Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Azaleas for Mom

     Yesterday was my mother's birthday.  She hit the big 7-0.  She is a huge nature lover so I decided to break out some of my un-inked floral stamps to create her birthday card.  This is a Power Poppy set called "Azaleas".  I wanted to watercolor so I pulled out a set that I bought at Michaels.  Lets just say you get what you pay for.  $5.00 watercolor paint sets are nothing to write home about.  They made a pretty good base coat, but I ended up going back in with Distress markers to get some more defined color variation.

     I won't win any watercoloring prizes, but it sure is fun and a fave coloring technique.
     I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges;

The Shabby Tea Room--pop of pink
The Paper Players--spring
Less in More--this makes me happy
Inspired by Stamping--IBSIC #91 watercoloring
Simon Says Stamp--Anything goes

     Hope you have a fabulously blessed Tuesday!

Paper:  Strathmore watercolor paper, Bazzill, Recollections
Stamps--Power Poppy "Azaleas", sentiment from Altenew "Persian Motifs"
Ink--Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Frayed Burlap, Weathered Wood, Mustard Seed, and Crushed Olive Distress markers
Tools:  Pretty Pink Posh StitchedBorder Dies #1
Miscellaneous--Simon Says Stamp white embossing powder, Artist Loft watercolor paints, Pretty Pink Posh sequins


  1. Oh, so BEAUTIFUL, my friend! I'm sure your Mom loved it too! Happy Birthday to her! :o)

  2. Well sure doesn't look like cheap paint set Tracy, it's gorgeous and happy birthday to your mum.xxx

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  3. This is lovely, Tracey! Your mom surely loved it. You've done a brilliant job with the Distress ink to get your variation. I haven't invested in a good set of watercolors yet either. On the wish list. :)

  4. Hello Tracy, I'm sure your Mum loved the card. I think the colours are very pretty. I love water-colouring and I think you've made a fine creation.

  5. Happy birthday to your dear mom, Tracy! You have made such a wonderful card for her with these delightful colours! I'm sure she will cherish this beauty here! Hugs, Ira
    Ira’s Crea Corner

  6. This is stunning Tracy, the image is gorgeous and your colouring is beautiful.
    I hope you mother had a wonderful birthday, I bet she loved her special card.
    hugs Sue xx

  7. OH Tracy, I think this is just stunning. Gorgeous colors. Your mother will love this.
    My mom will be 88 this year and she is still painting, wallpapering and last week was laying tile in the kitchen. :) I hope I will be like that..

  8. This is gorgeous! I just love it! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  9. Oh, Tracy, this is beautiful, and happy birthday, mom!! She must have loved it!! I love the watercolors with this beautiful image, and what a great layout...love that stitched curve. And, yes, we do get what we pay for...but glad you added the Distress Ink. It's a beauty! Hugs, sweet friend!

  10. A stunning card for your Mom, Im sure she must have been delighted with it too!! The water coloring really pops with the white embossing!!

  11. Happy Birthday to you MOM.. She is going to love this card. It is beautiful..

    Hugs, Linda
    My Happy Place

  12. Well happy birthday to you Mom!! I have to say you knocked my socks off with this ... words can't express how beautiful I think this is ... Your Mom must be very proud of you!

  13. What an absolutely gorgeous birthday card, Tracy! I love the azalea image, and I think your watercoloring is wonderful, as always! Fabulous shadowing effect in the background, and lovely shading, too. I love the stitched curved edge and the sequins are the most beautiful touch!

  14. wow...stunning card....so well done!

  15. Hi Tracy, a truly stunning card. Love the colours, design and stamp x

  16. Gorgeous colouring Tracy... lovely card!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  17. WOW! Super stunning, gorgeous image and colouring
    Perfect elegant and feminine card
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  18. Tracy I LOVE this! What a stunning effect the watercolour ink over the white embossing. Utterly beautiful. Hugs, Wends x

  19. Wow! This is so striking and absolutely gorgeous! Love your arched panel, and as always, your water coloring wows!

  20. This absolutely stunning! I love all the details in the flowers!!!

  21. Beautiful work Tracey, your Mum will have loved it!
    Thank you for joining us at Less is More

  22. WOW this is stunning! LOVE the gorgeous texture and bright colors you used! This is amazing! Thanks for joining us at Inspired By Stamping! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  23. simply beautiful card and so perfect for the occasion
    happy b'day to your mom

  24. Absolutely beautiful! Happy Birthday to your mom! Hugs, Geri N

  25. Tracy this is lovely. Just so beautiful. Your mom will love this. Hugs, joann

  26. Special art for special card!

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

  27. I hate that I am so late commenting here, but you have to know how much I love this card! This image is my all time favorite and I truly got giddy when I saw what you had done here....your watercoloring is lovely and the simple layout show this azalea branch off beautifully! I just know your mama LOVED this card, Tracy! I hope she had a wonderful birthday! :)

  28. Beautiful Tracy- gorgeous colouring


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