Seize the Birthday

Cards made for Seize the Birthday


Have a novel birthday

Have a novel birthday

When I saw that the inspiration for one of the challenges was coffee and a book I had a hard time choosing one idea, so I will be submitting to this challenge more than once. This is just the first thing that worked with the other challenges that I was working on. I think the only thing that could have made this inspiration more of a challenge for me to narrow down what to do is if you added a pet to the equation.

More candles

More candles

It seems appropriate that the first card of the new year is a birthday card. Especially since I just celebrated my birthday. I was even able to use one of my new birthday presents on this card, the amber oxide ink. I now have at least one of each color family!

Penguin birthday balloon

Penguin birthday balloon

One of my nephews is turning five on Thursday, and his party was yesterday. I made this card for him. I was going to just make this a card with the balloons and the banner to be a bit closer match to the sketch, but I really like how the penguin looks holding the balloons. I figure the sketch is really a starting point anyway and that it is always good to go with whatever happens from there, so if a penguin needs to be a part of things so be it.

Birthday balloons

Birthday balloons

I finally feel like this card really shows off one of the reasons that the oxide inks excite me so much!  It is so little, but the green balloon string that is stamped on top of the pink balloon, the fact that it doesn’t blend into the pink balloon but holds its own.  I could blend them, but they also can hold up on their own, that is just exciting (to me, and possibly only to me). read more

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