Friday 23 February 2024

Red as the main colour for Seize the Birthday

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and JoAnn wants us to use red as the main colour.

Or play along with our anything goes birthday option.

Our party guests and my team mates have some explosions of red to inspire you! So I hope you can play along.

I've had this die for a long time and only used it once or twice.
I coloured some cardstock with a mix of red distress spray stains to pop underneath, but there doesn't look like much variation in the shades here! 
The sentiment is one I have used a lot, couldn't find a stamp that I thought suited the die better.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, beautiful blooms


Supplies:
Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; Memory Box wild blooms die;
Distress spray stains in various reds; Paper Smooches sentiment sampler stamp; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; hammered cardstock (Hobbycraft have changed the look of it.)

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x




Friday 9 February 2024

Splatters for Seize the Birthday

 

Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Glenda has chosen splatters.
I love getting messy with mixed media lol!

Or you can add to your birthday stash with our anything goes birthday option.

Our party guest Wanda and my team mates have some great ideas to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.

 I revisited watching some You Tube videos by Tiffany Solorio using magicals. 
This one is inspired by her video here

I made the background by sprinkling the magicals onto watercolour paper and spritzing with lots of water. When dry I flicked or splattered on water droplets to create texture.

 I also tried stamping some text randomly with white pigment ink, that's the mixed media part lol!
Then flicked on some white gloss spray and some splatters of gold paint.

I layered up the white diecut leaves for extra dimension.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Mix it Up Challenge, playing along with the mixed media option


Allsorts, playing along with the anything goes option



Supplies:
Lindy's Magicals; Tim Holtz distress glaze; Finetec gold paint; Dina Wakley white gloss spray; Kaisercraft text stamp; Hero Arts unicorn white pigment ink; Memory Box fresh foliage die;
 sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday 26 January 2024

Love always

 


Hi everyone, I bought this die set ages ago and this is it's first use!
I used both the detailed and outline die and placed some patterned paper behind the openings.
It's quite long so I thought it suited a slimline card.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Tic Tac Toe, I've gone with the diagonal punch or diecut, patterned paper and pink.
(Although there is a touch of purple too so I hope that's ok.)


Using new goodies means I can also link up to Darnell's NBUS challenge


AAA Cards, playing along with the optional love is in the air twist


Krafty Chicks, all occasions


Cardz 4 Galz, red and/or pinks


Supplies:
Creative Expressions Striplets - Ravello; paper pad from Poppycrafts; Annabelle Stamps fanciful flowers sentiment; versafine clair nocturne ink & clear ep; hammered card stock.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Kraft & another colour for Seize the Birthday

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday  and Colleen has chosen a colour theme for this round.


Or play along with our anything goes birthday option and add to your stash of birthday cards for the year!


Our party guest Loll and my team mates have some great inspiration for you, so I hope you can play along.

I used a few things that I had in my bits box for this card, the 3D embossed brick card, and the dragonflies that were painted with twinkling H2Os and fussycut.
I rubbed a frayed burlap distress ink pad across the bricks for a bit of definition.
The sentiment was diecut from black card and clear embossed for some shine.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Double D, sparkle and or shine


Allsorts, January Blues

Make My Monday, Happy Birthday


Supplies:
Indigo Blue dragonfly stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Stamplorations birthday die; twinkling H2O's; Sizzix brick embossing folder; happy sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Friday 12 January 2024

Embossing Wet or Dry for Seize the Birthday

 

Hi everyone, it's time to start our challenges again for the new year at Seize the Birthday.
I have chosen one of my favourite techniques, embossing, and you can try wet, dry or both!



Or, play along with our anything goes option, as long as it's for a birthday.


My team mates and our party guests have some wonderful cards to inspire you, so I hope you can play along.

I've made a few cards with this impresslit die and wax pastes but wanted something a bit more masculine looking for hubby's birthday. Yep, a masculine butterfly card, starting to look like a moth maybe?!

I diecut the butterfly from black card and rubbed on some art alchemy wax pastes.
I love how detailed the embossing is. I've also embossed the background and used wet embossing on the diecut birthday sentiment, using versamark ink and Lindy's midnight bronze powder.

I'm linking up to these challenges:
Double D, celebrating their 8th year of challenges, with an optional bronze theme, Congrats!


Supplies:
Dies: Sizzix 3D butterfly impresslit; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle; Memory Box birthday cursive script circle (I cut the circle off); 
Other: Darice Crackle embossing folder; Art Alchemy antique brilliance waxes; versamark ink and Lindy's midnight bronze embossing powder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Friday 24 November 2023

Autumn items for Seize the Birthday

 


Hi everyone, it's time for another challenge at Seize the Birthday and Barbara has chosen fall or autumn items as the theme.


or you can play along with our anything goes birthday option.


Our party guest Loll and my team mates have some wonderful cards to inspire you, so I hope to see you in the gallery.

I diecut a background made with green and gold inka gold pastes, early autumn colours.
This Sizzix die has lots of intricate little parts that are tricky to glue down, but I do like it. It reminds me of spent flowers that can still look so pretty.
Here's a closer look at the shimmer and shine.


I'm linking up to these challenges:





Supplies:
Tim Holtz bouquet die; Paper Rose stitched rectangle metal frames die; Creative Expressions mini stacked happy birthday die; inka gold pastes; scrap of metallic gold card.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Friday 10 November 2023

Neutral Colours only for Seize the Birthday

 

Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday,  and Ashwini has chosen neutral colours for our theme.


Or build up your card stash with our anything goes birthday option.


Our party guest is the very talented Loll who, along with my team mates has some wonderful ideas to inspire you, so hope to see you in the gallery.

I had a sentiment stamped on a card base that has been in my bit box for a few years!
I decided to add a butterfly that complemented the colours. My neutrals include mainly browns and creams and metallic or pearl versions of these - bronze and cafe au lait embossing powders

I inked up the butterfly wings and body with versamark and added Lindy's embossing powder. I added a layer of vellum and beige card under the wings.

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Allsorts, playing along with the anything goes option



Mix it Up Challenge, anything goes and optional stamping


Supplies:
Memory Box lunette and oriel butterfly dies: Happy Little Stampers mix mash sentiment stamp; versamark ink; Lindy's Stamp Gang cafe au lait and midnight bronze embossing powders; Stately embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x



Friday 27 October 2023

Add a sky for Seize the Birthday

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Vicki has chosen the theme this time, add a sky.


or add to your stash of birthday cards with our anything goes birthday option.


Our party guests Stef and Linda, along with my team mates have some wonderful inspiration for you, so I hope you can join in.

I was asked for a card to suit a girl who's a bit of a tom boy. I know she's also got blonde hair.
 I thought I'd case a card I've made previously and changed the hair colour to suit!

The clouds and grass are stencilled, and the image is coloured with Prismacolours.
Having the matching die for the stamp is a bonus as this is not an image I'd want to fussycut lol!

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Krafty Chicks, all occasions

Supplies:
MFT cloud and grass stencils; MFT let your hair down stamp and die; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; Prismacolour pencils.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x

Supplies:



Friday 13 October 2023

Hot Pink & Lime for Seize the Birthday

 


Hi everyone, it's time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Shirley has chosen a colour theme.


You can always play along with our anything goes birthday theme too.


Our party guests Stef and Karen, along with my team mates have some great inspiration for you, so I hope you get the chance to play along.

I tried to get as close to hot pink and lime with these new to me Catherine Pooler inks, and I thought this 2 layered stencil would make where to lay the colours easy! (I'm feeling like a need a licorice allsort!!)

I'm linking up to these challenges:

Stencil Fun Challenge, playing along without the option of using orange.



Mix It Up Challenge, make your own background



Supplies:
Catherine Pooler inks in pucker up and garden party; Simon Hurley geo circles layering stencil; Crafts 4 U stitched rectangle die; Paper Rose happy birthday chunky layered die.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x