The Celebration of Your Fabulousness for PPA260

The Pals Paper Arts is inspiring you this week with a simple sketch – so simple that the possibilities are endless.  For quite some time I’ve wanted to showcase a favorite sentiment Happy Happenings – this sketch gave me the perfect opportunity.  Here’s my super-simple card:

Happy Happenings, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA260

And here’s the banner for this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge that inspired my card:

PPA260Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Tilted Sentiment.  The words on this bold, bright balloon line up with the orientation of the cardfront, not the orientation of the balloon.  I wanted to create the look of movement with the balloon (it’s not really moving because it’s just a piece of cardstock in the shape of a balloon – if it were moving, I would have had a really hard time taking a picture), so I turned the tie of the balloon a bit and let the string fly to the left.  The words are lined up with the card base so you don’t get a crick in your neck trying to read them.  The things I do for my friends…

    Happy Happenings stamp set, Stampin' Up!

    Happy Happenings stamp set, Stampin’ Up!

  • Grounded Banners.  While the sketch clearly has the banners coming out from the circle in the middle of the card, I decided to ground my bold, bright banners on the right margin of the card front.  As an accent to the big, fun balloon, the banners just looked a bit odd shooting out of the side of the balloon – my eyes went to the banners.  By grounding them on the card, the balloon really pops more and steals the attention back from the banners.
  • Bright, Cheery Colors.  The colors on this card were lifted right from the Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper pieces I used as the base for the front panel of the card.  The paper is filled to the brim with bright and soft colors – I chose the bright ones as accents to the cheery balloon.  If you like these colors, too, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight

Stamp Sets:  Happy Happenings  Papers:  Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight  Accessories:  Balloon Framelits, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Hexagon punch (for banner tips), White Bakers Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to The Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Fun card, Brian! It might be simple but has a big impact. I love that big ole balloon. Great card anybody would love to receive!

  2. Crick in your neck! I love it and say that all the time!

  3. Love this festive and fun card Brian, the way you stamped the sentiment on the balloon really gives the impression it’s floating.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Great card, Brian. I love the bright colors and the sentiments. Your floating balloon is an idea I will CASE.

  5. What a great greeting stamp set. Thanks for bringing our attention to it. Love your color combination.

  6. Another fabulous CAS card….my favorite!

  7. Chris R. from Iowa

    Love the floating balloon idea! Such a fun idea even if it wasn’t for the challenge. Love the papers you chose too. Great job as always!

  8. Great Card! Will be using it in my Christmas give-a-way to my kids.

  9. I’m with you on grounding the banners, Brian. Seems a better balance than the sketch, if I may say so. Your card is gorgeous! Just a little tip: You may try kind of zig zagging that string somewhat, like the string is floating the many directions a balloon would go. Just sayin’! LOL!
    Big hugs, my friend!

  10. This card is another Brian special. I love it! You really do have tons of clever and fabulous ideas, and I am lucky to be able to share in that creativity through your blog. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    One question – how did you stick down the balloon string?
    Fabulous, thanks!

  11. Fabulous card, Brian! I love how you used the balloon instead of a circle!

  12. Another keeper….can’t wait to see you in Salt Lake – Love this clean and simple card!

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