#841 – Seize the Birthday: Touch of Red

Hello and welcome! A new challenge is up on the Seize the Birthday challenge 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 Glenda, is ‘Touch of Red’!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Well, my card has become a ‘color splash’ of Red instead of a ‘touch’ of Red!! 😀

Touch of Red

I used the penguin from Pink & Main Warm Hug, stamps from Neat and Tangled Scandinavian Prints Christmas to stamp the trees, balloons from Purple Onion Designs Baloon Trio. I colored these in gray and red and finally stamped the sentiment – a combination of from Lil Inker Designs Rustic Spring and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Florals.

Touch of Red (closeup)

Hope you liked my one layer card! This is the last challenge for this year, so do remember to join us with your own birthday project! Also check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our talented Surprise Guest Annie and the rest of our talented design team!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#840 – STB: Off the Edge

Hello and welcome! A new challenge is up on the Seize the Birthday challenge 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 JoAnn, is ‘Off the Edge’!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I am not really sure whether my card completely classifies as an ‘off the edge’ card. My idea was perfect, but the execution..lets just say I slipped a bit. 😉

Off the Edge (1)

My idea was to partially die cut and partially emboss the leaves using the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves die, so that the die cut side falls ‘off the edge’ of the card. What happened is that the leaves turned out to be the center piece, as I accidentally concentrated more on ‘getting it done right’ than getting it ‘off the edge’! 😉

Off the Edge (2)

I first used Lucky Clover and Twisted Citron distress oxide inks to blend in some shades of green on a piece of cardstock. I also sprinkled some water and took off some of the ink to get a splattered effect.

I then used pieces of scrap cardstock which were big enough to cover the entire die and outlined the center of the leaves, trimmed each of them, adhered them together. This would be my replacement to the cutting place in my die cutting machine, since I wanted a partial cutting done. Once I finished die cutting, I used the actual cutting plate and embossing mat to emboss the rest of the piece. I also trimmed off anything I thought I didn’t need in the card.

Off the Edge (3)

To make this card, I adhered two pieces of cardstock to get a tri-fold card. I then traced out the partially die cut piece on top and trimmed it off, and then adhered my partially die cut leafy piece on top, and trimmed off the excess from the sides. For embellishing, I used a clear glitter pen on the embossed lines of the leaves. Finally, I also added an additional layer of die cut vellum.

For the flowers, I cut out multiple pieces from white cardstock using Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers dies, then stuck two pieces together for the flowers. I then adhered these on the card and added a pearl on each flower’s center for embellishing.

Off the Edge (4)

For the sentiment, I used My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes and stamped it using gray ink, trimmed it and using a strip of foam, adhered it only to one side of the card.

Hope my card inspires you! Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our talented Surprise Guest Annie and the rest of our talented design team! And, of course, join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#837 – Birthday Candles

Hello! Time for a new challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge. The topping for the new challenge, given by Colleen, is ‘Candles’. Of course, the topping is optional, and as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Frankly, I was a little lost on this. I had a lot of ideas, but nothing was actually coming to fruition. Finally I made this – I am not completely happy, but not completely dissatisfied either. So, here it is –

Birthday Candles

I made the background by sponging some distress oxide inks and then splattered water, dried it, then splattered Picket Fence distress paint on it, then dried it again. I then die cut the panel using MFT Blueprints 27 and foam mounted it on a white card base.

Birthday Candles (closeup)

The candles come from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes, which I stamped and then fussy cut. Come to think of it, I never added the candles’ wicks!! Anyway, I foam mounted these on the card. The sentiment is two part – the die cut is from Memory Box Birthday Script, which I cut 4 pieces of and stacked, and the stamp is from Altenew Adore You. Finally I added some sequins as embellishments.

Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from our talented Surprise Guest Annie! And, of course, join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#836 – Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The challenge is all about making birthday projects, and you can choose to go with the topping, or, since it is optional, you can also go without it. This time, we have a new topping, ‘For Kids’, selected by Lindsey.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish

I started with making the background, or the water for the fishes. I used two pieces of watercolor paper, applied the watercolors and left it to dry. Once dry, I used MFT Ocean Waves die to cut out pieces of the waves. For adhering these waves, I added foam tape on the tip of the waves and glued the bottom of the waves directly to the white card base.

Meanwhile, I stamped the fish and the water plants from the MFT Gill Friends using a light grey ink and then used Polychromos pencils for coloring the them. I then fussy cut them. On the card, I used foam tape on some and directly adhered the others.

Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die cut a mint colored cardstock using Winnie & Walter’s Sketchy Thoughts and then stamped the sentiment, from MFT Gill Friends. I foam mounted this on the card base. And that’s my card!

Hope you are inspired! Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest Annie and our wonderful design team! If making a kids’ card isn’t in your agenda, you are always welcome to make any kind of birthday project and join us!

#834 – STB: Adding Geometric Shapes

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

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Going with the topping again, this is what I made this time –

Geometry

Double cards using the same stamp! I got this handsome background stamp from The Stamp Market called Diamond Tile.. and I soooo wanted to use it for so long!! I wanted to do watercoloring on these squares. While trying out different colors and different ways to use the background, I finalized on these two pieces and decided to make cards using them.

Geometry (card 1)

For the first one, I gold heat embossed the background. Then, I used my Gansai Tambi paints to color in. The coloring is not exactly as solid as I would have liked, but I let it be, for unique texture! 😉 I gold heat embossed it again. This time, since the paint wasn’t completely dry, I got a few spots of gold on other sections too, but I let it be – I liked that look too! 😉

Geometry (card 1 closeup)

Once it dried, I used Spellbinders Label 24 die to cut a panel for the sentiment from kraft cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Flower sparks using Versamark Watermark ink and then gold heat embossed it. I then blended in some Gathered Twigs distress ink in the center and sides, for some added texture.

I then foam mounted the watercolor panel on a kraft card base, and then foam mounted the sentiment piece on top. For embellishing, I added some gold sequins.

Geometry (card 2)

For the second piece, I used a very light grey ink to stamp the image on a watercolor paper piece and then watercolored it. I then die cut this using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and foam mounted it on a white cardbase.

On top of this, I used a couple of sprigs using dies from Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. For the sentiment, I used sentiment stamps Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs, and die cuts from Neat & Tangled Journaling Alpha, which I watercolored in grey and stacked with a few more die cuts. I then foam mounted the whole thing on top of the watercolored panel. I also used a few gemstones for embellishing.

Geometry (card 2 closeup)

I hope you are inspired by my cards! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Annie! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

#833 – Seize the Birthday: Its just a Number!

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Its just a Number’, which is given to us by Colleen. Of course, as usual, you are free to ignore the topping and join the fun with any Birthday project.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I, of course, went with topping, and here’s what I made –

STB: Its Just a Number

After a long time, I turned back to my favorite technique and had some relaxed time watercoloring. Didn’t last too long though – I think I completed this, quite unexpectedly, within an hour!

Anyway, I stamped the images from Waffle Flower Enveloper Birthday and Enveloper Little Birdie on watercolor paper using Distress Ink Antique Linen and then used Gansai Tambi watercolors for coloring.

Once it dried, I masked off the girl, then added a few splatters. I trimmed this to size and kept it aside.

STB: Its Just a Number (closeup)

While I had a basic idea of what I wanted, didn’t think too much about it before the watercoloring and I was stuck on which sentiment to use and how and where for quite some time, until I came across this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes. I stamped it in vellum, trimmed the piece and after folding the top half of it, tucked it on top of the watercolor panel and then foam mounted it on top of a grey cardbase.

I hope it serves as an inspiration to you! I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional ‘Tropical’ (I haven’t gone with the optional)

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Anything Goes

Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Stamp It

SSS - Monday Challenge

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#832 – Interlocking Gatefold Card

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge! This time, we have the topping given to us by Glenda as ‘Square card’. The topping is optional, so you can choose to just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

Happy Birthday Papa

I tried making something different since this was also a card for my Papa! And so, made a Interlocking Gatefold card (wonderful tutorial by Jennifer McGuire!).

I started with a 12×12 white cardstock, which I trimmed in half, then scored at 3″ and 9″. To keep the card folded, while stamping, I then folded the sides by first adding a masking tape in the center. Then, I stamped all my images using a dark grey ink and then stamped the rest of the layers excepting the solid layer.

For some additional bling, I added some clear sparkle embossing powder, in the center of the flowers.For some additional bling, I added some clear sparkle embossing powder, in the center of the flowers.

Happy Birthday Papa (Interlocking Gatefold)

Keeping this aside, I used Memory Box Rectangle Basics and cut out the frame and the panel for the sentiment, using silver mirror cardstock and white cardstock. I also cut out three more pieces of same. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 in Versamark Watermark ink and heat embossed them three times in silver. I then adhered the layers all together, and then adhered half of the pieces to opposite sides of the card.

Happy Birthday Papa (closeup 1)

I made the envelope using patterned paper, on which I stamped ‘Dear Papa Its Your Birthday’ using MFT Birdie Brown’s Alphabets and Numbers black ink, which I’ve not shown in any of the images :P.

Happy Birthday Papa (closeup 2)

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #356: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Celebrate

SSS - Work It Wednesday

For additional inspiration, checkout the Seize the Birthday blog. You’ll find lot more creativity! Also joining us the last time is our Surprise Party Guest, Su Mohr!

And thank you so much for stopping by!