#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!

#831 – Butterflies Birthday Hugs!

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday, where the latest topping, given to us by Barbara, is ‘Butterflies’! Of course, you can also choose to not go for the topping and make a fresh birthday project to join us!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Butterfly Birthday Hugs

I started by making the background using Altenew Floral Shadow. I actually made three of them – with different shades of black and grey, and ended up choosing this one for this card. The rest are saved for something in the future. 🙂

Well, I trimmed my chosen paper on the top and bottom and then foam mounted this on a black cardbase.

Butterfly Birthday Hugs (butterflies closeup)

I then cut out several pieces of the butterflies from three dies from My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies, from several pattern papers. I also cut out the body of each butterfly using black cardstock. I then adhered three pieces of pattern paper together for each butterfly..

Butterfly Birthday Hugs (closeup)

Finally, coming to the sentiment. I cut out one piece of Memory Box’s Big Hugs using white cardstock, and three more using black. I stacked the black ones and adhered them together, and adhered the white one off a bit, to get a shadow effect. I adhered this on the card, so that there was enough space to add the three butterflies too. Then I added the other part of the sentiment, which comes from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers, using foam tape

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers: August Anything with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge
A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Birthday

a2z scrapbooking august challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing instance of creativity by the rest of the design team! Also joining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Su Mohr!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

#830 – Seize The Birthday: Flowers

PE: Winner at Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge!!

Hello! I totally forgot to write my post for the Seize the Birthday challenge. 😦 But better late than never!! 🙂 So the topping for the new challenge, given by Vicki, is to use Flowers. 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

Here’s the card I made –

Seize the Birthday: Flowers

I started with the florals. I used Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Ashlees Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans, stamping the outline in black ink, and once I finished stamping the colored layers, I used a black pen to thicken some of the lines. I then used Neat & Tangled Scalloped die to diecut the panel. I wanted to mount this on a grey panel, but I didn’t have the right color. So I used my Zig brush marker to color a white card panel and trimmed it to size to use it for base. I mounted this on a white card base.

Seize the Birthday: Flowers (closeup)

For the sentiment, I used Scripty Sentiments from The Stamp Market, stamped it in grey ink; the other piece of the sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday. I then fuzzy cut it. Both pieces are foam mounted on the floral panel.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Winnie & Walter June/July Color Combo challenge with Heather

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: August challenge: Birthday

a2z scrapbooking august challenge

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#821 – Missing You

PE: Top 3 at A2ZScrapbooking challenge!!

A2ZScrapbooking - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its been quite some time since I actually made a card in between my DT projects. So I am really happy to have found some time in between to make this one! 🙂

Missing You

I was totally inspired by the card that Aga had made for the latest Altenew Inspiration challenge. I picked a few main elements – like white embossed texture over a grey background, a little pink in the focal floral element and a clean bold sentiment in black.

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For my card, I first stamped the flowers from Altenew Painted Florals stamp set using Versafine Onyx ink, then the coloring layers in shades of grey for the flowers and a darker, subdued shade of green for the leaves. I also water colored a little bit it grey and green using distress inks in the gaps in between the images. Once it dried, I fuzzy cut the trailing side of the image and kept it aside. I also stamped a few more flowers separately, stamped them in pink and bright green and fussy cut them.

Missing You (closeup)

I then used Prima Magnolias stencil and embossing paste over a grey cardstock and let it dry. Once it dried I mounted the previous piece on top. Fro the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love and foam mounted it with the pink flowers.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #341: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Altenew Inspiration Challenge: May Challenge

Altenew May Inspiration Challenge

A2Z Scrapbooking May challenge: May Flowers

Challenge Badge May

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: For a Special Lady

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Spring Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#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! 🙂

#813 – Seize the Birthday – Make us Laugh!

PE: Top Pick at Inkspirational Challenge!! Yay!!!

Inkspirational - Winner

Favorite at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Favourite Badge

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 is ‘Make us Laugh’, chosen by our teammate Lindsey.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This one might have been my toughest challenge yet! I was completely stumped when I saw ‘Make us Laugh’ as the theme! But I did take it upon myself to deliver, and boy, am I glad I did!

I Baked a Cake...

As happens with cards I usually find difficult, I didn’t have anything in the stash for this. So, I went with my best source of inspiration. I searched for a funny sentiment in Pinterest and found this one. I then thought of using critters along with it, to make a funny card. I think having critters in my card made it easier!

I Baked a Cake...(closeup)

I guess our critter friends were a little too hungry to wait for their friend – they ate up the cake! Instead, they’ve brought all sorts of presents, balloons and flowers – so maybe they’ll be forgiven! He he!

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Inkspirational Challenge #181: Designer’s Choice: Use Your Stash

Timeout Challenge #130: Unique (unique for me for being my first ever humorous card)

Happy Little Stampers March Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

A2Z Scrapbooking March Challenge: Color it In

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

I hope you are inspired by this card, and try to make a funny card, even if it is out of your comfort zone. Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Beech! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Supplies used –
Waffle Flower Bear and Bird stamp
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits and Gifts of Love stamp sets for the balloons and presents
Hero Arts Its Your Day and Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Builder stamp sets for the sentiment
Zig Brush markers for coloring & watercoloring

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#802 – Thanks with Stripes and Gold

Hello and welcome!!

Experimenting with photo paper this time. I learnt that photo paper holds color as soon as it is put on – nothing to move it once it is done. While it maybe a bit scary, it really works well on some fronts. I wanted to try adding stripes with color variegation, and the photo paper turned out to be my best option to do that. And I combined this with one of the easiest way to add some glam into a project – gold heat embossing –

Thanks a Bunch

I used Paper Smooches Dainty Flowers, die cutting the two flowers 4 times from normal cardstock, then heat embossed them in gold embossing powder, with which I had mixed some fine gold glitter – extra bling! These two flowers along with a few gold sequins are the main focal point of the card.

For the background, I used photo paper, and stamped the stripes using My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes. I dabbed a few variations of pink distress inks, misted them and stamped them. Since the photo paper hold the colors steadfast immediately upon stamping, there wasn’t any blending after the stamping (even when I misted it with water) and I achieved the variegation that I wanted. Also, the glossy paper matches the gold embossing pretty well. 🙂

Thanks a Bunch (closeup)

I die cut one side of the glossy paper using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches before foam mounting it on a white card base. I then adhered the flower die cuts directly on it. The sentiment comes from Altenew Label Love. The stamping didn’t end up perfect, so I retouched it with a white gel pen. Added a few gold sequins for embellishing and my card is done!

This card goes to –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #121: Inspired by Words

The Paper Players challenge #417: Theme challenge: Give Thanks

A2Z Scrapbooking November challenge: Give Thanks

a2z scrapbooking november challenge

Hope you liked this card, and do stop by again!