HAPPY about the Balloon Bouquet Punch – a Sneak Peek

Amid all the preparations for Christmas (is it really here already?), I’ve really enjoyed playing around with all of my new goodies from Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.  As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have access to these new goodies today – everyone else can start ordering them January 5.  What fun!  My card today incorporates some one of my favorite items from the new Occasions Catalog (the Balloon Bouquet punch) with some great products from the 2015 Annual Catalog.  Here’s my card:

Back to Basics Alphabet, Balloon Bouquet punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Lettered Ballons.  The Occasions Catalog is one huge celebration – it’s filled to the brim with balloons of every style.  While there are endless opportunities to add fun textures to the balloons (well, maybe not endless…), I decided to let the colors and shapes speak for themselves.  After I punched the smallest balloons in the Balloon Bouquet punch with five of my favorite Stampin’ Up! colors, I stamped these fun letters with Archival Basic Black ink.  Because the alphabet stamps are photopolymer, I could see exactly where I wanted to stamp them.  What fun!  When your Balloon Bouquet punch arrives in January, make sure you have this alphabet set on hand – you’ll thank me.  🙂

    Back to Basics Alphabet, Stampin’ Up!

  • Subtle Strings.  While I was making this card, I stamped the strings for the balloons (I used a fun string from the Balloon Builders stamp set), I stamped five strings with Basic Black.  While that might be the ideal color for a larger panel, Basic Black was just too much for my project.  What to do?  What to do?  I cut and new panel and stamped the strings in Smoky Slate – that gave me the perfect intensity for the subtle strings.  It’s all in the details, right?Back to Basics Alphabet, Balloon Bouquet punch, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, birthday card
  • Sweet Celebration.  After I had assembled this panel of balloons, I remembered this fun piece of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack – the Pool Party panel with the white confetti and balloon strings gave me the perfect backdrop for my balloons.  I originally chose Pool Party for the backdrop to coordinate with these balloons since the Pool Party balloon was in the center.  If you like this sweet combination of Subtles and Brights colors, feel free to save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo

Stamp Sets:  Back to Basics Alphabet, Balloon Builder  Papers:  Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Archival Basic Black, Smoky Slate  Accessories:  Balloon Bouquet punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Occasions Catalog Product Shares and Swatch Books.  I’ve already received several questions about the upcoming product shares.  YES!  I will be hosting product shares and making Designer Series Swatch Books for the new Designer Series Papers.  What fun!  Product shares are a great way for you to get a little bit of each of the new products (ribbons, papers, embellishments) at a fraction of the price once the catalog goes live.  I’ll be sharing more about them with you in the coming week, so please be on the lookout.  Woo hoo!




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  1. So much fun Brian! This card makes me happy. Great colours.

  2. OH, this is very cool. You inspire me to stamp people’s names on the balloons too, although I love the ‘HAPPY’.

  3. Love this HAPPY balloons, what a great idea to spell words on them, beautiful pastel colors and the DSP is a perfect match.

  4. Fresh colors for celebrating and such a darling idea with the balloons to spell out “happy!”

  5. Although I’ve not been nuts about balloons in the past, the Occasions catalog has made me rethink that attitude. These balloons and the accompanying punch are really tempting, and great for making cards for children and grandchildren. You’ve really made a case, with this card, for getting the bundle. Delightful card!

  6. This card makes me happy. That is all.

  7. this card makes me smile!

  8. Simply gorgeous and fun, Brian! I love the smoky slate strings, too.

  9. Love these color choices together! And you’ve reminded me of a paper I overlooked….perfect for January birthdays! TFS!

  10. Brian I love personalizing cards and favors, balloons are perfect. Thanks for this fun idea!

  11. Just the absolutely best balloon card evah! LOL I had no interest in the balloon punch until you dangled this beautiful creation in front of me this morning! Now I even have to consider the alphabet set. Oh Brian, you have such an influence on me! Love it!

  12. You got me again! These babies (letters) are now in my shopping bag!

  13. Love the balloons. I also use Basic Gray a lot for things like strings and images that are outlined. Sometimes I think the black is too bold. The card, is as always, outstanding!

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