#891 – Seize the Birthday 200th Challenge!!

Hello and welcome! Today is a grand day where we celebrate the 200th challenge at the Seize the Birthday challenge!! Hip hip hurrah!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


For this challenge we want you to make a card and/or project that is inspired by the graphic above.  Whether it be the colors, the balloons, the watercolor vibe, or the numbers etc… Whatever sparks your creativity.  However for this challenge only, we are asking you to explain in your post how exactly you were inspired! And also, the ‘Anything Goes’ option is not available this time!

What’s more – to celebrate this special occasion, there will be more than one prize up for grabs so to make sure you head over to Seize The Birthday blog for all the details!

And now, finally coming to the card inspired by the very graphic that I made –

Seize the Birthday 200th Challenge

Of course, I chose watercoloring!! …Not!! I chose the colors and the partial theme of ‘water’. So, the scene comprises of some beautiful corals, plant life and some fishes swimming leisurely.

Seize the Birthday 200th Challenge (closeup)

The stamps are from My Favorite Things Gill Friends and Paper Trey Ink/Ink to Paper Salt Air Flora stamp. I used the Winnie & Walter Madison stencil to create the fish-gill-like background. Finally the sentiment is from Sizzix Phrases stamp set.

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our wonderful team and information on the prizes. Of course, there is some extra inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest, Angie Cimbalo too!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#887 – STB: Die cuts Only

PE: Outstanding at the Virginia’s Show and Share challenge!!

Virginia's Show and Share - Winner

Hello and welcome! We have a great new challenge starting today over at Seize the Birthday! The topping is something that I love, but don’t do much of. Suggested by our lovely team mate Cathy – “Diecuts Only‘. Of course, she has also added that you can use stamps when it comes to your sentiment. But if that still doesn’t please you, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! πŸ˜€


So for my card, I did mostly use diecuts, but I chose to use a little bit of stamping for the sentiment. And here’s what I made –


I used dies from Neat & Tangled Flower Medallion Builder and Spellbinders Nordic Blooms dies, cut them out from normal cardstock, and colored them using Zig brush pen markers. I then adhered them on a white cardstock panel, which I then mounted on a grey cardbase.

Scandinavian (closeup)

For the sentiment, I used Altenew Simple Alpha to die cut several pieces of white and a single set of black cardstock, which I stacked together. When I went to adhere it on the card, I found that it was kinda getting lost over the other die cuts, so instead of adhering it directly, I first adhered it to vellum, which I fussy cut to form a sort of a shadow die cut piece. Then I adhered that to the card. The stamped sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals. Once it was all done, I felt a lack of shimmer and shine..so..yes.. gemstones from Lucy’s cards were perfect for this!

And that completes my card! Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more Birthday+Diecut inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our new Surprise Party Guest, Angie Cimbalo!

With this card, I am also joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #288: All About Occasions

Virginia’s Show and Share August challenge: Optional Rainbow

Virginia's Show and Share

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#883 – Watercoloring in Gold

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time, chosen by our talented teammate TaeEun, is ‘Add Gold’. However, if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!


And here’s what I made –

Watercoloring in Gold

Yeah… that’s just a teensy bit more gold than one would expect πŸ˜‰

This is how I made it – I was very inspired by this card by Sandi MacIver – and I’ve CASEd it. I used a couple of flowers from Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden stamp, and stamped the flower using Versamark Watermark ink, heat embossed it with Platinum ep, masked it and repeated the process until the whole dark green panel was filled with it.

Watercoloring in Gold (closeup 1)

I then used two shades of gold from Gansai Tambi Starry Nights watercolors to color the flowers. Once dry, I also added plenty of splatters of the same two colors and let also dry. I then trimmed the panel to size and adhered it on a white card base.

Watercoloring in Gold (closeup 2)

Next I moved to the sentiment. I cut out a few pieces of cardstock using the Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop and one of the coordinating dies to the Winnie & Walter Ring in the Celebration stamp set. Before adhering them together, I stamped the top layer with the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script stamp set.

On the card, it felt too empty to just have this sentiment circle, so I stamped a few more pieces of the Simon Says Stamp Summer garden, die cut them and added them behind the sentiment circle. At this point I noticed a small boo-boo on the circle…sigh! I didn’t want to tear it off and redo it, so instead, I used some gold sequins to cover it up! πŸ˜€

And that makes my card! Checkout what the rest of our talented team made, along with our Surprise Party Guest, Jennifer Wills, who has been a wonderful guest for the past two months, at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#877 – Coloring on Colored Card Base

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.Β  This time, the topping, chosen by Glenda is ‘Non-neutral Card Base.’


And here’s what I made –

Faux Gauche Painting

I started with colors of card base – a nice mint colored one, and another a dark peachy color. On these, using my Misti, I stamped using a grey ink the beautiful flower cluster image from Concord and 9th Hello Lovely stamp set. Next, I followed this technique of using white paint with dye inks to paint over these colored cardstock. This is a new technique for me, and I struggled a little bit with the colors and coloring, but I was able to get mostly solid colors good coverage on the image. Once everything had dried, stamped the image again, this time using Versamark watermark ink, and heat embossed them both in white.

Faux Gauche Painting (card 1)

Frankly, I had no idea where to proceed from there. I loved both the outcomes, and they looked pretty good without anything, but I did want to make something with them.

So, for the first one, I fussy cut the panel partially, added a strip of white cardstock behind it, added another piece of gold glitter washi tape behind that, but at an angle. I then adhered this over a mango colored cardbase.

For the sentiment, I used Pink Fresh Studio Playful Animal Friends 2, which O gold heat embossed in vellum. I then cut out the strip of vellum and adhered it over the cardbase, tucking both sides under the top flap. To embellish, I added a few dots of white nuvo drops.

Faux Gauche Painting (card 2)

With the second panel, I first brushed on a darker teal on the top and the bottom edges, to get a ombre effect. I then cut out a frame using 2 successive rectangles from the Memory Box Rectangles Basics dies. For the sentiment, I recycled – I used a packing paper from a Mama Elephant (I think) stamp set, which I had kept from ages ago. I cut this into a flag, stamped the Happy Birthday from WPlus9 Basic Banners stamp set. The die comes from Simon Says Stamp Wishing die. I cut out a couple of this, stacking them to get some stability and adhered it over the flag panel. I then foam mounted this on the cardbase. And finally added some sequins for embellishing.

And that makes my 2 cards! Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Jennifer Wills!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#875 – Red, White and Blue

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


And here’s what I made –

Red and Blue!

I started with the flower and leaves die cuts. The dies I used are from Altenew Peony Dreams and Rose Flurries and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. I first die cut them, adhered the pieces with the layers and water-colored them once they had dried. Finally, I added a lot of white splatters on all of them, using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink.

Red and Blue! (closeup)

Coming to the frame – I didn’t have any cardstock with the shade of blue that I wanted. I thought of swiping the ink pad on white cardstock, since I had the right shade, but that would end up wasting a lot of the ink. Instead, I dabbed the colors on an acrylic surface, then watercolored the cardstock, using as less water as possible. I then dried and watercolored again, repeating the process a few more times to get the desired opacity. Once dry, I die cut the frame using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

Finally, on the white card base, I added some splatters of the same shade of blue. Once this dried, I foam mounted the frame and assembled the rest of the pieces on the card. The sentiment, from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

And that’s my card. You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months, Jennifer Wills have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!