Thursday, July 19, 2012

MFP July Blog Hop, Garden Art

Welcome to Mark's Finest Papers a Heinrich Company's 
    July Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are
Asian Delights Featured July 17
Wild & Free Featured July 18
Garden Art Featured July 19
Hot & Spicy Featured July 20



What is it about bugs? Some are scary looking, like centipedes. Some are dangerous, like scorpions. Some are annoying like flies. Some are pests and present a health issue, like mosquitoes. And then some capture my imagination and make me smile, like butterflies. I was thinking about that this morning as my husband and I bombed our house for the third time this month to try to eliminate some stubborn, pesky fleas.As I walked
out the door, I was thinking "DIE, BUGS DIE!!!!!!" Then I looked over at my flower bush and there were two little yellow butterflies dancing in the air over the flowers. Such a contrast. I think it is in part, that butterflies have such wonderful colors and varieties, and I have never had one bite me!!!

When I saw this set, I was intrigued by this butterfly.(If you follow my blog at all, it won't take you long to see that I am a butterfly aficionado.) It is quite different from all my other butterflies. It is a little more stylized than most of the butterflies that I use. I usually try to color my butterflies to mimic realistic butterflies. I'll have to admit, I struggled with this one. You probably wouldn't, but I did, just because it was outside my comfort zone. I must have stamped this butterfly 20 times and I rejected those 20. Finally, I took a scrap of the paper that I brayered for yesterday's card. I just stamped the butterfly with black stazon onto that scrap.  Then with my pink and orange prisma colored pencils, I added just a line of color to the top butterfly. The bottom butterfly I didn't add the color. (It is the same butterfly by the way. I just cut 2 of the right hand side of the butterfly and glued one on top of the other). I used this last Monday's MOJO 250 sketch.. Making this card was a nice distraction from my other bug troubles. I hope you enjoy looking at what the rest of the design team has created using this set.
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 July 21, 2012 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 July 20, 2012.


 

25 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I love your butterflies!

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  2. WOW! Love all the layers, your card design and the stitching!

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  3. Very pretty. Love how you used the butterfly.

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  4. I hope the fleas go and these butterflies come to stay - they are gorgeous

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  5. Ha Ha. I do understand the feelings of bugs. I see a spider and think kill it kill it and then a beautiful butter fly and fall in love. ha! To say you stamped 20times and still get a beautiful butterflies is great. I love the look of them and they look shinny and cute. Great card and TFS AJ~

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  6. I love your creativity. I never thought of clipping one wing off to make a different butterfly. Tiz a beauty, MariLynn!

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  7. Beautiful cards, MariLynn. I think the only two insects I don't mind touching me are butterflies and ladybugs. :-) I can see your love of the butterly and you did a great job with these.

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  8. Lovely card, MariLynn. I like how you did that second butterfly!

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  9. Love that butterfly! Coloring is so awesome!

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  10. Great use of the butterflies.

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  11. I'm glad butterflies make you happy. sorry about your fleas in the house. stay outside and enjoy the fluttering butterflies and keep smiling.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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  12. very pretty MariLynn-love the pretty butterflies and a great layout-hope you get rid of the fleas

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  13. Marilyn, this is so romantic and lovely.

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  14. Your card is FAB! Great work lady!

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  15. Like all things Butterfly. Nice coloring & wonderful idea to pop them up for dimension.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  16. Wow! You gave 1 butterfly TWO AWESOME looks!!! I would have thought it was a different b'fly!!!!

    I hope the fleas die... we were out just under $600 last year with a flea issue... **knock on wood** no fleas up in this new city!!!!!

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  17. I agree with the other comment that the butterflies look entirely different. Thanks, McGyver, for the tip on how to create a different position and loo. Not a word about the flowers, though. They look very dimensional. TFS

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  18. Marilynn,
    Your card is lovely and elegant. Your butterflies are gorgeous and I love your stitching.

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  19. Beautiful!! I love your butterflies. Your layout is terrific! TFS

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  20. Lovely card; perfect setting for the butterflies. Thanks for sharing

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  21. Ugh - I hate fleas too - we had one house that we had to bomb every summer! Do hope yours is flea free now.
    Love your card and your treatment of the butterfly is fabulous, MariLynn. once again your machine stitching is impeccable!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  22. Your coloring is wonderful! The butterflies look so real!

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  23. The backgrounds and colors on these cards make those butterflies so real you expect them to fly off. Thank you for letting us share these.

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