Friday, August 16, 2013

MFP Blogg hop - last day. Go fly a kite...

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 knew yesterday that my card would be unique... and I am guessing that will hold true for today's card as well. This set took a long time for me to figure out what to create. I had hit a creative block. So I did what I always do when I hit a block I set it aside. I had this set sitting on my desk for days and I was about to give up when the creativity hit me. When it hit, the ideas just started flowing. I was inspired by the Japanese Koi Kites that are flown on Children's Day on May 5. Here is a blog post about these kites. I decided to make the fish in this set a kite. I stamped him in black and watercolored him rainbow colored and I fussy cut him out. I then glued three strings to the back of the image. I added a paper spring behind the body and I glued the top fins and tail to the swirl embossed background. (I thought the swirls kinda looked like the wind blowing the wind sock.) I wanted the streamers to look like they were blowing too, so I took two pieces of ribbon and hot glued them to the background. In this first photo you can see the dimension of the ribbons.

Then I made a reversible corner bookmark. One side, for when I have to be polite and nice and sweet, has the embossing and rhinestones.

And for days when I am feeling cranky and PMS hormones have taken over it says "GO FLY A KITE."

One of the really fun things about his card was the bottom of the easel. I took black cardstock and I glued little squares of mullberry paper on to it. I have had these scraps for years. I don't even remember the last time I actually used any on a card. Today, I felt like it was the perfect time to use them, because they made me think of tissue paper and the koi kites are made out of tissue paper. I used a glue stick to randomly glue the pieces on top of eachother. I then embossed the panel with the swirl embossing folder. Then I attached it to the base of the easel by sewing a random crazy stitch. This easel has two sets of brads. If you look at  my second picture you will see that it is set at the lower setting showing just a little of the mullberry paper.
The last picture shows it on the higher setting ,showing more of the mullberry paper.

Now to share a song. LET'S GO FLY A KITE.
You knew it had to be this song.
 It has been going through my head all day so it is only fitting that I share it with you so that you will be singing it too.


  1. I would never have thought to make a kite card! So lovely and I love that you have an alternative side, lol! Too funny! :)

  2. Wow the creativity really did hit you - love this little project and all the details.

  3. MariLynn this is so pretty!!! I love all the bright colors! TFS

  4. I am completely floored by your creativity. This is simply fantastic! Favorite of the day!

  5. You have a gift in finding new ways to use existing stamps. I would have never in a million years thought of this. A kite. Lady, you need to write a book! Beautiful card!

  6. This is totally brilliant!!!!! What fun!!! Just brilliant! Gosh I can imagine just springing that little fish around when I'm having a hormonal moment! What a stress buster!!!! Beautifully made and superb inspiration. Now I've got THAT song buzzing around in my head too....! Well, it was set in London where I was born.....! :O) TFS!

  7. :) Wow! Truly stunning! What a fabulous look! I love using the fish as a kite! I have seen kites like that. Gorgeous card and when I saw the sentiment the song immediately popped into my head! :)

  8. Marilyn!!!!!! you made my day!!!! your card is very unique and the video made me sing out loud!!! haven't see Mary Poppins movie in years.
    stamping sue

  9. That is a wonderful Easel card! Love those colors!

  10. Wow! You really did an amazing job! I love all the bright colors.

  11. Really fun and creative card Marilyn!!! What a super idea for a card!

  12. Love your koi kite! The colors are wonderful!!!

  13. Like the kite look & embossing.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  14. MariLynn,
    Your koi card is so pretty and fun and I love the base of your card as well - colorful and happy!

  15. MariLynn this is amazing - love it - it is so bright and cheerful and I loved your reasoning behind the bookmark too :-)

  16. What an awesome card-lots of creativity! Thanks for sharing

  17. That is a perfect card... Love the idea of embossing the scraps on the main piece... Very creative.