26 March 2020

awesome kids!

Well.... it's strange days my crafty friends!  Hope you are staying health 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

16 January 2020

stunning stencils

Happy Thursday crafters!  Hope you're having a great week.  Winter weather is hitting us here on the west coast but I can't really complain.  We still have the best weather in the country!

At Seize the Birthday this week, we are having some fun with stencils.  I decided to get out my Gelli Arts plate and some paints for this challenge.  I played around with a bunch of different stencils and colour combos (see my Instagram) so it was hard to pick which one to make a card with.  (Note: don't be surprised if you see more of these panels on upcoming cards!) I finally decided to make two cards, one using the positive and the other using the negative. Plus, I love purple but don't use it nearly enough. The backgrounds are 'so much' that I kept everything else fairly simple. I have to give a shout out to my friend Cheiron for teaching me this technique!



Do you have a favourite? I really like how they both turned out but think it's so cool that the colours show up so well on the black.


Be sure to head over to the blog to see what the rest of the team and our Surprise Party Guest Joyce have created with their stencils.

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

Card details:
happy birthday to you & happy birthday
Stamps: Unity
Ink: SU! Elegant Eggplant
Paper: white and black cardstock
Accessories: Tim Holtz Splashes stencil, Gelli Arts plate, Art Loft paints, SU! hardware, Amuse ribbon and gems

02 January 2020

lovely layers

Happy 2020 crafty friends! Welcome to a new decade... or not... depending on your point of view. ;) Wishing you all the best for the upcoming year... hope you had an enjoyable holiday season.

Exciting times at Seize the Birthday with a new look for the new year!  I just love how fun and colourful it is... a big shout out to team mate Ashwini who created it.  Thank you so much!


Our topping this week is layers.  I don't do a lot of layers most of the time so it was fun to get creative with layer implementation. I cut out and popped up the flowers and leaf. This was also about using up scraps.  I've been hoarding this patterned paper and striped vellum forever! I'm also trying my phone camera for the first time for my card picture (as opposed to my DSLR).  What do you think?


I'd like to welcome the super talented Joyce Mehrber as our Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months.  Welcome Joyce! Be sure to check out the blog for all of lovely layered cards from the Design Team!

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

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: SU! Soft Sky card base, white card stock, Jillibean Soup patterned paper, striped vellum
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: Copic markers, EK Success corner rounder punch, SU! white enamel dot

21 November 2019

splash of red

Hey crafters! It's our last Seize the Birthday challenge of the year (what!?!?!?) and I got to pick the topping/theme this week.  Not surprisingly, it involves red!  Just a splash though.  I went fairly CAS on this card... and no stamping!


I wanted to give a big thank you to Annie for all of her fabulous guest creations over the last few months! Also a thanks to the rest of our Surprise Party guests in 2019.  Last, but not least, a huge shout out to the rest of the fabulously talented STB design team. Thanks for being a fabulous team.


We now have a Seize the Birthday Instagram account so be sure to check it out! We'll be back with more birthday challenges in 2020 (what?!?!?).

Thanks so much for stopping by and all the best for the rest of 2019. Maybe I'll pop by in December with some holiday creations (we'll see how inspired/energetic I get!).
Glenda

Card details:
celebrate you - 4.25"x5.5"
Paper: white card stock, SU! red sparkle paper and black glossy paper
Accessories: Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder, SU! die cuts

07 November 2019

off the edge

I might be a little 'off the edge' this week because it's November!  So hard to believe... but I'm looking out the window to sunshine so can't complain at all. Hope all of you crafty people are enjoying your November so far too.

At Seize the Birthday this week the topping is off the edge. Thanks to JoAnn for this fun challenge.  I always enjoy doing this but don't do it often. Pulled out some scrap paper, some ribbon and my Copics for this bright and cheerful card.  Hope you like it.


Be sure to head over to the blog to give our Surprise Party Guest Annie and the rest of the design team some love for their edgy creations!



Thanks so much for popping by. Always appreciate it!
Have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Studio Katia Potted Plants
Paper: white card stock and scrap patterned paper
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: Copic markers, SU! Ribbon, MS circle cutter

26 October 2019

Challenge Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton


Hey crafty friends... I know it's far too early to be talking Christmas but not when it comes to Christmas card making! I'm playing along with the fabulous crafter and fellow science nerd Michelle Lupton again this year. Thanks so much for having me again Michelle!

I challenged Michelle to do some watercolouring with Distress Inks.  This is what I came up with on my end.  The Distress Inks used are Candied Apple, Twisted Citron and Shabby Shutters. I don't have poinsettias around my house at Christmas but this stamp from Avery Elle just shouts watercolour to me.  The sentiment is from my days on the Skipping Stones Design design team.  Using a French sentiment reminds me that I need to practice my French more... hoping to go to Quebec next year and 6 years of high school French won't get me far since it was so long ago! Added a bit of sparkle just for fun. Hope you like it!


Be sure to check out Michelle's blog for more Christmas inspiration!
Thanks for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
Joyeux Noel - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet, Skipping Stones Design sentiment
Paper: SU! Real Red and Basic Black, Canton watercolour
Ink: Distress Inks - Candied Apple, Twisted Citron and Shabby Shutters; Versafine Black, Archival Black
Accessories: glitter, SU! ribbon

24 October 2019

crafty candles

Happy Thursday crafty friends.  Hope you've had a great week. I'm having such a hard time believing it is almost the end of October! Even though autumn is not my favourite season, we have been enjoying a bit of sunshine this week. Plus I always like the colours & light of the season.

This week at Seize the Birthday, we are being very celebratory with candles! I don't have many candle stamps and zero candle dies so I used some patterned paper.  It feels like a bit of a cop-out compared to the stunners made by the rest of the team. I do like that it's tall and narrow though - always fun to do a different sized card.


Hope you can join us this week!  Be sure to check out all the great cards by our surprise party guest, Annie, and the fabulous design team.


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

Card details:
party time
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Paper: black card stock, SU! patterned paper
Ink: Versafine black
Accessories: Rectangle punch, A Muse ribbon, EK Success corner rounder punch

10 October 2019

crazy kids

Happy Thursday!  Hope you're having a good week.  Our theme at Seize the Birthday this week is kids... I admit I find this challenging so I just put some funky writing on some fun paper.  Does that count as a kids card?  I hope so.

Be sure to head over to the blog to give our Surprise Party Guest Annie and the rest of the design team some love for their adorable kidlet creations.



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

Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink: SU! & VersaMark
Paper:  white card stock, Basic Grey retired patterned paper
Accessories: May Arts twine

26 September 2019

gorgeous geo

I'm just going to apologize off the start for this late post. Apparently I lost a week somewhere in September! No good excuse ... just forgetfulness.

We are playing with geometric shapes this week at Seize the Birthday. I pulled out my hexagon dies (which are sadly underused) for this one as well as some long retired paper.  I rarely make cards with a kraft card base ... even though I love them.  So this is a card full of things I rarely do/use.  Hope you like it!


Be sure to head over to the blog to give our Surprise Party Guest Annie and the rest of the design team some love for their numeric wonders.


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

Card details:
birthday wishes
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co
Ink: Altenew Evening Grey
Paper:  kraft card base, My Mind's Eye retired patterned paper
Accessories: Lifestyle Crafts hexagon dies, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

16 September 2019

happy anniversary to mail it monday!


Wishing Mail It Monday a very happy 2nd anniversary! If you aren't familiar with Mail it Monday, it's goal is to "grow a community of card-mailers, not just card-makers." Although I do have a large stash of cards, going back several years, I also mail a lot.  My hubby jokes that I keep the post office in business! One thing I do to help me to remember to mail birthday cards is put a calendar reminder for a week before peoples' birthdays.  It is somewhat successful... haha.

The card I made for today is inspired by this card of Kimberly's. I made it for a crafty friend who loves rainbows. (Confession - I have been hoarding this paper for a looooong time). She sent me a very sweet 'miss you' card recently... we live on different sides of the continent so don't see each other often. I miss her a lot too... hope she likes this card. Since the theme today is mailing cards, I made a matching envelope. I always want to do this but rarely get the chance since I am usually grabbing a card to mail at the last minute. ;)


To complete the Mail It Monday theme, I'll be popping this in the mail today. :)

Congrats to Kimberly! Check out the festivities all this week and maybe try to mail a card to friend this week... just because.
Thanks for stopping by.
Glenda

Card details:
You Add Color to my Life - 4.25"x4.25"
Stamps: Paper Smooches I Heart Art
Paper: Making Memories patterned paper (retired), white card stock, confetti paper (envelope)
Ink: Versafine Black, SU! Lucky Limeade
Accessories: sequins, We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board

12 September 2019

it's just a number

Hey crafty friends... welcome to another Seize the Birthday challenge. We are playing around with numbers this week.  I always find numbers a bit of a challenge... not sure why. I almost find this a little too cute for me, haha. However, I am proud of myself for creating this little scene (not one of my strong suits). I ran some brown card through an embossing folder to create the tree texture, cut out the branches and then cut out a bunch of leaves for the top.


Welcome to Annie, our new Surprise Party Guest! Be sure to head over to the blog to give her and the rest of the design team some love for their numeric wonders.



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

Card details:
29 again?
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: white card stock, SU! Chocolate Chip & Soft Sky, scraps of orange and green patterned paper 
Accessories: Paper Smooches speech bubble die, SU! leaf die, Copic markers, Cuttlebug Distressed Stripes embossing folder