#813 – Seize the Birthday – Make us Laugh!

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

Inkspirational - Winner

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


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)


Pattern Happy Super Sketch June challenge


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


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)


Onto the second card –


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.


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! 🙂

#657 – Altenew Inspired

PE: Caught by Altenew!! (from my Flickr account)

Altenew - Caught by Altenew

Top Pick at Inkspirational Challenge!! 😀

Inkspirational - Winner

Hello! It feels like a break, to be working on something Altenew – I purposely didn’t touch these stamps for quite some time.. I mean I used to pick up Altenew products every time I wanted to create something, even though I have tons of other products, so I thought about not touching them for some time. But finally, I am giving in… I just couldn’t resist the latest Altenew challenge anymore! Here’s what I made –


One of those cards which is quite easy to make, and looks absolutely glamourous in the end. I used Dodecagram stamp to repeatedly stamp over a watercolor panel using sticky ink, and then heat embossed it in gold. I then used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color, using lots of the pigment to get a good coverage. Once finished, I spritzed in some water again, so that the color is well immersed, blended and settled down more or less evenly. Finally, once it dried, I repeated the heat embossing, since the color had dulled a bit. This also gave it that extra good shiny look due to the double embossing.


Though my initial idea was to trim it, once I finished, I was loath to cut it down to a normal card size, so I kept it as is. I chose a dark brown card base, but it wasn’t the right color, so I blended in some Walnut Stain distress ink and layered a panel of some shiny gold paper that I have between the card base and the watercolro/heat-embossed panel. Then I foam mounted the sentiment, from Label Love, which I gold heat embossed over black card stock. I also added a few gold rhinestones for embellishing.

Absolutely in love with the beautiful colors that I achieved so easily with this. Like my sister said, it looks like one of those Persian glass artworks, albeit a little bit darker! 🙂

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Altenew Inspired Challenge for August by Erum. I could never color like this talented lady even if I tried, so I am just using the colors from her inspiration!

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #257: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Inkspirational Challenge #142: Oldie But Goldie (Dodecagram is one of the oldest Altenew stamps that I have!)

Bastel Traum August Challenge: Anything Goes

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday August Challenge: Using some favorite stamps

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Thank you so much for dropping by! 🙂

#605 – Sending Well Wishes

Hello! I find so many inspiring card makers out there in this kind hearted community, that it is practically impossible to not want to try out the unique techniques of a few talented ones. The one I am talking about this time, is Laurajane. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are missing out big time!

I love this particular coloring technique Laurajane uses. She adds colors in layers, but doesn’t allow them to blend, instead keeping the strokes to add a lovely look to her creations. I had tried this technique in the beginning of the year in this card, and was quite happy with the results. And I thought of trying it again…

Sending Well Wishes

Of course, my card doesn’t entirely look like how Laurajane makes them.. its in my style, after all! 🙂

I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set, stamped the images in Antique Linen distress ink and then colored them using Zig brush pens. The sentiment comes from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 stamp set.

Sending Well Wishes

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Color Throwdown Challenge #437

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #236: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Fusion Challenge: Easter (I picked the picture part, with the yellow and red flowers)

Simon Says Stamp March Work It Wednesday: Spring has Sprung

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Inkspirational Challenge #132: Spring

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂