Happy Birthday Balloon

by Joanne James30. January 2015 18:51

This has to be the quickest post ever amidst some incredibly busy days; I'll pop back with more of an update later, but meanwhile I'm just squeezing in today's creative post with my entry for this week's challenge over at Less is More, where we have the following sketch to work from:


I'm also linking up to Colour Q, as I've used their colour palette on my card today. 

When I saw the sketch, I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it; the circle was asking to be a balloon. Here's my card:


I masked off the vertical panel and sponged it in Smoky Slate, to look like a cloudy sky. For the balloon itself, I inked the balloon stamp from the new 'Celebrate Today' set in Calypso Coral, then took a sponge dauber and added some Strawberry Slush ink to one edge, to add some dimension. I stamped the stars on top using Cherry Cobbler ink. I cut the balloon out with the co-ordinating framelits (gotta love marching framelits!) and fussy cut a balloon 'tail' before adhering to the card. A Strawberry Slush twine bow and my sentiment stamped in Cherry Cobbler and finished - wouldn't it brighten your day to see a colourful balloon like this floating across a cloudy sky?

I'm off out to host a Stampin' Up! party for the lovely Jacky tonight, so I'll pop back and update the details on my card later (edited - now done!) - happy stampin'!


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Comments (14) -

SarahUnited Kingdom
1/30/2015 8:10:43 PM #

Totally crisp, yummy and gorgeous plus a fantastic take on the sketch
thanks so much for playing along
Less is More


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/31/2015 9:23:45 PM #

Thanks Sarah - I had the idea as soon as I saw the sketch, but almost didn't manage to make the deadline this week!


ChrissieUnited Kingdom
1/30/2015 8:31:44 PM #

What a lovely shiny balloon Joanne!
This is a super card!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/31/2015 9:24:22 PM #

Thanks Chrissie - great sketch this week, I just had to make time to play along!


Rosa Cota
Rosa CotaMexico
1/31/2015 4:18:27 AM #

Hi.Thanks so much for letting me use BOX BUSTER.
Your work is beautiful.


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/31/2015 9:25:19 PM #

Thank you Rosa for popping by to leave such a sweet comment! I'm so glad you enjoy my work and find Box Buster such a useful tool - it really is a time-saver!


SandiUnited States
1/31/2015 5:51:46 PM #

Thanks so much for choosing me as a cut above over at Paper Players and allowing me to find your blog.  Great work!


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/31/2015 9:26:18 PM #

You are most welcome Sandi - I loved your take on our sketch this week! Thanks for popping by to leave a comment on my blog too.


Arielle Gordon
Arielle GordonUnited States
2/1/2015 5:48:20 AM #

Oh, this is adorable! I love your stamping - such a beautiful card!


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/1/2015 7:59:11 PM #

Thank you so much Arielle - so kind of you to pop by and leave such a sweet comment!


anneUnited Kingdom
2/1/2015 8:23:18 PM #

Super take on our sketch Joanne, I've just bought this set and can't wait to play!
Thank so much for joining in at Less is More this week
Less is More


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/2/2015 11:18:44 AM #

Thanks Anne - as soon as I saw the sketch this week I knew this was where I would end up; love it when that happens!


Michelle Quinno
Michelle QuinnoUnited States
2/4/2015 4:03:39 PM #

Awesome card!  I love your cloudy sky and the colors you used!


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/5/2015 7:13:36 PM #

Thanks Michelle for your kind comments - the balloon colours really contrast against the grey sky I think.


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