Mark's Finest Papers January Blog Hop: Swans


January Blog Hop! 

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 Featured Jan. 14

My first card I'm sharing I wanted to show case the fun card technique card called Aperture. And I always admire Beccy over at Beccy's Place for her amazing Card Fold Tutorials. When I first start card making I stumble upon her site. And she is the reason I know so many beautiful card tutorials. You can see how easy it is to make this Aperture card HERE.  For my pattern paper I used one of my favorite paper packs from 2013 by Simple Stories. Its called Vintage Bliss. If I find this pack I would order it again. Its my go to pack. I used some fun gems I picked up from Pinque Peacock Discount Hut. For my swan I used {Ruby} embossing powder by Recollections. I thought it would be perfect against the Kraft card stock.


Next I have a clean and simple card. You all should know by now that I love clean and simple cards. I thought this stamp set would be perfect. I stamped it with white ink on kraft and add sentiment and gems. Clean and Simple!!


Next I created a card using another technique for a challenge over at Scrapbook Blessings Club. The challenge over at SBC is to create a winter theme card and they have technique you do not have to use but since I've always wanted to try this I give it a go. Its easy to create this Reflection technique. I'm not sure how good I did but I must admit I love it very much. And with Mark's Finest Papers Swans stamp set I just had to give this a try and I'm very happy I did. Let me know what you think of this technique. I'm also entering this card  into a challenge over at Sweet Stamps BLOG: Winter Blues Challenge.


Please hop along with us! You have a chance to win one of the above stamp sets! Just comment on the following blogs (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 three winners will be announced on Jan. 18,2014 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 10 PM EST on Friday Jan. 17, 2014

Here's the Design Team:


Come on back tomorrow for more creativity.

Comments

Janine said…
Some really interesting cards and techniques - your winter reflection card has turned out beautifully
Wow AJ!!!! These cards are wonderful! I think you really like this set!!! I love the first CAS one with the pearls! Just beautiful! TFS
loulou said…
I love your cards. They are all so different but all so beautiful. I can't chose a favourite they are all stunning.
wannabcre8tive said…
Your cards are all very pretty. I love the red embossed swan.
Unknown said…
Wow like these cards they are all very beautiful
Renee Collier said…
I love this new swan stamp! And your CAS card is so pretty.
stamping sue said…
beautiful cards. white ink on kraft cardstock is always a hit with me. cut outs on cards are very creative. the reflection techinque is a good one.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/
Anonymous said…
Awesome work, AJ! I especially love the first card.
MariLynn said…
I especially like your white on kraft card.
Jane said…
Beautiful cards AJ!!!!
Stampsnob. said…
Both cards are gorgeous I especially like the first one....Lis
Sue D said…
Wow--all three cards are fabulous!
terrie said…
Great looking cards...well done
Anne said…
Wow you really thought outside of the box with all your cards! They are superb! TFS!
Lois said…
Great job with that reflections technique!
Karenladd said…
Wow, love the unique card designs! The one with the reflections is so striking!
Sandy Hentzel said…
Wow, awesome cards! Love the swan and kudos on the reflection tech. I will be posting on the SBC facebook page also! Thanks for playing along with Scrapbook Blessings Club. After the challenge, make sure you stop by to see if you won. I hope you have a blessed day,
Sandy
♥ Scrapbook Blessings Club DT ♥
♥ A Working Mom's Joy ♥
Amy E said…
THREE cards for you too?!?! Holy moly, I feel like a slacker!! Haha! LOVE the white ink on the kraft...I've never tried that before but it's gorgeous!!!! And how did you do the reflection technique? I've seen it before but not with a stamp like you used...and now I can't figure it out! You better bring the stuff so you can show me on Monday!!
Unknown said…
Oh AJ, you did an amazing job with the reflection technique!!! Love these swans.
Thanks for joining us over at The Scrapbook Blessings Club this week and hope to see you again soon!
Jennyfer, SBC DT


♥ ScrapBook Blessings Club DT ♥

♥ Jennyfer Creates ♥
Like the variety of Swan cards. Like the look thru circle card. The CAS using Kraft cardstock is my fav since I'm a CAS kind of gal & like to use Kraft cardstock. Like the blue card.
Melissa
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
Anonymous said…
Beautiful, as always your work is beautiful.. love the red swan card my favorite but they are all fabulous
Unknown said…
We should be sisters. I also stumbled upon Beccy's tutorials and I like this aperture card very much. Blessings,
Carole Robb Bisson
Unknown said…
We should be sisters. I also stumbled upon Beccy's tutorials and I like this aperture card very much. Blessings,
Carole Robb Bisson
Scrappin' Diva said…
Gorgeous cards! From the vintage looking to the pretty CAS kraft card to the snowy swans!
all 3 are fantastic cards. Each has it's own personality. I really love your 2nd with the one layer and bling. Beautifully done.
Gail said…
Great cards - both and love the window effect too!
I love the beautiful cards, and the technique of the reflected swans great. Thank you for playing with us at SBC

Carolyn
SBC DT
Shelly Schmidt said…
Love your beautiful cards- and esp the blue one you made for our challenge! Lovely!!! Thanks for sharing with us at SweetStamps.com
Donna K said…
Oh, AJ…I love the blue background on this gorgeous swan card. Absolutely beautiful and perfect for the Winter Blues challenge at SweetStamps! Happy Winter sweet lady.

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