May – Stampin’ Up! Artisan Blog Hop

In Southern Serenade by Emma Goddard15 Comments

Welcome to this months Artisan Blog Hop! You may have hopped on over from the lovely Elizabeth Price over in the USA or joined with me, either way a very warm welcome.

This month we are either sharing the Waterfront or Southern Serenade Stamp Set, I love both and they certainly seen plenty of ink! I have previously made cards using the Southern Serenade and fussy cut and layers which I really love, and think looks really pretty with the dimension. However, today I have kept the background flat focus on the colouring and colour combinations.

I have paired up all the colours with the bold back and white embossing to create the set of cards. So does a particular colour stand out to you?…. Crushed Curry, Pool Party or Melon Mambo?

To create this background, I have stamped the flowers randomly all over onto watercolour paper, I have made sure I have added enough to fill the space. I have also used the little single flower to fill in some of the smaller gaps.

I have then coloured using Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry with the Aqua Painter. Once dry I have then added some extra black using the little flowers from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set.

To get the Happy Birthday in a row (rather than as it comes on the stamp), I have stamped in versamark onto a scrap of Black, embossed in white and then fussy cut the words. Once cut I have then layered them onto the black stripe. You can just about make this out in the photo (if you zoom in a lot?). Alternatively, you could mask your stamp to add & emboss the words one at a time but this seem like more work to me and I think more difficult to line up.

The colour combo for this card is Pool Party and Smoky Slate for the flowers, again, once dry I have add the little flowers in black.

On each card I have added a coordinating scalloped boarder using the Decorative Ribbon Boarder Punch, I think this is such a great punch for adding a layer to your projects and one I use pretty often from my stash.

Finally to complete I have, of course, added some sparkle using the Iridescent Sequin Assortment and a little black twine.

Next up on the hop is my friend and super talented Jenni Pauli. If you have the time, please leave us comment we love to hear from you! Enjoy the hop – Emma xo

If you live in the UK and would like to purchase any of these or other Stampin’ Up! products I would love to be your chosen demonstrator. Just click on any of the product images below to head on over to my online shop.

Blog Roll 

Cathy Caines – Canada
Charlet Mallett – USA
Connie Collins – USA
Elizabeth Price – USA
Emma Goddard – UK >> You are here
Jenni Pauli – Germany
Jennifer Frost – Australia
Jessica Winter – Austria
Kayla MacAulay – Australia
Kim McGillis – Canada
Lauren Alarid – USA
Linda van Wely-Zwolle – Netherlands
Rhoda MacPherson – UK
Sarah Lancaster – France
Susan Wong – New Zealand
Sylwia Schreck – Germany


  1. Emma, I just adore these cards. I am especially fond of the yellow and black combo. I think the addition of the black flowers from the Beautiful Day set adds so much interest.

  2. Beautiful cards! Your coloring on each of these is amazing and so well done. Love this flat one layer background too. Hugs. Charlet

  3. These are just so gorgeous Emm! The blue – grey one is my favourit! Stunning backgrounds, so simple, but with an amazing effect!

  4. These DIY black and white papers are reminiscent of the retiring Petal Passion DSP. Such an awesome idea to create your own. I love pops of colour you’ve added and your layout is perfect for showcasing paper patterns. I feel a CASE coming on :)

  5. LOVE these – very Petal Passion of you! The colouring is so en pointe too. Gorgeous!!

  6. Wow this is fantastic Emma, I love the backgrounds you have created, what a great idea!
    I can’t deice which one is my favourite! They are all amazing. x

  7. Hi there Emma,
    Yellow is nearly always the first colour that jumps out at me, but the Pool Party card made me take a second. I think this was because it was used as a background colour with Basic Grey used for the flowers. Smoky Slate and most of the other pre-June 2018 neutrals have always been more than just a neutural to me.
    I like the way you have coloured the Yellow flowers with two different shades – Melon Mambo is such a bright & pretty pink and I’m sorry to see Pool Party go, but I’m sure it will be back – in a future colour re-vamp.
    I’m not sure about the addition of the little ‘Beautiful Day’ flowers, but they go with the sequins perfectly.
    I love the way you fussy cut the ‘Happy Birthday’ greeting onto a black strip with a matching thin scallop under it. I’ll take your word for it that that was the easiest option! Lol! Some B.Black Baker’s Twine and a scattering of sparkly sequins is always a good addition.
    Sorry for the lengthy reply but you did ask…….
    ~ Christine ~
    P.s. Lovin’ this font! xOx

    1. I always love using a yellow – it really pops! thanks Christine – Emma xo

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