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!






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








Custom Out To Sea Stamp

Hello everyone.  It’s Sunday and I have a one layer card to share using the inlaid die cutting technique.


Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes


I haven’t seen a sailboat stamp I really liked, so when I saw this image online, I knew I had to buy it. BUT (and here’s the kicker) this wasn’t a stamp! The image that I saw was actually a die from Penny Black called Out To Sea.  Now the dilemma–Should I still buy it?


Custom Out To Sea Die Stamp


Of course, I bought it. Otherwise, I couldn’t have made this card. 😉  I took the die (pictured left above) and created my own custom stamp from fun foam (pictured right above).  You may have noticed that I was able to reverse the image.  I used a temporary adhesive to adhere my custom fun foam stamp to an acrylic block. In this case, I used my 2-way glue pen, allowing it to dry clear for the temporary adhesive before pressing it to the block.  This is one great way to stretch your dies.


Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes


I inked up my “stamp” with VersaMark and stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper. I heat embossed it with white embossing powder then watercolored with distress inks.  Once it dried, I cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle die with stitching on both sides of the cut line.  I used the 3rd and 4th largest dies to cut a stitched frame from thick white cardstock.


Out To Sea card for HLS May CAS. Challenge Inlaid Die Cutting and Penny Black and More May Challenge Anything Goes


Next I dry embossed the thick cardstock by running it through the Big Shot with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  With the pieces die cut out, I inlaid them back into the thick dry embossed cardstock before die cutting the happy sentiment below. I mounted this piece onto a white card base and then inlaid a black happy die cut to finish.  With everything inlaid, this is a one layer card.


UPDATED: I forgot to add that I left the sentiment with just happy to be filled in later once I decide what type of card I want it to be (ie. birthday, Father’s Day, etc.)



HLS CAS Challenge – May 2016 Inlaid Die Cutting
Penny Black and More Challenge – Anything Goes





I am needing at least half a dozen birthday cards in the weeks to come, so it’s no surprise that I have another birthday card today. This time it is a masculine birthday card.


Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card


I usually keep masculine cards pretty minimal, and yet these cards can be difficult to do. Go figure. However, this card was simple to do.  I applied distress inks on the upper portion of a white piece of  cardstock.  Of course I chose masculine colors. I made sure the inks were dry before stamping the Fireworks with VersaMark ink.  Next I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.


Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card


Using the emboss resist technique, I applied black ink to the entire white piece.  Once done, I took a tissue and removed the excess ink from the embossed images.  I heat embossed the sentiment with Sparkly Gold embossing powder. I wanted this black panel to really pop, so I used the same sparkly embossing powder to heat emboss the edges of a slightly larger piece of white cardstock.  I layered them together and adhered it all to a split black/white card base.


Less is More 277, CFC-148, masculine birthday card



Less Is More – Week 277 Something That Pops or Bangs
CAS-ual Fridays – CFC148 Birthday Boy




Thanks Card

Good morning!  My card today combines the Freshly Made Sketch 234 with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes. There are a few Anything Goes challenges out there, but I used this one because the sentiment on my card is from Simon Says Stamp.


Freshly Made Sketch 234, Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes


This is a simple thank you card created with the Embossing Folder Stamping technique.   This is a great way to stretch your embossing folders by turning them into a stamp.


Freshly Made Sketch 234, Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes


I took the SU! Woodland embossing folder (available this June) and inked up the flat side of the embossing folder with distress inks.  I wanted to have white space around the image so the inked area was smaller than the size of the watercolor paper.  Next I spritz the embossing folder with water and then pressed the watercolor paper on top.  After a few seconds, I lifted the paper and layed a paper towel on top to remove excess water.  This leaves a soft watercolor “stamped” image.


Freshly Made Sketch 234, Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes


I stamped You’re Pretty Awesome with Archival waterproof black ink using my MISTI. It is difficult to get a crisp impression on watercolor paper, so this tool allowed me to stamp the sentiment multiple times until I got a crisp impression. I then die cut thanks twice from white cardstock and once from black cardstock to give some dimension to an otherwise flat card. 😛




Sparkle & Shine Card

My back is feeling better and I am finally able to play in my crafting closet. And since the main reason I started this blog was to have a place to post my challenge cards, this will be my first challenge post.

I combined Challenge 67-Die Cutting from Neat and Tangled and the April Challenge – Ladies’ Night from Great Impressions.


die cutting, watercolor background, distress ink, challenge, Neat and Tangled


First, I created a watercolor background on watercolor paper with distress inks.  After I dried it with the heat tool, I used the MISTI to stamp the Sparkle & Shine sentiment in black.  I then die cut the Hexastar Cover Plate from white cardstock.  I adhered that piece to the watercolor layer before putting it back into the MISTI to stamp over the cover piece.  Perfect alignment with the MISTI.


Neat and Tangled, Challenge 67, die cutting, Hexastar Cover Plate, Sparkle ad Shine, watercolor, distress ink, Great Impressions, April Challenge Ladies' Night


To create the diamond, I made 2 partial die cuts one from white cardstock and one from white glitter paper.  I then cut out the diamond shape from these and stacked the outline pieces together to give it dimension.  I inlaid the die cut triangle glitter pieces and added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the sentiment to finish.


Neat and Tangled, Challenge 67, die cutting, Hexastar Cover Plate, Sparkle ad Shine, watercolor, distress ink, Great Impressions, April Challenge Ladies' Night


It may be non-traditional, but I’m thinking of giving this as a Mother’s Day card.