Monday, January 28, 2013


I am going on day 8 of not going on facebook. The pastor at my church encouraged everyone to fast for 10 days, something that we felt had some control over our lives.. It is a way to focus our minds on God. It is also a way check our priorities and to bring some balance into our lives.
It has been harder for me than I thought it would be. I didn't realize how many times in my day that I just had to check facebook to see what all my friends were doing. Things, even good things, when they have too much control in our lives can get us off balance. What happens when we get off balance, we fall.

That was clearly demonstrated yesterday with an ice-storm. Early in the morning, icy rain started falling and every surface it landed on turned into a skating rink. I was trying to be extra careful not to slip and keeping my balance required some extra work as I crossed the ice covered parking lot to church. I saw several people fall. One was a little boy who was crossing the ice too fast and fell on his arm. Thankfully he wasn't hurt. 

The challenge on Splitcoast today for the Technique Lover's Challenge  TLC414 
Joan challenged us to play with big and small images to achieve a visual balance. My card has two examples of that. I used a big butterfly (Mark's Finest Papers - Daffodil Greeting) and a little butterfly (Mark's Finest Papers - Scenic Selections). I also did big and little with the music notes and treble clef (Mark's Finest Papers - Just a Note). I used Mojo Monday  MOJO278
for the sketch. I used versamark ink, white embossing powder and markers(Embossed-Resist) for the backgrounds. Butterflies were stamped with black stazon ink. I embellished with sewing machine, ribbons, pearls and rhinestones from Want2Scrap.

I am entering this in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge.


  1. Marilynn this is such a beautiful card I just love the soft colors and am a huge fan of butterflies so that is another plus.

  2. Marilynn this is such a beautiful card love the soft colors and all of your detailing and I am a big lover of butterflies so that was another plus.

  3. This is very nice. I am inspired by your story about balance. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This is so lovely, MariLynn!! I like the soft background and your coloring on the butterflies. I am leaving tomorrow to be with my Mom before her throat surgery on Wednesday...and I haven't even posted that on FB!

  5. MariLynn this is gorgeous - love your balance on the card, and how you are taking the challenge to give you life more balance.

  6. This is so pretty, Marilynn. Did you emboss the music stamp in white? It looks embossed anyway - super pretty, and the image turned out really crisp and clear for being embossed (if it is). Great job. So soft and sweet. Thanks for sharing this in our challenge, and blessing us with your talents. May God bless you this week as you focus on Him.
    By the way, you're not missing ANYTHING on Facebook. You be sure of that!!
    Have a great day, my friend. So glad you stopped by.
    Word Art Wednesday

  7. This is just gorgeous, MariLynn!! I love the soft color and the musical DP!!

  8. I love the spimplicity of your card. It is very striking.