#795 – Floral Die Cuts

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have a the optional Topping ‘Die Cuts or Punches’. Of course, there’s also the option of Anything Goes, as always, which means you can join us with a birthday project which uses die cuts/punches… or with a birthday project without it. Your choice!

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And here’s what I created –

Floral die cuts

I was mesmerized by this background that Miriam Pratner had created on her card. I used my cheap watercolors to make my background similarly, just using different tones. Once dry, I added a few black splatters and then adhered stacked die cuts from Penny Black Playful Posies. The sentiment (both die cut and stamped) is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint & Wet Paint 3. Add a few little pearls for embellishing, and that finished the card!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Card Concept : Coloful Basics

The Flower Challenge #24: Anything Goes

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Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: September Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Hope you liked my card! Joining us is also out Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog to what she created, along with the rest of our talented design team!

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#788 – Distress Oxide Inks on Kraft

Hello and welcome!

I have this set of dark kraft cardstock. The quality is good, but because it is so dark, I am unsure of how to put it to good use (other than as a cardbase). I thought of using some Distress Oxide Inks on them, since, having pigment property, they would show up better than other options.

DOX on Kraft + Turnabout Stencil

I wanted the background to be in focus, and I used one of my latest additions to my stash – Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout stencil. This is so much fun! I had tried it on a couple of other colors of cardstock, which I haven’t used on any cards yet, but the Distress Oxide Inks showed up very well on the dark kraft, using this stencil. For the centers, I used clear embossing and silver pearl embossing. Just look at that shine! 🙂

DOX on Kraft + Turnabout Stencil (Closeup)

Once done, I was again lost – what do I do with it?! In the end, I decided to just go with a simple card, with only the addition of a sentiment. I used Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs die cut, stacking the part with the kraft die cut, and adding glossy accents for the top most thinnest layer. I also added glossy accents to the hearts.

And the color palette that I used –

Pink

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With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge #24

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CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #286

Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#773 – Of Stripes and Zari Saris

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Stripes’.

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Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made –

Birthday Wishes to You

I had thought of many ideas for a card with stripes, but finally, I was reminded of a zari sari my mother had – though this one was plaid, the colors were absolutely breathtaking – a mix of purples and pinks, in the darker shades. Sigh…they just don’t make it that way anymore!! I used the image in my head of that beautiful sari, turning the plaids into stripes to make this card.

The stripes are from My Favorite Things Pinstripe bacground stamp, which I used to gold heat emboss on a white cardstock panel. I used Zig pens in purple and pink to add color alternatively, then trimmed the sides and rounded the corners. This, I foam mounted on a white card base. (By the way, the tapered stripes are an unexpected look, which happened because I ended up pressing the stamp on that end a little more than the other end).

I then die cut several pieces of Spellbinders Floral Corner 1 – one of the dies that I’ve never once used – stacked them, then gold heat embossed them several times to get the effect of a metal embellishment. I adhered this on the striped panel. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ die and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals stamp. I stacked the die cut before adhering it and foam mounted the stamped part to adhere it. I then added a few gemstones over the floral piece and outside, to embellish it further.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #301: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Inkspirational challenge #165: Word Prompt: Birthday

A2Z Scrapbooking July challenge: Birthday Bash

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I am totally in love with this piece and I hope it serves as an inspiration to you as well! To join the challenge party, you can either go with the topping ‘Stripes’ or even choose to go without it – just as long as you make a birthday project! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#761 – Smile!

Hello and welcome! Ok…so I got a lil too motivated with the MFT challenges. I made another card. A third card was on its way, but I thought that would be one too many and that it might be better to save it for another challenge! 😉 So anyway, here is the second card I made –

Smile

I started with making fringes out of a few thin sheets I had. These sheets came in between OHP sheets/transparent plastic sheets that we generally use to make those shaker cards. I had saved those hoping to put those thin translucent sheets to use. Came in handy! 🙂

So anyway, I used some distress and other water reactive inks to color these, applying the ink, then the paper on top and then misting it with water to get the color on. They dried fairly quickly, and I die cut them in layers, since they were thin enough. I then layered and adhered them on a white card piece of cardstock, then die cut the piece using MFT Pinking Edge Rectangle.

Smile (closeup)

I also cut out a few flowers, which I misted, stamped and fuzzy using the images from MFT Pretty Posies, and adhered them on the fringed panel using glue. I then added foam tape below, and adhered it on the card base, on which I had already adhered another panel with trimmed edges and one rounded corner.

The sentiment is die cut using MFT Emmitt Alphabet and the stamped portion is from MFT Things with Wings.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #388

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #94

Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Summer Inspired Projects

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#760 – Spring Butterflies

Hello and welcome! Since it has been quite some time, I wanted to play along the MFT challenges. My card here combines the two challenges from MFT – the sketch and color challenges –

Bright Spot

I started with the butterflies. I first picked a light yellow cardstock, blended in a peach color on the bottom and die cut the butterflies. I did the same with a few pieces of vellum. I used MFT Flutter of Butterflies, both the Lace and solid dies. I then adhered the pieces using double sided tape in the center.

For the background, I used MFT Bold Blooms, trimmed the card panel and rounded of two corners. I foam mounted this on the card base. The sentiment comes from MFT Cup of Tea. I stamped this on a white strip, cut off one side at an angle, added two black lines and foam mounted it, along with the butterflies, on the card. I also embellished the card with a few white pearls.

Bright Spot (closeup)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #388

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #94

Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: All Things Bright & Beautiful

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Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Summer Inspired Projects

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#744 – Happy Birthday!

PE: A2Z Scrapbooking Challenge Top 3!!

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Winner at Paru’s Card Making challenge!!! Yay!!

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Hello! I am posting here a card, I sent to my dear blogging friend, Pooja – it was her birthday earlier this month.. and I didn’t send the card on time!!! I somehow messed up the dates in my mind, and ended up sending it later than I wanted, ending in the card reaching her after her birthday. 😦 Sorry about that, my friend!!

But well, now that it has already reached her, and I know she liked it, in spite of me being pretty late.. guess I can publish it! 🙂

Happy Birthday

I used the gorgeous flower dies, Peony Dreams from Altenew. I watercolored the die cuts, using Gansai Tambi watercolors for the base colors, then using Gansai Tambi Starry Nights for some shine. I then adhered the pieces together and left them to dry while I prepared the card base.

Happy Birthday

I used Waffle Flower Layering Marble to create some beautiful marble patterns on the entire one side of the grey card base. Once done, I scored the paper, and adhered the die cut flowers and leaves, leaving enough space for the sentiment. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love, around which I drew an outline using a black pen. I trimmed this, and adhered it with several other pieces of cardstock, to achieve some dimension. For some sparkle and shine, I used Art Alchemy Opal Magic Vintage Silk on it. This, I adhered on the card base.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday

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Addicted to Stamps challenge #286: Anything Goes

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Paru’s Card Making challenge: April Challenge: Flowers

Happy Little Stampers: April Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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A2Z Scrapbooking April challenge: Flower Power

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#740 – Seize the Birthday – Teal and White

Hello! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday, and everyone’s invited! While the challenge is more or less an ‘anything goes with a birthday theme’, we do have an optional topping. And the optional topping this time is ‘Teal or White’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Happy Birthday

I went with an ombre look, with a lighter and darker shade of teal. I first created the background using distress oxide inks, then added a die cut layer of white card stock, which I die cut using Lil Inker Designs Diamond Chevron. The sentiment panel is Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy and the flowers are from Lesia Zgharda Kvity’s Contours and Leaflets stamps.

With this card, I am also joining

The Flower Challenge #18: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Timeout Challenge #105; where they are celebrating their 4th birthday!!

Stamplorations March Challenge: All About Spring and Faith

I do hope you also stop over the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where you can see much more inspiration from our talented DT and our amazing Surprise Party Guest, Kimberly Lackenbach! And don’t forget to join the fun – remember you can choose to go with or without the topping, as long as it is a birthday project!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂