#812 – Lacy Birthday Greetings

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and this time, we don’t have the optional topping, which means its time for an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge!!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

The card I have for today is easy to make, as long as we have a pretty die to use on top. All the card uses is die cuts and simple watercolor painting.

Birthday Greetings

I used two panels of watercolor paper, colored one in a yellow+gold colors, and the other in aqua, using Gansai Tambi normal and Starry colors watercolors. Once dried, I die cut the gold one using Altenew Doodled Lace die. I used the die to cut a couple more pieces, and adhered them behind the watercolored, die cut piece. I then adhered this on the teal watercolored panel, and then added lots of black splatters. Once everything had dried, I added the sentiment, from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Happy stamp set. And that’s it!

Birthday Greetings (gold watercoloring closeup)

I hope you are liked this card I made! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Beech! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#811 – Inspiration Station Challenge 02

Hello and welcome to the second Inspiration Station challenge. This is something my sister and I started, just as another reason to create, another way to get inspired, but, of course, without the pressure!

The second inspiration are pictures of Electroformed Crystal Bowls, which we found at the website, This is Colossal.

Inspiration Station Challenge #2

And this is what I made –

Big Thanks

I took my inspiration from the picture in the center, and the colors too, of course. I didn’t get an idea of adding the crackle texture on my card, instead I added the foam mounted background die cut, by coloring them in similar colors. The flowers, I colored in the two shades of blue – but it looks like a single color in the images here. I added a single silver gemstone in the center of each flower after adhering them on the card.

Big Thanks (closeup)

Then came the sentiment. I swiped the colors using a cream chalk ink on a pale yellow cardstock, then swiped a gold pigment ink pad to create stripes and then silver pigment ink pad to create some more stripes. Before this completely dried, I rubbed the ink a bit, so that it blended a bit. I used this to die cut the ‘big’ word. I stacked the die cut alphabets on kraft die cuts and added it on top of three layers of circle die cuts. I then added the small ‘thanks’ on top.

Supplies used –
Lil Inker Designs Diamond Chevron for the background die cut
Elizabeth Designs Bunch of Flowers
Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles and Itsy Bitsy Scalloped Circles behind the sentiment
Altenew Bold Alphabet dies and Winne & Walter Sentimental: Thanks for the sentiment

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Global Design Project 175: Theme Challenge: Down the Garden Path

The Flower Challenge #29: Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies

Also checkout what my sister has created! Like the last time, love the textures in her creations!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#810 – All in Black ‘n White

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time is ‘Black and White only’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Its truly a challenge to not have any colors except black and white in a card for me! I was tempted the whole way to add at least a small sequin in another color. Red! Purple?? Gold! Well, I held it all off! 😀

Black and White

I used Spellbinders Persian Accent, die cut several pieces, adhered them, then arranged them on the opposite pieces of the black card base. The sentiment comes from Mama Elephant Ella & Friends. I just added a few clear rhinestones for embellishment.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More #326: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

I hope you are inspired by this card! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Beech! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#809 – Seize the Birthday – Stamping Only!

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Stamping Only’. No stencils, die cuts, embossing….or anything else! If you are not into it, feel free to join the fun with a Birthday project with lots of other details than just stamping!! 😀

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I, of course, went with ‘only stamping’!

One Layer Stamping only

I used the latest of the color layering stamps in my collection – Sunflower from Right at Home. This makes such beautiful sunflowers!! I thought just having them stamped on the card would look so pretty, and that’s what I did. The sentiment comes from Penny Black Sentimental stamp.

I hope it serves as an inspiration to you! Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Beech!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#808 – Inspiration Station

Hello and welcome!

With the start of the new year, my sister and I decided to start with our own little challenge. Just the two of us, creating something (not necessarily a card!) based on something to inspire us. We thought to make this more or less monthly – time limits are not set in stone, since this is supposed to be something fun and creative for us.

We are calling it “Inspiration Station”!

So the first challenge has this beautiful moodboard for our inspiration –

MoodBoard

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I went with a card this time (sigh…will I ever make something else?!?), but maybe I’ll switch it up the next time..

Hello There

I got inspired by the mesmerizing mixture of the colors – blue, violet, indigo – so pretty! And the zig zag at the bottom right, and the beautiful delicate pink blossoms.

To made the card, I just chose shades of the blue, violet, indigo and stamped the background using WPlus9 Backgrounds and Borders 1 stamp. A little bit of white shows through the stamping, which I wondered if I should cover up with some distress ink blending, but then decided to leave it as is. I die cut this using SSS Stitched Rectangles die, and foam mounted it on the white card base.

The flowers are from Spellbinders Nordic Bloom, which I die cut several of, stacked and blended a baby pink on the edges. The sentiment comes from Lil Inker Designs Really Rosemaling stamp.

Hello There (closeup)

Here’s where you can check out what my sister has made. It’s not a card and I totally love it!!

We’ll have the post up for the next challenge in Feb sometime. Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#807 – Seize the Birthday – Confetti

Hello and welcome to yet another new challenge at Seize the Birthday! We also have an optional topping, meaning you can join us with a birthday project carrying the ‘Optional Topping’ theme, or you are free to join us with any birthday project at all – your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This time we have the optional topping of ‘Confetti’, chosen by Colleen. Its just perfect with even the new year just starting!!

Confetti & Balloon Birthday

I made a quick and easy card having confetti background for the card and the balloon..and the embellishment! I stamped the coral cardstock using Winnie & Walter Happy Dance, using white pigment ink (which was just a bit too juicy to leave proper pigment!!) and a couple of tone-on-tone inks. I die cut this using MFT Blueprints 27 and adhered it over a white card base.

For the balloon, I used JustRite Bokeh Time in a few different colors. The balloon is die cut using Winnie & Walter Big Round Balloon die. I added a layer of translucent paper in between, so that the colors are a bit muted. Then I added the sentiment using the Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Day die cut and Hero Arts All Occasion Messages stamp. After adhering this on the card, I added a few wood veneer embellishments, which I die cut using Mama Elephant Confetti dies.

I hope you are inspired by my project! Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Beech, and join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#806 – Happy New Year!!

Hello and welcome!! Its going to be the new year in a few more hours, and so… wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year!! 🙂

Of course, this also calls for some cards! The newest installment of the new year cards – the cards I made for my family this year –

Happy New Year (All Cards)

As always, I used the same concept on all of them. This time, though, I had no idea how to start or where to proceed, so I am really glad they came out well! I initially thought of making something interactive or even a shadow box, but all of that went to the dumps. I ended up with just a folded card – with florals…florals always!! 😉 I used white and ivory cardstocks for two cards each. Most of the floral images come from Altenew. The ‘happy’ die cut is from Mama Elephant cut out from cardstock with gold foil and the rest of the stamped sentiment is from the same company’s Calli Letters.

Of course, the envelopes also need to be handmade! I used the same design as the background I had used on the cards. I swapped the die cut to a colorful one, using the rest of the sentiment as is.

Happy New Year (Card 1)

On the first card, I used a combination of Altenew’s Garden Treasure and Peony Bouquet stamps. The background pattern is using Lil Inker Design’s Really Rosemaling.

Happy New Year (Card 2)

On the second card, I used, once again, Altenew’s Garden Treasure and Peony Bouquet with leaves from Beautiful Day. The background is a stencil from The Crafters Workshop, called Mini Solace.

Happy New Year (Card 3)

On the third one, I used Altenew Build a Flower: Rose and Vintage Flowers. The background is Waffle Flowers Layered Marble.

Happy New Year (Card 4)

And on this last one, I used Altenew Bride-to-be and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victorias Very Merry Flowers. The background uses the stencil from The Crafters Workshop called Mini Garden Gate, which I used twice for two colors, overlaying for the second color to get that illusion like effect.

Happy New Year (Inside the Card)

And here’s how the card opens up..and where I’ve written out the message.

With these cards I am joining the following challenges –

Timeout challenge #125: Inspired by words

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Try Something New (the Z-fold cards are new to me)

SSS - Work It Wednesday

I hope you liked the cards as much as my family did (yes, I’ve already given it to them, as they will be going on a trip tonight)! If you would like to checkout what I had created for the last few years, check them out here – 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Thank you so much for stopping by!! 🙂