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Hooray, it's another Seize the Birthday Thursday! Our optional topping for this latest challenge is STRIPES. We are happy to see any birthday card in our link-up, but perhaps using stripes will give you an extra boost of inspiration! 
As I was considering how I wanted to use stripes, a nautical theme popped into my head - and, as I discovered, into my teammate Sandy's brain, as well. Here's my version:


I have two nautical stamp sets, and for this card, the one from Neat & Tangled won out. The sailboat is stamped, embossed and watercoloured. The sentiment and anchor are also heat-embossed, this time on vellum, to go with the *canvas* in the frame. The vellum allows the sailboat to pop a little more against the striped panel. Although it is not a birthday-specific sentiment, I will definitely have this in my stash as a masculine birthday card. Especially since I've already added a birthday sentiment to the inside. ;) 
Be sure to check out the lovely creations on the challenge site by my fellow design team members, and our surprise party guest, Trina! I hope you'll join us. 

Supplies: Stampin' Up basic black & naturals white cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, vellum, Authentique Anchored paper pad, Neat & Tangled Sailmates stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Rogers clear embossing powder, Paper Smooches Frame 4 die, black fun foam, foam tape  

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Bashful Blogging by Lindsey - 1w ago

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone survived Friday the 13th. Edna does look a little pale, but that is because she is promoting our newest Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge, C is for Colouring! (Also known as coloring...) Pencils, markers, paints, if you can colour it, we want to see your creation! Here is mine: 


I recently treated myself to the matching dies for two of my hipster stamps, so wanted to play! The dies cut him in his entirety, just his face, and his glasses and tie. I watercoloured him, cut his tie from patterned paper, and his glasses from some matte black cardstock. I highlighted him with a black cardstock circle, and added a little burlap stamping in the background to go with his... goatiness. 
Grab your favourite colouring media and join us! 

Supplies: white, black & Stampin' Up naturals ivory cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Hipster & Unity Bit of Burlap stamps, MFT extreme black & Papertrey Ink fine linen cardstock, Zig watercolour markers, Sizzix/Tim Holtz Hipster & Lil' Inkers stitched rectangle dies, glue dots
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It's time for another Seize the Birthday Thursday! We had a terrific turnout for our last Anything Goes challenge. 


This week our optional topping is SEQUINS! You don't have to put sequins on your birthday card to enter, but they can add a fun bit of bling to a card. Here's mine: 


This card is inspired by our challenge leader, Nancy! A few days ago for The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, Nancy posted this card, which reminded me of this stamp that I chose to use. I watercoloured the roses and leaves with Zig markers, then used a pale blue watercolour pencil to outline the image. The blue panel is stamped with a rose background stamp in a shimmery blue ink, which I also used for the sentiment. 


This just happens to be red, white and blue! (with a small helping of green...) So I'm entering this in the Monday AND Wednesday Simon Says Stamp challenges, Red, White, and/or Blue. 
Be sure to check out the sequinned creations of the rest of the Seize the Birthday team, and our newest surprise party guest, Trina! I hope you'll join us with your own birthday card creation. 


Supplies: white & light & royal blue cardstock, Ranger/Tim Holtz distress watercolour cardstock, Great Impressions Rose Trio & Inkadinkado Happy Birthday stamps, Versafine onyx black & Brilliance pearlescent sky blue inks, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig markers, Derwent sky blue watercolour pencil, Spellbinders circle & Nellie's Multidies rectangle dies, Little Things from Lucy's cards sparkling rainbow sequins,  fun foam
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The end of June and the very final day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge! This is the second time I've managed to play along every day with one of these challenges, and the second time I've thought at the end, nope, not doing that again. :D The pressure is all self-imposed, of course, but pressure all the same. Especially if I play along with a group of friends. However! I now have a stack of pretty cards finished, I do think my Copic colouring has improved a bit (more on THAT in a minute), and it's been fun to colour my friends' images and see what they do with mine as well as the others. 
Enough blather, here's my card! 


When I initially finished colouring these flowers, they almost went directly into recycling. And wouldn't that just figure, a major fail on the very last day! But they were over-coloured and blotchy. Since I didn't like them anyway, I decided to experiment. 
Did you see this post by Ardyth for Day 28? Such a pretty effect! I couldn't try it, though, since I have no reinkers, no colourless blending solution, and my flowers from Tracey were already die cut. BUT! I do have rubbing alcohol! :P That's got to be almost the same, right? So I poured a little over my flowers... and it smoothed the blotches and made them almost glow. Yay! The colour is still quite saturated, but they look so much better. (And no, there is no photographic evidence of them from before. I was too mad at them and me.) Against the dry-embossed black panel, with the white accents, they really pop. I was also able to use one of the sentiments Tracey had stamped with the flowers... there was just enough room to cut the sentiment out on the diagonal and then layer the black on top. This may now be one of my favourites from the month. I'm even going to display it in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. ;) 
Thanks to Kathy for the challenge, and to my #30dayfriends for the images and friendship! 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Papertrey Ink Vintage Linens stamps & dies, Versafine onyx black & Memento tuxedo black inks, Copic markers, rubbing alcohol (!), Darice diagonal stripe embossing folder, Paper Smooches Foliage 2 die

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Poor Edna. She's feeling her age this week, and so the new Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge is O is for Over the Hill. You may choose to take this literally, and add an actual paper hill to your creation, or take it more figuratively, as I did: 


I've been itching to use these Tim Holtz Paper Doll images since I bought them a few months ago, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. This particular gentleman seemed to fit the "over the hill" criterion quite nicely. I wasn't quite sure how to deal with the fact he's obviously sitting down, but when I discovered he fit perfectly on this patterned paper bicycle, it all went together really quickly. This paper is great, too, with its built in gloss elements, that I've tried to show a little better below: 


It's always a good idea to have a snarky age-related birthday card in your stash, so why not join us? For more inspiration, be sure to check out the creations of my sisters in snark, as well as this week's Queen of Snark and Guest Designer, Lorraine

Supplies: white & black cardstock, DCWV Timeless Type patterned paper, Paper Issues/Snarky Stamps Ahhh Birthday stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Tim Holtz/Idea-ology Ancestors Paper Dolls, Winnie & Walter Katharine cutaway die

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It's the penultimate day of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, and it's my turn to share the image to colour! You have to feel for my #30dayfriends, since I picked stuff that I thought would challenge me, too, so they're stuck with my choices. :P Here's what I did with today's selection: 


I thought this was a great image for the second-last day, as it doesn't ask for hours of colouring. I'm not thrilled with my reading girl's hair, but found the small size extra-challenging. After colouring, I added some shimmer to the large balloon and hearts with a Wink of Stella marker, and some dimension to the background balloons with some Nuvo Drops. I picked my patterned paper mostly because it looked a little bit bookish. :D 
I'm going to add this to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge. 

Supplies: white & black cardstock, Prima Introspection patterned paper, Pinkfresh Studio Late Nights stamps, Versafine onyx black ink, Ranger clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker, sea breeze Tonic Nuvo jewel drops

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Day 28. Almost all the way through Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge. Today our little colouring group has some beautiful floral images from Ardyth. She even gave us a choice of using alcohol markers or watercolours! 


I really enjoyed colouring these with my Zig markers; it took some time but was fun to do. Except when I realized that some of the flowers have four petals... but a few seem to have five. Does not make the botany corner of my brain pleased. Consequently I may have sneakily coloured as leaves what are probably supposed to be petals. :D I don't think I've turned any of our colouring tasks into thank you cards yet, so found a sentiment that seemed to suit the image as well as the open space. Using a grey card base meant I didn't have to worry about matching the not-quite white of the bristol panel. 
Last week of the month, so Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday challenge is Anything Goes — and so goes this card. ;) 
TWO MORE DAYS! 



Supplies: Memory Box grey card base, bristol, Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Flowers, Versafine onyx black ink, Hero Arts white satin pearl embossing powder, Zig markers, Creative Memories corner-rounding punch

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My second post today!
For Muse: ChristmasVisions,
please click here.


For Day 27 of Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge, Tasha sent us some beautiful butterflies to colour! 


I wanted jewel-like tones for my butterfly so even though it meant fussy-cutting it, I used the silver pearl-embossed butterfly on watercolour paper with Twinkling H2Os, instead of the die cut cardstock ones. After I painted him, I had to figure out what to do with him. When in doubt, ink smoosh (or in this case, paint smoosh, I guess) with the same colours for the background. 

Supplies: American Crafts textured purple cardstock, Canson watercolour paper, Altenew Bejewelled Lady stamp & die, Memory Box birthday sentiment stamp, Versamark & Brilliance Starlite black inks, Ranger clear & silver pearl embossing powder, Twinkling H2Os, MFT diagonal stitched rectangle die, Pretty Pink Posh sequins, foam tape

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When one is part of a Christmas card challenge, one makes Christmas cards all year. And if, like me, you like to send family and friends Christmas cards you've made (in December, not now, obviously), this is a good thing! However, also like me, you may find yourself less motivated to be jolly, by golly in summer than in say, November. So let me show you my current inspiration card for Muse: ChristmasVisions, and then give you my soon-to-be patented tips for making Christmas cards when the festive season is far from your mind...



  1. Save the red and green for later. It doesn't feel quite so Christmasy when using blues, as I did here, or even less-traditional colours. 
  2. Head to your favourite places for some extra inspiration. I went to my Christmas board on Pinterest, and just for fun, scrolled right to the bottom of my pins, where I found this card posted way back in 2012. (I guess this means, if you decide to be inspired by my card, you will be CASEing a CASE. I think that's allowed. :D) 
  3. This is a good time of year to make more time-consuming cards - try some techniques, do things that may require drying time, etc. There's not always the luxury of that time commitment closer to December. Obviously I didn't do that here, and that's okay too. :) 
  4. You might even, like me, choose to go with a seasonal but not in-your-face sentiment, as I did here. 
  5. Anything you like to do that *finishes* your card, do it now! Because when you come to use it in a few months, you will be thrilled that it is ready for use. With Christmas cards, I almost always put an inside sentiment and some small decoration on the envelope, so did these things, too. 
Now you too can make summertime Christmas cards without suddenly craving eggnog and your favourite carols. You're welcome! :P 

Supplies: Bienfang bristol, Echo Park Winter Wishes patterned paper, Technique Tuesday Jingle All the Way stamp, Altenew Sapphire & tumbled glass distress inks, Paper Smooches Borders 1, Nellie's Multi Frames rectangle & Winnie & Walter Katharine Cutaway dies, foam tape

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We are really counting down the days left in Kathy Racoosin's The Daily Marker 30 Day colouring challenge now! Today Emily has provided us with some cute images that were fun to put together into a scene.



I love that the passengers and various accessories are separate from the tandem bike, rather than all one big image. So many possibilities! (A great "missing you" card if you left one seat empty, for instance...) But I wanted two cyclists as well as the bunny and the balloon — his ears and the trailing balloon help suggest speed, I think. So of course they had to be going down a hill. Why the hill is yellow grid paper, I'm not so sure. :P I didn't want the sky to detract from the main image, and a white background was too stark, so I used my stippling brush to lightly colour the sky with a couple of distress ink blues. Then I fit everybody together (Hey! Where are the helmets?) and added a little sentiment that would keep this card multi-occasion. 

Supplies: white cardstock, October Afternoons All Aboard patterned paper, Neat & Tangled Ride with Me stamps & dies, The Angel Company sentiment stamp, Memento tuxedo black ink, tumbled glass & broken china distress inks, Copic & Spectrum Noir markers, Lil' Inkers stitched sentiment flag & Winnie & Walter Katharine Cutaway dies, foam tape 

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