#829 – STB: Rainbow – 2 Ways

Hello and welcome! We have a brand new challenge at Seize the Birthday and the topping, chosen this time by Cathy, is Rainbow! If you are not a fan of rainbows, you can choose to just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This time I have two cards – yes two! And that too, when I totally suck at making cards with rainbow – the actual rainbow or just even the colors!

Rainbow - Two Ways

For my first card, I used stencil wreath technique, which Jennifer McGuire has taught. I used the Winnie & Walter Buffalo Check stencil and distress inks to blend in some rainbow color, on all the sides, leaving the center white. I then trimmed the piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. I then stamped the sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, in black ink. I foam mounted this on a white card base.

Rainbow - Two Ways (1)

It still felt like it needed something! So I created a thin frame using Memory Box Basic Rectangles set of dies, stacked them with similarly cut pieces and adhered this on top. I also cut out a few tiny flowers and leaves from the Paper Smooches Flowers 2 dies, which I adhered on opposite corners. I used a few pearls on the flower centers, which also acted as additional embellishment.

Rainbow - Two Ways (1 - closeup)

For the next card – actually this was the first card I made – I wanted to go with the actual rainbow, not just the colors.

I first made the background – blending some distress inks in shades of blue, then a little bit of yellow in the bottom. I then added splatters of water, to create a splattered effect. I also added splatters of white distress paint, and then some blue watercolor ink. I kept it aside to dry completely.

Rainbow - Two Ways (2)

I used We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circles to cut out seven pieces, then colored them all in rainbow colors. I adhered the pieces, not so neatly, on a corner of the card. I then added the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Wishing You stamp set and then the clouds from Paper Smooches Clouds die cut. I added some sparkle on the clouds and rainbow using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

Rainbow - Two Ways (2 - closeup)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Inkspirational Challenge #191: Photo challenge: banners, kites, balloons

So, which version of rainbows did you like the best?

Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more “colorful” inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from our talented Surprise Guest Su Mohr! And, of course, join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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#826 – STB: Cover the Card

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Cover the Card’, given by yours truly. Just use anything, but cover your card with it – die cuts, stamping, embossing – anything goes! Well, or if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my card, I chose a few stamp sets from My Favorite Things, floral and leafy, to cover my card.

Sending Birthday Wishes

Before I started, however, I decided on my sentiments, cut them out from scrap paper, and marked the place on the card, so that I could leave those areas empty. This doesn’t make a major difference, but it leaves the background of anything that might clash with the sentiment.

Sending Birthday Wishes (closeup)

After stamping throughout the whole card – in fact I made two cards, one using ivory cardstock and one using white – I went ahead and added the sentiment. Stacked die cut and the rest of it, foam mounted. For the one with the ivory base, I also added a few dots to the centers of the mint colored flowers.

Sending Birthday Wishes (multiple cards)

Here’s the list of supplies that I used:
My Favorite Things Flashy Florals stamp set
My Favorite Things Modern Blooms stamp set
My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Sending die
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp set

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #346: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge #33: Focus on Background Stamping

Inkspirational Challenge #189: Garden

Hope you enjoyed my card. Remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more creative inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from out talented Surprise Guest Linda Snodgrass! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#813 – Seize the Birthday – Make us Laugh!

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

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Favorite at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolour Favourite Badge

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

#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’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

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

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

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!

#766 – Celebrate with Tiny Critters

Hello! I made this cute critters card, using the solid images from Pink Fresh Studio Playful Animal Friends 2.

Its Your Day - Celebrate

The stamp set carried a lot of images and so, most of the images are from the Pink Fresh Studio Playful Animal Friends 2 stamp set.

I first cut the windows from MFT Stitched Interactive Windows die, then cut them into individual pieces, then trimmed some more to even out the sides. I then stamped the little cat, dog and presents on top. I cut out three more pieces of cardstock and stamped the sentiments and hearts to place inside the windows. I then added double sided tape beneath the panels before adding the windows on top using thin foam tape.

Its Your Day - Celebrate

Keeping this aside, I created the background by repeatedly stamping a few small images from the same stamp set in 4 colors. I trimmed the edges and foam mounted this on the white card base. I then adhered the window pieces. On another stripe, I stamped the sentiments, which are from two different stamps and companies – Winnie & Walter Wish Big with Even T Designs and Waffle Flower Congrats stamps. After foam mounting this on the card, I added a silver bow, die cut using Paper Smooches Bow die, from silver glitter card stock (thanks Rahmat, I finally used the glitter cardstock you sent!!), and topped it with a neat white gemstone.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Inkspirational Challenge #163: Designer’s Choice: Small Stamps

Pink Fresh Studio June Challenge (I’ve used the colors and one bow, though not from Pink Fresh Studio)

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Pattern Happy Super Sketch June challenge

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#670 – Hello

… and a lot of them too!

Sending Happy Thoughts

I first made the background by stamping the ‘hello’ from Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set in pastel colors, then die cut it using My Favorite Things Blueprint 27. The sentiment die cut is something that was left over from a previous project – I die cut Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 from some paper that I painted silver using acrylic paint, then stacked it with a few more die cuts. The smaller part of the sentiment is from the same stamp set, stamped in black ink. I mounted the whole thing over a grey card base.

Sending Happy Thoughts

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Sovushka Slavia: CAS Marathon 2017: Stage 3 – to use sentiment/words/phrases’

Sovushka Slavia 2017 CAS Marathon

The Card Concept Challenge #78: Pastel Party

Inkspirational Challenge #144: Hello

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#663 – Say Hey to Coffee

Hello! I made a couple of cards, both of which I made yesterday –

Hey Friend

For my first card, I used Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden stamps set, heat embossing the images in white, then colored the images with Zig brush markers. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Friends and Paper Smooches Hello dies.

Hey Friend

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson August Pinsights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

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Addicted to Stamps Challenge #257: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Inkspirational Challenge: Designer’s Choice Challenge #142: Olie But Goldie (I’ve used my earliest EH stamp set in this card)

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Onto the second card –

Coffee

My second card carries the coffee cup from My Favorite Things Cool Cup, which I colored using distress oxide inks. The panel in the background is also ink blended distress oxide inks and stamped with My Favorite Things Crosshatch background, which I stamped using white pigment ink. Other supplies include

Studio Calico Circle Graph Mask
My Favorite Things Clearly Sentimental About Coffee
My Favorite Things Hip Clips.

Coffee

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #348

My Favorite Things - Sketch Challenge

Sketch Challenge 348 #mftstamps

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #76

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂