Thursday, April 14, 2011

MFP Blog Hop - Day Three and Stampin'B's Challenge

Welcome to the MFP April Blog Hop! This month, we are releasing 4 NEW SETS!


Our New Sets are: In My Mother's Garden, Bearded Iris, Oh Boy, It's a Girl and Garden Fairies.For your convenience, all 4 stamp sets are available for purchase TODAY!

We have a NEW Blog Candy Contest! BE A GUEST DESIGNER!***

What do you need to do to qualify? Just comment on the Design Team blogs during the blog hop. The winner will be announced on the Mark’s Finest Papers blog on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

***See the MFP blog for all the contest rules and PRIZES!

My first card for today's set, In My Mother's Garden, is for both the MFP Blog Hop and the Stampin'Bs challenge. I was the hostess for this week's challenge -- my challenge was to use a square, a circle and an oval somewhere on your card. My square is obvious -- it's a square card. In addition, I used the lacey square Nestabilities die to make a border around the image panel. The circle also is pretty obvious -- the sentiment is on a circle nestie. The oval is a little less obvious. If you take a look at the top of the watering can, you will see it is an oval-shaped can. I hope that's not cheating. Of course, it's not cheating -- the hostess of the challenge would NEVER cheat!

I actually stamped the watering can twice, popping up the second (colored) image and adding some stickles to the flowers. The background paper is from Basic Grey's Green at Heart paper pad.





My second card needs very little explanation. After stamping the trellis I cut the top to go around the trellis and matted it with MFP Dark Chocolate Bar. All coloring was done with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. There are also stickles on the flowers of this card.




Like the clown on Tuesday's post, this clown was also made by my mother. (Crafting is in my genes, you see.) She knew I loved Elvis, so she found some material with Elvis' image all over it and made the stuffed clown. This trapeze is hanging in a corner of my dining room.






Be sure to check out the rest of the team's creations using In My Mother's Garden. Comment on each post to be in the running for a guest designer position with Mark's Finest Papers. And be sure to check out the MFP Swap on Splitcoast. If you have any MFP stamps, you might want to join us.



Lois (that's me)

Vicky

Dawn L.

Anne

Emily

Karen

Patty

Roxie

Vicki

Liz

Claudine

Dawn M

Nicole

Marilynn

Geri

Lynn

Neva

Silvia

Guest Designer, Lillian

Mark’s Finest Papers

29 comments:

CraftinGranny said...

Great projects and coloring! Love the clown your mother made. Yep, must be in the genes.. tfs "Hugs" Carol

Sharon Peele said...

Lois, your cards are fantastic I really love the garden theme!! Wonderful job and your clown is cute too!!

jdmommy said...

Wonderful cards, and how tricky are you, with the oval part??! stretching it a bit, huh? LOL! Love that "Elvis" clown!

Neva said...

Fabulous job with this set Lois

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

great job...don't you love spring flowers?

Auntie Em said...

Beautiful cards! Love the popped up watering can and the way you ran the beautiful ribbon as well. Very pretty background papers.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Winnie and Patty said...

Lois--both of these cards are lovely!!! I didn't think about putting stickles on the flowers. Darn...I'll have to CASE you now! LOL And I don't think you cheated on the Stampin' B's card either. It's as pretty as the arbor one too! TFS

Connie said...

Both cards are great Lois but my favorite is your garden gate with the custom frame you made.
Connie

Dawn said...

lovely samples, Lois!!!

pam124 said...

Lois, great challenge and what a wonderful array of creations to look at today. I have a real love of watering cans and trellis', so you know I'm in love with these. What a cool trapeze for your beloved Elvis. Lots to catch up on here. You did a terrific job!

Lynn McAuley said...

Beautiful cards again today, Lois!! You always create such gorgeous designs to show off Faith's fabulous images!!

That Elvis-covered clown is a treasure!! I got my crafting skills from my mom, too!

Chrissy D said...

Great papers and cards. I love how you cut around the trellis in the second one! TFS!

Barbara Colbert said...

Great job with this set!!! :-)))

Joanne (jojot) said...

you did such a fab job of coloring on that watering can....that one was a tough one for my peepers...you aced it, however....love how your layout really puts the focus on the image

Designing with Debbie said...

Great card I love the colors. great details as well.

Elizabeth, The Shepherdess said...

Lois, I love these cards!! The watering can is absolutely gorgeous! I already wanted this set, now I know I REALLY want it!

Lillian Child said...

Simply fabulous, Lois! And loving the clown shares!

Claudine Poch said...

Both cards are lovely!

Liz Williams said...

Creativity does seem to run in families sometimes. Love your cards and especially love those great colors on the watering can card. Thanks for all the smiles your clowns are bringing this week.

ButterflyEars said...

Lois, WOW!!! both of these cards are to die for gorgeous....
I love the vintage feel of the dp's.
She wonderful coloring of the watering can/flowers.
The shape and ribbon treatment of the garden gate card.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Lois- Your cards are lovely designs and I like the colors you used!

Sherry Kushibab said...

Two lovely cards....love the DP on the first. TFS

Emily Keaton said...

Awesome cards, Lois! I love your StampinB card. I certainly *hope* the hostess isn't cheating LOL!!

Dawn Mercedes said...

I really like the shape and the ribbon treatment in card #2!

Crafty Math Chick said...

Love the glitter added to the flowers - very pretty!!

Sheng said...

Simply and pretty cards, just my type of cards. :)

MariLynn said...

Love your watering can. I love the dp behind it.

Janeen said...

perfect BG paper for this, i love the watering can. i'm a flower gardner of sorts. :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the green water can -- very pretty card~