#645 – Seize the Birthday – Splatter

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday!! This time you have a topping of ‘Splatter’. It is an optional topping, meaning it is still ok to go with a Birthday project of any kind, if you don’t like adding splatters to your project! Its your choice!

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Of course, I chose to add splatters to my inspiration birthday card! Plenty of them, in fact!

Celebrate Its Your Birthday

To make this card, I watercolored a watercolor panel with my Gansai Tambi watercolors. I was not sure whether I wanted the whole card or a portion of the card to be colored, so I initially colored aΒ  complete panel. But once dry, I decided to trim it out, tearing off the base portion, for some added texture.

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Well, I die cut the leaves (?) out of Concord and 9th Layering Leaves die out of the same watercolor paper. Since this is offwhite, I chose the card base also to be off white. I then added the splatters on both the watercolored panel and the card base. Once everything was dry, I added the leaves, then the die cut sentiment from Die Versions Celebrate die, and the stamped sentiment, which is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3.

Also joining these challenges with my card –

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #251: Anything Goes

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Paru’s Cardmaking Challenge: July: Birthday

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Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies

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Timeout Challenge #88: ‘Inspired by Words: ‘If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely’ (my card reminds me of beautiful sunshine in a wheat field! :))

Hope you are inspired by my card to add some splatters to your project! πŸ™‚ Hop over to the Seize the Birthday blog to see more amazing inspiration from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Lindsay!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#636 – Red, Green and White Birthday

PE: Timeout Challenge Honorable Mention!

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Hello! I made a simple, one layered card using repeat stamping and just two colors –

Happy Birthday

I stamped the images from Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them using Zig brush pens. Surprisingly, the ink doesn’t bleed.. even though Memento inks are actually reactive with water, they don’t bleed with the Zigs.. don’t know why, but happy it works well! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

The sentiment comes from WPlus9 Banner Basics stamp set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black too. I kept the card a simple, one layer, without any embellishing.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Timeout Challenge #86: Celebrations with the Optional Twist ofΒ  One Layer Cards

Stempel Garten Challenge #62: CAS

Stamplorations June CAS Challenge with optional Color Twist Masculine Colors

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#630 – Seize the Birthday – No Toppings

Hello and welcome to a newΒ  challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time is a ‘No Toppings’ challenge, meaning, that you can go with absolutely any kind of project you want, as long as it is Birthday Themed! Isn’t that awesome! πŸ™‚

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Here’s my inspiration for you –

Happy Birthday

To make this card, I first used ink smooshing with distress inks, choosing pink inks and made a gradient formation on a watercolor panel. Once I got the desired look, I let it dry. Once dry, I added some background using Penny Black Trailing Vines stencil, using the same distress inks, but going a bit darker than the underlying color, so that the texture stood out just a bit. I then trimmed the panel to size.

Happy Birthday

I then die cut the flower and leaves using Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms, gold heat embossed the sentiment, from Altenew Painted Greetings on vellum, then adhered it all on the panel, which I then adhered on the card base, I added a few drops of gold Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint, to add shimmer to the card.

I am adding my card to the following challenges –

Happy Little Stampers: June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

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Ellen Hutson Pin Sights challenge (from which I borrowed the colors)

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Timeout Challenge #86: CelebrationsΒ  (I haven’t used the optional twist of one layer card)

The Card Concept Challenge #76: Romantic Roses (my roses are white, though!)

And that’s my inspiration for you! Check out more amazing inspiration in the Seize the Birthday blog from my very talented team mates, and our Special Party Guest, Cathy… stop by her blog and leave her some love too!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#628 – Reminder for Timeout Challenge

Hello! I had the opportunity to be Guest Designer for Timeout Challenge last week. This post is the reminder for the same challenge… You’ve still got time to join! And with such a fabulous inspiration picture, how could you not play! πŸ™‚

Home Sweet Home

The challenge theme is “Home Sweet Home”,Β sponsored by Happy Little Stamper, who are giving a $15 gift voucher for winner!

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And here’s my second piece of inspiration – this time, I chose the two cushions on the left, with the pretty abstract flowery pattern. The colors in them are truly marvelous! I used Altenew Beautiful Day stamps to create a background. For stamping, I used distress inks, since I didn’t want a clear image, but rather a sort of grainy, splotchy look… Well, I wasn’t completely successful, since I did some direct without any manipulation, but it was the look I wanted, and I am quite happy with it. πŸ™‚

Hello Beautiful

Once done, I die cut the panel using MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangles, mounted the pieces on the card base, raising the center piece by placing foam underneath. Then came a piece of vellum with the ‘beautiful’ from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamped, and then the ‘hello’ die cut, which I layered with a few layers of cue cuts, from Winnie and Walter.

Hello Beautiful

I am also joining these challenges –

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

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Addicted to Stamps and More Chalelnge #246: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: June Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

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Hope you liked my inspiration piece! Do stop by the Timeout Challenge blog – they’ve got some spectacular inspiration waiting for you! It was truly wonderful to join this team, even is just for two posts! Thank you so much for inviting me! πŸ™‚

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#624 – Guest Designer for Timeout Challenge

Hello! I am super excited to be Guest Designer for Timeout Challenge! I am absolutely delighted to play along with this talented team!!

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The challenge this time a picture inspiration with the theme is “Home Sweet Home”,Β sponsored by Happy Little Stamper, who are giving a $15 gift voucher for winner! Here’s the picture inspiration –

Home Sweet Home

Isn’t that bird on the front cushion a real beauty!? I mean, really! I tell you, this is the first time I seriously wanted an image layering bird stamp set – there are so many to choose from, that I always deferred from buying one, but this image really pushed me… and I restrained myself with great difficulty (please don’t berate me, I am trying to be on a budget!! πŸ˜‰ )

So, I just chose another one of those pretty cushions – the one on the right most behind. I just loved the look of those beautiful lilacs, and I had just the perfect pattern paper for this!! And this is what I made –

Birthday Wishes

I trimmed a portion of the flower from the paper, so that I could mount it on another level. And I adhered the rest of the paper on the base, then added a piece of vellum, that I embossed with Craft Concepts Grunge Stripes embossing folder, on top. I then adhered the paper with the flower on it, trimming the excess on all sides. The sentiment die cut is Winnie & Walter In a Word: Wishes.

Birthday Wishes

And that’s my card. Hop you are inspired by it.

I am also submitting this card to the following challenges –

The Paper Players Challenge #347: Theme Challenge: Birthday

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #175: Use those Pattern Papers

Just Us Girls Challenge #396: Word Week: Die Cuts

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Do stop by the Timeout Challenge blog – they’ve got some spectacular inspiration waiting for you! Thank you so much, again for inviting me! πŸ™‚

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#622 – Little Tangles June Challenge: Color Combo

PE: Favorite at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge!!

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Hello and welcome to the Little Tangles June challenge. The challenge this time is to use the color combination from the inspiration image below –

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And here’s my inspiration for you –

So Very Blessed

For this set of colors, since there was a green in it, my obvious choice was to go with flowers. Scandinavian Prints stamp set immediately came to my mind… but since I had used it in one of the previous challenges, I thought I would like to use something else. I then chose the birds.. My Heart Sings is one of the first birdie stamp sets that I’ve bought.. I still love them, though I use them a little less then some other critters.. but they are still really cute! And the variegated colors of pink was just the right color! πŸ™‚

So Very Blessed

I chose the flowers from Hand Stitched to form a partial wreath for the birds to frame.. and then got stuck on the background. I tried some 3 backgrounds, until I finally (phew!) like the one I made using the Pentagon stencil. I used distress inks to color everything.. watercoloring for the birds and flowers and ink blending for the stencil…they are such versatile inks after all! πŸ™‚

The sentiment comes from Gardenia Blooms Journalling Card stamp set. To finish, some mixed color sequins..and that’s my card for you! πŸ™‚ Do stop by the Little Tangles Challenge blog for more inspiration from my fantastic team mates!

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

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Timeout Challenge #84: Inspired by Words: “Flowers and Friends make life a garden”

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge (Anything Goes)

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#621 – A Magnolia Birthday

Hello! I made a mini Magnolia card – using only the inner flower image in the Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia stamp.

Birthday Wishes

Ellen Hutson challenges are something I really want to join every single time, but I am somehow not finding enough time to create now-a-days.. I have no idea why time flies so quickly!!

Anyway, coming back to the card… I carefully inked and stamped only the inner portion of the Mondo Magnolia, masking each flower as I stamped the others. I then colored them using distress ink and added some additional shading using color pencils. Finally used a black pen to draw the centers.

Birthday Wishes

I then trimmed the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die cut, mounted it on a white card base, then added the sentiment. The sentiments are stacked some 4-5 times, and they come from Memory Box Birthday Script and Winnie and Walter In a Word: Wishes dies. I love how these two dies blend together so well.. I think I’ll use them again for another card! πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Pinsights challenge

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Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies

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Just Add Ink Challenge #361 – Just Choose Two – Flowers, Washi-tape, Watercolour (I chose flowers and watercolor)

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Timeout Challenge #84: Flowers and Friends make life a garden

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