Late last year Shannon West, from Stampin’ Up!’s home office, started a movement called #imbringingbirthdaysback (think of Justin Timberlakes song and now you have a tune in your head to go with it)!  I love creating but I find that I tend to hoard my cards and not want to give them up.  I decided that by joining this fun movement, not only will I get to clear out some of my stash, but I’ll get to create fun new cards and even better yet – make others happy because really… who doesn’t like to receive happy snail mail and knowing someone is thinking of them!

A few weekends ago I took the opportunity to craft in my stamp room for an afternoon and created a couple designs that I then made several cards of.  I am truly enjoying creating with the new set in the Occasions catalogue called Balloon Celebration and the new Balloon Bouquet Punch.  These items paired together make some really great birthday and all-occasion cards!

Another one of my new favorite products is the new Watermelon Wonder 2016-2017 In Colour!  I find myself using this colour more and more in my projects.


For this card I inked my image and then stamped off once first before stamping on my card.  This allowed me to then ink up and stamp my highlighting image over my solid background balloon and make it stand out. The sentiment was stamped using the new Archival Black ink from the Occasions catalogue.  I find that stamping with this black ink versus the Memento black ink, gives me a much richer black image.  The Memento black tends to fade a bit after a minute or two.

If you look closely you will also notice that I used the Gold Metallic thread from the Annual catalogue on the balloons that are popped up. This gives the card some added dimension and sparkle! I layered my Whisper White card front on Basic Black layer and then adhered this to a Watermelon Wonder card base.

Products Showcased

Balloon Celebration and Balloon Bouquet Punch  Bundle   (140810)
Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Bundle by Stampin' Up!
Watermelon Wonder (138334), Basic Black (121045) and Whisper White (100730) cardstock
Watermelon Wonder 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!Basic Black 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock by Stampin' Up!
Watermelon Wonder (138323) and Archival Black (140931) ink pads
Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad  by Stampin' Up!  Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad by Stampin' Up!

Metallic Gold Thread (138401)

Gold Metallic Thread by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Stampin' Dimensionals by Stampin' Up!
(retired product used – Metallic Gold Ink)


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