Tuesday, April 16, 2013

MFP Blog Hop Day 1 - Columns and Topiaries

April Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are:

 Featured April 16 - Columns & Topiaries
Featured April 17 - Be a Showoff 
Featured April 18 - Honor & Glory
Featured April 19 - Birds & Trees

Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the blogs listed below (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 April 20, 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 11 PM EST on Friday April 19, 2013.

 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Zoo Friends"

 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"You May Bow"

I'm starting off the hop this month with three cards.  I was hoping that some of the rest of the design team used the columns for their cards today because  the first two cards I made use the topiaries.  I did eventually make the third card, using the columns.  My first card uses three topiaries -- two with flowers, one just foliage.  It fits into a legal-sized envelope.

For my second card I popped up the flowers to give a little depth to the topiary on an otherwise pretty clean and simple card.

This next card was an afterthought.  As I was looking through the Just Cards 3D magazine I bought last month, I came across a combination Z-fold/gatefold card.  I thought I would give it a try.   It's not exactly the same as the one in the magazine, but I like the way it turned out.

Here it is opened up.

Be sure to check out the rest of the DT members' blogs to see their creativity with today's set.  Remember, you have a chance to win a free set if you comment.  
Patty,  Lois (that's me), Vicky,  Jane,  Debbie,  Pam,  Pat,  Thrifty Stamper,  MariLynn,  Karen,  Bonnie,  Kathy,  Angela,  Cathy,  Toni,  Sue,  Janine,  An'jenic,  
Kate,  Shirley,  Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co 

Card 1
Stamps - Mark's Finest Papers - Columns & Topiaries
Paper:  MFP Spring Leaf, Snow Storm Smooth, Lemon Slice, Ripened Tomato, Licorice Whips
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copic Markers, Oval punches, Paper-piercing tool, Pop dots

Card 2
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Columns & Topiaries
Paper:  MFP Groovin' Grape, August Greens, Snow Storm Smooth
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves
Accessories:  Copic markers, Circle punch, Brads

Card 3
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Columns & Topiaries
Paper:  MFP Lily Pad, Snow Storm Smooth; Colorbok Sage Stripe
Accessories:  Copic markers, Circle punches, Ribbon


Ravengirl said...

Great cards Lois! I love the popped up flowers on the second topiary card. I think the design of the second card is so cool with the columns on each side!

Janine said...

Lovely cards Lois - those columns add real statement to your last card. I really like the 2nd.

Vicky Gould said...

I love the long card, and the gatefold......and the third too! Good samples showcasing this set, Lois!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Fabulous cards, especially the gate-fold! Perfect designs!

kren said...

Wow, three cards using these images. Love all of them!


stamping sue said...

Lois!!! you out did yourself! fabulous cards
stamping sue

Pat Garvin said...

3 great cards.

Pam said...

I love all three! The detail on the topiaries is awesome and the columns look so regal.

Angie said...

All 3 are stunning!!! Love your long card and the beautiful strips you used on your BG. Love your popped up flowers...I love the extra dimension it gives. (I had to do it too!) Your 3rd card is so regal!!! Gorgeous!

Jane said...

Three really pretty cards done with this set!!! Excellent!!!

MariLynn said...

Great cards. I love your z fold card. I like how you have the columns on both sides that open up. Very nicely done!

~Tammy~ said...

Beautiful samples and examples!

terrie said...

Great looking cards...well done

Pam said...

Lovely cards, I especially like the purple one!

Kim B said...

Gorgeous cards!! Love the new stamp sets too!

Kathy Bradley said...

Beautiful cards, Lois. I can always count on you for wonderful inspiration! I love the first card - with the pretty colored DP. Your second card is lovely and elegant. And, the third z-fold/gatefold is very, very cool! It's awesome. I'm hoping you might be doing a tutorial on this one??!!

Zora said...

Beautyfull cards, love your coloring.

marg0006 said...

All your cards are lovely. Like the folds and sentiments.

marg0006 at Verizon dot net

Susan Kennedy said...

These cards are beautiful!! I love it! I love the colors you used in the long card! Love the circles and the flowers on the purple card! And that green card!! I love the fold on that one!! These are great!

Winnie and Patty said...

OK Lois--you're showing us all up!!! LOL :-) These cards are all lovely, but I especially like the first one!!!! But to be honest, it was really hard to choose! TFS

Karenladd said...

WOW! that z-fold card is amazing! They are all so elegant!

Kate said...

Beautiful! Wonderful colors & designs. I agree with Kathy--we need a tutotial.

Yvonne Morentin said...

what an awesome creations... love the colors...

Golda said...

All of these are great! Love the last fold.

Rosy Newlun said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous -- the design, the colors, the images - it's just a WOW card!!!

SHartl said...

Your cards are so wonderful with the different folds and designs! This set is really nice!

Rosy Newlun said...

Oopsy -- I was staring at the green gate fold :D but your first two cards are also amazing. I love the clean CAS designs with popped elements!

AJ Scrapbooking & Cards said...

Wow such lovely cards. But that Gate fold is amazing. Such a beauty.


Bonnie aka raduse said...

Lois, I LOVE all of these cards. I think my fav is the first one with all of the colors though.

mariko said...

Wonderful cards! Really like the gate fold card! What a great way to use the columns! Your second card is my favorite. Really love how you colored the topiary!

StampNK said...

Your cards are just amazing! I love the fancy fold on the second one. The columns really set it off!

Cathy Clouston said...

All of these cards are pretty but I love the first one. :)