Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MFP Blog Hop Day 1 - Gardenia

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
March Blog Hop

 We're a little late this month due to delivery of our new stamps. 
But we made it before the end of the month so let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured March 31

Featured April 01

Featured April 02
Pirates 2

Featured April 03
Mushroom Selections

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the design team members' blogs (don't forget this one) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winner will be announced on April 04, 2015,  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 Friday, April 03, 2015, at 10:00 PM EST.

Let's get started !!

I'm going to show some different background techniques with several of my cards for this month's hop.  My first card using today's set, Gardenia, demonstrates a technique called Bokeh.  This is actually a photographic technique, using blurred lighting behind the focal image of a picture.  To achieve a similar look, I used sponge daubers in two different sizes and three different colors for the background.

My second card today uses scraps of coordinating patterned paper to create a background.  The sentiment is from another MFP Stamp Shop set, Lots of Words.

Please visit the rest of the team members' blogs and comment for a chance to win a free stamp set. Here's the Design Team:
Lois  (that's me)
Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!


wannabcre8tive said...

Gorgeous cards, Lois. The bokeh technique card is really awesome.

Vickie Y said...

Love both cards, especially the Bokeh background with the Gardenia.

Anne said...

Both are beautiful cards and can be given to either sex! Bravo! I have just been trying the bokeh effect and I love it! I really like the way you have used it on your card.

Jane said...

Two lovely cards Lois!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Wonderful designs- especially the first one!

Peggie Sue @ Maxx and Boo said...

Your cards are wonderful (as always!) I really love your colors on the Bokeh card.

Janine said...

Two pretty cards

MariLynn said...

Love the colors on your bokeh card

pjmackay said...

Wonderful pair of cards! Love the great backgrounds you created!

Pat said...

Love the backgrounds.

ionabunny said...

Two pretty cards. Great backgrounds. Hugz

Stampsnob. said...

Both are lovely , the Bokeh is really nice.......Lis

Karenladd said...

What a great bokeh technique with this stamp set! Beautiful subtle coloring!

Ravengirl said...

These are both quite beautiful. I really love the look of the bokeh technique and haven't tried it yet.