Thursday, May 13, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Make It A Bouquet!

Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, and this time Colleen's choice is Make It a Bouquet!  (Or just anything goes birthday, if you prefer.)

My bouquet is made up of Tim Holtz flowers dipped and spritzed in Distress Inks, with a bit of coloured pencil for detail.  The stencil for the background is from STAMPlorations.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous bouquets from the team, and our guest designer Loopyloo, and play along with us!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

STAMPlorations Spring Florals Kit

Did you see the fabulous Spring Coffee Kit special release from STAMPlorations last week?  Well, this week, we bring you the Spring Florals Kit There are two stamp sets (a 4x6 image set and a 3x5 quote set), two standard stencils and two mini versions.

I stamped out the flower image a few times and sloshed some colour on, then decided to cut the end sprigs off one image to use as ATCs, with the stencils as backgrounds and a quote on each.

For my card I inked and spritzed the leaf stencil and printed it onto lightweight card, which I mounted onto my card base.  I trimmed the flower garland and adhered it to the panel, along with a sentiment stamped in green.  (note to self: must use coloured inks for sentiments more often.)

The kit is 46% off full retail price, with free US/Canada shipping or $6 international shipping.  That's a huge bargain!  

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from Deepti and Monika.  For your chance to win either of the kits, leave a comment on the two main posts and the design team posts, otherwise you can buy the set here:

Spring Florals Kit

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Furry Friends

Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and our toppings theme is Furry Friends, chosen by Cathy.

I went for this cute little Anita Jeram Ice Cream mouse, with a couple of sentiments and ice cram parlour tile background all from Colorado Craft Company.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team and our surprise party guest, Loopylou.

If you don't feel like playing along using Furry Friends you can always join in with an Anything Goes birthday project.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #317

Hello, it's time for some more inspiration over at STAMPlorations, and today my inspiration was in turn inspired by Michele Ferguson's post where she made four cards from a split-4 design using my set Layered Poinsettias, proving that poinsettias aren't just for Christmas.  Actually, I've still got my Christmas poinsettia plant, which is thriving - I can't bear to throw away a healthy poinsettia.

I CASEd Michele in my post here where I used bright colours and a stamped sentiment, but this time I wanted to use blues and greens, and I also used dies for the sentiments instead of stamps.

Actually, the first card isn't one of the split-4, it's my stamping off panel for when I wanted second and third generation stamping on the split-4 sheet.  And like I say, I can't bear to throw away a healthy poinsettia ;)  

So here are the finished cards:

So I still have the last section of the panel to use.  Maybe I'll make it into a Christmas card?

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 prize code.  When you're shopping at STAMPlorations you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #316


Hello!  We've got some gorgeous inspiration for you at STAMPlorations today.  I decided to make a slimline anniversary card using Deepti's Better Together.  The tiered cake fits perfectly on a DL sized card.  I added a hint of colour with Tombow pens and a Happy Anniversary diecut from sparkly card.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my teamies have made, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off purchases by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Spring Flowers


Hello!  We've got some gorgeous spring flowers for you at Seize The Birthday.  The topping, chosen by TaeEun, is optional, so if you're not a flower person you can still play along with any birthday project.

My card is a complete CASE of Michele Ferguson's set of cards here.  Michele used my set Layered Poinsettias to create one sheet of four card toppings, and they were gobsmackingly gorgeous!  So I had to make my own set :)

I built up my masterboard in the same way Michele did.

Then chopped the sheet into four and added the Happy Birthday sentiment.

I used Distress Inks, which don't give as full coverage with solid stamps as other inks, but I like the grungy/distressy look.  Next time I'll go for an even more distressed look.

I could have chosen any of the four for my feature card, because I love them all!

Thanks for the inspiration Michele!

Now pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda of Loopyloocards.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Inspired By Cupcakes

I had to play along with the current (nearly closing) Inspired By Challenge - who isn't inspired by cupcakes???


I love these Big and Bold cupcake stamps by Colorado Craft Company.  I did a bit of no-line colouring using Ink On 3 Fadeout ink to stamp the outline, then colouring with Distress Inks, Zigs, Tombows, watercolour pencils - basically anything to add colour.  I love that the sentiment has a matching die.

I'm also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple.