#1028 – Celebrate with Candles

It’s still January and we’re already to our second challenge of the month at Seize the Birthday! This time, the topping was chosen by Colleen to be ‘Candles‘. Anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ as long as it’s a birthday theme. But, if you’re a toppings kind of person you can add a little extra.

And here’s what I made –

I started with the background. I used MISTI to position one of the candle images from Simon Says Stamp Candle stamp and colored it using Zig Brush Markers. I then misted it a couple of times at a distance and then stamped the image onto Linen Textured white cardstock. I then colored in the flames and also drew in the wicks. I then stamped quite a few stars and dots from the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits stamp set and then die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.

For the sentiment, I used Concord & 9th Lovely Letters stamp set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then fussy cut it. I also cut out another piece of scrap cardstock to adhere beneath it. The sentiment below that is from My Favorite Things Well, Hello stamp set. I stamped this on a leftover piece of cardstock, then trimmed it to size before adhering it on a couple of scrap cardstocks. I then adhered both the pieces on the card. For embellishing, I used a few different colored sequins.

And that’s my card! Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout what the rest of my team mates and our Surprise Party Guest Stephanie Lanzalotto has created!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1027 – Things with Wings

Hello and welcome! It’s the first Seize the Birthday challenge of the year!! Last week, a few changes in the rules were updated in the challenge blog. And today we’re starting with the challenges. And the very first Topping (which is still optional) for the year, chosen by Cathy is ‘Winged Things‘.

And here’s what I made –

I started with the background. I first stamped and heat embossed the image using Simon Says Stamp Botanical Split in white. I then used distress inks to color the background. I went light first – applying the colors on an acetate sheet, misting it water and smooshing the watercolor panel on it, dried it using heat gun, and then went back to add a couple more layers using the leftover colors on the sheet. I then trimmed the panel and adhered it over the card base,

I then used Kaiserkraft Periwinle Birds stamp (very old stamp!) to stamp the image in black over a panel of Fabriano Elle Erre Briana cardstock die cut using My Favorite Things Stitched Wonky Rectangle die. After foam mounting this over the card, I stamped the sentiment from Waffle Flower Essential Celebrations on a scrap piece of the same cardstock, fussy cut it and then foam mounted that too over the card.

And that’s my card! Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout what the rest of my team mates have created and since we have two guest designers from this time as well, that’s just extra extra fun to the party!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1026 – Merry Christmas

Hello and welcome! As the days go by, we’re fast nearing Christmas. In fact, even though I don’t celebrate it, I can’t help getting a little excited! And as a card maker, what better way than to make more Christmas cards! Challenges are just a reason. So here’s one more – Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge!

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

And here’s what I made –

For the base, I embossed a panel of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Vine Canopy. I then tore a panel from the pattern paper pad Christmas Bells from Dress My Craft, adhered it on top. Then I die cut another panel with Santa and the kids using a circle die and another circle frame using Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles from the same white cardstock. I then dabbed green distress ink on top of the frame and adhered it to the pattern paper die cut. For embellishing it, I die cut a bow from Paper Smooches Bows and dabbed red distress ink on top. I also added a drop of gold Nuvo drop on top of the bow and adhered it on the frame.

For the sentiment, I used Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis The Season’ stamp set, stamped in red over the white card panel and then trimmed it to size, before foam mounting both the Santi frame and the sentiment on the card. And that finished my card!

And that’s my card! Do checkout what the rest of the DT created in the Happy Little Stampers blog and join us with your projects as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1025 – Happy Winter Poinsettia

Hello and welcome! We’re actually in the last month of the year!! Wow!! That came really quickly!! But on schedule, we’ll continue having the Happy Little Stampers challenges this month as well. We’re starting with Watercolor challenge.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made for your inspiration –

I used the poinsettia from Stamplorations Christmas Flower. To stamp this, I mounted this on my MISTI first, since I planned to stamp it multiple times. I first used brighter shades of yellow, red and green distress inks, misted it well with water and stamped it. Since I had misted a lot of water, it pooled on the watercolor paper, which I used to spread the color. Where the pooled color wasn’t enough, I used some extra ink + water to add the color.

Once dry, I stamped again using darker shades, this time with lesser misting of water. Before everything dried, I used a wet brush to spread the colors outside the flower, adding extra color wherever required. I also added brown, covering the rest of the white space. Once completely dry, I added quite a bit of splatters, and also stamped a bit on the panel using a script/font stamp from Tim Holtz’s Entomology stamp set.

Once everything was dry, I die cut a panel from the paper using My Favorite Things Stitched Wonky Rectangle. I then mounted it on a white card base. For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Winter Sampler and used a frame stamp from Paper Smooches Fancy Frames, and I used partial stamping to cover the whole sentiment. I then trimmed it and adhered it on the card. Finally, I added a few yellow gemstones to the poinsettia’s center to embellish.

And that’s my card! Do checkout what the rest of the DT created in the Happy Little Stampers blog and join us with your watercolor projects as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1024 – STB: CASE a Seize the Birthday Designer

Hello and welcome! This is the last time of the year at Seize the Birthday challenge. It’s always ‘Anything Goes‘ challenge with an optional Topping. It’s Barbara‘s turn to choose the Topping and she chose to ‘CASE a Seize the Birthday Designer‘.

And here’s what I made –

I CASEd this card from Shirley. She had made such an amazing card – those colors on the ice cream are so awesome!! Scrumptious!! I just had to CASE this! 🙂

I used watercolors on my card instead of pencils/markers. I picked the same colors and swapped the ice cream cone to Simon Says Stamp Soft Serve Cone Wafer. I die cut the pieces from watercolor paper and then watercolored them using Gansai Tambi. Once it was dry, I added splatters of the same color, but darker, and let all the pieces dry completely. Once dry, I adhered the pieces together

For the background, I watercolored a panel of watercolor paper with a pale green and added splatters of water to get some texture and color variegation. After it dried, I trimmed the panel and embossed it using We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder and adhered it to the card base.

For the sentiment, I cut a piece of pink cardstock using the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy die and I chose the sentiment from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp set, heat embossed it in white on kraft card stock and curved the sides using a punch. I then assembled the card and added a bunch of enamel dots using the Nuvo Drops in white and buttercream colors.

And that finished my card! Thanks to Barbara for giving this awesome chance and to Shirley for the inspiration!!

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to find who CASEd whom and more inspiration from the team and our Surprise Party Guest Åsa Johansson! And don’t forget to join this last party of the year!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂