03 December 2020

Case Me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton

Happy December!  I'm honoured and excited that fellow science nerd and card maker Michelle Lupton invited me back again this year for some Christmas card fun. I have lots of Christmas cards left over from previous years so won't be making any new ones to send... but it's always but to play around with my Christmas crafty goodies. 

This year, the challenge was to be inspired (CASE) one of Michelle's cards to create a Christmas card (and she will do the same for one of my cards). From Michelle (because she worded it so well): 

CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything - but it's not about just copying a card. It's about getting inspiration from cardmaking friends, but making a new card that is our own.
I chose this adorable card and created this card. I wonder if I should have added some sparkle somewhere but overall quite happy with it! I might make a few more to send to some very special people.

Peace & Joy

Be sure to head over to Michelle's to see what amazing creation she came up with (I don't get to see it ahead of time so I am excited to see)!  I always love her cards and know it will be fabulous.  

Thank you so much Michelle!  It is always a pleasure and an honour.
Thanks for stopping by,

Card details:
Peace & Joy
Stamps: Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet
Paper: Yupo paper and white card stock
Ink: Versafine Black, Ranger Alcohol Inks - Stream, Citrus & Sailboat Blue
Accessories: Lawn Fawn snowflake dies, Tim Holtz air tool

27 November 2020

pink & brown

How did it get to be the end of November? So hard to believe. Hope you are all doing well & staying safe.

Playing along with Color Hues pink & brown challenge.  I was going to pass on this one but then I realized I had pink and brown alcohol ink... that would make things easier (take out most of the thinking part of card making - lol).

Happy Thanksgiving to my American crafty friends!  Hope you're having a great weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,

Card details:
hugs - 3.5"x 5"
Supplies: Yupo paper, Avery Elle hugs dies, Ranger Alcohol inks, air tool, heart gem

19 November 2020

sparkle & shimmer

First off, apologies for my late post!  It was supposed to be up this morning but... it just didn't happen. Oh well... anyway, we are playing with sparkle & shimmer this week over at Seize the Birthday.  I went with a fairly subdued card to let the sparkle pop!  It may be hard to see but the green & purple are on shimmer paper and the black is on glossy paper (added the second photo to try to show it off). Surprisingly - no stamps on this card.

Hope you are able to play along and have some fun with this! Be sure to check out all of the spectacular sparkle & shimmer creations from the team and our Surprise Party Guest Julie Peddicord!

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

Card details:
celebrate - 4 ¼" x 5 ½"  
Paper: black card stock, SU retired patterned paper, SU! green sparkle paper & black glossy paper, A Muse shimmer paper (green & purple)
Accessories: Paper Smooches celebrate die, SU! globe dies, brads

14 November 2020

yellow & kraft

Playing along with the Color Hues challenge - yellow & kraft.  (ETA: oops! Too late to make it into the links) As with the last challenge, I had several starts & stops before I made one that I'm happy with.

Thank you Color Hues for always challenging me and for having such a great design team!

Hope you're having a great weekend.
Thanks for stopping by,

Card details:
Patience - 4 ¼" x 5 ½"  
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Florals, Rough Draft Background and Field Notes
Ink: Versamark, VersaColor Bark
Paper:SU! Crumbcake
Accessories: coloured pencils, enamel triangle, white embossing powder, twine

05 November 2020

1, 2, 3

Happy November friends!  I feel like I say this at the beginning of every month this year - how can it be November already??!!?

It was my turn to pick the theme at Seize the Birthday. I tried to be creative.... so here are your parameters:

 1 die cut, punch or stencil
2 colours (excluding neutrals)
3 embellishments (same or different)
Everything else is open!

My die cut is the flower, my colours are red & yellow and there are three pearls. Hope you are able to play along and have some fun with this! Be sure to check out all of the creative cards from the team and our  new Surprise Party Guest Julie Peddicord!

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

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4 ¼" x 5 ½"  
Stamps: A Muse happy birthday (retired)
Ink: SU! Real Red
Paper: white card stock, SU! glossy black, scrap of yellow patterned paper
Accessories: A Muse cranberry pearls, Concord & 9th die, EK Success corner rounder punch

22 October 2020

terrific textures

I'm currently pretending there isn't a week left in October... how did it go by so fast? We are playing with textures over at Seize the Birthday - thanks to Shirley for the terrific challenge! It took me a few tries to get one that I liked... and I'm still not positive I love this one! However, I got a second opinion from Lindsey and she assures me it's fine. ;)

Hope you can join us :). Be sure to check out all of the terrific texture creations from the team and our Surprise Party Guest Angie!

Thanks for stopping by.  Always appreciate your comments.

Card details:
Best wishes - 4 ¼" x 4 ¼"  
Stamps: A Muse Best Wishes (retired)
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Inks Twisted Citrus & Mermaid Lagoon
Paper: white & grey card stock
Accessories: SU! ribbon, Cuttlebug large dots embossing folder, Tim Holtz stencil, Texture paste, A Muse pearls, MS glitter

20 October 2020

oranges & blues

Playing along with another Color Hues challenge - orange & blue. I have to admit that I struggled with this one... took more than one try to come up with a card that I was happy with. As a note - there is Wink of Stella on the flowers but it's challenging to see. 

Even though this was challenging, I am loving Color Hues. Especially when it's bright & bold colours like this.
Hope you're having a great week. Hard to believe it's almost the end of October! 
Thanks for stopping by.

Card details:
just because - 4 ⅛" x 4 ⅜"
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Totally Random Sayings Vol 2, Stampin' Up Painted Poppies
Paper: watercolour, Jillibean Soup orange polka dots, A Muse blue shimmer, cream card stock
Ink: Archival black, Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon & Spiced Marmalade
Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, orange & blue twine, Wink of Stella

09 October 2020

cream & gold

Playing along with Color Hues #3 - gold and cream.  I was inspired by this card from the CAS guru Jen. One thing I realized with this card is that gold is really hard to photograph!  LOL.

Color Hues 3

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends - a little strange this year! A bunch of my family were together last year and this year we'll be having a Zoom get together on Sunday - family from BC to Ontario.  Looking forward to it!

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Card details:
hello friend - 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole Totally Random Sayings 2, Taylored Expressions/Lori Craig Field Notes
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: cream and black card stock, A Muse gold shimmer 
Accessories: Concord & 9th Butterfly die, Cuttlebug Swiss Die embossing folder, Nuvo dots, gold embossing folder, vellum

08 October 2020

sassy scraps

How did it get to be October already? Fall is not my favourite season but I really can't complain about the weather so far. I've been continuing my habit of the last 6 months of having my coffee outside in the morning... I'm a little more bundled up now and some mornings I have to be under cover but the fresh morning air is lovely. 

We are pulling out all the scraps at Seize the Birthday this week thanks to Lindsey! A couple of these strips were cut from a pristine piece of paper but the majority are scraps - including the white square (it is the negative of a die cut).  I have so many scraps so I love this challenge... it was so fun to pull together a rainbow with a variety of patterns. It's pretty simple but I'm happy with it.

Hope you can join us :). I know you have scraps.... like all card makers! Be sure to check out all of the scrappy creations from the team and our Surprise Party Guest Angie!

Seize the Birthday

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you're enjoying your October so far.

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 3⅞" x 5⅛" 
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: white card stock, patterned paper scraps
Accessories: A Muse pearls

28 September 2020

shades of blue

 Playing along with another Color Hues challenge! The colours this time are navy and turquoise... this is definitely a challenge for me because I don't use blues exclusively very often.  I was inspired by this card on Instagram to make some plaid....

Kept it pretty clean and simple. Have you played along at Color Hues yet? I've been having a lot of fun with it.
Hope you're having a great week.  Can't believe it's almost October!!

Card details:
love you: 4.25"x5.5"
Stamp: Taylored Expressions Field Notes
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: white, grey, navy & turquoise card stock
Accessories: vellum, SU! enamel heart, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, white embossing powder, MFT Polaroid shaker die

24 September 2020


We have a special challenge for you today.  

Seize the Birthday is celebrating its 200th challenge.  Woohoo!  

We are so grateful to all of you that have helped us reach this milestone. 

So for this challenge, Nancy is offering a Twenty-Five Dollar Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate to each of our Top Winners. 

To add to the fun... there are 4 Mystery Design Team Members that have prizes up for grabs on their blogs.  However, the requirement to win ANY of those prizes is, you must go to ALL of the Design Team's blog and leave each one of them some love! We all need a little love in our lives these days.

Also for your post, we are asking you to explain how exactly you were inspired by our graphic!

Let me explain our topping ... for this challenge we want you to make a card and/or project that is inspired by the graphic below.  Whether it be the colours, the balloons, the watercolour vibe, or the numbers, etc. Whatever sparks your creativity.  Remember for this challenge only, we are asking you to explain in your post how exactly you were inspired! p.s. there is no 'anything goes' option for this challenge.

I was inspired by the watercolour and the colours!  Really looking forward to seeing all of the Seize the Birthday inspired creations.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for playing along with our challenge!

Card details:
have an amazing day - 5⅝" x 3½" 
Stamps: Snarky Stamps, Taylored Expresses Field Notes
Paper: watercolour paper and black cardstock
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citrus, Seedless Preserves, Aged Coral
Accessories: SU! amazing die, Trinity Stamps sequins

12 September 2020

yellows & greens

Playing along with the brand new Color Hues challenge from my friend Nancy!  I have a really hard time typing color instead of colour - haha. Challenge #1 is yellow & green.  I have some new stamps & dies from Taylored Expressions & Lori Craig that are perfect for these colours.

Color Hues #1

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a great weekend.

Card details;
friend - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Field Notes
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla & Green Apple, watercolour paper & yellow scrap
Ink: Adirondack Black and Versafine Black
Accessories: Sizzix note paper embossing folder, Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder, Taylored Expressions Field Notes dies, twine, EK Success punch, Derwent watercolour pencils, Tim Holtz water brush, mini paper clip

10 September 2020

dazzling die-cuts

Happy Thursday!  No chitter chatter for me this week.... writing this post super last minute (not the first time or the last time - lol).

Seize the Birthday is playing with die-cuts this week! Thanks to Cathy for this fabulous challenge.  There is an option to add a stamped sentiment if you like.  I decided to really challenge myself and completely focus on the die cuts.  Hauled some some long hoarded patterned paper and one long neglected die (the squares).

celebrate you

A fond farewell to Jen, our previous Surprise Party Guest and warm welcome to Angie! Can't wait to see the wonderful creations from Angie.  Be sure to check out the blog for the delightful die-cut creations from the rest of the team.

Thanks for stopping by. Always appreciate the comments.  Have a terrific day and wonderful weekend.

Card details:
celebrate you - 4.25"x5.5"
Dies: Paper Smooches celebrate & squares, Simon Says Stamp you, MFT stitched rectangles
Paper: a whole bunch of scraps pulled from retired pads and my scrap folders, espresso and light grey card stock
Accessories: A Muse star gem

27 August 2020

glint of gold

Ack!  How is it almost September? I fell like the last two months have just disappeared! We've had a great summer so can't complain too much.  

At Seize the Birthday this week, we are all about the gold thanks to TaeEun! I had another card ready but then I got some new goodies (the Field Notes Kit) from Lori Craig & Taylored Expressions that I had to play with.  There is gold embossing & the little paperclip. I also used my new-ish set from Julie Ebersole & Ellen Hutson for the sentiment. Gotta love it when I can create with goodies designed by two of my favourite crafters!

I know you'll have fun with this! Be sure to check out the blog to see the glorious gold creations our Surprise Party Guest Jen and the rest of the team came up with. This is Jen's last week with us - we'll miss her!

If you're looking for a new colour challenge, be sure to check out the new one Nancy has created - it's called Color Hues! I love playing with color so can't wait to play along.

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

Card details:
happy birthday- 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Field Note Kit, Ellen Hutson
Ink: VersaMark, Versafine black, Altenew grey
Paper: grey card stock, watercolour paper, vellum
Accessories:  Derwent Watercolour pencils, Tim Holtz water brush, gold and white embossing powder, Jillibean Soup baker's twine, EK Success notebook edge punch

13 August 2020

radiant rainbows

It's a cheerful day over at Seize the Birthday! We are all about rainbows this week.  I love bold and bright colours so this is right up my alley! I recently got into alcohol inks (I know - really late to the party) so have been doing a lot of mucking around.  Still need to practice some more but happy with how this one turned out.

I know you'll have fun with this! 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 stopping by.

Card details:
Just for You - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays
Ink: Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, Versafine Black
Paper: Black and white card stock, Yupo
Accessories: Simon Says Stamp You die, MS silver glitter, gem