Monday, July 31, 2017

Ray of Light

Happy Monday. 

Question: What better way to start a new week than with a giveaway? 

Answer: Two giveaways


I am excited to be part of the Designer Favorites Blog Hop sponsored by Spellbinders. Six of their product designers, including myself, have gotten together, chosen a favorite, and are taking part in this hop and giveaway. Head to the bottom of this post for all the details.

Ray of Light

For my favorite, I chose Ray of Light - a die set from my January release.


All my die designs are abstract but this one was specifically created to represent the rays of the sun. And with all the challenges that the world faces right now...who couldn't use a little sunshine?

BE

Within

Mystery

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The Fine Print

Hop Along

Head to the Spellbinders Blog to get the links to hop from one designer to the next:

Debi Adams
Sharyn Sowell
Marisa Job
Tammy Tutterow
Stephanie Low
Seth Apter (you are here)

GIVEAWAY ONE

Spellbinder's is hosting Giveaway One and will give away a bundle of all six designer favorites (dies and stamp) to six different winners. To be eligible, you must enter the giveaway here. The contest runs until August 3 until 11:59 MST. Winners will be announced on August 5 and contacted directly by Spellbinders.

GIVEAWAY TWO

I am hosting my own giveaway. One person will win both a piece of art featured in this post and my favorite die. To be eligible, leave a comment to this post and be sure to tell me which piece of art you would like to win - Within or Mystery. As always, internationals welcome! The contest runs until August 3 until 11:59 MST. Winners will be contacted directly by me so please be sure I have your email address.

THANK YOU. THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED
Congratulations to Tee of The Altered Paper

176 comments:

Lorraine Gall said...

Nice design for masculine card

Nancy Dempsey said...

I love the colors you chose and how they complimented the simplicity of the die cut.

auntiejenni said...

I adored the textures you have on these...they make them appear like metal pieces and so rustic. fabulous.

sam21ski said...

Oh WOW you creations are stunning as usual, and I've love to be in with a chance of the mystery creation please - email is just in case I am that lucky person - sam21@ntlworld.com

Penny Peck said...

I like Within

Nikki Acton said...

Love your designs with this die.... If I am lucky it's Mystery for me! Nikki

Sarah Ruth said...

Love within! Your work is wonderful! :)

Denise Bryant said...

What an awesome die set! I love Mystery!

Sue Young said...

I adore Mystery!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Macarena said...

Both are amazing, I'd go for MYSTERY I guess <3

Ruth Swadling said...

I love your colours and the textures you create Seth. Given that 'BE' isn't one of the options, my choice of prize, should I win, is 'Within'. Thanks for your generosity.

Theresa Gonzales said...

I love Within. Thanks Seth

Cathy Potosky said...

Amazing giveaway!! Your fave die is the top of my wishlist! I love all your art but if I was lucky enough to win, I'd choose "Within". Just to touch that texture! Thanks for this opportunity Seth! Have a great day! Email is cathymp2119@yahoo.com

A Pink said...

I haven't yet added the 'rays' die to my Seth collection yet but it was the first one of your stencils I bought. it was a love at first sight.
All your projects are fantastic Seth and showcase your ray of light die superbly . LOVE them all .
Thanks for being a part of the giveaway and giving us all a chance to win .
Have a great week x

Tina M. said...

Oh wauw! What an awesome prize. So hard to choose - I really like them both.. but it's always nice with a little Mystery in your life ��
Thanks for a great giveaway ��
/Tina M.

Sarah Bell said...

Beautiful work, how amazing would it be to win. Hard to choose but I'm going for within :)

lynner1950 said...

Love them both, but Mystery is my choice

Marit said...

"Here comes the sun, doo doo doo doo, here comes the sun and I say, it's all right..." ... the first song I ever 'learned' in English (I was eight) and who doesn't want a ray of sunshine from you Seth... and a change to win a real 'Seth' art piece, now that would be amazing! Hope you're doing allright in the big Apple, lots of love from the low lands :)

Wendy M said...

Love these, Seth. I think my favourite is 'Within'. So cool. Your work is always out there. 😁

Jane Jones said...

What an awesome prize! I would love a piece of your original art. My choice would be "Within".

Kathy said...

I'm partial to "Hidden", because I'm striving not to be!

kory said...

within. Thank you. Love your generosity

Katja Souljé said...

I would love to win within. the texture and colours are beautifull

sharalea ming said...

How can you chose just one? but Within speaks to me as this year I've had so many changes and adapting to them is definitely coming from within.

Beverley said...

I love the abstract - this could be interpreted so many ways. 'Mystery' if lucky enough to win, as it will be mystery revealed on receipt!!
Bevtextart (at) btinternet (dot) com
Thank you

Maura Hibbitts said...

Thanks first for your generosity, Seth! Your ray of light die is awesome! I love both your pieces, but the Mystery is calling me right now. Thank you again, Maura. onecraftystamper@gmail.com

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Beautiful work :)

Mary Fry said...

I like Be...thank you!

Diane Reid said...

I love the way you use the dies in different ways. I would love to win Mystery.

jc said...

Be is my favourite with Mystery coming second.

Bill said...

Awesome as always! I like "Within."

Pa Willia said...

Those dies came out pretty amazing. Looks like a lot of fun!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I really like Mystery. Such a generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

Sandy Johnson said...

Very unique art! If I win 'Within' I will give it to my adult son!

christi said...

be is my first choice but since it's not an option I shall choose mystery. I love how it entwines to form abstracts. very cool.

Tan said...

Love the "Within" colors. Thank you for sharing and a chance to win.

Joy Vena said...

Hi! I love your art! If I won I would want mystery!
The word itself is so intriguing!
Thanks for sharing your inspirational creative ideas!
Joy 💖🙋🏼🌅💖

Sue Gibson said...

Within is really cool. But they are both beautiful

Stephanie Low said...

Seth you never fail to deliver! I am always astounded by what you can create and am constantly thinking "How did he achieve that texture/color?!" I should sign up for one of your workshops! Maybe come to Hawaii ;-) Beautiful work!

Blah said...

Unique use of the die. Love the altered look

McStamper said...

Love your die and although a difficult decision, I think I would choose "Within". Thanks for sharing your creative ideas.

Ann said...

Love your dies, Seth. Thank you for sharing!! Great ideas.

Deb Fortin said...

my fave piece is within . love the subtlety in the colour palette.

Sara Barker said...

Well, aren't you sweet to offer a second giveaway? So excited at the potential here! Number one to own a piece of your artwork, and two, that die, which I don't yet have, but have on my wish list. So....I really love all three, but with a flip of the coin, I choose 'Within', should I be lucky enough! Great to see your artwork, and I love how you've used the die on 'Be'. Thank you for the inspiration and the chance to win!

Adrianne Fane-Hervey said...

WOW such creativity

Sara Barker said...

PS Forgot to leave my e-mail: sledcapon@gmail.com :)

Jo Ryder said...

Mystery always calls me, so that's what I choose. But I can see so many ways of using your dies, even in jewelry designs. Wishing you happy days and much success. Joanne. dragonwngs@aol.com

Annette Allen said...

ok now this is just too cool.. very artsy and awesome color combo. Thanks for sharing

Claire said...

I like thé coloris of Be

Brenda Shreves said...

Thank you for the giveaways and sharing. I like the mystery. Those dies look very versatile. rocknutzaz at yahoo dot com

Jen R said...

I like that one, "Me" the best.... but out of the two you list, I liked the "Mystery" better.... but all are very neat!!! Good ideas!

Angela Radford said...

I love a Mystery so that would be my choice if I was lucky enough to win. My email is angelajr59@gmail.com but I love them all xXx

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed visiting your blog today for the first time, and really love your work. I'm especially fond of 'Mystery', partly because of the wonderful colors but also because of the sense of mystery surrounding the piece. I think your die is so versatile and will order it the next time I have spare pennies to spend.

Susan Jane said...

I always feel better when I see your products on SpellBinders. I'm just not the frilly, cute type. I love both options but Mystery is the one I want to put on my wall!

Steven said...

Hidden appeals to me just that little tiny bit more. Keep up the inspiring work

June Fletcher said...

This is my first visit to your blog and your designs are fabulous, ideal for the males in our life. Who doesn't like a little 'mystery' in their life

Fliss said...

I absolutely love this die Seth and you've created the most stunning artwork with it. So great to see everyone's wonderful creations, all so varied in style.
Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful artwork too.
Fliss x

Gaye West said...

I am very partial to Within...all your textures & colors so rich!

Melinda Peckham said...

Love your art ! I would pick Mystery.

Alice T said...

Thank you for sharing your art and intention.
I am partial to Within.

myrepeatingpatterns said...

I love all your dies. I would love to win Mystery. Thanks for this opportunity to win!

gaylemontayostudio said...

"Within" is my fav! Lots of layers! Love your work Seth.

Linda H, said...

Great colors and dies! Thanks for a chance to win - Mystery is my choice.

Carolyn said...

Seth I would love to win the Within piece of art, it would solve the Mystery of me having to chose which piece of art, that would look so good in my craft room.

Donna said...

I like the picture directly under Ray of Light and I love BE but since neither of those are choices, I would go with Mystery. Thank you.

FM said...

My favorite is Within. Thanks for sharing!

Sister Sun said...

Oh, Seth, I love this die set and what you've shown us as inspiration; it goes right along with my journaling about being the light in the darkness. Your piece, "Within", really strikes my personal chord. Thank you so much for sharing this.

All the best!

~avis, 073117
Sister Sun
sistersun@gmail.com

MargeE said...

I do have to go with Mystery. I love the die and your colors are stunning.

Penny said...

Within, so many possibilities. Thank you.

Fern Cawley Edwards said...

Very cool dies- Within is calling to me!

Squiddy said...

MORE of your art? Goody: Within, I think.

lorrayneingram said...

You always create great dies aND shapes.

Tracy F. said...

Love your Ray of Light die set! Your artwork is amazing. I'm loving your Within piece!

Janet Selzer said...

I appreciate the unique way you represent the sun rays. I can see why this is one of your favorite designs. We all can use the uplifting feeling of sunlight in our lives. (Mystery is the way to go!)

Girls In The Craft said...

Love all your artwork. I think I like Within as my favorite. Ordered your book...looking forward to exploring it!

MrsBushford said...

Love them both, but Within speaks to me.

Tracy said...

You are very talented, and generous. Love the color choices.

Jackie Waxler said...

Love using dies in different ways.

Late Blooming said...

We all need a little ray of sunshine

Brenda Lilley said...

I absolutely LOVE Mystery! I am just drawn to it... I can't pinpoint exactly what draws me to it, but I am! Thanks so very much for sharing your amazing creativity!

2amscrapper said...

Awesome die! How wonderful to own some of your art--I'm partial to Mystery". Thanks for the opportunity!

Diana L said...

I love the die, and the colors and texture on Mystery!

Unknown said...

Within. I love how the variety of textures make ths Ray of Light shine! Thanks for your generosity, Seth. gailjd13@gmail.com

Tracy Steinbach said...

I have to say your cards are so cool I love your style. I wish I could create that altered kind of look. Seeing your cards it's like oh ya o.k. that's easy enough. But if I was given the same die without seeing what you've done. I would be adding flowers around it or something like that. Your colors choices are awsome too. Again I grab the bright colors all the time too.THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!!! AND THE RAY OF SUNSHINE!!! 😊

Mary C. Nasser said...

Amazing artwork, Seth! Wow! Both are fabulous, but "Within" calls to me with its figure/ground play and layers of marks. Awesome!

gypsyshari@hotmail.com said...

Love your work, my favourite is Mystery! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Catherine Lenoci said...

Hi Seth! Within is my favorite!

Sue LD said...

Very unique--my fave is Mystery.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Helen Budz said...

Seth, these are incredible creations. Thanks for sharing them. While I'd love to win "Be", a choice between Within and Mystery would be Mystery. The colors in the design are among my favorites.

Carol w said...

You get such fabulous colors in your projects, love all the layers and your great dies!

cecile graven said...

I have never seen a thing you made that I did not like, Seth.
Of these two to choose from Mystery is my fav.

Michelle Byerley said...

I love the "Ray of Light". It reminds me no matter how bad things get there is sunshine at the end. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

I like mystery

Google User said...

Hi. :) Thank you for being one of the featured artists. It's always great to "meet" the artists who make the dies. Thank you for your generosity in having your own drawing, also. I like your "Within" because to me it encourages us to always look deeper at things in life ~ don't take things just at the surface level. Sort of like "stop and smell the flowers."

Noelene Apap said...

Beautiful creations thanks for sharing! All are wonderful hard to pick a fave. I think mystery would have to be my pic!

cindybearj said...

I love your pieces. I would love to have Within!

The Altered Paper said...

Love all your mixed media pieces! Within speaks to me.

tampatha said...

This is such a great die! My little brain is thinking of turning it into a fun shaker not just for cards but layouts as well! Your projects are beautiful and I'm quite partial to the within! :)
Thanks for the giveaway!

Debbie Reemtsen said...

I love your color choices-really like Mystery.

barbara macaskill said...

I agree that we need more rays in our lives during these tumultuous times! I love your Rays die and my favorite piece from today's s posting is Mystery! Great colors and a little mystery is always a good thing in life too! Without mystery we would know exactly what was going to happen all the time and that would be very boring! Keep on bringing us these awesome dies so we can have rays and mystery to spread around to others! TFS! 🤞🤞🤞🤞

Super Stick Chick said...

Love your projects. This die is so versatile and fabulous.

Susan Gonyo said...

Love your designs!!

Jennifer Essad said...

Love Mystery and the colors in Be - interesting design showing different color tones allows me to see the dimension changing schemes

Maryann Laursen said...

Sooo amazing cards here all of them, so not sure I can choose one for another, but I agree with the thought about a little more sunshine in life, that´ll be nice, and you managed well with these great cards here. If I have to pick one, I´ll go for the one with the word hidden on it, I really like that a lot, but then as I said, I really like them all a lot.

Robin said...

WHitin is a pretty neat piece! Thanks for your design work you do.

Tapeva said...

Well, that is an intersting die...and what an endless possibility of combinations withe coulours and textures and other bits and pieces it gives...it would be interesting to try for sure! :) Letś keep the fingers crossed for all of us.

Hugs, Petra.
taptapeva@gmail.com

seaslay27 said...

Hi Seth, the new stamps and dies are wonderful. I just used a set of your circles in the Mixed Media Book Group. It was wonderful to play with those images.

Julie Short said...

No time to hop just enough to say...love the art and the die!

Birgit said...

What a fabulous industrial look! Love the texture and layers and wonderful masculine design.

Arianna Barbara said...

OMG! Wow! Love so much your amazing projects!!! And in particular way I love this die set because my own nick as my email are "raggio di luce" that in Italian means exactly "ray of light"!!!
I would love to win your stunning Mystery!!!
Thanks for sharing,
Arianna

raggiodiluce82@gmail.com

Jackie P Neal said...

What a super giveaway Seth!
Forced to choose which art piece I would like,mmmm "Within" but I would be happier with either as every piece of art you make is awesome!!
hugs,Jackie

Sandi Nagel said...

Oh My Gosh Seth!!!! I would LOVE to win a piece of art from you! Mystery would be great!

Funny story....I tell my husband that I think we may be related. Hear me out. My husband has a loooooong lineage that dates back to Lewis and Clark. I've been to past Clark family reunions and all Clarks look the same. Long story short, Seth, you look exactly like a Clark! LOL Wouldn't it be cool if you did one of those swab tests and found out you were a Clark???

Anywhooo, I think your designs are amazing. I follow you throughout your social media and oh the places you get to visit! And those vintage finds! my favorite was this picture of all those metal pieces you found. Have a magnificent week Seth. Thanks for the giveaway! Crafty hugs, Sandi

Art @ Home said...

Thank-you for hosting such a generous giveaway! I would love the Mystery piece and I'd place it in our library.

bumblebee said...

I'm blown away by all the comments and your Mystery. Hugs betti

Baileyfiberart said...

Within!!

kai said...

I love Within. Thanks for sharing your art and creativity with us!

D.Ann C said...
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D.Ann C said...

Well, aren't you a sweetheart?!! How cool is that?!!!
I love the happy colors in BE with this fab little die!
dcomer1 gmail

Nan Bourdeu said...

So hard to say a favorite anything of yours but this die has to be at the top of my all time fav list! Very awesome and so many ideas running through my head :) I love Hidden so much! It speaks to so much going on in my life right now having just had neck surgery...hidden pain, hidden relief, so much hidden I was surprised when all those feelings came toppling out! Thanks for the 2nd give away, Seth! xx

Roxanne Pafundi said...

Hello Mr.Seth,
I'm a fan of your work, which I first saw in a Stampington mag..
I love 'Within'....seems to speak volumes to me! :) Although both works are wonderful.
TFS! Happy Tuesday to you! Keep creating!

harrahx2 said...

Great texture and color! Love your style.

NM_Creatrix said...

Would love to win Within...

Sharon McDonagh said...

Wow, the palette of BE ... you have a lot of past students and contacts to recall, but you MUST know how much I love that one! Would be thrilled to win any of your art, but will select Within since you asked us to choose. Crossing my fingers!
Best from Sharon (Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria)

Cre8iveSoul said...

I like within.

kim said...

mystery is my favorite but what a great job on all of them.

Mary Holshouser said...
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Mary Holshouser said...

I would love to have Mystery.
they are all wonderful but that one
speaks to me.
thanks for the offer.
txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Monika/Buzsy said...

Oh, I love the grungy look on both! Great textures! Mystery is soooo cool! Love the cool colors. :)

Andrea Shell said...

What a cool die and awesome creations with it! I love the colors of Mystery!

MsShutterbugg said...

I would love to with the Mystery artwork and die set! It's brilliant and I see so many possibilities. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win an original artwork from you Seth!

Susan said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win! I would choose Within if I was to win.

Roberta said...

I agree with you this world needs more sun rays to brighten our days. Thank you for sharing your favorite die set and a chance to be chosen to receive your favorite and a piece of your artwork. I would choose your Mystery Artwork if selected.

Toni Nyman said...

Such beautiful use of color. I love them all. I am partial to Within. It is a hard decision. Love all the tips on this blog tour.

Shanie Cooper said...

I do like both, but I think mystery would be my choice. Your designs are so on par with my idealic set up, the color scheme...I go for more metallic. I plan to incorporate some of your ideas in my next cards! With a heavy metalic twist of course😁😎

Nox said...

Wonderful creations and I love that ray of light die - it's so vibrant. As for the piece I would like - I have to say Mystery - it has an energy that appeals to me, and the very word itself drives my imagination and gives tingles down my spine.

Jackie said...

Within is the winner for me Seth. The "mystery within," I like that!

Karen Sue said...

Very cool projects, love your used of colors, I love the die, I also like creating sunshine on my projects,

SisterCraft (Наталия Балабанчук) said...

Cool designs! great for notebooks!

krysta Martinek said...

It was a hard decision...but I like " Within" better. I love the Within stamp and the numbers. But everything you do is amazing!! As always...thank you for the inspiration!!

Anita Braddock said...

Awesome style love the colors great job. Thanks for Sharing you project

Theresa-Marie Tauscher said...

Love THE RAY OF LIGHT it reminds me of children and school and Spatter paint. It is a fond time when I was teaching school so many years ago and still do some when there is an opening. love the colors, bright and breezy I would love to win this one. theresatauscher@yahoo.com Thank you for the privilege of being on your blog, this is all new to me.

A Tad Bit Off said...

Thanks for a chance to win!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Looks like I'm late for the party. Your ray of light is wonderful, and I am having a hard time deciding. I guess Within would be my favorite, but I adore them both. Thanks for offering this giveaway.

Joan Howard said...

Your designs are sooooooooo unique - I love them. Your "Mystery" seems intriguing! That is the one I choose if selected! Thanks so much!

ginny c said...

Wow that is great prize love the ray of light die l

Vicky Phelps said...

As usual Seth, love your work. Gets my heart racing. Love both pieces but the art titled Within, speaks the loudest. Cheers Vicky. email address phelps@activ8.net.au

Lauri Bacalzo said...

I love your dies!
There just filled with endless possibilities!
Within would be my choice.

Violet said...

I really like this die & I believe that WITHIN is my favorite. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Sue said...

Fabulous pieces Seth, you put colours together that I wouldn't dream of and they always WORK. I would love to win within xx

Cindy Pryor said...

Wow! Your pieces of art are truly unique and beautiful. I like "Within" the best. It seems to speak of the beauty within each of us.

Rhonda Sarver said...

Would LOVE to put "Mystery" on the wall in my craft room! Thanks so much for the inspiration your art has supplied as I dive into the world of mixed media!

Ann Barnes said...

I am in awe of your "mystery" piece. The colors and textures seem to draw me in! How wonderful that you are offering a giveaway as well! Thank you for the opportunity.

jo jo said...

Awesome artwork! I'd have to say "within" would be my fave.

Diane Murphy said...

Seth, I'm always inspired by the texture on your art...thank you. 'Mystery' please!

jcarpen000 said...

Love "within". I am into depth and texture. Thanks!

koi seo said...

I agree with you this world needs more sun rays to brighten our days. Thank you for sharing your favorite die set and a chance to be chosen to receive your favorite and a piece of your artwork. I would choose your Mystery Artwork if selected.

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HK said...

Everyone needs a little sunshine, I totaly agree with you. Love the die

Seagrass said...

I love "BE" with the brighter colours but the other two are amazing as well! I think because I use darker shades, this is refreshing! I better enter the draw if I want to win those amazing prizes and have a chance to win some art!

Gail said...

When I first saw the die...I sort of looked past it. You brought it to life for me...beautiful color and design.
If I were to choose a favorite...I think it would be "within"...however I love "Mystery" too.
Thanks for the chance to win one of them.

Linsey R said...

Seth, your Ray Of Light die is a truly marvelous one, indeed! I love its versatility and see myself using it for countless projects in many ways! All of your art is fantastic--Be is calling to me and I absolutely love it. Within is my second favorite. Thanks so much for your always wonderful artistic inspiration and thanks for doing this bonus giveaway! I'd love a chance to play with the awesome die too!!

S cone said...

Hidden

Carol w said...

Within is my favorite...you are the master of textures and hues.

Carol w said...

Within is my favorite...you are the master of textures and hues.

Mary Repetti said...

Within--but what a hard choice!Comment links back to my email,hope that is what you needed for entering.

Nikki Roeder said...

I love your cards! Your use of color and technique pay homage to the metalsmithing by paint. Great ability. I also like your explaination for favoring the sun/ray die. You are so right, we all need extra special rays of sun these days! Thank you for your posting!

Nikki Roeder said...

If I were to be lucky enough to win, the art piece I would choose would be 'BE'. should have added this to my previous comment...sorry!

Loly Borda said...

I love both, but my favorite is Mystery! Thanks for the chance! Awesome job!

Birgit Fischer said...

Hi Seth, I love this new design. I would love to get yot "Be" artwork.

Shari said...

Seth...they're all awesome. Great designs...but that "BE" keeps drawing me in. Love the colors!!

mtscrapgal said...

I like the Mystery piece. I like the die you designed . It makes me think of rays of sunshine and that makes me happy.

Jean said...

Loving this new design! Would love the BE artwork! Thanks!

Linda Anderson said...

Very nice for masculine artwork/cards but also for feminine as in the "BE". "Within" is my favorite of the 2 choices given. Thanks for sharing.

L aura's Reading said...

I appreciate them both of Ray of Light speaks louder to me. This summer we have been visiting sculpture gardens across Wisconsin. That piece reminds me of the artwork we have been enjoying.

Carol said...

I love the texture in this die set...... makes it feel old and friendly. I would have to say that the "within" project is my favorite. It seems mystical to me.... don't we all have something that is "hidden within" us? Thanks...

Kristi Berg said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win!! I LOVE the Mystery creation :)

cghundley said...

Fabulous looking artwork!
I love your Mystery card.
Carla from Utah