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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7 thoughts on “Seize the Birthday #16 and Blog Candy Winner

  1. Anita Houston

    Welcome home! Glad you didn’t let the weather ruin your trip! Fun card…love the balloon and elephant! Reminds me of my favorite Disney show, Dumbo! Love the envelope too!

  2. Cathy Santie

    Beautiful card – love your embossing technique and the cute elephant balloon! Thanks for joining us this week at Seize the Birthday! 🙂

  3. Linda Sugrue

    Wow! Thank you Kathy. These yummy supplies are right up my Card-Making for Kids alley!! So excited to try them out and tell everybody I won your stuff! Love so much about your hot air balloon card too, especially the balloon and the sanded look! Keep up the fantastic work!
    Thank you again!
    Linda (:

  4. ncguygirl

    What a fun, whimsical card! Love the colors and embossing and the elephant theme throughout. Congratulations to Linda for winning the blog candy!

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