Thursday, May 23, 2019

Seize the Birthday with Presents!

It's time for another Seize the Birthday challenge! 

For the last challenge, we had the birthday balloons, and now we're bringing out the PRESENTS! As always, our birthday card topping is optional - we like to see all handmade birthday cards in our linkup. 
I decided to pull out an older Hero Arts stamp for my card: 

I think up until now I've only used this stamp at Christmas, but it seemed perfect for our theme. She is stamped (masking off the "for you" sentiment beneath her) and sparkle-embossed on watercolour paper. For more sparkle, I pulled out my Twinkling H2Os for both the light wash of the background and the more intense colouring of the image. You can get a better idea of the sparkle from this full-sunlight close-up:

Going through some of my patterned paper, this yellow one seemed the best fit for the multicolour image. Although my sentiment isn't specifically birthday, I think it's clear this is meant as a birthday card - well, that and the "Happy Birthday" I stamped inside. ๐Ÿ˜‰

With all my bright colours, I'm adding this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, Bright Colours Inspiration Mood Board
There are many more presents to be inspired by on the Seize the Birthday blog, from my teammates as well as our current surprise party guest, Linda! Why not give someone the gift of a handmade card and join us! 

Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray patterned paper, Hero Arts For You Gifts & Lawn Fawn Tiny Tag Sayings stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear sparkle embossing glitter, Twinkling H2Os, MFT Blueprints 29 stitched rectangle & Lawn Fawn tiny tag dies, Pinkfresh Studio enamel dots, Hemtique twine, foam tape

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Artist Trading Cards

Do you make Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)? I haven't made a lot of them, but they are a fun little canvas to play on! I like them for a few reasons: the small canvas is a fun size to work with, they can provide a *nudge* when card-making ideas seem to be lacking, and I find them ideal for using both backgrounds and images that are left over from card making. Seeking some inspiration today, I went to the current Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge, where the theme is "hello". I pulled out my bins of stash and made two: 

For the first one I used a leftover ink-smooshed watercolour panel: 

The morning glory was also previously stamped, and the leaves were leftover die cuts. So really, all I had to do was cut the ATC, then add the embossed sentiment and place the flower and leaves.
My second one was just as easy:

The background panel (purple, although it's looking a bit black in the photo) is a leftover from experimenting with my distress oxides when I first got them. The butterfly is die cut from a panel where I was trying out a technique with spray mists. Another quick to assemble ATC! I'm adding this one to the current STAMPlorations Things with Wings linky party.  

Supplies: (hello there) Neenah white & Stampin' Up old olive cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Altenew Build a Flower: Morning Glory stamps & die & Hero Arts/Basic Grey Hello stamps, Versafine onyx black & assorted Altenew & distress inks, CUTplorations ATC tag builder & PTI leaf die; (hello) Neenah white & (?) purple cardstock, Altenew Label Love stamp, Versamark &assorted distress oxide inks, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Memory Box texture scraped paint stencil, MFT butterfly & CUTplorations ATC tag builder dies, assorted spray mists

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Guest Elf at Christmas Kickstart!

My friend Jo has asked me to be her newest guest elf at her Christmas Kickstart challenge!  The theme starting today is CHRISTMAS KIDS. I thought an interactive card would be perfect for kids (of all ages)! 

It was also just the push I needed to try out my new Lawn Fawn magic picture changer dies. I chose a cute little penguin for the first picture you see, colouring him simply with Copic markers, then masking him to sponge in a sky. I didn't even think about masking the snowflakes/snowballs, just coloured them with white gel pen after the sky was finished. (I suppose I could have used masking fluid, but there's the drying time... :D) Since it was my first time using these dies, I kept it simple and just used a sentiment for the second panel, rather than trying to line up a second image. 

Following along with the video kept the assembly of this surprisingly easy! I kept the rest of the card simple, using some fun patterned paper for the card base. 
Here is why you should join Jo and me for this challenge: you will add to your Christmas card stash, so your December self will thank you; and making cards for kids is fun! You have two weeks to play along.

Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up real red cardstock, Lawn Fawn patterned paper, Hello Bluebird Snow Play stamps, Simon Says Stamp intense black & Stampin' Up real red inks, Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer & Magic Picture Changer add-on dies, Copic markers, Gelly Roll white gel pen

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ironmongery with the Snarky Sisters

With this steampunk-ally cool graphic from our snarky sister Lee, I am pleased to announce our new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge begins today: I is for Ironmongery! (We haven't run out of different ways to title our annual steampunk challenge yet...) Some of the sisters are totally into steampunk; others, like me, only dabble occasionally, but it's such a fun genre to explore. And explore I did, with <gasp> three different projects to show you today!
I was inspired to dust off my gelli plate and acrylic paints and make some steampunk backgrounds. If you've ever played with a gelli plate, it's not really something to just make one print. So here's a selection from my morning of play time...

I refreshed my gelli print techniques by watching this video by Shari Carroll. She uses regular printer paper for her prints! I tried it, too, and really liked the results. It does mean you are working with very thin paper to make the rest of your card, but if you're careful, the results are fine. Here's my first example, where I even managed to include a trace of snark: 

This is the third print I lifted from this particular arrangement of paint and die cuts - another great suggestion of Shari's is to use freezer (or in my case, butcher) paper for your die cuts - when you lift them from the plate, most of the paint stays behind, as you're seeing here with the gears. I also love that it left the perfect place for my young man to stand and rest his hand. Going through my Tim Holtz snarky sentiments, this one seemed to work. 

Now a not-so-snarky one: 

This time I used a stencil for my print, before stamping and embossing the steampunk bird on patterned paper and fussy-cutting him. A sentiment and a few die cut gears (from the same patterned paper) and I have that rarest of beasts, a clean and simple steampunk card! 

Finally, my brother's birthday was a few weeks ago. In making him a gift bag, I was feeling in an artsy/inky mood, and made him somewhat of a "steampunk lite" one: 

Stencilled brick, clear-embossed clocks, a spooky chandelier, a few die cut gears (again!) and a larger version of the same Tim Holtz paper doll as on my first card. 
And there you have it! And I'm just a small cog (haha) in the blog full of inspiration on the Snarky Sisters site! Be sure to visit to see my sisters' creations, and also our current Queen and guest designer, Tristan! Hope to see your Ironmongery creation in the links. 
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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Seize the Birthday with Balloons!

Happy Thursday and welcome to the latest Seize the Birthday challenge! Our topping inspiration for you for the next two weeks is  ๐ŸŽˆBALLOONS!๐ŸŽˆ As always, if the topping doesn't immediately inspire you, we would love to see any birthday card you make.

My card features just one balloon, but I think it still counts: 

To think I hadn't put the bird on top of the hippo's head before! He fits perfectly, and with the balloon gives a nice flow to the images. They are all coloured with Copics, with a generous coating of sparkle on the balloon. I even captured a hint of it in the close up below: 

This is our first Seize the Birthday post for May, which means a new surprise party guest, Linda! Please welcome her to the party as you admire all the inspiration the team has provided for you. 

Supplies: Neenah white & Stampin' Up bashful blue cardstock, Essentials by Ellen Wish Big stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Wink of Stella clear sparkle pen, Gelly Roll white gel pen, Itoya finepoint marker, fun foam

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

A Snarky Christmas Kickstart Challenge

My snarky sister Jo started her very own card making challenge this year, and she's invited the Snarky Sisterhood to play along with her for her newest Christmas Kickstart Challenge: Snarky Christmas! So many possibilities! I decided to go with a theme close to many of the sisters' hearts... 

This was a fun card to make! I started by stamping the glasses in black and embossing with a clear-with-gold-sparkle embossing powder. Next I added the ornament and swizzle stick, this time embossing in fine clear powder. Finally, the champagne bubbles in, yes, champagne embossing glitter! After colouring the glass additions, I added Wink of Stella then some Glossy Accents. Because Christmas. The sentiment and music notes are embossed with a sparkly embossing powder. A little bit of pale gold paper sets off the sentiment strip. 
What better way to get a head start on your Christmas cards than by adding the fun of making a snarky one? (This is card #20 for me this year, yay me!) Be sure to check out all the inspiration Jo and the sisters have come up with. Then come and play along! 

Supplies: Neenah white cardstock, pale gold pearl paper, MFT Christmas Cocktails & A Jillian Vance Design Jingle All the Way stamps, Versamark & Versafine onyx black ink, Wow fine clear, clear gold highlight, vintage champagne & clear sparkle embossing powders, Copic markers, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Glossy Accents

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