Thursday, September 14, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Balloons!

Yes, it is time for another Seize the Birthday Challenge and the toppings is BALLOONS!   Yeah! 
What better way to celebrate a birthday, than with balloons.  Lots of balloons!

" Our "Toppings" option this time is...

       If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
 stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
  The choice is yours!
Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!  
Here is my example for you. 
 You got it!  I went with BIG balloons for this challenge.  I had the chance of a life time to ride in one of these Hot Air Balloons and it was something on my bucket list.  I would do it again in a heart beat.  When you are floating in the air, it is a wonderful feeling. 
I got a free digital print for the front of my card.  I wanted a lot of big balloons and this free print gave me just that.  I colored them, using a picture of hot air balloons that I found on the internet.  They are so colorful and different.  I sponged Distressed Oxides in Broken China for the sky and let it all dry.  I used glossy accents on all of the balloons, you can see some shine on my first picture.  The sentiment came with the digi, and I just put the Happy Birthday greeting on the inside.  I forgot to say that the front panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die after printing the digi out. I used fun foam as a backing because the glossy accents made for a rather heavy card and it needed stabilizing.  Otherwise, I think the balloons would take it away.  
 Here is a look at the inside.  I used the Gina K Designs stamp, Up and Away for this.
I want to welcome a new Surprise Guest Designer , her name is Becca cruger  and you can find her blog HERE
Remember to look at what all of the other designers have made for your inspiration too, at Seize the Birthday

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

MSC for September - The Heat is On!

You guessed it, the Heat is On challenge, that I have for you today over at the Mod Squad is to use heat embossing on your project.  I hope that you use a lot of heat embossing, like I did on my example card.  Not just the sentiment.  Here is my example for you.

 I have used the stamp from Power Poppy called Farmer's Market for the front of my card.  I stamped the background images of vegetables with Black Onyx ink and then again over the top with Versamark ink before putting on the clear embossing powder.  This is a trick that I like to use, as it gives me a better results, than using black embossing powder.  I only do this with black.  Using the MISTI is great to make sure that you get the stamp in the exact place as the first time that you stamped it.  Then I used Distressed Oxide ink in Peeled Paint to sponge over the images. 

This is a better view of the texture and the embossing.

The crate of apples was stamped in the same way, and then colored with my copic markers.
I used R24, R46, R57, G21,G94,G99, and Y11

 Here is a peek at the inside.  My goal recently is to finish the inside with some detail. In this case, I used another Power Poppy stamp, called Apple of My Eye.  I stamped the single apple in light gray ink down the left side of the card.
I am really excited to see what you all bring to this challenge.  I hope that you go all out, and put the HEAT ON!
Thanks for stopping by to see more detail of this card.  I hope to inspire you and I appreciate your comments.  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Seize the Birthday - Ocean Colors, Blue, Green and Aqua

Are you ready for another challenge at Seize the Birthday?  I sure hope that you join us for this challenge. 

"Ocean Colors " Blue, Green and Aqua
    If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
 stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
  The choice is yours!
 I went for the toppings this challenge and used my Distressed Oxides in Peeled Paint, Broken China and Faded Jeans to make a background.  This inks are amazing and react with water and blend very well.  After making the panel, I die cut a Four Way Chevron die from My Favorite Things. I took out some of the chevrons and placed it on a base of Blueberry Sky card stock from PaperTrey Ink. 
The banner on the top, and the swirl on the bottom are a die from Memory Box called Banner Parade and I used some letters from My Favorite things die.  It was a freebie and the letters fit perfectly on the banner. 
The Birthday die is from Simon Says and I used this often on my birthday cards. I finished with some Wink Of Stella clear, and stickles on the stars.  

Those saved chevrons work well on the inside too.  

We have a new Special Party Guest, her name is Lindsey and you can see her blog Here!
     Please check out what the other designers have done at Seize the Birthday.

Thanks so much for stopping by, your comments really brighten my day!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dies R Us - Arched Loop

Hello, and welcome today.  It's Barbara and I have a card for your inspiration.  I purchased this lovely border die, but decided to use it as a main focal point on this card.  Here is what I mean.
 I just cut this die twice to make a lattice background for my flowers to be displayed on.
 On the base of black card stock, I place a frame from the Frantic Stamper Stitched Rectangle Frame.Then I place the lattice white piece on top of that.  It gave me a nice background to place the flowers that I die cut from Penny Black, Gaiety.  The flowers are colored with copic makers and I added some black detail with my black copic pen.  I thought it need some bling, so I added a few sequins from my stash.
I am really trying to finish the inside of each card that I make, but leave the sentiment for later.  This was easy, as I just die cut another flower and colored it lighter than the ones on the front.

Here are the dies that I used for this card.  You can purchase them at the Dies R Us store.
                               Frantic Stamper - Dies - Elementals #16 - Stitched Rectangle FramesFrantic stamper Stitched Rectangle Frame

                           Frantic Stamper - Dies - Lovely Arched Loop Edger & Lattice InsertFrantic Stamper Arched Loop Edger
                             Penny Black - Dies - GaietyPenny Black Gaiety 

I hope that you have been inspired and find out for yourself how easy it is to make a beautiful card that someone will love and cherish.

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dies R Us Silve and White

Hello again! Back on the Dies R Us blog with with card. 
Here is my card

I started with White and Silver foil card stock.  I have a base of white, then a layer of silver and then more white. On the top white layer, I laid the dies a little wonky.  Like this. 

After that was die cut, I put it on the silver layer, so that it was peeking through. Then I just added the swirls and the circles in a way that I liked.  this really came together quickly and I think it could even made in to a Christmas card.  
I finished the inside too, keeping the same design.  

You can see all of the dies that I used to make this card Here

This can be made into a Christmas card very easily by changing the greeting. 
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