#956 – Striped Background

Hello and welcome! I had made this card for our Inspiration Station challenge that us sisters have. But I hadn’t followed the theme right, so I thought I would make something else for the challenge, and post this card separately.

I started this card with making the striped background. With my sister’s help, I had collected these stripes from some time now. In fact there are even more left in the stash, to make more cards. Luckily, I was able to quickly find stripes that looked good together. I adhered these on a piece of copy paper, then trimmed the overhanding stripes.

And this became a fine time to get lost on how to continue. The background was so pretty, I didn’t want to add much on top which would cover it up. And some of the die cuts I originally had in mind, I dropped since they weren’t looking good on this. Thankfully, I had these pair of ‘Crocus Flowers’ dies from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut a few pieces from white cardstock and adhered them together, I then adhered vellum below it, and cut it out as cleanly as I could. I think I did a pretty good job! ๐Ÿ™‚

I figured I would adhere them on an incline, just so they would match the stripes. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Simply Said stamp set, fussy cut it, and adhered it using foam tape on top of the card. I adhered a few white rhinstones for embellishing.

And that’s my card. I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

The Flower Challenge #58: Add Spots or Stripes

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #320: All About Occasions

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #410: Die Cuts and/or Stencils

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#955 – Balloon Travels!

Hello and welcome! Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge and the Topping, chosen this time by Glenda is ‘Travel‘. If you’re not a toppings kinda person, wellโ€ฆ..you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes”Birthday! The choice is yours!

And this is what I created – a cat traveling using balloons!! Isn’t that an awesome idea to travel?!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I chose the kitty from Pink and Main Catitude stamp set, and the balloons from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits and stamped with VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink on watercolor paper from Hndmd. I then die cut it using Neat and Tangled Scallop die cut, since I wanted to have an idea of until where I needed to watercolor the image.

After the ink dried, I watercolored the image using distress inks. Once this dried, I added a bit more on the outline of the balloons, as they weren’t as thick as the kitty’s lines, using Uniball fine line markers. I also added a few splatters and then redid the stars and the patterns on the balloons, as they somehow seemed a but dull after the watercoloring.

Once this was all done, I again got a little lost on what to lay the image on. Finally decided on this partial kraft-partial white background for the card base, so that the overall effect isn’t too dark. I foam mounted the watercolored image on this. For the sentiment, I used the same watercolor paper, and added some watercoloring in shades of yellow. I stamped the sentiments from My Favorite Things Cat-titude and trimmed them and then foam mounted them on my card.

Since there was already a ton of details on this card, I didn’t crowd it with any more embellishing. And that finished my card!

Checkout more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday blog where our team and our Surprise Party Guest have shown off their talents!

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#954 – Congrats to the Newly Weds!

Hello and welcome! Time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and this time we have the board created by Betty, following the theme of ‘Summer Entertaining/Weddings’ –

I chose the mid row – Die-cut – Sentiment – Metallic and this is what I made –

I am actually CASE-ing this card by the incredibly talented Dilay Nicar – its just so full freshness!! Of course, with plenty of changes, mine looks more like a wedding card than hers! ๐Ÿ˜€

I started by die cutting the concentric circles I would be using. I cut them out from beige cardstock using Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles and added dimension to each piece by adhering 3 of each together. For the card base, I die cut a panel using a die from Mama Elephant So Sew dieset, partially diecutting it to make it lengthier than it would be when using the die as is. I then added splatters of light brown die ink, let them dry and finally I adhered these circles on top, trimming and reusing whatever leftover piece I could to fill in the panel.

I chose the colors for my flowers as purple, peach and pink and picked two shades of each to stamp the florals and leaves using stamps from Lesia Zgharda – Kvitys Contours, Fern and Leaflets.I also used Altenew Antiuqe Gold ink on the flower centers to add a bit of shine. I then trimmed each of the images and arranged them on the panel. For adhering, I used glue on some of them,and a bit of foam tape on the others for some more dimension.

I then adhered this over a white card base, and trimmed any extra length of cardstock. For the sentiment, I first applied double sided tape over scrap white cardtock and added holographic foil over it. I then die cut the ‘congrats’ using My Favorite Things Congrats die. For the stamped part, I selected one from Waffle Flower Congrats stamp set and heat embossed it using platinum embossing powder over the same white cardstock, trimmed it to size and cut out triangles from both ends to get the mini banner. I then adhered the congrats die cut to a few extra pieces that I had die cut and then adhered it over my card along with the foam mounted stamped sentiment piece. For embellishing, I used a few double colored sequins and a few white sequins.

And that finished my card. Checkout more fantastic inspiration from the rest of the DT and our special guest designer at the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog and don’t forget to join the fun!

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#953 – Birthday Tweetings

Hello and welcome! Half an year has already passed and this month’s first challenge at Seize the Birthday has a new Topping suggested by our local coloring genius TaeEun to be ‘Framed

And thankfully, it has nothing to do with pinning someone with something bad they didn’t do!! All is still well in cardland!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Keeping poor jokes apart, here’s what I created –

I’ve had these cute pair of Toucans from Reverse Confetti ‘Toucan of Friendship’ forever, and have neglected to use them in card. Here, though, they were a perfect pair to get framed. Small enough to sit inside the frame, and together, large enough to cover the card. ๐Ÿ™‚

I stamped them in Versafine Onyx ink and watercolored them using distress inks. I was going for a messy look, but the images are so small, that it just wasn’t happening without leaving half the image uncolored. Instead, I just left a few bits of white showing from the coloring, and then used my white gel pen to add some highlights on the cute pair of birdies. I then fussy cut them and set them aside.

I used watercolor paper for the card, so I could get that extra bit of texture. For making the frame, I chose the largest of My Favorite Things Stitched Wonky Rectangle, cut out the outer border and then used a suitable die from Memory Box Rectangle Basics to cut out the inner piece. I then used Misti to stamp the sentiment from the same stamp set, stamping it after positioning the frame diecut on the card. Finally, I foam mounted the fraem, the birds and the rest of the pieces on the card.

That finished my card. Quick and simple! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #409: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

CrafTangles July challenge: Birthday/Confetti/Sparkle

CrafTangles Monthly Challenge July 2021

STAMPlorations July Summer challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout what our Surprise Party Guest Melanie Hungerford and the rest of the DT have innovatively created for this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#952 – Metallic Background

Hello and welcomo! We have a new challenge up at Tic Tac Toe and following a new theme ‘Summer Entertaining/Weddings‘, I have prepared this board for you –

While somehow getting confused about what to make – I actually had a pretty tough time – I somehow ended up incorporating two lines, the mid row and the mid column, plus silver/gold for a little extra!

Wanting to use some colored cardstock , I had initially chosen a light pink and then a beige color. But I then decided to do something different, and chose this baby blue textured cardstock. I then stamped the entire panel with flower cluster images from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom with Versamark Watermark ink and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I then colored them using Gansai Tambi Starry Colors.

Moving to the focal point, I die cut the hearts from an off-white cardstock and the same baby blue textured cardstock using Winnie & Walter True Dotty Heart dies and adhered them. I then stamped the same two flower clusters in black, colored them using Zig brush markers and fussy cut them out. Next, fro the banner sentiment, I stamped the banner from the same stamp set in light blue and the sentiment from WPlus9 Basic Banners in black and then fussy cut that also. I then layered these pieces and adhered them together, finally adhering it on top of the blue metallic background panel.

I trimmed the blue panel a bit. I then cut out two strips of the off-white cardstock and used partial die cutting with My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 die to get a couple of long scalloped strips. I adhered these behind the blue metallic panel and then adhered them to the cardbase. For embellishing, I used a few off-white helf-pearls.

And that finished my card! Checkout the Tic Tac Toe challenge page for more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT.

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