#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!

#946 – Miss Your Face

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Tic Tac Toe and this time, we have a board prepared by LeAnne to play with –

I chose the mid row Blue-Circle-Floral Image to make this card –

I used the latest addition to my stamps – Altenew Calming Reverie. These gorgeous stamps are large and so easy to use – I just love them! I used inks on shades of navy blue for the flowers and leaves, varying the saturation to get a beautiful monochrome. But of course, the little bit of yellow and brown adds a spot of bright color to an otherwise dull tone.

Since I wasn’t going to use any dimension for the flowers, I thought of adding a little extra for the sentiment instead. I cut two strips of black cardstock and adhered them in parallel over the card. For the sentiment, I die cut a circle of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, adhered it over another piece which I had cut out of scrap cardstock. I then stamped the “i miss your face” from Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1 stamp set. I adhered this over two pieces of vellum that I die cut using Spellbinders Delightful Circles. The final part came from Altenew Bold Greetings die, which I die cut from a few scrap black cardstock and once from photo paper colored in black. The last layer adds some shine to the die cut, which I totally love! 🙂

And that’s my card! Joining the following challengs with it –

Color Hues challenge #19

Altenew June Inspiration challenge

Stamplorations June Theme and Photo Prompt challenge –

Stop over the Tic Tac Toe challenge for some more amazing inspiration from the rest of the DT!

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#945 – Watercoloring with Pencils

Hello and welcome! Time for another Watercoloring challenge at Happy Little Stampers. As always, it is an Anything Goes challenge.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

My mother celebrated her birthday last month, and I made this card for my father to give to her. As she loves flowers, and roses in particular, I made this for her –

I started with stamping the flower and leaf images from two Simon Says Stamp stamp sets – More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers in a light brown ink. I thought the color would gel well with the colors I wanted to go with – pink, purple and greens. Once I stamped the images on a trimmed piece of Canson XL watercolor paper, I watercolored them using Prima watercolor pencils.

While watercoloring, I struggled a bit with the leaves when I started with them, which ended in them looking not so good right at the center where I started coloring them. I thought of hiding them with the sentiment instead! 🙂

So once the piece has dried, I added some splatters of blue and brown using the penciles and white using Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink. I then trimmed the panel to size and decided to adhere it over a light brown card base.

Before adhering, however, I needed a sentiment on it.I had thought of stamping using pigment ink, but somehow that ended up spreading, and I couldn’t use it. I went with embossing instead. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes on a piece of vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed it in black. I then trimmed the vellum and adhered it on the watercolor panel using double sided tape, which I then adhered over the base cardstock.

I wanted to add some embellishment to the card, but felt that sequins or stones were too shiny, and I didn’t want pearls either, since they would add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat card. I also noticed that the strip of vellum was arched up, instead of lying flat. To remedy both these problems, I went with a washi tape with gold pattern of roses on it. Of course, I had to trim it to a third of the width, so sadly the roses are not so obvious, but I did love how it shines, while not taking away the focus and also keeping the card flat. 3-in-1! 😀

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

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #406: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Step over to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more innovative ideas from the rest of the DT!

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! 🙂

#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

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