#1016 – STB: Food, Glorious Food

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. Its always an Anything Goes challenge with a Birthday theme, but we also have a Topping chosen, if you want to go with it. The topping this time was chosen by our dear friend Lindsey a long time ago as ‘Food, Glorious Food‘.

And this time, I made a shaker card! 🙂 I think Lindsey would have liked this!

This card is inspired by another food shaker card I had made last year. I love the concept of using stamped images instead of only sequins/beads as the shaker elements. So this time, I used cupcakes as one of the shaker elements!

I first stamped the cupcakes from Mama Elephant Carnival Cupcakes in a light kraft color and then colored them using Zig Brush Markers. I then fussy cut them. For the shaker base, I used Winnie & Walter Buffalo Check stencil on a white card stock panel and used kraft, green and pink colors to lightly brush on the stencil to get a lighter color blending. For the shaker window, I used Neat and Tangled Scalloped die.

Since the cupcakes themselves wouldn’t be enough, I also used a few sequins and beads in the color of the cupcakes in the shaker card. Of course, before finishing the card, I had to stamp the sentiment as well. Its a combination of sentiments from Honey Bee Stamps Pearfect Sentiments and Concord & 9th Tiny Tagalongs stamp sets.

And that’s my card. Checkout what my teammates and our Surprise Party Guest, Åsa Johansson, have created at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog.

And thank you for stopping by!

#1015 – STB: Navy and Lime Green

Hello and welcome! We have a special challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time we’re collaborating with our sister challenge Color Hues for a Color challenge to help them celebrate their 2nd Birthday!  The bigger the party the better, wouldn’t you say? Congrats to them!

And here’s what I made –

I started with the card’s focal points. I took a strip of white cardstock and used Twisted Citron and Blueprint Sketch distress inks to add in the color, blending it in the center. I then used a die from Spellbinders Nordic Floral to die cut 4 pieces out of the strip. I also cut out a few extra panels from scrap cardstock to adhere beneath these pieces to get some dimension. While adhering, I swapped the inner die cut pieces between the full die cut pieces, and adhered them.

Next, I used Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles to die cut a white cardstock panel and adhered this on the white card base. I then aligned and adhered the floral die cut pieces. For the sentiment, I used Concord & 9th Painted Rose, which I stamped and fussy cut and then adhered with a little dimension beneath. And that finished my card.

Checkout more inspiration from both the Seize the Birthday challenge and the Color Hues challenge blogs! We have inspiration from the DT and also our Surprise Party Guest Åsa Johansson this time! And don’t forget – this time you get to join both the challenges!! 😀

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1014 – A Housefront

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge starting at Happy Little Stampers and the first challenge is the Watercolor challenge. As always, it is ‘Anything Goes‘ challenge, so as long as you have used water on your creation, you can enter.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made for this month’s inspiration –

I tried a bit of free hand water coloring after a long time. My inspiration came from this pin I found in Pinterest. Of course, there’s a lot to improve, and the first on my list is watercoloring the leaves – something that I am not very good at! 🙂

I used CrafTangles watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint this piece.

Checkout more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1013 – STB: Follow a Sketch

PE: Featured Artist at As You See It challenge! Yay!!

As You See It - Featured Artist

Hello and welcome! Today we start a new challenge at Seize the Birthday!

Our host this time, JoAnn, has given us a sketch to work with as the topping . The Topping is an optional challenge, but as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry!

And here’s what I made –

I started with making those little stamp die cuts. To create my own pattern paper for die cutting, I just took a plain white cardstock panel, stamped images using normal inks, then used a little water with a brush to spread the ink a bit. Doing that would blur the image so I stamped each image a couple of times more to add the definition back. Of course, since I was using my MISTI, restamping was easier. I used images from Hero Arts Flower Garden and Kaisercraft Butterflies stamps. I then die cut the panel randomly to get the stamp die cuts. I think the die was a free gift from a Winnie & Walter purchase.

I also used the same technique to stamp the big butterfly, also from Kaisercraft Butterflies stamp. I also added some details using a black fine liner pen and fussy cut it.

I first adhered the stamp die cuts on a grey card stock strip, trimmed it to size and used another strip of grid washi tape behind it and adhered it on the white cardbase. For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms. I trimmed it and added a strip of rainbow colored foil washi tape behind it. After adhering this on the cardstock, I also adhered the butterfly on top.

And that’s the card! I’m joining the following challenges as well –

As You See It challenge #281

AAA Birthday card challenge #40: Anything Birthday Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More #436: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers August Birthday challenge

Step over to the Seize the Birthday blog to checkout how our Surprise Party Guest Karren J and our talented DT has cracked this sketch. And don’t forget to join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1012 – STB: No Stamping

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at the Seize the Birthday blog. This time we have Glenda as our host and she has chosen ‘No Stamping‘ as the Topping. Of course, as always you may enter any birthday themed projects into our gallery if you don’t want to take the Toppings option.

And here’s what I made –

I recently got a few embossing folders in my stash, which I wanted for quite some time now. For this card, I used the Simon Says Stamp Exotic Vines embossing folder on a metallic silver cardstock. I first swiped some dark grey ink on one half of the folder to get two tones on the cardstock. Of course, misting the cardstock with a little water on both sides did help me get a clear embossing without any cracks.

For the sentiment, I actually forgot ‘no stamping’ and had heat embossed a stamped, silver heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock, but then remembered it and swapped it for what you see. I used Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower Thinlits Die Set to die cut the same silver metallic cardstock and adhered it on black cardstock. I then fussy cut the pieces and foam mounted it con the embossed card base.

I thought something extra is needed, and die cut a few butterflies using My Favorite Things Hip Clips from black cardstock. I then added three of them on the card. They act as embellishment as well, and I love the look of them – like they are fluttering around the garden.

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

AAA Birthday card challenge #40: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #435: Die Cuts and/or Stencils

Addicted to Stamps - Die Cuts Stencils Badge

Happy Little Stampers August Birthday challenge: Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers - Birthday Anything Goes Badge

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Happy Birthday

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Emboss It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog and checkout what the rest of the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Karen J have created for this challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂