#833 – Seize the Birthday: Its just a Number!

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Its just a Number’, which is given to us by Colleen. Of course, as usual, you are free to ignore the topping and join the fun with any Birthday project.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I, of course, went with topping, and here’s what I made –

STB: Its Just a Number

After a long time, I turned back to my favorite technique and had some relaxed time watercoloring. Didn’t last too long though – I think I completed this, quite unexpectedly, within an hour!

Anyway, I stamped the images from Waffle Flower Enveloper Birthday and Enveloper Little Birdie on watercolor paper using Distress Ink Antique Linen and then used Gansai Tambi watercolors for coloring.

Once it dried, I masked off the girl, then added a few splatters. I trimmed this to size and kept it aside.

STB: Its Just a Number (closeup)

While I had a basic idea of what I wanted, didn’t think too much about it before the watercoloring and I was stuck on which sentiment to use and how and where for quite some time, until I came across this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes. I stamped it in vellum, trimmed the piece and after folding the top half of it, tucked it on top of the watercolor panel and then foam mounted it on top of a grey cardbase.

I hope it serves as an inspiration to you! I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional ‘Tropical’ (I haven’t gone with the optional)

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Anything Goes

Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Stamp It

SSS - Monday Challenge

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Annie!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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#832 – Interlocking Gatefold Card

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge! This time, we have the topping given to us by Glenda as ‘Square card’. The topping is optional, so you can choose to just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

Happy Birthday Papa

I tried making something different since this was also a card for my Papa! And so, made a Interlocking Gatefold card (wonderful tutorial by Jennifer McGuire!).

I started with a 12×12 white cardstock, which I trimmed in half, then scored at 3″ and 9″. To keep the card folded, while stamping, I then folded the sides by first adding a masking tape in the center. Then, I stamped all my images using a dark grey ink and then stamped the rest of the layers excepting the solid layer.

For some additional bling, I added some clear sparkle embossing powder, in the center of the flowers.For some additional bling, I added some clear sparkle embossing powder, in the center of the flowers.

Happy Birthday Papa (Interlocking Gatefold)

Keeping this aside, I used Memory Box Rectangle Basics and cut out the frame and the panel for the sentiment, using silver mirror cardstock and white cardstock. I also cut out three more pieces of same. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 in Versamark Watermark ink and heat embossed them three times in silver. I then adhered the layers all together, and then adhered half of the pieces to opposite sides of the card.

Happy Birthday Papa (closeup 1)

I made the envelope using patterned paper, on which I stamped ‘Dear Papa Its Your Birthday’ using MFT Birdie Brown’s Alphabets and Numbers black ink, which I’ve not shown in any of the images :P.

Happy Birthday Papa (closeup 2)

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #356: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Celebrate

SSS - Work It Wednesday

For additional inspiration, checkout the Seize the Birthday blog. You’ll find lot more creativity! Also joining us the last time is our Surprise Party Guest, Su Mohr!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

#831 – Butterflies Birthday Hugs!

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday, where the latest topping, given to us by Barbara, is ‘Butterflies’! Of course, you can also choose to not go for the topping and make a fresh birthday project to join us!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Butterfly Birthday Hugs

I started by making the background using Altenew Floral Shadow. I actually made three of them – with different shades of black and grey, and ended up choosing this one for this card. The rest are saved for something in the future. 🙂

Well, I trimmed my chosen paper on the top and bottom and then foam mounted this on a black cardbase.

Butterfly Birthday Hugs (butterflies closeup)

I then cut out several pieces of the butterflies from three dies from My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies, from several pattern papers. I also cut out the body of each butterfly using black cardstock. I then adhered three pieces of pattern paper together for each butterfly..

Butterfly Birthday Hugs (closeup)

Finally, coming to the sentiment. I cut out one piece of Memory Box’s Big Hugs using white cardstock, and three more using black. I stacked the black ones and adhered them together, and adhered the white one off a bit, to get a shadow effect. I adhered this on the card, so that there was enough space to add the three butterflies too. Then I added the other part of the sentiment, which comes from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers, using foam tape

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers: August Anything with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge
A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Birthday

a2z scrapbooking august challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing instance of creativity by the rest of the design team! Also joining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Su Mohr!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

#830 – Seize The Birthday: Flowers

PE: Winner at Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge!!

Hello! I totally forgot to write my post for the Seize the Birthday challenge. 😦 But better late than never!! 🙂 So the topping for the new challenge, given by Vicki, is to use Flowers. Of course, the topping is optional, and as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s the card I made –

Seize the Birthday: Flowers

I started with the florals. I used Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Ashlees Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans, stamping the outline in black ink, and once I finished stamping the colored layers, I used a black pen to thicken some of the lines. I then used Neat & Tangled Scalloped die to diecut the panel. I wanted to mount this on a grey panel, but I didn’t have the right color. So I used my Zig brush marker to color a white card panel and trimmed it to size to use it for base. I mounted this on a white card base.

Seize the Birthday: Flowers (closeup)

For the sentiment, I used Scripty Sentiments from The Stamp Market, stamped it in grey ink; the other piece of the sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday. I then fuzzy cut it. Both pieces are foam mounted on the floral panel.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Winnie & Walter June/July Color Combo challenge with Heather

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: August challenge: Birthday

a2z scrapbooking august challenge

Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more “colorful” inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from our talented Surprise Guest Su Mohr! And, of course, join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#829 – STB: Rainbow – 2 Ways

Hello and welcome! We have a brand new challenge at Seize the Birthday and the topping, chosen this time by Cathy, is Rainbow! If you are not a fan of rainbows, you can choose to just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This time I have two cards – yes two! And that too, when I totally suck at making cards with rainbow – the actual rainbow or just even the colors!

Rainbow - Two Ways

For my first card, I used stencil wreath technique, which Jennifer McGuire has taught. I used the Winnie & Walter Buffalo Check stencil and distress inks to blend in some rainbow color, on all the sides, leaving the center white. I then trimmed the piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. I then stamped the sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, in black ink. I foam mounted this on a white card base.

Rainbow - Two Ways (1)

It still felt like it needed something! So I created a thin frame using Memory Box Basic Rectangles set of dies, stacked them with similarly cut pieces and adhered this on top. I also cut out a few tiny flowers and leaves from the Paper Smooches Flowers 2 dies, which I adhered on opposite corners. I used a few pearls on the flower centers, which also acted as additional embellishment.

Rainbow - Two Ways (1 - closeup)

For the next card – actually this was the first card I made – I wanted to go with the actual rainbow, not just the colors.

I first made the background – blending some distress inks in shades of blue, then a little bit of yellow in the bottom. I then added splatters of water, to create a splattered effect. I also added splatters of white distress paint, and then some blue watercolor ink. I kept it aside to dry completely.

Rainbow - Two Ways (2)

I used We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circles to cut out seven pieces, then colored them all in rainbow colors. I adhered the pieces, not so neatly, on a corner of the card. I then added the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Wishing You stamp set and then the clouds from Paper Smooches Clouds die cut. I added some sparkle on the clouds and rainbow using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

Rainbow - Two Ways (2 - closeup)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Inkspirational Challenge #191: Photo challenge: banners, kites, balloons

So, which version of rainbows did you like the best?

Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more “colorful” inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from our talented Surprise Guest Su Mohr! And, of course, join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#828 – Inspiration Station challenge 05

Hello and welcome!! Finally posting the next edition of our Inspiration Station challenge! And we have brand new logo!! Hurrah!!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

It was my turn to issue the challenge, and I’ve come up with another moodboard. And I must say, I went through hundreds of images in Pinterest before I came up with this!

Moodboard

Since I have been making cards for all the previous challenges, I thought of making some mixed media work this time. Came up with a pen stand – which I am actually going to use to hold my hair combs. 🙂

Pen Holder (1)

I used tissue for the inside and the outside, a cloth-lined envelope which I adhered inside out, then added black gesso, added the molds, then painted it with acrylic paints. Finally added the orange-red paint with Prima waxes, for a sort of a patina look.

Pen Holder (closeup 1)

Pen Holder (closeup 2)

The air dry clay I was using was almost dry, and so, it wasn’t easy to make the shapes. They were breaking even as I was taking them out of the mould! I, however, managed to keep the pieces together and paste them properly. It wouldn’t make much of a difference once everything was done! 🙂

Pen Holder (2)

But I must admit, it has been a pain to get the color right in the images. Somehow all the photos were showing a bright blue, whereas they are a mix of blue, peacock color and black. Even the highlights are a mix of copper, gold and red. It doesn’t look right even after I modified the images using Gimp! Sigh! My photography is a failure!!

But checkout what my sister has created! I think she has done more justice to the board than I. She has created a beautiful sheet of art! Totally love it!

If you would like, feel free to make something with this moodboard, and leave a link in the comments below – I’ll make sure to stop by and leave a comment!

Thank you for stopping by, and hope you stop by next time too!

#827 – Shine Bright!

Hello! Yet again, it is time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. The topping this time is ‘Sunshine’, from Nancy. Since the topping is optional, you are completely free to not use it, and make a birthday project with any theme at all, to join us!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I knew what I wanted to use from my stash as soon as I saw this topping!!

Shine Bright!

I really wanted to use the Reverse Confetti My Sunshine, which I had in my stash for such a long time without being used! After die-cutting and stamping the sun with the colors that I wanted, I went to the background.

Shine Bright! (closeup)

I used Studio Calico Circle Graph stencil and applied distress inks of red, orange and yellow through it, generating radiant sun’s rays. I then used a handmade cloud stencil and added clouds around the sun’s rays using the lightest shade of blue distress ink I had (somehow barely visible in the photos!!). Finally I added the last line of sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes. And a few sequins to embellish. And that’s my card ready!

Hope you enjoyed my card. Remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more creative inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from out talented Surprise Guest Sue Mohr! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!