12 January 2017

Celebrate Everyday

Happy Friday eve crafty friends!  In my unemployed state, I've been crafting a bit more so wanted to share something I pulled together the other day.  Friends of ours got married last week - they got engaged just before Christmas and then eloped last week!  A romantic little ceremony on the beach - just the two of them, the marriage commissioner and the photographer. It sounded like the perfect day and I am so happy for them.  They are two wonderful people and I know they'll have a great life together.

I made a card to go with the little gift we got for them.  The sentiment perfectly sums up what I wanted to say and how perfect I thought their day was.

I really liked this card that I did a while ago so decided to try it again. Happy with how this turned out as well.  I had some left over background paper that I really wanted to use as well so decided to make an envelope to match.  Forgot to take a picture (oops!) so borrowed the picture my friend took last night when we went to visit.

Have to again thank Jenn for the original inspiration for this card & envelope.  

Hope you have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,

Card - 4.5"x 5.75"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Pretty Phrases, Hero Arts map background
Paper: Canson Watercolour paper
Ink: Distress Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citrus, Versafine Black, Versamark
Accessories: Martha Stewart heart punch, A Muse white embossing powder, Glossy Accents

Envelope - 4.5" x 6"
Paper: Canson Watercolour paper; A Muse diagonal striped paper, black card stock
Ink: Distress Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citrus
Accessories: Thickers, Martha Stewart heart punch, Glossy Accents

05 January 2017

Let's Celebrate!

Happy 2017! I hope you had an enjoyable holiday season.  Wishing you and yours all the best for the upcoming year.

After some time off, myself and the rest of the Seize the Birthday team are back with some new creations.  There is no topping option this week so I decided to do something celebratory... I love martini stamps almost as I love martinis.  ;)

Hope you can play along this week!  All the details are on the blog.  Be sure to check out all the fun new creations from the rest of the team. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Always appreciate your comments.  Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Card details:
Let's Celebrate - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Free Spirits
Paper: White, cranberry and kraft card stock
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: We R Memory Keeper embossing folder, Jewel Glitter Ritz - Apple Red, Stampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles Thinlets, A Muse black pearls

17 November 2016

Presenting.... presents!

Hey crafty friends... hope you are having a terrific day and a wonderful week. Despite the calendar saying November, the sun has still been shining here so I'm very grateful. Although the temperatures are starting to stay in the single digits... I'm not complaining though.  There's no snow! Here's a picture I took downtown yesterday (no filter ;) )

At Seize the Birthday this week, we are playing with presents!  Went very CAS with my card this week and I think it turned out pretty well. I'm usually not one to tie bows but thought this card needed one.

Stop by the blog to see the rest of the fabulous DT creations and give them some love!  All the details on how to play along are there too. Oh and FYI: we are taking December off so the challenges will resume in January.  Maybe I'll actually make some more "just for fun" cards to share!  LOL.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Always appreciate it!  Have a great upcoming weekend. 

Card details:
a gift for you - 3 ⅝ x 5 ⅜"
Stamps: Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler & Hullaballoo
Paper: white card stock, paper scraps
Ink: Versafine Black and Distress Shabby Shutters
Accessories: Tim Holtz Bubble stencil, sponge, SU! ribbon, A Muse gems

03 November 2016

Striking Stencils

Happy Thursday crafty friends.  Welcome to another Seize the Birthday challenge!  This week we are playing with stencils.  Remember, the 'topping' is always an option.  I borrowed a friend's stencil and inks for this card.  The power went out while I was doing it so had to finish it by flash light (that was a few weeks ago)!  Looking at this card, I am reminded that I need to work on my blending technique!

Hope you get a chance to play along this week.  All the requirements for playing along are on the blog.  Be sure to give some love to all of the design team while you are there too.  There are some awesome creations!

My hubby and I went away on a little mini-vacation for a couple of days this week.  It's just a few hours north of here, on the west coast of Vancouver Island... a little place called Tofino. Thought I would share a couple of pictures of this little slice of paradise. It is known for it's winter storms and we were lucky enough to get both calm and stormy weather.

Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  

Card details 
happy birthday to you - 5x5"
Stamps: Lawn Fawn scripty sayings
Ink: Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke; VersaFine Black
Paper: white and black card stock
Accessories: Crafters Workshop Aspen Trees stencil, sponge, A Muse gems 

30 October 2016

hugs & hearts

This day is momentous... well for me it is anyway (haha).  This is the first time in years (literally - likely since the fall of 2013 when I started my MSc) that I have posted a card just for fun.  No challenge, no blog hop, no ulterior motive.  I was inspired by this card from my super duper talented friend Jenn Shurkus.  Isn't it awesome?!?!?!

So this is my attempt at the same technique... the word and hearts have Glossy Accents on them.  I may have to take another photo to show that off a little better.

What do you think? Pretty happy with it... and will be trying it again. Looking back at Jenn's card again, I'll have to try inking the edges of the word so it stands out a bit better.

Jenn's card makes me want some geometric backgrounds, more word die cuts and a pair of good crafting tweezers.  My fingers got pretty inky and sticky doing those little glossy hearts! Minimizing my crafty spending right now though (dang unemployment thing) and just trying to use what I have (which is still a lot).

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week.

Card details:
Stamps: Hero Arts map background
Paper: watercolour
Ink: Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon and Shabby Shutters, VersaMark
Accessories: Lawn Fawn hugs die cut, Martha Stewart heart punch, American Crafts Zing white embossing powder, heat gun, water mister

20 October 2016

Lots of Leaves

Happy Thursday crafters!  Hope you are having a great week! I'm keeping myself solidly busy while I'm unemployed - exercising, reading and socializing... and job hunting of course, but that's boring.

We are solidly entrenched in autumn here in Canada and our theme for Seize the Birthday - 'lots of leaves'. I know these colours aren't aligned with the season but I really liked this leafy patterned paper.

Hope you are able to join us this week.  All the details are on the blog.  Be sure to check out all the great design team creations along with our surprise party guest. We have three new DT members too so please check out their blogs! A big welcome to Ashwini RaoSandy Mathis and TaeEun Yoo.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Versfine Black
Paper: white & blue card stock, Pebbles (patterned paper)
Accessories: EK Success corner rounder punch, Studio Calico wood veneers, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, washi tape, enamel dot

17 October 2016

Papercrafters go purple ... for a great cause

Hey crafty friends... Becca Cruger over at The Damsel of Distressed Cards is hosting a blog hop to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.  While I am fortunate enough to have never experienced  domestic partner abuse, I know others who have. We have to keep supporting survivors and keep talking about it to raise awareness and erase the shame and stigma.

All the details about the hop are here if you are interested in joining in ... paper crafters are turning the blogosphere purple to raise awareness.  I want to thank Becca so much for doing this and commend her on her ongoing courage.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great week.

Card details:
Be Brave - 3.75"x5"
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Group Hugs
Paper: watercolour
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Ink Seedless Preserves
Accessories: black & white acrylic paint, Tim Holtz stencils -  Bubbles & Chevrons, flower sequin, Studio Calico heart wood veneer, MS silver glitter, EK Success corner rounder punch

06 October 2016


Hey crafty friends... happy Thursday!  Hope you're having a great week!  I'm in my first week of unemployment (or as I'm told to say 'funemployment' - haha) - trying to enjoy it and keep busy.

This week is a 'topping free' week at Seize the Birthday.  I received a new Concorde & 9th stamp set (Sweet & Cool) from a friend so had to use this sentiment for my birthday card this week.  You may not be able to see it but the cherry has Glossy Accents on it and the icing has glitter.

Hope you can play along with us!  Be sure to check out the blog and the rest of the fabulous designs from the rest of the team.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Always appreciate your comments.

Card details:
Have a Sweet Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Concorde & 9th Sweet & Cool, Paper Smooches Hullabaloo 
Paper: white card stock, MME (happy background paper), Jillibean Soup (yellow), blue patterned scrap
Ink: Versamark Black, SU! Old Olive
Accessories: EK Success 1.75" circle punch & corner rounder punch, Glossy Accents, MS ultrafine crystal glitter, black enamel dot, Copic marker

23 September 2016

Soft & Simple

Big apologies crafty friends!  I have no good excuse for the lateness of my Seize the Birthday post other than I simply forgot! Better late than never... hope you are having a great week.

Our theme this week is soft & simple.  I couldn't resist using some green vellum for the jar on this card.  It was a total experiment but like how it turned out.

Hope you can play along with us.  All the details and the fabulous DT creations are up on the blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great weekend.

Card details:
Happy birthday - 3.5" x 5"
Stamps: SU! Jar of Love, Hero Arts Finding Joy (sentiment)
Ink: Versafine Black, Adirondack Black, VersaMagic Mango & Grapefruit
Paper: white card stock, green vellum
Accessories: EK Success corner rounder punch, May Arts twine

13 September 2016

Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop with Altenew

Hey crafty friends!  Seize the Birthday is playing along with the Altenew's Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop. This is my first time using their stamps and they were so fun.  I used the Halftone Smile Stamp Set, the accompanying die cut and a few inks.

Be sure to head over to the Altenew blog, they have prizes up for grabs!  Also check out Seize the Birthday for all the fabulous DT creations!

Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day.

Card details:
You make me smile - 4x5.25"
Stamps: Altenew Halftone Smile set, A Muse Studio Mesh background
Paper: Watercolour
Ink: Altenew Sea Glass, Moon Rock & Morning Frost, Versafine Black; Distress Tumbled Glass
Accessories: Altenew smile die cut, washi tape, heart wood veneer, enamel dot

08 September 2016

Fabulous frames

Happy Friday Eve my crafty friends!  Hope you are having a terrific day and wonderful week so far.  Life is busy for me but fun busy. :)  One thing I may not have mentioned is that I'm done my job at the end of the month (got a lay off notice) so I'm happily on the hunt for a new opportunity. Hoping that newly minted MSc will help. :)

Time for Seize the Birthday and we are playing with frames this week.  Remember, our toppings are always optional.

All the details on how to play along are on the blog.  Check out the rest of the DT creations and our Surprise Party Guest as well. 

Have a great day and a fantastic weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.  Always appreciate your comments.

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4"x5.25"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: Studio Calico Wanderlust (patterned paper), black, white & green cardstock
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: Spellbinders label dies, Cuttlebug, enamel dots, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

25 August 2016

Tag - you're it!

Happy Thursday friends!  I have affectionately started referring to Thursday as "Friday Eve", makes the weekend seem closer.  It's not my unique idea.... borrowed it from my friend C.J. ;)

This week at Seize the Birthday, we are doing tags!  Playing with my paints and stencils again to created this one.  Always find the bright colours so striking on the black tags. 

Remember, our 'toppings' are always optional and the only thematic requirement is birthday!  Also, to be eligible to win, the project can been linked to a maximum of five challenges (including Seize the Birthday).  All the rest of the details are over at the blog.  Be sure to give some love to the rest of the design team too!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your comments!  I don't have much chance to get around to comment but always grateful when you leave one here.
Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend,

Tag details:
happy birthday to you
Paper: Ranger Ink #5 black tag
Accessories: Lawn Fawn happy birthday die cut, A Muse gems, Hero Arts stencil, acrylic paint - teal, white & yellow, ribbon & twine scraps

11 August 2016

Woo freakin hoo

Happy Thursday crafters!  Hope all is well in your world.  Having a great summer here but having a hard time believing it's the second week of August.

The Seize the Birthday challenge today is anything goes/no toppings.  I got this cheeky stamp set from a friend recently so couldn't resist using it for this week. It's pretty funny and also fun to colour with my watercolour pencils.  Not sure if you can see it but I've also added some Glossy Accents to the balloon.

Check out the blog for the details on how to play along.  Also check out the fabulous creations from our design team and our surprise party guest!

Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for stopping by... always appreciate it.

Card details:
Woo freakin hoo - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Party Grumplings
Paper: scraps of green & black cardstock, card base of unknown origin ;)
Ink: Archival Black
Accessories: Glossy Accents, Derwent watercolour pencils, Tim Holtz water pen

28 July 2016

Pink (kinda') & brown

Hey there crafty friends.  Hope you are having a wonderful week so far.  Our 'second summer' (we had a warm spring & then it cooled off a bit) has arrived here and I am loving the warmth. Hard to believe it's the end of July though...

At Seize the Birthday this week, the topping/option is pink & brown.  My pink is almost red (Distress Ink Abandoned Coral) which, for me, is the best kind of pink (regular visitors know my feelings on pink).

 Hope you can play along with us!  All the details and fabulous DT creations are here.  Be sure to check out the rest of the DT blogs and give them some crafty love!


Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend.

Card details:
Happy birthday
Stamps: Unity (flowers), Hero Arts (sentiment)
Paper: watercolour paper, espresso card stock
Ink: Versacolor Bark
Accessories: MS Crystal Fine glitter

14 July 2016

boldly celebrate

Happy Thursday lovely crafters!  Hope you are having a fabulous week.  I'm off work this week and chilling out so I definitely have no complaints!

The Seize the Birthday topping/option this week is bold & bright. This is an easy one for me as I love bright colours.  I was inspired by going to the local Pride parade on Sunday - lots of rainbows & love going on. :)  First time I have attended and it was super fun!

Hope you can play along with us.  All of the details on how to play along are on the blog.  Be sure to check out the fabulous designs from the rest of the DT .... and leave then some love.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Always appreciate it :).
Have a great weekend once it arrives.

Card details:
celebrate today - 5 ⅜ x 4 ¾"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: white card stock & rainbow scraps
Ink: VersaFine Black
Accessories: A Muse gem, EK Success corner rounder punch, heart die (can't recall manufacturer)