16 September 2021

stellar stitching

Happy Thursday crafty friends! Hope you are doing well.  I have to admit I have not the been the most cheerful person lately with the state of the world... but I am making time to be kind to myself and keep busy with fun things.  Including being crafty of course :).

Barbara came up with our Seize the Birthday challenge this week - stitching.  I happily used my sewing machine to add a stitched border to the card. Last year I was able to reorganize my craft room so my sewing machine can stay set up all the time (which was also handy when I was sewing masks - lol) - so I love any excuse to use it. Kept this card CAS with some bright colours - quite like how this turned out.


Be sure to pop on over to the blog to check out the stunning creations from the design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Jenny.


Hope you have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,
Glenda

Card details:
Celebrate the day - 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays (flower), A Muse (sentiment - retired)
Ink: Versafine Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Paper: SU! Mango Melody, watercolour paper, white card stock
Accessories: Derwent watercolour pencils, A Muse white pearls, Tim Holtz water brush, SU! window punch, clear embossing powder, sewing machine & black thread

02 September 2021

pretty in pastels

Just a reminder... in the Northern Hemisphere there is still officially three weeks of summer left and fall has not arrived, even though the calendar says September! I'm a summer lover so am holding on as long as I can!

Our challenge at Seize the Birthday this week is pastel colours! Thanks to JoAnn for this challenge... I default to bright colours so this was a good challenge to get me out of my comfort zone.  That said, I stayed firmly in my CAS comfort zone for this card.  I quite like coral coloured poppies so that was my inspiration for this card. Please ignore my misaligned enamel dots.  I tried to fix one but the adhesive on those suckers is pretty aggressive.  I could have fixed it in Photoshop but then I decided not to... embrace the imperfection. ;) It may be hard to see but I stamped the birthday on light green.


Be sure to pop on over to the blog to check out the beautiful creations from the design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Jenny.


Hope you have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by,
Glenda

Card details:
Celebrate the day - 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: SU! poppy, Avery Elle sentiment, Taylored Expressions grid
Ink: Versafine Black, Versamark, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Paper: kraft, white, green
Accessories: Derwent watercolour pencils, enamel dots, clear embossing powder, Tim Holtz water brush

19 August 2021

by the sea

Great news! We have a new Seize the Birthday team remember - the fabulously talented Jules Peddicord! Really excited to have her on the team. Welcome Jules!

My darling friend Nancy has picked 'by the sea' for our Seize the Birthday challenge this week.  I love all things ocean so I was delighted with this challenge.  The original inspiration for this card is this one from my friend Jenn. She was the person who first got me into watercolouring and then gave me a mini lesson on how to get this effect. I've made a few cards like this and always have fun. I've tried doing a shaker with this card but I prefer 'shaker-less'. 


Be sure to swim on over to the blog to check out the spectacular creations from the design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Jenny.


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

Card details:
Celebrate the day - 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamp: My Favourite Things
Ink: Versafine Black, Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Inks & Distress Oxides
Paper: watercolour, white card stock, Yupo glitter paper
Accessories: Memory Box die, Trinity Stamps baubles

05 August 2021

sassy stripes

We are playing with stripes at Seize the Birthday this week (courtesy of Vicki). I love stripes and normally I would use striped patterned paper (because I have a lot of it).  However, I had been wanting to try this technique from my friend Cheiron. Cheiron loves rainbows so decide to do rainbow alcohol inks in her honour. The stripes speak for themselves so kept the rest of the card clean and simple.


Hope you can join us! Please welcome our new Surprise Party Guest, Jenny!  Looking forward to see what Jenny creates during her time with us.  Be sure to give some love to her and the rest of the design team.


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

Card details:
Happy birthday
Stamps: Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole
Ink: Versafine Black, Ranger/Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Paper: Yupo, white card stock
Accessories: Tim Holtz tiny attacher, MFT stitched rectangle die

01 August 2021

yellow & pink

I'm thrilled that I'm able to play along with Color Hues Challenge!  It's not really a matter of time - it's a matter of me just getting organized to photograph the card and do the post. I seem to be very good at getting the card done but missing the deadline. I was so determined to get a card done for this challenge that I am doing one that involves pink (and you know how I feel about pink).


Hope you have a great week.  It's a holiday Monday for us so looking forward to some more down time.
Thanks for stopping by,
Glenda

Card details:
Hello there 
Stamps: Taylored Expressions / Lori Craig
Ink: Distress Oxides, Distress Ink, Versafine Black
Paper: Distress Heavy Stock
Accessories: Hero Arts stencil, A Muse yellow gems, Taylored Expressions blending brushes

22 July 2021

take me away

Finding in hard to believe that is the third week of July! We don't have a lot of plans this summer but I am loving the warm weather and trying relax as much as I can.

It was my turn to pick the theme at Seize the Birthday this week and (no surprise) I chose travel! I am craving travel these days and hoping we can fly away later this year.  The stamp I used is a retired Hero Arts stamps that I've had forever but don't think I've ever used it! (not sure why).  I looked up a topographic map online and tried to roughly mimic the colours using some Distress Oxide inks. I received this set from My Favorite Things as a gift recently and it had the perfect sentiment (although I may have to wait until next year to give this card to someone - LOL!)


Be sure to check out the blog for the terrific travel creations from Surprise Party Guest Melanie and the rest of the DT.


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

Card details:
Adventures 4¼" x 5½ "
Stamps: Hero Arts (map) and My Favorite Things (sentiment)
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks, Versafine Black, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Paper: white & kraft cardstock, watercolour paper
Accessories: Geolocation enamel embellishment, clear embossing powder

08 July 2021

fabulous frames

Wishing you a belated happy Thursday (a little late getting my post together - sorry! No good excuse).

TaeEun has picked the theme of frames for Seize the Birthday this week.  In my ongoing efforts to improve my blending, I decided to use my new Hero Arts stamp (which I was jennabled to buy by my friend Jenn Shurkus) and create an ocean themed card.  For some reason I felt like a hexagon frame would work well so I pulled out my long neglected hexagon dies. I also used them to create the edges for the sentiment panel. I think my blending is slowly improving...but some days it works and some days it doesn't.


Be sure to check out the blog for the fabulous frame creations from Surprise Party Guest Melanie and the rest of the DT.


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.
Glenda

Card details:
Happy Birthday to You -5¼" x 5¼"
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks, Versafine Black
Paper: white cardstock, Ranger Distress White Heavy Stock
Accessories: Taylored Expressions blending brushes, Trinity Stamps baubles, Lifestyle Crafts Hexagon dies 

24 June 2021

elegant embossing

Happy Thursday friends! Our theme at Seize the Birthday this week, thanks to Ashwini, is using an embossing folder. Not sure if this worked exactly as I expected exactly as I hoped... however, I used one of my favourite sets, Sketchbook Florals, from Taylored Expressions/Lori Craig and that always makes me happy.


Be sure to check out the blog for our surprise party guest, Melanie, and the rest of the team's embossed beauties. Give the some crafty love!



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

Card details:
birthday wishes
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Sketchbook Florals, Mama Elephant (sentiment)
Ink: Versafine Black, Versafine Clair Black
Paper: watercolour paper, A Muse retired Foolscap, coral and kraft card stock
Accessories: Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder, tag punch, Derwent watercolour pencils, clear embossing powder, EK Success binding edge punch, washi tape, mini paper clip

10 June 2021

naturally nautical

Wow - I feel like the months are flying by.  How did it get to be June already?!? We've had a few hot days here and hopefully there will be more soon... summer is definitely my favourite season.

My friend Lindsey has chosen a nautical theme for this week at Seize the Birthday.  I usually don't put red, white and blue together but definitely works for a this theme. Was thinking afterwards that I could have used a wavy embossing folder for the waves... oh well.  Next time.


Please welcome Melanie Hungerford as our Surprise Party Guest! Looking forward to having her join us!  Be sure to check out the blog for the rest of the team's nautical treasures.


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

Card details:
belated birthday wishes
Stamps: Paper Smooches
Ink: Versafine Black
Paper: SU! Real Red, Crumb Cake & Night of Navy, white card stock
Accessories: wood veneer cloud, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Lawn Fawn wave dies, Copic grey marker

27 May 2021

wondrous wheels

Happy Thursday crafters!  Hope you are doing well.  This week at Seize the Birthday, Shirley has given us the challenge of wheels. The possibilities are endless!  I've been trying my hand at blending... sometimes I am more successful than others. This one was successful and goes well with the water theme.


Hope you can join us this week to create some wondrous wheel creations (or just birthday of course). Head over to the blog to see what our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda and the rest of the team came up with.



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

Card details:
happy birthday - 3.5"x5.5"
Stamps: Paper Smooches (ship wheel), Avery Elle Loads of Wishes
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Oxides - Twisted Citron & Broken China
Paper: SU! shimmer (for background), white card stock
Accessories: Altenew Ribbon Waves 3D embossing folder, grommet, stitched ribbon

13 May 2021

beautiful bouquets

Happy Thursday my crafty friends... hope you are doing well.  I'm particularly excited as I'm getting vaccinated (jab #1) this weekend!  I know it's still a long road and many people around the world don't even have access yet but I'm glad things are moving forward. FYI: Unicef Canada is fundraising for equitable vaccine access.

Colleen has chosen bouquets for our theme at Seize the Birthday this week! This is not my original idea - borrowed it from my friend Sue.  I love dark purple so much but I don't seem to use it as much as I should (but it is hard to photograph).


Hope you can join us this week for some beautiful creations (or just birthday of course). Head over to the blog to see what our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda and the rest of the team came up with.


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

Card details:
happy birthday to you - 4.25" x 5.5"
Stamps: Catherine Pooler (leaves & flowers) & Lawn Fawn (sentiment)
Ink: SU! Blackberry Bliss, VersaMagic Mango Madness & Tea Leaves
Paper: white card stock, SU! Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: MFT stitched rectangle dies, Catherine Pooler dies, SU! silver mesh, twine

29 April 2021

furry friends

Happy Thursday friends! This week at Seize the Birthday we are doing furry creatures this week! Thanks to Cathy for this challenge. I confess -  I have very few furry creatures in all of my stamps.  So I pulled out a less obvious furry creature - a unicorn!  Hope that still counts. Nothing says unicorn like rainbows and glitter so I went all in!


Hope you can join us this week for some fun furry friends creations (or just birthday of course). Head over to the blog to see what our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda and the rest of the team came up with.



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

15 April 2021

stunning spring

Hope you are well! I'm very happy because the warm temperatures have finally started to arrive here - hope they stick around.  It perfectly ties in with our theme at Seize the Birthday this week - spring flowers.  Thank you TaeEun for the challenge (she always has the most amazing floral cards so this is very appropriate for her challenge!).  Grabbed an alcohol ink background for this otherwise CAS card. 


Hope you can join us this week for some spectacular spring creations (or just birthday of course). Head over to the blog to see what our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda and the rest of the team came up with.



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

Card details:
happy happy - 3.75"x 5"
Ink: Ranger alcohol inks
Paper: white card stock, SU! Old Olive & Pacific Point, Yupo paper
Accessories: Simon Says Stamps daisy & happy dies, A Muse pearls

02 April 2021

spectacular squares

Wow - how did it get to be April? Wasn't it just the beginning of March? Hard to believe that this year is flying by so quickly. Hope things are going well in your world... I'm grateful to be able to get outside with our lovely spring weather while I eagerly await getting a jab in the arm.

This week at Seize the Birthday our theme is squares, courtesy of JoAnn. I didn't get too complicated here - several squares on this card.  Went a little nerdy and used a math background - just to stick with the squares theme. Was wishing I had enamel squares, but alas, I didn't and had to go with circles.


Hope you can join us this week for some square creations (or just birthday of course). Be sure to check out the blog for the rest of the DT creations.  Also give a warm welcome to our new Surprise Party Guest, Lynda!


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

Card details:
Happy Birthday - 4"x4"
Stamps: Fun Stampers Journey - sentiment, Hero Arts - background
Ink: SU! Lucky Limeade, Hero Arts Cerulean chalk ink
Paper: black, grey and white card stock, SU! Old Olive
Accessories: Tim Holtz tiny attacher, SU! enamel dots

18 March 2021

sketchy

It was the 1 year anniversary for our 'shelter in place' this week. Wow - hard to believe! What do you do to occupy your spare time right now? I've been really good at reading, exercising and eating ... not so good at cleaning the house, yard work, or practicing languages and piano.  ;) Just grateful to be healthy, to be able to go outside, to be employed and to be able to see friends at a distance.

I got to pick the challenge for Seize the Birthday this week... so I pulled together a sketch.  Thanks Ashwini for "blogifying it"! I was inspired by this card of mine, just flipped on it's side.  This card was not at all what I initially envisioned... I like it but don't love it ... but I'm posting it anyway.  LOL!  Maybe I'll warm up to it.



Hope you are able to play along!  I always love sketch interpretations.  There are some brilliantly creative ones from our Surprise Party Guest Carol and the rest of the DT over at the blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you are staying healthy and sane (mostly anyway)!

Glenda

Card details:
Oh happy day - 6.25" x 4.25"
Stamps: Mondo Gerbera from Ellen Hutson/Julie Ebersole, Loads of Wishes from AveryElle
Inks: Versamark, VersaFine Clair in Nocturne, Distress Oxides
Paper: watercolour paper, black card stock, SU! Granny Apple
Accessories: clear drops from Studio Katia, white embossing powder, clear embossing powder, SU! embossing folder, sewing machine