#696 – Seize the Birthday – Monochromatic

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! The challenge is to create a project related to ‘Birthday’ with or without the ‘Topping’. Its the last challenge for this year, since we will be going on a break until the new year after this. And the topping this time is, you guessed it right, Monochromatic!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the monochromatic card I made –

Birthday Wishes

I used Penny Black Floral Tapestry stamp. God knows how long I’ve had this in my stash, and I’ve never used it! I think I had bought it to make a birthday card for my Ma, but never used it… I don’t even remember what I ended up making then, but it definitely didn’t use this stamp. So I am glad I got to make a birthday card with it – so the original purpose has been served!! πŸ˜€

So, anyway, I used Abandoned Coral distress oxide ink to stamp the image on a simple white card case. I then used Winnie & Walter In A Word: Birthday Tiles along with Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Bases dies to make the sentiment – the two dies fit so perfectly together! The stamped part of the sentiment comes from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs. I added a few drops of gold and silver Nuvo drops for something extra. πŸ™‚

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our genius DT and also our Surprise Party Guest, the very talented Becca Cruger! And don’t forget to play along!!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#692 – Seize the Birthday – Circles

Hello! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. The topping this time is to use ‘Circles’ on your birthday themed project. Of course, as usual, there us also an optional “toppings” challenge, and as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my inspirational card, I went with a color palette of green,blue and teal –

Big Birthday Wishes

The stamps I used for the background are from Winnie and Walter Ring in the Celebration. To make the card, I first created three watercolor panels of blue, green and teal using distress inks, using the smooshing technique. I then stamped the image using either a grey ink or added white heat embossing. I used fuzzy cutting for some images, and used circle dies for whichever would fit.

Big Birthday Wishes

Then for the sentiment, I die cut the circle frame from white cardstock, and some vellum too and stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Wish Big. Before adhering everything to the card base, I added splatters of blue and teal on the card base, and adhered everything using glue, for a flat finish.

Hope you liked my card. Do join us with your own Birthday creation. For more inspiration check out the the Seize the Birthday blog, where you can also see a totally awesome card from our Surprise Party Guest Becca Cruger!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#683 – Seize the Birthday – Kraft Card Base

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! The optional topping this time is to use a Kraft Card Base.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’ the card I made –

Happy Birthday

I wanted to use my Faber Castell Oil Pastels which had not seen light in such a long time. I chose some Kraft cardstock to color on – they go so well even on the dark kraft color, it was just amazing! πŸ™‚ I first stamped the large image from Honey Bee Stamps Zen Bouquet stamp set, and began coloring it. I used some baby oil to spread and smooth out the pastels, and even blended two colors in a couple of places.

Happy Birthday

Now my initial idea for the sentiment was to do camouflage die cutting, layering it with black die cuts in between, but it didn’t work at all. 😦 After trying vellum, and even ink to darken the die cut, I finally gave up on camouflaging and colored the top die cut with Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallique Gold Rush acrylic paint. I think it complements the kraft cardstock and the colors well. Oh, the die cut is from Paper Smooches, by the way! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

Once done, I trimmed the kraft cardstock at the sides, adhering it over black cardbase. After this, I adhered the sentiment in place. Since the card was colorful, I refrained from adding any further embellishing.

And there you have my inspiration piece! For more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest Becca Cruger, checkout the Seize the Birthday blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#677 – Seize the Birthday – No Toppings

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time we are having a ‘No Toppings’ or anything goes challenge, that means that you can choose to just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Wishing You a Happy Birthday

I had this leftover piece of galaxy background from a previous card, and thought of using it along with the bunnies from WPlus9 Wishing You stamp set. I first set out to create the background. I die cut the galaxy piece along with a white card stock to a rectangle shape and after heat embossing the sentiment and a few stars in gold, adhered it to the white cardstock.

Wishing You a Happy Birthday

Then came the bunnies. These, I stamped using MFT Hybrid black ink, then lightly watercolored using Zig brush markers, and fuzzy cut. I then foam mounted the background over a grey card base and adhered the bunnies on top.

I hope you join us with a birthday project of your own. For more inspiration, hop over to Seize the Birthday blog, where there’s plenty of projects from our amazing DT and also our Surprise Party Guest, Becca Cruger!

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#672 – Seize the Birthday – Script or Text Background

Hello! A new challenge has started at Seize the Birthday, with the optional topping of ‘Script or Text Background’. To join the fun, you can make a birthday themed project with this topping or, since it is optional, choose ‘Anything Goes’ instead, and just join with any birthday themed project.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my inspirational card, I, of course, chose the topping to make a card with a Text/Script background –

Happy Birthday

I’ve really combined a lot of products here, even though the card does look pretty easy and simple, in the end! πŸ˜€ Here’s the list –

My Favorite Things Happy Hedgehogs
Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy (die set)
Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy (the ‘birthday’ sentiment)
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles
Winnie & Walter Wish Big With Evelen T Designs (the background text)
My Favorite Things Hybrid Black ink
distress inks for watercoloring the hedgehogs and distress oxide inks to color the ‘happy’ die cut.
Studio Calico star wood veneers

Happy Birthday

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Happy Little Stampers: September Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Addicted to Stamps Challenge 261: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hope you are inspired and join the fun with your own Birthday creation. Check out the the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from you awesome DT nd alsoΒ  where you can also from our Surprise Party Guest Becca Cruger!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#666 – Seize the Birthday – Balloons

PE: Top at Sovushka Slavia CAS Marathon Stage 2!

Sovushka Slavia - Top

Hello! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. The topping this time is to use ‘Balloons’ on your birthday themed project. Of course, as usual, there us also an optional “toppings” challenge, and as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my inspirational card, I chose going CAS, with a critter and balloons!

Birthday Wishes

I wanted this card to focus on the colorful butterfly, so I didn’t color the critter. And its totally quick and easy to make… I simply stamped the critter from Simon Says Stamp Gifts of Love in black ink, and colored only the scarf using Zig Brush pens. I then stamped the balloons, fromΒ Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits in various pigment inks. Finally stamped the balloon strings and bows along with the sentiment, which is also from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits. I then die cut this card using My Favorite Things Blueprints 27 and foam mounted it over a white cardstock. That’s it, done! πŸ™‚

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Clean and Simple

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Sovushka Slavia: CAS Marathon 2017: Stage 2 – Using Animated Heroes – People, Animals, Fairy Tale Chars

Sovushka Slavia 2017 CAS Marathon

AAA Card Challenge #98: Creatures – Big or Small

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #259: Clean and Simple

Addicted to Stamps - CAS

Hope you liked my card. Do join us with your own Birthday creation. For more inspiration check out the the Seize the Birthday blog, where you can also see a totally awesome card from our Surprise Party Guest Becca Cruger!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#660 – Seize the Birthday – Ocean Colors – Blue, Green and Aqua

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time we have a color challenge for you – to go with ocean colors – Blue, Green and Aqua. Of course, you can choose to go without the topping and just join us with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’ the card I made inspired by the pretty ocean colors –

Make A Wish

To make this card, I first stamped the Simon Says Stamp Emma stamp on watercolor paper, then heat embossed it in white. I then colored it using Zig brush pen. I wasn’t too careful during coloring, since I planned to spray it with some perfect pearls mist later. Giving it a good spray, I left it aside to dry.

Make A Wish

Once dry, I fuzzy cut the outline, then mounted it over watercolor card base. I then stamped the sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes using black ink on a scrap cardstock, trimmed it and foam mounted it on the card base. No embellishing necessary, right?! πŸ™‚

Do join the fun with your own birthday projects. Get more inspiring projects over at the Seize the Birthday blog, from out amazing DT and also our Surprise Party Guest Lindsey!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚