One seed can start a garden, one candle can light a room, one step can begin a journey, one conversation can start a friendship, one smile from a handmade card can lift one's SPIRIT!

Thursday, September 29, 2022




This challenge is brought to us by Nancy and she wants to see a CAS Birthday know, keep it Clean and Simple!

I pulled out an older PTI stamp called Autumn Adornments and did some ink blending with a dauber on the leaves to get the feel of a real autumn leaf changing colors.

My sentiment is from PTI:  Autumn Hills

 Ranger Copper embossing powder for the sentiment

Gina K Master Layouts 3

I hope to see you in the gallery!  

And go check out the inspiration from the design team and our Special Party Guest, ASA!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

CAS Christmas ~ September ~ Sparkle or Shine!

Welcome to another CAS Christmas!
We are halfway through September so this is our reminder post to get those cards done early!
We are still looking for sparkle and/or shine on your Christmas card!
What fun!
I pulled out Taylored Expression Brilliant Baubles for this first card:

I foiled the outline and the sentiment using Deco gold foil.  It sure has a lot of shine to it!
After adding the foil using my laminator I used the stencils that come with this set to add my colors.
I love the non-traditional colors!

I have one more card for you, this time I used the Glimmer hot foil machine:
This is a Spellbinders Holiday Florals hot plate and die set.
I used my zigs to color in the images.
The circle is from The Greetery:  Crimped Circles

Thanks for stopping by friends, I hope you are inspired to make some shiny or sparkly Christmas cards!
Please go check out the design team for more inspiration!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, September 15, 2022


Welcome friends to another Seize the Birthday Challenge!
It is now Mid September and we are still having a heat wave here in the PNW!
Since the cue word is "Food" selected by our teammate, Lindsey who lost her life to cancer, and it is still hot, I am going with a double scoop of ICE CREAM!
I loved using my pattern papers for a sketch a couple of times ago and thought, why not use more of those coveted papers!
This paper was from a paper pack by Echo Park called "Summer Bliss"!
And my Ice cream cone stamp is an oldie from PTI "Sweet as Can Be!

It came together pretty quickly and easily!
Now run over to the STB blog and see the other inspiration from my teammates...lots of yummy goodness over there!  And again, a special welcome to our party guest: ANA

Thank you friends for stopping by and having a look!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Peace on Earth ~ Holly

Today I am playing along with a new to me challenge:  Peace on Earth they have a wonderful mood board, but it is always an anything "Christmas" goes challenge!
I used Hero Arts:  Holly Berries, gold embossed and water colored with zig water color pens along with a sentiment from Gina K: Holly Jolly.
I sponged a little blue after masking off a rectangle.


Thanks for stopping by and having a look.  I hope you are inspired by the mood board or just make any kind of Christmas card and join this challenge
Heart Hugs, friends!

Saturday, September 3, 2022

CAS Christmas ~ Sparkle & Shine

Hi friends!
Welcome to a new CAS Christmas Challenge using sparkle & shine as our theme.
There are some amazing cards from the design team.
Our hostess is Hideko for this theme.
this is what I used:
Catherine Pooler Slimline Just Plaid Stencil
The Greetery:  Fit to be tied (bow) sparkle glitter paper
The Greetery:  Botani Cuts Pine Bough  (pine cone and pine branches)(glitter on pine cones for snow)
Gina K: Fancy Foils Radiant Red (ribbon) shine!
Gina K:  Holiday Tapestry (sentiment)

I was inspired by this card by Katy for Maker Forte
And our special guest joining us is JoAnn, you can find her HERE

I look forward to seeing your card in the gallery!!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, September 1, 2022



Welcome to our next challenge here at Seize the Birthday

We have a Special Challenge today!  We are Collaborating with our sister challenge Color Hues to help them celebrate their 2nd Birthday!  The bigger the party the better, wouldn't you say?  Congrats to them! 

For our "Topping" today, we are using the colors of their challenge which you will see below!

We are having a navy and lime green challenge at Seize the Birthday!
You get the privilege of being inspired by even more team members and our special party guest: ASA, who will be with us through the remainder of this year.  Be prepared to be wowed by all the Navy and Lime Green cards!
I have two for you today, I couldn't decide, so I am posting them both!

Penny Black: "bunches for you"
the Greetery:  Honeysuckle Stem (sentiment)
GinaK:  ML#2

The Greetery:  Honeysuckle Stems (flower & sentiment)
PTI: pattern paper (green parakeet)
PPP: lime sorbet sequins

Now, after you link up a card for this challenge make sure you head on over to Color Hues and Link up with them as well!  

 This challenge and their challenge will be like any other, as far as the winners go, each Challenge blog will pick its own Winners!  So you can double your chances!

I  hope you are inspired to play along with us with your navy and lime green birthday card!
See you in the gallery!

Heart Hugs, friends!