Thursday, July 16, 2020

Seize the Birthday: Don't Be Neutral!


Happy pandemic Thursday! Can't avoid all the changes it's brought, so might as well make the best of it... and here we are at Seize the Birthday with a new challenge to inspire you! Our newest challenge is to use a non-neutral card base. But if your coloured cardstock supplies are running low, we are always happy to accept any birthday card in our gallery.
When I started making my card, I picked my card base, made a background... and then got stuck. I quickly realized my usual way is to design my card first, then if it works, pick a coordinating card base. So I picked a stamp set to use, and came up with this:


I made a card with a dog on it last week :D, so decided to work with this cute Lawn Fawn cat set. I stamped, embossed, and coloured a number of the images in the set, then played around until I got this mini-scene. On the white panel, I blended just a bit of grey ink to ground the images. I don't often reach for teal, but with the can-cake I coloured, this seemed to work perfectly. 


With one of the leftover images (and a second can), I made another card: 


This time I went with a blue can so I could use a blue card base. 


And then OF COURSE I had to go back to my original attempt and see if I could come up with something...


I cut my stencilled background into a fishtail banner, coloured up another cat, and split the sentiment into two smaller parts. I hadn't wanted to use any bling on the first two cards (apart for a little Glossy Accents on the candle flames and a bit of sparkle on the fish), but this time I added Stickles to the kitty collar and a few star sequins to the banner. 


Of course if cats aren't your thing, we have a wide variety of cards on the Seize the Birthday blog to inspire you, from the usual party-goers and our surprise party guest, Jen! Make a birthday card and join the fun! 

Supplies: (purrthday) Neenah white & Stampin' Up (?) teal textured cardstock, Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin' stamps and dies, Versafine onyx black & hickory smoke distress ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Glossy Accents, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker, foam tape; (pawsome day) Neenah white & Hero Arts blue layering cardstock, Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin' stamps and dies, Versafine onyx black & Memento Luxe Danube blue ink, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, MFT stitched rounded rectangle die, Glossy Accents, Spectrum Noir clear sparkle marker, foam tape; (cool cat) Neenah white & Hero Arts mauve layering cardstock, MFT Cat-itude & Love You Furever stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black & seedless preserves distress inks, Wow clear gloss embossing powder, Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, Ranger/Dylusions It's Raining Cats stencil, Sunny Studio Stamps Fishtail Banners 2 die, icicle Stickles, foam tape

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19 comments:

Zoechaos said...

Lovely set of colourful CAS cards very inspiring, think I'll have to add the challenge to my little list! x

Joyce said...

Fabulous trio. So many cute kitties used in such creative ways. It's a fun challenge this time, and you have given me a log to think about.

JulieP said...

These are all cute!!!! I often use colored card bases so this should be an easy challenge this time around.

JoAnn said...

Three cute cards. Love the cute images, the colors and the layout of each one. Great use of the colored card bases.

Colleen said...

wow, you did a Three=fer! I love the images and your designs and using different colored cardstock...you sure rocked this challenge!

Dotty Jo said...

Nice three-fering, Lindsey! What a gorgeous selection. I now want that set with the candle in a tin of cat food very, very much! Jo x

Barbara Godden said...

Three absolutely adorable trio of kitty cards, and now you have three birthday cards in your stash. I love teal and blue and plum?

Barbara said...

You are an overachiever and I love these. That cat has a smirk on his face I am sure that he is proud of himself for putting that candle in the can of cat food. Tee hee! Love that. Then you continue to make more cute cards. All simply artistic and so cute.

Nancy said...

Look at you with a Threefer! You have been talking to Carol over at JUGS she does this a lot. I just adore the way you have personalized the cat in the first card with his patches of color. Gives him character that is for sure. However, each card is really fabulous! Great work my dear!

Claire (Mrs H) said...

So cute what a fabulous set of CAS Cards

Claire
Mrs H's Crafty Corner

Nora Noll said...

A three for one? These are so CUTE!! I am loving those little cat stamps!! Your colored backgrounds are so pretty. I LOVE the teal one!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

The colored card base makes these cards just pop! Love love love that blue base

Unknown said...

Awesome coloring on the cats, Lindsey! Love that you matched the cardbase color with the can cake! So fun!

Carol L said...

What a fun trio of cards showcasing a colorful card base on each one! Love the Teal colored base with that cutely colored kitty and the tiger cat is adorable in the 2nd card too. Loving the deep rose color on the 3rd with a fun sentiment! Great ideas and fun cards!

Cathy said...

Such a fun three-fur! (Couldn't help myself sorry!) Love the sweet kitties with their can cakes, The coloured bases really set these images off, Cathy x

Ashwini Rao said...

How did you manage to make three of them!?! Adorable cards, Lindsey! The colors you've matched are just perfect - I have to be frank - with the first card, I felt that the cardstock color was just right, but somehow I couldn't make out why until I read your reasoning - and then it clicked for the other cards as well. Really, love them all!

shirley-bee said...

Well, having been stuck, you’re on a roll! Colour-coordinating the can-cakes with the backgrounds gives the cards such cohesion, Cats aren’t really my thing, but I love these kitties, especially the one on the pink card 😍

Glenda J said...

These are all so freakin' cute! You picked some beautiful rich card bases. Love the layouts and I especially love the scene on the first one.

Lisa Arana said...

Look at all the darling little kitty cards. I have to say the teal is my fave only because it's my favorite color.