Sunday, April 30, 2023

Beautiful Balloons for PP638

Happy Sunday, friends!
Time for a fun new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, I am happy to be hosting our Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge.
Tic-Tac-Toe Challenges are a lot of fun because there is so much to pick from to get your creativity working. They are the “choose your own adventure” challenges, as I like to call them. Pick a row, pick the whole board…the choice is yours. I came SO CLOSE to checking every box on the board this week. I missed the fun/fancy fold! Well, I don’t know if Baker’s Twine is “technically" a ribbon…so I guess I missed two squares. It’s totally ok though because I had fun creating my card and that’s all that matters! :)  

I sure hope you will get crafty and join us over at The Paper Players. We’d love to see what YOU create!   

*I’ve listed all of the measurements and details for my card below and there is a full supply list at the very end of this post.
I was inspired to create for this challenge with the new Beautiful Balloon stamps and dies. This bundle will be in the new Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog which will be available on May 2nd. This is just such a cheery little set, perfect to celebrate birthdays and lots of other happy occasions. 

The coordinating Bright & Beautiful Designer Series Paper features great colors, too. Many are either brand new or returning favorites with the color refresh this year. The new colors include: Azure Afternoon, Lemon Lolly and Bubble Bath. Returning favorites are Berry Burst, Blueberry Bushel, Pretty Peacock and Lemon Lime Twist. I forgot to order Lemon Lolly initially and it just arrived on Friday. It is such a pretty yellow, I couldn’t WAIT To use it! 
Card Measurements & Details: 
  • Azure Afternoon Card Base: 4-1/4” x 11”, score at 5-1/2" 
  • Berry Burst Cardstock: 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Lemon Lolly Cardstock: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, emboss with the polka dots from the Basics 3D Embossing Folders
  • Bright & Beautiful Designer Series Paper: 1-7/8” x 4-3/8” 
  • Basic White Cardstock: 1-7/8” x 4-3/8”, stamp ballon strings in Memento ink
  • Scraps of Berry Burst and Bubble Bath Cardstock for die-cut balloons, stamp confetti balloon image and accent with Wink of Stella for added sparkle
  • Azure Afternoon: scrap to stamp sentiment in Versamark, heat emboss in White Embossing Powder and die-cut with largest banner from Stylish Shapes Dies
  • Parakeet Party Baker’s Twine and Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Berry Burst Cardstock (card interior): 4” x 5-1/4” 
  • Basic White Cardstock (card interior): 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, stamp sentiment / balloon string in Memento ink, confetti in Bubble Bath ink and added an extra die-cut balloon

Finally a peek inside the card! I added an extra layer of Berry Burst Cardstock for fun along with a different pattern of that fabulous DSP. I also had an extra die-cut balloon from the front of the card that I didn’t use, so I popped it inside, too. Don’t you love those little confetti stamped images? This is the "non-messy" confetti to add to the inside of your cards. Haha! This is such a fun card to send to a friend to help celebrate some good news! 

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Tic-Tac-Toe ChallengeWe’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday May 5th, 2023

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team: 

Thanks for visiting today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You c
an click on any of the photos to go directly to my 
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Registration is open through May 20, 2023 for this month’s Cultivated Creativity DIY Papercrafting Kit club. This month features the wonderful Beautiful Balloons Bundle. Five fabulous projects you won’t want to miss! 

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a HAPPY day!

BIG hugs, 
Anne Marie

The following products will be available starting May 2, 2023 in the 2023-2024 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog: 
  • Beautiful Balloons Bundle
  • Bright & Beautiful Designer Series Paper
  • Azure Afternoon Cardstock
  • Lemon Lolly Cardstock
  • Berry Bliss Cardstock and Ink
  • Bubble Bath Cardstock and Ink
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  1. Such a bright and beautiful card! I love the color combination!

  2. This will make the celebrant smile! It's festive and full of fun!

  3. What a fun way to use these papers...nothing says "celebrate" like stars and balloons!

  4. Anne Marie, this is the best birthday card! I just love the DSP and those balloons are perfect! Such a fabulous challenge this week! Have a great weekend, My Friend!

  5. Anne Marie, what a gorgeous, bold, bright, happy card! You brought all these colors together beautifully. Anyone would love to receive this beauty in the mail

  6. Anne Marie your card is so colourful! Stars and balloons have universal appeal and your card is so fun and the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, young or old!

  7. Anne Marie, I love how you combined patterned with solid papers with this interesting color combination. That yellow bordering on green is works really well with the blue and berry. This is not a color combination I would think of, but it's really cheerful!
    Xoxo, Fran


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Anne Marie