Friday, July 16, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop- Day 4

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, this is going to be a really fun-packed Hop! Sit back, and hold on to your mouse! This is going to be a FABULOUS ride! Come Hop along with us!

We have 4 New Stamp Sets Released today: Background Fun, Southwest Cowboy, Flourishes & Frame, and Apples & Camellia. 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 July 13, 14, 15, and 16, 2010. On Saturday, (July 17, 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.)

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

Today we are featuring the Apples and Camellia stamp set:
For my first card, I wanted a homespun, vintage feel.  To achieve this, I used vintage style patterned papers from October Afternoon, added stitching to the card, used a homespun sentiment, and made the apple look candied.  I stamped the apple, colored it with Tim Holtz Distress inks, then applied micro-beads.  I completed the card by adding the sentiment, ribbon, and apple charm.  The red paper, ribbon, charm, Tim Holtz distress inks, and stamps are all available at Mark's Finest Papers. 
For this card, I wanted a warm, Autumn feel.  I inked around the edges of the apple stamp, omitting the floral center.  See how versatile this stamp is!  I colored each of the apples with Tim Holtz distress inks then added two punched leaves.  I ran the Stampin Up Crushed Curry layer through a Cuttlebug leaf and vine embossing folder and placed it behind the apples.  The patterned papers are from Basic Grey's Indian Summer paper pad.  To complete the card, I added a sentiment from the Apples and Camellia set and added some paper piercing.  The stamp set, Tim Holtz distress inks, and Basic Grey papers are available at Mark's Finest Papers.  

July Guest Designer- Melisa Waldorf-
Nancyruth -
Lois -
Jeanne -
Faith -
Claudine-  (you are here)
Mark’s Finest Papers -

Thanks for joining our blog hop.  I hope you drew inspiration from the beautiful DT creations.  Make sure you check the Mark's Finest Papers blog tomorrow to see who the blog hop winners are.


  1. Claudine, these apple cards are just delightful with this patchwork look behind them. I love this look.

  2. WoW! Beautiful cards - love the colours used and techniques.

  3. Wow! These are all gorgeous!! I don't think I've ever seen a nicer apple stamp and you've done a great job showcasing it.

  4. Great cards. Love the patchwork on card one and the apples without the floral center in card 2.

  5. Love your color combinations and layouts, Claudine!! Great job!

  6. Two very nice card, really like the squares the best.

  7. Love those stamps and your color combination! Good job!!

  8. Beautiful card. Love the colours you chose for this pretty creation.

  9. Oh wow what great cards. I really like the way you used the leaf & vine embossing behind the apples. Lots of dimension.

  10. Love your candied apple! and I love seeing things used differently, and the bare apple is awesome! It really makes the set even more versatile! TFS

  11. Both of these are so lovely! Fabulous use of patterned papers for the backgrounds. Just a fantastic job.

  12. These are great cards, my favourite is the first one, I love how you have put the micro beads on the coloured apple, this looks great, definitely a technique I will have to try and the little apple charm is so cute and makes a great card special!

  13. oooh, I like the apples without the "insides!"

  14. I just LOVE the "sugared" apple. You ROCK that microbead technique :)

  15. Great cards--I really like the homespun one.

  16. Great the homespun look!

  17. Love both of your apple cards. Using the microbeads really is a nice touch

  18. I love these sketches and the selection of the papers is realllllyyy good