30 July 2020

tic tac toe

Happy Thursday crafty friends!  Hard to believe it's the end of July!  (didn't it just start?) We have a very fun challenge for you at Seize the Birthday this week courtesy of Ashwini! Pick three things in a line off of the tic tac toe board.  



It was a challenge to pick because all the ideas are so great! I picked the bottom row - large (ish) sentiment, water colouring and stencil. The sand and the water are just freehand water colour. 


I know you'll have fun with this! Be sure to check out the blog to see the playful creations our Surprise Party Guest Jen and the rest of the team came up with.


Wishing you a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
happy birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves, Broken China & Antique Linen; Versacolor Pinecone
Paper: Watercolour paper, SU! Espresso
Accessories: TWC stencil, Jillibean Soup twine, Nuvo dots, heart wood veneer

16 July 2020

nix the neutrals

We take turns at picking themes over at Seize the Birthday and this week is my turn! I'm all about bold colours so I decided to go for non-neutral backgrounds for our theme. I let this card be all about the rich purple background.


Hope you can have some fun with your backgrounds! Be sure to check out the blog to see the colourful creations our Surprise Party Guest Jen and the rest of the team came up with.


Wishing you a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for popping by.
Glenda

Card details:
happy birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Trinity 
Ink: VersaMark, Adirondack 
Paper: Watercolour paper, SU! Blackberry Bliss, black card stock
Accessories: watercolour pencils, Tim Holtz water brush, white embossing powder, embossing folder, gem

02 July 2020

red, white & blue

Wow!  How did it get to be July already?!?! I find my sense of time is quite skewed these days - some days seem to go by very slowly but then months seem to fly by.  So bizarre! Just happy for the warmer weather and getting outside.

This week at Seize the Birthday, we are doing red, white and blue (theme courtesy of the lovely JoAnn). I love red as you know but always seem to have a hard time pairing with blue.  So, as last time, I went super clean and simple. I was going to try something different - something more elaborate - but decided to just keep what I started with. The heart is done on Yupo with alcohol ink.  Hope you like it.


Hope you can play along with us this week!  The amazing Jen Wills is our Surprise Party Guest! I've been a fan of hers for years - love her style.  Be sure to check out the blog to see what Jen and the rest of the team came up with for this theme!





Wishing you a terrific Thursday and a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.  
All the best,
Glenda

Card details:
happy birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: A Muse
Ink: Versafine Black, Alcohol Ink
Paper: white card stock, Lawn Fawn Watercolor patterned paper
Accessories: MFT stitched rectangle die, heart die, red pearls

18 June 2020

wonderful watercolour


Welcome to another Seize the Birthday Challenge... Nancy has challenged us to watercolour this time.  I love watercolouring and decided to do a little clean & simple card.  I felt like it needed more but then just decided to step away. Hope you like it!


Hope you can join us for this challenge! Check out the blog for the rest of the spectacular summer creations from the team and Jo, our fantastic Surprise Party Guest!



Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
Birthday Wishes - 2 5/8"x 4 3/8"
Stamps: CZ sentiment, SU! image
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Ink Candied Apple & Hickory Smoke, SU! Real Red
Paper: watercolour paper
Accessories: piercing tool, Tim Holtz water brush

04 June 2020

spectacular summer

Well, it's not quite summer yet... but it is over at Seize the Birthday! My apologies for the lateness of my post... no excuse that is really acceptable. ;)

This lemony looks bright, cheerful and summery to me so thought I would use it! I default to flowers a lot when it comes to spring & summer so thought I would change it up. Thanks to team mate Colleen for this great theme.


Hope you can join us for this challenge! Check out the blog for the rest of the spectacular summer creations from the team and Jo, our fantastic Surprise Party Guest!


Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are taking care of yourselves and staying well. We've been seeing a bit more of friends lately... staying outside and physically distant.  It sure feels great!
Glenda

Tag details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Altenew
Ink: SU! Old Olive
Paper: white & dark greek card stock, SU! Lucky Limeade, Ms Saprkle lemon patterned paper
Accessories: Altenew happy die cut, lemon, paper piercer, Trinity Stamps lemon slice

21 May 2020

totally tropical

We are jetting away to tropical paradises this week at Seize the Birthday.  We can't actually do it so might as well cheer ourselves up with some beautiful tropical cards.  Thanks to teammate Shirley for picking this theme!

The background paper is some very old stuff from Making Memories but thought it suited the theme well.  The flowers were run through the good old standby Swiss Dots embossing folder and then I added some white gel pen.  Pretty CAS but bright and cheerful.


Hope you can join us for this challenge! Check out the blog for the rest of the terrifically tropical creations from the team and Jo, our fantastic Surprise Party Guest! Welcome!


Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are taking care of yourselves and staying well. 
Glenda

Tag details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: PTI sentiment, Paper Smooches flowers
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: white & coloured card stock, Making Memories patterned paper
Accessories: white gel pen, MFT rectangular stitched die, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, SU! mini paper clip

30 April 2020

magnificent monochrome

Happy Thursday friends!  Hope you are hangin' in.  There will be some loosening of the restrictions soon - I'm looking forward to it but will still be staying smart about this.  Adapt to this 'new normal'... as if life was ever really normal.  ;)

It's all about monochromatic at Seize the Birthday this week.  The queen of amazing colours, TaeEun, picked this theme for us.  You had to know what colour I would pick...


Hope you can join us for this challenge! Check out the blog for the rest of the colourful creations from the team and Dotty Jo, our new Surprise Party Guest! Welcome!


Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are taking care of yourselves and staying well. 
Glenda

Tag details:
best wishes - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: sentiment of unknown origin (borrowed from a friend), SU! Painted Poppies
Ink: Adirondack Black Ink, SU! Real Red, Distress Ink Candied Apple
Paper: Watercolour paper, SU! Real Red and Basic Black
Accessories: Wink of Stella 

23 April 2020

delightful drinks

Hey crafty friends... I don't know about you but I'm definitely having my fair share of food and beverages these days! ;) Actually, I am trying really hard not to snack while at home (moderately successful) and limit my adult beverages to the weekends (again, moderately successful). 

Appropriately, our theme at Seize the Birthday this week is food and/or drinks.  My love of delicious food and beverages is no secret so it won't come as a surprise that I picked this theme.  Hope you like the result! Olives never make an appearance in my martinis but I am fond of them with a twist.


Hope you can join us for this challenge! Check out the blog for the rest of the tasty creations from the team and Stef, our Surprise Party Guest!



Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are taking care of yourselves and staying well. 
Glenda

Tag details:
CHEERS! 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Unity (martini), Simon Says Stamp (Cheers)
Ink: Versafine Black, Versa mark, Distress Inks Hickory Smoke & Forest Moss
Paper: watercolour paper, vellum, white card stock, SU! patterned paper
Accessories: A Muse red pearl, gold embossing powder, Tim Holtz water pen

16 April 2020

not all heroes wear capes!

Over at Seize the Birthday, Birthday cards aside for a bit and focus on making some cards for our HEROES during this World Wide Pandemic. There are many different people stepping it up and continuing to provide us all with what we need to get through this terrible time. For instance, you could make a card for Hospital staff (including medical staff and all the other people who are keeping our hospitals running), First Responders, Caregivers, Grocery Workers, Delivery Workers, Custodians, Pharmacists, and even Teachers. 

I got this great free digi download from A Jillian Vance Design.  Just kept the card simple and bright.


Hope you can play along with us!  Be sure to check out all the inspirational designs over at the blog.

Thanks for stopping by and if you are one of those front line heroes, words can not express my gratitude.  Not all heroes wear capes!
Take care and stay well,
Glenda

09 April 2020

spectacular spring

Happy Thursday crafty friends... I trust all of you are staying spatially distant but socially connected these days ;).  I prefer those terms to social distancing. I'm working from home (fortunately) so that's keeping me busy but I am going to try and catch up on some of those long neglected projects - some fun, some not so fun! I am looking forward to this upcoming long weekend though... fingers crossed the weather is nice.

This week at Seize the Birthday, we are celebrating spring (for those in the southern hemisphere, I know you're celebrating autumn ;) ).  Thanks to teammate and friend, Lindsey, for this challenge. I found a leafy tag in my stash and thought I would dress it up a bit for this challenge.



Hope you can join us for this challenge! Check out the blog for the rest of the springy creations from the team and Stef, our Surprise Party Guest!



Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by. Tell me what you're doing to keep busy. :)
Glenda

Tag details:
happy birthday
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: kraft tag, white card stock
Accessories: Tim Holtz Leafy stencil, Gelli plate, vellum, SU! enamal dots and die, white twill, Artist's Loft acrylic paints

26 March 2020

awesome kids!

Well.... it's strange days my crafty friends!  Hope you are staying healthy and physically distant. On the plus side... all this spare time means more time in the craft room (hopefully!).  I'm going to start doing virtually craft nights with friends.  Should be fun!

This week at Seize the Birthday, it's all about kids cards, thanks to my fabulous teammate JoAnn! I need to get over the mental hurdle of kids cards. For this one I just did a bunch of die cuts and arranged them the best I could.  What do you think?  I'm happy with how it turned out and think it would work for pretty much any kid. 



Hope you can join us for this challenge! Check out the blog for the rest of the kids creations from the team and Stef, our Surprise Party Guest!




Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by. Tell me what you're doing to keep busy. :)
Glenda

Card details:
Go and Be Awesome- 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Neat & Tangled Awesome
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: white card stock, scraps of yellow card stock, SU! Tangerine Tango and Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Tim Holtz Atomic Elements dies

12 March 2020

gorgeous green

Welcome to March crafty friends! It's heavy birthday months like this when I'm happy that I'm on a birthday card challenge design team. ;)  We have a challenge this week that is perfect for those of us who are wishing for spring to arrive... it's basically here for us so we are pretty lucky.

The challenge for Seize the Birthday this week (courtesy of Vicky) is touch of green. I love 'splash' challenges and green is an easy one for me.  I ended up doing two cards - couldn't decide which one to post so have added them both!

This first one has green in the centre of the leaves (coloured with a Copic) but it may be hard to see. There are also tiny pearls in the centre of some of the flowers.


The second one came together at the crafty retreat I went to at the end of January. A friend has these poppy dies and I kind of went wild with them.  I used the negative of the poppy die and really like the effect. It's also stamp free! I used to be surprised when I didn't stamp on a card but not any more - it's fun when a card comes together without any stamping.


Hope you can join us for this challenge! Check out the blog for the rest of the glorious green creations from the team and give a warm welcome to Stef Perry, our Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months!


Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday- 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: PTI
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: black cardstock, SU! Peaceful Poppies patterned paper (green) and Golden Honey patterned paper (floral)
Accessories: EK Success corner rounder punch, rectangle slot punch, A Muse ribbon & pearls, Copic marker

celebrate - 4.25"x5.5"
Paper: white cardstock, SU! LIime
Accessories: SU! poppy die & celebrate die

27 February 2020

spectacular sentiments

I'm having a hard time believing it's the end of February! Wasn't is just January 1?!?! But we get an extra day in February thanks to it being a leap year.  Do you know anyone with a February 29th birthday? One of my coworkers has her birthday that day.  I think it's cool.

The challenge at Seize the Birthday this week is all about sentiments! They need to be front and centre for this one. Thanks to team mate Colleen for this one! Nothing to wild and crazy for me on this one... just simple and fun. Hope you like it.  I think it would work for a masculine card... which I never seem to have enough of.


Hope you can join us! Be sure to head over to the blog to see the rest of crafty creatures the team and our Surprise Party Guest Joyce have created.  A big thanks to Joyce for her fabulous creations over the last couple of months.


Have a terrific day and I'll see you in March! Thanks for stopping by.  Always appreciate your comments.
Glenda

Card details:
It's a Good Day to be Awesome - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Neat & Tangled Awesome
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: white cardstock, SU! Blackberry Bliss 
Accessories: SU! Math embossing folder, Neat & Tangled Awesome die, Tim Holtz Atomic Elements die

13 February 2020

wondrous white space

Hope your February is going well so far crafty friends. Even though we've had a lot of rain, we have flowers blooming already so definitely can't complain.

This week at Seize the Birthday, we are embracing the white space! This is one of my favourite challenges as I can go super clean and simple (CAS).  I hope you like it!


Be sure to head over to the blog to see the rest of crafty creatures the team and our Surprise Party Guest Joyce have created.


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
celebrate - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: white cardstock, SU! Blackberry Bliss & Peaceful Poppies patterned paper
Accessories: SU! Lily Pad dies, EK Success corner rounder punch

30 January 2020

crafty creatures

Happy Thursday crafty friends. No time for chit chat today (nothing like doing things last minute!). Our theme/topping at Seize the Birthday is creatures great & small. My creature is pretty great in every sense of the word! One note on this card - I used Nuvo for the bubbles.  I hardly ever use them (they were a gift) but figured this was a perfect way to use them!




Be sure to head over to the blog to see the rest of crafty creatures the team and our Surprise Party Guest Joyce have created.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
wishing you the best day ever
Stamps: Paper Smooches (whale), Avery Elle (sentiment)
Ink: Versafine Blakc, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Paper: black & white cardstock, watercolour paper
Accessories: Nuvo drops, corner rounder punch, Copic markers