Hello … bonjour! We’ve rattled round so quickly into March … and today we have another Twofer challenge for you … this month we’re playing with …
… and here’s how my imagination floated off …
A happy hello card and a happy birthday card, both featuring a richly plump, round balloon image from Winnie & Walter … let’s take a closer look at each one …
I rock and roll stamped/masked the Winnie & Walter balloons and bows onto an A2 card panel, added the fun sentiment (from Essentials by Ellen) and drew in the drifting-in-the-breeze strings. The balloons were layered with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle and I added some colour and shimmer to the three o’s in the sentiment with a tiny dot from Simon Says Stamp. The liquid sparkle took out some of the shaded dimensional effect of the rock and roll stamping … though it’s there if you look closely … and those balloons are deliciously shimmery! The lovely (and uber talented) Therese at Lost In Paper made a set of splendid ‘over the top‘ designs recently where an element of each card stood out above it’s top fold … and it struck me that my balloon bouquet was made for such a technique (thanks for the inspiration, Therese!). So … I trimmed out the finished balloon panel and adhered it to a base card cut especially to size … and the card still fits into a standard size envelope … perfect!
My twofer design is rather more unconventional …
… I turned my balloon image into pistacchio ice cream! The sugar cone was created on an MFT Wonky Stitched panel (from my Lake House stash), using masking and a single line stamp from Winnie & Walter … and it was Copic coloured and shaded (thanks, Kara!). After masking the top edge of the cone, I scooped the balloon into it and added some alcohol marker shading around the ice cream edges to give it a little dimension. The image was overstamped with a sentiment from MFT … and real sprinkles (a freebie from our local supermarket in just the perfect colours!) finished it off … yum! I sponged the edges of a base card to match the ice cream and popped the stitched panel up onto it on craft foam.
How about playing along with some of your own balloon images … we’d love to see your cards in our gallery! You can find out everything you need to know in the rules and FAQs over at the Twofer blog. There’s a whole heap of scrumptious inspiration to enjoy while you’re there too … from our talented Guest Designers, Julie from Handcrafted By Jules and Lucy from Little Scraps Of Lucy ……. and from our brilliant DT. BTW, do go over for a visit with both Julie and Lucy … you won’t want to miss all the loveliness they have on offer!
My balloon bouquet is drifting off to …
CAS(E) This Sketch – See Below … turned upside down!
Day Of The Month Card Club – I Want You To Be Happy Day … a new, fresh and fun blog on the block from Cornelia, Gundi and Rosi … what a brilliant idea for a challenge! Do check it out if you haven’t already! As Winnie The Pooh said ‘ no-one can be uncheered with a balloon’!
Happy Little Stampers CAS – Special Day … any day with joy in it is special!
Papercraft Challenges – Clean And Simple
Simon Says Stamp Monday – Whatever The Weather … my balloons are floating off on a breeze!
Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes … to me, those soft colours and shimmer make this a feminine card … and it is a bouquet of balloons!
… and there’ll be a tasting of my ice cream at …
AAA Cards – One Plus Three (no optional friends twist) … one sentiment plus stamped scoop of ‘pistacchio ice cream’, Copic coloured cone, matted stitched panel.
Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything Goes
Day Of The Month Card Club – I Want You To Be Happy Day … ice cream and sprinkles … who wouldn’t be happy!
Winnie & Walter’s Leading Lady Challenge #4 – Altering Stamped Images With Masking
You may know we’ve had internet/phone issues for a while … heaps upon heaps of intermittent outages culminating in almost a week with no access at all … it’s been just a smidge wearing! Orange (our service providers) lent us an Airbox on Thursday afternoon to get us online again till it’s all fixed … and I’ve been having fun and being inspired since, catching up with everyone. So for now, I’m around and about … if it goes quiet again, you’ll know there’s a technician up a telephone pole somewhere in rural France! As ever, thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy! Anita 🙂