Saturday, July 27, 2013

Simon Says...Food & Retrosketches #73

As I was looking at some of my failed attempts for Papertrey's Blog Hop yesterday one thing caught me eye that I genuinely liked...a strawberry.  I had paper pieced it, and it was so bright and cheerful that I decided I wanted to try again but this time make a whole jar of them, which would conveniently also be perfect for the Simon Says...Food challenge.  
I liked the sketch at Retrosketches, so I decided I would use the jar for the focal point (the rounded square in the sketch) and have two banners go across it.  That was a great idea until I finished paper piecing all those strawberries and didn't want to cover a single one of them up. So I embossed the jar on some transparency paper that I found in my teaching stuff, used the label image to represent the button in the sketch and the two strings of twine to represent the banners instead.  And then I was stuck. I'd completed the elements in the sketch and had a cute clear jar of strawberries, but I didn't have a completed card.  I took a several hour break, and then I remembered this card from a couple months back, so I went to Jessica Witty's blog to see it more in detail.  Of course I couldn't just stop there, so I kept browsing through her blog and finally I had seen so much inspiration that after a lot of trial and error adding and taking things off my card, I ended up with this.  I realize it doesn't resemble the sketch as much as I had intended, but I can still see it in my focal point and I was happy with how it turned out, so I just let it go.  It feels good to finish a card with a smile.  P.S. Thanks for your kind and understanding comments yesterday....they definitely cheered me up!
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Stamps: Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Summer Fillers, Mat Stack 1 Collection (PTI)
Ink: Bubblegum (Recollections), New Leaf (PTI), VersaMark (SU!)
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Raspberry Fizz (PTI), white, transparency sheet 
Other: Honeydew Twine (The Twinery), Linen & Canvas Impression Plate (PTI), White & Silver Embossing Powder (SU!)


  1. Lovely creation! Love the colors you used, it is just stunningly beautiful!

  2. They are indeed lushilicious looking strawberries, Lindsey! I can see why you wanted to make more of them and not cover any of them up! I'm sorry you struggled with the PTI color challenge, but so glad you stuck to it with Retrosketches coz I think it totally fits the sketch!!

    Thanks so much for following me; I'll introduce you to everyone on my next post! Gotta go, a twinklet is calling me ...

  3. I absolutely love your little clever to attach the label with the twine and I love the yummy strawberries!!!!!

  4. Isn't it funny how sometimes a card can take on a life of its own. I totally relate to the steps you went through. And I LOVE your final product!

  5. Love it!!! The little jar is so cute and just plain yummy looking all over! Precious card.

  6. Fabulous card! I love your jar of strawberries! Berry cute! :) Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!