Sunday, May 13, 2012

I want to give a shout out to my wonderful mother! Happy Mother's Day Mom!! She is one of my biggest supporters, and my best friend!! I also want to recognize my mother in law. I hope someday that my son's wives and I will have as wonderful a relationship as I do with my husband's mom. Happy Mother's Day Clarissa. Lastly I want to recognize my amazing children, Johanna, Kristina, Joshua and Kaleb. Being your mom is one of God's biggest blessings in my life.  Happy Mother's Day as well to all the moms out there!!!

This is the verse that my Stampin' Sister, Peggysue, has chosen for this week's contemplation.

Genesis 6:20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.

This scripture made me think of my own two dogs, Bear and Hershey, They both absolutely hate storms. I have observed that they seem to know when a storm is coming even before I can see the clouds. They start getting agitated,and will start whining. It makes me wonder how they know that the storm is coming. I have also noticed a change in the behavior in the birds outside my window. They seem to be more restless before the storm, even before I can see the signs of a storm.

 I think it is amazing, in this scripture that God placed a knowledge in all the animals that they had to go to Noah. Noah didn't have to search for them, and go out on an animal finding expedition. The animals just knew to go to him. It made me wonder if they heard God's voice and were listening to His directions. It also made me wonder what is God telling me this week. Am I listening for His voice, or am I too caught up in my own little world to listen?

Our sponsor this week is Doodle Pantry.

Peggysue's challenge is:  Use any type of animal, bird or bug in your creation.

 My little critters are two little butterflies. The big one is from a Mark's Finest Papers set that was released last month called DAFFODIL GREETINGS, and the little butterfly that matches the big one is going to be released this week in a Mark's Finest Papers set called SCENIC SELECTIONS. 

I shared last week about how to do embossed pounded flowers technique. Yesterday I was playing around with this technique using leaves. After I smooshed the leaves, I used the ink spray smashed technique. Then I embossed it. It made a very interesting design. That is why I went with little critters so you could see the background too.

For my card I used one of the sentiments from Doodle Pantry's set called Noah's Ark.
I love this sentiment. The promise of God that I have been holding onto this week is that He will never leave us or forsake us. 

Check out what my Stampin' Sisters In Christ  have created for your inspiration:

I love this song by Chris Tomlin called OUR GOD. It has such a POWERFUL
message. I know you will be encouraged when you think about OUR GOD!!


  1. Another fantastic background for an equally fabulous card. It is always such a joy to come to your blog! Have a great week!

  2. Love your card MariLynn, and the way you share what you have done. You are right, so often we do not listen to God unless we 'need' to, when we really should be listening for Him all the time.

  3. MariLynn...Your card is beautiful...wispy and wonderful. I love the look of the realistic butterflies to accent the sentiment and the wispy look of the background technique. Simply gorgeous. Appreciated your thoughts on the verse too. I remember the first time I realized that the animals came to Noah, and that Noah didn't have to search...wonderful spark for listening to God's voice. Perfect.

  4. Another beautiful creation and post from your heart. Yes, the animal kingdom does seem to sense when the weather is changing. I too considered it fab that the animals knew to go to Noah! Amazing!

    Have a good week Marilynn

    Wendy x

  5. Hi Marilynn! This is just lovely! I like everything about it...the amazing techniques you used for the background, your stitching, the gorgeous butterflies, and the sentiment - that's one of my favorites too! And I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day too!

  6. MariLynn, this card is so beautiful! I love the "bling" at the bottom of each butterfly and your paper is beautiful! Have a blessed week! ~H

  7. WOW! Beautiful cards, they look like watercolor paintings!

  8. Another gorgeous card Marilynn! You have mastered this pressed flower technique and it makes such interesting and beautiful backgrounds. Love it! Hope you're having a wonderful day.

  9. Gorgeous MariLynn - I love those butterflies and the things you do to make them come to life! You paper and swirls are perfect! Thank you for all the love and encouragement you bring to everyone MarLynn - you are a blessing! {{{hugs}}}

  10. Such a gorgeous background MariLynn, reminds me of a. Soft, misty morning. Such a lovely card and such a great reminder, are we listening to God's voice as well as we could?