Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Firefighter - Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop Day 2

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 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 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 11PM 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



I have to tell you how much I REALLY LOVE THIS SET!!  I've got two cards to share with you today, both are for my step-dad who recently retired as a fire captain from the State of California's Cal Fire division (formerly California Dept of Forestry) after 45 years.  Yes, you read right, 45 years of service with one employer.  My step-dad was able to start working for the state many years ago as a summer volunteer firefighter while still going to high school before there was an age limit.  I believe he started at age 14 since he retired at age 59.

My first card is for Father's Day and uses some old retired CTMH denim designer paper.  After stamping my images in memento tuxedo black ink onto MFP white card stock and coloring with prismacolor markers, I cut them out and adhered to a Tim Holtz baroque die cut stamped with the basket weave stamp from Background Fun to resemble the metal floorboards of a firetruck.  For embellishments, I added a twill tape (hose) border adhered with some screw brads before popping up my die cut main images.  I then stamped DAD from Classic Dad onto scrap white card stock in chipped sapphire ink before punching it out to adhere to the lower right corner with the remaining cut out images on the left side.

For the inside of my card, I stamped HAPPY FATHER'S DAY from Classic Dad before over stamping the fire helmet in memento London fog ink then adding the ladder truck and fire hydrant to the bottom right corner.

My second card uses the same card stock and designer paper I still had sitting on my stamp table and is for my step-dad's birthday which is one week following Father's Day.  Again all images were stamped in memento black onto white card stock, colored with prismacolor markers then cut out for adhering.  Once all of my coloring was finished, I cut all of my images out, stamped a border using Background Fun before adhering one of the cut out images onto a die cut Sizzix panel and then the second image adhered in the lower right hand corner along with the saying on the other side.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day and don't forget to stop by the rest of the design team blogs to leave some love for a chance to win today's featured set.

Stamps: Firefighter, Classic Dad, Background Fun
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Chipped Sapphire
Card Stock: MFP White, Stampin Up! Navy, Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Twine, Dimensionals, Sizzix, Big Shot, Tim Holtz Die, Twill Tape, Screw Brads


  1. Bonnie - that many years in the same job will be a very rare thing for anyone in the future - they say today's 20 to 30 year olds will have at least 5 jobs, probably nearer 8! Love the 2 cards you have made I am sure your Step Dad will appreciate them.

  2. Wow I can't believe the 45 years of service. You're cards are fantastic. Great colouring and perfect selection of papers and embellishments. I'm sure your step-father will love them.

  3. Love your designs and that denim paper is perfect with this set and for masculine cards.

  4. Cute cards and that denim paper was perfect to showcase the cute stamps. That is definitely rare for one to work 45 years in one place. Congrats to your dad.

  5. Cute cards! That denim paper was perfect for these too!

  6. Blue is always a winner for me ....Lis

  7. I like the denim DP on your cards -- and I especially like those screw brads on the first one.

  8. Two really creative and darling cards! Love the brads!!!

  9. What fabulous cards. Love how the denim background looks.

  10. Bonnie, two terrific cards that I know he will love!
    stamping sue

  11. I honestly thought you used real denim! I love the fact that your step dad retired after 45 years on the job-wow. He will love these cards so much because they are just FABULOUS!

  12. What wonderful masculine cards - the layouts and DP are perfect (especially like the brads). Congrats to your step-Dad.

  13. Bonnie - I think the denim paper is a perfect compliment to this set! Love the fabulously made cards!

  14. What wonderful cards Bonnie! The denim BG paper is just perfect! TFS

  15. Love the blue jean background.

  16. Great cards--love the denim paper.

  17. I love denim colored/patterned paper almost as much as I love my denim jeans. It looks great with these images. TFS!

    Keep it simple. Keep it fun.

  18. Love the fun Jean DP on both cards! The brads and ribbon are great masculine embellishments!