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, May 11, 2023


Welcome friends to another SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE brought to us by Jules!
The prompt is WHEELS!! 

I do have a bicycle that of course has wheels, but I decided to think outside the box!  (unusual for me. LOL)  anyway, when I put wheels in my search at Evernote, it came up with pinwheel!!  Perfect!!
This is a stamp, die and stencil set from The Greetery:  Pinwheel Party!
I ended up going to town making quite a few since I had it out and really I have not stamped much since Feb 15 when I had a rotator cuff surgery for two tears!~  I had to wear a sling that was velcroed to a cubed base that was around my waist!  Yes I even had to sleep with it for a couple of weeks, then I just had to wear the sling for another 4 weeks.   I am now done with the sling and doing my exercises in order to get movement in my arm.

This is what the sling looked like!
This was a surprise birthday dinner for me back in March.
Not all of my grands are present, 5 of the 7!

Now back to the cards:

I did NOT do all of these at one sitting, and two have already been mailed out!
And now it is time to go rest this arm.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge and be sure to check out the design team and also our Special Party Guest Bonnie, you can find her HERE!  And also our overall winner is Carol, and her fabulous card can be found HERE

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, April 27, 2023


This challenge is brought to us by Vicki and it is all about BALLOONS!

Balloons are so festive and fun and bring so much color to a birthday party!
It kind of looks like these balloons "got away"...floating in the sky!
This is GinaK:  Vertical Variety stamp & die
MFT:  cloud stencil

I really enjoy having this vertical sentiment (and all the others in the set).  It is just what I was missing and sometimes, it just needs to be vertical, right?

Well, whether you stamp, color, stencil, I hope you will join us with your birthday balloon cards!
And if you don't want to use balloons, we are okay with that, just be sure it is a birthday card, because that is what we do here on the Seize the Birthday blog!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Sunday, April 16, 2023


Hi friends, I am joining the COLOR HUES Challenge # 62, with two of my favorite color combos!

Purple and Green!

I am very low on birthday cards in my stash so I pulled out The Greetery: Pinwheel Party and made a few cards using different color combos for both male and female cards.

The sentiment is from The Greetery:  Birthday Blooms

I was so pleased to see I used purple and green and could enter this challenge!

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, April 13, 2023


Hi friends!  Welcome to another SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE!

Shirley is our hostess for this challenge and she is looking for "ALCOHOL" ON OUR BIRTHDAY CARDS...I chose to go with alcohol inks (*wink)

I had a lovely background made from alcohol inks and I cut out the Happy Birthday Circle from MFT from the center of my piece of paper and also the balloon.  

I used Gina K ML#2 for the background frame and placed the images on a white piece of paper along with an elephant from MFT Adorable elephants.

The string to the balloon is from PTI: Balloon Strings

I hope you will join our Special Party Guest, Hilary and the rest of the design team with this fun springy challenge.  BTW, even though it is spring by the calendar, we had snow today in the PNW and more is predicted for tomorrow morning too!  Snow didn't really accumulate in my area and it didn't last long, however it was pretty to watch the flakes come down.

Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, March 23, 2023


Hi friends!
Today is another challenge over at the SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE!
This time Nancy is our hostess and the topping is:  "things in a garden".
If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes" Birthday!
The choice is yours!

I had to use the topping, because I had the perfect stamp set.
Altenew:  Garden Grow
And for the sentiment I used GinaK:  Vertical Variety

I think the picture speaks for itself as to many of things you would find in a garden!
I had fun putting it together and let me tell you, there are many other stamps that I did not use on this card, it is full of wonderful awesomeness!
So please check out the inspirations from the design team and our Special Party Guest: Hilary by clicking on the link above!
See you in the gallery!


Heart Hugs, friends!

Thursday, March 9, 2023


Welcome Friends to another SEIZE THE BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE!
Today our hostess is Linda and the topping is a card for a child!
If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes" Birthday!
The choice is yours!

Just so happens my grandson is going to be turning 2 next month, so now I have his card already to go!
Have you seen these fun stamps from MFT called Number Fun (1 2 3 4 5 etc)?
I snagged them during the big sale...whoop whoop for me!
I colored it up with copics and used GinaK ML #2
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you in the gallery with a birthday card for a child! 
And we have a new Special Party Guest for the next two months:  Hilary at Fiddling About    


Heart Hugs, friends!