15 September 2022

fabulous food

It's all about food over at Seize the Birthday this week.  It's a little sad because it was our former DT member Lindsey's turn to pick the theme.  :(  She wouldn't want us to sulk though... she would just want us to celebrate food - one her favourite things (mine too!). Much as I love food, I always have a hard time with food cards.  So I had to go in search of inspiration (see below for the card I CASEd). I did two cards because I wasn't sure if I was happy with the sentiment on the first one. The details that are hard to see are the Wink of Stella on the "scoops" in the first card, the Glossy Accents on the cherries and the cream coloured card stock in the second one.



This is the card that inspired these cards... it came from the designer of the stamp set I used, Julie Ebersole. Thanks for making awesome stamps and cards Julie! (and for being a fabulous human).


Be sure to check out the blog for the rest of the delicious designs from the rest of the team and our Surprise Party Guest, Åsa.


Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a terrific day.
Glenda

Card details:
Happy birthday
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Stay Cool, Hero Arts Let's Celebrate (sentiment)
Ink: Distress Oxides & Versafine Black
Paper: white card stock
Accessories: Honey Bee gems, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella

Wish big
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Stay Cool, Paper Smooches (retired sentiment) 
Ink: Distress Oxides & Versafine Black
Paper: cream card stock
Accessories: Honey Bee gem

01 September 2022

lime & navy

At Seize the Birthday this week, we are joining our sister challenge, Color Hues Color Challenge to celebrate their 2nd birthday! Their colours are navy & lime green. 

I love this colour combo but am lacking a bit of mojo these days so kept things pretty basic. There is some Wink of Stella on the silhouette but it's difficult to see.

This post will be like any other, as far as the winners go, each challenge blog will pick its own winner. So double your chances!

A big welcome to our new Surprise Party Guest, Åsa Johansson! Be sure to check out the blog to see what she and the rest of the team have created.

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

Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Ellen Huston/Julie Ebersole Totally Random Sayings Vol. 3
Paper: SU! Night of Navy & watercolour
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Twisted Citrus & SU! Night of Navy
Accessories: Tim Holz Die, Wink of Stella, green pearls

18 August 2022

sketchy

This week at Seize the Birthday JoAnn has a sketch for us.  I love sketch challenges... especially because everyone has such a different take on it.  I know how much JoAnn loves flowers so I was inspired to use flowers for this card. I'm lacking a little mojo lately but managed to come up with this.  After a couple of tries watercolouring this image, I decided that it's best if my watercolouring is not precise (that's probably best for most things with me!). The stamps are brand new (gift from a generous friend) and the ribbon is very old. I don't remember the last time I used ribbon but I have a lot of it so dug through my stash for something that worked. Apologies for my slightly warped sentiment.



Be sure to head over to the blog to see the spectacular creations from our Surprise Party Guest Karren and the rest of the team have created.



Wishing you a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
Especially For You - 4" x 5 ¼"
Stamps: Pink Fresh Floral Envelope set & die
Paper: kraft & watercolour
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Versafine Black, black pigment ink
Accessories: vellum, clear embossing powder, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing folder, Honey Bee Stamps gem, ribbon scrap, Tim Holtz water brush

04 August 2022

stamp free

It was my turn to pick a theme this week at Seize the Birthday so I decided on something that is challenging for me - no stamping! I was struggling for inspiration for this card so I'm not 100% happy with it... but a wise friend & fellow design team member said to me this week "sometimes we just have to set our opinions aside".  I didn't have a die to suit this card so I just wrote celebrate out by hand. It was fun using some new Tim Holtz dies and some cheerful Distress Oxides along with this fun mask from Taylored Expressions.


Be sure to head over to the blog to see the fabulous creations from our Surprise Party Guest Karren and the rest of the team have created.


If you are a regular Seize the Birthday player, you will have likely heard of the passing of our inspiring team member and wonderful friend Lindsey Martin-Penny.  We are co-hosting a tribute to Lindsey over at our sister challenge Color Hues if you'd like to join us (here is my card). Still hard to believe she's no longer with us. 

Wishing you a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
celebrate - 4" x 5 ¼"
Paper: white, black and grey card stock
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Accessories: white paint, Taylored Expressions mask, Tim Holtz Modern Floristry Dies

01 August 2022

love for Lindsey

Well, this is the hardest post I've ever had to write. My friend, and fellow Seize the Birthday teammate, Lindsey Martin-Penny has passed away from cancer. I'm absolutely gutted that this beautiful shining light, with all of her sass, humour, realness and kindness, is gone.  I was so fortunate to be able to meet Lindsey in person a few times and share some meals and laughs with her and her husband. In her last few days, I was sending her little videos from the beach (and maybe some photos of cocktails from my recent birthday party) and even when she was so sick, she had her love of life and sense of humour out in full force. She will be so missed by so many people and she'll always have a place in my heart.


Today the Seize the Birthday Team is playing along with their Sister Challenge - Color Hues where Lindsey was also a Design Team Member. This challenge was to be hosted by Lindsey, so the Design Team wants to honour and celebrate her beautiful, creative life by sharing "Lindsey Inspired" projects using her Blue and Purple combination, along with things she loved the most, as inspiration. 

We hope that you will join us as we pay tribute to our 
dear friend and teammate.


Here are a few of her favorite things:
humor, cats
gardening/flowers
love of reading
friendship
wine
tea
*If you are a regular at Color Hues and/or Seize the Birthday you might also know that Lindsey loved Clean and Simple cards too.
Here's my purple and blue wine card:

I have toasted Lindsey with a glass of wine (and maybe a cocktail too - cause she liked those as well) and trust it is always happy hour wherever she is right now.  She loved red almost as much as I do so I added just a wee pop of red in her honour. She had been commenting lately on how much she liked my alcohol ink cards lately so I thought it would appropriate to use it for this card.

We would love for you to join us and you can find all the details along with inspiration from both of the Design Teams over at the Color Hues blog below.
Thanks,
Glenda

21 July 2022

cool colours

I always love colour challenges and this week at Seize the Birthday is no exception.  Colleen has asked us to use purple, blue and green for our challenge this week.  I blended some Distress Oxides (I've listed the colours below but it's a bit of a guestimation as I did the card a while ago) and then stamped this gorgeous Nautilus stamp from Hero Arts. The scientist in me definitely suggests Googling nautilus to see what cool (and very ancient) creatures they are (and they are not coloured green, blue and purple!),


Please check out the fabulous creations from our Surprise Party Guest Karren and the rest of the fabulous design team.


Thanks so much for stopping by and hope July is treating you well.  I just celebrated a BIG birthday and am feeling quite fortunate for all of the love I'm getting from friends & family. 
Have a great day,
Glenda

Card details
birthday wishes (mailed this already & forgot to measure!)
Stamps: Hero Arts Nautilus Pattern Bold Prints, Julie Ebersole/Ellen Hudson Totally Random Sayings Vol 2
Paper: black & white card stock
Ink: Distress Oxides - Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers & Seedless Preserves
Accessories: Trinity Stamps bling

07 July 2022

marvelous metallics

Happy July! It happens to be my favourite month (as it's my birthday month!). Cathy has chosen the metallics theme for us at Seize the Birthday this week. I did not do anything fancy (looking at the description on the blog - I don't think I even own half of those things - haha!). I have some new Tim Holtz dies so was playing around with some metallic and shimmer papers for the CAS card. A little hard to see but the black, red and gold are shimmer papers and the silver is shinier.


A big welcome to our new Surprise Party Guest, Karren Johnson!  Be sure to check out what she and the rest of the team have come up with over at the blog.



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

Card details:
love & laughter - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Hero Arts Let's Celebrate
Paper: white card stock, gold, red & black shimmer paper, silver paper
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: gem, Tim Holtz Abstract Faces Dies

23 June 2022

sunny summer

Over at Seize the Birthday this week, Barb has challenged us to make cards around summer activities.  I love warm weather so just being outside in the summer is one of my favourite things. I dug out one of my favourite vintage wood mounted stamps to make this stamp.  Getting the smooshes watercolour background "just right" took several attempts but finally got one that I liked. It's hard to see but I used a green sparkle pen for the leaves on the tree.


Hope you can join our Surprise Party guest Lorraine (thank you for all of your amazing creations the last couple of months!) and the rest of the team to create some crafty goodness around summer activities.



I think summer may have finally arrived here so I'm looking forward to spending some time outside this weekend.  Hope you can too.
Thanks for stopping by,
Glenda

Card details:
celebrate
Stamps: sentiment from PTI, image from A Muse
Ink: Distress Oxides, Adirondack Black
Paper: watercolour
Accessories: grommet, green sparkle pen, corner rounder punch

09 June 2022

terrific techniques

Over at Seize the Birthday this week, we are playing with our favourite techniques.  Thank you Ashwini for picking this! I really don't think of myself as a 'technique' person so I was a little intimidated at first. However, I realized I was likely overthinking things and pulled out my trusty Gelli Arts plate (and my craft apron because I get messy when I use my plate and paints).  I love using it but don't do it often enough. This is created with some paint and some new Tim Holtz dies.  Hope you like it! I confess to doing a lot of playing before I came up with one that I was happy sharing.


Please join us! This is a pretty easy one because you can the technique that brings you the most joy. :)
Be sure to check out what Lorraine, our Surprise Party Guest, and the rest of the DT have come up with.


Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day.
Glenda

Card details:
birthday wishes - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Julie Ebersole/Ellen Hudson Totally Random Sayings Vol 2
Paper: white and kraft cardstock
Ink: Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral
Accessories: Artist's Loft Paints, GelliArts plate, white pearls, Tim Holtz Artsy Stems dies

26 May 2022

spectacular stencils

It's time for another Seize the Birthday challenge!  This week it's all about stencils thanks to Vicki. I definitely do not have a shortage of stencils and managed to use five on this card. The one that is a little tricky to see is the stars - I did it with white ink (it's easier to see IRL). There's a little glimpse of it in the upper right corner against the black bubbles. I had a lot of fun with this as I dug out some paste and some glitter too.


Check out what our Surprise Party Guest Lorraine and the rest of the DT came up with over at the blog.  Hope you can join us!



Wishing you a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Always appreciate that you stopped by.
Glenda

Card details:
love & laughter - 3.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Hero Arts Let's Celebrate
Paper: watercolour, white card stock
Inks: Versafine Black, Distress Oxides
Accessories: stencils, paste, glitter, corner rounder punch

12 May 2022

sassy stitching

How did it get to be May? That is a rhetorical question of course but it feels like this year has been flying by! Still not very warm here.... getting a little impatient. LOL.

It's our first Seize the Birthday challenge in May and that means we have a new Surprise Party, the fabulous Lorraine Aquilina (of Simon Says Stamp Design Team fame).  Welcome Lorraine! Shirley has picked our challenge theme for this week and it is stitching (real or faux). I chose real as I always need an excuse to use my sewing machine (which it very close to my craft table).  Pretty CAS as if often the case with me.


Hope you can join us!  Be sure to check out the spectacular creations that Lorraine and the rest of the team have come up with over at the blog.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend,
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Organic Elements & Totally Random Sayings Vol 2
Paper: white card stock
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides, Versafine Black
Accessories: sewing machine stitching, gem

28 April 2022

beautiful butterflies

We are playing with another spring theme over at Seize the Birthday this weekend. Nancy picked butterflies or hummingbirds.  I don't have any hummingbirds in my crafty stash so butterflies it is! I love my Concord & 9th butterfly die.  I used it with an alcohol ink panel... and I liked it so much that I decided to make two. Let me know your favourite.



Please be sure to see the beautiful creations Surprise Party Guest Deepti (this is her last week, thank you Deepti for the fabulous creations!) and the rest of the STB team have come up with over on the blog.


Thanks for stopping by! Always appreciate your comments. Have a great day.
Take care,
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: black & white card stock & Yupo paper
Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger alcohol inks, Versafine die
Accessories: Concord & 9th butterfly die, A Muse pearls, heart enamel sticker

14 April 2022

signs of spring

Well it's spring in the Northern Hemisphere... or it's trying to be.  Not surprisingly, we have all sorts of weather here... sun, wind, rain, hail... and rumour has it there was snow a few places close by this past weekend. I just want it to warm up at bit so snow isn't in the forecast!

Lovely Lindsey has chosen signs of spring for our challenge at Seize the Birthday this week. I did another tall card... not true 'slim line' dimensions but still long and lean.  I quite like tall cards and must remember to do them more often. I have so much ribbon and hardly ever use it anymore so thought I would add a little ribbon accent.  Wasn't sure how I was going to do the sentiment (not very many tall sentiments around) so it took a while to figure something out but am quite happy with it.


Please be sure to see the spectacular spring creations Surprise Party Guest Deepti and the rest of the STB team have come up with over on the blog.


Thanks for stopping by! Always appreciate your comments. Have a great day.
Take care,
Glenda

Card details:
belated birthday wishes - 3.75"x7.75"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: black & white card stock 
Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxides
Accessories: Tim Holtz stencil, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, ribbon, MFT stitched rectangle die

31 March 2022

stripe it up

Wow - where did March go?! Hard to believe it's April tomorrow but I am loving the longer days and warmer weather.

Jules picked our Seize the Birthday Challenge this week - stripes!  I love stripes - especially on patterned paper. I have a tendency to accumulate striped paper instead of using it so decided I should make use of some on this card. They suit a slimline card quite well, I think.  I know these are more autumn colours but I quite like these colours together.  


Please be sure to see what Surprise Party Guest Deepti Aggarwal and the rest of the STB team have come up with over on the blog.




Thanks for stopping by and take care.
Glenda

Card details:
wish big - 3.5"x8.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: SU! patterned paper, Crumb Cake & Cajun Craze, cream card stock
Ink: VersaColor Pine Cone
Accessories: Tim Holtz die, SU! adhesive linen, A Muse pearls

17 March 2022

cheers to green

Time for another Seize the Birthday challenge and JoAnn has picked a green & white theme.  Perfect for St. Patrick's Day and the arrival of spring in the northern hemispheres. I thought I would go very celebratory with my card this week. Playing with my alcohol inks again (it's become a bit of a habit!).


Please be sure to see what Surprise Party Guest Deepti Aggarwal and the rest of the STB team have come up with over on the blog.




Thanks for stopping by and take care.
Glenda

Card details:
cheers - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: none! *gasp*
Paper: Yupo, SU! Lucky Limeade, white & black card stock
Ink: Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks
Accessories: Hero Arts martini die (including lime slice), Paper Smooches cheers die, Sizzix Connect the Dots embossing folder, Trinity Stamps bling