Thursday, May 12, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Real or Faux Stitching

 

Hello, I've picked the theme for the latest Seize The Birthday challenge, and I've gone for Faux or Real Stitching.  



The foreground stamp is Poppy Seed Heads by Sarah Anderson for The Artistic Stamper, the stitching is Tim Holtz, the sentiment is Altenew and the background is Carabelle Studio 'Histoire de Temps'.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see how the rest of the team and our guest Lorraine have added stitching to their projects, and play along with us.  If you don't want to include stitching, you can still play along with our Anything Goes theme, as long as it's birthday.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Butterflies or Hummingbirds

 

Hello!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Butterflies or Hummingbirds.


Not much call for hummingbirds in this part of the world, but I've got plenty of butterflies.  This one is from Visible Image.  The background is a gel print, the main mask/stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  The sentiment is from Wow!

I had another similar background, so I stamped another butterfly from the set to make this blank card:


Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous butterfly and hummingbird inspiration, and play along with our theme, or with our Anything Goes.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

STAMPlorations Inspiration #366


Steppin' out in style with this card for my STAMPlorations Tuesday Inspiration post.  I used Groovy Platform Shoes, which is available in the Outlet Store if you fancy a bargain!

I stamped the image with InkOn3 Fade-Out ink, then watercoloured using Distress Inks.  I watercoloured an extra piece of card with the same colours and diecut the Birthday sentiment.

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 to the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the main store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

STAMPlorations Inspiration #365

 

Hello, we've got some more STAMPlorations Inspiration for you today.  I've used two of my sets, Big Monsters and Little Monsters to create this card.

I painted some circles with Distress Oxides then stamped the images and sentiment for a quick and easy card.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team and don't forget to comment for your chance to win a $15 prize code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off your order.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Signs of Spring

 

Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Signs of Spring, chosen by Lindsey.  How appropriate that the song 'Blackbird' by The Beatles is playing randomly in the background.


The diecuts and script stamp are Tim Holtz, can't remember whose stamps I used for the sentiment.

Check out how the rest of the team and our guest designer Deepti have interpreted the theme over on the blog, then come and join us!  If the spring theme isn't your bag, you can still play along with Anything Goes as long as it's birthday-themed.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Stripe It Up!

 

Hello!  We've got a new theme for you over at Seize The Birthday - Stripe It Up!  I love this Fluff Your Tutu stamp from Technique Junkies, and it's perfect for this challenge.

Pop along to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous stripe inspiration from the rest of the team, and from our surprise party Guest, Deepti, then play along with us.  If adding stripes isn't your thing, you can still play along with our Anything Goes theme, as long as it's birthday-related.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

STAMPlorations Inspiration #362

Hello, got some STAMPlorations Tuesday inspiration for you! 

I found this background in my stash - Distress Oxides over the Droplets stencil.  I love the feel of sponged oxides, so soft.  I turned it upside down because - well, just because.  The CUTplorations Bloomdala Bliss mandala makes a perfect doily for the sundae and macaron from Sugar Rush and the cup from Sketchy Coffee Cups.

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 to the store.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Green and White

 


Hello, we've got a new challenge for you today at Seize The Birthday - Green and White, chosen by JoAnn.

I stamped my image from a set by Stamps By Me, added some highlights with Bundled Sage and Mowed Lawn, then added a smooshy background with diluted Mowed Lawn.  Can't remember whose sentiment it is, as I made the card a few weeks ago and didn't make a note of it!

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous green and white inspiration from my teamies, and our surprise party guest, Deepti, and play along with us.  If green and white isn't your thing, you can always play along with our Anything Goes, as long as it's a birthday project.

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Ocean Creatures


Hello, and welcome to a new Seize the Birthday challenge!  It's Glenda's turn to choose the topping, and she's gone for ocean creatures.

I went for a Jane Davenport mermaid swimming happily with some Hero Arts jellyfish (rather her than me!).  The printed polka dot sentiment disc is from my stash.  The mermaid die set comes in separate parts for you to assemble, so I used brads to attach it, then left the arms and tail free so that they could be moved.


If ocean creatures aren't your thing, you can still play along with us with any birthday-themed project.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what my teamies and our surprise birthday guest, Deepti, have created, then join in the fun.  See you in the gallery!

STAMPlorations Special Release - Some Snark

Hello!  It's Day 2 of STAMPlorations special release of snarky quotes from the Queen of Snark herself, Chris Dring.  Today's set is called, appropriately enough, Some Snark.

I've used an ATC from Retro People, sloshed some colour on it and added the snarky quote, cut into strips.

This next quote cracks me up, I love its charm :)  And I'm really good at it :) :)

Again, an ATC from Retro People, a bit of colour sloshing and a stapled quote.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some fabulous inspiration from Chris and the rest of the Inspiration Team, and don't forget to leave a quote for your chance to win this fun set.  The sets are on pre-order here until 15 March.



Wednesday, March 02, 2022

STAMPlorations Special Release - Hot Mess

Hello!  We've got a special release for you at STAMPlorations over the next two days from our newest designer, Queen of Snark, Chris Dring!

Chris has come up with these two fabulous snarky sets, and today we're focusing on Hot Mess (we can all identify, right?!).  The quotes are perfect for using with the ATCs colourables.


Well, I know that feeling!!  I've used a colourable ATC from Retro Fashionistas and added a splattery background and some washi tape.

My next card uses another Retro Fashionista and the Rolls stencil.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fun creations from Chris and the Inspiration Team, and comment for your chance to win this set.  The stamps are on pre-order here until 15 March.

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Colour Hues - Cards For Ukraine

Hello!  As part of the Seize The Birthday Team, we've been invited by Colour Hues to create blue and yellow cards to show support for Ukraine during this awful time.  The national flower of Ukraine is the sunflower and, although these flowers are officially daisies, they're near enough for me.  The flowers are Altenew, the sentiment is STAMPlorations.  The background is a representation of the Ukraine national flag.

May be an image of text that says "Color Hues the color challenge #cardsforukraine #TCH #36 Please only use the Hues of these two colors but neutrals are always welcome. Have Fun." 

Pop on over to the Colour Hues blog for more support for Ukraine in the form of cards.  I'm off now to offer more support by donating clothing, bedding, towels, toiletries, sanitary items (imagine having your period and not having access to tampons etc!), baby formula and nappies (again, imagine not having formula or clean nappies for your baby!).

Let's hope peace is restored as soon as possible.

STAMPlorations Inspiration #358

 


Hello!  Got some Tuesday Inspiration for you over at STAMPlorations, pretty quick and easy.  I'd made a stripy background using Distress Inks and the Plaid Maker stencil so I put it to good use with City Girl.  I just sloshed a bit of colour on her raincoat then fussy cut her and mounted her onto the stencilled background.

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

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

STAMPlorations Inspiration #357

 

Hello, time for some Tuesday inspiration at STAMPlorations.  I've been raiding my bits and bobs stash and, inspired by @sylvievlys on instagram, I gathered together a few random items in vaguely coordinating colours, and threw 'em together!

You've got some Carved Houses, Faerie Door, Super Hero building, Fowl Play chicks, a heart from Two of Us, and a flower from Groovy Shoes.  The stamped marks are from Art Marks 2, and I doodled round the edge of the background, which was a mono print using Bloom Boldly stencil.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and if you leave a comment you're in with a chance of a $15 prize code for the store.  Don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY whenever you're shopping in the store to bag yourself 20% off.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Dichromatic


Hello, we've got a fun challenge for you this time at Seize The Birthday - Dichromatic!  Use any two colours, with the optional addition of black/white/neutral, but no metallics allowed.


If you don't want to restrict yourself to two colours, or want to add metallics, you can still play along with our Anything Goes as long as it's a birthday-themed project.

I've created a huge slice of cake using Colorado Craft Company's Big and Bold Birthday Cake, with a sentiment from Citrus Berry Cupcake.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the team and our Surprise Party Guest Vicky have created, and join in the fun!

Thursday, February 03, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Sparkle and Shine


 Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday - Sparkle and Shine, chosen by Cathy.

I used a 3D embossing folder and mirri card to get this fabulously shiny background.  I photographed it under the window, and it captured the rainbow of colours beautifully!  The beer glass is from a Tim Holtz die set.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our Surprise Party Guest, Vicki aka Crafting Clare, and play along with us.  If you don't want to include sparkle and shine, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

STAMPlorations Inspiration #354


Hello, time for some more Tuesday Inspiration at STAMPlorations.  I've been rummaging through my bits and bobs stash and found this flower, which was a leftover from my playdate with Michele here where we both used Layered Citrus in a non-citrusy way. You can see this flower at the end of that post.  I simply fussy cut it to use on this card.

I mounted it onto a smooshed inky background, and added a sentiment from Party Time.

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 to the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you can bag yourself 20% off your order by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Embossing


Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday - Embossing, chosen by Barbara.

I went with dry embossing, using a Tim Holtz embossing folder and adding a Tim Holtz typewriter.  The sentiment is from STAMPlorations.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for a peep at some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and our Surprise Party Guest, Vicki aka Crafting Clare, and join in with us.  If embossing isn't your thing, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

STAMPlorations Inspiration #352


Hello, it's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a fun card for you using an image from my set Little Monsters and a coordinating sentiment from my set Big Monsters.  The background is made using shapes from Art Marks 2.

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 to the store.  Whenever you're shopping there you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

STAMPlorations Inspiration #351


It's Inspiration time at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a masculine cupcake card for you.  (Need to build up my stash of masculine cards!)

I used the Cupcake Builder #1 die set to create my cupcake, adding shading and highlights, then adhered it to a background panel made using the ARTplorations Plaid Maker stencil.  The sentiment is stamped with Happy Birthday.

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 to spend in the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Seize The Birthday - Blue and Grey

 

Hello, and Happy New Year from the Seize The Birthday challenge!  We're starting off 2022 with a colour challenge chosen by Colleen - Blue and Grey.  This is a great colour scheme for a masculine card.

I used Anita Jeram Conga Line stamp and die to get the party started.  I followed the markings on the packet, but just used Hickory Smoke.  The hats were coloured with Prize Ribbon, and highlights and patterns added with a white Posca paint pen.  The garland is from The Greetery and cut from silver glitter paper.

Pop on over to the Seize the Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our Surprise Party Guest, Vicki aka Crafting Clare, then play along with us.  If blue and grey don't float your boat, you can always play along with any birthday-themed project.