#817 – Happy Birthday

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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™‚

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#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™‚

#806 – Happy New Year!!

Hello and welcome!! Its going to be the new year in a few more hours, and so… wish everyone a very happy and prosperous new year!! πŸ™‚

Of course, this also calls for some cards! The newest installment of the new year cards – the cards I made for my family this year –

Happy New Year (All Cards)

As always, I used the same concept on all of them. This time, though, I had no idea how to start or where to proceed, so I am really glad they came out well! I initially thought of making something interactive or even a shadow box, but all of that went to the dumps. I ended up with just a folded card – with florals…florals always!! πŸ˜‰ I used white and ivory cardstocks for two cards each. Most of the floral images come from Altenew. The ‘happy’ die cut is from Mama Elephant cut out from cardstock with gold foil and the rest of the stamped sentiment is from the same company’s Calli Letters.

Of course, the envelopes also need to be handmade! I used the same design as the background I had used on the cards. I swapped the die cut to a colorful one, using the rest of the sentiment as is.

Happy New Year (Card 1)

On the first card, I used a combination of Altenew’s Garden Treasure and Peony Bouquet stamps. The background pattern is using Lil Inker Design’s Really Rosemaling.

Happy New Year (Card 2)

On the second card, I used, once again, Altenew’s Garden Treasure and Peony Bouquet with leaves from Beautiful Day. The background is a stencil from The Crafters Workshop, called Mini Solace.

Happy New Year (Card 3)

On the third one, I used Altenew Build a Flower: Rose and Vintage Flowers. The background is Waffle Flowers Layered Marble.

Happy New Year (Card 4)

And on this last one, I used Altenew Bride-to-be and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victorias Very Merry Flowers. The background uses the stencil from The Crafters Workshop called Mini Garden Gate, which I used twice for two colors, overlaying for the second color to get that illusion like effect.

Happy New Year (Inside the Card)

And here’s how the card opens up..and where I’ve written out the message.

With these cards I am joining the following challenges –

Timeout challenge #125: Inspired by words

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Try Something New (the Z-fold cards are new to me)

SSS - Work It Wednesday

I hope you liked the cards as much as my family did (yes, I’ve already given it to them, as they will be going on a trip tonight)! If you would like to checkout what I had created for the last few years, check them out here – 2018, 2017 and 2016.

Thank you so much for stopping by!! πŸ™‚

#805 – Diwali Cards

Hello!! Writing a post after such a long time feels weird! A few of my previous posts were all DT posts, which were scheduled, so its actually been more than 2 months since I wrote a post!

Here are the Diwali cards I made for my family this year. Mostly white, with die cuts and embossing being the highlights.

Happy Diwali (a)

I used ivory cardstock for the base, but the entire thing is covered by a layer of textured paper. Over that comes a layer of embossed vellum. I used Spellbinders Paisley embossing folder for this. I also used my gold and silver gel pens to draw a border along the vellum piece.

The ‘Diya’ is a die from Rangajali, called Ornamental Diya. I stacked these and heat embossed them in two different colors. Next came the die cut sentiment, from Altenew Inline Alpha, for which I used the same colors for embossing. The ‘wishes’ is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Party. Matching sequins and rhinestones/pearls are used for embellishing

For the envelope, I used Impression Obsession Paisley stamp, topped with the sentiment, which I die cut using the textured paper, and adhered it over another piece of die cut cardstock, for additional strength.

Happy Diwali (b)

For the first card, I used Verdigris embossing powder with copper embossing sprinkled here and there.

Happy Diwali (d)

For the next card, I used copper embossingΒ  with the addition of clear sparkle embossing powder on top. The one I have is not exactly clear, but on certain surfaces gives off a tinge of blue. That’s what happened here.

Happy Diwali (c)

Next, I used Rose Gold embosing powder, topped with the same clear sparkle embossing. (See how there’s no trace of blue here!)

Happy Diwali (e)

Here I used black sparkle embossing powder with silver pearl embossing powder on top. This gave off a translucent icy feeling.. quite different from what I was expecting, but still pretty cool! πŸ™‚

Happy Diwali (f)

I absolutely loved the elegance of that diya die. So very preety! And all the paisley gave off a nice traditional touch for me. And since I was creating these cards without any clear idea where I was going at all, I am pretty glad it turned out well. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#800 – Happy Birthday Papa!

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday, and this time, the cake comes without toppings again! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This card is actually the first card I had made for my Papa’s birthday, 3 months ago.. but I ended up changing the card, and ended up giving another card to him. Since this was still pending publishing, I decided to post it now. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday to You

I started with a watercolor panel of 9″x4.25″ and stamped the pretty images from Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1 stamp set. I used my MISTI and used the same stamping position to stamp two corners. I used Versafine black ink for stamping.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 1)

After this dried, I watercolored the panel using Zig Brush pens. I used the pens to scribble some ink on clear plastic panel and used a brush to pick up color and do some watercoloring. I think I added atleast 3 layers of color on all of the images, and even the background.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 2)

Once done, I heat embossed the sentiment, which are from Reverse Confetti All About You and Honey Bee Stamps Hand Lettered Alpha, using black glitter embossing powder. I embossed twice on the ‘YOU’ and also added Glossy Accents on it to get some extra dimension. I then adhered this to a white card base. I also added Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops on some flower centers and here and there on the card.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 3)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Favorite Stamping Technique with Celebration/Birthday theme

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Timeout challenge #120: Colorful

Happy Little Stampers October Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

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

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#790 – You Are Amazing

Hello! I made this card to send to a dear crafting friend, Sandie and now that it has long since reached her, I am sharing it! Such a charming lady filled with drive – that’s what I felt after just a few mail exchanges. And I made this card to suite that feeling I had.

I tried to make it a bright card, so, tried making it with lots of flower/leaf layering.. and I am quite happy with how it has turned out! … and I hope she liked it too!! πŸ™‚

You Are Amazing

I kept the images ready by stamping them with distress inks, misted with water. The flowers and leaves are all from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers. I had shared another card which used the leftovers from this project earlier here.

You Are Amazing (closeup 1)

Once I decided how to arrange the florals, I proceeded to the base… which took a long time.. a very long time. In the end, I die cut the pieces using Lil Inker Designs Pointelle die and used distress paints Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass. I like how the texture and mix of color makes it look like wood, but still will carry some shine with it. Once dried, I adhered it directly over the card base, then adhered the flowers on it.

You Are Amazing (closeup 2)

For the sentiment, I used stacked up die cut pieces, which I die cut using Altenew Inline Alpha dies. The other part of the sentiment is from Avery Elle Laurels, which I heat embossed with two layers of copper embossing and one layer of clear sparkle embossing.

And extravagant card in the end..

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge with Heather H: Anything Goes (and this is the color palette I chose)

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Inspired By Challenge: Rustic Summer

Calling All Sisters challenge #16

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Stamplorations Summer Theme & Sketch challenge

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Addicted to Stamps and More challenge 307: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon! πŸ™‚

#764 – Happy Birthday, Ma

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, and this time, the cake doesn’t have any toppings! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my DT card… or rather.. I wasn’t thinking of STB when I was making this card.. I was thinking of my Ma, and if she would like it, since it was for her birthday!! πŸ˜‰

Happy Birthday Ma (with envelope)

I used the images from Altnew Peony Bouquet. Simple stamping, nothing special. Once I was done stamping the images, I used another stamp set to add the tiny black dots/circles – Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus. I also added more dots using some metallic gel pens.

While stamping, I made sure to leave some white space where I would eventually add the sentiment.

Happy Birthday Ma (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die cut several pieces using Altenew Bold Alphabet dies. For the topmost layer, before removing the pieces, I masked off a portion of the cardstock, blended in the same lightest ink I had used for the flowers. After removing the mask, I used a gold gel pen to add a single straight line, right at the edge of the blending. Finally, I stacked all the pieces, then adhered it on the cardbase. The stamped portion of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Happy stamp set.

Happy Birthday Ma

I have some cardstock which seemed too thin to me to make cards from. I instead used them for my envelope. I used the same stamps, and dies, this time choosing colors which are closer to the color of the envelope. This made the envelope a lot closer to the design of the card. πŸ™‚

I know for sure that my Ma liked the card, since her birthday is long over! And I hope you liked it too!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #21: One from the Previous Challenge (I chose Challenge #11: Focus on Background Stamping)

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Global Design Project challenge #143: Theme challenge: Live it, Love it, Share it

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bright & Cheerful

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚