#821 – Missing You

Hello and welcome! Its been quite some time since I actually made a card in between my DT projects. So I am really happy to have found some time in between to make this one! πŸ™‚

Missing You

I was totally inspired by the card that Aga had made for the latest Altenew Inspiration challenge. I picked a few main elements – like white embossed texture over a grey background, a little pink in the focal floral element and a clean bold sentiment in black.

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For my card, I first stamped the flowers from Altenew Painted Florals stamp set using Versafine Onyx ink, then the coloring layers in shades of grey for the flowers and a darker, subdued shade of green for the leaves. I also water colored a little bit it grey and green using distress inks in the gaps in between the images. Once it dried, I fuzzy cut the trailing side of the image and kept it aside. I also stamped a few more flowers separately, stamped them in pink and bright green and fussy cut them.

Missing You (closeup)

I then used Prima Magnolias stencil and embossing paste over a grey cardstock and let it dry. Once it dried I mounted the previous piece on top. Fro the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love and foam mounted it with the pink flowers.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #341: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Altenew Inspiration Challenge: May Challenge

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

A2Z Scrapbooking May challenge: May Flowers

Challenge Badge May

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: For a Special Lady

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Spring Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#820 – Balloons

Hello and welcome to yet another new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time we have the optional topping of ‘Balloons’, which was chosen by Shirley! So you can join us with a birthday project with balloons in it; but, if not, you are still free to join us with any birthday project at all – your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my card I used a critter scene, with the bunny carrying the balloon. The bunny is almost flown away with it, but it is still trying its best to hold on!!

Balloons and Birthday

I used the following resources to make my card-

Mama Elephant Ella & Friends, In My Heart and My Favorite Things Some Bunny for the critter and other scenic images
Handmade grass stencil
Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words for the sentiment

Balloons and Birthday (closeup)

I hope you are inspired by my project! Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Linda Snodgrass, and join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#819 – Seize the Birthday – Texture

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday 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 Cathy, is ‘Texture’!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

The first thing I thought of, when thinking of texture is embossing. There are a hell lot of techniques involving embossing for texture, but I then thought of making something different – how about trying something visual instead of tactile. And so, I started experimenting on making some wood texture for my cards and here’s what I ended up with –

STB: Texture

What do you think of those wood textures? I absolutely loved making them – and so easy to make too!! πŸ˜€ I started with some pale yellow pieces of cardstock. I then swiped some distress oxide inks and pigment inks in just 2-3 shades over the card stock. Also added a few ovals, to form tree rings. Of course, I used lighter inks for the lighter wood and darker ones for the darker wood (including a little bit of black soot). I then swiped a light color of chalk ink over the whole thing, which helped in blending the colors and also softening the look, which made the paper look more like bark. Left it to dry completely. That’s it!! Wood paper ready to use!!

STB: Texture (card 1)

I trimmed the pieces to size and die cut the flower images out of them using Spellbinders Nordic Blooms dies. I then adhered them over several other die cut pieces. For the lighter wood, I used pattern paper from Recollections Black and White paper pad and for the darker wood, I used a piece of bright orange cardstock. Placing the papers to from a sandwich between the card base and the texture paper, I adhered the papers, swapped the flower die cuts and adhered them too. The sentiment for the darker piece comes from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages and for the lighter one comes from WPlus9 Banner Basics. Didn’t think any more embellishments were needed! πŸ™‚

STB: Texture (card 2)

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

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#818 – Inspiration Station Challenge 03

Hello and welcome to the third Inspiration Station challenge!! This challenge is something my sister and I started, for us to have just another reason to get inspired and create, without the pressure of deadlines or rules. You can check out the what I created for the first and second Inspiration Challenge, if you like!

This time, I chose something from the products of the store Seedlings Cards, which I came across from Paper Crave‘s website. There are plenty of fantastic whimsical card designs on the website, but my sister chose this panel of cards, from which I extracted the color combo.

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I was completely inspired by the colors. I actually wanted to create something whimsical, but in the end, I gave up since I wanted to use this new stamp set I bought – MFT Gill Friends. I didn’t have any fish/sea themed stamps with me until now, and I couldn’t wait to try this!! So, I went with the look of the bottom right card featured in the picture. Sea and fishies..

Hey Gillfriend

I started with the background. Tried out the technique taught by Jennifer McGuire in this post. Adding plenty of watercolors from my Gansai Tambi set, I used some scrunched up plastic cling wrap on it, left it to dry before removing the cling to get this amazing texture.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 1)

For the fish and the underwater plants, I used the same method – I first heat embossed it using white embossing powder, then colored the pieces by blending in distress inks. I then fussy cut the images.

Combining everything – I trimmed the watercolor background, foam mounted it on a white card base. I adhered the water plants directly, but foam mounted the fishies and also the sentiment.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 2)

Hope you liked what I created! Hop on to this link to see what my sister has created – its a fantastic mixed media creation that was made specially for our dear mom!! Am I next on the list, sis?? ;P

Joining the following challenges too –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #337

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Fusion Card Challenge: Tropical Fish

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#817 – Happy Birthday

PE: Top Addict at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

Addicted to Stamps - Winner

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and this time, since we do not have any ‘topping’, its an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge.

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I made this card for my sister’s birthday, which was a couple of days ago –

Happy Birthday (with envelope)

I used the flower bunch image from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set for this. After stamping the images in a light grey ink on watercolor paper, I watercolored them using Prima Watercolor pencils. I then used Zig brush pens for touching up some darker areas, and also adding the lines on the leaves. I used distress inks for coloring the background.

Happy Birthday

I also added a few little splatters of brown on the watercolor piece. Once dried, I also added glitter using a glitter pen over the flowers and a few leaves. I trimmed the piece and adhered it over a white card base. I added a few lines as a frame, using silver and white gel pens.

Happy Birthday (glitter closeup)

The sentiment came from Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas die. I used the same white cardstock for the top, which I stacked over a few pieces of shades of green, going from the darkest green cardstock at the bottom to the lightest on top. I then adhered this to the card. I added some shine on the sentiments as well, using the same glitter pen.

Finally, for embellishing, I added a few sequins – transparent, silver and one with a pearly blueish shine.

Happy Birthday (closeup)

For the envelope, I used the same die and stamp. I stamped the image using shades of pink and purple, and for the die cut, I used a gradient of green, pink and purple, out of which I die cut the letters and adhered over the envelope.

Joining these challenges –

Addicted to Stamps challenge #336: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: No Designer Paper

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Spring Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional ‘Bright’

I hope you are inspired by this card. Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Tenia Nelson! And don’t forget to join the party! πŸ™‚

#816 – Spring Birthday

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The optional topping this time is “Spring”. Just the perfect theme for the weather we are having right now! πŸ™‚

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

The card I made also goes to a very dear friend, and I really hope she likes it! Here it is –

Spring Birthday

I started with a bright white paper, Fabriano Elle Erre Bianco. I had initially thought of using watercolor paper, but since it was a little off-white, I changed it. And since this wasn’t watercolor paper, I used Zig Brush pens for coloring, and then a little bit of distress ink for watercoloring the greens later. Just kept the water minimal, so that the paper wouldn’t warp.

Spring Birthday (closeup)

To start with, I stamped all the images, from Altenew Peony Scrolls, Altenew Golden Garden and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Addies Garden using Versafine Onyx ink. Once this was completely dry, I started coloring them. I also stamped the flowers separately, colored and fussy cut them, to adhere them on top of the piece.

Spring Birthday (with envelope)

The sentiment comes from Reverse Confetti Banner In Bloom. The design on the base cardstock comes from Ranger/Tim Holtz Boundless Flight stamp set – something I have in my stack since God knows when! I am glad to have used this beautiful stamp here to add a bit to the otherwise plain background.

I am also joining the following challenges –

A2Z Scrapbooking March Challenge: Color it In

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Challenge: Spring Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

So, that’s it from me. Stop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration from our talented Party Guest Tenia Nelson and from the rest of our amazing team!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#815 – Welcome Baby!

Hello! I had made this baby card for one of my friends, quite some time ago, when she had her first child…so precious! πŸ™‚

Welcome Little One

A simple, one layered card, using stamping and coloring.. and of course, just a touch of glitter! πŸ˜‰

I used Paper Trey Ink Rustic White for the card base. The sun and the cute elephant are from Happy Little Stampers Whimsical Friends, and the balloon from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, which I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Fanciful Swirl, which is an alphabet stamp set.

Welcome Little One

I colored the images using Faber Castell oil pastels and baby oil. I drew the balloon’s string and the clouds using a black penΒ  and colored them too. Once considerably dry, I added some light glitter using Wink of Stella clear brush pen.

Welcome Little One

For the envelope, I used purple color paper (I would have preferred blue, but I didn’t have the right color) and stamped the same elephant and balloon using Memento Tuxedo Black, along with the sentiment.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Paper Players challenge #433: A Clean and Simple challenge: One Layer Wonder

Timeout Challenge #131: Inspired by Words: Hugs, Kisses and a lot of Birthday Wishes

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CAS on Friday challenge #154: Baby’s

CAS On Sunday - Blog

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