Thursday, September 12, 2013

Seize the Birthday + Simon Says Emboss

Yesterday my son came into the office looking for a birthday card and was disappointed. I took a quick look through everything he had rejected and agreed there was nothing appropriate for teen boys in the pile.

With a very small window of opportunity, I am really kind of proud of what was created in under 10 minutes.

Have I mentioned how much I love this "happy" die from My Favorite Things? Expect to see it used over and over and over :) I cut the happy panel first, leaving enough room to add a stamp from MFT's Birthday Sentiments. I needed to use a contrasting panel between it and the kraft card base and had a couple of smaller pieces of blue cardstock on my desk. Neither was large enough for the panel I wanted, but I put them both in my woodgrain embossing folder. They are adhered with an unseen gap under the sentiment panel.


My son would have been fine with taking the card at that point, but I needed to do just a little more. After pinking edge (am I reaching, or does this look like a saw edge cutting the wood?) and wrapping a piece of knotted twine around the panel, it still met with teen boy approval.

I knew when I started this card that Simon Says . . . Emboss It this week at the Simon Says Stamp  Wednesday Challenge Blog and was pleased to discover that Anything Goes at Seize the Birthday challenge blog, so I am linking this card to both challenges.

This is my first time playing along with the Seize the Birthday challenge and there is an optional "toppings" to go "monochromatic". There is only one color plus a neutral on this card, but given the high contrast between the two I would not call it monochromatic - would you?

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Ooh Jacquie I love this! The blue and kraft, that "Happy" from MFT is a must! Thank you for sharing :)

  2. This is FAB! Love the colors and textures, and that little bit of pinking is the perfect touch. :) Thanks for joining us in the 'Emboss It!' challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  3. This is marvelous. No way for 10 minutes--really? OK, now I need those stamps and dies. This is absolutely perfect for a teen boy.

  4. Wow, fabulous card. Can't believe you made it in 10 minutes. Love the colors and the pinked edge does kind of look like a sawblade cutting the wood. :) Thanks for sharing it with us at Seize the Birthday.

  5. I think this is a fabulous take on our Monochromatic "toppings" option. I love how striking the sentiment is against the woodgrain panel. Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  6. This is a fantastic clean and simple card design and I love the textured background! Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

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  8. Can you share how you keep the lettering intact with the strip ? The die cuts around the bottom of the letters!

    1. The "happy" die cuts along the edge of the panel - you can get it here from My Favorite Things.


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