Birthday Blooms is Stunning Watercolored

Do you have the same “problem” as me,  some stamp sets get used and used and yes, used again? Birthday Blooms is a stamp set I reach for again and again. Sometimes I use the large flowers, other times I use just the sentiments in the beautiful fonts. For the card below, I used both!

Later in this post, I’ll be discussing my vacation. But first I want to tell you about the card!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques. I also love to emboss. When you put them together, you have a technique called “Emboss Resist” or “Watercolor Washing.”

Below is a video I made on how to do this technique. It’s striking, isn’t it?

I first embossed the image using versamark ink and white embossing powder. I embossed on Shimmery White cardstock (my favorite for watercoloring. It shimmers, after all! Gotta love it.) I then used my AquaPainter to color in the flower.

  • Crushed Curry for the the center of the flowers
  • Watermelon Wonder for the outer flowers
  • Wild Wasabi for the leaves
  • Soft Sky for the area around the flowers

Here is a close up:

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Isn’t it a fun technique? I chose the yellow Crushed Curry ink for the center because I love the coral color that it turns into when it meets up with the red Watermelon Wonder ink.

The “For You” sentiment is embossed onto vellum with Copper embossing powder. I used vellum so it would have a soft effect and not detract from the flower. You can also see through it to the soft sky ribbon under it.

This effect is gorgeous and I hope you’ll give it a try!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

My Vacation

Last week I went on vacation and unplugged. This was huge for me and it was something I really needed. I stayed in Upstate New York, in the mountains. It was beautiful!!! Here’s a view of the Hudson River. I took the train up from Maryland, and rode alongside the Hudson for two hours. It was a treat!


While on vacation I did a lot of reading. I was lucky because the place where I stayed had a library. It was gorgeous and there were little cozy areas to read throughout the library, along with gorgeous views. I could not focus on my book, I kept gazing outside, at the beauty around me. Can you blame me?


This picture shows some flowers and just one of the gorgeous views.


I did one thing that I’ve wanted to do for months now. Since reading Henna House by Nomi Eve with my book club, I’ve been obsessed with Henna. The book talks about the history of Henna, the meaning of it, and the beauty of it. There was a Henna artist at the spa, so of course I had to book an appointment. I asked her for a meaningful design with swirls. Here’s what she did.


The Henna was the icing on the cake for me. I loved it and I was so thrilled to experience it. The artist explained that the design was for new beginnings, specifically used in India. Every time I glance down at my hand I smile and remember something wonderful about my vacation. It was a great trip and who knows, maybe I’ll make this an annual vacation?

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Shimmery White, Vellum, Soft Sky
Ink: Versmark, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi
Other: Soft Sky Ribbon, Copper Embossing Powder

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Can today really be ridiculously amazing?

Dear Friends,

Happy Monday!!  I usually start off my blog on Monday wishing you a good week. Today’s card fits that theme.

Recently, I discovered something that has helped me have brighter, happier days. You’ve probably known this for years, but I only recently discovered it. Here’s what I learned: If I have a good evening it usually carries into the next day. There are many nights after putting my kids asleep and cleaning the house (ha ha, thought I’d throw that one in for laugh) that I’m tired and stressed out. When I wake up the next morning, my mood usually carries over and it takes me a bit till my forced smile feels authentic. However, if I do nothing except relax in the last hour before bed, I seem to sleep better. I usually wake up more refreshed and happy. And my smiles are real 🙂 Guard that last hour before bed. Forget the dishes in the sink and all the “stuff” that needs to be done. Relax. You will be happy that you took the time for yourself.


To make the card above, I used a sketch from the Paper Craft Crew. I was excited to do the sketch since I thought this stamp set would be ideal for it and I hadn’t used it in a while.  (See PCCC189). It was a fun sketch and I enjoyed making the card.


I stamped the sentiment several times in various colors, then snipped out the parts I wanted for the card. Choosing the colors for the card was the hardest part. In the end, I went with a light blue background since I wanted the card to be bright and cheerful.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Amazing Birthday
Ink: Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry, and Sahara Sand
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White, and Pool Party
Accessories: Rhinestones (of course), Pool Party Ribbon, Silver Buttons, Metallic Doilies, Silver Thread

Hope your day truly is AMAZING.

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Guy Cards

I am stamping impaired when it comes to making masculine cards.  I love flowers and glitter and all things pretty.  “Guy” cards don’t typically fall under this criteria.  It is my brother’s birthday so I needed something masculine.  Morty likes to fence, workout, computers, etc.  He is not one for flowers.

Instead of using a traditional birthday stamp, I used a simple, yet elegant stamp set called Amazing Birthday (click here).


I couldn’t help but add a little ribbon . . . I think it still looks masculine — I know my dear brother will love it. (Morty, if you’re reading this, I love you!!!!  Best wishes for the happiest of birthdays.  XOXOXO).

See, it’s not hard to make a guy card —  the trick is to pick a stamp set that’s clean and simple.  I also didn’t “force” the colors.  I used a nice neutral and a medium blue and green.  By using neutrals with the other colors, the card still looks elegant (gotta have elegance . . .) but has no glitter.  Absolutely none.  (Okay, let’s not count the gold ribbon . . .)

Here’s the stamp set:

Untitled-12Tip: To make the large stamp set show more than one color, I first inked the stamp in Crumb Cake and stamped on Whisper White.  I then stamped the same stamp using Early Espresso and Island Indigo on scrap whisper white paper.  I cut the pieces out of the scrap paper and adhered to the crumb cake.

Supplies Used:

Stamp: Amazing Birthday
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Island Indigo
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Whisper White and Island Indigo
Ribbon: Crumb Cake Stitched Satin (yummy!), Very Vanilla Satin ribbon, Gold 1/8 ribbon

Good luck making your OWN masculine cards,