Saturday, August 6, 2016

Birthday Balloons for You

Hello Everyone!
I'm in Michigan visiting my crafting friend Diane (Nellie's Nest) but before we leave for a day of crafting fun, I have a card to share with you that was designed for the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  You'll want to be sure and pop over to the DRU Inspiration Blog daily for some AMAZING inspiration from all the design team ladies!

I'm always in need of birthday cards, and since this Sue Wilson 'Happy Birthday' panel (CED5406) just happened to be laying on my work table ... die cut and never used, THAT was the starting point for today's creation.

I also had pieces from the Impressions Obsession 'Rectangle 6-in-1 Frame' (DIE242) cut and laying over by one of my die cutting machines ... so why not put them together!

I like shades of orange & blue together so I grabbed a panel of double sided blue paper to use as the background for this Happy Birthday panel and the fun began.  

 For my focus panel, I created a 'window' by cutting a panel of clear acetate (recycled packing material from metal dies) and glued it to the back of my smaller frame.

Then I adhered the birthday die cut sentiment just to the right & left side.  To POP it up, I used 3M dimensional tape which was acquired from Lowe's Home Improvement store.  

Attaching the raised panel first and then the outer frame piece to be sure the inside panel was centered properly over the narrow designer panel strip.

AFTERTHOUGHT:  I could have added some 'pretties'  and turned this into a shaker card!  Hmmm ... oh well ... next time!!

NOW COMES THE FUN PART . . . embellishing my focus birthday greeting.

By using scraps from my stash, I die cut the Impression Obsession 'Balloons' (DIE 359) and positioned them in and around the right side of my focus panel.  I felt it need a little something to 'balance' it so die cut the beautiful Tutti Designs 'Butterfly Scroll' (TUTTI-103) three times.  Once completely from white card stock, then die cut the butterfly/flower parts using scraps of the same paper pack used for the background and balloons.  A little fussy cutting / gluing and my card is complete.

Except for the INSIDE of course!
I had die cut all three sizes of the balloons in the Impression Obsession 'Balloons' (DIE 359) set so had a few left over.  Perfect to use on the inside.  So quick & easy but adds a wonderful pop of coordinating color to the inside of my card.

Please don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  
I hope you have found inspiration in today's creation!
Until next time and as always . . .

Challenges to share in:
Artbymarian Challenge #64 - Anything Goes
Morgan's Art World Challenge - Add 3 of something (balloons)
QKR Stampede Challenge - Things with Wings (butterflies)
Craft for the Craic August Challenge - Photo Inspiration (balloons)
If you give a Crafter a Cookie Challenge - Photo Inspiration (colors)


Janice said...

Fabulous birthday card Darlene. You've used some lovely dies with a great colour combination! I love how you've placed the sentiment on top of the frame with the balloons behind.
I hope you're having a great, crafty time with your friends!

Donna Ellis said...

Fantastic color combination, Dar, and wonderful embellishments on your happy birthday window! I especially like the balloons in coordinating patterned papers, and your recycling. Beautiful and happy!

Leslie Miller said...

Ack! So cute and FUN! Perfect for a birthday celebration! I love blue and orange together, too. Hey, you were tidying up your stamp room when you made this card, picking up all those pieces. Gee, I have those balloons and haven't used them yet. Have the Tutti butterfly border and the frames, and a big ol' happy birthday die... hmmmm... Love how all this came together!

Stampsnob. said...

Lots of layers going there Lovely ...........Lis

Rachael Evans said...

Gorgeous colour combination - its so pretty! Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Friends, Good luck and hope to see you again soon! x

NanaConnie said...

Loving those die cuts, Darlene, and your combo of papers! Now for my DT hat - It's really wonderful to see you playing along in the "Things with Wings" challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Good luck in the draw.
NanaConnie DT

Natalie said...

wonderful card! Love all the layers of die cuts. Awesome! :)
Thanks for playing along in the Morgan's Artworld Challenge.

wannabcre8tive said...

A beautiful card, Dar. I love both the colors and the layers. Thank you, for joining us for the QKR Stampede challenge.

Janis Lewis said...

Great creation! Thanks for linking up at If you give a Crafter a Cookie! We have a new challenge that started today. I hope you'll come back and link up again.
~DT Janis

karalschuknecht said...

Beautiful card, I love all the die cuts. Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede. Karal DT

Chris (catt871) said...

This is gorgeous! Love the layout!! Thanks for joining us at If you Give a Crafter a Cookie!!!

Aurora Aurelia said...

Amazing card.. Love your colour combo choice & design.. Thank you so much for joining our 64th challenge at Artbymiran Challenge Blog.. Hope to see you again in our next challenge and Good Luck at the draw.. <3


Eithne said...

Beautiful project, which fits exactly in with our photo inspiration . Thank you for joining us over at Craft for the Craic.

Ger said...

Love this, lots of pretty detail, and those balloons look amazing. Thankyou for joining us over at Craft for the Craic. Ger x