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Thursday, June 13, 2024


Welcome friends to a new Seize the Birthday Challenge!
Barbara is our talented designer and she wants to challenge us to use a double stencil on our birthday card!

I just happened to have a new stencil set from Simon Says Stamps:  All the Balloons!
It includes 4 different shapes and sizes of balloons, both the negative and positive pieces as well as 3 different inside balloon shapes, there are hearts, stripes and dots!
Here is my card with all the balloons, but I chose to just use the dots this time.

I began by adhering Gina K Masking Magic 1/4" tape around the edges to give it a white border.
I stenciled the blue balloon in the center with a lighter color blue, then put the dot stencil under the balloon stencil and used a darker blue color to add the dots, then I used the positive piece of the balloon with a bit of tape to hold it in place and continued adding balloons and the positive pieces as I needed to complete the card.
My sentiment is from SSS also, a CZ Design: Birthday Basics & die
I used Gina K Master Layouts #1
Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins finished off the card
We hope you are inspired by the design team and a big welcome to Julia who will be our special guest during June and July! 

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, May 23, 2024


Hi Friends!  A new challenge is up at the Seize the Birthday Challenge!
Ashwini is our hostess and she selected metallic as our challenge!  So pull out your paper or ink that is metallic and let's make a birthday card!
If you do not want to use the topping, you are welcome to make any kind of card as long as it is a birthday card!

Now I see that the shine is not coming through very well, but these are all metallic cardstock!
I used a teal, blue and a magenta.
I used a die from The Greetery: Twisted Crepe (and the sentiment: Pinwheel Party)
 the Party Hats are a die from Waffle Flower: Layered Party Hats 
 I smooshed a little bit of blue ink onto the card to give it some texture,
I also stamped those little stars with Catherine Pooler Metallic Gold Ink

I had a lot of fun making this card and I hope you will join us with your own metallic birthday card!
Be sure to check out the inspiration from the design team and our 
Surprise party guest:  Jolanda
Guest Designer:  Johanna

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, May 9, 2024


Hi Friends, Welcome to another Seize the Birthday Challenge

Vicky is our hostess this challenge and she is looking for a beach theme on our birthday cards! 
I pulled out a Gina K stamp called Ocean Minded.
I first white embossed the water edges and waves, then I ink blended some colors for the sandy beach and the ocean.  The clouds in the sky are from an MFT stencil
Do you see the foot prints and dog prints in the sand?
The design team has some wonderful beach theme inspiration for you as well as our Special Party Guests are Jolanda  and Stef , be sure to go visit their blogs!

Remember you always have the choice to use the topping "beach theme" but if you choose not to use the topping just be sure it is a birthday card!
I hope to see you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, April 25, 2024


Shirley is challenging us to make a birthday card with images "off the edge".

I used a stamp/stencil/die set from Gina K called Lovely Flowers
I added the flower and leaf colors to a strip of cardstock to match and used that for the side of the card.

This is the inside of the card.
This was a fun challenge, thanks, Shirley!
Now it is your turn to make a card off the edge!  There is more inspiration for you from the design team and from our Special Party Guest Jolanda

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, April 11, 2024


Hi Friends!

This challenge at Seize the Birthday is brought to us by Nancy!

She is looking for the color GREEN and one other color on your BIRTHDAY CARD!

This is an MFT stamp called Happy Birthday Candles!

I inked it up with 4 different shades of green starting with the lightest at the bottom of the candle and worked up to a darker green at the top.  This gives it a nice ombre effect.

My second color is the yellow flame!

The sentiment is actually a die from SSS: Birthday wishes, and it comes with a background die which I chose to use vellum so you could still see the candles!

I hope you are inspired by all the awesome cards over at the STB blog and will visit the other designers and our special Party Guest Jolanda: and Melanie: for this Challenge !

See you in the gallery!


Heart Hugs, friends!

Monday, April 8, 2024


I enjoyed the peach and green color so much I decided to make another card 
I used the Gina K  Modern floral stamp, stencil and die set for the flowers and the sentiments.
Sugar Pea Design Skinny stripe Stencil was used to make the stripes on the side.  I used Pinkfresh Inks in Peach fuzz and mint.  I used a light hand on the first stencil and then using the same color just went a little darker and harder with applying the color.
The sequins on the flowers are from Spellbinders called Peach Opalescent and OMG, are they ever beautiful, they have a shine and sparkle built into the flat no hone sequin which I just love!!
The green sequins are from PTI rainbow collection again, no holes in the center!

Heart Hugs, friends!