#974 – Gardening Bear

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and this will be the last challenge for this year. We will, of course be back the next year with another challenge – after celebrating Christmas and New Year’s to our heart’s content! 🙂

The topping for this time is chosen by our wonderful team mate Lindsey, and she has chosen ‘Hobbies and Pastimes‘. Of course, as always, ‘Anything Goes‘ theme also applies, so you can join with any birthday project!

And this is what I created –

My hobbies are pretty varied – card-making (of course!!), sewing, cooking, watercoloring, mixed media, reading, gardening – I love a bit of everything that helps me stay at home, but still occupied! 😀 Of all of these, since I had just the right stamps for it, I chose gardening.

I used stamps from Waffle Flower called ‘Bear and Bird’ and ‘Happy Day’, stamped them in VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Hndmd watercolor paper. I stamped the bear partially, so the bird isn’t stamped, and drew a gardening hat for the bear – how handsome he looks!! 😀 I then did a messy watercoloring using Distress Inks. I also added dots here and there using the same Uniball black fineliner pen I used to draw the bear’s hat.

For the background, I used CrafTangles Argyle stencil. I shifted the stencil to when applying each of my three colors – blue, green and yellow. It came out pretty lovely – pity I had to cover most of it. So anyway, it didn’t look quite right to just add the trimmed watercolored on top, so I matted it with some plain white cardstock and foam mounted it on the card base.

Finally for the sentiment, I used one from the Waffle Flower ‘Bear and Bird’ stamp set. Before stamping, I covered the scrap white cardstock with a blue Distress Oxide ink and then stamped it. I then trimmed it and them foam mounted on the card.

And that’s my card! I’ll also be joining these challenges –

AAA Birthday challenge #31: Animals

Timeout challenge #201: Da Vinci quote

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

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Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration on Hobbies and Pastimes, given by our talented team and our Surprise Party Guest, Carol McFarland! And don’t forget to join the last birthday party of this year! 🙂

Thank you very much for stopping by!

#971 – A Sunset Scenery

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, Colleen has given us the topping ‘Make a Sunset Scene‘. Of course, the topping is optional and you can choose to go without it and just make any birthday project to join the challenge.

And here’s what I made –

I chose the Concord & 9th City Stacks to make a simple scene. Stamping it so that the upper portion is mostly empty, I then watercolored it using distress inks. I also watercolored the staircase, which was not already present in the scene Once dry, I added white splatters for the stars using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink, mixing it with perfect pearls for some extra ‘starry’ shine. I did have to go over some the lines that hadn’t stamped properly using a fine liner marker. I also added some grass and leaves-lines on the trees, along with adding the long staircase.

I then trimmed the watercolor panel to size, trimming a bit more on the top and the bottom than a regular card size. I then used foam tape to mount this on a black card base. Finally, I used sentiments from My Favorite Things Well, Hello stamp set to white heat emboss the sentiment on black cardstock, trimmed them and foam mounted them on the card.

And that’s it! A really easy card to make, since the stamps provided so much of the scenery! 🙂

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

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Timeout challenge #199: Down to Earth

Tic Tac Toe challenge #137: I’ve chosen Sparkle – Green/Blue – Tree

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout more inspiration from the rest of our innovative design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Carol McFarland!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#970 – Stencil Monoprint

Hello and welcome! We’re back with a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and the Topping this time is selected by Cathy is ‘Use a Stencil‘. Of course, as always, we have ‘Anything Goes‘ as well, so if you don’t fancy using stencils, you can always join us with any birthday project you create.

And here’s what I made –

I used the Indian Ornate Mandala from Mudra for this card. The details in this stencil are amazing! I thought they would make a really great background.

After trying out a few ways of printing using gelly plate and not getting the desired effect, I finally switched to monoprinting. I applied Distress Inks in some blues and a teensy bit of purple on the stencil directly, misted it a bit with water and lay it on my cardstock. I had already placed the cardstock on top of the gelly plate. The advantage being I could use a roller to press over the whole stencil, applying pressure to transfer the ink, without staining my hands. Also, if I found that the print was not well done, or if I wanted to apply another layer, it would be easy to align with the translucent stencil.

So anyway, once this dried, I trimmed it a bit on the sides. I went through my stash, looking for a small stamp or die cut that would look good on this, and finally settled on Spellbinders Nordic Blooms dies. I debated between using some foil or using white cardstock for the die cuts, but finally settled on white cardstock. I die cut it out of the white cardstock and some more out of scrap cardstock, which I adhered behind the white one for some dimension. I did the same with the sentiment, which used Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips.

I then mounted the background on white cardstock, then adhered the flower and the sentiment on top. Finally I added a gem stone on the flower from Lucy’s Little Things to add the littlest embellishment. 🙂

And that’s my card finished! Do hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to checkout some more creative ways to use stencils for this challenge! We have the whole design team and our new Surprise Party Guest Carol McFarland for providing you with ample inspiration!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#966 – Watercoloring on Glossy Cardstock

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, the optional Topping, chosen by JoAnn is to ‘Use Pastel Colors only‘. Of course, as it is optional, you are free to join with any birthday related project you’ve newly created.

And here’s what I made –

The cardstock I used was pretty different this time – it had a normal side and a glossy side. The glossy side was pretty unique – water or watercolor, wasn’t moving like how it would with either watercolor paper or normal cardstock on it. It was behaving kind of like when light gesso is applied on paper. Colors were not settling or drying quickly enough, but its not like I was able to reactivate once it dried either. Very unique indeed! And I used that to get a lovely effect for my background! In fact, that’s the cardstock I used for the whole card.

For the background, I smooshed the distress ink pad over a acrylic sheet, misted it with water and dropped the cardstock on top, moved it a bit before lifting it, and repeated the color-picking process until I was satisfied with the coverage. And I watercolored the flowers’ and leaves’ solid die cut parts using a simple thick brush. For the outlines, I die cut them out of the same cardstock, leaving them uncolored, of course, showing off the glossy cardstock. While adhering the pieces, I offset them a bit and adhered only the center areas, leaving the perimeters hanging. That helped in getting a bit more dimension as well.

For the background, I did add a small detail of white heat embossing using a Border Patterns stamp from Cloud9. I then trimmed the sides a bit before using a couple of scrap cardstocks for extra dimension and adhering it to a white card base. I then adhered the flowers and leaves, and then used white half-pearls to embellish. For the sentiment, I used the stamp set Playful Animal Friends 2, trimmed it and again used strips of scrap cardstock to add dimension.

And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: All Things Feminine

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #413: Birthdays

The Paper Players challenge #556: Tic Tac Toe challenge from Jaydee (I’m picking the first column: Feminine – Birthday-Florals)

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge to checkout the cards made by our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin and the rest of our creative design team!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#962 – STB: By The Sea

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge and the Topping this time, chosen by our dear leader Nancy, is ‘By the Sea‘!

And here’s what I made –

I used Simon Says Stamp Sea and Sky, my latest addition to my stash, in this card. It creates such a beautiful scene with minimal effort! I used Distress Oxide Inks for the sky, to make it easier to blend the colors I wanted – yellow to pink and pink to blues – so effortless! And then stamped the water with distress ink, misted with water, used a brush to spread the color, then once dried, I stamped it with Oxide inks again – I wanted a reflection of the colors on the sky. Finally the sand – more distress ink, with a more liberal spritz of water. The shell and starfish are from Simon Says Stamp Be A Mermaid, which I stamped in grey inks and colored with a mix of Distress Inks and Zig Brush marker pens.

So, this card actually has a lot of media, though they all involve water!! 😀

To finish the card, I trimmed the panel to size, foam mounted it on a white card base. Then I added the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes, on a strip of white cardstock, cut it down, to adhere it using foam tape.

And that’s it! The most quick and easy card I’ve made! 🙂 And I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Inkspirational challenge #245: Journey

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #322: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Add a Sentiment

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Checkout more inspiration from the rest of our DT and our wonderful Surprise Party Guest Jenny Martin at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂