#942 – Seize the Birthday: Wheels

PE: Top Pick at the Retro Rubber challenge!

Retro Rubber Challenge - Top Pick

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and we have a new Topping this time, given to us by Shirley, “Wheels“. As always you may enter any birthday themed projects into our gallery if you don’t want to take the Toppings option.

And here’s what I made –

I started with that cuddly bear and cute butterfly from Waffle Flower Happy Day, stamped it in VersaFine Onyx ink and then colored it using Zig Brush marker pens.I didn’t spend time on blending colors or making it look smooth, since I wanted to experiment with a rough colored look. Of course, since I am so used to blending, this isn’t as ‘rough’ as I would like! 😀

So, after I trimmed it, I used a couple of scrap cardstock and adhered it behind the piece, to provide support, since the cardstock wasn’t strong enough in some of the thinner places. Same with the butterfly.

For the background, I used Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie, stamped it in a single blue ink. The stamp wasn’t long enough to cover the card, so I stamped it again from the other side. I didn’t do any masking, since the space between would be covered up by the bear.

I then stamped the sentiment, a combination of two Honey Bee Stamps Pearfect Sentiments and Sentiment Builder.

For a base for the bear to ride his bicycle on, I cut out a piece of the same cardstock and die cut the top using My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass die. Before foam mounting this on the card, I added a strip of grid-like washi tape on the base of the card. I then adhered the butterfly and the bear, adding foam tape to support the top of his body.

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

Allsorts challenge #625: Anything with Happy Bright and Sunny Colours. They are also celebrating their 12th Birthday!! Congrats!!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #316: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber challenge #159: Anything Goes (The Waffle Flower Happy Day stamp set was released Spring 2017)

RRCB 159

Addicted to Stamps and More #406: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

You can get more details about the challenge and extra inspiration from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda, at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Take a look, be inspired, and play along!

And thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#939 – An Experiment of a Bouquet

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and this time, the topping chosen by Colleen is ‘Make it a Bouquet‘. Of course, every challenge is always Anything Goes and so, it’s not required to include the topping on your birthday project.

And this is what I made…well attempted is more like it… –

I wanted to try my hand at making a bouquet myself for two reasons – to continue my watercoloring attempts.. and more importantly, I didn’t have a proper ‘bouquet’ stamp with me! Of course, I could always use a stamp set which had a bunch of flowers, or create that bouquet using multiple flower stamps.. but.. Yeah, no.. I thought I would ‘experiment’. 😉

I did, however, start with stamping. Although there’s not a single spot left of the stamp in the final image! I started with stamping using Stampendous Blossom Spray stamp. I used my MISTI and distress inks, misted a bit of water before stamping on Hndmd watercolor paper. I used pink for the flowers and greens for the leaves while stamping. I did also take the stamp out of the MISTI and stamp a few more flowers and leaves around the initial stamped image, to ‘fill in’ the bouquet more, and give it a ‘wild’ kind of image. Once done, I started watercoloring using distress inks.

And yeah… it looks like an impressionist painting, to put it mildly, because nothing is actually well defined there – you can make out the leaves and some branches of leaves.. but the flowers.. sigh! I do need to work on that.. 😦 But the overall effect isn’t that bad, so went ahead with it.

For the frame,I die cut a few pieces of Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles using white cardstock, then cut the inside using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle to make it a bit more fancier. I then adhered the pieces together and foam mounted this on a white card base. I then trimmed the watercolored panel to make it quite smaller to ensure it fits inside the frame and then foam mounted that inside the frame. Finally came the sentiment, from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers stamp set. I think the finished card made me like the watercolor a bit more! 🙂

And that finished my card! Do join us at the Seize the Birthday challenge. You can check out the blog for more wonderful inspiration from our design team and our Surprise Party Guest Lynda as well!

Thank you so much!

#935 – Furry Friends

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and the Topping for this time, chosen by Cathy is ‘Furry Friends‘. The topping is optional though, and as such, as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

I really hope Cathy didn’t mean to have ‘friends’ in this image.. if so, I have only followed the ‘furry’ part of the challenge! You don’t get any fur-rier than bunnies!! ;D

I chose this image from WPlus9 Wishing You stamp set, stamped it in my lightest grey ink, and the colored it using color pencils. I also stamped some stars from the same stamp set, and confetti using Purple Onion Designs Confetti stamp around the bunnies, and colored them too. I then used Zig brush marker to create a halo blue sky around the bunnies. I then die cut this panel using the largest die from Mama Elephant So Sew and adhered it on the card base.

The sentiment is a combination of Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha and My Favorite Things Ewe are the Best stamp sets. Since I wanted to keep it simple, I didn’t add any other embellishments to the card.

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #314: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #404: Any Occasion

Addicted to Stamps - Any Occasion

Do stop by the Seize the Birthday challenge blog and checkout what our talented design team and our crafty Surprise Party Guest, Lynda, have created for you!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#930 – Squares

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge and the topping this time, chosen by JoAnn is Squares. Of course, the topping is optional and as long as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

And here’s what I made –

I used the Spellbinders Kaleidoscope Tile for my card.. and do I love it! I used a shade of cream, light brown and pink to die cut 4 sets of pieces, adhered them. I initially thought of adding this directly on a white card base, but then changed my plan. I used the My Favorite Things Pinking Edge Rectangle and partially die cut a piece of square using the largest die. I adhered the tiles on this piece and then adhered this on a light brown card base.

For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers and heat embossed it in gold on a white card strip. I then trimmed the sides to size and added a couple of pieces of scrap cardstock behind it to get some dimension.

And that finished my card! Truly simple to make, but very impactful! I think the hardest part was choosing the colors!! 😀

Checkout more inspiration from the rest of our design team and our new Surprise Party Guest Lynda and do join the party at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog!

#926 – Bunny Birthday

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday today, where Glenda is challenging us with a sketch. I don’t know if we ever had a sketch challenge at Seize the Birthday, but it is definitely the first one since I joined the team! Super fun! Of course, if you are not the kind of person to be inspired by sketches, you can always just create any birthday project to join us!

And here’s the sketch that Glenda made for us –

And here’s what I made –

I made my own set of pattern papers for use, and of course, my own latest challenge of using colored cardstock for card base. I used WPlus9 Background Builders Knit stamp set to stamp on a mint colored card base. For the next layer, I used the stamps from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals. I die cut this panel using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles. I foam mounted it on the card base.

For the bunny and the bouquet it is holding, which is from Lil Inker Designs Rustic Spring stamp set. I stamped it with VersaFine black ink and then colored it with Zig brush markers, using my blending pen to blend and soften the colors. Since I didn’t have the co-ordinating dies, I fussy cut the images, then used X-Acto knife to cut out the arms so that I can fit the bouquet in.

Finally I adhered the bunny on the card using foam tape. The sentiment, which is from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers, which I heat embossed on scrap kraft cardstock in white and then die cut using one of the frames from Sizzix Phrases stamp and die set. This, I foam mounted again on the card.

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

Inspired By Challenge #166: Bunny Roll

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use 2 Or More Patterned Papers

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber Challenge #154: Anything Goes (all stamps I’ve used are over an year old – Backgrounds and Borders 1 and Fresh Cut Florals from 2013, Rustic Spring from 2017)

RRCB 154

AAA Birthday Card challenge #23: Patterned Paper

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to see more wonderful inspiration from our talented DT and of course, our Party Guest, Carol Mayne.

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂