Thursday, August 4, 2022

Seize the Birthday - #244 No Stamping

Welcome to another challenge at Seize the Birthday where we challenge you to a topping, but if you are not a toppings kind of crafter, just make sure that it is a Birthday Card. 

Out toppings for this two week challenge is No Stamping! Our hostess is Glenda! 

Here is the card that I did using only die cuts. Easy one for me as I have many dies it seems. 

Supplies for this card
The Greetery Macrame Open Work and Made for you fillers
Simon Says Die, Happy Birthday. 

Love this die!

Our Surprise Party Guest is Karren Johnson and you will find her blog here. 
Don't forget to check out the Seize the Birthday blog too 

     Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Double D Challenge - Lighthouse

Hello Crafters, Diane is our hostess for this two week challenge and she has given us a wonderful inspiration board to follow. Of course, any idea that you have with a lighthouse is just fine. 
For my card, I actually when to a very old stamp that I have had for years. I don't believe that I have ever used it. I applied a new technique for the background and got this card. 


Gina K showed us how to do this background and you can see it here. It is called the torn stencil technique. I used the old rubber stamp called, You Light up my Life. A stencil, water droplets, and a sentiment from Never Loose Hope. ( an incentive set) Turquoise Sea ink, and a sponge brush. Master layouts 2 die. Just when I thought that I would clean out some of my old stamps, I was able to make this card and I quite like it.  Guess I will keep it for a while.  

Here is a look at the inside. My BFF Donna finishes her cards and she has motivated me to do the same. 

The prize for a random winner of the challenge. 

Be sure to check out the challenge here to see what the other team members have created for you. 
I am also entering this card in the Colorful Options Challenge .
Where the challenge is Tranquill Turquoise. 

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Monday, August 1, 2022

Special post in Memory of Lindsey Martin-Penny

Hello Crafters,
We are deeply saddened to share the news that we lost our treasured friend and teammate, Lindsey, last week, following her hard-fought battle with cancer. Lindsey was well-known for her amazing creativity, witty sense of humor, and immense capacity to support and encourage her design team members and challenge participants. The crafting community will miss her shining light.

Today The Seize the Birthday Team is playing along with their Sister Challenge-Color Hues where Lindsey was also a Design Team Member. This challenge was to be hosted by Lindsey, so the Design Team wants to honor and celebrate her beautiful, creative life by sharing "Lindsey Inspired" projects using her Blue and Purple combination, along with things she loved the most, as inspiration. We hope that you will join us as we pay tribute to our dear friend and teammate.

Here are a few of her favorite things:
humor, cats
love of reading
*If you are a regular at Color Hues and/or Seize the Birthday you might also know that Lindsey loved Clean and Simple cards too.

Here is the card that I did and it was a special one to me as I remember Lindsey.  I think that she made a comment about a flowchart that I had done years back and I made this one and sent it to her. I would always get a chuckle out of her snarky sentiments and comments on my blog too. 

On the inside
This flowchart was computer generated and I used a circle of blue cardstock around each section. The panel is on a purple base in keeping with the Color Hues for this Challenge. 

We would love for you to join us and you can find all the details along with inspiration from both of the Design Teams over at the Color Hues blog below.
If you cannot join, swing on over and appreciate all that Lindsey meant to our team and teammates. 
Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Seize the Birthday #243 - Purple, Blue, and Green


You are in the right place! This is the Seize the Birthday Challenge! It does look like my post from yesterday, but this is a different one.  It has the same theme and my thought was that I can make a card that looks very different with the same colors. So here I go. 
Colleen is our host and this was her pick of colors. 

Remember if you are not a toppings crafter, you can just make a birthday card. 

Here is the one I did for this challenge. 

I went searching in my bits box and up popped this background that I did some time ago after listening to a Jennifer McGuire video. I used a die from MFT called Snow Drift and double-sided tape and glitter.  I know it is called snow drift, but in this case, I think it looks like waves and water.  I went with that theme for my card. 

Going waaaaay back to an old Stampin Up stamp set called Fishy Friends, I stamped and hot embossed the fish and the starfish from that set. Then I water-colored them. 
That sentiment is an old Gina K Duo, do you remember those red rubber ones? 

Our Surprise Party Guest is Karren Johnson and you will find her blog here. 
Don't forget to check out the Seize the Birthday blog too 

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Double D - Purple- Blue-Green, All or One

 Darlene is challenging you with this fun idea. You can choose to use all of the colors or just one. This inspiration board is filled with gorgeous colors and I did all three. 

The prize for a random winner 

                       Supplies:  EF Cuttle bug
                                       GKD Hearts and Flowers and sentiment
                                        Spellbinder A2 curved borders 

Be sure to visit the blog for even more inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Seize the Birthday challenge #242 - Metallic

Here it is July and I hope that you have some plans for your summer.  Maybe it is a vacation somewhere as we all know our vacation has been to stay home for the last two years. 
We have one planned for this month and another for the fall. So I am busy making cards ahead of time for the Seize the Birthday Challenge

For this challenge, Cathy is our host and she has chosen Metallics. 

If you are not a toppings kind of crafter, just make sure that your entry is a Birthday theme.

Here is my card. 

 This card started out a bit different than it ended up. I took the 3D embossing folder from Altenew called Spoon Daisy and embossed it on foil card stock. In hindsight, I probably should have spritzed it lightly with water.  Because I didn't do that, the card stock cracked.  Next, I tried to make it look antique by rubbing dark ink on it. 
  Warning, ink on foil does not dry. 

How did I manage to save this hot mess? I used a sanding block to rub over the raised areas and then fussy cut the daisy out. Adhered it to black background and then on a base of Turquoise Sea and added the Happy Birthday sentiment. 

I am calling this a save! 

Here is a better picture of the antique look.  I think this could be a masculine card. 
With just some card stock and one EF I made a card.  

I sure hope to see what you can do. No hot foil machine or Minc foiler?  You can still make a metallic card. 

We have a new Surprise Party Guest for the next two months 
She is Karren Johnson and you can find her blog here. 

Be sure to see the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration. 

      Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Double D Challenge -Creatures under/in the Sea

Our new challenge at Double D for the next two weeks is........
        Creatures in and under the sea.
      From Team Diane.     
                                                             Here are some ideas for you. 


I am in the process of cleaning my crafts and using things that I have been saving.  
This is a Copic coloring of a class that I took with Kit and Clouder, several years ago. It is still available and is on sale.  I decided to make a card out of it as it was great for this challenge. 

The digi is from the class and is called Underwater Magic. I colored it with Copic markers. It was a bit larger, but I only needed to cut off one inch to make this 5 1/2 inch square card and turn it into a Birthday card. I used the sentiment from MFT called Gill Friends. 

Here is the prize  

Be sure to take a look at what the others on this team for your inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Seize the Birthday - Summer Activities

For this challenge, it was my turn to pick, and since it is June and the start of summer, 
I chose Summer Activities. 

Of course, if you are not into toppings, you can just make it a birthday theme. 

Here is my card.

This card came together quickly as I had some previously cut dies that I used. The background is a design paper from PTI that I thought was a fun water design. MFT is the stamp and die called Fun in the Sun. The seagull and some of the sentiment are MFT as well. 

Be sure to see more of what the team and our Surprise Party Guest Lorraine have for your inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Monday, June 20, 2022

Power Poppy - The Blossom Challenge

Yes, you got it right! This is the second blossom challenge since breathing 
life back into Power Poppy.
Isn't it exciting to see all of the Inspire Mondays with new and creative
 ideas for you to try? 

Well it is time for another Blossom challenge this month Christine is calling it 
The Glassy Eyed Challenge
This is an opportunity for you to try coloring glass.  
 Power Poppy has many stamps that are in or under clear glass, even the new 
Accentuate the Positive set. There will be a list of those for you on 
Christine's post for Monday. 

I downloaded this image called Zinnia Parade and colored it up for an A2 size card with my Copic markers. They are my go-to for coloring. After completing the coloring I did use some Prismacolor pencils to sharpen up the image. 

Our WINNER will receive a $20 gift card to use at the Power Poppy Store!! The challenge is open until noon on July 15th! Link up your project to the Power Poppy Blog for a chance to win!
Remember that you can print in any size when using digital images and you may be more comfortable with a larger size.  It does not have to be a card. Just try coloring. 

Here are some of the cards that I have done in the past showing you different glass images

Sometimes I use the artist's lines to guide me. As I did here.  And here!

You can look at a picture of a jar. 

Try it out and I would love to see what you do. 

More inspiration from the Bloom Brigade
Christine Okken View the winner of last month's challenge here. 
Me -  you are here

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Double D Challenge - Beach Time

We are well into summer and the next challenge chosen by Diane is Beach Time. 

My card

I had this card already done and decided to use it for this challenge. 
It is spellbinders dies 

The Prize

Head on over to the Double D Blog for more inspiration/ 

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Color Hues - Yellow and Black

Hello, I am writing a quick post today for my entry to the new Color Hues Challenge.

Here is my card. 

Supplies for this card are GKD yellow and black card stock
Altenew diamond frame die
Spellbinders Bold Blossoms 
The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions

Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments! 

Seize the Birthday - Use your favorite technique #240

For the next challenge at Seize the Birthday, Ashwini is the host and she has decided on your favorite technique. You can do any technique that you like and it should be fun. 


Of course, you can do any project just as long as it is a birthday theme. 

I chose Heat Embossing. I love seeing the powder melt and I really should do it more. 
For this card, I used the Gina K Holiday Tapestry stamp and a sentiment from MFT.  
All heat embossed in Gold on Navy card stock. 

Stop by the Seize the Birthday blog and be sure to see our Surprise Party Guest, Lorraine A 
Thanks for stopping by and I always appreciate your comments!