Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Balloon Birthday Card - Paper Players Challenge

Hey, a third blog post today.  I bet you're surprised.  So am I  :)
Well, I needed to create cards for upcoming birthdays.  And, a few of the birthdays are coming up quickly, so had to get busy!
This card is for my sister's husband.  I think I'm safe in assuming that he doesn't read my blog!

I'm playing along in The Paper Players Challenge #84.  Take a look at the sketch that LeAnne has created for the challenge.

My card ~

I wanted to go clean and simple with this card.  And I knew that wanted to extend my image through 3 panels.  In looking through my stamp sets, I found this SU hostess set that hadn't seen ink in a while.  I think it works well for a "guy" card.  I extended my panels above the top of the card to give it the sense of a "lift".  As though the balloon might float away.  Is it working?  I'm still undecided.
I drew the string with a Versamark marker, then heat embossed it with the same EP that I used on the balloon.  As you can see, I couldn't resist adding a couple of bows to the sentiment panel.  I felt it needed something to anchor it.  I also drew a little silver bow just beneath the balloon.
Thanks so much for taking a look today!

What's in it?
card stock: stampers select white (PTI)
ink: Versamark pad and marker
stamps: birthday whimsy (SU)
other: saphir pearl lustre embossing powder (Stampendous), grommet tags die (Spellbinders), silver cord (Really Reasonable Ribbon), silver writer marker (EK Success)


  1. Eeeek!! This is just the cutest thing--what a clever idea! It certainly does look as if that balloon is going to fly away! And I love the colors! Thanks so much for playing with the Paper Players and my sketch this week!

  2. Oh my gosh! How cute and clever! I LOVE it! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

  3. This is very cool Susie, that balloon does look like it is floating away!!! Thank you for joining us at the Paper Players.

  4. FABulous Susie! Such a clever take on the sketch and I love all the white space. So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

  5. Adorable! I love the balloon and how it looks like it is floating - so great!

  6. Fab masculine card! Love the way you have gone off the card and stamped the balloon over the panels!

  7. Susie, what a clever idea! Love the crisp, clean design and those little silver bows tie everything together beautifully. So glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players! Have a great day! :)

  8. Congratulations! I'm presenting you with the Liebster Blog award! Come read about it here:

  9. I've just had a lovely wander through your blog but had to come back to this one. This card is outstanding! I really love it :)


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