So I made little changes for the second card. Instead of using the striped side of the DP, I used the floral side. It's busier and packs way more of a visual punch. I increased the ruby red mat by about 1/8''. I stamped the branch to make it seem as though it was growing onto the paper, instead of floating. I also went with a bigger, fancier sentiment. Instead of stamping the background with linen, then the bamboo, I went with textured guava paper. It's funny, they are almost the exact same card, but I really prefer the second one.
Stamps: Embrace Life, Faux Ribbon, It's Your Birthday, Linen
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava
Paper: Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, River Rock
Accessories, etc.: pop dots, blender pen