#836 – Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The challenge is all about making birthday projects, and you can choose to go with the topping, or, since it is optional, you can also go without it. This time, we have a new topping, ‘For Kids’, selected by Lindsey.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish

I started with making the background, or the water for the fishes. I used two pieces of watercolor paper, applied the watercolors and left it to dry. Once dry, I used MFT Ocean Waves die to cut out pieces of the waves. For adhering these waves, I added foam tape on the tip of the waves and glued the bottom of the waves directly to the white card base.

Meanwhile, I stamped the fish and the water plants from the MFT Gill Friends using a light grey ink and then used Polychromos pencils for coloring the them. I then fussy cut them. On the card, I used foam tape on some and directly adhered the others.

Kiss Kiss Birthday Fish (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die cut a mint colored cardstock using Winnie & Walter’s Sketchy Thoughts and then stamped the sentiment, from MFT Gill Friends. I foam mounted this on the card base. And that’s my card!

Hope you are inspired! Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest Annie and our wonderful design team! If making a kids’ card isn’t in your agenda, you are always welcome to make any kind of birthday project and join us!

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#834 – STB: Adding Geometric Shapes

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Add Geometric Shapes’, which is given to us by TaeEun. Of course, as usual, you are free to skip the topping and join us with any Birthday project, as long as it is new.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Going with the topping again, this is what I made this time –

Geometry

Double cards using the same stamp! I got this handsome background stamp from The Stamp Market called Diamond Tile.. and I soooo wanted to use it for so long!! I wanted to do watercoloring on these squares. While trying out different colors and different ways to use the background, I finalized on these two pieces and decided to make cards using them.

Geometry (card 1)

For the first one, I gold heat embossed the background. Then, I used my Gansai Tambi paints to color in. The coloring is not exactly as solid as I would have liked, but I let it be, for unique texture! 😉 I gold heat embossed it again. This time, since the paint wasn’t completely dry, I got a few spots of gold on other sections too, but I let it be – I liked that look too! 😉

Geometry (card 1 closeup)

Once it dried, I used Spellbinders Label 24 die to cut a panel for the sentiment from kraft cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Flower sparks using Versamark Watermark ink and then gold heat embossed it. I then blended in some Gathered Twigs distress ink in the center and sides, for some added texture.

I then foam mounted the watercolor panel on a kraft card base, and then foam mounted the sentiment piece on top. For embellishing, I added some gold sequins.

Geometry (card 2)

For the second piece, I used a very light grey ink to stamp the image on a watercolor paper piece and then watercolored it. I then die cut this using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and foam mounted it on a white cardbase.

On top of this, I used a couple of sprigs using dies from Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. For the sentiment, I used sentiment stamps Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs, and die cuts from Neat & Tangled Journaling Alpha, which I watercolored in grey and stacked with a few more die cuts. I then foam mounted the whole thing on top of the watercolored panel. I also used a few gemstones for embellishing.

Geometry (card 2 closeup)

I hope you are inspired by my cards! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Annie! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

#833 – Seize the Birthday: Its just a Number!

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Its just a Number’, which is given to us by Colleen. Of course, as usual, you are free to ignore the topping and join the fun with any Birthday project.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I, of course, went with topping, and here’s what I made –

STB: Its Just a Number

After a long time, I turned back to my favorite technique and had some relaxed time watercoloring. Didn’t last too long though – I think I completed this, quite unexpectedly, within an hour!

Anyway, I stamped the images from Waffle Flower Enveloper Birthday and Enveloper Little Birdie on watercolor paper using Distress Ink Antique Linen and then used Gansai Tambi watercolors for coloring.

Once it dried, I masked off the girl, then added a few splatters. I trimmed this to size and kept it aside.

STB: Its Just a Number (closeup)

While I had a basic idea of what I wanted, didn’t think too much about it before the watercoloring and I was stuck on which sentiment to use and how and where for quite some time, until I came across this sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes. I stamped it in vellum, trimmed the piece and after folding the top half of it, tucked it on top of the watercolor panel and then foam mounted it on top of a grey cardbase.

I hope it serves as an inspiration to you! I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional ‘Tropical’ (I haven’t gone with the optional)

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Anything Goes

Anything Goes Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Stamp It

SSS - Monday Challenge

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Annie!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#832 – Interlocking Gatefold Card

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge! This time, we have the topping given to us by Glenda as ‘Square card’. The topping is optional, so you can choose to just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

Happy Birthday Papa

I tried making something different since this was also a card for my Papa! And so, made a Interlocking Gatefold card (wonderful tutorial by Jennifer McGuire!).

I started with a 12×12 white cardstock, which I trimmed in half, then scored at 3″ and 9″. To keep the card folded, while stamping, I then folded the sides by first adding a masking tape in the center. Then, I stamped all my images using a dark grey ink and then stamped the rest of the layers excepting the solid layer.

For some additional bling, I added some clear sparkle embossing powder, in the center of the flowers.For some additional bling, I added some clear sparkle embossing powder, in the center of the flowers.

Happy Birthday Papa (Interlocking Gatefold)

Keeping this aside, I used Memory Box Rectangle Basics and cut out the frame and the panel for the sentiment, using silver mirror cardstock and white cardstock. I also cut out three more pieces of same. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3 in Versamark Watermark ink and heat embossed them three times in silver. I then adhered the layers all together, and then adhered half of the pieces to opposite sides of the card.

Happy Birthday Papa (closeup 1)

I made the envelope using patterned paper, on which I stamped ‘Dear Papa Its Your Birthday’ using MFT Birdie Brown’s Alphabets and Numbers black ink, which I’ve not shown in any of the images :P.

Happy Birthday Papa (closeup 2)

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #356: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Celebrate

SSS - Work It Wednesday

For additional inspiration, checkout the Seize the Birthday blog. You’ll find lot more creativity! Also joining us the last time is our Surprise Party Guest, Su Mohr!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

#831 – Butterflies Birthday Hugs!

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday, where the latest topping, given to us by Barbara, is ‘Butterflies’! Of course, you can also choose to not go for the topping and make a fresh birthday project to join us!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Butterfly Birthday Hugs

I started by making the background using Altenew Floral Shadow. I actually made three of them – with different shades of black and grey, and ended up choosing this one for this card. The rest are saved for something in the future. 🙂

Well, I trimmed my chosen paper on the top and bottom and then foam mounted this on a black cardbase.

Butterfly Birthday Hugs (butterflies closeup)

I then cut out several pieces of the butterflies from three dies from My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies, from several pattern papers. I also cut out the body of each butterfly using black cardstock. I then adhered three pieces of pattern paper together for each butterfly..

Butterfly Birthday Hugs (closeup)

Finally, coming to the sentiment. I cut out one piece of Memory Box’s Big Hugs using white cardstock, and three more using black. I stacked the black ones and adhered them together, and adhered the white one off a bit, to get a shadow effect. I adhered this on the card, so that there was enough space to add the three butterflies too. Then I added the other part of the sentiment, which comes from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers, using foam tape

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers: August Anything with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge
A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: Birthday

a2z scrapbooking august challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing instance of creativity by the rest of the design team! Also joining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Su Mohr!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

#830 – Seize The Birthday: Flowers

PE: Winner at Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge!!

Hello! I totally forgot to write my post for the Seize the Birthday challenge. 😦 But better late than never!! 🙂 So the topping for the new challenge, given by Vicki, is to use Flowers. Of course, the topping is optional, and as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s the card I made –

Seize the Birthday: Flowers

I started with the florals. I used Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Ashlees Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans, stamping the outline in black ink, and once I finished stamping the colored layers, I used a black pen to thicken some of the lines. I then used Neat & Tangled Scalloped die to diecut the panel. I wanted to mount this on a grey panel, but I didn’t have the right color. So I used my Zig brush marker to color a white card panel and trimmed it to size to use it for base. I mounted this on a white card base.

Seize the Birthday: Flowers (closeup)

For the sentiment, I used Scripty Sentiments from The Stamp Market, stamped it in grey ink; the other piece of the sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday. I then fuzzy cut it. Both pieces are foam mounted on the floral panel.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Winnie & Walter June/July Color Combo challenge with Heather

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: August challenge: Birthday

a2z scrapbooking august challenge

Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more “colorful” inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from our talented Surprise Guest Su Mohr! And, of course, join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#829 – STB: Rainbow – 2 Ways

Hello and welcome! We have a brand new challenge at Seize the Birthday and the topping, chosen this time by Cathy, is Rainbow! If you are not a fan of rainbows, you can choose to just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This time I have two cards – yes two! And that too, when I totally suck at making cards with rainbow – the actual rainbow or just even the colors!

Rainbow - Two Ways

For my first card, I used stencil wreath technique, which Jennifer McGuire has taught. I used the Winnie & Walter Buffalo Check stencil and distress inks to blend in some rainbow color, on all the sides, leaving the center white. I then trimmed the piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. I then stamped the sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, in black ink. I foam mounted this on a white card base.

Rainbow - Two Ways (1)

It still felt like it needed something! So I created a thin frame using Memory Box Basic Rectangles set of dies, stacked them with similarly cut pieces and adhered this on top. I also cut out a few tiny flowers and leaves from the Paper Smooches Flowers 2 dies, which I adhered on opposite corners. I used a few pearls on the flower centers, which also acted as additional embellishment.

Rainbow - Two Ways (1 - closeup)

For the next card – actually this was the first card I made – I wanted to go with the actual rainbow, not just the colors.

I first made the background – blending some distress inks in shades of blue, then a little bit of yellow in the bottom. I then added splatters of water, to create a splattered effect. I also added splatters of white distress paint, and then some blue watercolor ink. I kept it aside to dry completely.

Rainbow - Two Ways (2)

I used We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circles to cut out seven pieces, then colored them all in rainbow colors. I adhered the pieces, not so neatly, on a corner of the card. I then added the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Wishing You stamp set and then the clouds from Paper Smooches Clouds die cut. I added some sparkle on the clouds and rainbow using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

Rainbow - Two Ways (2 - closeup)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Inkspirational Challenge #191: Photo challenge: banners, kites, balloons

So, which version of rainbows did you like the best?

Do remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more “colorful” inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from our talented Surprise Guest Su Mohr! And, of course, join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!