#858 – Birthday Bouquet

Hello and welcome! I made a card after looking at some challenges I wanted to join. I’ve been having a bit more free time due to you know what.. but somehow the crafty cogs are not rotating.. I could come up with this card, and then things started to click. 🙂

Happy Birthday to You! MFT Stamps

This one came together really quick. I stamped the images from My Favorite Things Buildable Bouquet and Things with Wings on watercolor paper using Adirondack Earthtones Ginger ink, which is a water reactive ink. I then painted it using distress inks. Of course, some of the ink I stamped the images with also blended in, but that’s what I wanted. Anyway, after it dried, I fussy cut the images.

On a panel of white cardstock, I stamped the My Favorite Things Scattered Surface using the same ink and then used water and a flat brush to spread and lift some color off the panel. Once this dried I trimmed one edge of it at an angle and then cut cut it off for a diagonal panel piece.

Happy Birthday to You! MFT Stamps (closeup)

To bring the card together, I foam mounted the diagonal panel, then adhered a die cut piece of Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles. I then adhered the fussy cut pieces on top. For the sentiment, I used a combination of My Favorite Things Alphabets & Numbers by Birdie Brown and Ewe are the Best stamp sets.

I was inspired by the sketch from the MFT Sketch challenge #481. Unfortunately I was just a couple of hours late in submitting to this challenge! 😦

But I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #42: Anything Goes

Timeout challenge #157: Birthday

AAA Birthday challenge #11: Flowers

MFT The Birthday Project March challenge: Flowers

My Favorite Things - Birthday Project

Watercooler challenge #264: All About Occasions

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#844 – Christmas Poinsettia

Hello and welcome! Time for another Christmas card!! This time, the focus is on the poinsettias. The red of the poinsettias against a white (or, in this card, a cream) background is just fantastic! The red looks absolutely dashing! 🙂

Merry Christmas Poinsettia

I first die cut the top and bottom pieces using the My Favorite Things Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dies. Then, on the card base, I drew the outline of the two pieces using a pencil and set the pieces aside. I then die cut a bunch of the poinsettia leaves using the Simon Says Stamp Poinsettia Cluster die using the same cardstock. I then adhered all the pieces, flat on the card base, taking care not to go much beyond the pencil markings.

Merry Christmas Poinsettia (closeup)

Next came the sentiment. I used Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis The Season stamp. I first stamped the upper half in red ink, then stamped both using Versamark watermark ink, and heat embossed the bottom half using platinum embossing powder, and the top using clear embossing powder. I repeated this a couple more times to give it a bit more dimension. I then foam mounted the top and bottom pieces on the card. Finally I adhered the poinsettias, which are from Itsy Bitsy, on the card. For embellishing, I added half pearls on the centers of all the poinsettias and added silver glitter shine on the poinsettias.

I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #39: Use a Die

Inkspirational challenge #202: No Stamping (I have stamped for heat embossing the sentiment, so if this doesn’t count, please take my entry off!)

Happy Little Stampers: December Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Just us Girls challenge #516: Anything Goes

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Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#826 – STB: Cover the Card

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Cover the Card’, given by yours truly. Just use anything, but cover your card with it – die cuts, stamping, embossing – anything goes! Well, or if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

For my card, I chose a few stamp sets from My Favorite Things, floral and leafy, to cover my card.

Sending Birthday Wishes

Before I started, however, I decided on my sentiments, cut them out from scrap paper, and marked the place on the card, so that I could leave those areas empty. This doesn’t make a major difference, but it leaves the background of anything that might clash with the sentiment.

Sending Birthday Wishes (closeup)

After stamping throughout the whole card – in fact I made two cards, one using ivory cardstock and one using white – I went ahead and added the sentiment. Stacked die cut and the rest of it, foam mounted. For the one with the ivory base, I also added a few dots to the centers of the mint colored flowers.

Sending Birthday Wishes (multiple cards)

Here’s the list of supplies that I used:
My Favorite Things Flashy Florals stamp set
My Favorite Things Modern Blooms stamp set
My Favorite Things Mini Modern Blooms stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Sending die
Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp set

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #346: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge #33: Focus on Background Stamping

Inkspirational Challenge #189: Garden

Hope you enjoyed my card. Remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more creative inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from out talented Surprise Guest Linda Snodgrass! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#814 – Dots & Stripes

Hello and welcome to a brand new challenge at Seize the Birthday! To join the challenge all you have to do is create a fresh, new birthday project. You have an optional choice of using a ‘Topping’ in your creation, and this time, this topping is ‘Dots & Stripes’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I chose to use the topping in my project. And here’s what I made –
Dots & Stripes

I first made the backgrounds. On one piece of cardstock I used My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes stamp with Versafine Onyx black and on the card base, I used Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Spotty stencil using Black Soot distress ink to apply. I then trimmed a part off the diagonal stripes piece and foam mounted it on the dotty background.

For the flowers, which are die cut from Altenew Peony Dreams, I used photo paper and watercolor on top. These are cheap watercolors I used, but they worked pretty well. Since the paper is not made to absorb ink, spotty patterns formed when I watercolored on them. So pretty! I then adhered them, piece by piece.

Dots & Stripes (closeup)

After adhering the flower and leaves on the card, I added the sentiment – from Altenew Label Love and Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3, and foam mounted them on top. I added some gold sequins scattered around the card and in the flower’s center, for some embellishing.

Joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Feminine/Girly

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The Flower Challenge #30: Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge #131: Inspired by Words: Hugs, Kisses and a lot of Birthday Wishes – where they are also celebrating their 5th Birthday!! Yay!! Congrats to Sandy and the fabulous DT!!

Happy Little Stampers March Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

I hope you are inspired by my creation! Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our amazingly talented Surprise Party Guest, Tenia Nelson, and join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#811 – Inspiration Station Challenge 02

Hello and welcome to the second Inspiration Station challenge. This is something my sister and I started, just as another reason to create, another way to get inspired, but, of course, without the pressure!

The second inspiration are pictures of Electroformed Crystal Bowls, which we found at the website, This is Colossal.

Inspiration Station Challenge #2

And this is what I made –

Big Thanks

I took my inspiration from the picture in the center, and the colors too, of course. I didn’t get an idea of adding the crackle texture on my card, instead I added the foam mounted background die cut, by coloring them in similar colors. The flowers, I colored in the two shades of blue – but it looks like a single color in the images here. I added a single silver gemstone in the center of each flower after adhering them on the card.

Big Thanks (closeup)

Then came the sentiment. I swiped the colors using a cream chalk ink on a pale yellow cardstock, then swiped a gold pigment ink pad to create stripes and then silver pigment ink pad to create some more stripes. Before this completely dried, I rubbed the ink a bit, so that it blended a bit. I used this to die cut the ‘big’ word. I stacked the die cut alphabets on kraft die cuts and added it on top of three layers of circle die cuts. I then added the small ‘thanks’ on top.

Supplies used –
Lil Inker Designs Diamond Chevron for the background die cut
Elizabeth Designs Bunch of Flowers
Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles and Itsy Bitsy Scalloped Circles behind the sentiment
Altenew Bold Alphabet dies and Winne & Walter Sentimental: Thanks for the sentiment

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Global Design Project 175: Theme Challenge: Down the Garden Path

The Flower Challenge #29: Use Your Latest Stamps or Dies

Also checkout what my sister has created! Like the last time, love the textures in her creations!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#795 – Floral Die Cuts

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have a the optional Topping ‘Die Cuts or Punches’. Of course, there’s also the option of Anything Goes, as always, which means you can join us with a birthday project which uses die cuts/punches… or with a birthday project without it. Your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created –

Floral die cuts

I was mesmerized by this background that Miriam Pratner had created on her card. I used my cheap watercolors to make my background similarly, just using different tones. Once dry, I added a few black splatters and then adhered stacked die cuts from Penny Black Playful Posies. The sentiment (both die cut and stamped) is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint & Wet Paint 3. Add a few little pearls for embellishing, and that finished the card!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Card Concept : Coloful Basics

The Flower Challenge #24: Anything Goes

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Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: September Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Hope you liked my card! Joining us is also out Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog to what she created, along with the rest of our talented design team!

#794 – Stamped Floral Background

PE: Special Mention at Paru’s Card Making challenge!!

Paru's Card Making Challenge - Special mention

Hello and welcome!

Simply stamped backgrounds have their own charm, don’t you think?

Stamped Floral Background

And then, there are times when stamps from two different companies work so well together, you’d not be able to tell it! I knew Altenew Bride to Be would be the perfect match with the Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers – one stamp set has many florals, while the other has foliage. Perfect match! Even more when I had the perfect image for inspiration!

I stamped on a whole piece of cardstock! While I was totally excited and happy about how it had turned out, I had no idea how to proceed. I had chosen a light yellow base, not white, and it turned out that it wasn’t looking that good with the usual neutral colors. I tried and tried, and finally after staring at it for two weeks without any good results, I finally thought of going with a dark cardstock, maybe choosing a color which I have already used in my stamping.

Stamped Floral Background (closeup 1)

I was a bit torn between a dark orange and a dark blue; I went with the blue. Since I didn’t have the right color, I chose a blue cardstock, then added distress oxide ink Faded Jeans, to get a darker shade around the perimeter.

Before adhering the panel, however, I added a few splatters in blue and yellow. I also added a few dots and dashes on the flowers using a clear sparkling pen, then also added glossy medium on the flower centers.

Stamped Floral Background (sparkly closeup)

Once it had all dried, I foam mounted it on the card base. I then added the sentiment using die cuts from Neat & Tangled Journling Alphas. Again, from the same cardstock with blended oxide ink. I stacked the dies before adhering them on the card. I also added some Nuvo glitter drops in White Blizzard on top for some sparkle.

Stamped Floral Background (closeup 2)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Stamp it for STAMPtember

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #117: Inspired by Words

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The Flower Challenge #24: Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂