Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PTI Anniversary Challenge Cards

Hi!  I'm popping in quickly to share a couple cards I made for Papertrey's Anniversary Challenges. My first card is for Day 5's Retirement List Challenge as well as Day 8's Color Challenge.  I'm also submitting this one to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: "It Must Be Love".
Bigger Blooms is on the retirement list, but it happens to still be one of my favorite PTI sets. I just love the cheerful nature and variety of blooms.  I put them inside the small jar (which looks a little more like a vase here) from PTI's Friendship Jar: Summer Fillers. The sentiment is from Keep It Simple: Valentine.  Isn't this such a pretty color scheme?
I shared my second card yesterday on Instagram. I made it for PTI's Flower Challenge and barely posted it before the deadline.  I had to share it, though, because it uses images sent to me by my dear 12 Kits friends who have have done so very much to help me with my special endeavor to shower my nieces with love this Valentine's.  I'm so grateful for them!  It uses PTI's Big Hugs & Some Like it Hot stamp sets. 
That's all for me today.  Now I have to run and finish my son's valentines.  Eek!  Nothing like going down to the wire.  Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Don't Lose Hope - with Spellbinders Poppy Dies

Good morning!  I'm really excited to share today's card with you.  The fabulous team at Spellbinders recently sent me some gorgeous dies to work with - the Poppy Pocket Etched Die and Poppies Etched Dies.  They are neat.  They emboss the images and die cut at the same time.  I used both products on my card today.
About 15 years ago my sister's yard had a hillside covered with orange poppies.  While they were blooming, she always had a fresh bouquet of them in her house.  I used that as my inspiration today.  I used Prismacolor pencils to color my poppies, using the debossed areas as a guide for shading.  The stems weren't quite long enough to fill the base, so I die cut second stem and tucked it below the sentiment.
I wanted my bouquet to be the clear focus on the card, but I wanted added texture and depth, so I die cut the Poppy Pocket Etched Die twice and placed them on opposite corners of my card base, so they would fill the entire space. Most of the overlap is hidden by the slanted panel, but I did trim a few flowers off, so the images would stay clean.  I used vellum, embossed images, and foam to pop up the areas at different heights for more interest.
And I have to say, I sure love how it turned out.  Many, many thanks to the Spellbinders team for giving me the chance to work with these beautiful products!
The Spellbinders Poppy Pocket Card Etched Die is amazing all on it's own, and I've got a fun set of cards using it that I'll share soon.  I'm just waiting for some sun to photograph.  I'm so grateful for the rain and snow we've been receiving the last couple of weeks,  but it sure does make it hard to take a good picture.  Hoping that this weekend brings you some sunshine to your soul (and hopefully sunshine in the skies, too).  Thanks for stopping by!

Dies Used:
S5-322 Spellbinders Poppy Pocket Card Etched Die
S4-815 Spellbinders Poppies Etched Dies

Friday, February 9, 2018

Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #18

Hello!  A new month means a new challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9.  The theme for Challenge #18 is
watercolor!  Truth be told, this card was an oops.  When I went to stamp the ice cream image from Concord & 9th's Here's the Scoop Stamp Set, it slipped a bit, so I re-stamped it on another card and started working on that.  Well, I was trying to figure out what Zig markers to use, so I came back to this one and just used it as a practice sheet to try out colors.  It was messy and watery and not really intentional, but  the more I looked at it, the more I started to like it.  So I decided to keep it, stamped the ice cream image on top of it again, and added a couple sentiments from Here's the Scoop.  Imperfection isn't always a bad thing, right? :) 
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I hope that you will join us for Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge #18.  I cannot wait to be inspired by YOU!  Don't forget: when you play along you enter  to win a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th or a guest design spot at Where Creativity Meets C9.  And have you seen today's newest release?  (You can check it out HERE.)  There are some definite must-haves for me in it.  Hope you have the loveliest day!  Thanks for spending some of it with me. :) 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Technique Tuesday Giveaway Winner

Good morning!  Just popping in to share the winner of the Technique Tuesday giveaway.  Many thanks to all of you who took the time to comment.  The lucky winner is Jeanne Beam.
Jeanne, will you please email me at occasionalcrafting (at) gmail (dot) com , so I can get you connected with your prize?  Thanks so much!  Have a happy day everyone!