#994 – Spring Birds

PE: Honorable Mention at As You See It challenge!

As You See It - Honorable Mention

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge winner!

Tic Tac Toe - Winner

Hello and welcome! This is another card I made in my free time, and this one is watercolored. Had a fun time creating this! πŸ™‚

Sorry for the bad picture – bad lighting and camera I used for so long stopped working – and I had to adjust.

So anyway, I used My Favorite Things Spring Songbird, stamped it in Adirondack Ginger ink, which reacts to water. I used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color it, and added branches to make it look like the birds are on trees.

Finally, I trimmed the piece, then mounted it on a blue card base cut out to the size fit for mini slimline card. The sentiment I used on the piece is from Neat & Tangled Scandinavian Print stamp set.

I am joining these challenges with my card –

My Favorite Things Sketch challenge #585

As You See It challenge #270: Spring is in the Air

Tic Tac Toe challenge #153: I’ve chosen Bird – Coloring – Flowers

My Favorite Things Slimline March challenge: Spring Scenes

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#993 – Your Radiate Kindness

PE: Retro Rubber Challenge Top Pick!!

Retro Rubber Challenge - Top Pick

Color Hues Runner Up!!

Color Hues - Runner Up

Hello and welcome! I made time for myself to make a card for other than my DT duties. Its been such a long time, I had a real great time! πŸ™‚ And here’s what I made –

I was inspired by the colors in the Color Hues challenge. I used a stamp set that I’ve not used for such a long time – Altenew Dodecagram. I think this is one of the stamp sets which shines more when used with a lovely color combination – which is something I am interested in now-a-days – color theory.

So anyway, I just took out the solid stamps from this set, and stamped the whole panel using my Misti. The sentiment comes from Concord & 9th Sunshine Turnabout, which I stamped in black, then brushed the white cardstock with the same teal ink as I stamped the background with and fussy cut. I then die cut a frame using Waffle Flower Nesting Squares dies and colored it black and mounted both the sentiment and frame using foam tape.

And that’s my card! I love how dramatic that background looks. I am inspired!! πŸ˜€

Joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Favorite Things (Stamping and Colors)

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber challenge #178: Anything Goes (Altenew Dodecagram was released in 2017)

Color Hues challenge #37

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#990 – Color Hues – Support for Ukraine

PE: Addicted to Stamps and More Honorable Addict!

Addicted to Stamps - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Today is a special post, where members of the Seize the Birthday DT are joining the sister challenge, Color Hues challenge to show support for Ukraine. It’s heart wrenching to see people suffer because of some completely unreasonable people. I don’t have words to express the frustration, the helplessness, the fear. I hope these people are able to return to their lives soon, they deserve peace and simple everyday as much as rest of us. Prayers!

In the challenge this time, the Color Hues team has added an option to make a card in the challenge colors and/or to make a card using the Ukraine flag colors of Blue and Yellow. Of course, since we are making our cards in blue and yellow.

So, here’s the card I made –

I knew what I would make as soon as saw the colors. I thought of using an embossed background in blue and flowers in yellow.

I first made the background using Itsy Bitsy Leaves embossing folder on Navy cardstock. Before running it through, I inked the flatter side of the inside with Memento Tuxedo black ink – now my ink pad was a little dry, so it wouldn’t give a perfect black, but instead darken the cardstock a bit. Exactly what I wanted!

I then adhered this on a bright yellow cardbase, along with a strip of the same cardstock on one edge. Next, I made a distress ink panel to die cut the flowers from. I used a few shades of yellow ink to create an ink-splotched panel and die cut the flowers using Simon Says Stamp Crocus Flowers. I also die cut a few more panels from scrap yellow cardstock to adhere behind the main piece to get some dimension. I then adhered this on the card and also added few gold sequins to embellish. Finally, I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Concord & 9th Lots to Say, trimmed it and adhered it on the card as well.

I’m joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #424: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

Do join the Color Hues challenge. You can take up the original set of colors (Green and Gold) or show your support for Ukraine and choose to go with blue and yellow.

Thank you very much for stopping by.

#987 – Guest Designer at Timeout challenge!!

Hello and welcome!! I am so so thrilled to be over at Timeout challenge as the Guest Designer this time!!

This time we are CASE-ing one of the cards that the incredible talented Michele Ferguson has created. This challenge is also sponsored by STAMPlorations. Winner gets $25 in store credit and an offer to Guest Design with Timeout challenge for a future challenge! So don’t forget to join the challenge!!

Before going to what I made, here’s a closeup at Michele’s card –

Isn’t it gorgeous? Lovely shades of pink surrounding a beautiful heart. The CAS look, even when using so many die cuts! Love it!!

Here’s my CASE of her gorgeous card –

I picked the following from Michele’s card: the shades of pink and leaf die cuts, the center heart, the sentiment.

I used Simon Says Stamp Eucalyptus Leaves die to die cut multiple pieces from white cardstock and a few more from scrap cardstock. I then adhered one from each group to the adhere to get some dimension. After they dried, I sponged pink tones of distress inks on them, misted them with water, then added splatters of darker color on top. A lot of splatters. The splatters weren’t staying there because of the indentations the dies had, but a lot of splatters did the job. Well, once they dried, I adhered them on the card base.

I then added the heart – two layers of two die cuts using Winnie & Walter True Dotty Heart, topped with the ‘XO’ die cut using Winnie & Walter Typecast Cary Letters. I water-colored the letters using distress inks before adhering it on the card.

And that’s my CASE of Michele’s card. I thoroughly enjoyed making this one!!

Thank you so much to the Timeout challenge team for having me over!! Do stop by the Timeout challenge blog to checkout all the different wonderful ways Michele’s card has been CASE’d by the team!

And thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#986 – Sparkle and Shine

Hello and welcome! Time for a new Seize the Birthday challenge and this time, the topping chosen by Cathy this time is ‘Sparkle and Shine‘. Every challenge is also always ‘Anything Goes‘ and the Topping is included for extra fun.Β It’s not an absolute need to include the topping on your birthday card.

And here’s what I made –

There are multiple ways of adding sparkle and shine to a card, including sparkling embossing powder, perfect pearls, or some watercoloring with mica pigments. But this time I went for something that I really love, but have so less of a chance to use – shiny acrylic paints. These paints are from Prima, and I absolutely love the sparkle and shine in them. They even blend really well, which makes using multiple colors a real child’s play.

For this particular card, I started with 3 shades of paint – two shades of pink and a champagne. I brushed the colors, firstly going horizontally and then vertically towards the end to create a well blended panel. Leaving it to dry, I die cut the rest of the pieces I needed for the card – Pink Fresh Studio Floral Squares and a sentiment from My Favorite Things Captions. I cut these from white cardstock and then a few more from scrap cardstock. I adhered these together for dimension.

The paint was dry by then, and I thought embossing would make it look particularly good, since that would also add the factor of light and shadow. I used one of the We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folders to emboss the panel – and wow!! I love that look (I had created a card with similar effect here) I trimmed the panel a bit so that the white of the card base below would also show up. I then adhered the die cuts and the stamped sentiment stripes – the sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words – using glue and a few strips of cardstock under the sentiment strips.

Once assembled, I felt that there was too much of white – so I used foil adhered over cardstock to die cut additional pieces of the flower and the ‘#’ and adhered them on top. And that finished my card! πŸ™‚

I’m joining these challenges with this card –

The Paper Players challenge #576: Tic Tac Toe (I chose mid row CAS-Flower-Birthday)

Timeout challenge #206: Friend Quote

Just Add Ink challenge #589: Just Add ‘Minimalist’

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Use an Embossing Folder

SSS - Monday Challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more lovely shades of blues and greys from our wonderful DT and our lovely Surprise Party Guest, Vicky Hayes!

Thank you so much for stopping by!