Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sieze the Birthday - Script or text background

We have a new challenge for you at Seize the Birthday,  As a matter of fact, we have one every two weeks.  This one has a topping of using a script or text background.

 Our "Topping" option this time around is...
"Script or text background"
(It seems to still be ever so popular.)

Just remember to keep it a Birthday Theme!
If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!

The choice is yours!
For my example, I used the option of Script 

I heat embossed the script with clear powder and then sponged with a Distress Oxide ink in Iced Spruce.  The die on the side is a Memory Box, Weeping Willows and I layered a few dies to make the label  Fancy Tags and a scalloped oval Spellbinder die. A few flowers and pearls from my stash finished it off.  The Sentiment is one that I used often, and is Gina K Designs, Birthday Greetings. 

Remember to check out the inspiration from  the other design members at Seize the Birthday 
We also have Special Design Guest to inspire you too.  Her name is Becca Cruger  and you will find her blog Here
Thanks for stopping by.  I love your comments.  
 

DRU - Backyard Tree

For my inspiration card this week, I have chosen to stick with a fall card.  I decided to make it a clean and simple card that you can make in an hour of your time.  I used dies from the Dies R Us store to complete it.
To make this card, I used these dies

 Impression Obsession - Dies - Picket FenceIO Picket Fence DIE 206
 Memory Box - Dies - Arboscello TreeMemory Box Arboscello Tree


I cut both dies and then put some flower soft on the leaves of the tree.  Do you remember flower soft?  It comes in many colors and I chose the one that looks like fall leaves.  I created a sun in the background with a sponge dauber and some yellow and raspberry ink. With my copic marker  I sketched in some ground for the tree and also put in some fallen leaves there.  Next the fence is popped up with some foam squares.  A simple, Hello makes it useful for any type of card.  That is it!  Clean and Simple.

I hope you're inspired by today's project.  Don't forget to join in on all 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.

Thanks for you comments, they certainly make my day better.  
 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dies R Us - Happy Fall

I am on the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog today with this fall card.  I just love the colors of fall.  Not just the colors, but the feel of the cool air and the smell of home cooked foods that go along with it.  
I decided to make this card with all of the delicious color and leaves.  
I pictured the leaves blowing and tried to show that on this card.  
I used water color paper and die cut the Leafy Breeze die from Memory Box in white.  I left the leaves in the die and colored them.  This worked much faster, as I didn't need to be careful  about my coloring. Sorry for the out of focus picture.

 Next I cut the die again and trimmed the sides like this. 
Then I channeled my best Jennifer McGuire and placed each leaf back into the die that you see here.  
It took a bit of time, but I think the finished card was worth it. 
Along the right side of the die that I trimmed, I glued some gold cord and then heat embossed the sentiment in gold, from a set by Power Poppy. I then added more leaves and vines to the upper left and lower right corners. The are from Poppy stamps Stitched Pumpkin Leaves. 
Here is a tip.  After heat embossing the sentiment, my card was warped.  To make it better, I sprayed lightly with water and put the card under a heavy book.  That fixed that. 

Thanks for stopping by and if you left a comment, I really do appreciate them.  They make my day much better. 


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...

                                                               "balloons"
       If you're not a toppings kinda person, well.....you 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.