Thursday, September 24, 2020

Happy Seize the Birthday!!

Seize the Birthday is celebrating a birthday of its very own - it's our 200th challenge! So we're throwing a birthday party and offering a few presents to mark the occasion - Nancy has generously offered two $25 gift certificates to Simon Says Stamp for our top two winners! To be eligible to win any of our prizes, we are asking that for this challenge only, you follow the current "topping" - anything goes entries will not qualify for prizes. And our challenge topping is... 


Create a birthday card or project inspired by any aspect of the graphic above: the colours, the balloons, the watercolour look... the choice is yours. Please be sure to explain in your post exactly how the graphic inspired your creation. 
For even more fun, four of the design team members have goodies to be won - and I am one of them! Here is the prize for some lucky entrant: 

Three stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp! To win any of these *hidden* prizes along the way, we ask that you stop by each of the design team's blogs and leave a comment. 
Here is how I was inspired: 

I knew right away I wanted to take advantage of the three balloons in the upper right corner of our graphic. I used the same stencil as I did for this card a few weeks ago, but in a quite different way, picking individual balloons to stencil onto my card base. My colours are not exact copies of the colours of the originals, but I had three new inks I wanted to try out! I used the same inks to add splatters all over the card, again inspired by the graphic. Finally, I embossed a big bold sentiment, added some sequins for sparkle and score lines around the edge. 

I hope the Seize the Birthday challenge graphic will inspire you to make a birthday card - or up to a maximum of three! - and play along with us for a chance to win a prize! 

Supplies: Koh-I-Noor smooth bristol, A Muse Birthday Greeting stamps, Versafine onyx black & Catherine Pooler Melon Ice, Stone Blue & Polished Inks, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Studio Katia Birthday Balloons stencil duo, Gelly Roll black sparkle gel pen, Sharpie pen, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Little Things from Lucy's Cards icicle sequin mix

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Saturday, September 19, 2020


It's time for a new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge: S is for Slider! I decided to take the cardmaking definition of slider, and fortunately have a slider tag die that made it easy: 

The front panel is made with a new-to-me stencil and lots of distress inks. Before I lifted the stencil, I also splattered some perfect pearls mist on the glasses for a little extra fun. The same inks colour the front of the slider tag, also with splatters. I matched colours to ink up my two martini glasses for the front of the tag. And now the slider reveal!

Nothing too snarky, but... alcohol! :D A couple of other views: 

Since my stencil saw ink for the first time for this card, I'm linking up to Darnell's September NBUS challenge. 
Be sure to check out the, ahem, varied interpretations of "slider" from the Sisterhood. And then I hope you'll join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white & Recollections red cardstock, MFT Martini Time stamps & dies, Paper Smooches Wine Sampler stamps, Memento ladybug red, Altenew Persian blue & faded lipstick, carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, twisted iron, blueprint sketch & wiled violet distress inks, Studio Katia slider tag & Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway dies, Picket Fence martini stencil, confetti Perfect Pearls mist, Hemptique twine

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Inkspirational: Day

 It's time for a new Inkspirational challenge! Today we have a word prompt for you: DAY. I knew immediately the sentiment I wanted to use, and then it was merely a matter of building a card around it: 

As I looked though some of my already-stamped images, this intrepid bunny seemed like a fun idea for a beautiful day card. The balloon also seemed to lend itself to a slimline design. I inked a sky with some grass waaaay down below, cut it with a slimline die (many thanks to my friend and teammate Carol for these!), added the sentiment and then popped up bunny and balloon. Being such an adventurous bunny, I'm adding him to the current theme at Time Out Challenges

This might be a perfect day for some, but I decided to also make a card that showcased a little more of what I might consider a perfect day: 

Relaxing and reading on a sunny afternoon? Count me in. :D This adorable kitty and a few of his siblings were stamped and sent to me by my friend Joyce. (Along with the cutest card using another one!) He's coloured in Copics, the sun stamped in yellow and orange, and the grass added with a stippling brush. I decided to add a funky edge to the bottom of the panel, then realized I'd die cut myself into a bit of a corner as to adding a sentiment. I separately stamped the three parts of a "read-relax-repeat" stamp so I could follow the lines of the panel. 

Lots of interesting interpretations of the word prompt from my talented Inkspirational teammates! I hope you will find the time to play along. 

Supplies: (beautiful day) Neenah white cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, WPlus9 Going Places stamps & dies, Unity October 2010 KOTM sentiment stamp, Versafine onyx black, Memento tuxedo black & tumbled glass & mowed lawn distress ink, Hero Arts clear sparkle embossing powder, Zig markers, Gansai Tambi watercolours, MFT cloud stencil, Pinkfresh Studios essentials slim cuts die, foam tape; (read relax repeat) Neenah white & Hero Arts yellow layering cardstock, MFT Dots & Stripes Fresh patterned paper, MFT Sunny Vibes & Our Story & Hero Arts sun stamps, Memento tuxedo black, Catherine Pooler tiara & tiki torch & mowed lawn distress inks, Copic markers, Sugar Pea Designs card builder elements die, red glitter Gelly Roll pen, foam tape

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Just Us Girls: Colour Challenge

I'm welcoming the weekend with my third Just Us Girls guest designer post! This week my friend Carol is asking us to use the colours GREEN, BLUE, and PINK to create our projects. Rather than use these to colour my card, I thought I would make them the backdrop: 

The three colours are blended onto a panel of Bristol cardstock. With a polka dot stencil, I blended more of same colours, letting them overlap on the shaded transitions. The floral image with added dragonfly is embossed in white over top. Finally, I added a simple sentiment. 

I think the possibilities with these three colours are endless - I hope you will come up with your own spin and join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white & Fabriano blue cardstock, Koh-I-Noor smooth Bristol, Echo Park Winter Wishes patterned paper, Unity Insightful Meadows, Paper Smooches Botanicals & Clearly Besotted Sweet Little Sentiments stamps, Versamark, Altenew Persian blue & tumbled glass, spun sugar & bundled sage distress inks, Wow white embossing powder, Heidi Swapp polka dot stencil, Sugar Pea Designs Card Builder Elements & MFT blueprints 29 dies

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Color Hues #2: Navy and Turquoise

Here we are at the second-ever Color Hues challenge! What a beautiful gallery we had for our first challenge; thank you so much for your enthusiastic turnout! For our new challenge, we are leaving yellow and green behind and moving on to NAVY and TURQUOISE.  I have a fraught relationship with turquoise - if such a thing is even possible. :D When I was a kid, my mother was "allergic" to turquoise - it gave her a migraine. But the lines between turquoise and aqua, or teal, or similar, were finely drawn, and might depend on who was wearing it. ;) So my understanding of this colour is not great. Fortunately, our challenge graphic is a great help. As is owning ONE ink pad named turquoise. ;) For me, nautical seemed the way to go:  

I've always liked this serene-looking sailboat, and often stamp it in navy, so chose to use it here. I masked the sail, then stamped the compass rose onto scrap paper before second-generation-stamping it behind the sail. Next I masked a straight line along the bottom of the boat so I could... SWINK! My friend Ardyth recently made close to a billion cards (I think she said eleven?) by making backgrounds where she swipes ink pads directly on her cardstock. My turquoise pad is ancient and therefore perfect for the wispy look I wanted.  The patterned paper behind the main panel is about as dark as turquoise can go... I think. :D 

And there we go - after confessing to my challenges with turquoise, I managed three hues of it! If I can do it, so can you - I hope you'll join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, Echo Park Winter Wishes patterned paper, Unity Celebrate & Direction of Your Heart stamps, Colorbox turquoise & Altenew sapphire inks

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Just Us Girls Trend Week

Welcome to the weekend, and my second Just Us Girls guest designer post! This week we are asking you to "Cut Into Thirds". When I was pondering various ideas, I came across the colour palette at the current Shopping Our Stash challenge, and a Halloween idea was born: 

I started by blending distress oxides on Bristol in three of the SOS colours, then splatted it with water. The bats are a background stamp from Catherine Pooler, stamped in black and embossed in holographic embossing powder. The sentiment on vellum is also embossed in the same powder. Fun thing about vellum - depending on the humidity, it wrinkles a bit as sen in my photos, but if the air is drier, it smoothes back out. Of course this always coincides with poor photography lighting. :D 

I hope you will pick something to "cut into thirds" and join the challenge! 

Supplies: Recollections black cardstock, Canson Bristol paper, vellum, Catherine Pooler Going Batty & Neat & Tangled Booed stamps, Versafine onyx black, fossilized amber, bundled sage & wilted violet distress oxide inks, holographic embossing powder, Spellbinders circle die

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