Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mark's Finest Papers April release . . . Introducing Bearded Iris

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!




I love the color purple and don't often get the chance to use it in such abundance. I know iris come in other colors and I'm sure we'll see many shades of beautiful flowers on the hop, but I reveled in the chance to use purple!!!!

The small iris works well for highlighting one of the many sentiments included in this set and the large iris can be striking standing alone. If you notice on the sentiment in the second one, one of the beauties of acrylic stamps is you can ink up just one portion of the sentiment at a time to make it fit the space you envision. In this case, the Happy Birthday was stacked one on top of the other, but I wanted it on a narrow vellum strip to overlay the flower, so I inked up one section at a time, carefully wiping off any excess ink before restamping to avoid shadows. Thanks for looking and happy hopping! (2nd sketch came from Card Patterns 109 designed by Nina Brackett)

39 comments:

Brenda said...

Beautiful cards!

Liz Williams said...

Both of these are absolutely gorgeous.

Connie said...

Love this in purple. Great job of coloring Peggysue!
Connie

The Other Patti Sue said...

Both cards are works of art in their own right! Beautiful!

Lois said...

Like you, I love purple. So you KNOW that I love these cards! Beautiful job coloring those irises.

Theresa said...

Lovely cards and purple is my fave color for Iris. TFS!

Neva said...

FAbulous job on these inspirational samples Peggy Sue, love them.

jdmommy said...

Yuymmy coloring with the purple!!

Lynn McAuley said...

What beautiful shapes and papers to showcase your gorgeous irises!! Your cards are exquisite, Peggysue!!

Lillian Child said...

Beautiful coloring!

Dawn said...

just lovely!!

ButterflyEars said...

Beautiful work on both of these gorgeous cards.

Stampinsilvia said...

WOW!!!! Both of your cards are gorgeous!!! Love love love them!

Designing with Debbie said...

Great card, I like the use of vellum on the second card it doesn't distract from the rest of the card but it adds a certain flair.

Chrissy D said...

These are all SOOO lovely! Beautiful papers and color choices!

meemee48 said...

Both cards are so gorgeous!

Barbara Colbert said...

Beautiful..love the iris...purple color is great!

Vicky Gould said...

Two absolute beauties - colored to perfection and two great layouts!

Lindsay Lee said...

Both of your cards are beautiful and inspiring!! Love the purple and the irises are coloured beautifully!

Lindsay Lee said...

Both of your cards are beautiful and inspiring!! Love the purple and the irises are coloured beautifully!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh fabulous 2 cards!

Gloria said...

Beautiful!

Deb H. said...

Pretty cards. Like the paper choices.

Winnie and Patty said...

Peggysue--both of these cards are gorgeous. However, I really like the top one with the sentiment and the potted iris! Great job on both cards! TFS

Sherry Kushibab said...

Two lovely cards...great colors and love the layouts. TFS

Vikki Jo said...

Beautiful cards!! Oh I wish Spring would hurry up, I want the real Iris' to get going!

Emily Keaton said...

What gorgeous coloring on both irises for these cards! I love how you used all that pretty DP. :)

Sheng said...

Such amazing cards!

A Walk With Faith said...

Gorgeous coloring! Love the purple.

Janeen said...

loving the scallops on your second card. pretty pretty pretty

Crafty Math Chick said...

These are lovely!! BEAUTIFUL coloring of the iris!!

Pat Garvin said...

Both cards are beautiful.

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Your iris cards are amazing! :)

MariLynn said...

Both cards are beautiful but I love how your second card looks with the big iris!!

Sharon Peele said...
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Sharon Peele said...

both of your cards are beautiful!!
Love all the punchesand dies you used!!

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

you put such time and love into all your cards!

Dawn Mercedes said...

oh what a great layout is #2!

beejay said...

Great job, nice coloring, I love the purple too! TFS