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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Watercolored Birthday Blooms

The Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is ideal for watercoloring. The big flower looks spectacular when watercolored and it’s large enough to make the process easy. Are you comfortable with watercoloring? For some people, watercoloring is intimidating. When people tell me they’re afraid to do it, I remind them — it’s just paper! What’s the worst that can happen? I love it when my friends decide to take the leap and learn to master the technique.

Birthday Blooms Watercolored

I decided to make watercoloring the feature for this card. Not only is the flower watercolored, but the background is, too. Why not, right? When you’re already getting out the AquaPainter, you may as well keep going 🙂

The flower from Birthday Blooms was pretty easy to watercolor. I first stamped the image in Archival Gray Ink on Shimmery White paper. I fussy cut the image and colored it in using my AquaPainter.

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Watercoloring

Tips for Watercoloring:

  • For the paper, I used Shimmery White card stock. I love how this paper takes ink and water. It also has a beautiful shimmer.
  • For the background watercoloring, I first tacked the paper down using old washi tape so as it dried, it wouldn’t curl up.
  • Before adding ink to the card stock, I first brushed water onto the card stock.
  • The colors I used for the background was Night of Navy and Crumb Cake.
  • After watercoloring, the colors weren’t bold enough for me. I dried the paper using a heat tool and watercolored it a second time. This made the colors pop.

Below is a close-up of the watercoloring. Do you see the sparkle in the middle of the flower? I did it using Silver Dazzling Details. Very sparkly 🙂 But hard to see in the photo!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Watercoloring

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Techniques: Watercoloring
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Dapper Denim, Shimmery White
Other: Silver Dazzling Details, Silver Metallic Thread, Aquapainter

Happy Stamping!

Dear Friends,

Wishing you a great week. My husband took the kids to the pool so I’m relaxing a bit. While everyone’s away, I also made the card below. I turned up Pandora to some great 80’s music and the card just came together. There’s nothing like 80’s music to get you in a great mood and inspire you, is there?  It’s playing LOUDLY now (Pat Benatar’s “We Belong”).

The flower is from the Birthday Bloom’s stamp set. I stamped it in Basic Gray and watercolored it in Flirty Flamingo and then went over it again with Watermelon Wonder.

The “For You” is cut on the top right with a bit of the decorative label punch to give it a little extra interest.

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!

I have a confession about this card. I wanted to mount it onto Watermelon Wonder paper — but I’m almost out of it! Instead, I used Whisper White, cut thin strips of Watermelon Wonder and after I glued them on, I had almost the same effect as a whole piece of card stock. I decided to use some serpendipity in my design and left a little bit of the Whisper White showing on the left. I like it!  A lot 🙂

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Ink: Basic Gray, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy
Paper; Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets, Gray DSP (Basics), Shimmery White
Other: Silver Thread, Rhinestones, Decorative Punch

Have a wonderful week,

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New Video – Birthday Bouquet Card Holder

I am so excited to share my project today. If you’re like me, you have a few friends and family who don’t stamp. Shocking, I know. However, these same friends would LOVE to have handmade cards to give out. They appreciate our artwork and would buy our cards if they could.

Here’s a great way to give cards as a gift. Make a beautiful box and put coordinating cards inside. If you wanted to sell your cards, this would be a beautiful presentation, too.


The card box holds standard sized cards, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, as well as envelopes. Depending on the number of layers in your card, you could fit at a minimum 4 cards and envelopes into the box, and with fewer layers, much more.

The cards inside the box coordinate nicely with the exterior.


For dimensions and a cutting diagram, click Birthday Blooms Card Box for a pdf file.

Enjoy the video!!


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Learning and Growing

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I am a huge advocate of life-long learning.  Whether it’s cardmaking, baking, relationships, or any other aspect of our lives, if we’re not growing, we’re stagnant. To challenge myself and help develop my cardmaking skills, continual practice is the key for me. Another tool is card sketches. You’ll notice I try to do at least one a week. I do them to challenge myself and help learn new ways of doing things. The card sketch I used today was a challenge for me.

It seemed so simple, so I was surprised. Maybe it was because my mojo was gone?  For whatever reason, I struggled.  And with struggle comes learning and growth, so if you’re like me, keep at it! The more cards I make, the easier it is to make something beautiful.  The sketch I used today is from TGIF Challenges #TGIFC46.  Give it a try and send me a link to your card!

To make the card, I used an overlay of velum. Velum is under-rated, isn’t it?  It can make a huge impact on a card, softening the colors and creating fun effects. The vellum I used is from Sale-a-bration, so it was free.  Free is always good 🙂


If you look closely, you’ll see some coral and gold thread under the “dear friend banner” I unraveled some thick baker’s twine for the coral. The gold is washi tape (free again with Sale-a-bration).


I hope you’ll give sketches a try.  Let me know if you think they help you improve your card making skills.  Above all, enjoy every minute of time you have to paper craft.  After all, that’s why we do it.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Flowering Fields, Birthday Blooms
Paper: Botanical Velum, Calypso Coral, Tip Top Taupe
Markers & Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Calypso Coral, Delightful Dijon, Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Metallic Wasabi Tape, Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine, Gold Metallic Thread, Rhinestones

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Birthday Blooms

Dear Friends,

One of the fun parts of stamping is buying a set that you’ve been wanting for a while. I love the Birthday Blooms set but didn’t buy it right away. I just bought it and couldn’t wait to use it.


I’m happy to report that the stamp set is as fun as I thought it would be. I’ve already used it twice.  Once for the card below and again just for the sentiment. The sentiments in the stamp set are amazing. The combination of script and text is adorable. I know I’ll be getting my money’s worth out of this one . . .


Now do you see why it was so much fun?  To make the card, I first embossed the flower in black onto Shimmery White card stock.  The card stock was new for me, too.  I’d never used it before and it was AWESOME for watercoloring. I like it much better than watercolor paper.  It took the ink and the water very nicely.  The glitter on the left of the image is from the glimmer washi tape.  <swoon> Oh is that tape amazing.  I’m hoping it never retires.  I’ll be using it a TON.

The inspiration for the card design came from the Paper Craft Crew (PCCCS185).  Isn’t it a sweet sketch?  Love it 🙂

PCCCS-162-205-007-e1457492215226Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Polka Dot Embossing Folder (133739), Silver Baker’s Twine (132976), Glimmer Washi Tape, DoileyTools: Aqua Painter

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Hope you have a great week,