#1016 – STB: Food, Glorious Food

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. Its always an Anything Goes challenge with a Birthday theme, but we also have a Topping chosen, if you want to go with it. The topping this time was chosen by our dear friend Lindsey a long time ago as ‘Food, Glorious Food‘.

And this time, I made a shaker card! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think Lindsey would have liked this!

This card is inspired by another food shaker card I had made last year. I love the concept of using stamped images instead of only sequins/beads as the shaker elements. So this time, I used cupcakes as one of the shaker elements!

I first stamped the cupcakes from Mama Elephant Carnival Cupcakes in a light kraft color and then colored them using Zig Brush Markers. I then fussy cut them. For the shaker base, I used Winnie & Walter Buffalo Check stencil on a white card stock panel and used kraft, green and pink colors to lightly brush on the stencil to get a lighter color blending. For the shaker window, I used Neat and Tangled Scalloped die.

Since the cupcakes themselves wouldn’t be enough, I also used a few sequins and beads in the color of the cupcakes in the shaker card. Of course, before finishing the card, I had to stamp the sentiment as well. Its a combination of sentiments from Honey Bee Stamps Pearfect Sentiments and Concord & 9th Tiny Tagalongs stamp sets.

And that’s my card. Checkout what my teammates and our Surprise Party Guest, AฬŠsa Johansson, have created at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog.

And thank you for stopping by!

#443 – Waffle Flower Challenge


I’ve been wanting to participate in the Waffle Flower challenge from such a long time. But I owned only one of their products (Doily Flower) until now. I recently ordered a couple of Waffle Flower stamp sets and just couldn’t wait to create something out of them. Bonus, I even got my own MISTI!! Now, is there anyone who would resist card making when you’ve got your hands on some fabulous new products?? Ahhh…itching hands!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Looking at what the challenge calls, I got inspired by all the three themes:

    • Technique: Watercolor
    • Photo Inspiration:


  • Sketch


So, I made this shaker card (haven’t made a shaker in quite a long time now..)


I started with the background. I stamped the leaf image from Leafy stamp set in Paper Trey Ink Classic Kraft repeatedly, imitating the basket from the photo inspiration. I die cut this panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. Next came the flowers. I used my MISTI to get that perfect stamping! ๐Ÿ™‚ I stamped the flowers from the same stamp set using Hero Arts Cup O’Joe. Next came the technique – I used distress inks to watercolor the leaves and the flowers – I used Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Mustard Seed distress inks.


For the shaker window, I die cut Spellbinders Medallion 1 from watercolor paper and used some white beads to create the shaker. For the sentiment, from Waffle Flower In Every Way, I again used MISTI, and Memento Rich Cocoa, fussy cut them and adhered them along with the rest of the pieces on the card base. And that finished my card!

Its been so long since I made a shaker card! I also throughly enjoyed coloring the flowers – they are so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

Up and Away!

Two reasons for making this card – I wanted to try the stamps in Up & Away stamp set from Mama Elephant and also no-line watercoloring. ๐Ÿ™‚


I stamped the monkey and the balloons using Antique Linen distress ink on watercolor paper and colored the images using no line watercoloring using Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Ripe Persimmon distress inks. I then fussy cut the images. I die cut the frame using Itsy Bitsy Square framelits and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I fussy cut a cloud stamp from foam sheet. To make the background, I first stamped Burlap from JustRite using Hero Arts Soft Pool ink and then stamped the clouds using using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink. I am in love with this background! ๐Ÿ™‚


I made a shaker card using some sequins from Itsy Bitsy. I drew the balloon strings using my Copic multiliner and then adhered the cute little monkey and the balloons.

I am submitting this card to ColourQ Challenge #292

Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday! – A Balloon And Shaker Card


I made this card for my sister’s birthday which was last week –


I had the idea of using balloons in my card, which evolved into a shaker card in the end. I used pattern paper from He Said She Said paper pad from Teresa Collins. The dies are from Balloons die set from XCut. I added some sequins and seed beads for the shaker.


The sentiment is twofold – the die is the Birthday die from Memory Box, which I watercolored before die cutting, and the stamped sentiment is from Captured stamp set from Bo Bunny, which I stamped in Turquoise pigment ink from Color Box.

The string tying the balloons are actually crochet threads dyed using Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. I just adhered them using Glossy Accents!


I usually make my own envelopes, and add something on them too – for this card, I made a stamp using a balloon from the same stamp set and stamped the balloons on. Since I wanted a gradient in each of them, I used a multitude of pastel tone inks, all from Memento – New Sprout, Summer Sky, Lulu Lavender, Angel Pink, Dandelion, Tangelo. I drew the strings and added the handwritten sentiment using a black pen.

How do you like my card? I hope my sister liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Shaker Card!

And its time too! Its my first time making a shaker card!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Even though I’ve thought of making shaker cards multiple times, either they didn’t suite the ideas I had then, or I didn’t have a suitable big enough window.ย It feels like a card maker has several levels to cross to become top-class, and making a successful shaker card is one of them! ๐Ÿ˜› Should I congratulate myself then?! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here is my first attempt at a shaker card –


I started with a black card panel and started stamping Perfect Medium using a stamp from the Borders & Backgrounds stamp set from WPlus9. I chose a few shades of Perfect Pearls and I applied a shade of Perfect Pearlsย after each time I stamped. I then die cut the tag shape out from the middle, to form a window, using a die from Timeless tags from WPlus9. Once I completed the stamping and application of Perfect Pearls all over the panel, I misted it lightly with water a few times to set the Perfect Pearls. After trimming the sides a little, I then laid out some sequins on the card base and adhered the black panel on top.


For the sentiment, I first die cut a scrap white card panel using a Sizzix die (forgot the name of the stamp+die set) and then stamped the sentiment from Bokeh Time from JustRite using StazOn black ink, and adhered it directly on top of the shaker window using double sided tape.

This finished my card!


Since this was the first time I made a shaker card, like many other card makers out there, I made my fair share of mistakes – actually, only one – I started adding the foam dots aroundย the window even before I added the transparent sheet! Talk about stupidity! Thankfully I realized it early, corrected it, and finished the card without any major mistakes thereon.

I am submitting this card to Runway Inspired Challenge #73.

Thanks for looking! ๐Ÿ™‚