Thursday, August 15, 2013

MFP August Blog hop- Day 3 I'M NOT MESSY... yeah right....

Aug. Blog Hop! 

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

 Featured Aug 13th

Pocket Watches

Featured Aug 14th
Joyous Season
Featured Aug 15th 
Country Charm
Featured Aug 16th

Wealthy Fish

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 Aug 17, 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 10 PM EST on Friday Aug 16, 2013.

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

"Lucky You"

 The mini stamp set we have for you this month is

"Take Time Mini"

Here's the Design Team:

Jane C
Pat G
Thrfity Stamper
Cathy C
Sue W
Shirley Q
Marks Finest Papers, a Heinrich Co.

I am pretty sure that my card isn't going to even remotely look like any of the other designers cards. I was inspired by two different things. I was inspired by this butterfly. Sunday was a beautiful day. Perfect weather outside and my daughter wanted to go to the park to read her book. I had planned an afternoon of crafting, but I wanted to spend time with her. So I packed up my craft supplies and sat on one of the park benches. Had there been anyone besides my daughter and I at the park, I am sure that I would have received a lot of strange looks. I am sure I was more than a little MESSY. Before we left the park, I walked around the gardens and saw this monarch butterfly sitting on the flowers. So that was where my butterfly inspiration came from. I used the butterflies from MFP set called SCENIC SELECTIONS. I stamped the butterflies and colored them with a prisma colored pencil. The other inspiration was last week's mixed media challenge at SCS. The challenge was to move paint or ink around the cardstock. I choose to use markers, water and a straw to move my ink around. It was a lot of fun, but so MESSY. I can still see splatters of marker all over my desk and at one point I had red marker all over my arm and green splatters on my shorts. I think this easel card is going to have to stay on my desk to at least remind me that all this mess is because I am creative.

Close up view of the splattered and straw blown marker ink.
Another close up of the bottom of the easel. I had the butterflies wings stick out of the box, because I think it gives them movement and the appearance of flying.


  1. Oh MariLynn this is amazing - love the background and I am sure that the sentiment is so true.

  2. Love how you have used the sentiment with a lovely creative piece. I am glad I am not the only messy one!

  3. Stunning card! I love the background and monarch's are very striking in their colour! We have some very beautiful butterflies in Europe too. Hubby wrote an excellent article on butterfly flight for Creaion Magazine...these are amazing creatures, beautifully designed by God!

  4. Wonderful card MariLynn!!! Love you inspiration! TFS

  5. That's my mantra! I love the background you created for your colorful monarch butterflies!

  6. Lovely card and like that it is an easel card. nature is a wonderful place to get inspired.
    stamping sue

  7. Marilyn, What a perfect pairing of technique with sentiment! I played that challenge too and loved it, plan to use it again. Your butterflies are gorgeous! Sounds like a lovely day at the park. I have to remind myself now and then "People before Paper"!!! :)

  8. Beautiful butterflies-so real looking!

  9. So, so gorgeous! Creativity at its best! I love that you used this technique again and were able to spend time in the park with your daughter:)

  10. What a beautiful card with lots of inspiration!!! Love this idea.

  11. Like the Monarch Butterfly photo. Like the splattered paint look & stitching.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  12. This is a gorgeous card! I like how you used the sentiment from the set on this!

  13. MariLynn,
    Very pretty card and such wonderful inspiration from the beautiful buttrfly.

  14. Beautiful card!!!Love your butterflies!!!

  15. What a great looking technique

  16. Lovely card! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  17. Very pretty and how neat you had a butterfly for your inspiration.

  18. So beautiful MariLynn, you always have such great ideas! :)

  19. Great card; love the details. Thanks for sharing

  20. What a great background... Love the technique.

  21. Love it! The sentiment goes perfectly with the technique you chose!