#875 – Red, White and Blue

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. JoAnn picked the topping this time, and it is ‘Red, White and Blue’. Since the topping is optional, as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

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And here’s what I made –

Red and Blue!

I started with the flower and leaves die cuts. The dies I used are from Altenew Peony Dreams and Rose Flurries and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. I first die cut them, adhered the pieces with the layers and water-colored them once they had dried. Finally, I added a lot of white splatters on all of them, using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink.

Red and Blue! (closeup)

Coming to the frame – I didn’t have any cardstock with the shade of blue that I wanted. I thought of swiping the ink pad on white cardstock, since I had the right shade, but that would end up wasting a lot of the ink. Instead, I dabbed the colors on an acrylic surface, then watercolored the cardstock, using as less water as possible. I then dried and watercolored again, repeating the process a few more times to get the desired opacity. Once dry, I die cut the frame using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

Finally, on the white card base, I added some splatters of the same shade of blue. Once this dried, I foam mounted the frame and assembled the rest of the pieces on the card. The sentiment, from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

And that’s my card. You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months, Jennifer Wills have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

#873 – Birthday Wishes

Hello and welcome! We’re back with another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by our leader Nancy, is ‘Watercoloring’. Now, that’s my favorite!! 😀

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I made this card for a dear crafting friend, who had her birthday a quite a while ago. But I wasn’t able to send her the card due to the lockdown… Hope to send it out soon!

Spring Birthday Wishes

I wanted to make this a spring themed one….Doesn’t look very springy? I had initially though of adding some nice bright colors, but then thought – hey, that’s what I always do! So, I thought of reducing the brightness a notch by choosing some darker colors. Adding a bit of grey-green around the image reduced the brightness a notch more. I should admit it was a notch more than I wanted, but I did like the overall effect. Its kinda like taking a vignette photo of those spring flowers! 😉

So here’s how I made it. I started by stamping the florals from Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers stamp sets in a light grey color. I used the watercolor paper from CrafTangles. I then water colored these using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once dry, I added a lot of splatters of black, brown and white. Setting this aside, I set to work on the rest of the card.

Spring Birthday Wishes (closeup)

For the background, I used a brown cardstock. I used the leaf stamps from the same two sets and using Platinum ep to heat emboss them. I also added the least bit of brown color on all the edges, by gently blending them into the cardstock.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of ‘Wishes’ from the My Favorite Things Best Wishes die, adhered them together and then heat embossed them with the same Platinum ep. I also white heat embossed the ‘Birthday’ from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set. I then trimmed the piece to size.

To assemble, I fuzzy cut one side of the watercolored piece, and trimmed it on the other sides, and then foam mounted it on the kraft card base. I then adhered the sentiment pieces on top, with the black piece getting foam mounted too. And that finished my card!

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#871 – STB: All About Summer!

PE: Winner at the Timeout Challenge #163

Timeout challenge winner

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time, chosen by our teammate Colleen, is ‘All About Summer’. However, if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!

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And here’s what I made –

You Make Everything Shine

I am not completely sure if this is qualified for a Summer theme, but there is a sun in it….:P

Making the card was pretty straight forward – Stamped the images from My Favorite Things ‘Things with Wings’ stamp set, colored them using my Zig brush markers. I used distress inks for the grass and sky, and cut the grass using My Favorite Things Grassy Fields die. The whole panel was cut using Mama Elephant So Sew die. I stamped the sentiment after the assembly of the top panel, and it is a combination of Concord & 9th Sunshine Turnabout and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp sets.

You Make Everything Shine (closeup)

Hope you enjoyed my card. Remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more creative inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from out talented Surprise Guest Jo Avery! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps & More challenge #392: Make Your Mark

CASE This Sketch challenge #375

Timeout challenge #163: Proust Quote

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#868 – Pineapples Aplenty!

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time is ‘Totally Tropical’, given to us by our fabulous teammate Shirley.

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And here’s what I made –

Pineapples Aplenty!

To make this card, I first started with the background. I chose the Itsy Bitsy Tropical Flowers embossing folder, dabbed a bit of light mint color on it, misted a bit of water and embossed a white piece of card panel on top. Since this folder is 4″, I was forced to trim off the sides. I set this aside to dry.

I then used Reverse Confetti Pineapples Aplenty stamp set to stamp the pineapples in two different shades. I used the same stamp and the rock-and-roll technique to add another color, a lot darker than the base, on top of each image. I also did the same process to get a couple of flowers from Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp set. I then fussy cut these images out. For the frame, I used a piece that was left over from another project while using the Neat & Tangled Scalloped Frame die.

Pineapples Aplenty! (closeup)

To assemble, I first adhered the embossed panel on a white card base, then foam mounted the frame and then adhered the fruits and flowers by using both bits of foam tape and normal glue, to achieve a slanted look. The sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Party stamp set.

And I’m also joining these two challenges –

STAMPlorations May Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge

Reverse Confetti May Stock Your Stash challenge: Birthday

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

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#864 – STB: Monochromatic

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by our talented teammate TaeEun, is ‘Monochrome’.

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And here’s what I made –

Monochrome

I started with the Altenew Feathered Leaves stencil. I used a watercolor panel for the card base instead of regular cardstock for some additional texture.

Before I started, I made a mask for the entire stencil. I then cut off the individual leaves from the mask. I then placed the stencil on the panel and then placed each individual piece of the mask on it. I then used a few distress inks in shades of greens to apply color to each leaf, taking off selected few masks to apply the colors and replacing them once I was done. Though it sounds tedious, it was surprisingly quick.

Monochrome (closeup)

I then took off all the pieces of the mask and liberally sprinked some water on, which I dried off after a few moments, giving the splattered look to the panel. Finally I took the stencil off. Waited some time for it to air dry completely and then trimmed it to size. I then foam mounted this on a watercolor paper card base.

Next came the sentiment from Stamploration Celebrate – I die cut a few scrap pieces of cardstocks with this and then the top most piece from gold foil cardstock, and adhered all the pieces. As I placed the piece on top, I felt that some additional layer was required in between. So, took a scrap piece of watercolor paper I had, copped off the edges here and there, to get a random shape and placed this behind the sentiment.

To finish off, I chose a few sequins of green and gold, of various sizes and adhered them on the panel.

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!