#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!

#751 – Birthday Wishes

Hello! This is the card I made for my sister’s birthday; and boy, did I have a hard time making it! I made quite a few designs, unsatisfied by each one and all before finally finalizing on this one, and completing it. And I am relieved that I did like it in the end.. 🙂 And I hope my sis liked it just as much! 😀

Happy Birthday - 1

I used stamps from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony and Altenew Beautiful Day, and stamped the images on watercolor paper in a light gray ink. I then watercolored them all using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I also added details using Zig Brush pens. Once everything dried, I trimmed one end and die cut the other end using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches.

Happy Birthday - 2

I wanted to create a heat embossed outline of the same images on the card base, before foam mounting the watercolored panel. So, using my MISTI, on a gray card base (which I know is looking blue in the pictures…), I re-arranged the images, stamped the using Versamark sticky ink and heat embossed them using Silver Pearl embossing powder. I then very lightly watercolored the insides of these using Gansai Tambi Starry watercolors.

Happy Birthday - 3

After foam-mounting the watercolored panel, next came the sentiment. I used die cuts from Memory Box Birthday Script, stacking two die cuts and adhered them in place on the card. I then colored it with Gansai Tambi Starry watercolors. I could have done this earlier, but I thought the white would look good – and I thought I could add a bit more after I adhered it.. so I had to watercolor it later.

So anyway, the ‘wishes’ part comes from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp, which I heat embossed in silver, twice, to get some additional dimension.

Happy Birthday - 4

For the envelope, I used some pattern paper… I think it is from K & Company.. I had bought it so long ago!! On this too, I used the same stamp and die cut for the sentiment. Except this time, I used silver foil adhered cardstock for die cutting, and used white gel pen on the stamped part of the sentiment.

And that’s the whole card. I hope my sis liked it!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #198: April Showers bring May Flowers

Ellen Hutson April Pin Sights challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

Pin-Sights Color Trend Drama Queen April

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge

Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#747 – Happy Anniversary

PE: Winner at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

SSS - Designer Spotlight 2

Hello and welcome! Today I am presenting the card I made for my parents’ anniversary –

Happy Anniversary

I was totally inspired by this card by Kelly Latevola, which she had made using Neat & Tangled stamps. I absolutely loved the look of the card, though I didn’t follow her technique. And, though also lacking the same stamps, I made this one using stamps from Simon Says Stamp – Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus.

I stamped the images in a light grey ink. I did this, since I wasn’t going for a complete no-line coloring – I wanted the lines to be a little visible, but also blend enough, so that it wouldn’t overlap or overwhelm other colors. Grey seemed like a good choice, but I guess brown would also work.

Happy Anniversary

Anyway, I used distress inks for watercoloring. I used two layers of watercoloring, air drying the paper in between – I think this is what Nina Marie Trapini calls under-painting technique. Lighter colored first layer under the vibrant top layer. Definitely looks pretty! 🙂

I then added a few splatters in yellow and dark brown. Once the panel dried, I added those X stitches using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die. After I mounted the watercolor panel on a dark brown cardstock came the sentiments. They are from a very old stamp set from The Craft’s Meow called Side by Side. I heat embossed it in white, fuzzy cut it. For mounting it on the watercolored panel, I added a couple of cardstock stripes underneath – I wanted dimension, but not too much.

Happy Anniversary

On the envelope, I used the same flowers and stamped them for a tone and tone look, and heat embossed the same sentiment, before adhering the sides. I die cut those stitched Xs using Lawn Fawn Stitched borders die, then rounded the corners.

My parents’ anniversary is due end of this month.. so I hope they like this card! 🙂

With this special card, I am joining the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring (there’s an optional one layer, but mine is not strictly one layered, so I am not choosing the optional element)


Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not choosing the optional ‘Rainbow’)


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Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Flower Power

SSS - Monday Challenge

Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#746 – Birdie Hello

Hello! I had made this card some time ago to send it to another one of my card making friend. She has long since received it, but I hadn’t written about it yet; so here it is –


I used stamps from Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie, and stamped the images in a light color on a watercolor paper panel. I then watercolored the scene using distress inks, trimmed the panel and stamped the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Whimsical Friends. Finally, I mounted this on a grey card base.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Inspired by the Little Things #83

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring

Happy Little Stampers: April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with the optional choice of Rainbow (this card has all colors of the rainbow!!)

Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#745 – Vibrant Birthday

Hello! It is, once again, time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! As usual, the challenge is to create a birthday project, and you are free to go with or without the topping. And the topping this time is ‘Vibrant Colors’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created for inspiration –

Happy Birthday

I used three stamp sets for the background – WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers, Avery Elle Laurels and Avery Elle Petals and Stems. I stamped them on a card panel, then watercolored on top using Camel Drawing Inks. Once done, I added some more colors in the background using Zig Brush pens. I also added a few splatters of brown and yellow. I also embossed this panel using We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folder.

Happy Birthday

I then die cut the panel using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles. I also die cut the ‘Birthday’ using My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet dies. I die cut the ‘happy’ using Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy die from gold foil adhered cardstock and stacked it along with some four more die cut pieces. I then adhered all the pieces on the card base.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

The Card Concept #90: Sweet Treats

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #287: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring

Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional choice Rainbow


Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Kimberly Lackenbach, and join us with your own birthday project !

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂