Thursday, August 19, 2021

Seize the Birthday #219 - Fun Announcement!


Today is a special post for me.  My followers know that Seize the Birthday is one of my favorite challenges as one can never have too many birthday cards.  I particularly love that their prompts push me to think outside of the box and try new things.  Well today I'm very happy to announce that I am now part of their fabulous design team!

My first prompt as a designer happens to be something I know a little bit about....By the Sea.  I am not an avid beach goer but living only ten minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, I definitely have lots of beach themed card supplies.

And you'll see from my supply list below that I put a lot of them to use on this card.  

Starting with the background, I applied Distress Oxide inks onto a white card panel starting in the right bottom corner for the beach and then extending out light to dark for the ocean.  I immediately applied a layer of sand embossing powder to the beach to create a nice realistic texture.  Using small beads of liquid glue I adhered mica flakes to the shore followed by tiny dots of white gloss drops.   I added water droplets to the ocean and then applied a thin coat of Distress Glaze to bring out the color.  The sentiment was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossing in clear.  I die cut and assembled the crab which I adhered along the shore.  The front panel of the card was embossed with a 3D embossing folder to give it a bit of texture.  I gave the crab a shell to hold but what you can't see from the photo are the tiny little pearls I added along the shoreline.  Given that I've been very bad about sending out birthday cards lately this card will definitely come in handy.

I invite you to visit the blog and hope to see your creations in our gallery.  Sea themed cards are appreciated however any birthday card qualifies.  Thanks so much to Nancy and her team for having me!

Simon Says Stamp - Picture Book Crab die
Hero Arts - Sand embossing powder
MFT - Just Beclaws stamp set
Altenew - Organic Linen embossing folder
Distress - Mica Flakes
Distress Glaze
Tonic Nuvo Drops - gloss white
Miscellaneous pearls/shell sequin

Continue to stay safe and healthy my friends.   _____________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for visiting my little crevice of the crafty blogosphere.  Your time, comments and friendship are much appreciated.  

Happy Crafting!



  1. Gorgeous card - congrats on the DT appointment. xx Lynda/Loopyloo

  2. Welcome and so glad to have you join us. I got a smile from your sentiment and the scene that you created for this theme is awesome.

  3. Congratulations, Julie! I LOve your crab, and it looks like they really know how to pick 'em! CRAB ... pick 'em. Is this thing on??
    You really nailed that beach, my friend!

  4. This is so cute. Love your crab. Glad to have you joining us. Have a great weekend.

  5. So happy to have you joining us, Jules! I think you are going to be a huge asset to the team and I hope you enjoy it too. As for your first card, You know I love making beach scenes and yours is just fabulous. I love the way you made the shoreline. Very creative. I actually could see the shell in the crabs claw right away! Have a great weekend!

  6. WELCOME! Totally love the fun lobster on this fabulous beach card

  7. Love your crabby card, Jules, and love, love, love that you have joined the Team at STB!! Congratulations! They are so lucky to have you! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Congrats Julie! They're lucky to have you:) Very cute card!

  9. Yay!! Welcome to the team, Jules!! And what a fantastic card for your debut!! So many gorgeous textures (I'm a fan of textures) and so many little details on this one- I'm sure the receiver would be overjoyed with this card!

  10. I love how you made the sand and the sea foam look so realistic! The details on your card is amazing! And the crab holding the little seashell is so cute :) ! Welcome to the team, Jules!!!

  11. Hi Jules, welcome to the team :) Love the seaside scene you've created, the sand and waves look amazing. Brilliant idea to use mica flakes at the shores edge and the sand embossing is so realistic, I kept enlarging the card to look at it lol! Cathy x

  12. Welcome to the team, Jules! So glad to have you with us at STB! Your card is amazing, I love all the extra's you added to make it so realistic like the mica pieces, sand embossing powder (that is new to me!) and all the glazes and eater droplets to make it realistic! You made a fabulous card!

  13. Welcome!!! So great to have you. This is a fabulous card - I love how you did the sand and the crab is so adorable.