#740 – Seize the Birthday – Teal and White

Hello! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday, and everyone’s invited! While the challenge is more or less an ‘anything goes with a birthday theme’, we do have an optional topping. And the optional topping this time is ‘Teal or White’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s the card I made –

Happy Birthday

I went with an ombre look, with a lighter and darker shade of teal. I first created the background using distress oxide inks, then added a die cut layer of white card stock, which I die cut using Lil Inker Designs Diamond Chevron. The sentiment panel is Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy and the flowers are from Lesia Zgharda Kvity’s Contours and Leaflets stamps.

With this card, I am also joining

The Flower Challenge #18: Anything Goes


Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Timeout Challenge #105; where they are celebrating their 4th birthday!!

Stamplorations March Challenge: All About Spring and Faith

I do hope you also stop over the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where you can see much more inspiration from our talented DT and our amazing Surprise Party Guest, Kimberly Lackenbach! And don’t forget to join the fun – remember you can choose to go with or without the topping, as long as it is a birthday project!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂


#716 – Seize the Birthday – One Layer

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time we have a Topping of ‘One Layer’. But you are free to join the challenge with any new Birthday project, if you do not want to choose the Topping.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s the one layer card I made –


I used a combination of flowers from Altenew Layered Lily and Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus. I always felt that the images from the two stamp sets would go well together, so I am glad to finally put it on a card! 🙂 I used distress inks, misted with water to stamp.

Once dry, I added the sentiment, from Waffle Flower Congrats and Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday. I didn’t think and ended up stamping the smaller sentences on an already black background.. but I let it be. You can partially make out the sentence, plus, I am not actually sending it to anyone!! 😉

I’m joining these challenges too –

Happy Little Stamps: January CAS Challenge: Friendship


Stamplorations January CAS Challenge: Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge #101: Inspired by Words

For more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Kristie Goulet, checkout the Seize the Birthday blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#710 – Coloring with Pens and Stripes

Hello! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and this time we are having a ‘No Toppings’ or anything goes challenge, which means that you can just join the fun with any Birthday project of your choice!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s my card – I’ve had this pretty stamp set from Simon Says Stamp from such a long time, but I haven’t made something I was happy with with it ever since I bought it. But this time, somehow the technique, images and idea clicked! 🙂

Sending Birthday Wishes

For the background, I used Spellbinders Paisley embossing folder. For the top panel, I first cut out a 3*4.25 inches panel, stamped the images from Simon Says Stamp Look For the Miracles stamp set. I used a mid tone gray ink, since I knew that the pens’ inks were darker and would definitely color over this gray.. why simply stamp in a light ink when you can have things easier, right? 😉

Sending Birthday Wishes

Once done stamping, I started drawing the stripes over all the images. These are Uniball gel pens that I used. Pretty good quality, since its been quite some time since I bought them, and they haven’t dried yet, even though I haven’t used them.

Sending Birthday Wishes

For the sentiment, I stamped the portion below with black ink. There was a little of the ink pad’s fiber there, which ended up as a blotch, but I let it be… handmade, right!? 😛 That sentiment is from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Coralina’s Flowers. The die cut part is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3, which I colored with Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink, then added some Sunshine perfect pearls on top, for some shine that matched the gold pen that I used earlier on the images. And that’s my card!

I am also joining these challenges –

AAA Card Challenge #105: Its Time to Sparkle

As You See It Challenge #166: Its Time to Sparkle

Double D Challenge: Anything Birthday/Anything Anniversary Goes with the Mood board

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #29 (I chose Stamping/Die-cut/White)

Stamplorations January CAS Challenge: Anything Goes

Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more spectacular inspiration from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Kristie Goulet! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂


#705 – Merry Christmas (2)

Hello! And welcome! 🙂 I am posting here the second of the two cards I made using the Stamplorations Christmas Flower stamp, which is a very pretty image of a poinsettia. (Scroll down to see the first version!)

On this card, too, I did some watercoloring using Zig Brush pens, just with different colors. Also, I replaced the heat embossing with stamping.

Merry Christmas

I stamped the image twice on a watercolor panel using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then used my Zig Brush pens for coloring. I went with light pinks and green-grey colors this time, as opposed to the rich reds and greens from last time. I love how varied the effect is! 🙂

Merry Christmas

Once done, I added a few splatters of green-brown Camel drawing ink. I then die cut the sentiment – from Winnie & Walter In a Word: Merry die set – from the panel. I also stamped the ‘Christmas’ from Neat & Tangled Merry Beary stamp set. Then I adhered the panel directly on black cardstock. I stacked the die cut sentiment a few times with a few more die cuts, then mounted it a bit off the negative, to show off the black cardstock underneath (also gives a shadow effect).

Merry Christmas

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: December challenge: Christmas

Happy Little Stampers: December Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + XMas


Happy Little Stampers: December Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes

Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

Stamplorations - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#704 – Merry Christmas (1)

Hello! I had this stamp that I especially bought for the Christmas season – Christmas Flower from Stamplorations. Need I say more? This large poinsettia is just perfect for quite a few techniques. I made a couple of cards using this pretty stamp (showing another one tomorrow).

For my first card, I chose embossing with watercoloring. And since I hadn’t used my Zig brush pens for quite some time now, I thought this was a very good reason to do so! 🙂

Merry Christmas

I used a watercolor panel and heat embossed the poinsettia in gold. I then did some quick watercoloring using my Zig brush pens. I love them for the depth and the richness of the colors they provide. Of course, I did use another brush and plain water for spreading the color, I did want some lighter shades in the image too!

Merry Christmas

Anyway, once done, I trimmed the panel to size, and also fussy cut out one side of the poinsettia. I then added the sentiment from Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis the Season stamp set, and foam mounted the panel on a brown card base.

I’m also joining the following challenges with my card –

CAS Mix Up Challenge: December challenge: Stamping (with two other choices – I have heat embossing and watercoloring)

CAS Watercolor Challenge: December challenge: Anything Goes

CAS On Friday challenge #123: Christmas

Stamplorations CAS Challenge: December challenge: Anything Goes + Gold

Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

Stamplorations - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#694 – Thanks For Everything

PE: CAS(E) This Sketch Favorite!!

CASE This Sketch - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its been some time I last worked on Kraft base cards, and somehow a ‘thanks’ theme with kraft seemed like the perfect fit.

Thanks for Everything

I made this card using the three basic and simple basics of card making – stamping, embossing and die cutting. I used the images from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds for stamping everything in tones of brown, die cut the sentiment ‘Thanks’ using Neat & Tangled Jounaling Alphas, the rest of the sentiment stamped from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint, finally the embossing in the background is using We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder. Very simple, but looks complicated. 😀

Thanks for Everything

Joining the following challenges with my card –

CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #247

Fusion Challenge: Grateful

Paru’s Card Making November challenge: Thank You


Stamplorations November CAS Challenge: Anything Goes + Brown


Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#693 – Thanks

PE: Winner at Paru’s Card Making challenge!

Paru's Card Making Challenge - Winner

Winner at Altenew challenge! Yippie!!

Winner at Stamplorations CAS Challenge!! Yay!

Stamplorations - CAS Challenge Winner

Hello! Made this card with the current Altenew challenge colors. Mostly using oranges and browns, with a splash of yellow in an otherwise earthy colored card.


I used Altenew Watercolored Wonders with distress inks. The sentiment comes from Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha. I added some dots using gold pearl pen.


Joining the following challenges with my card –

Bastel Traum challenge: Thanks


The Flower Challenge #14: Clean and Simple

Paru’s Card Making challenge: November theme: Thank You

Altenew November Inspiration challenge

Stamplorations November CAS Challenge: Anything Goes with browns

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂