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clean and simple sentiment

For cardmakers, often we focus our work on putting an image on a front of a card and let the sentiment be somewhat of an afterthought.  Today I wanted to make the sentiment center stage on this card.


The design itself is clean and simple but has enough detail to make it interesting.   On the main panel the background was stamped with the dogwood branch from Mark’s Finest Papers Dogwood Blossoms set in versamark.   Using images to make background paper is such a great way to get the maximum use of all your images!  The sentiment, from the same set, was stamped Memento Rich Cocoa ink.   The leaf die is my latest purchase – it is just a portion of a die from Cheery Lynn Dies and the detail on the leaves is very nice.   The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.

All the paper is from Mark’s Finest Papers – Florida Peach, Sage Green and White Linen.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Mark’s Finest Papers February Release Day 3!

Hello! Welcome to Mark’s Finest Papers a Heinrich Company’s February Blog Hop!
This month’s New Stamp Set Releases are
Relax A Bit Featured February 14
North American Woods Featured February 15
Blessings Featured February 16
Dogwood Blossoms Featured February 17
Today’s set, Blessings, is perfect for Easter or a spring card.  I’ve used three of the stamps from this set on this card:
The bunny image (isn’t it darling!) was stamped in Memento ink and colored with copics.  The other stamps from this set include the sentiment and the lily image that was stamped in versamark on the small green panel on the bottom.
MFP cardstock was used, along with Basic Grey paper from the Green At Heart collection.  Martha Stewart punches were used to make the greenery and butterfly.
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 February 18, 2012 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 February 17, 2012.

Pat G.
Karen H.
Patty P.
Dawn M.
Karen K.
Nancy – you are here!
Mark’s Finest Papers

Our new promotion begins this month! With the purchase of the February New Release Package, you will receive this stamp set for FREE!

Our February New Release Mini:
Spring Joy
Thanks for stopping by and check back tomorrow for the final day of the blog hop!

is it spring yet?

You do know that the days are now getting longer…so spring is  just around the corner, right? 

Well, Christmas is over for another year – I hope yours was happy and healthy!   Ours was wonderful and quiet.  And later this week we’ll be taking down all the decorations til next year. 

So even though it is the end of the year, I wanted to bring a little spring into my craft room.  I’ve had this particular stamp for awhile now, just never got to inking it up.  I think I was a little daunted at the prospect of all the coloring it was going to require.  Here’s the card.

It was stamped with Memento Tuxedo  Black ink on copic x-press it blending cardstock.  Then it sat on my desk for awhile.    I needed some inspiration for my color choices and remembered I had a pack of 12″ paper from K & Co. that was filled with pretty collage-y floral paper.  I pulled out a sheet with shades of blues and pinks and took my inspiration from it.

You really can’t see much of the designer paper which is a shame because it is so pretty, but I matched a bunch of copics with the paper and went to work.  Since there was so many different flowers to color in the bouquet I decided to keep things simple.  The tulips and violets would be blue  and the peony (I think that is what the large blossom is) and sweet peas would be pink.  Once I made the decision to simplify the color palette the actual coloring was a breeze.  The copics I used were:

RV00, RV04, RV11, RV32, RV34

B21, B23, B24

G12, G24, G28, G40


I sponged Memento Summer Sky ink along the edges of the main panel and used an EK Success large scalloped border punch for the blue mat.  Sheer blue ribbon from May Arts was wrapped around the main panel.  The blue cardstock is from SU.

What I learned from keeping the coloring scheme simple was that I could take any of the papers from the K & Co. paper pack and just pick out matching copics to use and quickly pull together a card!!  This particular paper pack has some gorgeous paper in a variety of colors so I’ll be able to make a bunch of these cards all with a different color palette.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!