Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mark's Finest Paper Scrapbook Challenge #7


It's Thursday, and that means it's time for another scrapbook layout challenge over at the Mark's Finest Paper "ning" site!  This week we're doing a sketch challenge!  This is only the second time I've ever used a sketch and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.


This week, you have another opportunity to win the Liberty Lady stamp set from MFP.  Since this is a new challenge, the entries are still low, so you have great odds at winning!  As a matter of fact, when you join the "ning" site (it's even free to join!) there's TONS of weekly challenges you can enter.  I think there's currently 7 or 8 of them!  Each one gives you the opportunity to win different MFP stamp sets each week.  It's a great way to really challenge yourself, and you might even end up adding to your stamp collection for FREE!



Here is the sketch we're using this week to build our scrapbook layout.  It's graciously been shared with us from Pagemaps.  Remember, you can turn the sketch sideways, use different embellishments, do whatever you want to personalize it and make it yours. 


Here's my take on the sketch:


This is a layout I made featuring my husband and our poor little willow tree!  My husband grew up in a farming town in Central Washington.  When he was in junior high school, he rooted and planted two cuttings of willow trees.  We went back to visit his childhood home a few years ago, and the trees are gigantic...some of the biggest and most beautiful weeping willows I've ever seen.  He and his sister each decided to take a cutting to grow their own trees.  His sister lives in the same general area, and we live about 150 miles away, in completely different climate conditions. 

Well...his sister's tree absolutely thrived, and ours...let's just say ours is struggling a little.  Okay, A LOT!  The two pics above show each tree (that were planted at the same time) just a day apart.  My husband is taller than our tree, yet his sister's tree is easily twice his height!  (It also may be interesting to note in the photos, that it's rainy and cloudy where we live, near Seattle, and there's always blinding sun where his sister lives!)


I used the All Postal stamp set from Mark's Finest Paper for the cute little postage stamps.  I also used a couple of cuts from the Silhouette Store; Butterfly Border 1 and 3-D Cutout Butterfly.  The paper was just stuff from my stash.  I did some faux stitching with a white Gelly Roll pen.



Here's a close-up of one of the butterflies and a stamp.  I love the way the MFP stamps come out so clean and crisp! Wow...I sound like a commercial!  I really do love them though!

Please consider joining us this week!  You can use any brand of stamp sets you would like on your layout.  They don't have to be MFP stamps.  See you there!

Happy Scrapping! ~Amy E

3 comments:

Shirl Boughner said...

such a beautiful blue page that you've chosen for the sketch challenge and love the polka dots.
And the postage stamp and butterfies finish things off very nicely.

Mary Ann said...

Love your layout,Very pretty...

Gemiel said...

Beautiful page Amy!!! I love the colors you choose. The butterflies framed with the postage stamp look great!! That set is on my wish list.