#876 – Anniversary Card

Hello and welcome! Today I have a card I made for my parents’ anniversary..which was more than a couple of months ago. Yeah..I forgot to write about it. But I finally remembered! So, here it is!

Happy Anniversary

The lovely sunflowers are from Right at Home, a stamp set called ‘Sunflowers’. The leaves from that stamp set, however, I found to be a little smaller than I wanted, so I borrowed them from Altenew’s Beautiful Day and Peony Bouquet stamp sets. I stamped all the images I wanted and they fussy cut them.

Happy Anniversary (closeup 1)

For the background, I used alcohol inks in shades of blue, yellow and green, trimmed it and mounted it on a dark green cardstock. I also added a strip of gold foil cardstock on either edge. Finally came the sunflowers themselves.

Then came the sentiment. I wanted some dimension and sparkle on the them, so on the ‘Happy’ die cut, which is from Neat & Tangled Happy Holidays die, I stacked a few of them, heat embossed them in white first, adding a few layers of the powder to get them the nice round look. I then inked only the lower half and this time added gold embossing powder, using the heat gun to both melt and move the powder a little bit to mingle the colors in the middle. The ‘anniversary’ came from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint stamp set, which I heat embossed in gold, trimmed and foam mounted on the card. The die, I adhered only beneath the ‘y’ and the ‘h’, to keep the rest of it floating.

Happy Anniversary (closeup 2)

To add some extra glimmer, I also added a few dots of gold embossing on the center of the flowers and also applied some Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold, to give it some golden glittery shine. And that’s done!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #279: All About Occasions challenge by Helen

The Flower challenge #46: Summer/Winter

Virginia’s July Show and Share challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

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#873 – Birthday Wishes

Hello and welcome! We’re back with another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by our leader Nancy, is ‘Watercoloring’. Now, that’s my favorite!! 😀


I made this card for a dear crafting friend, who had her birthday a quite a while ago. But I wasn’t able to send her the card due to the lockdown… Hope to send it out soon!

Spring Birthday Wishes

I wanted to make this a spring themed one….Doesn’t look very springy? I had initially though of adding some nice bright colors, but then thought – hey, that’s what I always do! So, I thought of reducing the brightness a notch by choosing some darker colors. Adding a bit of grey-green around the image reduced the brightness a notch more. I should admit it was a notch more than I wanted, but I did like the overall effect. Its kinda like taking a vignette photo of those spring flowers! 😉

So here’s how I made it. I started by stamping the florals from Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers stamp sets in a light grey color. I used the watercolor paper from CrafTangles. I then water colored these using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once dry, I added a lot of splatters of black, brown and white. Setting this aside, I set to work on the rest of the card.

Spring Birthday Wishes (closeup)

For the background, I used a brown cardstock. I used the leaf stamps from the same two sets and using Platinum ep to heat emboss them. I also added the least bit of brown color on all the edges, by gently blending them into the cardstock.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of ‘Wishes’ from the My Favorite Things Best Wishes die, adhered them together and then heat embossed them with the same Platinum ep. I also white heat embossed the ‘Birthday’ from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set. I then trimmed the piece to size.

To assemble, I fuzzy cut one side of the watercolored piece, and trimmed it on the other sides, and then foam mounted it on the kraft card base. I then adhered the sentiment pieces on top, with the black piece getting foam mounted too. And that finished my card!

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

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#863 – Birthday Wishes!

PE: Designer’s choice at Tic-Tac-Toe challenge!

Tic Tac Toe - Winner

Hello and welcome! My sister’s birthday came around a month ago and I had made this card for her –

Happy Birthday Sis!

Since I usually make some florals, I thought of going for critters this time. And with a window too (since I wasn’t completely happy with my last attempt of having a window card with critters in it).

So the first thing I did was stamp all the critters and watercolor them.
I used stamps from:
My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes
My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes
My Favorite Things Piggy Pebbles
My Favorite Things Scene Builder
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits
I used watercolor paper from CrafTangles. After doing some no-line water-coloring using colors from Zig Brush markers, I added some accents to a few potions, like the cake and the party accessories and the balloons using sparkly colored gel pens or clear sparkle pen. Finally, I fussy cut all the images out.

Happy Birthday Sis! (closeup)

Next to the card base. I first masked off a portion for the ground and then blended in the blue lightly and then used the Mudra Brick brick stencil on top to add more color. I used some makeup brushes, which I newly bought – and oh, wow, do I love them! I’ve never achieved such lovely blending! For the ground, I blended in the grey and then added some lines using a grey marker to indicate wooden flooring.

I used a single die from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to die cut the three windows.

Happy Birthday Sis! (inside)

The inside of the card is more water-coloring, for which I used a separate watercolor panel. This time, I used distress inks. Also, the wooden porch where the darling piggy is standing is brown shaded and another piece. Both the water-colored background and the porch are adhered directly on top of the inside of the card.

Finally, I heat embossed the sentiments, from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday, both inside and outside the card, using white ep. Finally, I adhered all he fussy cut critters on top, along with the cake and decorations.

And that’s my card for my sister!

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Addicted to Stamps challenge #387: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #269: Anything Goes

Hndmd/CrafTangles May challenge: Anything Goes

craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Emboss

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #62 (bottom row, clouds-animals-layers)

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#861 – STB: Spring Fling

PE: Watercooler Rocker at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Just Add Ink Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by Lindsey, is ‘Spring Fling’.


Checkout what I made –

Happy Birthday to You (1)

I started with watercolor paper from CrafTangles. On this I stamped the large flower cluster image from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set in Adirondack Earthtones Ginger ink. This is a watercolor reactive ink, and I’ve used it before with watercoloring (see this card). I loved the effects then and decided to use it again. For watercoloring I used Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Once dried, I used Uniball Posca white pen to add dots to the flower center, then added black dots using a black fine liner on top of them. I also used the same fine liner to draw lines to the dots, completing the stamens. I also added a few strokes of clear glitter gel pen on the flowers and leaves. This is the only embellishing I did on the card (other than the gold foil, of course!)

Happy Birthday to You (2)

Once done, I trimmed the watercolor panel, fussy cutting it on one edge completely, and partially on the other edges, to give it a partial rectangle shape.

For the card base, I chose a light brown cardstock. I trimmed the front panel of the card base a bit shorter, so that it is mostly hidden behind the watercolor flowers. Before adhering the flowers, I trimmed a strip of gold foil cardstock and adhered it on the card base. Once I had adhered the watercolor panel, I folded the card and also adhered another strip of gold foil cardstock on the inside panel of the card.

Happy Birthday to You (3)

For the sentiment, I stamped ‘happy birthday to’ from Reverse Confetti All About You stamp set in Versafine Onyx black ink. The ‘you’ is die cut using Altenew Simple Alpha. I die cut a few pieces of the same brown cardstock and a single set of gold foil cardstock. I then stacked them adhered it on the card.

And that finished my card!

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #266: All About Occasions

Just Add Ink challenge #500: Just Add a Die-cut Word

Inkspirational challenge #210: Spring

The Flower Challenge #43: Spring/Autumn

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

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#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.. 😦

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

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