#868 – Pineapples Aplenty!

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time is ‘Totally Tropical’, given to us by our fabulous teammate Shirley.

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And here’s what I made –

Pineapples Aplenty!

To make this card, I first started with the background. I chose the Itsy Bitsy Tropical Flowers embossing folder, dabbed a bit of light mint color on it, misted a bit of water and embossed a white piece of card panel on top. Since this folder is 4″, I was forced to trim off the sides. I set this aside to dry.

I then used Reverse Confetti Pineapples Aplenty stamp set to stamp the pineapples in two different shades. I used the same stamp and the rock-and-roll technique to add another color, a lot darker than the base, on top of each image. I also did the same process to get a couple of flowers from Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp set. I then fussy cut these images out. For the frame, I used a piece that was left over from another project while using the Neat & Tangled Scalloped Frame die.

Pineapples Aplenty! (closeup)

To assemble, I first adhered the embossed panel on a white card base, then foam mounted the frame and then adhered the fruits and flowers by using both bits of foam tape and normal glue, to achieve a slanted look. The sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Party stamp set.

And I’m also joining these two challenges –

STAMPlorations May Theme and Photo Prompt Challenge

Reverse Confetti May Stock Your Stash challenge: Birthday

I hope you are inspired by this card! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our awesome, talented Surprise Party Guest, Jo Avery! And don’t forget to join the party! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#857 – A Sympathy Card

Hello and welcome. This time I’ve made a card, that most card-makers would prefer not to make – a sympathy card. I’ve sent it out to a very dear fellow blogger, Monika, who recently lost her young son in an accident. My heart aches for her – what a terrible thing to go though.. 😦

Sharing in Your Sorrow

To make this card, I first used the dies from My Favorite Things Birds of a Feather and Pretty Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, watercolored them and kept them aside to dry. On the card base, I embossed using one of the die cuts from Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then adhered the die cut pieces and then stamped sentiment from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom using MFT Hybrid Black ink.

Sharing in Your Sorrow (closeup)

I hope Monika finds solace soon.

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Inkspirational challenge #208: Designers’ Choice: Animal: Real or Magical

Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Stamplorations March CAS challenge: Anything Goes with optional color twist Light Blue

Perfectly CAS challenge #7: Die Cuts (I’ve used the center of the 3/3 grid)

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #381: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by.

#851 – Happy Birthday Friend

Hello and welcome! Somehow managed to make a card today – I wanted to make a shaker, since I recently bought some shaker sequins + beads mix! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday Friend

On this card, I first applied a light coat of brown distress ink, then used the smallest polka dots stencil from the Simon Says Stamp Seeing Dots I added a bright blue ink. I used the same ink on a scrap strip of white cardstock also, to use for the shaker background. The critter is from Mama Elephant Three Amigos stamp set, which I watercolored using ink from my Zig Brush pens. I then fussy cut them all, and also die cut a strip of cardstock using the ‘Friend’ from My Favorite Things. I then made a shaker card using all these pieces. Pretty quick to make, I should say. πŸ™‚

I am joining the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers January Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Die Cuts

STAMPlorations January Stencil Challenge

AAA Birthday challenge #9: A Shaker Card

Fusion Card Challenge: Critter

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#850 – STB: Stencil

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have Nancy choosing the topping, and she gave us ‘Stencils’ to work on!

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And here’s what I made –

Tie and Dye Stencil

I love stencils and have a ton of them in my stash, but somehow, never end up using them. So this was a great chance for me to get to use them. I wanted to make the stencil have a big impact on the card, so tried out various techniques and media on them. Finally I chose two, out of which I made these cards.

I have used the same stencil – Tie and Dye from CrafTreat – on both of these cards.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1)

Card one: I started with a panel of photo paper. I wanted the colors to stay as soon as they would be applied, so this was the best option. I used the stencil with brusho pigment powders, applying the powder, then lying the stencil on top and misting with water to activate the colors. Working things the other way round – placing the stencil, then sprinkling the powder then misting didn’t work as the stencil had smaller negative spaces. Applying the water first and then the powders didn’t work either, since the panel didn’t stay wet enough for long enough for me to apply the powders. My plan was to actually have colors only where the stencil had openings, but that didn’t work. And it ended with this ‘burst’ look.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 1 closeup)

Anyway, once everything was dry, I removed as much extra powder as possible using a towel, and then trimmed the panel and adhered it on a white card base. The sentiment, which I stacked, is from My Favorite Things, called Birthday Wishes. I also added a few iridescent sequins for embellishing.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2)

Card two: I used alcohol inks with ink lifting… kind of. πŸ˜›

I used yupo paper as the base and applied a rainbow of alcohol inks in a sunburst. Once that dried, I placed the stencil on top, then used a felt applicator with a few drops of alcohol ink blender to apply darker shades of alcohol inks on top, basically, the opposite of ink lift. Why? Because, like my earlier plan, the ink lift didn’t look good, didn’t work well.

So anyway, I moved the stencil a few more times and redid the technique, to cover the whole panel more or less equally with patterns.

Tie and Dye Stencil (card 2 closeup)

Once done, I adhered this over another card panel, since this yupo paper wasn’t thick enough. I then foam mounted it on a white card base and trimmed the excess. The sentiment is from Altenew Inline Alpha dies. I die cut them thrice and stacked them before adhering them to the card. I also used a couple of sequins for embellishing.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #372: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use a Stencil

Just Add Ink challenge 488: Celebrate. And they’ve turned 10 too!! Congratulations!!

Stamplorations January Stencil challenge: Anything Goes

Checkout more inspiration from our DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce Mehrberg, in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog. Also, don’t forget to join the party!

Thank you for stopping by!

#848 – Inspiration Station Challenge 07

Hello and welcome! Finally, after a long delay, we are up with the next edition of the Inspiration Station Challenge!

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This time, it was my turn to choose the topic, and I chose two patterns; the challenge being getting inspired by one of them –

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The source, via Pinterest: for the pink one here, and the grey one here.

And here’s what I made for this challenge –

Inspiration Station Challenge #7

I wanted a penstand to store my new soft bristle brushes for crafting. This seemed like the opportune time to make it. πŸ™‚ I used a packaging cardboard, which was already cylindrical, adhered a cardboard base, covered the while thing with kitchen paper, then white gesso.

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I then added some texture paste via CrafTreat Arabic Pattern stencil. I then cut out some diecuts and got some moulds from MFT, Spellbinders and Prima to stick on. I also added a few art stones here and there. Finally, I colored it with some greyΒ  and black acrylic paints and then used Prima wax for some shine.

Inspiration Station Challenge #7 - Closeup

My sister has created a mini book. That tiny thing is adorable and also so well made! I totally loved it!! Check it out here.

And I am joining the following challenges too –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Rust It Up

Stamploration January Stencil Challenge

And thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚