INKreator's Blog Hop - Balloon Celebration!

Hello everyone! Can you believe that it is March? The past month has absolutely flown and now it is Autumn! Apologies again for being MIA - life just always seems to get in the way! Anyway, a new month means a new INKreator's Blog Hop and this month is all about balloons! 

Lot's of you would have arrived here from the very talented Rochelle's blog - her creations, as always, are absolutely stunning!

For this blog hop we are all about balloons and in particular I have chosen to use the new Balloon Celebration stamp set and coordinating punch - you can purchase these and all of the other products I have used here in my online store.

The image is taken from the Stampin' Up! website. Originally I wasn't going to buy this stamp set and punch, but once I started using it, I just realised how versatile and handy they are!

Today I wanted to show you how to create quick and easy cards using Project Life cards as the base. 

 

 

 

I am using the new Project Life collection from the 2016 Occasions Catalogue - Memories in the Making (the above image show's a selection of the cards and is from the Stampin' Up! website).

I chose four 4x4 cards and one 4x6 card to use as my card bases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think a lot of people think of Project Life cards as simply being about memory keeping, however they are perfect to use as card bases, plus you get such a great variety of patterns. This collection also has a few balloons, so it was perfect for this balloon spectacular! 

 
 

I started with the 4x4 cards and used coordinating card stock for the card bases and mounts. Starting with the 'celebration' card - this card was pre-printed with the celebration sentiment and the coloured ink splats - to embellish it I stamped the four balloons and strings using the two-step stamping technique, the stars and then topped it off with a Daffodil Delight Candy Dot. For the next card I used the dots as the base and I then punched out the balloons in different coordinating card stock and then stamped with the same colour ink. In black I stamped the sentiment, the bow and the strings and then adhered the balloons to the card, using dimensionals to pop-up two of the balloons. 

The other two cards I whipped up to show you that not all cards using this stamp set have to have balloons. The spring card was pre-printed and all I did was add the dandelion blossoms in tempting turquoise to subtly reflect spring (the season) and topped it off with some rhinestones and a candy dot. The last 4x4 card had the yellow burst so I all to do was stamp the sentiment and add some bling! So easy! 

 
 

I used the balloon 4x6 card as the card base for the larger card. I then punched and stamped out a Daffodil Delight balloon and then defined it with the outline stamp in basic black, along with the bow and string. I had to trim the card base so I used the reverse side to cut out a banner for the happy birthday sentiment. I then topped off the card with some Candy Dots. 

So there you have it - five simple but effective cards. I know that lots of my blog readers are Project Lifers so why don't you break out your PL stash and make some cards! 

Now you are off to visit the gorgeous Michelle and her amazing creations. 

 
 

Make sure that you visit the other hoppers:

1. Liv

2. Rochelle

3. ME - YOU ARE HERE

4. Michelle

To learn more about the 2016 Occasions Catalogue (where you will find the Balloon Celebration bundle)  make sure you read this blog post. If you would like to purchase any products make sure you head to my online store and grab some of these awesome products! Get shopping! Happy crafting! L xx