#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! 🙂

#941 – Birthday Lilies

Hello and welcome! Ma’s birthday was just some time ago and my sister and I had another collaboration card, made just for her.

Since Ma loves flowers, I always go for flowers when I make cards for her. This time was no different. And since my sister makes some magnificent backgrounds, I asked her to make something for this card too. She made this gorgeous pink and blue sheet of pattern, and I started from there.

The basic idea I initially had was to make something resembling these cards made by Jennifer McGuire. But then I realized that that would cover the entire pattern paper. I could make a trifold card, and keep the pattern paper inside, but that wasn’t looking too good. So I changed gears and came up with another idea, where I could use vellum to create a trifold card, which could expose the pattern paper on the card top as well.

So I chose Altenew Build a Flower: Peruvian Lily – since it was one of the few sets for which I had the coordinating dies. I started with die cutting plenty of flowers and leaves and then stamping them. I used my trusty MISTI and another piece of scrap cardstock from which I had die cut the flower and leaf shapes, to stamp the images multiple times without the need for realigning them. I then used Sakura Black glaze pen over the anther and Sakura clear glitter pen over a few dots of the lily for some sparkle and shine.

Once done, I started planning my design. The base and second layer would be normal white card base, with the top layer being vellum. I then started assembling it.

To start with, I adhered the pattern paper on top of the white cardbase, and trimmed off the excess. I then trimmed about1/8th inch off both sides, giving it a white border. Next, after deciding the length of vellum I wanted to use, I adhered the flowers and leaves on the very edge of it using double sided tape. I also adhered die cut pieces of the flower behind the vellum, aligning them to the flowers I had adhered on top, to cover up the adhesive. I then scored the vellum, trimmed off the excess and adhered the bottom to the back of the card, using more tape.

On the next layer, which is where I had adhered the pattern paper, I adhered more flowers and leaves, trimming anything which was hanging out, so that the top vellum layer could close without any problems.

Coming to the sentiment, I used Lesia Zgharda Happy Birthday stamp with VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink on white cardstock and fussy cut it. I then stamped it on some craft fowm and also fussy cut that, and adhered it to the cardstock sentiment piece. I then adhered this over the card. I like how the sentiment is still visible even after moving the top layer. 🙂

Since the tape was still present at the back of the card, I used another piece of white cardstock to cover it. And that finished my card!

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps #405: Die cuts &/or Stencils (both are used in this card)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use Dies &/or Punches

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

AAA Birthday Card challenge #25: Happy Birthday

Altenew May Inspiration challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #316: All About Occasions

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#940 – Surf Dog!!

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Tic Tac Toe, where the board this time, created by JoAnne is this –

I chose the center column of Sky-Circle-Sea and here’s what I made –

I started with making the water for the sea. I used gelli plate with Neat and Tangled Rice Paddies stencil, along with a few light shades of blue distress ink. I then drew the wavy lines on the back, and cut it out. I used another piece of scrap white cardstock to create another wave, to lie it in between.

For the sunshine, I used masking tape and brushed out Scattered Straw distress ink, to form the sun’s rays. For the sun itself, I used two die cuts from Sizzix Phrases dies. I first colored two scrap pieces of cardstock using Scattered Straw Mustard Seed distress inks and die cut them. I also die cut a few extra pieces which I then stacked to get some dimension.

The top doggo comes from My Favorite Things Top Dog stamp set, which I colored using distress inks. I also drew the surf board and watercolored it. (Somehow the coloring is not showing up well.. its actually better than it looks here.. 😦) I then fussy cut the images.

The sentiment, comes from My Favorite Things Top Dog stamp set as well. To bring the card together, I simply adhered the pieces on a white card base, adding little dimension using extra cardstock.

I love how fun this card looks – more so because the doggo has even brought his bone with him to surf!! And I’m sharing this card with the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #405: Die cuts &/or Stencils (I’ve used both)

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #316: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Four Legged Friends

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Dies &/or Punches

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

If this isn’t enough, pop over the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog to get more inspiration from the DT and our guest designer as well!

Thank you so much 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!

#938 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Today I have a card which I had made in hurry for my sister’s birthday. My parents, who usually bought a birthday card for her couldn’t get one this time – and I had to make one for her in a hurry… sigh…if only I had the forethought of making one sooner. Now, it isn’t that the card doesn’t look nice, but that it does fall short of what I would have liked to make if I had enough time. So, sorry sis.. you’ll get a better one next time! 😀

So, anyway, coming to the card –

Sorry for the lack in quality of the photo, its not the best weather for clicking photos today..

So, I started with stamping the flowers and leaves, two sets of Simon Says Stamp stamps, More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers, on the cardstock. I wasn’t going for very detailed coloring, so I stamped them in VersaFine Onyx black ink, and colored them in Zig brush markers. I then fussy cut them all out.

For the background, I used Altenew Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder on cream cardstock, and then swiped Altenew Antique Gold ink on top. I then adhered this on a white card base. Arranging the floral and leafy images on top in layers, I thought it might be better to choose the sentiment too, since I wanted it to cover a little bit of the card so I could tuck my florals underneath.

I chose a sentiment from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script and heat embossed it twice in gold, to achieve some dimension, and then cut out the sentiment. I also added a bit of gold embossing dots to the centers of the main flowers, since I wasn’t going to add any more extra sparkle on them. 😀

I then adhered all the pieces together, using a couple of scrap cardstock strips to add dimension to the sentiment piece. Finally, I also added a few off white half-pearls to add some embellishing.

And that finished my card. I’m also joining these challenges –

Just us Girls challenge #583: Trend Week: Layers

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #315: All Things Feminine

Global Design Project #291: Birthday

AAA Birthday card challenge #25: Happy Birthday

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂