24 November 2022

CASE the STB DT

It's our last Seize the Birthday challenge of the year.  So hard to believe! I fell like i say this every year but this year seems to have gone by so quickly... and it's been a weird year, that's for sure!

Barbara came up with a fabulous idea for a challenge - CASE a member of the Seize the Birthday Design Team.  So if you want to play along, head over to the STB blog and scroll through the DT posts to pick something that inspires you!  

I couldn't decide on just one so I picked two!  We have such great designers on our team.  The first one was inspired by this card of Nancy's. The mottled flower was made by splashing some water on the Distress Oxide ink.

This second one was inspired by this card from Jules.


Am sad to say that Jules is departing and heading over to Color Hues Color Challenge.  While I'll miss her here, I look forward to her creations over there!

Be sure to check out the blog for all of the team's creations.  Really looking forward to the gallery for this one too!

Enjoy the rest of your 2022 and all the best for 2023.
Take care,
Glenda

Card details:
Inspired by Nancy
Stamps: PTI
Paper: white card stock
Ink: Distress Oxides
Accessories: stencil and dies from Tim Holtz

Inspired by Jules
Stamps: Trinity Stamps
Paper: white, black and blue card stock, A Muse green shimmer paper, SU! silver paper, orange scrap
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: SU! Math embossing folder, Tim Holtz drink die, SU! circle punch

10 November 2022

so many stars

It's so hard to believe that we at Seize the Birthday are on our last couple of challenges for 2022! This year seemed to fly by. First off, I'd like to welcome our new team member, Linda Snodgrass!  So great to have you joining us Linda.

This week's challenge, courtesy of Ashwini, is to use several of one thing. I made it easy on myself and used a stencil! The stencil, stamp and dies are all relatively new to my stash and courtesy of a couple of friends. 


Hope you can join us this week!  Be sure to head over to the blog to see the spectacular creations from the rest of the DT and our Surprise Party Guest, Åsa.


Always appreciate the comments!  Hope you have a terrific day and a wonderful weekend.
Thanks,
Glenda

Card details
Today is all about you
Stamps: Julie Ebersole/Ellen Hutson All About You
Paper: white and black card stock
Inks: Versafine Black, Tim Holtz Distress Oxides
Accessories: Julie Ebersole/Ellen Hutson All About You Die; star stencil

27 October 2022

wicked colours

I'm really having a hard time believing it's November next week. In the spirit of the end of October season (lol), Vicki has chosen Hallowe'en theme for us at Seize the Birthday this week. I quite love these colours together and even though I'm not really a Hallowe'en celebrator, I thought I would build a Hallowe'en-ish sentiment. A little hard to see but the card base is dark purple.


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


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

Take care,
Glenda

Card details:
Wicked Wishes - 4.25"x3.75"
Stamps: Julie Ebersole/Ellen Hutson Stay Cool & Organic Elements, Cathy Zielske Simple Sentiments 2 (wishes), A Muse Wicked
Ink: SU! Blackberry Bliss & Tangerine Tango, Versafine Black, Distress Ink Mowed Lawn
Paper: SU! Blackberry Bliss and white card stock
Accessories: Honey Bee gems

13 October 2022

fabulous faces

I have to admit that I was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to come up with something for Shirley's faces (human or animal) challenge for Seize the Birthday. Animals and people are not my strong suit! Then I remembered my new Abstract Faces dies from Tim Holtz.  I love how this turned out.  It's hard to tell the difference between the purple (card base, 'hair' and earring) and the black (face). 


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



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

Take care,
Glenda

Card details:
Have a Beautiful Birthday
Stamps: Hero Arts Let's Celebrate
Ink: SU! Blackberry Bliss
Paper: white card stock, green scrap paper, SU! Blackberry Bliss, Mango Medley and Soft Sky
Accessories: Tim Holtz Abstract Faces Dies, gems, SU! Maths embossing folder

09 October 2022

Case me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton

'Tis the season for Case me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton. I'm always thrilled when Michelle invites me back! All the details on this fun project are here.

It's always a challenge to pick a card to CASE as Michelle is so talented and I love so may of her cards. This is card I made...


The card that I CASEd is this one layer CAS beauty...


Head on over to Michelle's blog to see her creation and what card of mine she chose to CASE!


Thanks again Michelle!
To all of my Canadian friends, hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving long weekend whether you are celebrating with friends & family or just chillin'.
Glenda

Card details:
Merry Christmas - 4.25"x5.5"
Stamps: A Muse - snowflakes; PTI - sentiment
Paper: white card stock
Ink: Versafine Black, Distress Oxide Broken China, Hero Arts white ink
Accessories: clear embossing powder, gems

29 September 2022

clean & simple

Happy Thursday friends.  I hope you are well and safe.  We've had (are having) some storms here in North America on the east coast of Canada and now in the southeastern US.  Thinking of you all! Thankfully we are having a lovely fall here on the Canadian west coast... I miss summer but am grateful for the continuing warm temperatures. Our winter storms will come soon enough!

The theme at Seize the Birthday this week, courtesy of our rock star leader Nancy, is clean & simple (CAS).  It's my go-to style so am grateful that Nancy chose it.  I decided to use some new goodies that I recently received from my friend Emily (thanks so much!). It's a little bit hard to see but I used acetate for the 'glass' underneath the 'beer' die. I'm a fan of hoppy beers and I have some friends & family who are too so it won't be hard to find someone to send this to. :)


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



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

Take care,
Glenda

Card details:
Hoppy Birthday
Stamps: MFT Here's to You stamp 
Ink: Distress Ink & Versafine Black
Paper: white card stock, watercolour paper (for the beer) and SU! Cajun Craze
Accessories: black paint (for splatter), white enamel accents, Tim Holtz Happy Hour dies, acetate

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