Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Flowery Set of Cards - +Prizes+

I want to say a BIG woohooo to all of the fine folks who've been playing along in my birthday bash linkup and who wished me a happy birthday here or on facebook! I can't seem to wipe the smile off my face! You all ROCK! And a >>GIANT<< shoutout to my latest bloggy followers - you've made my day!

If you haven't played along - don't worry! There's still 10 days to link up for your chance to win one of 7 - Yes SEVEN! - prizes that I'm giving away.

Today I'm going to be sharing with you a set of cards that I made using my Birthday Bash Linkup Moodboard. Haven't heard of it? Well here it is:

In order to win one of the prizes, I'm asking you artists to link up a card that's inspired by one of my favorite things.

Let me break it on down for you. Here are a few 
of my favorite things:
>Purple and teal color combos
>Watercolor washes
>Fun, bright, eclectic clean and simple cards 
>Polka Dots
>PUNS!! :)
>Distressed, vintage cards full of texture

...You can use one, two, all of these things... 
Whatever inspires you!

Today, my cards are inspired by the purple and teal color scheme with a little bit of watercoloring thrown in.

Last month, I got a new stamp set to play with - Blooming Buds by Dee's Artsy Impressions for STAMPlorations. I LOVE this set and I sort of got carried away when I busted it out because I couldn't stop making cards!

I started by stamping a big flower. Did you know that you can achieve a watercolor effect with gelatos? It's easy! Start by scribbling some gelatos onto your image:

Then - just add water! I used a water pen and blended. Since I was goign for an artsy feel, I let it bleed all over. You can also wet your finger with a baby wipe or water, too. Oooooo pretty!

Sticking with my mood board, I made a purple card and then I made a teal card.

And then I just couldn't help myself - there were THREE different sentiments included with the set, and I didn't want to make the third one feel lonely, so I made a pink card, too!

I just love the set and how pretty they all look together! :) I'm going to enter my trifecta into the following awesome challenges:
 Hiding in My Craft Room - Lots of Layers 
The Corrosive Challenge Blog - To "Die" for (use a die)
 Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes

So. I mentioned prizes earlier. Let me tell you what they are - 
I'm giving away ALL of these sets PLUS Shery from STAMPlorations is throwing in a $10 gift card, too! (Isn't she the very best!?!)


PartyMates-web-preview  SheryRuss_PartyTime-web-preview PartyGirl-web-preview
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If you click on the image, it will take you to the STAMP shop to view these and other birthday-related sets. I want to spread the wealth around, so I will be doing a drawing for >>7<< different winners! Woohoo!

Oh - before I leave - a couple of people had asked me to share some birthday pictures, so I'll be brief (because I know this post is already long!)

Highlights included:
1 - Lunch with my cousin and her little girls (I'm pretty much their auntie - it's just a technicality) and a surprise visit from my aunt. In this picture we were supposed to be doing silly faces but Phae didn't get the memo. :) 

2 - My amazing boyfriend got me a KITCHENAID!!! I asked him why he spent that much money on a birthday gift and he said "Babe, I don't think of it as JUST a birthday gift; I think of it as an investment in my cookie future." :)

3 & 4 - My coworkers "trashed" my office with balloons and streamers and left me a sweet pair of flamingo sunglasses. Ummm yes please!

5 - We went to the late night comedy improv show. I was up on stage for awhile, but I cannot talk about details. ;) This was my favorite scene - a man in a blindfold and a floor full of loaded mousetraps - use your imagination :)

6 - We went to the new wine bar in town - they have wine DISPENSERS on the wall. In the process of taking a photo, the neighbors on the table over totally photobombed us! haha! :)

Lots of smiles! Ok. I'm done now!  
>You MUST use an image from my mood board to inspire you
>You MUST display the mood board graphic in your post
>Although being a follower of my blog is not required, it would be a really AWESOME birthday present to me. :D
>You may enter as many projects as you like (cards, scrapbook, ATCs, Mixed Media projects)
>You MUST link back to this blog post
>Deadline to submit cards is July 31, 2015 at midnight CST

Link up your mood-board inspired cards here:

An InLinkz Link-up

Thank you for stopping by! 


  1. Great cards because and wonderful photos looks like you had a great birthday xx

  2. REALLY love your new blog header look thingy! ADORE that set of cards.....the gelatos are ROCKING & uber adored seeing some birthday shots. Nice 'trashed' office!!!! TFS :):) In 2 days time I can have a scrap play. Got the mood board printed and ready to go!!!!

    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun designing my new header! :) I needed an official "logo".

  3. Oh wow, all three of your cards are amazing!! I love the colors and design of each one!! The watercoloring is fabulous!! Love those beautiful flowers!! And what fun pictures of your birthday bash!! I love your trashed office and those awesome flaming sunglasses!! What fun!! I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday celebration!! Have a great evening my friend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. Your artsy flower card set is fantastic! Thanks for sharing some pictures of your birthday! Looks like it was a lot of fun all around!

  5. Absolutely love your set of cards - beautifully done Becca! Love the newsprint with the stamped branch apparently weighed down by the pearls! Cool! Delighted you are sharing your project and creativity with us at Aud Sentiments!
    ~ginny, Aud Sentiments DT: [#136 – ATG + Sentiment]
    Owner: RubberMAD (GettyCollection.com)

  6. Awe..Awe...AWESOME cards Becca !! I loved all three of them,same stamp ,different colors and wonderful layering :)

  7. I love Dee's Blooms as well, you've made 3 fab cards with them all so different. :)

  8. ooooooooooooh! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! looks like you had a FAB time, as befits a birthday girl! love the mood board, my brain is whizzing away already!!! and looooooooooooooooooooove those gorgeous cards! YOWZA!!! <3

  9. Oh my another wonderfully rich post Becca! Thank You! Your cards are so beautiful, so many yummy layers and awesome coloring! and I really enjoyed seeing your pictures! The Girl knows how to parttttttyyyyy!!

  10. Love your 3 cards-all are so unique and I love the blue flower...of course. Love your pics-what a great way to celebrate

  11. Just catching up with everyone after my holidays. Sounds like you had a great birthday Becca, love your boyfriends comment on the kitchen aid! Gorgeous cards too, hope to find time to enter...such awesome prizes! Carol x

  12. So glad you used this set of Dee's flowers, it's one of my faves. What I want to know is how you know how to layer these patterned papers so brilliantly...dumbfounds me. So glad your birthday is being celebrated so appropriately. (Notwithstanding, the cookie monster boyfriends excellent gift, woohoo!) You are clearly having too much fun...please continue. Told you a month long birthday is the best. Good to know your family and co-workers love you as much as the crafty blogosphere does. Like the new look on your blog, as well.

  13. So glad you used this set of Dee's flowers, it's one of my faves. What I want to know is how you know how to layer these patterned papers so brilliantly...dumbfounds me. So glad your birthday is being celebrated so appropriately. (Notwithstanding, the cookie monster boyfriends excellent gift, woohoo!) You are clearly having too much fun...please continue. Told you a month long birthday is the best. Good to know your family and co-workers love you as much as the crafty blogosphere does. Like the new look on your blog, as well.

  14. Oh my those flower creations are so pretty!! I love your combination of colors and papers on each of them!! And your birthday photos are just too much fun!! So glad you had a wonderful day and you deserve it!! :) Still reminding myself I need to play along with you my friend!! Keep reminding please!! LOL!! I need it!! :)

  15. Beautiful. Fabulous creation and gorgeous colours. love the stamp and they are awesome stamps in quality too....hey you look awesome and looks like you had a bash of a time for your birthday.xx..
    {aNNie My Personal Blog}

  16. Ooh these are gorgeous Becca...those colours are fabulous, soooo pretty! Looks like you had a fab birthday, hugs Carole Z X

  17. Love your pretty floral cards and thanks for sharing your most magnificent b'day celebrations! You sure know how to party Becca!! Julia xx

  18. Sounds as if you really had an awesome birthday, Becca!!! Love your fun photo's!!!!
    And your cards are all so beautiful!!!! What a stunning flower - love how you have done the colouring!!!! Was trying to pick a fave, but that's too difficult - they're all so pretty!!!
    Have a great day!!!

  19. Wow Becca, so gorgeous, all of them!! I am so far behind this month, but you are really inspiring me with all these stunning cards, I may have to stay up one night and try to put something together!! hugs :)

  20. Happy Birthday, again, dear Becca! I'm happy that I could spread the word about your generous party! Please don't include me in the draw as I am overly blessed with product already and I'd love my chance to go to someone with less! Big hugs, Darnell

  21. Hello Becca....Many Many Happy Returns of the day(belated)!!!! Looks like you had loads of fun on your special bday....and what a great crafty way to celebrate your birthday....loved the moodboard!
    Oh...and gorgeous set of cards :D

  22. Thanks for sharing your birthday pix - looks like you had a lot of fun! Your cards are gorgeous, of course. :-)

  23. Hey Becca, happy happy to you. So glad I can help you celebrate. If you let me have your snail mail address I can send it on to you. Hugz

  24. Happy Belated birthday! Sounds like you had fun! Enjoy your Kitchenaid!! My hubs got me one for my bday a few years back---best investment for everyone! lol Your card is beautiful! Thank you for joining us over on the HIMCR this week!!!

  25. What a lovely and blooming beautiful and creative set of cards!!! Your flowers are gorgeous!!!

  26. Just love your set of cards, each one unique. Fab colours and love your water colour look! Thanks for entering the challenge at Aud Sentiments this fortnight.

  27. Totally enjoyed your birthday pics and your beautiful cards! Love the effect of water with gelatos. Have a wonderful week!

  28. Fabby creation, lovely design. Thanks for joining us over at AUD sentiments this week.
    Love n hugs

  29. Looks like you had a super happy birthday, Becca! I love what your boyfriend said about his gift to you--so cute! Beautiful, artistic cards & I may have time to enter a card after all!

  30. Very best wishes Becca, sounds like you've had a fabulous month and a wonderful birthday... ENJOY

  31. You KNOW I'm a purple girl, but omg these colours just rock! All of them. So much freaking fun! And honestly you had so much birthday fun I feel like I should start planning my Nov. birthday now ;)

  32. You rocked the blooming buds, amazing creations :)