Friday, March 23, 2012

Mark's Finest Papers, A Heinrich Company-March Blog Hop-Day 4

Hello! Welcome to Mark's Finest Papers a Heinrich Company's March Blog Hop!

This month's New Stamp Set Releases are

Lighthouses Featured March 20

Flap My Wattles Featured March 21

Wild Horses Featured March 22

Mother's Magnolias Featured March 23

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 March 24, 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 March 23, 2012.

Mother's Magnolias...I feel like I'm in the South using this image..oh, I am! LOL I love this set with the beautiful blooms and sentiments. Magnolias are very well known to the deep South and have a wonderful fragrance. The Southern Magnolia can reach 60 to 80 feet. Just had to add those little tidbits in to my post.  This stamp set is great for so many wonderful occasions and I'm going to really enjoy using it.

I colored my image with just a bit of gray shading on the bloom and added glossy accents to the seed pod.

I thought I would show this card, too. I made the top one and noticed a few days later the Spellbinders Lattice rectangle die on my table and thought it would look good over the black panel.It's the same card except for adding the die cut. I took a photo both ways. It's interesting how adding one small thing can change the way a card looks. Which do you like best?

Stamps: MFP, A Heinrich Company-Mother's Magnolias
Paper: MFP Premium Heavy white cardstock, Deja View designer paper
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Martha Stewart eyelet lace punch around the page, Glossy Accents, Black pearls, Copics
Spellbinders lattice rectangle die




Pat G.

Karen H.

Patty P.




Karen K.










Anna S

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Hussena said...

wow your card looks so beautiful..the flower looks so stunning against the black background...really loved the color you have perfectly with the image...i love it!!!

Hussena said...

wow your card looks so beautiful..the flower looks so stunning against the black background...really loved the color you have perfectly with the image...i love it!!!

Ultimate Whirligig said...

Lovely cards. I think I would have to say that I prefer the second card, even though they are both great.

MILA25 said...

Świetna kartka . Niby prosta a tyle detali .
Pozdrawiam Mili

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

The black bg really highlights the fabulous image! Love it on the green with the punching!

stamping sue said...

Two very striking cards! Love your color scheme!
stamping sue

KelliJo said...

It IS interesting how one thing can change the look... I'm thinking that minus the sentiment the first is very dramatic white on black and would make a lovely sympathy card and the 2nd would be a fun "Hey! How are ya" kind of card!!!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Your flower is amazing!

Kathy Bradley said...

Both cards are amazing and beautiful. I think the magnolia is such an elegant and regal flower!!

Vicky Gould said...

Wow, Brenda - awesome colors; the black just pops that beautiful magnolia on both your cards. Beautiful, GF, beautiful!

Pat said...

Very pretty and feminine.

Chrissy D said...

So striking!!! I think between the two I like the contrast of the first one. Great work! They are both so pretty!

Stampsnob. said...

Love the black back. Lovely cards.....Lis

Designing with Debbie said...

Beautiful card Brenda, I love the colors.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous creations!

Carla S. said...

Both versions of your card are gorgeous, Brenda! Wonderful coloring and framing!

Mary Marsh said...

2 beautiful looks here Benzi-my fave is the first one -the magnolia looks so striking against a black bg-thanks for a great idea

Mary Marsh said...

2 beautiful looks here Benzi-my fave is the first one -the magnolia looks so striking against a black bg-thanks for a great idea

Marisa said...

Love the magnolia image. So stunning against the black. Think I like the first one because of the contrast. Both are lovely and it is amazing how different they are with such a small change.

NancyK said...

Wow - placing the flower against the black background really makes it pop!! love it!

Karen said...

Oh my goodness this is BEAUTIFUL!

MariLynn said...

Brenda, you did an awesome job with coloring the magnolia.I love the shading and highlighting you did on the center of the magnolia. I really like it with the black behind the magnolia, because it really makes it stand out. I was sitting here wondering how it would look if you did the black using the die cut and had white behind it and then put it behind the magnolia. I really like how the lacy look of the die cut looks behind the magnolia. Great job showcasing all the sets this week.

Sue D said...

Gorgeous cards--the black really makes the magnolias stand out.

JD/ Jill said...

Beautiful card!

Winnie and Patty said...

Brenda--two gorgeouis cards!!! The layouts are fabulous! TFS

Carol L said...

Two gorgeous cards- wow!! I never knew a magnolia grew so tall, and I've never had the pleasure of smelling their sweet aroma either, but I'll just imagine it. I prefer the first card because the black background gives the spotlight to the flower. The die cut is pretty, but for me it somehow distracts my eye from the main image! They're both very pretty though!

Ravengirl said...

These both look great! I'm not sure which way I prefer, maybe with the black backing the magnolia so it stands out more. Either way, they are wonderful!

Bonnie said...

Ooh, Benzi, adding that diecut was like adding pearls to that little black dress. Soooo pretty both ways.

NanaConnie said...

This is one of the most incredible flowers, Benzi, and you're showcased it to perfection! Love the punched piece and the soft green background. Lovely!

Jo4Him said...

Both cards are stunning; I think I like the first with the black bg. Love the details and colors. Thanks for sharing.

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

Brenda- both are gorgeous cards, but the first one is stunning!

Lagene said...

WOW! Both are stunning!

Maire Gamber said...

How beautiful! I love the high contrast!

Lynne in NI said...

Wowee girl, you've been a busy bee this week!
Love your pretty magnolia cards, hard to pick a fave, but I think I prefer the white flower on the black BG ... these would make beautiful sympathy cards too.
Have a great weekend!

Maria said...

Gorgeous cards! You showcased both of them very well using black! Love the flower focal point! You did a marvelous job with these cards, Benzi! Take care and have a wonderful weekend, hugs!!:-))

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Colleen Dietrich said...

Hi Benzi! I'm back! Mom went home yesterday. It sure was nice to spend time with her. :)

These magnolia cards are GORGEOUS! My fave is the top one, with black behind the flower. It gives it such panache, and really highlights the big blossom.

Davi said...

Brenda Both of these are really Gorgeous!! I love the pretty Magnolia cut out and the petty lacy bg with them.

Bernie said...

Gosh I haven't commented for a bit but I have been enjoying all your lovely cards nonetheless. This is beautiful!!! Especially love the second one. LOVE that magnolia!