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)

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 Sue Mohr! And, of course, join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

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#827 – Shine Bright!

Hello! Yet again, it is time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. The topping this time is ‘Sunshine’, from Nancy. Since the topping is optional, you are completely free to not use it, and make a birthday project with any theme at all, to join us!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I knew what I wanted to use from my stash as soon as I saw this topping!!

Shine Bright!

I really wanted to use the Reverse Confetti My Sunshine, which I had in my stash for such a long time without being used! After die-cutting and stamping the sun with the colors that I wanted, I went to the background.

Shine Bright! (closeup)

I used Studio Calico Circle Graph stencil and applied distress inks of red, orange and yellow through it, generating radiant sun’s rays. I then used a handmade cloud stencil and added clouds around the sun’s rays using the lightest shade of blue distress ink I had (somehow barely visible in the photos!!). Finally I added the last line of sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes. And a few sequins to embellish. And that’s my card ready!

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 Sue Mohr! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#826 – STB: Cover the Card

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Cover the Card’, given by yours truly. Just use anything, but cover your card with it – die cuts, stamping, embossing – anything goes! Well, or if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my card, I chose a few stamp sets from My Favorite Things, floral and leafy, to cover my card.

Sending Birthday Wishes

Before I started, however, I decided on my sentiments, cut them out from scrap paper, and marked the place on the card, so that I could leave those areas empty. This doesn’t make a major difference, but it leaves the background of anything that might clash with the sentiment.

Sending Birthday Wishes (closeup)

After stamping throughout the whole card – in fact I made two cards, one using ivory cardstock and one using white – I went ahead and added the sentiment. Stacked die cut and the rest of it, foam mounted. For the one with the ivory base, I also added a few dots to the centers of the mint colored flowers.

Sending Birthday Wishes (multiple cards)

Here’s the list of supplies that I used:
My Favorite Things Flashy Florals stamp set
My Favorite Things Modern Blooms stamp set
My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Sending die
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp set

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #346: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge #33: Focus on Background Stamping

Inkspirational Challenge #189: Garden

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 Linda Snodgrass! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#825 – A Floral Die-cut Bouquet

Hello and welcome! A new challenge starts today at Seize the Birthday challenge, and we don’t have a topping this time, meaning its Anything Goes! So as long as your project has a birthday theme, you can join the challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I am showcasing the card I made for my mother, who had her birthday a couple of weeks ago. She absolutely adores flowers on her card, and so do I! So, I thought of an assembly of die cut flowers, thrown together to make a bouquet of sorts would look good. And this card, which was originally supposed to be the normal size grew to over 8″ long, just to contain the whole bouquet! But she loved it, so that justifies it all! 😀

Happy Birthday Bouquet (with envelope)

(In this first shot, I realized while taking the pics that one of the leaves had come off! I re-adhered it and took rest of the pics! :D)

The die cuts I chose are from Altenew Peony Dreams and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. I die cut all the pieces from water color paper and painted them all using Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Happy Birthday Bouquet (closeup 1)

For the background, I used kraft cardstock, die cut it using Lil Inker Designs’ Diamond Lace. Behind this, I added a piece of cardstock that I painted with Art Alchemy Blackberry, which is a sparkly acrylic paint. Love that color!

I adhered the painted piece over my cardbase, and then adhered the die cut panel on top. All the florals went above this. I didn’t use any foam tape, instead adhered a small portion of the flowers so that they naturally give dimension.

Happy Birthday Bouquet (closeup 2)

I used another piece of painted cardstock for the sentiment, from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms stamp set, and gold heat embossed it.

Happy Birthday Bouquet

For the envelope, I used three stamps from the Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms stamp set, and stamped it using a light kraft ink. The sentiment is the same as what I used for the card.

I hope you liked my card and are inspired by it. For more inspiration, checkout what the rest of the design team created along with our surprise party guest Linda Snodgrass at the Seize the Birthday blog! And don’t forget to join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#822 – Birthday Present!

Hello! Once again, it is time for another challenge at Seize the Birthday, I did take out some time to make a quick card. The topping this time is ‘Present’. Since the topping is optional, you are completely free to not use it, and make a birthday project with any theme at all, to join us!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Birthday Present

This little present is from a Christmas stamp set, actually. I changed the hat on the little doggy to a birthday hat and converted it into a birthday image. The rest of the card is pretty straight forward – so no explanation needed, I suppose? 😉

Birthday Present (closeup)

Here’s the list of supplies I used –
Winnie & Walter Sweet Holiday for the doggy present
Altenew Bold Alphabet and Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday for the sentiments
Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts where the word bubble and the little heart are from
Concord & 9th Sketched Stripe for the background
My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges for the middle piece
Zig Brush pens for coloring the present in focus!!

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where you can see much more inspiration from our wonderful DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Linda Snodgrass!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#820 – Balloons

Hello and welcome to yet another new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time we have the optional topping of ‘Balloons’, which was chosen by Shirley! So you can join us with a birthday project with balloons in it; but, if not, you are still free to join us with any birthday project at all – your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my card I used a critter scene, with the bunny carrying the balloon. The bunny is almost flown away with it, but it is still trying its best to hold on!!

Balloons and Birthday

I used the following resources to make my card-

Mama Elephant Ella & Friends, In My Heart and My Favorite Things Some Bunny for the critter and other scenic images
Handmade grass stencil
Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words for the sentiment

Balloons and Birthday (closeup)

I hope you are inspired by my project! Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Linda Snodgrass, and join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#819 – Seize the Birthday – Texture

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, selected by Cathy, is ‘Texture’!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

The first thing I thought of, when thinking of texture is embossing. There are a hell lot of techniques involving embossing for texture, but I then thought of making something different – how about trying something visual instead of tactile. And so, I started experimenting on making some wood texture for my cards and here’s what I ended up with –

STB: Texture

What do you think of those wood textures? I absolutely loved making them – and so easy to make too!! 😀 I started with some pale yellow pieces of cardstock. I then swiped some distress oxide inks and pigment inks in just 2-3 shades over the card stock. Also added a few ovals, to form tree rings. Of course, I used lighter inks for the lighter wood and darker ones for the darker wood (including a little bit of black soot). I then swiped a light color of chalk ink over the whole thing, which helped in blending the colors and also softening the look, which made the paper look more like bark. Left it to dry completely. That’s it!! Wood paper ready to use!!

STB: Texture (card 1)

I trimmed the pieces to size and die cut the flower images out of them using Spellbinders Nordic Blooms dies. I then adhered them over several other die cut pieces. For the lighter wood, I used pattern paper from Recollections Black and White paper pad and for the darker wood, I used a piece of bright orange cardstock. Placing the papers to from a sandwich between the card base and the texture paper, I adhered the papers, swapped the flower die cuts and adhered them too. The sentiment for the darker piece comes from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages and for the lighter one comes from WPlus9 Banner Basics. Didn’t think any more embellishments were needed! 🙂

STB: Texture (card 2)

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 talented Surprise Party Guest, Tenia Nelson! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂