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Seize the Birthday ( Challenge #17 )

Good Tuesday Morning!  Today I have another card made for the Seize the Birthday blog.  This week is challenge #17…and it’s a really fun sketch:

You can click on the sketch to go to their website and add your own fabulous birthday card based on this sketch.  The challenge is open until Tuesday, May 28th at noon.

So what did I come up with for this fabulous sketch?  I decided to go feminine this time, and for some reason, I’ve been on a purple and green kick the past few days.  And, I was wanting to take this sketch vintage…

013 (2) So I did!

I began with a 5x 6 1/2 rectangle of olive green cardstock, layered it with a piece of pretty plum cardstock and used Versamark on my Sun Kissed Fleur Pre Cut Background stamp. I then heat embossed with white super fine embossing powder.  A decorative stitch was added to the perimeter.  edges were inked with Peeled Paint Distress Stain and distressed.  I layered the other elements onto varying shades of purple/green cardstock.  The images are from the cut apart pages of Graphic 45’s Place in Time Collection.  Easy Peasy!

014 (2) I added buttons and a gingham bow.  Done! 

016 (2) Another piece from the May cut apart page was added to the interior and the sentiment was stamped.  Quick and easy.

012 (2) I lined the envelope…

011 (2) and the flap.  (There’s a tutorial on how to do this here.)

And that’s it!  I was pleasantly surprised to finish this card in under 30 minutes from concept to completion.  That’s really good for someone who can spend a whole day on one card.  Why don’t you enter YOUR card in the Seize the Birthday challenge this week?  It’s a great sketch, and there’s plenty of time to participate.  I find that challenges often cause me to look at my supplies in a new light, and a fresh perspective is always a good thing.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a dreamy project for Heartfelt Creations. It’s a perfect gift for the bride to be, the expectant mom, or the recent grad.  What do you think it might be?  Come back tomorrow and all will be revealed!  In the meantime, make today beautiful.  Thanks for stopping by…your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!



Product used in this project: Paper: Graphic 45 Place in Time (May cut apart page) cardstock from Bazzil; Stamps: Heartfelt Creations Sun Kissed Fleur Pre Cut Background Stamp, HOTPBirthday Greetings Stamp Set; Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink; Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Peeled Paint); From my stash: lace, buttons, twine and scraps

Seize the Birthday #16 and Blog Candy Winner

Good Monday Morning, folks!  What a wonderful weekend I had at the beach.  The weather was quite cool and the wind was gusty and yes, there was rain…but we didn’t let it spoil our fun.  I’ll share pictures later this week. But now it’s time to get down to the business of the day!  Who gets that yummy blog candy I posted last week?

I used Random Number Generator to pull a winner and the lucky number was 6, and that means  Linda Sugrue,
you are the lucky winner of the MME Boy Crazy prize.  Congratulations!  Blog candy May 2013 002 (2) If you’ll send me an e-mail with your mailing address, I’ll get this right out to you.  Thanks to everyone who left comments.  I wish I could send each of you a prize…but there’s always next time, right?

OK…now that we’ve taken care of that little detail, I can share today’s card with you.  It’s another clean and simple Seize the Birthday sketch.

Although I don’t often work from a sketch, the minute I saw this one, I wanted to play along.  You see, I love hot air balloons.  I even had an ancestor, Thaddeus Lowe who flew hot air balloons during the Civil War.  And that circle in the upper right corner of the sketch immediately made me think hot air balloon.  With a little dry embossing, sanding, inking, spritzing, stamping, and coloring, I whipped up this whimsical birthday card where clean and simple meets distressed:

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I think it is the perfect card for either a guy or a gal. I mean, who doesn’t love a hot air balloon piloted by a cute little elephant? Now, here’s the deets for this card:

The main panel was treated to a faux letterpress technique.  Have you tried this?  It’s really fun and easy.  Simply ink the debossed (flat) side of any embossing folder with the ink of your choice. (I used Vermillion Ranger Archival Ink.) Center your cardstock face up on the un-inked panel and carefully close the folder.  Run it through your machine and you’re done! (To clean the folder, you can just hit it with some hand sanitizer…the ink comes off like magic!) Since I used Core-dinations cardstock, I also lightly sanded the raised portions of the design.  Then the panel was stitched with messy stitching, the edges were distressed, rolled and inked. The panel was adhered to a 5×7″ kraft card base that had also been stitched.  004 (2)


The hot air balloon was stamped in the same Vermillion Archival ink, then embossed with clear 004 (3) powder.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir pens, then spritzed with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect pearls. The elephant was stamped twice, heat embossed, colored and treated to a coat of Glossy Accents.  I added Stickles to dress him up for the party! The WISH adage ticket is from Tim.  Ribbon, a perky yellow button and some yarn complete the card. 

I wanted it to look as though the elephant was a passenger in the balloon, so I just popped him up on top of the balloon basket.  It feels whimsical and magical…just right for a birthday card:006 (2) The inside is stamped directly onto the kraft card base, and I added a little strip of the faux letterpress paper to the side: 009 (2) And of course, I had to stamp the envelope, too!002 (2)

Thanks for joining me here today.  There’s still time to get in on the fun over at Seize the Birthday.  I think it’s a brilliant idea for a challenge blog.  I’m always in need of birthday cards, and now I’ll have plenty of them in my stash.  I hope you’ll have time to play along.  And thanks for taking the time to leave a comment…your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,



Product used in this card: Paper: Core‘dinations cardstock (Tim Holtz pad) white cardstock from my stash; Ink: Ranger Archival, Vermillion; PaperCraft Antique Pewter; Stamps: Glitz St-2778, Afternoon Muse; Paper Wishes Birthday Greetings; Other: ribbon, button and twine from my stash; Stickles in Gold and Ruby Slippers; Glossy Accents; Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle;Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Adage Tickets; Scor-Tape Tools: Spellbinders M-Bossabilities, Regal

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