#924 – STB: Three Shades of Green

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, the Topping chosen by Vicki is ‘Three Shades of Green‘. Of course, you are free to choose to not go with this topping, since our Anything Goes challenge is always there, you can just join with any fresh birthday project you create!

And this is what I made –

I started with stamping the leaves from Altenew Build A Flower: Rose and Fabulous Floral stamps in three different shades of green inks. I stamped it on a linen textured cardstock for some additional texture. I then die cut and fussy cut the leaves.

For the sentiment I chose Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms. I debated between adding them by stacking the die cuts or adhering them directly with a single layer of die cuts, but finally decided on adhering them directly. After stamping it on a white cardstock using black ink, I arranged the leaves around it, then adhered them so that the leaf ends are free so I can curve it a bit.

I then trimmed the cardstock and splattered some green and black splatters on top. Once that dried, I adhered the panel over a dark green cardbase. I hope that doesn’t count for an extra shade of green! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Just Add Ink challenge #544: Just Add ‘L’

Timeout Challenge #182: Birthday/Celebrate

Fusion Challenge: Green

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to see more shades of greens from our talented DT and our Surprise Party Guest Carol Mayne! And thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#921 – Elephant Love!

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at the Seize the Birthday challenge. This time, the Topping was chosen by Lindsey and she chose ‘Create a Scene‘. But of course, like always, the Topping is optional and you are free to go without it, and join us as long as it is a birthday project.

And here’s what I created –

I started with stamping the images. The two elephants are from Mama Elephant Ella & Friends and WPlus9 Bubble Talk. The flowers from Purple Onion Designs Blooms No.2, the little cupcake from Memory Box Birthday Bunnies and the clouds are from My Favorite Things Scene Builder. I stamped them all on my linen textured white card panel using a light grey ink. The extra grass I drew myself. I then colored the panel with pencils, and used mineral oil to blend them.

I then trimmed the panel and stamped the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes. I then adhered this panel over a kraft cardbase.

With this card I’m joining the following challenges –

Global Design Project challenge #279: Animal

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #399: Any Occasion

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to see more shades of greens from our talented DT and our Surprise Party Guest Carol Mayne! And thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#919 – Hearty Hugs and Kisses

Hello and welcome! Its second month of the year, where we celebrate love, but with a new challenge up at the Seize the Birthday challenge, we celebrate birthdays! However, the Topping for this month, selected by our charming leader Nancy, is ‘Hearts‘! So, maybe we can mix things up a little bit too! However, if you are not for the topping, you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes” birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s what I made –

I started with making the hearts background. I had a couple of ideas, but I wanted something colorful. Winnie & Walter, which I am naming Seeing Hearts (it’s very similar to their actual Seeing Hearts stencil), which I received for free when they closed shop (:() I aligned this stencil on a white card panel and used distress oxide inks and a few pigment inks to add color in rainbow order to each of the little hearts, taking care to not place colors next to each other. I then set this aside to dry.

I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to use this panel directly on the card or go for another background. Finally I decided to go with one of the bright cardstocks that I have. This one is kind of a bright yellow ocher color (yeah, I suck at naming colors, though not using them ๐Ÿ˜‰ !!). I stamped the plaid using The Stamp Market Striped stamp set in black ink. I then trimmed the hearts panel..one strip of hearts on each side..and then foam mounted it on the card base.

Finally the sentiment. I had this leftover piece, which I didn’t use on another project, which used the Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas dies to die cut and some grey watercoloring on it (yes, watercolored die cut, not inked!). I thought it suited it, but then once I mounted the hearts on the yellow background, felt that it was not showing up as much. So I watercolored over around 3/4th of the pieces with black, left it to dry and then adhered that on my card. The second half of the sentiment comes from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs, for which I used the same cardstock as my card base, trimmed it and then foam mounted it.

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

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Love/Hearts

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Love is in the Air

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #398: Birthdays

CrafTangles February challenge: Love

Monthly Challenge

AAA Birthday challenge #22: A Large Sentiment

Stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more wonderful, heartful inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from Carol Mayne, who is our Surprise Party Guest starting today for the next two months, too!

Thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#914 – Embossed Vellum

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up today over at Seize the Birthday. I’ve picked the topping this time to be “Transparency/Vellum‘. Of course, if don’t want to use that, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! ๐Ÿ˜€

And here’s what I made –

I started with stamping a card panel using Altenew Fabulous Floral and shades of red ink. I thought I wanted a few smaller flowers with the larger ones, so I stamped some florals from the Altenew Delicate Clusters, altering the inks just a little bit, but maintaining the same overall red and green shades.

I had this idea of partially covering the image with some textured vellum. I first figured out how I wanted my vellum piece to be placed on the card. I then trimmed it, leaving a bit of extra space to fold and tuck it behind. I then stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings using black pigment ink. Once that dried, I dry embossed the vellum using Spellbinders Flower Fun embossing folder.

Of course, embossing made the vellum curl up, so I sent it again through my embossing machine again, without the folder to flatten it up a bit. It did help a little, but open corner was still curling inside upon itself, so I decided to add some adhesive. Now, I don’t own any adhesive specifically designed for vellum, so I decided to add it. I added a strip of washi tape with foil in it. I added double sided tape behind it and used that to adhere the vellum to the card panel.

An added advantage is that it also provided a defined edge to the otherwise completely transparent vellum.

Finally, got the panel mounted on a card. To match the shine of the washi tape, I also added a few sparkles using a gel sparkle pen over the flowers and leaves. And that finished my card!

I’m joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #52 Embossing Heat or Dry

Inkspirational Challenge #230 – Mask

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout challenge #179: You (Since I am sending big hugs to ‘you’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more sparkly inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our Surprise Party Guest Julie Peddicord!

Thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#911 – Flurries of Happiness

Hello and welcome to the very first challenge of Seize the Birthday for the new year!! Following tradition, we have a new topping for you to work with. This time, our wonderful teammate Barbara was the one to choose ‘Snowy Background’ as the topping. If you’re not a toppings kinda person, wellโ€ฆ..you can just stick with our usual “Anything Goes”Birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s what I made –

I’ve started trying to create my own backgrounds while watercoloring, and the topping felt like a good start. So, I just thought of going for it!

The cute little foxie is from My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes, and I modified its birthday hat into a snow cap and added a muffler around its neck to help it with the cold weather. The rest of the image is drawn and watercolored.

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors with CrafTangles watercolor paper to create the entire scene. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Winter Sampler stamp set at the bottom in black ink. I then trimmed the panel a bit more and mounted it on a grey card base.

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

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #156

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #396: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Look for more inspirational and innovative cards from the rest of our DT and our Party Guest Julie Peddicord at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog! And don’t forget to play along and add a few more birthday cards to your stash! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by!