Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mark's Finest Papers Blog Hop - Day One - Bearded Iris

Good Morning and welcome to the MFP April Blog Hop! I was lucky enough to win a spot as the April Guest Designer. 

This is my VERY FIRST blog hop so please bear with me should you encounter any technical difficulties. 

This month, MFP is releasing 4 NEW SETS!


The 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!

Here is the order for today's hop:

Lois
Vicky
Dawn L.
Anne
Peggysue
Connie
Emily
Karen
Patty
Roxie
Vicki
Liz
Geri
Lynn
Emily N.
Neva
Silvia
Patricia
Chrissy
Guest Designer, Lillian (you are here)
Mark’s Finest Papers

I will be the first to admit that I am coloring challenged.  I do so admire those individuals who can color and make images look so real and beautiful.  But alas, I am not one of them.  So my card creations today involve no coloring, but this is such a beautiful image that I think it can stand alone on these cards.  (NOTE: You can click on each image if you want a larger view).


I don't have the best photography training, so my cards are just a bit on the dark side. The brads on this card are holding a thin strip of vellum.


The second card I covered with a thick layer of UTEE and then "cracked" the image for a distressed look.

Thank so much for stopping by my blog today!!

31 comments:

Lynn McAuley said...

What wonderful work on these two fabulous designs, Lillian! Your cards are beautiful!

Dawn said...

clever ideas! so pretty!

The Other Patti Sue said...

Both cards are just lovely!

Stampinsilvia said...

Lovin both of your cards! The cracked glass looks great, but the stamped image on the text is my fav! Fantastic job and we are glad to have you this month!

ButterflyEars said...

Both of your cards are lovely. I like the look of the Iris stamped on print.

Connie said...

Love your text flower Lillian! Also that cracked glass creation is fab!
So glad you could participate in this Hop.
Connie

Chrissy D said...

SO COOL! Love the distressed look on your first card! The cracked glass looks great on your second card! Beautifully done!

meemee48 said...

I love the effect your UTEE gave the card!

Designing with Debbie said...

Very pretty, loved all the cards on the hop today and I love the stamp set. I can't wait to see tomorrows set.

Barbara Colbert said...

Lovely cards.....that iris stamp is great!

Theresa said...

Great cards....you did a great job for your first blog hop.

Anonymous said...

Way to go SISTA!!!! Nicely done and I am glad I knew you when!!!

Tink

Neva said...

How fabulous these are Lillian

jdmommy said...

Your cards are lovely, Lillian! I'm so glad you joined us in the Hoop. I especially love the iris on the print!!

Lindsay Lee said...

Lovely cards!! I love how on the first card you stamped the image on the print background - awesome idea!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Well, you did great for day one! Love that seam binding (I really do need to get some of that stuff!) and your cracked glass is wonderful!!

Lois said...

Both of your cards are lovely. I admire that you did the cracked glass. If have never been able to conquer that particular technique.

Vicky Gould said...

Two absolutely lovely cards. I love the news print on the first.

Gloria said...

Nice cards :)

Deb H. said...

Beautiful cards. The first card is unusal in the use of the newsprint behind a flower. I definitly like the idea.

Winnie and Patty said...

Lillian--congratulations on being our guest designer this month! Your cards are beautiful! TFS

Sherry Kushibab said...

You did a great job on both cards....I don't think you have to worry about not coloring them - your layout on that first one more than makes up for that. Beautiful. TFS

Peggysuez said...

I like the idea of the newsprint behind the flower, clever! And the second one is so pretty! So happy to have you guest designing.

Emily Keaton said...

Welcome aboard, Lillian!! Both cards are absolutely beautiful. I'm usually scared of coloring, too, so it was wonderful to see what you did with these images. You did a super job! I especially love the first one where you stamped on text. What a fantastic look!!!

Sheng said...

Beautiful!

Janeen said...

congratulations and your cards are beautiful. I especially like the cracked glass one.

Crafty Math Chick said...

Congrats on the DT spot Lillian! Your cards are cool - like the text background and the cracked glass technique on the second card - I have tried this before, it's tricky!

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

So beautiful, Lillian!

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

lovely ideas

the cricutologist said...

Hi Lillian! I love these two techniques! I must give them a try soon! Thank you for visiting my blog today! Thank you for your encouraging comment! I'm so glad to meet you too! I love your projects! I'm a follower now!

MariLynn said...

I really like the cracked glass look on your iris card.