#818 – Inspiration Station Challenge 03

Hello and welcome to the third Inspiration Station challenge!! This challenge is something my sister and I started, for us to have just another reason to get inspired and create, without the pressure of deadlines or rules. You can check out the what I created for the first and second Inspiration Challenge, if you like!

This time, I chose something from the products of the store Seedlings Cards, which I came across from Paper Crave‘s website. There are plenty of fantastic whimsical card designs on the website, but my sister chose this panel of cards, from which I extracted the color combo.

03-Inspiration

{source}

I was completely inspired by the colors. I actually wanted to create something whimsical, but in the end, I gave up since I wanted to use this new stamp set I bought – MFT Gill Friends. I didn’t have any fish/sea themed stamps with me until now, and I couldn’t wait to try this!! So, I went with the look of the bottom right card featured in the picture. Sea and fishies..

Hey Gillfriend

I started with the background. Tried out the technique taught by Jennifer McGuire in this post. Adding plenty of watercolors from my Gansai Tambi set, I used some scrunched up plastic cling wrap on it, left it to dry before removing the cling to get this amazing texture.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 1)

For the fish and the underwater plants, I used the same method – I first heat embossed it using white embossing powder, then colored the pieces by blending in distress inks. I then fussy cut the images.

Combining everything – I trimmed the watercolor background, foam mounted it on a white card base. I adhered the water plants directly, but foam mounted the fishies and also the sentiment.

Hey Gillfriend (closeup 2)

Hope you liked what I created! Hop on to this link to see what my sister has created – its a fantastic mixed media creation that was made specially for our dear mom!! Am I next on the list, sis?? ;P

Joining the following challenges too –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #337

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Fusion Card Challenge: Tropical Fish

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

Advertisements

#817 – Happy Birthday

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! πŸ™‚

#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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

#815 – Welcome Baby!

Hello! I had made this baby card for one of my friends, quite some time ago, when she had her first child…so precious! πŸ™‚

Welcome Little One

A simple, one layered card, using stamping and coloring.. and of course, just a touch of glitter! πŸ˜‰

I used Paper Trey Ink Rustic White for the card base. The sun and the cute elephant are from Happy Little Stampers Whimsical Friends, and the balloon from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, which I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Fanciful Swirl, which is an alphabet stamp set.

Welcome Little One

I colored the images using Faber Castell oil pastels and baby oil. I drew the balloon’s string and the clouds using a black penΒ  and colored them too. Once considerably dry, I added some light glitter using Wink of Stella clear brush pen.

Welcome Little One

For the envelope, I used purple color paper (I would have preferred blue, but I didn’t have the right color) and stamped the same elephant and balloon using Memento Tuxedo Black, along with the sentiment.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Paper Players challenge #433: A Clean and Simple challenge: One Layer Wonder

Timeout Challenge #131: Inspired by Words: Hugs, Kisses and a lot of Birthday Wishes

8c124-time2bout2bchallenge2b1312bbadge

CAS on Friday challenge #154: Baby’s

CAS On Sunday - Blog

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#814 – Dots & Stripes

Hello and welcome to a brand new challenge at Seize the Birthday! To join the challenge all you have to do is create a fresh, new birthday project. You have an optional choice of using a ‘Topping’ in your creation, and this time, this topping is ‘Dots & Stripes’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I chose to use the topping in my project. And here’s what I made –
Dots & Stripes

I first made the backgrounds. On one piece of cardstock I used My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes stamp with Versafine Onyx black and on the card base, I used Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Spotty stencil using Black Soot distress ink to apply. I then trimmed a part off the diagonal stripes piece and foam mounted it on the dotty background.

For the flowers, which are die cut from Altenew Peony Dreams, I used photo paper and watercolor on top. These are cheap watercolors I used, but they worked pretty well. Since the paper is not made to absorb ink, spotty patterns formed when I watercolored on them. So pretty! I then adhered them, piece by piece.

Dots & Stripes (closeup)

After adhering the flower and leaves on the card, I added the sentiment – from Altenew Label Love and Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3, and foam mounted them on top. I added some gold sequins scattered around the card and in the flower’s center, for some embellishing.

Joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Feminine/Girly

SSS - Monday Challenge

The Flower Challenge #30: Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge #131: Inspired by Words: Hugs, Kisses and a lot of Birthday Wishes – where they are also celebrating their 5th Birthday!! Yay!! Congrats to Sandy and the fabulous DT!!

Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

I hope you are inspired by my creation! Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our amazingly talented Surprise Party Guest, Tenia Nelson, and join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#813 – Seize the Birthday – Make us Laugh!

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

Inkspirational - Winner

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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

#812 – Lacy Birthday Greetings

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and this time, we don’t have the optional topping, which means its time for an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge!!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

The card I have for today is easy to make, as long as we have a pretty die to use on top. All the card uses is die cuts and simple watercolor painting.

Birthday Greetings

I used two panels of watercolor paper, colored one in a yellow+gold colors, and the other in aqua, using Gansai Tambi normal and Starry colors watercolors. Once dried, I die cut the gold one using Altenew Doodled Lace die. I used the die to cut a couple more pieces, and adhered them behind the watercolored, die cut piece. I then adhered this on the teal watercolored panel, and then added lots of black splatters. Once everything had dried, I added the sentiment, from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Happy stamp set. And that’s it!

Birthday Greetings (gold watercoloring closeup)

Joining the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers: February Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes with Optional Metallics

Happy Little Stampers: February Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Green & Gold

SSS - Work It Wednesday

I hope you are liked this card I made! 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! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚