Saturday, February 7, 2015

PTI's Anniversary Celebration, Challenges and a Blog-A-Versary Giveaway!


I have an exciting post today. (Exciting to me, anyway). I'm super happy to host a giveaway here on my blog for my 4th year BlogAVersary! I wanted to be super punctual and post this on the actual date (Feb 4th), but The Plague Debacle of 2015 had other ideas. We are still struggling here and I may even be relapsing, but I'm trying not to think about it!

So --- before I get to my cards to share, I'm letting you know that I will have a giveaway for one of my followers here on my blog, winner to be announced next Saturday, February 14th. Please leave a comment and become a follower (if not already) to be eligible for the random draw. Please be sure to check back here, as sometimes email communication is not readily available via Blogger or BlogLovin. :) (However, I will do my best to contact the winner in addition to announcing here.) Thank you for celebrating 4 bloggy years with me! I didn't know what I was starting when I opened this blog and posted a few cards to play along with a challenge or two. I surely never suspected, it'd make me want to drop scrapbooking like a sack of hot potatoes (EEKS. Another problem for another day!) or that it would lead to MUCHO fun publications, contest wins and new "virtual friends and connections". It really is fun and helps me keep my sanity!

On to the fun part -- card share!

I had some much needed crafty time last night. The first real session in a couple of weeks due to you-know-what. I made several cards for an OWH stash I'm wanting to mail out in the next week and then played along with PTI's 8th anniversary celebration, as well as other fun challenges.

The first one I want to show you is from the CASE-Maile Belle's-work. I LOVE her style! I envy her style, if I'm being perfectly honest. CAS perfection. The kind that makes me go "Oooohhhh, I love that!" quickly followed by a "Why can't I come up with something like that?!". 8-)

So....I CASE'd this card. (It was hard to decide, I have so many of hers pinned.)

Strawberry Patch Revisited - Thank You Berry Much Card by Maile Belles for Papertrey Ink (March 2014)
I used PTI's "On The Farm" set. (My first PTI set and still a fave!)
My card base is a card from a DCWV box (I'm deciding those are kinda handy to have around.) The base was a solid pink and I stamped the chicken wire pattern using "Background Basics: Farm & Barn" in Rasberry Fizz ink. I then die cut the hog from my accent panel and backed it with some BoBunny Valentine paper (Scraps in my stash from long ago). I then stamped the 100% Country Stamp and checker pattern using CTMH Blush ink. And added the sentiment with Black VersaFine ink. I LOVE how it turned out. (Again, why can't I come up with this on my own?! Ha! Yay for fellow crafters inspiration.)
I'm also entering this in other inspiration challenges that prodded my theme idea along:
 This week's Mashup Challenge is:
  • Create a project with the colors "Red, White & Pink". 
  • Create a project with "a Love theme". 
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Love themed project using the above colors".
My next card is for Day 1 of the PTI anniversary challenge/celebration. You choose one color theme and one sketch with which to play. Here are my choices:
I used my Chevron cutting plate and Bigger Blooms stamp set:
I used White, True Black, and Pure Poppy cardstock. My inks are Hibiscus Burst and CTMH colors Topiary, Sky, and Tulip. (Don't have the coordinating PTI inks as of now.)
I'm also entering with the following challenges:
Annnnnd, last but not least -- I was playing around with my fun little Paper Smooches collection again. I had fun mixing several sets.
 I used my Sugar Rush, Incognito, and Freezy Fellas stamp sets to make my little candy couple. The hat, necktie and bow are from Freezy Fellas; glasses, eyes and sentiment from Incognito; and of course the lollipop and posicle are Sugar Rush. Phew. Don't think I missed anything. I sponged Distress inks to ground them, Gathered Twigs on the bottom and Broken China on the top. The patterned papers are from CTMH and dots from MME.

I'm playing along with Paper Smooches SPARKS, Anything Goes:

Just Us Girls, LOVE challenge:

4 Crafty Chicks, Hand Colored Image and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes.

Phew. That was a long post! Thank you for hanging with me and for stopping by to visit! Please don't forget to follow and/or comment for a chance to win some crafty goodies!

God Bless,

John 8:12 -- When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
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  1. Lots of fun eye candy! Congrats on 4 years- Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

  2. Wonderful cards!! Congrats on blogging for a full 4 years! That's a long time :) I just celebrated 6 months haha. Following via Blogger. My fave card has to be third one...I love black with colors. <3

  3. fantastic set of cards!! I really like your clever take on the PTI sketch!

  4. Love your candy people......cute card! Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls!

  5. Congrats on 4 years! Fabulous cards!

  6. So many gorgeous cards! The chevron die cut base with the fabulous bold blooms is definitely my fave. Happy anniversary from a Bloglovin follower:-) (The PTI celebration is pretty amazing too!)

  7. Wow, congrats on your blogervasary, Mandy! I love your CASing of Maille's! The piggie and chicken wire background are perfect together! Hope that you continue to have fun, keep on blogging and share your awesomeness! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “All Things Bright and Beautiful” Challenge!

  8. So many beautiful cards! Congrats on 4 year of blogging, a happy moment!

  9. Three great cards, Mandy! Congratulations on your blog anniversary and thanks for sharing with us at ATCAS!

  10. Such a cute and fun card. Love the little piggy! Thanks for playing along with us at The Friday Mashup!

  11. Love your cards, congrats on 4 years. My fav is your take on the PTI sketch, i need more get well soon cards and the flowers are so cheery, the black/white so modern, love it!

  12. Congrats on your 4 year blog anniversary. I wish you many more wonderful crafting years! Your card designs are super-sweet!

  13. What a wonderful post, so many fantastic cards! You've been busy. I think my favorite is the flower clusters, so pretty and love all the colors.

  14. Your cards are ALL - in a word - AMAZING and each one us so well done and meets the challenges spot on!!! Way to go - I am super excited for you!! 4 years. That's a big deal!!! I am so glad I get to follow you - you inspire me!!! I follow you by way of Bloglovin and I wish you all the best - including feeling 100% back to yourself very soon!! Have a beautiful day!!

  15. Cute hog card! I love all the coordinating images you used to really give the farm feel. Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

  16. All great cards. I love the designs. Congratulations on four years. Thank you for sharing your talent with us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  17. Your little candy couple is adorable! Love the specs and hat. Great coloring on them, too. Thanks for playing with us at JUGS!

  18. These are amazing :) your ATCAS card is so adorable, Thank you for sharing with ATCAS!

  19. What a pretty card ;)
    Thanks for joining us at CAS on Sunday!


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