Thursday, June 14, 2018

My Sweet Petunia & Alexandra Renke Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by and participating in our hop! 

I was lucky enough to be able to attend Creativation this past January in Phoenix, AZ.  This is a massive trade show for crafting companies to introduce their new products for the year.  It was there that I got to meet Alexandra Renke.  It was also there that I fell head over heels in love with her and her art.  I couldn't tear myself away from her booth.  I found myself gravitating to her corner each spare moment I got.  

Imagine my sheer delight in being able to combine two of my most favorite things in the world right now.  My Sweet Petunia & Alexandra Renke.  To top it all off, it's even better that there are prizes involved!

Before we go over the prizes, let's take a look at my project I completed for this blog hop full of talented paper artists from all over the world!  

As soon as I got my hands on this paper, I had this vision to create a shadowbox/layered look in a frame, however, I live in a very rural area and I couldn't find a frame to fit my imagination.  So, how will I create my vision with no frame?  I created packaging for a greeting card set!  This allowed me a large surface in which to cut and layer these magical papers.    

Here is my card holder that fits 6 A2 sized cards and envelopes quite comfortably.  I die cut the front and back covers and adhered them to a clear storage box.  I also created a matching tag to tie on when I give this as a gift.

This picture didn't do the project justice so I took some extra shots 
to show the depth and sparkle that really shines in person.   

Products used can be found on Alexandra's website: Click HERE 

Paper used:  Under Water Bundle 
Die Used on box:  Beautiful
Die used on tag:  Frame Rectangle 

I purposely die cut these papers so that the base layer paper, 
with the goldfish, had him gazing at the mermaid on the top layer.  
I think they're smitten.

I used a chunky glitter to accent the mermaid and the surrounding sea life.  

I used my MISTI and my Creative Corners to stamp my "For You" on my coordinating tag.

Now, on to the prizes!  

Two lucky commenters from the hop will win one of two prizes:  
a $50 shopping spree at and a 
$50 shopping spree at  

Comments must be submitted no later than Sunday, June 17th, at 11:59 pm (CST).  Winners will be announced Tuesday, June 19th, on the Alexandra Renke and My Sweet Petunia blogs.  

Please be sure to continue on the hop by clicking here  to go see Frau Pony.

Here are all the participants and I hope you'll stop by each and every one of these talented artist's blog.

Marci Snee <------Me

Thank you so much for joining us and I hope you enjoy looking at the beautiful art of Alexandra Renke and the ingenious, patented, MISTI stamping tool from My Sweet Petunia.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays January Inspiration Challenge CAS09

It's January and boy is it cold!  

     I hope you had good holidays and I'm thankful you've stopped by my blog today.  I welcome you to a new year at CAS-ual Fridays Inspiration Challenge which has you create a card you would send to someone as encouragement using the board below.  You can go with whatever catches your creativity.  


     These colors are very cool colors and just perfect for creating cards in January.  I used the lighter blue and grey colors as inspiration and the fluidity of the water splash made me want to make my card look wet, so I added some water drop embellishments.  It's a very clean and simple card and can be used for many types of encouragement cards or even for a sympathy card, I think.  

     I used the popular recently released stamp set "Peace and Comfort" for the sentiment that I embossed with silver embossing powder.  I did the smooshing technique on watercolor paper with Ranger distress inks as a background to give the feeling of water.

     Because embossing is tricky on watercolor paper due to the texture, or "tooth", I used my MISTI stamping tool for easy alignment of my sentiment to I could stamp my Versamark ink 3 times to make sure I had a perfect image to emboss.  

     We would love you to enter this month's Encouragement Challenge and I hope my card got the inspiration rolling.  Click here for the Offical Challenge Guidelines for your entry.

Be sure to check out the CAS-ual Fridays Blog for the rest of the cards our encouragement squad came up with to showcase this beautiful inspiration board.

Happy January everyone!  


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

CAS-ual Fridays BCA (Breast Cancer Awareness) Monthly Reminder

Hi everyone!  As this post goes live, I'll be traveling to Phoenix for Creativation.  I'm so excited.  Not only to see my friends, but to be in a warm climate. 

My post today is for CAS-ual Fridays for their Calling All Sistahs monthly Breast Cancer Awareness Reminder.  Every month, on the 17th, the Encouragement Squad posts cards for you to enjoy and also hopes that you take an opportunity to do a self breast exam.  It would also be great if you reminded your friends and family members to do this as well.

CAS-ual Fridays came out with two new stamps recently which I used for this card.  One is Peace & Comfort and the other is Supercalifragilistic. (shown below)

I did a super simple card using the sentiment as my focal point and the florals as interest.  I simply masked over the sentiment and stamps on both sides of the masking on top and on bottom.  I mounted my main stitched rectangle on a black scalloped rectangle for a peek of black.  I then mounted that on larger sized stitched rectangle dies cut out of white card stock.  I mounted them all together and put it on my card base.  I added a couple of sequins in there for some pop!

I hope you enjoyed my card.  I do this layout with so many of my stamp sets I've collected.  It works with just about any style of stamp you have, especially florals.  I do this when I need a quick and easy card, but don't have a lot of time.

Speaking of not having a lot of time, self breast exams are quick and easy.  You can do it while you shower or when you lay down at night or get up in the morning in bed.  

Thank you for joining us all this month and I hope you join me again tomorrow for the new Encouragement Challenge for January.  Click here for more information on that.  

For more information on the Calling All Sistahs BCA initiative started by CAS-ual Fridays owner/designer Michele, click here.  While you're there, take a moment to look at all her Encouragement stamp sets and dies.  It's so nice to have these on hand.  I'm totally enjoying these new sets!  Check out the top right side of my blog for a 15% off code for the store!  Who doesn't love a sale?

Good Bye from Phoenix!