Kelly’s stamping friends – Birthday blog hop 2018

Welcome to my blog. You may have come to my blog from Danielle’s blog. This blog hop is to celebrate Kelly Kent’s birthday. For today’s blog hop I will be featuring my favourite floral stamp from Stampin’ Up!, which is in the Birthday Blooms stamp set. Normal I make cards and the occassional 3D project like boxes.  This time I decided to make a decor item.

I just happened to have this spare shadow box picture frame which I bought at half price when one of those two dollar shops was closing down at my local shopping centre.  I had bought a number of frames to use for future products.  Up until now I hadn’t used any of them for my crafting.

Originally I was going to try to make some kind of scene with the stamps from the Mediterranean Moments stamp set.  However I was have some problems coming up with cohesive scene because all of the stamps are at a different scales. The door with the motor scooter stamp that I wanted to use in the foreground of my project is a small scale that then alleyway stamp.  I had to give up on that idea and think of something else.

This year is the 30th anniversary of Stampin’ Up!  I really like the 30th anniversary floral artwork that is display on the Stampin’ Up! website and other corporate/business items. I like it so much that I’ve used my favourite flower stamp to emulate the anniversary artwork. I started by stamping the flower image three times and then fussy cut the images out.  I then coloured the flower using my favourite at-the-moment method of colouring, Stampin’ Blends markers.


I coloured all 3 images the same way. The smaller flowers in each of the the image have been coloured with both the light and dark Calypso Coral and Pool Party blends. Some parts of the images, like the small leaves,  I have only used the dark Old Olive blend layered multiple time to create blended colouring.  The larger leaves I used the light Old Olive blends. I started with covering the entire leaf with the light blend,  then used to colour lifter twice over the entire leaf to lighten the colour, allowing the ink to dry between each application. Once the leaf colour was light enough, I add some shading with the light Old Olive blend.

The blue flowers took the the longest to colour.  I used the light Night of Navy blend as my darkest marker because I didn’t want to the flowers to so dark that you wouldn’t be able to see the stamped lines.  I happen to have a full set of Stampin’ Up!’s previous blending markers, the Blendabilities.  I used the lightest Night of Navy blendability marker for the lighter parts of the petals.  It was a matter using the colour lifter  and layering the two light Night of Navy blending markers until I was happy with the result.

Once I had all three images coloured, I arranging the flowers to how I wanted them to appear in the frame.  I snipped off the excess flower buds and leaves until I liked the arrangement. I used some of the off cut flowers and leaves to fill out the arrangement.  Everything is mounted on Shimmer White card stock. I used dimensionals to layer the flowers in three different levels.


Used in this project:

Paper:  Whisper White, Shimmer White

Ink: Moment Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Birthday Blooms

Blends: Pineapple Punch (dark), Pool Party (light and dark), Calypso Coral (light and dark), Old Olive (light and dark), Night of Navy (light), colour lifter

Blendabilities: Night of Navy (light)


This was really difficult to get a decent photograph without capturing reflections on the glass. So the photo does not do justice to my project and it looks so much nicer in person.  But I really like how this turned out so it is now mounted on the wall, next to my crafting supplies shelf.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Now it is time to hop over to Richelle’s blog to check out her lovely project. Should you get lost there is a list of participants below so you can rejoin the hop.



Happy stamping



  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Angela Meiritz-Reid
  3. Sue Vine
  4. Sharon Dalton
  5. Rebecca Scurr
  6. Julia Quinn
  7. Danielle Bennenk
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck – you are here
  9. Richelle Fletcher
  10. Sara Levin
  11. Sandra Roberts
  12. Catherine Creer
  13. Cheryl Taylor
  14. Rochelle Blok
  15. Ine van den Eijnden
  16. Rachael Lewsley
  17. Jo Weedon
  18. Courtenay Heuston
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Fi Cobbin

11 responses to “Kelly’s stamping friends – Birthday blog hop 2018

  1. oh My Goodness!! This is stunning – the colouring really takes it up to an extraordinary luminous quality!! Totally beautiful. What a magnificent image to have on your wall.

  2. Wow Cathy – what a sensational home decor piece with beautiful colouring!! Thanks for sharing in my birthday celebrations! Kelly x

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