Thursday, October 13, 2011


Hello! Welcome to the October 2011 MFP New Releases Blog Hop!

This month's new releases are: Holly Greetings, Christmas in the Country, Snowball?, Country Thanksgiving, Cardinals in Winter, and Ginger Cookies.For your convenience, all these sets are available TODAY at Mark's Finest Papers.

So, do you want to WIN today's Featured Stamp Sets: Country Thanksgiving and Cardinals in Winter? (If you don't want to wait to win, you can always purchase the sets right away! We'll substitute a set from NEXT month's release if today's winner has already purchased this set!)

For your chance to win: Comment on the following Design Team members' blogs TODAY before midnight EDT. There will be ONE random winner chosen from the comments on today's Blog Hop blogs. That winner will win Country Thanksgiving and Cardinals in Winter. We will announce the winner's name on tomorrow's MFP blog post.

Here are the details for my first card! I used the Technique Junkie Newsletter and the technique Cuttlebug Highlights

Cardstock:French Vanilla Bean and Chipboard from Neutrals Pack, Aged Sunflower
Ink: Tuxedo Black, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard
Accessories: Sponge Dauber, Cuttlebug folder, Big Shot, Spellbinders, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Brown Viva Pearl Pen, Dimensionals

On my second card
Cardstock: Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very vanilla
Accessories: Big Shot, Embossing folder SU, Chocolate striped ribbon, Brads from SU, Top Note die, the edge of the punch was a border punch from Martha Stewart

Chrissy - You are here
Go Here Next  - Karen
Mark’s Finest Papers

On a personal note, I am deeply saddened today. I found out that my older brother passed away this week. While I did not know him very well, I have only met him a handful of times.  My heart aches knowing that I never will know him even though there was a desire to know him better. My heart also aches and prays for my family members who knew him well and loved him.

In memory of my brother, Troy James Wilkening. 10/25/1967 - 10/9/2011


Hold on to your loved ones! Call them and tell them you love them! Thank yo for stopping by and taking a look! Have a blessed day!


Chrissy D


Neha Jain said...

really nice cards

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Wonderful samples of these new sets...great colors and coloring.

Marianne said...

Starting your blogpost with such wonderful cards and then reading your sad news. Hope that you have support of your loving husband and family and wishing you all the best. xxx Marianne MW

Georgei said...

well done on these card

Dawn Mercedes said...

I like the contrast between the 2 cards...and 2 birdes!

Theresa said...

Great the designs.

Dawn said...

Sorry about your brother...

wonderful samples

Pat Garvin said...

Wonderful cards.

Connie said...

Wonderful art Chrissy. So sorry to hear of your loss. It does make you appreciate the "here and now" and of course family much more though so some good comes out of sadness in a way doesn't it. I am still recovering from losing my younger brother a year ago.

Valarie (vampme3) said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous!!

Nichole Bryant said...

Beautiful cards. So sorry about your loss.

Pam said...

First of all, I was so sorry to hear about your brother. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Great work on both of these cards. I love the distressed look of the first and the ribbon and brad on the second.

Carol Dee said...

Stunning cards. Both are VERY pretty.

Lagene said...

Love your Blessings card and great coloring on the beautiful cardinal!

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh Crissy,
I am so sad to hear of your loss, I guess we don't know when that phone call is important.
I am here sweetie if you want to talk.
Loving the new releases especially that beautiful cardinal

Ina Ftacek said...

nice cards...favorite is the cardinal and loved that candy cane ribbon on it...really nice!!!!!hugs,Ina

Francie G. said...

Hi Chrissy! I'm so sorry about your brothers passing! It is so true about letting our loved ones know how much we love them and give lots of hugs! Hugs to you!

Your cards are beautiful!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Chrissy, I am so sorry about your brother sweetheart. That is just so sad to read. Prayers to you and yours during your bereavement.

Your cards for the blog hop are lovely.

Bear Hugs,

Carol L said...

Your cards are so pretty, and I especially like the look of the top note with the cardinal! I'm sorry you didn't get to know your brother very well before his passing. Sometimes life is just too short for us to say and do all the things we want to:(

Angie said...

Your cards are beautiful!!!! The colors are gorgeous!

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. (((hugs)))

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

The Thanksgiving card has a cool Tim Holtz look to it.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"

Neva said...

Oh No Chris so sorry for your loss, I still have my only brother ever though we never see each.
Your samples are fabulous by the way

orrjj said...

I'm so sorry for your loss! May God bless your family and your brother rest in peace!

Now on a lighter note! Your cards are gorgous! Love the colors and the lay outs!
You are very talented! Keep inspiring!


Sue D said...

Fabulous cards and sorry for your loss.

Crafty Math Chick said...

Oh Chrissy, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother! Sending you comforting hugs! On a brighter note, I LOVE your cards! I think that little crow and sweet cardinal are adorable and I love what you did with them. Your coloring is fantastic!

Lynn McAuley said...

What gorgeous cards with these wonderful holiday images, Chrissy.

Wishing you peace and love as you deal with the loss of your brother.

Lorraine said...

these are stunning xx

Glennis said...

Sorry about your news.
Your cards are beautiful

KC said...

so sorry to hear about your loss! you do have beautiful cards!!

laurie said...

What gorgeous card ideas. Love the "Cardinals in Winter". Thanks for sharing. These ideas make ME smile.

stamps&cars said...

:-( I was saddened to hear about your brother. While you may not have been close, he was a brother. I pray that God wraps his arms around you in this time of sorrow.

NanaConnie said...

Lovely cards, Chrissy! Great new images in this release. Prayers for yo and your family.

MariLynn said...

I especially love your cardinal card. Great layout. I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. Praying for you and for your family. HUGS!

Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful cards. I love the coloring on the first one.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Beautiful cards, Chrissy! I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing.