Birthday Bouquet Balloons Card

by Joanne James21. February 2016 09:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host our challenge this week and I have a fun clean and simple challenge for you to play along with:


Up, up and away! Balloons are very on-trend currently, but you can use any airborne object on your card today - just keep it clean and simple. For my card this week I was inspired to use balloons and in contrast to yesterday's bright balloon card decided to feature a piece of the delicately patterned balloon paper from the Birthday Bouquet designer series paper set:


I used a base of Mint Macaron to which I adhered a strip of Pool Party 3/8" Glitter Ribbon before adding a piece of the balloon patterned paper. I added a simple sentiment from the 'Suite Sayings' stamp set, which I cut out with my Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, and added a couple of balloons stamped with the 'Balloon Builders' stamp set to give the same muted effect as the paper. Finally, I created some tassels with some frayed Pool Party Glitter Ribbon and a few clear sequins to finish my card. On reflection, whilst my card has minimal layers it doesn't have much of the 'white space' that is traditionally typical of 'clean and simple' cards, but I love the soft feel if it and the glimmer from the ribbon and the balloon tassles so I had to share it with you! I'm also linking up again with the team over at The Global Design Project where their theme this week has been balloons - what can I say, we were obviously thinking along similar lines!

For those of you who like a visual summary, here's something new that I will be featuring in my blog posts - a labelled photograph of the key products required to make today's card: 

These images are perfect for pinning to give you a visual reference of the supplies needed to re-create this card which can be useful if you want to come back to it at a later date. I will be pinning these to my new 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Board on Pinterest too, which you can find here.

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week, all of whom have created some fantastic examples of clean and simple cards:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 

I look forward to seeing your clean and simple creations in the gallery. We are off to basketball and back to hockey today and are planning a fun afternoon of board games and maybe a walk out along the canal if the weather stays dry for long enough. 

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.


Comments (10) -

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
2/21/2016 2:15:03 PM #

Oh those tassels are divine--what a clever idea, Joanne!  Love the colors, paper and the sparkle.  Such a fun challenge, I think it's going to be very popular!  


LaurieUnited States
2/21/2016 8:44:35 PM #

Hi Joanne! LOVE LOVE LOVE this! The tassels are so fun....what a great Birthday card with all the sparkle!


Sandy mathis
Sandy mathisUnited States
2/21/2016 9:08:50 PM #

Great challenge and a stunning card, Joanne! Love the fringy balloon tassells and that pretty soft green color. Great visual, too!


Brian King
Brian KingUnited States
2/21/2016 10:21:47 PM #

Such a beautiful card, Joanne!  I love all this Mint Macaroon and how you've made the tassels for the balloons.  I'm so glad you played along with this week's Balloons Theme Challenge at the Global Design Project - thanks!


Jess Williams
Jess WilliamsAustralia
2/21/2016 10:27:48 PM #

I love the glitz on this card Joanne! Those frayed balloon tails are awesome. Thanks so much for joining in with this week's Global Design Project challenge!


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
2/21/2016 10:29:32 PM #

Joanne, this is such a FUN challenge!  I adore your card!  I just love Mint Macaroon and pairing it with Pool Party is fabulous!  Those glittery frays of ribbon make me squeal!  SUPER card, My Friend!  XX


Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
2/22/2016 12:54:16 AM #

I love this DSP and the added sparkle is fabulous!  I love how you frayed the ribbon! Adds such fun to your card!


krista frattin
krista frattinCanada
2/22/2016 6:07:31 PM #

that ribbon frayed is STUNNING! Thank-you for playing along with the Global Design Project!


brent scheffer
brent schefferUnited States
2/26/2016 12:18:50 AM #

It is great that you can use shades of Mint Macaron [French for macaroon] with white to make such a great card!  Your diagram is also very useful to help  describe your process.  Great card!

Thanks for commenting on my PP283 cards.


jaydeeUnited States
2/27/2016 2:57:28 PM #

Joanne, I love the soft colors.  the Mint Macaron is perfect for any age and any gender.  I love the sparkle, too!  The frayed ribbon is genius!


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