#860 – STB: Cards for Kids

PE: Rocker at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday, where the latest topping, given to us by JoAnn, is ‘Cards for Kids’! Of course, you can also choose to not go for the topping and make a fresh birthday project to join us!

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This time, I tried going making a card with a window – a window created by fussy cutting and surrounded by fun elements.

A Party!

I played with a variety of stamps from MFT And Mama Elephant. Some of the images had thinner lines, so I made them thicker by going over them again using a fine liner. The sentiment comes from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script stamp set.

I first stamped the images for the top layer and fussy cut out the center. I then took a scrap piece of cardstock larger than the window, and then stamped my ewe. I then colored them all using Zig brush markers. I also added a bit of pattern on the banner, the party hat and the balloon using white gel pen and a black fine liner. Then, I added a bit of shimmer using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

A Party! (closeup)

When I trimmed the top panel, somehow, I ended up not getting the dimension right to position the card in the center. So, instead of messing things up, I chose to move the panel a bit to the right, showing the card base in the other three sides instead.

I was so engrossed in making it work…and when I felt like there was no purpose to the window in the card. Frankly, I can’t even make out whether that poor ewe is indoor or outdoor! But, well, the card itself looks fine, so I am glad I could make the idea itself work! ๐Ÿ˜‰

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps #382: Make your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Watercooler Challenge #264: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Virginiaโ€™s Show and Share challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiring instances of creativity by the rest of the design team! Also joining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

#856 – STB: Touch of Green

PE: Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

SSS - Designer Spotlight Badge

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Touch of Green’, which is given to us by Vicki. Of course, as usual, you are free to skip the topping and join us with any Birthday project, as long as it is new.

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This year, I one of my goals was to improve my watercoloring. I’ve never tried free style coloring – I usually stamp and watercolor. So I am trying to learn it. This challenge was perfect to try painting leaves, so I gave it a go. And after I was satisfied (at least, for the time being) with my attempt, I made a card out of it.

Watercolored Green Leaves

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles, and Gansai Tambi watercolors. I basically was aiming for a shade like Pthalo Green, so its a bluish-green tinge (and not a photo mistake ๐Ÿ˜€ ). This is supposed to be a branch of eucalyptus leaves, but I am not really sure if it is looking as much! But I am sure I liked how the watercoloring itself turned out, so that’s ok, I guess! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Watercolored Green Leaves (closeup)

Once everything dried, I added a few splatters and then once that too dried, I added the sentiment, trying to go for the same ink color as the painting. The stamp set I used is Winnie & Walter In a Word: The Big, the Bold and Party. I then trimmed the piece a bit on the sides, and mounted it on a black card base.

I hope you are inspired by my card!I am joining the following challenges too –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: A Bit of Green

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use some Green

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers March CAS challenge: Use Your Favorite Technique (Mine is watercoloring)

Happy Little Stampers March Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (haven’t used the optional ‘Flowers’)

CrafTangles March challenge: Anything Goes (And I’ve used their watercolor paper)

Monthly Challenges 2020 March

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry! And don’t forget to join the party! ๐Ÿ™‚

#855 – STB: Sentiment as Focal Image

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! There is always the option of Anything Goes as long as your project is birthday themed, but there is also the choice of going with the topping; and the topping this time is ‘Sentiment as Focal Image’, chosen by our team mate Colleen!

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I tried painting with my drawing inks after a long time! In fact, I used one of the same stamp as last time – Neat and Tangled So Good to See You.

For You

I chose colors of blue and purple for the flowers, green and blue for the leaves, then added a few dots of brown, dotted the flower centers with yellow, finally added a few splatters of brown and finished the watercoloring.

For You (closeup)

I then die cut this piece using Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I stamped the sentiment – a mix of The Stamp Market Scripty Sentiments and MFT Anything but Basic Birthday Wishes in black ink and then heat embossed it with clear ep.

I hope you are inspired by my card! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg! And don’t forget to join the party! ๐Ÿ™‚

#854 – STB: Show Me Your White Space

PE: Honorable Mention at Timeout Challenge!

Timeout Challenge - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! For this challenge, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ as long as it’s a birthday theme, but, if want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.ย  This time, the topping, chosen by Barbara is ‘Show Me Your White Space.’

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And what Barbara has mentioned about white space –
“The idea of white space doesnโ€™t refer to a primarily white card (though often, as is the case, but rather, the idea of leaving a significant portion of your design open, free from embellishment, allowing your focal point to truly shine.
(Taken from MFT Summer School 2018)”

Thank you! And so, I haven’t used a white card base!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy Birthday to You

I started with a dark blue card stock. I added the scattered gold dots in the background using the dotted stamp from Simon Says Stamp Falling Backgrounds stamp and heat embossing it with chunky gold ep. Since I used chunky ep, I got a splattered effect instead of round dots.

I then stamped the flower from Altenew Persian Motifs and heat embossed it in gold twice, to get some dimension. I also stamped, gold embossed a few pieces of leaves. I then fussy cut all of them.

Happy Birthday to You (closeup)

The stamped piece of the sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday, which I stamped in a mix of inks to end up with a color near to the cardstock’s color.

I also die cut a few pieces of white cardstock scraps usig the MFT Elegant Rectangle and Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ dies. I then colored one of the ‘You’ red using my Zig brush pen. Of the framed diecuts, I trimmed of one end of each diecut. I then adhered all of the pieces.

Finally, I adhered all the pieces together, added a single gold sequin for embellishing…. and there you have it! That’s my card for the challenge, all ready! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am also joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #258: Occasion

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #376: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge #155: Inspired by Words

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#852 – STB: Creatures Great and Small

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

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What I have for you is actually a card that I made quite some time ago, and completely forgot about. The other day, I was cleaning up everything and found this, and wondered why I never published it! But since it fit the theme very well, I thought it perfect to post it now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Creatures great and small - Comic Panel

The cute critters come from Penny Black Stuck on You stamp set, and the sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes. I also stamped little dots using almost dried up metallic pigment inks surrounding all the critters, and the bee. I don’t completely remember how I colored them all, but I think I water-colored them using distress inks.

Creatures great and small - Comic Panel (closeup)

Do you have something buried and forgotten too? You can still post about it, and of course, join the challenge if it is birthday themed! You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

#850 – STB: Stencil

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have Nancy choosing the topping, and she gave us ‘Stencils’ to work on!

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And here’s what I made –

Tie and Dye Stencil

I love stencils and have a ton of them in my stash, but somehow, never end up using them. So this was a great chance for me to get to use them. I wanted to make the stencil have a big impact on the card, so tried out various techniques and media on them. Finally I chose two, out of which I made these cards.

I have used the same stencil – Tie and Dye from CrafTreat – on both of these cards.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1)

Card one: I started with a panel of photo paper. I wanted the colors to stay as soon as they would be applied, so this was the best option. I used the stencil with brusho pigment powders, applying the powder, then lying the stencil on top and misting with water to activate the colors. Working things the other way round – placing the stencil, then sprinkling the powder then misting didn’t work as the stencil had smaller negative spaces. Applying the water first and then the powders didn’t work either, since the panel didn’t stay wet enough for long enough for me to apply the powders. My plan was to actually have colors only where the stencil had openings, but that didn’t work. And it ended with this ‘burst’ look.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1 closeup)

Anyway, once everything was dry, I removed as much extra powder as possible using a towel, and then trimmed the panel and adhered it on a white card base. The sentiment, which I stacked, is from My Favorite Things, called Birthday Wishes. I also added a few iridescent sequins for embellishing.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2)

Card two: I used alcohol inks with ink lifting… kind of. ๐Ÿ˜›

I used yupo paper as the base and applied a rainbow of alcohol inks in a sunburst. Once that dried, I placed the stencil on top, then used a felt applicator with a few drops of alcohol ink blender to apply darker shades of alcohol inks on top, basically, the opposite of ink lift. Why? Because, like my earlier plan, the ink lift didn’t look good, didn’t work well.

So anyway, I moved the stencil a few more times and redid the technique, to cover the whole panel more or less equally with patterns.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2 closeup)

Once done, I adhered this over another card panel, since this yupo paper wasn’t thick enough. I then foam mounted it on a white card base and trimmed the excess. The sentiment is from Altenew Inline Alpha dies. I die cut them thrice and stacked them before adhering them to the card. I also used a couple of sequins for embellishing.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #372: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use a Stencil

Just Add Ink challenge 488: Celebrate. And they’ve turned 10 too!! Congratulations!!

Stamplorations January Stencil challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration from our DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg, in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Also, don’t forget to join the party!

Thank you for stopping by!

#846 – Seize the Birthday – Layer It!!

Hello and welcome!! Its just the second day of the new year, so I wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!!

And to make it a crafty new year too, we have a new challenge, the very first of the new year, at Seize the Birthday challenge! You should check out the new look of the blog!! The topping this time is picked by me – ‘Layer It!

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You can choose to add layers however you like – using stencils, stamps or die cuts – even layers of cardstock! But even still, if you don’t like layering, you can choose to go without the topping and join us with any birthday themed project.

And here’s what I made –

Layer It!

Though it is a new year, I am mostly using supplies that I’ve had with me for a long time. I just felt like using them, you see! ๐Ÿ™‚

I first stamped a white panel with Tsukineko Delicata gold ink using Penny Black Roman Surround background stamp. After it dried, I mounted this on a navy blue card base. I then tore another piece of the same navy blue cardstock, blended in some black soot distress oxide ink on the untorn sides and adhered it on top.

I then die cut the butterflies from navy blue and white cardstocks, using My Favorite Things Flutter of Butterflies solid and lacy dies. I also added three layers of gold heat embossing on the body of the insect and adhered all the pieces together. I then arranged and adhered it on the card.

For the sentiment, I chose Penny Black Sentimental stamp, which I gold heat embossed thrice, trimmed and foam mounted on the card. For embellishing, I used gold and blue sequins.

Layer It! (closeup)

I am also joining the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #470

Pop over to the Seize the Challenge blog to checkout (we have a new look now!) what the rest of the DT has made. We are also joined by our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg! So, you’ll get to see lots of fantastic inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!