Wednesday, June 12, 2013

MFP Blog Hop Day 2 - Firefighter (and a Bonus)

June Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured June 11th - Need a Vacation
Featured June 12th - Fire Fighter
Featured June 13th  - Be Proud
 Featured June 14th- Classic Dad

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 June 15, 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,  June 14, 2013.

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

"You Are an Angel"

 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is


Even though the images on today's set, Firefighter, are really cute, this was the most challenging set for me.  I did finally decide to use the cute Dalmatian puppies.  When I was a teenager, we had a Dalmatian, which I have to tell you was not the brightest dog I've ever had.  But we loved him nonetheless!  We discovered an interesting "trick" he would perform.  If you threw a cigarette butt on the ground, he would pounce on it and try to put it out.  (This was in the days when we didn't know that cigarettes could kill you.)   So maybe that's why Dalmatians are called fire dogs -- because they really do try to put out fires!  BTW, the small fire hydrant was an afterthought.  There was a smudge on the paper, and I was trying to hide it.

As a bonus today, I'm showing you projects I made with the 5th and mini sets for this month -- a center-step card and a small memo pad holder.  I actually used this card for my June Christmas Card challenge card on Speedy TV, making four of them using You Are an Angel.   There's lots of glitz-and-glitter on this card.  In addition to the gold glitter paper that I used for the matting pieces and the narrow strips, I put Stickles on the angel wings.  I did some paper-piecing on this card -- the horn is gold paper and the gown is cream-colored shimmer paper.

I attended a card workshop on Saturday, and one of the projects we made was a small memo pad.  I thought it was really cute and decided to try to make one using the mini set for this month -- Wings.  I went up to Staples and bought some small memo pads, which were unfortunately just a bit larger than the one we used in class.  So I had to adjust the measurements of the original to fit the larger pad.  In addition, I used velcro to hold it closed rather than the magnets we used in class.  The magnet sheets I had were not strong enough to hold it closed.

Here it is opened.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I hope you were inspired by my projects.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team members' blogs for more inspiration.
Patty P.,  Lois (that's me),  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 - Fire Fighter
Paper:  Cherry Slush, Licorice Whips, Snow Storm Smooth; Recollections Red polka-dot DP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copic markers, Ribbon, Circle punches, Pop dots

Card 2
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - You Are an Angel
Paper:  Mark's Finest Papers Premium Heavy White; Recollections Gold glitter paper; American Crafts Gold Foil cardstock; Crafter's Companion Cream Shimmer paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copic markers, Stickles, Gold marker, Cuttlebug border die

Notepad Holder
Stamps:  Mark's Finest Papers - Wings
Paper:  Mark's Finest Papers Lily Pad, MME Dolled Up DP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copic markers, Fiskars Scallop border punch, K & Company pearls, Spellbinders Labels Eight die, Velcro squares, Prima flowers, Brad


Janine said...

Lovely cards and cute memo holder. I feel a tutorial coming on!

Bonnie aka raduse said...

Oh my goodness Lois. You are on a roll!

loulou said...

I love those cute puppies. Your angel is beautiful I love all the glitter and sparkle. The memo holder is a great idea.

Pam said...

Simply beautiful work, Lois. Your puppies are great popped up your Christmas card is colored expertly and I absolutely love your butterfly memo pad!

wannabcre8tive said...

Gorgeous cards and memo pad holder. Those pups are cute and I enjoyed hearing about yours. I love the angel card with the glitter. Great paper on the memo holder and I like the wings in brown.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

These are just gorgeous examples, Lois! Fabulous job on them!

Stampsnob said...

Great job.......Lis

MariLynn said...

Lois, your dalmatian card is so cute. I had a dalmatian when I was young. It wasn't very smart either. That is the first thing we said when we described him. Your angel card looks so elegant.

Jane said...

I love that cute memo holder!! Tutorial please :) Your card is so cute with the dots and cute ribbon! Your angel card is very elegant! Nice work!!!

Michelle N. said...

I agree with everyone else-we want the memo tutorial! I also agree that your cards are just wonderful!

Kathy Bradley said...

What a beautiful Christmas step card - your angel is so gorgeous! I love, love your note holder - it's so very adorable!!

Ravengirl said...

Such wonderful projects! Your angel looks absolutely gorgeous!

Winnie and Patty said...

Lois--what wonderful cards, and your memo holder is fabulous! I would never have thought to make a butterfly out of those wings. Gonna have to try that! TFS

Pat Garvin said...

Great projects. Would love to see a tutorial on your note holder.

Sue D said...

Thanks for sharing all these wonderful projects!

sillygirl said...

Love the firefighter stamps!

kren said...

Oh my, I love all your cards. I have been looking for a template for a small memo pad like the one you made. I wonder if you would consider doing a tutorial? I would gladly have taken the workshop!

Keep it simple. Keep it fun.

Cathy Clouston said...

All of your cards are beautiful! I love the one with the pearl butterfly. :)

Angie said...

Terrific projects! Love the cute little dogs!!! Great idea adding the little fire hydrant at the top! Gorgeous gold glitter on your second!!! Wow!!! Stunning memo pad holder!!!! Love the butterfly wings!