#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!

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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! 🙂

 

 

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#761 – Smile!

Hello and welcome! Ok…so I got a lil too motivated with the MFT challenges. I made another card. A third card was on its way, but I thought that would be one too many and that it might be better to save it for another challenge! 😉 So anyway, here is the second card I made –

Smile

I started with making fringes out of a few thin sheets I had. These sheets came in between OHP sheets/transparent plastic sheets that we generally use to make those shaker cards. I had saved those hoping to put those thin translucent sheets to use. Came in handy! 🙂

So anyway, I used some distress and other water reactive inks to color these, applying the ink, then the paper on top and then misting it with water to get the color on. They dried fairly quickly, and I die cut them in layers, since they were thin enough. I then layered and adhered them on a white card piece of cardstock, then die cut the piece using MFT Pinking Edge Rectangle.

Smile (closeup)

I also cut out a few flowers, which I misted, stamped and fuzzy using the images from MFT Pretty Posies, and adhered them on the fringed panel using glue. I then added foam tape below, and adhered it on the card base, on which I had already adhered another panel with trimmed edges and one rounded corner.

The sentiment is die cut using MFT Emmitt Alphabet and the stamped portion is from MFT Things with Wings.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #388

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #94

Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Summer Inspired Projects

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#760 – Spring Butterflies

Hello and welcome! Since it has been quite some time, I wanted to play along the MFT challenges. My card here combines the two challenges from MFT – the sketch and color challenges –

Bright Spot

I started with the butterflies. I first picked a light yellow cardstock, blended in a peach color on the bottom and die cut the butterflies. I did the same with a few pieces of vellum. I used MFT Flutter of Butterflies, both the Lace and solid dies. I then adhered the pieces using double sided tape in the center.

For the background, I used MFT Bold Blooms, trimmed the card panel and rounded of two corners. I foam mounted this on the card base. The sentiment comes from MFT Cup of Tea. I stamped this on a white strip, cut off one side at an angle, added two black lines and foam mounted it, along with the butterflies, on the card. I also embellished the card with a few white pearls.

Bright Spot (closeup)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #388

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #94

Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: All Things Bright & Beautiful

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Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday: Summer Inspired Projects

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#758 – A Happy Hello

Hello! After a long time of “lost mojo” mode, I decided to just make something, whether I liked it or not. The card yesterday and today are results of that thought. And, as it turned out, I did like the cards I made.. And hopefully, they’ll help me come out of this slump too.. 🙂

Anyway, here’s the second card I made –

A Happy Hello

To make this card, I first stamped a brown card base with the leafy images from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds, followed by a small flower image to cover up the gaps. I also added a few small dots to fill up smaller spaces. I then die cut this piece in the center using Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics 2. I also mounted this on the card base, using foam tape to mount the center. I also added a dotted line on the raised piece

A Happy Hello

I then die cut a circle from white card base, embossed it using a circular die from Winnie & Walter Ring in the Celebration, and stamped the sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy. I then used some flowers – that I had stamped and cut god knows when – from Reverse Confetti Garden Bunch and leaves from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers.

After adhering these flowers on the circular sentiment piece using liquid glue, I added foam tape behind the whole piece and mounted it on the card base.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

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CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #274

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash Challenge: Hello/Just Because

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#756 – You Are…

Hello! One more day to the weekend!! I made this card in a rush today.. just got the idea, for a couple of challenges, and one of them has the deadline coming up… So, it was pretty much a rush job. Didn’t even have time to see/decide whether I truly liked it enough! But here it is –

You Are...

I used the stamps from Altenew Hannah Elements, stamped them on a white cardstock using pigment inks, then clear heat embossed them. I then colored them using Zig brush pens and fussy cut a little out. I then foam mounted this on a dark green cardbase. The sentiment die cut is from Altenew Inline Alpha dies, and the stamped portion is using Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Builder.

I am joining the following challenges –

Altenew May Inspiration challenge

Timeout Challenge #110: Home Sweet Home

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

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Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#749 – Enjoy Your Day

Hello! I am so very pleased and honored to be joining the Sovushka Slavia Sketch Challenge as a Guest Designer yet again. This is one of my favorite challenges, which requires CAS cards and the sketches are beautiful. Here’s the sketch for the latest challenge –

And here’s what I made –

Enjoy Your Day

I used the Paper Trey Ink Mighty Bloom die cut twice, on Yellow and white card stock, and adhered these on some newsprint. Laying this at an angle, I foam mounted it on a white card base and trimmed off the excess. The sentiment is die cut from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint die, stacked and adhered on the die cut. The stamped part of the sentiment is from the co-ordinating stamp set, Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint, which I have white heat embossed, before adhering it to the card.

Check out the wonderful creations from the DT of Sovushka Slavia for more inspiration!

With this card I am also joining the following challenges –

Tic Tac Toe challenge #45 (Yellow – Free – Punch/Die cut)

Addicted to Stamps challenge #289: Clean and Simple

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for stopping by!! 🙂

#747 – Happy Anniversary

PE: Winner at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

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Hello and welcome! Today I am presenting the card I made for my parents’ anniversary –

Happy Anniversary

I was totally inspired by this card by Kelly Latevola, which she had made using Neat & Tangled stamps. I absolutely loved the look of the card, though I didn’t follow her technique. And, though also lacking the same stamps, I made this one using stamps from Simon Says Stamp – Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus.

I stamped the images in a light grey ink. I did this, since I wasn’t going for a complete no-line coloring – I wanted the lines to be a little visible, but also blend enough, so that it wouldn’t overlap or overwhelm other colors. Grey seemed like a good choice, but I guess brown would also work.

Happy Anniversary

Anyway, I used distress inks for watercoloring. I used two layers of watercoloring, air drying the paper in between – I think this is what Nina Marie Trapini calls under-painting technique. Lighter colored first layer under the vibrant top layer. Definitely looks pretty! 🙂

I then added a few splatters in yellow and dark brown. Once the panel dried, I added those X stitches using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die. After I mounted the watercolor panel on a dark brown cardstock came the sentiments. They are from a very old stamp set from The Craft’s Meow called Side by Side. I heat embossed it in white, fuzzy cut it. For mounting it on the watercolored panel, I added a couple of cardstock stripes underneath – I wanted dimension, but not too much.

Happy Anniversary

On the envelope, I used the same flowers and stamped them for a tone and tone look, and heat embossed the same sentiment, before adhering the sides. I die cut those stitched Xs using Lawn Fawn Stitched borders die, then rounded the corners.

My parents’ anniversary is due end of this month.. so I hope they like this card! 🙂

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

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring (there’s an optional one layer, but mine is not strictly one layered, so I am not choosing the optional element)

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Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not choosing the optional ‘Rainbow’)

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Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Flower Power

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