Happy Birthday (just a little late)

Roses, Washi Tape
Look what my mom brought to technique class today.  Aren’t they gorgeous?  The rose on the left is the “Queen Elizabeth,” which just happens to be my rose bush.  I think.  Whatever.  It’s named after me.  (Yes, I’m kidding.)  I do have a rose bush at my parents’ house.  I’m not sure if it’s the Queen Elizabeth, Farmer’s Wife (the other two), or another bush.  All I ever hear it called is, “your rose bush.”

Years ago, I won a rose bush as a door prize at a luncheon.  Dad planted it, nurtured it and was instrumental in causing it to product gorgeous flowers.  I did nothing – which is why it’s still alive.  And, for its own safety, Dad & Mom have kept it with them all these years.

But the coolest thing about this?  Look at that vase!  Mom wrapped a coffee drink bottle with Epic Day washi tape.  Is that too cool, or what?  And the Strawberry Slush ruffle stretch trim is perfect with the color scheme.  My mom is one clever lady!

My card for today is a birthday card for my friend Darrah.  I really tried to be on time this year.  Usually she gets her card in July at convention (her birthday is in May).  And I had a card on time this year – but I needed it as an example for class.  Still, first of June is better than late July, right?  The problem, though – when I looked for the card, it was gone!  I’m not sure if I left it at the office or if someone accidentally packed it with their things, but it’s just gone.  So this is a totally, “just for Darrah” card.  Except once I started working on it, I realized it would work for the Craft Project Central sketch challenge.

Bloom with Hope, Stampin' Up! It’s not exactly like the sketch, but I like to change things a little.  Instead of ribbon, I used Watercolor Wonder washi tape.   The flowers are from the Hostess Set, Bloom with Hope.  I stamped them with Tuxedo Black memento ink, then colored with Blendabilities.  For the flowers, I used Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight.  The colors blended beautifully!

When you color with Blendabilities, the ink bleeds through the Whisper White card stock.  I found a great idea of using that as a guide to emboss the image.  I placed the card stock “wrong side up” on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat, then used a stylus to push the flowers into the mat.  When you flip the card stock back over, the flowers are a little raised, so they have a little more dimension.   To give it just a bit more depth, I shaded around the petals with a Smoky Slate stampin’ write marker.  The demo I thought I got this idea from said, “no, not me!”  Oops!!  So if you are the one who had the idea, or you know who did, please let me know!

Instead of a trio of flowers for embellishment, I used a bow made from Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon that I colored with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight blendabilities.  I started with the lightest Pumpkin Pie at the top, then blended the dark and medium Daffodil Delight into the Pumpkin Pie.  It has a really pretty ombre look.

To see the original sketch, check the “Creating Pretty Cards” post on Craft Project Central.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.  Have a wonderful day.  (And happy belated birthday, Darrah!)

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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1 Response to Happy Birthday (just a little late)

  1. Christy Fulk says:

    I love your card, Buffy! I like how you used the washi tape in place of the ribbon. Great job!

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