#826 – STB: Cover the Card

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Cover the Card’, given by yours truly. Just use anything, but cover your card with it – die cuts, stamping, embossing – anything goes! Well, or if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my card, I chose a few stamp sets from My Favorite Things, floral and leafy, to cover my card.

Sending Birthday Wishes

Before I started, however, I decided on my sentiments, cut them out from scrap paper, and marked the place on the card, so that I could leave those areas empty. This doesn’t make a major difference, but it leaves the background of anything that might clash with the sentiment.

Sending Birthday Wishes (closeup)

After stamping throughout the whole card – in fact I made two cards, one using ivory cardstock and one using white – I went ahead and added the sentiment. Stacked die cut and the rest of it, foam mounted. For the one with the ivory base, I also added a few dots to the centers of the mint colored flowers.

Sending Birthday Wishes (multiple cards)

Here’s the list of supplies that I used:
My Favorite Things Flashy Florals stamp set
My Favorite Things Modern Blooms stamp set
My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Sending die
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp set

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #346: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge #33: Focus on Background Stamping

Inkspirational Challenge #189: Garden

Hope you enjoyed my card. Remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more creative inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from out talented Surprise Guest Linda Snodgrass! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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#825 – A Floral Die-cut Bouquet

Hello and welcome! A new challenge starts today at Seize the Birthday challenge, and we don’t have a topping this time, meaning its Anything Goes! So as long as your project has a birthday theme, you can join the challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I am showcasing the card I made for my mother, who had her birthday a couple of weeks ago. She absolutely adores flowers on her card, and so do I! So, I thought of an assembly of die cut flowers, thrown together to make a bouquet of sorts would look good. And this card, which was originally supposed to be the normal size grew to over 8″ long, just to contain the whole bouquet! But she loved it, so that justifies it all! 😀

Happy Birthday Bouquet (with envelope)

(In this first shot, I realized while taking the pics that one of the leaves had come off! I re-adhered it and took rest of the pics! :D)

The die cuts I chose are from Altenew Peony Dreams and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. I die cut all the pieces from water color paper and painted them all using Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Happy Birthday Bouquet (closeup 1)

For the background, I used kraft cardstock, die cut it using Lil Inker Designs’ Diamond Lace. Behind this, I added a piece of cardstock that I painted with Art Alchemy Blackberry, which is a sparkly acrylic paint. Love that color!

I adhered the painted piece over my cardbase, and then adhered the die cut panel on top. All the florals went above this. I didn’t use any foam tape, instead adhered a small portion of the flowers so that they naturally give dimension.

Happy Birthday Bouquet (closeup 2)

I used another piece of painted cardstock for the sentiment, from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms stamp set, and gold heat embossed it.

Happy Birthday Bouquet

For the envelope, I used three stamps from the Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms stamp set, and stamped it using a light kraft ink. The sentiment is the same as what I used for the card.

I hope you liked my card and are inspired by it. For more inspiration, checkout what the rest of the design team created along with our surprise party guest Linda Snodgrass at the Seize the Birthday blog! And don’t forget to join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#822 – Birthday Present!

Hello! Once again, it is time for another challenge at Seize the Birthday, I did take out some time to make a quick card. The topping this time is ‘Present’. Since the topping is optional, you are completely free to not use it, and make a birthday project with any theme at all, to join us!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Birthday Present

This little present is from a Christmas stamp set, actually. I changed the hat on the little doggy to a birthday hat and converted it into a birthday image. The rest of the card is pretty straight forward – so no explanation needed, I suppose? 😉

Birthday Present (closeup)

Here’s the list of supplies I used –
Winnie & Walter Sweet Holiday for the doggy present
Altenew Bold Alphabet and Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday for the sentiments
Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts where the word bubble and the little heart are from
Concord & 9th Sketched Stripe for the background
My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges for the middle piece
Zig Brush pens for coloring the present in focus!!

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where you can see much more inspiration from our wonderful DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Linda Snodgrass!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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! 🙂

#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!! 😀 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! 🙂

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! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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! 🙂

#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! 🙂

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! 🙂