Wednesday, July 10, 2013

MFP July Blog Hop Day 2 - SHELLO

Before we get to today's hop, here is the answer to my question yesterday.

 What is the difference between a water lily and a lotus blossom?

Answer: a water lily floats directly on the surface of the water. A lotus blossom has a stem that raises the leaves and blossoms out of the water.

  "The lotus is a plant that grows out of the slimy mud- the still, putrid water – to produce the most beautiful flower. It’s compared with life; that whatever your life circumstances, it’s possible for the most pure and beautiful thing to rise.”  Geoff Cochrane

July Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured July 9th

Lotus Blossoms

Featured July 10th
Featured July 11th 
Be Virtuous
Featured July 12th


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 13, 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 July 12, 2013.

 The special stamp set we have for you this month is:

"Dino News"

 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is


Here's the Design Team:
Jane C
Pat G
Thrifty Stamper
Karen K
Cathy C
Sue W
Kate Z
Shirley Q
Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

What I like most about the set we are showcasing today is that it is so much fun to color.
When ever I start coloring an image I like to look at images on-line to give me inspiration. I got inspiration for coloring my sea turtle HERE
 Now everyone knows that you need expensive markers, or colored pencils to color images. Right?
I like to use cheap crayola water color paint.  I think I spent $4.00 for this box at Walmart around Christmas. I plan to get more when Walmart has the back to school specials. I bet you can get some for very little money then.

On the lid of my box, I just mix the colors until I get a variety of colors to work with. For my sea turtle, I mixed orange/brown, green/brown, black/brown and red/brown and pink/brown.

I started with my black/brown mix. I didn't color the shell all the way in so that there would be shading.
I painted the edges and then wiped the excess paint off of the brush unto a scratch piece of paper. Then with a mostly clean brush I pulled the color from the edge to fill in the shell.

 Here is a video showing a little of my painting. It isn't the best video, because it was hard to video and paint at the same time, but I think it will give you an idea of what I was doing.


Here is how my turtle looked all colored.

I then fussy cut him out to put him on my card.

Here is how my card turned out.
I used the get well sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers set called

Birds and Trees

and I used the praying for you sentiment from Mark's Finest Papers set called

Hum Along

I made this  easel card for my friend Steve who had surgery. Praying that he heals quickly.


  1. Gorgeous! TFS the video! I like seeing how you painted! I was trying to paint something this afternoon and it just wasn't working. Your beautiful blue BG makes that turtle really pop! Gorgeous card!

  2. Well done on your use of watercolours MariLynn - I love using them too. Your turtle is so cute and looks wonderful on your beautiful card.

  3. Love the way your turtle came out and had to laugh at the watercolor set you used! Just shows it's not the supplies, it's the artist!

  4. Thanks for sharing your colouring - hope your card brings a smile if not healing!

  5. Cute card!! Like the water coloring.

  6. I think you turtle is painted really wonderfully. Love the colors and thanks for the little video. Fabulous finished product and thanks for the shopping tips, too!

  7. Really cute card and I am going to give these paints a try. I love the outcome...

  8. I am wishing I had packed my watercolor set for NC. Will have to put it on my shopping list. The colors look great and I appreciate your tut!

    Come and see what I've done lately! kren@

  9. Great job of coloring that turtle. Thanks for the video showing how you did it.

  10. A very cute card and thanks for the video. Hope your friend recovers quickly.

  11. Thank you for the tutorial-I'm just not that talented! Such a beautiful card.

  12. beautiful done Marilyn wonderful card.

    greetings karin

  13. Marilynn,
    Your card is lovely and thanks for sharing your video. I hope your friend gets better sooon.

  14. Great idea. Your turtles look great. Love the water.

  15. What a wonderful coloring technique MariLynn! Your card turned out beautifully! Hoping your friend heals quickly. TFS

  16. This is so sweet MariLynn! Thanks for the peek at your watercoloring in action. I loved the tidbit about water lilies and lotuses as well.

  17. Love how you painted this turtle!

  18. Beautiful card; love the colors. Thanks for sharing how you painted it.

  19. I'm with you...whenever I can use inexpensive I go for it. thanks for showing your painting technique. Wonderful! I'm sure your friend will appreciate your card.
    stamping sue

  20. Great job on the painting! I am as thrifty with my crafting as possible too :)

  21. What a fantastic result, just shows that you don't need expensive medium to produce a gorgeous result.