#911 – Flurries of Happiness

Hello and welcome to the very first challenge of Seize the Birthday for the new year!! Following tradition, we have a new topping for you to work with. This time, our wonderful teammate Barbara was the one to choose ‘Snowy Background’ as the topping. If you’re not a toppings kinda person, wellโ€ฆ..you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes”Birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s what I made –

I’ve started trying to create my own backgrounds while watercoloring, and the topping felt like a good start. So, I just thought of going for it!

The cute little foxie is from My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes, and I modified its birthday hat into a snow cap and added a muffler around its neck to help it with the cold weather. The rest of the image is drawn and watercolored.

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors with CrafTangles watercolor paper to create the entire scene. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Winter Sampler stamp set at the bottom in black ink. I then trimmed the panel a bit more and mounted it on a grey card base.

And that finished my card! And I’m joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New

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My Favorite Things Color Challenge #156

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #396: Make Your Mark

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Look for more inspirational and innovative cards from the rest of our DT and our Party Guest Julie Peddicord at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog! And don’t forget to play along and add a few more birthday cards to your stash! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#846 – Seize the Birthday – Layer It!!

Hello and welcome!! Its just the second day of the new year, so I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!!

And to make it a crafty new year too, we have a new challenge, the very first of the new year, at Seize the Birthday challenge! You should check out the new look of the blog!! The topping this time is picked by me – ‘Layer It!

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You can choose to add layers however you like – using stencils, stamps or die cuts – even layers of cardstock! But even still, if you don’t like layering, you can choose to go without the topping and join us with any birthday themed project.

And here’s what I made –

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Though it is a new year, I am mostly using supplies that I’ve had with me for a long time. I just felt like using them, you see! ๐Ÿ™‚

I first stamped a white panel with Tsukineko Delicata gold ink using Penny Black Roman Surround background stamp. After it dried, I mounted this on a navy blue card base. I then tore another piece of the same navy blue cardstock, blended in some black soot distress oxide ink on the untorn sides and adhered it on top.

I then die cut the butterflies from navy blue and white cardstocks, using My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies solid and lacy dies. I also added three layers of gold heat embossing on the body of the insect and adhered all the pieces together. I then arranged and adhered it on the card.

For the sentiment, I chose Penny Black Sentimental stamp, which I gold heat embossed thrice, trimmed and foam mounted on the card. For embellishing, I used gold and blue sequins.

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I am also joining the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #470

Pop over to the Seize the Challenge blog to checkout (we have a new look now!) what the rest of the DT has made. We are also joined by our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg! So, you’ll get to see lots of fantastic inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

#838 – Birthday Hedgehugs!!

Hello and welcome!! Its been such a looooong time since I made a card to join challenges…too long! So, I finally finished all my DT duties, and after recovering from my week-long fever, having a couple of holidays, I thought of making something to make me happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ A couple of cards are the results of this, the first one being this –

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I took out some stamps from My Favorite Things, one of the companies that I have a lot of stamps from. I used Geometric Greenery, Happy Hedgehogs and a ladybug from Things with Wings. I colored them all using Zig Brush marker pends, fussy cut them. On my cardstock, I stamped a gray gradient of Etched Tribal, cut out two pieces of Pinking Edge Square, foam mounted them, and adhered all my fussy cut pieces. Stamped the sentiment, a combination of sentiments from Happy Hedgehogs and Top Dog, trimmed it and foam mounted it too.

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Something that took a bit more time than normal, but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process!!

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #128

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #461

AAA Birthday card challenge #6: Color Palette

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

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Thanks for stopping by!

#798 – Bunny Thanks

Hello and welcome!

In a previous post, I mentioned using a cardstock for watercoloring, which gave out results pretty different from the traditional watercolor paper. The colors were dulled, and softened by a great deal. But thankfully, since the cardstock was holding up pretty well against a medium amount of water, I didn’t want to give up. And with the encouragement I received from my sis and everyone’s comments then, I decided to give it another go.

I had tried distress inks then, so I thought of giving Zig brush pens, which hold some nice and bright colors, a try this time. And here’s what I made –

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I used stamps from My Favorite Some Bunny and Geometric Greenery, stamped the bunnies in Vintage Linen distress ink and the Greenery in Shabby Shutters distress ink. I then proceeded with no line coloring using the Zig brush pens. And, just as expected, the colors did lose a lot of brightness, and ended up softer than what would have been on watercolor paper – or any other cardstock.

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I did add another coat of color on the bunnies – they were so faded after they dried, I thought they might become invisible by the time I took the photos!! Once everything was dry, I used a handmade stencil to add the clouds. I also colored in the ground.

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I am joining the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch challenge #403 (the diagonal in the background is using the leaves)

My Favorite Things Color challenge #101 (sorry, the colors are only on the bunnies dresses and the clouds.. but the colors are mostly masked by the abundance of browns)

Just Us Girls challenge #459

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

#796 – The Hedgehogs Say…

Hello and welcome to listen to what the hedgehogs want to say!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

I had these cute lil hedgehogs from MFT for quite some time now, and it felt like using autumn colors on them was the perfect idea. So, I made two cards, with the exact same arrangement, but with little changes.

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I used MFT Happy Hedgehogs and Verve Stamps Bountiful Harvest stamps. I actually wanted to test one of the cardstocks that I own, on which I usually do misted stamping for superb effects, with watercoloring. The results weren’t exactly what I expected, but my sis said she liked the soft tones, so I thought of using the piece (or rather, keeping the card I made) than not. And that’s the one you see on the right.

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I made this other one as I wasn’t satisfied with the first one. The one on the right is made by watercoloring using distress inks – and even bright colors were significantly toned down by this card stock. And the one on the left using stamping with MFT Black hybrid ink, then coloring using Zig Brush pens.

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Coming back to the card on the right. Once the cardstock had dried, I die cut it using MFT Stitched Mini Rectangles die, added a base of dark brown cardstock, then adhered it to a kraft cardbase that I had already stamped in plaid tones of orange, red and brown using the MFT Plaid Background Builders. The sentiment is heat embossed on the same dark brown cardstock, die cut using MFT Slanted Sentiment Strips, foam mounted on the panel.

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For the card with the brighter tones, the sentiment comes from Ranger Letter It – Thank You stamp set. I used distress oxide inks to create the blend of colors in the background, on which I splattered some water. I fussy cut the hedgehogs and pumpkins and mounted them at different levels of dimension.

With these cards, I am joining the following challenges –

MFT Sketch Challenge #402

Happy Little Stampers: September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not using the optional Butterflies)

Color Throwdown challenge #510

Timeout Challenge #118: Photo Inspiration

Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for listening to the hedgehogs and for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚