#967 – Let’s Try Stitching!!!

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday and the optional Topping this time, chosen by Barbara, is to ‘Use Faux or Real Stitching‘. Since the topping is optional, as long as your project is birthday-related, you can join the party!

And here’s what I made –

I finally dipped my hands into cross-stitching!!! Yay!!! My sister was a major inspiration, after all, I’ve been seeing her use the needle and thread for years now! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m glad to also have used the Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel, for what I think, is the intended way of usage (no, I am not saying you can’t just just use it as a background, it looks wonderful either way!). On this, card, since I didn’t want to waste embroidery thread with my amateur stitching, I used normal sewing thread instead, since I had access to plenty of it from my mother’s stash! Also, I did choose colors on my own this time – I usually have a couple of colors in my mind and use my color inspiration board on pinterest to pick the rest of the colors – but this time, I chose all of them, and I am super happy that they worked so well!

I did have a great time stitching. I did all the amateur mistakes – felt so bad when I had to cut off a lot of thread because I didn’t pull it right, made the top stitch come out from the wrong side, stitched over one hole, measured wrong – the whole shots – but I truly did enjoy the experience. In fact, I would like to make more (and maybe use embroidery threads this time? What say sis?) if I am not time constrained!

All that story, since I didn’t have much to write about the card itself!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, coming back to the card – Once I finished the sewing, I cut out 2 sets of the frames using dies from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares and Waffle Flowers Nesting Squares, along with extra pieces from scrap cardstock to stack them for dimension. I then adhered these using liquid glue and then mounted that over a square Beige card base. The sentiment comes from Neat and Tangled Hand Stitched stamp set, which I thought suited the card to a T. I also added a thin strip of copper foil washi tape on the sentiment strip, since I wasn’t going to add any other embellishment – sorry you can’t see the shine here.

And I’m joining the following challenges as well –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #324: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #414: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

And that concludes my report of my new crafting adventure! ๐Ÿ˜€ Checkout more stitching inspirations from our Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and of course, our fantastic crafting team at the Seize the Birthday blog!

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#966 – Watercoloring on Glossy Cardstock

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, the optional Topping, chosen by JoAnn is to ‘Use Pastel Colors only‘. Of course, as it is optional, you are free to join with any birthday related project you’ve newly created.

And here’s what I made –

The cardstock I used was pretty different this time – it had a normal side and a glossy side. The glossy side was pretty unique – water or watercolor, wasn’t moving like how it would with either watercolor paper or normal cardstock on it. It was behaving kind of like when light gesso is applied on paper. Colors were not settling or drying quickly enough, but its not like I was able to reactivate once it dried either. Very unique indeed! And I used that to get a lovely effect for my background! In fact, that’s the cardstock I used for the whole card.

For the background, I smooshed the distress ink pad over a acrylic sheet, misted it with water and dropped the cardstock on top, moved it a bit before lifting it, and repeated the color-picking process until I was satisfied with the coverage. And I watercolored the flowers’ and leaves’ solid die cut parts using a simple thick brush. For the outlines, I die cut them out of the same cardstock, leaving them uncolored, of course, showing off the glossy cardstock. While adhering the pieces, I offset them a bit and adhered only the center areas, leaving the perimeters hanging. That helped in getting a bit more dimension as well.

For the background, I did add a small detail of white heat embossing using a Border Patterns stamp from Cloud9. I then trimmed the sides a bit before using a couple of scrap cardstocks for extra dimension and adhering it to a white card base. I then adhered the flowers and leaves, and then used white half-pearls to embellish. For the sentiment, I used the stamp set Playful Animal Friends 2, trimmed it and again used strips of scrap cardstock to add dimension.

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

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: All Things Feminine

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #413: Birthdays

The Paper Players challenge #556: Tic Tac Toe challenge from Jaydee (I’m picking the first column: Feminine – Birthday-Florals)

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge to checkout the cards made by our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and the rest of our creative design team!

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#962 – STB: By The Sea

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge and the Topping this time, chosen by our dear leader Nancy, is ‘By the Sea‘!

And here’s what I made –

I used Simon Says Stamp Sea and Sky, my latest addition to my stash, in this card. It creates such a beautiful scene with minimal effort! I used Distress Oxide Inks for the sky, to make it easier to blend the colors I wanted – yellow to pink and pink to blues – so effortless! And then stamped the water with distress ink, misted with water, used a brush to spread the color, then once dried, I stamped it with Oxide inks again – I wanted a reflection of the colors on the sky. Finally the sand – more distress ink, with a more liberal spritz of water. The shell and starfish are from Simon Says Stamp Be A Mermaid, which I stamped in grey inks and colored with a mix of Distress Inks and Zig Brush marker pens.

So, this card actually has a lot of media, though they all involve water!! ๐Ÿ˜€

To finish the card, I trimmed the panel to size, foam mounted it on a white card base. Then I added the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes, on a strip of white cardstock, cut it down, to adhere it using foam tape.

And that’s it! The most quick and easy card I’ve made! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Inkspirational challenge #245: Journey

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #322: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Add a Sentiment

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Checkout more inspiration from the rest of our DT and our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog!

And thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#960 – Striped and Bold

Hello and welcome! Time to start a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, the Topping is chosen by our talented team member Vicki to be ‘Stripes

I had multiple choices for creating stripes, including ones which didn’t involve stamping. In the end, I decided to go with a bold look, and made this –

The bold, black and white striped background is made using My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes background stamp. I stamped it on a white panel using Black Soot distress ink and trimmed it to size. The clean blooms are my latest purchase from Concord and 9th called Buds & Blossoms. I stamped them in Black Soot distress ink as well and then stamped the colors on top. I trimmed them and kept them aside while I chose the sentiment.

Initially I had chosen a die cut sentiment. I thought of choosing a bright yellow, but then felt it wasn’t suiting the card as well as I thought. Neither black nor white nor any other neutral color was looking good. Finally, going through my stash, I found this old stamp set by Neat and Tangled called Everyday Labels. I stamped it on the same white cardstock, and trimmed the pieces. I had initially chosen to add ‘happy brthday to you’ along with another piece with a heart, but decided that all that wouldn’t fit, and to keep it simple instead.

Since I didn’t want to add any bling to this bold look, the sentiment strips were also the perfect spot to add something extra. So, after I finished foam mounting the flowers and sentiments on the card, I used Glossy Accents on the sentiments, a few of the flowers to add the glossy shine, and then also used Sakura Black Glaze pen to add black dots of glossy shine on the other flowers. To prevent the sentiment strips from warping, I first added the foam tape below the sentiments and then added the Glossy Accents.

And that’s my card. Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Melanie Hungerford and the rest of our talented DT.

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#955 – Balloon Travels!

Hello and welcome! Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge and the Topping, chosen this time by Glenda is ‘Travel‘. If you’re not a toppings kinda person, wellโ€ฆ..you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes”Birthday! The choice is yours!

And this is what I created – a cat traveling using balloons!! Isn’t that an awesome idea to travel?!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I chose the kitty from Pink and Main Catitude stamp set, and the balloons from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits and stamped with VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink on watercolor paper from Hndmd. I then die cut it using Neat and Tangled Scallop die cut, since I wanted to have an idea of until where I needed to watercolor the image.

After the ink dried, I watercolored the image using distress inks. Once this dried, I added a bit more on the outline of the balloons, as they weren’t as thick as the kitty’s lines, using Uniball fine line markers. I also added a few splatters and then redid the stars and the patterns on the balloons, as they somehow seemed a but dull after the watercoloring.

Once this was all done, I again got a little lost on what to lay the image on. Finally decided on this partial kraft-partial white background for the card base, so that the overall effect isn’t too dark. I foam mounted the watercolored image on this. For the sentiment, I used the same watercolor paper, and added some watercoloring in shades of yellow. I stamped the sentiments from My Favorite Things Cat-titude and trimmed them and then foam mounted them on my card.

Since there was already a ton of details on this card, I didn’t crowd it with any more embellishing. And that finished my card!

Checkout more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday blog where our team and our Surprise Party Guest have shown off their talents!

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