#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)

RRCB 156

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

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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)

RRCB 154

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! 🙂

#907 – STB: Sparkle and Shine

PE: Outstanding at Virginia’s Show and Share challenge!!

Virginia's Show and Share - Winner

Hello and welcome! We have a great new challenge starting today over at Seize the Birthday. Its the last challenge for this year, and the topping is something that is just perfect for a birthday. Suggested by our lovely team mate Cathy – “Sparkle & Shine‘. Of course, if that doesn’t suit your mood, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! 😀

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So for my card, since it had been so long, I focused on simple stamping, without any special techniques but added some sparkle for the sentiment and then embellishing. Here’s what I made –

I used the stamps from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds stamp set around the edges of a white card panel. Once done, I trimmed it on the wider edges, then adhered it over a light brown cardstock.

For the sentiment I wanted to add some sparkle, so I used some foil. Of course, I don’t have that many colors in my stash, I had to improvise. So I used Copic marker – a dark orange one on a silver foil. This isn’t end up with an even color, but that didn’t matter much, since I was die cut would have thin lettering. I die cut this using My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die, and some more pieces, which I adhered together, and then adhered to the cardstock.

Finally, I added a few dots of glittery gold Nuvo drops here and there for some extra subtly shimmer.

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

The Flower Challenge #50: Use a Sentiment

Retro Rubber challenge #148: They Said It’s Your Birthday (my old stamp is the Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds, which is from the 2016 release)

RRCB 148

Virginia’s November Show & Share

Virginia's Show and Share

Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more sparkly inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our Surprise Party Guest Julie Peddicord!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#900 – Thanks with Pumpkins

Hello and welcome! Today is another day to be glad – I’ve been asked over to be the Guest Designer at the Retro Rubber challenge! This is a wonderful challenge where the main requirement is to use a stamp that is more than a year old in your creation – a great reason to get out those old stamps and put them to good use!

The theme for this challenge is a color theme – to use Black, Orange and White only, with the picture inspiration

And here’s what I made –

A fairly simple card to make! I first started with creating the pumpkins. I drew a rough outline and watercolored each of them. Once dry, I fussy cut them out. For the background, I used Concord & 9th Sketched Stripes stamp set and stamped it in Black Soot distress ink on a white card base. It didn’t stamp properly, but that ‘sketchy’ look was what I was going for, so that was perfect! 😀

Next, the sentiment came from Ranger Letter It: Thank You stamp set. I stamped this also in Black Soot and then fussy cut it. I foam mounted all the pieces on the card base. And that’s it – that’s my finished card!

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Global Design Project #263: Season of Thanks

CrafTangles October challenge: Masculine Projects

monthly challenges

Inkspirational Challenge #224: Picture Inspiration (Fall Photo)

Stamplorations October challenge: Stamps + Autumn colors

Thank you to the Retro Rubber team for having me over! Step over to the Retro Rubber challenge blog for more inspiration from their awesome team!

Thank you so much for stopping by as well! 🙂

#896 – Diwali 2019 Cards

Hello! This post has been long overdue!! Like more than an year!! I know I had taken a long time just to click some photos of the cards I had made almost 3 months before I wrote this post… because this post was written then, and I wrote that I took 3 months!! But, better late than never?? 😀

So, anyway, here are the Diwali cards I had made for my family and friends the last year!

As is the case with my New Years cards, I follow a theme for my Diwali cards as well – as is glaringly obvious in this case! For these cards, I first chose a color of shimmer paints from Prima to paint a card panel. Depending on the color of the paint, I either chose a cream or a white card base. I trimmed the panel to size and die cut a circle window from the panel and a piece of scrap paper of the same size. I then used the scrap paper to die cut the circle window from the top of the card base too. I also heat embossed the painted panel in metallic colors using either Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves stamp or Ornate Background stamp.

Love the shine on these cards!

I then die cut a set of circular frames using the same circle die I used earlier plus another die one size larger. These I painted either gold or silver, to go with the color of the painted panel. Finally, I adhered all these pieces together.

The diya itself, also painted in the same color as the panel, comes from a die from Ranganjali, called Ornamental Diya. I used the leftover circular pieces from earlier to cut them out. I actually made a pop up feature from inside, to adhere this diya on top of, following this tutorial from Jennifer McGuire, but that didn’t really ‘pop up’ pretty well in this card for me!

Anyway, coming to the sentiment, I used Neat & Tangled Jounaling Alphas for the dies and the ‘happy’ comes from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

Coming to the envelops – I used the same stamp as I used on the panel. Then choosing grey for the white card based cards and brown for the cream card based cards, I stamped the pattern as a gradient. I then used the combination of Altenew Beautiful Lady and My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Alphabets & Numbers stamp set to stamp the sentiment on top.

I’m joining the following challenges with my set of cards –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make it Sparkle

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber challenge #145: Tic Tac Toe – I’ve chose the last column, Metallics-Masculine-Embossing, and the two stamps that I’ve used, being Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves stamp or Ornate Background stamp are both from September 2017 Stamp-tember release.

RRCB 145

Virginia’s Show and Share October challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

And that’s it from me! Glad I got around to finishing and publishing this post finally! 😀 And thanks for stopping by! 🙂