Thursday, July 18, 2019

Seize the Rainbows!


It's time for another Seize the Birthday Thursday! Our optional (but fun!) topping for our new challenge is RAINBOW. (Rainbow has seven letters, there are seven colours. Coincidence? I think not.) 


I made two cards for the challenge:


I wasn't entirely sure I liked the first background I made (on the right), so made another and finished that card first. 



For the background, I made stencils by tracing the arcs onto notepaper using a curved ruler and hand-cutting them. I wanted more than one so I wouldn't muddy the colours as I applied them. I die cut the panel then added the floral silhouettes, embossing them in sparkly black embossing powder. The sentiment is also embossed. With my rainbow panel, I'm entering this in Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge... to make your own background. 


Once I'd finished that card, I decided that my first background rainbow wasn't so bad after all, and turned it into this: 


Initially, I wasn't sure I liked the extra pink at the top and the blank space at the bottom. But by balancing the top with a matching sentiment on the white, I think it works. A matching pink mat and a few clear drops add a little bit more interest. Rainbows and pink - I think I'll add this to the current AAA Birthday challenge, For the Girls.  



You can of course find a full spectrum of ideas from the Seize the Birthday design team as well as our current surprise party guest, Sue. Check them out, and then I hope you will join us! 


Supplies: (happy birthday) Neenah white & Recollections black cardstock, Paper Smooches Botanicals 1 & MFT Bitty Bears stamps, Versafine onyx black & barn door, carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn, blueprint sketch, shaded lilac & milled lavender distress inks, Ranger black sparkle embossing powder, MFT stitched rounded rectangle & Blueprints 29 dies; (someone special) Neenah white & Stampin' Up melon mambo cardstock, Sugar Pea Designs Feeling Sentimental stamp, Versamark & picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn, blueprint sketch, seedless preserves & milled lavender distress inks, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway die, Studio Katia year drops

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16 comments:

Nora Noll said...

These are so pretty!! I LOVE the way you did the second card. Oh so FUN!

Darnell said...

These are both beautifully composed designs, Lindsey! I love your silhouette garden and now I'm craving a multi-pack assortments of ice cold sherbet to beat the heat! Your shading on all your rainbow hues is superb!! Hugs, Darnell

Barbara Godden said...

Gorgeous cards, beautifully shaded rainbows, love the sparkly silhouette and that pink sentiment truly balances the pink arch (great thinking)

Jane said...

Adore these cards! Your rainbow is so beautifully created and the colours are so clear and crisp. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, please come back and join in with future challenges too.

Allison Clark said...

Such pretty cards! I love the rainbow one! Thanks for playing along with our challenge at AAA Birthday,hope to see you join in with future challenges too hugs XoX - Alli C -DT

Nancy said...

You hit a home run this week Lindsey! These are sensational to say the least! Thanks for all the inspiration you put into these! Truly impressed!

Barbara said...

You made your own stencil??? Wow! I love how this looks and you are an overachiever with two cards. Love them both, and I didn't realize that there were seven letters. Huh!

Cathy said...

2 gorgeous rainbow cards Lindsey, brilliant idea to use your own stencil, looks fantastic, Cathy x

MBFairySky said...

Amazing cards ! Thanks for sharing your inspiration on the Simon Says Challenge !

Vicki Dutcher said...

Totally fabulous! Excellent sponging for the rainbow effect

Unknown said...

Love both, but my favorite is the second one which you rescued with the pink sentiment and mat!
It is so cheerful and looks fresh with the due drops!

Tina said...

Well, who doesn't love a rainbow! Both cards are lovely. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in future challenges too. Tina DT

shirley-bee said...

They're both fabulous, LIndsey! I love your sponging :)

Lisa Arana said...

Oh my goodness... love all the rainbows!!! The vibrancy of the colors on the tall one just pop right at you. Gorgeously done.

Glenda J said...

I'm in absolute awe of these backgrounds (and I still don't really understand how you did them). Beautiful cards my friend.

JoAnn said...

Great job making your own stencils for the lovely rainbows. Love both of your cards.