#950 – Sparsely colored Bergenias

PE: Top Three at AAA Birthday challenge!

AAA Birthday - Top 3

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time I chose the Topping to be ‘Use an Embossing Folder‘.

And here’s what I created –

Sorry for the picture’s bad quality – its always cloudy here, and this is taken when the day was at its brightest!

Coming to the card – I started with embossing Hndmd Cotton watercolor paper using Altenew’s Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder. I then started coloring the raised areas with Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils, using mineral oil/baby oil and paper stump to blend the colors. (You can see a similar coloring attempt with a different Altenew embossing folder here, where I used Oil pastels instead).

Once done, I trimmed the panel and adhered it over an off-white cardstock, covering the top completely. For the sentiment, I stamped one from Altenew Beautiful Lady over the same cardstock, trimmed it to size and foam mounted it over the card. I then added a few translucent sequins from Ranganjali for embellishment.

And that’s my card!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #318: All About Occasions

AAA Birthday challenge #26: Flowers

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #408: Birthdays where they are also celebrating their 9th birthday!! Yay!!

Checkout more inspiring cards from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Melanie Hungerford, and make good use of your embossing folders and join the fun!

Thakn you for stopping by! 🙂

#947 – Warm Sunset Scene

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and we have new Topping to play with. Every challenge is always Anything Goes and a special Topping is included for extra fun. Basically, it’s not required to include the topping on your birthday card, so you can have all the fun you want!

The Topping this time, chosen by Lindsey is ‘Nautical‘.

And here’s what I made –

This card is heavily influence by these cards by Yana Smakula. I mean, what spectacular creations!! Since I didn’t own the Waves background stamp set from SSS that Yana used to make her card, I thought of making my own waves. I mean, its just wavy lines, how difficult could that be?!

So I started by drawing out by curvy waves using a pencil, making sure to mark out the horizon and the line where the beach would be. I then drew over them using a black marker, making the horizon and beach lines a little thicker than the others. I then cut these out into a few pieces, cutting along the wavy lines, so I could color them individually.

For coloring the pieces I used distress inks with my gelli plate. Love this tool for quick coloring! I love how I could easily get the depth and bright colors on the cardstock without any much hard work. 🙂 Once I was done coloring, I adhered the pieces together using a black cardstock for the base. This, along with coloring the edge of each piece with the same black marker, both helped me cover any space that I might have left out while adhering the pieces together.

Next, I came to the ship – which is from the Sailmates stamp set from Neat & Tangled. In fact, I chose this card design since the ship had such a thick outline – it would match the thick wave lines perfectly! So anyway, I stamped the ship and colored it using Zig Brush Markers. I then fussy cut it and adhered it on the card. And those little birds – I drew them on some scrap cardstock and fussy cut them out, colored them in black and then adhered them over the sun. Finally the sentiment, from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages – I heat embossed it in white over black card stock, cut it out and then foam mounted it over my card. And that’s it!

IRL, this piece looks dimensional, with the different colors and the wavy lines! Love that effect! 🙂

Stop over the Seize the Birthday blog, where we have our new Surprise Party Guest Melanie Hungerford and the rest of our fun DT giving you more inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#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! 🙂

#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! 😀

2020-11-19-Sparkle&Shine

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! 🙂

#904 – Seize the Birthday: 1, 2, 3!!

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. And our fun teammate Glenda picked the topping this time, and it is ‘1, 2, 3’. Basically, you’ll need to use 1 die cut or punch, 2 colours (excluding neutrals), 3 embellishments (same or different) in your birthday project. But if you don’t want that, since the topping is optional, if your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

And here’s what I made –

I started with a white card panel. I added a soft blend of ink shades of pink and cloudy blue using makeup brushes. And then I used Altenew Halftone stencil and first laid it on one side of my panel and ink blended it with a darker shade. I then moved it to another side of the card panel, aligned it with the previously shaded dots, and added another darker shade – in fact, I switched to another shade of pink, since it wasn’t dark enough.

Then, I die cut the panel using one die from the Simon Says Stamp Crocus Flowers dies. I then ink blended the darkest shade I could on top. I also cut out a couple more die cuts from scrap cardstock. I then adhered the pieces together, while keeping one set of the negatives at hand.

Finally, I covered a piece of printing paper with double sided tape and adhered it underneath the stencilled panel. I then adhered by die cut on top, and then adhered my negative pieces, in place. I had to trim the panel a bit. I then foam mounted this panel on top of my white card base. I also added a ton of Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle brush pen for extra shimmer.

For the sentiment, I used the stamp from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Floral’s, stamped it on white cardstock, trimmed it to size. I then used some silver holographic foil washi tape – I recently bought a set of these, and oh wow, do I love them!! – which I adhered over some scrap cardstock, trimmed it and adhered my sentiment on top. This, I foam mounted on the card as well. Finally I used a couple of double colored sequins and a single white one to embellish the card.

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

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Thinking of You

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Bastel Traum challenge #94: Background

The Flower challenge #50: Use a Sentiment

You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Peddicord have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!