Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Blog Hop Day 1

Mark's Finest Papers' Design Teams are celebrating our NEWEST STAMP RELEASE with a Blog Hop. Our very talented Design Teams have created exciting paper crafts for your inspiration. With the addition of New Design Team members to inspire you, this is going to be a really fun-packed Hop!

We have 4 New Stamp Sets Released today: Tweet Blessings, Flourished Sea Creatures, Regal & Proud, and Owl Be Here. For your convenience, all 4 stamp sets are available for purchase TODAY!

For your chance to win BLOG CANDY, (a set that will be released NEXT month), visit and comment on each of the following design team members' blogs on August 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2010. On Saturday, (August 14, 2010), a winner will be chosen FOR EACH DAY from those participants who visited all the blogs listed for that day. (There will be four different winners, one winner for each day.)

THAT MEANS IF YOU MISSED A DAY, YOU STILL HAVE OTHER CHANCES WIN! And, you can go back and comment on each day's blogs, as the winners will be chosen Saturday morning!

Tuesday, August 10-Tweet Blessings

Where do you get inspiration? Me - everywhere! I was watching one of my favorite programs on TV "Color Splash" and they showed a lamp shade that inspired this card.
I stamped the bird using Ballet Blue ink onto white cardstock and then added the flourish from Flourishes and Frame with Creamy Caramel ink. The sentiment is also stamped with that ink. I then cut/embossed the panel using Spellbinders Labels 8 and sponged the edges with Creamy Caramel. I added a teeny blue jewel (from Taylored Expressions) for the eye. I also added just a teeny dot of Clear Rock Candy stickles to the centers of the flowers on the bird, trying to keep it subtle. I cut a rectangle from the Ballet Blue cs just a bit bigger than the panel and rounded the corners before mounting my image panel. The card is Ballet Blue. The background panel was created again using the flourish from Flourishes and Frame stamped with Creamy Caramel, cutting and embossing with the larger Labels 8. I then embossed this panel with the Cuttlebug Textile Texture folder and sponged the edges with Creamy Caramel. I wrapped the beautiful blue satin ribbon (also from Mark's Finest Papers) around the card and tied a bow. I popped up the bird panel with foam squares. It's a fairly simple card, but I really like the result. Do you?



August Guest Designer- Wendy-
Nancyruth -
Lois -
Vicky-
Jeanne -
Anne-
Debbie-
Peggysue-
Faith -
Susan-
Judi-
Connie-
Emily-
Karen- That's me and you are here!
Patty-
Roxie-
Vicki-
Julia-
Liz-
Claudine-
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41 comments:

Lois said...

Nice background you created with that little flourish! Very pretty card, Karen.

Liz Williams said...

Love this beautiful blue bird. It reminds me of the big bluejays I have in my backyard.

Heather said...

Love the result! Such a sweet little bird. Heather:)

Vicky Gould said...

The bluebird of happiness has arrived. Very pretty, Karen!

Connie said...

Nice use of dies Karen. Love all the blue.
Connie

Emily Keaton said...

LOVE it, Karen!! What pretty colors. I just love hearing about how people were inspired in their card making--thanks for sharing your story!!

Lynn McAuley said...

Love your pretty stamped and embossed background for this wonderful bird silhouette!! Beautiful work, Karen!

Doris said...

Beautiful!

njgramma said...

Wonderful card Great color choice!

Carol Dee said...

Pretty card, cool BG textured.

Julia Aston said...

The blue and tan look great on this Karen - love the embossed bg and wonderful ribbon!

Becky said...

Lovely card and lovely colors

Colleen Dietrich said...

Thanks for sharing your birdie card with us. I like how you stamped then embossed your die cut; very cool!

Claudine Poch said...

Very pretty in blue! The flourishes look great with this bird.

jdmommy said...

I just love this combination of colors!! Great texture, love the flourishes and ribbon!!!

Bev E said...

Wow I love that blue. Great card.

Susan Raihala said...

What a great color scheme! Love the embossing!

Joanne Travis said...

Love this pretty color combination and layout!! That cardinal is SO beautiful!

wendyp said...

So pretty!!! Love that textured background!

redwasher1 said...

Karen, your card is just stunning!!

Michelle VP said...

Love that blue bird with the big bow! :)

FibreJunky said...

Lovely bird! I like the subtle flourishes you stamped and then embossed. Beautifully done.

Winnie and Patty said...

Karen--I love the bird in blue!!! This is a beautiful card! Love the ribbon accent! TFS

Benzi said...

I like the idea that you got your inspiration from a lamp shade. It truly IS everywhere. Beautiful card!!!!

Amanda B said...

pretty! nice and bright!

Sue D said...

Very pretty--I like the flourishes and embossing.

Chrissy D said...

Karen- this is stunning!

Lindsey said...

What an awesome card!

Patti P. said...

Loving the background on this card...really leaves the spotlight for your focal image. Beautiful job.

Sandra said...

love the stamp - fun card!
Sandra

Terri (blindstamper) said...

I really like the embossing and die cut. Lovely card!

mmwilken said...

How I do love that card with my favorite colors!! Always try and use bird or bird houses on my cards and you have inspired me to do more!! Thanks Karen.

peggysue said...

It looks beautiful in blue!

Virgo5 said...

Beutiful, love the stamped embossed background!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Gorgeous in blue!!

ALICIA said...

Ooo! Look at all that lovely texture!

Our Little Inspirations said...

That's a gorgeous background for this pretty bluebird! The ribbon is just gorgeous!!

Roxie said...

I like the blue and the use of the flourish image with the bird.

Brenda said...

Very pretty card!

CCC said...

Blue is my favorite color. Lovely card.

Lillian Child said...

The stamped textured background is so lovely! Beautiful card creation!