#795 – Floral Die Cuts

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have a the optional Topping ‘Die Cuts or Punches’. Of course, there’s also the option of Anything Goes, as always, which means you can join us with a birthday project which uses die cuts/punches… or with a birthday project without it. Your choice!

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Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created –

Floral die cuts

I was mesmerized by this background that Miriam Pratner had created on her card. I used my cheap watercolors to make my background similarly, just using different tones. Once dry, I added a few black splatters and then adhered stacked die cuts from Penny Black Playful Posies. The sentiment (both die cut and stamped) is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint & Wet Paint 3. Add a few little pearls for embellishing, and that finished the card!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Card Concept : Coloful Basics

The Flower Challenge #24: Anything Goes

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Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: September Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Hope you liked my card! Joining us is also out Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog to what she created, along with the rest of our talented design team!

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#791 – Alcohol Ink Rainbow

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 is ‘Rainbow’!

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I usually love to make my birthday cards with the optional Topping – but ‘Rainbow’ is another thing that’s totally not in my alley. I thought of a great escape route, though! Alcohol Inks! I bought this great, cheap Yupo paper after reading a wonderful review by a wonderful crafter, Neha Bhatt, and while experimenting, I thought of creating a panel with rainbow colors in it. And I used a half of that in this birthday card below –

Its Your Birthday

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, Trina Pham! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#784 – Happy Birthday Papa!

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday, and this time, the cake comes without toppings again! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

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The card I made is for my Papa’s birthday, which comes in a few days. Its a bit funny, cuz I had posted my Ma’s birthday card for the last ‘Anything Goes’ challenge! 😀

So, anyway, here’s the card –

Birthday Wishes

For this card, though I was going to watercolor, I chose to go without watercolor paper, but a normal carsdtock, which was a bit more resilient to watercoloring than normal cardstock. Of course, it wouldn’t be as good as watercolor paper, but it served by purpose, as I wasn’t going to use too much water while coloring.

Birthday Wishes (closeup 1)

First, I gold heat embossed all the images I wanted separately. The flowers are from Altenew Magnolias For You, the tinier ones from Altenew Beautiful Day and the leaves are from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony. Once done, I watercolored the images using Gansay Tambi colors, and once dried, I fussy cut the images, leaving just the least bit of cardstock on the outlines to show.

Birthday Wishes (closeup 1)

For the base, I chose Neat & Tangled Art Deco background, and gold heat embossed the image. I then heat embossed the sentiment, which is from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, twice (since the lines on the scrip are absolutely thin, I wanted it to be a bit thicker). I also added some color, by watercoloring using Zig Brush pens, around the perimeter, leaving the center, where the sentiment is, completely uncolored. Once this dried, I also added lot of splatters using Camlin Drawing ink. I then trimmed this panel and adhered it on the card base. I then foam mounted or directly adhered the fussy cut images, around this design.

Birthday Wishes (with envelope)

And for the envelope, I went with pattern paper. The sentiment is the same as the one I used for the card, and I added a few hearts from the same stamp set.

I am also joining the following challenges –

Altenew August Inspiration challenge

Simon Says Stamp: July Work it Wednesday challenge: Watercolor

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Create Something Catchy: August challenge: Watercolor

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Happy Little Stampers: August Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Flowers

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Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

 

#777 – Birds at Waterhole

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Water’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Its a pretty clean and simple card from me this time… I did try to make something using alcohol inks, then distress inks, then with gel press and acrylic paints – but absolutely none of them worked for me. I just gave up, and finally made this card. I am happy with this card as of now, so all those failed pieces might be turned into other cards some other time.

Wishing You...

Anyway, coming back to the card – I stamped the waterhole and the pelicans from Reverse Confetti Think Pink in Versafine black ink and colored them using Polychromos color pencils. I then fussy cut them. For the background, I used Neat & Tangled Rice Paddies stencil to gently blend in Tumbled Glass ink and then die cut the panel using Neat & Tangled Scalloped die. I adhered this on a blue card base. Then, after adhering the pelicans and the waterhole the top panel, I added the sentiment, which is a mix of Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages and Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday stamps. I cut off one side at an angle and added a dashed line at the other end before foam mounting it on the card.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Wild Things

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A2Z Scrapbooking August challenge: Anything Goes

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I hope it serves as an inspiration to you! To join the challenge party, you can either go with the topping ‘Water’ or even choose to go without it – just as long as you make a birthday project! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

 

#773 – Of Stripes and Zari Saris

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Stripes’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made –

Birthday Wishes to You

I had thought of many ideas for a card with stripes, but finally, I was reminded of a zari sari my mother had – though this one was plaid, the colors were absolutely breathtaking – a mix of purples and pinks, in the darker shades. Sigh…they just don’t make it that way anymore!! I used the image in my head of that beautiful sari, turning the plaids into stripes to make this card.

The stripes are from My Favorite Things Pinstripe bacground stamp, which I used to gold heat emboss on a white cardstock panel. I used Zig pens in purple and pink to add color alternatively, then trimmed the sides and rounded the corners. This, I foam mounted on a white card base. (By the way, the tapered stripes are an unexpected look, which happened because I ended up pressing the stamp on that end a little more than the other end).

I then die cut several pieces of Spellbinders Floral Corner 1 – one of the dies that I’ve never once used – stacked them, then gold heat embossed them several times to get the effect of a metal embellishment. I adhered this on the striped panel. The sentiment comes from Simon Says Stamp ‘You’ die and Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals stamp. I stacked the die cut before adhering it and foam mounted the stamped part to adhere it. I then added a few gemstones over the floral piece and outside, to embellish it further.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #301: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: July Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Inkspirational challenge #165: Word Prompt: Birthday

A2Z Scrapbooking July challenge: Birthday Bash

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I am totally in love with this piece and I hope it serves as an inspiration to you as well! To join the challenge party, you can either go with the topping ‘Stripes’ or even choose to go without it – just as long as you make a birthday project! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#771 – Sequin Party

…well not exactly..

That’s the the new topping at the new challenge at Seize the Birthday – Sequins!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

Its Time to Party

I first stamped those cute lil animals from Pink Fresh Main Playful Animal Friends 2 in black ink, trimmed the panel. I then stringed the sequins, which I got from various sources, using a pale gold string, knotted the two ends of the string and taped it behind the panel. I then kept the panel aside.

Its Time to Party (closeup)

I then prepared the pink background using WPlus9 Background Builders Knit. I used two shades of pink, swiping the ink pad across the stamp, instead of pouncing it, to get this look. I trimmed this panel too, and adhered it to the card base. The two stripes below the critter panel are washi tapes, which are adhered together and foam mounted on the card base. The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Party stamp set.

The Paper Players challenge #400: Celebration

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A2Z Scrapbooking July challenge: Birthday Bash

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I hope you are inspired and join the party. You just have to make a birthday project, if you don’t want to use the sequins! Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

 

#764 – Happy Birthday, Ma

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, and this time, the cake doesn’t have any toppings! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my DT card… or rather.. I wasn’t thinking of STB when I was making this card.. I was thinking of my Ma, and if she would like it, since it was for her birthday!! 😉

Happy Birthday Ma (with envelope)

I used the images from Altnew Peony Bouquet. Simple stamping, nothing special. Once I was done stamping the images, I used another stamp set to add the tiny black dots/circles – Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus. I also added more dots using some metallic gel pens.

While stamping, I made sure to leave some white space where I would eventually add the sentiment.

Happy Birthday Ma (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die cut several pieces using Altenew Bold Alphabet dies. For the topmost layer, before removing the pieces, I masked off a portion of the cardstock, blended in the same lightest ink I had used for the flowers. After removing the mask, I used a gold gel pen to add a single straight line, right at the edge of the blending. Finally, I stacked all the pieces, then adhered it on the cardbase. The stamped portion of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Happy stamp set.

Happy Birthday Ma

I have some cardstock which seemed too thin to me to make cards from. I instead used them for my envelope. I used the same stamps, and dies, this time choosing colors which are closer to the color of the envelope. This made the envelope a lot closer to the design of the card. 🙂

I know for sure that my Ma liked the card, since her birthday is long over! And I hope you liked it too!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #21: One from the Previous Challenge (I chose Challenge #11: Focus on Background Stamping)

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Global Design Project challenge #143: Theme challenge: Live it, Love it, Share it

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bright & Cheerful

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Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Sonja K! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂