#840 – STB: Off the Edge

Hello and welcome! A new challenge is up on the Seize the Birthday challenge 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, selected by JoAnn, is ‘Off the Edge’!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I am not really sure whether my card completely classifies as an ‘off the edge’ card. My idea was perfect, but the execution..lets just say I slipped a bit. 😉

Off the Edge (1)

My idea was to partially die cut and partially emboss the leaves using the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves die, so that the die cut side falls ‘off the edge’ of the card. What happened is that the leaves turned out to be the center piece, as I accidentally concentrated more on ‘getting it done right’ than getting it ‘off the edge’! 😉

Off the Edge (2)

I first used Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron distress oxide inks to blend in some shades of green on a piece of cardstock. I also sprinkled some water and took off some of the ink to get a splattered effect.

I then used pieces of scrap cardstock which were big enough to cover the entire die and outlined the center of the leaves, trimmed each of them, adhered them together. This would be my replacement to the cutting place in my die cutting machine, since I wanted a partial cutting done. Once I finished die cutting, I used the actual cutting plate and embossing mat to emboss the rest of the piece. I also trimmed off anything I thought I didn’t need in the card.

Off the Edge (3)

To make this card, I adhered two pieces of cardstock to get a tri-fold card. I then traced out the partially die cut piece on top and trimmed it off, and then adhered my partially die cut leafy piece on top, and trimmed off the excess from the sides. For embellishing, I used a clear glitter pen on the embossed lines of the leaves. Finally, I also added an additional layer of die cut vellum.

For the flowers, I cut out multiple pieces from white cardstock using Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers dies, then stuck two pieces together for the flowers. I then adhered these on the card and added a pearl on each flower’s center for embellishing.

Off the Edge (4)

For the sentiment, I used My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes and stamped it using gray ink, trimmed it and using a strip of foam, adhered it only to one side of the card.

Hope my card inspires you! Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our talented Surprise Guest Annie and the rest of our talented design team! And, of course, join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#839 – Merry and Bright

Hello! Continuing from the post yesterday, this is the second card I made during my free time yesterday. I got inspired by the Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge which is hosted by Heather. The colors are beautiful this time too!! But before that, here’s what I made –

Merry and Bright

I started with stamping the images that I wanted to use – they all came from In Bloom: Victorias Very Merry Flowers, plus a few die cuts from In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery. I used dye inks, misted them and then stamped them, giving them a watercolored look. Once they dried, I fussy cut them. On the die cut piece, I blended in a bit of green tinted distress oxide inks.

Merry and Bright (closeup 1)

On the card base, I adhered a piece embossed using We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder and trimmed the sides from. On this I adhered all the fussy cut and die cut pieces, foam mounting a few of the flowers, some of them partially even.

Coming to the sentiment – I used In a Word Merry Co-ordinating dies. I cut the shadow using vellum and white cardstock using the word die, which I then colored a bright red using Zig Brush marker, which I adhered together. The stamped piece of the sentiment comes from In Bloom: Victorias Very Merry Flowers, which I stamped and then fussy cut. I adhered the all the pieces using foam tape.

Merry and Bright (closeup 2)

For embellishing, I added a few tiny drops of Nuvo Silver Lining crystal drops on the center of the flowers and also added sparkle using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen. This finished my card!

I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Winnie & Walter October Color Combo challenge with Heather H

Happy Little Stampers November Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional ‘Animals’ (I haven’t used the optional here)

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#838 – Birthday Hedgehugs!!

Hello and welcome!! Its been such a looooong time since I made a card to join challenges…too long! So, I finally finished all my DT duties, and after recovering from my week-long fever, having a couple of holidays, I thought of making something to make me happy! 🙂 A couple of cards are the results of this, the first one being this –

Birthday Hedgehugs!

I took out some stamps from My Favorite Things, one of the companies that I have a lot of stamps from. I used Geometric Greenery, Happy Hedgehogs and a ladybug from Things with Wings. I colored them all using Zig Brush marker pends, fussy cut them. On my cardstock, I stamped a gray gradient of Etched Tribal, cut out two pieces of Pinking Edge Square, foam mounted them, and adhered all my fussy cut pieces. Stamped the sentiment, a combination of sentiments from Happy Hedgehogs and Top Dog, trimmed it and foam mounted it too.

Birthday Hedgehugs! (closeip)

Something that took a bit more time than normal, but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process!!

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #128

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #461

AAA Birthday card challenge #6: Color Palette

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Thanks for stopping by!

#837 – Birthday Candles

Hello! Time for a new challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge. The topping for the new challenge, given by Colleen, is ‘Candles’. 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

Frankly, I was a little lost on this. I had a lot of ideas, but nothing was actually coming to fruition. Finally I made this – I am not completely happy, but not completely dissatisfied either. So, here it is –

Birthday Candles

I made the background by sponging some distress oxide inks and then splattered water, dried it, then splattered Picket Fence distress paint on it, then dried it again. I then die cut the panel using MFT Blueprints 27 and foam mounted it on a white card base.

Birthday Candles (closeup)

The candles come from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes, which I stamped and then fussy cut. Come to think of it, I never added the candles’ wicks!! Anyway, I foam mounted these on the card. The sentiment is two part – the die cut is from Memory Box Birthday Script, which I cut 4 pieces of and stacked, and the stamp is from Altenew Adore You. Finally I added some sequins as embellishments.

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#836 – Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The challenge is all about making birthday projects, and you can choose to go with the topping, or, since it is optional, you can also go without it. This time, we have a new topping, ‘For Kids’, selected by Lindsey.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish

I started with making the background, or the water for the fishes. I used two pieces of watercolor paper, applied the watercolors and left it to dry. Once dry, I used MFT Ocean Waves die to cut out pieces of the waves. For adhering these waves, I added foam tape on the tip of the waves and glued the bottom of the waves directly to the white card base.

Meanwhile, I stamped the fish and the water plants from the MFT Gill Friends using a light grey ink and then used Polychromos pencils for coloring the them. I then fussy cut them. On the card, I used foam tape on some and directly adhered the others.

Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die cut a mint colored cardstock using Winnie & Walter’s Sketchy Thoughts and then stamped the sentiment, from MFT Gill Friends. I foam mounted this on the card base. And that’s my card!

Hope you are inspired! Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest Annie and our wonderful design team! If making a kids’ card isn’t in your agenda, you are always welcome to make any kind of birthday project and join us!

#835 – Inspiration Station Challenge 06

Hello and welcome to the newest edition of the Inspiration Station Challenge!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

Its the 6th challenge and my sister chose the theme this time. This is one of the shots that my sister took from her supply of beads –


Isn’t it gorgeous! I love those arrays of pearls and beads, all so all with that silvery sheen and shine!! I made my card to reflect those rows and rows of colorful semi circles!

Just Because It's Laced

I didn’t have anything semi-circular that would work with my idea, instead I used this lacy die, to imitate the colorful rows. I used Lacy Border die from Joy Crafts on several pieces of pattern paper I picked using the colors from the pic as the reference. Since I wasn’t able to do partial die cutting to ensure that I get a larger area on the top, I stuck the two pieces together using some cellophane tape on the back. I did this to get an extended area which I could use adhere each piece with dimension.

Before adding these on the card, I blended in some Antique Linen distress ink to the bottom of the card base. I wanted to get a slanted dimension with the die cut pieces. To achieve this, I used little strips of foam tape near the side with the pattern and glue on the upper end, which had the extended piece of pattern paper adhered. After doing this for each piece, I then adhered them one by one on the card.

Just Because It's Laced (closeup)

I then came to the sentiment. Its from The Stamp Market called Scripty Sentiment. I stamped this on a scrap piece of cardstock and then mounted it on the card using foam tape. I then added a thin strip of cardstock, which I painted using a silvery sparkle paint. Finally I added a few pearls to finish the card.

Checkout what my sister has made! This time, she has made a stunning piece of mixed media with a sea theme. It looks absolutely fantabulous!!

And thanks for stopping by!

#834 – STB: Adding Geometric Shapes

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Add Geometric Shapes’, which is given to us by TaeEun. Of course, as usual, you are free to skip the topping and join us with any Birthday project, as long as it is new.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Going with the topping again, this is what I made this time –


Double cards using the same stamp! I got this handsome background stamp from The Stamp Market called Diamond Tile.. and I soooo wanted to use it for so long!! I wanted to do watercoloring on these squares. While trying out different colors and different ways to use the background, I finalized on these two pieces and decided to make cards using them.

Geometry (card 1)

For the first one, I gold heat embossed the background. Then, I used my Gansai Tambi paints to color in. The coloring is not exactly as solid as I would have liked, but I let it be, for unique texture! 😉 I gold heat embossed it again. This time, since the paint wasn’t completely dry, I got a few spots of gold on other sections too, but I let it be – I liked that look too! 😉

Geometry (card 1 closeup)

Once it dried, I used Spellbinders Label 24 die to cut a panel for the sentiment from kraft cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Flower sparks using Versamark Watermark ink and then gold heat embossed it. I then blended in some Gathered Twigs distress ink in the center and sides, for some added texture.

I then foam mounted the watercolor panel on a kraft card base, and then foam mounted the sentiment piece on top. For embellishing, I added some gold sequins.

Geometry (card 2)

For the second piece, I used a very light grey ink to stamp the image on a watercolor paper piece and then watercolored it. I then die cut this using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and foam mounted it on a white cardbase.

On top of this, I used a couple of sprigs using dies from Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. For the sentiment, I used sentiment stamps Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs, and die cuts from Neat & Tangled Journaling Alpha, which I watercolored in grey and stacked with a few more die cuts. I then foam mounted the whole thing on top of the watercolored panel. I also used a few gemstones for embellishing.

Geometry (card 2 closeup)

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