Embossing is a great way to add texture and interest to your project. For extra pop, I just sanded the white cored CTMH cardstock after embossing with the Confetti Dots embossing folder. You can see what a fun element this adds to the otherwise plain cardstock.
While the stamps I used for the balloons and banner are not for sale to customers, you can get it if you sign up as a consultant. The sentiment stamps are from the For Family stamp set.
The stamp set contains 27 stamps including the paint swipe I have used to emphasis the words 'birthday cheer'. Ink colors used where Poppy, Lagoon and Sapphire.
I hope this inspires you to create something from your heart.