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Saturday, March 28, 2009

...Do Me A Favor For Some Blog Candy

I am going to be away from the house today stamping with my gal pal, Pam Varnell, but I need your honest opinions! Which of the following watermarks fits me and/or my cardmaking style best? I have been playing in Photoshop, and I've created these four to choose from. Problem is....I can't choose which I like best! ACK! So here's what I have decided to do: I am going to let you all choose which one will appear on my cards for the next couple of months. Just leave a comment {one per person please} at this post letting me know which one you would like to see used on my card photos. After all the votes have been tabulated, I will choose ONE PERSON to win their choice of ONE FREE STAMP SET from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up! I will randomly draw and announce the name of the winner on April 7th, so be sure to check back in to see if you have won. Once the winner is announced, he/she will have 30 days to claim their prize. If the winner does not come forward in the allotted time frame, I will choose another individual to receive the blog candy.

Now...here are the choices:

Edited to Add: The background colors will not be visible when the watermark is transferred onto the card photo...I just gave the background different colors so you could see it easier. The watermark size will not be as large as it appears here either...it will be changed to fit in the corners of the card like I do my other one now. Thanks! :)


#1 : Fleur

#2 : Cog

#3 : Smudged Butterfly

#4 : Big Top
That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for helping me with this difficult decision. Until later...

147 comments:

Rosita said...

This is such a hard decision...I like the 3-D effect of your name on #1, I like the butterfly but not the background on #3, I love the background but am not sure about the font on #4...
Ok, I choose #1

Ellie said...

HMMM can't you pick them all! lol... OK if I had to pick only 1.. hmmm only 1.. hmmm I'd go for #1 :)

HUGS!

Ruthie said...

No wonder you're having a hard time! They are all great but I keep going back to #2 .... looks to me like a pool of water that something has been dropped into...could be an encouraging word, a smile, a card when one is feeling down ... and there is a ripple effect coming from that! Hey! My mind takes off at times!
Hope you pick #2!
Blessings!

Anonymous said...

I guess I like #4 best. They are all very nice tho. I really enjoy your site. Love your style. Thanks. - Lois

Ann Leek said...

I like #1 best! It's hip!

Mary said...

I love #4 and an SO JEALOUS you get to stamp with the EVER SO TALENTED Pam !!

Charlene said...

Hi Mercy,
This was a no brainer for me. I LOVE butterflies and #3 watermark is so beautiful and colorful -- just like your card designs. Good luck with your selection.
Charlene
NC Stamper

Anonymous said...

All of these are wonderful, but #1 was a clear stand out for me. I liked it the best. Your art work is wonderful no matter which watermark you use. And you can always save the others and use them at another time.

Anita M.

Anonymous said...

This is a hard decision, they're all great, but I will vote for # 2.
cindyb

Cathy Y (YoungInker) said...

They are all great! You have done a tremendous job. If I had to pick just one though I belive it would be #3. I love that little butterfly and all the little dots that seem to follow him. The background looks like a painters canvas so, #3 it is. My 2nd choice would have been #1. Good luck with getting lots of votes!!

Anonymous said...

Tough choice because they are all great! I vote for #3 Smudged butterfly.

Anonymous said...

i really like the 3rd one, with the butterfly.
kayla T.
maddelynsmom2003@hotmail.com

Donna Meeks said...

It's a tough call because they are all different and great! I vote for #3 Smudged Butterfly - I think this is the most eye-catching design!

melissa.flieg said...

I like #3 smudged butterfly the best becuase I find it the easiest to read everything.

Kate said...

Hi Mercy: I am a new (and delighted) follower, but I see you in #3.

Susan said...

Mercy: These are all really cute. I looked at your most recent cards and I pick #3 as the image that best meets your style.

Steff said...

I vote for #3, it's cute and fun just like your cards!

wendy said...

Love number 3 best good luck
wendy

Kathy W said...

Hi Mercy, no wonder you are having a hard time choosing! My favorite design is number 4, but I lean towards the font for your name more like you sign each post. With that said, I'd end up picking number 3; it seems the best compromise and seems more your style. Good luck making your decision!

CWheat said...

Okay, I would have to say I like number 4, Big Top the best, but couldn't say exactly why. I just like it for your blog. It seems to fit. They are all pretty cool though! :-)

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

What a decision...they're all really, really great. But I think I'll go with the red one as it is really easy to see, really easy to read the small print.

Wendy said...

I don't want the watermark to take away from seeing your beautiful cards so I would go with the smaller one. So my pick is......hhhmmmm....#1, no 3, ok maybe 4! LOL Seriously, number 1 is it!

Julie said...

OMGOSH...they are all so cute!! I REALLY love number 3 and 4, but if I HAD to pick only one, it would be #3! :)

Lynda said...

I vote for the smudged Butterfly- it is neat yet whimsical- kind of how I see a lot of your cards. Big top was really close though. Tough decision.

Lynda Lee

Patti C said...

I enjoy your blog & your great card designs. I would choose #3. Red is not my favorite color but the butterfly is adorable & the font is so easy to read.

Sprytebyrd said...

I like #4 best!

Vicki said...

Well, my fav is the first one! Altho I do love the butterfly on #3, but I would still have to choose #1. Thanks for the chance to win and to hlep you decide.

Anonymous said...

I like the simplicity of #1 - Fleur, it's elegant and like your work, it's beautiful. I also like #3 with the butterfly but the background (smudged) seems a bit over powering. Thus, I will have to choose #1, the Fleur. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

Lin T.

Angela Lemmons said...

That's a hard one! But I really like #3 the best. Have fun stamping and thanks for the chance to win blog candy!!!

Gi Gi said...

I really like #3 but I think it may be a bit too much when putting it on as a watermark so i'm going with #1 =) Good luck!

Caryl P said...

Only one of them spoke to me and was as unique as your cards....I vote for #4!

rebecca said...

I vote for the butterfly...lovely.

Angie Tieman said...

I think they are all very cool, but the #3 Smudged Butterfly is by far the easiest to read, so I would go with that! You want people to know it's you and be able to find your blog! =)

Gina said...

I really like the simplicity of version #1 - Fleur. *shrug* I like all of them but that is the one that speaks to me most.

Tracey said...

Wow, they are all fabulous but I think I will pick #3 as my favourite!

greenc said...

I like #4 the best. It is simple and straight forward. It would be easy to see on the pictures. Cathy

susanne sorensen said...

i love the smudge background effect of #3. edgy, contemporary and artistic. i prefer the font of #2 and wonder how that would look with the background of #2 with or without the butterfly.

card crafted said...

Wow! No wonder you're struggling to choose which to use....I've been up and down the list more than a dozen times and it's soooo hard to pick a favourite!

I like the first one best I think, but I'm choosing #3 for you to use because it's really easy to see all the info and the blog details. Even when it's smaller it should still be the clearest.

jackiestamps4fun said...

For me, it's Fleur! I think it's elegant and simple! Thanks for the chance to win!

Erin K said...

I like the first one the best. I think the second one looks like a spellbinders die. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not my favorite look.

:)

Karen H. (kthaman) said...

I like #1 best. They are all great designs!

Nancy Riley said...

They're all great! If I had to pick I would choose #4 for the best fit.

Wish I could be stamping with you and Pam! I'm so jealous!

Michelle said...

Smudged Butterfly is my favorite because your name is much easier to read than the others

coonbelle said...

I really do like them all but my favorite is #3.

Nancy said...

I like the big top which is #4. It reminds me of a dahlia. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them!

SueB said...

They're all t'riffic but I like #3 best, followed by #1. It's difficult to read #1's raised typography unless you know what you're expecting ... I'd have preferred #3 with the script typeface but that wasn't an option!
I'll be curious to see which you use!

Jennifer Meyer said...

OMG Mercy how fun!! I LOVE them all but I would have to vote for #3!

Have fun stamping with Pam, wish I could join you!! Have a wonderful weekend, Jennifer :)

Ange Kelly said...

Sorry to do this, but I like the 1 & 2 writing on the 4 background.

Mary Rae said...

Definately #3 - butterfly. It's great!

Sue said...

I immediately see you with #3.
I like the creativity of the wash f paint and love the butterfly too.

I would have liked to have seen them on an actual card...to see what they do to the image.

But for now..#3 (second choice was #4)

Joy said...

I like #3 the smudged butterfly!

MJ said...

I think that number 3 made me think of you more than the others. Not really sure why. I wonder what it looks like on a picture though without the color behind it.

Pam Speidel said...

Happy Hi Mercy! My vote is for #1. It's ALL U! Smiles, Pam :)

Lori Burkitt said...

Okay, I've actually had to come back to your blog three different times to look over the options. Couldn't make my mind up the first time. I actually love them all, but I pick #1. It is simple yet classic. Thanks for the chance to win some blog candy. A stamp set from the new mini? How cool is that?!?!

Kelly Schelske said...

They are all so fabulous Mercy!! I vote for #3:-)

Shannan Teubner said...

I HAVE to say #3. It's clean and simple, leaving the focus where it should be...on your card. Love it!

Christi said...

What a tough choice! It's a tie between 1 & 2 for me but if I had to choose just one I'd choose #2. Can't wait to see which one you choose!

NoraAnne said...

My vote is for # 3 :) Good luck in choosing!

Arianne said...

Hi Mercy, I prefer # 3. It makes me think of spring!

Vera said...

I vote for #1, even though I like them all!

Meital T said...

i like #1. i think it has the netest look of them all.

jen hayes said...

#4 is very cute

Susan said...

Definitely #1. It's clean, elegant and classic just like your style. Good luck deciding!!

Kathy Leibfritz said...

I vote for #3, Smudged Butterfly.....although #2 runs a close second. Good luck!

Pam said...

Mercy, I love #3 because it looks like you...
I love your work by the way but I am going to go with #2 because I love the font and the way it looked on a card..Pam Malaer

Laurie said...

I say #3 but with the way you wrote your name in # 1 and 2. The font is better with the butterfly!
:) And looks more you!

Elizabeth said...

I vote for #3 because I love butterflies

Pam Varnell said...

I like the butterfly on #3, the font on #2 and the flower on #4. Does that count as an entry for the blog candy?? LOL! They are all gorgeous in their own way. You are very talented. BTW, you forgot my Photoshop tutorial while you were over yesterday so I'll guess you'll have to come back over, dang it!! And I guess we'll have to stamp while you are here, dang it. Then we'll have to eat and laugh, dang it. Are you out of bed yet? It's 12:30 in the afternoon. WAKE UP!! LOL!

carpediem said...

I like #3 & #4. Prefer the image on #4 and the font in #3! Clear as mud?! And this comment was supposed to help you make a decision! laura j

Sheri said...

You are right! It is a tough choice....ok..hmmmmmmm. I like the butterfly on # 4.....not what you wanted to hear?...Ok...#4...no...# 3....OK...It's 3!

Kelly said...

These are all neat in their own way, as many have commented... but I think overall my favorite would be #4. Such a fun and cheery spring design!

Thanks for offering up this competition!

mudmaven said...

I really like all of them, but I think that the butterfly is you! Great job on all of them though. ~chris

scrappingnana said...

Hmm, I like them all, but I think I like #3 best. Whichever you choose will be great. Have fun choosing.
JoAnn

Anonymous said...

They are all great...however #3 Smudged Butterfly really caught my eye.
Teresa Blue
tmblueb@hotmail.com

Sheri Z. said...

I like #3. It looks like a fun watermark, and stamping is a great thing to do.

Anonymous said...

#3 is my choice because it's unique just like your cards. It just seems to fit you. Edna Burgess

Valarie (vampme3) said...

I agree with Laurie, above. #3 with the butterfly, but with the font from #1.

Shelby said...

#3 graphically, #1 for the font

Gina F. said...

Hi, I like no. 3 the better, thanks for sharing...gina

Anonymous said...

I would have to pick #1
I like the one with the butterfly, but not the smudged background. I love your cards, they are always awesome!
Ilene B.

Angel said...

i love the 1st one ~ i'm from Louisiana, so i'm a sucker for Fleur de Lis's!!!

Pam~ said...

Mercy, they are all classy and chic. I really liked #2 and #3. Ok...my favorite is.... ugh, what a hard choice ...#.... 3. The butterfly and her flight path is what really makes that design "pop" for me.

Have a great day!

Pam~

Anonymous said...

Mercy, I like the font from #2 and the smudged butterfly design from number 3. I think the font on number three doesn't look like you! LOL Love getting your blog in my inbox! Thanks for the inspiration! -Mary R. (scs #1volunteer)

JulieA said...

Mercy, I totally vote for the butterfly. I think it's you. The flight of the butterfly is very whimsical and a lot of your cards are also whimsical. And the smudged background is fun...which I think you might have a bit of, too! :-) HTH!

Jenn Brown said...

I do love them all. Sowever, #3 is the easiest to read, so that would be my pick. What a talented lady you are!

Kimberly said...

Hi Mercy! I love #3 and I think the butterfly really does suite you best!! Have fun stamping with Pam and thanks for allowing us to help you choose your watermark!
:) Hugs!

Sherrie H. said...

My pick would be #1. It is so spring-looking with that beautiful green. Love your cards and blog.

Marisa said...

I love the script in #2 as well as the colour (but then my fav. colour is green). Love the flower on #4 but not fond of the script. Love how easy your name is to read on #3 and love the butterfly, but not big on the smudged background. So...If I had to pick, I'd go with #3 I think. Great job on all of them

Heather D. said...

I love #3 and #4. But I'd say #3 is my first choice!

Cheri said...

Hi Mercy! I think #3 fits you but it's a bit much for a watermark. . .second choice is #1!

Ida P. Krause said...

Love the Graphics on #3 but I'd change the font to #2 as it's more delicate like the butteryfly image.

Janet S said...

I was torn between #3 and #4, but I decided that I like #3 the best. The font, butterfly and smudge background just work so well together. Whatever wins will be fine since they are all nice.

Sharon said...

I really like all of them - this is a tough decision! If I were forced to choose one, I guess it would be #4

Anonymous said...

#3, Smudged Butterfly is my favorite! Have fun trying to decide on your final pick!
Pam W

Anonymous said...

No. 3 with the butterfly is my favorite.
Carol C

Kay said...

I'm gonna say #3 (but then again, I'm a sucker for butterflies).
I can see why you're having a hard time choosing.

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

#3 smudged butterfly. I love the little trail of the butterfly and the smudging.

Sheryl said...

I love the Butterfly smudge! Those little trail dots you've added give it just the right touch. Now, if you changed the font to be the one from #4, it would be perfect, but even as it is, #3 is hands down the clear winner! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations!
Sheryl

Amelia Dziwanoski said...

I like the butterfly smudge. Butterflies are so uplifing and fun, sure to go along with your blog as a header.

~Amelia

Lisa said...

If I were to choose.. I would pick #3. I think that fits you.

Lisa

Shona said...

I like the #3 Butterfly choice! I like the font with your name, and the image fits your style I think. It would fit for pretty, elegant, whimsical, pretty much anything!

Sandra Farrell said...

I think number 2 because you already sign your posts with the same font

marilee53 said...

Love the #1

Lisa said...

I really think #1 is the best. I like the 3D effect on your name and I like the script used for your name.

Coming in a close second is #3, the smudged butterfly.

Katie Ann Brooks said...

#1- The font is great. In your last few posts you have used some of each, but the font in number one seems to show better. I like to be able to see your name (but it isn't too much you know), cause everyone should know they are your cards because they are so fab!

Elaine said...

Hard choice but Number 1. Easy to read. Your name just pops right out

Olivia M. said...

I personally think that either #1 or #3 fit your style best. #2 & #4 are too boring for the style you have. Thanks again and good luck choosing.

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

My vote is for "Smudged Butterfly". I've never seen a watermark quite like and I think the smudging will make your information more clear.

:-)

Crystal (mom4cuties) said...

I love butterflies so that is the ont that gets my vote!! :)

Pegg S said...

I really like #4!

Maggie said...

I think #4 is clean and simple and easy to read!

diana said...

I vore for number #3.

it's very nice

Jazy Girl said...

I love Big Top. I think it is very cool and classic!

sandyh50 said...

HI there, I like #3 the best, it is easy to read the words!

Anna Havanka said...

Number 4 is my choice!!! Love the font in that one!

Maria Matter said...

Oo, #3, I like the butterfly with the dotted trail!
Can't wait to see which you choose!
Blessings, Maria

Cre8tiveTeen said...

I say either #1 or #3. I like the font on #1, and the background on #3.

Heather P. said...

I think they're all fun, but #4 gets my vote! :)

Mary Lou Kleveland said...

#3 jumped out at me right away because of the butterfly and you seem to use butterflies BEAUTIFULLY in your stamping. They are all really cool though. I thought the smudged background was a neat twist on #3 as well

StampinCathy said...

Wow they are all fabulous. But I really love #1!
Thanks for a chance at a SU stamp set. I hope I'm the lucky stamper.

Danderella said...

I have to say that I like #3 the best. What creativity to come up with 4 great watermarks. Enjoying your work very much.

MrsBoz said...

At first, I chose #1, but after looking at them for a bit, I would pick #3. It just seems more like you!

Going with the Flow By Renee said...

Hey Mercy - Definately and For Sure the one with the butterfly. It feels like you!

Melissa Roberts said...

Hello,

I would pick #3 smudged butterfly

very fun..

thanks for the opportunity to win!

Missy from Naches, WA

Joanne said...

I liked #1 and 3 but since I can only choose 1 - my fav would be 3 - like the butterfly!

Cr8ive ME said...

It's a toss up for me between Smudged Butterfly and Fleur.

I guess if I have to choose it would be Fleur.

HTH.

Cathy said...

I like the butterfly because it is more like you and your style. You have a wonderful blog. Thanks for the chance to win...

Sarah-Jane said...

Hi, I like #3 the best, but they are all nice,
Hugs Sarah-Jane xx

Sandy Kay said...

I vote for #3 - seems to fit you well!

Donna MacDonald said...

I like the Cog best.

ann marie said...

I love number #3

Amy said...

I vote for #1. Love it!

Barb said...

I think #3 suits your style best.
Thanks for the opportunity to win some great blog candy. Barb

Susan B said...

My vote is for #3. It suits you well. I like the fleur on #1 but your name appears smudged on this one. Yep, definitely #3.

Anonymous said...

I like #3, it's easy to read, stylish and the butterfly is perfect :)
Nfoz

Carol Hardie said...

I pick #3 Smudged Butterfly....it makes a bold statement which compliments your beautiful work.

Tracey Kuzniak said...

I'm picking #1 for you because I really like the font for your name...suits your cards. Also the fleur is a smaller background image so as not to take away from your name, like the background smuge does in #3. Thanks for the chance to win :)

Patti said...

#4 Big Top. Hope this helps!

Lisa T said...

I like #3 the best. It is pretty and feminine. I think that is a good fit for your cards, which are always so beautiful.

JWill795 said...

My favourite is #3! They are all great, so I can totally see why you were having troubles deciding!

Monika/Buzsy said...

I think #4 is my favorite, but I also like #2. :o)

Margo said...

#3 is my favourite!

Sharon said...

Number 3 is clean, yet pretty. The URL is easier to read with this font. And the butterfly seems to be more in line with your style.

Heather Arsenault said...

I prefer #2 for the clean look of the words. I'm not too keen on the background image though.

Stamp/nScrap said...

I think I'd go for #3 without the smudge background. #4 is good too, but I think you name is too bold for a watermark - I'd go with something a little thinner/softer. Just my two cents worth.

Char in So Cal said...

Looks like the "Char's" are on the same page. I too think the #3 watermark is beautiful... although I would like to see #3 with your current swirly cursive signature :0)

Good luck choosing and thanks for the op to win some YUMMY rubber!!

Char in So Cal
{scrampaddict} {at} {cox} {dot} {net}
darn spammers!

jane said...

I really like #3 it's soft, lovely, whispery, and perfect. I hope you choose this one.