Seize the Birthday Anything Goes

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Hello there!  I’m here today with my next guest post for Seize the Birthday.  It’s a super easy one with Anything Goes… so no optional topping this fortnight!

 

 

I wanted to use this newly purchased Butterfly Gown stencil… so pretty, don’t you think?  And here is my card.

 

 

The side strip was created with the stencil monoprint technique.  To begin, an A2 size stitched rectangle was die cut from Bristol paper.  Masked the right side, leaving a panel down the left.  Next, applied Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks directly to the back of a Flourish stencil.  Generously spritz it with water, then flipped it over onto the Bristol panel.  A paper towel was used to absorb excess water, completing the stencil monoprint.

 

 

For the image, Black Soot distress oxide ink (DOx) was pounced through the gown stencil with a mini blending tool, and then heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  Stamped the sentiment with Tumbled Glass distress ink and then adhered the panel to a white card base to finish.

 

 

I had a couple of stencil monoprint pieces from a retreat back in May that I turned into birthday cards for a couple of crafty friends last month.  A really fun easy technique.

 

Supplies: Funky Fossil Floral Beauty stencil, WPlus9 Birthday Wishes stamp set, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DOx inks

 

Supplies: Tim Holtz Wildflower stencil, Paper Smooches Happy Birthday stamp set, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron DOx inks

 

That’s all from me for today.  Find more inspirations HERE from the design team at Seize the Birthday.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up — August Challenge Stencil Monoprint (+stamping+stenciling+heat embossing+glitter+masking+diecutting)
Always Happy Birthday — August Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Water Theme
STAMPlorations Summer CAS Challenge
STAMPlorations Summer Theme & Sketch Challenge Stamp and Anything Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer for CAS on Friday Challenge #139 – Butterflies

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Hello there!  I am so excited to be guest designing today at CAS on Friday for their challenge #139 Butterflies.  There were so many options, but in the end I used a new die I recently purchased.  And here’s my card.

 

 

I wanted to try the faux stained glass technique and thought this Drifting Side Butterfly die would be perfect for a first attempt.  To start, the solid butterfly was die cut from Bristol paper and the outline butterfly was die cut four times from silver foil paper.  Coloured the solid Bristol butterfly with Zig markers then stacked the silver outline butterflies on top.  Added Crystal Glaze to the individual sections, then set aside to dry.

 

 

For a bit of interest, took a black A2 panel from my stash and scored a grid background with my scoring tool.  Heat embossed the sentiment in silver below the grid.  Attached the panel to a white card base and adhered the butterfly to finish.

 

 

 

That does it for me, but be sure to check out more wonderful inspirations from the design team at CAS on Friday HERE.  Thank you for visiting!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
AAA Cards — #121 Friendship
Addicted to Stamps and More — #304 CAS
Tuesday Throwdown — #404 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers — August CAS Challenge Die Cuts
STAMPlorations — Summer CAS Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Uniko Challenge #48 Reminder

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Hi there!  This is my guest reminder post for Uniko Challenge #48.  To refresh your memory, here’s the graphic inspiration for the challenge.

 

 

The colours, number two and optional twist for a child were the inspirations for this fun birthday card I made for my nephew!  Can’t believe he is turning 3 at the end of the month!  He and his grandfather (my dad 😉) have birthdays only 6 days apart.

 

 

Since the ladybugs are facing each other and I wanted these two critters to do the same, I mirror stamped the alligator on Neenah cardstock with Memento black ink.  Coloured with Copics then fussy cut him out.  Next, I stamped the hippo on A2 size X-press It paper with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics as well.  Masked him, then stamped the explosion bubble in red followed with heat embossing the sentiment in black.

 

 

The panel was then die cut with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle, then mounted with fun foam onto a white card base.  For more dimension, popped the alligator up with mounting tape to finish.

 

 

 

There is plenty of time to play along.  And if you need more inspiration, check out what the other half of the design team at Uniko have made HERE.  Thank you for your visit.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
The Male Room — 5th Birthday
That’s Crafty — Animal Magic
Moving Aong with the Times — #77 For the Boys
Patti‘s Linky Party — Bringing Smiles (Patti, hope this made you smile and this (partying) is what you’ll be doing when you find and settle into your new home!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seize the Birthday – Water

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Hello there!  I’m back with my third guest designer card for Seize the Birthday.  As always, the challenge is Anything Goes Birthday with an optional topping.  The optional topping this fortnight is Water.

 

 

I used a couple of new / unused stamp sets to create this birthday card for my dad.  His birthday is at the end of this month.

 

 

I purchased this really cool layering Wave stamp set last month and couldn’t think of a better time to use it.  It is one of the easiest, if not the easiest, layering stamp sets I’ve used.  So to start, stamped the wave layers with Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue and Sapphire dye inks on an A2 size Whisper White panel.  Then die cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle.

 

 

 

Next, stamped the surfing shark on X-press It paper with Memento black ink and coloured with Copics.  With no matching dies offered, I fussy cut it out.  Black heat embossed the sentiment with Versafine black ink and clear embossing powder.  Mounted the panel onto a white card base with white fun foam, and then adhered the shark with mounting tape to finish.

 

 

 

Initially I couldn’t decide which surfing shark to use, so I stamped and coloured them both.  It seemed like such a waste not to use the other shark, so I stamped a wave background in portrait style, black heat embossed a different sentiment… and voila! completed a masculine birthday card to add to my stash!

 

 

That does it for me, but click HERE to see the wonderful cards the design team at Seize the Birthday have made to inspire you to join in.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a super day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Always Happy Birthday  — August Challenge Birthday Anything Goes optional Water Theme
The Male Room — 5th Birthday
Creative with Stamps — #29 Father
That’s Crafty — Animal Magic
Moving Aong with the Times — #77 For the Boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Designer for Uniko Challenge #48

 

Hello there!  Today I am excited to be guest designing for Uniko Challenge #48!   It is a quote inspiration challenge.

 

 

I created a friendship card around sentiments in Uniko’s Reach for the Stars stamp set.

 

 

I almost created a galaxy background, but in keeping with the remainder of the sentiment, which was stamped on the inside, I kept it more subtle.

 

 

First I took a scrap piece of mixed media paper and white heat embossed the streaming stars.  Using a mini blending tool, blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans distress inks to create the sky.  I wanted to twist and cute critters and children go hand in hand, don’t they? 😉  So the hugging monkeys was stamped on X-press It paper with Memento black ink, coloured with Copics then die cut out with the matching die.

 

 

Next a stitched rectangle panel was die cut from regular white cardstock.  A circle window was then die cut from it and the sentiment black heat embossed above.  Adhered the sky piece flat on to a white top folding card base.  Attached the monkeys behind the circle opening then mounted the panel to the front with foam tape to finish.

 

 

 

Ready to join the challenge?  You can see all the inspirations from the talented design team HERE.  Hope to see your fabulous take on this challenge.  Thank you for visiting.  Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More  #301 Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday Challenge Use a Die/Punch