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Birthday Blooms two ways


Birthday Blooms SU May16 (6)

Hi blog friends!

I am a little taken with the new-ish “Birthday Blooms” stamp set in the recent SU! catty. It is a super versatile little stamp set with a gorgeous flower that I have played with quite a bit lately! I actually think I bought this by mistake … but have definitely had fun with it.

So … I have done 2 identical cards using 2 different techniques.

Birthday Blooms SU May16 (1)

One is coloured with Copic markers and the other is done using watercolour paints.

Birthday Blooms SU May16 (2)

The Copic sample is stamped with black momento ink and finished with some pretty Clear Wink of Stella glitter.

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For the second card … the image is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder onto SU! shimmer white cardstock. I made sure the card was quite wet to allow the paint to flow into each section of the flower. I also did a bit of a wash around the flower. I have added some Wink of Stella to this one too.

Birthday Blooms SU May16 (3)

Now … I was kinda desperate to play along with a challenge. It has been probably close to 2 years since I have done one. (It would be interesting to check back and see!) I do know that this is a bit of a stretch … but I thought the vellum scallop circlet sort of followed the latest Just Add Ink challenge wreath element???? A bit subjective … but I thought I would enter it for a little fun, anyway … cos that is what challenges are about — a bit of fun!! 😀

So … I think my favourite of the two is the soft, feminine watercoloured card … but the Copic card is also quite eye-catching and pretty too!

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Hope you are having a great day. Poor Shane is having a bit of drama today after ‘spraining’ his ankle at soccer just over a week ago. It seems now that the original X-rays were ‘crap’ … and what was diagnosed at the hospital as a sprain seems now to be a couple of fractures, bone fragments and a possible dislocation requiring surgery. He has been at the hospital (the one where he works this time) for most of the afternoon and evening today. Let’s hope he gets a proper diagnosis this time and the proper treatment, too! Hugs xxx


Added 12 Jul: Well … I did check back … and I have done 2 random challenges this year … but apart from those 2 I haven’t done any since October 2014. It has been a while since I have done regular challenges … that’s for sure! 😀


22 thoughts on “Birthday Blooms two ways

  1. Both versions are gorgeous!


  2. Oh so pretty and oh so STUNNING!!!!
    For want and sake of repetition……..your colouring is breathtaking.
    Awesome job darl ooxx


  3. Andrea, these cards are beautiful, and I can see how you were inspired by our pic at Just Add Ink. The vellum one is my favourite, too. Nice to see you “back”! Thanks for playing along with our challenge this week. 🙂


  4. Your cards are just beautiful! I love how you have created two very different looks with the same images. I’m not sure which one I prefer they are both so pretty!


    • Thanks so much Em for taking the time to pop by my blog to encourage. I hope to return the favour asap. I love the name of your blog!! Hugs Andrea (EnchantINK) xx


  5. These are both gorgeous.
    I have been tempted to get this set, but so far I haven’t! I have so many flowers!
    Hope Shane is back on track soon.


    • Thanks, Vicki, for your lovely thoughts for Shane. He is doing ok … but still to see the specialist to confirm whether surgery is needed or not. Hugs xxx
      PS I have far too many flower stamps too! ☺

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  6. Oh wow! These are both stunning Andrea. Loving the soft colours and pretty details and your colouring is awesome.
    Lovely to see you pop up at Just Add Ink.


  7. Both cards are stunning – I really like the soft coloured one – it’s just so delicate and pretty. I really like how you have decorated the edge of the scallops on both of the cards. Chantell JAI


  8. I can definitely see the JAI inspiration pic layout in your cards, Andrea. Both are so very pretty. I espeically love the softness of your watercoloured version. Glad you played along with us at Just Add Ink. Hope to see you again soon.
    Di 🙂


  9. They are both gorgeous cards! I certainly can’t decide which is my favourite. Thanks for sharing them with us at Just Add Ink.


  10. Andrea, both of your cards are just beautiful. I love the soft pinks and greens, and the vellum just adds to that softness….which I think indicates my favourite…lol. It’s been a long time….so glad to see your lovely creations again. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week. x


    • Hi! Thanks for your sweet comment … and I think most have agreed that the soft watercolour one was the prettiest. It has been awhile … but I hope to be back soon. Hugs xx


  11. I like them both– both are very feminine but with a different look. Great presentation. Hugs and smiles, Reva