#861 – STB: Spring Fling

PE: Watercooler Rocker at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Just Add Ink Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by Lindsey, is ‘Spring Fling’.


Checkout what I made –

Happy Birthday to You (1)

I started with watercolor paper from CrafTangles. On this I stamped the large flower cluster image from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set in Adirondack Earthtones Ginger ink. This is a watercolor reactive ink, and I’ve used it before with watercoloring (see this card). I loved the effects then and decided to use it again. For watercoloring I used Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Once dried, I used Uniball Posca white pen to add dots to the flower center, then added black dots using a black fine liner on top of them. I also used the same fine liner to draw lines to the dots, completing the stamens. I also added a few strokes of clear glitter gel pen on the flowers and leaves. This is the only embellishing I did on the card (other than the gold foil, of course!)

Happy Birthday to You (2)

Once done, I trimmed the watercolor panel, fussy cutting it on one edge completely, and partially on the other edges, to give it a partial rectangle shape.

For the card base, I chose a light brown cardstock. I trimmed the front panel of the card base a bit shorter, so that it is mostly hidden behind the watercolor flowers. Before adhering the flowers, I trimmed a strip of gold foil cardstock and adhered it on the card base. Once I had adhered the watercolor panel, I folded the card and also adhered another strip of gold foil cardstock on the inside panel of the card.

Happy Birthday to You (3)

For the sentiment, I stamped ‘happy birthday to’ from Reverse Confetti All About You stamp set in Versafine Onyx black ink. The ‘you’ is die cut using Altenew Simple Alpha. I die cut a few pieces of the same brown cardstock and a single set of gold foil cardstock. I then stacked them adhered it on the card.

And that finished my card!

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #266: All About Occasions

Just Add Ink challenge #500: Just Add a Die-cut Word

Inkspirational challenge #210: Spring

The Flower Challenge #43: Spring/Autumn

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#857 – A Sympathy Card

Hello and welcome. This time I’ve made a card, that most card-makers would prefer not to make – a sympathy card. I’ve sent it out to a very dear fellow blogger, Monika, who recently lost her young son in an accident. My heart aches for her – what a terrible thing to go though.. 😦

Sharing in Your Sorrow

To make this card, I first used the dies from My Favorite Things Birds of a Feather and Pretty Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, watercolored them and kept them aside to dry. On the card base, I embossed using one of the die cuts from Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then adhered the die cut pieces and then stamped sentiment from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom using MFT Hybrid Black ink.

Sharing in Your Sorrow (closeup)

I hope Monika finds solace soon.

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Inkspirational challenge #208: Designers’ Choice: Animal: Real or Magical

Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Stamplorations March CAS challenge: Anything Goes with optional color twist Light Blue

Perfectly CAS challenge #7: Die Cuts (I’ve used the center of the 3/3 grid)

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #381: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by.

#844 – Christmas Poinsettia

Hello and welcome! Time for another Christmas card!! This time, the focus is on the poinsettias. The red of the poinsettias against a white (or, in this card, a cream) background is just fantastic! The red looks absolutely dashing! 🙂

Merry Christmas Poinsettia

I first die cut the top and bottom pieces using the My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies. Then, on the card base, I drew the outline of the two pieces using a pencil and set the pieces aside. I then die cut a bunch of the poinsettia leaves using the Simon Says Stamp Poinsettia Cluster die using the same cardstock. I then adhered all the pieces, flat on the card base, taking care not to go much beyond the pencil markings.

Merry Christmas Poinsettia (closeup)

Next came the sentiment. I used Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis The Season stamp. I first stamped the upper half in red ink, then stamped both using Versamark watermark ink, and heat embossed the bottom half using platinum embossing powder, and the top using clear embossing powder. I repeated this a couple more times to give it a bit more dimension. I then foam mounted the top and bottom pieces on the card. Finally I adhered the poinsettias, which are from Itsy Bitsy, on the card. For embellishing, I added half pearls on the centers of all the poinsettias and added silver glitter shine on the poinsettias.

I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #39: Use a Die

Inkspirational challenge #202: No Stamping (I have stamped for heat embossing the sentiment, so if this doesn’t count, please take my entry off!)

Happy Little Stampers: December Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Just us Girls challenge #516: Anything Goes


Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#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!

#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!