Happy Birthday Gorgeous…

Today I’m using two of my favorite stamp sets together and trying a technique I found on Lydia Feidler’s blog (here) to create this birthday card…


a close up…


you can see there is also some paper piecing for her dress and umbrella in addition to the background which gives a sepia look to the overall card front.


to achieve this background it helps to have a stamp repositioner like a stampa-ma-jig or a MISTI.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…


  • Paper:  Natural White and Baked Brown Sugar (retired) Cardstock, plus water color paper and DSP of your choice for dress and umbrella paper piecing.  I used Carried Away Designer Series Paper on this card.
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Baked Brown Sugar (retired) You could substitute with any other brown ink.
  • Stamps:  Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  You could use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen (I feel one is too wet and the other not wet enough, so I used a small round brush with some water spritzed on an Acrylic Block.  SU! Water Color Pencils


  • The Natural White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Baked Brown Sugar layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The water color paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.   Stamp girl in foreground in Archival Basic Black ink.  Stamp again on post it note and fussy cut placing over girl on card front as a mask before stamping background.
  • Set up your MISTI with the Mediterranean Moment back ground stamp or your stampa-ma-jig and stamp the background scene in Baked Brown Sugar.  Use your choice to lightly moisten this area to blur the outlines and give a sepia look to the background.  Then reposition your stamp in the same place and re-stamp the background image.
  • Remove mask.  Stamp girl image on a scrap of DSP suitable for the umbrella and girl.  Cut out umbrella and attach over stamped image on card front with multipurpose glue.  Cut out just the dress from DSP scrap and apply over stamped image with multipurpose glue.  I used SU! water color pencils to color her hair with Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso and skin tones in a light shade of Calypso Coral.  Go over pencil markings with brush and water.
  • Stamp sentiment at top right with Baked Brown Sugar.
  • Inside there is a layer of Baked Brown Sugar 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL.  And a layer over that of Natural White that is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.

You have probably done each of these techniques (sepia and paper piecing) but maybe not together…

Lots going on in the studio today…baby shower invites are off in the postal system, team surprises are well underway, swaps have just a few steps left to be finished and tomorrow’s post is ready for photography…not to mention tomorrow at 11 a.m. (EST) I will be “live” on Rambling Rose Studio’s facebook page demonstrating water color backgrounds using Color Burst by Ken Oliver.  Hope you can tune in.  If you are one of my facebook followers, you should have received an event post last night.

If you aren’t…why not stop by and see if you like it at Rambling Rose Studio!

Something happened to our spring weather today…brrrr!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


I sure hope so.

Until tomorrow when my fingers really will be inky…you get inky and be HaPpY!



  1. Billie, this is a beautifully artistic birthday card. I love the sepia scene with the paper pieced lady’s dress and umbrella. You are amazing each and every day!! I wish I were half as productive as you are. Hubby and I celebrated my birthday with a lovely dinner out tonight. I told the lady sitting next to me that I was 39 plus shipping and handling!! It was fun! I’m celebrating all week. I will be out to lunch with a friend tomorrow and will miss your “live” Facebook segment. I do need instruction on watercoloring with Ken Oliver’s color burst powders. Maybe I can catch it another time. Have a great weekend. It seems as though you have managed to have jam-packed it inky finger projects. The “b-ism” is true but hard to follow at a slow pace. I am busy all the time but don’t get as much accomplished as I feel I should. Enjoy your weekend.

    • It’s your birthday? Oh my goodness…I would love to send you a bad card. Can you private message me with your address? I like to stretch out my birthday celebrations for as long as possible. I think you should definitely do that too. Have a great weekend!…B!

    • You are so sweet. I’m not real good with these gadgets. I’ll see what I can do. I said to my hubby tonight that this has been a great week. I volunteered at the senior center on Monday, yesterday I had a massage, tonight dinner with him, tomorrow lunch with a friend…what more can a girl want from life!! Thanks for your thoughtfulness. I’ll see what I can do with the IM. You are the best!!

    • I put my message on your facebook page Billie Moan with picture of you on the bike in the IM place. My facebook is Hilda Myers Burton if you need to look for it. I hope this is how it works.

  2. This is so unique and lovely, You give amazing directions that make me want to try to make a card the way you did it. Thank you!

    • Thank you Laura…I hope you do try the techniques if they are new to you. Thanks for stopping by today!…B!