Seize the Birthday #11 (Masculine)

I can’t believe it’s April already! I’m just popping in to share my card for the latest sketch challenge at Seize the Birthday! This week, the challenge is to create a card with the same sketch from last week, but to make a masculine birthday card.
Here’s my entry, featuring “Cowboy Josh” by Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps, and a typed sentiment by me:
Other supplies: patterned paper (“Baby Jane” mini pad – Cosmo Cricket; “Acorn Hollow” mini pad – Little Yellow Bicycle), star die (“Whatnots Die Celebrate Set” – Your Next Stamp), assorted Copic markers, ink (Espresso Truffle, Rich Cocoa, Toffee Crunch – Tsukineko Memento), edge distresser (Heidi Swapp), silver pigment ink, clear embossing powder, silver gel pen, twine (Trendy Twine), kraft cardstock.
And here’s the sketch that inspired my card:

For all the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, please visit “Seize the Birthday“!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Seize the Birthday #11

Hi, everybody! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
I’ve been trying to get a jump on my Design Team assignments for the upcoming week, but I couldn’t resist playing along with this week’s Seize the Birthday challenge! 
I’m so happy that I got to guest design last week for the masculine challenge! Thanks so much to Lesley and the fabulous ladies on the DT for making me feel welcome! (You can check out my card for the last challenge HERE.)

If you haven’t had a chance to play along with Seize the Birthday, you should! You get to increase your stash of birthday cards for guys and gals, and you’ll have fun, too!

This week’s sketch is for a feminine card, so I paired some soft papers from My Mind’s Eye with this cute little monkey from C.C. Designs, and made:
Supplies: patterned paper (“Nostalgia” mini pad – My Mind’s Eye), image stamp (“Birthday Monkey” – C.C. Designs), sentiment stamp (“Fun Foodies Set” – Your Next Stamp), Copic markers, corner rounder, button, foam tape, kraft cardstock, twine (“Tickled with Teal” – Trendy Twine/Annie’s Paper Boutique), ink (“Espresso Truffle”, “Tuxedo Black” – Memento/Tsukineko.
Here’s the sketch for this challenge:

You’ll find all the details to link up your entry for this challenge at Seize the Birthday, along with the DT’s fabulous creations!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’m a party guest at "Seize the Birthday"!!

Hi, everybody! I’m pleased as punch to let you know that I’m guest designing this week at Seize the Birthday!

You’ve probably noticed my cards for their challenges, since I’ve been playing along with them for several weeks and was so thrilled when Lesley asked me to guest for this week’s sketch…of course, I said YES!

If you’ve never played along with “Seize the Birthday” before, here’s the scoop:

  • Seize the Birthday is a weekly challenge blog that helps you get birthday cards done for both him AND her! Every month, there are two sketches for you to try, but with a twist! 
  • Each sketch is used twice…on the first week, the challenge is to use the sketch to make a feminine birthday card. During the second week, the same sketch is used, but for a masculine birthday card!
  • You can make a birthday card, invitation, tag, gift bag, or whatever else you might need for that special someone’s upcoming birthday!

So, this week, we’re making a masculine card, and here’s what I made:

Supplies: patterned paper (“Endless/Fair Weather” mini pad – Authentique), image stamp (“Tobie and his Puppy” – Some Odd Girl), sentiment stamp (“Sentiment Sampler” – Paper Smooches), Copic markers, ink (Brilliance Graphite Black, Memento Espresso Truffle).
and here’s the sketch:
For the complete set of rules and guidelines for this challenge, to check out what the fabulously talented Design Team have created this week, and to link your entry, just visit Seize the Birthday! The deadline for this challenge is Tuesday, March 19 at noon Pacific Time.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Seize the Birthday #9

Hi, everybody! Just stopping by this evening to share my card for the current Seize the Birthday challenge!
The sketch will be the same next week, but the challenge will be to make a masculine card.
So, here’s my girly birthday card, featuring The Greeting Farm’s “Anya Styles“, some paper from Basic Grey, and sentiments from C.C. Designs and Taylored Expressions:
Supplies: patterned paper (Basic Grey Konnichiwa), image stamp (“Anya Styles” – The Greeting Farm), sentiment stamps (“Magical Wishes Sentiments” – C.C. Designs, “Moka Taylor” – Taylored Expressions), card stock (Stampin’ UP!), Copic markers, Memento Espresso Truffle ink, VersaMark watermark ink, white embossing powder, white marker, sewing machine.
Here’s the sketch that inspired my card:
 For all the details on this challenge, please visit Seize the Birthday‘s blog! 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Seize the Birthday #8 and some updates!

Happy Friday, everybody! 

What’s new in your crafting world? It has been a more relaxed week for me deadline-wise, so I thought I’d pop in with my card for the masculine side of the newest Seize the Birthday Challenge!
supplies: image stamp (“Birthday Josh” – Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps), sentiment stamp (“Word Salad” set – Paper Smooches), patterned papers (“Note to Self” – Echo Park), Spellbinders Labels One, sewing machine, Copic markers, Ranger Glossy Accents, gold metallic gel pen.
Here’s the sketch for this challenge (It’s the same as last week, except this week’s challenge is to make a masculine card!):
For all the details on this challenge (and to link up your entry), visit Seize the Birthday!

So, what else is going on? Here are a few things you might like to know:

There’s a new crop of stamps being previewed this week at The Greeting Farm! Be sure to stop by the TGF blog to find out how YOU can win some of the newest and freshest stamps on the Farm!
There’s a new Fun Friday challenge starting tomorrow at Your Next Stamp! Stop by the YNS blog for all of the details!
The Drunken Stampers will be back on Saturday with a new challenge…my team isn’t posting this week, but I hope you’ll stop by to check out what the “Bahama Mamas” team members are sharing with you!
I’ll have a new card for Christmas Card Challenges on Sunday, and I hope you’ll stop by!
Next week will be chock full of stamping fun…lots of crafty goodness from The Greeting Farm, Your Next Stamp, and a new release blog hop with Whimsy and Stars Studio
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Seize the Birthday #7

Hi, everybody! Just stopping in today to share my card for the current Seize the Birthday challenge! This week’s card is for the girls! I chose The Greeting Farm’s “Anya Lifts” for today’s card:
I love coloring the balloons! I added Glossy Accents to the balloons after I colored them to make them stand out a little more. The papers I used are from Lawn Fawn’s first mini pad (which may be retired, since I couldn’t find it on their site to link for you).
Here’s the sketch for this challenge, which will also be the sketch for challenge #8, but for a masculine card. I’ll share that card with you later this week!
In related “happy news”…both of my cards for the last Seize the Birthday challenges were picked for “Birthday Honours”!

You can see them at their original posts HERE and HERE!

Things are going fine with our move so far. We are staying with a friend until our house is ready, so it’s nice that the road tripping is done for now…in about a month or so, we’ll be in the new house, and I’ll finally be able to settle in and start fixing up my craft room!
Thanks for all the happy wishes as we’ve made what we hope is our final cross-country move. It was a wild week of long days, bad weather, but we made it to the Washington, D.C. area and have started to figure out where things are. We’ll be moving to northern Virginia once our house is ready…I am beyond excited!
Thanks for stopping by today!
For all the details on this challenge, please visit the Seize the Birthday blog!

Seize the Birthday #6 – Masculine

Howdy, everybody! I’m blogging from the road today as we’re starting our road trip for (what I hope is our final) cross-country move. Before I get to my card post, I just wanted to update you on things happening in my personal life.

After close to 9 years of being an Army Wife and moving from Louisiana (where I’m from) to northern New York to Georgia to Washington and now to northern Virginia, I’m SO ready to settle in and finally have a crafty space all to myself! Scott recently departed the Army after 16 years of service, and we’re relocating so he can start his civilian job.

The hardest part of every move has been that I’ve had to say goodbye to friends I’ve made. It’s especially hard this time, because I got to know so many super-cool and creative ladies while I’ve been here. It’s not so much a goodbye this time as it is a “see you later”…but that doesn’t make it any easier!

Anyway, *sniff* on to my post for today…the masculine half of the sketch over at “Seize the Birthday“!

Here’s my card! I used one of my favorite guy images, “Turntable Josh” by Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps:

Other supplies: patterned paper (orange houndstooth – My Mind’s Eye “Fly a Kite” mini pad; polka dot and solid papers – Authentique “Endless/Fair Weather” mini pad.) sentiment stamps (Paper Smooches – “Sentiment Sampler” and “Word Salad“), Copic markers, twine (“Twisted Teal” – Trendy Twine), watermark ink, white embossing powder, Brilliance Graphite Black ink, Spellbinders circle die.

And here’s the sketch:

My card for last week’s “Seize the Birthday” was one of the cards picked to receive “Birthday Honours”!
It’s the same sketch as the one featured this week, but with a feminine touch:
This challenge runs until Tuesday, February 19th at noon Pacific Time. You can find all of the details at the “Seize the Birthday” blog!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you haven’t hopped along with The Greeting Farm yet, make sure to stop by each blog and leave comments….you could win all four new stamp and die sets!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new Christmas Card Challenge! See you then!

Seize the Birthday and Whimsy & Stars Studio Cards on Monday!

Hey, it’s Monday! Today I’d like to share some cards with you to hopefully brighten your day!

The first is a card that I’m sharing as one of my regularly scheduled posts for Whimsy & Stars Studio! I’ll have another Spring-themed card to share two weeks from today!

The digi featured on this card is “Cup of Kindness” and can be found at the Whimsy & Stars Studio etsy store, along with Mabelle’s February digi releases, “Birthday Ladybug” and “You Are A Star.”

I hope you enjoyed checking out the projects that my fellow Whimsy & Stars Studio DT members shared during our monthly blog hop on the 5th!

If you didn’t get a chance to hop with us, no worries! We feature the new digis at Whimsy & Stars Studio on the 5th of every month. I hope you’ll be able to join us for the next hop! And, don’t forget to stop by the Whimsy & Stars Studio store to check out all the super cute Spring-themed digis that Mabelle has for sale!

My second card for today is for the current Seize the Birthday challenge. Here’s my card:

The main image and sentiment are from “Birthday Owl” designed by 2 Cute Ink, which can be found at Lil’ Inker Designs. And here’s the sketch:

It’s the first time I’ve had the chance to play along with this challenge, and I’m looking forward to joining the challenge again next week to make a masculine birthday card with the sketch! For all the details on this challenge, just visit the Seize the Birthday blog!

Hope you have a wonderful week! I’ll be back tomorrow with a new Double Take Tuesday challenge at The Greeting Farm!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!