#986 – Sparkle and Shine

Hello and welcome! Time for a new Seize the Birthday challenge and this time, the topping chosen by Cathy this time is ‘Sparkle and Shine‘. Every challenge is also always ‘Anything Goes‘ and the Topping is included for extra fun.Β It’s not an absolute need to include the topping on your birthday card.

And here’s what I made –

There are multiple ways of adding sparkle and shine to a card, including sparkling embossing powder, perfect pearls, or some watercoloring with mica pigments. But this time I went for something that I really love, but have so less of a chance to use – shiny acrylic paints. These paints are from Prima, and I absolutely love the sparkle and shine in them. They even blend really well, which makes using multiple colors a real child’s play.

For this particular card, I started with 3 shades of paint – two shades of pink and a champagne. I brushed the colors, firstly going horizontally and then vertically towards the end to create a well blended panel. Leaving it to dry, I die cut the rest of the pieces I needed for the card – Pink Fresh Studio Floral Squares and a sentiment from My Favorite Things Captions. I cut these from white cardstock and then a few more from scrap cardstock. I adhered these together for dimension.

The paint was dry by then, and I thought embossing would make it look particularly good, since that would also add the factor of light and shadow. I used one of the We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folders to emboss the panel – and wow!! I love that look (I had created a card with similar effect here) I trimmed the panel a bit so that the white of the card base below would also show up. I then adhered the die cuts and the stamped sentiment stripes – the sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words – using glue and a few strips of cardstock under the sentiment strips.

Once assembled, I felt that there was too much of white – so I used foil adhered over cardstock to die cut additional pieces of the flower and the ‘#’ and adhered them on top. And that finished my card! πŸ™‚

I’m joining these challenges with this card –

The Paper Players challenge #576: Tic Tac Toe (I chose mid row CAS-Flower-Birthday)

Timeout challenge #206: Friend Quote

Just Add Ink challenge #589: Just Add ‘Minimalist’

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Use an Embossing Folder

SSS - Monday Challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more lovely shades of blues and greys from our wonderful DT and our lovely Surprise Party Guest, Vicky Hayes!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#815 – Welcome Baby!

Hello! I had made this baby card for one of my friends, quite some time ago, when she had her first child…so precious! πŸ™‚


A simple, one layered card, using stamping and coloring.. and of course, just a touch of glitter! πŸ˜‰

I used Paper Trey Ink Rustic White for the card base. The sun and the cute elephant are from Happy Little Stampers Whimsical Friends, and the balloon from Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits, which I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black. The sentiment is from Hero Arts Fanciful Swirl, which is an alphabet stamp set.


I colored the images using Faber Castell oil pastels and baby oil. I drew the balloon’s string and the clouds using a black penΒ  and colored them too. Once considerably dry, I added some light glitter using Wink of Stella clear brush pen.


For the envelope, I used purple color paper (I would have preferred blue, but I didn’t have the right color) and stamped the same elephant and balloon using Memento Tuxedo Black, along with the sentiment.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Paper Players challenge #433: A Clean and Simple challenge: One Layer Wonder

Timeout Challenge #131: Inspired by Words: Hugs, Kisses and a lot of Birthday Wishes


CAS on Friday challenge #154: Baby’s

CAS On Sunday - Blog

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#802 – Thanks with Stripes and Gold

Hello and welcome!!

Experimenting with photo paper this time. I learnt that photo paper holds color as soon as it is put on – nothing to move it once it is done. While it maybe a bit scary, it really works well on some fronts. I wanted to try adding stripes with color variegation, and the photo paper turned out to be my best option to do that. And I combined this with one of the easiest way to add some glam into a project – gold heat embossing –


I used Paper Smooches Dainty Flowers, die cutting the two flowers 4 times from normal cardstock, then heat embossed them in gold embossing powder, with which I had mixed some fine gold glitter – extra bling! These two flowers along with a few gold sequins are the main focal point of the card.

For the background, I used photo paper, and stamped the stripes using My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes. I dabbed a few variations of pink distress inks, misted them and stamped them. Since the photo paper hold the colors steadfast immediately upon stamping, there wasn’t any blending after the stamping (even when I misted it with water) and I achieved the variegation that I wanted. Also, the glossy paper matches the gold embossing pretty well. πŸ™‚


I die cut one side of the glossy paper using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches before foam mounting it on a white card base. I then adhered the flower die cuts directly on it. The sentiment comes from Altenew Label Love. The stamping didn’t end up perfect, so I retouched it with a white gel pen. Added a few gold sequins for embellishing and my card is done!

This card goes to –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #121: Inspired by Words

The Paper Players challenge #417: Theme challenge: Give Thanks

A2Z Scrapbooking November challenge: Give Thanks

a2z scrapbooking november challenge

Hope you liked this card, and do stop by again!

#771 – Sequin Party

…well not exactly..

That’s the the new topping at the new challenge at Seize the Birthday – Sequins!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –


I first stamped those cute lil animals from Pink Fresh Main Playful Animal Friends 2 in black ink, trimmed the panel. I then stringed the sequins, which I got from various sources, using a pale gold string, knotted the two ends of the string and taped it behind the panel. I then kept the panel aside.


I then prepared the pink background using WPlus9 Background Builders Knit. I used two shades of pink, swiping the ink pad across the stamp, instead of pouncing it, to get this look. I trimmed this panel too, and adhered it to the card base. The two stripes below the critter panel are washi tapes, which are adhered together and foam mounted on the card base. The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Party stamp set.

The Paper Players challenge #400: Celebration


A2Z Scrapbooking July challenge: Birthday Bash


I hope you are inspired and join the party. You just have to make a birthday project, if you don’t want to use the sequins! Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#769 – Your Day to Celebrate

Hello! I’ve got a fine way to start another week – another card!! πŸ˜€


I made this card using a combination of images from the Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles and Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers stamp sets. After stamping them using Versafine Black ink, I colored them using my Zig Brush pens. I then die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.


I added a few more layers of same die cuts behind the panel and adhered it on a grey card base. The sentiment comes from Reverse Confetti Simply Sentiments, which I foam mounted on the card. Finally came a few embellishments in the form of white and silver gem stones.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Stamplorations 5th Birthday challenge: CASEing Juhi Khanna’s card from here

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Just us Girls challenge #447: Wild card week: Anything Goes

The Paper Players challenge #400: Celebration

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚