#860 – STB: Cards for Kids

PE: Rocker at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

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

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This time, I tried going making a card with a window – a window created by fussy cutting and surrounded by fun elements.

A Party!

I played with a variety of stamps from MFT And Mama Elephant. Some of the images had thinner lines, so I made them thicker by going over them again using a fine liner. The sentiment comes from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script stamp set.

I first stamped the images for the top layer and fussy cut out the center. I then took a scrap piece of cardstock larger than the window, and then stamped my ewe. I then colored them all using Zig brush markers. I also added a bit of pattern on the banner, the party hat and the balloon using white gel pen and a black fine liner. Then, I added a bit of shimmer using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

A Party! (closeup)

When I trimmed the top panel, somehow, I ended up not getting the dimension right to position the card in the center. So, instead of messing things up, I chose to move the panel a bit to the right, showing the card base in the other three sides instead.

I was so engrossed in making it work…and when I felt like there was no purpose to the window in the card. Frankly, I can’t even make out whether that poor ewe is indoor or outdoor! But, well, the card itself looks fine, so I am glad I could make the idea itself work! ๐Ÿ˜‰

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps #382: Make your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Watercooler Challenge #264: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Virginiaโ€™s Show and Share challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiring instances of creativity by the rest of the design team! Also joining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

#859 – Inspiration Station #09

Hello and welcome! We managed to make it relatively quickly this time with the Inspiration Station Challenge – a challenge where my sister and I come up with a prompt to excite our creative juices!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

It was my turn to propose the challenge this time, and, following my sister last time, I made my own tic-tac-toe board –

tic-tac-toe

I had initially had some other idea, but that didn’t work, so switched gears and made this one instead. This uses two lines – layers-embossing-tearing and layers-one image-pattern paper.

Inspiration Station #09

I made a few pieces of pattern papers in tones of pink, mint and yellow. I used various stamps (listed below) to create the patterns and also my blending make-up brush to blend in color for the background. Once done, I chose a few out of them for my card, tore one of the edges, and adhered them on a white card panel. I trimmed this down and adhered it on the card base.

I used the following stamps:
My Favorite Things Geometric Grid
Technique Tuesday Lots of Dots
Lesia Zgharda Kvity’s Contours
Neat & Tangled Landscape Textures

Inspiration Station #09 (closeup)

For the focal image, I used a few stamps from the Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1 stamp set and heat embossed them in black glitter ep and trimmed this panel. I then used Memory Box Rectangle basics dies to die cut a few pieces for the frame, adhered them together and heat embossed it using an embossing powder mix that I made. I then adhered the frame onto the floral embossed panel I created earlier and adhered it on my card.

For the sentiment, I used My Favorite Things #Captions die. I die cut several pieces, adhered them together and heat embossed them with the same embossing powder. I adhered this also to my card.

And that’s my card! Checkout what my sister has made – its a beautiful art journal page featuring some lovely poppies!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Pink Fresh Studio March challenge:

Thanks for stopping by!

#858 – Birthday Bouquet

Hello and welcome! I made a card after looking at some challenges I wanted to join. I’ve been having a bit more free time due to you know what.. but somehow the crafty cogs are not rotating.. I could come up with this card, and then things started to click. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday to You! MFT Stamps

This one came together really quick. I stamped the images from My Favorite Things Buildable Bouquet and Things with Wings on watercolor paper using Adirondack Earthtones Ginger ink, which is a water reactive ink. I then painted it using distress inks. Of course, some of the ink I stamped the images with also blended in, but that’s what I wanted. Anyway, after it dried, I fussy cut the images.

On a panel of white cardstock, I stamped the My Favorite Things Scattered Surface using the same ink and then used water and a flat brush to spread and lift some color off the panel. Once this dried I trimmed one edge of it at an angle and then cut cut it off for a diagonal panel piece.

Happy Birthday to You! MFT Stamps (closeup)

To bring the card together, I foam mounted the diagonal panel, then adhered a die cut piece of Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles. I then adhered the fussy cut pieces on top. For the sentiment, I used a combination of My Favorite Things Alphabets & Numbers by Birdie Brown and Ewe are the Best stamp sets.

I was inspired by the sketch from the MFT Sketch challenge #481. Unfortunately I was just a couple of hours late in submitting to this challenge! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

But I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #42: Anything Goes

Timeout challenge #157: Birthday

AAA Birthday challenge #11: Flowers

MFT The Birthday Project March challenge: Flowers

My Favorite Things - Birthday Project

Watercooler challenge #264: All About Occasions

Thank you for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#857 – A Sympathy Card

Hello and welcome. This time I’ve made a card, that most card-makers would prefer not to make – a sympathy card. I’ve sent it out to a very dear fellow blogger, Monika, who recently lost her young son in an accident. My heart aches for her – what a terrible thing to go though.. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Sharing in Your Sorrow

To make this card, I first used the dies from My Favorite Things Birds of a Feather and Pretty Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, watercolored them and kept them aside to dry. On the card base, I embossed using one of the die cuts from Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then adhered the die cut pieces and then stamped sentiment from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom using MFT Hybrid Black ink.

Sharing in Your Sorrow (closeup)

I hope Monika finds solace soon.

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Inkspirational challenge #208: Designers’ Choice: Animal: Real or Magical

Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Stamplorations March CAS challenge: Anything Goes with optional color twist Light Blue

Perfectly CAS challenge #7: Die Cuts (I’ve used the center of the 3/3 grid)

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #381: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by.

#856 – STB: Touch of Green

PE: Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

SSS - Designer Spotlight Badge

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

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This year, I one of my goals was to improve my watercoloring. I’ve never tried free style coloring – I usually stamp and watercolor. So I am trying to learn it. This challenge was perfect to try painting leaves, so I gave it a go. And after I was satisfied (at least, for the time being) with my attempt, I made a card out of it.

Watercolored Green Leaves

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles, and Gansai Tambi watercolors. I basically was aiming for a shade like Pthalo Green, so its a bluish-green tinge (and not a photo mistake ๐Ÿ˜€ ). This is supposed to be a branch of eucalyptus leaves, but I am not really sure if it is looking as much! But I am sure I liked how the watercoloring itself turned out, so that’s ok, I guess! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Watercolored Green Leaves (closeup)

Once everything dried, I added a few splatters and then once that too dried, I added the sentiment, trying to go for the same ink color as the painting. The stamp set I used is Winnie & Walter In a Word: The Big, the Bold and Party. I then trimmed the piece a bit on the sides, and mounted it on a black card base.

I hope you are inspired by my card!I am joining the following challenges too –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: A Bit of Green

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use some Green

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers March CAS challenge: Use Your Favorite Technique (Mine is watercoloring)

Happy Little Stampers March Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (haven’t used the optional ‘Flowers’)

CrafTangles March challenge: Anything Goes (And I’ve used their watercolor paper)

Monthly Challenges 2020 March

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry! And don’t forget to join the party! ๐Ÿ™‚

#855 – STB: Sentiment as Focal Image

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! There is always the option of Anything Goes as long as your project is birthday themed, but there is also the choice of going with the topping; and the topping this time is ‘Sentiment as Focal Image’, chosen by our team mate Colleen!

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I tried painting with my drawing inks after a long time! In fact, I used one of the same stamp as last time – Neat and Tangled So Good to See You.

For You

I chose colors of blue and purple for the flowers, green and blue for the leaves, then added a few dots of brown, dotted the flower centers with yellow, finally added a few splatters of brown and finished the watercoloring.

For You (closeup)

I then die cut this piece using Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I stamped the sentiment – a mix of The Stamp Market Scripty Sentiments and MFT Anything but Basic Birthday Wishes in black ink and then heat embossed it with clear ep.

I hope you are inspired by my card! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg! And don’t forget to join the party! ๐Ÿ™‚

#854 – STB: Show Me Your White Space

PE: Honorable Mention at Timeout Challenge!

Timeout Challenge - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! For this challenge, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ as long as it’s a birthday theme, but, if want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.ย  This time, the topping, chosen by Barbara is ‘Show Me Your White Space.’

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And what Barbara has mentioned about white space –
“The idea of white space doesnโ€™t refer to a primarily white card (though often, as is the case, but rather, the idea of leaving a significant portion of your design open, free from embellishment, allowing your focal point to truly shine.
(Taken from MFT Summer School 2018)”

Thank you! And so, I haven’t used a white card base!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Birthday to You

I started with a dark blue card stock. I added the scattered gold dots in the background using the dotted stamp from Simon Says Stamp Falling Backgrounds stamp and heat embossing it with chunky gold ep. Since I used chunky ep, I got a splattered effect instead of round dots.

I then stamped the flower from Altenew Persian Motifs and heat embossed it in gold twice, to get some dimension. I also stamped, gold embossed a few pieces of leaves. I then fussy cut all of them.

Happy Birthday to You (closeup)

The stamped piece of the sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday, which I stamped in a mix of inks to end up with a color near to the cardstock’s color.

I also die cut a few pieces of white cardstock scraps usig the MFT Elegant Rectangle and Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ dies. I then colored one of the ‘You’ red using my Zig brush pen. Of the framed diecuts, I trimmed of one end of each diecut. I then adhered all of the pieces.

Finally, I adhered all the pieces together, added a single gold sequin for embellishing…. and there you have it! That’s my card for the challenge, all ready! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am also joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #258: Occasion

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #376: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge #155: Inspired by Words

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!