#947 – Warm Sunset Scene

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and we have new Topping to play with. Every challenge is always Anything Goes and a special Topping is included for extra fun. Basically, it’s not required to include the topping on your birthday card, so you can have all the fun you want!

The Topping this time, chosen by Lindsey is ‘Nautical‘.

And here’s what I made –

This card is heavily influence by these cards by Yana Smakula. I mean, what spectacular creations!! Since I didn’t own the Waves background stamp set from SSS that Yana used to make her card, I thought of making my own waves. I mean, its just wavy lines, how difficult could that be?!

So I started by drawing out by curvy waves using a pencil, making sure to mark out the horizon and the line where the beach would be. I then drew over them using a black marker, making the horizon and beach lines a little thicker than the others. I then cut these out into a few pieces, cutting along the wavy lines, so I could color them individually.

For coloring the pieces I used distress inks with my gelli plate. Love this tool for quick coloring! I love how I could easily get the depth and bright colors on the cardstock without any much hard work. 🙂 Once I was done coloring, I adhered the pieces together using a black cardstock for the base. This, along with coloring the edge of each piece with the same black marker, both helped me cover any space that I might have left out while adhering the pieces together.

Next, I came to the ship – which is from the Sailmates stamp set from Neat & Tangled. In fact, I chose this card design since the ship had such a thick outline – it would match the thick wave lines perfectly! So anyway, I stamped the ship and colored it using Zig Brush Markers. I then fussy cut it and adhered it on the card. And those little birds – I drew them on some scrap cardstock and fussy cut them out, colored them in black and then adhered them over the sun. Finally the sentiment, from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages – I heat embossed it in white over black card stock, cut it out and then foam mounted it over my card. And that’s it!

IRL, this piece looks dimensional, with the different colors and the wavy lines! Love that effect! 🙂

Stop over the Seize the Birthday blog, where we have our new Surprise Party Guest Melanie Hungerford and the rest of our fun DT giving you more inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#942 – Seize the Birthday: Wheels

PE: Top Pick at the Retro Rubber challenge!

Retro Rubber Challenge - Top Pick

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and we have a new Topping this time, given to us by Shirley, “Wheels“. As always you may enter any birthday themed projects into our gallery if you don’t want to take the Toppings option.

And here’s what I made –

I started with that cuddly bear and cute butterfly from Waffle Flower Happy Day, stamped it in VersaFine Onyx ink and then colored it using Zig Brush marker pens.I didn’t spend time on blending colors or making it look smooth, since I wanted to experiment with a rough colored look. Of course, since I am so used to blending, this isn’t as ‘rough’ as I would like! 😀

So, after I trimmed it, I used a couple of scrap cardstock and adhered it behind the piece, to provide support, since the cardstock wasn’t strong enough in some of the thinner places. Same with the butterfly.

For the background, I used Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie, stamped it in a single blue ink. The stamp wasn’t long enough to cover the card, so I stamped it again from the other side. I didn’t do any masking, since the space between would be covered up by the bear.

I then stamped the sentiment, a combination of two Honey Bee Stamps Pearfect Sentiments and Sentiment Builder.

For a base for the bear to ride his bicycle on, I cut out a piece of the same cardstock and die cut the top using My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass die. Before foam mounting this on the card, I added a strip of grid-like washi tape on the base of the card. I then adhered the butterfly and the bear, adding foam tape to support the top of his body.

And that finished my card! And I’m also joining the following challenges –

Allsorts challenge #625: Anything with Happy Bright and Sunny Colours. They are also celebrating their 12th Birthday!! Congrats!!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #316: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber challenge #159: Anything Goes (The Waffle Flower Happy Day stamp set was released Spring 2017)

RRCB 159

Addicted to Stamps and More #406: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

You can get more details about the challenge and extra inspiration from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda, at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Take a look, be inspired, and play along!

And thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#939 – An Experiment of a Bouquet

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and this time, the topping chosen by Colleen is ‘Make it a Bouquet‘. Of course, every challenge is always Anything Goes and so, it’s not required to include the topping on your birthday project.

And this is what I made…well attempted is more like it… –

I wanted to try my hand at making a bouquet myself for two reasons – to continue my watercoloring attempts.. and more importantly, I didn’t have a proper ‘bouquet’ stamp with me! Of course, I could always use a stamp set which had a bunch of flowers, or create that bouquet using multiple flower stamps.. but.. Yeah, no.. I thought I would ‘experiment’. 😉

I did, however, start with stamping. Although there’s not a single spot left of the stamp in the final image! I started with stamping using Stampendous Blossom Spray stamp. I used my MISTI and distress inks, misted a bit of water before stamping on Hndmd watercolor paper. I used pink for the flowers and greens for the leaves while stamping. I did also take the stamp out of the MISTI and stamp a few more flowers and leaves around the initial stamped image, to ‘fill in’ the bouquet more, and give it a ‘wild’ kind of image. Once done, I started watercoloring using distress inks.

And yeah… it looks like an impressionist painting, to put it mildly, because nothing is actually well defined there – you can make out the leaves and some branches of leaves.. but the flowers.. sigh! I do need to work on that.. 😦 But the overall effect isn’t that bad, so went ahead with it.

For the frame,I die cut a few pieces of Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles using white cardstock, then cut the inside using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle to make it a bit more fancier. I then adhered the pieces together and foam mounted this on a white card base. I then trimmed the watercolored panel to make it quite smaller to ensure it fits inside the frame and then foam mounted that inside the frame. Finally came the sentiment, from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers stamp set. I think the finished card made me like the watercolor a bit more! 🙂

And that finished my card! Do join us at the Seize the Birthday challenge. You can check out the blog for more wonderful inspiration from our design team and our Surprise Party Guest Lynda as well!

Thank you so much!

#935 – Furry Friends

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and the Topping for this time, chosen by Cathy is ‘Furry Friends‘. The topping is optional though, and as such, as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

I really hope Cathy didn’t mean to have ‘friends’ in this image.. if so, I have only followed the ‘furry’ part of the challenge! You don’t get any fur-rier than bunnies!! ;D

I chose this image from WPlus9 Wishing You stamp set, stamped it in my lightest grey ink, and the colored it using color pencils. I also stamped some stars from the same stamp set, and confetti using Purple Onion Designs Confetti stamp around the bunnies, and colored them too. I then used Zig brush marker to create a halo blue sky around the bunnies. I then die cut this panel using the largest die from Mama Elephant So Sew and adhered it on the card base.

The sentiment is a combination of Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha and My Favorite Things Ewe are the Best stamp sets. Since I wanted to keep it simple, I didn’t add any other embellishments to the card.

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #314: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #404: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge blog and checkout what our talented design team and our crafty Surprise Party Guest, Lynda, have created for you!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#933 – Spring Flowers

PE: Top Pick at Retro Rubber challenge!!

Retro Rubber Challenge - Top Pick

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge at Seize the Birthday today, and the topping this time, chosen by TaeEun is Spring Flowers. Of course, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ too, as long as it’s a birthday theme.

And this is what I created –

I started with the flowers and leaves from various Altenew stamps – Beautiful Day, Garden Treasure and Peony Bouquet. After stamping them in VersaFine Onyx black ink, I used die inks to stamp the colors as well. For the smallest flowers, since there wasn’t any stamps to fill them in, I used Zig brush markers to color them. I then fussy cut these pieces out.

For the base, I used Time Holtz-Sizzix Lumber 3D Texture Fades embossing folder. I first pressed a couple of light grey dye inks on the folder and then placed the paper in before cranking it though my embossing machine. For the result, the depth of the grooves on the lumber look deeper, which is what I was aiming for. I adhered this layer on my card base and then foam mounted the flowers and leaves. For the sentiment, I used one from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits stamp. I fussy cut this one also and then foam mounted it on the card too. I thought of adding some sequins or pearls for embellishing, but then decided against it.

And that’s my card! I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Inspired By challenge #170: Wrap Me Up In Spring

Retro Rubber Challenge #156: Pastels (using older stamps from Altenew stamps – released during 2015-16)

RRCB 156

The Flower Challenge #55: Pretty Pastels

Addicted to Stamps and More #403: Birthdays

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog to see some fantastic inspiration from Lynda, our Surprise Party Guest and of course, all of our inspiring design team! And don’t forget to join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂