#933 – Spring Flowers

PE: Top Pick at Retro Rubber challenge!!

Retro Rubber Challenge - Top Pick

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge at Seize the Birthday today, and the topping this time, chosen by TaeEun is Spring Flowers. Of course, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ too, as long as it’s a birthday theme.

And this is what I created –

I started with the flowers and leaves from various Altenew stamps – Beautiful Day, Garden Treasure and Peony Bouquet. After stamping them in VersaFine Onyx black ink, I used die inks to stamp the colors as well. For the smallest flowers, since there wasn’t any stamps to fill them in, I used Zig brush markers to color them. I then fussy cut these pieces out.

For the base, I used Time Holtz-Sizzix Lumber 3D Texture Fades embossing folder. I first pressed a couple of light grey dye inks on the folder and then placed the paper in before cranking it though my embossing machine. For the result, the depth of the grooves on the lumber look deeper, which is what I was aiming for. I adhered this layer on my card base and then foam mounted the flowers and leaves. For the sentiment, I used one from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits stamp. I fussy cut this one also and then foam mounted it on the card too. I thought of adding some sequins or pearls for embellishing, but then decided against it.

And that’s my card! I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Inspired By challenge #170: Wrap Me Up In Spring

Retro Rubber Challenge #156: Pastels (using older stamps from Altenew stamps – released during 2015-16)

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The Flower Challenge #55: Pretty Pastels

Addicted to Stamps and More #403: Birthdays

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog to see some fantastic inspiration from Lynda, our Surprise Party Guest and of course, all of our inspiring design team! And don’t forget to join the fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#926 – Bunny Birthday

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday today, where Glenda is challenging us with a sketch. I don’t know if we ever had a sketch challenge at Seize the Birthday, but it is definitely the first one since I joined the team! Super fun! Of course, if you are not the kind of person to be inspired by sketches, you can always just create any birthday project to join us!

And here’s the sketch that Glenda made for us –

And here’s what I made –

I made my own set of pattern papers for use, and of course, my own latest challenge of using colored cardstock for card base. I used WPlus9 Background Builders Knit stamp set to stamp on a mint colored card base. For the next layer, I used the stamps from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals. I die cut this panel using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles. I foam mounted it on the card base.

For the bunny and the bouquet it is holding, which is from Lil Inker Designs Rustic Spring stamp set. I stamped it with VersaFine black ink and then colored it with Zig brush markers, using my blending pen to blend and soften the colors. Since I didn’t have the co-ordinating dies, I fussy cut the images, then used X-Acto knife to cut out the arms so that I can fit the bouquet in.

Finally I adhered the bunny on the card using foam tape. The sentiment, which is from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers, which I heat embossed on scrap kraft cardstock in white and then die cut using one of the frames from Sizzix Phrases stamp and die set. This, I foam mounted again on the card.

And that’s my card! I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Inspired By Challenge #166: Bunny Roll

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use 2 Or More Patterned Papers

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Retro Rubber Challenge #154: Anything Goes (all stamps I’ve used are over an year old – Backgrounds and Borders 1 and Fresh Cut Florals from 2013, Rustic Spring from 2017)

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AAA Birthday Card challenge #23: Patterned Paper

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to see more wonderful inspiration from our talented DT and of course, our Party Guest, Carol Mayne.

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#916 – A Tweet Hello

PE: Winner at Inspired By challenge!! Yay!!

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Hello and welcome! I was craving to make something yesterday, and as usual, card challenges are an excellent source for my inspirations!

To make this card, I started with the tweet birdie. I drew and watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors, and then after it dried, fussy cut it out. Setting it aside, I die cut the flowers and leaves using Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers dies and Simon Says Stamp Eucalyptus Leaves using the same watercolor paper I used for the birdie. I then watercolored them too.

I then started working on the background. I stamped the wood design using Concord & 9th Barnwood Background and a light gray ink. I also wanted to use a strip of grey cardstock. I die cut them both using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. I then assembled my card using the same grey cardstock for my cardbase. The sentiment, from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts, I stamped on scrap white cardstock, drew a bubble around it, and fussy cut that. I then foam mounted it on my card.

And that’s my card! Checkout these challenges that I got inspired by and I am joining with this card –

CASE This Sketch #405 The last challenge (boo hoo!!) I just couldn’t not join!!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #306: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Inspired By Tweet Messages

Color Throwdown challenge #627

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#790 – You Are Amazing

Hello! I made this card to send to a dear crafting friend, Sandie and now that it has long since reached her, I am sharing it! Such a charming lady filled with drive – that’s what I felt after just a few mail exchanges. And I made this card to suite that feeling I had.

I tried to make it a bright card, so, tried making it with lots of flower/leaf layering.. and I am quite happy with how it has turned out! … and I hope she liked it too!! 🙂

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I kept the images ready by stamping them with distress inks, misted with water. The flowers and leaves are all from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers. I had shared another card which used the leftovers from this project earlier here.

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Once I decided how to arrange the florals, I proceeded to the base… which took a long time.. a very long time. In the end, I die cut the pieces using Lil Inker Designs Pointelle die and used distress paints Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass. I like how the texture and mix of color makes it look like wood, but still will carry some shine with it. Once dried, I adhered it directly over the card base, then adhered the flowers on it.

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For the sentiment, I used stacked up die cut pieces, which I die cut using Altenew Inline Alpha dies. The other part of the sentiment is from Avery Elle Laurels, which I heat embossed with two layers of copper embossing and one layer of clear sparkle embossing.

And extravagant card in the end..

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge with Heather H: Anything Goes (and this is the color palette I chose)

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Inspired By Challenge: Rustic Summer

Calling All Sisters challenge #16

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Stamplorations Summer Theme & Sketch challenge

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Addicted to Stamps and More challenge 307: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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