to shape inward. I let them dry all the way and then I layered them on a circle cut with a Spellbinders Circle die. Lastly, I took some Stickles and put a little in the middle of each bloom and around the edges. The card is so sparkly and has so much dimension. I can't wait to use it!

Hope you are having a good week and that you have a chance to play in this challenge which will run for 2 weeks and has a wonderfully fun prize. You do not have to use an MFP image although we would love it if you did.


Monday, September 15, 2014

A Ginger Bear

The Squigglefly challenge this week is bling or embossing - two of my favorite things! I blinged up this cute little image by Sandra Caldwell called Bearly Ginger. I added Stickles to the icing marks and some gems splattered around. I had planned to glitter up my stars but after I added them, I thought they matched up with Americana-ish feel of the image. Fun challenge - I may have to make another!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sifter Vase

Some gorgeous pictures for the MFPSpeedyTV Inspiration Challenge:

For my card, I used a number of MFP sets: Recipe Starters, Pretty Pears, Natures Brushstrokes, and Ivy and Blossoms.

Sorry if I haven't been by to visit in awhile, we took a little vacation down to Mobile. I promise to catch up soon.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Flower for Crystal

Crystal is my oldest daughter and her birthday was yesterday - she is 24 now. I don't know how the time goes by so fast! Here is the card I made her:

I made the flower by cutting out three SB flower dies and then peeling the two smaller sizes so I had 5 layers. Then I sponged the edges with TH Wild Honey, wet the layers and then scrunched them up a bit. After they were dry, I used a stylus to curl them up. I embossed the bottom layer of my card with some wild honey on the ef. Love how it came out - hope she does too.

Hugz! I promise to catch up on what everyone has been making soon! I can't wait to see it all.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Dog

This week's Squigglefly challenge is to use a star image or sentiment. Since I really wanted to use this totally adorable image from James Horvath called Rusty, I used a star die cut. I love this fun image, and I thought it would make a great card for my nephew.

Hope your week goes well and you find time to join in this fun challenge!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fun Saturday Cards

Fun day. Got to spend time with my Mom, go shopping, take a nap and play cards - so it was a great day! All three of these cards were made for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS.

I can't close without giving the link to making these spellbinder flowers - you have to visit Jerri Kay's blog called A Touch of Grace. I haven't visited her gallery in awhile so my technique is old - I visited todayand she has all new tutorials which I can't wait to look at - her stuff is amazing! Hope you are having a wonderful day!