Monday, January 14, 2013


The irrepressible Queen of challenge blogs, Lesley Croghan, has created a fabulous new challenge site called Seize The Birthday.  This site is a great starting point for those of us keen to build up a stash of birthday cards.  Lesley has come up with a sketch, that will be current for two weeks, but there's a twist - in the first week, the sketch is to be used to create a feminine birthday card, and in the second week, we can use the same sketch to design a masculine birthday card.  What a great idea!

This sketch was exactly what I needed, to inspire me to get back into creating after having done very little over the Christmas/New Year period.  Here's the sketch:

I inked up, for the first time, my Pleasant Poppies stamp, and paired the stamped image with a couple of panels of Christmas paper!  I always over-purchase Christmas DSP, and don't use it all, so I was really pleased that it worked with the colours on my card.

 Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Petite Pairs
Card: Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Watercolour Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Snow Festival and Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Papers
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Real Red stampin' pads, Basic Black craft stampin' pad, Old Olive marker
Other: Clear embossing powder, blender pens, Labels Collection framelits die, Large Oval punch, Beautiful Wings embosslits, sponge daubers, Victoria Crochet trim, Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Button, stampin' dimensionals, glue dots

I'm really looking forward to trying a masculine card with this sketch, too - thanks, Lesley, for the inspiration!


  1. Gorgeous! Love this vibrant red and the Christmas papers coordinate perfectly. Stunning card. x

  2. It's even more vibrant IRL, you have done a lovely job with the image and DSP colours, it's gorgeous Christine!

  3. Such lovely rich colors. I love the music in the background! So glad to see you at Seize the Birthday!

  4. hi christine... love the vibrant red colours

    Thanks for playing along at this weeks Seize the Birthday!!
    Jen xx

  5. So rich and classy!!! Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  6. Great colour combo, Christine and a great use of the Christmas DSP.

  7. Awww, what a beautiful and lovely card!
    I was looking for some birthday cards for friends ideas and stumbled on Seize The Birthday card challenge.
    I love every entry there.

    Cheers to all!