#1012 – STB: No Stamping

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at the Seize the Birthday blog. This time we have Glenda as our host and she has chosen ‘No Stamping‘ as the Topping. Of course, as always you may enter any birthday themed projects into our gallery if you don’t want to take the Toppings option.

And here’s what I made –

I recently got a few embossing folders in my stash, which I wanted for quite some time now. For this card, I used the Simon Says Stamp Exotic Vines embossing folder on a metallic silver cardstock. I first swiped some dark grey ink on one half of the folder to get two tones on the cardstock. Of course, misting the cardstock with a little water on both sides did help me get a clear embossing without any cracks.

For the sentiment, I actually forgot ‘no stamping’ and had heat embossed a stamped, silver heat embossed sentiment on black cardstock, but then remembered it and swapped it for what you see. I used Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower Thinlits Die Set to die cut the same silver metallic cardstock and adhered it on black cardstock. I then fussy cut the pieces and foam mounted it con the embossed card base.

I thought something extra is needed, and die cut a few butterflies using My Favorite Things Hip Clips from black cardstock. I then added three of them on the card. They act as embellishment as well, and I love the look of them – like they are fluttering around the garden.

And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges with this card –

AAA Birthday card challenge #40: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #435: Die Cuts and/or Stencils

Addicted to Stamps - Die Cuts Stencils Badge

Happy Little Stampers August Birthday challenge: Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers - Birthday Anything Goes Badge

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Happy Birthday

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Emboss It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog and checkout what the rest of the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Karen J have created for this challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#1011 – Color Hues: In Memory of Lindsey

Hello crafting friends. We lost our treasured friend and teammate Lindsey last week, following her hard-fought battle with cancer. Lindsey was well-known for her amazing creativity, witty sense of humor, and immense capacity to support and encourage her design team members and challenge participants. The crafting community will miss her shining light.

Today The Seize the Birthday Team is playing along with our sister challenge – Color Hues challenge. Lindsey was a Design Team Member for both the teams. The Color Hues challenge this time was to be hosted by Lindsey, so all of us want to honor and celebrate her beautiful, creative life by sharing “Lindsey Inspired” projects using her Blue and Purple combination, along with things she loved the most, as inspiration. We hope that you will join us as we pay tribute to our dear friend and teammate.

Here are a few of her favorite things: humor, cats, gardening/flowers, love of reading, friendship, wine, tea. Lindsey loved Clean and Simple cards too.

Here’s what I made, with Lindsey’s cards as inspiration:

I started with the rose, from Altenew Build a Flower: Rose, stamped it in colors of blue, purple and dark grey and cut it out using the co-ordinating dies. I also cut out a frame using Paper Smooches Frame 2 from kraft cardstock. I then adhered this in the center of the white card base.

For the sentiment, I used Avery Elle Laurels and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words, stamped them in VersaFine Black Onyx ink, fussy cut it and adhered it on the card. And that finished my Lindsey-inspired card.

We would love for you to join the Color Hues challenge. You can find all the details along with inspiration from both of the Design Teams over at the Color Hues blog.

#1010 – Non-neutral Colored Outlined Stamping

Hello and welcome! As usual, the first of the month calls for a new Watercolor challenge at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog, and as usual,

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created –

I was inspired by some of the cards made by my friend Hilary made, where she would use green ink to outline her stencilled images. I loved how the green looked so different from the neutral colors I usually used for stamping, and I thought I would give it a try myself.

I chose to use Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp, a gorgeous array of flowers, buds and leaves, and stamped a part of the image on normal white cardstock. I used a teal colored ink to stamp the image, and thus, to color it, I had to use minimum amount of water, so as to not mix the colors and make it a muddy mess.

I used yellow and red to color the flowers and buds, and another shade of green to color the leaves, carefully dotting the colors on blank areas using my brush, and then adding a few more lighter fade-away strokes outside and on top. I then added a lot of splatters on the image. Once everything dried, I stamped the image once more using the same ink. I also added a few details using a black fineliner pen. Finally I added the sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Pearfect Sentiments using black pigment ink.

And that finished my card! Checkout more wonderful inspirations from the rest of our DT at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1003 – You Always Believed in Me

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge! As always it is ‘Anything Goes’ challenge, and you can join as long as you feature watercolor in some form in your creation.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made for this month’s inspiration –

I stamped the images from Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers on watercolor paper from Hndmd using VersaFine Onyx black ink and then colored it using Distress inks. I waited for the images to air dry in between layers and finally added a layer of splatters using brown ink. After letting it dry, I die cut the panel using a die from Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways and then stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things Kind Thanks on it and foam mounted it on brown cardbase

And that’s my card! Do stop by the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge blog to checkout more awesome inspirational creations from the DT!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

#1001 – Inking Stencils

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge and this time we have the topping ‘Use a Stencil‘ from Vicki! Since the topping is always optional, you can just stick with our usual ‘Anything Goes‘ Birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s my card –

I was very inspired by this card from Virginia Lu – her cards always wow me!!

I started with the card base. I used a gel plate with CrafTangles Mandala Reloaded stencil and distress inks. I first applied a light layer the inks on the gel plate, using a brayer to even out and blend the inks on which I used the cardstock directly. I then adhered the stencil to a side of my white card panel, reinked the gel plate with darker colors and carefully laid the stencil+cardstock on the inked gel plate. I did repeat the top most part by reapplying the ink, so taping the stencil helped. I did use the brayer each time to press the inks on the cardstock.

Setting the panel aside, I used Simon Says Stamp Blooming Meadow stamp for the flowers, fussy cut them out. I foam mounted the stencil panel on white cardstock and then arranged the flowers on top, with the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts stamp set. For embellishing I used tiny orange sequins.

And that’s my card. I’m joining these challenges –

Retro Rubber Challenge #183: Anything Goes (I’ve used the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Meadow which is from Feb 2021)

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #430: Die cuts and/or Stencils

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Checkout more stencil inspiration from all my talented teammates and our inspiring Party Guest Lorraine A in the Seize the Birthday blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!