Today I’ve been preparing for my Scrapbook Club that will meet on Saturday evening.  It will be our first meeting of the year and I’m excited to kick off this club!  In between prepping, I took some time out to create a card to share today. (And I have to admit — letting myself be distracted by the current book I’m reading.) After checking out some challenges to help me along with my creativity, I happened across two that I thought would work together.

I combined Birthday Blooms with SIP32 and PPA285 — Tic Tac Toe and color challenges.

Birthday Blooms card for SIP32 and PPA285 from

This card starts with a Tip Top Taupe base and is followed by a layer of Pink Pirouette.

The colors on the card are in response to the challenges.

The next layer is

Birthday Blooms for SIP32 and PPA285 sentiment detail from

a piece of Whisper White that I’ve stamped with Watercolor Wash.  The stamp was inked in Pink Pirouette and then stamped off.  Done this way, the stamp just gives a subtle hint of color and texture on this layer.

After adding a strip of Tip Top Taupe Lace Ribbon, I layered it with a piece of Whisper White stamped with a Tip Top Taupe sentiment from Bloomin’ Love.

Birthday Blooms watercolored flower card for SIP32 and PPA285 from

Moving up the card, we come to the focal point.

It starts with a Pink Pirouette oval embossed with the Gently Falling folder.

The oval is backed with a loop bow made from Gold Metallic Thread.

Then….there’s the Birthday Blooms flower on top!

The flower was first stamped in Tip Top Taupe.

Using Blender Pens and Watermelon Wonder, Pink Pirouette and Tip Top Taupe ink pads, I colored in the petals and leaves.  And of course you can tell, I fussy cut out the entire image.

I think the surprise for me was how good the flower looks with Tip Top Taupe leaves.  I was sure they really needed to be some shade of green! But, NOPE!

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10 comments on “Birthday Blooms for SIP32 and PPA285

  1. Peggy Noe

    Love your card, Sara! That watercolor wash adds such depth! Thanks for joining us for the Pals Paper Arts Color Color Challenge.

    1. Sara Levin Post author

      So exciting! Thanks for choosing my creation as on the “Picks” for PPA285

  2. Jackie Diediker

    Truly lovely card, Sara. I love how you used these colors so seamlessly and how you added little bits of thread. The coloring you did on this rose is stunning! Thank you for joining us this week at the Pals Paper Arts Challenge!

  3. Tina Riddle

    Stunning card Sara! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper for our Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!

  4. Lisa

    Just beautiful!! Love the softness of your card. Thank you for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper.

  5. Brian

    So soft and gorgeous, Sara! What a great use of these colors! Thank you so much for playing along with this week’s Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge. I’m glad you did.

  6. Katy McGloin

    Such a lovely card, Sara! Love your layering of texture and images. I did not notice the Watercolor Wash until I read your details and now I see how much it does add. Even your fussy cutting is a work of art. Thanks for including the PPA color challenge in your stamping fun this week. Hope you play often!

  7. Michelle Quinno

    Sara, this is simply gorgeous! Your coloring is amazing! Thanks so much for joining Pals Paper Arts this week!

  8. MelissaS

    Very lovely card, I really like how soft the colors on your flower are, and the Tip Top Taupe leaves look great!

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