Thursday, October 10, 2013

Seize the Birthday - Celebrate Your Special Day

Woo hoo, it's Thursday and time for another Seize The Birthday challenge for you. Linky badge
So this week your "Toppings" option is

to use Autumn colors.

If your not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
The choice is yours!
Be sure to stop by the Seize the Birthday blog to see what the other designers have in store for you, and join in the party by linking up your own birthday creations.

I chose the "Toppings" option and used Autumn colors for my card.  Here it is:

I am also using the sketch challenge at Just Us GirlsETA:  Woohoo, my card won Chic of the Week at Just Us Girls.    

I used SU cardstock - Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake (kraft).  The DSP is from the Mirabelle paper pad by The Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby). I love the colors in this paper.  I stamped my flowers from SU Flower Shop in SU Really Rust ink, punched them out with the coordinating Pansy Punch and then inked the edges with more Really Rust ink. (The photo does not show the true color as they are not that dark or bright, they match the paper better IRL).  I shaped the petals with my stylus, and mounted them with foam dimensionals.   I added a Crumb Cake MFT Leaf Filled Flourish under the flowers.The sentiment is from MFT LJD-Birthday Greetings, stamped in SU Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla CS and punched with SU Decorative Label punch. To make the mat, I punched 2 labels in Crumb Cake CS and cut one in half the long way, and the other one in half the short way. I trimmed the end points off the two long pieces and matted them on the back of my sentiment (photo #1) and then I trimmed the two short pieces  to layer over the others (photo #2).  I hope these photos help you understand how I used the punch to make a mat. This is mounted with foam dimensionals also.

Thanks for stopping by.  I really appreciate your comments.
Happy Stamping,



  1. I love these flowers, JoAnn! That bundle is on my list! I was waiting til Spring, but they are beautiful for Fall! Thanks for the pointers on extending the tag.

  2. Okay....I am sooooo glad you showed us how you made the mat..genius! Love your card JoAnn...glad you joined us at JUGS and so glad your my teammate! :)

    1. Thanks Nancy. Ditto on being my teammate.

  3. Gorgeous papers and just love the flowers. well done extending the tag. Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls.

  4. Awesome use of the sketch! Great card - Thanks for joining in at JUGS!!

  5. Great use of the sketch! I am loving those gorgeous flowers. Thanks for joining us this week at Just Us Girls.....hope to see you again!

  6. This is beautiful! Love those warm colors and gorgeous shaped flowers. Thanks for the info on making the mat, will definitely be using this. And, thanks for playing with us at Just Us Girls!

  7. Super CLEVER way to make the mat and those FAB orange flowers just POP off the card! LOVE it, JoAnn!

  8. nice extended tag and the fall colors linda little

  9. Beautiful! Love thewonderful fall colors and the clever way you created the mat! Fabulous job, JoAnn!


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