Friday, January 22, 2016

Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop

Hello Everyone, Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop, which features amazing products from the new Occasions Catalog.  Sit back and enjoy some wonderful ideas using the newest stamping goodies!

If you have been following the blog hop in order, you have just come from Twila's post featuring the Number of Years bundle.  Twila has some beautiful projects!  And today I will show you some projects using the set Balloon Celebration.

Framelits are fun, and how often do we want to have a framelit for every stamp image?  But, hands-down, nothing is quicker and easier than a stamp-punch combo!  The new coordinating Balloon Bouquet builder punch was a large factor in my love for this set.  Today, I have a couple fast and easy birthday cards.  

This first card is one that we made in January's stamp club.  Super quick.  I was trying to giving the illusion of a bunch of balloon floating in the air.

You'll notice a spotty look on the solid balloon image.  Getting even ink coverage on solid stamps can be difficult.  There are ways to fix this, like cleaning the stamp before using, rubbing it on jeans, or even using Versamark, but I kinda like the effect.

Stamps: Balloon Celebration, Sprinkles of Life, Watercolor Wash BG; Paper: Soft Sky, Whisper White; Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Tip Top Taupe; Accessories: Whisper White baker's twine, Balloon Bouquet builder punch, Tree builder punch, Dimensionals.

I had to also highlight the bright and fun It's My Party patterned paper.  Love bright colors to lighten a winter-doldrum mood!

How fun are those clear sequins?  Just a little thing to break up the background without overwhelming.

Stamps: Balloon Celebration; Paper: Whisper White, It's My Party DSP; Ink: Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories: Melon Mambo baker's twine, Neutrals sequin assortment, Balloon Bouquet builder punch, Dimensionals.

With weather coming in for the weekend, I all-of-the-sudden find myself rushing to get things done in case I need to leave for Florida a day early.  Hence a combo card for the hop and the Friday Mashup #240.

I followed the sketch, but couldn't pull in the theme of music into my card.  You know, a background of "Happy Birthday to You" wouldn't have been a bad idea.

Peeking out from behind the focal point is a fun shaker panel.

Stamps: Balloon Celebration; Paper: Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP, Vellum; Ink: Crushed Curry Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate, Basic Black; Accessories: Gold sequin trim, Aquapainter, Sewing machine, Thread, Dimensionals.

ICYMI, here are a couple other past Balloon Celebration projects -

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what Rhonda at The Stampin' Bunny put together using the Rose Wonder bundle. She made some amazing projects!


Twila said...

Beautiful and fun cards! Last card has got to be my fav! I also love the first card and how you did the background for it.

Yapha said...

These are great cards, Heidi! I love this new stamp/punch combo and you really good job showing it off. I especially like the first card!

Mickey Roberts said...

I was really on the fence with this stamp set, Heidi; however, you've got me reconsidering... Beautiful cards!

Tanya Boser said...

Oh, wow! These are all stunning! I do like the splotchy effect on these balloons, it adds so much depth to the images. I also agree that nothing beats a good punch for speed and ease of use :) I hope your trip to Florida goes well!

Betty said...

These are so HAPPY!

Barbara Welch said...

Absolutely love the first card, and love the colors.

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

I've loved this set from the minute I first saw it and you made me love it more. The sequins add a perfect touch to the cards and I agree, nothing beats a punch-stamp combo.

RhondaG -the stampin' bunny said...

Love your cards, Heidi! Fantastic variety among your projects! Well done!