#800 – Happy Birthday Papa!

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday, and this time, the cake comes without toppings again! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This card is actually the first card I had made for my Papa’s birthday, 3 months ago.. but I ended up changing the card, and ended up giving another card to him. Since this was still pending publishing, I decided to post it now. 🙂

Happy Birthday to You

I started with a watercolor panel of 9″x4.25″ and stamped the pretty images from Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1 stamp set. I used my MISTI and used the same stamping position to stamp two corners. I used Versafine black ink for stamping.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 1)

After this dried, I watercolored the panel using Zig Brush pens. I used the pens to scribble some ink on clear plastic panel and used a brush to pick up color and do some watercoloring. I think I added atleast 3 layers of color on all of the images, and even the background.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 2)

Once done, I heat embossed the sentiment, which are from Reverse Confetti All About You and Honey Bee Stamps Hand Lettered Alpha, using black glitter embossing powder. I embossed twice on the ‘YOU’ and also added Glossy Accents on it to get some extra dimension. I then adhered this to a white card base. I also added Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops on some flower centers and here and there on the card.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 3)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Favorite Stamping Technique with Celebration/Birthday theme

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Timeout challenge #120: Colorful

Happy Little Stampers October Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#799 – Bunny’s Present

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 ‘Travel’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I do not have that many stamps which directly denote travel. So I’ve made something that might denote travelling. Can you imagine, please, that this bunny is travelling to its friend to deliver its present??

Bunny's Flower Present

I first stamped the images using Antique Linen distress ink, then watercolored it all using a bunch of Prima watercolor pencils. The florals in the background are from Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1, the bunny and its cycle are from Lil Inker Designs Rustic Spring and the sentiment is from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms.

The bunny is still deciding on whether to bring the pretty big flower too, but it has already decided on the smaller ones in the cycle’s basket. Can you see them? No? Here’s a closeup –

Bunny's Flower Present (closeup)

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #311: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Favorite Stamping Technique with Celebration/Birthday theme

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

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Timeout Challenge #119: Breast Cancer Awareness &/or Friendship with the option of one layer card

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, Marianne! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#796 – The Hedgehogs Say…

Hello and welcome to listen to what the hedgehogs want to say!! 😀 😀

I had these cute lil hedgehogs from MFT for quite some time now, and it felt like using autumn colors on them was the perfect idea. So, I made two cards, with the exact same arrangement, but with little changes.

Hedgehogs Say...

I used MFT Happy Hedgehogs and Verve Stamps Bountiful Harvest stamps. I actually wanted to test one of the cardstocks that I own, on which I usually do misted stamping for superb effects, with watercoloring. The results weren’t exactly what I expected, but my sis said she liked the soft tones, so I thought of using the piece (or rather, keeping the card I made) than not. And that’s the one you see on the right.

Hedgehogs Say...(card 1)

I made this other one as I wasn’t satisfied with the first one. The one on the right is made by watercoloring using distress inks – and even bright colors were significantly toned down by this card stock. And the one on the left using stamping with MFT Black hybrid ink, then coloring using Zig Brush pens.

Hedgehogs Say...(card 2)

Coming back to the card on the right. Once the cardstock had dried, I die cut it using MFT Stitched Mini Rectangles die, added a base of dark brown cardstock, then adhered it to a kraft cardbase that I had already stamped in plaid tones of orange, red and brown using the MFT Plaid Background Builders. The sentiment is heat embossed on the same dark brown cardstock, die cut using MFT Slanted Sentiment Strips, foam mounted on the panel.

Hedgehogs Say...(2)

For the card with the brighter tones, the sentiment comes from Ranger Letter It – Thank You stamp set. I used distress oxide inks to create the blend of colors in the background, on which I splattered some water. I fussy cut the hedgehogs and pumpkins and mounted them at different levels of dimension.

With these cards, I am joining the following challenges –

MFT Sketch Challenge #402

Happy Little Stampers: September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not using the optional Butterflies)

Color Throwdown challenge #510

Timeout Challenge #118: Photo Inspiration

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

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Thank you so much for listening to the hedgehogs and for stopping by! 🙂

#784 – Happy Birthday Papa!

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday, and this time, the cake comes without toppings again! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

The card I made is for my Papa’s birthday, which comes in a few days. Its a bit funny, cuz I had posted my Ma’s birthday card for the last ‘Anything Goes’ challenge! 😀

So, anyway, here’s the card –

Birthday Wishes

For this card, though I was going to watercolor, I chose to go without watercolor paper, but a normal carsdtock, which was a bit more resilient to watercoloring than normal cardstock. Of course, it wouldn’t be as good as watercolor paper, but it served by purpose, as I wasn’t going to use too much water while coloring.

Birthday Wishes (closeup 1)

First, I gold heat embossed all the images I wanted separately. The flowers are from Altenew Magnolias For You, the tinier ones from Altenew Beautiful Day and the leaves are from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony. Once done, I watercolored the images using Gansay Tambi colors, and once dried, I fussy cut the images, leaving just the least bit of cardstock on the outlines to show.

Birthday Wishes (closeup 1)

For the base, I chose Neat & Tangled Art Deco background, and gold heat embossed the image. I then heat embossed the sentiment, which is from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, twice (since the lines on the scrip are absolutely thin, I wanted it to be a bit thicker). I also added some color, by watercoloring using Zig Brush pens, around the perimeter, leaving the center, where the sentiment is, completely uncolored. Once this dried, I also added lot of splatters using Camlin Drawing ink. I then trimmed this panel and adhered it on the card base. I then foam mounted or directly adhered the fussy cut images, around this design.

Birthday Wishes (with envelope)

And for the envelope, I went with pattern paper. The sentiment is the same as the one I used for the card, and I added a few hearts from the same stamp set.

I am also joining the following challenges –

Altenew August Inspiration challenge

Simon Says Stamp: July Work it Wednesday challenge: Watercolor

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Create Something Catchy: August challenge: Watercolor

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Happy Little Stampers: August Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Flowers

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Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

 

#779 – Black, Copper and White

Hello and welcome! I made this one layered black and white card with copper embossing last night ..

Look For the Miracles

..using Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers, Even More Spring Flowers and Look For the Miracles stamp sets.

Joining the following challenges –

Color Throwdown challenge #504

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge: Watercolor

SSS - Work It Wednesday

The Flower Challenge #23: One Layer Card

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + optional Flowers

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

 

 

 

 

#778 – A Beautiful Day with a Yellow Birdie

PE: Winner at Winnie & Walter Color Combo with Heather H!!! Yippie!!

Hello! This time I tried making a card with a birdie, with a little scenery to suite. Its sitting amidst blooming yellow flowers on a tree branch –

Have a Beautiful Day

Past cards carrying critters/birdies, I haven’t tried much to create my own scenic background – it was mostly stamping, so I thought of giving it a try this time. I stamped the bird first, and then the branch in a very light grey, then stamped the flowers and then the leaves (with the flowers masked). I then added brown to the branch, so that it would fall behind the flowers and the birdie.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the birdie and the larger flowers separately. Before adhering them to the panel, I trimmed it and die cut it. At this point, I thought there was still a lot of white amidst the branch and leaves and everything – wasn’t exactly looking like a tree. So, I added some more greens by dabbing color using Zig brush pens – actually, I scribbled off some ink off an plastic sheet, then watercolored it, so that I could alter the shades to soft or darker. I still left quite some space – wonder if I should try to cover that too, the next time?? Anyway, after letting the whole thing dry, I adhered it to a yellow card base.

Products used –
Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Ashlee’s Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans
Winnie & Walter Happy Owlidays
Altenew Vintage Flowers (for the branch)
Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders
Paper Smooches Borders 2

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter July Color Combo challenge with Heather H.

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Wild Things

SSS - Monday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional Flowers

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#753 – A Garden Birthday

Hello and welcome! I made a variation of a birthday card I had made some time ago.. using stamping under watercoloring using drawing inks. This card uses the same technique, but I tried to give it a more garden feeling this time.

Happy Birthday

I started by first stamping the flowers in a lighter version of whatever color I finally wanted them to be in. I then colored those flowers using drawing inks. Same goes for the leaves.. this time I used both yellow and green inks. Once I was done, there was a lot of gap between the leaves at the base. To cover this up, I used Zig Brush markers. I colored, spread it using water, picked up extra ink using tissue.. and repeated the process until I was satisfied.

Once it dried, I die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I layered this with another trimmed panel, then with another panel die cut using Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana’s Cutaways. This, I adhered on the card base. The sentiment comes from Lesia Zgharda Happy Birthday, which I stamped in Versafine Black ink.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #292

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Timeout Challenge #109: Inspired by Words: Friends are the charming gardeners who make out souls blossom

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

The Card Concept challenge #93: Floral Centerpiece

Thank you for stopping by and hope you have a great weekend!