#1016 – STB: Food, Glorious Food

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. Its always an Anything Goes challenge with a Birthday theme, but we also have a Topping chosen, if you want to go with it. The topping this time was chosen by our dear friend Lindsey a long time ago as ‘Food, Glorious Food‘.

And this time, I made a shaker card! 🙂 I think Lindsey would have liked this!

This card is inspired by another food shaker card I had made last year. I love the concept of using stamped images instead of only sequins/beads as the shaker elements. So this time, I used cupcakes as one of the shaker elements!

I first stamped the cupcakes from Mama Elephant Carnival Cupcakes in a light kraft color and then colored them using Zig Brush Markers. I then fussy cut them. For the shaker base, I used Winnie & Walter Buffalo Check stencil on a white card stock panel and used kraft, green and pink colors to lightly brush on the stencil to get a lighter color blending. For the shaker window, I used Neat and Tangled Scalloped die.

Since the cupcakes themselves wouldn’t be enough, I also used a few sequins and beads in the color of the cupcakes in the shaker card. Of course, before finishing the card, I had to stamp the sentiment as well. Its a combination of sentiments from Honey Bee Stamps Pearfect Sentiments and Concord & 9th Tiny Tagalongs stamp sets.

And that’s my card. Checkout what my teammates and our Surprise Party Guest, Åsa Johansson, have created at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog.

And thank you for stopping by!

#1006 – Summer Playtimes!

Hello and welcome! Time for another challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, our host Barbara has given us the Topping ‘Summer Activities‘. Of course, the topping is optional, and you can always go with ‘Anything Goes‘ topping as long as it is a birthday themed project.

And here’s what I made –

I didn’t have any idea on what to make for this challenge! I didn’t have anything that would directly indicate summer activities, so I thought about what I did in my childhood summer holidays. Play. I didn’t have stamps directly showing playing, but these critters seem to be having lots of fun making rainbow colored bubbles – and that’s playing for sure! And that’s what I went with! 🙂

I started with stamping the images from Mama Elephant Elle & Friends in Pumice Stone distress ink. I then watercolored the scene using more distress inks. I made some small modifications for the rocks and the grass, but mostly the images are stamped.

Once everything was dry, I trimmed the panel to size and stamped the sentiment, combining stamps from Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Builder and Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers.

And that’s my card done. Didn’t take long to complete. 🙂

Checkout what my team mates have created and what our wonderful guest Lorraine A has created as well at the Seize the Birthday blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#1000 – A Stitchy Sort of Birthday

Hello and welcome to my grand 1000th blog post!! Yay!! 😀 And I’m celebrating it with my post of a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge. This time, the topping is chosen by Shirley to be ‘Faux or Real Stitching‘. The topping is optional and as long as your project is birthday-related, you can join the challenge.

And here’s the card I made –

Frankly, I made this card in a hurry. In one night. Which is very, very rare for me. And this, after I proclaimed while commenting in Nancy’s post that I am taking months nowadays to make my cards. Yes, it just had to happen.

So anyway, after blanking out on what to create for a long time, I ended up making a card that I wasn’t only not satisfied with but also which just wouldn’t look good in its photo – how uncooperative. 😦

I made this one above in a hurry, since that card just wouldn’t do, and this came out quite well. I must however, admit that I was CASEing this gorgeous card in The Greetery blog.

I even used die cuts left over from previous projects (flowers from Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms and colored using Gansai Tambi watercolors and sentiment from Die-Versions Celebrate die), which made the process faster. I just had to stamp the faux stitched panels – both of which I did using dies from Mama Elephant So Sew – so aptly named – and then stamping on the top panel using CrafTangles Old Newspaper and Stampendous Blossom Spray stamps. I added a strip of black washi tape which had designs in matte gold for the smallest embellishing, and I was done!

I sure am glad this card worked, else I would have taken off for this challenge! 😉 But I think you’ll find my teammates did a much for trustworthy and wonderful works than mine – and of course, so did our wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Lorraine A! Check their creations out at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by and do come by again! 🙂