Celebrate with Stampin’ Up!’s Balloon Bash

I can never make enough birthday cards.  It’s a good thing that I’m in love with all of Stampin’ Up!’s birthday images and papers – the Occasions Catalog makes celebrating fun!  Today is Thursday, which means the Pals Paper Arts team is offering a brand new challenge to share with you today – today is a super-simple sketch.  Here’s my card:

Ballon Bash, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA248

And here’s the PPA sketch that inspired my project:

PPA248Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Simple Banner.  I just love the Balloon Bash stamp set in the Occasions Catalog – the large print and fun graphics make this photopolymer set a must-have.  While I used the candles from this stamp set (and masked out the sentiment), I used the “celebrate” banner from another stamp and then trimmed off the rest of the words.  Not only do I LOOOVE this font, but the combination of the two is clean and fun.
  • Thin Borders.  Because I heat embossed the sentiment with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Bermuda Bay cardstock, I was left with a thin border of Bermuda Bay when I cut out the image.  As such, I created thin borders of Bermuda Bay around the other elements on the card.  The repetition of Bermuda Bay borders really helps to give the card a cohesive look, don’t you think?
  • Color Combination.  The inspiration for my color selection was the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper I used as the base for this card front.  I love the colors in this paper – they scream, “Celebrate!” (in a good way).  If you are also inspired by this combination, too, feel free to save this:Color Inspiration, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp Sets:  Balloon Bash  Papers:  Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper, Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White  Inks:  Tangelo Twist  Accessories:  White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 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. What a fun card. I keep finding these stamp sets that I “need” and this is one of them!!!

  2. Love that confetti paper and the layering of two different images! This would be a great birthday card for anybody!

  3. I love this stamp set but now am inspired to try some new things with it. Thanks, Brian!

  4. Like this card and the happy colors . I like the Just for you in this set on the banner .
    Thank you for the tip on color repetition to pull it together by adding a small border .
    Yes, there are some good deals this week and although I was saving back my pennies for Retirement List coming out on the 21st …..I think I have to get that Striped Scallop Die on sale this week. Ah…the wonder of it all ……

  5. Awwww, Brian that’s pretty , it looks like a real salabration card !!!
    Hugs ,
    Ps Brian I got my demo business web going !! Yay , I’m so excited!!!
    Now I have to learn how to post on it !!!!
    Yay !!!!!
    Hugs frenchie

  6. Hi Brian:

    I send out a ton of birthday cards so any time I see one that can be both fairly fast to make and yet beautifully impressive I’m a happy camper. Being retired one would think I have all the time in the world to sit and make cards but, believe it or not, I got as much, if not more done, when I worked full time. LOL

  7. Uh-oh, you may have just sold me on this set!

  8. You are so clever at using pieces of stamp sets and putting them together to give a whole new look. You inspire me to do the same. Love your colors today too. Thanks for all the insight!

  9. WOW – you hit that one out of the ballpark. Love all the coordination. you took a simple sketch and made it stand out. did I say WOW already?

  10. You gotta love the simple cards that make a big statement! Excellent balance

  11. What a fun card! Love it!

  12. This card looks like a party waiting to happen. Love it!

  13. What a wonderful idea to heat emboss white on colored paper. Got to try that right away.

  14. Love the way you placed this banner across the pretty candles to fit this sketch, and that DSP is truly beautiful.
    I’m a day late to tell you how much I like this card. I’ve been a busy grandma this week.

  15. Fabulous card, Brian! You and I chose the same papers & cs. I just love this paper!

  16. Love …love – LOVE! Great card and it works perfect with the sentiment!

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